Happy New Year, y’all.
Department Of The Partridge Of The Week
It’s that time of the year again. As has become a tradition much maligned anticipated in our neighborhood, moiself is hosting a different Partridge, every week, in my front yard. 
Can you identify this week’s guest Partridge?
Goodbye to Shirley (Mama P), Keith, Laurie, Danny, Tracy – to all the Partridges until next season.
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Department Of Putting It All Away
The holiday decorations, that is.
It’s a wistful day. Moiself plays seasonal music, from Misty River’s Midwinter album to Run DMC’s Christmas In Hollis, on repeat, while I pack away the adornments.
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Department Of Here, But Not There, And Why
Dateline: Tuesday morning 7:45 AM. It’s high tide; thus, I’m walking on a road which parallels the beach, and not on the beach itself.
About 100 yards ahead of me a man and his big shaggy dog cross the road and start ambling in the direction I’m going. Out for the morning poop walk, moiself assumes. The dog is sniffing and sniffing and sniff sniff sniff sniffing clumps of grass, driftwood, and bushes along the road. It stops several times for a longer sniff, almost assuming the classic squat position, then continues until it finally reaches the magic point. By then I have caught up to man and beast, as the latter prepares to do his business and the man prepares his picking-up-dog-business bag.
As I pass them by I am wondering about the dog, So, why *that* spot? It looks identical to the one you sniffed fifty feet back. Was it particularly aromatic with…familiarity?
“Oh, I remember! I pooped here yesterday, and it was grand. I’ll poop here again!”
Or, perhaps the pup’s motivation is more sinister than celebratory:
“Aha! This is the poop-place of that poodle I despise. I’ll show him…”
I’m sure many dog owners  have their theories (or even certitudes) about the phenomenon of what makes the Perfect Poop Place. ® But the thing is, only the dogs know. And they do not volunteer this information. I’ve tried asking discretely and quietly, when their owners cannot hear me. The doggies have yet to reveal their secrets.
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Department Of It’s Not Too Late To Make A Resolution To Treat People Like People
Sub-Department Of The Problems With Cherry-Picking Quotations
I saw this, posted via the Facebook book group, The Christian Left, last week:
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
– Leviticus 19:33-34 (ESV)”
TCL is, as far as moiself can tell, a group of Christians who advocate what they see as the more humane/liberal side of Christianity. Thus, I assume this posting was meant as a wake up (read: shaming) tactic, or reminder to their conservative/borderline-racist Christian cousins, with regards as to how the latter treat migrants and asylum seekers.
Fine; okay. Shame such folks whenever and however you can. However….
How do those on “The Christian Left” react when their conservative cousins do the Bible-thumping in reverse? That is, when conservative Christians share other quotes from their Bible, which they deem equally valid guidelines for modern day living? Such as….
* “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”
Leviticus 18:22 (ESV)
“Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother,
heir blood will be on their own head.”
Leviticus 20:9 (NIV)
* If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. They shall say to the elders, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you.”
Deuteronomy 21:18-21 (NIV)
* “Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.”
Leviticus 25:44 (NIV)
* “For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest to the Lord.
Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death.”
Exodus 35:2 (NIV)
Far better to do the right thing, to treat other people as what they are, members of your own species, because it is the right thing to do and because of just that – that they are your fellow human beings- rather than to have one’s morality based on conflicting interpretations of pre-scientific, Iron age “scriptures” written by people who thought the earth had four corners and floats on water  and that their god wanted them to ban handicapped people from making temple offerings or even approaching the altar  and that leprosy, aka Hansen’s disease, could be cured by following their god’s detailed instructions, which are, in a nutshell, 
Get two birds. Kill one. Dip the live bird in the blood of the dead one.
Sprinkle the blood on the leper seven times, and then let the blood-soaked bird fly away.
Next find a lamb and kill it. Wipe some of its blood on the patient’s right ear, thumb, and big toe. Sprinkle seven times with oil and wipe some of the oil on his right ear,
thumb and big toe. Repeat. Finally find another pair of birds. Kill one and dip the live bird in the dead bird’s blood.
Wipe some blood on the patient’s right ear, thumb, and big toe. Sprinkle the house with blood seven times….
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Freethinkers’ Thought Of The Week 
I go into a laboratory and create a unicellular organism that will kill millions of people. I infect flying/biting insects to serve as the delivery system for that organism.
If I release those insects, am I evil?
Without exception every theist I have asked says, “Yes.”
I then ask them to explain malaria.
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May you be amused by considering the whys/wheres of dog-poop-depositing;
May you treat your fellow human beings as fellow human beings;
May you put away your holiday to the sound of some excellent tunes;
…and may the hijinks ensue.
Thanks for stopping by. Au Vendredi!
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 Specifically, in our pear tree.
 Which moiself has not been for decades.
 Levi. 21¨16-20
 A most appropriate container, as medical scientists have discovered that Hansen’s disease can be cured with antimicrobial MDT (multi drug therapy).
 “free-think-er n. A person who forms opinions about religion on the basis of reason, independently of tradition, authority, or established belief. Freethinkers include atheists, agnostics and rationalists. No one can be a freethinker who demands conformity to a bible, creed, or messiah. To the freethinker, revelation and faith are invalid, and orthodoxy is no guarantee of truth.” Definition courtesy of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, ffrf.org