Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Short Thought

Nietzsche is to humanities majors as Ayn Rand is to engineering and CS majors: The philosopher of choice for arrogant, entitled, amoral douchebags seeking philosophical justification for their self-centered assholery.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

In which I shake my head, dismayed at the pointless waste that is bigotry...

So, the Supreme Court voted 8-1 that insane bigot brigade known as the Westboro Baptist Church has a Constitutional right to picket funerals, although they also said that laws making reasonable restrictions on the timing and placement of the protests to minimize disruption to the funeral are okay.

This is, of course, the right decision. If we limit freedom of speech to people and opinions we like, then it isn't really free, is it? But still, what a classy bunch those asswipes are, huh?

Meanwhile, in that insane bigot brigade known as Corpus Christi, Texas, the school board has decided to shut down all extracurricular activities rather than allow a Gay-Straight Alliance club.
I really just don't get it. I cannot get into the mind of a bigot. I suppose it's a failure of empathy, but I just don't understand it. What is it about two dudes or two chicks making out that drives some people so crazy? Don't they have more important things to worry about?

It's the same with racists and sexists and the anti-immigration crowd and so forth: really? The economy's in the crapper, unemployment is sky-high, the environment's collapsing, our schools suck... and you want to waste your energy shutting down ACORN and Planned Parenthood and jailing people for the high crime of speaking Spanish without a greencard?

Really? I mean, honestly... that's what you're spending your time on? It matters that much to you?


Edit: I misread my source for the Texas story. It's one high school that's losing all it's activities, not the entire school district, and the decision was made by the superintendent of that high school, not the school board. My point still stands.