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Weekend catch-up
Friday, fallenpegasus wandered over for a dinner of meatloaf, mashed potatoes with chedder cheese and bacon, string beans and home-made bread rolls with dill and a causal night of conversation and television, most of it spent actually working to save Omaha's laptop, which seemed to be having strange nightmares of operating systems past.

We made our way through Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, episodes 11 and 12, which were okay. Episode 13 I really enjoyed; one of the better. There seems to have been some griping about the end point; I thought it was rather obvious.

Saturday, we rose and did weekly chores, then headed out to friends so that Kouryou-chan could attend a birthday party with twins born about the same time. There were a lot of people there, a lot of screaming children and their frazzled parents. K was there, naturally, since it was her house, and I didn't get much of a chance to flirt with her in a room full of screaming four-year-olds. Kouryou-chan was exhausted and wired by cake and ice cream all at the same time.

Afterwards, we hurtled up to kendaer's place, where tabbifli was making dinner for the moving crew that was helping jenkitty and technoshaman move into their bigger digs. We arrived too late to help them move that day, and I felt bad about that. Tabbi was magnificent in her hospitality. We did get to see their new place though; it looks nice.

Sunday, we ate a lesiurely breakfast. Kouryou-chan and I played a few rounds of a new board game called Sequence (at last, a board game for her age that's neither completely deterministic nor completely random!) and then went up to Capitol Hill so Omaha could get her hair cut. I took Kouryou-chan on a quick walkabout; we visited a book store, a music store, and then just walked around the place goggling at the oddity that is Seattle's Capitol Hill until it was time to head home. We stopped at Sears briefly so Omaha could get some underclothes; we windowshopped for VCR's since VCR/DVD combos are less than a hundred dollars now only to discover that most of them don't come with S-Video passthrough.

I headed back to Jenkitty & Technoshaman's place to help them finish the move; my station wagon's bigger than their hatchback, and we muled a lot of stuff over to the new apartment in the few hours I was there. Jenkitty was looking tired after two days of hauling and toting. Then I drove back home again, finally, for peace, quiet, and home-made hamburgers.

I spent a lot of time alone in the car, so I spent a lot of time running through the language studies CDs I had with me. Russian is going to be a lot tougher than Japanese, I think, mostly because the amount of interesting Russian material available is much smaller than that of Japanese; nobody fetishizes Russian girls (not even Lena & Yulia anymore) and most of the Russian animation I've seen has been appropriately dreary. I did lesson one of Russian and, to my pleasure, this morning I can remember most of the phrases and the first-person vs. second person conjugations. I'll never be able to roll my 'r's that way.

Maybe I'll do French next instead.


Do not piss off your imperial masters.

Georgia outlaws genital bodyart, but for women only.

The Mark of the Beast! It's coming! Flee for your souls!

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: Philip Glass, Music In Similar Motion

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dominic_m_ From: dominic_m_ Date: March 29th, 2004 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
That georgia ban on female genital piercing,s is quite stupid. Another idiotic way for conservatives to attempt to control people. Man im tired of southern states....
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 29th, 2004 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not quite exactly so, in this case.

It was an attempt to ban something that actually does need banning, and accidentally taking out an "innocent bystander" in the process.

Save your ire for actual malace. If you scream at the "conversatives" every time they actually *do* try to "do right", they will quickly come to the (not incorrect enough) conclusion that progressives are shrill whiny unreasonable jerks who can't be reasoned with.
dominic_m_ From: dominic_m_ Date: March 29th, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Im referring to the fact that conservatives are consistantly trying to control other people when they should be clearly worried about their own lives and not others.I bet not one of those people that voted for this ban intends on getting a genital peircing(duh) but that does not mean they have the right to control what other people do to their bodies.and the "shrill" comment is quite uneeded.the whiny i cant complain about because yes I am whiney in the fact that im tired of government officials trying to control what people do to their own bodies.THERE....made my point..
dominic_m_ From: dominic_m_ Date: March 29th, 2004 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh yea and the conservatives are the unreasonable ones due to the fact that they need to make a law to stop people from doing something they dont want them to do.....if you want something done do it yourself dont hide behind the government....protest or something...conservative wimps....
dominic_m_ From: dominic_m_ Date: March 29th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
AND actually why the hell does this NEED banning?!?!?! seriously... explain to me in detail what is so wrong with female genital piercings? people get hurt???ummm...NO!(piercer in the family).people are getting it done illegally??well if its already getting done illegally then what makes them think a ban on it in general will make it stop. Also how the hell do the law enforcement officials plan on enforcing this law....hmm??what are they going to do...pull over random women and ask them to "spread em" and whip out a flashlight to inspect their private parts....I dont thinks so.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 29th, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
"What needs banning?"!

