Currently, I'm thinking HTC One, or switch carriers and go Nexus 5. Sorta sucks, because it looks like my contract is rolling over mid-cycle, and there just isn't a definite "king phone" out there for Android right now.
But, part of me is also thinking about getting something like the Nexus 5, pay full price, and give cell carriers the middle finger and go full Google Voice. I'm rarely out of wifi coverage, and when I am, I'm not sure if I care that people can't call me. I could always get a prepaid cellular hotspot for when I'm on the go.
What do you think? HTC One still going to be serviceable in two years? Maybe the One Max? Could you survive wifi-only?
Also, on the bright side, you'll be able to refuse service to any politician that voted for the bill, because the bible specifically talks about not touching pigs because they are unclean.
You know what, I don't care what your religion is. I'll defend your right to practice it. And if your religion brings you into conflict of treating people equally, that makes you a bigot, however a protected one, and I defend your right to be a bigot (that doesn't, however, protect you from getting called out for being a bad human being, sorry). If you want to open up your own business and only serve certain people, frankly, I don't have much issue with that, either. When it's your business, your money, your time, do what you want. I, likewise, will be more than happy to take my business elsewhere (and have in the past). That's how we function. That's the social contract we keep with each other, usually. When you act like a bigot, other bigots will reinforce your broken social views, while the rest of us take our cash elsewhere.
But, when we starting talking about government services, this song and dance changes drastically. When you take a public position, one paid for by MY tax dollars, you enter into an agree with the citizenship. I no longer care what your religion is. You want to practice your religious freedom and liberty, then don't take a government job. This prospect is beyond simple. You no longer have the luxury of putting your personal beliefs ahead of those of the people you serve. You give that up when you take my tax money. This is one of the fundamental reasons for codifying the separation of church and state. Government cannot function in that environment. If a country clerk is allowed to deny a marriage certificate on the basis of sexual orientation, why wouldn't we also let them do it on the basis of race? There's a whole hell of a lot of racial discrimination in the Bible. Why should we cherry pick? I'll tell you why, because when you introduce religion into your legislation, it shows just how much you suck at your religion.
Your inability to see past the bigoted beliefs of your religion is YOUR problem. Not mine. And if that is that big of an issue for you, I kindly leave the door open for you to get out of MY government, because there's no place for you there. Period. Your personal protections of religious liberty end the minute you clock in on my dollars. When your religion conflicts with my religion, or more importantly when we share the same religion but interpret it differently, you have no right to deny governmentally equal services because you think sitting on the other side of the desk makes your opinion superior to mine.
One second, my phones ringing...
"Yeah, this is Michael.
Oh, hey Jesus, I was just reading that.
Man, I know, but you know what I say: small-minded humans are just hard-wired to defend discrimination as if it were "liberty."
Look, I know, I wouldn't want people using me as an excuse to act that-
-Whoa, you don't need to yell at me.
Holy crap, did your mom teach you to use those words?
Dude, I told them before, they don't listen to me, and they totally know you and I are stone-cold bros.
Okay, I'll tell them, but one of these days, they're gonna start to think you're just an asshole."
Guys? Guys. Jesus says to stop being effing dicks. His words, not mine. Well, I'm paraphrasing a little because kids might read this. He can be a real jerk when he's drunk on his own bloodwine.
When that small number is enough to take control of a state government, numbers don't matter that much.
- nuCloudCTO, 2009 - present
- AquentSenior Interactive Developer, 2012 - present
- Pittsburg State UniversityDirector of Web Marketing, 2006 - 2012
- Control VisionElectronics Technician, 2005 - 2006
- KRPSAnnouncer, 2003 - 2004
I am an avid biker and like a lot of outdoor stuff (you know, camping, tennis, fishing...well, I guess that's not really a lot, but you get the idea. Stop judging me!). I also play the guitar in my spare time. I try to do a little bit of everything. I hope to also stay active with theatre and radio through my twilight years (yeah, I'm not so old, but sometimes it sure feels like it). Anything where I could work with and help people would be good though. I have a lingering urge to get back on a volunteer fire department.
I love my '01 Lincoln LS, but have a 1972 Triumph TR6 convertible and a 1953 Chevy pickup which I am restoring. I do appreciate a nice car.
Finally got that piece of paper from a college that says I know stuff, and working full time at PSU after an exhaustive job hunt. I like my job a whole lot. I also spend too much time doing things other than what I should be at the moment. Like typing this thing. And that last sentence. And this sentence. See how easy it is to distract yourself from responsibility?
- Pittsburg State UniversityCommunication, 2001 - 2004
- Independence Community College
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