Michael Farris makes homeschoolers look bad.
Ran into an interesting problem on the Wal-mart website. I could not check out with my purchase. Clicking on “Proceed to checkout” merely refreshed the screen. This happened under both Chrome and Firefox (Aurora). I contacted customer service to let them know about the bug. They had a solution right away: Disable DoNotTrack+. Apparently, Wal-mart requires an ability to track you across the internet before they’ll sell you something.
Guess which online retailer is now auctoris non grata.
The Powerball jackpot is likely to hit almost $500M by Wednesday’s drawing. With odds of 1 in 175,223,510 it might make sense to play every possible combination (if you think there won’t be another winner). Of course, the jackpot is in the form of an annuity, so the present value is probably closer to $250M. So, maybe it’s not worth the gamble.
I think I’ll keep my $175,223,510 safely hidden away in my mattress.
I have a favor to ask of the 2 or 3 readers left. I want to get Lydia a k-cup type coffee brewer (Keurig or other brand) but am having a helluva time deciding. Reviews for the Keurig machines are all over the place. Every machine gets great reviews and awful reviews. So, I figured I’d turn to some folks I trust: you. Does anyone have any experience with these machines? And, if so, which features are worth paying for and which aren’t?
I may be a jerk, but I’m pretty sure the Teabaggers have cost the GOP control of the Senate. Go on, keep demonizing minorities and antagonizing women. I’m sure that will be a winning strategy next time.
BTW, I’ll try to post pics of my lame attempt at growing a ‘stache.
ONN is getting desperate. Check out one of their latest:
Is it a sin to vote for Obama and the Democrats?
The author seems to believe the answer to that question is a “no brainer.” My take is that it’s the author who is in a permanent vegetative state.
He even violated Godwin’s Law!
I imagine these Democrat apologists writing similar essays in the 1930s of how the Nazi Party was doing great things for infrastructure and social welfare programs in Germany. “Never mind that killing of the Jews thing,” they would essentially argue. That’s the underlying current of the Christian Democrat defense — “never mind the killing of the unborn beings made in God’s image thing.” That’s not to say that Democrats are Nazis, of course.
But, of course.
I shave with a 60-year-old razor using a brush and mug to lather up. I wear a 40-year-old old style wind up Timex (21 jewels!). And I write with fountain pens exclusively. So, here’s your chance to be a bit of a throwback, too. November 2nd is Fountain Pen Day. If you’ve never used a fountain pen, now’s the time to try. And if you have just gotten away using from the best writing implements of all time… For shame!
These disposable Pilot pens have a good rep. If you order in the next 24 hours, they should be there in time for FPD.
If you don’t want to go the online route, inexpensive fountain pens are also usually available at the larger office supply stores.
CNN is apparently a devotee of New Math. Check out the latest hed:
CNN Poll: Obama 50%-Romney 46% in Ohio
One would think that Obama was ahead. Not so, according to the chyron. It’s a tie. Yes, because the difference is within the margin of error, CNN thinks the candidates are tied. What idiocy! There is just as much chance that they’re tied as there is that Obama is up by 12%.
Yesterday was the 1st day of early voting here in WV. Of course, I did my duty and voted for President Obama.
I’ve had only good luck making micro loans through Kiva. Here’s the latest. If you follow the link and donate, Kiva will kick in an extra $50.
And here’s a link to the #1 team on Kiva.
Parade Magazine(!) has a pretty good article today about how anti-vaxers are killing kids. Their own and other parents’. I hope some of the anti-vax folks read the article and see themselves.
And the results aren’t pretty. Does it surprise anyone that Farris rejects the consensus medical opinion?
It’s National Coffee Day. Free cups of Joe at lots of places including McD’s and Krispy Kreme.
Stupid teacher tricks. A junior high chemistry teacher was busted for cooking and then selling meth. The moran was busted selling it in the school parking lot.
Just a reminder that tomorrow be talk like a pirate day.
Are 4% of all students really HEKs?
And CNN owes Tim Haas a nickel for the photo.
Lots of free online classes being offered by Stanford, MIT, and Harvard. No college credit, but it probably would be ideal for an advanced HEK. Details here.
