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Tuesday, March 10. 2015
Why I Am Catholic - It saved my life.
Definitely the tweet of the day
Extramarital Dating Site Unsettles the Land of Discreet Affairs
The Church of the Liberal Pieties has its own set of virtues.
Sheesh! So much for ageism
I don't blame her at all for complaining
Elementary school scraps homework, parents irate
Teacher admits he wrote Common Core to end white privilege
Notre Dame’s Class on Shaming White People
What's all this about white skin?
Barron’s AP Test Prep Guide: Clarence Thomas Is A Fascist In League With KKK
Everybody knows that
Paul Krugman Takes on the Pizza Lobby
Social Security Administration Expects Beneficiaries of Obama’s Amnesty Will Be Covered Starting Later This Year
Without paying in?
Hillary Supporters: Criticism Over Email Scandal is “Sexist”
They just don't get it - we want warming
California: Screw the science, we need the money!
Hillary being hung out to dry by her own
She has the old
Buried Lede: Brian Williams Killed Stories Damaging to Obama
Oh no, not that guy again
And this guy too again: "Do you ever get tired of cleaning up after the Clintons?”
Do you ever get tired of cleaning up after the Clintons?” - See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=56373#sthash.LKuWGqYd.dpuf
As Cover Oregon dissolves, it leaves behind costly legacy
Modern China - Papa Xi and the Cult of Personality
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Yeah, I saw that and posted the same url below due to the comment that the ducks on Long Island heading North soon. I wouldn't recommend it.
We DO want warming, and sunshine and bikinis light comfortable clothes.
Now I understand that one, (err, no it's three bad ones now isn't it) winter doesn't make a climate change. But eight foot icebergs that formed in Cape Cod Bay it is possible that someone IS trying to send us a message. And yes, the west coast did have a mild and warmer winter this year then we did. By the way, how did they like that?
What do we want?
When do we want it?
We liked it quite a bit, thank you very much. I realize I am supposed to be engaging in the collective gnashing of teeth over the lack of rain this winter but, honestly, I've been loving this. Valentine's weekend DH and I went mountain biking in the hills above Half Moon Bay and once we climbed out of the grove of luscious redwoods the temps were in the mid 70s with glorious sunshine. I'll take it.
It comes from a mistake in etymology.
It's from French outre, beyond what is proper.
Made into a noun with -age, English gets outrage, and notices "rage." This gives a doctrine. What is beyond what is proper deserves rage. The word itself says so.
This was so useful that the word was reimported back into French.
It's now almost impossible to distinguish the act (what is beyond what is proper) from the effect (rage), which is the point of the doctrine. It's really handy.
But it's two things, and they don't cause each other.
A little more about the PF controversy: 1) the transgender was attending as a guest and asked which change room to use and PF staff said you pick. 2) the woman who complained had no idea about the policy and when she learned what it was then asked PF to inform other patrons and was told that was against pf policy so she told other women at the gym the PF policy because PF refuses to tell women that their policy is "you can pick our own gender/ locker room". I understand she also raised safety concerns to PF. This is why she got the boot. It's a sort of don't ask, don't tell, SURPRISE! I personally would not go to a place that allowed men in the women's bathroom/ locker/ shower area period. I would expect to be notified of the policy ahead of time. I really don't think you can screen for mental status and say this man is OK and this one is likely to take pictures or do other inappropriate and or dangerous things. I have met transgenders I would have no fear of in that situation but it's impossible to know the heart of a strange man you find in a public facility. I know that I would not put myself in a situation ripe for abuse. It's insane or do they not teach young women to walk defensively to parking lots or stay in groups and keep an eye on their surroundings these days? Violent sexual crime is a reality.
I think the woman who was booted from Planet Fitness, if she isn't already, will be glad to get out of there. This sort of lunacy is creepy at best and potentially dangerous.
Some people don't understand the concept of "rights". If it's a right, exercising it will not infringe on the rights of somebody else.
One wonders, if women cancel their memberships to Planet Fitness in droves, would those at the top change their policy?
It could be fun to watch. Will the Planet Fitness folks stick to their principles or will they cave to craven money grubbing. I hope they stick to their principles... and then go out of business.
Reading about the Planet Fitness I was struck by two things:
1. They didn't have a single occupant restroom available somewhere? Every gym that I have belonged to has one. While not meant to be a changing room it would have worked in a pinch. The transgender person was a guest and shouldn't have expected to be accommodated as anything but a guest.
2. The hypocrites! They claim to be "non-judgmental." But, that is exactly what they are doing by booting that woman.
I am considering changing gyms and now I know to stay away from Planet Fitness (I always thought their ads were stupid anyway). Not because I have anything against transgendered people, I don't; but, because the way Planet Fitness handled this was stupid. Just plain stupid.
They should have apologized to the transgender guest and said: "We are sorry, we aren't set up for a third-gender locker room; but, we will see what we can do." And then make good on that - not make other people feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
Re: Why I am Catholic
Well, I'm not Catholic, but I can relate to both John Bishop who wrote the column at the end of the link and to Ana Marie Cox whom the column addresses.
I was especially moved by Ana's coming out as a Christian (linked in Jon's column. She says she is a "progressive, feminist, tattooed, pro-choice, graduate-educated believer.") I don't question her faith. I don't consider it my place. As it is, I wrestle with my own faith enough that I don't need to wrestle with somebody else's. Indeed, she seems stronger in her faith than I. I very much value that and especially her willingness to be very public with it. But I have to wonder how somebody can be justify a pro-life position as a Christian. I don't say it can't be done or that one necessarily must preclude the other, but I can't do it.
"No one is fond of taking responsibility for his actions, but consider how much you'd have to hate free will to come up with a political platform that advocates killing unborn babies but not convicted murderers. A callous pragmatist might favor abortion and capital punishment. A devout Christian would sanction neither. But it takes years of therapy to arrive at the liberal view."
- P.J. O'Rourke
Re: raising a narcissist
Do we really have to be told that if we teach our children they are special, that they'll start believing it? Apparently we do...
I remember reading about a study of the value of self esteem that was done shortly after WWII. It was not uncommon for those in the mold of Schindler and other rescuers to have much lower esteem than the Nazi true believers who tortured and murdered. The rescuers felt they always needed to validate their worth, but the Nazi's felt they were already validated.
I'm just glad our "viewer supported" TV station finally figured that out. Hopefully, it will spread.
Bad link: Teacher admits he wrote Common Core to end white privilege
Teacher admits he wrote Common Core to end white privilege. Fixed
The secrets of Grand Central, many times, the basements, service alleys and such are the most interesting part of any city tour. Don't blather about the architecture, show me the servants quarters, the cabling used for the bell ringers, etc.
Clinton and her email, move along, nothing to see here, evade, spin, duck, parry, weave, black is white, white is chartreuse, the full Clinton Reality Distortion Field is being deployed. Though is interesting how many reporters are scenting blood.