Sunday, July 31, 2011

Every Move You Make, Every Click You Take, I’ll Be Watching You

Just like the anti-Bush war protesters--the anti-Bush privacy protectors seem to have disappeared. This administration doesn't want a warrant for a search--just wants all your information, "just in case." I have serious doubts that this is about child pornography and is all about those who don't like Obama. All the lefties who objected to filters on library computers to protect children must be behind this. After their conversion, of course.

Belmont Club » Every Move You Make, Every Click You Take, I’ll Be Watching You#more-16002#more-16002#more-16002

The end of Obamanomics

What a ridiculously racist statement--Obama can't tax and spend his way to prosperity!

"As the U.S. debt crisis drags through next week and then spills over into next month and next year, one thing seems clear. These may well be the last days of Obamanomics and the general idea — adopted around the globe — that governments can tax and spend their way to prosperity via mass redistribution of income and wealth."

The end of Obamanomics | Economy | Financial Post

Yes we Spam: Phone calls to House spike again following Obama plea for action

Obama urges Americans to spam their congress people.

Phone calls to House spike again following Obama plea for action - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Saturday, July 30, 2011

A letter from 43 Senators about

Harry Reid's plan: "The plan you have proposed would not alter the spending trajectory that is putting our economy and national security at risk. In return for an unprecedented $2.4 trillion debt limit increase, your amendment reduces spending by less than $1 trillion over the next decade. Setting aside the $200 billion shortfall between the CBO scored savings and the $2.4 trillion debt limit increase, identified by the Congressional Budget Office, most of the proposal’s alleged savings are based on a false claim of credit for reductions in war-related spending that were already scheduled to occur. This amendment proposes no change to our military posture and, for that reason, these savings are the sort of widely ridiculed accounting gimmick that breeds cynicism about our ability to tackle our fiscal challenges. The only possible justification for a $2.4 trillion increase in borrowing authority is to allow the President to avoid any accountability for these issues before his 2012 election. " Signed by 43 Senators

Money not spent is money saved

Our "new" free washing machine works great!

Recently my washing machine died--it was just the right size for our tiny basement and it had a matching tiny dryer. To buy an energy and water efficient front load model for $800+ it would have taken 9 years to see the savings in utilities to make up the higher cost. And that’s assuming there were no repairs, that I used it exactly according to manufacturers recommendations, that the electric and water rates didn’t go up (due to people using less) and I were using it 12 months a year instead of 10 weeks. Obviously, even a math midget like me can see there had to be a better way to save money.

My neighbor gave me his old washer that may last another 3 years (and actually does a better job than my old one in spinning out water and accepting larger loads). He and his nephew even hauled it down our steep basement stairs that resemble a ship’s ladder. Even if water and electric rates go up, even if it is inefficient, this deal is better than any offered by the government or Sears.

And it doesn’t cost you, the tax payer, a dime. The tax credit on energy efficient appliances are paid for by all of us from the time they are a gleam in a politician’s eye until they get to the paperwork at the store and to your accountant who has to fill out several forms. That credit has passed through many hands. A 25% credit on an $800 washer might be a $200 credit on your taxes, but it costs the American tax payer much, much more than that, and of course, a low income person probably doesn’t itemize, or doesn’t file an income with the IRS at all, nor could she come up with the balance.

Another plus. The old washer in the photo was made in the U.S.A.

The down side of historic preservation

I love “historic preservation.” After all, preservation, conservation and confirming what was good in the past is what conservative politics means. It represents what is often years of work and lobbying by local groups.

But there is a down side of unintended (or sometimes intended) consequences. There is no place for the poor or low income in historic, authentic neighborhoods, whether it’s Lakeside, Ohio, the German Village area of Columbus, Bay Point, Michigan, or Williamsburg, Virginia. Even if the government (assuming it is done with government grants) has set asides for low income, the requirements would mean a low income resident would lose his home if his income rises, and it won’t bring back the former residents now scattered through subsidized housing--it will only draw new “poor.” Nor is there any way you can require that your next door neighbor on government assistance or who is a plumber's assistant with a 25 year old truck, will necessarily have the values of the rest of the "preservationists."

A case in point is the restoration and renovation of The Abigail Tearoom (1933-2008). I used to suspect that the wallpaper (pieces of which are for sale at the Archives) and grape vines were holding it together. We had many wonderful meals there from 1974 until it was sold and then closed and auctioned, purchased by a young, talented architect. The meals were not gourmet, but ham loaf, stuffed green peppers and Swiss steak tasted pretty good there topped off with home made peach pie, or Mississippi Mud cake. The Abigail was two houses--one on Central built in the classic 19th c. style, and one on Third, a former boarding house with sleeping porches. The two houses were probably only about 2 feet apart, so a passage was built, and a kitchen tacked on to the rear.

The 20th c. house has been finished, staged, and is for sale--for $549,000. The other one which is still a work in progress will have 5 bedrooms, a family room, huge bathrooms, a lovely patio and landscaping, plus all the amenities today’s family thinks it needs, and will probably be around a million. Not even school teacher DINKS will be able to afford such a home--it will need to be lawyer, businessman, funds manager with a stay at home wife, and some money in the family tree that will fall when shaken.

These renovations are private money, but there are always tax credits for “green” and energy efficient appliances and building innovations, even insulation, which most cottages don’t have. Tax credits are also something only the well off can afford--like cash for clunkers and home insulation breaks. And what they truly cost after they pass from the tax payer in Ohio to the agency in Washington which will redistribute the money though dozens of agencies and the paychecks of bureaucrats, to the appliance dealer who has to fill out the paperwork and the owner’s accountant who has to figure it all out next April, with several forms, each costing you. Home mortgage “loopholes” are something we’ve all come to expect, but which the low income can’t really qualify for. At least I hope we've learned from the last housing bubble that tried that and crippled the nation economically.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Huge storm over Lakeside

The home show has just finished and lots of people were strolling the lakefront for the craft show, and all of a sudden the skies opened and deluged the place. Even in a golf cart these people won't be protected!

My husband was stationed at the Kunze house on Jasmine because he designed it. He said he got lots of positive comments. He rolled up here on his bike as the first drops of rain fell.

GOP is looking for an Obama win in 2012

If the GOP caves on this cut cap and balance, they are handing Obama a win in 2012. Obama will blame them either way. I've tried to follow this in the news and it's too frustrating and confusing. We do know it's only a cut in the increase, not a true cut. We do know that Obama is just too clever and has too many brain dead followers for the likes of Boehner to go up against.

When has your credit rating ever been improved by doing what the Democrats want?

The GOP regulars and RINOs are unhappy with Conservatives and Tea Party folk. Was it John McCain who said something about their experience? Well, who got us into this mess? Republicans who believed the lies of the Democrats! And compromised.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Am I tech savvy or what?

