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Jul. 2nd, 2012

My brother sent along an email. Usually it is my sister that forwards stuff. She rarely checks Snopes.
This time my brother did not but it is a "true" email.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/mcloud.asp

From Snopes
School Prayer

Claim:   Principal Jody McLoud of Roane County High School in Kingston, Tennessee, delivered a controversial speech before a school football game.

Status:   True.

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, October 2000]
Principal McLoud's speech was also read into the Congressional Record on 20 September 2000 by Representative Zach Wamp of Tennessee.

McLoud took this to mean that the US was failing.

But you see I take this as the constitution working.
If I was one of the non-religious people in the stands, why should I be forced to listen to a religious speech?

Besides the whole speech that the principal gave is very slanted.


sexual perversion and call it an alternate lifestyle
sexual promiscuity by dispensing condoms and calling it safe sex.
killing an unborn baby as a viable means of birth control.
involve students in activities to religiously worship and praise the goddess, mother earth
depict people with strong, traditional, Christian convictions as simple minded and ignorant


Very loaded words for someone that “do not need to add an intentional transgression”


I have worked with gays and lesbians. Most, I agree, had a choice in their “lifestyle”.
Live as a gay or lesbian, or don’t have sex for the rest of their lives.
I have also met and worked with girls who were so… degraded by the ‘guys’ in their lives that they “switched”.


I have to say that you are not going to stop kids from having sex once they try it.
Dispensing condoms is a cheap way to slow down and somewhat deal with the un-wed mothers and the financial problems the states have with supporting them. Condoms will stop the ‘oops’ and if we make sure the kids have all the condoms they might use then we might have fewer 'welfare' families.
 

I absolutely despise this, “killing an unborn baby as a viable means of birth control.”
But until the people that want to stop it line up to support the child or we plant birth control in the BOYS and girls, it is not going to stop. It was illegal before Roe vs. Wade and it still happened.


“involve students in activities to religiously worship and praise the goddess, mother earth”
I had to laugh at this one. Any teacher that tried this would be brought up on charges just like a teacher trying to hold a prayer in class. Ain’t going to happen.


“depict people with strong, traditional, Christian convictions as simple minded and ignorant”
I know my sister is religious. From the email it seems that my brother is too, at least somewhat.
I am more like my Dad. I believe but I am not sure how to explain it. It does not match the Methodist theology I grew up with. It is not the 'Christian' teachings I got baptized under. So far I have found no one else that believes MY way. 
Most of the “ignorant, simple minded, people with strong, traditional, Christian convictions” that I have met try to force their version of beliefs on me.

No I do not believe that the Bible is the “word of God”. There are too many inconsistencies and contradictions. Yes, I believe that the bible is a ‘good’ book. It has many ways of getting a population to live together in harmony and treating each other well.  But so do the Torah and the Koran.


In the end, all of the principal’s speech was about choice.
Choice of lifestyle, choice to have sex (protection or not), and Choice of religion (or none, which is still a choice).


As for the "one nation, under GOD." statement at the end, that was not in the founding fathers documents.
It was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 at the height of anti-Communist fervor.
It was an attempt to link patriotism with religious piety.
"In God we trust" was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956.

Basically ancient history trying to influence current affairs.

In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.

Jun. 6th, 2012

Goodbye Ray

'Martian Chronicles' author Ray Bradbury dies at age 91

Not his best by my way of though but lots of people loved it.

We are slowly loosing our greatest and due to the systems in place we will not see their like again.

"Ah, your an author. We will keep your biggest selling series on the shelf. Sorry, no room for any more. Back catalog of books? Can't afford to keep them printed. So Sorry, out of print."

"Music catalog? Older songs? Nah, all we got is what they play on the radio."

The same goes for movies, if it came out be fore video tape you probably will not see it ever again. Unless it was a "timeless classic".

