Won this* Ruger 9mm at the Friends of NRA Banquet in Pittsburg last night. Wife already stole it. It wll make a nice little concealable for her.
* well, one just like it.
State Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), a campaign surrogate for President Obama in Virginia, said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is appealing to racists who do not want a black man in the White House...Yeah, I know, blah, blah, blah. Obama is falling in the polls and it's due to people who formerly supported him but just discovered that he's black.* That said, this state senator, famous as a woman who "has never been one to hold her tongue," said something of actual, real, interest in her otherwise wholly predictable little rant. When asked by radio host John Fredericks if she "really believe[s] now that this is still about race,” Triple-L answered thusly:
“I absolutely believe it’s all about race, and for the first time in my life I’ve been able to convince my children, finally, that racism is alive and well,” she replied.Let that assertion sink in for a minute. L. Louise Lucas is black and 68 years old. That means that her kids are black and at least in their 40s. And this, in July of 2012, is the first time that she has been able to convince her children, who have lived more than four decades as black Americans in a formerly-Confederate state, that racism is alive and well.
MORE than half a century ago, iconic physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked a deceptively simple question. After patiently listening to reams of calculations that implied multitudes of advanced civilizations in a vast universe, he asked his optimistic colleagues, "Well, then, where is everyone?"I'm not sure how Fermi's question is "deceptively" simple; it's simply the basic question that needs to be asked. Since there is nothing for such scientific programs as SETI to study, is any of it science? I doubt it.
...Even without a single confirmed example of extraterrestrial life, fields as diverse as astronomy, statistics and probability, game theory, and organic chemistry have provided major fodder for speculation on what might be out there, and where they may be hiding.
Former Auburn running back Michael Dyer may be on the move again.Pitt State has had a couple pros come through this little town*. And the Gorillas are the current Division II national champions as well as being the winningest team in Division II history. They've got 4 national championships going back to NAIA days and have played for the title 5 times in the past 20 years.
After being released from scholarship at Auburn, Dyer landed at Arkansas State under his former offensive coordinator and Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn. Now that's rumored to be changing...
Pitt State may not be Auburn, but it did take home the Division II national championship last season and will give Dyer a marquee small-school platform to play for. The talent level isn't great, and Dyer will have the ability to produce large numbers, which will keep his name in the headlines throughout the season.
As of Thursday night, sources close to Dyer say the running back is reconsidering his intentions to transfer. Arkansas State has scheduled a press conference for Friday at 1pm to discuss the back's future.That's just as well. Perhaps better the devil you know than the devil you don't, but no devil at all is the best choice of all.
Episcopal Church Leaders Vote to Sell NY HeadquartersThe more the Episcopalians try to prove themselves modern and trendy, the less impact they will continue to have on the world.
Amid budget cuts, staff layoffs and losses in membership, a legislative house of The Episcopal Church voted Friday to sell the denomination's headquarters in New York. Church leaders will also vote on a resolution calling for pastors to bless same-sex unions.
The defining idea of liberal Christianity — that faith should spur social reform as well as personal conversion — has been an immensely positive force in our national life.Except that's not the defining ideal of liberal Christianity, or it would simply be "active" or "social" Christianity rather than liberal. One does not have to be a theological or political liberal to engage in social reform, and the elimination* of infanticide in fourth century Rome was as great a social reform as anything that has occurred since. Rather, the defining idea of liberal Christianity is that our religion ought to be informed by modern ideas.** Christianity, and especially Christian doctrine, must change with the times.
[NYT] How many members of the Episcopal Church are there in this country?
About 2.2 million [in 2006]. It used to be larger percentagewise, but Episcopalians tend to be better-educated and tend to reproduce at lower rates than some other denominations. Roman Catholics and Mormons both have theological reasons for producing lots of children.
Episcopalians aren’t interested in replenishing their ranks by having children?
No. It’s probably the opposite. We encourage people to pay attention to the stewardship of the earth and not use more than their portion.Bishop Schori will be happy to know that there are now about 1.9 million Episcopalians in the US, down about 10% in the past 6 years. And they are getting smarter all the time.
My own view lies somewhere in the middle: I'm against abortion ... so I refuse to have one. Seeing how I've never had an unwanted or life-threatening pregnancy, I don't feel equipped to tell complete strangers in those circumstances what they should do with their bodies.Now, given that LZ is also gay, it's probably true that he will never have to deal with pregnancy in any form.* So he seems to have an open and shut case: live and let die.
State Rep. Mary Franson has apologized and removed a YouTube video that compared Minnesota’s food stamp program to “feed(ing) the animals.” It started Friday, when Franson, a first-term Republican from Alexandria, posted a week-in-review video on YouTube. She ran through the news about the new state budget forcast(sic) and ended with a plea to end child sexual abuse. In between, at about the two-minute mark, she turned to the welfare reform:
“I'll read you this little funny clip that we got from a friend. It says, 'Isn't it ironic that the food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps, ever. Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to please not feed the animals, because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves."
...The Alliance for a Better Minnesota has launched a petition drive, demanding that Franson make another video – this one, an apology for her last video.Why in the world should she apologize? For comparing humans to animals? It seems to me that a bedrock principle of modern biology is that humans are animals. It is so basic, in fact, that larval academics* will go out of their way to ignorantly mock bestiality laws because, well, you can't outlaw sex with animals without outlawing sex with humans. It's science.
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — One elderly thrill-seeker was gored in a leg and five others slightly injured as thousands of adrenaline-fueled runners raced ahead of six fighting bulls in the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona in the first running of the bulls of this year's San Fermin festival, officials said Saturday. Runners, in traditional white clothing and red kerchiefs around their necks, tripped over each other or fell in the mad daredevil annual rush along early morning dew-moistened slippery streets to the city's bull ring.So one septuagenarian and 5 other crazy people got gored or trampled by bulls as they purposely harassed and ran with them through the streets? The only problem I see is that there weren't enough bulls. There were "thousands" of people running. That's too much work for 6 bulls. Yeah, they got an average of one person each, but they are still working against pretty long odds. Plus, it's really unfair* to a lot of runners who barely get to see a bull, much less have the opportunity to accumulate scars instead of mere yarns.
|Mammy, where's my drama queen crown?|
"The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance."
-- Samuel Adams