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December 31, 2004

Auld lang syne

Posted by Jon Sanders at 11:05 PM

And thus the Locker Room bids farewell to 2004, with a conversation about differing state penalties for felony cat abusers.
Stay tuned for 2005, everybody!

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Re: Somebody please explain

Posted by Hal Young at 11:45 AM

Michael, you're right. According to this report at The Sentencing Project, felony cat abusers in Indiana would only be disenfranchised while in prison.

Now, if you blew away the cat in North Carolina, you couldn't vote while on parole or probation either, assuming this red state is sensitive to the crime described.

And my incredulity remains if the felicide had occured in neighboring Kentucky, or six other states -- though most of them are in banjo country and may not value cats the same way.

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Ring in the New Year, wring out the old

Posted by Jon Sanders at 10:39 AM

Here's my salute to all those who failed to make a difference in 2004. Enjoy!

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Happy New Year

Posted by Hal Young at 07:55 AM

Jonathan Edwards was possibly the greatest American theologian and one of our foremost scholars of any sort. Every year this time I look up and review the resolutions he compiled as a young man in 1722-23; a better man would review them weekly, as Edwards did.†




1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God' s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many soever, and how great soever.


2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new contrivance and invention to promote the aforementioned things.


3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.


4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.


5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.


6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.


7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.


8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.


The rest are here and more is here.

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