Physics of the Squirt

I’m not sure whether we had to work this problem in physic class in high school, but I eventually had to do it at work. I will just post the solution here for future reference in case anybody else has to scratch around and come up with the right computations. It went like this:

I worked for a company that made ink jet printers. These were high-performance jobs that fit into machines that processed bank checks. The machine would feed 20 checks per second into a transport mechanism that would whisk them along at 200 inches per second past various stations. One of the stations was an MICR station that would read the magnetic characters along the bottom edge. Another station would read information off the check using OCR (optical character recognition) technology. A lot of useful information was captured from the speeding checks, and we wanted to immediately put it back onto the checks in various forms. One form was a bar code that could subsequently be read using cheaper technology. We also wrote in numbers and letters on the checks. All this writing was done by ink jet printers.

See the drawing. The printer had a reservoir of ink, and the ink was fed under pressure to a tiny glass nozzle. For simplicity I’m not showing how the stream was broken up into drops and how the drops were deflected to form the patterns printed on the checks. My problem was: “What pressure is needed to get an ink jet at 100 inches per second?”

WaterJet

So you know the velocity. Do you need to know anything else? Apparently only the density of the ink. It works like this. You have a number of parameters and variables:

  • v = velocity of the ink jet
  • A = cross sectional area of the jet
  • P = pressure in the ink reservoir

Where do you go from here? Start with a simple relationship between momentum, force and time:

mv = ft

Mass times velocity = force times time.

If you want a mass m to have a velocity v you can achieve this with a force f applied for a time t.

m is the mass of an arbitrary chunk of ink.

f is the force on this chunk of ink.

t is the time the force acts on this chunk of ink.

Then f = AP.

m = Axρ

x is the distance the ink moves while the force is acting on it.

ρ is the density of the ink.

v = x / t.

And there you have it. A little algebraic manipulation gives you

InkJet

Any time you apply a pressure (pressure difference) P to a liquid of density ρ you can achieve a velocity v.

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NBC’s Mysterious Origins of Man

This is about my fourth post in a series about the TV documentary NBC’s Mysterious Origins of Man. The show came out in February 1996 and was hosted by actor Charlton Heston. It’s one of those pseudo documentaries that are popular with viewers—lots of exciting stuff but little of any substance.

My previous post told of geologist Virginia Steen-McIntyre. She worked at an archaeological site in Mexico in 1966 and published results concerning human artifacts dated 250,000 years old. She mentions in the video that her career was ruined as a consequence.

Charlton Heston was no longer a young man in 1996, but he still projects a strong presence in the video. The wisdom of Moses is projected in his voice as he intones the awful facts of Steen-McIntyre’s case:

According to McIntyre, because she stuck to the facts all of her professional opportunities were closed off. She’s not worked in her chosen field since.

By “since” I am going to have to assume Heston means except for her subsequent publications, including one in 1981:

In 1981, the journal Quaternary Research published a paper by Steen-McIntyre, Fryxell and Malde that defended an anomalously distant age of human habitation at Hueyatlaco. The paper reported the results of four sophisticated, independent tests: uranium-thorium dating, fission track dating, tephra hydration dating and the studying of mineral weathering to determine the date of the artifacts. These tests, among other data, validated a date of 250,000ypb for the Hueyatlaco artifacts.

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As I mentioned in the previous post, that’s about the high point of this documentary. Next we get down to the good stuff.

We next meet one of the most outlandish frauds to ever insult the place of my birth.

CarlBaugh

This is an image of Carl Baugh, anthropologist, from the video. Actually, Baugh really is an anthropologist. In the same sense that I’m an astronaut.

Carl Baugh has been on the creationism scene in North Texas for three decades, and he operates a Creation Evidences Museum outside Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose, just a few miles from where I was born. Back when Baugh was beginning to make a name for himself Glen Kuban contributed an analysis to the newsletter of the North Texas Skeptics, which I reproduce here in its entirety:

A follow-up on Carl Baugh’s science degrees

by Glen J. Kuban

I wish to bring to light some additional information regarding “man tracker” Carl Baugh’s alleged scientific degrees.

As pointed out by the authors of a recent Skeptic article, [1] the College of Advanced Education (CAE), from which Baugh claims a Ph.D. in anthropology, is not accredited, and has no science courses or facilities. Don Davis, administrator of CAE and pastor of the Baptist Church that houses it, told me that it is a “missions” school only. Davis explained that the degree was given through CAE, “under the auspices” of Clifford Wilson in Australia.[2] However, the reason for this curious arrangement was not explained, and the connection to Clifford Wilson (explained below) only further undermines the legitimacy of Baugh’s degree.

