Tony Becca: Riddle me this, riddle me that

first_img The rules about such things like bowl, leg before wicket, catch, stump, run-out, and no-ball are clear. There is no area for interpretation, and in run-outs and no-balls, if any part, of the bat or the front-foot, however small, is not behind the line, the umpire is obliged to call him out. Nowhere, not yesterday and not today, has anyone ever warned a batsman before bowling him, getting him stumped, or before getting him leg before wicket before really doing it. On top of all that, the non-striker is a batsman, and he gets run-out just like any other batsman. If he breaks the rule, if he leaves the crease before it is time to do so, how does the fielding side dismiss him when he does leave the crease? Those who talk about the “spirit of the game”, must be speaking about those who appeal for a catch when they know that the ball has touched the ground, when they know that the ball has not touched the bat, and when, while appealing for leg before wicket they know that the batsman played the ball. Cricket has been used to this riddle as to when a batsman is out and when he is not out, and that is why the umpire asked the young West Indies captain if he really wanted to go through with the appeal. Would he have asked him such a question had the appeal been for leg before wicket or for bowl? Maybe had he not done so there would have been no controversy. New Zealand’s former captain, Stephen Fleming, came up with a reasonable response, sort of: “Right or wrong, it’s just a sad way to end a good game, especially one with so much on the line.” In 1987, in the World Cup in Pakistan, West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh warned non-striker Abdul Qadir of Pakistan for leaving his crease early. On that occasion, Walsh was the bowler, Saleem Jaffer of Pakistan, the last man, was the batsman, Qadir strayed way down the pitch, Walsh warned him instead of running him out, and Pakistan went on to win the match two, three deliveries later.. I was there, I criticised Walsh for warning Qadir, mainly because he was so far down the pitch, and because he had stopped Walsh in his run-up the previous delivery and had walked down the pitch to talk to Jaffer. It all seemed a deliberate action. On this occasion, however, Mgarava was inches out of his crease, Paul was not in his delivery stride, I am not sure if Mgarava was trying to steal a run or he just strayed as batsmen often do, and it was so close that the umpire had to seek the help of the third umpire. It did not matter whether the batsman strayed or not. The fact is that the batsman was out of his crease. To me, the rule is the rule, whether the batsman is run-out by a foot or an inch, whether he is leg before wicket when the ball pitches outside the leg stump or not, and whether he is bowled whenever the ball clips the stumps or not. It was tough luck for Zimbabwe, and good luck for the West Indies, even if it did not feel right for the West Indies to lose to England, to beat Fiji, and to beat Zimbabwe by the “Mankad” run-out to reach the quarter-finals. It was in the spirit of cricket. It is cricket, regardless of the custom. NO AREA FOR INTERPRETATION REASONABLE RESPONSE I have always believed that cricket is a unique and special game, and I believe that it is so especially because each side takes turn to perform, because it takes a long time to finish a game, because of the numbers and intricacies of the rules governing the game, and because the rules are often times open to interpretation. On top of all that also, sometimes a rule is not a rule, it is used only sometimes, only by some, and sometimes when it is used, its use is the topic of controversy. Last week, in the Under-19 World Cup, the West Indies narrowly defeated Zimbabwe by two runs to squeeze into the quarter-finals. Instead of showering praises on the young West Indians for being alert and aware of the situation and going on to win the match, all hell broke loose. Bowling the 50th over, Keemo Paul ran-out non-striker Richard Mgarava, and, suddenly, from all around the world, came cries of surprise and shouts of condemnation. From England’s one-day captain, Eoin Morgan, came, “Disgraceful behaviour. West Indies should be embarrassed”; from Josh Butler, an England player, came, Can’t believe what I have just seen”; from Darren Lehman, Australia’s coach, came, “Unbelievable. Not out”; and from England’s James Anderson, came, “Disgraceful.” What utter nonsense. According to the rules, the batsman was out. He was either out or not out. And for those who talk about fair play, there is nothing in the rules which talks about fair play.last_img read more