Connectivity has been a huge problem, as I noted before. So I've set the laptop up on the porch on the "kitty condo" and I'm sitting on a low camp stool. I have a sailing book on my right knee and the mouse is on that. Things seem to be working right now. The cat has moved to the porch furniture and doesn't seem too upset with this arrangement.

This condo was purchased for our previous cat, the lynxpoint, that didn't live very long. She also never figured out what her tail was, and would race inside out through the little kitty condo chasing it.

Reagan's error or Obama's?

Can he spare a dime for fact checkers before he looks even more uninformed and foolish than he already is? The deal was made--Democrats reniged! That should be the lesson for today. We know there will be no cuts, but the tax increased will last forever!

Reagan’s Error - By Yuval Levin - The Corner - National Review Online

Back in Lakeside

but no internet connection, so like the vacationers, I'm at the coffee shop. Glad they have wireless, but it sure is inconvenient! And laptops are heavy, at least those bought 9 years ago!

Hot and muggy. People are setting up for the craft show which begins tomorrow. The home tour (run by the Women's Club) is also tomorrow. Too hot for me to stand in line, although I love to look at cottages.

Signing off at 6:54 a.m.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Where would spending be without Iraq?

Obviously, we'd still have a huge problem.

Chart from American Thinker using CBO figures.

Anders Behring Breivik

Mr. Breivik, the 30-something terrorist who has killed almost 100 of his fellow countrymen, is being called everything from a Christian to a war gamer to a neo-nazi to a right wing fanatic. No one is calling him a socialist, but that's the society in which he grew up. Why deny the biggest influence in his life? Norway has low unemployment, almost zero poverty, the environment is gorgeous and carefully nurtured,and in a word, it is government controlled at every turn. The Christian church has no influence there, even if babies are baptized and teen-agers are confirmed. I'm not sure this is still the case, but their taxes used to support the church; it was not the responsibility and act of worship of the believers as it is in the U.S.

Do you suppose Breivik saw the push for multiculturalism and diversity and the acceptance of the Muslim culture as a threat to Norway's tightly regulated national spirit? After all, socialism is no match for fundamentalist Islam. National socialism is first and always, national in focus.

Calorie counts found lacking in fast food restaurants

This is why I always order dressing on the side and use the dipped fork method rather than pouring it on.

"Posted calorie counts in chain restaurants are often inaccurate, and weight-conscious consumers who select soups and salads are especially likely to be served heftier dishes than advertised, according to a new study from Boston researchers [reported in JAMA]."

However, it's important to remember that there is a vendetta out on so-called "fast food" restaurants. So read with a word of caution. Eat less, move more--that's the plan that will help both your body and your brain.

Calorie counts found lacking -

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Magic of Ordinary Days

I watched the Hallmark movie (2005) last night and I thought it was quite good--The magic of ordinary days. The plot is a college woman is pregnant by her soldier boyfriend (a cad, but she doesn't realize it), so her father arranges a marriage for her to a farmer in a remote area of Colorado a super nice guy whom she doesn't at first appreciate) who agrees to be the husband and father. There's a subplot involving Japanese farm workers whom she befriends.

In the end, of course, they fall in love.

But did rural women really wear hats while singing in the church choir in robes (one very brief scene)?

The male lead is Skeet Ulrich, whose real name is Bryan Trout. He's very good, and has appeared on some TV series, most recently Law and Order; Los Angeles.

This was adapted from a book by the same name, which might be worth reading, and there is a sequel in the works according to Wikipedia.

Garth's Auctions--mid century modern

Early in our married life (1960s) I admired our friends who had Eames style furniture, but I think they are uncomfortable, and there must have been a million knock-offs in all sorts of weird colors.

I'm beginning to see why my Mom wasn't too excited about Grandma's furniture from the 1920s or 1930s. You hate to see your era become an "antique."

Garth's Auctions, Inc. - Auctioneers & Appraisers : Full Details for Lot 216

So I looked up a few Paul McCobb pieces of furniture (mostly designed late 50s) for the budget conscious that we bought around 1963. The prices are astounding, so I guess they are antiques now, too. But also, they are comfortable.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bookclub selections 2011-2012

I'd better get busy. I usually use the summer to start to prepare at least for September. One book has 562 pages--maybe I should start that one now. The 1910 fire in Montana book sounds good--we were at Glacier National Park in 2003 when it was burning.

September 12
Two Girls of Gettysburg by Lisa Klein. (for middle school--we often select a children's or local author book) Led by Carolyn A. Author is from Clintonville, Ohio.

October 3
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe led by Dorothy.

November 7
In a Heartbeat: sharing the power of cheerful giving by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy. Led by Justine.

December 5
Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed by Philip Hallie. Led by Peggy.

January 9
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (562 pages!). Led by Judy. January's meeting will be at Panera's Beechwold meeting room from 2-4 PM

February 6
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America by Timothy Egan. Led by Jean. February's meeting will be at Panera's Beechwold meeting room from 2-4 PM.

March 5
The Good Earth by Pearl Buck. Led by Patty. [I read this in high school--thought it was a great book.]

April 2
Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Led by Carolyn A.

May 7
Hold Up the Sky by Patricia Sprinkle. Led by Carolyn C.

The Story of Dick Cheney's Heart

Even if you hate Dick Cheney (as some of my regular readers do), this article is well worth reading. A first heart attack at 37? We've known people like that and the second one was usually fatal. He's had 5 and now suffers from congestive heart failure. After his last surgery he was in intensive care for 5 weeks, and then rehab.

A few years in heart research is a generation. But no medical miracles would matter if the patient didn't have spirit.

"You could, and some people do, become so fixated on the disease that they, well, they don't get to get on with their lives. You've got to get on with your life," Mr. Cheney says. "It's never stopped me, though there's nothing in particular special about me. It's a reflection about how good the technology has grown."

The Weekend Interview: The Story of Dick Cheney's Heart -

Friday, July 22, 2011

Terror blast in Oslo

By the time I heard about the blast (it has since been determined that it was a bomb) Obama was giving a speech and he was lying on all news outlets. Finally, (11:35 a.m.) Fox has moved its attention to Norway.

Michelle Malkin » Terror blast in Oslo – “massive vehicle bomb;” Update: Norway had taken action against jihadi cleric who threatened to kill politicians

Update: Shortly after the explosions, which appeared to be a bomb attack, a man dressed as a police officer opened fire on a summer camp for young members of the ruling Labor Party on the island of Utoya in the Oslo fjord, about 25 miles from the city, and wounded at least five, a Norwegian security official said.

