Thursday, October 21, 2021

I remember when Democrats believed in borders

I'm so old I remember when Democrats cared about the country. We don't/ can't have a country without borders.

In 2005, Senator Barack Obama said, "We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in this country."

In 2006, Senator Barack Obama said, “Those who enter our country illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law. And because we live in an age where terrorists are challenging our borders, we simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked. Americans are right to demand better border security and better enforcement of the immigration laws,”
 
In 2006, Senator Joe Biden said, "Let me tell you something, folks, people are driving across that border with tons, tons--hear me, tons--of everything from byproducts from methamphetamine to cocaine to heroin, and it's all coming up through corrupt Mexico."

In 2008, Joe Biden said, “Now, I know I’m not supposed to say it that bluntly, but they’re the facts, they’re the facts. And so everything else we do is in between here. Everything else we do is at the margins. And the reason why I add that parenthetically, why I believe the fence is needed does not have anything to do with immigration as much as drugs.”

In 2009, Senator Chuck Schumer said, "Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple. . . When we say “undocumented worker,” we are refusing to say it’s wrong and the American people think we’re not serious about changing it. I think it is illegal. . . People who enter the United States without permission are illegal aliens and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who enter the U.S. legally." https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10156156092545090&t=9 
Listen carefully to what Schumer says about the American people believing they are serious about reform.

Perhaps these Democrats believe now that since they INVITED thousands to come, putting their lives in danger, subjecting women and children to trafficking that it's no longer illegal?

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The mis-named Women's Health Protection Act of 2021

This is the Leftists' reaction to the Texas Heartbeat Law. If enacted, the Women’s Health Protection Act would endanger essentially all state-level abortion restrictions, existing state and federal conscience protection laws, and various provisions limiting taxpayer funding for abortions.

H.R.3755 - Women's Health Protection Act of 2021--The most anti-life, anti-woman piece of legislation ever proposed by loyal, devoted Catholic Speaker Pelosi. It uses every intersectional and CRT term you can imagine. It lies about Black women, who bear the brunt of abortions. This Act which has "women" in the title, uses "person" more often in the language than women. Since only women have babies, it ought to be tossed just for that reason. Not once does it mention the ghoulish methods used to kill late term babies or the selling of their body parts.

"To protect a person’s ability to determine whether to continue or end a pregnancy,"

"for the preservation of the life or health of the person who is pregnant."

"access to abortion services is critical to the health of every person capable of becoming pregnant. "
 
"This Act is intended to protect all people with the capacity for pregnancy—cisgender women, transgender men, non-binary individuals, those who identify with a different gender,"

"unduly burdening people’s personal and private medical decisions" [seems that doesn't matter for the jab where the power of the feds can force you out of your job]

"where a person’s life and health is at risk" [but not the little person who matters the most--U.S. is one of 4 countries in the world where a baby can be aborted on the due date]

"Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize any government to interfere with a person’s ability to terminate a pregnancy" [at any time for any reason, and no previous care before termination is required]

"affect a person’s constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy," [there is no such right in the Constitution]

This is NOT HEALTH. This is legalizing murder and shifting more power to the federal government than it already has.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Herschel Walker, Senate Candidate, guest blogger Brian Rhodes

Now that Herschel Walker is running for U.S. senate, liberals have begun their inevitable attack on him. I just saw one person refer to him as a pea brained idiot. Uh huh sure, a pea brained idiot who overcame a speech impediment and bullying as a kid and then went on to become valedictorian of his high school class, a Heisman trophy winner in college, a professional football player, an Olympic athlete, an mma fighter, and a successful business man who started renaissance man foods in 1999 which he’s now grown into the largest minority owned poultry company in the United States providing jobs and financial security to hundreds of people. He also bought into a drapery company in North Carolina that supplies curtains for hotels across the country, and has helped to grow that company exponentially through his involvement. In addition to that, he founded H. Walker Enterprises, LLC and started his own promotions company out of Atlanta that works with Fortune 500 companies on promotional goods. What’s more, is that he’s actually hands on and serves as chief executive for all 3 of his companies. But yeah! Just some dumb former athlete right!?- Brian Rhodes

Diane notes:  He also did all of his athletic achievements without ever lifting weights. He did sit ups and push ups and simple things like that to strengthen himself because he couldn't afford to train at a gym or own weights when he was younger.

