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Tuesday, 01 June, 2010

Pelosi On Jesus

Speaker of the House speaks nonsense: Nancy Pelosi talks about Jesus.

She was speaking at Catholic Community Conference in Washington, D.C.

"They ask me all the time, ‘What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that? What is your favorite that?' And one time, ‘What is your favorite word?' And I said, ‘My favorite word? That is really easy. My favorite word is the Word, is the Word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word."

"And that Word," Pelosi said, "is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn't it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word.

"Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.' And that's the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we're prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up."

It's so fine. It's sunshine.

I tried to find a photo of her praying, and Google offered a suggestion:

(Thanks Evil Klown)

Permalink | Posted in Religion @11:52am | Comments (20)

New Visitor is Shocked

In the Pelosi On Jesus thread, someone named lotus123user left a comment:

wow, i've never been on this site before...is it always this bigoted against Christians? why is that ok? wat if I were this bigoted against atheists? would that be ok? I thought I could get some advice here about spreadsheets, all I see is bigotry. it is sad what has became of our once great country. such hatred. no sunshine. sad. the guy who wrote this must be a mean hate monger.

The IP address is the same IP address as the idiot known as bdn2004, who hasn't posted here in a while. This is the guy who professes to be a good Christian. So why does he come to this blog and break the 9th 8th Commandment?

He just can't stay away from this blog.

Permalink | Posted in General @1:39pm | Comments (34)

Ps And Qs

Where did this phrase come from: Mind your Ps and Qs?

One origin story of "mind your Ps and Qs" comes from English pubs and taverns of the seventeenth century. Bartenders would keep a watch on the alcohol consumption of the patrons; keeping an eye on the pints and quarts that were consumed. As a reminder to the patrons, the bartender would recommend they "mind their Ps and Qs.

A second origin story comes from early printing presses. Printers placed individual letters on a typeset to print a page of text. The letters were reversed, making it easy to mistake lowercase p's and q's in setting the type.

Other origin stories, some considered "fanciful", could come from French instructions to mind one's pieds (feet) and queues (wigs) while dancing.

Another explanation suggests that "Ps and Qs" is short for "pleases" and "thank-yous", the latter of which contains a sound similar to the pronunciation of the name of the letter "Q".

And there are a few other possible origins.

Is it a coincidence that P&Q also stands for Peace & Quiet? Or PetroQuest Energy? Or Photography Quarterly? Or Pretty Quick? Or Possum Quills?

This is one time when we turn to the Bible, and come up empty handed.

Permalink | Posted in General @6:24pm | Comments (12)

Wednesday, 02 June, 2010

Using Rubber Bands

How many ways can you use rubber bands?

I would have guessed 47. But there are actually 52 uses for rubber bands.

A few examples:

  • An eraser
  • A mafia wallet
  • An electrical insulator
  • A shirt loosener
  • A universal object gatherer
  • A broom reviver

Permalink | Posted in General @6:41am | Comments (5)

New Audio Recorder From Zoom

I like my little Zoom H2 digital audio recorder. But I like their new one better: Zoom H1 Handy Recorder.

It looks like the LCD screen is actually readable.

Under $100.

Permalink | Posted in Products @6:43am | Comments (9)

Heart Ripped Out

Martial arts news: Jarrod Wyatt allegedly ripped out training partner Taylor Powell's heart in murder case.

A California judge upheld charges of murder against a mixed martial arts fighter on Friday after the man allegedly cut the victim's heart out of his chest.

Mixed martial arts fighter Jarrod Wyatt, 26, was reportedly under the influence of psychedelic drugs when witnesses said he and his sparring partner, Taylor Powell, became preoccupied with the notion that the end of the world was near and that there would be a final struggle between God and the devil, the Times-Standard reports.

Del Norte County Police Sgt. Elwood Lee, who responded to the incident early March 21, said that Wyatt told him at the scene that he saw the devil in Powell's face and that "'Satan was in that dude.'" He allegedly cut an 18-inch hole in Powell's chest, removed his heart, cut his tongue off and removed a majority of Powell's face.

His defense?

James Fallman, Wyatt's defense attorney, argued that Wyatt was having a psychotic break and therefore had no control over his actions. "My client was trying to silence the devil," Fallman said.

However, prosecutors argue that the act of removing Powell's heart, tongue and face took enough time to prove evidence of intent.

Permalink | Posted in General @6:47am | Comments (8)

Another Oil Disaster

This happened in 2008: Nigeria's agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it.

We reached the edge of the oil spill near the Nigerian village of Otuegwe after a long hike through cassava plantations. Ahead of us lay swamp. We waded into the warm tropical water and began swimming, cameras and notebooks held above our heads. We could smell the oil long before we saw it - the stench of garage forecourts and rotting vegetation hanging thickly in the air.

The farther we travelled, the more nauseous it became. Soon we were swimming in pools of light Nigerian crude, the best-quality oil in the world. One of the many hundreds of 40-year-old pipelines that crisscross the Niger delta had corroded and spewed oil for several months.

