Friday, December 19, 2014
The left wing crazies are making it difficult to identify the protected victims! A Muslim student at the University of Michigan is taken down for satire because he's a conservative. At Marquette, a Catholic university, a tenured professor was taken out for criticizing (in a tweet) the lack of free speech and discussion in the classroom of a female grad student instructor of a philosophy class (no tenure) who shut down a student (no first amendment rights) in an after class private discussion on gay marriage, accusing him of homophobia for believing the church's teaching on marriage which the university thumbs its nose at. Wow. You need a score card. Al Sharpton is attacking a female executive (there are very few) at Sony. What if she turns out to be transgendered. Would that trump Sharpton’s shakedown because of his race?
Thursday, December 18, 2014
“The three Cubans released as a part of the deal belonged the so-called Cuban Five, a quintet of Cuban intelligence officers convicted in 2001 for espionage. They were part of what was called the Wasp Network, which collected intelligence on prominent Cuban-American exile leaders and U.S. military bases.
The leader of the five, Gerardo Hernandez, was linked to the February 1996 downing of the two civilian planes operated by the U.S.-based dissident group Brothers to the Rescue, in which four men died. He is serving a two life sentences. Luis Medina, also known as Ramon Labanino; and Antonio Guerrero have just a few years left on their sentences.”
Slap in the face of the families of the killed men. They were not told the swap was going to take place.
Al Sharpton is beginning the shakedown of Sony. Will he ask for white executives or just roaming around money for this?. A white female Sony executive makes a remark about Obama, and suddenly all 12.5% of Americans need an apology? She probably voted for him—twice. Sharpton’s got some kind of gig blackmailing cities for protecting these "peaceful" protesters, many of which show up for all the lefty events. The reps from the police unions said on TV that the police are practically on first name basis with some of them. You can bet the organizers aren't paying. The police get overtime, Sharpton gets face time on TV, and the tax payers get the bill (except Rev. Al, he cheats on taxes big time).
It took a Pope, a President and a Prime Minister to bring down the USSR. now a President and a Pope are propping up a dictator regime.
I don’t get to hear talk show host Dennis Prager often, but had him on today during a late lunch. He is not happy with the Pope. And I paraphrase him on Obama's normalizing relations with the Castro dictatorship. The Pope is a very nice man, he said, but he is a Latin American. They find it hard not to love a leftist dictator. Can we imagine such nice things being said about the right wing dictatorship of South African apartheid?
I've been stopped by the police 2.5 times (the 3rd time I was telling my husband what to do, so that gets a half although he was driving). It was always my fault, and I didn't argue with the police. Police have also come to the house when we called (burglary) and when a neighbor called (saw a strange car in the drive-way she didn't recognize). I called the police when there was a flasher in my library following young women around in the stacks and another time when a suspicious guy hung around a female employee at night. More recently, I took a cell phone to our local police which I found in my car that had drug messages on it (fell out of the pocket of someone who parked my car for me we found out later). I'm wondering now if I might have been a victim instead of being protected? (That's sarcasm.)
Jack Webb on being a policemen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7COcohB9n3w
Sony wasn't the first casualty of terrorists and films. Remember the lies the WH told on the morning news shows about the video causing the Benghazi tragedy? That film maker actually went to jail (supposedly on unrelated charges that were being ignored, and probably for his own safety after the government goof up). But there have been no more unflattering films made by Americans about Islam, have there? Few death threats against theaters and some bombings and beheadings seems to cool creative expression.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
“Student organizations representing women’s interests now routinely advise students that they should not feel pressured to attend or participate in class sessions that focus on the law of sexual violence, and which might therefore be traumatic.”
Maybe doctors in training should not have to study virology or bacteriology for fear of triggering memories of children immunizations? Pre-vet students should be excused from equine rotation if a horse kicked them at the rodeo.
“It's time to admit that appeasing students' seemingly unlimited senses of personal victimhood entitlement, unenlightened views about public discourse, and thinly-veiled laziness is not merely wrong, but actively dangerous. Colleges are supposed to prepare young people to succeed in the real world; they do students no favors by infantilizing them. But worse than that, by bending over backwards to satisfy the illiberal mob, colleges are doling out diplomas to people who are prepared for neither real life nor their eventual professions. Should medical colleges abdicate their responsibility to instruct students on how to administer a rape kit to a victim, or ask a victim difficult questions about her trauma, because that discussion is triggering to some of the students?”
