Saturday, June 30, 2018

Bullying Maxine

I read that a few people on the right (although who knows on social media—lots of trolls)  are bullying Maxine and the Red Hen biddy. Stop it! No need to act like a Democrat. Besides, their bad behavior is helping Trump.

I'm not being disrespectful to women by using the term "biddy," even though it is slang for a cranky, tiresome old woman. Biddy is also the term used when calling hens to come. It’s like cu-boss (come bossy) when calling the cows. When I was a child, my mother raised a few chickens whose eggs were worth $10 an egg by the time she spent the money to keep them alive.

Prairie plants of Ohio

On Friday afternoon of the second week of the Lakeside season John Blakeman of Sandusky spoke on “The Ohio Prairie Story.”  Called “Noah of the Prairie” because he rescues plants, Blakeman told us prairies are part of Ohio’s heritage, although one usually thinks of Iowa and Nebraska.  Ohio didn’t have many bison, but elk were common.  Fires are essential for prairie regrowth because there are some seed that need the heat to pop and reseed.  The plants are dense and grow deep, with about 1/3 above ground.  The plants he showed us usually grow only on the prairie—he went through the slides quickly and there are Latin names for all, but these are the common names, best as I can read my notes.
Sorghastrum nutans - Indian Grass 
Indian grass

Michigan lily

Whorled Rosinweed 
White lady slipper orchid
  • Indian grass
  • Switch grass
  • Cord grass
  • Tall sunflower
  • Ashy sunflower
  • Butterfly weed
  • Milkweed
  • New England aster
  • False White Indigo
  • Water hemlock (very poisonous, looks like Queen Anne’s lace)
  • Dense blazingstar
  • Wild bergamot
  • Prairie coneflower
  • Ohio spiderwort
  • Michigan lily
  • Rough white lettuce (requires fire)
  • Virginia meadow beauty
  • Tall coreopsis
  • Prairie Dock (stem will get 11’ tall with yellow flowers)
  • Whorled rosinweed
  • White lady slippers orchid (needs fire)
 Blakeman (former high school biology teacher) has established a number of prairie grass areas in Ohio, including one at Terra Technical College, as well as yard prairies for individuals, and our new prairie garden in Lakeside at 6th and Laurel across from the new swimming pool and wellness center.

Drain the swamp

As socialists try to make us feel guilty for “ignoring” the poor, sick, prisoners, immigrants while quoting Bible verses--think on this.

"The Committee on the Budget in the Senate identified 83 overlapping federal welfare programs that together represented the single largest budget item in 2011 — more than the nation spends on Social Security, Medicare, or national defense. The total amount spent on these 83 federal welfare programs amounts to roughly $1.03 trillion. In inflation-adjusted dollars, the amount expended on just 10 of the largest of these programs has increased by 378 percent over the last 30 years. “

That's why a good job is the best program for the poor and low income, not another government program to fatten the bureaucracy. The Trump economy has done more for minorities and poor than guilt and smears the left can throw.

Democrats vow to fight ANYONE Trump appoints

The attacks aren’t new.  1987 and 1989. Bork and Thomas.  30 years of liberals attacking conservatives and the Constitution. "The left’s attack on Bork had gone far beyond mere good-faith intellectual or ideological disagreement, devolving instead into “intellectual vulgarization and personal savagery,” “profoundly distorting the record and the nature of the man.”" (Commentary) And Justice Thomas described his nomination process as a "high tech lynching." Bork's experience became a verb--borking. Nastier than anything on social media in 2018, but it was 30 years ago. Ted Kennedy's lowest, ugliest point in his career, outside of Chappaquiddick.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

My solution to the immigration problem

Here's my solution.

1. Issue more green cards for essential skills and abilities,
2. tighten up removal of those who overstay--like the tech industry.
3. Make those H-1B visas stiffer so Google, FB and Yahoo will hire more American graduates.
4. Enlarge the legal immigration quota and reduce the barriers and costs.
5. Obey the IRCA law--the one Congress passed and then ignored.
6. Take in more Christian refugees. More Christians have been martyred for their faith than any time since the first-second century.
7. Remove incentives to disobey the law.
8. Limit chain migration to immediate family with careful vetting.
9. The Democrats voted for a fence. Let's get on with it. And plug the tunnels, hire more guards, and use more drones.

The cap on H-1B hasn't changed--just the enforcement--or fear that Trump will follow laws. Obama and tech giants were super cozy and in love. He's going to work for Netflix. Browsing the internet you see some of our H-1Bs are going to Canada rather than overstay and be illegals in the U.S. Canada is 98% white and 90% open space where no one lives. Help them populate and diversify.

Time to turn off cable news

I didn't see hysteria, anger and angst about Obama from the regular MSM and cable media--although it was definitely on social media--despite the many strange things he said about America and fly over country, and his flubbed attempts at destroying the economy. Now the news media, especially cable news, are in hysteria mode over Trump, declaring every disaster imaginable, advocating mob violence,  ignoring the biggest killers of the 20th century (Communist regimes) and the devastation in Cuba and Venezuela and going for the Hitler comparisons. What is wrong with these people? Probably it's just for rating$ to bring in the clicks and dollars, but just in case they really are demented, turn them off, do not buy their products (hate, anger, lies).


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Using Essential Oils

Our Herb Group (Lakeside) today heard a Lakesider, Karen Glassford, speak about “What’s in the bottle” this morning, about discerning the quality and efficacy of the essential oils that are now all the rage for a variety of health conditions from sleep, to changes in hormones, to skin problems.
Karen said her life was made better once she discovered essential oils
  • better sleep,
  • emotional support,
  • more energy,
  • better mood,
  • better digestion,
  • limited seasonal allergies,
  • immune support
  • non-toxic cleaning, youth renewal
She encouraged us to READ THE LABEL.  Many oils are diluted with synthetics, plasticizers, solvents, and may contain heavy metals, pesticide residue and a variety of impurities.  That didn’t shock me as much as this: the FDA regulations allow the manufacturer/bottler to claim 100% essential oil if it contains just 5% actual oil.

She encouraged us to buy “farm to table” if possible, knowing the grower and methods.  The grower really needs to be in control of the agricultural practice (such as soil, seeds, harvesting at peak), and be the owner, the distilling, quality control and testing, the use of fillers, and rejection standards. Always look for the amber glass—never buy from Amazon or a large distributor who is a long way from the grower.

I didn’t get a bibliography, but she often referred to Dr. Doug Corrigan,  and Dr. David Stewart .  When I looked them up, one reviewer said Stewart’s book had a lot of errors, but I would not be able to judge.

Let Maxine speak her mind--Guest blogger Todd

Todd Thornton (school friend of our son):

 “I do not think Representative Maxine Waters should be fired, resign, jailed, or even sanctioned.

She should be given a bigger microphone and encouraged to speak at every opportunity. For she is, after all, the face of the Democratic Party in the US at this juncture in history.

She hates her country, is racist, ignorant, illogical, and shamelessly advocates a brand of socialism and true fascism that even Soviet Russians would find distasteful. Guilty of sedition, she is the best brand manager of the Democratic Party any Republican could wish for. She and that phony American Indian along with the world’s richest curmudgeon Bernie are the darlings of our leftist media, all determined to destroy America. They should all be proudly put on display and the American public reminded each day they are Democrats and exactly what that party stands for.

When given free reign to speak her mind, she will not only encourage millions of Americans to vote idiots like herself out of office, she will forever be credited historically as a deciding factor in the 2020 re-election of President Trump.”


