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Speech and Debate: No Immunity from Corruption or the Constitution

Arguments that the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution does not cover bribery often invoke existing caselaw that has found that it applies to activities directly involved in legislating (even

05/25/2006 01:00:00 PM

The Modo Blog (Site / Info)

Letter to our Liaison Groups

Dear Colleague, The Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee is excited about our recent decision to refine our mission. Over the past several years we have realized that our broad focus, in

05/23/2006 08:36:41 AM

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Hybrid Cars: The Indirect Solution to Oil Prices?

The Quaker Economist recently posted an article arguing that the benefit of hybrid cars is not in the short-term fuel economy they provide, but as a technological springboard to developing small enoug

05/17/2006 05:50:00 PM

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Literacy Test

Read the first article's extract, then the second.From the 1 April 2006 British Medical Journal [note: always check the date]:BMJ 2006;332:745 (1 April), doi:10.1136/bmj.332.7544.745-aNewsScientists f

05/17/2006 11:46:00 AM

Exiled from the Underworld (Site / Info)

Preserve Net Neutrality!

My pal Gigi Sohn runs an outfit called Public Knowledge. I would not post this video were it not for two things: 1. the fight for Net Neutrality is important; and 2. Gigi's a cool gal. So, watch the v

05/12/2006 05:10:00 AM

Slyypper's Outward Orientation (Site / Info)

Lessons from China on Dealing with Africa

The US needs to relearn how to win friends and influence nations, and the Chinese experience in Africa holds good lessons, according to a recent American Foreign Policy Council report. How does China

05/11/2006 08:21:00 AM

The Modo Blog (Site / Info)

Black Ants, Buddhists, and Walking Beyond the Text

(This is from my current newsletter column. The book is excellent - you should buy your own copy and get one for the teacher's resource room at your local school.) Black Ants and Buddhists is the titl

05/10/2006 03:49:00 PM

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Another invitation to promiscuity

Remember Dr. Janet Woodcock, deputy operations commissioner of the FDA, who was ordered to give a deposition on her objection to the emergency contraception, "Plan B"? Dr. Woodcock refused to approve

04/27/2006 06:09:00 PM

Exiled from the Underworld (Site / Info)

FDA prude, concerned that emergency contraception may lead to promiscuity...

...is named after a dildo.FDA grilled about Plan BcontraceptiveBY KATHLEEN KERRNewsday Staff WriterApril 24, 2006Attorneys for a New York women's group plan to grill Food and Drug Administration offic

04/27/2006 05:53:00 PM

Exiled from the Underworld (Site / Info)

The politics Jesus wouldn't do...

"There is no such thing as a "Christian politics." If it is politics, it cannot be Christian. Jesus told Pilate: "My reign is not of this present order. If my reign were of this present order, my supp

04/24/2006 11:45:00 AM

Jesus who?!? (Site / Info)

Roles of communication

Our UU fellowship held a town hall today, organized by its Committee on Ministry, having to do with growth, I think. Two thoughts and one piece of feedback filtered through my sugar-imbued brain durin

04/22/2006 11:12:00 AM

Slyypper's Outward Orientation (Site / Info)

The openness of committees

From Page 33 of TMJ, the following suggestions to *test* a committee's openness to newcomers: · Does your congregation publish a guide to its groups and activities that can be handed to newcomers? Do

04/22/2006 11:07:00 AM

Slyypper's Outward Orientation (Site / Info)

Then there is the Gospel of Barnabas...

Unfortunately, any debate over this text is wrapped up in Muslim-Christian rivalry . But, perhaps out of all the extra-biblical sources in the hunt for the historical Jesus, this is the most controver

04/19/2006 03:29:00 AM

Jesus who?!? (Site / Info)

Pop music & reaching people part 2

For a different type of pop-cult experience, go to Granger Community Church's visitors area and choose "Welcome & Experience" from the playlist. I struggle with this video every time I view it....the

04/15/2006 09:58:00 AM

Slyypper's Outward Orientation (Site / Info)

Pop music & reaching people

This posting comes with a huge tip of the hat to a certain U2 fan I go to fellowship with, who sent me this link to the U2 Eucharist. Including popular music in services is something I think about eve

04/15/2006 09:26:00 AM

Slyypper's Outward Orientation (Site / Info)

Judas Iscariot: Freedom Fighter or Terrorist?

Easter seems to bring about more debate over the historical Jesus... constructive or not... it is that time of year again... . http://www9.nationalgeographic.com/lostgospel/ . Here is a selection of t

04/06/2006 08:42:00 AM

Jesus who?!? (Site / Info)

We Need You

We are looking for two new members. If you are interested, we ask that you contact any of us or the UUA Board’s Committee on Committees. This is an appointed committee, so you may be asked to fill out

03/19/2006 03:48:21 PM

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Worth Reading

From the UUA World online: The elevator story A racially-charged encounter seen through different eyes reveals worlds of difference. By Special Review Commission As members of a commission appointed t

03/18/2006 03:54:14 PM

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Jesus, the King of Kings

- "Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mahomet, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than al

03/05/2006 04:33:00 PM

Jesus who?!? (Site / Info)

March 2, 2006

Waiting for the Mid-Sized Church Conference to Begin Sitting in front of a screen at Kinko's in Phoenix realizing I haven't posted anything for a while. Part of the problem has been I haven't had any

03/02/2006 01:02:00 PM

Sam's blogger (Site / Info)