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Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 21 2011

Tacky Jesus, Get Off My Mountain!

A national forest is no place for Jesus Just standing there, blessing the snow He’s been at the top of the ski lift for decades But now it seems Jesus must go. Appeals to tradition from some of the locals Will, hopefully, fall on deaf ears Breaking the law isn’t magically better When done for …

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Oct 21 2011

I Got My Wish!

Wrong-again Harold had made a prediction Wrong-again Harold was once again wrong Wrong-again Harold believed in a fiction, But wrong-again Harold kept chugging along. Wrong-again Harold had plenty of money So wrong-again Harold bought billboards and such People who saw them all thought they were funny But wrong-again Harold, he didn’t care much Wrong-again Harold …

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Oct 20 2011

Purple?

I’m sorry; I didn’t wear purple today, But I have to say, in fairness— I’m not opposed at all to gay rights; I’m opposed to “raising awareness” I’ll speak my mind; I’ll teach my class; I’ll probably reach a few; But tell me… “raising awareness”— What, exactly, does it do? Some homophobic moron Could be …

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Oct 20 2011

Last Donors Choose Post

Today, Friday, Saturday. That’s it. The good news is, the Powers That Be are, for those three days, doubling all donations. If you donate (even as little as a dollar), they will (if I remember correctly) send you a voucher for you to choose where to spend that same amount on the same or other …

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Oct 20 2011

Back Of The Bus Again, Rosa

When she boarded the One-Ten in Brooklyn And sat in her seat at the front The men who were seated around her Had a message, unwelcome and blunt: Don’t ask, just move to the rear now The answer is “God made the rule” You have to respect our religion You ignorant, secular fool It’s Orthodox …

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Oct 19 2011

Headline Muse, 10/19

Though it’s always liked Bobbies or Tims And no problems with Saras or Kims Google wasn’t a plus For a subset of us Now they’re changing their minds about ‘nyms Headline: Google planning major upgrades to Google+ ‘within days’ The only change I’m wondering about is their change in policy regarding pseudonyms. Rumor has it …

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Oct 19 2011

20/20 Hindsight (or, The Basis Of Objective Morality)

Cos it’s coming up on that time of the semester. Another one for my students. The non-religious viewpoint—that a moral sense evolves— Raises up some thorny questions, while some others it resolves The thing about selection that can give a fellow blindsight Is that all success and failure is revealed to us in hindsight. Predicting …

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Oct 19 2011

Home Stretch

The science bloggers’ challenge, in Donors Choose, is rapidly coming to an end. The official challenge (which FtB is leading handily, even with PZ mis-categorized) ends this Saturday, one day after the end of the world. As of this writing, four of my pet projects have been funded (yay!), one timed out without being funded …

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Oct 18 2011

Fred Karger For President

Technically, Ron Paul was the first candidate to file for New Hampshire’s “first in the nation” primary (date, to be decided, after everybody else jostles for an early time. It might be next week.). But in the Granite State, Real Candidates file in person. And the first candidate to file in person was… *drum roll* …

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Oct 18 2011

Headline Muse, 10/18

When “the man in the white shirt” let loose His behavior was seen as abuse Now he’ll lose accrued time For his boneheaded crime: Breaking standards of pepper spray use Headline: NYC inspector broke pepper spray rule He may appeal (but frankly, he’s not terribly appealing), but as it stands, the report (on conditions of …

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