Soros funds Facebook fact-checkers

"Currently, Facebook has more than 60 partners who fact-check content in more than 50 languages ​​worldwide. As Remix News has previously reported, 18 out of 20 members of Facebook's global fact-checking board have ties to George Soros, who has provided funding to liberal causes around the world, including over $50 million he's spent on defeating President Donald Trump and efforts to undermine conservative governments in Hungary and Poland.

Soros' influence on the social media giant does not end with Facebook's global fact-checking board, though. He also funds or indirectly funds the third-party fact-checkers that have partnered with Facebook in specific countries, including Great Britain, the United States, and Spain. Increasingly, the fact-checkers he funds are also located in Central Europe, with Remix News identifying at least eight out of 11 countries in the region where the fact-checking organization is a Soros-funded group (a number of countries, such as Hungary, Serbia, and Romania, still have no official Facebook third-party fact-checker or no such information was available at time of publication)."

Definitely an incorrect term. He's not a fact-checker, he's a fact-butcher.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Wake up about Woke

Even with Republican Presidents Bush and Trump, the deep state was busy sowing dissent among government employees and had been for a long time. The current unrest--rioting, destroying businesses and tearing down statues--didn't start with the death of George Floyd or the Ferguson effect. It began in the 1930s in academe and by the time the rest of us "woke" up, it had taken root in most government agencies, and blossomed into our public schools, non-profits, think tanks, and the HR departments of corporations. Even some of our churches were reaping the thistle crops.

The FBI was holding workshops on intersectionality theory as well as diversity and inclusion.
 
Former CIA boss John Brennon, who lied under oath about Trump, declared he's infused with "white guilt" for being a white male. Brennan’s plan required diversity training and included agency-wide “unconscious bias” training.

The Department of Homeland Security was telling white employees they were committing microinequities and had been socialized to be oppressors.

The Army had launched Project Inclusion and is moving to stamp out "unconscious bias" a malicious theory that white people are born with inert bias in their genetic makeup that they are unaware of.
 
The Treasury Department was requiring training sessions to tell staff members that virtually all white people contribute to racism and needed to convert to "antiracism."

Sandia National Laboratories (nuclear) sent white male executives to 3 day reeducation camps and were taught that white male culture was analogous to the KKK, white supremacists, and mass killings.
 
This is loosely known as critical race theory and burbles with words difficult to define but quick to lob a bomb such as equity, diversity, inclusion, cultural sensitivity, microaggression, and links arms with transitioning of sexes, cisgender and militant feminism.
 
The movement is moving more quickly than most Conservatives can comprehend. Bush just grinned, and Trump was slow to do anything, or maybe couldn't imagine that our freedom loving, capitalist country was eroding so quickly. And then when he did take action, was roundly criticized by the MSM and Leftist think tankers using their template--racism. But he was the first president to act against this threat. Now Biden, of course, has it in full swing again, as you can see from his disastrous Afghanistan move with the weak generals.

Wake up, don't be forced to accept woke lies. Vote even in the lower level campaigns that you would usually ignore--city council, school board, judges, school and library bond issue. Remember, non-citizens are allowed to vote in some states in local elections. Who brings them in? Democrats. Write or protest to your representatives. Support the writers and speakers and pastors who are knowledgeable. Talk to your friends and neighbors. Speak up. The next time you're accused of racism because you have common sense and are a patriot, push back. Refuse the workshops on diversity training. Bring a lawyer if you must. Be the Paul Revere of our era--there's a battle to be won and they aren't slowing down. They've got a 30 year head start.

Critical Race Theory is Marxism, simply substituting color of skin for class. Wealth, social position and education level are all fluid in the United States. With skin color, the Left has a never ending source of jealousy, resentment and vilification.



https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/08/13/americas-top-nuclear-weapons-maker-was-subjected-to-a-white-privilege-re-edu-n2574297?


Workers who are paid not to work--a Biden disaster

Some of you think those economy crippling benefits have stopped. They haven't. If your favorite restaurant closes or shop owner locks the door, it may not be supply chain. It's no one will work when being paid to stay home.
 
