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Date : October 2013

Marijuana: The Magic Cancer Cure?

Categories: Health
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Published on: 2013.10.31

Have we found the cure to cancer? Is it really going to be marijuana? In the news: Marijuana Might Kill Cancer (Newsweek, 2013.10.29) Study: Marijuana Compounds Can Kill Some Cancer Cells (TIME, 2013.10.28) Active Ingredient in Marijuana Kills Brain Cancer Cells (ABC News, 2013.04.02)

Bypassing Bureaucracy With Facebook, The Killeen Edition (UPDATED)

Categories: Internet, Pet Peeve
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Published on: 2013.10.30

If you live in a small town like the one I called home in Oklahoma for nine years, bureaucracy really isn’t an issue, though local officials try really hard to degrease the wheels of progress. If you need to know something, you can ask the mayor when you see him in church on Sunday, or[…]

Customer Service Via Twitter (UPDATED)

Categories: Business, Internet
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Published on: 2013.10.30

I finally discovered a legitimate use for my Twitter account: getting quick and satisfactory customer service from a major corporation.

Fact Check: Length of ACA, etc.

After reading a moderately well-written (but poorly informed) letter to the editor called “Obamacare not the change we’re looking for” on our local newspaper’s website, I saw a comment underneath that boiled my blood. I wasn’t upset because the comment represented a different point of view, but because it so blatantly used misinformation to support[…]

Reality TV: What Should Have Been A Passing Fad (Or A Learning Tool)

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Published on: 2013.10.27

Reality television: an interesting experiment in entertainment. Watching handfuls of people put into unlikely situations and watched by cameras from every angle without scripts. It should have lasted a couple of seasons. We should have been sardonically interested, morbidly curious.

Martin Gets To Be Messiah Again

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Published on: 2013.10.25

You’ll remember the baby-naming case I mentioned two months ago, in which Messiah Martin was forcibly renamed Martin McCullough by a Tennessee judge. The decision has been overturned, according to the Houston Chronicle, by the “Chancery Court” of the humorously named “Cocke” County. And the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct has charged the original judge[…]

Inappropriate Headstone Removed

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Published on: 2013.10.25

In The News: SpongeBob Headstone Removed By Ohio Cemetery (BBC News) What’s more inappropriate than an untimely strangling death? The headstone that the family erected for Kimberly Walker in an Ohio cemetery, at least according to Spring Grove Cemetery officials. (alternate source.)

ITN: China Cracks Down On Pointless TV

Categories: InTheNews, Television
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Published on: 2013.10.23

In The News: China cracks down on American Idol-style shows (Austin American-Statesman) Though it bugged me a little that the writer of this article used American Idol and The Voice as the only two named examples of “reality, dating and talent shows”, when there are certainly less edifying examples, this story had me sympathizing with[…]

U.S. Troops On U.S. Soil

Categories: Government, InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.10.22

In The News: Role players help troops train for riot control (Killeen Daily Herald) The title is mostly innocuous, but a full reading is a little eyebrow-raising, at least for a paranoid reader like myself.

UPDATE: Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Is No More

Less than a year ago, I posted my review of the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, the latest compact point-and-shoot digital camera to join our family. Like the previous compacts we’ve owned, this one conked out after not nearly enough usage. I’ve updated the review to reflect that the camera didn’t last much longer than 10[…]

The Number Of The Beast, Coming Soon (in 2017)

With the help of a friend — who probably doesn’t want to be cited here, for various reasons — I came across this tidbit [old link removed]: “Bible study scheduled on worldwide number system New Life Apostolic Faith Church conducts a special Bible study on Revelation 13 about how a new chip will be put[…]

Mistrial In Gun Carrying Case

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Published on: 2013.10.19

Recently, I mentioned the case of Christopher Grisham. Today, I read that a jury couldn’t agree and a mistrial was declared. The 6-person jury deliberated for 16 hours, according to our local newspaper.

AFA Removed From ‘Hate Group’ List

Categories: InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.10.18

A Christian ministry was mistakenly labeled as a “hate group” in a recent Army briefing, according to the Pentagon. The American Family Association (AFA) pushes peacefully — usually through boycotts and petitions — for changes in legislation and often focuses on what they see as a moral vacuum on television. Yet soldiers being briefed on[…]

To Gun, Or Not To Gun? Depends On Whim Of Police

A jury in Temple, Texas, is deliberating the case of Christopher Grisham, an active duty Army Master Sgt. who was arrested in front of his son for — we’re still not sure exactly what. Grisham and his son were hiking back in April, on a rural road. A concealed-carry permit holder, Grisham was carrying a[…]

Day 17: Shutdown Ends

Categories: Government, InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.10.16

As you’ve probably heard by now, the Senate passed a deal to end the government shutdown and the House is expected to approve it tonight. Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, noted: “This deal embodies everything about the Washington establishment that frustrates the American people.” I think Cruz is mistaken, at least when including[…]

Houston Chronicle Did Not Un-Endorse Ted Cruz

Categories: Government, InTheNews, Texas
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Published on: 2013.10.16

Several news agencies today reported that the Houston Chronicle “unendorsed” Senator Ted Cruz (R.-TX) — no relation to my late grandfather whose name is pronounced the same way — but the Chronicle said that’s not true.

Day 16: Misinformation About The Debt Ceiling

Categories: Economy, Government, InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.10.16

As the government continues to be “shut down” (not really) for the 16th day, and as the debt ceiling “looms” (really?), there’s quite a bit of not-quite-true stuff being said about the debt ceiling. As I mentioned on Day 14, it’s not what people think it is (or even what I thought it was).

Day 14: The Sideline Stories

Categories: Economy, Government
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Published on: 2013.10.14

The longer the Republican-engineered shutdown continues, the more I’m seeing stories about its ripple effects. Shutdown Hinders S.D. Post-Blizzard Cleanup (NPR) Friday Shutdown Reader: The Impending Meaningless Deaths of Lab Animals (The Atlantic) Federal courts face agonizing delays during government shutdown (CBS News) Veterans, worried about benefits, to protest shutdown (USA Today)

Day 13: Obama Could Have Phrased This Better

As Congress continues to drag its feet, ignoring the easy solution, I still can’t help but blame Republicans for the shutdown — since they planned it in advance. However, one phrase from the left has been bugging me a bit during this nationally embarrassing debacle. That’s the notion of “settled law”.

Day 11 of the Government Shutdown

Categories: Government, InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2013.10.11

The shutdown is still going on, apparently. (As some of you know and others may have guessed, I was out of the house for a couple of days, taking care of important family business — my kid’s birthday.)

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