The Freedom to Oppress Others

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Not quite a quote. See if you can figure out which word I changed, and if it really makes a difference.

Diament and other panelists cited a number of scenarios in which Americans’ religious rights might be infringed on when they clash with legal recognition of “interracial marriage.” They questioned if accommodations or exemptions would be permitted for religious adherents or institutions in the following situations, among others:

  • County clerks who oppose issuing marriage licenses to interracial couples.
  • Employees who disapprove of diversity training programs that endorse “interracial marriage.”
  • Insurance company workers who do not want to sell policies or process claims for interracial couples’ partner benefits.
  • Owners of small hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns who refuse to serve interracial couples.
  • Lawyers who decline to provide estate planning for interracial couples.
  • Psychologists and psychiatrists who refuse to counsel interracial couples.
  • Doctors who will not provide some services, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), for interracial couples.
  • Religious colleges that will not open married student housing to interracial couples.
  • Religious institutions that refuse requests from interracial couples to hold wedding receptions in their buildings.
  • Christian bookstores and other parachurch organizations that decline spousal benefits for “interracial marriage” partners.


Incompetent Boobs Part 3

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

I’m beginning to feel like I can write this story on autopilot:

Our companies web site uses a content managment system whose interface is all browser based. Turning the GSA loose on our web site using an administrative account ended up wiping out 85% of our web site’s content thru the execution of delete actions from web page links in the administrative interface of the content managment system.

The CMS system we use is built in coldfusion (which we’re rapidly moving away from to .NET sometime next year.). These coldfusion pages have buttons / images all hyperlinked to perfrom different actions for content records, content folders, and unfortunately whole web site instances. One of these hyperlinked image buttons deletes the content when clicked, which the crawler furiously did last night.

And just in case anybody didn’t get the point the first two times I ran this story:

Alfalfa Looper

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Gray and white moth on wall
Alfalfa Looper, Autographa californica
San Joaquin Wildlife Refuge, 2008-04-13

Desert Cottontails

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Desert Cottontail, Sylvilagus audubonii
William R. Mason Regional Park, 2008-07-07

These rabbits are all over Orange County. It took me a while to ID them though.
At first I thought they might be released pets like the rabbits back home in Prospect Park, but apparently they’re native. Despite the name, they seem to do quite well in local well-irrigated suburban parks, subdivisions, and chaparral.

The key fieldmark by which you can recognize them is the rufous fur on the back of the neck and the forelegs. The tail also shows a dark patch which isn’t present in an Eastern Cottontail or a Brush Rabbit, but that’s not always obvious if they have their tail tucked up as they usually do.

Neal Stephenson Returns

Monday, July 7th, 2008

It’s out September 9 according to Amazon. I don’t have any other details yet, but I’m digging.

Common Raven

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Large black bird
Common Raven, Corvus corax
San Joaquin Wildlife Refufe, 2008-07-04