Saturday, July 26, 2008

Speaking of lighthouses

I thought it was funny to run across this right after a comment by SusanD reminded me of Monday's prayer tower post.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Open thread/shared items


Gotta run, but here's a new thread, and a few new things I've shared via Google Reader.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Open Thread Ramblings

Actually went to the mall yesterday. Something I try to avoid at all costs, but I was desperately in need of clothes (and actually found some, yay).

Anyway, at the entrance to the women's restroom I saw this

It's been a while, but I realized that must be a "nursing lounge". Yep, that's what it was.

Sure, the rocking chairs are nice, but the ambiance leaves much to be desired. I know I wouldn't care to eat there.

Have I mentioned lately that I really miss the days when my kids were little. The whole "parent of teenagers" experience is leaving me a bit...


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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Comment threads

...can be found that-away.

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Butter Not Guns

In this morning's news, I came across the following:

Israel-Hamas Standoff Deepens Water Woes
The Christian Science Monitor's Rafael D. Frankel reports: "Five hundred yards south from where hundreds of children play in the water next to this refugee camp, a pipe spills 20 million liters of raw sewage into the Mediterranean Sea each day. Between 105 and 120 million liters of sewage are generated daily in Gaza. Of that, only 20 million liters are fully treated, while another 40 million liters are partially treated. The rest flows raw into the sea, storm drains, and a massive landfill north of Gaza City, which spans 4.3 million square feet. The resulting pollution has sullied not only the seawater, but also the aquifer below Gaza, causing a severe shortage of potable water and putting the population at risk for a range of illnesses."

What I want to know is, rather than providing Israel with armorment to slaughter Palestinians and bulldozers to destroy their towns and villages, why isn't the U.S. donating or providing at reduced cost to the Palestinians of both Gaza and the west Bank materielle, equipment and expertese to build sewage treatment plants and other inferstructure to help improve their quality of life?

Doing so would be commencerate with vonted U.S. ideals. It would also go a very long way towards improving foreign, especially Arab and Muslem, attitudes towards the United States.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Prayer Tower

A few weeks ago there was an article in the print edition of The Other Paper about the Calvary Temple Lighthouse at I-71 and Morse. I've passed it many times, but could never read what the sign said, and I really had no idea what was up with that.

In that article, I learned that the tower was (ahem) "erected" in lieu of a steeple, because steeples are pagan. And phallic.

I held onto the paper, intending to write something about it, but the paper seems to have gone missing. Probably lined Zoe's cage at some point. Too bad, because there was some funny stuff in there about the sailor mannequin's clothes getting blown off in a storm. (Reaffirming my belief that Godde has a sense of humor.)

Here's a mention of the tower in Roadside America.

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