New apartment

Lease has been signed. We now have a huge and awesome 2-bedroom apartment right in the middle of the financial district (and less than 15 minutes from my work, by foot).
I’m very happy.

Pics once we move after July 5.

Completely unrelatedly… What. The. Hell.
Some Muslims are insane.
It’s one thing to condemn a book, especially one that you haven’t read (a lot of people do, it’s true)… but quite another to call for the murder of the author and everyone connected to it… and worse still when you’re the leader of a country doing so.
Seriously, WTF.

I swear, religion in general pisses me off more and more every day. It seems like it’s doing so much more harm in the world than good.

Once again, completely unrelatedly… a completely out-of-context quote:

But deputy TSA administrator Gale Rossides said that morale is “very good” and that screeners “are very much turned on” and focused on security.

WTF are they screening? No wonder the TSA is fighting for the ability to “examine contents of laptop computers.”

More ugh

You remember the Obama speech video I posted a few days ago, right?

This is absolutely ludicrous.

“Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal rather than religion-specific values,” Obama said. “It requires their proposals be subject to argument and amenable to reason.”
Dobson said the suggestion is an attempt to lead by the “lowest common denominator of morality.”
“Am I required in a democracy to conform my efforts in the political arena to his bloody notion of what is right with regard to the lives of tiny babies?” he said. “What he’s trying to say here is unless everybody agrees, we have no right to fight for what we believe.”

No, no that’s absolutely not at all what he’s saying. Read his quote again.
Obama is simply saying that you have to support your positions with non-religious arguments, not that you have to convince everybody that you’re right (and certainly not that you have no right to fight for your beliefs).

Ugh I hate evangelicals.
I reiterate that people who misuse religion (or use it to justify their actions) are destroying this nation (and, to a certain extent, the world).

On the flip side, why is this even an issue?

Bhutto’s killing was an “unfortunate event,” he said, but McCain’s “knowledge and ability to talk about it reemphasized that this is the guy who’s ready to be commander-in-chief. And it helped us.”
Asked if McCain would stand to benefit from a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, Black answered, “Certainly it would be a big advantage to him.”

I read absolutely nothing malicious in that. He was trying to emphasize that, in such an event, he believes McCain would be better suited to handle the situation. Perhaps he could have phrased it better (something like, “He would handle the situation better and, as such, would have an advantage over his opponent Barack Obama.”) but I don’t believe the meaning is lost.

Don’t even get me started about how people overanalyzed Mrs. Obama’s comments on being proud of her country (you know what she meant, seriously) and their “terrorist fist jab.”
What is wrong with politics these days?

Ugh

The most common, widely publicized conflicts have involved pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control pills, morning-after pills and other forms of contraception. They say they believe that such methods can cause what amounts to an abortion and that the contraceptives promote promiscuity, divorce, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and other societal woes.

You have your beliefs, fine, but once those beliefs start getting in the way of you doing your job you need to find different work. It is not okay to force the job (especially if it directly impacts customers) to adapt to you.
If you are paid to dispense drugs at a pharmacy, you had better dispense those drugs when someone comes to you with a prescription and you have that drug in stock. Don’t impose your twisted morals on other people.

This seems like a good idea… having pharmacies that don’t carry and sell them in the first place. That way this problem doesn’t come up.

The pharmacies are emerging at a time when a variety of health-care workers are refusing to perform medical procedures they find objectionable. Fertility doctors have refused to inseminate gay women. Ambulance drivers have refused to transport patients for abortions. Anesthesiologists have refused to assist in sterilizations.

This pisses me off so much.

Ugh… I feel like many of the problems with society today stem from religion (or the misuse of such).