Friday Dec 21, 2007

Merry Christmas!

When did that holiday wish turn into a political statement? I don't know whether to blame the left for political correctness and excessive caution not to offend anyone; or to blame the right for excessive sensitivity being so offended by non-offensiveness. I think I'll blame them both, since now if you wish someone Merry Christmas you're suspected of leading a new crusade to forcibly convert your neighbor from Judaism. And if you instead wish them Happy Holidays you're suspected of renouncing your faith.

Well how about this? When I wish you Merry Christmas it simply means that I hope that you and your family are happy this holiday, on and around Christmas day. I am not imploring you to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior, nor am I imploring you not to. And if I should wish you a Happy Diwali next September it will simply mean that I hope you have a happy holiday, perhaps even enjoy seeing the festival of lights. Not that I wish for you to revere the goddess Lakshmi or Lord Vishnu.

So I also hope you have a nice Alban Arthuan, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Twelfth Night, and a Happy New Year!

Friday Aug 18, 2006

blogging lawyers


San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre started a blog. Jonathan Schwarz, a big fan of openness, is justifiably proud that our general counsel is the only one in the Fortune 500 who blogs. But I'm afraid that my city just grabbed bragging rights. Our city attorney Michael Aguirre just started a blog of his own, making him unique in the "Census 10." San Diego is the eighth largest city.


Aguirre is a big fan of openness himself, having been elected to the post in order to clean up a city government whose secretive financial dealings and favors handed out among the "good old boys" almost brought down the pension system and drew SEC and criminal investigations. Aguirre is no good old boy, and whatever he lacks in courtesy he makes up for in bluntness, and has made plenty of political enemies across party lines. Among these is the city newspaper which seldom lets a day go by without some article or editorial attacking him. Aguirre's blog should be an entertaining read even for people not captivated by city politics or legal opinions on budget approval processes.

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I am a software engineer in San Diego, president of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (spec.org), formerly a mathematician and a violist.

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