One the Albany Aqua Ducks entering into the Hudson river. Anne’s 3rd grade class got to go on a free field trip on one of the Albany Aqua Ducks. I tagged along and took pictures. Eventually every 3rd grade class in Albany will get to go, but Anne’s class was the first.

It was pretty cool. The Aqua Duck came to Anne’s school to pick up the kids. We then drove through downtown Albany to Quakenbush Square, and the kids were able to participate in some nature activities. We then got back on the vehicle and made the short trip down to the Corning Preserve. As we pulled up, another Aqua Duck was getting ready to launch into the river. That’s the vehicle in the picture above. It was pretty cool driving into the river, it was a very comfortable ride.

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A letter to Doctor Laura… (plasticbag.org)

Tom Coates’s letter to Doctor Laura is the best response that I have seen to people who declare that homosexual behavior is described as an abomination in the Bible.

Dear Dr. Laura,

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s law. I have learned a great deal from you, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22
clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. How should I deal with this?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as it suggests in Exodus 21:7. In this
day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?


Of course these people are using King James Version of the Bible, where this text is pretty clear. The part they tend to skip is that the KJV isn’t a word for word translation of the original Hebrew text. Over at ReligiousTolerance.org, they have a nice page on this topic.

The world’s funniest joke?

Scotsman.com News – Funniest jokes – The world’s funniest joke?

This was deemed to be the world’s funniest joke:

“Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed.

“The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps: ‘My friend is dead! What can I do?’ The operator says: ‘Calm down, I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.’

“There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says: ‘OK, now what?’”