"Back in July, the federal government was still paying enhanced benefits to the unemployed—even though many in Washington, including prominent Democrats, were warning that the federal handouts on top of state unemployment payments were creating a big disincentive to go back to work. That extra federal payment, which had begun under President Trump and was extended by Biden last March, finally ended in early September, but other federal aid continues. The IRS, for instance, now pays families a child tax credit that has expanded to $3,600 per child under six and $3,000 per older child. A recent study estimated that this lucrative benefit, if it becomes permanent as some Democrats have proposed, could prompt up to 1.5 million more mostly low-income parents to leave the workforce over the next few years. Meantime, the Treasury Department has told states that they can use some of the $350 billion stimulus money Washington was sending them to support and expand their own unemployment benefits."


Even before the Covid-induced recession struck, public policy in America had been increasingly discouraging work through expanded and more generous disability payments, longer bouts of enhanced, less restrictive unemployment benefits, and more generous social-welfare payments. One consequence: the ranks of the permanently unemployed have grown in America. In the last 20 years alone, the country’s labor-participation rate shrank from nearly 68 percent of adults to just 63 percent right before the Covid lockdowns began. Then in March 2020, the rate slipped below 61 percent—an unprecedented drop. Since then, it’s climbed less than halfway back to pre-Covid level, despite widespread business re-openings and help-wanted signs everywhere. More people are getting used to not working, and the Biden administration’s proposals for expanding federal aid programs will do little to lure them back.



Saturday, October 16, 2021

Be a fool for Christ. But don't be fooled by this word.

Don't be fooled.
 
Equity does not mean equality and it doesn't mean equal treatment, fairness or justice. It's one of the deliberately ambiguous and contradictory words in the language of newspeak, a term that means whatever Democrats and Socialists say it means. Attached to a management job description, it means one more overpaid bureaucrat checking the rule books for speech, privilege and physical characteristics. Ohio State created its office in 1970 and still can't stomp out evil so it needs more staff and more grants. There may be 20-30 assistants and go-fers in Diversity and Equity divisions of universities, and they are growing in woke corporations.
 
Recently I heard a speaker say just toss out diversity and inclusion, and go straight for equity. The speaker was white, so did she mean to be diverse or inclusive, whites might be on the roster? I think the words diversity and inclusion will gradually go the way of "multiculturalism" and "non-discrimination."
Equity is not a Biblical value, but a political tool, although some Christians are trying to climb on that band wagon by cherry picking Bible verses. Although they say otherwise, Christians love being in the "world." In fact, what equity means in real life, in real workplaces, in real award shows or real institutions when codified or regulated is

envy
jealousy
greed
bullying
fear
injustice
spying
Idolatry
rivalry
strife
selfishness
dissensions
enmities
quarrels
humiliation

It means repaying evil with evil
not living peacefully with all
always avenging, never forgiving.

Be a fool for Christ. But don't be fooled by this word.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

October 14, 1066, the Battle of Hastings

The Battle of Hastings was fought on 14 October 1066 between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, beginning the Norman conquest of England. It took place approximately 7 mi northwest of Hastings, close to the present-day town of Battle, East Sussex, and was a decisive Norman victory. (Wikipedia).

I only mention it because as I figure the names in our genealogy both the Corbett surname and the Bruce surname came from France, and I think maybe our forefathers made the trip to England and then a few centuries later to Ireland and Scotland.

"Corbet, Corbett, Corbitt, Carbert, Corbert, and Corburt, this interesting Anglo Scottish surname is of Norman - French origins. Derived from the French word "corbet", it is translates as "Little raven", in heraldry a highly respected bird known for its ferocity. A quote from Courthope's "Debrett" states that - "Corbet, a noble Norman, came into England with the Conqueror, and from his son Roger Corbet descended the baronial house, as well as the families of the name now existing". The Conqueror referred to is of course William 1st (1066 - 1087), and during his reign many such names were introduced from France." Read more: https://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Corbet#ixzz79Jbl9did

"Bruce is a locational name, deriving from the place of origin of the family in Normandy in France, either in Brix or in Brieuze. The first Bruces, with the Norman name de Brus, came to England with William the Conqueror during the eleventh century Norman invasion." https://www.archives.com/genealogy/family-history-bruce.html

How the media are handling the Loudoun County, Virginia story

Admittedly, I haven't done a thorough deep dive in the archives on whether CNN, MSNBC, NYT, and WaPo have covered the rape and sodomizing of a female student by a boy in a skirt at a Loudoun Co., Virginia school bathroom. That boy was transferred to another school where it's been reported (also by non MSM sources) he did it again to another girl. It has been covered by Fox and Newsmax who apparently thought that the previous spin on this story which was everywhere on the MSM was newsworthy. If you watch CNN, have you seen the coverage of the father who was arrested for speaking out at a school board meeting? That video went viral. Have you seen the current information now available on why he spoke at the meeting? (The school was covering up the rape because of the transgenda bathroom policy.)

