Archive for April, 2009

Notre Dame can go fk itself!

If a man who orders a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, hurt the poor and sick in this country, stole money from our treasury (Halliburton), and even went against the pope himself when he said not to invade Iraq… well if that person is still considered a good Christian, then count me out!

Continue Reading April 30, 2009 at 6:51 pm 64 comments

World’s fastest camera

It’s at times at this that I marvel at science.  What exactly is optics?

Their camera snaps images less than a half a billionth of a second long, capturing over six million of them in a second continuously.

It works by using a fast laser pulse dispersed in space and then stretched in time and detected electronically.

via BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Debut for world’s fastest camera.

April 29, 2009 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

Mel Gibson’s family values?

I’ve been thinking about the contradiction here lately and this article talks about the points of theology, and hypocrisy, nicely.  It reminds me of my super-Catholic friends who have sex before marriage, committing the mortal sin of fornication… but have no issues doing so…

Why is it that these right-wing family-values guys are always the worst sinners? Newt Gingrich, Ted Haggard, Larry Craig and now Mel Gibson. Gibson was quoted in the Observer in 2000 as having said, “There is nothing more important than your family. If you ruin that part of your life, what’s left? Work? Money? Screwing around? I see a lot of people living like that tell themselves they’re having a good time, but if you look under the surface you see lots of corpses masquerading as human beings.”

It will be interesting to see what course of action Gibson takes regarding one of the most controversial matters of church law — seeking an annulment. Gibson is opposed to divorce. He accepts the view that the sacrament of marriage is indissoluble. He and his wife may get a civil divorce, but Mel will still, in the eyes of the church, be married. Conservative or liberal, the only way a Catholic can remarry in the church and receive the sacraments is to seek an annulment. Most Catholics find the procedure demeaning and hypocritical. A local church marriage tribunal decides that impediments existed at the time of the marriage that made the union not a sacrament. The most common reason annulments are granted in the U.S. is that one or the other partner exhibited “a grave lack of discretion of judgment.” Even if you were married for 28 years and had seven kids, like Gibson, tribunals can decide you were too immature when you got married and therefore it “didn’t take.” You were never really married. No sacrament of marriage means you can get married again to someone else.

Divorced Catholics who seek annulments tend to fall into two camps. Some are practical and close their eyes to the hypocrisy, make up an acceptable reason, take the annulment and move on. They are desperate to remarry in the church and have a Catholic family life. Some find the hypocrisy hard to swallow. Women, especially, feel like the church is telling them they were having illicit sex and their kids are illegitimate. The feisty ones appeal to the Vatican. Sheila Rauch Kennedy appealed the 1996 Boston Diocese tribunal’s decision to grant her husband Joseph Kennedy, the son of Robert Kennedy, an annulment on the grounds they were immature. She said it wasn’t true. In 2007, the Vatican agreed with Rauch Kennedy and reversed the annulment.

via Mel Gibson’s family values .

April 28, 2009 at 11:16 pm Leave a comment

Math, stats, and racism

How data from the last election can be used to predict racism. Predicting is good because then you have a better understanding of the problem…

Continue Reading April 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm 1 comment

Church shopping

I always thought it interesting that the most religious have actually changed churches a few times… my religion is right… that is until I change churches!

Continue Reading April 28, 2009 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

Sen. Arlen Specter is now a Democrat!

Wow!  Great news to start out my Tuesday!

Veteran Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter told colleagues Tuesday that he switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party, Sen. Harry Reid says.

The Specter party switch would give Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate majority of 60 seats if Al Franken holds his current lead in the disputed Minnesota Senate race.

via Longtime GOP Sen. Arlen Specter becomes Democrat –

April 28, 2009 at 10:30 am 1 comment

Apple’s BabyShaker App

One of the best apps ever, and much anticipated, was never approved by Apple.  This would have let you use your iPhone to connect to your Sirius or XM account.  But then they go an approve the BabyShaker game…

Apple’s App Store, often lambasted for being slow and excessively conservative in its approval process, is now apologizing for having approved a game where players kill babies by shaking them to death.

via AppleInsider | Apple apologizes over Baby Shaker app.

April 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm 1 comment

4 Corners… but not really

So my standing at the point on my way to Telluride… in four states at the same time, was only real because… well, that’s the way things go… but not really…

Four Corners

Four Corners

The marker of the only location in the U.S. where the boundaries of four states meet was placed almost dead on in 1875, said Dave Doyle, chief geodetic surveyor for the National Geodetic Survey, which defines and manages a national coordinate system.

Still, Doyle said, the marker showing the intersection of Arizona, Colorado, NewMexico and Utah is just a relative smidgen east of where it should have been placed: 1,807.14 feet, to be exact. That’s about the length of six football fields.Besides, the measurement differences don’t matter anymore, Doyle said, because “the monument controls.”…

“Where the marker is now is accepted,” Doyle said. “Even if it’s 10 miles off, once it’s adopted by the states, which it has been, the numerical errors are irrelevant. It becomes the legal definition” of the Four Corners.

via Four Corners marker off the mark? Only slightly.

April 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm Leave a comment

Get well Stephen Hawking

Hawking has done more being sick than most people, including myself, have done being healthy.  He has lived almost 50 years with ALS.  I hope he is around a few more.

Famed mathematician Stephen Hawking was rushed to a hospital Monday and was seriously ill, Cambridge University said.

The university said Hawking has been fighting a chest infection for several weeks, and was being treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, the university city north of London.

”Professor Hawking is very ill,” said Gregory Hayman, the university’s head of communications. ”He is undergoing tests. He has been unwell for a couple of weeks.”

via Stephen Hawking Hospitalized –

He will definitely go down as one of the greatest.