Reading "Dreamland; the true tale of America's opiate Epidemic" by Sam Quinones. I recommend it. A perfect storm of Mexican drug dealers, pill mills, and pharmaceutical companies in high gear to combat pain, and how it all came together in Ohio. If we think making marijuana legal is a good idea, we need to rethink because it is "legal" drugs that have enslaved us. This book (2015) is now dated but updated daily in the news; the explanation of how the Mexican drug cartel works is happening before our eyes and now includes fentanyl as well as black tar heroin.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Joel Brucken

“The Lakeside sailing program has seen many changes over its 41 years, like kinds and numbers of craft, facilities, kids’ sailing and new people, but a few things never changed. Joel Brucken was always there. He took sailing lessons in 1978, the second year of the program, and was one of the very few who was continuously active every year since. Joel passed away this May after a long battle with cancer. Over the years he competed in regattas, the Mouse Island race, and for many years he was the coordinator of the August Cup, in which he entered with his 22 foot ‘All Day’. He and Angela were always at the end of the pier to watch regattas, attended all picnics and awards ceremonies, and hosted sailing parties. He encouraged his son, Brian and grandsons, Drew, Ben and Jack to sail; Brian and Drew later became sailing instructors.

Joel also participated in many non-sailing activities. He was a past president of the LPOA and on the Lakeside Board of Directors. Programs at Hoover, education seminars, property owners’ meetings—Joel was always there with questions and comments. He also enjoyed diverse events like Guys’ Club, Sunday night poker games, bird symposiums, even ballroom dancing, and he helped with the Heritage Society.

Joel will be missed by those of us who knew him. He was always there.”
- Maryln Dudrow

Do you think liberals might be losing it?

Mike Huckabee reported on Laura Ingraham show:

"By the way Laura, there’s a part of that story that hasn’t been told, you’re going to be the first to hear it. Once Sarah and her family left, of course Sarah was asked to please vacate, Sarah and her husband just went home. They had sort of had enough. But the rest of her family went across the street to a different restaurant. The owner of the Red Hen – nobody’s told this – then followed them across the street, called people, and organized a protest yelling and screaming at them from outside the other restaurant and creating this scene.”

You can help the children

Is it so much to ask that my liberal friends and family weeping over the children separated from adults by borders with fences, court cases and guards stop locking their homes, gated communities (like Lakeside) and cars/bikes/golf carts and allow any stranger to use them? After your homes are full of all that justice, the new owners can just vote you out. Sounds fair, good, and quasi Biblical, based on the memes being shared. You're an American--you've got too much stuff anyway.

Rising Income EQUALITY

Rising income EQUALITY may have helped elect Trump. When all the government transfers are factored in and no taxes on that "spendable income" the lowest quintiles are rising while others are going down. Some apparently see this as unfair. Shocking, right? I blogged about this years ago comparing a beginning librarian's salary (requires a master's degree) in my community with the transfer income of a woman who receives government benefits and works part time at a fast food restaurant. Wall St. Journal article today reports:

"The bottom quintile earned 2.2% of all earned income in 2013, but after adjusting for taxes and transfer payments, its share of spendable income rose to 12.9%—six times its proportion of earnings. The second quintile’s share more than doubled, rising from 7% of earned income to 13.9% of spendable income. For the third quintile, middle-income Americans, the increase was much smaller, from 12.6% to 15.4%.

Not surprisingly, high earners lost a considerable share of their earnings after taxes and transfers are taken into account. The fourth quintile’s share fell from 20.5% to 18.6%, while the top quintile dropped from 57.7% of earnings to 39.3% of consumable income. In other words, the top quintile’s share of earnings was 26 times that of the bottom quintile, but after taxes and transfer payments its share of spendable income was only three times as much. "

It would be political suicide to ever campaign on this--income inequality is the drum beat of both parties. But people do notice--just saying. Some even blogged about it years ago. Ironic isn't it, that the richest man in America, Jeff Bezos, who hates Trump with a passion, helped elect him.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Week 2 at Lakeside

The preacher of the week at Lakeside this week is Carl McColman, a anamchara, which means “soul friend,” and a seanchaĆ­, or "story teller." He's not a minister; he's a retreat leader, author, and a contemplative. I'll check out Monday--see what it's about. His conversion story is a little different than most; he was raised a Protestant, converted to Paganism, then from that religion to Catholicism. Then at 10:30 on to Sam Quinones, the author of Dreamland; The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, who will give 2 lectures on the opioid crisis. Monday night is a silent film organist (and the film, of course). Sunday evening was the Choral Festival  Concert. Members of the choir are Lakesiders and singers from other choirs in the area who came for a week-end retreat of master classes and methods for choir directors.  Lakeside’s Coordinator of Worship Music, Michael Shirtz  was organizer and conductor.

The Blue Hen Restaurant in Lexington, VA

If a black member of the Trump administration, or a gay member, or the Social Media team Diamond and Silk, or a disabled Republican who voted for Trump, or a Mexican immigrant running for a GOP office, or a female spokesperson for Trump who wants to make America great again, or Alice Marie Johnson, who thinks Trump is terrific (granted clemency) were to come to the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA, they'd be served a four course menu of bigotry, distain, ignorance and folly. Fortunately, Sarah Sanders is a lot classier than the owner, and she left when being refused service and told why.

red hen  

The Red Hen Restaurant, Lexington, VA

And no.  This is not a first amendment issue where the owner had religious concerns, long held, about serving a member of the president’s staff.  This is poor service, and would not be allowed for any protected group by gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion, but one is allowed to do this to a white female staffer of Donald Trump, which just shows you how insane our “hate” laws are. You can’t compare Valerie Jarrett to a fictional character in an old movie without losing your job, but you can kick someone out of your restaurant. You can threaten the president’s son on social media, and your movie will still open (Peter Fonda).  The difference is pro-Trump or anti-Trump.

The silly season

Q. Why did God make you?
A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.
Baltimore Catechism (used in the U.S. from 1885 to the late 1960s)

The Q & A format for learning the basics of Christianity was popularized by Martin Luther, and a similar format was followed by Catholics for four hundred years. The U.S. version was revised several times and went from 100 questions to over 1200. Today it is popular again among home-schoolers.

I don't know what was used between the 1970s and 2005 when the current CCC was published. I've heard it called the "silly season" and sounds a bit like the Lutheran book we received in 1974 when we attended membership classes at UALC, which was orange and pink with balloons and theology to match. I think we have 30 years of poorly catechized Catholics and Protestants in the U.S. as fall out from that era.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Restaurant refuses service to a white, female customer

The The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia refused to serve Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her family last night because they hate conservatives. No more, no less. (Several people have told me the owner is the cousin of actress Meryl Streep, though I have no independent confirmation of this).
If you'd like to leave a review of what you think of this policy, then visit the restaurant's FB page at:

Disinformation/Fake News

The Left and Hillary supporters invented the term "fake news" and then Trump snatched it from them and used it against them. Then they disavowed their baby and threw it out.  Don't fall for the "media literacy" set-ups--they have agendas and are not neutral. Facebook, for instance, uses Snopes to help ferret out truth from fake. That’s rich.

Sharyl Attkisson explains how this happened and what to watch for.  She goes back to the case of Richard Jewel and the Olympics to explain how biased, sloppy, erroneous, prejudiced and sensational news grows even 20+ years ago, and now especially through social media. “First Draft” is a non-profit that first used the term “fake news,” and then media jumped on the band wagon demanding someone control this. Attkisson suggests we follow the money—and she found the parent of the company Google.

