Christians acting like Christians

Not all Christians are buying into homophobia — at least, not on this campus!

When an anti-gay preacher decided to visit a Virginia university yesterday (16 September), he was expecting a perfect opportunity to spout his nonsense for everyone to hear.

But it turns out, not many people could hear his sermon.

Instead, the James Madison University students gathered around the preacher, singing a song of love and tolerance. With one guy on guitar, the group begins to sing ‘How He Loves’, a Christian song by John Mark McMillon. And with it, you can’t hear the preacher at all.


Oh, I just love it.

Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina vowed to pursue the facts wherever the lead him. Opening his committee’s first public hearing since its establishment four months ago, he stressed the thoroughness of the task ahead, not the need to reach immediate conclusions.

“Given the gravity of the issues at hand, I am willing to risk answering the same question twice rather than risk not answering it once,” said Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor leading Congress’ eighth investigation of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack in eastern Libya.

Congress is still seeking documents from the Obama administration related to the attack, he said. More witnesses are being interviewed and individuals who’ve participated in congressional investigations will be questioned again. The special investigation was created to “find all of the facts, and I intend to do so fully,” Gowdy said.

Not such a bad couple of weeks

Found out I’m going to be a grandmother, AND I don’t have a brain tumor*.

So I got that going for me, which is nice.

Oh, and I had a dream about a talking dog.

*Hearing loss in one ear that required a brain MRI. Everything’s “fine.”

Diet soda is killing you


A series of experiments conducted by researchers in Israel suggests that artificial sweeteners are a causative factor in metabolic disorders like glucose intolerance, a forerunner to diabetes.

According to New Scientist, chemical sweeteners have caused glucose intolerance in mice because they alter the bacterial balance in the gut, and early testing shows they do the same in some human subjects.

“The most shocking result is that the use of sweeteners aimed at preventing diabetes might actually be contributing to and possibly driving the epidemic that it aims to prevent,” said study co-author Eran Elinav of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel to New Scientist.

The study’s abstract — published in the journal Nature — said, “Non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) are among the most widely used food additives worldwide, regularly consumed by lean and obese individuals alike. NAS consumption is considered safe and beneficial owing to their low caloric content, yet supporting scientific data remain sparse and controversial.”

Elinav and co-author Eran Segal said, “Collectively, our results link NAS consumption, dysbiosis and metabolic abnormalities, thereby calling for a reassessment of massive NAS usage.”

My birthday’s coming

And I really need new glasses. My posture’s been screwed up for a long time because I’m pushing my face right up into the screen.

I’ve been planning to buy glasses for over a year, but every month, something comes up (car repairs, Christmas, etc.) and it gets pushed to the back burner — again.

So what the hell, it can’t hurt to ask. All I really want for my birthday is… a new pair of glasses. Do you guys want to chip in and buy me a pair? I found a neighborhood discount place, it’s $229 for everything: exam, glasses, progressive lenses.

I’d just love it. But don’t worry if you can’t, or don’t want to. I know it’s a long shot.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who contributed! I now have enough to get my new glasses, and I am so grateful.

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