The country had a melt down over Ebola which killed or sickened a few people and got us an Ebola czar with no experience for a few weeks. But there wasn't much said about the mysterious virus that has killed 12 children, left 94 with polio like paralysis, and sickened over 1,000. Lots of unanswered questions. We've finally got a new name: Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), but the experts are not sure how it is related to EV-D68 virus. CDC is unable to answer whether the EV-D68 epidemic is connected to the tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children allowed to enter the U.S. from Central and South America in the last couple of years. EV-D68 is known to have circulated in El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
We enjoyed the matinee performance of the Nutcracker at the Ohio Theater on Sunday. Our 10 year old Lakeside neighbor who has been in several of Bob's paintings was performing in a small part. The devotion of the parents to exposing their children to this type of culture is admirable--her mother was probably there 8 hours Sunday because another child became ill and she will also do the evening performance. I did the football, baseball, track, cross country, soccer, cheerleader, Campfire, sports lunchroom, Jones musical gigs, UA high school choir--but I never told my kids about dancing lessons. It was fun to stand at the stage door after the performance to wait to see her. Bob gave her a Twinkie—other dancers got bouquets.
“We open on Christmas Eve, in the Stahlbaum house. There's music and presents and food, and the three Stahlbaum children are beside themselves with joy at the wonder of it all. There's danger on the horizon though, heralded by the arrival at the door of local magician Drosselmeyer. He brings bearing gifts for the children, including a wooden nutcracker. This is just the start of an adventure which will lead our characters into a war between mice and gingerbread men and through the Land of Sweets. “
We were pretty high up for $58/seat—not exactly nosebleed territory, but close. Managing that many stairs was very difficult for me, and on Monday my legs felt like I’d been in a box for 2.5 hours—seats are pretty small.
Putting on my “fashion police” cap, I was so pleased to see that younger women are rejecting their mothers' idea of fashion (sweatshirts and jeans) for nice events in classy theaters. I was just amazed at the well turned out young ladies in dresses! and heels at this event. How refreshing. The "protest march" look was really getting old.
This photo is from the Internet and we think that is Lillian in the front (red hair). She was a “page,” and appeared in the 2nd act.
Just an awful, awful sight. Such beautiful kids.
When I have trouble finding the right word, I try Google. Obama can't seem to say, "Taliban." The left never runs out of names for the Tea Party. Must be something political.
This child lost his mother who was a teacher at the school.
Tax more. Spend more. Take away more personal freedoms. Kill the unborn and weep over the condemned killer. It’s easy, and they all seem to agree.
I’m so tired of listening to these conservative talkers tear apart the various possible candidates for 2016. Ted Cruz—now there’s a guy with guts (or something else). Ted Cruz—he’s just crazy, only concerned about advancing his career. Rand Paul—best thing since sliced bread. Rand Paul—what a loser. Really? Republicans couldn’t agree on where to go for lunch.
Father Mark Yavarone, O.M.V. (Oblates of the Virgin Mary) humbly and prayerfully offering himself to those in need at Planned Parenthood, Boston, Massachusetts.
Posted by Kelly Thatcher at her blog.
This correction in the New York Times was appended to an article about tax evader and chief presidential consultant on race Al Sharpton's march on Washington. The reporter mixed up Michael Brown and Darren Wilson, got the Trayvon Martin story wrong, and even misspelled his name in an earlier correction. This is what the most famous newspaper in the land uses for reporters?
"Correction: December 13, 2014. An earlier version of this article misidentified, on second reference, the person who was shot in Ferguson, Mo. It was Michael Brown, not Darren Wilson. An earlier version of this article also referred incorrectly to the shooting of Trayvon Martin. He was killed by a civilian, not by a police officer. In addition, an earlier version of this correction misspelled Trayvon Martin’s given name as Travyon."
Scroll to the end, past the opinion that passes for news: http://www.nytimes.com/.../thousands-march-in-washington...
Monday, December 15, 2014
I bought this nice hard cover Taste of Home at Marc’s last week for $2.93. I’ll put it on the coffee table to browse while “watching” TV. Maybe it will inspire me to try something new, but I really think I’m buying more processed or store baked foods now than when I worked and didn’t have time.
It was announced in 2002 that Reader’s Digest Association Inc . acquired Reiman Publications LLC for US$760 million cash, and also completed US$950 million in syndicated financing that was partially used to fund the Reiman purchase. Link. Initially, there was little change in the folksy format or style, but the most recent Taste of Home I saw looked like any other recipe magazine, including lots of ads and coupons.
On the cover is Best Chocolate Raspberry Torte (p. 57)
Or as the Department of Justice delicately puts it: “The demographic characteristics of homicide victims and offenders were different from the characteristics of the general population.”
