Today’s music is “Did you steal my money” by The Who. This song is terribly written. It’s so bad it’s good so I’ve made it today’s music. Enjoy laughing at a good band playing a stupid song!
An ACLU attorney says the second-trimester abortion procedure known as Dilation & Evacuation (D&E), or “dismemberment” abortion, is not “inhumane.”
Maryland House Delegate Sid Saab (R) addressed Rachelle Yeung, public policy counsel for ACLU of Maryland, during a hearing for Maryland HB 1167. The bill, titled the “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act,” would prohibit “dismemberment” abortions performed primarily during the second trimester of pregnancy.
The dialogue is as follows:
Del. Sid Saab (SS) to ACLU attorney Rachelle Yeung (RY): You really think this is unconstitutional?
RY: Yes, sir, I wouldn’t have said it if I didn’t believe that.
SS: Do you think it’s inhumane?
RY: I’m testifying on the legal aspects of this bill.
SS: Right, but do you think it’s inhumane?
SS: You don’t?
RY: No, sir.
In her full testimony prior to…
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Today’s music is by Big Giant Circles and Ronald Jenkees. This song is one of my favorites- it’s very fast-paced.
My favorite part of Tolkien’s massive creation (Arda) has got to be the scripts he created for the inhabitants of Arda. He created not one but two alphabets that elves, men, dwarves, and other creatures use in his high fantasy realm.
One alphabet is the Tengwar or the Fëanorian Letters. This alphabet was commonly used in the West-lands in the Third Age. The script was not in origin an ‘alphabet,’ but a system of consonantal signs, of similar shape and style, which could be adapted at choice or convenience to represent the consonants of languages observed (or devised) by the Eldar. The system contains 24 primary letters arranged in four témar (series), each of which have 6 tyeller (grades). Numbers 25-36 are additional letters. Numbers 27 and 29 can only be used independently.
Each language has slightly different values for the letters, but the typical values are given in the Return of the King:
- ch or k
- k or kw
- j or g
- g or gw
- sh or kh
- ch or khw/hw
- zh or gh
- gh or ghw/w
- ŋ (ng)
- r (untrilled)
- y (consonantal only)
- used in Quenya only
- r (trilled)
- r (voiceless: rh)
- l (voiceless: lh)
- y (vowel)
- used in Quenya only
- used in Quenya only
- w (voiceless: hw)
- y (alternative to 23)
- w (alternative to 22)
This list is for Sindarin or Westron users, not Quenya. Quenya uses different values.
So where are the vowels? They are not included in the Fëanorian letters. They do exist, however. They are described in the Return of the King and are shown here:
The Tengwar really isn’t suitable for English, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t modify it to write in an alternative alphabet. The Fëanorian Letters are more difficult to write than the latin alphabet, but it looks really cool on paper.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus stood with Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) Tuesday to denounce the Obamacare replacement bill supported by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) and to announce the filing of Paul’s own bill, which is sponsored in the House by Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio).
“There is one thing that has united Republicans in 2010, when we won the House; in 2014, when we won the Senate; and 2016 when we won the White House,” said Paul, who was flanked by members of the House Freedom Caucus, including the caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R.-N.C.) and Jordan, the previous HFC chairman.
A clean repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), like the bill that every House and Senate Republican voted for in…
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Today’s music is a cover of Dragonforce’s “Through the Fire and Flames” played by the Vitamin String Quartet. This is a fast paced piece. The violin part is incredible.
As I live in Virginia, I find this concerning. Luckily, there is an election of governor later this year. Hopefully no fraudulent voters will take part in that election.
Feb 28, 2017 — bunkerville
Here is a story that should be considered “Breaking News” it is so outrageous. If we are going to have third world style elections, then let’s acknowledge it. Where is the GOP?
More than 1,000 people in eight Virginia counties illegally registered to vote, report finds is the headline. Here tis:
Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would require investigations of jurisdictions in the state whose voter rolls contain more registered voters than citizens who are eligible to vote.
“As PILF previously reported, these eight problematic jurisdictions had more than 1,000 alien voters removed from the rolls in years past with roughly 20 percent casting ballots before being caught.”The bill, first introduced by Republican state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, was prompted by a report that shed light on eight Virginia counties that had more registered voters on their voter…
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