Miscellaneous musings from the perspective of a lefty (both senses) atheist with a warped sense of humor.

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Location: Madison, WI, United States

I am a geek, but I do have some redeeming social skills. I love other people's dogs, cats, and kids. Snow sucks, but I'm willing to put up with it just to live in Madison.

Friday, June 26, 2015

More on Flags

Eisenhower on Gay Marriage: "What's good for GM is good for the country."

Friday, June 19, 2015

Keeping Things in Perspective

After the massacre in Charleston, the South Carolina state capitol flew the national and state flags at half staff but saw no particular reason to do the same for the flag they’re proudest of:

Update: has created a petition asking South Carolina to retire the Confederate flag.

Still later PS: After posting the message above, I ran across an article explaining that, to many people in South Carolina (also Georgia, Mississippi, etc.) the Confederate flag is a symbol of “Southern pride”. This got me to thinking about what symbols of Southern achievement they could use instead, and right off the top of my head I came up with:
• drinking gourd (Harriet Tubman)
• peanuts (George Washington Carver)
• saxophone (Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
• trumpet (Louis Armstrong)
• Olympic Gold Medal (Muhammad Ali)
• Nobel Peace Prize (Martin Luther King Jr.)

I wonder why they haven’t latched on to these instead?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Woman on the $10 Bill

The US Treasury Department has announced that it would like to feature a woman (by law, a dead woman) on the $10 bill, replacing incumbent Alexander Hamilton. They’ll ask for suggestions on a website (not yet launched) and over social media with the hashtag #TheNew10.

Altho I know that a pacifist doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of making the final cut, I’m nonetheless going to be pushing for Jeannette Rankin.

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You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

— Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973), 1st US Congresswoman. Rankin served only 2 terms in Congress, each time losing her chance for re-election because she had voted against US entry into a world war. She cast the lone vote against WW2.