Sep 092017

President Trump is taking the side of three Texas churches that are suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency over disaster relief funds in the wake of Harvey.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the three churches – Rockport First Assembly of God, Harvest Family Church and Hi-Way Tabernacle – sued FEMA on Tuesday for access to relief funding. The lawsuit claims FEMA violates the Constitution by denying disaster funding to faith-based groups.

The lawsuit comes three months after the Supreme Court ruled that a church in Missouri could use federal funds to resurface the playground, which experts told the Texas Tribune could set a precedent for similar cases. A Justice Department spokeswoman has told the Chronicle it is “aware of the complaint and will examine the claims.”

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Most modern churches today are little more than someone’s privately owned and very lucrative business parading around as a church of Jesus Christ. But let me add that not only are these churches businesses, they are businesses that are so incredible, so outrageous in structure and operations, that they are able to function well outside of the reality of how any real legitimate business could ever operate, so much so that we could call any of them a “dream business”. Why?


The business pays no income taxes.

The business pays no property taxes.

Most or all the labor is provided free by volunteers.

The building or facility is provided free by donors.

The overhead is paid for by donors.

The owner’s salary is paid for by donors.

The owner is not required to produce any legitimate product, and so he does not.

The owner is not required to provide any legitimate service, and so he does not.

The owner is not required to deal with customer complaints. (Customers are thrown out or asked to leave and this is all done pretty much legally).

The owner is not required to give refunds or return any donations to dissatisfied “customers”.

The owner can reinvest all or the majority of donations back into the business to expand and grow it larger.

The dream-business can spiritualize all of the above and claim to operate this way “in the name of Jesus” giving unwary people the distinct impression that the owner (usually a “pastor”) has God’s full approval and permission to behave the way he does, thus lending

Sep 092017

Lego Figure: Lesbian Sally Ride  Space Commander  


Project dedicated to Sally Ride who ‘inspired children to reach for the stars’


Sally Ride will be a LEGO figure

Move aside Batman, for the first gay woman and American woman in space Sally Ride is to be immortalized with a Lego figure.

A set of five new figurines, based on real female scientists, engineers and astronauts, will be out in late 2017.

Honoring five pioneers of the American space program, the design was created by science writer Maia Weinstock who won the Lego Ideas competition.



Joining Hide are:

Katherine Johnson, portrayed by Taraji P Henson in Hidden Figures, a mathematician who’s work in NASA spans decades.

Nancy Grace Roman, the ‘Mother of Hubble’, for helping to create the Huhble Space Telescope

Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space

Margaret Hamilton, a pioneering computer scientist and software designer who developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program

‘What Ride did to support women and girls in the STEM fields is remarkable,’ Weinstock told the Washington Post.

‘I knew I wanted to include her because she’s already fairly famous, so that would help the set gain some traction, but also because of all of the work she’s done post-NASA, to encourage young people to go into science and [engineering].’

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Maia Weinstock @20tauri

This project is dedicated to the memory of Sally Ride, who tirelessly encouraged children to “reach for the stars.”


She added: ‘Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can’t be what you can’t see.’

Ride died in 2012 at the age of 61 after a 17-month battle against pancreatic cancer, coming out in her own obituary.

A year later, she was awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

‘We remember Sally Ride not just as a national hero, but as a role model to generations of young women,’ Obama said when announcing her selection.

‘Sally inspired us to reach for the stars, and she advocated for a greater focus on the science, technology, engineering and math that would help us get there. Sally showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve.’