A copy of Baugh’s diploma (dated 1987) indicates that CAE is the “Graduate Division” of International Baptist College (IBC). As mentioned In the recent Skeptic article, IBC is incorporated in Missouri, but it is not certified there to grant degrees in any subject. Furthermore, IBC evidently is just as lacking in science facilities and classes as CAE. The phone receptionist at IBC stated that it was a correspondence school for religious studies based on tapes by Jerry Falwell.[3] Even more interesting, the letterhead of IBC listed Carl Baugh himself as president.[4] Thus, it appears that Baugh essentially granted himself a science degree from his own unaccredited Bible school.

Pacific College, Inc. (a.k.a. Pacific College of Graduate Studies) from which Baugh claims a masters degree in archaeology, traces to creationist Clifford Wilson in Australia. Wilson is the principal officer of PCI, which is a religious school with no accreditation or authority in Australia to grant degrees. [5]

Moreover,Wilson is (or was) a close associate of Baugh, [6] and evidently was a partner of Baugh in IBC. Wilson’s name was listed as “Vice President, International Studies” on the letterhead of IBC,[7] and the location of IBC was given as Australia on a plaque displayed at Baugh’s first “man track” site.[8]

Thus, all of Baugh’s alleged science degrees appear to trace directly or Indirectly back to himself and/or his partner Wilson, and to their own unaccredited Bible schools or “extensions” of them.

Last, it may be noted that there is no evidence that Baugh has even an undergraduate degree in any field of science. Not having a science degree is not a crime; however, misrepresenting one’s credentials is another matter. Baugh’s frequently claimed degrees in science appear to be as dubious as his “man track” claims, and ought to be of serious concern to his fellow creationists.

References

[1] Thomas, John, Ronnie Hastings, and Rick Neeley, “A Critical Look at Creationist Credentials,” The Skeptic, 3:4, July-Aug. 1989.

[2] Don Davis, personal communication, December31, 1989.

[3] Phone conversation, July 5, 1986.

[4] A letter from Carl Baugh to me, dated March 10, 1983, was written on International Baptist College letterhead.

[5] According to Australian paleontologist Ralph E. Molnar (personal correspondence, October, 1986), Pacific College of Theology was amalgamated with Pacific College of Graduate Studies to form Pacific College Incorporated. Australian Barry Williams stated that PCI appears to be a small, private Bible college headed by Wilson (correspondence to Ron Hastings, March 30, 1989). Ian Plimer, professor of geology at the University of Newcastle and member of the Australian Research Council, determined that PCI is unaccredited and stated, “Any ‘degrees’ from this ‘College’ are illegal in Australia (correspondence to Ron Hastings, March 1989).

[6] Wilson worked alongside Baugh on some Paluxy “man track” excavations, and coauthored a 1987 book with Baugh entitled Dinosaur (Promise Publishing, Orange, CA). Baugh’s supposed degrees are listed on the back of the book.

[7] Immediately under Baugh’s name on the letterhead (reference 4) was Wilson’s name and title, obscured with “white-out” but clearly visible when held to light.[8] In 1982 the metal plaque was mounted on a large rock at the “man track” site, but later was removed (reportedly by Wilson).

[8] (Reference missing in the original)

The previous article referenced was the July and August issue of the same year. I have written some stuff on Baugh, and I need to post it here. Watch for it in a few days. On one of the occasions I visited the “museum” in hopes of running into Baugh, I asked the person in charge about Baugh’s supposed degrees. I was informed that the “museum” made no claims for Baugh’s academic credentials.

Baugh’s enterprise in this video is the existence of human footprints in the Cretaceous limestone at the base of the Paluxy River in Somerville County, Texas. This area has long been known for dinosaur prints, but the claim is now that there are human prints in the same layer, even adjacent to dinosaur prints. This is a formation that is 115 million years old, 50 million years before dinosaurs went extinct and over 110 million years ago before anything resembling humans walked.

 Footprints

 What Carl Baugh, anthropologist, wants to tell you is these are 16-inch footprints left by people back when this limestone was soft mud. What geologists and real paleontologists want to tell you, and so do I, is these do not even look like human footprints. The best going idea is these prints, following along with the obvious dinosaur prints, are imprints of the dinosaur metatarsus.

But wait. “Dr.” Baugh has one more thing to show you. Here we see the very personage of Moses, Charlton (from my cold, dead fingers) Heston, look directly into the camera and tell us without a catch in his voice and without a wince in that famous face, “But Carl Baugh is in possession of one of the most compelling prints ever found.” And here it is:

BurdickPrint

It’s called the so called Burdick Print, named after Clifford C. Burdick, an early proponent of the man tracks claims:

According to [young Earth creationist] John Morris, the Burdick track (the right-foot slab) was purchased “years ago” by Burdick from a Rev. Beddoe of Arizona, who in turn had purchased the track from the late Pessee Hudson, proprietor of a knick- knack store in Glen Rose. Morris added that “many things were purchased in that store, including some of George Adams carvings.” Morris continued, “tracing the print proved impossible, but it was reported to have come from a tributary south of Glen Rose (1980, p. 117).