“Every indication is that the economic policies adopted and pursued by this president are creating jobs at a very high pace. And so the people of America have to ask, ‘Do I stay with the president, who is rebuilding the economy, who is creating jobs, or do you want to stop mid-stream and find someone new?’” — Mitt Romney
Hmmm. Did Jesus ever say “claim to be God?” Yes, he did.
“The truth is, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58 NLT)
So, which one was he? An impersonator or a comedian?
Anyone who searches the archives here will note that I’ve never been a particular fan of the American Community Survey, which I think sometimes crosses the line into intrusiveness. But I have to admit that this census timeline is pretty cool.
American society is doomed, without doubt. Evidence from today: I had to stop at the local Walmart around 5:50 this morning on the way in to work. I parked down on the opposite end from the grocery section, since I needed some supplies for a business trip. As I pulled up, another car parked a couple of spots away. The rather large woman approached the store doors just as I did. They were locked since it was so early. I headed down to the doors at the other end of the store. She turned around, got back in her car, and drove to the other end of the parking lot.
I counted my steps. 89 between the two sets of doors.
Anybody else see the flaw in this one?
What’s the surest way to reach $1 million?
Invest in stocks
Buy real estate
Own a small business
Win the lottery
Just watched Season 2 of “Breaking Bad.” What a great series. And I love that chemistry plays such an important part. So far, I’m really impressed with the chem geek level. My favorite bit was a tad more subtle than Mr. White blowing up a drug kingpin’s house with mercury fulminate. In the last episode of season 2, when a female character ODs, her father enters her apartment to choose a dress for her to be buried in. There are examples of her drawings all over her bedroom. And right on top is a drawing of a snake swallowing its tail. That imagery, of course, is one of the most famous in chemistry. Kekule supposedly dreamed it when he figured out the ring structure of benzene.
That’s what the banner read on last night’s “Glee.” They can sing, but they cannot spell.
This blog was born. That 1st post was just as inane as most of the rest of them.
The SC Senate just passed a bill to allow HEKs to play sports at their local schools. Interestingly, the vote was 36-0.
There’s an idiot down the corner from here standing next to the main shopping drag waving a big photo of Obama with the single word “Remove” under the image. Oh, and Obama is sporting a Hitler moustache.
But I’m sure my fellow travelers meeting in DC today would be A-OK with that.
Every adult involved in this fiasco deserves to go to federal prison for a very long time. I figure they’ve admitted to kidnapping and false imprisonment.
PITTSBURGH—A southeastern Pennsylvania church subjected members of a youth group to a mock kidnapping and interrogations without telling them it was staged, and the outraged mother of one 14-year-old girl has filed a complaint with police.
The pastor of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Middletown said the church is “so saddened” that the girl was traumatized at the Wednesday evening youth meeting.
But the pastor, John Lanza, said Friday there have been emails of support from other students at the church, about 10 miles southeast of Harrisburg, because the intent was to prepare them for what they might encounter as missionaries. He didn’t disclose the names of those involved but said the mock kidnappers included an off-duty police officer and a retired Army captain.
“It was a youth event, to illustrate what others have encountered on a regular basis,” he said, adding that the focus of the lesson was “the persecuted church” in other countries.
Lanza said there were about 17 students at the meeting and the mock kidnappers covered the students’ heads, put them in a van and interrogated them. Neither the students nor their parents were told about the raid beforehand, he said, though it was discussed with the parents of one youth who might have health issues.
At the very least, the off-duty cop should be fired immediately. He’s way too stupid to be trusted with a gun.
OMG! He’s a 2nd-rate quarterback. He is NOT the 2nd coming of Jesus. He’s not even the 2nd coming of John Elway.
But I eat like one on teevee. Steel cut oats for breakfast. Corned beef and cabbage for supper, washed down with a couple of Sam Adams Irish Reds.
Happy St. Pat’s Day to all you real Irishmen and women.
I’m still sticking with the old-style shaving. I’ve probably a dozen old razors now and just last night purchased one made in the 2nd quarter of 1962. (That’s far from my oldest which was made in 1920.) But the Gillette Slim will be 50 years old sometime between April and June of this year. And, so will I. On May 13th, to be precise. So, it’s a “birth quarter” razor. I don’t really know why I find that utterly cool (and geeky).
