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July 09, 2010

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Ugh Jr. is too busy eating to flirt at restaurants, here he destroys some corn on the cob:

Adding favorite quotes at the bottom of an email is common. These two at the bottom of an email from an Army Officer seem suspicious:

"Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force."
- Thomas Jefferson

"I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the spirit of the Savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses. Whether we look to the first Charter of Virginia or the Charter of New England or the Charter of Massachusetts Bay or the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, the same objective is present – a Christian land governed by Christian principles. I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it: freedom of belief, of expression, of assembly, of petition, the dignity of the individual, the sanctity of the home, equal justice under law, and the reservation of powers to the people…I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country." - Justice Earl Warren

Impressive

Eli is a super happy baby:

He's pretty much always like that. It's awesome. He also likes to make friends with strangers by staring at them and smiling, making me suspicious of whether he is actually related to me. I barely like talking to people I actually know let alone random strangers.

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I get so annoyed by those wingnut quotes. They never come with citations, and when you try to search for them you just find 50,000 more people using the citation-free version in email signatures. And even when they're genuine the context or the intended meaning is frequently not at all what they're implying. And even when it is, you have to look at someone's position relative to the society they lived in and evaluate what they say in that context; someone who was extremely progressive for his time might still have said things that sound conservative now, but you have to wonder if in today's society he would still endorse them. I hope that in the unlikely event that anyone 100 or 200 years from now looked at what I say now, in those cases (which will surely exist) where I endorsed some idea that will have been cast aside as unjust or harmful or stupid in the intervening period, they'd grant me the favor of imagining that I might agree with that new assessment given the new arguments or evidence.

Dad! You're cramping my style!

Somehow seeing people outside of the usual context where they would normally be singing opera, wearing casual clothes in a public place among other people who can't sing like that, not knowing which ones are the singers until they begin singing makes their ability seem shocking and superhuman when the sound starts coming out of their mouths. Like, "People can't just do that!"

That's a wonderful video.

Thanks, Eric. There's hope for your musical tastes after all.

My wife and I were just in Philly last month for a quick weekend getaway / visit old friends thing. We stayed right by the Reading Terminal Market and were there each morning for breakfast and tea (excellent tea booth BTW).

Thinking of this going on there is giving me a big smile.

Y'all have extraordinarily cute kids!

What a wonderful idea! I love how the singers seem like any old tourists--even holding Cokes--until they burst into song.

And the babies are awesomely cute.

It's really not a good idea to have the woman's phone number visible in the picture on the internet.

Seconded on the phone number. You really ought to fuzz it out or take it down.

Also, I had to block the video; it was breaking the formatting.

"Flash Opera" is the coolest thing I've heard of in a while. I've never sat through a whole opera, in a stiff and stuffy concert hall, but I could listen to some operatic pieces all day and this "Brindisi" is one of them. If a group of strangers around me suddenly burst into song like that (on key) every so often, I'd love it.

If they did it on the floor of the NYSE, just once, I'd pay good money to see it.

Your all's kids are completely awsome, BTW. They will surely develop their own tastes in music as they grow. Do what you can to encourage them toward Mozart and Verdi and that crowd, instead of heavy metal and rap, will ya?

On a sour note, only a complete moron could type this balderdash:

I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it: freedom of belief, of expression, of assembly, of petition, the dignity of the individual, the sanctity of the home, equal justice under law, and the reservation of powers to the people ...

Freedom of belief? Thou shalt have no gods before me. (1st commandment)

Of expression? Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy god in vain. (3rd) And no expressing yourself with graven images, either. (2nd)

Of assembly? Not if it's for work on the Sabbath. (4th) And no freedom to NOT "assemble" with thy father and thy mother, even if they kvetch a lot, or even if they insist you "assemble" with the spouse they choose for you. (5th)

Of petition? They're COMMANDMENTS. You don't get to "petition".

Dignity of the individual? I suppose. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife or his ox. (10th) Wives and oxen are, equally, "individual".

Sanctity of the home? Jesus bade his disciples to leave their homes and their families and follow Him hither and yon.

Equal justice under law? Well, maybe. God would have imposed the same death penalty if the fellow's name had been Murphy or Schultz instead of Onan. So, okay, equal.

But reservation of powers to the people? Aw, come ON!!!

And this moron gets to command people we give guns and tanks and Hellfire missiles to? Lord save us.

--TP

Might want to blank out the name and phone#, since I can read it even on my crappy monitor.

Cute photo. But I don't think your little kid will get many dates if Dad keeps passing on the phone number to the whole Internet.

I get so annoyed by those wingnut quotes. They never come with citations, and when you try to search for them you just find 50,000 more people using the citation-free version in email signatures.

Yes. (Admittedly, it's not just wingnuts who have this problem. It's those bloody "Quotes for all occasions" sites (based on the "Thousand and one quotes" books that perhaps still get given as Christmas presents.)

Well, of course there is freedom of belief - in the one true god; of expression - your true devotion to the one true god; etc.
It is a traditional Roman Catholic idea btw, the only true freedom is the freedom of submission. A slave has no choice but the free man (females are another thing) can submit out of his own free will.
The pseudo-historian David Barton (now of Beck Univeristy) will provide the biblical sources for any part of the founding documents on demand (soon also in a Texas school textbook near your place).

He's got issues?

No, dude. He's got game!

I've been to Reading Terminal Market and to operas, but it never occurred to me that anyone would combine the two wonderful ideas.

It may beat peanut butter and chocolate.

Cheers to all of the babies.

Earl Warren? Really? Now he's an icon of the right? If he said anything like that, he had a fence a mile high around it.

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