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I think I've heard the narrator of much of this segment on the radio before, being used to read weather forecasts--sounds like a natural voice that's been recorded and then run through a computer-read programme. So weird! Why can't they just get newscasters to read the stories live?
For those who want the Greek (Spartan) phrase from which the 'come and get it!' cry is derived: MOLWN LABE (MAW-lone LAH-beh). Cheers!
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10 Things to Know for Thursday

Petronia Wrote: Feb 27, 2014 3:19 AM
Wouldn't that run contrary to the Hippocratic oath? And are doctors ever allowed to refuse service to anyone based on lifestyle or anything else? Not the same thing as refusing vendor services for a gay wedding.
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10 Things to Know for Thursday

Petronia Wrote: Feb 27, 2014 3:15 AM
Yeah, on #1? Putin says, "Huh. Whattaya gonna do about it, pachuco?"
Nigel Farage is the head of UKIP. He has never, to my knowledge, been Prime Minister.
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The Angels Cried for Caroline

Petronia Wrote: Feb 14, 2014 3:50 AM
I have to agree. I don't mean to be disrespectful to the memory of a faithful woman, but there are signs of confused theology in several places. The above-mentioned being one, the assertion that 'she is still here, you just can't see her' is another. That doesn't seem to be what Paul says in Phil. 1:21-24. To die in Christ is to be with him, not still on earth in some omni-present or angelic way. There is also the concept of praying for the souls of the departed, but I know that's something on which Catholics and Protestants differ.
I think that's supposed to be 'deluded'.... At any rate, signs of willingness from a 13-year-old shouldn't count, right? If folks are up for taking advantage of under-age girls (I'm sure for some of them it must be obvious they're under 18, or even under 15), I don't think they're going to think seriously about whether the girls are forced into it. I'm doubtful of much activity in those consciences.
I do so often appreciate Mr. Giles' insights, but as others have done already, here I have to disagree. The quality of public schools (including whether they have an agenda) depends so much on the community (church-y small town where all the teachers share the local traditional values). I attended both good and bad public schools in different communities, and went to a fine charter school for 2 years. My sister went to a Christian private school, so I have a some experience and some first-hand testimony to draw from. The parents and the individual teachers make all the difference; I and the Christian friends I met in the public school got a good education, and aside from the challenge of 'being in the world' and witnessing to non-Christian friends, we thrived and grew, and our beliefs were not continually under assault. On the other hand, my sister's experience at her private school was not always a good one: the parents (and even perhaps the local churches) assumed the Christian school would fill all educational roles. It simply couldn't; my sister found the way her teachers addressed certain issues extremely frustrating (when I visited the school myself, I have to admit some of the teachers didn't even have control of their classrooms), and the students were not being personally (and sometimes intellectually) challenged, because everyone was always making assumptions about what they knew and what they believed. Dangerous! Just like not all public schools are dens of iniquity, neither are all private schools like my sister's; I'm just trying to say that that's not automatically a better option than public education, even for Christian households (certainly her education wasn't far better than mine, for the cost of tuition!).
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Climate Change Scammers' Worst Week Ever

Petronia Wrote: Jan 13, 2014 4:06 AM
What a shame. Reddit, I have always enjoyed your 'Aww' page, but now I'm afraid I'll have to take my cat-viewing elsewhere, as evidently 'my kind' is no longer welcome. Thank you, as always, Master Schlichter, for the insight and clarity of thought.
Yup. Had to make a trip into London today; front page of the Metro on the Tube: "You're going to get Helle from Michelle." That was before I realized the picture was on the front of every major UK newspaper. I wanted to declare that I hadn't voted for the man. At least it's some consolation that Cameron's in it too! Doofuses.
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Bob Filner: "I Want to Apologize"

Petronia Wrote: Dec 10, 2013 4:11 AM
When someone 'apologizes', he ought to state *specifically* what he did wrong, and *why* it was wrong. This 'apology' was pretty vague, and while it's not wrong to be 'looking ahead', most of this clip was about him doing and being better. All well and good, but again, where's the acknowledgement of the depths to which he's sunk? That's not 'getting real'.
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