Saturday, April 26, 2008

Dessert

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
OK, I am not a constitutional lawyer, so can somebody please explain how we turned "Congress shall make no law..." into no nativity scene for Christmas at City Hall, or no displaying the Ten Commandments at a courthouse?

Isn't that sort of "prohibiting the free exercise thereof"?

Just wondering...

RH

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Food for Thought

"The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."
Remember how everybody was making a big deal about Mitt Romney being a Mormon? Or JFK being Catholic, or claiming (falsely) that Barack Obama is Muslim? Or just generally asking questions about a candidates religious beliefs to determine whether they are fit for office?

I do.

RH

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

DARWIN OR DESIGN?


I got an email today that posed this little question... Enough to make one's head explode, really. Which got me to thinking about all the smugasaurouses out there on both sides of this debate. Which made me want to toss my two cents into the mix.

  1. Evolution, as set forth by Chuck Darwin in The Origin of Species does a pretty good job of explaining all the creepy crawly things roaming around on this planet. There is a lot of evidence supporting his theory and it should be taught in schools and you should make sure your kids learn it.
  2. Evolution does not preclude or contradict intelligent design. Evolution is quite trivial really, when compared to time and space - we know it happens here on our screwball planet, but so what big deal? It doesn't answer the big question - why? And how did whatever it was that started evolving get here? and my favorite - what would be here if nothing is here?
See? Now everybody can stop arguing and get back to being nice to their neighbors etc. And before you start to argue with me, just remember, you don't really know for sure. Nobody does. Just because your little pea-brain can't imagine it, doesn't mean it isn't possible.

Glad I could clear that up.

RH

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Alternate Energy Source

Alternate Energy Source

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This cartoon is from 1977.

RH

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Is It True?

The phone rang way too early in the morning, I was still fast asleep and still slightly hung over from the bottle (or 2?) of Cold Duck Gina and I downed in her sisters Z the night before.

Typical, I thought. What idiot is calling at 8:00 on a Saturday morning? Like, don't they know people are still sleeping? Plus the phone was right next to my bed and just kept ringing... they just wouldn't go away. Plus my parents are going to be really pissed off if it's one of my friends calling so early. Damn it.

I rolled over and grabbed the receiver, put my head under the pillow and mumbled a grouchy "Hello?" Somebody said something but I didn't catch it because I had the thing upside down. What? I said, after turning it over. All I heard was a familiar voice asking:

"Is it true?"

"Is what true?"

I finally recognized the voice as my friend Sheila who lived one street over from me, and was thinking how totally weird it is for her to be calling me at 8:00 on a Saturday morning, because, like, we were friends, but, I mean, we weren't that close.

"I heard on the radio that there was a car accident last night and that Dina DeCaprio was killed."

"What?... No, Dina went out with Cathy last night!"

"The radio said there had been an accident..."

"No Way...that's not true.. Dina and Cathy went out last night"

"Are you sure?"

At this point I realized that I wasn't exactly sure, but I mean, there is no way Dina was killed last night, she went out with Cathy! So I said,

"Let me call Dina and then I'll call you back."

I sat there on my stupid bed in a fog for a few minutes, really wanting to just call Dina and tell her that Sheila says she's dead, and isn't that weird and kind of funny and should we be mad at Sheila for going around saying that? And Like, a 8:00 in the morning. Dina would be pissed, but she'll also think it's kind of funny.

But I couldn't make the call, and it made me mad because, like, I was being stupid, like, of course it's not true.

I'll call Cathy, I thought. She'll be pissed that I am calling so early, but just to be safe.

I dial Cathy's number and her mother answers and I say "Is Cathy there?" which is really kind of rude because it is so early but at this point I don't care, I just want Cathy to get on the phone and be pissed at me for calling so early.

But her mother says Cathy can't come to the phone, and there is something in her mother's voice that shouldn't be there, and I don't want to ask but I have to and I say "Was there an accident last night" and she says yes, and I ask if Cathy is OK and she says she wasn't hurt and then I ask about Dina and she says:

Dina died.

I just say "oh, thank you" because the tone in her voice scares me and I know that she can't bring herself to say any more and we hang up.

Follow-Up: This happened my senior year in high school. I felt I had to write about it after I opened up the newspaper and saw the headline Teen Killed in PCH Crash and then upon further reading learned that alcohol and pot smoking was suspected. I hope the adults who read this realize how very stupid teens can be at this age (I was, as were my friends) and that they really think it can't happen to them. To any teens floating by, including my own daughter and any of her friends, just know it can and does happen to you every day. That happened 24 years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday.

Kids: Prom and Graduation are coming up soon, try to make it to both. Parents: Tell your kids if they do drink, to take a cab. Because they do drink.

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Yoox Code From Reader - Thanks!

A kindly visitor posted this coupon code for Yoox.com: yoox2008 = 10% off all orders (Valid until April 30th).

Here are some other yoox promos going on at the moment...
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I hope everyone is well, I have been so very busy these days what with prom coming up and SATs needing to be taken and scholarships looked into and various other kids/school related activities that I have neglected my poor site. Hopefully it'll slow down towards summer!

Here's a question for you! Prom location, which is better: Polo fields with a horse/Great Gatsby theme, or nightclub with big city / 40s theme? We are trying to find the perfect spot for 2009 and it is not easy since the soon-to-be-adults can't booze it up (and provide profits for the establishment...)

RH

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