“First Draft Coalition is a group of thought leaders and pioneers in social media journalism who are coming together to help you answer these questions, through training and analysis of eyewitness media.”  And it’s just a coincidence these “leaders” are all on the left, manipulating us.

When all the media are on the same page, that’s when we need to suspect “fake news.”

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Making Trump’s case

CNN reporter ends up making Trump’s case for separation of families, but doesn’t realize it.  She acknowledges that children are used for sex trafficking and as drug mules.

Wellness seminar in Lakeside on nutrition


Actually, I wrote that yesterday.  This morning we’re going to the Idlewyld Bed and Breakfast  owned by Dan and Joan Barris at 350 Walnut.  Best breakfast in town.  First I walked 2 miles along the Lakefront in the glorious sunshine.  Life is tough.

Today’s programing is on sustainability.  I’ve been hearing that, or a version of it, for 40 years, but I might stop in to hear the one on Lake Erie.  Tomorrow there is a seminar on Listening and the art of paying attention by a “geriatric life enhancement consultant.”  I could do that—I’m old and I don’t pay attention!

Also tomorrow afternoon is a book review by my friend Nancy Long on “Dreamland: the true tale of America’s Opioid Epidemic (Sam Quinones) at the Lakeside Women’s Club. Her birthday was this week and we went out for lunch at the Bluebird restaurant. I had the “Italian Lover” panini, which is fresh pesto, tender chicken, tomato, and provolone cheese with a side of fresh veggies.  Nancy had the “Rockin’ Robin” salad which was strawberries, crimbld goat cheese, roasted sweet potatoes, toasted nut-medley on baby spinach with maple-balsamic reduction.
Sometimes on Friday afternoon I attend the World Affairs program (it’s call dialogue, but you know how Lakesiders are).

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

That’ll work

That'll work

Congress needs to solve this; could start with current law

This morning I listened to Paul Ryan talking about making special facilities for "families." Assuming there's a magic wand to get this past Democrats who need it as an issue going through the mid-terms, the first kid who is found out to NOT be a family member, but trafficked, will all be blamed on Trump.

Senator Schumer is challenging Trump to use his pen, make it go away,  the way Obama did. Since Democrats in Congress will never allow a "comprehensive immigration law" change and have blocked Trump on DACA, which has increased the problem,  and the border, here's an idea for the gridlock. Let's work with the laws now on the books!

Leaving children with parents in detention for weeks or months. Is that what Democrats want? Do you suppose the Democrats could find a judge somewhere, Hawaii maybe, to challenge that and let them go into the general population like the Obama years? Betcha.

Three percent returned for court date under Obama's "catch and release" program for illegal immigrant families. And we wonder why the government doesn't know where the children are? What if only 3% of the children have been trafficked? Is that OK? What if only 3% have joined MS-13. OK with Democrats?

Democrats are ridiculing “family values” of Republicans

They’re certainly right that sanctity of marriage is a Republican value, since Democrats have been in the business of destroying marriage and family since 1964, and Republicans do eventually absorb the cultural values imposed by liberals.

And they’re right that sanctity of life is a Republican value (for some Republicans); abortion doesn't appear in the RNC mission statement as it has in the DNC for 3 decades.

And they’re right that the federal government more often disregards the rights of the states when Democrats are in charge.

But they’re  wrong that the current dust up is about children from Mexico; the unaccompanied minors who are being trafficked for sex or labor come mostly from Central America 'with parents" and have passed through Mexico who doesn't want them, or won't take them as refugees.

And they’re right the protests against abortion are about liberty--the right of a child to live, the most basic form of all liberty.

I'm a little puzzled about the FBI probe, though--they confused me on that one. The left is OK with the bias shown at the highest levels? Is that OK in the Ferguson or Baltimore investigations?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Once again, Democrats get Republicans to take the “get Trump” bait

The Inspector General’s Report Reveals the biggest crime of the Obama administration, but by focusing on children separated from parents who have committed a crime, it can be wiped off the front burner. Democrats have done it again, and I can’t believe the Republicans are falling for it.  It's the "look over there" technique that politicians have perfected.

Maggie Thurber of Toledo observes: "I find it interesting and disturbing that the issue of separating children from family units when the family unit enters the country illegally arose at the same time as the IG report on bias in the FBI came out. Especially because it's a practice that the government has been following for years. Did anyone else notice the report is no longer top news.

Four years ago Mother Jones wrote about the deplorable conditions and 70,000 minor children, yet didn’t mention Obama once. Today the children in custody of HHS is a story all and only about Trump, not the failures of Clinton, Bush and Obama years.

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Mike Huckabee gives out the Sick Hypocrisy Award: Planned Parenthood jumps on the illegal immigration virtue signaling wagon by tweeting its principled stance that precious children deserve not to separated from their parents. Unless you’re separating them with surgical tools and a vacuum hose, I suppose?

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FBI bias training? "Career attorney Christopher Wray is only the latest man to reach the top of the FBI without ever serving as an agent. And now he says agents need to be instructed to remain impartial as they conduct investigations. Pentagon officials who never served in uniform typically don’t announce plans to teach their troops about patriotism, but perhaps the FBI is a very different institution. " Wall St. Journal Best of the Web, June 19

Fact checking the media’s version of the child immigration policy

As reported in the Daily Signal.

“In 1997, the Clinton administration entered into something called the Flores Settlement Agreement, which ended a class action lawsuit first brought in the 1980s. The settlement established a policy that the federal government would release unaccompanied minors from custody to their parents, relatives, or other caretakers after no more than 20 days, or, alternatively, determine the “least restrictive” setting for the child.

In a separate development, in 2008 the Democrat-controlled Congress approved bipartisan legislation to combat human trafficking and President George W. Bush, a Republican, signed it into law.
Section 235 (g) in that law, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, states that unaccompanied minors entering the United States must be transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement rather than to the Department of Homeland Security.

Section 235 (g) in that law, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, states that unaccompanied minors entering the United States must be transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement rather than to the Department of Homeland Security.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit expanded the Flores settlement in 2016 to include children brought to the country illegally by their parents.

For consistency between the provision of the anti-trafficking law and the 9th Circuit’s interpretation of the Flores agreement, children who came into the country illegally with parents had to be taken into HHS custody, said Art Arthur, former general counsel for Immigration and Naturalization Services (now known as Immigration and Customs Enforcement) as well as a former federal immigration judge.

“As soon as their parents are detained, the children are classified as unaccompanied,” Arthur, now a resident fellow for law and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Daily Signal.” “

Monday, June 18, 2018

First week of the season at Lakeside

The Preacher of the week at Lakeside this week is Rev. Dr. John A. Nunes, President of Concordia College, New York. He said yesterday at church his talks would be on the infantilization of adults and the adultification of children--I think it's based on a book, but I've forgotten the author, as there have been more than one with that theme. I plan to attend (9:15), at least today, but it's awfully hot.
At 10:30 is children's author Jill Hardie and at 1:30 is Richard Cowdrey who illustrates children's books. At 3:30 the curator from Mazza Museum (Findlay, OH, children's books) will give a presentation and there's a display of children's book illustrations at Hoover, which I haven't seen yet. I see no space in here for a nap, one of my favorite things to do.