Ah well. /rant

Goodbye Ray one of my early favorite authors.
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Apr. 17th, 2012

Interesting take on an Idea

http://www.tailsteak.com/archive.php?num=516

I stumbled on to this person's webpages and as I was going through his 'ideas' I hit this page.

I first thought that this was a oddity but then gave it a bit of thought.

Scary how that works.
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Mar. 13th, 2012

Interesting and scary story about Women's rights.

This one was posted as a link from my daughter.

Scary story because you can see how it could happen.

To quote my daughter
"Morag shared a link on G+ that I think everyone should read: ILU-486 by Amanda Ching. It’s… well, it’s uncomfortable and unsettling, honestly. The future it imagines is not far off. It’s both foreign and familiar. I want to buy a bunch of these stickers and post them in women’s bathrooms."




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Feb. 3rd, 2012

Scarborough Research 210-736-3080

I have been receiving calls for more than a week from 210-736-3080 I called back and was advised it was
Scarborough Research doing a survey on television, Radio and newspapers in my area.

Checking this number on Google

http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-210-736-3080#p349801166662985247

Seems like they are a VERY annoying company.

Scarborough Research 1-800-753-6043

I called the number found there.They advised that they are a "research" company and not a 'telemarketer' therefore they are exempt from the "Do Not Call" per Congress. They don't sell anything directly on the phone.

They just waste your time and if you have a cell phone as a contact then they waste your cell time. They use your time and money to make it for themselves.

Time to make a change in that don't you guys think?

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Jan. 23rd, 2012

The video you need to watch about PIPA and SOPA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccNGXov-2u4

Spend a few minutes and be educated.

Jun. 19th, 2011

My sonic screwdriver ain't

I picked up my Sonic Screwdriver a couple of days ago and got a light but no sound.

Thinking that it was just batteries I finally got some and tonight I installed them.

Brighter light but still no sonic. :-(

Ordered : May 30, 2010.
Delivered : June 4, 2010 - June 9, 2010
Died : June 5th 2011.
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Oct. 8th, 2010

Potato Soup

I like to cook. I just don't really like to cook just for myself.

So I got a craving.
Growing up we did not have a lot of extra money.
We were clean and fed enough but there were times that Mom and Dad were worried.

One of the meals that I can remember from these times is Potato Soup.
Mom would peel and cut potatoes, with me stealing and eating chunks of the raw potato.

Potatoes, milk, a bit of butter and as I grew up bits of onion. Real simple fare.

Yet in over 20 years I did not try to make my own. Not sure why but I have been resisting making my mom's recipes.

So, I came home Monday night hungry for Potato soup.

Hooters has a good version.
Lone Star steak house has a good one.
Campbells soup is not too bad.
But most of them are "creamy", include cheese or other items that fill it out but take it far away from simple fare.

And all of them are closed at 2am.

So...

No potato soup for me.

That mean I needed to start digging.
Opening my freezer I found a package of Ore-Ida Steam-n-Mash potato chunks.
Originally made for mashed potatoes I realized that they were just chunks of potatoes in a bag to heat in the microwave.
They had been in the freezer for quite a while but were still under the expiration date.

They called for microwaving for 8min with 2 min cooking in the bag after. then mixing and mashing.

Inspiration hit. Microwaving for 6 minutes the potatoes were semi-soft in the bag.
Dumping them into the pan, I added milk and started heating it.
Stirring it to keep it evenly heating I got the milk hot and pulled it from the stove.

putting some in a bowl with diced onions, shallots and some butter. I pigged out.

The potatoes package says that after it is mashed there 'should' be enough for 7 servings.

This made one serving albeit a HUGE serving. I kept eating as I was not quite sure how to keep and reheat it. :-)

Very good but simple meal. Thanks Mom.
Maybe one of these days I will break down and cook her roast beef and noodles.