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Attending meeting without an elections date will serve no purpose

first_imgDear Editor,The nation has woken up to a letter dated February 25, 2019 sent by Mr. Granger to Mr. Jagdeo in their respective capacities to discuss:“(1) The National Assembly’s constitutional role in the present situation; and (2) GECOM’s readiness and requirement for funding to enable it to conduct General and Regional Elections (GRE)…”The Government of Gu-yana’s financial architecture as prescribed by the law provides GECOM with certain tools that it can use to do its work. As a statutory agency, GECOM and in compliance with Article 222A of the Guyana Constitution has the power to “manage its subvention in such a manner as it deems fit for the efficient discharge of its functions”.In the 2019 Budget, G$5.371 billion was approved for GECOM to spend in 2019. Aren’t those enough funds to commence preparatory works for the 2019 Elections? Are we printing gold lined ballot papers? Who does GECOM and Team Granger think they are fooling?But just supposing that GECOM needs a billion or two more, the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (Act No. 20 of 2003) has given GECOM the power to ask the Minister of Finance to release funds for a national contingent liability that has occurred because of a constitutional act that was given life by Article 106 of the Guyana Constitution on December 23, 2018. This spending of public money is not a discretionary ask, but a mandatory one which the Minister of Finance must execute.The Minister of Finance must approve the funding of this future commitment by way of the Contingency Funds, because the entire financial commitment was unforeseen, unavoidable and urgent, and is a matter of national importance that transcends party politics. So there is no role for Mr. Jagdeo and Mr. Granger in this arrangement. GECOM does not need Mr. Granger’s or Mr. Jagdeo’s permission to draw on the Contingency Funds to hold Elections.As to Issue No. 1 and the constitutional role of the National Assembly, Mr. Granger must be advised that such a role becomes relevant only once an elections date is publicly declared by him and only him. This process does not need Mr. Jagdeo until a date is announced. Again, who does Mr. Granger think he is fooling?Between now and March 20, 2019, there is no need for the National Assembly to meet, unless for the primary act of extending the life of the Government using a 2/3 majority of all the elected members (44 whole members).But in the absence of an elections date, what is Mr. Granger trying to do, force an after-life for his Government using these zombie tactics? I trust Mr. Jagdeo and his Team would engage in parliamentary semantics by extending the life of a Government that has not yet committed to an elections date. Enough time has passed since December 23, 2019 for all the power brokers in Team Granger to fully comprehend the gravity of the matter at hand. We must at least credit them with some common sense.I therefore call on Mr. Jagdeo to write to Mr. Granger and politely decline the offer to meet, for the simple reason that there is nothing to meet about this time until a date for the elections is publicly declared by Mr. Granger. This is serious business, and Mr. Granger and Mr. Jagdeo are supposed to be serious people with serious responsibilities. There should be no time for games of deceit to outmanoeuvre each other. Attending this meeting without an elections date would serve only one purpose: to kick the bucket down the road. Is this in Mr. Jagdeo and his team’s best interest?Further, this meeting helps no one; not the private sector, who are seeing their business implode; the citizenry, who live in a society of great uncertainty; and the political opposition, who will only be aiding and abetting an idle Government whose life expires on March 20, 2019.This letter from Mr. Granger seeks to serve the interest of one group – David Arthur Granger and his apparatchiks, who continue to live the high life on the backs of the Guyanese people, and expect to continue to do so with zero accountability. Is Mr. Jagdeo so desperate for a fist bump with Mr. Granger that he would attend this meeting without a declared elections date?We shall see!Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