In 2005 a Columbus school principal was fired and 3 assistants put on leave for covering up the rape of a disabled girl in her school and not calling the police, but handling it in house. In the Virginia case, the police have the record of the assault, but the school denied it happened. In 15 years the intersectionality pendulum has really swung back at the expense of the children.

Fox has a much bigger audience than CNN and MSNBC, so let's hope someone in the Northeast or the DC bubble has seen it, as well as our school board in Upper Arlington which is making a big mess of the bathroom issue. We've had a huge "Keeping up with the other Suburbs" building expansion here with our taxes soaring.

Also, there is an election going on in VA and this is one of the issues. It seems the Democrat has said parents should stop telling teachers how to do their jobs. VA is part of DC. Glenn Youngkin (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D). I just looked at MSN News and the reporter is spewing the usual--white parents, right wing media yada yada--but says nothing about the rape in a bathroom charges by the father and why he was protesting at that meeting in June. You can lie without saying anything!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Southwest Airlines

Occasionally I look at a pound sign (particular topic) on Facebook. Checking #southwest I found many enlightening posts, but noticed this one particularly:
"Paraphrasing from a Southwest employee....

“80% of our pilots are ex-military. We see the tyranny that’s happening. They’re coming for essential workers first (nurses, doctors, firefighters, police, military, teachers and transportation workers) and they’re coming for the rest of America next. We’re not doing it for us, we’re doing it for America. We swore to defend the constitution against all enemies”.

Monday, October 11, 2021

California's new "period" law


Although I'm sure there are less expensive ways to solve the menstrual problems of young women, it is a problem. I remember a decade ago talking to a female Columbus teacher who told me about how often she had to come to the rescue of a student, and particularly low income students, or girls who don't have good parents who look out for them. I was shocked.
 
So California's new law isn't a joke, it isn't a left wing plot. Many rest rooms for women supply these products free. I'm sure some abuse this and think they'll take a bunch home, but it's a God-send for many. And for a student who is already between a C and a D, it could mean staying in school.

The mess in the ports and everywhere else

Why was there no transportation crisis or cargo ships waiting for weeks to unload because there are no workers when Trump was in office in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic? Because his administration moved quickly and anticipated the problems that could result from questioning and accusing a behemoth like China. Because Trump was a businessman and Biden is a bureaucrat who has never worked a day in his life. Biden colluded with China, created inflation, imported illegals to take American jobs, and paid American workers to stay home to bankrupt small businesses so giants like Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Ag can destroy our capitalist economy. Prove me wrong.

Happy Indigenous peoples Day

The Green New Steal folks and the "Include everyone but Whites" cults love to overlook that slavery is still endemic in Africa, and that African slaves were sold to European slavers by Africans and over 90% went to South America, not North America. There are more slaves today than during the 18th century trans-Atlantic slave trade.   In South America slaves had long been sacrificed by indigenous people for fertility, agricultural crops, and maybe just to show one's importance. "The eminence of chiefs and kings, the ritual and political necessity for human sacrifice, and the obligatory nature of exchange relationships were reinforced by and used to justify the presence of human captives. Culturally, the figure of the captive, or sometimes “pet,” was, and still is, important not just at the level of political representation, but also cosmologically, because the key relationship between humanity and divinity is one of predation for many native peoples [in South America] (from PART III - SLAVERY AMONG THE INDIGENOUS AMERICANS, 1492-1820, Cambridge University Press: 2011.

Need some courage or pride? Listen to Trump

Tired of being told you're a loser, a white supremacist, deplorable and a troglodyte? You need President Trump! Tired of Western Civilization being mocked and statues of heroes being defaced, torn down or taken away in the dead of night (Columbus, Ohio)? You need to be reminded where you've come from and where you're going if you give in to Biden plan to crush you.

‘President Donald J. Trump told a crowd of some 15,000 Poles in Warsaw on Thursday [July 6, 2017].
“We reward brilliance. We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God. We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression.”

“We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success,” Trump continued in his remarks in Krasiński Square. “We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives. And we debate everything. We challenge everything. We seek to know everything, so that we can better know ourselves.”

