Monday, August 03, 2015

Cecile the lyin’

AskDrBrown's photo.

Her salary is $400,000/year and her net worth is over $4 million.  It’s a great business model.

The Zuckerberg baby

I've been watching the hype about the Zuckerbergs' pregnancy and their previous miscarriages. I'm having trouble with the value system that says it is a baby in the womb when the parents desire it, but a parasite and clump of cells when they don't. Who gets to decide that? The same people who say Cecil the Lion is worth more than a race horse that breaks its leg and is put down, or dog that doesn't meet breed specs for its size so it is destroyed, or aborted baby parts for sale.

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-mark-zuckerberg-baby-20150731-story.html

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Obama and Iran

A new 416 p. book is out in Iran by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  that describes how to "outwit America" and says their Supreme Leader is the “The flag-bearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.” . . .

“The fundamental flaw in the Obama administration's approach to Iran is one of poor judgment: Obama believes that Iran isn't that bad, and America really isn't that good. He wants to bring them up a peg, take us down and peg, and then over time everybody will be friends.”

Buck Sexton

http://nypost.com/2015/08/01/iran-publishes-book-on-how-to-outwit-us-and-destroy-israel/

Two great worship services, one Sunday morning at the Lake

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Services on the East side of the Pavilion at Lakeside at 8:30 a.m. is always wonderful.  Communion looking over the lake, brilliant sun, cool breeze, and a good sermon by Pastor Irwin Jennings. Then breakfast at the patio.  Today I decided to also take in the more formal service at Hoover Auditorium at 10:30  to hear Dr. Sergei Nikolaev, professor of Evangelism and President of the Moscow United Methodist Seminary in Moscow, Russia.  There were four selections by the Firelands String Quartet, prelude, postlude, offertory and anthem with the choir—a different kind of wonderful. Dr. Nikolaev told us a little about himself—raised in a atheist home in the USSR, he became a Christian while studying engineering physics.  One grandfather was educated and a teacher, but an atheist who travelled giving “sermons” on atheism, and the other was a simple bee-keeper, an Orthodox Christian who had icons in his home and would cross himself before meals. When the children of the family would ask what he was doing, they were told he was just a crazy old man.  I’m looking forward to his lectures this week.  He said as a Methodist, he doesn’t experience overt persecution, but his church is considered a cult by many and there is peer pressure and some harassment. With the problems between Russian and Ukraine he doesn’t see the Methodists as having some of the problems of the other Protestant groups in part because they are unified by one bishop and one seminary.  They pray for each other.

http://blog.lakesideohio.com/2015/08/02/preacher-of-the-week-the-rev-dr-sergei-nikolaev/

The BMI doesn’t tell the whole story, but . . .

I took the test. Much better than last summer at this time.

“Congratulations! Your healthy weight is well worth the effort. It reduces your risk of serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. To maintain a healthy weight:

•Embrace healthy eating by choosing a variety of nutrient-rich foods, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains and small amounts of energy-dense foods like olive oil, nuts and dried fruits.

•Exercise. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense activity daily.

•Set action goals focused on specific healthy activities such as improving muscle tone through strength training or starting a daily food and activity diary.”

http://www.mayoclinic.org/bmi-calculator/itt-20084938

A high amount of body fat can lead to weight-related diseases and other health issues and being underweight can also put one at risk for health issues. BMI and waist circumference are two measures that can be used as screening tools to estimate weight status in relation to potential disease risk. However, BMI and waist circumference are not diagnostic tools for disease risks. A trained healthcare provider should perform other health assessments in order to evaluate disease risk and diagnose disease status.

Another way to estimate your potential disease risk is to measure your waist circumference. Excessive abdominal fat may be serious because it places you at greater risk for developing obesity-related conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. Your waistline may be telling you that you have a higher risk of developing obesity-related conditions if you are1:

  • A man whose waist circumference is more than 40 inches
  • A non-pregnant woman whose waist circumference is more than 35 inches

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/index.html

Following the logic of the left

 

An inspiration for all people, but especially women

The Comical Conservative's photo.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Big game hunting in Zimbabwe is important for its economy

"Hunting in Zimbabwe with Georgia Safaris for some of the finest African dangerous game hunting trips available. Over the past 20 years Georgia Safaris specialized in Cape buffalo hunting, African leopard hunting safaris and sable antelope hunting. John Hunt has been leopard hunting in Zimbabwe for almost 40 years.

