I’m so happy I have another niece! Her name is Kimberly and she weighs 7 lbs. 15 oz. and is 20 1/2 inches long.
She is the second niece I had on New Year’s Day. How can that be? Staci was born on January 1 2008 which is the American new year. And Kimberly was born January 31 2014 which is the Chinese new year. They’re both the daughters of my half brother Benny and half sister Brandy. I know that sounds weird but they aren’t related to each other. Benny is my Mommy’s son and Brandy is my Daddy’s daughter.
I thought they could give her a horse name because this is the year of the horse but they already decided. I feel if I have a baby I’ll wait until I see him or her before I decide on a name.
Anyway Kimberly and Brandy are doing great. Staci’s already trying to help she’s 6 years old now. Everybody grows up so fast! I can’t wait to see Kimberly I hope I don’t have to wait til spring break!
Yes, it’s time to announce the new inductees into the Order of the Pineapple:
His Wholiness the Rev. DrJon and Miley Spears.
Miley Spears: She wrote or co-wrote “Discordianism” and got two articles on Discordian American Princesses featured on Uncyclopedia, and was the primary influence behind making DAPs its own category. Miley wrote or co-wrote Discordian items for Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht, s23.org wiki, Urban Dictionary, and Intermittens Magazine, and also writes for Wikipedia.
His Wholiness the Rev. DrJon (aka Rev. DrJon Swabey): He compiled what is probably the 21st century’s first Discordian tome Apocrypha Discordia which included both new and old-but-previously-unknown Discordian material. DrJon retrieved an early version (thought at the time to be the first) of Principia Discordia, and wrote an outroduction for the first hardback edition since 1976 for Principia Discordia.
The Order, sometimes called the DisOrder of the Pineapple, began in 1982 and is awarded on 18 January. It was begun by the Ek-sen-triks Cluborguild and honors those who have given extraordinary service in “the participatorial study of comedic attitudes and eccentric tendencies.”
Last year’s winners were Adam Gorightly and S. John Ross (Pope Leo), and other winners this decade were Alan Moore, Dr. Demento, Professor Cramulus, Professor Mu-Chao, R. Crumb, and Sondra London. So far no one’s turned down the award — without quoting Groucho Marx.
Congratulations to the new winners! Remember to eat something having to with pineapple on January 18!
See all the winners and more info at op.loveshade.org
Yes, Reverend Loveshade and Ms. M.C. are excitedly expecting their second bundle of joy! Expected due date is 2014 June 15, but you know how babies are. Really the whole commune is expecting the baby as they are one big extended family.
Their first daughter, Puffletoes Twinkleton, was born about the date in 2011. (You might have guessed that’s the girl’s Discordian, not legal name).
As it happens, Lorien Loveshade is expecting a new niece any day now.
Image by mahalie stackpole under a Creative Commons 3.0 license from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pregnant_profile_III.jpg
Was Discordianism co-creator Kerry Wendell Thornley involved in the 1963 assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy? Was Thornley really the first — and only — person to write a book about alleged Kennedy killer Lee Harvey Oswald before the assassination?
Check out my article just published by Yahoo:
Beginning next year, atheists and agnostics will no longer have to lie to become Scouts in the United Kingdom.
In the new vow, the part in parenthesis will be optional:
“On my honour I promise that I will do my best
To uphold our Scout values, to do my duty to (God and to) the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law.”
Unlike the U.S., the U.K. hasn’t had a prohibition against homosexuals in Scouting. Explorers have been co-ed since 1976, and since 1991 girls have been allowed to be Beavers and Cubs.
Photo by Agence Rol is in the public domain and is as found at commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scouts-entente-cordiale.jpg
Thanks to Herr Bookmonger for pointing this out to us
When the government funding shuts down due to a battle in Congress, guess who still gets paid?
Congress has one key duty in the Constitution — pass spending bills that fund the government. If it doesn’t, most functions of government — from funding agencies to paying out small business loans and processing passport requests — grinds to a halt. But some services, like Social Security, air traffic control and active military pay, will continue to be funded. Oh, and Congress still gets paid, too.
In spite of an international outcry that severely questioned his conviction, Troy Anthony Davis was executed by the state of Georgia in America on 21 Sept. 2011. There was no physical evidence against him; the murder weapon was never found; seven of the nine witnesses who had testified against him recanted their testimony, some saying they had been coerced by the police; and one of the two remaining witnesses was said to have confessed to the killing of Savannah, Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail.
Jen Marlowe wrote the book with Troy’s sister Martina Davis-Correia and Troy himself. Martina was battling breast cancer at the same time she was battling for her brother’s life. Sadly, she lost both battles.
The book has been praised by Maya Angelou, Amy Goodman, Eve Ensler, Susan Sarandon, Gloria Steinem, Cornel West, and others.
The execution of Troy Anthony Davis is more than the death of one man, it’s the continuing tragedy of a severely damaged criminal justice system. It’s anybody’s guess how many innocent people have been killed and how many are scheduled for execution right now.
I Am Troy Davis (Haymarket Books) is scheduled to be released on September 21, 2013 to mark the two-year anniversary of the execution of Troy Davis.
The book cover is used to illustrate the book. No threat to its copyright is intended. An opinion of an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.
Most people take adopting a pet very seriously. Animal sellers should too. Here are some tips for both the seller and animal adopter looking for a trustworthy dealer.
See “Five Ways to Sell a Pet — or Just About Anything” by Alden Loveshade
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Opinions of an individual member or associate of The Loveshade Family do not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.
The law requiring an ID to vote in Texas was supposedly to prevent voter fraud. It seemed like a reasonable law except for two things: 1) voter fraud is apparently extremely rare and has no effect on state- or nation-wide election; and 2) the law requires voters to pay for a certified copy of their ID. Opponents see it as a way to discriminate against the poor and minorities.
The law was blocked for almost a year by a court decision, then another decision seemingly let it stand.
It’s interesting to note that leaders among Democrats, who rely on the votes of minorities, are generally opposed to such laws whereas Republicans, who rely on the votes of well-to-do Caucasians, are in favour. Does this come down to representing your constituents, or motivated self-interest?
Image of United States and Texas flags is public domain and cropped from the University of Houston Digital Library.