Closest recipe I could find on the net was
http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,2248,154180-224203,00.html

They dump part of the water used to boil the potatoes out and replace it with milk.
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Sep. 29th, 2010

"The disease called "Perfection"



Damn good essay. Spread it around.
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Mar. 22nd, 2010

Nature at its finest

The Owl Box

http://www.ustream.tv/theowlbox

Carlos put up an owl box in his yard.
In the box he put one color camera and one Infra-red camera.
Color for Daytime, IR for night.
He switches the live feed and it runs on the net.

A female Barn Owl moved in (Molly) and her mate (McGee) visits.
5 eggs were laid and one has hatched (Max).

It is kinda addicting watching her nest and take care of Max.

Guess some people are born owlcoholics.
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Mar. 12th, 2010

My mind just went Daaaa What?

Holy FRACK


http://www.promnightinmississippi.com/

Ok news from 2008 but I just found it.  )

this is the state where some schools still hold seperate proms, one for whites and one for blacks

Charleston High School had its first-ever integrated prom - in 2008. Until then, blacks and whites had had separate proms even though their classrooms have been integrated for decades
Why this suprised me I am not sure.
Ever the Optomistic Pessimist (Absolutly 100% sure things will go bad) and Still I am dumbfounded by things like this.

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Aug. 13th, 2009

Oh so True lately.

You know that feeling you get when you are about to do something stupid and decide to do it anyways?




That's me when I wake up
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Jul. 22nd, 2009

CoH/V Aion EVE Online Champions

Well on July 12th I got my City of Heroes 54 month Veterans Reward.

Yep 4.5 years.

On July 16th I finally got my first character to the cap 50th level.

This opened up the Kheldians Arch-Type for me. True I could have power leveled and gotten here a lot earlier but I just never could get behind that. Besides, by doing most of it solo there is a sense of accomplishment.

There are problems with soloing though. I had started a SuperGroup with three others. One dropped almost immediately when he got married and no time to play. The second played quite a bit and leveled to 50 almost 3 years ago. The Third played more than I did but less than the other. She got 50 and was playing with her husband on another server more.

Playing the game is fun but just not as interesting as it once was. Right now I am enjoying the Beta of Aion. How the real full time game will play out, I am not sure. I have never been much for PvP and it is a big part of the higher levels with Aion. In CoH there are multiple contacts and many different enemies even if it gets a bit repetitive. Different types (Tank, scrapper, defender. etc) get different missions. Different origins, (Natural, Science, Magic) seem to get different enemies and therefore different missions and rewards.
Aion is pretty linear. Lots of different tasks but after you run a mage through, going back to the beginning and running a warrior or ranger through has very little different so I am unsure how this will play out.

I have also been looking at EVE Online.
It reminds me quite a bit of Elite a game I played for hours on the Commodore 64,


After looking on line for Elite, I found this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elite_(computer_game)
In interviews, the senior producers of CCP Games have cited Elite as one of the inspirations for their acclaimed Eve Online MMORPG.[9] Thorolfur Beck in particular said that Elite was the game that impacted him most on the Commodore 64, and that it was the prime motivator behind Eve Online.

Eve appears to have mostly PvP but that can be pretty much avoided if you want to stick to the "safe" worlds. Kinda like what you would really expect out there.

So the question is $15 a month for Eve or for Aion? Do I keep CoH or am I done with it? and how different will the Champions MMO be?
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Jul. 9th, 2009

Jobs

Well, I have been getting more and more annoyed with my current workplace so I put out some resumes and did a few applications and telephone interviews and I got some job offers.  :-)

Whee. Two have been kinda reluctant to talk salary or benefits but now that they are making the offer, we shall see.

Third one out of the responses today, i think is just looking. Trying to get a line on people as they really lowballed the salary with minimal benefits.

I may have a video interview coming up. guess it is a good thing i got my netbook with the webcam option.

This may even get me to cut my hair.
Last time was Grandma's funeral.

Not sure if I am really interested in a couple of jobs that responded as it would mean moving and i have 6 months on a rental contract.
Anyone want to move to NC and sub-let? :-)
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Jun. 8th, 2009

Life, the Universe, and everything.. Wait that title is taken.

