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1st-Feb-2011 10:28 am - Snow Day!!!
unhappy-bear
I love snow days. But they aren't what they used to be. Now I am working from home instead of going in.
So basically its a work day.

But at least I don't have to get dressed up.
21st-Jan-2011 11:52 am - So Im the big 39 today....
unhappy-bear


Its my Birthday today!
I am 39 years old today.

I have to say I am really not sure what to make of it. There is no escaping the Daddy moments of it which frankly I love. This last weekend at IML having a few hot guys in their twenties call me "Daddy" was yummy. But there are frankly other parts of it that are just plain dull/yucky.

Its definately that horror of horror in our society, "Middle Age". I had a friend tell me that 60 was the new middle age. I replied. "Sure, thats middle age when most people die at 120 or 130. But since most men die in their early 70's in the us, 39 is most definately middle age to me".

That being said. I'm thrilled to be here. I'm lucky to be alive in so many ways. I'm lucky to be who I am and to live in my time. I can be an openly gay kinky man and be myself. That is a great thing!

Hell, I have a job, a car, an apartment with a full time playroom. I live pretty comfortably and I don't have much debt.

So overall my life is damn good. I'm still fighting with my weight. That has been a battle my entire life. Its going to be a part of who I am forever. But I am going to have some time to focus on that for the next 90 days. I want to have less gut at IML this year.

I have lots to be thankful for. Anyway, I have to get back to work. But there is some tequila in my future this weekend.

Sorry I have been offline from LJ for a while.
unhappy-bear
 

This was in todays New York Times. Really funny and scary at the same time.



O’Donnell Questions Church-State Separation

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
Christine O’Donnell, the Republican candidate for Senate in Delaware, on Tuesday appeared to question whether the First Amendment to the Constitution imposes a separation between church and state.

In a debate at the Widener University Law School, Ms. O’Donnell interrupted her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons, as he argued that the Constitution does not allow public schools to teach religious doctrine.

“Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” Ms. O’Donnell asked him, according to audio posted on the Web site of WDEL 1150 AM radio, which co-sponsored the debate.

The audience at the law school can be heard to break out in laughter. But Ms. O’Donnell refuses to be dissuaded and pushes forward.

“Let me just clarify,” she says. “You are telling me that the separation of church and state is in the First Amendment?”

When Mr. Coons offers a shorthand of the relevant section, saying, “government shall make no establishment of religion,” Ms. O’Donnell replies, “That’s in the First Amendment?”

Matt Moran, Ms. O’Donnell’s campaign manager, wrote in a statement after the debate that “Christine O’Donnell was not questioning the concept of separation of church and state as subsequently established by the courts.”

“She simply made the point that the phrase appears nowhere in the Constitution,” Mr. Moran said.

The exchange quickly became fodder on Twitter and the Internet as incredulous bloggers forwarded the exchange from the early-morning debate.

There are legal scholars who question the extent to which the First Amendment restricts government promotion of religion. Courts have placed some limits on the church-state separation.

But the reaction of the audience suggests that they thought Ms. O’Donnnell’s comments appeared to indicate that she did not know, or did not believe, that the separation of church and state — a bedrock principle in constitutional law — was derived from the First Amendment.
18th-Oct-2010 04:35 pm - Sorry I have been away for so long.
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Wow.

What to say about my life. Im a geek for a living. My job consumes far too many hours of my life. But I am thankful to Grilled Cheesus that I have it. A light week for me is 50 hours and I have my Saturday and Sunday off.

Bad weeks, I work thru the weekend, with a 12 hour day on Saturday and Sunday. No overtime.

But there are good things to talk about. I freaking love having my own place. I love the privacy, the quiet and the simplicity of living alone. Its been well over 3 years being single. Yet there are days when its very lonely and islolating living alone. Working from home doen't help much with that. But I love working from home. Putting in a 10-12 hour day at home in my boxer briefs is so much easier and less stressful than 12 hours in jeans and a polo shirt.

I live alone and I am still very single.  That has me kinda sad. But I have to admit it. Im not really good at dating. Good at hookups, not good at dating. I suspect I am not the only gay guy my age who can say that.

So I have a lot of work to do.

Things I am going to get done in October to improve my life.

* Completely clean the apartment (moving furniture, cleaning the fridge, etc level cleaning)
* Rearrange the furniture in the living room.
* Put up the new art for the living room.
* Finish getting all of the art on the walls in my bedroom.
* Finish studying for my Tech Certification Exam.

I do have to say I am thankful to my friends. They have put up with me being a grouchy prick at times. 

Well, lets see if I can get this stuff done. There will be progress reports.

Cheers,
Joel.
Filthy-G
I was thinking of getting like 6 tickets to Lady Gaga and taking me a date and some friends to the concert.
I figured the decent seats would be $100.00 a piece. WRONG. $200.00 to $250.00 each.

So I cant afford that many seats but I want to go with a bunch of friends, so I think I am going to find the cheapest seats I can get and get 6 of em. Then it can be the bear pack at SS/Gaga, way up in the nosebleed seats!!

So now I have to assemble the bear pack to go!
28th-Sep-2010 11:20 am - This was too Funny!!
unhappy-bear
This is Europe according to Gay Men....

I happen to think its REALLY FUNNY!!



I love how "Dungeon" is right next to "Hash" and "Waffles"!! Sounds like a fun trip to me!

Wow.

