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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween

I wear costumes. I attend parties when and where I can. I enjoy as much of the particular holiday season as I can.

I don't celebrate Halloween night. No children ever come to my house for candy; I'm too old to Trick or Treat and I have no young children.

It is raining now.

Interestingly Halloween is All-Hollow's Eve. This makes November 1st an unrecognized holiday: All Hollows Day! Well, Halloween and any occasion surrounding it does not strictly (or literally) qualify as a holiday but the occasion is special for what children are allowed to do and gather.

Ron Paul versus Bill O'Reilly



Ron Paul on The O'Reilly Factor

segment broadcast on Semptember 10th, 2007

my back hurts.

oh does it hurt.

why do the chairs in this library hurt so much?

Monday, October 29, 2007

when Billy Graham and Jonathan Edwards intersect

The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University hosts/features a recording of Billy Graham reading/conducting/preaching Jonathan Edwards' famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" as an exhibit. It took place during The "Canvas Cathedral" Crusade occurring in Los Angeles, late 1949
In the midst of this remarkable stretch, Billy Graham preached Jonathan Edwards’ famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” In retrospect, it was a fascinating set of circumstances: the man who would become the most famous preacher of the 20th century preaching America's most famous sermon to a new audience many generations later.

There are numerous interesting theological, rhetorical, and stylistic questions that arise from this preaching event. For the first time since its preaching, we are able to make audio portions of this sermon available to the general public on our website for a limited time.
Fascinating.

and touching.

hey look! Jena 6 Media Myths!

Now I haven't been following this case very closely because it really isn't business of mine, or within my frame of interest, what six kids did to another kid. If I wanted real life terrible events, then I'd know all about it.

So.

It turns out there is a whole bunch general beliefs flowing around out there and I have no idea who believes what but apparently a lot of people are giving six violent bastard delinquent brats a lot of slack because of some sort of offensive anti-black racial hoo-ha and Jesse Jackson is orbiting around like a missile satellite.

"Jesse Jackson." There's a sign something is not kosher.

It turns out the 'generally known' stuff is a bunch of horsehockey... "media myths". Over three pages in this essay Craig Franklin lays out twelve myths generally accepted and propagated as fact.

A Chronological Order of Events is available from the Jena Times.

Just remember that truths, facts actually matter!

Remember
Craig Franklin is assistant editor of The Jena Times.
More about Craig Franklin and his relevance to the case
I should know. I live in Jena. My wife has taught at Jena High School for many years. And most important, I am probably the only reporter who has covered these events from the very beginning.
I think when people see racists and scumbags where none/few exist(s) it contributes to a general condition of taking racists and racism, bigotry for granted.

Of course, for all I know, Craig Franklin is selling the CSM and me a load of bull, and an upstanding citizen of Jena has more to get out of a good image for the town than any outsider; but between Mr. Franklin and Rev Al Sharpton, I'll take the POV of the local citizen.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

purported plans?

Coming up, in theory, is my brief article on White Nationalists.

Also there is the theory that I'll do a run-off of various dictionary definitions of the word "science"... working around my point that if you can't test it or observant it in real time present day then whatever it is you are doing isn't science. Data is collected in the here and now, but what the conclusions are can be scientifically based on a mere prediction or forecast in the future or past. If you cannot see the results yourself and record it yourself then where is the science?

That's a rhetorical question.

As it is, we remember the purpose of this weblog, as spelled out, rejecting the old mission statements for the merest of moments as I point beyond that it is all about me, and that every single article posted on Apologies Demanded is an example of my running notions or searches at the time, or another time, and that each post represents research, or a note, or a reflection, or a falling notion. The audience of the weblog remains small despite years of writing and in part that is because of my own failures and in part it is destiny. Whatever fame or mediocrity I achieve in the future the fact remains that this is a record of sorts, running so that I can look back to a non-comprehensive library/appendix/supplemental of topics so various that finding a completed series is a blooming near-miracle. Again as it is it is a reference to my near-broken psyche and running river of my views on the mentioned issues. The point isn't so much that my so-called followers can read my most recent thoughts on whatever because obviously it doesn't do timely and it doesn't follow the news of the day precisely and it isn't a newsblog! The point is that I can go back and find something! The weblog isn't a failure at all even if it is not ideal.

So if you are reading, actually reading, comment and tell me why!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

WJIM AM polls for USA's best POTUS

WHO IS AMERICA'S GREATEST PRESIDENT?

GEORGE WASHINGTON:
25%
RONALD REAGAN:
23%
ABRAHAM LINCOLN:
19%
GEORGE W. BUSH:
18%
HARRY TRUMAN:
15%


I gotta say these results seem a bit cynical to me: the best President is only the first? We cannot go better than the prototype? That is depressing. The poll answers are here and the poll question is on the sidebar here. Interesting that the five choices are my five favorite Presidents! What a wonderful coincidence!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

can we reverse global warming?

I don't think so.

