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Tuesday, 02 November, 2010
A food-related conversation found at Bits & Pieces.
Kenya give me a marker?
Oman, do I have to do everything?
You used to be so lovey. Now you seem Haiti.
Never mind. Call a restaurant and order food Togo.
Embrace The Ridicule
A ruling from a Supreme Court justice: Scalia on Faith and the Nation.
Although the sophisticated may deride them as simple-minded, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said committed Christians should have the courage to embrace their faith.
Scalia outlined a long list of Christian beliefs that he said are greeted with derision by the worldly — dogmas including Christ’s divinity, the virgin birth and Christ’s resurrection.
“Surely those who adhere to all or most of these traditional Christian beliefs are regarded in the educated circles that you and I travel in as, well, simple-minded,” Scalia asserted.
Scalia said believers should embrace the ridicule of the world.
And the best part:
“Assuredly, a faith that has no rational basis is a false faith,” Scalia said.
It isn’t irrational to accept the testimony of eyewitnesses to miracles. What is irrational is to reject a priori, with no investigation, the possibility of miracles in general and of Jesus Christ’s resurrection in particular — which is, of course, precisely what the worldly wise do.”
Harvest Bean Supper
Hey ma, what's for supper?
That's three cans of beans, with egg boats made of bologna.
Hair Too Long
In New Jersey: Boy, 4, barred from pre-K for long locks
Renee Szablewski is a good, churchgoing Catholic. She wants her 4-year-old son, Jack, to grow up to be one, too.
That’s why Szablewski was so upset last month with St. Dominic, a parochial school in Brick, N.J. The principal at the school barred Jack from his pre-kindergarten class because his hair was too long.
Jack’s early lesson in how tough life can be actually began when at the tender age of 16 months, his grandfather died of lung cancer. Renee Szablewski decided to honor her father by letting her son’s hair grow out so that he could donate his locks to be used in wigs for children who lose their own hair to cancer radiation treatment…
Jack’s father wants him to go back to St. Dominic, but Renee Szablewski isn’t sure that’s a good idea. She’s fears that Jack, who knows very little about his parent’s disagreement with the school, would be treated differently.
He’s already been called names like “Joe Dirt” and “Fabio” by people online.
Rules is rules. Jesus wouldn't be caught dead with long hair.
Passenger Appreciates Pat Down
From a story about the latest airport security theater techniques: New security rules test fliers' nerves.
Scott Zebedis, who works for a non-profit foundation in Denver, was flying home from Dallas on Saturday when he went through security.
"It took forever," he says. "They patted me down like I've never been patted down before. I mean every inch of my body, which kind of surprised me."
And then the glove, used by the screener who searched him, was swabbed as well. "I've never seen that before, either," he says.
Although some have found the enhanced searches intrusive, Zebedis says he appreciates the motivation behind it. "I am not opposed to it if that's what helps the whole safety process," he says.
Growing Little Livers
I'll bet they're really cute: Miniature livers 'grown in lab'.
Scientists have managed to produce a small-scale version of a human liver in the laboratory using stem cells.
The success increases hope that new transplant livers could be manufactured, although experts say that this is still many years away.
This diagram shows the proper location for a liver:
All Souls Day
Yesterday was All Saints Day. Today is All Souls Day.
On November 2nd the Catholic Church sets a day aside which is devoted to the suffering souls in Purgatory.
Purgatory is kind of like The Twilight Zone:
We know Purgatory is a realm of twilight, so to speak--an in-between darkness and light, a place of regret and longing. Of the suffering which is undergone there, we are told that it is bitter and great, that it surpasses all imaginable suffering here on earth as an ocean surpasses a little puddle.
Where is Purgatory? It's in Rhode Island (point "A" below). Looks like a nice little beach.
House Minority Leader John Boehner has been telling this joke:
"Remember when Ronald Reagan was president? We had Bob Hope. We had Johnny Cash. Think about where we are today. We have got President Obama. But we have no hope and we have no cash."
Roseanne Cash, his daughter, tweeted:
On-Air Suicides Predicted
A good reason to watch TV: MSNBC hosts may ‘commit suicide’ after midterms.
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly has come up with one more reason for his viewers not to watch MSNBC.
The host of The O'Reilly Factor warned Monday that there could be mass suicides on the air at MSNBC if Democrats sustain major losses in Tuesday's midterms.
"It's going to be interesting to watch tomorrow and the rest of the week if [the election] plays out the way Gallup says it's going to play out, how the president will handle it, how the liberal commentators [will handle it]," O'Reilly told Juan Williams.
"I'm going to issue a viewer warning right now for children not to watch MSNBC because some people may commit suicide, alright. They may set themselves on fire over there and it would be gruesome to watch that," O'Reilly said.
World Series Results
This just in… The Cincinnati Phillies beat the Chicago Angels, 4 games to 3.
It was a tight match, and most of the people in the U.S. were on pins and needles. Now we can all get back to work.
Stay tuned for the election results.
Tea Party Wins Big
It looks like the Tea Party is in control now. Tea Party Goes Two for Three.
CBS projects that Republican Marco Rubio is the winner of the Florida Senate race. Rubio's victory, along with Rand Paul's victory in the Kentucky Senate race, give the Tea Party two resounding wins so far on Election Night.
In Delaware, however, Democrat Chris Coons is the projected winner, defeating Republican and Tea Party-favorite Christine O'Donnell.
That's a shame. I was hoping O'Donnell would win, just for the comedic potential. We'll probably never hear from that lady again -- until her book comes out.
Wednesday, 03 November, 2010
Schwarzenegger Cracks Down
Bad news for California psychics: Schwarzenegger bans welfare cards at psychics.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneger says welfare recipients can no longer use state-issued debit cards at medical marijuana shops, psychics and other businesses whose services have been deemed "inconsistent with the intent" of the program.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Schwarzenegger sent a letter to county welfare directors Monday announcing that ATMS and point-of-sale card readers in such businesses will be removed from the network that accepts California's Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.
Other businesses affected by the ban include bail bond establishments, bingo halls, cruise ships and tattoo parlors.
So, basically, the welfare cards are now pretty much useless.
Bear Chases Bison
In Yellowstone Park, Alex Wypyszinski's dramatic photos of a grizzly bear chasing a bison down the road.
"I thought I was having a hallucination or something," said Wypyszinski. "I couldn't believe what that buffalo looked like." It was a bison, badly burned from an encounter with one of the numerous hot spots in Yellowstone National Park.
The sight of such an injured bison alone is rare, but what Wypyszinski saw next was once in a lifetime.
"Never, ever, ever," said Wypyszinski. "I've seen plenty of bear, and more buffalo. But I've never seen anything like that before." A grizzly was chasing the buffalo (which was practically cooked already) and gaining quickly.
Wypiszinski says once in the safety of the woods the bison out maneuvered the grizzly, escaping to live exactly one more day. Park rangers had to put the bison down due to the injuries it sustained.