It’s another thoroughly busy day. I pulled out my old notebook computer. It’s been sitting in the suitcase without being touched for the last six months. So far, I’ve updates my AV program, Firefox, Flash, Java, CCleaner, Glary Utilities. Then Microsoft Update stared, and that might take a couple days. I figure it will take six days of wok to use it on a three day trip. ARGH!!
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today‘s took me 3:21 (average 4:43). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Upworthy: This reporter turned the tables on a group of men who tried to disrupt her work, and it’s awesome.
And I thought Canadians were so polite! 😉 They acted like Republicans.
From Daily Kos: What does it take to make Republicans want to keep religious leaders out of politics? A pope who disagrees with them, apparently. Pope Francis’ recognition of a Palestinian state is just the latest of the pontiff’s positions that have Republican politicians trying to put him in his place.
“It’s interesting how the Vatican has gotten so political when ultimately the Vatican ought to be working to lead people to Jesus Christ and salvation, and that’s what the Church is supposed to do,” said Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), a hawkish defender of Israel.
So … Republicans get to use religion as a political club, but actual religious leaders should stay the hell out. We’ve got Texas Republicans trying to block marriage equality from being enacted, whatever the Supreme Court decides. We’ve got House Republicans passing yet another anti-abortion bill based more on religion than science. We’ve got an avalanche of bills legalizing discrimination in the name of religious freedom.
Republicans object to political action that stems from authentic faith, especially when it counters their own hatred. It is legal, because it is not imposed on others. Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity is the polar opposite.
From NY Times: The Miami-Dade state attorney’s office is combing through more than 150 criminal cases of black suspects arrested by Miami Beach police officers who wrote or received racist emails, the latest in a series of high-profile episodes around the nation that have raised troubling questions about the relations between the police and the communities they serve.
Two ranking officers at the Miami Beach Police Department sent about 230 emails that contained racist and sexist jokes and pornography from 2010-12, Chief Dan Oates announced Thursday. A former police captain, who had been demoted to lieutenant, was fired, and a major retired before the investigation was made public.
Fourteen other officers received the emails, the police department said.
Police Officer is clearly too responsible a position to give to Republicans like these.