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Thursday, September 28, 2006
Teh bst EV3R OMG!
Thursday, September 28, 2006 8:18:31 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] | #
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
'cause I'm movin' out.
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

As a long-time member of the ACLU, I am proud to be part of an organization that protects the first Amendment.

But this article in the New York Times summarizes a lot of recent concerns about the leadership of the ACLU.

In interviews, some members of the group behind the Web site pointed to internal controversies that have been made public, starting with an agreement that obligated the A.C.L.U. to check its staff against government lists of suspected terrorists to participate in the federal employees’ annual fund-raising drive known as the Combined Federal Campaign at the same time it was criticizing the lists.

Since then, controversies have developed over other matters, including questions about the A.C.L.U.’s use of data mining to profile donors, a plan to monitor its employees’ e-mail messages and efforts to control board members’ access to staff and information.

Donors have confronted the organization over proposals that would have discouraged its board members from publicly criticizing the organization’s policies and internal administration.

“Any one of those things by itself is unacceptable, but you could say it was an error in judgment and let it go,” said David Goldberger, a law professor at Ohio State University, who defended the Nazis’ right to march in Skokie, Ill., when he worked at the A.C.L.U.’s Illinois affiliate. “But when you start to see more than one of these kinds of things emerge, then it’s clear that the organization’s leadership has let it drift away from its core principles, and without those principles, it has no value.”

An old saying goes:  “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”  I would say:  “What’s good enough for the watched is good enough for the watchers.”

An organization that cannot do its job with transparency and honesty; and without infringing on individual concience and freedom deserves to be replaced by an organization that can.

Personally, I think that the ACLU can do it’s job with transparency and honesty. 

This organization has a number of objections to actions taken the last couple of years by the ACLU.

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2006 8:13:41 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
Monday, September 25, 2006

The ancient Babylonian batteries have confused, and mystified archeologists for decades...those who don't outright reject their authenticity, that is.

For one thing, they don't appear to have served any useful purpose, as there have been no discoveries of ancient Babylonian motors, or ancient Babylonian wiring, or tablets full of ancient Babylonian building codes (other than the ones declairing that any house broken into have the body of the burgler sealed into the breach).

But I know what they were used for.

Don't tell anyone, but they were used to fuel the Stargate.

Thank you, thank you, ladies and gentlemen.  Yes, you may tell Dr. Jackson that I will gladly accept a position on his research team.  Late nights are not a problem.

Monday, September 25, 2006 8:53:45 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] |  |  | #
Saturday, September 23, 2006

Paula over at Ordinary Time sent me a link to this blog.

I like it a lot.  I think I'll be adding it to my blog roll soon.  I think you will all like it too.

She has a lot of smart and witty things to say, and many of them are undeniably true.  For instance, I can say with certainty, that this really is what friends are for. (fun little gem from the archives).

Saturday, September 23, 2006 6:55:59 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] | #
Thursday, September 21, 2006

The New York Times has a story about the skeleton of a little girl found in Ethiopia.  She was about three years old at the time of death, but her skeleton is about 3 million years old.

 

You can read more about it in the journal, Nature, where the findings will be announced, or in the National Geographic magazine in November.

 

The skeleton belongs to the same species as the famous “Lucy”, Australopithecus afarensis.

 

But being a child’s skeleton, and apparently better preserved than Lucy, it gives a lot of important information that was missing before.  For one thing, we all know that in any species, the bodies of children are very different than the bodies of adults.  The experts seem to espect that this child’s skeleton will give us information on how these creatures developed as individuals.  Also, the hyoid bone is preserved…the small bone in the larynx.  This is so small that it is rarely preserved.  It might shed some light on the nature of the evolution of speech. 

 

It will also most likely provide some insight into the culture, psychology and sociology of modern primitive man:  we will be able to observe how the creationist argument that Austarolpithecus afarensis is not a transitional fossil has evolved since the last one was found.

 

As usual, Pharyngula got to this first, but I got in a sarcastic swipe at creationists.  PZ must be mellowing.

 

Ben at Eclectics Anonymous has a critique of this as an example of poor science writing.

 

Also, I’d like to note for the record, that I got through a post about the history of humanity being dug out of the dirt, and didn’t make one single solitary lustful comment about Daniel.  Them jets cool enough for ya, Jason?  J

Thursday, September 21, 2006 5:38:57 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Drama in real life (with apologies to The Reader's Digest)
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 12:11:10 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Takin' it over the limit, one more time.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 9:08:21 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  |  |  | #
Friday, September 15, 2006
And Teresa is a geek...moving on.
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Thursday, September 14, 2006

 Ann Richards on How to Be a Good Republican:

 

“1. You have to believe that the nation's current 8-year prosperity was due to the work of Ronald Reagan and George Bush, but yesterday's gasoline prices are all Clinton's fault. 2. You have to believe that those privileged from birth achieve success all on their own. 3. You have to be against all government programs, but expect Social Security checks on time.””

 

Ann Richards on George H.W. Bush:

 

"Poor George, he can't help it...He was born with a silver foot in his mouth."

 

 

Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas has passed away at age 73.

 

I first heard of Ann Richards when I was in college via the urban legend about how she swept to victory on the credit of being a true Southern Woman, and reacting with dignity and grace when her Republican opponent refused to shake her hand at a public debate.  I’ve no idea if it is fact or not…but since that anecdote attracted my attention, everything I saw of her in public life after that seemed to point to it’s truth.

Thursday, September 14, 2006 6:26:05 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] | #
Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I just got a SPAM e-mail demanding that I stop sending SPAM.

This is going to cause me fatal brain recursions, I think.  :-)

My only guess is that it is a ploy to get me to respond.

So I didn't.