“The situation’s gone from bad to worse,” said Runar Kvernen, spokesman for the National Police Directorate under the Ministry of Justice and Police, adding that most of the children at the camp were between 15 and 16 years-old. There were initial reports that Mr. Stoltenberg was scheduled to attend a meeting at the camp.

As fear spread through the capital, the police moved to lock down a wide area of the city center, where the streets were already nearly deserted.
NYT Europe

Update: A blond Norwegian who bought 6 tons of fertilizer has been arrested. Sounds like the Scandanavian Timothy McVey.

Would you follow this leader?

Warns against scare speeches and hyperbole, then gives scare speeches.

He blasts income tax rates as too low and only for the rich, then agrees to extend them.

Insults and regulates businessmen and bankers, and then complains and whines that capitalists aren’t investing in the American economy enough to bail him out of his bad behavior.

Presents a budget with a $1.6 trillion deficit and then says our spending is unsustainable.

Votes against raising the debt ceiling when he was in Congress in 2006 (Democrats), when it was manageable, and warns of the consequences if Congress (Republicans) doesn’t raise it in 2011.

Presents no plan to reduce costs, then complains about the Republicans’ plan which actually is a plan.

In March Assad of Syria (a dictator) was a “reformer,” and now Syria needs “regime change” (same dictator).

Was against wars the last administration was involved in and gave comfort to the enemy with his votes and words, and now he has started his own in Libya.

Guantanamo--who even knows what is going on there, but he was against its existence 4 years ago and promised to close it during his campaign, but hasn‘t done anything.

He’s against wiretaps, deep water drilling, etc. but it’s OK for other countries, even those near by.

Yes, this man who waffles and wiggles and lies, is our president.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blogging may be light

I've apparently picked up another computer infection--not sure why my MacAfee and firewall stuff aren't working. Gary says you can get them between updates of the virus protection. It's really irritating. Wicked people in the world. So I'm in the kitchen at the laptop which prefers to try to connect to my neighbor next door instead of my office in the next room! Anyway. . . thoughts along the way. . .

Although it was totally narcissistic, Obama's comment that the 2012 vote will be about him and his policies not the other candidate is something I agree with. He currently loses against any unnamed person of any party. Still, "this is all about me all the time" attitude irks me. I saw something at Tammy Bruce about a campaign ad, but didn't see a link.

His whining over the debt ceiling is so irritating. Not even Richard Nixon, old Tricky Dick, was this annoying.

And we think Obama had too little experience to be a president? Look at poor Syria. "Until he became president, Bashar al-Assad was not greatly involved in politics; his only public role was head of the Syrian Computer Society, which introduced the Internet to Syria in 2001." [Wikipedia] I think Assad is an ophthalmologist by training, and his wife was born in the UK.

The House approved the Republican "Cut, Cap, and Balance" deficit plan to end the federal government's cycle of borrow and spend, borrow and spend. This wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the Tea Parties. Let's see if they can stop the stampeding elephants and RINOs from crushing the plan. Republicans helped create this debt.

Tom Zawistowski of the Portage County (Ohio) Tea Party reminds Boehner, "Most in Washington are representing the people who will get the money when they raise the debt ceiling but few are representing the people who will be on the hook to pay another $2 trillion in debt plus interest. We expect the conservatives we helped elect to represent us, the taxpayer." Boehner's another Nancy Pelosi type, an old timey wheeler and dealer, except he weeps and she didn't. Not sure these new guys have the patience for that.

Our oppresive heat continues. I walked early this morning and was still looking for shade at 7:20. My daughter, who is at the lake house, says the heat index there is 120. We thought that sounded a bit high, but I suspect it's for Toledo, 50 miles to the west, which is always hotter than Lakeside since it isn't on the Lake. But at least they did have some rain up there. We almost lost our impatiens during Methodist conference, but they've come back nicely with daily watering.

After 60 Years, Campus Crusade for Christ to Change Name

Has Campus Crusade for Christ gone all soft and emergent? They've changed the name to "Campus Crusade." That could be for environmentalism, or panty raids, or more beer. God help them (no he won't).

After 60 Years, Campus Crusade for Christ to Change Name

Bodice rippers workshop

Romance novelists have to be accurate (historical romance is 25% of the take), so someone (the cleverness of these people just amazes me) supplies a clothing workshop on Victorian dress. Deeanne Gist shows writers how "to squeeze into a dozen layers that a lady would have worn in the 1860s—stockings, garters, bloomers, chemise, corset, crinoline or hoop skirt, petticoats, a shirtwaist or blouse, skirt, vest and bolero jacket. By the end, workshop attendees were skeptical that seductions ever occurred, with so many sartorial barriers."

I've never worn a corset, but I do occasionally wear a back brace, and I can assure you there's nothing easy about that, and something has to go under it to protect my skin. Whatever it pushes out of the way in keeping me from bending over, bulges out somewhere else! And in Victorian days they didn't have velcro which makes getting in and out a little faster than lacing. And in those days bloomers were not pants, but two legs tied together at the waist so one could use the toilet without disrobing. So maybe. . .

How to Undress a Victorian Lady in Your Next Historical Romance -

The End of the Growth Consensus

Both parties have forgotten the lessons of the 80s and 90s, when 44 million jobs were created. Technically, this recession ended two years ago--but Obama is killing us and investment with his redistribution and "fairness" plans. Bush was certainly no small government guy and was a big spender, but he makes Obama, who is building on his mistakes, look like a drunken Teddy Kennedy with a credit card with no limits.
Big government has proved to be a clumsy manager, and it did not stop with monetary and fiscal policy. Since President Obama took office, we've added on complex regulatory interventions in health care (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and finance (the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act). The unintended consequences of these laws are already raising health-care costs and deterring new investment and risk-taking.
Read the whole story here: John Taylor: The End of the Growth Consensus -

Who's the bigger hypcrite?

Bob Conners on WTVN this morning interviewed a woman named Heather about some awards for really "bad-for-you" restaurant food, where a serving might have enough sugar and cholesterol for 3 days, and enough calories to fuel you for an entire day. I was waiting for one more nanny-state recommendation like eating green or planting a garden, but then she surprised me with her own hypocrisy. She put herself through graduate studies in nutrition by working at the Cheesecake Factory (and she was bold enough to claim you could eat healthy there if you reduced your portions, which of course no one does. You don't go to the Cheesecake Factory for a low-calorie, healthy meal.) She said her customers always looked a bit shame faced when she told them what she was studying, because they knew without being told, that they weren't eating right.

This is a different case, but I can recall NOT applying for the Women's Studies Library position at Ohio State University back in the 80s because I knew, 1) I would be required to buy, disseminate and distribute materials that violated my personal ethics, and that, 2) I wouldn't be able to do a good job for the people who needed that library for their research because of my own beliefs. Sure, I could've slipped in a title or two with a Christian viewpoint, but who would be fooled by that?

