"If you think homosexuality is an unnatural condition, I cannot agree with you."
Kevin Rudd smashes a pastor’s views on marriage equality on Q&A [x]
Shame he’s going to lose.
Politicalprof: I’m just glad someone quoted the silly passages in the New Testament back at a Bible-spouter. See this on 1 Peter 2:18 for various translations of just one of many Biblical passages — including New Testament passages — endorsing slavery … a practice the Bible NEVER denounces.
Abraham Lincoln’s life mask, from the original by L. W. Volk
In 1881, sculptor Leonard Volk explained how he made the first Lincoln mask. He met Lincoln in 1858 during Lincoln’s campaign for the U.S. Senate, and invited him to sit for a bust. Lincoln agreed, but it took Volk’s insistence two years later before Lincoln came to his studio. By this time it was the spring of 1860, shortly before Lincoln received the Republican nomination for president.
Volk said, “My studio was in the fifth story, and there were no elevators in those days, and I soon learned to distinguish his steps on the stairs, and am sure he frequently came up two, if not three, steps at a stride.”
Of the plaster casting process, Volk said, “It was about an hour before the mold was ready to be removed, and being all in one piece, with both ears perfectly taken, it clung pretty hard, as the cheek-bones were higher than the jaws at the lobe of the ear. He bent his head low and took hold of the mold, and gradually worked it off without breaking or injury; it hurt a little, as a few hairs of the tender temples pulled out with the plaster and made his eyes water.” Lincoln said he found the process “anything but agreeable.”
Volk said that during the sittings, “he would talk almost unceasingly, telling some of the funniest and most laughable of stories, but he talked little of politics or religion during those sittings. He said: ‘I am bored nearly every time I sit down to a public dining-table by some one pitching into me, on politics.’”
Volk left a priceless legacy for future sculptors, as attested by Avard Fairbanks, who said, “Virtually every sculptor and artist uses the Volk mask for Lincoln … it is the most reliable document of the Lincoln face, and far more valuable than photographs, for it is the actual form.”
14 billion years of the universe creating itself has lead us to this very moment.
**LEAKED 50TH ANNIVERSARY PICTURE**
A low-resolution screen capture of the 50th Anniversary special has leaked online from a clip shown at the Edinburgh TV Festival. Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt’s Doctors can been seen together for the very first time!