Tuesday, April 29, 2008

California Spanking Bill Cont.

See here and here.

Rise in opposition.

Spencer

The Last Week, or, the End of an Empire

So tommorrow was going to be my last day at Tae Kwon Do, but my master is letting me stay until Friday. I'm going out to lunch with two classmates tommorrow afternoon as well.

What's more, last night my master, with his endearing Korean accent, said to please visit whenever I want to. Awww....

I'm beginning to drag my feet.

Spencer

How Not to Interpret the Bible

Here's a real hitter from Gary DeMar. It's a good one.

Spencer

(Note: some fairly explicit sexual content contained.)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

It Continues...

Get it? Batman Begins Continues? ... OK, never mind. Just click the link. You won't be dissappointed! (Is it stupid of me to want the League of Shadows to come back though?)

Spencer

P.S. Extra brownie points to whoever can first finish this quote:

"I never said thank you."

Saturday, April 26, 2008

WARSKYL: A Page For Christian Martialists

I would like to highlight a blog that I've recently become acquainted with that has amazed and pleased me every single post I've read so far.

It's amazing, and right up my alley (or is it my alley?). If you like my blog, then run over there and check it out!

Spencer

Friday, April 25, 2008

ICR Responds to Decision by Education Officials

From the desk of Dr. Henry M. Morris III
Chief Executive Officer



Dear Friends of ICR:

As you may have heard by now, the ICR Graduate School's application to grant degrees in Texas was rejected yesterday by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Many of our friends and constituents have been praying for us during this time, and we thank you for your intercession and your help.

Below is the statement that ICR has released to the media regarding the state's decision.

# # #

Dallas, April 25, 2008 - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Commissioner Raymund Paredes on Wednesday recommended that the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School (ICRGS) be denied a Certificate of Authority to grant degrees in the state. On Thursday, the Board voted unanimously to accept Paredes' recommendation.

Paredes issued his recommendation, formulated in advance, despite the approval of both the THECB Site Team, which evaluated the ICRGS in November 2007, and the THECB Advisory Committee that affirmed the Site Team's approval in December 2007. He rejected both reports as "flawed" and instead convened a separate panel of scientists and science educators that advised him not to approve the ICRGS application. ICRGS scientists and faculty were not included in or allowed to respond to this panel.

On Thursday, Joe Stafford, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs and Research, read into record a Texas Education Code statute about preventing public deception in the face of "fraudulent" or "substandard" college and university degrees. ICRGS representatives present at the meeting were not allowed to respond to this mischaracterization of the graduate program.

The manner in which the hearing was conducted was characterized by viewpoint discrimination. Prior to Wednesday's consideration of the ICRGS application, THECB committee chairperson Lyn Bracewell Phillips allowed public testimony for 30 minutes on the ICRGS application. Several political activists, including Steven Schafersman--who had evidently not reviewed the ICRGS application materials--launched ad hominem attacks against the credibility and reputation of the ICRGS and its faculty.

Critics have attempted to draw false associations between the ICRGS program and attempts to introduce religion into taxpayer-funded public schools, even though the ICRGS is a private postgraduate institution seeking to train science educators for private schools.

Questions have surfaced concerning the treatment of the ICRGS application by THECB officials and whether Commissioner Paredes and his agency altered the normal process of application review because of external pressures based on ideological biases against the ICRGS.

Under Texas law, the ICRGS may appeal the decision of the Commission or seek other remedies as appropriate.

# # #

Please continue to pray for ICR as we consult with our Board and experts in the field regarding the next step to take in this process. Be assured that ICR is committed to cutting-edge scientific research, advanced education in the sciences for teachers, and the passionate communication of the wonders of God’s creation.

May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you as you seek to serve Him.

Dr. Henry Morris III
CEO, Institute for Creation Research



No!

...

I am furious. This is why we are at war. There is much more at stake than science. Everything is at stake.

