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Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
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Five months after the legalization of gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in France, one couple has reason to celebrate.
A couple being identified in local media reports as Caroline and Pascale A. were married in June, and on Thursday received approval for one wife’s two biological children, Laure and Lise, to be adopted by the other wife, Le Mondereports. Both children are reportedly the result of artificial insemination by an unknown donor or donors.
The announcement was celebrated by the Association of Gay and Lesbian Parents and Future Parents, which said that from now on, children may hear in school hallways, “Two moms or two dads, it’s possible!”
We keep hearing about the dangers of environment pollution, and secondhand smoke, but there is a far darker, more dangerous form of pollution knocking at our doors: dust clouds in the Sistine Chapel. According to the Vatican Museums, the levels of pollution are reaching critical levels, and if a new air conditioning unit can’t stabilize the environment, the numbers of visitors allowed may be reduced. You know that line you had to wait on to get in when you visited? Well, it just got 10 times longer.
Dust, presumably from shoes, and carbon dioxide, has been causing damage to the famous fresco painted on the ceiling by Michelangelo. Indeed, the glowing portrait seen on postcards and posters across the world can seem dull in person, hazed over by dirt. Beneath the dirt the museum has even found elements of the painting they never knew were there.
The Vatican, however…
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Not talking about baseball today but about the 16 day drive toward the fiscal cliff. One of my favorite commentators, Ana Marie Cox, has compiled a list that you can see in its entirety here in the Guardian. You can agree with her or not about her choices, but she gives us some things to think about. Here are my favorites among Cox’s choices.
Ted Cruz. The punchline for a thousand Twitter humorists and the lead for most of the many stories about GOP dysfunction, Cruz is laughing in that whiny way of his all the way to the campaign war chest. He raised over $1m in the third quarter that ended 1 October, before the shutdown, half of it through the new “Ted Cruz Victory Committee” formed last year specifically to benefit from Cruz’s “defund Obamacare” petition. Cruz’s floor speech before the Senate vote seemed to imply that the…
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