Thursday, May 26, 2016

We have a rescue--or does she have us?

Ricki Elliott's photo.

I never saw my sweet rescue Calico at this age (photo from internet), but it's what I'll put in her back story, which is really an interesting piece of fiction about how she was abandoned and turned in at Cat Welfare in Columbus around 1998, why she wanted to eat garbage, how the tip of her tail got broken, and why she's flat footed. She had been dearly loved, and found us. Somewhere in her feline memory cells dwells an old lady who loved her, the first old lady, not me.


Do you (or anyone) understand the European Union?

This film is obviously biased--the producers want Britain to leave the EU.  But what is interesting is the bureaucracy it describes, created to be obscure, and how this fits into an idea of "We the People." I'm convinced that the Brits are subjects of a vast machine they didn't elect and can't get rid of.  Now maybe you think that's a good idea, because power without accountability is pretty much what we have, and we're not members.  The EU bureaucracy has 10,000 employees (if that's what they are called) who are paid more than the British Prime Minister--no idea how many total.  They have their own housing, shopping centers, entertainment, restaurants and art museums.  "Investing in your future."  Sounds familiar doesn't it, but to get back one pound, Brits have to pay about 2.5.

Looking through the comments, I thought this one was interesting. "I'm Polish and have lived in the UK for over 10 years now. So, from my personal perspective open borders were beneficial. However despite a chance that I might have to leave this beautiful country, I truly hope British people will overwhelmingly vote to be a sovereign nation once more. Come on Brits! You've got once in a lifetime opportunity to get your country back - don't mess this up!."

There's a lot in this movie that is a message for the United States about regulation and how it is faceless, unelected, (in the historical, post WWII part) and not beneficial for the people.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Heads up for Father's Day

"The idea of Father’s Day was conceived more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth.

The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent."

Protections for special groups, but not the majority?

Obama  is offering special protections for the .3% of Americans that are supposedly confused about their gender and he's demanding the rest of us pay for their fantasies of body mutilation.  One has actually sued her employers because they use a pronoun s/he objects to.  Where are the special accommodations for other groups who are bullied, ridiculed, or can't find suitable clothing or furniture? Especially women. 

82% of black women, 77.2% of Hispanic women, and 63.2% of white women have been declared overweight or obese by researchers funded by the government. They endure a lot, including bathroom stalls designed for size 6 women, and airline seats for people no bigger than a size 10. Ridiculous portion sizes. They've been taunted by everyone from classmates to doctors to academics to wait staff, and all the government does is publish more papers on how they need to change their eating habits and life style. I'm not suggesting that you not be allowed to comment on Hillary's weight and pants suits, or Chris Christie's girth, but where is their protection from the size bigots and butt bullies? Where's your compassion, Mr. President?

Reading suggestion for Bernie supporters

Or Hillary's.  Or Obama's.  This dystopian, Kurt Vonnegut 1961 short story is so familiar to our culture today it's scary. It's quite short--you can read it in a few minutes.
THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

Some things about living still weren't quite right, though. April for instance, still drove people crazy by not being springtime. And it was in that clammy month that the H-G men took George and Hazel Bergeron's fourteen-year-old son, Harrison, away. . . 
The way the government makes everyone equal in this story is through handicapping--like they do in horse racing, so no horse is at a disadvantage.  The smart people hear terrible noises if an intelligent thought passes through their mind; the beautiful are made ugly; the strong are required to carry heavy burdens.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

1957 Mt. Morris documentary now on YouTube

In 2009 I was blogging about class stuff and found out from Nancy F. that there had been a documentary filmed in Mt. Morris in 1957 and that she and her family were in it.  I was in California that summer so had no recollection of it.   So I went looking for it on the internet and found it in an archives of old films, called AV Geeks, contacted the owner, but never heard anything, so we dropped it.  I came across that blog the other day, reread it, and decided I'd try again, and so told Linda Miller of Mt. Morris about it and she put my request for information on the Mt. Morris Facebook page site, “Do you remember this in Mt. Morris.”   I also through Facebook am friends with Nancy's brother, so I told Don Snodgrass about the database of old films.  He did what I did in 2009, but got an answer and the owner provided a link to YouTube. Although I'm not sure how it works, it's possible that unless they have a demand, they don't transfer the film to YouTube.

