Monthly Archives: July 2014

The NRA, School Advancement, and the Four Rs: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic…and Rifles???

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro Recently, the NRA posted a video titled Everyone Gets a Gun on YouTube. In the video, Billy Johnson, one of the gun organization’s commentators, said that “competency with a gun should be a ‘necessary skill’ for children … Continue reading

Posted in Education, United States | Tagged , | 36 Comments

Pro-Life Nurse-Midwife Sues Tampa Family Health Centers for Not Hiring Her after She Said She Wouldn’t Prescribe “Hormonal” Contraception

By Elaine Magliaro In an article that she wrote for Slate titled Pro-Life Nurse-Midwife Who Won’t Prescribe the Pill Sues Family Planning Center for Not Hiring Her, Andrea Marcotte poses the following question: Is “religious freedom” about being free to … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Courts, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Politics, Religion, Reproductive Rights, SCOTUS, United States | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Jet Fuel From Seawater: No longer a pipe dream

by Charlton Stanley This did not exactly come as a news story to me. I had this discussion with one of my best friends from high school years ago. Normally, a discussion with a former next door neighbor doesn’t amount … Continue reading

Posted in Big Oil, Biology, Chemistry, Climatology, Education, Energy Policy, Investing, Physics, Uncategorized, USN | Tagged , , , , , | 68 Comments

Of Winters Court, Milhous, And Me

by James Knauer Overture “For everything, there is a first time, Mr. Saavik.” – Captain Spock. These matters concern my real life experiences as a television addict during the years 1973 to 1977. The location of these events took place at … Continue reading

Posted in American History, Constitutional Law, Government, History, Jurisprudence, Politics, Presidents, Richard Nixon, United States | 9 Comments

Evangelical Group’s Plan to Proselytize Children at Portland’s Parks and Pools This Summer Comes under Fire

By Elaine Magliaro Stateside Oregon: The Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Good News Club plans to “try to convert children as young as 5 at Portland apartment pools, public parks and dozens of other gathering spots this summer…” Some residents have been … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, Religion, United States | Tagged , | 15 Comments

The Devil Is in the Details: Satanists, Religion, and the Hobby Lobby Ruling

By Elaine Magliaro In her “blistering” dissent in the Hobby Lobby ruling, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote, “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.” In addition to venturing into a minefield, SCOTUS may have also cracked open the … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Constitutional Law, Courts, Health Care, Health Care Insurance, Politics, Religion, Reproductive Rights, SCOTUS, United States | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Make Music with Your Life—A Poem for a Retiring Teacher

By Elaine Magliaro I’m dedicating this post to my “cyber” friend Blouise—who is a true music afficiando. I had the great fortune to work at an elementary school that had many exceptional teachers. One of them was Valerie. “Val” taught … Continue reading

Posted in Music, Poetry | 6 Comments

Beauty Is . . .

submitted by Gene Howington The following was suggested by longtime friend of the blog and all around beautiful person herself, Blouise. It is a stunning, beautiful piece of music. Enjoy.

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Science, Conception, SCOTUS, Corporate Personhood, and Some Facts about the Four Contraceptives at the Center of the Hobby Lobby Case…with a Mark Fiore Video

By Elaine Magliaro Hobby Lobby’s Corporate Commandments Back in March of this year—during oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby case—Sahil Kapur (Talking Points Memo) said he thought that the conservative Supreme Court Justices “appeared broadly ready to rule against the … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, Conservatives, Constitutional Law, Courts, Fundamentalism, Health Care, Pharmaceuticals, Politics, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Science, SCOTUS, Uncategorized, United States | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Loss of Habitat May Be Factor in Giant Anteaters’ Fatal Attacks on Two Humans in Brazil

By Elaine Magliaro Sorry that I’ve been away from FFS for such a long time. I’ve been nursing an injured foot. Yesterday, I read a story on Yahoo News about two hunters in Brazil who were killed by giant anteaters … Continue reading

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