Daily Archives: 30 January 2008

Calling in Sick

On the other hand, maybe I will enjoy this election cycle in spots. Eric Boehlert details the woes of Fox News and doesn’t leave any room for optimism. The point is that Fox News years ago made an obvious decision … Continue reading

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Extreme Argumentative

Is it so surprising that many pro-lifers distance themselves from anti-abortion folks? The Vox Nova commentary on numerous threads the past day or two shows how widespread the emotional immaturity is. Some of the most passionate anti-abortion folks are harming … Continue reading

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Mercury: Not So Much Like The Moon

Early planetary probes showed the planets to be largely boring places. Mariner 4 showed Martian craters and no canals or vegetation. Venus didn’t show us a darn thing. In fact the first probe, Mariner 2, didn’t even carry a camera … Continue reading

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Catholic Burial For Troubled Chess King

Bobby Fischer, once the world chess champion, requested a burial according to the Catholic funeral rite. His wish seemed unusual for a man born into a Jewish family, who later was involved with an evangelical Christian sect (some would say … Continue reading

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Explorer’s 50th Anniversary

Celebrate the golden anniversary of the US entry into space, watching this video on the JPL site. Explorer I, launched 31 January 1958, is modeled in triumph above by William Pickering (JPL’s then-director), James Van Allen (the Iowa scientist who … Continue reading

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Underage Lectors

Or perhaps that should be “Underage” Lectors. My young friend Laura was recruited while in 6th grade to be a regular lector by our then- associate pastor. She had good poise and presentation skills by any adult standard, so I … Continue reading

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