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Cabinet still considering increases – Public Infrastructure Ministry

first_imgPPP criticises decision to increase tollsAs cabinet continues to consider proposals on increasing the tolls for the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB), the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has heavily criticised the move for such increases. During a news conference on Thursday, PPP/C Parliamentarians Gail Teixeira and Bishop Juan Edghill observed that the pending decision to increase the DHB tolls will only add to the financial burdens of commuters.Teixeira contended that there needs to be consultations before such a decision is made, especially with commuters who traverse the bridge on a regular basis.“People are hurting…if this is the direction that government wishes to go into it would make things harder for people coming to work,” she stated, noting the complaints of several taxi operators that they will have no choice other than to impose increased fares on passengers.Bishop Edghill opined that government has once again flip-flopped on an issue, pointing out that prior to this revelation they denied that tolls would be increased.The former Junior Finance Minister noted that in February he questioned government over the consideration of a $150 million subsidy where he asked if it meant there would be no toll hikes. Edghill was of the view that if taxpayers are providing money to the bridge by way of the subsidy, it would be deceptive to then “turn around and charge” increases.“If when seeking the subsidy of $150 million to do capital works at the bridge, you have a $150 million for expenditure, then you turn around to increase the tolls, then you have deceived the nation,” Edghill postulated.He also contended that it is “discriminatory” for government to increase the tolls for the DHB but fight vociferously to reduce the tolls for the Berbice Bridge.According to media reports, Director of Public Information Imran Khan had disclosed that motorcyclists will now pay $40 instead of $20 and the toll for cars will be raised from $100 to $200. On Wednesday, the publically owned Guyana Chronicle published that Cabinet had cleared the way for the toll increases.But in an issued statement on Thursday, the Public Infrastructure Ministry disputed the article and it was pointed out that there has been no increase in tolls at the Demerara Harbour Bridge. It was in this statement that the ministry disclosed that Cabinet has not yet approved the increases.Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Annette Ferguson noted that the details surrounding the proposal are still “being ironed out”. It was further emphasised that the ministry and the DHB will relay any official notice of increases in tolls.It was on Wednesday that many car drivers bemoaned the reports of the 100 per cent toll increase. Some taxi drivers who ply various routes to Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) from the outskirts of Georgetown viewed the increase inappropriate.One driver, Moses (only name given) noted that passengers who cross the bridge will be burdened. He noted that 20 per cent increase would have been more appropriate. Petwam Singh, a father of four operating taxi for over seven years decried high maintenance costs, gasoline, added to the increased tolls.It was also explained that at present, passengers pay between $500 to $700 to cross the bridge by taxi, but with possible increases in the tolls and gas, fares could be hiked to as much as $1000. However, some were of the view that there is imbalance between the toll of the Demerara Harbour Bridge and that of the Berbice Bridge.Aubrey Sanko a driver for 15 years indicated that he does not see the problem with the increase, noting that toll hikes are in keeping with “development”. He also observed the gap between the Demerara and Berbice tolls. Some persons selling around the Harbour Bridge also noted that increase is justified because that toll has “remained the same” for many years.The 37-year-old bridge linking East Bank and West Bank Demerara is accounting for millions of dollars in maintenance on a yearly basis. While the bridge raked in some $519 million in 2015, over $2 billion was allotted for its maintenance between 2010 and 2015.last_img read more

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MHS vandalised for 5th time in recent years

first_imgClasses at the Mackenzie High School (MHS) in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) were forced into a two-day recess last week, following the surprising discovery of graffiti on the walls of the classrooms.Officials of the school were alarmed after turning up on Wednesday to find the walls of several classrooms defaced with spray paint. A meeting was later held with parents and school officials.Parent-Teacher’s Association (PTA) Chairman Dawn Barker said the body was “fed up” of the situation and was presently working in collaboration with the Region 10 Department of Education to address the matter.She said too that the Association also needed the help of the public as she pleaded with members of the community to keep a watchful eye on the school’s environs.Barker opined that the security attached to the school was incapable of protecting the premises against such acts.The PTA Chairman reminded that this was the fifth time that such an act was committed at the school in recent times.“We’re paying for security and yet still this is happening. I am fed up of the situation and this is the fifth time that this has happened,” the Chairman stressed.According to reports, a canteen located inside the school’s compound was also burglarised. Back in 2013, 2012 and 2011, the walls of the MHS were defaced in similar fashion.last_img read more

