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@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: The Southern Baptist Convention is not typically considered, nor do they usually consider themselves, "mainline". The American Baptist Churches are typically the mainline branch of the Baptists. Most SBC I know consider themselves right, and thus distinct from the rest of the (often) "wrong" mainline churches.

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 15:50

And what exactly was the governor doing at our expense in Panama that could not be done by reading a few engineering reports? All while state employees labor for 5 years with no salary adjustment? Did he really need to check up on their progress to wrest free the federal money promised to dredge Savannah's port?

posted @ Monday, September 23, 2013 - 23:58

Classic Center or Heritage Park, it's still a horror for the animals.

posted @ Monday, September 16, 2013 - 12:24

@AutomaticDawg: The Jamboree was moved in an effort to locate a permanent jamboree home, a location suitable for a world jamboree, a more temperate climate and another national high adventure base. While BSA denies it, I'm sure the fact that they had to defend against (and ultimately won) a federal lawsuit about government support for a "religious organization" had a role to play as well.

For background details on the federal case:

posted @ Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 11:11

@grove600: if they charge a parking fee, it should be 1/20 of the car parking fee, since 20 bikes can fit in the space of one car.

posted @ Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 11:29

It depends on how fitness figures into your daily routine. It takes me 25 minutes door-to-door on my bicycle, and 15 minutes door-to-door in my vehicle. Part of the difference is the preferred parking for my bike (right outside the building). So my total additional time due to bike riding is 20 minutes. However, if I factor in the 50 minutes or walking or 30 minutes of running I would need to burn the same number of calories, I am ahead by at least 10 minutes per day.

posted @ Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 08:33

Did anyone see the video? Not only did he mutter an unfortunate (for him) profanity on air. He was really not a good announcer in any case.

posted @ Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 13:07

@kaleidoscope.junkie: Anyone with two eyes who can read can tell that I never said she wasn't negligent. She wasn't grossly negligent. Gross negligence occurs when someone fails to do what is commonly expected. Checking the back seat (from whence the object apparently rolled) is not common practice as far as I know. Yes, she is negligent. No, she is not criminally negligent nor did she violate any traffic laws. The owner of the shop can press charges but unless there are facts that aren't clear here, it would probably be dismissed. She will have to pay an awful lot because of her negligence. A fine or time in the pokey would serve no purpose here.

posted @ Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 13:07

@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: She IS negligent. She is not grossly negligent. Gross negligence is wanton disregard for others' safety. I'm sure the responding officers were able to ascertain her speed. It's really hard to tell from that angle exactly what the speed was. If it were that fast, then charges would have been filed for criminal negligence.

posted @ Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 08:54

@kaleidoscope.junkie: disagree with what? That it was a fluke accident? I never said the driver wasn't liable. She certainly is liable. She is just not (likely) criminally liable because she did not break a traffic law on a public roadway, did not exercise gross negligence and did not have intent. Therefore, charges will not be filed and no tickets issued, fines or jail time. Her insurance company will have a huge bill to pay, though, both to the business and to the woman who was injured. Hopefully her limits are high enough to cover it all, or she will be on the hook for that too. No one is suggesting she get off scot-free -- just that the laws dictate where tickets can be issued and this was not one of those places.

posted @ Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 08:21

According to, the accident happened when something rolled under the woman's brake pedal. There is definitely liability involved but no criminal activity, nor traffic violation, thus no charges. If the shop owner wanted to, they could press charges for criminal negligence but that probably wouldn't go anywhere in court since it was apparently a pure risk fluke accident. They said the woman who was hit got 12 stitches in the back of her head.

posted @ Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 00:30

"I was a fool" punishments are like Hallelujah Chorus flash mobs. The first one was really cool, the second looked like a copycat, the third and following were annoying.

posted @ Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 17:09

The cesspool of ABH commenters gets really slimy today. This guy acted the fool, and was thoughtless and insensitive. He is paying for his insensitivity and is likely to learn his lesson (seems from his apology that he's contrite already). To suggest that he should experience physical or sexual violence for his misdemeanor while in jail is just pitiful, though.

posted @ Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 12:17

Since registration is down, it would be a great time to invite the non-NYC Marathon runners to enter.

posted @ Friday, November 2, 2012 - 22:38

@Simple Man: These are fourth-graders! 9 and 10 years old -- illustrating an understanding of the issues beyond what many adults can illustrate, let alone high-schoolers who have had a full course of American history. This is a great letter, given their ages, and Ms. Landers is doing them a great service through all kinds of exposure to issues that many people don't get at all.