There was a great program yesterday to celebrate Hoover Auditorium’s 90 years.  The construction began during the fall of 1928 and it opened for business in 1929.  What an amazing building with unusual wiring, bathrooms, sound control, seating, doors and stage curtains all having their own stories including roof collapses and fires. Very interesting display of some of the famous speakers and performers from Eleanor Roosevelt to Marian Anderson to Norman Vincent Peale. The Women's Club will have a presentation by David Blank on Peale tomorrow. In order to go to that, I’ll have to skip one of the program’s on children’s books.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Why is Peter Strzok still employed with FBI?

In remarks on Sunday Maria Bartiromo show, Alan Dershowitz said,

“FBI agents are allowed to be biased,” Dershowitz said. “They're allowed to support political candidates. That's part of the law. Where I draw the line is when an FBI agent says ‘we'll stop him.’
“That's not an expression of bias. That's not saying who we're going to vote for. That sends a message to the American people that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is going to interfere in an election, in an effort to try to stop the election of one candidate rather than the other. . .you're entitled to support a candidate if you're an FBI agent. But you're not allowed to try to use your office to stop somebody from being elected president of the United States.”

Arthur Brooks tells a Father’s Day story

Arthur Brooks’ father was a college professor of mathematics who drove a bus in the summer.
“He was a natural born mathematician, though. Here’s a classic dinner conversation:
Dad: “Hey kids, tell me as fast as you can what you get when you sum all the numbers from one to a hundred.”

My brother and I: “We’d need some paper.”

Dad: “Wrong. 1 + 100 = 101. 2 + 99 = 101. 3 + 98 = 101. . . . That’s 50 pairs all summing to 101. 50 x 101 = 5,050!”

Us: “Huh. Please pass the mashed potatoes.”

He died fairly young, at 66, from lymphoma. His doctor said that the median survival age for his diagnosis was at least 10 years, but he died in two. About this he was circumspect. He held a Ph.D. in biostatistics and noted, drily, "Someone has to be on the left tail."

Near the very end of his life, with just a few weeks to live, he was reflecting as a statistician on the life he had been given. “Sometimes I imagine a bargain from God,” he said. “He offers me a choice between dying at 66 with a sure bet that my boys grow up, have happy marriages and good careers, and where I get to meet my grandchildren briefly; or playing the odds on a much longer life but leaving the success of my kids up to chance.”

“I’d take the sure bet every time.”

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pregnancy Decision Health Centers

Pregnancy Decision Health Center is where I’ve been a volunteer for the last 5 or 6 years (don’t remember when I started but there was a big ice storm and I had to cancel my first day).  It provides women with pregnancy tests and ultrasounds (all free, no government money). It also provides counseling, material aid, educational materials, parenting classes, maternity clothes, layettes of beautiful new clothes and hand made things by church ladies.  It educates the community and has teams that go into the high schools to talk about being sexually responsible.  PDHC also has a fatherhood project to promote two parent families and the benefits of monogamy. There is also an emergency hot line.  All this was started about 40 years ago by one woman who began with a hotline in her home after the Roe v. Wade court case.

There are four locations in central Ohio, all with a nurse-director, para-professionals, interns, volunteer counselors most with degrees, and greeters, which was my position. We do the clerical stuff, entering records on the computer (when I began the files were paper and in a file cabinet) and greet the people with a clip board and instructions, like you would see at a doctor’s office. I also search the internet for any recalls on baby equipment that is donated like strollers, bouncers, bathtubs, write thank you notes for donations, insert educational material into packages which are given to each woman. I unpack and sort baby clothing donations, some of which has to be washed, and some of which comes from Catholic ladies who buy or make them, and pack.  I think that organization is about 100 years old.

Our clinic on West Broad Street has a pleasant lobby with comfortable chairs,  two counseling rooms nicely furnished, an education room with tables, chairs, video, etc.  A “store” with maternity clothes, free children’s clothes for older children in the family, diapers, books, etc., and an ultrasound room, plus 2 restrooms. A certain amount in the store is free, others can be earned by attending classes. Some of the locations, like on the OSU campus, offer STD testing, but we don’t. All the ultra-sounds are read by doctors who volunteer their time.

I’m a greeter, but have been on the prayer team for 18 years. Each week or so we get an e-mail list (without names because God knows) of about 10 requests for prayer as these women make the decision to either parent or abort.  I think I’ve only seen adoption a few times in all those years, although that may be because the decision has been made.  Not every woman is seeking an abortion; some need the documentation to qualify for government benefits. But our staff provides follow up anyway, and at the end of their pregnancy they can still have a layette.  Also if there is a miscarriage, grief counseling.  Some don’t have a doctor and need a referral.

Private contributions are 65% of PDHC’s support, grants 18%, churches direct contributions 12% and investments 4%. There is no government funding.  The current budgeted income is about $1.4 million. In 1981 309 clients were served; in 2017 the number served was 4411. 71% of those who seek help have incomes of less than $15,000.

One surprise for me was the list of local resources we compile and hand out—local, state, federal, non-profit, church, etc. It’s extensive and very specialized, like beds, or scholarships, or free clinics, or low cost housing, or food pantries. The bed ministry is from churches—ours has one.  It’s surprising (to me) how many families don’t have beds, or the women have fled abuse with no furniture, or the house was treated for bed bugs, and all the mattresses were thrown out. For a child to have his own bed is something really special. 

Bias against Trump within FBI

There is much more of this hostility evidence in the IG report, but apparently hostility is not against the law, even with vast amounts of evidence beginning at the top.  Mueller chose only those who hated Trump to be part of his investigation.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Father’s Day June 16

I saw this today. "The greatest gift my father has ever given me was his time."

That's not the kind of dad I had. He worked 12 hours a day. I treasure the few memories I have like that because they were so few. Like riding in his truck listening to him sing. Or the Sunday afternoons he drove my girl friends and me to the skating rink. Or his carrying my 11 year old sister in his arms to take her to the hospital when the doctor said she had polio. Or when all six of us would drive to Rockford to see a movie--I even remember the names of the movies! King Solomon’s Mines.  African Queen. What do I remember? How he treated my mother. Like she was the most important person in the world. How he treated his own mother, stopping by to visit her almost every day. That's how to make a little girl feel special and safe.

The Inspector General Report

Manafort is in prison and Ms. Clinton, Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Strzok and Page all of whom tried to bring down the 2016 election are running free. Feeling safe yet?

The Korean dead will be returned

I teared up when I read that the remains of soldiers would be returned from North Korea. Their parents are gone now, but there are siblings and children and grandchildren. I remember when my uncle came home in 1947 after being killed in China in 1944 during WWII. He was an aerial engineer for the 24th Mapping Squadron of the 8th Photo Group, Reconnaissance (10th Air Force) which served in the China, Burma, India theater. Clare and a pilot in his unit were killed in an explosion when their plane hit a gasoline supply, through the stupidity of his commanding officer who insisted the men go up in a blinding storm. No one else in that unit lost his life and we only found out how Clare died when a great nephew, Steve, attended one of their reunions in the 1990s. Clare came home on the Honda Knot through San Francisco with 233,181 American dead mostly from action in the Pacific. Another large number came to New York from Europe. Hundreds of thousands of grateful Americans lined up to greet them. I hope we can welcome home those who died in Korea, the war that never ended. Thank you, President Trump.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

What’s so great about kale?

Spinach--Nutrition Score: 86.43
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a 180 gram serving of boiled spinach provides 6.43 mg of iron, the muscle mineral—that’s more than a 6 oz hamburger patty!