The details are here.
Its a project called mapping stereotypes. Very funny!
24th-Aug-2010 09:36 am - I'm so over the heat
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My parents took a trip to San Francisco this weekend. I was so jealous.
They talked about how glorious the weather was there. I have to say the climate in San Francisco is pretty amazing. It can get cold but it never gets beyond awful.

So I was in North Texas while my folks were in San Francisco. I had a great weekend here, it just was inside the whole time. I can't handle too much sunlight, I get nasty sunburns. Plus the heat can get to me. So it was an indoor weekend.

I had a hot night with the boy Friday night. Damn that was fun.

Anyway more updates to come.
29th-Jun-2010 01:34 pm - Scissor Sisters - Night Work
retro
I am taking my first listen to the album and I love it. I really do.

For those with Rhapsody Subscriptions, its live on there site here.



I already have a copy from Amazon on the way so I will have the physical CD.

Give it a listen and go out and buy a copy!
28th-Jun-2010 04:40 pm - Scissor Sisters News Update......
Filthy-G
Thanks to Joe.My.God for this.

Damn its just too funny.



"This is Lester Zizmore, filling in for Frieda Blackburn, who's in a K-hole." Watch for the cameo by Jeff Stryker.

Hey guys, also Amanda Lapore as a "Weather Girl" is FUNNY.
I have a great Amanda Lapore story from the last time the scissor sisters were in town.
Wow. I have seen her vagina in person. It was onstage at the Scissor Sisters after party at Minc!!
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The editorial from Paul Krugman today in the New York Times is really scary.
We are in the midst of what may eventually be called "The Long Depression". I am afraid he is right.

Give it a read. Who says I only like posts about hot shirtless actors.


Please note this editorial is owned by the New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/28/opinion/28krugman.html?hp

The Third Depression

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Recessions are common; depressions are rare. As far as I can tell, there were only two eras in economic history that were widely described as “depressions” at the time: the years of deflation and instability that followed the Panic of 1873 and the years of mass unemployment that followed the financial crisis of 1929-31.

Neither the Long Depression of the 19th century nor the Great Depression of the 20th was an era of nonstop decline — on the contrary, both included periods when the economy grew. But these episodes of improvement were never enough to undo the damage from the initial slump, and were followed by relapses.

We are now, I fear, in the early stages of a third depression. It will probably look more like the Long Depression than the much more severe Great Depression. But the cost — to the world economy and, above all, to the millions of lives blighted by the absence of jobs — will nonetheless be immense.

And this third depression will be primarily a failure of policy. Around the world — most recently at last weekend’s deeply discouraging G-20 meeting — governments are obsessing about inflation when the real threat is deflation, preaching the need for belt-tightening when the real problem is inadequate spending.

In 2008 and 2009, it seemed as if we might have learned from history. Unlike their predecessors, who raised interest rates in the face of financial crisis, the current leaders of the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank slashed rates and moved to support credit markets. Unlike governments of the past, which tried to balance budgets in the face of a plunging economy, today’s governments allowed deficits to rise. And better policies helped the world avoid complete collapse: the recession brought on by the financial crisis arguably ended last summer.

But future historians will tell us that this wasn’t the end of the third depression, just as the business upturn that began in 1933 wasn’t the end of the Great Depression. After all, unemployment — especially long-term unemployment — remains at levels that would have been considered catastrophic not long ago, and shows no sign of coming down rapidly. And both the United States and Europe are well on their way toward Japan-style deflationary traps.

In the face of this grim picture, you might have expected policy makers to realize that they haven’t yet done enough to promote recovery. But no: over the last few months there has been a stunning resurgence of hard-money and balanced-budget orthodoxy.

As far as rhetoric is concerned, the revival of the old-time religion is most evident in Europe, where officials seem to be getting their talking points from the collected speeches of Herbert Hoover, up to and including the claim that raising taxes and cutting spending will actually expand the economy, by improving business confidence. As a practical matter, however, America isn’t doing much better. The Fed seems aware of the deflationary risks — but what it proposes to do about these risks is, well, nothing. The Obama administration understands the dangers of premature fiscal austerity — but because Republicans and conservative Democrats in Congress won’t authorize additional aid to state governments, that austerity is coming anyway, in the form of budget cuts at the state and local levels.

Why the wrong turn in policy? The hard-liners often invoke the troubles facing Greece and other nations around the edges of Europe to justify their actions. And it’s true that bond investors have turned on governments with intractable deficits. But there is no evidence that short-run fiscal austerity in the face of a depressed economy reassures investors. On the contrary: Greece has agreed to harsh austerity, only to find its risk spreads growing ever wider; Ireland has imposed savage cuts in public spending, only to be treated by the markets as a worse risk than Spain, which has been far more reluctant to take the hard-liners’ medicine.

It’s almost as if the financial markets understand what policy makers seemingly don’t: that while long-term fiscal responsibility is important, slashing spending in the midst of a depression, which deepens that depression and paves the way for deflation, is actually self-defeating.

So I don’t think this is really about Greece, or indeed about any realistic appreciation of the tradeoffs between deficits and jobs. It is, instead, the victory of an orthodoxy that has little to do with rational analysis, whose main tenet is that imposing suffering on other people is how you show leadership in tough times.

And who will pay the price for this triumph of orthodoxy? The answer is, tens of millions of unemployed workers, many of whom will go jobless for years, and some of whom will never work again.

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