Ok time for the first entry of the new year.

Oh wait.

Well I just did not have anything else to say until now. After TR closed I did not play City of Heroes. Actually thinking of closing the account.
Problem there is I spent so much time getting those characters to where they are and each is so different. I feel like I am killing them off in some universe (ficton) somewhere.


So.

Just finished the "closed Beta" of Aion. NCSoft gave it out as an prize to the people that played Tabula Rasa when it was shut down. Aion is an interesting game. As the Beta just ran this weekend and it took most of Saturday to download the 5Gig game at 332k I got up about 10am and started playing. They shut it down about 30 minutes ago. :-)

I have not played Warcraft but I don't think this is a WoW beater. but then I really liked Tabula Rasa and it tanked.
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Oct. 3rd, 2008

Political hoo hah, disguised as a meme.

Political hoo hah, disguised as a meme. )

Sep. 10th, 2008

PC issues

We had a really good storm a couple of days ago. Remnents from Gustov I think.
I had gone out to get some dinner and when I came back my PC (always on, major UPS/surge supressor) had error messages all over the screen.
It looked like a virus had just gone nuts. Ran the Anit-virus, and anti-malware, and anti-spyware and several other programs and nothing showed up.
No problems encountered, hummmm?

I decided to let it set for a bit to see if any errors would resurface. One hour on and still no problems.
Ok. I decided it was safe and clicked on a program. No idea what it was but bam error messages popping like fireworks. then BSoD.

First one that I had on that machine in months. The system does it thing and restarts. and instead of a windows boot I get.

"DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"

Hmm, well ain't that cute. Here HP installed windows XP on the PC and made a recovery partition (on the same drive) and I can';t get to it because the disk won't boot.
No floppy so the system would not make a recovery floppy disk set. And it appears that I waited just a bit to long to make that recovery CD I had been working on.

Whee.

So until I get that PC back up and running, I will be on one of my backups. That means I may forget to go read my mail on the web. I think I have most of the email addresses i need but...

If you need me you can

1. call
2. send an email (no promises)
3. make a comment to this and I'll try to get back to you.

Hope this reminds you all to make the backups that you keep thinking about but never do.

With just under 4 Terabytes of storage I could have easily backed everything up to multiple drives. but didn't. so.

Make your backups and keep making them.
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Nov. 11th, 2007

Writing

Nano stuff )

Aug. 21st, 2007

Annual Idiocy

Drive from NC to CT
Total Est. Time: 10 hours, 4 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 581.39 miles

Pick up Daughter and friends. 7 of them for sure.

Drive to Ocean City, Maryland for a waterpark afternoon.
Total Est. Time: 5 hours, 44 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 313.95 miles

Then drive to the Campground (KOA)
Total Est. Time: 2 hours, 28 minutes    Total Est. Distance: 118.80 miles

Set up tents and Saturday morning go to RenFair

Spend most of the day and most of my money.
Back to the KOA and probably a Pizza dinner if I know the kids. Hah Kids (21 years old) :-)

Then back to the RenFair Sunday AM.
Stay till 3-4 pm and head out for CT
Total Est. Time: 5 hours, 4 minutes    Total Est. Distance: 281.53 miles

Spend the night in the Van or drive an 1.5 hours out of my way to stay at the New CT KOA.
and then head home.
Total Est. Time: 9 hours, 56 minutes    Total Est. Distance: 581.62 miles

Interesting how Mapquest.com says it is

Total Est. Time: 10 hours, 4 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 581.39 miles NC to CT

Total Est. Time: 9 hours, 56 minutes    
Total Est. Distance: 581.62 miles CT to NC

only 8 minutes but WTF?


Oh and the Total? 1877.29 33hours 16min.
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Aug. 16th, 2007

Testing InsaneJournal

Whee first post here. Was/Have been/Am on LJ. But just stopped the paid account due to the Strikethrough '07 thing. Nothing of mine removed but I had some friends hit.

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