Here's how it lays out: There is a town named Spring Valley (most of the scenes are Mt. Morris.) Opening scenes of a quiet town showing Brayton, Wesley, the high school, Trinity Lutheran, either Sunset or Hannah ranch homes, and two scenes of industry, which do not seem to be from MM.  Then Ralph Zickuhr, possibly Harvey Miller, then Richard Butler, Mike Babler (wearing their FFA jackets) and other teens building something on the campus. You'll see Lila Baker, Marilyn and Eddie Miller, and Les Lundgren. The doctor and his father are actors, and scene at the medical clinic looks like Oregon to me. In the community meetings the setting is the Mt. Morris high school, which was only a few years old then.  I recognize Marilyn Muller, Mrs. Marge Long in white dress, Phil Orr, Mr. Snodgrass, Nancy's father, Sybil Dohlen (what a gorgeous smile), and a very young Don Snodgrass in a flat top. I don't know the minister (an actor?), and one farmer in a straw hat in the interview phase sort of looks like Forrest Kinsey, and Kinsey is the name on the questionnaire.

Lew Behrens is hired in the film as the recreation director and shows up around 16:36 and he's in a number of scenes, and I suspect probably his children. I think I spotted Ron Duffy of our class in the scene of the young people who volunteer labor to build the center, which I think is the current senior center in the construction site.  Bill Lundholm is in the car wash scene (to represent raising money by teens). The scene at the end of the large family piling into a Buick station wagon, looks like it was in front of the Behrens home.

I recognized no one in the square dance, singing group or drama group and wondered if those scenes are from another effort, or actors. But if you do, please chime in.  Perhaps others might recognize someone. All the sport scenes of tennis, golf, and baseball show both sexes--such a progressive town. The machine shop instructor didn't look familiar.  The lake scene is from Byron, since Mt. Morris didn't have one. At 21:02 in the film you see people sitting in what looks like a park, I spotted Dave Dillehay.  Interesting that Mt. Morris does have parks named both for Zickuhr and Dillehay.

Needless to say, our classmate Nancy is thrilled to finally see this film, and especially the scenes with her family. Plus others in the community are having a lot of fun identifying the townspeople. You'll all have a good time looking at it.  I looked today and it already had 318  views even though it was only posted yesterday on YouTube.

This is cross posted at

Feel the Bern

Marc Smith's photo.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton wants the Hispanic vote

But first she wants to kill their babies.  She's pro-choice, pro-abortion for any reason, including gender and disability, and pro-Planned Parenthood which puts their clinics in minority neighborhoods.
Unlike their Catholic compatriots, Hispanic evangelicals tend to skew to the right on several issues that line up squarely with the Republican base, according to data provided to ThinkProgress from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). Evangélicos roughly mirror Hispanic Catholics in terms of age and education, but PRRI’s polling showed Latino evangelicals far more likely than the general Latino population to “oppose” or “strongly oppose” legalizing same-sex marriage (66 percent vs. 36 percent) and to say that abortion should be illegal in all instances (42 percent vs. 27 percent). The Pew Research survey found almost identical results.

Most significantly for Republicans, polls show that a solid slice of evangélicos are also uncharacteristically conservative on the most important question in American politics: Party identification. The PRRI survey reported that 21 percent of Hispanic evangelicals say they’re Republicans, a full 10 percent more than the total Hispanic population. (For context, most evangélicos — 41 percent — identify as independents, while 28 affiliate with the Democratic Party.) Pew found an even bolder conservative streak: A full 30 percent of Hispanic evangelical Protestant respondents said they “identify or lean Republican,” compared to 20 percent of Latino Catholic.

Obama's EEOC and toilets, and the LGBT agenda for churches

"The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ordered the U.S. Army to accommodate a male-to-female transgender soldier by punishing anyone who persists in using male pronouns or bars the soldier from using women’s restrooms.

