Achieve the Four Modernizations.

Jan 22 Jaymz commented on The Morning News: Sorry This Is Half-Assed, I Overslept.
@4 - Even setting aside the obvious incremental fetal development suggested by @6 (i.e., the internal mixing of DNA in zygote form does not immediately create a separate "life" any more than the internal mixing and invasion of a virus creates separate "life" - there is a progression), I have philosophical and theological beliefs that there is a moment when a separate "life" is formed.

Some focus on the biology - viability and so forth - while I tend to look to the theology - the entry of a "soul" or some special change that signifies a distinct new entity apart from the mother. I am in favor of choice in earlier trimesters because I believe this happens quite late, and have experienced it with my own children when their mother "knew" a separate entity was involved - a very special moment she clearly experienced each time.

It always is a difficult decision, even early on, but I am willing to let the mother make that choice.
Jan 12 Jaymz commented on Europeans March When Their Freedoms Are Challenged by Islamic Terrorists and Not So Much When Challenged by White Power Terrorists.
The Paris attacks were symbolic and apparently meant to squelch free expression while those you mention were random attacks based on religious ideology - the current marches are intended to show solidarity for freedom of expression, not some kind of religious blow back. Apples and oranges, me thinks.
Jan 5 Jaymz commented on Some Interesting Details About the Woman Who Was Shot to Death by Her 2-Year-Old Son in an Idaho Walmart.
I suspect the child watched mom put the gun away, and maybe has even seen her point it at something. He probably was there when she opened the Christmas gift and saw how excited she was to have this secret purse compartment for her gun, and clearly was modeling the gun handling behavior from somewhere.

As a parent of four, I know that toddlers are very observant - this is a good lesson to remind us that kids are little sponges, so be aware of what you do and say. And why take the risk, any risk at all, that your child will come in contact with a gun?
Dec 19, 2014 Jaymz commented on Vote for the 2014 Drunk of the Year!.
Just checking back and what the fuck?! Come on guys - Kelley is WAY too attractive to be DOTY! Gotta boost up those Santa votes....
Dec 17, 2014 Jaymz commented on Vote for the 2014 Drunk of the Year!.
It's those Santa eyes - plus where is that left hand?
Dec 5, 2014 Jaymz commented on Trouble at the Ferris Wheel.
I like the artwork - thanks for these periodic graphic stories....
Nov 20, 2014 Jaymz commented on If the New Cinerama Can't Save Movie Theaters, Nothing Can.
@14 - Here is part of the Times article:

"A new white screen, framed with lush-looking mauve curtains that look like they could cover a football field, has been installed, with the traditional Cinerama curved screen stored safely behind it."

Yes, we should be able to see films on the original Cinerama screen at some point - soon I hope!
Nov 20, 2014 Jaymz commented on If the New Cinerama Can't Save Movie Theaters, Nothing Can.
I am from the older generation that grew up on the first showing of Bambi and the original curved-screen Cinerama (e.g. I was on the elementary school play field when Kennedy was shot) and I am thrilled to see this renovation. I am still interested in the big box-office ridiculous CGI roller coaster ride superhero films and welcome the chance to have a real movie theater experience, even at these slightly higher prices and particularly when I can enjoy a beer at the same time (and I will gladly pay more to get a reserved seat).

I watch the intimate art house films in my local throw back theater or quietly at home from my couch....
Nov 17, 2014 Jaymz commented on The Renovated Cinerama Deserves the Hype.
I will seek out particular seats, so if I have to go at an "off" time and still pay the $15 - so be it.

I am SUPER excited about this. I am old; old enough to have seen "This is Cinerama" when that format debuted - I still remember sitting in the front seats as a kid while the curved screen took us through canyons and on a roller coaster ride. I know this isn't Cinerama, but.... still, excited to have a top-notch theater once again.
Nov 17, 2014 Jaymz commented on Youth Pastor Watch: ChurchSnaps—What Could Go Wrong?.
@20 - sorry.... I've been feeling SLOG chatty today!

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