Most violent crime is intrarracial—93% black on black, 87% white on white. But the rate of crime is much, much higher for blacks. In fact, in numbers, more blacks are victims/offenders than whites even though they are only 13% of the population.
Blacks were disproportionately represented as both homicide victims and offenders. The victimization rate for blacks (27.8 per 100,000) was 6 times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000). The offending rate for blacks (34.4 per 100,000) was almost 8 times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000). Young black men are at much greater risk walking the streets of their neighborhood than they would be knocking over a minority owned store and confronted by a policemen (who would probably be black). http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/htus8008.pdf
Violent crime has been drastically reduced in the last two decades.
1 in 4 police are members of a minority.
Black infants are substantially more at risk for homicide than are other infants. In 2011, the homicide rate for black infants was 15.3 per 100,000, while Hispanic and white infants had rates of 6.0 and 4.9 per 100,000, respectively. However, the rate for black infants has decreased greatly since 1990, when it was at 24.5 per 100,000. http://www.childtrends.org/
A woman from St. John's told me about this vital ministry when she delivered baby gifts to the pregnancy center--the bed brigade. Watch the video. Very touching.
This is one of the most interesting and unique ministries I’ve heard about. Church members build bed frames, supply new mattresses, and then witness to the recipient about the love of Jesus when they are delivered to homes in need.
Our Purpose: We have been called by God to build beds and deliver them free of charge to those in our midst who need them. In doing this, we are engaging our church family of St. Johns in a service ministry that meets a very basic need that is unmet for so many. This allows Jesus to work through our hands to love others on his behalf. Our purpose is to meet a real need and to point others to the love and truth of Jesus Christ.
There is also one in Circleville.
St. John’s is located at 3220 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio, 43123 ~ (614)875-2314. Scott Ness is the Associate Pastor at St. John’s. I watched him grow up; in fact I remember when his mom was pregnant.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
This is "Gaudete" Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent. In Latin, Gaudete is a positive command that means, "Rejoice!" St. Paul tells the Thessalonians, "Rejoice always!" As far as I can tell that’s not followed by an under the breath, “except,” or “unless,” or “that’s too hard,” or even, “what about the terrible news today.”
“That's impossible, what he's saying is impossible, it can't be done,” you're right, from the human viewpoint. It is not natural. It is, however, supernatural joy, and that's the kind of joy we're talking about. We're not talking about happiness which comes from happenings, or happenstance, or because something just happens to be good. We're not talking about a shallow, superficial, emotional response to positive circumstance. We're talking about not a natural joy, but a supernatural joy. It is a joy at another level. It's a divine level. That is why it says in Galatians 5, “The fruit of the Spirit is love” – what's the second one – joy.” That is why in Romans 14 you have in verse 17 that marvelous statement that “the Kingdom is made up of joy in the Holy Spirit.” It is a spiritual joy. It is a Holy Spirit joy. It is a supernatural joy.” Grace to You
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The president said about 22 times in public (according to John Boehner, a great flip flopper himself) that he lacked the constitutional authority to enact amnesty for illegal aliens without permission of Congress. [Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. ]
"Every senator in this body should be put on record whether he or she believes it is constitutional for a president to disregard, to ignore federal immigration laws, and to grant blanket amnesty to millions in defiance of both the laws on the books and the voters" - Ted Cruz, son of Cuban immigrant.
"It is Congress’ job under Article 1,Section 8, to create a uniform rule of naturalization, a way in. It should be done line by line, section by section with the input of the public instead of being done by one person. It looks more like a dictatorship when a president is unilaterally making decisions for the American people." Mia Love, daughter of Haitian immigrants
Michael Smith writes: "What does it say about a society that has grown comfortable with cursing so ubiquitous as to be a normal part of conversation while being uncomfortable with words like "illegal alien", "gay" or "Merry Christmas?""
I like the term "undocumented Democrat" as a replacement for "illegal alien" which offends the sensitivities of people in Cleveland, Ohio, who don't live near the Texas/Mexico border.
"Gay" used to be a pejorative (addicted to pleasure and dissipation), but has come into its own, and now even "queer" has become quite acceptable, as is "trany."
I think, since the word "holiday" comes from holy day (hāligdæg, hālig "holy" + dæg "day"), we could compromise with "Blessed holy days" as an acceptable substitute for Merry Christmas, bringing in Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and any others who want to join in on pleasant greetings of the season. The Bible used the Greek word makarios, which means to be happy or blissful. So why not have a happy blissful holy day?