We focus on hunting two of the African Big 5 but also have affordable elephant hunting safaris available of up to 30 pounds a side. Lion hunting in Zimbabwe is subject to availability of tags."

http://www.huntinginzimbabwe.com/

Why is the world aflame over Cecil the lion and not Cecile the CEO who sells baby parts?

 ‪#‎lionslivesmatter‬, ‪#‎unbornbabieslivesmatter‬

There is a civil war brewing among librarians

Librarians are missionaries, although non-pacifist.  They are also members of the most liberal of all professions: 223:1 liberal to conservative. There is a disagreement about the mission.

http://insights.uksg.org/articles/10.1629/uksg.230/

There is a growing rift between those who believe the library’s most fundamental purpose is to support and advance the goals of its host institution and those who believe the library’s most important role is as an agent of progress and reform in the larger world of scholarly communication. Although these two areas of endeavor are not mutually exclusive, they are in competition for scarce resources and the choices made between them have serious implications at both the micro level (for the patrons and institutions served by each library) and the macro level (for members of the larger academic community). The tension between these two worldviews is creating friction within librarianship itself

Cecil the lion and Cecile the CEO

Weep for Cecil but remember he's an animal; pray for Cecile and remember she's killing human babies and getting paid for it.

The killing of Cecil the lion has been at the forefront of international outrage regarding big game hunting and now the Obama administration says they will join in helping investigate his death. The Hill reports that the administration is “ready to take action” and offer support to the Zimbabwean government. Earlier this month, American dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil outside a Zimbabwean park.

Laury Parramore, a spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service said, “The Service is deeply concerned about the recent killing of Cecil the lion. We are currently gathering facts about the issue and will assist Zimbabwe officials in whatever manner requested. It is up to all of us — not just the people of Africa — to ensure that healthy, wild populations of animals continue to roam the savanna for generations to come.”

Although it is wonderful that the Obama administration has strong convictions about the killing of animals, it is unbelievable that this concern outweighs the trafficking of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood.

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/07/31/obama-will-investigate-death-of-cecil-the-lion-ignores-planned-parenthood-selling-aborted-babies/

Doesn’t Zimbabwe, which allows big game hunts, have any other problems Obama needs to be concerned about?  Poverty?  Disease?  Education?  He’s done zip for Africa.  Far less than Bush or Clinton during their terms in office.

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorLankford/videos/vb.130873066975024/931954260200230/?type=2&theater

How to make oven baked rice

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Oven-Baked-Rice

350 degrees, spray a casserole dish, heat 2 cups of water and add butter and salt.  Add 1 cup dry brown rice.  Bake for 25-30 minutes in covered dish.  Remove and fluff.

Now, don’t lose this again, understand?

Hillary Clinton’s e-mails

98.9 FM The Answer's photo.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Foods that fight inflammation

Your immune system attacks anything in your body that it recognizes as foreign—such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical. The process is called inflammation. Intermittent bouts of inflammation directed at truly threatening invaders protect your health.

However, sometimes inflammation persists, day in and day out, even when you are not threatened by a foreign invader. That’s when inflammation can become your enemy. Many major diseases that plague us—including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s—have been linked to chronic inflammation.

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Today I’ve had all of these except fish and I had fish tacos on Tuesday evening. Ooh, I feel so healthy!

Safe, affordable healthcare for women

Hillary and the White House are doubling down on the Planned Parenthood (sic) selling of baby parts.  She's calling it "safe, affordable healthcare for women," not evil, not death, not parts for profit, not babies. And the White House is really slick--calls the videos fraudulent, I suppose because restaurant noise was edited out (the entire videos are also available if you have the stomach for pure evil).

Let's say you're a Democrat or an Independent or a Libertarian and OK with abortion or a woman’s right to choose when it's a blob of cells, because about 90% are aborted at less than 13 weeks and don't look like a baby to you.  But 1.4% are over 21 weeks, or about 10,225 a year (CDC reports 730,322 abortions in 2012). Those are live children who could survive outside the womb, who can feel pain, cry, turn somersaults, and hear their mothers' voices. What's a good number for you before you call it what it is?

