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all hail the chef

tzel made the best dinner tonight. there were twice baked potatoes made with pepper jack cheese (i even liked the fake bacon bits), meat with sauteed onions, and garlic bread. and let's not mention the ten minutes we spent debating which boone's flavor to buy. we had the sweet extra-huge bottle of peach chardonnay. which to my surprise we finished off. with it we watched the scorpion king, which was kind of a conan-for-people-who-are-over-arnold or something. my hands still smell like garlic from the breadmaking activity. once again, just what the doctor ordered although we're both terribly paranoid about being shot. now i am going to go read (yes actually read, not listen to) The Hobbit and fall into a sweet, peaceful sleep. i hope! i so adore sleeping at night.

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lizzykat
Oct. 9th, 2002 11:18 pm (UTC)
Oh good lord...I've been wondering if you're near the area where people are being shot at. Are you close by or are you just kinda worried about it because it's too close to comfort? In any case, stay safe, okay?
snidegrrl
Oct. 10th, 2002 06:40 am (UTC)
They've been shot to the west of me and to the east of me. I have a theory that it's some kind of class war thing, so that maybe they're not shooting people in the area where I live because it's a little more ghetto-ey. But who knows. I'm also thinking they may *live* in Laurel, if they're terrorists, because the other ones did, and maybe, uh, they won't want to shoot anyone too close to home? Sigh... I do go to both Bowie and Rockville fairly often. Whee, suburban Maryland.
edamame
Oct. 10th, 2002 02:58 am (UTC)
If there is one thing I really really miss, it's dinner with my friends and/or movies-TV-type-stuff. Sounds like you have had a most *fabulous* evening....envy here, I eat dinner and watch movies-TV-type-stuff by myself these days. Of course, this makes me extra-stoked to come back and visit (something I must plan soon). Stay safe and don't get shot, I am extra-freaked-out by what's happening in D.C. with the sniper--it's on the nightly news here every day right now--the news gets freakier every day it seems.... *mwah*
snidegrrl
Oct. 10th, 2002 06:51 am (UTC)
Yeah - I definately try not to take these things for granted. I'm sorry you haven't had luck seeking out a group - maybe you could go to a livejournal meetup or something! When I first moved up here, I had a few friends already but I always drove back to college to see my old friends, which was kind of dumb. I made some friends in the LARP (a sad tale, but true - they were nice people, it worked) and then of course, ultimately I went to Intermedia and lucked out in finding a good group of new friends. I'm sorry there aren't cooler people at your work. :P

As far as this sniper stuff... well, I have faith that he will be caught. Or they. I just hope it happens sooner rather than later. I haven't said anything to anyone, because most of my friends think gun control is stupid, but I'm really disturbed by the trend of "we want *more* people to have guns!" because honestly... what, do you think you're going to notice this guy shooting people when NO ONE ELSE HAS and then heroically shoot him? whatever. i'm for LESS people with guns, not more.

are there gun laws in australia?
(Anonymous)
Oct. 10th, 2002 11:28 am (UTC)
Haha. Oh hell yeah they have gun laws in Australia! In fact, they asked everyone to register their firearms, and then they went and took them all away. The results were many:
- A huge percentage increase in violent crime and direct physical attacks on people.
- A large increase in break-ins of homes.
- A new black market (the same way making alcohol or drugs illegal increases demand and related crime).

If you understand the way a criminal works it would be clear that banning guns is a stupid response. Criminals do not suddenly become criminals when they hold a gun. They will commit crime regardless of their resources whether it's a knife, a pipe or a dirty look. Additionally, when you make something illegal, all that really means is the only people who have access to it will be the criminals. Now listen carefully: Making something illegal does not make it go away. The only way to stop violent crime is to make the criminals too damn afraid to do it. Jail time is not a deterrent, just look at the number of repeat offenders. On the other hand, getting a hole shot in you is a pretty good deterrent for most.

No, citizens carrying their Constitutionally guarantied firearms most likely are not going to stop this guy, but that's not the point. People carry firearms to prevent car jacking, rape, muggings, break-ins and the like, not to catch criminals. You do a major disservice to people in thinking that they are only in it to be a hero. You also make a major flaw in thinking that gun control would have stopped this guy. Why? Stand by for a revelation: Because psychos and criminals don't follow the law! "*gasp*" you say, but it's true. If this person didn't have a gun, he'd just find something else to do, whether it's arson, rape or just running down people with the van.

