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Comment by tom sarbeck on July 20, 2011 at 1:30am

Before we turn our attention away from TX (How dare we?), here's something I heard when my wife and I lived in Austin:

At football games, TX A&M students throw firecrackers.

UT students light them and throw them back.

BTW, that was pre-Roe v. Wade and my wife taught fourth grade. The Austin schools had a sex ed program that started in second grade, and she happened to choose an MD who'd helped design the program. She kept him informed on was was happening in classrooms.


Comment by tom sarbeck on July 20, 2011 at 1:18am

Kit, I too thank you for the Caselaw link. The Ninth is my second most favorite amendment, and by editing the URL slightly I found Caselaw's info on it.

I once asked ACLU's SCOTUS attorney when the Court might give meaning to the Ninth. He replied, "Not in our lifetimes."

I read a few years ago that the only amendment that has not been litigated (read, "...the gov't has not yet violated...") is the Third.


Comment by Chris G on July 20, 2011 at 12:42am
The Mc Collum case is worth looking at.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 19, 2011 at 10:21pm

Try Zazzle

I think they will let you order as few as ONE, and they have lots of other gear and clothing that you can design by yourself, or order stuff already made up from a massive collection -- you can't even get through it, because there are thousands of items. They even have atheist T-shirts, some of which I find offensive, and I couldn't find the italic red A one, but if you've got a picture of anything you want on a T-shirt, or a mug or a bumper sticker, you can upload it.

Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 19, 2011 at 10:04pm

Kit, you live in one of the areas of the US that get enough sunshine to make solar power practical. Most places don't, because the sun doesn't come high enough in the sky, and during the winter, doesn't shine long enough, anyway.

I live in Reno, Nevada, and thermal might be a way for us, since the magma pool is pretty close to the surface here. But that's not true for everywhere, either.

So each place has to take into account their own geographical and geological factors, and go from there.

Comment by Daniel W on July 19, 2011 at 9:52pm
I did medic training for 6 months in San Antonio in 1974. There was one disappointment, I thought everything inTexas was supposed to be big. All I could think was, Chicago had Taco Bells bigger than the Alamo. You've probably heard that a thousand times... oh well. As a man-loving-man atheist vegetarian, I'm sure I'd be REAL popular there. The only cranberry in a big bowl of oatmeal :)
Comment by Steph S. on July 19, 2011 at 9:52pm
Hello Kit! Hopefully someday rational and Texas will fit together.  If more people who were rational thinking were to more here -- it would be wonderful.  Yes, it's really good to see many Texans on this website -- very encouraging.
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 9:46pm

Steph S---do the words rational and Texas really fit together?  Having doubts.  Though seeing so many here is so encouraging.


Not a problem - links are easy if you phase the search right. One of my occasional skills.

Comment by Steph S. on July 19, 2011 at 9:42pm
Yes, please join us Sentient - we need more rational people here. : )
Comment by Daniel W on July 19, 2011 at 9:36pm
Im starting to feel left out for not living in Texas. Guess I'll have to move there.

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