2007
04.25

 

Yellowbook.com: Listing for GIRightslawyer.com in Lawton, OK

I’m pretty excited about this as hopefully it will help me reach out to more soldiers in need at Fort Sill with information and assistance on how to be discharged from the Army.

I’m also running some ads with Google adwords, so we’ll see how that works out.

2007
04.25

I’m more than a bit upset by these signs that were posted in my very diverse, inter-racial neighborhood (Lincoln Terrace).

These signs were posted on both sides of Lincoln Blvd every few block or two (normally at the bus stops), presumably as a racist scare tactic to let hispanics know that they are not welcome.

I’ve called the racist Oklahoma Minuteman Organization two times (their phone # is (405) 308-4085) and have asked them to respond to why they posted these signs (or if they claim to have not posted them) but have not heard back from them yet.

I’m encouraging local residents to tear down these signs (which are illegally posted on sign posts) and also to let your state legislators know that legislation like HB 1804 is unfortunately giving the paranoid anti-immigrant group a practical endorsement to pursue their hate agenda.

2007
04.18

 

Updated to include information on Anastasia Pittman at 6:01 p.m.

I found out that my state senator, Andrew Rice and my state representative Anastasia Pittman voted FOR the horrible anti-immigrant law (HB 1804). I’ve contacted their offices asking for an explanation and will let folks know what I find out, but in the meantime I would encourage all of their fellow constituents to contact Andrew Rice(here’s a link to his contact info) and Anastasia Pittman (here’s a link to her contact info) and ask why they voted for this horrible legislation.

For more info on this, here are some links:

Justpeace.org: A Dark day for Oklahoma – by Bob Waldrop

OKSenate.com: rollcall vote on HB 1804 (PDF download)

OKHouse.gov: rollcall vote on HB 1804 (PDF download)

Okiefunk.com: Run, Andrew, Run – a blog post that calls for the democrats to draft Rice to run for the US Senate against Inhofe (which I previously would have supported before this horrible vote)

2007
04.04

Theistic Evolutionists Unite!

 

CNN: Why this scientist believes in God

By Dr. Francis Collins
Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. His most recent book is “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.”

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (CNN) — I am a scientist and a believer, and I find no conflict between those world views.

As the director of the Human Genome Project, I have led a consortium of scientists to read out the 3.1 billion letters of the human genome, our own DNA instruction book. As a believer, I see DNA, the information molecule of all living things, as God’s language, and the elegance and complexity of our own bodies and the rest of nature as a reflection of God’s plan. . .

I find Collins to be very compelling, and I appreciate hearing a first-rate scientist (the head of the Human Genome project!) to defend the belief that it is possible to believe in God and evolution.

Also, if you want to hear more from Collins, I would recommend this radio interview from NPR, that was part of a 2 interview series where Collins defended the compatibility of science and faith, and another scientist (Richard Dawins) argued against it.

Richard Dawkins Explains ‘The God Delusion’ (Part 1 of the discussion)

NPR.org/Fresh Air from WHYY: Francis Collins on ‘The Language of God’ (Part 2 of the discussion

2007
04.03

Sorry for the dearth of posts lately but I’ve just been pretty busy with work and other commitments. (I’ll tell more about that stuff later) I do though want to post a few of the pictures from a trip that my friend and I took down to Austin and the Texas Hill Country…


One of the “art-guitars” that you see around town in Austin (a gimmick admittedly but a good one, much like OKC’s Buffaloes, or the critters you see in lots of other towns these days)


This shot is of the Ten Thousand Villages store on South Congress (a really cool fair trade store ran by Mennonite Central Committee) — We had a blast exploring all of the neat stores on South Congress, especially Turquise Door which has some of the best Mexican folk art I have ever seen


This is a corny picture, but it is me surrounded by one of my favorite trees in the world, an ancient and huge Live Oak tree. (it is in the little park that is nestled in the center of the area where Central Market, Austin Heart Hospital and the state mental hospital are, between Guadalupe and Lamar)


This picture is of the red, white and blue Bluebonnets at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg (I must admit that I was disappointed by the farm. It has unfortunately turned way too tourist-trappy)


This shot is one of several we took in the Hill Country, I think just north of Llano if I remember right.

2007
04.03

It is hard to even make a civil comment about this inane billboard. Just the first 3 words say so much, “a better brand.” OSU-OKC isn’t even trying to be subtle about the way that they have whored themselves out and turned education (once a noble pursuit) into a crass “brand” where students can be turned into even more efficient cogs for the corporate machine.

Well, here’s my suggestion for a new billboard for OSU-OKC…. “OSU-OKC, the school that has sold itself out to the highest bidder, and treats its students like they are the raw materials in a factory that creates productive and high earning citizens.”