Lastly, the media keeps using the term "assualt rifle" because they seem to like saying it. The fact of the matter is that such accurate and powerful rifles can be purchased in the hunting department of WalMart! Yes, a good deal of hunting rifles are more reliable, more accurate and more powerful than military style "assualt weapons". So, what's the solution? Ban hunting with rifles? Ok, fine. So they somebody goes around and shoots people with a bow. Ok, ban bows? Fine. So then they stab people with a knife. I know, I know, ban knives. Then we'll ban pens, and rocks, and sticks, and...

The point: The tool used to commit a crime is not the cause of the crime. The criminal will simply find a different tool if you take one away from him. Don't demand that I give up my Constitutional right to defend myself simply because you do not understand this.

If you are actually interested in researching this here are the first two links I found regarding Australia:
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~confiles/research.html
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=15304

And, to quote Forest, "That's all I have to say about that".
snidegrrl
Oct. 10th, 2002 11:42 am (UTC)
If you refuse to fess up to who you are, and insist on making a snide post where you could just try to be educational, I guess I might just want to delete this. I'm not stupid, and all I said is that less people with guns is better than more people with guns. I said nothing about changing anyone's rights or any laws and hey, news flash, I have no power to do so. So, tell me who you are and why you're being such an asshole, or fuck off.

I don't mind people voicing an alternative opinion to mine and all, but there is no need to be mean about it.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 10th, 2002 01:18 pm (UTC)
If you refuse to fess up to who you are, and insist on making a snide post where you could just try to be educational, I guess I might just want to delete this.

I don't know what to tell you. I provided facts, examples and links. I write in a conversational essay style unless I'm responding directly to comments such as this. Does it matter who information comes from as to whether it's correct or not?

I'm not stupid, and all I said is that less people with guns is better than more people with guns.

The only reason you gave for your position was the hero comment (which offended me). I would like, with all politeness, to ask what other information you base that belief on. Of course if you just want to drop it that's fine.

I said nothing about changing anyone's rights or any laws and hey, news flash, I have no power to do so.

Well, I feel that you did. You claimed that less guns would be better. That is an opinion, and that opinion mixed with others forms a popular opinion, which in turn has the power to changes laws. So, yes you do have the power and the results directly affect me. That is why it concerns me greatly.

So, tell me who you are and why you're being such an asshole, or fuck off. I don't mind people voicing an alternative opinion to mine and all, but there is no need to be mean about it.

Sorry, I've never posted on a live journal before. I didn't know it was such an offence to post anonymously, and I wasn't trying to be mean. However, I was wrong to indicate that you "demanded" anything. Having gotten into long debates on the topic, I shouldn't have automatically assumed your feelings went as far as others I've talked with. I stand by everything else I said, including my comment that you should not assume that people who carry guns do so in and attempt to be heroes. In fact, a gun owner would probably get put in jail for shooting or attempting to shoot this sniper. The law only provides for self-defense. Defense of others becomes a very hazy area as far as the law in concerned. I would also like to point out that Maryland already has very strict gun laws that have not stopped this current maniac. It is extremely difficult to legally carry a gun in Maryland.

Above all, I hope you stay safe and they catch this guy soon.

- Neil
snidegrrl
Oct. 10th, 2002 01:47 pm (UTC)
Agh!! Erased post!!
I will have to totally recompose the entire post I just made because it was too long for the posting thingy!!! Oh no!!!! I'll be back in a second. :(:(:( it was nice and peacemaking and everything. *cry*
snidegrrl
Oct. 10th, 2002 02:17 pm (UTC)
Okay, calmer now...
Okay... I am trying to post this again. I had everything composed. What a moron I am. I was basically trying to explain why I got so worked up about the way you posted.

First, you started with "haha". The tone was right off kind of derisive. And then you posted some possibly facts, but no reference so I don't know if they are. Unless they're in your links at the bottom which I haven't checked out yet. So at first, that kind of had me thinking that your tone was perhaps harsher than it was meant to be.

If you understand the way a criminal works it would be clear that banning guns is a stupid response.

