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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 06:40am on 2015-03-30

From"Ball State professor: Religious freedom bill violates biblicalprinciples", WNDU, 2015-03-26, quoting religious studies professor Joseph Marchal:

"In both the Jewish and Christian versions of the Bible, protection of, solidarity with and hospitality for the stranger, the foreigner and the one with whom you disagree are stressed," he says. "Think here, for Christians, of the lessons of Jesus sharing meals with social outcasts. Consider also, for both Jews and Christians, the lesson of the story of Sodom -- which was not considered a story about same-sex eroticism -- that the people of Sodom are punished for violating the code of hospitality. Throughout the rest of the Jewish and Christian versions of the Bible, the lessons of this story are the importance of hospitality to strangers — those who are different — and the problem with ignoring the poor, the vulnerable and the needy."

Marchal believes those who advocate for this bill and a "right to refuse" hospitality to those they believe to be different are engaging in what the biblical texts define as the sin of Sodom.

[Shifting the focus slightly, here's a related comic by Jessica U. on another aspect of what's happening -- what draws mainstream outrage and what doesn't -- (along with a big thank you to my friends who are already making noise about this part as well).]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:47am on 2015-03-29

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2015-02-10:

"Tell them measles contain gluten," the suggestion is made. "They'll line up around the block." -- Tabatha Southey, musing on ways to convince anti-vaxxers to get immunized.

[ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/columnists/could-we-stop-the-anti-vaxxers-if-we-said-measles-contains-gluten/article22831586/]

(submitted to the mailing list by Rob Wood)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 06:42am on 2015-03-28
I am not organized. I'm trying.

I should try to get more done at my house in Baltimore this weekend, and would welcome help. Short days still, since I still have no water there. I plan to spend a few hours moving stuff around on Sunday -- maybe this afternoon as well, depending on my body and who is available to help and uh cosmic rays and stuff, but I'm aiming at Sunday because I'm so late trying to set anything up for today, and my being awake now is not a great omen for the afternoon.

(I'll also try to organize things in Bowie to be able to make use of a helper or two here in case the only folks who can help are only available for Bowie, but really I've got a lot less to do at Mom's old house until there's more space in my house to move stuff to.)

First priority in Baltimore is making sure all the radiators are accessible, so that whenever the plumbing does get done, the plumber can fill the heating system and check it for leaks too. Next after that (well, skipping things like "get estimates for ___") is probably taking the absolute jumble of stuff in the second-floor bedrooms and arranging it more efficiently (removing recyclables and such as I go), so I can move most of the contents of the office (which has a roof leak) into the bedrooms. I've got a list of smaller stuff that I or any helpers need to do, too.

Like I said, short days. Especially until I have water again there.

Please try to hit my email address (dglenn@panix.com) or my phone (9196495862@txt.att.net), because Facebook has been terribly flaky for me the last forty hours or so. Thanks. It looks like this is going to be a longer project than anticipated, so I'll be asking again.
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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:38am on 2015-03-28

"Example is the best lesson there is." -- Eleanor Roosevelt (b. 1884-10-11, d. 1962-11-07), Tomorrow Is Now (1963)

[Happy birthday to Janet Zottoli Kurilecz -- sorry I'm not there today!]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:37am on 2015-03-27

"We groove off of everything, any sort of live show. Theinner dialogue you're having with yourself, between you and the music, is for me the search for God." -- Tina Weymouth (b. 1950-11-22)

[Happy birthday to my bandmate Felicia.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:15am on 2015-03-26

"Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure." -- Mildred Ella ("Babe") Didrikson Zaharias (b. 1911-06-26, d. 1956-09-27), American athlete (basketball, track & field, golf) and musician (vocals, harmonica) (via Jone Johnson Lewis' collection of quotations on about.com)

[Happy birthday to Louise Rogow Howard, who changed my life many years ago with an unexpected party invitation.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:23am on 2015-03-25

"It is astounding to realize that Tweety Bird and Yosemite Sam are the same man!" -- movie critic Leonard Maltin

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 04:04am on 2015-03-24

"There's never been a law yet that didn't have a ridiculous consequence in some unusual situation; there's probably never been a government program that didn't accidentally benefit someone it wasn't intended to. Most people who work in government understand that what you do about it is fix the problem -- you don't just attack the whole government." -- Molly Ivins (via Jone Johnson Lewis' collection of quotations on about.com)