The word police on campus

"Language has been described as complicated, intriguing and beautiful.” So opens the University of New Hampshire’s “Bias-Free Language Guide,” whose unstated purpose is to make language a lot more complicated and less beautiful. “We offer this guide as a way to promote discussion and to facilitate creative and accurate expression,” the authors assert. “This guide is not a means to censor but rather to create dialogues of inclusion where all of us feel comfortable and welcomed.” 

Oh boy. So what is offensive? Well, the photo with the guide shows no one of European origin--not Irish, German, Serbian, French, Russian, or Finn. Everyone is thin, good looking and dressed alike in denim and white. No one is disabled. No males in the photo, although one person appears to be gender-neutral or transitioning.

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 https://web.archive.org/web/20150730183429/http://www.unh.edu/inclusive/bias-free-language-guide?

Senior citizen, elder, and elderly have been banished from the guide—back to “old people.” When I was a college student I thought anyone over 25 was an old person. HA!  Micro aggression has been subdivided to micro-assault, micro-insult and micro-invalidation.

Canadian train tour

Not this summer, but maybe next year. http://www.agawatrain.com/packages-schedule/  We love train travel.

A Spectacular Fall Colour Tour: Come Aboard The Agawa Canyon Tour Train—An Adventure Inside And Out!

Welcome aboard one of the most popular train tours in North America. This one-day wilderness excursion will transport you 114 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, over towering trestles, alongside pristine northern lakes and rivers and through the awesome granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Outreach and engagement

Expansion at the highest levels of academe should never surprise me, but it does. "Outreach and engagement" is for vice presidents or associate provosts of universities, and as I look through their names and photos, it's a good way to add females and minorities to white privileged administrations. The titles are often added to "diversity" jobs. They even have their own consortium.

 http://engagementscholarship.org/resources/university-based-engagement-offices

Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Steinmetz has named a 10-member committee to search for the vice provost for Outreach and Engagement. The committee will be chaired by Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries Carol Diedrichs, and also includes Ola Ahlqvist (Geography), Eric Anderman (Educational Studies), Trevor Brown (John Glenn College of Public Affairs), Ronald Hendrick (FAES), Mark Shanda (Theatre), Natasha Slesnick (Human Sciences), Sarah Thompson (student representative, Social Work), Eric Troy (Student Life) and Kimberly Lambert (Human Resources, ex officio). Associate Vice Provost Stephen Myers will manage the day-to-day operations of the Office of Outreach and Engagement until a vice provost is hired.

Pretend I’m a lion

Young, Black And Conservative.'s photo.

Another Planned Parenthood video released

The Center for Medical Progress released another in its ongoing series of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s operations and trade in organ harvesting. Dr. Savita Ginde, the VP of PP’s Rocky Mountains group who appeared briefly in the previous video, echoes Deborah Nucatola in explaining how PP trains its technicians to adjust their procedures to maximize organ and tissue extraction — a violation of the federal law that allows such transfers in the first place. Ginde also discusses how to use language to obfuscate the obvious transaction taking place, the sale of specific organs for specific compensation.

http://hotair.com/archives/2015/07/30/new-planned-parenthood-video-more-price-haggling-admissions-of-procedure-changes-for-harvesting/

“The dissection scene is grisly, to say the least. The same organization that insists it only removes “clumps of cells” has its technician pushing a fetal brain around the pie plate, while pointing out the child’s kidneys, adrenal glands, stomach, heart, and eyeballs. This came from a first-trimester fetus, a stage at which the abortion industry insists that its service has no moral consequences.”

Mike McConnell is back on WLW Cincinnati 770

I used to enjoy Mike McConnell WLW Cincinnati while driving, then he moved to Chicago, now he's back in Cincy. I never knew if he made someone mad, or was too sarcastic or political, but the few times I did find him when we were driving to northern Illinois, the thrill was gone.  One of my favorite remarks from 2007 (from one of my blogs): "I was listening to the local (Cincinnati) talk show in the car this morning and the host Mike McConnell was talking about how over protected children are today. His plan, if he were in charge of the U.S. Dept. of Education, would be, "Sit down, shut up, and pay attention," and it wouldn't cost the tax payers a penny."

Welcome home, Mike.