Everyone makes choices, Heather. You could've worked in the Human Ecology library and made less, but with a clear conscience.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2012: The End of the World As We Know It

"Like a replicating amoeba, America is pulling apart into two separate cultures. One is strongly committed to the birth of an even more robust, pro-growth, entrepreneurial capitalism. The other thinks Che Guevara and Karl Marx had important social insights relevant to America today, and wants to follow the path of Juan Peron 's Argentina, if not Hugo Chavez's Venezuela. This is the stark choice facing the American people in 2012." Read the rest: The American Spectator : 2012: The End of the World As We Know It

It's just too darn hot

Ella Fitzgerald sang that, and probably the lyrics are too racy to post, so I won't.

I walked for 10 minutes at 7:30 and at 8:45 went out for another 20 minutes. I stepped aside for the joggers, not out of respect because truly I think they are crazy, but because I didn't want to be splatter with sweat!

It's in the 90's here in Columbus with a heat index over 100, but there has been plenty of rain. That keeps things lush and green, but a bit like being in a steam bath. The Nationwide PGA tournament is going on across the street--I think it would be awfully hot on the golf course. Lots of trucks, toilets and traffic for tournaments this big.

Yesterday on my way to get my hair cut I was driving along Rt. 33 and noticed a change in the road crews from 2 or 3 years ago. Remember all those jobs Americans wouldn't do at 4.5% unemployment? At 9.2% they are doing them quite nicely. The crews are older, lighter and taller. (Although I wish they'd wear safety goggles when using tree chippers.) There could be two things happening: Mexican workers have gone home, or even the state is checking for illegal documents and complying with the law.

Didn't see any women. During the blush years of the feminism of the 70s, you saw women trying everything from carpentry to road work to truck deliveries. If they stayed with it, they probably got promoted to a desk job, and younger women decided they'd try something cooler and more attractive even if the pay and perks weren't that great.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Association between Penis Size and Sexual Health among Men Who Have Sex with Men

I found 251 matches on Google for this author and the grant number "t32 da07233" that supported this and other non-essential sex research. I suspect most gay men know the answers to his questions, and if there's a way to be paid for sex and not be a pimp or prostitute, Mr. Grov has apparently found it. As our Congress and President spar between the teams of "revenue" (increased taxes) and reduced spending (cuts), I hope they consider that we are overloaded with frivolous wasteful government jobs that pay the mortgage for one employee but don't benefit the public.

The Association between Penis Size and Sexual Health among Men Who Have Sex with Men

Now with a title like this, we'll see how good my filter and spam catcher is.

Right here in Ohio--O’Keefe’s latest sting target: Medicaid bureaucrats

The Ohio Medicaid female employees assisting these "Russian drug dealers" seem to have passed their customer/client workshops with flying colors. They are helpful and friendly, assuring them that Medicaid workers won't look for drugs, and offering advice on Planned Parenthood services for abortions for their underage "sisters" who "do favors" for customers. To me this is a bigger problem than the ACORN videos (which apparently these women never watched since they got so little coverage on the main stream media) in which illegals were being helped. The "Russian" even calls back to thank them and assure them nothing like this sort of help would be offered in Russia. I bet not.

O’Keefe’s latest sting target: Medicaid bureaucrats « Hot Air

In the video, the men explain to Ohio Medicaid workers that they are Russian immigrants who sell illegal drugs, drive a modified McLaren F1 sports car with a gold-coated engine, and use their underage sisters to perform sexual favors in exchange for drugs.
In response, Ohio employees tasked with disbursing federal Medicaid dollars are shown coaching the men through the process of applying for benefits. “If it’s not something registered here, maybe I just wouldn’t mention it,” a Franklin County Medicaid officer named Traci Daniels tells the men, when asked whether they should mention owning a vehicle that retails for nearly $1 million, as they apply for government aid designed to help poor people. “Not that I can say that. You didn’t hear that from me. But, that would right there, that would throw him off. He would be immediately not qualified.”

At the bus stop on Kenny Road

The group waiting at the suburban bus stop on Kenny Road was the picture of American diversity. We don't have very good public transportation in Columbus, so I'm guessing this bus was going somewhere near the OSU campus or downtown. Without my naming gender or ethnicity, I'll just say that some were listening to music nodding their heads (at least you don't need boomboxes anymore), some were talking animatedly with their hands, one was leaning out into the street to see where the bus was, and one was sitting on the ground quietly reading a book--a real book, a print on paper book.

The one reading a book was Asian--don't know if he was Japanese or Chinese or Indonesian or Korean. But I think he is a good example of why Asian immigrants do so well in the United States. There are only 20,000 genes in the human body, and all groups are 99.9% the same in make-up, but there seems to be something about the free market and the mix if genes in Asians that works very effectively. Maybe the ones wanting hand-outs and government control of their lives stayed in the old country, I don't know, but when I look around my neighborhood, there is no shortage of small, family run businesses owned by Asian immigrants.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Where Are All the New Jobs?

Given all the uncertainty and the oppressive regulations currently in effect with promises of more to come, would you expand your business or start a new business?

Where Are All the New Jobs? | John Goodman's Health Policy Blog |

Another Obama Lie Exposed: 85% of Bush Tax Cuts Went to Middle Class, Not the Rich

Well, maybe "a lie" is a bit harsh. He thinks the middle class is wealthy and they should give more money to the government to run his new and extended programs, or to help the economy emplode. It's not a lie if you think like a liar! Since half the people don't pay federal taxes, don't the rest by definition have to be "the rich?"

From CNN, Dec. 10. 2010
Bush tax cuts: $544.3 billion. The package would extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone for two years.

The bulk of that cost -- $463 billion -- is for the extension of cuts for families making less than $250,000, including two years of relief for 2010 and 2011 for the middle class from the Alternative Minimum Tax.

The rest -- $81.5 billion -- is attributable to the extension of cuts that apply to the highest income families.

The cost of extending all the tax cuts over 10 years would have been $3.7 trillion.

Another Obama Lie Exposed: 85% of Bush Tax Cuts Went to Middle Class, Not the Rich (Video) | The Gateway Pundit

JAMA: State Should Seize Fat Children from Parents

I haven't seen the July 13 issue of JAMA yet, but it contains an opinion piece that suggests obese children might need to be removed from their parents' home. Yes, and that's because the state has done such a wonderful job in those areas already assigned to it.

Jonathan Bean, who I believe teaches at Ohio State, writes: "Disclosure: I was a “super-obese” teenager at 320 lbs. My brothers were normal weight. My parents urged me to limit my diet but I ate secretly. Then, on my own, I lost 140 lbs in a single year and have kept if off for 28 years (I’m 10 lb over my 21 year old weight). That was my decision. Imagine if the know-it-alls in DCFS had put me in foster care, supervised by my new rotating parents and caring social workers. Yes, children, this is our Brave New World fast in the making."