The citation is to Morris, John D., 1980, Tracking Those Incredible Dinosaurs and the People Who Knew Them, San Diego, CA., Creation-Life Publishers.

A big fan of the Burdick Print is young Earth creationist Don Patton, who now appears in the video. I have mentioned Patton already in two of my previous posts.

DonPatton

Here we have a geologist weighing in. I know that because I have a business card from Don Patton. It says, “Don Patton, Ph.D.,” and on the next line it says geologist. It is obvious to the most casual observer reading this that Don Patton has a Ph.D. in geology. Please spare me.

I have attended Patton’s presentations during which he showed us, as he does in the video, that this is not a carving. Creationists researching this artifact have made saw cuts (see the photo above) to expose the inner structure. Several cuts have been made, but Don has resisted showing any but the cross section shown below.

BurdickPrintCrossSection

What he is pointing to, Don explains, are compression layers formed when the “foot” pressed down into the soft material. Whether these compression layers show up in any of the other cross sections we may never learn. This does, however, add a layer of mystery to the topic and also to the documentary.

If Carl Baugh, anthropologist, and Don Patton, geologist, do not bring enough credibility to this narrative, we are next introduced to a real doctor. At least now we have somebody with a college degree looking at this.

DalePeterson

Dale Peterson, M.D., says he first saw the “print” when he visited Glen Rose in 1984. At first he thought it was too perfect to be a human print, but after closer examination he is now convinced it is. He points out significant anatomical features.

Never haven taken a course in human anatomy, I could only examine my own feet. The first thing I notice is the print is 15 inches long. My feet are considerably shorter. At its widest the print is seven and a half inches. Not so my feet. The print also has a mound in the middle where the human arch should be. When a human foot steps into soft clay it does not leave a mound in the middle. Also, when a human foot continues its stride and pulls out of the print, it takes some of the soft material with it, leaving a jagged perimeter—missing from this artifact.

And nobody is laughing. Baugh, Patton, Peterson, and most of all Charlton Heston are telling all of this with a straight face. I call that just short of wonderful. This is Academy Award material.

I will continue this narrative in a future post with another of the stories from the video. The story of Atlantis is coming, so be patient.

Odd Theorems

Here is the second of the odd theorems from The Futility Closet site:

InscribedSquare

A square inscribed in a semicircle has 2/5 the area of a square inscribed in a circle of the same radius.

The solution comes from some short calculations. The radius of the circle is R. From that compute the areas of the two squares.

For the area of the first square, the side of the square is S. Then:

Equation-01

For the second square, again using S as the side of the square:

equation-2

Divide the small area by the large area, and the result is 2/5.

 

Gray America

Nebraska_Poster

Caught this on Movie Night at Greg’s Friday. I don’t have a copy, so I will have to pull details from Wikipedia. It’s Nebraska, and it’s not even black and white. It’s gray on gray, and it seems so fitting. I have not been to Nebraska, but this is how I always pictured it.

Small problem. The movie starts out in Billings, Montana, and it seems a long time before any action develops in Nebraska. Bruce Dern is old man Woody Grant. Friday night I let out that I first recall Bruce Dern from the Alfred Hitchcock film Marnie. I’m not spoiling anything by telling you that Dern played a sailor on liberty who gets killed by Marnie when Marnie is a young child. I have since seen Dern as a philandering husband in Middle Age Crazy and as a thieving, murdering cowpoke in The Cowboys (kills John Wayne, meets a bad end). This year Bruce Dern picked up an Oscar nomination for best actor.

Grant is a tottering, drunken old-timer, who thinks, based on the standard letter in the mail, that he has won $1 million, and he sets off on foot to Lincoln, Nebraska, to pick up his winnings. Woody’s sons intervene, and son David eventually takes Woody on an Odyssey through gray America. And it is Gray. About the liveliest scenery is a stopover visit at the Mount Rushmore monument, which looks just fine in gray.

It’s autumn (north of the 45th parallel) and the sky is gray, always. The scenery is gray. Even if the movie had been shot in Technicolor the scenery would still be gray. And the people are gray. There’s not a whisper of glamor in the entire movie. Readers, this is Duck Dynasty meets Forrest Gump.

On the way to Lincoln, Nebraska, David and Woody stop off in Hawthorne, a mythical town in Nebraska, their place of origin. There the movie develops some excitement. In a bar with friends from long ago Woody lets slip that he has won $1 million. Friends and relatives are at first congratulatory, but the congratulations are eventually overtaken by avarice, and the movie begins to develop shades of color. Here’s the cast.

