Thursday, June 25, 2015

Instead of a Link Log...

I've not done a Link Log for almost a week, and, taking a break before I try to steer the Sickly Snail into the depths of medical and scientific web sites for a paid article about pathogenic microorganisms, I pause to consider some links I really wanted to visit and possibly share here. If I only had the time for the Sickly Snail to follow even the simplest of these links, today...I'm not even trying to see the links people have posted on Google + or Twitter, or sent in the e-mail. This is only a selection from what's showing up on the Blogspot Feed Page. (Looks as if some e-friends are taking a summer vacation. I hope they are.)

Charitable/Humanitarian

Alice Walker discusses Avaaz.org at alicewalkersgarden.com. (I occasionally receive, and very occasionally sign, an Avaaz petition; I'd be interested in reading about how that site works for an unrepentant Old Leftist.)

Etiquette

Oliver Darcy reports on the President's having to rebuke a “heckler” at a White House reception: “No, you're in my house.” I don't get enough opportunities to send dittos to this President. Yes, the White House belongs to the nation rather than the President personally. But the nation has paid the President to occupy it, so, yes, it's his (or her) house, and shame on anyone who wangles his way into a social event inside it in order to be a “heckler.” Story, with lots of memory-hogging graphics and ads, and flamewars for those who like flamewars, at theblaze.com.

Elizabeth Barrette and Janetmiles discuss the function of small talk at ysabetwordsmith.blogspot.com.

Phenology

Scott Adams reports on the Real Drought, and the Real Men who are helping each other through it, at blog.dilbert.com.

Pictures

Elizabeth Barrette shares a link to photos of the Canadian Rockies at ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com.

Politics

Mike Opelka reports at theblaze.com on presidential candidates who don't use their original given names. Silly topic? Maybe. Or is it a subtle way to increase some candidates' name recognition?

Pop Culture

Kaitlyn Schallhorn reports that Warner Bros has vowed to stop selling replicas of the “Dukes of Hazzard” stunt car, which, readers of a certain age will remember, was called the General Lee and had a Confederate battle flag painted on the roof. Details and photos of this predictable, tragically silly, story at theblaze.com.

Second Amendment Rights

Jason Howerton shares yet another story about an armed civilian fighting crime, at theblaze.com. Meh. Although some people want to deny that these things happen, they hardly seem like news unless the armed civilian is an unusual character in some way, like ninety years old, or paraplegic. I've linked to at least a dozen of these stories. Nevertheless. You may know one of the poor souls who imagine that outlawing guns would make people safer. Since it's too late to give that person the experience of being in Washington, D.C., in the 1990s, the next best thing is to share these stories with the person.

Widow-Hating

At theblaze.com, Billy Hallowell picks up another story about farmers being fined for refusing to host a same-sex wedding. How true is it? What's being left out? I ask. You might ask, why is this story about widow-hating? Because, if rejecting people's claim to be married really amounts to discrimination in the way “grandfather clauses” denying poor people's grandchildren the vote amounted to discrimination, then our legal definition of marriage, itself, amounts to massive discrimination.

Writing

Jerry Jenkins discusses the latest Christian Writers' Guide at jerryjenkins.com.