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Jul 21 2014

Bishops’ Stance On Motives And Behaviors

“Hate the sin, but love the sinner”, So I do not hate the gays— Their desires aren’t a problem What’s a problem is their ways It’s their actions, not their motives, Which define a life of sin What’s important is their conduct Not what drives it from within. If you act on your attraction That’s …

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Jul 16 2014

Inclusive Becomes Sexist, In One Easy Step

If you want to play the market— And to out-perform the Dow— There’s an index fund that’s figured out A brand-new method how! If you recognize diversity In leadership positions You can make a great portfolio From other funds’ omissions! If you specialize in companies Where women are in charge You’re omitting eighty-nine percent (Cos …

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Jul 09 2014

“A Symbol Of National Unity”

I shouldn’t be shocked—hey, they’re only the news, They can say what they want with impunity— But it took me aback that they called a cathedral A “symbol of national unity”. It’s a beautiful building, I have to admit, (Darth Vader hides in the façade!) But it seems our one nation once deemed indivisible Separates …

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Jul 08 2014

Vials Labeled “Variola” Found. Could Have Been Worse.

Unless you are from Brazil, the scariest news today may have been the discovery of forgotten, unsecured, vials labeled “variola” (smallpox, to you and me) in an NIH lab. Hey, at least it was labeled! I’ve been cleaning out my office these past weeks, and if that NIH lab had been anything like my office, …

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Jul 05 2014

On The Deeply Held Religious Beliefs Of Corporations

A local corporation is a member of my church Though it never puts a dollar in the plate I haven’t seen it in the pews, no matter how I search Though it claims it’s more devout than me, of late It reads its bible daily, and of course it watches Fox, It’s offended by the …

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May 28 2014

On Blame

There’s something gone wrong—why, he’s clearly insane; There’s a chemical problem that’s hurting his brain, Some organic dysfunction that helps to explain Why he hasn’t been acting quite right It’s clearly these deep neurological flaws That are making him act in defiance of laws; It has to be something! It can’t be because He is …

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May 19 2014

Unexpected Good News On The Cuttlefish Front

I have written before with bad news from Point Lowly, Spencer Gulf, in South Australia. That was from 2011; in 2012 the news was even worse, and last year things looked grim indeed. Unexpectedly, this year, the numbers are up again! Hundreds of giant Australian cuttlefish have swum into breeding grounds at the top of …

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May 16 2014

“He Meets And Exceeds My Criteria For Such”

When the townsfolk demand I resign For a statement I’ve owned up as mine For my honest opinions Of Hussein and his minions That I uttered out loud (I’m not sorry—I’m proud! See, the man makes me sick So I turn him off quick Cos he’s all that I see when I turn on TV) …

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May 13 2014

No Black Mass For Harvard…

After quite a bit of back-and-forth, Harvard does the wrong thing. Well worth watching, if head-bangingly frustrating. My favorite quote, of course, is from a Harvard Senior (and, I am guessing, Catholic), who noted “I am very pleased that my religion is not going to be desecrated or my gender objectified or my university embarrassed …

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May 12 2014

Today Is Limerick Day?

I’ve been busy–I only just heard– They’ve been horrid at spreading the word But it’s limerick day! (I’ve just one thing to say… Just one day? Why, the thought is absurd!) Thanks to commenter “williamhumenansky”, I hear that today is Limerick day (Edward Lear’s birthday, appropriately, although Lear’s limericks are actually not very good limericks …

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