May 22nd, 2004

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Planting the seeds of dissent

Just found a NY Times report on how a certain conservative religious institute based in DC have been working hard to foster conservative dissent/protest/schysm within various Protestant groups that (at least formerly) had more liberal-dominated leaderships. What they've been doing is a bit like some country (let's just say the US) sending people into some foreign country in order to get some group of folks ticked off enough to start a revolution.

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I will say that even though I feel some outrage about this, I'm a bit torn because if there was a liberal religious group working to, for example, get the Southern Baptists to "lighten up" by supporting dissenters within that church, I would probably call it a good thing. So I guess all in all I just think it's an interesting example of how movements within denominations, minority groups or other organizations/groups can be influenced by outsiders with an agenda.
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Caleb has done some research and discovered there are numerous Roman ruins and artifacts in Staffordshire. I guess this is how he can amuse himself some day when Storm and I rather would rather talk about books and have tea :) Not that I don't love Roman stuff too, I just don't want Caleb to be totally bored and "not doing anything" if, perchance, I'd just like to do something lower key.
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Chestiness

The local paper ran a story on pecs and from all the pictures they printed, I think I am just not a big fan of the male chest. I like female chests a lot but pecs? Doesn't do anything positive except, to me, make a guy look too bulky. I've known numerous guys who've gone from skinny to "pumped" and I prefer the skinny. It's even fine to be pumped, but PLEASE keep your shirt on, I don't want to see it!

Now something I do like on a man? Lipstick ;)
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I'm serious cleaning the "big room" in my place today and between the dust and chemicals (furniture polish, Windew, counter cleaner, Swiffer, etc.), I am feeling really awful. No matter I don't do this a lot ;)
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Cease and Desist

So the saga of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts versus its own laws continues...

AG (Attorney General) asks end of out-of-state marriage licenses
By Yvonne Abraham, Boston Globe Staff
Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly sent letters yesterday to four communities demanding that they stop issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples from out of state, taking the first step toward a court order blocking clerks.

One thing that surprises me is that the four "rebels" are Provincetown, Springfield, Somerville, and Worcester. I'm quite surprised Northampton hasn't also joined in this. That city passed a domestic partnership ordinance about 10 years ago and is known (rightly, everyone I know agrees) as the "city of 10,000 lesbians." I guess they're going for low-key...
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I am shocked and offended... not

This morning I heard a cool radio news story on something pretty flinch-worthy -- the "body farm" at a college in Tennessee known world-wide for its forensics work -- and yet thinking about it, I realized I probably wouldn't flinch at it. While it's true I can't watch surgery on TV anymore, for some reason I don't think I'd be freaking over stuff that's already dead. It's more the idea of either pain or pain in future that upsets me. If someone is dead, the body is not feeling anything.

But anyway, I digress from what I was wanting to talk about, which is the fact that sometimes I'm amazed at things people have said or done in my presence that haven't shocked me or prompted me into outrage. I just sort of saw them and didn't have the reaction most normal people would. I'm quite proud of myself over these things too, since the reason I didn't react is because I wasn't offended.

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