February 2014 Blog Posts (206)

Twelve Years A Slave, with a spoiler

In the past month or two I’ve both read the book and seen the film of…

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Added by nerd cred on February 28, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

My Gall Bladder is Really Warm Today!

The English phrase “Nice to see you” translates into “My gall bladder is really warm today” in Berik, a language of New Guinea.

                                                    What Language Is, John McWhorter

I’ve never been very good at small talk, I just don’t have the ”gift of gab.”  But I know I’ve got to get better at it if I’m going to advance within Conglomerated Widgetek, the world-wide leader in whatever it is we make.

I…

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Added by Con Chapman on February 28, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

As Taste for Sushi Spreads, Dinner Theatre Goes Kabuki

QUAD CITIES, Iowa.  Sally and Jed Griffin like to think of themselves as cosmopolitan, even though they’ve spent most of their lives in the Midwest.  “We lived in New York for a few years when Jed was just out of business school, so our tastes go beyond NASCAR and barbecue,” Sally says with a tone that lets you know she considers these staples of the local cultural landscape a bit declasse.…

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Added by Con Chapman on February 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

Science from Abroad

My exchange student from Kazakhstan has been taught Lysenkoism (the inheritance of acquired characteristics) as scientific fact. She told me, “If you draw when you are pregnant, your child will be born an artist.”

I tried to tell her that this has been disproved. She doesn’t believe me and she doesn’t want to look for research to either support or refute what she believes. She was taught this by schools she believes are better…

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Added by Lois Wickstrom on February 28, 2014 at 11:02am — 4 Comments

Jan Brewer is no friend of mine

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

So Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona has made herself a hero in the queer community by vetoing SB 1062, the so-called “religious freedom” bill that would have allowed homophobes to invoke religious beliefs to get around the state’s anti-discrimination laws and close their businesses to LGBT folks.

The legislation never specifically mentioned gays, but it followed reports of lawsuits against businesses over their refusal to…

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Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on February 28, 2014 at 9:03am — No Comments

On Mistaking One's Wife's Legs for Those of Another

I suppose there can be no happier mistake,

And one that I was shocked to make,

Than to look with longing at a female leg

And thinking yourself a rather bad egg

For admiring the calf and the well-turned ankle–

A crime that makes the divorce bar thankful–

Then allowing your gaze to climb slowly higher

To take in the woman and better espy her

And find, once you’ve crossed the line of her clavicle,

And to…

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Added by Con Chapman on February 28, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

The Bahrain Broderie - 14 - Sun on the Rocks

Jenny Owens, an amateur collector of flowers, had paid the sum of fifty thousand dollars for the rose of levity, instead of the entry fee for a bottle of Elony, and that included access to the Church’s Hexas Style resort in the Bahamas for her and her friend Shalia Owell. The flower had led both women to meeting Scafarel, and to getting caught up in the intricate spiritual development personal growth program offered by the Church of the…

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Added by Workstudio on February 28, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

On PASSIONATE JUSTICE Radio: TeaPartyJesus; more; Saturday, 3.1.14; 4:00-4:30 pm Eastern

                  On PASSIONATE JUSTICE Radio:

                             TeaPartyJesus; more

                   Saturday, 3.1, 4:00-4:30 Eastern

          

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Added by Jonathan Wolfman on February 28, 2014 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

When ‘Religious Liberty’ Was Used To Justify Racism Instead Of Homophobia (Black History Month, Guest Post)

Guest post from :

 

Klansmen file into an Atlanta church in 1949 to attend Sunday evening services

AP file photo

By Ian Millhiser on February 26, 2014 at 9:18 pm

“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents.…

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Added by Ron Powell on February 27, 2014 at 11:54pm — No Comments

More of my black history, in the nick of time

A long, long time ago …

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Added by nerd cred on February 27, 2014 at 8:15pm — 6 Comments

The Madwoman Who Called on My Wedding Day

She was calling, she said, from the bowels of a library

on a college campus where she hid each night and slept

among the stacks. She’d been living that way for years,

moving on when she was discovered to someplace else

where she would blend in with the scenery

and pass undetected among the young.

I heard her out. She’d reached my name after running

through the directory, alphabetically. Apparently no one

in the a’s or b’s or any of…

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Added by Con Chapman on February 27, 2014 at 6:48pm — 2 Comments

At the Business Forms and Labels Hall of Fame

A recently-deceased Boston-area man was a member of the Business Forms, Labels & Systems Hall of Fame.

                                                                       The Boston Herald



“He created the ubiquitous pink ‘While you were out’ telephone message form.”

It’s starting to feel like spring, and this time of the year always makes me nostalgic for that fateful day, three decades ago, when I started out in…

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Added by Con Chapman on February 27, 2014 at 6:31am — 2 Comments

Black History Month, wherefore art thou?

 

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference."

"Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil."…

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Added by Ron Powell on February 27, 2014 at 6:30am — 12 Comments

A LIST TO LIVE BY - Really? NAH!

According to some folks; bright, beautiful, intelligent people, I should make a list of things to do to make my life better.



I agree.



Lists of such things are important, puts the eye to the prize, gives me a goal to achieve (or something), maybe even keep me alive for at least six months to a year.



My doctor (a former patient at the state hospital who I talk to at the bus stop. If he takes his medications, he's quite…

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Added by Tinkerertink69 on February 26, 2014 at 11:22pm — 7 Comments

New Hampshire to Become "Breakfast All Day" State

CONCORD, New Hampshire.  Breaking a deadlock that had brought it to a standstill for weeks, the New Hampshire legislature today approved a law that will change the state’s motto from “Live Free or Die” to “Breakfast Served All Day.”

“‘Live Free or Die’ was too harsh for a lot of people,” said Senate President Donna Swanson.  “It can be very upsetting to an Islamofascist who wants to establish a world-wide caliphate that you’d rather die than give up MTV and Bud Light…

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Added by Con Chapman on February 26, 2014 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

People of the Book - the 11th and 12th Scrolls of the Third Book

The Eleventh Scroll:

Mikhal directed that her remains be interred at …

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Added by JMac1949 Today on February 26, 2014 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Vanessa Kachadurian Orphan Relief

Vanessa Kachadurian Orphan Relief

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-AbiX7UXYw

 

Consider having a fundraiser for your favorite charity.  My favorite charities have to do with Children's health funds or education. 

 

 

 

Added by Vanessa Kachadurian on February 26, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Who Wants an Arizona Veto?

     Needless to say, the bill is nothing more than a hare-brained and vicious sop to the religious Right that wants not so much their religion protected as it wants the imprimatur and force of law to declare its right to discriminate, and to call that discrimination a practice of their…

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Added by Jonathan Wolfman on February 26, 2014 at 11:01am — 18 Comments

Guide Dogs Help Colorblind Avoid Tragic Fashion Accidents

BOSTON.  Mark Overton is about to complete the purchase of a pricey white-on-pink French-cuffed shirt at the Brooks Brothers store located in Boston’s financial district when Niles Howard, the salesman who is waiting on him, suggests that he add a $75 yellow foulard tie with miniature red and blue figures to complement it.



“Down, Trixie!”

 

“This is a very fashionable pattern that is quite popular these days,” Howard says, but Trixie, a German…

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Added by Con Chapman on February 26, 2014 at 5:49am — 1 Comment

Life at the Arizona Bar & Grill



Added by Dicky Neely on February 25, 2014 at 8:54pm — 1 Comment

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