“The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?” Trump wondered. “Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”

There is not a single person in the Biden Administration who could give this speech and not be thrown out of his party.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Adrienne's trip on Spirit Airlines--a trip

Adrienne who is a writer and speaker is a frequent flyer.  Here's her recent experience with masks.

"The announcements on Spirit Airlines today got me like...really?! You almost can't help but laugh and roll your eyes--and take notes!

Some of the announcements today:

1) During the usual safety instructions at the start of the flight:
"If we lose cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling. You will need to remove your face mask before putting on the oxygen mask."

Really, Spirit?! Who would have thought? So now, we've got to try to figure out two different kinds of masks while wrapping our brains around being on a plane falling from the sky! So do we take the face mask off the kid traveling with us before we take off our face mask, like we are told to put on our oxygen mask before putting the oxygen mask on said kid? Just wanna make sure I have the mask order of operations right. LOL!

2) "In a few minutes, we'll begin our descent into St. Louis. This is a good time to go to the restroom, blah, blah, blah--and to make sure your masks are securely covering your nose and mouth. You are required to have your mask on unless you are actively eating, drinking, or taking medication."
My question: Are there people IN actively eating, drinking, or taking medication?!

3) "We are making our final descent into St. Louis. Please be sure you remain seated for the duration of the flight, your personal item is stowed under your seat, the tray table is in an upright position, and your mask is fully covering your nose and mouth."

...because, of course, a safe landing is connected to one's face mask fully covering one's nose and mouth!

Can we get any more ridiculous? Shhh, Adrienne...Don't ask--because you already know the answer. Of course, we can--and that's the plan."

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Friday, October 08, 2021

Can anyone defend a Biden decision or policy?


Bruce Zimmerman at The comment section for Washington Post asked me what had Trump ever done that was positive, so I told him.

Abraham accord
Energy independence
Border security
Support for the unborn
Judicial appointments of constitutionalist
Anti-war leadership
NATO--fair share
Operation Warp Speed when Dems said couldn't be done
Disruptor of corruption in both parties
Best economic progress for Blacks in 50 years
Freedom from Obamacare mandate
African-American unemployment has lowest rate ever recorded.
Hispanic-American unemployment lowest rate ever recorded.
Asian-American unemployment lowest rate ever recorded.
Women’s unemployment the lowest rate in 65 years.
4 million off food stamps
Biggest tax cuts and reforms in our history
Net natural gas exporter
Right to try medical procedure (which probably saved him from long hospital stay from Covid)
Big increase in military funding (which Biden threw away)
Got us out of the Iran steal
Hospitals to disclose costs
Animal cruelty a felony
Transparency and Competition for insurance companies
Bringing American companies home
Reductions of regulations strangling businesses

I did not support him in 2016, but he really opened our eyes (obviously not yours). Being a Trump supporter is an adult education like we've never had before. He was not indebted to either party and we really saw the fangs and claws come out when he began calling out the good old boys' club that is DC politicking. We saw the unelected bureaucrats rise up and defend their lives at the public trough. We knew the legislatures at the state and federal level had become very weak, but we really took notice on how the most insignificant judge on the lowest court could take on the president and prevent him from undoing the shady Executive Orders of the previous president.

We began to see why his slogan "Make America Great Again" was such an anathema to Democrats, increasingly controlled by its left flank. Why the red hats had to be snatched from heads, and ugly arguments started. Why the pink hats had to make women look like blood thirsty baby killers.
If you can't compare the current bumbling fool to a blustery business man that runs circles around him and see the difference, advice from an 82 year old former Democrat won't convince you.

Update by Anna: Let's add criminal justice reform, record funding for historically black colleges, and dumping NAFTA for the USMCA. The list of his accomplishments is endless, but liberals have not heard about any of them, because their preferred media sources don't report them. He probably accomplished more in 4 years and kept more of his campaign promises than any other president, and this while being attacked from all sides.

Toni Evans, Olentangy Liberty school law suit

I heard the lawyer of Toni Evans (fired from Olentangy Liberty school district) on the radio today and she's suing. He says she was fired (told to resign) for commenting to a student in April that the virus had come from China and US was getting PPE from China. Three administrators (she's suing them) said her comment was racist. Isn't it amazing how that word has become widened and bloated just since 2008? I'm not sure, but I think it was a private conversation. She's not a person with any power; she's a study hall monitor, single woman, 58 years old, 20 years employed and her dismissal will prevent her from getting another job in a school, the lawyer said. You know how they are with the "little people," let's hope they let her keep her pension.