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Berbice serial robbers remanded

first_img…reporters threatened outside court houseBy Andrew CarmichaelThree men who are accused of committing a series of robberies on the East Bank of Berbice and in the East Canje area were on Wednesday remanded when they appeared before Magistrate Renatta Singh at the Reliance Magistrate’s Court.The three men, Aubrey Brant, 28, of Lot 61 Number 2 Village, East Canje; Peter Baker, 19, of Lot 8 Canefield New Area, East Canje; and Leroy Guevara, also called “Trini”, a taxi driver of Dr Tulsi Street, Hampshire were not required to plea to the five indictable charges.It is alleged that on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Workshop Street Cumberland,Police ranks try to restrain one of the accused as he threatened reporters inside the Reliance Magistrate’s Court yard, prior to the three men being whisked away to prison while being armed with a gun and in the company of others, the trio allegedly robbed Dirk Sharp of one Mega Pix cellphone valued $7000.On that day in the same street, it is being alleged that they also robbed Nafeeza Aziz of one gold and diamond ring valued $86,000; two gold rings valued $50,000; one Brazilian gold chain valued US$1500 and $7000 cash.On the same day and in the same street, they also allegedly robbed Dupattie Aziz of one Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued $75,000.They are also accused of unlawfully and maliciously damaging five surveillance cameras valued $90,000 and being the property of Dirk Sharp.The fifth charge which Magistrate Singh read to them states that between October 30 and 31, 2017, at New Street Cumberland, East Canje, while being armed with a gun and in the company of others, they broke and entered the grocery shop of Vischant Sarjoo and stole $120,000 worth in cellular phone cards, $120,000 worth in cosmetics, $25,000 worth of groceries, $18,000 worth in cigarettes among other items and $60,000 cash all totalling $613,000.Although the trio was before another Magistrate the previous day, Guevara told the court that it was the first time he was being charged. When Brant was questioned, he attempted the same answer but the Magistrate reminded him that he had a matter before and never appeared in court.After the accused tried to convince the court that this was not true, Magistrate Singh told him he was being untruthful. “You just rattled off five sentences of lies. Your mother was here and said that you were going to come to court the next day…”Meanwhile, Barker told the court that he was previously charged with carjacking. Police Prosecutor Sergeant Lennox Polliah asked the court not to grant the accused bail given the fact a gun was used to commit some of the crimes. He said the Police are still investigating. They will have to return to court on December 20.Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the trio was before Magistrate Alex Moore at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court and was charged with two robberies committed on the East Bank of Berbice.It is alleged that on Sunday, October 22, at Glasgow Housing Scheme, East Bank Berbice, in the company of others and armed with guns, they robbed Pulwantie Singh of a J2 Samsung cellphone, one gold finger ring and one pair of gold earrings.They are also accused of robbing Roopchand Parmanand of $30,000 on the said night.After the men left the court and were being escorted into a Police vehicle, Brant hauled several threats to reporters including killing one of them if he were to be released. He had to be restrained by officers on hand as he attempted to attack the reporters.Meanwhile, on Wednesday at the Reliance Magistrate’s Court, Brant who was allowed to leave the court without any handcuffs, picked up a stone threatening to harm a Guyana Times reporter given the fact that he was wearing no handcuffs and was ahead of the lone Police Officer escorting him by about 30 feet.last_img read more

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South Peace Fuel Thefts

first_imgThe Dawson Creek Mounties are {also} investigating a series of fuel thefts this month, in the South Peace.They occurred between June 4th and 10th at rural construction sites surrounding Dawson Creek.Police are seeking public assistance in finding those responsible and, are taking information calls at the Dawson Creek detachment and crime stoppers numbers…784-3700 and, 1-800-222-84-77.- Advertisement –last_img