This statement was bothersome to me because I hadn't said I wanted to ban guns, and it seems to imply that I did and that I am by association to that idea, stupid. I'm happy to say I don't understand how a criminal mind works, but um... well I don't think I'm stupid. And do I like the idea of banning guns? I like it in an ideal world. But I know it's not realistic. I know that there could come a day where I want to have a gun. I know that it's conceivable that a person could live in a country where the government is corrupt and they might need a weapon to protect themselves from the body that is supposed to protect them. So, I don't know if that makes me stupid or what, all I know is that I don't like people shooting other people for any reason. Or animals. I know that's a controversial opinion, and I don't really want to have to defend why I think shooting people is bad. Because I don't have any statistics or facts, just a faith and a feeling.

Now listen carefully: Making something illegal does not make it go away.

The phrase "now listen carefully" is a little offensive and condescending. That definately set me off into thinking your tone was mean.

You do a major disservice to people in thinking that they are only in it to be a hero.

I don't think anyone is only in it to be a hero. I made a flippant comment based on the fact that I've heard a few people at work and around saying offhanded things like "i'm gonna go get my gun and if i see that guy i'm gonna shoot him" which makes me uncomfortable. Not to mention that it is frustratingly unrealiztic, but then, as I said above, I'm an idealist too... just in the other direction.

Part II in another post.
snidegrrl
Oct. 10th, 2002 02:19 pm (UTC)
Part II
You also make a major flaw in thinking that gun control would have stopped this guy.

I never said that I thought that gun control would have stopped this guy. You assumed that. It would have been better, to my mind, just to ask if that's what I thought and then tried to rebut it.

why? Stand by for a revelation: Because psychos and criminals don't follow the law! "*gasp*" you say, but it's true.

The tone of this comment is kind of offensive. Maybe that makes me overly sensitive, but I feel like you could have said this in a way that wasn't implying an insult.

Don't demand that I give up my Constitutional right to defend myself simply because you do not understand this.

Obviously, I hadn't demanded anything, so you kinda jumped to a conclusion there. Might have been a logical one or not because I implied that I was not happy about my friends being anti-gun-control. But still, I never said for you to give up your rights. I don't want anyone to give up theri rights. I actually lie somewhere in the middle on all this and my opinion tends to fluctuate.

Does it matter who information comes from as to whether it's correct or not?

It matters to me who an opinion comes from. As far as LJ etiquette, it's not so much that it was more someone was posting to me saying, you're wrong, and I didn't even know who was accusing me of being wrong.

So anyways, I hope we're cool now that we know where all the feelings lie, and I'm sorry I freaked out. Please accept mY apologies for going all house.
edamame
Oct. 10th, 2002 07:22 pm (UTC)
As Neil pointed out, yes, gun laws are very strict here. When they made everyone register their guns a few years ago, what ended up happening is that the honest people were the ones who complied and ultimately got their guns taken away...doesn't seem like a fair and just way to go about rounding up guns to me, the baddies aren't going to come clean so readily. There are also strict laws about carrying other sorts of weapons, like my 3 inch spiderco or even smaller (and handier!) swiss army knife are considered concealed weapons and I'd be in big trouble if I was stopped and searched and found to have either on me.

The thing though is that Australians in general (at least the ones *I* know, so this is a limited sample of city people, not farmers or country folk who might have more legitimate reasons to own guns) don't seem to really care so much about owning guns. Americans have a reputation here for being over-zealous fanatics when it comes to firearms, and it's more or less looked down upon. Between that and Bush's efforts to bomb the shit out of Iraq, I'm starting to think I should tell everyone I'm actually a Mexican. :)
snidegrrl
Oct. 12th, 2002 12:53 am (UTC)
Americans have a reputation here for being over-zealous fanatics when it comes to firearms, and it's more or less looked down upon.

See, I like this, I kind of think that it would be nice if the world had a more laid back attitude about guns, you know, like, "Why would I want one of those? I don't want to shoot anyone."

I guess it's all in perspective. I don't wanna have a gun control debate. I don't know enough about it to say. I just know that well, I don't like people shooting people. Hey, it's sort of a childish theory but it's gotten me this far.
tzel
Oct. 10th, 2002 04:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was great! Thanks for everything. :) Just next time remind me to go straight to bed and not check my email. It never fails that if I've gotten relaxed and happy there will be a message in my inbox that blows it to hell.
snidegrrl
Oct. 10th, 2002 06:54 am (UTC)
I'm dying to see who said what to whom about what but I will ask you about that later.
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