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- 1 General Information
- 2 Political Views
- 3 Wikipolitics
- 4 Religious Views
- 5 Wikipedia-related interests
- 6 Articles I'm working on or watching
- 7 Articles I've Created
- 8 Creative writing
- 9 Rogue's Rant
- 10 Random quotations
I choose to keep my name confidential most places online, and will do so here. I go by a few different aliases on the Internet, including Rogue 9, Renegade, and Renegade Paladin.
I was a student at Murray State University. My interests include playing music (music education being my major), biking, fishing, and water tubing, as well as more sedentary activities like engaging in debate both online and off, and playing real time strategy games as well as Dungeons & Dragons, in which I am quite fond of playing paladins, especially unusual multiclass combos thereof such as rogue/paladins. I am an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
I suffered a home fire in 2006 and was forced to drop out of university due to the resulting strain on my finances. I continue my studies independently, and am working to master artisan bread baking. I baked professionally for a few years, but lost my job in a layoff when the local bakery was bought out. I now work in a local furniture factory to support myself while saving money to return to school. In the meantime, I continue independent study of many topics both as a matter of personal interest and to exercise my mind, including trigonometry and American history, particularly of the antebellum period and American Civil War.
I am a political centrist, having views on different issues scattered far about the political spectrum. Some people have said that I am closest to being a classical liberal. To get as close to an accurate generalization as possible, I am generally speaking a foreign policy and fiscal conservative, and a social liberal. Despite my failure to commit to any "side" of the standard United States political order, I am an active member of Protest Warrior, a decision I took to help counter the impact of the radical left and the often socialist positions advocated during street protests.
And then there's Wikipolitics. On the Wiki I stand firmly against deletionism (though not all deletions; patent nonsense in the article namespace obviously needs to go) and censorship in all forms. Users should be allowed to express themselves in their userpages as they see fit, including through the use of userboxes.
I am similarly against the absolutist stance of the no personal attacks policy, since as it stands right now NPA could be taken to ban such things as Requests for Comment against abusive editors (and admins) since the existence of an RfC implies that something wrong has been found with the subject's behavior, a fairly clear direct attack. I am further of the belief that sometimes a person has been stupid/abusive enough to warrant massive flaming. Intellectual dishonesty, particularly in an encyclopedia, is far more uncivil than condemning someone for being so, even with the strongest terms. Put simply, if someone's being a fucking idiot then call him a fucking idiot. Truth hurts sometimes, but we are (or should be) in the business of providing truth.
Speaking of truth, the truth isn't neutral either. Articles should be as neutrally toned as possible, but frankly to take a neutral stance on some things (the Holocaust, for instance) is morally reprehensible in itself. In the interests of academic tone we need not spend an entire article condemning such subjects, but we should neither offer justifications in the article, as absolute neutrality requires we must. I will not be party to justifying Stalin, Pol Pot, or any others of their ilk in the name of being neutral.
I am a Christian and a member of the United Methodist Church, though many consider me a heretic. I am not heavily involved in religious activities beyond going to church on occasion.
I am an amateur historian, specializing in American history leading up to the American Civil War. I also take great interest in Star Wars-related articles, as well as lesser interest in most other science fiction. I also have a lesser interest in political articles. You might see my edits in any of these topics.
I am also highly interested in putting a stop to rampant deletionism. For the articles, Wikipedia is not paper, and there are some who would do well to remember that. Wikipedia is also a community, and messing with the rights of a community's members is an excellent way to make them seek out other communities. If we wish the encyclopedia to grow and benefit from a large number of serious users, we need to not interfere with those users' rights on their personal userpages.
Articles I'm working on or watching
Putting these here so I can get at them quickly.
Articles I've Created
I'm in the process of writing a couple of stories, one of them well on its way to being novel-length. As several circumstances surrounding this work make seeking publication impossible, I'm making it available in several places on the Internet for free. My only requirement is that no one attempt to claim credit for my writing.