Did you actually read any of the news stories involved?

This is really nothing more and nothing less than a poorly phrased attempt to ban "female genital mutilation", a barbaric practice imported by and practiced by immigrants from the Middle East and from sub-Saharian Africa.

Compare and contrast this with the difficulties in banning spousal abuse without also criminalizing BDSM play.

Do some reading, and do some thinking, before you pop off, next time.
dominic_m_ From: dominic_m_ Date: March 30th, 2004 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
reading...me??uninformed...HAH....pop off...hell yea but at least I had the respect to not be derogatory. Ok here goes... 1.) yes this is a poor attempt to ban the aformentioned act(sort of) but that MY side of the argument..not yours.Me=against ban You=seems positive for it. 2.)And for the spousal abbuse thing. If its abuse its pretty simple...LEAVE,no excuses. 3.)Also like I clearly stated earlier this ban is not going to stop anybody from doing anything bad (referring to the aforementioned female genital mutilation), this is obviously already an agressive act on its own without regard for the law...what makes people think that this will stop them. 4.) Its quite obvious that this law was not entirely made for that reason,you can rebuff this statement all you want but everyone knows d@amn well its true. The secondary(or possibly primary) reason this ban was introduced in the first place was place limits on the population, just another way for the government to micromanage the population so it doesent "revolt" or something to that extent, you can rebuff this too but ill just state that everyone knows this ban will do no good in actually stopping anything bad from happening. 5.) this is just another example of how deeply mired this country is with its christian values, have these people ever heard of the term seperation of church and state....yes,Do they care....no. Ill finish with the fact that this ban is a STUPID idea to start and has snoballed into an enormous waste of time and money that just frustrates everyone, simply put it stops nobody,it wastes time,it wastes money,and its just another sad attempt for conservatove to FORCE their will onto others...yes I said conservatives...yep thats me whining you hear...wanna know why...because freedom of speech and this bull$hit is unjust. Hows that for a "pop off".yea im agressive but im sure the hell not insulting thank you.
dominic_m_ From: dominic_m_ Date: March 30th, 2004 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh by the way...

This is the "true" story. hene this makes your anti-reading statement quite null and void.


http://www.bmezine.com/news/pubring/20040325.html

If you can find some relation to the ritualistic mutilation of Ethiopian females genitals(it is ethiopiens by the way not middle east immigrants) then by all means show me. And this ritual you speak of is "infibulation" and actually has NOTHING to do with piercing of the female genitals in any shape or way,yet this law was clearly created to control female genital piercings for absolutly no reason other than conservatives want to enforce their wills onto others(hence my previous rants). And I may add there are many who consider the act of circumcision a "bizzarre" and painfull "genital mutilation" practiced on MINORS right here in our own wonderfull country. Where is the outrage for these children/victims?!?
omahas From: omahas Date: March 30th, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh by the way...

I have heard two different things about what the bill supposedly outlaws. I have heard that the bill simply outlaw genital piercings on women (where women pierce some part of their genitals with a needle and in many cases place a permanent metal piece there.) Both the Fox article and the bmezine article say this.

I have also heard that the bill outlawed female genital mutilation, something performed non-consensually on children as young as shortly after birth (but usually between the ages of four and eight...for more info go here: http://www.amnesty.org/ailib/intcam/femgen/fgm1.htm), and the bill was written so broadly that it included outlawing consensual female genital piercings by adult women. Neither the Fox article nor the bmezine article seem to say this.

Before we scream at each other, perhaps we should get our facts straight. Like, maybe, someone should find the bill and post a copy of it...
dominic_m_ From: dominic_m_ Date: March 30th, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh by the way...

Agreed.
dominic_m_ From: dominic_m_ Date: March 30th, 2004 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh by the way...

Wait a second wait a second. The bmezine artical does not have a copy of the bill itself but it does point out that this bill was written to stop female piercings(quite sarcastically so too).
omahas From: omahas Date: March 30th, 2004 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh by the way...

Elf found and posted the bill in his LJ. It was done to stop genital mutilations...they just didn't realize that age should make a difference since they didn't think that any adult woman would want to consent to circumcision, excision, or infibulation.

And just because bmezine said that was what it was done for doesn't mean it was. They are obviously biased. Remember, the religious right can tell you a few things about why people want gays to be able to legally marry...and I don't believe their paranoid crap either.
dominic_m_ From: dominic_m_ Date: March 30th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oh by the way...

Ok im just going to smirk and let this go.
From: technoshaman Date: March 29th, 2004 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Y'all did help a bit after dinner on Saturday, don't sell yourself short....

And there is just something about homemade hamburgers that no fast-food joint can match.... I don't know if it's the charcoal or what, but.... yum.
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