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Friday, April 22. 2011
The government makes a rap song about global warming
How bad is that? Hey - but it's Earth Day!
Holy Week: Media Worship Earth Day, Attack Easter
Paganism has a long history
Labor Board Tells Boeing New Factory Breaks Law
You'd think they would wait a while before beginning the beheadings
Obama says something amusing:
From Arizona, Coyote says Hey, I Can Like Ice Hockey But Still Hate Subsidies. He quotes this:
Ever looked at the rage-driven Lefty site Wonkette? It's fairly immature and unenlightening in general, but I guess it makes people feel good. Well, they do posts about Trig Palin which probably will hurt the feelings of every parent with a mentally-disabled kid, but which are probably driving their traffic into the stratosphere: Humiliating Meltdown Continues… Wonkette Hatesite Hits Bottom… Digs
Female UI Sexuality Prof emails F*ck You to campus Repubs. Her excuse is feeling upset, but she's post-menopausal, so what gives?
Perhaps she is just filled with hate
Just found this news site: Mediaite
That's us! What about "dangerous extremists" too, who want to throw Grandma into the snow?
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"The government makes a rap song about global warming"
Perhaps the crew that made the rap song can unite with the crew that made the superhero capes ( 'Cape-A-Bility Challenge') to make whole network show.
You know what would make a good rap song? No, me either. ;)
I kinda got a kick outta that Wonkette site Bird Dog.....some funny banter if not particularly high brow. Plenty to rip on every facet of American politics.
Regarding Coyote's blog, which I heartily endorse, not that he needs it: I feel a lot the same way about elective abortion.
I'm saddened greatly by the idea that any woman or any couple would feel that ending a pregnancy is better than finding a way to become a family. It's an old problem, though -- abortion has been legal and illegal, intermittently, for thousands of years.
I'm also greatly worried about any movement to make elective abortion illegal. It was Current Events for me to read that a woman had died after an illegal abortion. An unknown number of women died or suffered serious complications from abortions without medical supervision. We do have rare deaths and rare serious complications with supervision, of course. But they are far more rare.
And I greatly worry about anyone who feels comfortable deciding that someone else has to continue a pregnancy and give birth -- the decider isn't the one who will bear the brunt of that decision.
But there is this problem: elective abortion does end a life, even at the earliest stage. And the woman who chooses abortion isn't the one who bears the brunt of that decision.
As Coyote said, the idea that something is bad is a leap from the idea that something should be illegal. I grant that elective abortion is the most difficult issue in that gray zone.
Agreed Geoff...always a tough issue. I wonder though, what percentage of pro choicers vote without pause against fur trapping.
Go here to see more about the UI professor, I think you will find her CV interesting.
When you get to this page click on Curriculum Vitae. Here you will see that she comes from a wealthy family (Stanford for two degrees). You will also note subject of thesis. Then you will see that even though she was a student teacher for a short term at Stanford--they never put her on a tenure track position, nor did many, many other universities. You are looking for a time frame of 7 years. The time required by most colleges to obtain tenure. Anytime, you see that someone has taught at a university for about 3-6 years you will see that she was advised she would not obtain tenure, or she applied and was denied. You can also see that later in the years when women's issues became an important gig to fill, Stanford did allow her to do some research from their campus. Interesting to note that even though at one point or another she had working relationships with Berkeley and other very liberal campuses--she never got tenure at these places. However, it is a sad indication of what is going on at UI. Desperate to play "catch up" UI has done the female president thing, etc., etc., ad nauseum during the past few years.
HusseinO is fattening 'the Rebels' (some folks call'em peaceful islamic protesters) with $25 million.
Methinks the Mudboy is complicit in beheadings and murders.
Never fear, Easter will prevailagainst the media's gates of hell.
And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. Matthew 16:18-19
"Lewin said it was inappropriate that the email used the language of the gay rights movement."
Yeah, like maybe the wording is owned by them. She sounds like a nutcase to me. If I were the President of UI, I'd have someone in campus security keep an eye on her. With all that suppressed rage, she could go off any minute now. Hope she doesn't own any guns.
but it's Earth Day!
And I am celebrating in appropriate fashion. I turned on all the lights, turned the cleaning cycle on for the oven, opened all the refrigerator doors and set them on their coldest setting, both showers are on the hottest setting and have been running all day (electric water heater), I dumped a bunch of particulate matter into the atmosphere when I burned some brush using two rubber tires with some diesel fuel and I'm about to drive aimlessly around town in my pickup truck for four or five hours in second gear.
Every time I see this phrase, I get a little smile. A couple of years ago there was a video showing an attack on a soldier outside of Falujah. The video was shot from inside a van parked at the side of the road by the jihadists. One bozo with a rifle is taking aim on the soldier who is standing right near a Bradley tank.
All the while, they are saying Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar the jihadist takes a shot at the soldier, hits him and he falls down. All the jihadists are saying Allahu Akbar and celebrating when the soldier stands up, runs behind the Bradley and the turret on the Bradley swings around pointing at the van. All you hear is "Allahu Akbar, Allahu....OH SHIT!!" BAM. Video Static.
Akbar being translated O SHIT!! is new one on me.
However, meself have been aware fer a time Arab's ilah has been etymologized to be synomous with whiff passing from Arab back cheeks.
Whiff O SHIT!! clarifies muhammadan attitude.
So I take it, Boeing moving its headquarters to Chicago isn't paying dividends.
Another thing Obama has in common with Sponge Bob...
They both have had rumors of homosexuality in their past!