Thursday, May 05, 2016

Fortieth Day after Easter Sunday, Ascension Day

Ascension Day occurs ten days before Pentecost and it always falls on a Thursday. However, some churches, particularly in the United States, celebrate it on the following Sunday.*

"The observance of this feast is of great antiquity. Although no documentary evidence of it exists prior to the beginning of the fifth century, St. Augustine says that it is of Apostolic origin, and he speaks of it in a way that shows it was the universal observance of the Church long before his time. Frequent mention of it is made in the writings of St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory of Nyssa, and in the Constitution of the Apostles. The Pilgrimage of Sylvia (Peregrinatio Etheriae) speaks of the vigil of this feast and of the feast itself, as they were kept in the church built over the grotto in Bethlehem in which Christ was born (Duchesne, Christian Worship, 491-515). It may be that prior to the fifth century the fact narrated in the Gospels was commemorated in conjunction with the feast of Easter or Pentecost. Some believe that the much-disputed forty-third decree of the Council of Elvira (c. 300) condemning the practice of observing a feast on the fortieth day after Easter and neglecting to keep Pentecost on the fiftieth day, implies that the proper usage of the time was to commemorate the Ascension along with Pentecost. Representations of the mystery are found in diptychs and frescoes dating as early as the fifth century." (Catholic Encyclopedia)

I watched this observance on Canadian TV.  I believe the President of the network is the priest.
  This service includes "spiritual communion."

It takes a long time for a Protestant (at least for me) to become accustomed to a Catholic mass because all the focus is on the Bible readings and on Jesus, instead of the preacher's sermon (brief) or the music style. However, there is more continuity among these services all over the world than those in our Lutheran church in one location.

*I also watched the Sydney, Australia and Toronto mass. They apparently will be celebrating this on May 8.

Let's Pretend you had Target rules in your house

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Let's pretend you are a progressive.  You have no problem with the new bathroom/toilet wars, and you think those who do have a sense of modesty are bigots and hateful, because it's OK to make 99.9% of the population feel uncomfortable so .1% can continue in a fantasy.

Let's pretend when I come to your house to play cards, and there's no door on the bathroom, but also no sexual predators, and you call me weird for feeling uncomfortable.

Let's pretend your adolescent daughter isn't comfortable with your naked boyfriend lounging in front of the TV, and he complains she's a prude for her sense of modesty.

Let's pretend your son has a very small penis and the other boys make fun of him in the shower room.  You tell the P.E. teacher to send him to the girls' shower because you believe he would feel better about himself there and the girls will just have to get over it. And of course, girls would never tease a boy about the size of his penis, right?

Let's pretend you invite visiting relatives in town for a church conference to spend the night at your home. There is no guest bathroom for them to use, but you tell them, just walk through the master bedroom and ignore your husband who likes to sleep in the nude. And don't worry about the sleepwalking.

Let's pretend you're at a crowded venue--maybe a rock concert.  Lots of beer flowing and some other unsavory stuff. The management has put up outdoor toilets stalls with no doors, open to all where people can get rid of the beer, and the occasional undigested pizza because there are too few stalls in the ladies room, plus now they are open to men anyway. The guys are too potted to even be dangerous so why are you so narrow minded, you're asked.

