Total Drek

Or, the thoughts of several frustrated intellectuals on Sociology, Gaming, Science, Politics, Science Fiction, Religion, and whatever the hell else strikes their fancy. There is absolutely no reason why you should read this blog. None. Seriously. Go hit your back button. It's up in the upper left-hand corner of your browser... it says "Back." Don't say we didn't warn you.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Blogiversary: Part Deux!

Well, folks, that fateful day has arrived- our Total Drek Blogiversary. Yes indeed, two years ago today I first began blogging with a post appropriately titled This Blog Sucks. Since then, well, I suppose things have just thundered onward like grad students at the annual ASA book giveaway. And with about as much tact and discretion as well.

So what have we accomplished in these past few years? Well, a number of things I suppose. We've built a computer in a fridge, we've intercepted policy memos from the Democratic Party, as well as Bush's speech notes. We've argued with creationists, and explained basic thermodynamics... several times. We've discussed good videogames, bad videogames, and vaguely disturbing videogames. And of course (how could I forget?) we've spent a lot of effort talking about boobs... sometimes even in guest posts on other blogs.

In the past two years, there have also been some substantial changes to the staff. While this blog started with just me a number of additions have been made since. First, there came Slag, who injected a substantially less caustic attitude into the blog. Then came his first girlfriend, then wife, the Total Drek European Correspondent (TDEC) who, while no longer living in Europe remains, I imagine, European. Next, in a rush of additions came occasional guest blogger Tom Bozzo, the ever-popular Tina, and the enigmatic Cruffler. Oh, I suppose we technically added the Former Hypothetical Roommate (FHR) as well, but he has yet to blog.

I've been trying to imagine the best way to celebrate a two year Blogiversary and find that, frankly, sobbing at all the time I've wasted online is highly overrated. So, instead of that fun activity, I've got a different one for us all. Since this is the two year anniversary of this blog's beginning, what better way to celebrate than by checking out some other blog that is in its infancy?

I give you The Red-faced Warbler which, despite its name, is more about politics and the law than it is about embarrassed birds. Moreover, despite its relative youth, it's so far got some pretty decent work. For example:

Here we are again near an election, and thus here we are talking about the issue of gay marriage. Republican rabble rousers in congress view this as their ace in the hole. People tend to get pretty emotionally involved in the issue, and this draws more prudes out to the polls. And, of course, prudes vote republican.

But "prudery" is too simplistic an explanation for the majorities in states across the country that voted in 2004 to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples. Gay marriage is a new idea for many people, one that challenges - perhaps even ‘attacks’ - some fundamental beliefs and values they hold. It is, thus, not surprising that they sometimes react emotionally with discomfort, disgust, fear, and even outrage. And they are entitled, I suppose. Emotional reactions, however, rarely make good policy, particularly in this cynical age.

Republican legislators (following the lead of George Bush and his Washington buddies) have recklessly fanned these phantom flames into political hoopla; in their attempts to pretend they have something in common with their constituents, they have declared their intention to “protect marriage.” To do so, they have gone to the extraordinary lengths of campaigning for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as man-woman, and specifically disallowing any legal similarities with non-married partnerships. Why a law? Because it is the only tool in their irrelevant toolbox. But even those who feel strongly that same-sex couples not marry should not support a law to ban it.

So, raise your glass to the fools at Total Drek who seem to have too much time on their hands, and then head on over and read the work of some other poor bastard who is working on developing a solid blogging addiction like the rest of us.

Happy Birthday, Total Drek. I don't know what I'd do without you.

Probably be less annoying.


Blogger Belle Reve said...

Happy Terrible Two!!
I'm just a wee bit older than you!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guten Geburtstag to all at TD!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 1:36:00 PM  

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