Chard--Nutrition Score: 89.27
Recent research has shown that these powerhouse leaves contain at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants, including anthocyanins–anti-inflammatory compounds that could offer protection from type 2 diabetes.

Beet greens--Nutrition Score: 87.08
A scant cup of the bitter green serves up nearly 5 grams of fiber—that’s more than you’ll find in a bowl of Quaker oats! Researchers at the University of Leeds found that risk of cardiovascular disease was significantly lower for every 7 grams of fiber consumed.

Watercress--Nutrition Score: 100
The top dog, the unrivaled champion, the chairman of the cutting board, watercress may also be the closest thing yet to a true anti-aging food. Gram for gram this mild-tasting and flowery-looking green contains four times more beta carotene than an apple, and a whopping 238 percent of your daily recommended dose of vitamin K per 100 grams—two compounds that keep skin dewy and youthful.  Richest dietary source of PEITC (phenylethyl isothiocyanate), which research suggests can fight cancer.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Should the minority tyrannize the majority?

I'm old enough to remember when divorce brought shame to the whole family. Even the extended family. Even marrying a divorced person was not acceptable. I was very young--but I remember. There are still people who don't believe in divorce, who would shun a relative, or stay in a miserable relationship just to avoid it. Could be religion, could just be obstinance. There may even be more of them than there are LGBTQ.

So what if an anti-divorce party grabbed political power and could have a career ruined or a business closed or involve one in a law suit because of divorce, or belief in divorce for others even though not even married? That's what we as a nation are being forced to confront with the power of LGBTQ. We have to accept men on the women's track team even though they are clearly men; a CEO can't eat a Chick-fil-a without apologizing because he is attacked on social media; we have to accept men in the ladies' restroom endangering women; we have to accept 5 year olds wanting to be called by a different pronoun encouraged by their wacko parents; we have to accept same sex marriage, not just as a legal entity, but socially and privately; we have to accept fostering and adopting as what's best for the adult couple, not the young child. If we don't accept this tyranny from a tiny minority we are the bigots.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Are church weddings going out of style?

When my parents and grandparents got married (1934 and 1901), home weddings with a few friends and family were common in our (Anabaptist) tradition. No white wedding dress, just something nice that could be reused. Even in the 1940s one of my aunts, Dorothy, was married at our house (first wedding I attended). By the 50s and 60s, most people I knew were married in churches, although a niece had her wedding in 1984 in the same yard where my parents said their vows. Now it's public spaces like parks, fancy city buildings, elegant old mansions, old barns, or destinations like resorts, and I've even heard that funeral homes have been used.
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Honor your parents

For June morning devotions I've been reading the book of Sirach in the Bible. This is one that Martin Luther removed, so I'm not very familiar with it. Most Christians around the world do have this one, however. Anyway, for Father's Day there's a wonderful expansion on the commandment to honor your parents.

Sirach 3:12-13.
My son, take care of your father when he is old;
grieve him not as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him;
revile him not in the fullness of your strength.

Isn't that beautiful? I know so many people who have lovingly honored parents in this way. It's definitely not easy.

Monday, June 11, 2018

While looking for my password, I found this

Remember, though box
In the plural makes boxes
The plural of ox
Should be oxen, not oxes.
And remember, though fleece
In the plural is fleeces
That the plural of goose
Aren't gooses nor geeces.
And remember, though house
In the plural is houses
The plural of mouse
Should be mice, not mouses.
All of which goes to prove
That grammar a farce is
For where is the plural
Of rum and molasses.
Ohio Farmer, 8(3):23 Jan. 15, 1859

Washington Post blames Trump for embedded leaker

What an outrageous lede: "President Trump's administration excels at muddying the water, and the arrest of a former Senate aide, following an inquiry in which federal agents seized records from a New York Times reporter, might be its best work yet." (Washington Post, June 8)

So it's Trump's fault that a trusted Senate staffer John Wolfe was having an affair with an New York Times reporter half his age, Ali Watkins, and leaking secrets which then ended up in the Times? Really. This is beyond disgusting. No bias in the press here, move along.

I hope the historic Singapore meeting and Canada's high tariffs don't bump this story off the front pages. It's just a tiny piece in the puzzle that is the hysterical, illegal resistance that flows from the lovers' dens of DC to the script writers of Bill Maher and Samantha Bee to the power throne of George Soros to the befuddled mind of Maxine Waters.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

I thought my mother had stopped by

but it was just me.
2018 June 10

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Is Trump a racist?

For the umpteenth time today I read that Trump is a racist. It's said constantly by Democrats, progressives and socialists. Let's find something he's said that is as racist as what Biden said about Obama back in 2007 ( "first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy"). Maybe you just call that patronizing, but really, the FIRST ARTICULATE African-American--where does that leave the rest of successful, educated black men? Has Trump said negative sexual things about Obama the way Jesse Jackson did? He said he'd like to cut his nuts off, accused him of talking down to blacks, and used the N-word about Obama.

And what about Mexicans? Folks, Trump wasn't in office when the wall was approved and money set aside. He wasn't in office when Clinton removed a record number of illegal immigrants, presumably not because he didn't like Mexicans, but because it was a criminal act and hurt American workers.
Although Muslims like Christians can be any race, he's still called a racist for pointing out the obvious. Trump wasn't in office during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars--that was 6 years of Bush and 8 of Obama. It wasn't Trump who designated Muslim countries in a bill signed by Obama in 2015--the Visa Waiver program for 38 countries. And it was Obama supporters who decided Trump needed to be stopped at any cost and stopped him with a court order.

I'm sure Trump had many shady real estate deals and not-so-nice encounters as a TV star and producer, but don't you think it's odd that in his success as a businessman and entertainer he had excellent relationships with blacks? Agreed he's a completely unconventional President undoing Obama's "legacies" while draining the swamp, he's a wealthy man who supports the little guy and average American, rare for a politician who seem to chase after the rich and powerful. Trump won't need or want a Netflix deal in exchange for an ambassador position. He's also been spied on and lied about in the media and he fights back. Due to the victim mentality Democrats have built their political house on, the worst charges they can think of are "racism" and I've even heard "homophobe" although I've never seen anything to corroborate that one either. With his marriage track record he probably doesn't care who is sleeping with whom. But both Clinton and Obama up to the 2012 election declared marriage was not for gays.

Trump said to black voters, "What have you got to lose?" Democrats have a lot to lose--and that's why they keep repeating these phony charges.

Maher is beneath contempt

Bill Maher says he hopes there is another recession just so Trump won't get elected. Obama didn't fix the recession--it was over (June 2009) before his schemes were out the door, yet the economy limped along for 7 years. Many people never did recover their life savings, pension, home or marriage.  Does Bill Maher hate American that much? This is worse than anything Roseanne or Samantha Bee said. Completely disgusting to want to hurt 330,000,000 people just because he hates Trump, but unfortunately, that's how compassionate liberals are. Recessions come along about every 10 years. Bush inherited one from Clinton years. (

Washington Post does it again

Wa Po bashes Trump in every paragraph about the "world order," then near the end of the harangue:

"Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with Europe and foreigners in general, along with a strong current of belief that others have taken advantage of U.S. beneficence, sentiments that Trump has been more than willing to exploit. To the extent that his supporters see a lean toward isolationism as advancing their own lives and pocketbooks, Trump has reason to think he is doing something right."

