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Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 30 2013

What? You Disagree With Me?

Professor Cuttlefish? I’m scared; I feel I might be unprepared— I understand your point, but see, I think I disagree! My other classes share a view That isn’t really shared by you It sometimes feels like splitting hairs, But really, I like theirs! I’ve got this fear I cannot mask So, much as I’m afraid …

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Sep 30 2013

International Blasphemy Day 2013

Today. In recognition of the day of publication of cartoons in Denmark that depicted Muhammed, September 30 has been named International Blasphemy Day. Blasphemy Day is important. Not for offending people, but for celebrating the right to speak without fear that such an offense can land you in jail, or worse. Political speech often offends …

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Sep 29 2013

GOP’s Toddler Tantrum Tactics

You won’t make a deal with me? Two can play that game, you see— So now I will not negotiate with you! Since we’ve talked this thing to death Now it’s time to hold my breath— And we’ll know that you’re to blame when I turn blue Hey, you guys, it isn’t fair That you …

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Sep 28 2013

Clearly, I’m Not Burying The Bodies Deeply Enough

Coyote

Yesterday, vultures. Today, a coyote. My little street is looking more like the wild west every day.

Sep 27 2013

Wait… I Thought All The Best Scientists Were Christians!

The Pacific Justice Institute is fighting the “forced atheistic teaching” of elementary school children in Kansas. Apparently, the new science standards are incompatible with theistic religious beliefs. It’s a legal violation! It’s our first amendment right! So we won’t give up our ignorance, At least without a fight! We can’t teach our children science— Kids …

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Sep 27 2013

My New Neighbors, The Angels Of Death.

Neighbors

Well… they’ve got wings and they are looking over me, anyway. I discovered this morning that I have new neighbors. I had suspected them earlier, but they keep to themselves. But less than 100 meters from my front door, high in an oak tree, is a family of turkey vultures!           …

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Sep 25 2013

The Unintentionally Worst Thing Heard About Grand Theft Auto V

So I was listening to NPR. On NHPR’s “Word of Mouth”, a discussion of Grand Theft Auto… let’s see… it was The Bankable Legacy Of Grand Theft Auto; audio is available at the link. There was discussion of the economics, of the controversy, of misrepresentation of an adult game as a bad children’s game… honestly, …

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Sep 25 2013

It’s Like Getting A Letter Back From Santa Claus!

A letter arrived in my mailbox today From a special location so far, far away I dropped all my duties to read it, because The return label said it had come from “S. Claus” I had written to Santa, some long time ago, Addressed it and stamped it and walked through the snow The letter …

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Sep 24 2013

The Muppets Take The Mall!

The National Mall, that is–the Muppets are moving to the Smithsonian! (Great pics and story at link) ******* Scooter: Places, everyone! Five minutes till curtain! Fozzie Bear: Has anyone seen my hat? Miss Piggie: Now, where did that Hope Diamond go? I was wearing it just a minute ago… Gathering throng outside: It’s time to …

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Sep 24 2013

On Taking Sides, And Town Meeting Prayers

Our founders had their different faiths, and with those faiths as guides They determined that our government should not be taking sides That couplet, excerpted from this earlier verse, is the crux of the matter in Greece, NY. In the most recent must-read piece, SCOTUSblog, and author Carl Esbeck, dissects the matter of the case …

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