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Democrats Get Religion (sort of)

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Here’s a new take on the story of the Good Samaritan:
The Good Samaritan is walking down the road and cares for a stranger who has been beaten and robbed, [NC Democractic Rep David] Price said. The next day, on the same road, another person has been beaten and robbed. So it goes for another week […]

What if Michael Jackson were from India?

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

I know you’ve probably pondered that question many times. Wonder no more.
Hat tip: Dave Barry.

Washington Post finds nice things to say about Christians

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Well, certain Christians, anyway:
Lyndsay Moseley was no longer inspired by the evangelical Christian faith of her youth. As an environmental activist, she believed that it offered little spiritual support for her work and was overly focused on opposing abortion and gay marriage.
… and, you know, sin and all that stuff.
Then the 27-year-old District resident discovered […]

“This product copiously leaks out of my nose whenever I read these reviews.”

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

You must go and read the Amazon.com Reviews for Tuscan Whole Milk.  You will not be disappointed.  Funny stuff!
Caveat 1: I’m sure more reviews will be added.  They may not be as funny.
Caveat 2: Some of the reviews are not appropriate for younger eyes.
Caveat 3: At the time of this posting, there were 622 reviews.  […]

Misused abbrevations/acronyms

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Is there a word for when people misuse an acronym or abbreviation by appending to it the full word represented by the last letter? For example: PIN number or ATM machine. There are more localized examples: when I worked at Kennedy Space Center’s Bicentennial Exposition (known as “Third Century America”) immediately after high […]

The Nanny State: a literal party-pooper

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Get Schooled” blog, we learn that school parties in one Atlanta county have taken a major hit. The school board is banning homemade goodies, due to concerns over “food safety, food allergies and increasing vigilance over childhood obesity.”
Let’s dismiss the obesity and food safety issues first. I don’t accept […]

It’s a woman’s right

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

… to not be the mother of someone with club feet!
MORE than 20 babies [in Britain, I imagine] have been aborted in advanced pregnancy because scans showed that they had club feet, a deformity readily corrected by surgery or physiotherapy.

“It was strongly suggested that we consider abortion after they found our baby had a club […]

More Cherry-Picking by Jim West

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

In a post entitled, “Heinrich Bullinger: On the Necessity of Schools,” West simply provides a quote by Bullinger:
“All peoples who were not totally rude and without understanding have noticed and understood that no kingdom or government can happily be preserved without schools.”
To provide himself cover, West makes no further comment in this post, but based […]

Racism, as defined by Seattle Public Schools

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Hat tip to The Volokh Conspiracy, who points us to this definition of Cultural Racism by the Seattle Public Schools:
Those aspects of society that overtly and covertly attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and devalue, stereotype, and label people of color as “other?, different, less than, or render them invisible. Examples of […]

Audemus jura nostra defendere

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

We’ve been in Montgomery, Alabama, for the weekend to attend the wedding of my cousin’s daughter. It was a very nice affair, with the wedding at a large United Methodist Church in Montgomery, and the reception at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
When we entered Alabama on Friday, we stopped at the Welcome Center […]

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