JAMA: State Should Seize Fat Children from Parents | The Beacon

I think they are panicking because childhood obesity has leveled off in the last decade, and they fear a funding source might be drying up. Maybe you should write the author and give him a piece of your mind. Sounds like he needs it. David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115. (

The thinking poem

If you're black
are you cutting him slack?

If you're brown
are you hanging around?

If you're rainbow
do you think he's slow?

If you're white
do you think he's your knight?

If you're taupe
do you think he's a dope?

If you're green
do you think he's a dream?

If you're a liar
do you think he's on fire?

If you're thinking
what I'm thinking
you think he's stinking.

Project Gunrunner and Fast and Furious--Obama's Watergate?

"After watching this [C-SPAN] video, the reasons behind David Ogden’s resignation [from DoJ] after working for Attorney General Eric Holder for less than a year, appear clear: He wanted to reduce his chances of becoming the “fall guy” for the Obama Administration after news of this doomed-from-the-start gun-running operation became public."

» Project Gunrunner Tied Directly to President Obama - Big Government

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Something borrowed

Let's see a movie.

OK. What's on?

There's a Kate Hudson movie at the dollar theater. You know how you love Kate Hudson.

Who's Kate Hudson?

Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science

"To anyone familiar with this Golden Age, roughly spanning the eighth through the thirteenth centuries a.d., the disparity between the intellectual achievements of the Middle East then and now — particularly relative to the rest of the world — is staggering indeed. In his 2002 book What Went Wrong?, historian Bernard Lewis notes that “for many centuries the world of Islam was in the forefront of human civilization and achievement.” “Nothing in Europe,” notes Jamil Ragep, a professor of the history of science at the University of Oklahoma, “could hold a candle to what was going on in the Islamic world until about 1600.” Algebra, algorithm, alchemy, alcohol, alkali, nadir, zenith, coffee, and lemon: these words all derive from Arabic, reflecting Islam’s contribution to the West.

Today, however, the spirit of science in the Muslim world is as dry as the desert."

The New Atlantis » Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science

It's amazing what a little rain can do

It's very dry and crispy in northern Ohio, so it is a treat to see all the green around Columbus. Our complex has well water sprinkler system, but the whole metropolitan area has had more rain than the Toledo area. Still we expect some heat build up, so after church I put on some walking shoes, a sleeveless denim dress, and walked for about 15 minutes. It's not as much as I get at the lake where I walk everywhere, but it sooths the conscience.

Some of our neighbors still haven't discovered that now that we have sidewalks, they are expected to take care of the area they can't see from their yard (huge bushes to hide the street). Weeds, grass clippings, and branches from the bushes are making the walk a bit hazardous. 1195 Kingsdale Terrace has a lovely house and yard, but I wish they'd step around the corner and see what we see. 'Taint purty.

Had to go to Caribou this morning since Panera's opens late. I noticed that there's a bulletin board for customers to post their "goals." Some are really funny, but pathetic too, because they are so unrealistic and vague ("change the world"), there's no way to get there from here. I've written before about the best book I ever read on the topic of planning is "Stop setting goals." Worth another look:

The book I'd been waiting for my whole life I didn't read until the first official day of my retirement (Oct. 1, 2000). Its title grabbed me and I knew it was written for me: "STOP SETTING GOALS" by Bob Biehl (Nashville: Moorings, 1995).

The premise is that some people are energized by achieving goals they have set, and others (a higher percentage) are energized by identifying and solving problems. And it isn't semantics. To ask problem solvers to set goals puts knots in their stomachs and interferes with their natural gifts. To ask goal setters to work on a problem puts them in a foul mood because they think "negative" when they hear "problem."

Problem solvers see goal setters as sort of pie-in-the sky, never-finish-anything types, and goal setters see problem solvers as negative nay-sayers. Bigotry, in both directions.

I'm willing to bet that most librarians are problem solvers and that's why they chose the field. I used to be in Slavic Studies. In my own mind, I thought the Soviet Union collapsed from pathologically terminal five year plans--too much goal setting and not enough problem solving.

Biehl poses an interesting question that works for both groups. "What three things can we do in the next 90 days to make a 50% difference (by the end of this year, by the end of the decade, by the end of my life). It makes no difference if you say, "what three goals can we reach" or "what three problems can we solve," because either personality can get a handle on this question.

I was challenged during my last year at work to stop using the word "problem" and replace it with "challenge" or "opportunity." It was a good time to retire. It took away all motivation for showing up at work for a darn good problem solver.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Call his bluff - Charles Krauthammer

These are the days I'm ashamed I registered as a Republican in 2000. These guys/gals have no spine. Boehner said getting Obama to commit to something and stick with it is like trying to nail Jello, but the Republicans are the bowl of Jello, sweet, low fat, and completely useless. They are up against a liar, a cheat, a swiveling socialist head that speaks out of any hole that's open, and all they can do is worry that they'll look bad in November 2012 when he tries to blame them for his failures. His own party can't trust; why should Republicans?

He won’t sign anything less, he warns, asking, “If not now, when?” How about last December, when he ignored his own debt commission’s recommendations? How about February, when he presented a budget that increases debt by $10 trillion over the next decade? How about April, when he sought a debt-ceiling increase with zero debt reduction attached

Call his bluff - The Washington Post

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday Thirteen -- Comparing Grandmothers

13 things about my grandmothers that make them different than today’s grandmothers

We are at Lakeside on Lake Erie, a summer Chautauqua community, where I have noticed big differences between today’s solicitous, attentive grandmothers and those no nonsense, sensibly shod ladies of the 1940s and 1950s when I was spending time with grandmothers. One of my grandmothers was born in 1876 (a centennial baby), and the other in 1896 (a turn of the century baby). So even they were a world apart in life style and experiences. Altogether, I had six grandparents (2 sets of grandparents, 1 great-grandparent couple), and loved them all, and have many fond memories of spending a lot of time with them, but. . .

My paternal grandparents, great-grandparents and Uncle and aunt and their baby, 1935

1. I never saw either of my grandmothers in slacks, let alone jeans, shorts or a swim suit.

2. I never saw either of my grandmothers on a bicycle. Can’t even picture it!

3. I never saw either grandmother drive a car, although I know one did when she was young and middle age (one was blind, the other had mild strokes in her 60s). I also never saw them ride a horse either, but I know they both did--one even rode a horse to church with several children aboard.

4. My grandmothers never read to me.

5. My grandmothers never supervised crafts for me or played games with me or took me swimming, because that’s what cousins and older sisters were for in those days.

