From the daily archives: Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Yoga is Unchristian?

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My hotel’s concierge lounge always has Headline News on their extremely large television- and just a minute ago I saw a story flash by about Yoga being “Unchristian”.

So I went to Google and checked it out. Google actually returned 64,500 results for “yoga is unchristian”!

It turns out that A LOT of people think this way and there is actually an ongoing debate on the topic.

Crazy, right?

This article has a bunch of great examples of christian craziness at it’s best.

For example…

Laurette Willis of Tulsa, Okla., a yoga veteran of 22 years and a born-again […]

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Cat Scratch Fever

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OK, so I really couldn’t settle on a post title for this one (“Primitive Man” and “Wango Tango” also came to mind)…

But that hasn?t stopped Nugent from insisting that if he HAD served, he would have been one big mofo soldier. As the Rutland Herald reported, Here’s what Nugent said he would have done if he went to Vietnam:

“? if I would have gone over there, I’d have been killed, or I’d have killed, or I’d kill all the hippies in the foxholes ? I would have killed everybody,” he told the Detroit Free Press in an […]

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An interesting poll from Woman’s Day magazine asked 1500 women what they are looking for in a presidential candidate.

Here are some of my favorite results:

What is the most important character trait for a president?

Honesty 47% An ability to connect with “regular” people – 21% A tough, take-charge personality – 21% An even-tempered demeanor – 7% Strong religious faith – 4%

Which of these on-screen presidents would you be most likely to vote for?

Harrison Ford, Air Force One – 46% Martin Sheen, The West Wing – 20% Geena Davis, Commander in Chief – 17% Michael Douglas, […]

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From an article published in today’s Edmonton Journal:

the number of same-sex couples surged by 32.6 per cent since 2001, five times the pace of opposite-sex couples. Of Canada’s 45,345 same-sex couples, 16.5 per cent were married Same-sex couples accounted for 0.6 per cent of all couples in Canada, in line with the 0.6 per cent in Australia and 0.7 per cent in New Zealand. About nine per cent of same-sex couples had children under the age of 24 living at home, although that was much more common among lesbian couples, at 16.3 per cent than for gay male […]

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Barack’s Big Broadway Debut

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Now THIS is a great idea for a fundraiser: “Barack on Broadway”

The US 2008 presidential race has arrived on Broadway with a special one-night event featuring Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, entitled Barack on Broadway.

The evening will be directed by Tony Award winner George C Wolfe and will feature readings of the works from some of America?s most famous playwrights, including Eugene O?Neil, Arthur Miller, Thornton Wilder, Clifford Odets, Tennessee Williams, David Mamet, Tony Kushner and August Wilson.

The event is closed to the press, but open to the public with […]

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Fundamentalism and Islam

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Some interesting polling data… We’ll start with the fact that more Americans feel attacks on civilians are “completely justified” than Iranians, Lebanese, or even Saudis.

As a starting point, Muslims do not hold a monopoly on extremist views. While 6% of Americans think attacks in which civilians are targets are “completely justified,” in both Lebanon and Iran, this figure is 2%, and in Saudi Arabia, it’s 4%. In Europe, Muslims in Paris and London were no more likely than were their counterparts in the general public to believe attacks on civilians are ever justified and at least as likely […]

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Op-ed pages in the nation’s papers are largely conservative.

* Sixty percent of the nation’s daily newspapers print more conservative syndicated columnists every week than progressive syndicated columnists. Only 20 percent run more progressives than conservatives, while the remaining 20 percent are evenly balanced.
* In a given week, nationally syndicated progressive columnists are published in newspapers with a combined total circulation of 125 million. Conservative columnists, on the other hand, are published in newspapers with a combined total circulation of more than 152 million.2
* The top 10 columnists as ranked by the number of […]

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George Will: the surge has failed

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George Will in yesterday’s WaPo (emphasis mine):

Those who today stridently insist that the surge has succeeded also say they are especially supportive of the president, Petraeus and the military generally. But at the beginning of the surge, both Petraeus and the president defined success in a way that took the achievement of success out of America’s hands.

The purpose of the surge, they said, is to buy time — “breathing space,” the president says — for Iraqi political reconciliation. Because progress toward that has been negligible, there is no satisfactory answer to this question: What is the U.S. […]

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Fun with numbers; Part Deux!

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Yesterday I did a little number crunching. This morning, I decided to chart some of those numbers to make it easier to see trends. The first thing to note is that I did replace one data value – April 2004’s number of 126 deaths – with the grand mean of 54.15789. While it wasn’t technically an outlier, it was awfully close, and it obfuscated some of the trends on the chart.

So, lets look at the graph that “pro-surge” people are going to take the most comfort from. This is a chart of troop deaths vs month, with a […]

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