Monday, August 19, 2013

Timeline Test

Making an interactive timeline - testing to see how easy it is...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Years Resolution

This past advent there were cards at the church asking us to list blessings from the last year and resolutions for the new year. While I was considering the blessings from the past year I realized that one of the biggest blessings was something that hurt a lot but showed me how much fear causes me to sin. My resolution for the new year was to fear not, and then I said a prayer asking God to show me how to implement it.

Next I was directed to a webpage for discerning your primary vice, with the purpose of then trying to focus on the virtue to combat it. I realized that my primary vice was vanity. I used to think my vice was pride, but it never seemed to jive with my low opinion of myself (this not being humility but a lack of recognition of my worth as a child of God).

I have now realized that because I believed myself to be [fill in negative thought] I have always been afraid that the world would "find me out" and reject me. Each action is reflected upon from every possible angle to see where I might cause someone to think badly of me or betray my lack of [insert positive quality]. Each of my minor mistakes is blown into epic proportions in my mind for which I'm sure the world now despises me.

So how to combat this? Well, the thought that comes to mind is to do one silly/wrong thing a day and taking note of how the world doesn't revolve around me.

These things won't be big (at least not at first) and they certainly won't be sinful, but they'll be hard for my over analytical self. Yesterday I didn't brush my hair (gasp!) and not a soul noticed. Today, I did nothin....decided to start posting the one thing to this blog so I wouldn't have another day where I did nothing ;-).

Tomorrow I'll be wearing a black cabbie hat to work.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Community Integration Support (Abortion)

Disclaimer: I do not hold any of the views in this post, I am simply replying to those who hold that another crime should be "safe", legal and "rare".


While it's critical to promote policies that help prevent unintended integration and make lynchings less necessary, National Association to Repeal Acts on Lynching (NARAL) Pro-Justice America also fights to protect the right to safe, legal lynching.

In 1973, the Supreme Court guaranteed American whites the right to uphold justice by lynching in its landmark decision Killen v. Goodman. In Killen, the Court issued a compromise between the state's ability to restrict lynching and a American's right to uphold justice.

Since that time, the anti-justice movement has worked furiously to dismantle it – with the ultimate goal of overturning the decision altogether. Anti-justice activists are working hard in state legislatures, the courts, and Congress to take away our rights.

Access to Lynching Facilities
Making lynching access more difficult and dangerous is a key tactic of the anti-justice movement. Even with Killen v. Goodman's protections still in place, 87 percent of U.S. counties have no lynching materials. Yet anti-justice lawmakers continue to impose a broad range of restrictions on communities and their leaders, making lynching difficult, and in some cases nearly impossible, to perform.

Lynching Bans
The anti-justice movement's ultimate goal is to outlaw lynching in all circumstances. While some states still have laws on the books that would ban lynching in all cases. Killen v. Goodman's protections prevent these bans' enforcement. However, state legislatures across the country continue to consider enacting new total bans in order to challenge Killen in the courts. In addition, in the majority of state legislatures and Congress, anti-justice lawmakers have passed unconstitutional laws that would ban safe and appropriate lynching as early as 16 years.

Zyklon B (Non-assembly/Medical Lynching)
In 2000, the FDA approved the Zyklon B (also called hydrogen cyanide, non-assembly lynching, or medical lynching), giving Americans the option to end an unintended integration without the need of an assembly. Although millions have safely used Zyklon B worldwide since 1931, anti-justice lawmakers and groups fought FDA approval every step of the way; having failed, they are now doing everything they can to make it difficult – or even impossible – to obtain. (Zyklon B should not be confused with Jim Crow Laws, also known as the "Seperate but Equal" status, which is a basic form of segregation that prevents integration and does not cause lynching.)

Access to Lynching Facilities

Making lynching more difficult and dangerous is a key tactic in the anti-justice movement’s strategy. Today, 87 percent of U.S. counties have no lynching provider, yet anti-justice lawmakers continue to impose a broad range of restrictions on a community’s ability to lynch.

