My Response to Friends Who Believe Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruled ‘in Favor of Discrimination’

Great quote:
Or, as others have put it:

2005: Live and let live, it doesn’t affect you, why would you be against changing a law that only affects others?

2015: Bake the cake or we’ll put you out of business.

Unexpectedly.

Enjoyment and Contemplation

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Dumbing Down Extinction

There isn’t a problem.

Which is the problem.

/sigh

Watts Up With That?

Guest ridicule by David Middleton

From the American Association for the Advancement of Science of America (AAASA)…

The world’s largest amphibian is being bred to extinction

The world’s largest amphibian—the Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus, pictured)—should be split into at least five species, all of which are critically endangered in the wild, according to a new study. What’s more, say the authors, current conservation practices could be causing these genetically distinct species to crossbreed with one another, effectively fusing them into a single species.

The salamanders, which can grow up to 2 meters in length, were once common in rivers across southeastern China. But today, most are found in commercial farms, which breed the giant amphibians to satisfy growing demand from the luxury food market. In an effort to augment wild populations, the Chinese government encourages the release of farm-raised individuals. But it’s not…

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Cold Brew Coffee, An Easy System

This stuff is good, but be careful with it!

I practically lived off of coffee for several years, I still drink “too much” of it, and when I made cold-brew I gave myself the shakes from the caffeine. Twice, the second time being when I was taking pains to remember it is strong…..

On the Care and Feeding of Geeks

My dad is very fond of telling us about one of his professors who kept a cold coffee extract apparatus in a hood in his lab. It was some sort of glassware circulation system hooked up to a pump and every x period of time he would load up a pound of coffee and circulate a fairly large quantity of water through it for 24 hours. And at his 8am classes he had coffee for his students. 10ml of cold coffee extract concentrate to 90ml of hot water.

This would never, ever fly these days, but my dad remembers and rhapsodizes over this coffee almost fifty years later.

I iced coffee, but it’s never been a convenient thing to make myself. Hot brew goes stale quickly. Cold brew could be stored longer but was messy and inconvenient to make.

Until now. Now I have a system.

This extract is pretty…

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Bob Munden Video(s)

Some cool videos of a famous, modern quick-shot.

A Song of Joy by Caroline Furlong

I cannot remember when I first found Bob Munden. But I do remember being astounded that there was anyone who could shoot that fast these days using the weapons of the Old West. I thought it was a lost art which only a few people practiced in their own backyards. Watching Bob Munden perform via youtube cured me of that misconception very quickly.

Mr. Munden died some time ago, but we still have these videos to remember him by, for which I am thankful. I only wish I could have seen him shoot in person instead of through the internet.

Enjoy the videos, everybody!

Stan Lee’s Superhumans

Bob Munden vs. Soda Bottles

Bob Munden – Cowboy Firepower

Bob Munden – Outrageous Shooting DVD Trailer

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Captain America

Captian America 'you move'

Steve Rogers: Attention all S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, this is Steve Rogers. You’ve heard a lot about me over the last few days. Some of you were even ordered to hunt me down.
But I think it’s time to tell the truth. S.H.I.E.L.D. is not what we thought it was. It’s been taken over by HYDRA. Alexander Pierce is their leader. The S.T.R.I.K.E. and Insight crew are HYDRA as well.
I don’t know how many more, but I know they’re in the building. They could be standing right next to you. They almost have what they want. Absolute control.
They shot Nick Fury. And it won’t end there. If you launch those helicarriers today, HYDRA will be able to kill anyone that stands in their way. Unless we stop them.
I know I’m asking a lot. But the price of freedom is high. It always has been. And it’s a price I’m willing to pay. And if I’m the only one, then so be it. But I’m willing to bet I’m not.

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Proverbs

Probably my favorite Bible “book.”

It’s, like, the Bible’s version of “The Dictionary of Quotes!”

Anyways, B-Movie Catechism mentioned Proverbs 21:9.

I had to look it up, commented on the zing in it to my husband, then read the next one– needs to be on various, ah, boundary enforcement mechanisms.  Like our home defense shotgun.

The wicked crave evil;
    their neighbors get no mercy from them.

I Would Read This Story

Not sure if it would fit best in fantasy or scifi, though; I favor fantasy, but….

No analogy is perfect, but ponder a reverse situation involving only two issues new pro-lifers and/or whole-lifers might deal with; immigration and abortion …Suppose abortion was never made legal in the U.S., but those women who would have had an abortion deported their newborns to orphanages in other countries instead; and this type of deportation was perfectly legal. I’m talking about deporting these babies to poor 3rd world countries that didn’t really want them either, but the babies will be alive and cared for to an extent, but their future well-being would be uncertain.

At the same time suppose immigration to the U.S. was always unlimited (open borders), but around 1973 all immigrants were declared non-persons by SCOTUS with no protection under the law. This meant that if legal immigrants happened to be on or cross over your property, you could kill them as a personal choice; a choice between you and your local law enforcement officials.

Now imagine these legal baby deportations totaled about 250,000/year in recent years and these legal immigrant murders were about 750,000/year. I’m sorry, but the 750k immigrant slaughter would be what cries to heaven for vengeance.

Rest of the article is at TAC; it’s about the so-called “new pro-life movement.”

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