Forest and farmland were now covered in a sheen of greasy oil. Drinking wells were polluted and people were distraught. No one knew how much oil had leaked. "We lost our nets, huts and fishing pots," said Chief Promise, village leader of Otuegwe and our guide. "This is where we fished and farmed. We have lost our forest. We told Shell of the spill within days, but they did nothing for six months."

That was the Niger delta a few years ago, where, according to Nigerian academics, writers and environment groups, oil companies have acted with such impunity and recklessness that much of the region has been devastated by leaks.

"If this Gulf accident had happened in Nigeria, neither the government nor the company would have paid much attention," said the writer Ben Ikari, a member of the Ogoni people. "This kind of spill happens all the time in the delta."

"The oil companies just ignore it. The lawmakers do not care and people must live with pollution daily.

Permalink | Posted in General @6:51am | Comments (4)

Billy Graham On Christianity

This little article by Billy Graham is probably one of the best arguments against Christianity: Christ's resurrection was real.

He writes:

That's why the resurrection of Jesus Christ is so important - because nothing like it ever happened before, or will ever happen again until the end of time. Christ's resurrection from the dead sets him apart from every other person who ever lived - and it could only have happened if God intervened and made it happen. And that's precisely what took place!

How certain is he? Here's the evidence:

It may interest you to know that one of the Gospels that tells us about Jesus' resurrection was written by a man named Luke - who was a doctor. If anyone knew that dead people don't come back to life it was Luke - but he had weighed the evidence, and he knew Jesus Christ was alive. And so can you.

Throughout history, people have always made extraordinary claims. They still do. Usually, these claims can be disproven.

So Billy Graham chooses a claim made 2,000 years ago, and decides that that one is true because some primitive "doctor" said it was true. And he's spent his entire life trying to convince others.

Hey Billy, wanna buy a bridge?

Permalink | Posted in Religion @7:00am | Comments (18)

Pig Foot Cross-Section

A nice photo from an article on Pig's Feet.

Splitting the feet is a must if you're grilling-since trotters are finger-food, you're best off breaking them down into portions that are easily gnawed.

Permalink | Posted in Food & Drink @7:04am | Comments (11)

Gun-Friendly Places

A nationwide state-by-state database of pro and anti RKBA restaurants and stores: Gun Burger.

It's the ideal site for people who can't go anywhere without their concealed weapon.

It can be complicated, though. For example, assume you're in Tucson and you want some sushi. Furthermore, assume that you feel the need to bring your gun with you. Sushi Garden, in the Foothills Mall, might be a good place because it allows guns.

Consult the Gun Burger database, and you learn that you must enter from the parking lot. You can't enter through the mall because the mall doesn't allow concealed weapons. That's good to know.

Permalink | Posted in General @7:09am | Comments (2)

Clothes For Chemistry

Back in the old days, they sold special clothes for young chemists:

The box contained a white shirt, a blue tie, and brown pants. I wonder what the girls wore?

This is one of 24 dangerous toys from past and present.

Permalink | Posted in General @7:58am | Comments (25)

Saw Stuck In Pipe

The latest BP news: Effort to contain Gulf oil stalls with stuck saw.

The risky effort to contain the nation's worst oil spill hit a snag Wednesday when a diamond-edged saw became stuck in a thick pipe on a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said the goal was to free the saw and finish the cut later in the day. This is the latest attempt to contain - not plug - the gusher; the best chance at stopping the leak is a relief well, which is at least two months from completion.

I think everyone can relate to this. Who hasn't been sawing something, and the saw gets stuck?

Permalink | Posted in General @8:32am | Comments (13)

Hyperlinking Styles

Chris writes:

Nick Carr wrote about formatting hyperlinks in his blog posts in a more footnote-like fashion. His intent was to reduce distraction for readers. I really enjoy how you format the links in your blog posts. I recall reading somewhere on your site your explanation of this style, but searching through the archives didn't yield anything.

Question 1: Did you indeed explain your link styling preferences, or am I dreaming?

I think you're dreaming. I don't remember writing about my linking preferences. But I'm getting old, and the memory is fading fast. For all I know, I could have covered this topic last month.

Over the years, I've settled on a simple style of posting links. I start off with a few words that lead into the title of the article I link to. That title is  hyperlinked to the article.

Mine is a pretty standard way of linking, I think. It just wouldn't seem right to paste text from an article and provide the link at the end of the post. It might work for some blogs, but I don't think it would work very well for this one.

Question 2: If I am dreaming, why is about hyperlink styling on J-WalkBlog?

I don't understand that question, so I'll just post a photo of a dog wearing clothes.

Permalink | Posted in Internet & Computers @9:24am | Comments (14)

Dolls With Food

Quite by accident, I encountered two photos today of a doll posing with food. And it's still early.

Permalink | Posted in Food & Drink @9:35am | Comments (7)

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