Category Archives: One of God’s creatures

Because you come here for all the important stuff:

When I see videos like this, I kind of hope somewhere, somehow, a bird is getting revenge by having a human perch on a branch and do unspeakable things. That makes me sound more PETA than I am, but still…

We are Joplin, and we’re better than this.

Any one know this guy?

The Islamic Society of Joplin was damaged by a suspicious fire earlier this month. It appears, from early investigations, that someone lit something and threw it on the roof.

And that someone appears to have been captured here, on a security video.

For all the good will built up around the people of Joplin — particularly after the devastating tornado in May 2011 — it only takes one dumb-ass to remind folks that there’s stupid, and then there’s dumb-ass. I am sad that the Muslims in the Joplin area have cause to suffer at the hands of a dumb-ass, and I’m sad that some dumb-ass in the land of my youth is making the rest of us look bad.

The residual effect of that ugly tornado was that people pulled together. They came from all over — expats and others — and pitched in to heal this town. This — and an earlier suspicious fire from 2008 — is something Joplin can heal its ownself. Do the right thing. Don’t let this crime go unpunished. If you know something, say something.

Sojourners, a progressive Christian group, is petitioning the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation. You can sign the petition here. CAIR, too, is asking for an investigation. There should be no need for an investigation. There should be an uprising of citizens who cough up the wrong-doer without any prodding whatsoever.

And thanks, Jac, for the link.

God may forgive you, but I won’t.

Just because this is an awesome song. Thanks, Sis. Iris Dement, straight outta Paragould, Arkansas (SaLUTE!). And thanks, Cynical, for the link.

Heron cam!

And thanks, Cynical, for this. And look! Behind the scenes of Heron Cam 2012 Highlights:

I have been married 91.88 Kardashians.

You?

And thanks, Bro. Doug, for the link.

Are you your pet’s boss?


Are we to have dominion over the finned and four-legged crowd, as it says here, or is it more of a responsibility thing?

Kristin M. Swenson explores our relationship with wildlife at Huffington Post.

(And you might want to suck a lemon while you watch all this cuteness.)

Go ahead, Bro. Sen. McCain

He doesn’t want to mess with the 14th Amendment.

UPI story: Thinking about God destresses believers…

but stresses out atheists.

Do you think that’s true? Personally, as a believer, all thoughts of God don’t calm me down in the past. This may be a peculiar fundamentalist’s view, but thinking about God (the big, scary God to whom I was introduced early on) didn’t make me feel all warm and cuddly. In fact, it scared the bejesus out of me.

There’s also some evidence — says the link — that religious people live longer and happier lives, but that, too, strikes me as iffy.

And thanks, Newser, for the link.

Not all apples are red


Someone want to explain that to Glenn Beck?

Does a dog have a soul?

And if so, can a dog take communion? This Canadian dog did, much to the distress of some other church-goers.

I want to think that heaven is a place you go where all your dogs run to greet you, but I was raised to believe that animals don’t have souls (given the account of Noah and the ark, and the mention of only eight souls — and there were eight humans and who-knows-how-many-animals on the vessel).

I hope my Sunday school teachers were wrong. I’d really love to see Okie, Tinker, Guido, and Mac.

And thanks, Sis. Gina, for the link.