So, here’s hoping the whole tree doesn’t have to go.

Shit sakes. This is ridiculous.

BP chokes off the oil leak; now begins the wait:

NEW ORLEANS – BP finally choked off the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday — 85 days and up to 184 million gallons after the crisis unfolded — then began a tense 48 hours of watching to see whether the capped-off well would hold or blow a new leak.

To the relief of millions of people along the Gulf Coast, the big, billowing brown cloud of crude at the bottom of the sea disappeared from the underwater video feed for the first time since the disaster began in April, as BP closed the last of three openings in the 75-ton cap lowered onto the well earlier this week.

Yes, it is a relief. But considering that the oil that already gushed into the Gulf is having a huge impact on everything from commerce to the environment. (Sweet Lady, the environment is taking the biggest portion of shit from this. You can see a video here “Horrifying” no longer covers this. No words can.)

You know, I think I will have to take a page from Ian Somerhalder’s book, or rather Twitter feed, and join in on the boycott. Even if it hurts my wallet. (Maybe especially because it will. Then it’ll actually mean something.)

Proper nouns

please capitalize them! That includes Pagan, Druid, Odinist, Santerians and Rastafarians. (Oddly, someone capitalized the last two in the picture caption, but not the actual article.)

Strange gigs: Tulare County residents embrace jobs others may find offbeat.

A 43-year-old Iranian woman is facing death by stoning unless an international campaign launched by her children forces the authorities to quash what her lawyer calls a bogus conviction.

In a case that highlights the growing use of the death penalty in a country that has already executed more than 100 people this year, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was convicted in May 2006 of conducting an “illicit relationship outside marriage.”

Sakineh already endured a sentence of 99 lashes, but her case was re-opened when a court in Tabriz suspected her of murdering her husband. She was acquitted, but the adultery charge was reviewed and a death penalty handed down on the basis of “judge’s knowledge” – a loophole that allows for subjective judicial rulings where no conclusive evidence is present.

Speaking to the Guardian, her son Sajad, 22, and daughter Farideh, 17, say their mother has been unjustly accused and already punished for something she did not do.

“She’s innocent, she’s been there for five years for doing nothing”, Sajad said. He described the imminent execution as barbaric. “Imagining her, bound inside a deep hole in the ground, stoned to death, has been a nightmare for me and my sister for all these years.”

at least not until all understand it.

“the contemporary Western (counter)cultural (new religious) movement(s) centered on or drawing inspiration from an archetypal conception of ancient (and/or pre-Christian) native(/cultic/indigenous) (generally*) Indo-European religious tradition(s).”

That is probably the most concise definition of modern Paganism I’ve come across. I’ll have to remember that next time I try to explain it to others.

*added by myself, as some Pagans belong to non-European traditions/ worship non-European pantheons.

or, perhaps, under the impression that the United States was founded as a Christian nation you should read this article thoroughly.

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

Again “the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” I cannot state that any more clearly than John Adams, one of the founding fathers and second President, as well as the Senate that ratified the Treaty of Tripoli in which this statement is contained.

Please, know your own cultural myths so you can tell what is true and historical, and what is not.