Spencer

P.S. Please pray fervently that this will be appealed and the ICR will be granted what they seek the ability to do (and that is, educate!). "Expelled", anyone?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I can't believe it's....pink

Curse you, Sly Pig! Curse you!

White House: Syria reactor not for 'peaceful' purposes

Well, on the one hand I'm glad we're not letting one bundle of baddies off the hook while we take on another, but on the other I don't like having so many enemies.

*sigh* What do you say we create a Kurdistan?

Spencer

Sunday, April 20, 2008

This is OPERA!!!!!

Okay.

So last night I saw the 2004 version of Phantom of the Opera with Gerard Butler (also known as King Leonidas, the ripped ab machine, hence my title).

Ugh!!!!!! I can't believe I actually bought this movie; at least I don't have to put up with it though. Ridiculous!

I hate musicals as it is (yeah, the main theme song was good, but that's about it), but on top of all that was her nerdy little boyfriend! Talk about eew! At first they get a good idea for a baddie-villain, but then they suspend reality with his dark lair in the sewers of all places! (Who is he, The Penguin?) And just how did he manage to get a gondola down there? And a horse? And arms come out of the walls? What the...? No wonder no one goes down there....

But how do the stupid theater people just sit there as he kills people? I mean, sewers are stinky and filled with gas; drop a match down there, that should do the trick. Or, just use a bunker buster bobm. That'll blow his little toy monkey to kingdom come, fo sho!

When Raoul and Christine kiss and The Phantom (Or "O.G." as he likes to call himself--wasn't Og a caveman?) appears it's like he's Darth Vader or something. (I have to admit, his seal and that sword of his are nice, with the skulls and all.)

We're supposed to like the leading couple, yet Christine is so sweetly naive and just plain dumb as an ox, always following "OG" around wherever he goes, and Raoul--ugh, don't even get me started! First we are forced to look at his insane hairdo, and then we have to watch him be a wimp again and again. First, although he hears the Caped Criminal inside Christine's room, he can't manage to open the door, and apparently just ups and leaves after a while (to what, take his snuff?). Can't you break down the door you scrawny little rodent? Bash down that door a la Grendel in Beowulf--rip it off the hinges!!!

And when he appears after the couple kiss, he leaves Christine alone to be kidnapped, gobbled up, sung to death, or who knows what as he takes his sweet time to go find his sword. (What's the matter, French people can't use their fists?)

Oh, and then when he's convinced Og the Caveman is real, he decides to protect the doorway to her room; a very good move, but then he proceeds to fall asleep! What'd you do, take a Benadryl or something? (Allergies getting to you? Take prescription Phantasma, and you'll feel better and clearer all day long. Side effects may include falling asleep, letting Phantoms steal your girlfriend, and in some rare cases, getting strangled while you sleep. Phantasma! Recommended by quacks.) The love of your life is in mortal danger and you can't even manage to stay awake? Sheesh, didn't they have Starbucks or something back then? Some fiancee. Posh.

And then when Mr. Phantom attacks him and a fierce duel commences, he wastes a very precious moment, a long moment, where he had the opportunity to run the masked little demon right through the belly! Aw, come on! And next we see him fail to stab the scummy little dude when he's got his sword poised to strike. Heck, give me the sword and I'll do it! Just stop being so stupid!!!

And yet again he screws up. What I want to know is, what on earth is he doing up in the viewing boxes when the caveman is on stage with Christine? Why isn't he down there beating the living daylights out of this slimeball?! Oh yeah, and then he manages to allow himself to get all tied up down in the sewers and Christine , suddenly finding that she has a brain, has to be the one to save him! (Trust me sweetheart, drop Mr. Longhair like a dead weight; you'll be happier later on in life, in case any other crazed serial killer maniacs become infatuated with you.) Put me in that situation, and an entire army of Phantoms couldn't stop me! Heck, give 'em Panzers and they'd still all die (even if all I could do was poke their eyes out with my knuckles). Phoo.