It's fairly common knowledge that my state, the peninsulas, and the surrounding shores of the Great Lakes were carved out by glaciers. Perhaps just one supremely large one.

Merriam-Webster declares a glacier as
gla·cier Listen to the pronunciation of glacier
Pronunciation:
\ˈglā-shər also -zhər, especially British ˈgla-sē-ər or ˈglā-sē-\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
French, from Middle French dialect (Franco-Provençal), from glace ice, from Latin glacies; akin to Latin gelu frost — more at cold
Date:
1744
: a large body of ice moving slowly down a slope or valley or spreading outward on a land surface
Probably not just one. The thing is, I don't see one of those around here anymore. Not at all. Anywhere. Not in Ohio. It purportedly moved south. Where is it? It must have melted.

Before recorded human civilization.

I guess global warming is real after all.

LARPing


What Is LARPing? - Watch more free videos

If you are not a nerd and you still do this, you are wasting your time.

Still, it looks like a lot of fun. It is an investment of time and energy that I refuse to make. It's like the question of whether I should spend an evening blogging or studying for a midterm. Surely the blogging was quite pleasant or satisfying for a time but I tell you the truth if I studied properly in preparation for a midterm examination I probably would not be awake right now writing this.

I'd almost bet money that this won't be a source of entertainment for anybody but myself at some point in the farther future, because tomorrow sixty-something people will skim this site out of various accidents and will not actually read this, let alone appreciate it; they probably won't have watched the video, either.

I don't feel bad or resentful about this.

I won't bet that money; I don't have the money to bet.

LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing and it stands in contrast, definition-wise, to table-top role playing, like Dungeons & Dragons, where the action and adventure and the visuals of all of it exist on imaginary palettes wedged firmly in the players' heads. Beyond that the specifics of LARPing are beyond my experience and knowledge and they shall remain that way.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tom Tancredo wants to duel Mitt Romney

As novel an idea as I find it, it is hardly to practical to make a wager to a candidate who won't take it and likely won't find his numbers hurt by refusing to mention it.
Tancredo laughed at the idea that Romney was challenging other candidates' Republican credentials. "I don't think I were do that if I were Mitt," he said. Tancredo added that his voting record is one of the highest rated in the field by Republican interest groups. "I have a record that is consistent. And I will tell you, as opposed to almost every other person on the stage, I think that that is the most glaring example of the difference between us, and certainly between myself and Mr. Romney."

Tancredo then offered to take the debate one step further. "A hundred years ago, you would test someone's veracity by a duel, or some other kind of physical test," Tancredo said. "I'll do this, I challenge Governor Romney to a trap-shooting contest here in New Hampshire. Loser drops out."
It really doesn't matter how right Rep. Tancredo is. Why the hell would Governor Romney risk losing a trap-shooting match if he promised to sacrifice the millions of dollars he invested in the campaign, over the outcome?

That's right. Mitt Romney invested millions of his own cash in his campaign; I don't see him sacrificing that, as well his time invested, and the work of his foot soldiers, simply because he lost a sporting match. Then again the person with the most to lose and the least to gain often is the least likely one to engage in debate and that's the right thing. This was a waste of Tom Tancredo's breath.

VDH sees no defeat in Iraq

There's no reason to run.
Any visitor to Iraq can see that the American military cannot be defeated there, but also is puzzled over exactly how we could win — victory being defined as fostering a stable Iraqi constitutional state analogous to, say, Turkey.
How do we put in place a situation where the bad guys fear our side and our morality more than they fear that whom they see as god?

How much do we have to hammer them before they give up their morality?

Anyway, my philosophies on war aside, the military historian VDH points out how war is never static and things can to continue in our favor in Iraq.

Save your money before buying a house

Do not become a slave to your house.

Ever.

In regards to paying for it of course. You may need that money for something else.

Thanks to Randy Wood.

Remember to read it!

who knew an breast cancer Cure group would be for anti-life?

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an increasingly prevalent organization set to end breast cancer also has something written into their agenda about scraping women's cervixes. At least they directly and financially enable those who do as part of their agenda.

Who would see a tie-in between a prevalent breast cancer organization and the most prevalent pro-abortion organization, Planned Parenthood?

You know, those with right-leaning tendencies who are really into the whole pro-life anti-abortion crusades see Planned Parenthood as the guys on Star Trek see the Borg.
I'm not one of the anti-abortion crusaders but I agree with them in every way. I mean who could see me as a right-leaning anti-abortion type?

Then again, I see the opposite of pro-life as anti-life.

So what? The best way to eliminate the cancerous growth in a female's breast is to make sure there is no breast to grow one in; eliminating the breast is a simple matter when you eliminate the female... baby that is. Never mind that who really knows what harm can be done by tearing down there into and around a woman's nethers. Surely more or less than cancer.

Surely.

I don't know.

But it's interesting. You know, I rather fancy the American Cancer Society. This Susan G. Komen group not so much.

