Bendy Buses and Atheists

I’m certainly not the biggest fan of Christian Voice, but their press release discussing the Richard Dawkins backed plan to put an advertisement for atheism (although from the wording of the advert I’d say it was more agnostic) has produced probably the most amusing quote, one which the BBC are highlighting on their news story:

Bendy-buses, like atheism, are a danger to the public at large.

Waiting Around

One of the worst parts of any hospital visit is the interminable waiting, and we had a pretty good example of it today when we went down to Frimley Park for Beth’s next ante-natal appointment.

They did seem pretty flustered when we arrived for our 2:45pm appointment, certainly like they had staff off. Unfortunately we had a list of people we needed to see including diabetic nurses, midwives, consultants, plus another scan, all of which had to occur in the right order, as a result we spent most of the afternoon sitting in the waiting area. Even then we weren’t done, the postscript was that once we’d finished at the clinic, we had a twenty minute wait at the pharmacy before we finally left the building at about 5:30pm.

Anyway, in terms of a news update, everything seems to be going okay. Beth has one more appointment next week, before they try to induce the baby in the week after. From what we can gather whilst they might succeed at the first attempt, they might need to try multiple times to induce the baby, so it might well be that we’ll have several days of sitting around in a different part of the hospital. Whichever way, we’re on the home stretch now with only a couple more weeks before the birth.

The picture here is the scan picture we got today. Since the baby is now pretty big, the operator can’t now get a clear picture of the whole baby, so this one is probably a lot less clear than some of the others, but the baby is lying across the picture with the head on the right. You can see a nose, and then the hand is held up in front of the face. Suffice to say in a couple of weeks we hope we’ll have some much better pictures to look at.

Apple Hit Back

Last month, Microsoft launched a campaign called “I’m a PC” directly targeting the well known Apple “I’m a Mac” campaign, with a number of big name celebrities endorsing the PC.

Now we get to see the first salvo in the response from Apple, not a new campaign, not even an attempt to out celeb the competition, but a very funny addition to the existing set…

Endorsement

Seems I’m not alone in being disturbed by the palling around with terrorists/Muslim associations.

This is the full video of General Colin Powell, member of the Republican party, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State in the first George W Bush administration, endorsing Barack Obama for the next President.

Powell is considered a moderate Republican, has donated to the McCain campaign, and indeed was touted as a possible running mate for McCain, and he doesn’t just endorse Barack Obama. In a measured and thoughtful statement he questions McCain’s judgement in both his selection of Sarah Palin, and over the recent financial crisis, and then addresses the whole terrorist/Muslim issue head on. It is pretty clear that he thinks that the McCain campaign is quite deliberately associating Obama with a terrorist and letting people believe that he is Muslim, so he unequivocally says that Obama is Christian and always has been. But then he goes further, and questions the assertion that a Muslim can’t be President, highlighting a particular example of a Muslim American who has died serving his country in Iraq. Certainly it is a statement well worth listening to, the question is now how will the McCain campaign respond. Will they turn on Colin Powell? We’ll have to wait and see – but I doubt stuff like this will be uncommon.

Disturbing

I had to share this video that is doing the rounds which is from a report on the English language version of Al Jazeera who went out to a Sarah Palin campaign rally in the conservative heartland of the mid-West.

There has been quite a bit of discussion over the fact that McCain seems unwilling to publicly use Jeremiah Wright in the campaign. Call me sceptical, but my thought is that it pays the McCain campaign to not highlight an association between Obama and a Christian pastor if potential voters think he is a Muslim. This video also shows the effect of keeping on repeating the palling around with terrorists comment on parts of the electorate, despite the reality being rather different.

All in all though it is a disturbing picture of the opinions of some of the McCain supporters.