And Calotta, or whatever her name is?

Ugh. I quit. Nathan, I can't believe you made me watch this. Eew! :-P

/rant

:-)

Spencer

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Hodge Podge

So, my week has been pretty busy.

I've been working a bunch as well as studying for US History I in between. It makes for one hectic schedule. And on top of it the museum...ha, today I woke up at 7:15 to my mom's face over me. I was supposed to get up at 5:45. Yeah, deer in the headlights. (I'm exhausted; I didn't get to sleep until after three o'clock in the morning last night.)

So...I had a good day there though, mostly decided by the fact that I found a snake vertebra while sorting microfossils--perfectly preserved! And another volunteer gave me (check this) a muskrat skull. ^_^ Yayuh!

The bank is going well, though. I had a nice customer Monday who lauded homeschooling (she'd discovered that I myself was homeschooled) and we talked for a minute about it. When I said that most people's objection to homeschooling wasn't anything more than "Well do you have any friends?" I said that I didn't think going to school was to make friends, I thought it was to learn. She instantly agreed and she said that those people just didn't know what they were talking about. :-D She left my window with a congratulations to my parents. Haha, some customers, I love. :-P

The one thing I miss most about my last job (uh, the only thing) are my closest friends. Most everyone at the bank is nice, but it just isn't the same. I've been dying from lack of hugs, seriously. I'm used to at the very least one a day, sometimes more. I dropped by Mervyn's the other night (I had bought a dress shirt, but it was incorrectly tagged and had an arm length made for short people! ;-P So I just needed to make a return.) and ended up getting four of them (!), so that was a needed little boost.

Management hates it when I come there now, I'm convinced. I got talked to as if I were still an employee (That is, useless, worthless grunt!) by one of them. No worries though, I just suddenly pretended to be shopping for towels and asking my former coworkers opinion (I've also pretended to shop for boys' clothes--it was by necessity as I said that I was shopping, but I was in the kids clothes, haha--and another time for wedding rings!). LOL, what am I going to do with a towel? I offered to leave so as not to get my her in trouble, but she didn't even care. Neither do I. :-P It's really funny; I kinda like ticking them managers off. :-D

Hoorah!

Spencer

Expelled Premiere a Hit!

Bring it on!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Supplies for the army

I just received my order from Expelled's website today. A T-shirt, and a dog tag. I will wear them proudly!

Creation forever,

Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

ICR Graduate SChool Update

From the desk of Dr. Henry M. Morris III
Chief Executive Officer



Dear Friends of ICR:

Many of you have asked for an update concerning the ICR Graduate School’s application to grant degrees in Texas. I wanted to take a moment to apprise you of the situation and let you know how you can help us.

As you know, the ICR Graduate School (ICRGS) has offered Master’s degrees in California since 1981. Our move to Texas required us to begin a new approval process, one that we have worked through since last summer. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) oversees this process. Let me recap what has been accomplished to date.

In November 2007, a THECB-appointed Site Team visited the Dallas campus to evaluate various aspects of our Master’s program. Comprised of educators from around the state of Texas, the team recommended approval of our program.

In December 2007, the THECB Advisory Committee met to consider the Site Team’s evaluation. This committee also recommended approval of our program to THECB Commissioner Raymund Paredes.

However, during December 2007 and January 2008, the THECB received emails from ICR’s detractors, demanding that Commissioner Paredes reject the recommendations of the Site Team and Advisory Committee in order to ensure that science curricula in both public and private schools become completely evolution-based.

ICR received a copy of those messages from the public record and discovered that of the 230 emails sent to the THECB, only 43 (from just 36 individuals) expressed opposition to ICRGS. An overwhelming 177 individuals wrote in support of ICR.

In March 2008, ICR provided all documentation requested by the THECB for compliance with state guidelines. We remain confident that--as was recognized by the Site Team in November and the Advisory Committee in December--the ICRGS program meets and/or exceeds state standards for private higher education in Texas.

