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Try to stay calm

In fourteeen hundred and ninety-two . . .

Happy Columbus Day! Or are you one of those Indigenous People's Day weenies?

For the first time this year, Seattle and Minneapolis will recognize the second Monday in October as "Indigenous People's Day." The cities join a growing list of jurisdictions choosing to shift the holiday's focus from Christopher Columbus to the people he encountered in the New World and their modern-day descendants.

True believers.

So, are you an irrational atheist or are you irrationally religious. This writer seems to thing it's an astonishing discover that not believing in God isn't always based on reasoned arguments:

Posted in: Religion

Poof!

A lot has been said (including here) about all we're gaining from the technological revolution in communications. But we're losing something, too, which is epitomized by Snapchat:

Ya say you want a revolution

Yeah, pretty much:

At the end of the 18th century, there were two great Western revolutions — the American and the French. Americans opted for the freedom of the individual, and divinely endowed absolute rights and values.

Sorry, couldn't pass it up

I was going to skip this, because it's such a "fish in a barrel" cheap shot, but what the hell:

Former President Jimmy Carter is criticizing President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, saying he has shifting policies and waited too long to take action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

And your little dog, too

Posted in: Current events

Caught on tape

A police-stop incident in Hammond is getting a lot of play everywhere, probably because there is a video of the whole ugly encounter (see here) shot by a teenager in the back seat. The cops stop the car which includes a woman driver, a male passenger and two kids in the back seat, because the two adults in the front seat aren't wearing seat belts.

Post America

Boy, I certainly do wish him well:

Jeff Bezos wants to turn the Washington Post into a national publication, and he’s going to use his other company—Amazon.com (AMZN)—to help achieve that goal.

Language problem

Repeat after me

Sorry, fad-a-day education "expeerts," it's still memorization and repetition we need.

Time after time, professors in mathematics and the sciences have told me that building well-ingrained chunks of expertise through practice and repetition was absolutely vital to their success. Understanding doesn’t build fluency; instead, fluency builds understanding. In fact, I believe that true understanding of a complex subject comes only from fluency.

Posted in: Curren events

Everybody needs a back-up

Let's check in on the impact of technological change on the culture, shall we? The last time we checked, getting matched on the Internet was passe, but the debate about whether watching online porn was real cheating still raged on. Things have moved along nicely since those innocent days:

A gay old time

In case you blinked and missed it, gay marriage just became the law of the land in Indiana:

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously forbidden.

For the birds

For your "It takes all kinds" file:

HAMMOND, Ind. - A man whose animal cruelty conviction led Indiana lawmakers to pass a law making sexual relations with animals a crime faces another charge of sexually abusing an animal.

Forty-two-year-old Michael C. Bessigano was arrested Friday at his Lake County home on charges of bestiality and two other felony counts.

Rotten to the Core

It's not just wacky, Tea Party conservatives who think Common Core might not be the magic solution for the education system:

Border guards

President Obama tells "immigration activists" (i.e. those who want to erase our borders) that "no force on earth can stop us," then says, as a preface to a bunch of "this country is its people" gobbledygook,

 People who love this country can change it. America isn't Congress. America isn't Washington.

Dressed and dangerous

Age-appropriate

I never cared much for John Mellencamp's music, so I was prepared to get all snarky about the revelation that he "channels" people like Tennessee Williams and Pete Seeger. But then I read the story and it sounds more like he's just saying they speak to him, i.e. inspire him. Then there is this, which makes me like him a lot more

Posted in: Hoosier lore, Music

Gulp

If this isn't the perfect metaphor for what the federal government has become, I don't know what is:

Boys will be girls

A world gone mad:

A transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as a female, can continue to use a women’s restroom and locker room at a Jefferson County Public School.

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