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Admitting Ugly Truths

Posted 05-16-2012 at 11:50 AM by Grandma Bates
Updated 05-16-2012 at 12:43 PM by Grandma Bates (singulars not matching plurals.)

I just heard this on the radio this morning and wanted to share it:

Ick: Perspectives | KQED Public Media for Northern CA

There has been a lot of news lately about achieving parity with respect to the rights of homosexuals in American society. There is so much about this fight that I do not understand. Even the binary nature of the terminology is confusing. Mostly, though, I do not understand why it needs to be fought. There is far too much ugliness thrown at people whose...
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Managing the Misogyny Scouts

Posted 05-14-2012 at 05:10 AM by Grandma Bates
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A common refrain about family is that it is okay if I say something bad about family, but if someone else does then we will circle the wagons. Women can be our own worst enemies and seldom heed this advice about family dynamics. In some of the latest rounds of divisive politics I suspect that this was the hope. For once, though, more women began to come together despite immediate mutual dislike.

There have been a number of episodes in which the Girl Scouts have come under fire. Some...
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Reality by Committee

Posted 05-03-2012 at 09:00 AM by Grandma Bates

Stephen Colbert recently interviewed Don McLeroy, and the result was a glimpse into a simple simple mind. The bad Astronomer has a wonderful write up of what transpired including a link to the video:

Colbert destroys Texas creationist Don McLeroy | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

I generally try not to get in to the head of a person like this, but it is oddly fascinating. The man has views that are completely at odds with the world around him. To live in the world without...
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Romney and the Divinity of the Christ

Posted 04-11-2012 at 07:28 AM by Grandma Bates

Once again, I started to respond to a post in a thread, and by the time I got done I realized that I had typed out a small novel. In this case it was a response to the question as to whether or not Gov. Romney is a Christian. The question was raised as to whether or not the LDS church is indeed a Christian tradition. That question immediately leads to the question of the Divinity of the Christ. The LDS Church does teach that the Christ is Divine, but he is not the only one.

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Wide Cross Section In A Day

Posted 03-03-2012 at 03:59 PM by Grandma Bates

I am now sitting in New York City after a long day of travelling. The only thing missing is my bag and its contents. United Air Lines is still not quite sure where it is. I will probably have dreams about its travels this evening.

The day started in a lonely corn field on the northern border. The small building opened one hour before the plane was scheduled to leave, and the one person at the counter for the airline was outnumbered by the Transportation Security Administration Proctology...
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