  • Bruce Dern as Woody Grant
  • Will Forte as David Grant, Woody’s youngest son
  • June Squibb as Kate Grant, Woody’s wife, mother of Ross and David
  • Bob Odenkirk as Ross Grant, Woody’s oldest son
  • Stacy Keach as Ed Pegram, Woody’s old business partner
  • Mary Louise Wilson as Aunt Martha, Woody’s sister-in-law
  • Missy Doty as Noel, David’s girlfriend
  • Angela McEwan as Pegy Nagy, a former girlfriend of Woody’s
  • Rance Howard as Uncle Ray, one of Woody’s brothers
  • Devin Ratray as Cole, one of Woody’s nephews
  • Tim Driscoll as Bart, one of Woody’s nephews
  • Roger Stuckwisch as Karaoke Singer
  • Melinda Simonsen as the Receptionist in the contest office in Lincoln
  • Terry Kotrous as Sheriff
  • John Reynolds as Bernie Bowen

I won’t tell you how the movie ends. Hawthorne was shot in the real town of Plainview, Nebraska, which so reminds me of a couple of small Texas towns I have lived in. The people, too, are right out of my own past, which was pretty gray.

Hawthorne, Nebraska, or Granbury, Texas?

Hawthorne, Nebraska, or Granbury, Texas?

Update

I have added screen shots from Amazon Prime Video to provide a better window into the movie.

Nebraska-01

Nebraska-02

Nebraska-03

Nebraska-04

Nebraska-05

Nebraska-06

 

Bad Joke of the Week

A small zoo in Georgia obtained a very rare species of gorilla.

Within a few weeks the gorilla, a female, became very difficult to handle. Upon examination, the veterinarian determined the problem. The gorilla was in heat. To make matters worse, there was no male gorilla available.Thinking about their problem, the Zoo Keeper thought of Bobby Lee Walton, a redneck part-time worker responsible for cleaning the animal cages. Bobby Lee, like most rednecks, had little sense but possessed ample ability to satisfy a female of any species.The Zoo Keeper thought they might have a solution. Bobby Lee was approached with a proposition. Would he be willing to mate with the gorilla for $500.00?

Bobby Lee showed some interest, but said he would have to think the matter over carefully. The following day, he announced that he would accept their offer, but only under five conditions:

“First”, Bobby Lee said, “I ain’t gonna kiss her on the lips.” The Keeper quickly agreed to this condition.

“Second”, he said, “She must wear a ‘Dale Earnhardt Forever’ T-Shirt.” The keeper again readily agreed to this condition.

“Third”, he said, “you can’t never tell no one about this.” The keeper again readily agreed to this condition.

“Fourth”, Bobby Lee said, “I want all the children raised Southern Baptist.”

Once again it was agreed.

And last,” Bobby Lee said, “I’m gonna need another week to come up with the $500.00.

Why you can never go home again

American novelist Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can’t Go Home Again, and I have never read it, but I like the title. It makes a great tag line.

It turns out the line is true, not only at the level Wolfe revealed in his novel but at the most basic level. You really can never, never ever, go home again. It was a few years ago that I figured this out and why it is so.

Years ago I worked for this company, and they were across the freeway from the legendary Texas Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys football team used to play. So, on occasion, I was driving down the freeway, and I was thinking there would be a time when the stadium would no longer be there (now it is not). I also realized there would eventually be a time when the freeway would no longer be there. In fact, there will be a time when the planet Earth will no longer be there.

Texas Stadium (from Wikipedia)

So I began to consider what it meant to “be there.” To “be here.” What defines a place?

Of course, I realized, proximity to the stadium could not define a place, because the stadium was in no way permanent. But, what if I came back the very next day? The stadium would still be there tomorrow. Would I then be in the same place as before?

The answer turns out to be “no.” The stadium was big, and the stadium was famous, but the stadium alone did not define the place. There was that post beside the freeway. Suppose by the next day somebody removed the post. If I returned on the morrow would I actually be coming back to the same place? No, because it would not be the same place, because the post would no longer be there. Stadium, post—everything—all are required to define a place in space. And the conclusion is: To go back to the same place it will be necessary for you to go back to the same time. And this is something we cannot do. Yet.

With that in mind, return to this blog in the future and read more.

Which hand’s got the chocolate?

So I don’t drink coffee, but I do get a perk from cola, and I only drink the sugar free. People tell me these artificial sweeteners are associated with all kinds of health dangers, but I remind them that what dangers have been associated with artificial sweeteners no where compare with the known problems with consuming sugar. So, sugar-free it is for me. Especially when I can get two-liter diet cola for less than a buck at CVS Pharmacy.

The test

Anyhow, Barbara Jean and I were shopping at CVS and I was loading up my limit of 5 bottles, and Barbara Jean asked why I was getting the regular Diet Coke. Why not the Coca Cola Zero. It’s supposed to have “Real Coca Cola taste and zero calories.” Game on!

Real Coca Cola tast with zero calories

That sounded like a challenge to me, and a nice opportunity to show the benefits of scientific investigation. Proposed: Coca Cola Zero tastes better than regular Diet Coke. Confirm or refute the hypothesis.