The final step in the process is approaching next week.

On April 23 and 24, the senior faculty of ICR will travel to Austin, Texas, to defend our Master of Science degree program before the THECB. On April 23, ICR will attend the Committee on Academic Excellence and Research to defend its formal petition for a Certificate of Authority to grant degrees in Texas.

However, we have recently learned that during the hearing, the THECB has authorized an unusual 30-minute “Public Hearing,” allotting 3 minutes to anyone interested in commenting on ICR’s request.

Those of you who are educators in Texas, particularly in the sciences or in higher education, who are in or near the Austin area might want to consider attending the hearing--and perhaps signing up for one of the 10 slots for public comment. The hearing will start on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., and a sign-up sheet will be available shortly before then. (Details are available at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Events)

After the committee has heard from the public and questioned the ICR faculty and administration, it will present a formal recommendation to Commissioner Paredes at a meeting of the full Board on April 24. ICR will attend this meeting and will respond, if asked, to any questions from Board members. The Board will then formally act on the Commissioner’s recommendation, and will issue its ruling for or against ICR’s request to operate its graduate school in Texas.

Should the commission reject our application, ICR has the option to appeal within 45 days and/or to reapply within 180 days. Should the commission approve our application, ICR will then begin its effort to obtain accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Representing ICR will be: Dr. Steve Austin, Dr. Dan Criswell, Dr. James Johnson, Dr. Ed Miller, Dr. Henry Morris III, Dr. Patti Nason, and Dr. Larry Vardiman.

Please pray with us during the meeting times that:

- the opposition and those who speak publicly will not create a disturbance;
the committee members and Commission board members will have an open and fair mind regarding these issues;

- each ICR faculty and administration member will represent the ICR ministry and the Lord Jesus with integrity, clarity, humility, and boldness.

- Pray especially that our Lord Jesus will be honored by what is done and said, and that whatever the outcome may be from these meetings, the ministry of ICR will continue, and the vital message of the Creator will be enhanced.

(The THECB provides broadcasts of Committee meetings on its website, http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Events under Academic Excellence and Research Committee Meeting.)

Thank you for taking the time to read through this update. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you as you seek to serve Him.

Dr. Henry Morris III
CEO, Institute for Creation Research

P.S. Many of you have heard of the new movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed starring Ben Stein. This film touches on the very issue we face in Texas: academic freedom in research and education.

We’ve seen Expelled and endorse it. Visit http://icr.org/News to read our review. And, if at all possible, go see it on Friday or Saturday, April 18 or 19, when it opens in over 1,000 theaters nationwide. For more information, go to www.getexpelled.com.



177 versus 36. That's quite a difference. 177 spoke out in favor...and, today, I'm proud to say, I was one of them.

Spencer

Expelled

Today it opens.

I haven't seen it. But, the ICR supports it. The AiG promotes it.

And that, my friends, means that I do too.

Spencer

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Remembering Va. Tech, Holding onto Faith

Demonic artwork okay. Scripture and cross – no way!

Incredibly, while artwork including demonic illustrations was not penalized, Michael's teacher made a point of telling him that he had "signed away his First Amendment rights." Michael respectfully protested by tearing the signed document in half – and, because he refused to forfeit his rights, received a grade of zero for the assignment. Plus two detentions.
[emphasis mine]

Now that's the way to go!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Washington Times Op-ed—California Case Jeopardizes Gains

...Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a statement condemning the decision: “This outrageous ruling must be overturned by the courts and if the courts don’t protect parents’ rights, then, as elected officials, we will.”....


Well, for once, we're on the right track! Now, Mr. Governator, please do some terminating?

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

Mervyn's 2.0

Well, the manager-quitting charade has carried over to my bank. Although I haven't been there very long yet, my manager's last day was today. I was so upset; I didn't even know until today! Yes, I knew it was possible, even likely, but still....