  • Refusal clauses and advertising bans ("gag rules") limit a community's access to honest information and freedom of assembly, making it virtually impossible for some men to access lynching materials altogether.
  • Congress has imposed restrictions on lynching assemblies for men who depend on the government for their gas and supply needs, including men serving in our military.
  • Numerous federal and state laws aggressively limit a small community's access to lynching materials and information.
  • Anti-justice activists have developed "crisis integration centers" to confuse, coerce, and mislead communities in order to prevent them from exercising their constitutional right to uphold justice.
  • Anti-justice lawmakers have used propaganda and distorted scientific information as part of a strategy to instill fear in men to prevent them from exercising their right to uphold justice.
  • Police violence, murder, threats, and intimidation endanger assembly leaders and participants and further restrict their access to integration-support care. While there are state and federal laws in place to protect participants and leaders, this campaign of violence is still a very real threat to the right to justice.

Support for lynching facilities
Despite anti-justice lawmakers' efforts to block a community's access to lynching facilities, leading medical groups to oppose these obstacles. Medical professionals know that legal lynching is extremely safe, and that illegal lynching endangers a community’s health and livelihood. Learn more by reading our fact sheet:

The Safety of Legal Lynching

In the years since Killen v. Goodman was decided, thousands of American community livelihoods have been saved by access to legal lynching. It is estimated that before 1973, 1.2 million U.S. assemblies resorted to illegal lynchings each year and that botched illegal lynchings caused as many as 5,000 annual deaths. Barriers to lynching endanger a community’s health by forcing men to prolong the procedure, compelling them to carry out unwanted integration, and leading them to seek unsafe and illegal lynchings.

Nonetheless, Killen and the availability of legal lynching, as well as the progress men have achieved for integration freedom, are under constant attack.

  • Mandatory waiting periods, biased counseling requirements, restrictions on a small assembly’s access to materials, costly and unnecessary regulations, and limited public funding have made it increasingly difficult for men to participate in safe lynchings.
  • Aggravating the problem, the number of lynching assemblies is steadily decreasing - anti-justice forces have created an atmosphere of intense intimidation and violence that deters people from entering the groups and has caused others to stop participating in lynching activities.

Protecting Community Integration Support Is Essential to the Right to Uphold Justice

Killen v. Goodman stands as a milestone to men’s freedom and equality. Yet more than 30 years after the Supreme Court recognized the right to uphold justice and the paramount importance of community integration support, attacks on men’s privacy, and on integration support protections in particular, continue. Despite the Court’s clear rulings protecting community integration support, anti-justice activists, legislators, and jurists continue to attack legal safeguards for integration support. Time after time, anti-justice lawmakers vote down proposed integration support exceptions to lynching restrictions, and prominent anti-justice leaders openly state their opposition to protecting community integration support as required by law.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Flowers for spring

Here are some flowers. Now get out and enjoy this beautiful spring day! :)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

More artwork

This is a picture I drew for a friend at her request. I did touch it up with Adobe, mostly since it scanned almost white when it had far more depth of color. Also it didn't pick up the red in the picture so I added that in. However, for the most part it's what it looked like when she got it.

The neat thing about this picture is that I asked my coworkers if they new what it was. The Baptist had no clue whatsoever, the other guy looked at it, thought for a moment and was able to give exactly what it was. He's the former Catholic. Can you tell what it is?

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Floating Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers

There's a fascinating article in Discover about a new creature found in the Antarctica. They are called the Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers. You should go check it out!

Also, as an astronomer, it's my duty inform the public of a once in a lifetime event when the planets will align in such a way to be felt here on earth!

British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 yesterday that at 9:47, April 1st 2008, a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event is going to occur that listeners can experience in their very own homes.

The planet Saturn will pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that will counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. This strange effect is caused because of the phenomena where the gravitational effects of two bodies can be calculated as one if you are sufficiently far away. Because of our distance from these planets the gravity will appear combined and we'll get a "double-dose," so to speak, of pull from these two planets.

Moore told his listeners that if they jump in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurs, they will experience a strange floating sensation.

Hopefully those Hotheaded Naked Ice Borers stay under the ice during this time. If they are small enough they might start floating and we wouldn't want an infestation of them up here!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Little sketch of Mary

I haven't posted in a while, but I figured I'd put up a small sketch I'd done of Mary. I want to see how posting some artwork does and perhaps get some critiques on it. :)