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Endowed Bathroom
Mar 2nd, 2008 by Mike

From the Campus Ministry Update February 2008 by The Ivy Jungle:

 Endowed Bathroom:   A venture capitalist has given $25,000 to the University of Colorado to endow a bathroom.  The lavatory in the business school will have a sign outside it featuring the inspiring quote:   “The best ideas often come at inconvenient times.  Don’t ever close your mind to them.”   (Inside Higher Ed January 29, 2008)

Jimmy Buffett Quote
Oct 16th, 2007 by Mike

“Indecision may or may not be my problem.”

In God We Trust Bruhaha
Apr 27th, 2007 by Mike

plateIn case you missed it, the ACLU is suing the State of Indiana on behalf of Mark Studler because Indiana is not charging a $15.oo fee for the popular “In God We Trust” license plates. Rather than recap the entire “adventure” here, I’ll point you to two blogs that disagree on the reason for the lawsuit.

John at The Daily Detour says it’s about God.

Gary Varvel 1link no longer valid says it isn’t.

Both think it’s ridiculous; so do I.

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1. link no longer valid
A Slight Hipocracy
Apr 11th, 2007 by Mike

Who is it that wants to negotiate with Syria and Iran even though those countries have no intention of yielding their positions on terrorism or nuclear activity or anything? Is it the same folks who will not negotiate with the President on war funding because they think the President won’t yield his position on pork and withdrawal?

What Was He Thinking?
Mar 14th, 2007 by Mike

“I know I did it. I don’t know how I did it, but I know I did it. There was nobody else around,” said Jeffery A. Asbury after he killed his wife in front of the Fox Lake, WI, police station. Full story here.

The shame of it is, “earlier this month, he called his wife 10 to 20 times threatening to kill her, his children and his in-laws.”

This man needs some prayers. And there needs to be a better system of protecting folks who are being threatened. 1The article doesn’t say whether his wife complained to anyone about the harrassment

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1. The article doesn’t say whether his wife complained to anyone about the harrassment
Waterboarding
Oct 30th, 2006 by Mike

There has been a flurry of talk radio comments, blog posts, and news discussions regarding the practice of waterboarding for the purpose of gaining information from captured terrorists. Many say that this is a horrible torture that should be banned by any nation that claims to be humane and decent.

Folks, waterboarding is no big deal. U.S. military students going through Survival, Escape, Resistance, and Evation (SERE) School are routinely waterboarded. I was waterboarded during my prison camp training and, believe me, though it’s scarry, it’s not dangerous.

The practice is to place a person “upside-down” on a board that’s inclined about 20-30 degrees from horizontal. Then a wet cloth, in my case, my tee shirt, is stretched over the subject’s face. Then water is poured onto the cloth. The subject can still breathe, but the subject’s mind fools the subject into thinking that he’s drowning. Thinking you are drowning makes it scary; breathing makes it not dangerous.

I wouldn’t volunteer to do it again, but I wouldn’t withhold the practice just because it seems scary or because some incorrectly claim it’s inhumane. I say prevent the next attack on the U.S. homeland.

No Wonder She’s Irresponsible
Jul 31st, 2006 by Mike

CNN.com – Lohan’s mother scolds exec over letter – Jul 31, 2006

Calling the letter “ridiculous,” Dina Lohan defended her daughter’s latest tardiness during the filming of “Georgia Rules” which resulted in a warning letter from James G. Robinson, CEO of Morgan Creek Productions.

This was not the first incident 1Her mother admits that it isn’t and concedes that at least one incident caused production to be scheduled around Lindsay’s absence. and Lindsay had probably already been verbally warned several times. It is quite usual in business to expect employees to be on time and to show up when scheduled. It’s also usual that excessive tardiness or absences result in termination (of the job not of the life). A company management can rightfully expect that employees will take responsibility for their own actions and fulfill their employment responsibilites. Lindsay certainly has not been the ideal employee.

Advice to Dina: Encourage your daughter to take responsibility for herself and to be a good employee.

Advice to Lindsay: Become a big star before you start acting like one. You might not be able to get a job.

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1. Her mother admits that it isn’t and concedes that at least one incident caused production to be scheduled around Lindsay’s absence.
How Sin City Got It’s Name
Jul 26th, 2006 by Mike

Nevada

Las Vegas Review-Journal 1quoted in The Villages Daily Sun, July 26, 2006

Don’t feed the people. That’s the warning from officials in Sin City. A new city ordinance in Las Vegas makes it illegal to give food to homeless people in city parks. The law, which went into effect yesterday, carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 and six months in jail. city council members say the ordinance is aimed at mobile soup kitchens that attract large groups of homeless people in the parks. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada says the law is unenforceable and unconstitutional.

No wonder Las Vegas is called, “Sin City.” What kind of “love one another” is this?

I think this is one of the few positions that the ACLU has taken correctly. I don’t know if it’s unconstitutional but it certainly is immoral.

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1. quoted in The Villages Daily Sun, July 26, 2006
Gay Marriage In the Constitution
Jun 3rd, 2006 by Mike

I consider myself a conservative in spite of all the surveys I’ve taken that call me a centrist.

Maybe I am. The news now reports that President Bush is following the conservative wing of the Republican party by endorsing the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Read the rest of this entry »

Deter, Detect, Defend
May 24th, 2006 by Mike

On Monday, all of the news agencies, inclucing Fox News reported that 26.5 million veterans’ social security numbers and dates of birth were stolen. While I haven’t received a letter, yet, my records are in the range of those stolen.

The VA says they’ve “set up a call center at 1-800-FED-INFO and Web site, http://firstgov.gov, if veterans believe their information has been misused.” Well, the first piece of advice they give you there in their “Deter, Detect, Defend” tactic is, “Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information.”

Well, dah, what are we supposed to do when the federal government can’t even protect our information?

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