6. My grandmothers never had house pets--there might be a cat or dog around, but it lived outside where it could earn its keep.

7. Neither of my grandmothers was a particularly fine cook--if we ate well at their homes it was a holiday and the younger generation of aunties or daughters supplied the food. Both kept gardens and canned.

8. I never ate in a restaurant with my grandmothers when I was a child, nor did they buy me huge helpings of ice cream I couldn‘t finish.

9. My grandmothers never wore make-up--or even wedding rings as I recall.

10. Neither of my grandmothers cared much about house cleaning or yard work.

11. When they were my age (now) both my grandmothers were in business--one managed several farms, the other a small call-in service to pick up and remove dead animals.

12. Neither was the huggy, smoochy type, but both knew how to soothe a crying baby.

13. Both were married over 60 years, one over 70.

The Elder Justice Act

The new Elder Justice Act (EJA) is a part of Obamacare (PPACA). There were already two acts (Older American Act and Violence Against Women Act) and seven federal agencies spending $651 million in 2009 to protect older Americans under President Bush. EJA authorized $777 million over 4 years, which is pennies for an increase, especially to cover the goals spread over 50 states and hundreds of agencies. But it plays well for votes. Massive government programs often start small. The reasoning of the two authors from Chicago(XinQi Dong, and Melissa A. Simon received 3 grants to write the article I read in JAMA, one from the bailout) is that the current acts and appropriations did not protect older adults, therefore more money for the same failed programs was needed.

The key, gold plated, diamond encrusted words here that will create a never ending income stream for lawyers, doctors, academicians, advocates, workshop providers, community organizers, nursing home administrators, care givers, accountants, physical therapists and broadband providers are
Electronic records
Disseminate data
Sponsor and support training programs
Hearings, conferences to set research priorities

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I defend her right to burgers and fries

It's not often I defend Mrs. Obama--only in 2 areas--as a fine example for other young women in marriage and family (i.e., she married the father of her children) and in her desire to see a healthier America (even if I don't always support her methods like that garden someone else has to take care of). All First Ladies seem to come under attack--they (the opposition) were merciless with Hilary Clinton and Nancy Reagan. They even picked on Mary Lincoln. Lady Bird wanted to beautify the country and campaigned against bill boards and she succeeded. Helen Taft wanted to beautify Washington, D.C. with better parks and she succeeded. So Michelle Obama wants us not to be so fat.

Meanwhile, yesterday she ate a 1700 calorie lunch (burger fries shake) and the conservative bloggers and talkers are going crazy. Lighten up. Criticize her politics--that's bad enough. However, diabetes and high blood pressure are serious and even more deadly in the black community. We all pay for that in loss of lives, and in our own insurance costs, whether it's Obamacare or one of the Blues.

Also, every dieter knows an occasional pig-out helps the cause.

Sudan leader's hat tip to Bush

When we visited Ireland in 2007 we found that Bill Clinton was beloved by the Irish for brokering the peace. George W. Bush right now is much loved in South Sudan for the same reason. (Although I don't think Obama mentioned it Saturday, the day of the big Reveal.) And obviously, Politico, a left source, is pretty snarky about it too in this article. But it will be up to the people of South Sudan to make this work. Right now they really don't have much understanding about what a "country" is, at least not in the sense the Irish did. But they do want to be able to harvest their crops, marry, have families and visit relatives without being slaughtered by Arab Muslims.

Sudan leader's hat tip to Bush - Reid J. Epstein -

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Omaha anecdote and the Obama antidote

"The Omaha Public Schools used more than $130,000 in federal stimulus dollars to buy each teacher, administrator and staff member a manual on how to become more culturally sensitive. . . ." The book is infused with the usual hate and diversity drivel about America--and we paid for 8,000 copies.

James Taranto reports today that Clinton asked for a stimulus package in 1993 of 16 billion when unemployment was 7.3, and Congress didn't approve and 12 months later unemployment was 6.5. The economy recovered without massive infusion of federal money. Obama asked for 800 billion when unemployment was 7.6, got it, and the economy tanked and unemployment rose to 10.2.

Liberals believe government programs fail because they aren't big enough. It's the classic plan of doing more that fails. Really? How about a nice big tax increase, that should do it. How big did the stimulus need to be in order to really tank the economy into a real Depression--which actually we haven't avoided yet.

Obama continues Bush errors

G.W. Bush made two huge mistakes during his two terms--No Child Left Behind (NCLB) domestically, and in foreign policy believing that 7th century Muslim cultures wanted Democracy, free markets or rights for women. They obviously don’t like Western culture, are fearful of 50% of the world’s population (women) and want no part of democracy. Not even do the women want this. Not only did this spend us terribly into debt, but Obama is following in his tracks with Bush-lite “Race to the Top” education policy and supporting various elements of Arab Spring, especially the Muslim civil war in Libya. Both are a waste of money and blood--theirs and ours. We don’t need educational reform imposed from Washington; and Muslims don’t want our form of government, especially not for women, whom they need to keep enslaved for their own self esteem and sexual slavery. I say, let them keep their ways if it works for them. Bush believed in the beauty of democracy. I don't know what Obama believes in, but if he doesn't want it for us, why impose it on them?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sometimes atheists are right

From a summary of Atlas Shrugged. Liberals ponder why Christian consevatives admire her writing since she was an atheist. Truth is truth, and enabling bad behavior is still damaging no matter which party does it or their motives for good.
Politician invariably respond to crisis that in most cases they themselves have created, by spawning new government programs, laws and regulations. These in turn create more problems and poverty, which inspire politicians to create more programs and the downward spiral repeats itself until the productive sectors of the economy collapse under the weight of taxes and other burdens imposed in the name of fairness, equality, and do-goodism.
The writer of this blog (Curly Willow Ranch) is a volunteer at a domestic abuse shelter for women. When a woman tries to manipulate the system for her own use playing the victim, or mentally can't respond to the responsibilities required (like toileting her children), the shelter can't help her.

We're at an age

when instead of weddings, we're attending the 50th anniversary parties.

We didn't know them when they got married, but here we are with the happy couple, 50 years later.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Vote or Die--the Democrat motto for Blacks

South Sudan Is About to Become a Nation - News Analysis -

Although I guess I'm not surprised that New York Times gave more credit to George Clooney than to George Bush, it remains a fact that it was a priority of President Bush to stop the killing of black Christians by Arab Muslims with the establishment of a new country. Whether these western drawn borders hold any better than they did in the middle east remains to be seen.

South Sudan Is About to Become a Nation - News Analysis -

Friday, July 08, 2011

Why is the President puzzled that business isn't expanding?