In addition to the razors, I’ve recently re-acquired an old “vice.” I’ve picked up a couple of fountain pens. I hadn’t used them since college, and mine from back then are looooong gone. But eBay is a great source. Jinhao makes some beautiful pens at ridiculous prices. I bought an X450 and an X750 for something like $14 shipped.
Or, rather, Dog of the Day.
I was on the AKC website and saw that there was a new breed recognized in 2011, the Xoloitzcuintli. Yeah, I can’t pronounce it, either.
For lots of fundy homeschoolers, Maher is correct. They really do want to make sure their kids aren’t “infected” with impure ideas like evolution and global climate change. And Santorum’s whine about a double standard is just plain crap. Sandra Fluke was a private citizen who was called a slut by the (unofficial) leader of the Republican party. Santorum is a politician running for POTUS who was called out by a comedian. Slightly different situation.
And Little Ricky really should keep his mouth shut about homeschooling lest he remind voters how he sent the bill for enrolling his kids in a cyber charter to PA taxpayers while they were living in Virginia.
Do you think Mexico would accept it?
A proposed new law in Arizona would give employers the power to request that women being prescribed birth control pills provide proof that they’re using it for non-sexual reasons. And because Arizona’s an at-will employment state, that means that bosses critical of their female employees’ sex lives could fire them as a result. If we could harness the power of the crappy ideas coming out of the state of Arizona, we could probably power a rocket ship to the moon, where there are no Mexicans or fertile wombs and everyone can be free to be as mean a cranky asshole as they want at all times! Arizona Heaven!
Yesterday, a Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Republican Debbie Lesko’s HB2625 by a vote of 6-2, which would allow an employer to request proof that a woman using insurance to buy birth control was being prescribed the birth control for reasons other than not wanting to get pregnant. It’s all about freedom, she said, echoing everyone who thinks there’s nothing ironic about claiming that a country that’s “free” allows people’s bosses to dictate what medical care is available to them through insurance.
I am boycotting that state. In fact, I’m boycotting everything and anything that has to do with that state. Arizona Tea? Boycotted. Arizona Diamondbacks? I’d watch a Red Sox doubleheader before I sat through a single inning of the Dbacks. The Grand Canyon? Fill it in. I will not spend a nickel in that godforsaken haven for morons and misogynists.
I attended the other evening an induction ceremony for Phi Theta Kappa honor society. It’s basically the junior college equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa. The main academic requirement for membership is carrying a 3.50 GPA, so these students are all doing very well. Interestingly (and disconcertingly) of the 100 or so inductees, about 80 of them were female. That’s not anywhere close to the demographics for the school overall. There’s no doubt that the girls are crushing the boys in terms of grades. I’m not sure what to make of it, but it can’t be a good thing.
The other thing I noticed is that I live in a depressingly lily white region. There was one minority student inducted (an Indian based on appearance and last name). No Asians. No African-Americans. 99 and 44/100% white like Ivory Soap. It made we wonder about the diversity of the faculty. I think I might do some digging.
I had an ear worm all day Friday and into Saturday morning. I had listened to Pink Floyd’s “The Final Cut” online and was surprised that they had added a song to it. The fourth song is now the very haunting “when the tigers broke free.” If you’ve ever seen the movie version of “The Wall,” it’s played at the start. Well, that song got stuck in my head. Badly. By yesterday evening I had finally escaped. And then flipping channels last night, guess what movie was on VH1 Classic. Right, “The Wall.” And guess what song started the second I tuned in. Right, “when the tigers broke free.”
It starts at 8:55.
Grilled “cheese” sandwiches taste better if you take the plastic wrap off the “cheese.”
Hard to pass this one up. A Kindle Fire for $199 with a $50 gift card at Wallyworld. For those of you with college-bound HEKs, Amazon has lots of e-textbooks available. Katelyn is using hers for a couple of classes and loves it. They had an open-book test a couple of weeks ago. Search functions are just too easy.