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Along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal


Part of today's ride...

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Along the Canal, Easter Sunday 2015

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For the spring classics... A cobbled climb


"Monkey Hill" in Wilmington, DE

Hey, nitwits, you want a religious freedom act?


Try this one on for size:

Whereas Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as it was in his Almighty power to do; that the impious presumption of legislators and rulers, civil as well as ecclesiastical, who being themselves but fallible and uninspired men, have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavouring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world, and through all time; that to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical; that even the forcing him to support this or that teacher of his own religious persuasion, is depriving him of the comfortable liberty of giving his contributions to the particular pastor, whose morals he would make his pattern, and whose powers he feels most persuasive to righteousness, and is withdrawing from the ministry those temporary rewards, which proceeding from an approbation of their personal conduct, are an additional incitement to earnest and unremitting labours for the instruction of mankind; that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry; that therefore the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence by laying upon him an incapacity of being called to offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opinion, is depriving him injuriously of those privileges and advantages to which in common with his fellow-citizens he has a natural right; that it tends only to corrupt the principles of that religion it is meant to encourage, by bribing with a monopoly of worldly honours and emoluments, those who will externally profess and conform to it; that though indeed these are criminal who do not withstand such temptation, yet neither are those innocent who lay the bait in their way; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion, and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles on supposition of their ill tendency, is a dangerous fallacy, which at once destroys all religious liberty, because he being of course judge of that tendency will make his opinions the rule of judgment, and approve or condemn the sentiments of others only as they shall square with or differ from his own; that it is time enough for the rightful purposes of civil government, for its officers to interfere when principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order; and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself, that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.

And though we well know that this assembly elected by the people for the ordinary purposes of legislation only, have no power to restrain the acts of succeeding assemblies, constituted with powers equal to our own, and that therefore to declare this act to be irrevocable would be of no effect in law; yet we are free to declare, and do declare, that the rights hereby asserted are of the natural rights of mankind, and that if any act shall be hereafter passed to repeal the present, or to narrow its operation, such act shall be an infringement of natural right.

Autopsy suggests suicide in hanging of black man in Mississippi

Source: LA Times


Preliminary results from an autopsy on the body of Otis Byrd, whose body was found hanging from a tree in rural Mississippi, strongly suggest the death was a suicide rather than foul play, a federal law enforcement official said Friday.

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Claiborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas told the Los Angeles Times that while a bedsheet was wrapped around the manís neck, there were no other visible signs of distress on the body. The manís hands and feet were not tied or bound, his mouth was not gagged, there were no other outward signs of injuries.

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The sheriff said the man, a riverboat employee, was last seen around March 2 when he and a family member visited a local casino. He said Byrd returned home with someone else, whom the sheriff identified as a friend.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-mississippi-hanging-20150320-story.html




Good that they're looking into this.

Ralph Nader .sucks


Here's a weird one. Ralph Nader pitching .sucks internet domain names:

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Two More US Senators Slam Treaty Negotiations Before Completion....



http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/05/1355626/-Senator-Bernie-Sanders-The-Trans-Pacific-Trade-TPP-Agreement-Must-Be-Defeated#

The Trans-Pacific Trade (TPP) Agreement Must Be Defeated

By Bernie Sanders


http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kill-the-dispute-settlement-language-in-the-trans-pacific-partnership/2015/02/25/ec7705a2-bd1e-11e4-b274-e5209a3bc9a9_story.html

The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

By Elizabeth Warren

Best February ride yesterday


Wasn't too bad yesterday, for a February ride....



http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/889874867

Quite the welcome sign they have at CPAC

Who is up for a Hindu or Buddhist temple visit?


If you live near a "Christian baker" whose religion prevents them from making cakes for same sex marriages, then please consider doing the following:

1. Buy a cupcake from their shop.

2. Take it to the temple and make it an offering.

3. Send them back a picture thanking them on behalf of the deity in question.

Thank you.
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