A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

My yard

The rain lilies are finally recovering from the summer’s heat.  The grasshopper was among them.

This rabbit, lying in a patch of damp earth, was too hot to move, even when I went out the door.  The temps were back into triple digits today.  At 5:30 it’s just “cooled” down to 96°.

 

 

Jesus’ wife

The Da Vinci Code was right!  Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene!

A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …'” The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.”1

This puts a hole in the Catholic Church’s contention that God told them that the Pope, cardinals, priests must be celibate as Jesus had been.  Guess they should add the Gospel of Mary to their bible too.2

Open mouth, insert foot

Do we need a president who talks first, thinks later?  Open mouth, insert foot.  Interesting talk Romney gave to Big Donors, and the resulting commentary in the attached link (see below).  From the video:

Who are the 47%? The New York Times’ David Brooks may very well have the best take on the Romney video from yesterday. In a column entitled “Thurston Howell Romney,” Brooks writes, “The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor.” Brooks concludes with this biting line, “Personally, I think he’s a kind, decent man who says stupid things because he is pretending to be something he is not — some sort of cartoonish government-hater. But it scarcely matters. He’s running a depressingly inept presidential campaign.” Indeed, while nearly 47% of the country doesn’t pay federal income taxes, many of these folks DO pay payroll, state, and local taxes. What’s more, a lot of them are seniors, and most of them would never describe themselves as dependent on government even if they were.3

Paint

Paint cans rust, even when they’re in a desert!  My handyman was doing some touch-up painting outside (in preparation for my putting the house on the market again), and when he opened an old can, the pressure was released and the paint flowed out a rust spot in the bottom – all over the deck!  Boy, did he have to scramble to get it cleaned up!  I wasn’t even home to help with cleaning rags.

1http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49075679/ns/technology_and_science-the_new_york_times/#.UFjk44FnHTo

2http://gnosis.org/library/marygosp.htm

3http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/18/13937855-first-thoughts-romneys-brutal-last-three-weeks?lite

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