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Life – In General

Life is a series of vignettes. Some longer than others. At times they may feel like they’ll never end, and when they do, you know they’ll never come back and you might feel a little maudlin.

And so a new vignette begins. Since 2002, just before Michelle was born, Irene has been a stay-at-home mother. We both felt that these early childhood development years are too important to entrust to day care. It hasn’t been easy, financially. I can easily understand how others may not have that option although it is often a question of lifestyle choices.

James is now three and has been attending a summer pre-school as a trial run. Starting next month, he, like Michelle, will be in school full-time. Next week, Irene goes back to work as a kindergarten teacher. It’s a good job. The hours are good, it’s near our house and near the kids’ school. Most importantly, we’ll be able to begin reversing the direction on our debt.

Still, my kids are getting bigger. Some days I think they can’t mature fast enough. Other days, I want them to stay my little kids forever.

Sometimes being Expelled is worth it…

This is too priceless not to pass on.

Because there’s a twist ending, I won’t summarize, suffice to say that a crackpot creationist movie is coming out soon, called “Expelled! No Intelligence Allowed.” It’s a creationist PR hatchet job piece and they engaged several prominent evolutionary biologists – under less than honest circumstances – to be interviewed. Once they found out, they were upset that their interviews were going to be edited to advance the creationists’ agenda.

Now, the producers are waging a campaign to keep hostile reviewers from seeing the film before its general release, and have even tried to have private screenings for state lawmakers sympathetic to their cause.

PZ Myers of Pharyngula was one of those biologists and has been waging an online campaign against these people since their deceptions have come to light.

The quote below shows what happened when he tried to attend today…but, read his entry, I won’t give it away. PRICELESS.

I went to attend a screening of the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled, a few minutes ago. Well, I tried … but I was Expelled! It was kind of weird — I was standing in line, hadn’t even gotten to the point where I had to sign in and show ID, and a policeman pulled me out of line and told me I could not go in. I asked why, of course, and he said that a producer of the film had specifically instructed him that I was not to be allowed to attend. The officer also told me that if I tried to go in, I would be arrested. I assured him that I wasn’t going to cause any trouble. [From EXPELLED!]