To confirm or refute the hypothesis you need to have somebody taste the two and compare. I knew it was necessary to go an extra step. The first thing to determine is whether anybody can tell the difference between Zero and regular. If you can’t tell the difference, then you are certainly not going to be able to say that one tastes better than the other.

A classic scientific approach that’s employed for a test such as this is the so-called “blind test.” It works like this: If the person tasting the colas knows which cola she is tasting, then it’s possible for personal bias to filter in. She sees Coke Zero. She knows Coke Zero is suppose to have “Real Coca Cola taste.” She expects the Coke Zero to taste better. When she tastes the Coke Zero she feels it must be tasting better. She reports that Coke Zero tastes better.

But if she does not know which drink is regular and which is Zero, then this personal bias is eliminated, and hard science prevails. So, I arranged a test. Readers will, of course, know that an even better protocol than the blind test is the double-blind test. In a blind test it is only necessary for the subject to be kept in the dark about which is which. In a double-blind test everybody present at the test is kept in the dark. The idea of keeping both the experimenter and the subject in the dark is to prevent such as this: The experimenter hands a sample to the subject and says, “Now here taste one,” wink wink. And the subject is influenced by the experimenter’s actions.

Anyhow, I did not do the double blind test, and it turned out not to be necessary. I poured out three glasses of diet cola and brought them to Barbara Jean. She did not see me pour the samples, and she did not even know about the test until I brought her the samples. She thought it was a silly idea (of course), but she went along with the game. Two glasses had one kind of cola, and the other glass had the other kind. I kept which was which to myself. I asked Barbara Jean which cola was not like the other two. She could not tell the difference.

There should be no need for further testing. Nobody I know is as picky about tastes and smells as Barbara Jean. If she can’t tell the difference between Coke Zero and regular diet Coke, then it’s not worth anybody’s time to walk across the street to get Coke Zero. Unless, of course, you like the cool design of the Coke Zero bottle.

So, here are the samples. Which one is the Coke Zero? You can’t tell, can you.

Three Samples

Who’s queer, and who’s just plain weird?

I said it before, and I need to say it again. I really do. Sandy Rio is just the greatest.

Pray away the gay

I previously told readers how Rios and Erwin Lutzer warned us about the awful consequences of tolerating a homosexual lifestyle:

Lutzer said one reason he opposes marriage equality is because of Chicago’s crime rate: “We have such crime here in Chicago, young people being slaughtered every night, we wake up in the morning and there’s been another murder, another teenager has been killed. They said in the midst of a society that is so desperate and so high-crime ridden, do we really now need laid upon this the destruction of the family and the destruction of marriage?”

Thankfully we don’t have to tolerate homosexuals and their aberrant ways. There is a cure:

A former patient who sought help from the Christian counseling clinic owned by GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, told ABC News he was advised that prayer could rid him of his homosexual urges and he could eventually be “re-oriented.”

“[One counselor’s] path for my therapy would be to read the Bible, pray to God that I would no longer be gay,” said Andrew Ramirez, who was 17-years-old at the time he sought help from Bachmann & Associates in suburban Minneapolis in 2004. “And God would forgive me if I were straight.”

Jesus Christ! Michele Bachmann, too.

What we now know is possible is to cure gay people. As everybody knows, all gay people start out straight, and at some point in their lives they want to get even with their parents and they decide to start acting queer, and they go around dressing up like girls and kissing other men and buggering each other, and that makes their parents real mad, and their parents want to disown them and stuff. Well, sooner or later these queers decide that the gay life has some real disadvantages, and it’s better to be straight, because then all their friends will take their phone calls, and they can marry a cute girl and have babies and make their parents happy, so they decide to get over being queer. As we all know it is now possible to pray away the gay. Neat, eh?

So what you do if you don’t want to be queer anymore is you get with a Christian counselor who prays for you and turns your life around, and finally you’re not queer anymore. I mean, if praying to Jesus won’t do it then what will? All right, I admit there have been a few hitches:

Speaking for those who believe that Christianity and homosexuality are incompatible was Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, an ex-gay organization. Also interviewed were Janet Boynes, a woman who states she “walked away” from lesbianism eleven years earlier and who now runs her own ex-gay ministry, a man named Christian whom Janet has been counseling for the last four years and another man named Ethan, whom Ling met at an Exodus conference. Each of the men acknowledged that they still had feelings of attraction to the same sex. Only Boynes said she had no such feelings.

Ling also interviewed several people who had reconciled their sexuality and their faith. Among them was Michael Bussee, who had co-founded Exodus International in 1976 only to leave the group in 1979 when he found himself falling in love with another male founding member. Ling spotlighted The Naming Project, a summer camp program for gay and questioning Christian young people. Gay Lutheran and Naming Project co-founder Jay Wiesner was interviewed along with campers Chelsea, who went from being a closeted cheerleader to an openly lesbian prom queen, and Julian, who had been fired as a counselor-in-training at a Christian camp just two weeks before filming when his homosexuality was discovered.

