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Thursday 27 May 2010

The slippery slope

Earlier this week, a Puerto Rico-born US citizen was detained for 3 days and threatened with deportation. Even though his wife brought his birth certificate, they suspected he was an illegal immigrant.

This comes to mind:
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist.

Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the labor leaders, but I did not speak out because I was not a unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

As one day became another and others disappeared, gypsies, mentally retarded, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, criminals, anti-socials and emigrants, I remained silent because I was not one of them.

Then it was they came for me, but no one spoke for me because by then there was no one left to speak.

-- Martin Niemoller, 1945.

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Sunday 16 May 2010

Mystery Fungus

I found this in my garden - any ideas what it is?

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Tuesday 4 May 2010

Not seaworthy

This is too funny:

From the Telegraph via
AHOY THERE! A lifeboat crew rescued a sailor off the coast of England taking his first voyage. The unnamed 45-year-old man had just bought the boat, which was not suitable for sea voyages, and was trying to navigate from Gillingham to Southampton -- using only a road map.

He figured he could simply keep the coast of England on "his right" and get there fine, but forgot about the Isle of Sheppey, only about 10 miles away from his starting point. He went around and around the 8-mile-wide island all day and all night, until he ran out of fuel and went aground, rescuers say. He had a marine radio that he could have used to call for help, but didn't know how to use it. "He didn't even;know what navigational charts were," said a lifeboat volunteer who helped in the rescue.

Read the whole story here

Rethinking policy..

Monday 3 May 2010

Nature - or possibly God - is punishing women.

Why do people do this sort of thing?? It makes me want to stab them in the eye.

From WEIRDNUZ.M160 (News of the Weird, May 2, 2010)
© 2010 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.
Child-Bearing, Explained

Virginia state legislator Bob Marshall, speaking in February in opposition to state funding for Planned Parenthood, said the organization is partly responsible for the number of disabled children in America. According to the Old Testament, he said, being forced to bear a disabled child is punishment for the mother's having earlier aborted her first-born.

So, God... oh, wait, there's more:
"[W]hen you abort the first born . . . nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children." Said Marshall, the organization ought to call itself "Planned Barrenhood." [Richmond News Leader, 2-22-10]

Hang on - so it's nature's fault, not God's? Well, now I'm cranky because yet another public speaker can't maintain message consistency. He's citing the OT, but doesn't mention God at all, just a passive voice "you are being punished" and "nature".

Well, everybody knows Nature's a bitch - I mean, she notoriously "abhors a vacuum", and THAT's clearly wrong. Since women love vacuum cleaners. Apparently.

Also, if you're going to start citing OT laws as if they apply today, we're going to have to have a chat about natural fibers, shellfish and exactly how long it's been aince your last blood sacrifice. Exactly.

Should we have a poll on how many disabled chlldren have been born subsequent to an abortion? Let's get some stats in here.

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