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Missing volunteer pulled from Cypress Creek

Posted on September 4th, 2017 at 19:06 by John Sinteur in category: News


Guillen’s father, Jesus Guillen, said he’d asked his son not to try and rescue people in the storm, but he insisted, saying he wanted to help people. He cried and prayed on Sunday afternoon as they pulled his son’s body from the water.

Alonso Guillen was a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which temporarily lifted the threat of deportation for immigrants brought to the U.S. before they were 16, family members said.

His father is a lawful permanent, but his mother is still in the application process for legal status. Reached at her home in Piedras Negras, Mexico, across the border from Eagle Pass, Rita Ruiz de Guillen, 62, said she is heartbroken.

“I’ve lost a great son, you have no idea,” she said, weeping softly. “I’m asking God to give me strength.”

She said she hoped U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials would take pity and grant her a humanitarian visa so that she could come to Houston and bury her son, but she was turned back at the border.

“When we are with God, there are no borders,” she said. “Man made borders on this earth.”

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  1. Wasn’t it God that cause people to speak different languages so they would cooperate to build the Tower of Babel?

  2. Just the opposite actually. God saw people cooperating on a tower to reach the heavens and said/thought “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
    After that, the construction stopped. Not sure of the relevance to a story of a young man dying trying to save others, other than it’s one more stupid thing God has done – along with sending the damn hurricane in the first place…

  3. Sorry, I rushed my reply. I don’t see the relevance either, but it was in her quote. When are people going to realize that no one knows what God (if there is one) wants.

  4. Or to paraphrase from “Guns, Germs, and Steel”, maybe it’s to speed up evolution in the developing world where the smartest survive.

The Religious Right Moves to Cement Political Power Under President Trump

Posted on September 4th, 2017 at 16:02 by John Sinteur in category: News


During his campaign, Trump offered conservative evangelicals a deal: help him take the White House and he would make them more politically powerful than ever before. They took the deal, urged voters to overlook his glaring character flaws, and helped put him in office. Trump’s conservative Christian cheerleaders have told him repeatedly that he is on a divine mission and that God intervened in the election. Religious right leaders upheld their end of the deal and delivered an overwhelming majority of white evangelical votes to Trump. Now he’s upholding his end by giving them more than they might have expected even from a President Pence.

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out who’s using religion more cynically, Trump or his right-wing religious boosters. Trump’s evangelical advisers have been sticking with him even as corporate CEOs started walking away after Trump gave political cover to white nationalists. As long as President Trump is giving them what they want, the religious right continues to explain away his dishonesty, cruelty, and recklessness, and even portrays his political opponents as enemies of God. “Values voters”, indeed.

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  1. Donald Trump was asked if he could quote any Bible verses. He replied “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Deport him and you do not have to feed him again”.

  2. I can’t shake the feeling that if Trump were a preacher, he’d be preaching the prosperity gospel – if you’re rich, it’s because God loves you & if you’re poor, it’s because you’re a sinner and should open your wallet & donate(!) because that’s how you get God to love you – and he’d be… well, kind of like he is now.
    Ignorant, opinionated, bigoted and generally clueless…

  3. @Kharkov – I will add in the many US states that if you are poor, you do not need to open your wallet. They open it for you via Civil Asset Forfeiture.

Why 16% of the code on the average site belongs to Facebook, and what that means

Posted on September 4th, 2017 at 10:03 by John Sinteur in category: News


According to data collected by BuiltWith.com, 6% of the top 10,000 most high-traffic sites load content from Facebook’s servers. For the vast majority of them, that content is likely Facebook’s Javascript SDK, a huge block of code that is needed to display such features as the Like button (as seen on many media sites) and Facebook comments widgets (also used on many big media sites, Buzzfeed among them). The SDK code is so big that it represents about 16% of the total size of all Javascript on the average web page.

As if you needed another reason to block all traffic to and from facebook.com

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  1. Yeah “as if”, among all the other reasons