Democrats, the Party of Cruelty?

Sure looks that way... Some Republicans might not like that we are gay, and might not like that we support the Clintons, but no Republican has ever threatened our lives, libeled us, thrown rocks through our windows, punched us in the face, or sought to deprive us of employment opportunities and ruin our good names. …

Simon Cowell Engaged to an Afghan

I don't normally follow this kind of stuff, but I can't resist this one... It's official. Simon Cowell is getting married! Beautiful Mezhgan Hussainy told RadarOnline.com exclusively that she and Simon are officially engaged. Until now, there have been only whispers and rumors about the couple possibly getting married -- but their plans have been …

Women in Ministry and Authority in Churches: A Response to the Ugley Vicar

It seems that the prospect of women in ministry--and especially women as diocesan bishops--is always linked to a discussion of the nature of authority in churches.  That was certainly the case in my own 2007 piece on the subject, Authority and Evangelical Churches, and now the CoE's "Ugley Vicar" takes on the issue in his …

Highway Trust Fund to Shut Down Monday

The opposite of progress is at it again: The federal Highway Trust Fund will shut down first thing Monday, suspending all payments to state transportation departments, and four U.S. Department of Transportation agencies are expected to furlough employees beginning Tuesday after Congress was unable to reach an agreement this week on legislation to extend surface …

Tony Perkins Gets the Boot From the National Prayer Luncheon

Disappointing but unsurprising: Two days after President Obama's State of the Union speech, in which he announced plans to repeal "Don't ask, Don't tell," Perkins received a letter from the chaplain's office at Andrews rescinding the invitation. The letter cited Family Research Council statements calling them "incompatible in our role as military members who serve …

Coastal Engineering in the Classical World

Another excerpt from the Coastal Engineering Manual, this time concerning coastal development and construction in the Greco-Roman world and before that.  It should be of interest to ancient history aficionados and engineers alike. I-3-1.  Ancient World The history of coastal engineering reaches back to the ancient world bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and …

Akio Toyoda’s Testimony: Getting the Japanese to Admit a Mistake is Easier Said Than Done

Akio Toyoda's testimony concerning the woes Toyota is having regarding its spontaneous acceleration makes me think of an incident in my own family business many years ago, as related by the field service man who experienced it. In the 1960's, we imported a Japanese vibratory hammer called the Uraga. It's purpose was to drive piles …

Knowing Who Your Real Friends Are: The Daily Kos and Bill Gothard

While beating around the net, I came across this bizarre 2008 piece in the Daily Kos: The attendance at the Lifebuilders Conference is notable as a very damning link to neopentecostal dominionism; Lifebuilders is a yearly "Lay Missionary" conference of the Church of God of Cleveland, TN, a neopentecostal dominionist group which can be considered …

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