Diane Tran, an honor student in Texas, was thrown in jail by a Judge Moriarty (!) after she missed too many classes at her high school.
Tran said she works both full-time and part-time jobs, in addition to taking advanced and college level courses. But the judge said Tran’s case was bigger than the individual situation of one student. “If you let one run loose, what are you gonna’ do with the rest of ’em?,” said Judge Lanny Moriarty. “Let them go too? A little stay in the jail for one night is not a death sentence.”
But Tran’s classmates said she had a lot more to juggle than the average teen. “She goes from job to job from school. She stays up until 7 a.m. in the morning doing her homework,” said Devin Hill, a classmate and co-worker.
On top of that, Tran said her parents spilt up and moved away, leaving her to support her younger sister. The judge admitted that he wanted to make an example of the teen. Tran had to spend 24 hours in jail and had to pay a $100 fine.
Text from CBSAtlanta.com staff; photo via TNT Magazine, where it is noted that “under Texan law any student skipping classes for more than 10 days in a six month period faces jail time and a fine,” but…
Willy Wonka meme reads, “You don’t believe in Big Foot? What if I told you he’ll send you to hell if you don’t believe in him?”
I have to point you toward this editorial called, “Men in Black 3 Makes Case for Creationism” over at World Net Daily.
It’s a funny read.
Also, I want to point you toward the bullet list of three miracles that start the article moving along. They read:
- A man “miraculously” recovers from terminal brain cancer and the doctors are stumped – we call it a “miracle.”
- A child survives a car accident that claimed the lives of everyone else in the collision – we wonder if “someone upstairs” wasn’t looking out for that little one.
- An expansion baseball team that had never finished better than 9th place in any previous season, sitting at a typically dismal 18-23 after 41 games, trailing by 9 1/2 games in mid-August, strikes out 19 times in a 27-out game … but then wins that game and follows it by ripping off 39 wins in their last 50 games to complete a 17 1/2 game turnaround and somehow goes from laughingstock to World Series champions … and they’re forever memorialized as the ’69 “Miracle Mets.”
These are modern miracles?
What happened to magic muscles, fire from heaven, healing without hospital intervention, raising from the dead?
Miracles just aren’t what they used to be.
Yesterday, my friend Daniel wrote a post about how, now that Vladimir Putin is president of Russia, there are passages of scripture that predict the end of the world will be issued in by a relationship between Russia and Iran.
He wrote, “Knowing this I want to keep my eyes on Christ because biblical prophecy is being fulfilled right at this moment. He is the “ONLY WAY” to the Father in heaven! All our peace and hope is in Christ Jesus!”
He recommended that everyone read Ezekiel 38 and 39 for the facts of the end times. Because in Ezekiel 38 and 39, there’s a word Rosh, which he explained means “Russia.”
Now I’m not Jewish, but I know that the Hebrew word for Rosh means something other than Russia.
I mean, do Jewish people celebrate “Russia Year” at Rosh Hashanah or “Russia Month” at Rosh Chodesh?
I don’t think so.
Rosh means “Head” or chief. When Jewish people celebrate Rosh Hashanah, they are celebrating the head of the year. Or new year.
So I wrote back to Daniel explaining that.
Well, shit got ugly. Daniel’s fiancée Molly jumped into defend him, and she explained that the crux of Daniel’s message was that people should follow Jesus.
And I questioned, quite facetiously, doesn’t the crux of the message lose credence if facts are not used in the entire message?
She told me to go fly a kite.
I told her to read a book and do some research.
Maybe not that succinctly.
I screen cap’d a lot of the conversation, and I’ll put it below the fold for your reading pleasure. The problem is I failed to grab the last bit, which was her response to telling her she needed to learn more about Judaism.
She said something like, “I don’t need to learn more. All I know is Jesus is LORD, and that’s all I need.”
But wouldn’t you know it, the post has been removed.
The delete button has been engaged.
A new, improved post has replaced it. It’s been slightly revised with new information. I’ll put that one down there, too.
I honestly thought this ignorance was going extinct.
Between Charles Worley and people who repeat the writings of Tim LaHaye as if fact, I’m not sure believers care anymore. Can’t more be done on the part of the rest of you to help these fledgling, ignorance-loving, psycho-babblers out?
I’m not impressed.
The stupid … it burns so bright, I gotta wear shades.
From a Shreveport Times article called, “DNA study seeks origin of Appalachia’s Melungeons”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For years, varied and sometimes wild claims have been made about the origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons. Some speculated they were descended from Portuguese explorers, or perhaps from Turkish slaves or Gypsies.
Now a new DNA study in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy attempts to separate truth from oral tradition and wishful thinking. The study found the truth to be somewhat less exotic: Genetic evidence shows that the families historically called Melungeons are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin.
And that report, which was published in April in the peer-reviewed journal, doesn’t sit comfortably with some people who claim Melungeon ancestry.
“There were a whole lot of people upset by this study,” lead researcher Roberta Estes said. “They just knew they were Portuguese, or Native American.”
Beginning in the early 1800s, or possibly before, the term Melungeon was applied as a slur to a group of about 40 families along the Tennessee-Virginia border. But it has since become a catch-all phrase for a number of groups of mysterious mixed-race ancestry.
In recent decades, interest in the origin of the Melungeons has risen dramatically with advances both in DNA research and in the advent of Internet resources that allow individuals to trace their ancestry without digging through dusty archives.
G. Reginald Daniel, a sociologist at the University of California-Santa Barbara who’s spent more than 30 years examining multiracial people in the U.S. and wasn’t part of this research, said the study is more evidence that race-mixing in the U.S. isn’t a new phenomenon.
“All of us are multiracial,” he said. “It is recapturing a more authentic U.S. history.”