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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 23 2013

The Ballad Of Kat and Krista (Or, Why The Church Is Losing)

The city saw progress; It’s moving, at last, But the church remains stubbornly Stuck in the past When Kat married Krista They first had to fight Till the city agreed To their benefits right So health care was covered Which only seems just And the city agreed That they certainly must And Kat’s parents supported …

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Aug 22 2013

The Pronoun Game

The media say Bradley Manning, today Has decided he’s making a change He’s making a stand With his latest demand But reactions have been a bit… strange. Cos as far as I see, It’s all “Bradley” and “he” Like the networks are sharing one plan But it’s Chelsea, you see, (And the pronoun is “she”) …

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Aug 21 2013

This Time, The Apocalypse Is For The Birds

Predictions of apocalypse Are found in some religions This week, for something different, it’s The end of days… of pigeons In Moscow, birds are dying— Ah, but that is not the worst— The pigeons don’t just die; they’ve been Becoming zombies first! They fall to earth as if possessed, Their muscles strangely weak They’re listless, …

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Aug 20 2013

The Other Kind Of Blue Moon

So… I learned something new today. I had known for some time of the “second full moon in the same month” definition, but it turns out that is the second definition. Before it (and still, but less well known perhaps thanks to Nanci Griffith and Patrick Alger), it turns out that a Blue Moon is …

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Aug 19 2013

“If The First Amendment Means Anything…”

Can your town pray to Jesus? The courts will decide; A town in New York Has a case being tried At town council meetings (And maybe at schools) They argue “the Christian Majority rules” The supremes are the ones Who interpret the laws– So PLEASE… don’t neglect The establishment clause! I’ll stop here–I could go …

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Aug 19 2013

Unintended Consequences; or, Get Off Of My Lawn!

My parents worked through poverty, Through hardship and through strife, In part so we, their children, had A better chance at life And we, their sons and daughters, With our parents’ words well heeded Have worked so that our children, too Have better lives than we did. To make the world a better place Each …

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Aug 16 2013

“Atheists Believe In Nothing, Including You.”

It would be more amusing if it weren’t so common. This time, the source of the bad article of the day is the website for the Western Center For Journalism (“Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom”); the article, a commentary piece “Atheists Believe In Nothing, Including You“. Atheism is the absence of a belief …

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Aug 14 2013

Ironic Hyperbole

A little bit of stretching May not leave one’s readers kvetching, But it really is a case of “less is more” Don’t compare a man to Hitler If his crimes are vastly littler Just remember what comparisons are for If your similes are ruthless You’ll be widely known as truthless And despite your every effort …

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Aug 13 2013

What We Have Here, Is A Failure Of Imagination

I pray that, if a soldier needs a chaplain Cos his spirit needs some comfort and some peace Cos his mortal soul is traumatized and troubled And he’s looking for his suffering to cease I pray that such a soldier finds that chaplain Who will pray with him, exactly as he needs Who will celebrate …

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Aug 13 2013

For Governor McCrory

We have to prune the registries Of enemies of note— What sort of country would we have If everyone could vote?

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