I’m puzzled that the President is puzzled that uncertainty is keeping people from expanding businesses and hiring more people. (New unemployment figures 9.2) Sure can tell that he’s never run a business. I’m beginning to understand why he was never around for a vote on anything. He must have left town when the questions got tough. With his threatening to raise taxes and transfer more wealth to entitlement programs, with his starting a 3rd front war, what could there be to cause tremors in the business climate? I wonder.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Thursday Thirteen July 7, 2011 from Lakeside, Ohio

Can you tell I don't have my editing software on this laptop? That photo actually says Thursday Thirteen from Lakeside, Ohio.

We've been here since Monday June 20, at the chautauqua on Lake Erie, Lakeside, Ohio. It is a gated community with a 10 week season. We own a cottage here, so we're here most of the summer, but started coming here in 1974 when our children were very young. Here are a few things I've done here recently.

1. Used the new (last year) laundromat because my washing machine died the first day we were here. It's about 25 years old, so it will probably not be worth trying to find a repairman.

2. Lots of walks along the lakefront at sunrise, but the weather has been a bit overcast, so they haven't been as beautiful as last year when I had 70 sunrise walks.

3. Visited the local farmers' market three times, but because of a very wet spring the growing season has been delayed, so I've only purchased one head of cabbage and one green pepper, but they have been fabulous--grill lightly with onions in olive oil, toss in a little corn and butter, and it's a fabulous lunch.

4. Won a jar of horseradish at the herb group meeting last week. The topic was horseradish--didn't know there was a horseradish company in Springfield, Ohio. Love it! It may be my first door prize.

5. Walked to the tiny local grocery store about 6 times--since I'm carrying the purcases, I don't buy a lot at a time. Staples are more expensive than a supermarket, but the meat is about the same, and there is wonderful made in the store ham salad, potato salad and cole slaw.

6. Read a book from the local library (inside the Methodist church run by volunteers), "Chosen by a horse." It was an excellent memoir and you don't have to like horses to enjoy this poignant story of a woman's healing through her love for her pet.

7. Slowed down a bit to manage our colds, which we got about a week ago.

8. Had friends Wes and Sue over for dinner of bratwurst and sauerkraut on our deck.

9. Enjoyed the fireworks on the 4th on the lakefront with our friends John and Wilma.

10. Went to friends' cottage to watch the last Glenn Beck Show on June 30. We don't have cable here. Then we all went out to eat.

11. Attended some amazing music programs the first week like Carpe Diem, a string quartet, and Raleigh Ringers, a handbell and chime group from Raleigh, NC. Usually I get sleepy and go home after an hour, but these groups were outstanding.

12. Attended several lectures on Christians and foreign policy and how the military builds cultural bridges. Both speakers were excellent.

13. Had a wonderful boat ride around the area with the "wooden boat society" group followed by a delicious dinner of walleye at the Hotel Lakeside. Enjoyed the company at our table--former clients of my husband.

If you'd like to play Thursday 13, check it out.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Lakeside Wooden Boat Society Summer Evening Cruise

Tonight we have tickets for the wooden boat cruise and dinner. First there will be a cruise on Lake Erie (weather permitting, and right now it looks permissable) from the Lakeside Dock at 6 p.m. Then at 7:30 there is dinner at the Hotel Lakeside (Walleye Primavera is our menu choice, but there was also filet mignon or portabella stuffed chicken breast as choices). Then after dinner there will be a lecture by Neil Allen on "Strangers in our Bay" about the unique boats from the 1940s to the present that have visited Sandusky Bay.

Are Lutherans taller than Methodists?

It's Lutheran Chautauqua Week--and so is next week. It's also the 4th of July week, so Lakeside is bursting at the seams. There were about 700 kids in the parade on Monday. Last night's program at Hoover Auditorium (seats about 3,000) was a group of Kenyan Acrobats. The men performers were athletic, slender and muscled; the women were overweight--extremely. Not like here where many men are overweight.

As I sat in my seat looking up and around waiting for the program to begin it occurred to me I had never seen so many tall people--i.e. well over 6'--in my life. I wondered if they were Lutherans. Descendants of the Scandanavians and Germans who settled around here. It is particularly striking among the women. When I was growing up a 6' woman was relatively unusual, but it is nothing today to see women 6'3 or 6'4. I suppose they marry men their height or taller and pass it on to the next generation. Women my height (5'5") just grow sideways.

Yesterday's afternoon program on Stress and Nutrition by Dr. Wendy Stuhldreher was pretty much what I expected--eat less, move more, and eat all the colors. Eating fish is always recommended, but I was impressed by one chart she showed where mackerel exceeded all others (twice as much as salmon) in what we need in acronyms, EPA and DHA. She recommends drinking milk, something I haven't done in about 50 years. . . either skim (yuk) or 1% (almost yuk). So while I'm blogging this morning I'm sipping a cup of milk.

I left before the Q & A, so maybe she addressed this, but the audience was very lean and healthy looking, even with the average age of about 65. In fact, I've seen so many overweight people here, particularly young people, it's almost like a "not welcome" sign had been posted outside the Green Room. She was definitely preaching to the choir. Doesn't that happen with so many topics that could educate us? People, particularly those on vacation, don't want to hear bad news, whether it's political, religious or dietary.

She recommended we look at the portion control web site,

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Rush Limbaugh launches Two if by Tea

Glenn Beck is launching a TV channel/network/subscription show, and Rush Limbaugh starts a bottled tea company. He was giving away samples of his "Two if by Tea" in Joplin, MO, where he was a speaker over the 4th, but he and his wife compensated the other vendors for their lost sales due to his give away. Class act.

I guess these conservative talkers want to put their mouth where their money is--in the free market.

Rush Limbaugh launches Two if by Tea | South Florida Business Journal And I wouldn't call this a sympathetic artice--sort of snarky.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Week 3 at Lakeside--Health and Wellness Week

Looking at the brochure, I'm not sure there is much for me.

Tuesday 10:30 Bipolar disorder. I'm not and I don't think I know anyone close to me who has this.

Tuesday 1:30 Nutrition for stressful time. I'm not stressed.

Wednesday 10:30 Exercise for the busy person. I'm not busy, just lazy.

Wednesday 1:30 Health care reform in the era of the Silver Tsunami. I hope he's not going to tell us Obamacare is good for the senior citizen.

Thursday 10:30 Transitional care: How do patients get from one place to another? Not sure what this topic is, but it's by a geriatrician.

Thursday 1:30 The human brain and spirituality. My brain is in the loving care of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That's about as spiritual as I get on that topic.

Friday 10:30 Delirium: a serious problem for the hospitalized elder. This is an important topic whether for self, family or if visiting on behalf of the church.

Tom Joyner--Don't you dare touch the first black president!

Black Informant criticizes the critics who criticize: old Buffalo Butt reemerges for a rerun.

