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October 31, 2006

Vote on Tuesday...

I saw a bumper sticker with a familiar saying on it today, "United We Stand." My instant-reaction thought, "Too bad our country's leader is divided from us all."

GO VOTE ON TUESDAY!

Posted by mldarby at 09:59 PM | Comments (0)

October 25, 2006

Prop 2

Before I say anything, please read Proposal #2, that will be on the ballot in Michigan this Novemeber 7th.
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PROPOSAL 06-2
A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO BAN
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAMS THAT GIVE PREFERENTIAL
TREATMENT TO GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS BASED ON THEIR RACE,
GENDER, COLOR, ETHNICITY OR NATIONAL ORIGIN FOR PUBLIC
EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION OR CONTRACTING PURPOSES

The proposed constitutional amendment would:
• Ban public institutions from using affirmative action programs that give preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or contracting purposes. Public institutions affected by the proposal include state government, local governments, public colleges and universities, community colleges and school districts.
• Prohibit public institutions from discriminating against groups or individuals due to their gender, ethnicity, race, color or national origin. (A separate provision of the state constitution already prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin.)
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I'm white, but I'm not racist. I'm male, but I'm not sexist. I am, however, voting YES on this issue. Which goes against almost everyone and everything you see in SE Michigan and specifically Ann Arbor.

My reasoning for voting YES is pretty simple. I don't think race or gender should be considered in any decisions involving being accepted to a public University or being hired for a job. Let the best woman or man win... or in. What I think should be taken into account in these decisions is not covered in this proposal.

I'll face it, Lakewood High School was not one of the best high schools in the state. I would guess that it still isn't one of the best. Some neighboring high schools, like Maple Valley, were not the cream of the crop either. Why not? These school districs didn't have the money and funding to give top notch educations. A lot of the families in my school district were farm families, many of them were not too well-off financially.

So, what I would like to see, instead of race, instead of gender, is the socio-economic status (SES) be counted. These are the people who are trully born and living one step behind many others both in education and in the real world. It sounds nearly horrible to say, but under the current form of affirmative action, an African-American child from a slightly wealthy family has a better chance to get into a publicly funded school, than a child with equal grades in equal school classes but from a very poor family. You're telling me that that African-American child is slightly "better" or needs more help than the white kid, simply because he's black.

Isn't that racist?

In my scenario that I just laid out, I'm not saying the white kid should have an advantage because his family is poor. I'm actually saying that they should be equals, but since affirmative action wants to award help to those who need it, should the white child get that help? He's the one who is at a disadvantage because his family has no money... the way it stands now, he's at a disadvantage because he's white too.

Posted by mldarby at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

October 19, 2006

A Victim...

I just saw these links on cnn.com...

Priest tells of nudity with Foley | Video

At first, I laughed out loud, because out of context, I read it as video of the preist being naked with Foley... I didn't really want to see that.

But then I started to think about this "scandal". I don't care what from Congressman Foley's past drove him to write inappropriate IMs to underage DC pages. The fact is that he still did it, and I don't want these stories coming out that make Foley look like a victim here.

Just because many in the Nazi party were brainwashed to believe in Hitler's vision, doesn't make them less guilty for murdering people. They still killed people, and at that point, they are no longer the victims.

Sorry, Congressman Foley, but once you began inappropriate behavior with underage children, then the title of victim was replaced by criminal. Nothing will ever make me sorry for anyone who egages in any kind of sexual behavior (real or virtual; physical or verbal) with minors. You just lost your right to be a victim.

Posted by mldarby at 12:53 PM | Comments (0)

October 16, 2006

Continue doing what you do...

OK, I have to write about it because it's been so obviously lately.

There's been a trend lately among the ladies, that I don't understand, but I am in no way complaining about. I've seen friends doing it. I've seen randoms doing it. I've seen it in pictures. I've seen it at the bar. I've seen it on the dance floor. I've seen it sober. I've seen it drunk.

