Words Fail Me category archive
Any fool can call himself a “Christian.”
Many fools do, even as they know not of what they speak.
It’s late. I’m tired. I’m old, and my outrage meter red-lined more years ago than I care to remember.
As my two or three regular readers know, I was raised Christian, Southern Baptist before Texans took over* and turned the Southern Baptist Convention into something I do not recognize.
This is no Christianity that I know.
I shall shut up now. I do not trust myself to still my rage.
*Texas is one messed-up place.
. . . is apparently suspicious in and of itself.
Post-racial my anatomy.
You’ve heard of MscAdamized roads.
Meet Perryfied roads:
The oversized vehicles and overweight loads used by energy companies has had a devastating impact on many roads, but the state has not appropriated enough money to fix them.
The Texas Department of Transportation began converting more than 80 miles of paved roads to gravel on Monday, according to the Texas Tribune. The speed limit on the new gravel roads will be reduced to 30 mph.
Don’t do it in Florida, where it’s okay to stalk and kill someone because you don’t like his looks.
I’m not surprised.
Hell, I grew up under Jim Crow; I know that, in the eyes of some, black lives don’t matter.
It ain’t right, but it is.
And, as long as it is, it soils us all. It is America’s original sin, and it lives on.
I’m not surprised.
But I am disgusted.
I think it is a rather unreasonable condition of employment.
I know that, when the Amtrak Police Department first got Tasers, the training involved being Tased, so that officers carrying Tasers would know what they felt like. The idea was that they would use them more wisely if they understood the effects first-hand.
I know this because some of the classes took place in the training center where I was based.
I don’t think the same reasoning can extend to this.
Tales of horror.
A few years ago, Ellen and her husband hosted a christening party for 50 people honoring the new child of her brother and that sister-in-law. The visiting family’s contribution? A few dozen ears of sweet corn. “They drank all our liquor and replaced nothing,” Ellen said. “They never opened their pocketbooks.” When it was time to leave, the relatives wrapped up all the leftover food and put it in their suitcases. Then they asked Ellen and her husband to please mail their gifts and clothing to them. At least they said please.
More guest appearances at the link.
We get goose jams around here all the time; duck jams, not so much.
I’ve never seen anyone do this.
I wonder what they would have done to her if she had put Mentos into a Diet Coke.
16-year-old Kiera Wilmot is accused of mixing housing chemicals in a small water bottle at Bartow High School, causing the cap to fly off and produce a bit of smoke. The experiment was conducted outdoors, no property was damaged, and no one was injured.
Not long after Wilmot’s experiment, authorities arrested her and charged her with “possession/discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device,” according to WTSP-TV. The school district proceeded to expel Wilmot for handling the “dangerous weapon,” also known as a water bottle. She will have to complete her high school education through an expulsion program.
I am certain that the fact the girl is black has nothing whatsoever to do with this. Nothing at all.
Via Chauncey Devega, who adds excellent commentary.
Neil Izenberg argues that modern kitchens are making us fat by making eating too fun and convenient. A nugget.
Many of the safety issues of yesterday’s kitchens are gone. No one in my family is likely to tumble into an open hearth. But new kitchens pose a more subtle danger to our health by doubling as a comfortable social, entertainment and eating hub. Retail marketers have long known that when tempting food is within close range of our eyes or nose, we tend to eat more of it. In our new kitchens, it’s just too darn easy to get to addictive snacks and calorie-rich drinks.
Move the kitchen back outside to a separate building where God intended!
Better yet, fire circles, like the good old days or let’s just gather nuts and berries.
An accused hit-and-run driver who injured a school crossing guard explains:
The company, Ohio-based Safeguard Properties, acknowledged the mistake that occurred in broad daylight in December, but has yet to tell Mike and Janine Moors what happened to about $150,000 in possessions including family heirlooms and keepsakes.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s office, where the couple filed a report, agreed that while the situation wasn’t right, it wasn’t a crime. A detective told them it happens all the time.
It happened in Friendship, Pa.