Thursday thoughts

The reason it's called "Adam's sin" and not Eve's or the Sin of Adam and Eve is because of headship and leadership. IMO. He got the instructions before she was even created, then stood around and watched what happened when Satan showed up.
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Here's how you spell third party. R-O-S-S   P-E-R-O-T. He was so successful he put Bill Clinton in the White House. I think it was 19% of the vote he took from Bush.
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The April 5 JAMA is filled with praise and hymns to Obamacare, noting of course, all the changes and reforms that are needed, assuming those mean old, greedy, haters cooperate. Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, one of the ACA architects, has an article (Rahm's brother). Had you heard there are still 25.3 million eligible "residents" (in other words, he's including non-citizens) without insurance? And of course, it's the fault of those states that wouldn't bankrupt themselves by expanding Medicaid. He flat out lies about the costs going down. Elsewhere in the issue there is a chart that shows the rate of increase in healthcare costs fell more under Bush than Obama, and it has now spiked again. Sloppy editor must have not caught that.
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I'd never heard of Larry Wilmore, the comedian at the White House Correspondents Dinner, who threw around the N word, but they are all liberal and all laughed, even the President. So coarseness certainly was acceptable before The Donald's appearance on the political scene. And fulfilling their role, the media are explaining to all of us in fly over country who would get fired or ostracized for the same speech, that it's really OK.
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I can think of at least three Catholic universities that should stop calling themselves Catholic. We don't call Harvard and Yale Christian colleges any longer; same with Marquette, Notre Dame and Georgetown and probably many others.
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Fox News and the Fox talkers have been 24/7 trumpeting Trump; I had enough and am desperate enough to watch PBS and QVC.
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"Of all the disheartening signs of the utter ignorance of so many American college students, nothing so completely disheartened me as seeing on television a black college student who did not know what the Civil War was about. Fifty years ago, it would have been virtually impossible to find a black adult, with even an elementary school education, who did not know what the Civil War was about." Thomas Sowell, May 3, 2016

A Democrat friend asked if I would vote for Trump

This is not the friend, but could be.  1957 class picnic
My earliest thought was he was a decoy to get Hillary elected. Then as the populist thing got going, he began to believe he could do it. He would say awful, cruel things, tell lies and people would cheer. He may still be the decoy of your team, and at this point it doesn’t matter. He’s not pro-life, he’s not free trade, he’s not anything conservatives have wanted and complained that Obama wasn’t. He’s big government, a huge (YUGE) statist, just like Hillary and Obama. He just rattles off all the things as president he will do, and with Obama as his example of the terror and power of the executive branch, who’s to say he’s wrong. We’ve been living with it for 7.5 years. Orange is the new black. No, I don’t intend to vote for him, I have no party, but I have a conscience.

You’ve always been straight line loyal to your party even if it was awful. If gay marriage, and the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal didn’t convince you, sharing a bathroom with men won’t bother you. If blowing up the student loan debt doesn’t remind you of 2007, who am I to say, Look out, here it comes again. If the plans to get all those criminals out of prison and back on the streets to undo all the good of the Omnibus Crime Bill of Clinton One, then let the violence soar. If ISIS doesn’t scare you, well, we’re old and have no grandchildren. Not me. I’ve never been a party girl. But now there’s no place to go.

I’ll still vote for best of show in local and state, and that usually is Republican, but not always. Our conservative suburb is becoming more and more Democrat with each election. There were plenty of times I didn’t choose either and left the slot blank. And no, I wasn’t a “Cruzer,” all my choices (Walker and Jindal) left long ago. Loved Fiorina, but she never had a chance, no wealth or power—women have to have coat tails in this country. You remember how they crucified Palin because she was just an ordinary person who chose not to abort. But Cruz is loyal to constitutional principles, which is why he was so hated by Boehner and other Republicans who just wanted to be in DC, go to the parties, fly around the world to meetings and support anything they could throw money at.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

But it was all an accident

Researchers at Indiana University have combined scaling laws with a model of biodiversity to produce a new estimate of the number of microbial species on Earth: somewhere between 100 billion and 1 trillion. (The Scientist, May 4). And at the other end, Hubble reveals an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the universe or so, but this number is likely to increase to about 200 billion as telescope technology in space improves. Minor league stuff--the human body may have 37.2 trillion cells--depends on who is counting--and each cell has a sex--male or female. But hey, it's all an accident, it all evolved. No thought or design.

Welfare for all, even the rich

"As the Democrats, every day, become the party of socialism, Hillary is promising a $15 minimum wage, a lifetime of unemployment insurance, and free health care if people’s jobs get shipped overseas for some unknown reason. She promises an expansion of an already bankrupt Social Security system. She promises more federal money for public schools, a bailout for student loan debt, expanding Obamacare to 12 million illegal immigrants, but she’s not done there.

