June 30, 2006
If I go to an immigration workers rights parade and burn a Mexican flag, I could get arrested for a hate crime. If I go to a gay rights parade and burn a rainbow flag, I could get arrested for a hate crime. But, I can burn American flags all day long. Is it only "hate" if the group is not the majority? And only treason if I kill someone?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:25 AM
June 29, 2006
How could a hard-core conservative who wants to go and teach high schoolers their version of American History get around the tugging guilt that they're joining a union, something they would likely consider to be the equivalent of mafisoso blackmail and be terribly against?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 8:50 AM
June 27, 2006
Survey says...we think we're the best. According to a survey on national pride, American came in first. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13577802/
So what does that mean? I guess I think we're probably the best just because we're the richest, so comparatively speaking, we're the best. But, would I trade in some cash for a better crime record, lower divorce rate, yeah probably. So, here's the big question for you? How can we make this country better. There are no rules. You can bend or break the constitution if you feel like it's getting in the way of a better society. But, state what you would change and why it would help? As great as it is, America can't be the best we can do, can it? What could we do better?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 9:36 PM
J. K. Rowling announced that in this last of 7 books from her mega-hit Harry Potter series, two main characters will die causing people to wonder if hero-protagonist-magician Harry Potter will make it to the end. An interview on television this morning asked a 12-year old her opinion of this new literary revelation, and she replied, “Harry should just change the ending.” The reporter said, “What do you mean?” With a straight face, the young girl replied, “With his magic.”
Now, whether or not the girl thinks that the author is part of the fictional world or that Harry Potter is REAL, there’s obviously a blurred line of reality going on with some of these children. So, here is a brief list of things that I am never going to let my children become. Feel free to add to the list:
Star Wars fans, Dungeons & Dragons gamers, Harry Potter enthusiasts, ice skaters, gymnasts, animé addicts, harpists. If I can steer my offspring clear of these hobbies, I think my kid might have a decent chance of growing up to not being a freak show.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 8:51 AM
June 26, 2006
Spoiler Alert. In Will Smith’s movie based on Isaac Asimov’s short stories, robots created to be butlers realize that human beings are evil, and decide to kill off the bad ones as a logical solution to ensure the healthy future existence of the human civilization. If these robot ‘Gods’ truly know best, is this really wrong since the good outweighs the bad…logically?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 11:53 AM
If you are a server at a restaurant and an obese person orders the most fattening thing on the menu, or if you are a bartender and someone you know is an alcoholic orders a drink... could you serve them with a good conscience knowing that it is your job to do so?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 9:06 AM
June 23, 2006
Should adultery be punished? We have the full gammit of legality to work with, starting from taking their tax benefits away to a stone on the wrist. It just seems like one of the more serious crimes that we turn the other cheek on. Of course, we can play the 'what is adultery' game, but for this argument's sake, the question is do you and how do you criminalize a physical sexual act with someone who is not your spouse?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 12:07 AM
June 22, 2006
We've all laughed at the Vidal Sassoon commercials showing the caged monkeys having shampoo shoved into their eyes with Q-tips, but did you know that those monkeys never got paid for that commercial? So, I know that they test hair-care products and certain vaccines on animals. But, what about anti-depressants. How do you know if an animal is depressed or not, or schizophrenic? And then judging whether or not they got better?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:13 AM
June 21, 2006
ABC News wants to know how global warming has directly affected your life. They want to see and hear your stories. I am absolutely serious. http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=2094224&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312You can send photos or video along with your story. This is serious. I have already sent them photos of myself perspiring when playing tennis the other day, and I wore shorts this past weekend because the climate coerced me. This is serious. ABC wants scientific evidence that it is warm in the summer time. Feel free to give it to them.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 2:13 PM
I thought the intention of comedy was to make people laugh. Why is Mitch Hedberg the only comedian that seems to relate to our generation? And why does everyone awesome die? Why don't the crappy comedians die first? Why don't the Karma Police go and kill the loser comedians that talk about high school in their act, or why it's funny that they're a minority (weight, race, heighth)? Could it be that our generation is so bent on sarcasm, that stand-up doesn't really work best for our delivery and that a guy like Hedberg's the only guy who figured out how to make it work? I think we'd make for some killer hecklers if we could figure that out.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 11:43 AM
My wife and I were discussing the idea of love last night. I came to the conclusion that I love my wife only because she’s awesome. And if she became a jerk all of a sudden (she promised that will not happen) or if I became a jerk all of a sudden (slightly more possible), would we really continue to love each other? I mean, I wouldn’t go and find someone else because of the seriousness of the vows we made with each other. But, loving a jerk? That’s got to be hard to do. Any thoughts?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 9:08 AM
I’m aware of the sensitivity of that term, but it cleverly portrays the anger that I feel after the drive to work this morning. Why do people want to drive under the speed limit on the highway in the left lane? And then if you wait patiently for over a minute for them to see you in their rear view mirror, realize their inferiority and move over to the right lane…but they don’t, and then you pass them on the right lane and they act completely offended and start to speed up. Then the next 20 minutes are a double dog dare game of “I can go that fast too, and then cut you off before your exit”.
I propose a federal mandate that there be signs on all major highways matching the title to this post. So, then, if you are lacking in the realm of mental capacity, you know which lane is for you. I guess the subjectivity of that would be hard to enforce, but it could begin on a willing basis. Any better thoughts without allowing carry and conceal?
June 20, 2006
What is the primary reason for prisons in America? Is the goal to get dangerous people off of the street so normal civilians can be safe? Or is to put people in a place where they can be separated from the things that tempt them, which are hurting them and those around them?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 9:40 AM
June 19, 2006
Were we created aesthetically or did we develop our attractions subjectively? For example, it seems as though every little detail of the human body has a utilitarian function to it. Eyebrows as sweatbands for your eyes, fingernails for breaking things apart, bellybuttons as grape-holders, etc. So, is there any part of the human body that is not utilitarian, but purely for the aesthetic purposes of attracting the opposite sex? Or, do we develop our attractions simply based on comparing our options?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 1:51 PM
June 18, 2006
On Meet the Press today with Tim Russert, he had on three oil company execs from Shell, Chevron and ConocoPhillips, respectively. He tried telling them that the American people think they're evil, while they in turn poorly taught Economics 101 and the benefits of a free market economy to Mr. Russert, and then tried to create a public push for storming into Alaska with chainsaws.
Throughout this broadcast, there were countless commercials for learnaboutcoal.org, a link which although heavily advertised, has been down all day. These quick-hitting :15 commercials showed children talking about the benefits of coal power and how it's not as polluting as it once was, etc. But, one of the commercials starting raving about hydrogen power, which surprised me, and then they said, "the leftovers from coal production can be used to create hydrogen power."
Isn't this the equivalent of a pornography company saying they're going to recycle leftover magazines and make Bibles?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 7:16 PM