[The latest trend seems to be, at least with regard to LTBGQ issues, to draft laws that have a ridiculous intent, that then have side-consequences that can be either more absurd or less absurd thanthe intended effects. For example, anti-trans-women laws that would force trans men into women's restrooms and likely make the folks supposedly "protected" even more uncomfortable. (The hugediscomfort and cognitive dissonance thrust upon trans people is, no doubt, intended.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:23am on 2015-03-23

"As near as I can figure most people have regular lives, not defined by sex, no matter what their orientation is. It's just not the most important thing. They love each other, go to the store, have dinner, and do whatever like everyone else. You don't get to choose what turns you on. You get what you get and have to deal with it. It's a shame we can't just let people be who they are. it's nobody's business but your own anyway. I dunno, I'm not a social justice guy. I don't spend a lot of time thinking stuff out like that. It just seems like people should be excellent to each other." -- Crave (author/artist of Between Failures), 2014-01-27 (blog underneath comic)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 06:36am on 2015-03-22

Quotation of the day mailing list, 2015-03-17:

"The power of Selma is hope - hope that change can happen. It's not a passive hope, but a hope that demands that we make the necessary trouble that will build a better world." -- Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator, on the civil rights marches from Selma, Alabama in 1965.

(submitted to the mailing list by Patsy Wang-Iverson)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:30am on 2015-03-21

"Mind you, I don't think DHS is that creative. Government tends to regard creativity as a last resort, even in times of war." -- abb3w, 2007-11-01

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:36am on 2015-03-20

"Once an ex-partner told me "You look better in jeans and a tshirt. Why do you wear dresses? Why do you wear make up? You don"t have to dress up to impress me." That moment led me to so many realizations. It made me realize that most people think femininity is an act to impress men. It was then that I was 100% sure my dressing up wasn"t for him at all, I didn"t at all care if a partner disliked my dresses, or makeup. I was wearing them for me. And it was then, that I realized that continuing to wearing dresses just for myself was a totally valid way to say a big FUCK YOU to the patriarchy." -- Amy Wibowo (@sailorhg), 2015-01-31 (posted as text 2015-03-04)

[This is not the most important point in the talk/article, just the one I felt like quoting today.]

Happy start of astronomical spring, y'all! (22:45 UTC / 18:45 EDT) I know some of you (including folks near me) have snow in the forecast. So I guess meteorological spring will be along a little later.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:19am on 2015-03-19

"You cannot slander human nature; it is worse than words canpaint it." -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon (thanks to [info] blueeowyn)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:47am on 2015-03-18

"Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can." -- Terry Pratchett (b. 1948-04-28, d. 2015-03-12)

"I once absent-mindedly ordered Three Mile Island dressing in a restaurant and, with great presence of mind, they brought Thousand Island Dressing and a bottle of chili sauce." -- Terry Pratchett

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:46am on 2015-03-17

"When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious." -- Edna O'Brien (b. 1930-12-15)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:59am on 2015-03-16

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2015-01-14:

"No theoretical checks--no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them." -- James Madison, Virginia Ratifying Convention (20 June 1788).

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

[ James Madison (b. 1751-03-16, d. 1836-06-28, 4th President of the US 1809-1817)]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 06:44am on 2015-03-15

"This is the kind of asshole that will stab you in the back and complain that you got his knife dirty." -- Jake H. (commenter at creativeloafing.com), on John Oxendine, 2009-10-17

[I don't know much about Mr. Oxendine; I liked the phrasing.]

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 09:17am on 2015-03-14

"Obviously, I'd like to get rich as well. But Changing The World is usually the principal motivation of the serious Internet innovator ..." -- [info] jducoeur, 2008-01-24

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 07:36am on 2015-03-13

"I don't have time to be worried about society's expectations. The world asks for everything and givesnothing." -- @FirmieFirms, 2015-02-22

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 06:25am on 2015-03-12

"In my search for answers about who I was, I pored over religious texts in search of enlightenment. My understanding was that according to most Christian beliefs, being trans or gay was a sin, cut and dry. What I found, however, was that while there were some Bible passages that could be interpreted to hint at that, there were more that came with a message of loving those unlike you, taking care of relatives, and not judging others." -- Parker Molloy, "Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen", 2015-01-01

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