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    Filed on March 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm under by dcobranchi

    It seems pretty clear that the future pope covered up for two (or more?) child-molesting priests. But never you mind. After all, we know that schools churches are the safest place for students children to be.


    Filed on March 25, 2010 at 5:55 am under by dcobranchi


    Filed on March 21, 2010 at 11:04 am under by dcobranchi

    the stupid cardinal is still smashing into the windows. At least I’m pretty sure that he won’t pass the stupid genes on to his progeny, since he doesn’t have time to seek out a female.


    Filed on March 20, 2010 at 8:04 pm under by dcobranchi

    The Hurt Locker continues in a long tradition of boring Best Pictures. I found myself rooting for the Iraqis.


    Filed on March 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm under by dcobranchi

    Calling an 11-year-old girl a “loser” is not the way for a teacher to relate to students.


    Filed on March 13, 2010 at 11:03 am under by dcobranchi

    We have mirrored film on our windows to reflect IR radiation. It works quite well, but there is one somewhat negative side effect. For the last 24 hours, we’ve had a male cardinal bashing itself into the windows as it attacks the other male in the mirror. It drives the dog and the cats crazy, and it’s probably not so good for the bird. I even opened the windows enough for the cats to sit on the ledge outside the window. The bird just moved his attacks up about a foot to stay out of harm’s way.



    Filed on March 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm under by dcobranchi

    Lynn at Bore Me to Tears documents the sad end of the public school system in the United States. It was murdered this week in Texas. It is survived by a bastard son, Fundamental Christianism.


    Filed on at 6:41 pm under by dcobranchi

    I’m sure y’all will be shocked(!) to learn that vaccines are still not causally related to autism.

    The “special vaccine court” ruled Friday that parents who alleged their children’s autism was caused by a mercury-containing preservative in childhood vaccines did not prove their cases and are not entitled to compensation.

    The reviews of the three test cases by special masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims exceeded 600 pages and found all of the claims wanting.

    “Petitioners’ theory of vaccine-related causation is scientifically unsupportable,” wrote Special Master Patricia Campbell-Smith in her conclusion about William P. Mead, whose parents, George and Victoria Mead, had brought one of the suits.

    “In the absence of a sound medical theory causally connecting William’s received vaccines to his autistic condition, the undersigned cannot find the proposed sequence of cause and effect to be logical or temporally appropriate. Having failed to satisfy their burden of proof under the articulated legal standard, petitioners cannot prevail on their claim of vaccine-related causation.”


    Filed on March 11, 2010 at 8:06 pm under by dcobranchi

    Trust me. It’s worth it.


    Filed on at 7:56 pm under by dcobranchi

    I’m really not sure that I want to live in the same country as these “Christians.”

    JACKSON, MS – A northern Mississippi school district decided Wednesday not to host a high school prom after a lesbian student demanded she be able to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. (See earlier story)

    Instead, the school board met and issued a statement announcing it wouldn’t host the event at Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, “due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events.”

    Of course, the super-“Christians” at OneNewsNow are cheering on the homophobes. They even have a rigged poll on the subject. Check out the Q&A.

    OneNewsNow.com Poll

    What’s your reaction to a school district’s cancellation of its prom following a lesbian’s request to attend and bring her girlfriend? (related article)

    1. The district should be commended for sticking to its morality-based policy
    2. The community should rally behind the district and host a private event
    3. The ACLU should know better than to flex its muscle in the Bible Belt

    How ’bout a choice for people who are not still living in the 16th century?


    Filed on March 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm under by dcobranchi

    Time to storm the Bastille D.C.

    If you think health care reform is ugly, just wait until Congress tries immigration reform again.

    The Senate has begun work on an immigration bill and at the center of this new plan is a controversial requirement for all American workers to get identification cards… Under the plan – all legal workers, including citizens and immigrants, would have to get an ID card that includes biometric information like fingerprints.

    There is no way in hell that I am giving the gov’t my fingerprints or any other biometric data. The new passports have an RFID chip in them with a digitized passport photo. The day I got mine it somehow got dropped into a microwave oven which accidentally was programmed for 30 seconds on “high.” Who knew that RFID chips and microwaves didn’t play well together?

    I absolutely will not voluntarily participate. The only way the gov’t gets my fingerprints is if they arrest me.

    A POLL

    Filed on March 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm under by dcobranchi

    Is it OK for home-school textbooks to dismiss the theory of evolution?