She was literally equal with my absolute favorite manager from my Mervyn's days; that makes her tied for first place amongst all the many, many managers I have worked under.

Now who am I going to speak Japanese to?

:-(

Spencer

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Oh Mighty Stick Men, Unite!

Okay.

This is seriously, officially "awesome". :-D

Spencer!

HSLDA: California AB 2943 - Spanking Illegal?

Assembly Member Sally Lieber has reintroduced her “anti-spanking” bill with a new number—A.B. 2943. Last year she attempted to push her bill, A.B. 755, through the legislature, and it was officially stopped on January 31, 2008, when it failed to be passed out of the Assembly. Identical to her failed A.B. 755, A.B. 2943 would have the practical effect of making a non-injurious spanking with an object such as a ruler, folded newspaper, small paddle, etc. illegal. After being arrested, charged, and tried in a criminal court, parents could receive up to one year in jail and lose custody of their children. When Lieber claims that her bill only deals with child abuse, remember that she has stated repeatedly that all spanking, by definition, is child abuse. Her strategy in A.B. 2943 is to treat all spanking with an object as criminal child abuse. She has deliberately failed to make any distinction between spanking as a method of discipline and true child abuse.


Remind me why I live in California again?

Veto!

Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Navy SEAL paid ultimate price to save buddies

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- When a grenade bounced off his chest and fell to the floor near his fellow troops, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor acted out of instinct.

His actions didn't stem from a lack of training. His instant reaction was to protect his comrades.

The Navy says he committed a selfless act: jumping on the grenade and taking the full force of the blast.

President Bush presented Monsoor's parents with a posthumous Medal of Honor for their son at an emotional White House ceremony on Tuesday.


Now that is selfless honor and raw courage.

Spencer

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Charlton Heston 1924 - 2008

The NRA Family Mourns The Passing of Our Past President, Dear Friend and
Fearless Advocate Charlton Heston 1924 - 2008


We truly lost someone here.

Today in History

1917 - The United States declares war on Germany and enters World War I on Allied side.

PALAEOBLOG: Created This Day: The AMNH

In 1869, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City was officially created with the signing of a bill by the Governor of New York, John Thompson Hoffman.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Thomas the T. rex Lab

I stand in awe....

And now my mind is trying to come up with a way to jam my foot inside this door as well as that of the Page. Hmmm....

Fleurs de Mal, by Sarah Brightman



Is it you I keep thinking of?
Should I feel like I do?
I’ve come to know that I miss your love
While I’m not missing you
We run
Til it’s gone
Et les fleurs du mal
Won’t let you be
You hold the key to an open door
Will I ever be free?

Les fleurs du mal unfold
Comme les fleurs du mal
Dark demons of my soul
Un amour fatal
Been tryin' hard to fight
Comme les fleurs du mal
Les fleurs du mal inside
Un amour fatal

All my life I’ve been waiting for
In this perfume of pain
To forget when I needed more
Of love’s endless refrain
We live
And we pray
Pour les fleurs du mal
I’ve lost my way
What is done will return again
Will I ever be free?

Les fleurs du mal unfold
Comme les fleurs du mal
Dark demons of my soul
Un amour fatal
Been tryin' hard to fight
Comme les fleurs du mal
Les fleurs du mal inside
Un amour fatal

Les fleurs du mal
Comme les fleurs du mal
Un amour fatal
Comme les fleurs du mal

Les fleurs du mal unfold
Comme les fleurs du mal
Dark demons of my soul
Un amour fatal
Been tryin' hard to fight
Comme les fleurs du mal
Les fleurs du mal inside
Un amour fatal

"Sly Piggery Meeting 2008"

So cruel!

But you didn't get me. :-P Bwahaha!!!!

Giant Marine Life Found in Antarctica

*jaw drop*

Tuesday, April 01, 2008