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 Art and Artists Links

The "Art-o-mat" is a refurbished cigarette vending machine that has been converted to vend original art.  There are currently something like 76 machines providing work by over 400 artists from 10 countries.  You put in a token (which costs 4 or 5 dollars) and pull the handle for your art item of choice.  With 76 machines around the U.S. they are a little hard to find, but there is more information at  the link above and a list of installed machines here

X-ray Art - This web site features the amazing work of Steven Meyers - photographic images of flowers and plants taken with an x-ray machine.








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The Texas Freedom Network

The Texas Freedom Network is a group promoting individual and religious freedom while countering the agendas and actions of the religious right.  From their web site - "Founded in 1995, the Texas Freedom Network is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of more than 23,000 religious and community leaders. Based in Austin, the Texas Freedom Network acts as the state’s watchdog, monitoring far-right issues, organizations, money and leaders."

These are people doing good things and they deserve our support.  Click here to go to their web site.


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"The good pot is not one kind of pot, but many. I am quite satisfied with the pursuit of that good pot."

                                          -- Janet Leach, artist and potter


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"The Dangers of Islamic Extremists"

"Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost.. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighbors, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors - in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."  Dr. James Kennedy,  pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, presented this statement to the attendees of a national Reclaiming America for Christ conference at the church in February, 2005.[1] 

Gary Cass, the executive director of the Center for Reclaiming America discussed their plans to build around five issues: the sanctity of life, religious liberty, pornography, the "homosexual agenda," and creation vs. evolution.  As he discussed this he stated, "If they don't vote our way, we'll change their view one way or another." 

Businessman Michael Pink told conference attendees it's time to "take back the portals of power."  His particular interest was taking control of commerce since, according to him, "commerce controls all the gates - to government, the courts, and so on."  Mr. Pink also discussed his efforts to convince  wealthy Christian business people to use their wealth to purchase major, influential companies (examples he used were ABC and NBC).

Could this conference be an extension of the ideas expressed by Randall Terry (former Operation Rescue leader) - "I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good ... if a Christian voted for Clinton, he sinned against God. It's that simple. Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country..."

Could it be the tip of a Talibanic America iceberg?


[1] "For evangelicals, a bid to 'reclaim America'",


 Quotes of Interest                                       archives

"For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, Darwinism seems more need of advocacy than similarly established truths in other branches of science. Many of us have no grasp of quantum theory, or Einstein's theories of special and general relativity, but this does not in itself lead us to oppose these theories! Darwinism, unlike 'Einsteinism', seems to be regarded as fair game for critics with any degree of ignorance."    Richard Dawkins




 The Forces Book Club

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Absolutely the finest, most necessary to read book in years.


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