Thursday, July 07, 2011

DOMA, Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell, and This Isn’t Dr. Seuss

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the repealing of the military’s don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy are both receiving quite a bit of media attention once again.  I’ve commented on these flare ups, here and here, in the past, and do so again today.

I’ve always inwardly chuckled at the acronym DOMA and the Dr. Seussish don’t-ask-don’t-tell, as these two childish phrases are specifically meant to reduce a societal and moral issue of some importance to a mere oobleck experiment.  Isn’t this fun kids?

Think about it.  DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, probably inspires many individuals’ imaginations to conjure up images of stalwart soldiers standing guard over a national vault of marriage licenses, as they avert their eyes from the building housing the divorce mill.  And as for the phrase don’t-ask-don’t-tell, I’ve always wondered how that “don’t-tell” worked in cases where the homosexual was either extravagantly and flauntingly feminine, or extravagantly and flauntingly masculine.

Some individuals, commenting on the issue of homosexual “marriage,” take the tack of Gay Marriage: Just Do It! (And Welcome to It), while others comment on this issue more philosophically, and still others point out the use of deceit and violence to force normalization of “marriage equality.”

Keith Burgess-Jackson gets it right when he states the following, in pointing to a New York Times opinion column titled How Can We Get Men to Do More at Home?.

The social engineers won’t rest until men and women are indistinguishable.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve gotta go and finish some laundry.

UPDATE:  On a related note.  CA legislature passes gay-history mandate as the ship sinks.  Via Kate at small dead animals.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/07 at 09:40 AM
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I Get A Charge Out Of A Campfire

I’m not a bonfire aficianado, but I do enjoy a good campfire, and I make a damn fine campfire.  My firepit is only about three feet in diameter, but I can gather fifteen to twenty people around it and keep them all warm.  Now I learn that not only can I keep them all warm, but I can charge their cell phones at the same time.

Here’s a device that could be useful to millions of households in India and elsewhere who have mobile phones but sometimes not get enough electricity to charge their phones.

TES NewEnergy, a company based in Japan, has created a new USB based charger that can charge your mobile phone without requiring electricity – all it needs is a heat source which could be as simple as a pan of boiling water or even a campfire.

The device, known as Pan Charger, converts heat into electric energy and that can charge any cellphone, MP3 player or other mobile device over a USB connection in 3-5 hours. The tech specs say that the USB connection also has a built-in radio and a lantern – things that you often need when there’s no power.

This Mobile Phone Charger Needs No Electricity

Via Donald Sensing’s Sense of Events.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/07 at 08:45 AM
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