Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Another 3 1/2 Time Outs Tuesday.

It's time for 3 1/2 Time Outs Tuesday . Host, LarryD is posting # Volume 25; I haven't done that many. I haven't kept track of the exact number.

On May 09, 2012 the CENTER for BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY issued a press release announcing that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the eastern diamondback rattlesnake may qualify for Endangered Species Act protection . According to the statement, eastern diamondbacks are in steep decline because of habitat destruction and human persecution.

Some have wondered how this might affect those Pentecostal churches in the U.S. in which snake handling is a central ritual. I'm sure the Federal govt. would allow a religious exemption like the one given Catholic institutions regarding artificial birth control in their health insurance.


Speaking of snake handling. this Catholic priest has an interesting take on the ritual.

In a recent article, Simcha Fisher recommends a number of humorous books. Two book - one recommended by her and one recommended by someone commenting on her article - piqued my interest ........ The Egg and I and The Plaque and I ; both written by Betty MacDonald. The books are available at my local public library. I'll pick them up later in the week.

Hope you get to feeling better soon, Larry.

1 comment:

LarryD said...

Thank you Robert - I am feeling better already!

As to the rattlesnake endangerment thing - why isn't that a good thing? Wouldn't we want less of them? That's like saying there are too few Black Widow spiders...