For good measure, everyone in the Army has been sentenced to eight hours of “sensitivity training” on transgender issues. The order was signed by Bernadette B. Wilson, acting executive officer, Executive Secretariat. Does that sound all-American? we’re talking about a horse, “secretariat” is the language of authoritarianism, not a free republic." (Washington Times "The Dawn of Totalitolerance")
An example of our a regulatory bureaucracy out of control. In 2012 EEOC declared that transgendered were a protected class under Title VII, and from that, it continues to threaten and malign American citizens and employers. As near as I can tell from reading various EEOC factsheets on litigation, all that is involved is notifying the employer that one is not conforming to "stereotypes." No counseling, no surgery, no hormones necessary--it's the thought that counts, apparently.
 Obama is extorting the citizens of NC and putting their children in jeopardy. Parents are suing. Obama's interpretation of Title IX, which bans discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational institution that receives government funding, is just wrong. The word "sex" was never intended to put men in women's locker rooms.
Until recent EEOC regulatory decisions to change the definition of sex, women had finally gotten some protections. The Obama administration is changing that with redefining male and female.

Using toilets or getting athletic scholarships isn't the only problem with fluid gender fantasies of the left. What about those angel investors trying to give female owned businesses a boost? Will they be charged, fined or jailed for being transphobic if they reject a guy feeling fluid who can't get an investor the old fashioned way?

 What about gender fluidity and special awards/contests for women artists, women authors, women innovators/inventors, there are organizations for women lawyers, architects, doctors, and veterinarians, and female pastors have their own clubs and retreats. Women librarians (80% of the profession) have nothing special to attract women, because they try to recruit men to keep the salaries up. And anything special for LGBT would just look silly given the demographics of the profession.
 There's an easy solution to the LGBT agenda for Protestant churches. Take the smidgen of Lutherans, and the dollop of Methodists, and the drop in the bucket of Baptists, and the large task force of UCC'ans and forge your own denomination. Do the tough work of working out a theology. You should get between 100-300,000 members which is actually larger than a lot of Protestant groups. You'll have no gospel, but at least you'll allow others to preach the good news and then you can stop squabbling over your sexual identity.

Don't Target our Daughters Day

Four days before Target's shareholder's meeting, "Don't Target Our Daughters Day" is Saturday, June 4th, 2016.

If you own Target stock, time to rethink your portfolio.  If you vote Democrat, time to rethink what you're supporting, which includes forcing hospitals to perform mutilating surgery.  If you're a Christian, you need to reread the Bible if you are supporting this nonsense.

Methodists being torn apart by the LGBT agenda

"And among the forces tearing at those bonds during 11 days of meetings at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., were arguments over the ordination of LGBT United Methodists and whether to allow clergy to perform same-sex marriages — which are now legal in America and accepted by a growing share of its citizens.

“It’s mind-boggling, and it baffles the Christian leader from Africa — I speak for all of Africa — it baffles the mind of the Christian leader from Africa, who ascribes to the whole Bible as his or her primary authority for faith and practice, to see and to hear that cultural Christianity can take the place of the Bible. United Methodists in America and other parts of the world are far going away from Scripture and giving in to cultural Christianity,”  [Rev. Jerry ] Kulah said."

Sunday, May 22, 2016

My choice was Walker

It's over and Trump is the GOP candidate, but my choice was Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor. Next to Palin, I think he must be the most hated Republican. And why not? Unions REALLY hate him. (from his last e-mail)
• More people are working in Wisconsin than ever before.
• Wisconsin moved up to #11 in Chief Executive magazine’s “Best States for Business” survey -- up from an abysmal #41 in 2010.
• By fighting fraud and abuse, we reformed our unemployment insurance trust fund from a $1.3 billion deficit in 2010 to a $743 million positive balance today.
• We passed a landmark Voter ID law that makes it easy to vote but hard to cheat.
And the Illinois Democrats were so pathetic and naive, they actually swarmed over the state line into Wisconsin to protest Walker, who is making their state look backward and broke.

The short cut

Library Matters's photo.

Why have toilets become such an issue when we'd never heard of the problem before?

This isn't about which toilet to use, it's about forcing the other 99% to conform to a radical agenda. I know transgendered people, and when appearing in public as their original self, they know what to do and where to go. When appearing as their new identity, they also have no problem. Someone wants us to think gender is fluid, after telling us for years our sexual preferences are fixed and we are born that way. They also are forcing a change in pronouns, and that has nothing to do with toilets. The big poke in the eye is forcing Christians, Jews and Muslims to violate the teachings of their religion, and everyone else to violate common sense. The first commandment and blessings and promise for Jews and Christians: 
Genesis1:27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth." 29Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;…(NASB)
The gender/sex band wagon is just getting started. I was reading about same sex unions/marriage in Christian journals in the 1980s, then it made it to the church annual meetings, first for ordination, then unions, then marriage. Look how long that took. There is a huge organization literally caught with their pants down by the SCOTUS decision, now hungry for power. Now the are moving to law suits to force you to conform--it's a cottage industry. 