The word police

But it won't end even for every trans peep you get right, all <1%. Some word police want "wife" and "husband" removed--too sexist and bigoted for same sex. Some want masculine and feminine pronouns removed. I suppose eventually gay and lesbian, brother and sister, mother and father, grandmother, aunt, grandfather and uncle, mare and stallion, stud and bitch, will have to go and male cardinals will not be able to be red with brown, dull mates. It's another way to destroy history, the Bible, the English language, biology, rewrite most laws, all census records, all of literature, theater and film. Some believe their own reality is all there is. The rest is lies, bigotry, hate and anger. Should be a piece for The Onion, but unfortunately, the inmates are in control of the asylum--and the language.

"NBC BLK contributor" Danielle Moodie-Mills (a lesbian activist who has written with her partner Aisha Moodie-Mills) wants to stretch the FCC – which only regulates broadcast radio and TV – into policing the Internet and print for “misgendering.”  - See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/tim-graham/2015/07/27/pronoun-wars-nbc-blk-pundit-wants-fcc-fine-anyone-misgendering?

The “misgendered” man/woman in the story was still using his pre-transitioned name, btw.

LGBT training in the schools

Michael Smith writes:  “I found the recent article about Iowa Safe Schools, the gay advocacy group disguised as an anti-bullying resource, to be intriguingly disturbing. This group has been teaching Humbolt, Iowa middle school students about homosexual relationships and anal sex under the watchful eye of government school administrators – and without the knowledge or approval of parents. According to the article in the Daily Caller, when approached with concerns of parents about such an agenda, “Nate Monson, executive director of Iowa Safe Schools, said parents who worry about middle school kids hearing about anal sex with strap-ons and analingus are ‘disgusting.’”

I’ve been watching with interest the recent SCOTUS ruling on same-sex unions and the very recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to drop all prohibitions of homosexual scout leaders. I’ve noticed a pattern that develops as a social deviancy is mainstreamed. While it is true that the existence of homosexuality is a historical fact, it is also a fact that members of this group are a distinct minority and their behavior has been viewed as a deviant behavior for almost the entirety of the two centuries of America’s existence.

I am confident my observations are unoriginal – and my views are based on a premise that America is being subjected to a particular form of progressive ideology that demands individuals submit to the cognitive dissonance of the two mutually exclusive concepts that libertine behaviors are to be promoted yet regulated at the same time. I have deduced 6 laws from these observations:

In any given progressive-libertine societal system:

1. Deviant minorities will tend to erroneously define the majority’s tolerance of a specific deviancy as acceptance of the entire minority and/or a specific deviancy.

2. Majorities rarely unconditionally accept deviancy, but they do allow it.

3. The fallacious assumption that allowance constitutes acceptance of the entire minority and/or a specific deviancy leads to an equally fallacious assumption that such allowance mandates active celebration of the deviancy by the majority.

4. When a previously forbidden deviancy is allowed, the aggrieved minority will not treat it as with a passive acknowledgement of equality, it will be expressed as overt promotion of that particular deviancy.

5. Minorities are generally incapable of accepting equality as a contemporary status, they believe reparations and/or retribution for past prohibitions of the aforementioned deviant must be co-equal with the new “equality”.

6. When the deviant minority is challenged, they exhibit transference of guilt and responsibility by accusing the majority of equal or greater sins for retaining any opposition to the allowed deviancy.

For clarity, I do not use the words minority, deviant and deviancy as pejoratives, rather to describe aspects of society that are numerically small and distinctly different from the prevailing social mores of the majority.

LGBT activists have assured that the entertainment industry and government schools have moved quickly from allowance to acceptance to promotion of gay lifestyles, seeking to mainstream behaviors of an admittedly extremely small minority population. With the SCOTUS decision, the pattern is evident as they seek to do the same with commercial and religious activities. One wonders how soon the Boy Scouts will have a Gay Pride badge and what the requirements will be to get it.”