April 20, 2009 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

Climate debate heats up in AZ

Since climate change doesn’t affect Arizona, our Republican leaders in Phoenix are blowing more hot air…

Is Arizona turning into a climate-change dropout?

Under former Gov. Janet Napolitano, the state took a leading role in a series of regional plans to reduce carbon dioxide and other pollutants believed to be responsible for global warming.

But in the three months since Napolitano left for a Cabinet position in the Obama administration, Republican leaders have branded the initiative anti-business and have introduced bills to block Arizona from adopting the plans.

via Arizona backing off climate plan.

April 20, 2009 at 5:35 am Leave a comment

Bilingual babies and executive function

Another study discusses the benefits of bringing up your baby bilingually.

Continue Reading April 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

What’s hot, green and Mexican?

The Mexicans aren’t all that dumb, and I think in the long run this is by far the greatest problem facing our world. And by long run I’m talking within this century, so within many of our lifetimes.

Continue Reading April 17, 2009 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

XY = girl?

You learn something new everyday… for example you can have a Y chromosome and be genetically a male, but phenotypically be a perfectly normal female.

A seven-year-old girl with a Y chromosome is providing new clues about a possible “master switch” of maleness.

The girl has the normal chromosome count – 46 – and should be male. Other children who have the male sex chromosome but do not appear to be boys have been found to have gene mutations that temper the Y chromosome’s effects. However this child doesn’t have ambiguous gonads, shrivelled testes or other developmental defects. She instead has a normal vagina, cervix and set of ovaries.

A team led by Anna Biason-Lauber, of University Children’s Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, thinks the patient’s normalcy is due to mutations in a poorly understood gene on chromosome 17 called CBX2.

via Girl with Y chromosome sheds light on maleness

April 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm 2 comments


So I urge us to supplement the “get married”message with another message: “slow down.” See the traffic light of singlehood as yellow rather than green.

Continue Reading April 15, 2009 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

It’s not right to laugh at crazy people

These “astroturf” movements are heading up by powerful republicans, and run under the guise of being a “populist uprising”. Where was this uprising when the Constitution was being raped after 9/11?

Continue Reading April 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

Texas governor talks about seceding from the US

I’m really beginning to wonder if this whole anti-tax thing, which is ridiculous if you think about it, is a thinly veiled anti-President… perhaps anti-BLACK-President movement.

Continue Reading April 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

Math teachers and the deadly triangle lesson

When the one-on-one lesson from your math teacher goes wrong…

A Chandler high school student involved in a love triangle with his 48-year-old math teacher was stabbed to death after the older woman’s 20-year-old boyfriend found them together in her bedroom, police said Tuesday.

Sixto Balbuena, a Navy sailor on leave from California, found his girlfriend naked and the 18-year-old student in his boxer shorts in the woman’s bedroom around 2:40 a.m. Friday…

via Student, 18, dead in what cops term love triangle | ®.

April 15, 2009 at 3:54 am Leave a comment

Vatican veto

One of the main problems with the Church, and many of the religious right, is that they have become a one-issue people…

Continue Reading April 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

US citizens wrongly jailed, deported

Where is the public outrage by the Minutemen on this? Along with trying to keep the undocumented migrants out, shouldn’t they be rallying to stop the deportation of good ol’ Americans?

Continue Reading April 13, 2009 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

Phoenix and black folk

ASU is retarded.  Take a look at some of the honorary degrees they have given in the past, many of which state as their accomplishment simply being an “ASU fundraiser.”

Or Jane Dee Hull, being Arizona first elected woman governor (Rose Mofford was governor before she was).

It’s not like Obama has been first at anything… like becoming the first black president of the Harvard law review, the only black senator when he served, or first black president of the free world… and it’s not like he’s pumping extra money into education… a true ASU fundraiser…  geez.

–Blake Edwards, “whose more than 50 films include such memorable titles as ‘Days of Wine and Roses,’ ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ ‘The Pink Panther,’ ‘Victor Victoria’ and ’10.’”

–Wu Qidi, “the Chinese Vice Minister Of Education Who Previously Arranged Lucrative Partnership With China’s State-Owned Enterprises.”

–William Polk Carey, a real-estate investment banker and $50 million donor.

— Rex G. Maughan, a beauty-products billionaire whose company touted aloe vera and bee pollen as miracle age-reducers.

–Jane Dee Hull, Arizona’s first elected woman governor.

— Alice Wiley Snell, ASU fundraiser.

–John R. Christian, ASU fundraiser.

–Lord John Browne of Madingley, a BP executive.

–The Right Honorable Kim Campbell, Canada’s first woman prime minister.

–Peterson Zah, president of the Navajo Nation.

–Rafael Rangel Sostmann, president of Tec of Monterrey, a Mexican university that had signed a business partnership with ASU.

–Jerry Colangelo, a sports executive involved in plans that would have benefited ASU.

–L. Roy Papp, a mutual fund manager and his wife, Marilyn A. Papp, huge ASU donors who helped establish a Chinese art program.

— Barbara McConnell Barrett, a former Reagan administration official involved in airline deregulation.

— Craig E. Weatherup, a huge donor who was the benefactor for the Weatherup Center.

via Obama may get ASU honor after all

You know, Arizona was the last state to make MLK day a holiday.  And the only reason they did was because the NFL canceled their Super Bowl appearance here…

The following video comes to mind:

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Music video by Public Enemy performing By The Time I Get To Arizona with Eric Meza, Romeo Tiron, Jerry Behrens, Rob Newman(C) 1991 The Island Def Jam Music Group

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