The story is entitled "Shades of Eire," and is set in a slightly modified version of the Forgotten Realms. It centers around Gilchrist, crown prince of one of the city-states of the Western Heartlands. For the interested, the story is available here and will be updated regularly.
Last update: 2/2/2010
Another, entitled "Trollbane," may be found here.
Last update: 12/18/2007
Where I scream and holler about things that suck.
Dumbasses and bomb threats
Okay, so some kids (who are probably older than I am, but until I know for sure, I'll work with apparent maturity) thought it would be absolutely hilarious to pick up an employment application at work and then return it with a bomb threat written on it. I had to deal with the police for about four hours, which is really something I often do at my job, but usually it isn't in their official capacity.
At least they got the fuckers. They get to spend the night in jail, and I get to go to the witness stand before too long. Joy.
Okay, this one doesn't suck. I would just like to commemorate the fact that Cyde got himself owned on the issue of the deletion of religion-related userboxes. To quote: "They're not coming back." They're back, baby. Self pwn!
Mistress Selina Kyle's banning
Mistress Selina Kyle has been banned indefinitely after making a nuisance of herself to the admin establishment one too many times. What was the problem, hmmmmm? Were they afraid she might upset their cushy position at the top of the heap, where they get to dictate to us proles all day long?
Frankly, she was what Wikipedia needed; occasionally things need to be stirred up to expose the rot. The stirring up isn't pleasant, but stopping it only ensures that it will be worse later. MSK was a tireless and indomitable fighter for what she believed was right, particularly against corruption among the administrators. Whenever an admin abused his power, especially in unilateral deletions, she was there.
Unfortunately for her, she was there one too many times and the admins decided she was too much of a risk. Wikipedia has lost one of its best. Here's to you, Mistress. It was a good run.
Wikipedia "vote stuffing"
Okay, seriously. Why the hell do people refer to telling people about a vote on Wikipedia as vote stuffing? Are we to have secret elections comprising only the most ardent of deletionists that hang out at the AfD page looking for a chance to destroy other peoples' work? Telling people about an impending vote isn't vote stuffing, cheating, "subverting democracy," or anything else; it's simple fairness. If all Wikipedians are entitled to vote in any given AfD (as we theoretically are), then why is it wrong to inform people that such a vote is taking place when it might be of interest to them?
The United Nations
The United Nations sucks. I'm sorry, let's face it. The whole mess is a bloated, incompetent bureaucracy that can't actually do its job worth a damn... unless that job consists of picking the pockets of taxpayers the world over, but especially in the United States. The Security Council can't get anything done because any one of the permanent members can veto everyone else, and fucking China and France are among them. Half the sitting members of the Human Rights Commission are prime candidates to be brought before that very same commission. There are no provisions for loss of privilege for dictatorships, no matter how loathsome they may be; the Soviet Union under Stalin held primacy in the UN all through the purges and no one batted an eye. The worst dictatorships on the planet today are all members in good standing, with some sitting on the most ironically inappropriate commissions imaginable. (Sudan on Human Rights, anyone?)
I'll be fair. The World Health Organization does its job reasonably well, and I definitely support its mission. But on global security? The UN is a sad, sad joke. The troops in the blue helmets didn't hit the ground in Darfur for years after the genocide there was widely known... and those grand world forces consisted of twelve men from Nepal. Either make the damned thing halfway effective or trim the fat.