Welfare isn’t just for people. She also promises to continue Obama’s programs of corporate welfare and cronyism, with hundreds of billions of dollars, your dollars going to fund green energy schemes and companies, while driving the coal and oil industries out of business. . .

She is also the warmonger-in-chief. . . That seems strange, a Democrat. But she has supported or directed using the U.S. military to intervene in every circumstance and at every turn, killing thousands of innocent civilians along the way. Led by her policies, America is now active in 160 countries worldwide. I believe we have military operations in more countries than ever before in our — in our country’s history."

Glenn Beck on the Clinton presidency, and he has some words for the Republicans, too.

For indecisive voters

For all you wishy washy Democrats who thought possibly you could cross over because you hated Hillary so much and you Republican  fence sitters thinking you could support Kasich if he ran because he was such a nice guy, said such sensible things and didn't say any of that negative stuff--I think we've seen him today for what he is. A tool. Stayed in just long enough to insure that Trump would be the candidate.

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Trump is a wild card--an alternative view for pro-lifers

"Even if the candidate of the Left were winsome and squeaky clean, an Administration of the Left would be unrelenting in its war to make Catholic institutions fund abortions and contraceptives and recede from any moral objections to same-sex marriage.

We would see an extension of the same drive to detach Executive orders ever more from the statutes that supply, at once, their authority – and their limits. A “rule of law,” now teetering at the very edge, would pass well over that edge, not merely disfranchising us, but diminishing us all.

Mr. Trump is a wild card, but he is likely to sign pro-life measures, and he is seeking advice now from the right people to appoint a plausible successor to Justice Scalia. In this Guide for the Perplexed, we may find reason to bite our lips and take the Wild Card over the brutal Sure Thing on the other side."  Hadley Arkes

We all lost in Indiana

Elections have consequences. In 2008 there were many black and white Republicans who crossed over and voted for Obama, thinking, "Finally, we can put racial hatred and animosity behind us." Ha! It's never been worse in my life time and now we have the marriage and bathroom wars. And in 2012, there were so many self-righteous Christians who sat it out because they didn't want to vote for a Mormon. So we've finally come to the day I thought would never happen. (Last night my son reminded me of all the times I lectured him on voting.) I will not vote for a misogynist, narcissistic, pro-choice, buffoon who feeds on fear of immigrants and "others" and makes promises even more vague than Hope and Change. I've believed all along he was a decoy to get Hillary elected, so my vote won't matter, but my conscience will be clear.

I'm with Ilya Somin who is an immigrant (USSR), a professor at the George Mason University School of Law, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, a blogger for the Volokh Conspiracy, a libertarian, author, and daddy of a darling baby girl . He wrote a book titled Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter. Maybe now he can write one on how we threw it all away.

"A great evil has come to pass tonight. The GOP has taken a big step towards becoming ...a US version of the National Front. I have never had much confidence in voters. But, in 2016, even the little I had has proven to be excessive. Still, I am as ‪#‎NeverTrump‬ as ever, and the fight against him must continue by any and all available means. 
It is a dark time in American politics, the darkest in my lifetime (and not solely because of Trump). But they also serve who work to keep evil times from getting even worse." (FB post)
 "The followers of Donald Trump did not act like Republicans, did not act like Christians and did not act like Americans. They acted like a pack of dogs looking to kill anything that was good and right about our country and our freedoms. Donald Trump legitimized their hatred and they let it show on a daily basis."

Tuesday, May 03, 2016


  • Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni, noodles or spaghetti.
  • Curry was a surname.
  • A take-away was a mathematical problem.
  • Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.
  • Oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
  • All chips were plain.
  • Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
  • Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
  • Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
  • Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.
  • None of us had ever heard of yogurt.
  • Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
  • Cooking outside was called camping.
  • Seaweed was not a recognized food.
  • 'Kebab' was not even a word, never mind a food.
  • Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
  • Prunes were medicinal.
  • Surprisingly muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.
  • Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only seen a picture of a real one.
  • Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.
  • The one thing that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties...was elbows, hats and cell phones!