Oh look. The strained relations between U.S. and Europe didn't begin with Trump! Who knew? Who could have known if they only see/hear/read the Post, NYT and MSM?

Friday, June 08, 2018

Obama lied to us about Iran

"The Obama administration: 
(1) told Congress it would not allow Iran access to U.S. financial institutions; 
(2) issued a special license allowing Iran to do exactly that; 
(3) unsuccessfully pressured U.S. banks to help Iran; 
(4) lied to Congress and the American people about what it had done;
 (5) admitted in internal emails that these efforts "exceeded" U.S. obligations under the nuclear deal;
 (6) sent officials, including bank regulators, around the world to urge foreign financial institutions to do business with Iran; and 
(7) promised that they would get nothing more than a slap on the wrist for violating U.S. sanctions.

How bad is this? Remove the words "Obama" and "Iran" and replace them with "Trump" and "Russia" and imagine the outrage that would ensue over the same revelations. Democrats would be holding news conferences, and the story would be front-page news."

Real estate in Franklin County, Ohio

"Where are homes selling way above the auditor's value? Five homes sold during the month in the downtown 43215 ZIP code, at an average of $194,900 over auditor's value.
New Albany (43054) came in second with 38 homes selling at an average $178,801 over auditor's value. In the Short North (43201), 25 homes sold for an average of $151,496 over the auditor's value. And 22 homes in Upper Arlington (43220), sold for an average of $104,045 over the stated value. (Business First, June 8)

Many college grads are underemployed

Many college grads are underemployed in first job, and still underemployed five years later. Look at the chart--the highest underemployment (doesn't require a college degree) is in many of the fields women flock to, and then they wonder why there's a wage gap
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Remember, there are reasons to choose a lower level job.  I was a secretary in the Russian Area Center in Urbana, Illinois because I couldn’t get a teaching job in Urbana (at that time you could be denied a job if you had a young child).  Some women choose a lower level job not requiring a college degree so they can have more flexibility.

Leaker worked with NYT reporter

Oh dear.  The media were in cahoots with a Senate staffer and were benefitting from the leaks!
John Wolfe was in “a relationship” with a New York Times reporter for three years, to whom he was giving sensitive government information. Pillow Talk.   He’d been in his position for 3 decades—since 1987!  That’s the two Bushes, Clinton, Obama and Trump!  He just retired in December.

“Wolfe was the security director at the SSCI for three decades from 1987 to 2017 and reportedly managed all classified information, from the Executive Office to the panel. He left the organization in December and formally retired in May, reported the New York Times. Wolfe is scheduled to make his initial appearance on Friday morning at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.”
Trump is right again.

We could all do more

Yesterday in Bible study, Pastor Jeff mentioned that if all Christians contributed a tithe, there would be no need for government programs. The average, he said, is 2%.
Our niece Joan, who is one of the most compassionate, level headed women I know (teaches first grade) mentioned on Facebook yesterday:

"So a 10 year old girl rang the door bell selling hand drawn pictures for $.50. Taking a minute to inquire why they were trying to sell the pictures, we learned that grandma and grandpa didn’t have any food and there are four children staying there. Packed a sack from my pantry and freezer took down to their house and then made a Walmart run. Sometimes we need to take a minute and listen, and find out the needs of others."

Indeed. Yet I also think it's a great idea that the grandchildren wanted to chip in and help and chose the only way they knew.

The prison population

About twenty percent of those in federal prison are not U.S. citizens, 13% are Mexican. 7% of our population is non-citizen according to Census. They are not in federal prison for crossing the border to work as roofers and broccoli pickers. These are criminals.
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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Percent of body fat

And I quote: "There’s a reason why females have a harder time losing those extra pounds. Nature gave a woman more enzymes to store fat and less to burn it in case she needs to support a developing baby. As a result, women have about 5 percent more body fat than men. A healthy body fat percentage for an 18-year-old girl is between 17 and 30 percent, while a 19-year-old should fall between 19 and 31 percent. Adult females 20 to 39 years should strive for a body fat percentage between 21 and 32 percent. Forty to 59-year-old women should fall within the 23 to 33 percent range, while those 60 years and older should be between 24 and 35 percent." That's sounds better than what I heard at the gym today. My percentage body fat is 32.2 according to that little machine that said I was over the recommended for my age. If I lost what the machine recommended, I'd be receiving"get well" cards in the mail.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

More lies and scandals from Obama

The report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed that under President Barack Obama, the Treasury Department issued a license in February 2016, never previously disclosed, that would have allowed Iran to convert $5.7 billion it held at a bank in Oman from Omani rials into euros by exchanging them first into U.S. dollars. If the Omani bank had allowed the exchange without such a license, it would have violated sanctions that bar Iran from transactions that touch the U.S. financial system.
Secret Obama-Era License Let Iran Tap Dollars |

And here is ABC’s spin. . .

“A former Obama administration official dismissed the charge, telling ABC News, "There was no secret effort to give Iran access to the U.S. financial system. This was a routine license to allow the transfer of funds. That's totally in line with our well-known obligations under the deal." Jarrett Blanc, the former State Department coordinator for Iran deal under Obama, called the report "wildly overblown" and the license "absolutely common in sanctions regimes."

The gist is that after the Iran nuclear deal was signed and implemented, Iran was given access to its frozen assets in banks around the world, including $5.7 billion at a bank in Oman, the small country on the southeast tip of the Arabian peninsula. “

CNN makes it very clear this is the GOP study, but sounds a little less sure about the legality of it. We were not lied to, we were “misled.”

“The majority report by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation says that the US Treasury, at the instruction of the US State Department, granted a license to convert the $5.7 billion briefly into American dollars so it could be converted into euros. The exchange was legal, the report notes.

Officials at Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control asked two US banks to work as intermediaries and execute the transaction, but they declined, citing concern over potential regulatory backlash and a ding to their reputations.”

The Hill has another slant. . .

“The report cites multiple instances where top officials such as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew pledged before Congress and the public that Iran would not have access to the U.S. financial system, both before and after authorizing the license.

“The Obama administration misled the American people and Congress because they were desperate to get a deal with Iran," Portman said in a statement.

Under President Obama, the U.S. and several other nations signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran in the summer of 2015, a pact that aimed to curb development of Iran's nuclear program. In exchange, the U.S. agreed to lift some of its economic sanctions issued against Iran. “

The stupid NFL controversy—Just Stop It!

Let's go back to the pre-Obama days when the players stayed in the locker room and came out after the anthem. The Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million from 2011 to 2014 to show patriotism during NFL games. It seems many players felt patriotic then with a black president, and don't now, but also the money has dried up (I hope).

Not that the President will listen to me, but there's no reason to give sports millionaires special access to the WH or celebrate with them. Librarians work hard, too, and we were never invited. Just drop this feud. It's going no where. Those guys are talking apples and oranges. They say it's police brutality and the WH says it's the flag and anthem.

The tragedy in Guatemala

Terrible news coming out of Guatemala about the volcano. But why is the country so poor? Poverty is about 60% in a country rich in natural resources, and about 60% of the people are European or mixed Spanish/Indian heritage. Their Civil War ended in 1996, and perhaps that's a large part of it. Look how many people in the U.S. are still knocking down statues. I was listening to an appeal for funds this morning from an organization (Christian I presume) that has been there for DECADES feeding the hungry, finding clean water, housing, etc. Mexico sends the Guatemalan ethnic "refugees" north--it doesn't want them. So they end up in the U.S. and Guatemala is the #1 recipient of remittances from the U.S. Where is the incentive for the government of Guatemala to do a better job for its people?