"The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it." - John Stuart Mill
"The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honor you can bestow on him. It means you recognize his superiority to yourself." - Joseph Sobran
"At the end of a century that has seen the evils of communism, Nazism and other modern tyrannies, the impulse to centralize power remains amazingly persistent." - Joseph Sobran
"A soldier's obedience finds its limits where his knowledge, his conscience, and his responsibility forbid to obey orders." - Generaloberst Ludwig Beck
"For every action there is an equal and opposite government program." - Bob Wells
"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free." - P.J. O'Rourke
"There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you." - Will Rogers
"The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly,' meaning 'many,' and the word 'ticks,' meaning 'blood sucking parasites.'" - Dave Barry
"Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim." - Thomas Macaulay
"Pacifism is a shifty doctrine under which a man accepts the benefits of the social group without being willing to pay - and claims a halo for his dishonesty." — Robert A. Heinlein
"Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat." - Robert A. Heinlein
"War is not violence and killing, pure and simple; war is controlled violence, for a purpose. The purpose of war is to support your government's decisions by force. The purpose is never to kill the enemy just to be killing him . . . but to make him do what you want him to do." - Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers
"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and a finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee." - Ezekiel 25:17 combined with a few other verses, from Pulp Fiction.
"The driving is like that of Jehu, son of Nimshi -- He drives like a madman." - 2 Kings 9:20
"We may indeed in counsel point to the higher road, but we cannot compel any free creature to walk upon it. That leadeth to tyranny, which disfigureth good and maketh it seem hateful." - Morgoth's Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." - Jack London
"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary." -- James D. Nicoll
"Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy." -- Sir Winston Churchill
"We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." - Sir Winston Churchill
"If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha." - Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw
"To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." - Sun Tzu
"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours." - General Sir Charles James Napier
"Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art." - Tom Stoppard
"I have at my command an entire battle group of the Imperial Guard. Fifty regiments, including specialised drop troops, stealthers, mechanised formations, armoured companies, combat engineers and mobile artillery. Over half a million fighting men and thirty thousand tanks and artillery pieces are mine to command. Emperor show mercy to the fool that stands against me, for I shall not." - Warmaster Demetrius, at the outset of the Salonika Crusade, 733.M38
"Your foe is well-equipped, well-trained, battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the tanks on ours." - Colonel Joachim Pfeiff, 14th Krieg Panzer Regiment
"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue — and thoroughly immoral — doctrine that 'violence never solves anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms." - Robert A. Heinlein, "Starship Troopers"
"The whole point of free expression is not to make ideas exempt from criticism but to expose them to it." - Garry Wills
"Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance." - Sam Brown
"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats." - H.L. Mencken
"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." - John F. Kennedy
"Death had to take him sleeping, for if Roosevelt had been awake there would have been a fight." - Thomas R. Marshall, on the death of Theodore Roosevelt
"My queen, all you say is true. But Rhaegar lost on the Trident. He lost the battle, he lost the war, he lost the kingdom, and he lost his life. His blood swirled downriver with the rubies from his breastplate, and Robert the Usurper rode over his corpse to steal the Iron Throne. Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly, Rhaegar fought honorably. And Rhaegar died." - Ser Jorah Mormont, A Song of Ice and Fire
"South Carolina is too small for a republic, but too large for an insane asylum." - James Louis Petigru, December 8, 1860
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation." - George Washington
"Never explain--your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway." - Elbert Hubbard
"Misfortune shows those who are not really friends." - Aristotle
"A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling." - Arthur Brisbane
"Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace." - Oscar Wilde
"Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff." - Frank Zappa
"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." - Frederick Douglass
"The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." - Frederick Douglass
"May you live in interesting times, and attract the attention of important people." - Ancient Chinese curse
"The position on the right must be retaken. Some of our men are pretty badly demoralized, but the enemy must be more so, for he has attempted to force his way out, but has fallen back; the one who attacks first now will be victorious and the enemy will have to be in a hurry if he gets ahead of me." - General Ulysses S. Grant, before the capture of Fort Donelson, after being advised to retreat before a Confederate breakout attempt.
"Wherever Law ends, Tyranny begins." - John Locke, Second Treatise on Government
"Anarchy is a game at which the police can beat you." - George Bernard Shaw
"Let's face it, the A-10 doesn't 'fly'; it stares down gravity until it runs into a corner sobbing and then, due to sheer badassery, the air decides to get out of its way." - Winston Blake
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" - Isaac Asimov