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Mourinho searching for defensive answers at Man United

first_imgMourinho’s team are languishing in 10th spot in the Premier League having conceded 12 goals, a figure they did not hit until December 17 last season.A large part of the problem is the manager’s seeming inability to settle on a first-choice defence. He has started with nine different defensive combinations in 10 competitive fixtures across three competitions this season.“We don’t have the technical quality to build from the back,” Mourinho complained this week, although the inability to keep out opponents is also vexing him.Mourinho does not appear to have complete confidence in any of his four senior centre-backs — Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof — despite the fact that the latter two were his signings.The Portuguese manager has come up with some interesting attempts to solve the problem, including leaving Bailly on the bench and drafting in midfielder Scott McTominay as one of three centre-backs against West Ham last week.It is not the first time this season that Mourinho has thrown a selection curveball. Ander Herrera, another midfielder, was used in a three-man back line as Tottenham won 3-0 at Old Trafford in August.There was speculation after the Tottenham defeat that Mourinho’s selection might have been a protest against executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s refusal to sanction the signing of defender Harry Maguire from Leicester.Woodward was apparently reluctant to pay a reported asking price of more than £70 million ($91 million) for the England man.The club were also linked with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng but ended up with no central defensive signings this summer.Their one defensive addition was teenage right-back Diogo Dalot, who was brought in from Porto for £19 million as a long-term acquisition.Dalot impressed on his debut, a 3-0 Champions League win over Swiss club Young Boys but had a tougher time of it a week later as United were knocked out of the League Cup on penalties by Championship side Derby and he is likely to be used sparingly for now.At least United kept a clean sheet on Tuesday as they drew 0-0 at home to Valencia in a turgid Champions League group-stage match, but there was little for the manager to smile about.Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle, who have managed only four goals in seven Premier League games, might offer a brief respite, but then come fixtures against Chelsea and Juventus.Solving the defensive problems, whatever the personnel, is now a matter of urgency.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United defenders Luke Shaw (left) and Chris Smalling react after defeat to West Ham © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 5 – Jose Mourinho’s defence is causing him headaches as he tries to turn around a woeful start to Manchester United’s season against a struggling Newcastle United.United have not been this badly off seven games into a league campaign since 1989 but Saturday’s visit of a Newcastle side in the bottom three offers a chance to lift the mood at Old Trafford.last_img read more

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PLANS TO LINK DONEGAL AND BELFAST BY RAIL ‘A PIPE DREAM’ SAYS LEADING ECONOMIST

first_imgA  document on the future of rail services has revealed an ambitious £1bn plan to link Derry to Sligo via Letterkenny.Plan to bring rail line to Donegal is just a pipe dream says economistBut there are fears for cross-border rail after it emerged that passenger numbers on the Belfast to Dublin Enterprise service dropped by more than a fifth in a decade.Martin Melaugh, from rail lobby group Into the West, suggested that the Enterprise train should not stop at Belfast but continue on to Derry. “With new rolling stock and an express service taking three and a quarter hours, this would be an attractive option for passengers traveling between the North West and Dublin,” he said.But the Sligo link and others to Donegal and Letterkenny have been described by leading economist John Simpson as a pipe dream.But they are listed as options in Northern Ireland’s Department for Regional Development’s Future Railway Investment Consultation paper.The dearest package is developing links to Donegal — costing £11m per new mile of railway. A rail link between Derry and Letterkenny would cost £242m; £506m to Donegal town and £924m to Sligo.PLANS TO LINK DONEGAL AND BELFAST BY RAIL ‘A PIPE DREAM’ SAYS LEADING ECONOMIST was last modified: May 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Belfastdonegalrailwaytracktrainslast_img read more

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AT LAST….GOVERNMENT FINALLY SAYS NoWDOC IS SAFE!