They have learned more than most adults are capable of learning. I don't see how this is a complaint. It's much more of an observation that given what they know about the world, it seems unfair. If we do end up with a split decision, there will be far more complaining than this.

posted @ Monday, October 29, 2012 - 10:28

[quote][b]makeitso[/b] - If the RNC paid the ASCAP, BMI, and even EMI fees to play music licensed music by those agencies then it would appear they have every right to play REM's music (unless there is some ambiguity in the laws which is possible).

It's Fox News that is under censure by REM, not the RNC. Though the editorial bias may suggest otherwise, they are not the same Tongue

posted @ Friday, September 7, 2012 - 14:44

I would be shocked if Fox News did not have a blanket license through BMI or ASCAP or both that would give them the right to use whatever music they chose that was covered under that license. Whether the song in question is under a blanket license is another story, but it's ludicrous to imagine that a news outlet is going to negotiate rights to every single piece of music they use.

posted @ Friday, September 7, 2012 - 10:29

More biblical examples of the one-man/one-woman argument. I have no problem with anyone supporting the biblical definition of marriage. Just have to get the definition right! Looks here like we have multiple wives and a bit of wife-trading going on. All as if normal.

And Abigail hurried and rose and mounted a donkey, and her five young women attended her. She followed the messengers of David and became his wife. David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel, and both of them became his wives. Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was of Gallim.
I Samuel 25:42-44

[God] raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ Acts 13:22

posted @ Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 16:09

@raleturn: Care to elaborate? I haven't seen a single science-based view on this thread today. From you or otherwise. Indeed, you said, "read it and weep: Mark 10..." if that's not a religion-based argument, I don't know what is.

posted @ Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 15:48

@raleturn: OK, so I see your passage and say, yes, we may be hard-hearted and even Moses would make allowances for that. Sure, from your own religious perspective, you may think it's wrong. I'd rather grant someone the freedoms and rights they seek and suggest that they are hard-hearted than to deny them based on my own views.

Who says that one's religion on a choice factor must be encoded in a secular society's law? Do you support another religious society who says that Christians are infidels who must be executed?

posted @ Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 15:23

@Pologize: I completely agree that Chase is an awesome school. I love the school and many of the people. I was sad when re-districting removed my family from the school. But there is a very high poverty ratio in the school and the results are shockingly good for the overall socio-economic status of the school. The rest of CCSD could learn something from Chase.

posted @ Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 13:58

@Watchman: Show me where marriage in the Bible is defines as between a man and a woman? I just read Genesis 36:6-10 where marriage is defined as being forced under threat of death to obligate the brother-in-law to sleep with his late brothers wife to impregnate her in his name. And then in the verses that follow where when God kills him for pulling out early, the father-in-law gets his turn (of course, he excuses it by saying the only reason she tricked him is because he wouldn't give her his third son). If you're going to claim the Bible as the source of your anti-gay-marriage argument, you've got to deal with the whole book.

I love the Bible. I just find selectively relying on Old Testament rules about sexual behavior to be repugnant in modern times.

posted @ Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 13:53

Those data will be posted when they are tabulated. See prior years' results by SES, race, disability and other factors, including trends, here

posted @ Friday, July 13, 2012 - 11:06

[quote][b]Pologize[/b] - News Flash! The poorest schools have the poorest test scores. [/quote]

No, actually. Chase has the best scores and has a surprisingly high reduced/free lunch ratio. 70% last year. Much better than Barrow that had a 53% reduced/free lunch ratio last year.

posted @ Friday, July 13, 2012 - 11:01

[quote][b]Mad Pierrot[/b] - @riff-raff:

The Governor of Connecticut just signed off on Sunday alcohol sales..

He signed the bill yesterday and Sunday sales will commence this weekend. Statewide.

posted @ Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 19:56

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