Exercise 70s-90s

I’m reading this in a magazine, but it is also on-line.

In Your 70s: Make Haste Slowly

“Slow and steady wins the race,” says Anderson. There’s no reason you can’t continue to strength train, do cardio, stretch, hike, and even pursue higher-impact activities — as long as you take your time, monitor your response, and adjust accordingly.

“Chronological age is not a good indicator of biological age,” says Balachandran. “Some people who are in their 80s are as agile and vibrant as some in their 60s.” It’s not clear why, he notes. “But I think physical activity could be one overlooked factor.” The body deteriorates with time, yet how quickly and drastically those changes come may be largely up to you.

If you haven’t strength trained regularly, muscle loss may now reach critical levels, interfering with balance, gait, and other daily activities. But if you take up strength training, those changes are reversible: A number of studies including adults in their 70s have found that progressive strength training two or three times per week can lead to such improvements as increased muscle mass, more ease with everyday activities like climbing stairs and carrying groceries, and reduced joint pain. [I started strength training about 5 months ago, and this is my experience—better balance and stronger hands.]

You may need to do a longer warm-up and to rest more between sets by the time you reach 70, says Friday. “My older clients come in early to stretch, and they have to rest longer between sets. But they often finish their workouts stronger than my younger clients.”

Fit septuagenarians may even need to be held back: “Strength training is super empowering,” she says. “And people get excited when they see and feel the results. I have older clients doing multiple timed sets of kettlebell swings. One older client biked 2,700 miles in 50 days. It takes a little longer, but they can reach really impressive levels of fitness.”

Anderson concurs: “My over-70 clients do everything — high-intensity intervals, kickboxing, strength training.”

If this sounds overwhelming, Balachandran recommends recruiting a pro who can help you develop appropriate workout strategies: “Once you learn the basics, you can do it on your own,” he says. “The price you pay is negligible compared with the benefits.”

In Your 80s, 90s, and Beyond: Evolve

By this point, nearly everyone has aches and physical limitations from previous injuries or illnesses, arthritis, periods of sedentary living, or chronic overuse. You might be tempted to believe you’re too old to work out — and that rest is best.

But too much rest may do more harm than good. Once prescribed almost universally for back pain, illness, and discomfort of all kinds, bed rest has been shown in studies to be associated with loss of strength and endurance, changes in soft tissue, bone loss, joint disease, high blood pressure, and weakening of the cardiovascular system. It’s one reason falls are a danger for people over 80: The resulting injuries may heal, but the health complications from staying in bed for weeks can be irreversible.

Falls are a leading cause of death among people over 65 and contribute to more than 40 percent of all nursing-home admissions. So rest when you’re sick or injured — but get up and move as much as you’re able, as soon as you’re able.

The best way to avoid falling may be regular workouts. A 2016 study showed that exercise can reduce fall frequency by nearly 40 percent.

But fall prevention is just one benefit that physical activity confers upon adults over 80. In one study, a few weeks of weight training doubled the strength of 85-year-old men and women, with some seeing a reduced need for walkers and wheelchairs.

Exercise also reduces the likelihood of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s. You may not respond the way you did when you were 19, but both your body and mind still derive considerable benefits from exercise — right up to and including your 10th decade.

The key to exercising safely and effectively now is the same as it was in your 20s: Find an enjoyable activity that challenges you without risking injury. Reducing impact or range of motion — by substituting cycling and swimming for jumping and running, or machine-based movements for free weights, for example — may be ideal.

Remember that your muscles, joints, bones, and entire body remain adaptable. And if you exercise consistently, what may have seemed impossible months or even years before can become possible — even easy and enjoyable.

Time marches on, and while we’re a long way from being able to stop the aging process, says Friel, “we can slow it down.”

This originally appeared as “Your Fit Life” in the June 2018 print issue of Experience Life.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

The Eagles have not landed in DC

“June 5th – There are 53 players on an NFL team roster including the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. Add all the coaches and trainers and that number rises to about 70. Do you know how many were planning to show up at their White House ceremony? FEWER THAN TEN. So President Trump pulled the plug by tweeting this: “The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!” That’s okay Mr. President, the Eagles must be protesting the record low black unemployment rate now under 6%. Hey NFL, America is tired of all this nonsense so tell your spoiled brats to GROW UP." Paula Priesse on Facebook

Is the president playing to his base? You bet. A lot of people believe some of the richest men in the world are being disrespectful to police, their country and their fans. Colin Kaepernick made this political--go protest him not the President. He began his protest under Obama before Trump was president, by claiming police were killing blacks. All the data show he is lying, or is misinformed. Blacks criminals are actually killed at a lower rate than whites. He was alone at first, and then other players, teams, and even children joined in his misguided, anti-police efforts.

Do I have to?

I was reading an article on using less plastic for the environment when I saw, "Stop chewing gum." What? I've been a gum chewer all my life--eases stress, tastes good, keeps the mouth fresh, and of course, looks awful to anyone watching. But plastic? Yes. I looked it up.

“On the Wrigley’s website page entitled ‘What Gum is Made Of’ the section about the gum base, the main ingredient, states, ‘Gum base puts the “chew” in chewing gum, binding all the ingredients together for a smooth, soft texture. The Wrigley Company uses synthetic gum base materials for a consistent and safe base that provides longer-lasting flavor, improved texture and reduced tackiness.’  It almost sounds natural and rather yummy.  I suspect if they wrote, ‘The Wrigley Company uses butadiene-based synthetic rubbers, polymers synthesised from petroleum by products, similar to those used in car tyres,’ that might not be so appealing.”

“After World War II, chemists learned to make synthetic rubber, which eventually replaced most natural rubber as a chewing gum base. Today the ubiquitous ingredient 'gum base' is label shorthand for an alphabet soup of potentially toxic ingredients.

Because of the vagaries of chewing gum ingredient labels most of us continue to chew in ignorance - and in vast numbers. Americans consume 40 percent of the world's gum. Across Britain, France, Germany, and Spain for instance almost 50 per cent of adults aged 15 and above use chewing gum. In Britain we spend around £325m a year the on the stuff. Globally just two companies - Wrigley and Cadbury - control 60 per cent of the chewing gum market which is estimated to be worth upwards of £10 billion a year.”

Stems, leaves and stalks in vegetable drinks

I’ve been making some vegetable/fruit drinks since our daughter gave us a sample a few weeks ago.  She has a “Nutri-bullet” but I’ve been using my blender, and I think the texture is about the same, but takes a little longer and a few extra spins on “puree.” Also, for easier digestion, I first zap the kale and spinach in the microwave.  Contrary to popular belief, microwaving doesn't kill nutrients in vegetables. In fact, it may outrank steaming when it comes to retaining antioxidants. Raw isn’t necessarily better when it comes to vegetables. 

“Many people think raw vegetables are more nutritious than cooked, but that's not the case. Cooking vegetables breaks down the plants' cell walls, releasing more of the nutrients bound to those cell walls. Cooked vegetables supply more antioxidants, including beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene, than they do when raw.

Cooked vegetables also deliver more minerals. Spinach, beet greens and Swiss chard are high in calcium, but a compound called oxalic acid binds with calcium. Heating releases bound calcium, making more of the mineral available for the body to absorb. Cooking vegetables also increases the amount of magnesium and iron that are available to the body.”