Transgenderism, pedophilia, incest, and polygamy all have "rights" organizations and we'll see more demands. Some subtle and some not so subtle TV programs and commercials are already pushing the envelop. Noticed any TV commercials with adult men and young children?  Are you assuming the message is two daddies, or perhaps something more sinister that you'll just start accepting? I would look up some links for you, but I wouldn't want to do it on my computer--too many infecting cookies.

And then there's the "follow the money" axiom.  "Rights" organizations can blackmail corporations, banks, individuals and politicians and they'll settle rather than risk being "anti-whatever." Some, like Target, already had gay friendly boards and CEOs. 

Although I really don't see the toilet/shower edict by Obama as a gay issue since gay men are men, and lesbians are women, and women have a lot to lose in the fight for Title 7 and 9, especially in scholarships. I would think the rank and file of the LGBT would start noticing that their cause has been taken over by radicals which will not benefit homosexuals at all.  

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cardinal Robert Sarah's prophetic word for us


Cardinal Robert Sarah: “The battle to preserve the roots of mankind is perhaps the greatest challenge our world has faced since its origins, . . . Do not be afraid to proclaim the truth with love, especially about marriage according to God’s plans, . . ”

Sarah, who is African (Guinea), blasted gender ideology as “ideological colonization” and lamented the “insidious” dismantling of religious freedom in the United States. Sarah offered the faithful three suggestions: be prophetic, be faithful, and pray. [at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on May 17].

Set the sex slaves free

 Unless you're Catholic. Unless Catholics are willing to provide contraceptives and abortions, no government funding to free women. It just sounds so right and just when the ACLU explains it in PC language: "routinely denies reproductive health services to its clients because of its religious beliefs that prohibit abortion or emergency contraception." Kill the child, or else lose the money to free the slaves. Social agendas of progressives in government also removed Catholics from child adoption services because the goal of the government isn't doing what's best for children, but a far reaching social goal.

In 1930, Protestant churches began to cave on the contraceptive issue, and it's been down hill for Western society since. Now abortion, harvesting fertilized eggs, embryonic stem cell medical experiments, gay adoptions, easy divorce, law suits against nuns, same sex marriage and intersex bathrooms are all denying freedom of religious teaching.

That said, any church that accepts government funding for a food pantry, a playground for the poor, Section 8 housing, a program for the disabled, an ESL program for Muslims is required to do the government's bidding. President GHW Bush started this slide. It's probably time to cut all those ties (although even the laws will probably prevent that since churches will be forced to comply).

In the 20th century, there were 40 million Christians killed by their governments. Are we honoring their memory?

The assault against Americans' religious freedom continues—on all fronts and this is the best summary I've seen covering the HHS mandate, the public square, academe and public schools. Includes quotes from SCOTUS decisions and founding fathers.

The President is complicit in evil

Our pornified culture feeds the ‪#‎bathroomwars‬ which endangers women. And our president is cooperating either from bad advice from his gay agenda groups or he is complicit in the crime. Women's dignity and modesty are victims, as well as real women. His wife and daughters will never be victims--they will forever have a security detail with them.  This is just a small example--taking a photo up a woman's skirt and using it to sell a product.

"The latest [Calvin Klein] ad . . . shows the 'upskirt shot' taken looking up 22-year-old actress Klara Kristen's flimsy slip dress. The image is accompanied by the caption "I flash in ‪#‎mycalvins‬."

Klein ads also use underage, nude child images--which is the next goal in this agenda.

We answer to God for the evil we ignore.  
Encouragement from St. James

"My brothers and sisters,
if anyone among you should stray from the truth
and someone bring him back,...
he should know that whoever brings back a sinner
from the error of his way will save his soul from death
and will cover a multitude of sins."

Friday, May 20, 2016

Wisdom passed along to our children

"My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day's work for an honest day's pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police." Margaret Thatcher, September 20, 1981.