Bill Donohue, aka Our Lady of Perpetual Aneurysm, has issued a statement in support of the Nashville Statement, a non-binding statement by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood to say, in brief, that it intends to keep its sexual mores anchored in the 18th century for as long as humanly possible. BillDo writes: “Hateful,” “homophobic,” “anti-LGBT” are among… Continue reading Of Course BillDo Endorses the Nashville Statement. What Did You Expect?
In which I share some things I only figured out after over a month of grand-jurying. If your grand jury is anything like mine, each session you have a pad of paper with your name on it, that you get back every week, and a docket list listing the cases for that week, and for… Continue reading Grand Juries: Some Suggestions on Note-Taking
Four months ago, I was kindly invited by the county to sit on a grand jury. The whole thing turned out to be more interesting than I had expected, and while I’m not allowed to talk about deliberations or the internals of the process, to allow jurors to speak freely inside the courtroom, I wanted… Continue reading Grand Juries: The System Is Biased
It’s just come to light that Cardinal George Pell is going to appear in court in Australia on sexual assault charges. Good. It’s about damn time. But what I’m not seeing in all of the coversage I’ve read so far is any mention of the church cooperating with the investigation. They are not, as far… Continue reading What’s Missing in the George Pell Story?
Just a reminder that the Catholic Church’s child-abuse coverup scandal isn’t over. According to Le Monde (in French only; sorry. But here’s a story from last year about this case), lawyers are accusing the Catholic church of covering up child rape and abuse in Italy and Argentina, the current pope’s old stomping grounds. Not only… Continue reading Pope Accused of Covering Up Child Rape in Argentina
Here are two items from recent media: Sean Spicer Walking Around White House In Sunglasses And Baseball Cap To Avoid Press “After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as… Continue reading Satire Is Officially Broken
We all know about irregular plurals like “mother-in-law” → “mothers-in-law”, “attorney general” → “attorneys general”. I just ran across another one, courtesy of a music podcast. One of the hosts was saying that there are about 11,000 people who listen to the show, but only 100 or so write in or like it on social… Continue reading Odd Plurals
Do you remember, some years ago, some people had a habit of using “literally” not in the dictionary sense, but for emphasis, as in “The boss is literally breathing down my neck”? In recent months, I’ve noticed people using “sort of” and “kind of” not to mean “more or less” or “in a way”, but… Continue reading Kind Of
One useful programming habit I picked up at some point is: if you open or start something, immediately close it or end it. If you open a bracket, immediately write its closing bracket. If you open a file, immediately write the code to close it. These days, development environments take care of the niggling little… Continue reading Programming Tip: Open and Close at the Same Time
One response that I see a lot on Twitter and elsewhere is some variation on “calling Trump supporters racist is getting old”. And maybe I’m growing stupid as I grow older, but it finally dawned on me what was bugging me about that. I’ve been in plenty of discussions where one side or another used an… Continue reading “It’s Getting Old” Isn’t A Rebuttal