"Tom Joyner who some years ago had no problem at all blaming all of ills of society on then President Bush. This is the very same Tom Joyner who had no problem playing a rap song entitled “George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People” on his nationally-syndicated radio show. No problem at all.

But say a mumbling word about “our first Black President” and all of hell must be unleashed."

(Joyner criticized Halperin of TIME magazine, a huge apologist for Obama, who called his Messiah "a Dick," which then earned him title of "Republican" by those further left than he is.) The left eating its young to stay alive.

What do you know about "Agenda 21" and your local community?

"Seattle, Washington is sort of “ground zero” when it comes to “Sustainable Development” and it has already spread like a cancer to YOUR community like wildfire. Read the Seattle plan and then check your local community “plan” for your future and see how the language matches. That’s because it comes from the SAME globalists who are peddling UN Agenda 21 right under our noses!"

Check out this link for more information.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Why do American liberals say so little about Islamic views of women?

This of course is a rhetorical question: we know the answer. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." They think they will be able to co-opt the Muslims later, but they'll learn as have centuries of Christians, that you can't co-exist or cooperate with Muslims.

"Islam is a male-made religion, founded on masculinity, patriarchy, and male domination. It is notorious for its repression, subjugation, and discrimination against women. Islamic religion portrays women as inferior to men in every respect-spiritually, physically, mentally, and even intellectually. Islam's holy book, the Koran, divinely sanctions and decrees this negative impression. The Koran has been corroborated by the Hadiths (traditions of Muhammad's sayings and deeds) and perpetuated by the interpretation of the mullahs, the sheiks, and the imams."

Leo Igwe, "Traditional African Practices and Islam"

The Osu Caste System in Nigeria

Americans in general, and particularly educators and school children, have a very warped view of slavery, not only that of the 18th and 19th century type in America, but slavery that existed in Africa during that time, and exists to this day. Slavery, now called "trafficking in persons," is world wide and a bigger problem today involving more slaves and owners than it was during the cross-Atlantic slave trade.

Slavery and/or caste is based on a dehumanizing system that still exists in modern Africa and Asia, and you can look at any Nigerian blog or forum to become informed. But in America's schools, the memory of slavery is used to pummel school children into the belief that it was a result of evil capitalism, European greed and corrupt Christianity. They are lied to about the Founders and their struggle to eliminate it from our government long before the Civil War as they struggled to bring people of many cultures and states into an infant country.

And in order to keep peace with the Muslims, our educators, church pastors and media mavens will probably never tell the role of Arab Muslim slave traders using the interior African tribal leaders to round up and sell not only war bounty, but also religious, agricultural and domestic caste slaves for their own power and wealth. European slavers could have never managed to make it into the interior of Africa to capture and trade humans--physically it just wasn't possible. They were really low man on the totem pole of guilt and crimes against humanity for the 16th and 17th century slave trade. It was the Arabs and the Africans who made the system work.

Yes, teach American school children about the evils of slavery, but at least teach them the truth. That is is bigger today than ever, that only Christians and the U.S. government are making a dent in it, and that many modern governments still support the structures that allow a caste system among their citizens.

The Osu Caste System

Saturday, July 02, 2011

The President who isn't there. . . or here. . . or anywhere

"Obama floats above every issue, either tasking subordinates or directing operations from on high, convinced he's above the fray and blameless. Occasionally he'll get frustrated by criticism and peer down from Mt. Olympus to scold the little people for their slacker ways, pointing out the harm their ineptitude may cause, such as allowing poisoned food, unwarned tornadoes and lack of a college education for illegal immigrants. And he never forgets to remind about white men's greed in a world of need." Fore Left!

However, he has worked in 76 games of golf since taking over the White House.

Skulls of mush

You can't pray, read the Bible, or discuss Creationism, but you can promote your union. "If teacher unions want to be strong and well-supported, it's essential that they not only be teacher unionists but teachers of unionism. We need to create a generation of students who support teachers and the movements of teachers for their rights." Howard Zinn

From a web page promoting progressivism, feminism and unionism being required subjects taught in public schools. Therefore, I won't link.

It's a small, small world

Monday morning about 7 a.m. I struck up a conversation with a woman in the coffee shop who was wearing a raincoat--a little unusual for Lakeside. It rains here, but most of us just carry an umbrella or put a newspaper over our head. As it turns out, she was from the San Francisco area and was accustomed to overcast, cool weather because of the bay. It was her first visit to Lakeside, so I showed her the newspaper and how she could sign up for classes and attend programs. She told me her husband was planning to attend the 10:30 lecture, and she described him.

When I got to the lecture I spotted him immediately because he was the tallest man in the room. I introduced myself, and we talked a bit. During the week I'd see the couple and their cousins and we'd wave and say a few words.

Last night he stopped by our seats in Hoover Auditorium (program was Second City Comedy troupe) and asked if we'd attended First Community Church in the late 60s. We'd been members there before we joined Upper Arlington Lutheran, so we said yes. He said that our names sounded familiar to him and he decided we'd known each other from that church, particularly a men's group that met on Wednesday, and we had invited him to our home for dinner when he was going through a divorce. About 40 years ago he moved to California, but had grown up in the Cleveland area and remembered his mother talking about Lakeside, so they decided to visit.

What a small world. We didn't remember him, but I do remember we often invited young batchelors or students for dinner in those days.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Older Americans Fuel Entrepreneurial Boom, Says New Study

According to the nonprofit Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, individuals between the ages of 54 and 64 represented 22.9% of the entrepreneurs who launched businesses in 2010 – up from 14.5% in 1996. Since 2007, the foundation says, this age group has created new businesses at a higher rate than any other.

Baby Boomers Fuel Entrepreneurial Boom, Says New Study From the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation - Encore - SmartMoney

Glenn Beck's final show on Fox and move to GBTV

We don't have cable at Lakeside, so we went to friends' cottage to watch Glenn Beck's final program on Fox last night, and then we all went out to eat at the Patio Restaurant, then back to our home for some wonderful Toft's Blue Berry Waffle Cone Ice Cream.

Glenn is starting his own TV network--I suppose it will be like Oprah's with some programming not from his company, but he'll have a 2 hour news and commentary similar to his current one hour on Fox. It will be by subscription. It was pretty much what we expected--some highlights, chalkboard, and funny stuff, tributes to his staff and audience. One funny clip was showing Jon Stewart's writers (about 15 I think) for his 6 minute monologues, and Glenn's ...two for his 20-40 minute monologues.

I noticed today that Dave Ramsey, a debt counselor, has the same message financially that Glenn has politically: "The government can't fix it. Now is the time for the church to rise up together in faith and lead our nation out of this mess—one family, one church, one community at a time." That's the same message I heard on Glenn Beck's sign off on his final program last night. The power of one.