She removes the tough stem, but I think they have the better nutrition, so I looked it up.  Whether cooked or raw, the stems are closer to the earth’s nutrients.    The one I had today was kale, baby spinach, carrot juice, banana and frozen pineapple.  Now, it sort of looks like the contents of a baby’s diaper, but tastes fine.

“Stalks and stems (broccoli, cauliflower, chard): Broccoli stalks contain more fiber, vitamin C, and calcium than the florets we’re used to eating, while Swiss chard stems are rich in glutamine, an immune-boosting amino acid.

How to use: Peel and slice broccoli or cauliflower stalks and you have a sweet, crunchy snack, perfect for dipping in hummus – or try this Broccoli Stem Soup. Swiss chard stems are a bit tougher, so simmer in stocks to tenderize.”

Is the wall a Trump or Illegal Immigration issue

The wall on our border with Mexico was voted for during the Bush years; it’s not a Trump idea. Trump is not a racist, buffoon, or Nazi for recognizing secure borders.  It became an issue because of the failure of our government—Democrats and Republicans--to enforce immigration law put in place in 1986--IRCA Simpson-Massoli, 1986 (rev. 1990s), which if effective IS a wall.

Everyone I know has locked doors and some live in gated communities. Some buy special protection for their identity and credit cards. My identity was stolen and sold 20 years ago through the Ohio State research foundation when a careless employee left her computer in her car.

I don’t understand the opposition to the wall—which will include a variety of measures not just a scalable fence.  I particularly don’t understand why some Americans, primarily Democrats, want Mexico is a very rich nation, to send its poor, uneducated and mixed race people and those from Central America North so they can send home remittances which help Mexico’s GDP.  This means no effort on Mexico’s part to change socio-economic conditions there where European descendants control the government and financial industries.

How does this make them so morally superior, and does allowing illegal immigration to continue help Mexico in the long run?

Monday, June 04, 2018

Leslie Howard, British movie star

“Britain's destiny, on the other hand, has been to uphold tolerance in religion, thought, speech, and race--the mainspring of democracy. We have still far to travel on the road to true democracy, but only the Germans have made no progress in this direction. Britain, with her great gifts and strange inconsistencies had helped populate five continents and shown that the white man and the colored man can live in peace together. We have also taken the Roman ideal of just administration, the Greek ideal of democracy and freedom of art, and the French tradition of the family unit, along with the Norse courage and loyalty and the Christian faith. Like all people, we have made some mistakes and have committed some crimes during our history, but we can say that we have built something worthy of our defense. We can look at our record without shame.” Leslie Howard (Gone with the Wind) who died in 1943, casualty of WWII (from quotes with his biography at IMDb)

I wonder what he’d think today of the Tommy Robinson case and Britain’s tolerance and democracy.

Fighting gang rapes in Britain is now considered far right crimes.

Race based hiring of air traffic controllers

Everyone flies--Congress, moms, minorities, media personnel. You want competent controllers not based on race.

Tucker Carlson is exposing Obama's warriors in the FAA for not hiring the best employees. First installment was Friday, second this evening. Activists decided diversity was more important than safety. Tonight it was revealed that minorities and women were bumped in favor of poor grades and unemployment.

Defining issues for Democrats

1. Abortion

2. Hate Israel

3. Open borders

4. Sanctuary cities

5. Destroy both the first and the second amendments

6. Reverse the 2016 national election

7. Humanize MS-13

8. Amputate male body parts or female body parts to reverse their sexuality

9. Increase taxes

10. Please fill this one in to make it tidy.

Comprehensive immigration reform?


Today’s musings on June 4, a beautiful summer day

I've never understood why the Hollywood celebrities are so overwhelmingly leftists, not just in their story line products, but in their personal lives. It's a very entrepreneurial industry based on merit and competition. It makes them enormously wealthy, able to do great things with their money, and hire the best accountants and lawyers to pay as few taxes as possible or keep them out of jail. They support many smaller independent companies from the caterers and limo companies to the clothing and set designers, to vocal coaches and eye brow artists. They perform in some really vile, violent and sexist films, and then lecture the rest of us about the morality of the first and second amendments and call our president a racist or Nazi. Maybe it's all that time under hot lights. Fries their brains

Watched an interview while I was at the gym on one of the cable news shows of a Parkland student--that's heady stuff, believing you're the answer to a complex problem when the same "journalist" won't connect the dots about Cruz and the Promise program, or the lousy performance of the sheriff's department in protecting the students. If it's not anti-2nd amendment, the left wing media don't want to look at the evidence.

I'm so tired of the left media calling Roseanne Barr "right wing, racist." No, she's a left wing racist. She's a socialist/communist who is an actress/comedian who played a role on a TV sitcom. She's on your team, in your family tree, in your crazy aunt club. She stepped off the plantation to support Trump, and all of a sudden she can't come to the Thanksgiving Dinner where you all pass the hate with the gravy.

My FBF Michael Smith noted today:

"You have to love the USA Today headline writers. In the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling, they wrote:

"Supreme Court rules narrowly for baker who refused to create same-sex couple's wedding cake"

The vote was 7-2.

Doesn't really seem that "narrow".

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Exercise vs. weight loss and pretty dresses

So which is it?  Eat less or move more, or both.  For me that formula seems to change with each birthday.  I joined a fitness club through Silver Sneakers probably late December or early January.  I remember the weather was bad and I couldn’t walk outdoors, so I wanted to be able to walk on a treadmill. At Lifetime Fitness I do 2 miles on the treadmill 3 days a week, and 1 mile on 3 days to which I had 4-6 weight resistance exercises on machines to strengthen my core and arms.  Not sure I’ve seen miraculous results, certainly no weight loss, but my hands are stronger (weights are on pullies), and my balance is better.  Actually those are minor victories and more important than weight loss.  In May I gave up “processed food” including sugar and will probably continue that.  Didn’t really miss it since it isn’t a big part of my diet, except snacks—and that’s always good to give up. However, the four pounds I wanted to lose stubbornly remain. So today I looked back through my log book to January 2015 when I began using my exercycle every day.  Surprised to see that back then I was doing 9-10 miles a day!  Now I do 2-3 and then add in the 2 from the treadmill.  Obviously, that four pounds wants a bit more movement to leave the room.

I got $135 for the sale of my Biblio magazines ($150 but $15 was UPS), so it was sort of burning a hole in my wallet and on the way home from UPS I stopped at the Discovery Shop, just to browse. With the fancy dresses (probably for weddings) I found a lovely cornflower blue/lavender silk dress, modest, no bells, whistles or sequins, body skimmer cut on the bias, completely lined in a deeper color.  It was new, tags still on it—Jones New York, at $149.  It had been marked down to $22, so I tried it on, it fit, and I bought it! Now—it’s the first of June, that leaves 2 Sundays to wear it before we to to the Lake, where there’s probably no place to use it. I much prefer to wear dresses to church, but these days, it’s just me and maybe 2-3 other women at the traditional service (liturgy and hymns).

Speaking of church, tomorrow the congregation votes for Steve Turnbull as our senior pastor at noon.  Then our SALT group comes here for soup and salad, then Bob will have a prepared study.  The weather should be nice today, but is iffy for tomorrow, so it looks like we’ll eat inside, and if it clears, we can do ice tea/ lemonade and Bible on the deck.

Update:  I went to Volunteers of America and found a long scarf to use as a stole in the same cornflower blue so I can cover my arms if need be.