Yes potpourri – like the category on Jeopardy for “this contains random shit”.
So I have been typing in here a quote a day lifted from my “Page-A-Day Zen Calendar”, but I have come to the realization that most of those quotes suck ass. I have a collection of quotes myself that I may begin posting, and if the zen-page-a-day ever does come up with something worthwhile, I'll post it in here, but for all you suck-ass zen fans, you'll just have to search elsewhere for your suck-ass quote of the day. From what I've seen thus far, there's more zen in my left pinky than there is in that calendar.
There have been some recent items in the course of human events that have really made me question the worth of the human species as a whole. First, March 10, 2005: A suicide bomber blows himself up at a Shiite mosque during a funeral in the city of Mosul, killing at least 47 people and wounding more than 100. Second, March 11, 2005: Brian Nichols, 33, shot and killed a judge, a deputy sheriff, a court reporter and later a federal agent after being escorted into a court room for retrial on a rape charge.
What kind of person finds it acceptable to kill other people in the name of political conflict at a funeral? If there is a god, and that god meets out punishment for evil deeds, that suicide bomber is certain to be suffering now. A more likely scenario, however, is that his troubled soul will be reborn into some tribulated life form and will settle out his karma there. Asshole.
And about asshole number two, Brian Nichols: I am not a proponent of the death penalty. I think it has little (if any) deterrence factor, and it's economically more burdensome on the state than locking up a human being for the remainder of its natural life without the possibility of parole. I was so hoping Brian Nichols would have done something provocative enough to allow the apprehending police to deal out some street justice and even out the karmic scale just a little, but alas, he's too chicken shit to have done anything but surrender peacefully. The judge he killed, was the first law partner of a judge who is a close friend of my parents who also married Heather and me. Now, as Craig mentioned in the IRC the other night, Brian Nichols is a dead man walking who will probably take glee in the fact that his capital criminal defense will utilize untold millions of taxpayer dollars before his rightful end comes to pass. Asshole.
Last Friday I opened an account on My Space. I doubt I'll use it for anything, but the link is there for anyone interested.