Of course, that’s troubling news, to learn that sometimes you can pray and pray, and finally think you’re not queer anymore, but later on you find out you still are. What a BF!

Then, there’s more troubling news:

Exodus International: From ‘pray away the gay’ to acceptance
June 20, 2013|By Robin Abcarian

It’s really worth watching the heartfelt speech that Alan Manning Chambers gave Wednesday as he announced the demise of Exodus International, the controversial Christian ministry founded 38 years ago in Anaheim to — as one often hears — “pray away the gay.”

Chambers, who has led the Orlando, Fla.-based group for 11 years, said he thinks the church is becoming a more welcoming place for gays, and that Exodus, founded as a refuge for Christians battling their same-sex attractions, has simply done more harm than good.

Jesus, how can that be? I mean, this was such a great program, curing people who were queer by just praying and turning their lives around so they weren’t queer anymore and could live straight lives and get married and be right with the Lord again. This news is really so sad:

World’s Biggest ‘Pray Away the Gay’ Group Closes With an Apology
by Steve Williams

Exodus International, the world’s largest ex-gay therapy group, has apologized to the gay community for the harm it has caused and announced it will now close.

The apology, written by Exodus International president Alan Chambers, came in a statement issued Wednesday, June 20, under the title “I Am Sorry.”

Of course, this devastating turn of events was bound to have dire consequences. There’s still going to be a bunch of people out there who are going around being queer and messing up society for the rest of us. Kids in Chicago are going to keep on killing each other, people’s marriages are going to get wrecked and people like Ariel Castro are going to kidnap young girls and hold them prisoner for years and years and torture them and rape them, and all of this is never going to end. And, besides that, it’s going to rain on Christopher Doyle’s parade. Or lack of parade:

Yesterday, American Family Radio’s Sandy Rios spoke to Ex-Gay Pride Month organizer Christopher Doyle about today’s ex-gay lobby day on Capitol Hill. Doyle, who was organizing the since-canceled Ex-Gay Pride banquet at the Family Research Council, complained in an interview with the Christian Post that “un-American” LGBT rights advocates have “shut us out,” explaining that “because of all this homo-fascism and indoctrination in the media, ex-gays aren’t given a fair shake.”

Rios confidently predicted that “thousands of ex-gays are descending” on Washington for a press conference planned for today at the Supreme Court. She lamented that when she led Concerned Women for America the media refused to hear “our ex-gay friends” because it “undermined the whole effort of the homosexual lobby.”

Doyle told Rios that “tens of thousands” of ex-gays exist but are “in the closet because of fear, shame and threats from gay activists.”

Well, despite the expectation that “thousands of ex-gays” would partake in Ex-Gay Pride Month, fewer than ten people showed up for the big event. Besides Doyle, ex-gay activists Greg Quinlan of Parents and Friends of Gays and Ex-Gays (PFOX), Richard Cohen of the International Healing Foundation and Douglas McIntyre of Homosexuals Anonymous also participated.

Queer or not queer, that is the question.

So, it would appear that “because of all this homo-fascism and indoctrination in the media” the Ex-Gay Pride movement is never going to get a fair shake and is never going to be able to get its message out, and queers are going to keep on acting queer, and a bunch more kids in Chicago are going to get shot. And I tell you it’s a crying shame. Among other crying shames, of which I can name one.

The Root Of All Immorality

Every now and then comes along a special individual with the makings of a true national treasure. Such a person is Sandy Rios. With the rest of us, Rios is well aware that modern society is beset by myriad woes, including gang violence and random killings. We all wonder whether we have no recourse, whether are doomed to only endure without relief. We wonder if there is anything we can do to shake off this awful curse. Anything!

Fortunately there is. For one thing, we can start behiving ourselves. We can all quit being queer according to what I understand from Fox News contributor Rios.

Sandy Rios currently serves as a FOX News Channel (FNC) contributor. Rios is the vice president of Family-Pac Federal and is the host of “Sandy Rios in the Morning” on AFR Talk.

Previously, Rios hosted the WYLL-AM afternoon show “The Sandy Rios Show,” and also served as president of Culture Campaign, an Illinois-based non-profit dedicated to getting concerned citizens involved in public policy. Additionally, Rios served as president of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.

She is the recipient of a variety of awards including the 2005 Henry Hyde Leadership Award and the Eagle Forum’s Excellence Award.

Rios and Erwin Lutzer reminded listeners of the social devastation wracked by the sin of homosexuality and the acceptance of same-sex marriage.

Rios and Lutzer Link Homosexuality to Pedophilia, Crime and Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro

Submitted by Brian Tashman on Friday, 8/2/2013 4:30 pm

American Family Association talk show host Sandy Rios chatted with prominent Chicago pastor Erwin Lutzer today about homosexuality and the unsuccessful same-sex marriage bill in Illinois. Lutzer said one reason he opposes marriage equality is because of Chicago’s crime rate: “We have such crime here in Chicago, young people being slaughtered every night, we wake up in the morning and there’s been another murder, another teenager has been killed. They said in the midst of a society that is so desperate and so high-crime ridden, do we really now need laid upon this the destruction of the family and the destruction of marriage?”