So, why, ladies, are you grabbing, rubbing, and/or caressing your female friends boobs... especially in public? I mean, are you trying to get guys' attention? It works, but really, do you have to use that tactic? You realize you're making him think that if he gets one of you that he actually gets both of you. And you know that's just not true. That's bait 'n' switch, and that's just wrong.

From my point of view, I'm sorry JB, E, Ebidel, Gbidel, and other dudes, I'm not touching any part of you to get any girl. It just won't happen. I don't care if it's Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears (in her prime), or Mandy Moore... I ain't touchin' you to get her or help you get her.

So, ladies aged 18-30, why are you doing this? I had to bring this up because last Saturday night ran rampant with these occurrences. Fine, I'll admit, it was fun to look at, but I'm one of those people who starts to analyze why you would do things like this (I shoulda been a shrink).

So, to recap. Why? But please continue doing what you do.

Posted by mldarby at 09:54 PM | Comments (0)

October 15, 2006

?

Is this all real?

After going 7 and 5 last year, the Michigan football team is undefeated at 7-0? Really?

After being the "losingest" team over the last three years, the Detroit Tigers are really going to the World Series!? There's no way.

After years of DJing for very little money or for free, I'm now getting paid every week to DJ in a club? I'm also getting dibs on private parties too? No way, I'm not buying it.

Let's just say that things are fun right now. :)

Posted by mldarby at 10:25 AM | Comments (0)

October 08, 2006

Go Blue...

The best part of the Michigan/msu football game yesterday was when they announced the players and coaches for both teams. The Michigan fans booed all the msu football players and cheered for John L. Smith. There was also a sign reading, "Keep John L."

6-0 and we roll on!

Go Blue!

Posted by mldarby at 09:34 PM | Comments (0)

October 01, 2006

I'm back...

OK, ok, I'm back. Hi.

Two weeks ago I was in DC for a little fam-vacay. DC was as fun as ever, and remains one of my favorite cities in the world (other favorite cities in the world London, Paris, and Chicago). This trip to DC was different than any I've had before. We stayed in Alexandria, took time to "discover" Alexandria, and went to some new places in DC... I won't bore you with details. Of course, the highlight of the trip was arriving on Saturday and running to the bar where the U of M Alumni Club was watching the UM/Notre Dame game. Awesome. Plus, a friend of mine won a t-shirt and football tix... I'm always happy to help a friend.

After getting back from DC, E came to Ann Arbor. Drunken escapades ensued. On the Sunday after the Wisconsin game, I worked a tour of Michigan Stadium. Sweet because I got to throw a football around on the field, went into the locker room, and went into teh press box. Have I mentioned that I like my job? :)

Sunday night, E and I went bar hopping. (Note: bar hopping in Ann Arbor on a Sunday night is a snooze-fest.) We ended up staying most of the night at the Brown Jug. Holy crap! I'm now officially semi-boycotting the Brown Jug. Going up to the bar and getting drinks was no problem. Asking for a menu from a waiter was no problem. But getting someone to take our food order, BIG problem. No one ever came, no waiter or waitress ever made eye-contact with us, and I even tried waving to get someone's, anyone's attention. WTF. Seriously, it just became a matter of principle. I wasn't about to make a scene and yell or something to get the attention of someone who I'd be giving my money to and possibly tipping. Rediculous.

E took off on Monday and I ended up going to Warren to pick up my newly repaired speakers and amp. Woo hoo! I feel like a complete DJ again. Tuesday, I died with sickness, but recovered enough to get back to work for Wednesday-Friday.

I DJed another successful/fun night at Gotham City. That little room in the back of a big building is me. It's dark, it's loud, and I can interact with the crowd. Lest I forget, I also get paid. Not that it was ever needed, but it does feel nice to be consistently paid for DJing finally.

Well, that was my last two weeks in a nutshell [insert Austin Powers joke here]. Now that things have once again settled a bit, hopefully I'll keep up on blogging a little better.

PS - GO TIGERS!

Posted by mldarby at 02:06 PM | Comments (1)