How freaking Odd.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 6:44:04 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] | #
Monday, September 11, 2006

     I think I mentioned that I went to my cousin’s grandmother’s birthday party while I was up in Bemidji.

     My cousin, Jon, was home for two weeks on leave from Iraq, and his parents threw a birthday party for my aunt’s husband’s mother.

     This is a very nice lady.  She has always been kind, and friendly, and generous.

     I met a lot of her friends, including some members of her regular bridge group at the party.

     That was fun.  They all seemed very nice as well.

     There was this one lady, though that stood out from all the rest.

     She had on robin’s egg blue slacks, a bright, multi-colored floral shirt with lots of blue and pink and orange on it.

     She had a HUGE pin on her left lapel.  It spelled out the word SHINE in rhinestone diamonds.  The letters were easily an inch-and-a-half tall.  The whole thing looked like it belonged on the fist of a multi-million dollar rap recording artist.

     She saw me looking at it, and smiled.

    

Me:  That is certainly an eye-catching pin.

Her:  Yes, I bought it at the Crystal Cathedral when I went there to see Shuler speak.

Me:  Wow.  That must have been quite a trip.

Her:  Oh yes, I went with my church group.  We are going on another trip (she told me

          when and where, but I forgot)  This time one of the ladies said that if I liked to

          shop, I should bring an empty suitcase with me.

Me:   Well, that certainly sounds like excellent advice, I hope you have a wonderful time.

 

Then she saw someone else she wanted to talk to, and drifted off.

 

But the damage had been done.  The phrase popped into my head and will most likely be there forever:

 

Jesus Bling.

Monday, September 11, 2006 2:01:27 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  | #

Finally, the perfect meeting of fraud and credulity!  I got this SPAM in my inbox today.

 

Protect your loved ones The Christian Way. Ensure your family's financial security with life insurance from ChristianLifeShop.

 - Print your term life insurance policy in 15 minutes.

 - No med exam required

 - Benefits never decrease in term period.

 - Rates never go up in term period

Monday, September 11, 2006 1:44:44 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [6] | #

Long-time reader-commenter and e-mail pal Ben Cline has started his own blog, which I will be adding to the blog roll.

Check it out!

http://eclecticsanonymous.wordpress.com

Ben is a voracious reader, and tends to raise interesting, inconvenient, and frustrating questions and points.

He also has the unique perspective of being a US ex-pat living in Germany...so I am looking forward to his future offerings as a blogger.

 

Monday, September 11, 2006 10:27:40 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #

Today is a special day.  It is the day that my best friend's age gets to be one number bigger than my age...for about a month.

When Minnesota's drinking age went from 18 to 21, Sue missed the grandfather cut-off clause by a hairs' breadth.  It was very frustrating for her, for all of us, really.  One person in the group would have been all we needed to get a regular supply of drinkin' stuff.

Sue was our best hope, and she failed us.  But  that's all water under the bridge.  It's not the purpose of this post to dredge up old disappointments.

The purpose of this post is to wish Sue a happy, healthy, hearty HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Happy Birthday Sue, and may you have many, many more.

You're the best.

 

Monday, September 11, 2006 6:53:04 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] | #
Sunday, September 10, 2006

So I went to a big-chain drug store (I believe it might be the biggest, actually), to buy a birthday card for a elderly reletive the other day. 

There was a rack of cards that varied from being crude and disgusting, to being crude, disgusting, and insulting about the fact that you (the recipient) were getting old and unattractive.  I skipped over those.

There was a rack full of kiddie cards, no need for that.

There was a long rack of cards for Grandmothers, Grandfathers, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters...but none for uncle-by-marriage's-mother's birthday.  (I think I've mentioned that we have a close-knit extended family).

Then I saw them...TWO huge racks of religious birthday cards.  Two.  The religious birthday card selection was by far the catagory with the largest selection (as long as you were Christian, that is).

And I saw several...several cards that specifically asked you to contemplate on your birthday, how wonderous it is that you were CREATED, and that you did not happen by CHANCE.  That it was no ACCIDENT that you exsist, but that you were MADE to be you.

That just seemed weird to me. 

I mean, I understand that if your focus is The Church, and if your religion is important to you, you might want to get a religious birthday card.  Heck, I bought a religious themed birthday card for this sweet old grandma lady because I thought it would be preferable (her being very religious) to give her that than one that made clever referances to the effects of gravity on boobs over time...

But doesn't a creationist birthday card (much less several different designs of creationist birthday cards) seem a tad too focused?  Even a little - psychotic?

I found myself wondering who would find themselves standing in front of two whole racks of Christian-themed birthday cards, and looking at a handful of creationist-themed religious birthday cards and thinking "if only they had a better variety".

Of course, I WAS in Bemidji...

Sunday, September 10, 2006 8:29:21 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Friday, September 08, 2006

I got this via Pharyngula.  It is not for work, or in the presence of children.

OK, you might be OK if you have head-phones, but then people will wonder what all of the evil, subversive giggling is all about and you'll either have to say "Oh, nohing", which many people find unsettling in a subversively giggling co-worker, or you'll have to share, and that would probably not be good either.

Just save it for home alone time.

http://falafelsex.blogspot.com/2006/09/reasons-abby-is-going-to-hell-number.html

Friday, September 08, 2006 7:35:05 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  |  | #
Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Sorry for the blog entry consisting only of a link to another blog entry, but this little throw-away zinger at Pharyngula hit me in the funny-bone.

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/09/does_it_glow.php

Wednesday, September 06, 2006 8:02:23 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Monday, September 04, 2006
Kickin' it Old School
Monday, September 04, 2006 8:56:19 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
Introspection is not a hate crime.
Monday, September 04, 2006 8:59:34 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  | #
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