The connection is so obvious, even a child can grasp the concept. It’s like this: If it’s OK to bugger somebody, then it’s just one more step to the commission of murder. What could be more clear? Rios and Lutzer were additionally informative

The two also reiterated their belief that it is wrong to allow same-sex couples to marry just because they love each other. Lutzer, responding to a pro-gay marriage Facebook message, claimed that even pedophiles believe that they “love” the children they abuse. Rios added that even Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who kidnapped three women, claimed that he loved the women he held in captivity.

Ignoring for the moment that homosexual intercourse and same-sex marriage can involve consenting adults, it is obvious that Castro’s enslavement, torture and rape of these young women is the moral equivalent to a homosexual lifestyle.

Rios has gotten a reputation for her sage opinions and her sage advice on a number of topics. Her unique insight into our Democratic president is especially valuable:

Rios: People that didn’t grow up here don’t have the same kind of love for the country. I’m sorry, I think that includes our President, I don’t think he loves the country like people who were born and did grow up here. Now I’m not saying he wasn’t born here, I’m not even going to get into that, I think that’s certainly a question we can ask. But we do know that he spent a lot of his earlier years in Indonesia, in Hawaii, you know, it’s not the mainland, it’s very different.

I have always said from the time he was running that he doesn’t love this country enough to be its president. I stand by that, I said it a very long time ago, I stand by that statement. He’s not that offended when Americans are killed. He doesn’t have the same sense of protection and anger over it.

Rios is dead on about Hawaii. I mean, the place is way out in the middle of the ocean, and they don’t even have a decent major league baseball franchise. And if you ever go there, the place in no way resembles Kansas. I mean, those people don’t know anything about winter. How is a person growing up there ever going to have the same love for hot dogs and cold beer as a plumber from Ohio. Rios manifests a depth of thinking and a keen logic found in few 21st century minds. God bless you, Sandy Rios.

Rios has also spoken from her special knowledge into the president’s darker side. He is, in fact, an Enemy of the Faith.

We’re releasing a report with the Family Research Council on what’s happening in the military in regard to the loss of religious freedom. It really is stunning, it is absolutely angering and we’ve talked about it before, many of you are serving in the military and we are doing what we can to stop this and to help you, those of you that are Christ-followers serving in the military, to bring people to account, to stop this out of control—really it’s a reflection of this President. You do know that, don’t you? I long ago crossed the line in trying to be careful about how I speak about him because as far as I’m concerned he’s an enemy of the faith, I believe he is. He presses all things immoral, all things unbiblical and he claims to be a Christian which to me is even worse, it’s worse.

Well, call me a bleeding heart liberal if you want to, but I wholly agree with Rios on one point. Obama has in the past claimed to be a Christian, and I do recall he caught a lot of heat over his religious affiliation. In full disclosure, I voted twice for President Obama despite knowing about his religiosity, but I vow never to do that again.

The crisis in faith in the military is also real a matter of concern:

When an active-duty Marine was given a Marine Corps training document describing “potential risk indicators” commanders should look for to prevent loss of life among service members, he found one checkbox that didn’t seem to fit. Among warning signs like substance abuse and prior suicide attempts was “lack or loss of spiritual faith.”

It is well known that there are no atheists in foxholes, and I have often wondered at this strange fact. For instance, why don’t these atheists get in their foxholes. I mean, aren’t they afraid they’re going to get shot? Jesus Christ! We need to get them to cut this out.

So now we find out that even the Marine Corps brass are alarmed that some troops may not be carrying any religious faith into battle, exposing them to unnecessary risk from enemy fire. Thank God the Corps was working on plans to do something about this, and thank you, Sandy Rios, for bringing us this startling news.

We can only hope that Rios keeps dipping into her bottomless barrel of cultural kimchi in the years to come and continues to serve up her wondrous fountains of wisdom. Leno may grow stale, and Letterman may from time to time miss the mark, but I am comfortable that Sandy Rios will reliably surprise and amaze us until the End of Times. May the good Lord watch over Sandy Rios and keep her and guide her and never let her find her good sense.

The End of Times

It was the best of times, it was the end of times. Jesus, it seems I’m doing one of these End of Times posts about every six months. Is there something paradoxical about that?

Forget about the best of times. What about the end of times? The End of Times (EoT) sounds so ominous. I had always hoped we would have time forever, but if time is going to end, what then? It is so frightening. There should be something we can do to avoid disaster.

Cathie Adams may have a solution to our dilemma. But first a short introduction.

Cathie L. Adams (born 1950) is a conservative political figure from Dallas, Texas, who is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas (GOP). She won the post in a special meeting of the Republican State Executive Committee held on October 24, 2009, at party headquarters in Austin. She was unseated in the state convention held in Dallas on June 12, 2010, by Steve Munisteri (born 1958), a retired attorney and businessman from Houston.