Monday, October 08, 2007

joke about Governor Granholm

This joke is not my own; all the best that I propagate it.

Four medical doctors went out for drinks after an international conference, one from Japan, one from Germany, one from Britain, and one from Canada.

The Japanese doctor finished his first sake wine and stated, "Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him out looking for work in six weeks."

The German doctor, looked up from her beer and said, "That is nothing. We can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him out looking for work in four weeks."

The British doctor put down his pint of bitters and proclaimed, "In my country medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have both of them out looking for work in two weeks."

The Canadian doctor, paused, set down, looked at his colleague and said, "You are all way behind medicine in Canada. We took a woman with no brains, sent her to Michigan where she became Governor, and now half the state is out looking for work."

source Jaleesa Baier on Sep 25, 2007 at 8:05 AM

joke and parable - the barber

The following is not my own. I like it though.

One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replies, "I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week." The florist is pleased and leaves the shop.

Next morning when the barber goes to open his shop, there is a thank you card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies, "I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week." The cop is happy and leaves the shop.

Next morning when the barber goes to open up there is a thank you card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Later a R epublican comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies, "I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week." The Republican is very happy and leaves the shop.

Next morning when the barber goes to open, there is a thank you card and a dozen different books, such as "How to Improve Your Business" and "Becoming More Successful."

Then a Democrat comes in for a haircut, and when he goes to pay his bill the barber again replies, "I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week." The Democrat is very happy and leaves the shop.

(Get ready )
The next morning when the barber goes to open up, there are a dozen Democrats lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between left and right.

source Jun 22, 2007 at 3:19 PM in College Republicans Facebook group

the Facebook groups I have dropped today

This leads me to follow up with another brief slew of explanations for dropped associations. This again does not have anything to do with whether or not I maintain fealty to a cause or a principle.

Abolish Abortion looks cool, presents arguments and information I wish to record, and as a Facebook presence does nothing to forward the movement for me.


1,000,000 people for the WIN in Iraq
hardly has one million people in its membership and lacks the resources to make that happen as a Facebook group, national popularity for a cause notwithstanding. I'm keeping a link to it for the same reasons that I kept membership in it. I have arguments recorded there and the cause is fine.

Abolish the Postal Service seeks to privatize our postal delivery system but doesn't have much to it aside from the worthiness of the cause.

Anybody But John McCain 2008 stopped being true when I realized that I would rather vote for this well-meaning patriot and certified war hero than any of the Democrats and their wrong-headed policies. Needless to say I think Senator McCain's wrong-headed policies are primarily less harmful than anything Hillary Clinton is nursing.

Abortion: one dead two wounded -- This is an example of someone like me joining as many specific issue groups as possible... for no concrete reason whatsoever. In this case it is my antipathy towards abortion. I will not abandon the possibility of harvesting worthy thoughts from the Group though.

Affirmative Action Sucks -- This is another example of someone like me joining as many specific issue groups as possible. I joined yet another group with a stance against racial quotas simply as another avenue towards ideological credentials and to pin a very heavy "this is what I believe" badge to my breast. It's redundant, but the group is slick, I like the title graphic, and the political cartoons and supportive rhetoric could be useful in the future.


Celebrating Saddam's Execution is a worthy idea for a worthy occasion but the event is hardly among the current.

Abortion is murder. -- This is yet another example of someone like me joining as many specific issue groups as possible. The fact is there is no practical point to join a large massive stance group like this when they are too big, by Facebook's technical rules, to send out mass messages to its membership and I am not in the habit of checking the groups for new information. Thus it gets bigger and its ever-expanding membership contributes more rhetoric and information and I benefit from this not at all. I don't learn from the newer contributions because there is no mechanical method for it to get to me. Of course I don't let the possibility fade into the ether.

Babies Against Liberal Killings (BALK) is another anti-abortion group but it seems multi-faceted. There is no discussion, but there is provocation and certainly some day if it is worthy it should be lifted up. Still, I don't remember why I joined; perhaps someone invited me. Surely I do not need the "cred".

Bring Ron Paul to Ann Arbor -- He's coming to Michigan already, for the debate. I'm not voting for him anyway.

Tancredo's promised presence?

Looking back at the last post about dropping Facebook groups I noticed that I made a comment that "the Tancredo campaign does not exist in Michigan in any form except" for the nebulous presence at the Mackinac Conference. I was wrong. As in I was wrong to make the exception. Congressman Tom Tancredo did not keep his appointment to speak at the Mackinac Leadership Conference and his campaign did not have the presence of body (so I presume they lack the presence of mind) to even set up a booth in the Vendor Room at the Conference.

Way to drive your supporters, Mister Tancredo.

I hate the Tancredo Campaign. I still like the candidate for whom I will not vote.

And a note to his campaign on behalf of his cause, if not the electoral goal: you won't convince people to embrace your vision of immigration reform if you don't show up to actually share your vision!