Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Monday, September 26, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
"The major reason for this drop is seen as a result of measures taken soon after independence to ensure all children, including all girls, had access to a full education coupled with the development of a wide and effective primary health care network."Hmm...so with education and health care, women can learn to protect themselves and keep their family healthy? What a novel idea! So the point is, I think it's a little irresponsible of the Pope to say that just because the more developed countries are beginning to see a lower birth rate than they have to play catch up with the rest of the world. These countries are getting it right without any help, and the Pope is trying to throw them back in the dark ages. Or is he maybe trying to just counterbalance the Muslim population?
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Friday, September 16, 2005
"Is the seminary free from the influences of New Age and eclectic spirituality?" 'whether faculty members "watch out for signs of particular friendships".'Also in the article is a warning:
"Experts in human sexuality have cautioned that homosexuality and attraction to children are different, and that a disproportionate percentage of boys may have been abused because priests were more likely to have access to male targets - like altar boys or junior seminarians - than to girls"If they manage to keep all gay men out of the priesthood (they will even bar men who have been celibate for more than 10 years), what kind of message will that send out to the rest of the world? The Church should be one of the most loving institutions in the world, and instead it is seeking to make a group of men scapegoats for the real issue - the men (whatever their sexual orientation) that they train who have problems. Those are the men that should be sought out. But to assume that these men must be gay, or that all gay men have the potential to participate in these crimes is a gross over-simplification of the issue - and a horrible misrepresentation of facts.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
Sunday, September 11, 2005
- Dominoes may not be played on Sunday.
- Persons may be placed in jail for up to five years for shooting a hole in a penny.
- To be a dominatrix is illegal.
- A US citizen can take possession of any foreign, uninhabited island, as long as it contains bird droppings.
although Kentucky has some better ones:
- Throwing eggs at a public speaker could result in up to one year in prison.
- One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once.
- It is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow in Kentucky.
Saturday, September 10, 2005
"If there’s an upside to Katrina, it’s that the Republican agenda of tax cuts, Social Security privatization and slashing government programs is over."And I think I'm going to love the Saturdays that I have to work at the reference desk for 8 hours, letting me wander the internet, blogging to my heart's content.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
"On Sept. 1, three days after Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, Simon learned that Dr. David Kline ... was trying to get in touch with Gore.
Kline was stranded with patients at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. "The situation was dire and becoming worse by the minute -- food and water running out, no power, 4 feet of water surrounding the hospital and ... corpses outside," Simon wrote. Gore responded immediately, telephoning Kline and agreeing to underwrite the $50,000 each for the two flights ..."
"None of the airlines involved required a contract or any written guarantee of payment before sending their planes and volunteer crews," Simon wrote of the American Airlines flights. "One official said if Gore promised to pay, that was good enough for them" ...
About 140 people, many of them sick, landed in Knoxville on Saturday. The second flight, with 130 evacuees, landed the next day in Chattanooga."
I think that, just as with george, the man's actions speak for themselves.
Update: CNN finally got ahold of this story too, read it here. Let's hope that more people take note of what he's done and give him the credit he deserves.