    Filed on at 9:33 am under by dcobranchi

    I shot this one of Katelyn the other day. Ballerinas can only maintain First Arabesque for a second or two, but in this photo Katelyn looks like she could stay there forever.

    SO SAD

    Filed on March 6, 2010 at 9:52 pm under by dcobranchi

    The AP(!) dissects Christian/creationist biology textbooks written for the homeschool market. Jay Wile has a pretty ugly quote:

    Coyne and Virginia Tech biology professor Duncan Porter reviewed excerpts from the Apologia and Bob Jones biology textbooks, which are equivalent to ninth- and 10th-grade biology lessons. Porter said he would give the books an F.

    “If this is the way kids are home-schooled then they’re being shortchanged, both rationally and in terms of biology,” Coyne said. He argued that the books may steer students away from careers in biology or the study of the history of the earth.

    Wile countered that Coyne “feels compelled to lie in order to prop up a failing hypothesis (evolution). We definitely do not lie to the students. We tell them the facts that people like Dr. Coyne would prefer to cover up.”

    I taught a homeschool co-op chemistry class at our church in DE (Yes, I used to go. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away). They wanted me to use the Wile text. I reviewed it. Total piece of shit. Really very, very poor. Not surprising given how little respect he has for the way science works.


    Filed on March 3, 2010 at 7:31 am under by dcobranchi

    Another in the never ending series of “Life in Fayetteville, NC.”

    Military service a privilege, not a right

    Betsy Lowe, thanks for your recent service to our country. By serving, you’ve done what most civilians are only armchair quarterbacks to, deferring to “supporting the troops” instead.

    Thank you for your comments (“Is controversy a case of guilty consciences?,” Feb 20). With them, you have proven that the best policy is the existing “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” As long as everyone stays in their lane and doesn’t infringe on the rights of others, and focuses on the war-making mission, the mission will be enhanced instead of degraded.

    Close-knit units, as in the special operations world, are most efficient at war-making types of missions, which is why most of them have certain specialties that still are not and won’t ever be open to females because of the “no fail” mission statements. The ability to fight, survive and fight again far outweighs any single person’s personal desires to pursue their dreams in the military.

    Serving in the military is not a right, it is a privilege. Hence, the military’s policy of weeding out undesirables who would detract from that mission instead of enhancing it.

    This is going to offend some I am sure, but why is it that, as a society, we have accepted that homosexuality isn’t a conscious decision but an attraction to the same sex, but we don’t apply that same reasoning towards pedophiles? Aren’t they born that way as well? C’mon, time to step up and accept responsibility for your own adult decision-making.

    Rick K. Hopfauf

    Homosexuality = pedophilia? WTF? I really shouldn’t have to explain this. Presumably Rick Hopfauf is over the age of 5 and has learned to read something beyond Dick and Jane books. But, apparently, the thinking part of Rick Hopfauf’s brain atrophied a long, long time ago. So, here you go Rick Hopfauf…

    The reason we accept homosexuality and we don’t pedophilia is that homosexual acts between consenting adults are BETWEEN CONSENTING ADULTS! Children cannot consent and acting on an attraction to pre-pubescent children is wrong, both morally and legally.

    *sigh* My neighbors really are a constant source of agita.


    Filed on at 7:00 am under by dcobranchi

    That’s conservative/libertarian Thomas Sowell’s advice (paraphrased) for how to reform health care. In Sowell’s view, the problem is that people have insurance. Insurance is a bad thing because it allows people to consume health care even if they couldn’t pay for it out of pocket. So, in Sowell’s perfect world, the folks who can’t afford $50,000 for a heart bypass operation would just die (quickly) and the folks (like Sowell) who have lots of money would pay for their own health care (which would be far cheaper since there’d be less competition for the doctors’ and the hospitals’ services).

    One of the biggest reasons for higher medical costs is that somebody else is paying those costs, whether an insurance company or the government. What is the politicians’ answer? To have more costs paid by insurance companies and the government.

    Back when the “single payer” was the patient, people were more selective in what they spent their own money on. You went to a doctor when you had a broken leg but not necessarily every time you had the sniffles or a skin rash. But, when someone else is paying, that is when medical care gets over-used — and bureaucratic rationing is then imposed, to replace self-rationing… Nothing would lower costs more than having each patient pay those costs. And nothing is less likely to happen.

    I can’t imagine why it won’t happen. It’d be a win-win, for sure. Fewer poor (and middle class) people and healthier (and richer) rich people.