November 6th, 2007


Ten random things: May 6

Ten candidates for public office in Loudoun County, Virginia, and their alma maters (almae matres?):

  1. James E. Plowman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Loudoun Co. Commonwealth's Attorney)
  2. Michael E. George, State University of New York at Brockport (Loudoun Co. Sheriff)
  3. Bruce E. Roemmelt, University of Maryland (Va. House of Delegtes, District 13)
  4. Robert S. Wertz Jr., Longwood University (Loudoun Co. Commissioner of Revenue)
  5. Gary M. Clemens, James Madison University (Loudoun Co. Clerk of the Circuit Court)
  6. Chris S. Simmons, Virginia Military Institute (Loudoun Co. Soil and Water Conservation District)
  7. Phyllis J. Randall, Memphis State University (Loudoun Co. Board of Supervisors, Broad Run District)
  8. Priscilla B. Godfrey, Muskingum College (Loudoun Co. School Board, Blue Ridge District)
  9. Charles A. Harris, Baylor University (Loudoun Co. Treasurer)
  10. Karen K. Schultz, Shenandoah University (Va. Senate, District 27)

Election Day in Virginia! Go vote!

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Ron Paul for Loudoun County Sheriff!

From Ron Paul's online store, whence his supporters can purchase campaign signs:

Note: Campaign materials should never be placed on private property without the permission of the property owner and, because certain state and local laws limit the placement of campaign materials on public property, please research local restrictions before placing campaign materials on public property or rights-of-way.

Via The Debatable Land.

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mene mene tekel upharsin, religion

I've been fooling myself

From The A.V. Club's interview with Yann Martel, author of The Life of Pi:

AVC: So you don't find on that individual level you mentioned, people of any one faith are more accepting or open to the book than people of another faith?

YM: No. But if I project, Christians—part of this is based on my personal experience, and part of it is based on my intuition—don't read fiction. The Bible is enough for them. Jesus is enough for them. That otherworldliness of the Bible stimulates their imagination enough. Ardent Christians are not novel readers. Now, having said that, I did receive letters from Americans who were very Christian. I remember one man liked the novel, liked the story, but didn't find the fact that Pi practiced more than one religion all that amusing. He said "I've been put on this earth to spread the word of Jesus, and Jesus is the only truth, and to claim to be Christian and do something else is to be muddled and lose your way." I haven't received any equivalent letter from a Hindu or a Muslim. I would very much doubt that Hindus who were novel-readers would react in that way, if only because Christianity has tended to be exclusive. Christianity has tended to believe that it has the truth, and if you're anything else, you're going to be in limbo or in Hell.

My records indicate that I've read 51 works of fiction in 2007 alone, but clearly I've just been deluding myself. A famous writer like Yann Martel couldn't possibly be mistaken about the reading habits of 2,000,000,000+ people he's never met.

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