There is a natural way

"Dr. Thomas Hilgers’ development of the science of NaPro Technology has helped thousands of women who suffer from the cross of infertility and other reproductive health issues to find hope and healing through the morally licit practice of medicine. While mainstream medicine is quick to send infertile couples to the IVF clinic, the specialized doctors and nurses who practice the scientific and morally sound methods of Restorative Reproductive Medicine, look at the whole patient. Through the readily observable signs of the fertility cycle, which are easily learned by the woman through instruction in fertility appreciation (also known as Natural Family Planning), medical professionals are able to diagnose the woman’s underlying condition, treat it, and help restore them to health. Incidentally, the rate of pregnancies achieved after treating the infertility is higher than the success rate of IVF, and, unlike IVF no embryos are lost, destroyed, or exiled indefinitely to a frozen limbo in the process."

http://www.popepaulvi.com/about.php

Services of the National Center for Women's Health

  • Infertility evaluation and treatment
  • Repeated miscarriages
  • Surgical treatment of endometriosis
  • Prematurity Prevention Program
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Recurrent ovarian cysts
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Postpartum depression
  • Perimenopausal/menopausal care
  • Polycystic ovarian disease
  • Reversal of tubal ligation

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

An apron themed buffet

I hear sprinkles on the roof and it's getting dark. I guess the Wednesday picnic in the park will be cancelled. But had a lovely luncheon with the herb study group at the Train Station. It was a salad lunch (using herb themes) with a few desserts. It had an apron theme. Cutest table decorations and little apron shaped cookies. A special guest was (?) who owns a coffee shop (Victory?) in Marblehead and makes aprons to order.

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I met an outreach librarian on my lakefront walk

On my morning walk along the lake I met Leah Schmidt the outreach librarian of Geauga County Public Library Outreach services. Sounds like a great program. She oversees the delivery and circulation of library materials to the public via the Bookmobile, Amish delivery services, homebound and outreach programming. http://www.geaugalibrary.net/newsite/component/content/article/28-gcpl-news/413-gcpl-promotes-leah-schmidt-to-head-of-outreach

“Ms. Schmidt was originally hired at GCPL as a shelver in 2013 before being promoted to a reference position in spring of 2014. Her extensive education and professional background made her a strong candidate for the Head of Outreach position when it became available this month. She holds a Master’s of Library Science and a Doctorate degree in cultural foundations of education, both from Kent State University. She also has an MBA in finance from Youngstown State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University. Additionally, her work as an educator for Kent State, and in community service at the Trumbull Community Action Program (T-CAP) in Warren, Ohio, provides a solid foundation as Head of Outreach.”

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Woman’s suffrage and the right to vote

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I’ve now heard three lectures on Woman’s Suffrage and women getting the vote in 1920 at this week’s Lakeside Chautauqua Lecture series.  I used to think it was a very significant part of our history, but not any more.  Nothing really changed for women except voting rights that I can tell.  The parallel 19th and 20th century movements of women’s groups concerning property rights, education, custody of children, safer child birth, dress reform, public health, public libraries, Sunday schools for factory children, female ordination in churches, seminary attendance, temperance,  and general national movements including freedom to travel, mass production of automobiles, cooperative extension, lyceum, Chautauqua, voting in local  and municipal elections, and more technology for the home (sewing machines, indoor plumbing, electricity) had already greatly improved women’s lives by 1920. 

They did vote, by the millions, but not for women or even women’s issues for another 40-50 years. WWI had a much greater impact on women than the 1920 right to vote. Then it was the Great Depression and WWII that changed lives. Women never got to vote on abortion, or even same sex marriage.

Just to be clear, this is my opinion, not that of the lecturer. She believes the Right to Vote was very important. I'm happy I can vote--I just think that by 1920, it made little difference in the lives of women.

The Defense budget—far less than social services

Just when I found the defense percentage of the budget chart, I can't find the liberal web page (Daily Kos, I think)  that totally distorted it. Well, it's between 17-22% of the budget depending on what you count as defense (some include pensions, VA, etc.) Most of the rest is social services like Medicare, Medicaid, WIC, EITC, SNAP, Social Security, Housing, agriculture (nutrition support), 128 programs to move money from citizen A to resident B and of course, interest on the debt. Never trust a liberal chart on the economy; they take our taxes and then say it's never enough.

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Hmm.  Looky there.  Federal pensions are more than health care.  Who knew?

For my readers who call me a racist because I don’t like Obama’s policies

Right Wing News's photo.

Obama is bi-racial, raised by white grandparents in an affluent home, and attended private schools and colleges.

The other six men are not bi-racial, and their families have a long history with the race struggle in America and probably have ancestors who were slaves, unlike the President.