27 May 2012

oh, those Baptists...

^^not new, concentration camps for lgbt people were proposed in the U.S. in 1981
within the Family Protection Act framework
^^there was even a button

 ^^Papa Phelps
 ^^...and the family, making friends

 for more Baptist fun, give a listen to Pastor Sean "BeatSomeManIntoHim" Harris

Different clique, same cancer... Damon Thompson, Pentecostesque Prophet of the Ramp:

Ashton Elijah writes about his visit to the The Ramp
Can you pray away the gay? Dr. Robert L. Spitzer say no.

13 May 2012

turtles at home: part 1, Buddy and Yurdle

^^Buddy, a red-eared slider. Trachemys Scripta Elegans. Check out those awesome boy-claws.
1)male carapace 20-25cm / female 25-31cm
2)life span 30 years wild / more in captivity
3)tank size 300-450litres / 80-120 gallons
4)temperature 25-27C / 77-80F

^^ basking
 ^^Buddy's basking platform
^^ 55 gallon aquarium with basking platform. Buddy will need tank upgrades as he grows.
^^turtles can be determined climbers. 
update Jan '14: Buddies new 108 gallon pond can be viewed on the free member's forum at  

 ^^Yurdle, a shy female river cooter turtle, Pseudemys concinna
1)carapace 23-33cm / 9-13 inches
2)life span 40 years wild / longer in captivity
3)tank size 682+ litres / 180+ gallons
4)temperature 25 - 27C / 77 - 80F
 ^^3 years old and 30cm long - and not done growing
 ^^Yurdle's old basking area, in a 135 gallon with 2 XP4 filters
^^2012's 180 gallon pond upgrade, showing basking platform and netting frame
 ^^salad chic: this gal likes her veggies
^^boarding ramp and basking area. The tub is usually draped with netting to keep 
out Daisy, Yurdle's ever curious dog roommate.
 ^^female turtles will need dry land to lay eggs. The exercise and sunshine are good, too.
^^don't leave turtles out doors unattended.
^^who doesn't enjoy a spring outing?
update Jan '14: Yurdle's on going adventures can be viewed on the free member's forum at Canada Aquaria
photo credits: Photos of Buddy by CACadmin; photos of Yurdle by KimR

turtle housing thread at Happy Turtle Pub

coming next in Part2: Fly River turtles and 'left-over turtlez'

9 May 2012

...by our love

'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members 
of my family, you did it to me.' Matthew 25: 37, 40 

(reblogged from http://www.gaystarnews.com/,01 May 2012 | By Greg Hernandez)

North Carolina Baptist pastor urges parents to 'punch' girlish sons

Sean Harris says: 'Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp 
wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist'

The pastor of a Baptist church in North Carolina had some advice for parents 
during his Sunday sermon this week: beat your children if they start to behave
 differently from their gender.

Sean Harris, senior pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayettesville, said to his congregation: 
'Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you 
walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going 
to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male.'

Harris suggested similar treatment of girls not behaving what he considers to be 
feminine enough.

'When your daughter starts acting to Butch you reign her in. And you say, “Oh, no, sweetheart.
You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a 
girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to
be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.'

Harris said parents are 'authorized' to behave this way. 'I just gave you a special dispensation this
 morning to do that,' he said.

Below is audio of the sermon provided by Good As You

1 May 2012

early surge

 ^^licorice fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza). Name That Plant has a great post about them.
^^dark leaf ajuga
^^two invasives: periwinkle (Vinca major) and the demon-spawn English ivy (Hedera helix)
^^red leaf Norway maple (Acer platanoides?)
in flower