first_imgTHE out-of-hours GP service is safe, Minister Roisin Shortall has insisted.It puts an end to speculation that coverage in the county by the NoWDOC service will be cut.Donegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue raised the issue of feared cutbacks to the NoWDOC service during Topical Issues in the Dáil last night. But the junior Health Minister insisted there won’t be any cuts.Donegaldaily.com – which first reported the issue – will continue to monitor the situation.AT LAST….GOVERNMENT FINALLY SAYS NoWDOC IS SAFE! was last modified: October 26th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deputy charlie mcconalogueNowDoclast_img read more

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Everything You Know About Evolution Is Wrong (Again)

first_imgThere’s a genre of science news stories characterized by pointing out things Darwin got wrong.  It’s not creationists that do this – these are secular reporters and evolutionary biologists.  They seem to try to one-up Darwin by proposing new theories that do evolution better.  They usually don’t go far enough to jettison Darwin completely, but some come close.  A couple of stories in this genre surfaced recently.    “Evolution More Rapid than Darwin Thought” announced a story in Science Daily.  Maybe that was a way for a grad student writing his dissertation to attract attention.  Magnus Karlsson, a doctoral candidate at Linnaeus University in Kalmar, studied pygmy grasshoppers and found that they change color by natural selection, probably due to predation.  That’s a pretty standard peppered-moth kind of conclusion.  “But the most important part of the dissertation is that I have shown that evolution sometimes proceeds incredibly rapidly,” he said.  “This is huge.”  How huge?  Some color variations appear in one generation.  Karlsson has outdone the peppered moths for speed, and Mr. Slow-and-Gradual himself, Charles Darwin.    Oliver Burkeman went even farther to one-up Darwin.  His story in The Guardian is really a bombshell of the genre: “Why everything you’ve been told about evolution is wrong.”  The subtitle added, “Evolutionary thinking is having a revolution.”  It’s not that evolution itself is wrong, Burkeman explains, but there is a kind of Lamarckian revival: “What if the way you live now affects the life expectancy of your descendants?” the subtitle teased.  First, Burkeman ridicules the creationists to get them out of the way, holding up the old NASA-Joshua internet myth for instant dismissal and using the usual scare quotes around intelligent design.  But then his bombshell comes with the same “This is huge” line Karlsson used:Such talk, naturally, is liable to drive evolutionary biologists into a rage, or, in the case of Richard Dawkins, into even more of a rage than usual.  They have a point: nobody wants to provide ammunition to the proponents of creationism or “intelligent design”, and it’s true that few of the studies now coming to public prominence are all that revolutionary to the experts.  But in the culture at large, we may be on the brink of a major shift in perspective, with enormous implications for how most of us think about how life came to be the way it is.  As the science writer David Shenk puts it in his new book, The Genius in All of Us, “This is big, big stuff � perhaps the most important [discoveries] in the science of heredity since the gene.”That really would be big, but Shenk and Burkeman seem to underestimate the resiliency of Darwin theorists against potentially falsifying observations.  Their proposed Darwin crisis revolves around epigenetics and the definition of organism.  Burkeman also describes the trouble Jerry Fodor is causing with his book What Darwin Got Wrong (02/24/2010).    In the end, though, Burkeman comes to Darwin’s rescue by claiming that Charles Darwin never claimed to have the only mechanism by which evolution acts.  “Darwin, writing before the discovery of DNA, knew very well that his work heralded the beginning of a journey to understand the origins and development of life,” Burkeman ended, dismissing millennia of belief in creation.  “All we may be discovering now is that we remain closer to the beginning of that journey than we’ve come to think.”  So despite the conflict and setbacks, at the end of this scary novel, the protagonist is saved, and Darwin lives happily ever after.These stories appear from time to time; they’re kind of like dummy missiles intended to throw the enemy off track.  They pretend that internal squabbles are about to lead to the collapse of the Darwin Empire.  But in the end, they’re never really trying to chuck Chuck.  They may give him a Charlie horse, but never a hammerlock.  Watch for the hoarse of a different calor.  Their real caloric is saved up for the common enemy: the creationists.  What is it about those guys that makes them the target of such venom and strange antics?  Makes you almost want to get to know them.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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