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June 10th, 2008 - come see me bitch about stuff

About June 10th, 2008

"This is cronyism, this is waste, fraud and abuse" 12:13 pm
ABC News: Fed Official: Golf Helps End City Gang Crime:
The Justice Department, in a decision by Flores, gave the money to the World Golf Foundation's First Tee program, even though Justice Department staffers had rated the program 47th on a list of 104 applicants. The allegations were first reported earlier this year by the trade journal Youth Today.

"I don't know why people insist on denigrating it, it's a sound program," Flores told ABC News.


A program to help troubled teens in San Diego, Vista, was ranked number two by the staff out of 202 applicants in its category of prevention and intervention but was turned down for a grant to help deal with inner city teen violence in San Diego.
see now, this is part of the problem in political debate and discourse these days. and who know, maybe it was in the past, but i'm too young to know this. but, holy fuck. i mean, waht do you say to that? mr. flores granted government money to the 47th place finisher but NOT the 2nd place finisher... and his response is 'why are you so mean to the golfers, it's a sound program?'? seriously? it's clearly not sounder than the 44 other programs that the san diego one is, now, is it?? and THAT IS THE ISSUE.

this is what i'm getting at: sometimes the rebuttal in a debate is just too stupid. it's the old saying of arguing with an idiot. (never do it, people won't be able to tell the difference.)

but now... since we've let so many idiots that possess the critical thinking skills of an 8 year-old into positions they should never have come close to holding... the argument is taken seriously. because a bunch of other daft idiots hear it and say "well gee, bob, he's got a point there".

no. he doesn't.
Listenin' to: Connecting...

Penn connects nail to head. 09:09 pm
This I Believe:
There is No God
i've always kinda liked this guy. even when he was an obnoxious magician's-worst-nightmare. i was collecting his podcast until it got canned. he got a little annoying here and there on it... but overall it was pretty good. he even explored one of the best oddly philosophical concepts this one time about how the oddly placed joke can save a relationship, as it once did one of mine...

but i digress.

in this essay, jillette manages to pretty much summarize everything that i feel about religion and faith, why i have none, and how backwards it all is.

the only thing that could have made it better was if he brought in hitch's term "antitheist"...
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