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Homophobic Mississippi School District Cancels Prom out of Spite

Posted in Observations by Captain Optimistic on March 11, 2010

Straightforward story.  The little  school district that could discriminate but couldn’t handle queer folk at a school prom decided to just cancel it.  Here is the story.  I found the comments section to be rather fun:

I am sick to death of these “special individuals”, with “special needs” keep ruining it for the rest of us who are healthy minded, law abiding individuals.

Just say “NO” to this negative behavior, what is wrong with the truth?

Check out some of the replies!

omg, i totally agree! these special individuals who insist that everyone be *just like them* with their special need of having everyone be *just like them* keep ruining it for the rest of us who are healthy, law abiding INDIVIDUALs who don’t give a flying fudge who wants to date who.

The truth is, no one has the right to force people to live according to their own religious beliefs. If you don’t agree, then move to Iraq and allow yourself to be forced to live according to Islam. Oh wait, as long as it’s YOUR religion it’s okay. I see how you are: Anti-American.

I’m having a hard time trying to figure out if you’re being ironic or not. America is A REPUBLIC not a Democracy precisely because minority rights tend to get trampled in a a direct democracy. The Senate is built around the idea that “special individuals” (i.e. small states) get special treatment (i.e. a louder voice than they would otherwise.)

What “special need” are you talking about? The girl wanted to take her date to the prom. Just like hundreds of other students. Sorry, but the girl was well within her rights as a citizen of this country. Hope the School Board gets sued back to the middle ages it crawled out of.

Its always amusing watching the ignorant and the bigoted lose an argument.

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Ubuntu 9.10 Brief Review

Posted in Reviews by Captain Optimistic on March 3, 2010

I’ve been running an ancient version of Kubuntu (grudingly updated to the more recent 9.04, but with the electronic bones of the past still sticking up past the new ground floor).  Quicktime didn’t work, neither did fullscreen flash.  That’s right, no fullscreen hulu!  Rather than do a normal upgrade, I decided to install Ubuntu 9.10 – Karmic Koala – from scratch.  (I’ve partitioned my hard drive so all my personal files are separated from the operating system and software installed.  This makes a new operating system a relatively painless thing to have).

The install was especially smooth and remarkably fast.  Notably because Ubuntu gives you all of no options with regards to what software you want.  Which suits me fine – since I can just apt-get install my own way after everything is good to go.  I did change my root filesystem from ext3 to ext4, which is ostensibly faster.

First orders of business.  Install Chrome Beta, Swiftfox, ubuntu-restricted-extras, vim-gtk, pyroom, amarok, gnumeric, xbindkeys, xbindkeys-config, yakuake, rxvt, and of course mplayer.  The results?

The Good:

  • Full screen flash works again!
  • I can watch trailers on trailers.apple.com (full screen!)
  • My system boots and runs noticeably faster.
  • The Gnome UI is fantastic.

The Bad:

  • Amarok is apparently unusable.  Yay!
  • Gnome is apparently unable to be customized without exploring random blogs and going through major motions.

The customization thing is quite a headache.  Want to change whether the login screen lists users, or what it looks like?  Want to decide which desktop effects are enabled beyond “none, some, all”?  Want to mess with the volume through the Gnome Sound Preferences UI?  This is one part of Gnome that’s broken.  It should be quite easy to do all of these things.  As for why Amarok isn’t functional, perhaps I need to downgrade that (its clearly a version issue, not a packaging issue).

All in all it was a great install.  Well done Ubuntu!  Overall an easy to install, easy to use system that performs well and does everything I want a computer to do.  Best of all, its free!

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