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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!

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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 – CNN.com.

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

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