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On Aging

Republicans are Trying to Mix the Ideologies of Jesus Christ with an Atheist

Republicans are Trying to Mix the Ideologies of Jesus Christ with an Atheist and That Doesn’t Make Any Sense

It’s amazing to me how few conservatives know who Ayn Rand is. Especially considering that she’s quite possibly the most influential person behind most of the Republican party’s economic ideologies.

She was a person who spoke out against social programs, believed that people should only worry about themselves, opposed big government and worshiped at the “glory” that is unregulated capitalism. In other words, she’s the epitome of what most Republicans support economically.

Hell, Ron Paul named his son Rand Paul after the woman, and Paul Ryan has cited her as one of his key influences in his life.

There’s just one problem – Ayn Rand was an atheist. Not that there’s any problem at all with being an atheist (more power to you) but there is a big problem with a political party that builds its social platform on “Christian” values while basing its economic ideology on that of someone who didn’t believe in God.

More at http://www.forwardprogressives.com/republicans-trying-mix-ideologies-jesus-christ-atheist-doesnt-make-sense/ .

Free Speech

To opponents of immigration

Wichita Falls to Recycle Toilet Water into Drinking Water

Nope, it's not a two-weeks-late April Fools' joke: The city will be recycling 5 million gallons of "potty water" into (hopefully) clean and (fingers-crossed) drinkable water.

The decision to reuse the wastewater comes after existing restrictions have reduces waster usage by half.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality tested the water for 41 days to ensure that it is safe.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Wichita Falls residents have been utilizing rainwater harvest systems and reusing gray water since the severe drought began three years ago.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/15118/wichita-falls-to-recycle-toilet-water-into-drinking-water .

Dan Savage gets pornographic with a sense of humor in the festival of short films, Hump!

With nearly two dozen films among the slate of offerings, Dan Savage’s Hump Tour can fairly be called a legitimate film festival. But check the run-time: The entire event lasts less than 90 minutes. You could screen it simultaneously with Lawrence of Arabia — twice — and still have time for a bathroom break.

Yes, the movies making up what Savage tags “The Best of the Pacific Northwest’s Sexiest Film Fest” are all shorts, ranging from just 75 seconds to a long of about eight minutes. They are mostly made by different filmmakers with unknown casts, different styles and genres (animation, documentary, fiction). In fact, about the only thing these 20 movies do have in common is the subject matter: Sex.

And not just “sex,” as in male-female issues or love or even romance. Sex as in hardcore, explicit, unbridled fornication — what less sophisticated cineastes might call “porno.” Cuz that’s just what it is.

Yes, Dan Savage — he of the It Gets Better campaign, the Savage Love sex advice column and books about his “monogamish” marriage (he co-parents an adopted kid as well) — has assembled a reel of dirty movies, blessed with the patina of art … pop art, perhaps, but not out-right pornography.

More at http://www.dallasvoice.com/porn-wild-10171265.html .

Couturier Austin Scarlett tackles 'Project Opera'

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FORT WORTH -- Austin Scarlett is having a diva moment. Actually, it’s not a moment, he’s been working on it for months.

And it’s not even his moment anyway.

The divas he’s thinking about are in the opera world, where Scarlett has found himself … and somewhat unexpectedly.

Scarlett — the fashion designer who shot to prominence as a fan favorite on Season 1 of Project Runway with his elaborate, tailored looks perfect for ballgowns and wedding dresses — is goin’ to the opry! He’s been tapped as the costume designer for one of the productions in the Fort Worth Opera’s upcoming 2014 festival.

More at http://www.dallasvoice.com/study-scarlett-10171249.html .

Some generic drugs have had eye-popping price spikes

Pharmacist Larry Cowan can flip through his records and spot the generic drugs that have taken big price jumps in the past year or so.

There’s digoxin, a heart medicine that he used to buy for pennies a pill.

“Now the price is close to 10 times that,” said Cowan, owner of Glenview Professional Pharmacy in Richland Hills.

There’s doxycycline, a decades-old antibiotic that went on the Food and Drug Administration’s shortage list in 2012 and became the poster child for generic price spikes. Cowan said a tablet of doxycycline went from about 6 cents in late 2012 to $3.65 in late 2013, a 6,100 percent increase.

More at http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/04/19/5748846/some-generic-drugs-have-had-eye.html?rh=1 . (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Man in custody over fake bomb, Walmart shoppers released

KEMAH -- A Sugar Land man is accused of creating a hoax bomb scare Saturday that forced authorities to bring out bomb disposal teams and lockdown a local Walmart for four hours.

Mehrzad Malekzadeh, 35, was arrested on class-A misdemeanor charges of making terroristic threats involving a fake bomb. He was being held in the Galveston County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Kemah police Sgt. Mark Hinson said a pipe bomb like device police found inside the man’s car was not a real bomb. He said the suspect had been taken into custody and was being examined by mental health authorities.

The situation unfolded Saturday morning, when police were notified about 9 a.m. of a suspicious man wearing a mask and wielding a knife in a car in the parking lot of the Super Target Store, 255 Marine Bay Drive.

More at http://www.galvestondailynews.com/free/article_77903db8-c7ff-11e3-84d6-001a4bcf6878.html .

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