Lest readers imagine for a moment that Adams is some kind of left-leaning communist sympathizer, Wikipedia elaborates on her political standards.

Adams has long been active in her party’s conservative wing. She started as a GOP election judge and has been a member of district, state, and national resolutions or platform committees. Since 1988, Adams has been a delegate to each state senatorial convention and each state party convention held the first weekend of June in even years. She was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions held in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. At the 2008 state convention, she was named Republican national committeewoman from Texas. As state party chairman, she automatically remains a member of the RNC.[4]Robin Armstrong, an African American physician from Galveston County, continued as vice chairman of the RPT under Adams’ leadership. He was succeeded as vice chairman on June 12, 2010, by Melinda Fredricks.

Adams, strongly opposed to abortion, was the director of a crisis pregnancy center in Plano in Collin County, Texas, before she joined the board of the Dallas Eagle Forum in the middle 1980s. Adams was the president of DEF for five years until 1993, when she was named Texas state president by Phyllis Schlafly, the founder of the national organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2005, as the Eagle Forum president, Adams questioned what she determined to be a lack of conservative state legislators even within the Republican Party. “Of the 181 elected Texas legislators [House and Senate] serving during the [79th] legislative session and special-called sessions in Austin, only eleven legislators were commended for their conservative voting record.”

All this is not to imply that political conservatism is all bad. Adams is an example of one of those conservative activists doing some good and providing a real service to all true Americans. Without Adams’ diligent work at getting the word out we might never know the horrific dangers of a relaxed and, what I might say, more liberal immigration policy:

Yesterday, End Times radio host Rick Wiles interviewed Cathie Adams, the former head of the Texas Republican Party and current president of the Texas Eagle Forum, in a wide-ranging discussion which included a warning that immigration reform would lead to biometric scanning which, as everyone knows, is a tool of Satan.

If only we had known earlier. We do have radio host Rick Wiles to thank for giving Cathie Adams the critical platform for getting the word out.

Like David vs. Goliath, Rick Wiles is a citizen reporter who decided to take on the Big News Media. Starting with a $7,500 donation in May 1999 to launch the first radio program, Rick’s faith in God and steadfast determination has overseen the growth and development of Trunews into an internationally recognized source of credible news and information in a world where nothing seems to make sense anymore. Rick’s professional career was in media marketing and advertising sales. Throughout his early years, God’s hand silently guided him to be in employed in the latest new media. While in his early 20′s, Rick’s first media job was with a new FM radio station in the days when AM was still king.

In the interview Adams got onto the subject of immigration from Mexico. She was a little disturbed about Mexicans and also people from Muslim countries coming across, supposedly illegally. She also talked about the consequences.

Wiles: Do you know where they’re taking us with this? Because they said the solution to all these lost foreigners in the country, the solution is biometric scanning. That’s where they’re taking us Cathy.

Adams: I do understand that. I’ve seen it. I’ve heard it. And, of course, we know in biblical prophecy that that is the End Times. That is going to be the brand either on our foreheads or on the back of our hands. That is demonic through and through. That is End Times prophecy. There is no question about that. But, you know, another group of people that are coming into our country as refugees are others that are mostly from [Muslim], Hindu, and Buddhist cultures. There are people who are not here because they love America but because they are fleeing countries, and yet, what kind of culture are they bringing here? They want sharia law, just like what they left that was causing them to be persecuted.

Well, I have to agree that having the Mark of the Beast (my phrase) branded on our foreheads or on the backs of our hands is just going to be awful and intolerable to most Americans, but it’s something we will all have to put up with if Adams is correct. And we have her to thank for alerting us to this danger.

But wait. I’m forgetting something. The End of Times business is a well-known packet of horse hockey. As I understand it, in one version of the EoT all true believers (or all without sin in some versions) will be transported to Heaven just like in Star Trek. The rest of us, and that includes us, will be left on this small blue marble in space wondering what happened to all those other people and what’s going to happen to us.

By now you have noticed there are a number of problems with this explanation, one being the very existence of Heaven. Heaven, as readers most likely already know, is a mythical place cooked up as a promised reward for those who agree to give up their souls. Its reality was always only promised and was never actually established. The lost city of Atlantis is more real than Heaven, and Atlantis is a well-known piece of fiction. So if the EoT is real, and true believers are going to be transported to Heaven, then where are they going to be transported to? Does anybody not see what’s wrong with this?

Wait, there’s more. Cathie Adams believes this stuff. That is Cathie Adams,  “former head of the Texas Republican Party and current president of the Texas Eagle Forum,” among other things. These are supposed to be positions of some responsibility, and the person holding or previously having held these positions, believes, truly believes, large expanses of well-established fiction. Oh my God! Maybe we are doomed.