About This Blog
A blog about my life, universe, etc. At any given time you might find something endlessly interesting or just me ruminating on something else, which no one (not even myself) finds interesting. That's the way blogs go, I suppose. Anyway, I was eleventh in line, and you weren't. Hah!
Scripture of the Moment 2 Nephi 2:27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
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-- If I mention something that's been published and is still available on the Internet, I will link to it. Well, if I know it's there, anyway.
-- Once I've posted something, I will not make substantive changes to the body of the post. Any changes will be noted with an "EDIT" tag at the bottom of the post in question, or will be noted in a subsequent post. Typos, stylistic errors, and link updates will occur, without time limit (though if it's been a while, I'll let you know). If I really really regret a post, it's likely I'll post about cats or something for a while in pennance. You've been warned.
-- If I find something through the efforts of another blogger (in fact, of anyone I can link to), I'll credit them with a link (the style of such a link is pretty much up to my mood, so don't expect consistency in that area).
-- My comment policy is listed below.
I like comments, and I'll keep them activated. HOWEVER, if you want to start a flamewar, go somewhere else. If you want to get me to start arguing with you about Ohio State vs. Michigan, whether Mormons are Christian, how stupid being spoiler free is, or pretty much anything else inflamatory (inflamatory is in the eye of me in this case -- if you don't trust my judgement, too bad), go somewhere else. All links to pornography, all instances of vulgar language, and anything else I don't think is appropriate for my sisters, brother, neice, and nephew to see (ages 1-18), or quite frankly appropriate for ME to see, will be edited as I see fit (probably with links to something else, or alternate words, or what have you). All spam comments, including blatant off-topic self-promotion, will be deleted. If you've been banned, feel free to email me; if you're uncivil, please know that I'm interested in finding out exactly how many people I can add to my killfile without bringing my processer speed to zero, and don't mind using your address in my experiments. I reserve the right to delete and/or ban anyone I want. If you need to say it that badly, go get your own blog. They're free, you know.
A Note About Chatting and Emails
I'm not what you would call an extremely social or extraverted person. As a matter of fact, I tend to test 100% introvert on Myer-Briggs and other personality profile tests. Therefore, please be aware that most of the time, if I don't already know you (either in person or through weeks/months/years of email contact) the chances are I won't be very talkative if you IM me. I like having a long time to consider what I say, and that goes double for what I say to total strangers. Please don't think me scary, rude, hateful, or even just someone in a perpetual bad mood, if chat efforts are unsuccessful. Quite frankly, it's probably better for you to go find someone else to chat with, unless you have something significant to say. And if it's that important, you should probably email me. Which reminds me to let you know now that if you do choose to email me, it might be days, weeks, months, years, or never before I email you back. It takes a lot of energy for me to come up with replies to random inquiries from strangers, and most of the time there's something I'd rather be doing instead. Your understanding is appreciated. I'm not saying don't try, I'm just saying -- have minimal expectations, okay? Thanks. Oh, and if you DO know me, don't treat this statement as an excellent excuse not to talk to me. You know who you are.
Thanks for commenting on my post. Oh, and thanks for posting the video (it's in the comments to this post) of the protestor being escorted out of Nationwide Arena the other day. For what it's worth, I think you can see the (still very cute) Secret Service guy doing exactly what I said he did, i.e. escorting the protestor out. I was sitting about twenty rows down from where that doorway they exited from was (my sisters might be able to help me out -- section 110 or something?), and over in the seats next to the stairs for the next door (in other words, a triangle with a moderately oblique angle would be formed if you drew one, amongst points represented by me, the guy's starting position, and that -- oh heck just look at the graphic below)
Anyway, there wasn't a clear field of vision from me to the door. The part of the video that you're likely most concerned by, and seem to be referring to, takes place when they're at the top of the stairs going up to the door, which meant that I also didn't get the advantage of that cool 15% grade or whatever it is that allowed me to still see the guy when he was 15 feet above my head level AND that far away, anymore. As a result, while the problem you're talking about (which I'll get to in a second) took place right around the green dotted line in my drawing (which stinks, I know), I didn't see anything past the blue line (or thereabouts; the blue line was a little closer to the green line in reality but hey, this is a hand-made done in five minutes). Not counting all the people (some of whom were standing, a lot of whom had signs and such) who were between me and the "action." More to the point, I never saw anything past that moment when the guy started waving his hands. Maybe, 0:33 in the video.
In any case, regardless of what I saw, you can see in the video that Cute Secret Service Guy was politely escorting the whole time. The person who did all the grabbing and pulling was, it looks to me, one of the (dozens/hundreds?) of Columbus police officers assisting with the event. Don't blame the Bush campaign, the Secret Service, or me. In fact, I wouldn't waste our collective time talking to the Bush campaign, the Secret Service, OR me about it -- instead, ask the Columbus Police what was going on. Everything I saw in person made me think higher of the campaign, the Secret Service, etc., and raised my contempt of the protestors (not by much in that case, I already had a lot of contempt for them for being disruptive and rude; the "Heil Bush" thing brought it from a level of 85 out of 100 to maybe 92-93). If you started out with a high level of contempt for the campaign, the Secret Service, etc., and a low level of contempt for the protestors, I don't wonder that this video hasn't changed your mind.
The fact that Bush was speaking reasonably and articulately and the protestor was shrieking what amounts to "hey, you people are all Nazis", not only deserves a nod to Godwin's law, it also makes me even less inclined to let the actions of one Columbus police officer change my opinion significantly.
Incidentally, Ed, is that your real email? If so, how long ago did you get it; I signed up for AOL in 1992 or thereabouts, and they insisted on long usernames even then. In fact, that's why I went and created the username "lloannna." I'd be interested in getting to know anyone with an email like that.
Which reminds me to ask that if you're going to put a nonsense email in your comments, folks, please use one that's so obviously fake, no one would ever think of using it to send a reply (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org). Just because you and I get it doesn't mean that all the people who get to my blog by hitting "Next Post" will. posted by Sarah at 9:36 PM. |