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Baptism in the sports locker room.

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Listening to ESPN sports channel on the radio there was an ongoing discussion about the practice of Clemson University football coach Dabo Swinney conducting christian baptisms both on the practice…Continue

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Carl Sagan

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Just read an article in the latest issue of Smithsonian about Carl Sagan. His application was turned down by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences back in 1992. Those against his being…Continue

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Questioning Authority

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Since my early days I have had a propensity to question why things are the way they are. This included having doubts about my country's government and their motivations. As a youth when relating my…Continue

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Baptism in the sports locker room.

Listening to ESPN sports channel on the radio there was an ongoing discussion about the practice of Clemson University football coach Dabo Swinney conducting christian baptisms both on the practice field and in the locker room. He is an ardent supporter of pushing jesus onto his players and makes no apologies for his conduct even though Clemson is a state university. The problem I have with his actions is that he places individuals in difficult situations who want to play football at Clemson.…See More
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PBS Frontline expose "Secrets of the Vatican" rather shocking at times.

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The recently broadcast documentary by Frontline on the inner workings of the Vatican in Rome was quite illuminating and, at times, shocking. Accusations of the Vatican Bank laundering large amounts of underworld money, homosexual activity among, not only the priests, but the highest ranked Vatican officials,  mishandling of the pedophilia scandal , and the continuing power struggle between Pope and Cardinals are all brought to light. I was especially shocked by the video evidence that…


Arkansas Politics

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Just spent an hour or so reviewing the legislative proposals/bills for the past year submitted by our esteemed elected politicians here in Arkansas. The state senator from my area is a real PITA. She managed to spearhead changing the abortion law to 4 months max after which it is a crime unless incest or rape is involved. Not happy with that she then submitted a bill to limit and severely control the application of morning after type chemical substances. Fortunately it…


Stupid is as stupid does.

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Merrill Newman was finally released by the North Korean government after being detained for nearly a month. This 85 year old was a military veteran of the Korean War. 

"A statement published by KCNA last week said that during a recent visit to the country, Newman attempted to meet with surviving soldiers he had trained during the Korean War to fight North Korea, admitted he was "a criminal" who was involved in the killing of civilians during the 1950-53 Korean War, and carried…


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At 2:24am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Thanks Ed!  

At 10:04pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks for the message.  I will definitely check out that book.  I am always looking for a new read.  You seem like you might have a good opinion on this; Do you think that as a race we are de-evolving by catering to the ignorant masses by creating welfare states for people who are too stupid or lazy to do for themselves and then give them tax credits which equates to thousands of dollars just for having children?  This is going to sound really bad, but wouldn't it be better for our species if we neutered anyone with an IQ under say 100?  There are too many people on earth anyway.  Why is it someones human right to reproduce?  I think it should be a privilege that is earned.  Only the best and the brightest should be allowed to carry on their genetic lineage.  Also there should be a strict guidelines and quality requirements for parenting.  I realize this will never happen.  People are to corrupt by nature to use a system like that for good.  Sometimes I think we are all doomed.

At 6:25pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks :) I'm enjoying it already.  It's nice to be able to communicate with people even if every thought is not seen eye to eye.  The internet is full of people trolling and sniping at one another, its good to finally find a place for civil correspondence.

At 6:08pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

"Indifference to the needless suffering and plight of the very beings it (god) is supposedly responsible for creating is testament to the convoluted thinking of it's followers. "

I'm sure that it is, but not only followers of a specific ideology but the human race as a whole.  For that matter every species and the whole of nature.   It's a dog eat dog world.  When a lion commits infanticide its not evil its just the natural order of things.  Human beings are fickle emotionally unstable creatures.  For some reason we have the ability to think abstractly and outside of the basic survival instincts if only for a moment or two.  The formation of religions over the coarse of human history was only natural for a creature with this capability in order to reconcile its advanced cognitive status to a deaf playing field.

At 10:41pm on December 7, 2012, Heather Spoonheim said…

I'm surprised we weren't already friends on here.  Anyway, if you don't use a copper bowl then you need to add a little cream of tartar - essentially to drop the PH a little.  You also need to ensure you don't have a single drop or smear of yolk in those whites.  After that it should be easy.

At 11:17am on December 28, 2011, bob spencer said…

got it cheers


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