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Monthly Archive: November 2007

Nov 30 2007

Thousands protest Teacher’s 15-day sentence

But perhaps not for the reasons you might suspect. The continuing saga of Gillian Gibbons(I predict, in a day, they’ll have magnetic ribbonsTo “show your support for the naming of bears”)Has reached a new peak—don’t be caught unawares.When the teacher was sentenced to prison this weekSome protesters gathered in Khartoum to speak;Thought I, “they must …

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Nov 29 2007

Losing the Name Game

I mentioned the name game in a previous post. The bad news, of course, is that Gillian Gibbons played the Name Game… and lost. She has been sentenced to 15 days in jail. And this is considered lenient–she could have received 40 lashes. Yes, 40 lashes. Yes, in 2007. Now, I’m not the sort that …

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Nov 29 2007

A song for the season

Said the Little Boy to the Working MomDo you see what I see?Cable channel three-seventeen—Do you see what I see?A toy! A toy! A laser-action gunIt will bring me hours of funIt will bring me hours of fun! Said the Working Mom to the Absent DadDo you hear what I hear?Listen to your son, Absent …

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Nov 28 2007

The Name Game

Ok, maybe you want to be a bit more careful when you are naming your stuffed animals. I’m sure you have heard by this point about Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher who was arrested after her class voted to name their teddy bear Muhammad. BBC News is discussing the rules about what can and cannot …

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Nov 26 2007

A Squidmas Carol

Now… I am not, technically, a fan of Squidmas; I have always preferred the more inclusive Cephalopodmas, myself. But some shiftless bum who goes by the name “shiftlessbum” asked nicely, on Pharyngula, if I could “pen a Squidmas carol”. So here is the first. First thing–it is not a poem, it is a song; if …

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Nov 24 2007

Estro-Blaster, Help Me!

Another comment on Pharyngula… Seems the Estro-Blaster people are preying on men’s insecurities to sell snake-oil. (Freudian imagery intended.) There is something in the watersThat can turn my sons to daughters?I’m so happy that this flyer came to tell me of this fact!Every smoothie that we’ve blenderedMeans they’re halfway to transgendered!Every second now is precious—it …

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Nov 23 2007

Your thoughts?

Coturnix has asked (here) for me to submit one or more of these verses to the Science Blogging Anthology. If any readers have favorites they would like to lobby for, I would appreciate any feedback at all; I do not consider myself to be a particularly good judge of my verse. And if you have …

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Nov 20 2007

creationist museums

I took a walk through time and space—Through several million years—I found that some things never change,Or that’s how it appears.Stupidity’s a constant(Hey, I call ‘em as I see ‘em);I noted Man’s is not the soleCreationist Museum.Seems everywhere I looked aroundIn present or in past,I found museums touting God—And all of them half-assed.I guess I …

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Nov 20 2007

An Atheist Gives Thanks

It’s late November, time for giving thanks–But thanks to whom? For me, this question ranksAmong the more important we can ask;To answer, I’ve assigned myself the task.Tradition holds we should give thanks to God.In fact, your average person finds it oddThat anyone would even think to questionWhom to thank–but still, my bold suggestion:Thank the ones …

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Nov 16 2007

The Rain in Plains Stays Mainly Away from the Insane

“Dispatches from the culture wars” reports on the success of the pray-for-rain campain in Georgia. When God said it’s a sin to take your Saviour’s Name in vainThat applied to silly selfishness like public prayers for rain.If mortal I can see through this, then God can ascertainThe inherent self-aggrandizing political campaign.When the pastors, priests, and …

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