I think it was just filed, however, when I looked online, I found she was suspended for a poster that was "anti-black" on her Facebook page. So I checked that and it was a photo of "The Squad." I'd say it's the school district that is racist if every time they see a Democrat black politician they only see the race. I've commented about The Squad many times, and it's not about their race even when they insert it.

 IT. IS. THEIR. POLITICS.
 
Another employee, with a very Slavic or East European surname in that same article was also suspended for posting a photo of a transgender couple where "he" was pregnant and "she" had provided the sperm. Again, there was nothing inaccurate in the photo or information that I could see, except by positing it she was accused of being transphobic, by the standards of the school administrators. Where are they finding these laws that they are "enforcing?" Suspended for understanding biology? Do the administrators discipline employees who are Marxists or Socialists or Monarchists or Tribalists? Or just people with ordinary values and intelligence.

So I looked through a few other items about that school district (Delaware County, north of Columbus) and see it is really in to intersectionality, BLM, transgenderism, anti-racism (which is the opposite of what it sounds like), "women's health" (aka pro-abortion), congratulating their mostly white wealthy community (ca. 4% black) with virtue signaling after George Floyd's death, and obviously not for freedom of speech or diversity of thought.

I suppose it will be on the news, so follow this case. And I wouldn't move there if you are house hunting.

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Big reveal for Pfizer

Two bombshells this week about Pfizer. 1) Researchers admit natural immunity is better, and 2) Yes, fetal cells were used by Pfizer and they chose not to reveal it (to better compete), and lied to the various bioethics commissions. Meanwhile, Biden is not excusing those with conscientious objections. Add this to the whistle blowers in HHS revealing heart problems and the gaslighting by the media calling millions of people paranoid conspiracy theorists, and we have a HUGE mess. And yes, it was undercover research that revealed their lies to the American public and the churches.

Remember the Henrietta Lacks story, and the Tuskegee syphillis scandal? Do our "investigative" reporters only wake up when the trust of black citizens is violated?
 
Adult stem cells and cord blood stem cells do not raise special ethical concerns and are widely used in research and clinical care. President Bush stopped new embryonic cell lines from being developed with government money (did not affect privately funded research), but Obama jump started embryonic stem cell research I think during his first week in office. A huge difference in the characters of the two presidents.

Much of the income from Planned Parenthood is from selling baby parts--hearts, livers, scalps, eyeballs, etc.--for research.
If you are on Facebook or a member of a church, you see or hear a lot of prayer requests. You might be one of great faith, little faith or no faith. You might be in a yoga pose, clutching your beads, or looking at today's request for the president.

Agnostics and atheists have studied prayer. And guess what? Prayer has been scientifically proven potent. Even I have difficulty believing the results (being a Christian I suppose I prefer my tradition to be the one that works).
 
Today I was reading Erling Olsen's book, "Meditations in the Book of Psalms," specifically Ps 86. He had a popular radio show during the Great Depression which was later turned into a book. He quoted and commented on the 1935 book, "Man, the unknown," by Dr. Alexis Carrel (still available in print and also in the Internet Archive in digital form). He says Carrel wasn't a Christian (don't know if he was of any faith family, being a scientist), but he wrote:

"Prayer should be understood, not as a mere mechanical recitation of formulas, but as a mystical elevation, an absorption of consciousness in the contemplation of a principle both permeating and transcending our world It is incomprehensible to philosophers and scientists, and inaccessible to them. But the simple seem to feel God as easily as the heat of the sun or the kindness of a friend." He goes on to say, "There is no need for the patient to pray or even to have any religious faith. It is sufficient that someone around him be in a state of prayer." He comments on the miraculous results he has seen in patients from TB to abscesses to cancer.
This reminds me of a double blind study I read back in the 80s that I've never forgotten. People of faith and unbelievers were assigned to pray a certain number of minutes a day for patients they didn't know, or even know what the problem was, or where they were. The researchers also didn't know who was matched with whom. But the patients who were prayed for had better outcomes.

So when you see or hear a frantic or sad message (or in the church bulletin) it's a comfort for the requester for you to dash off an emoji or "thinking of you" note, but also take a breath, slow down, and actually pray about the elderly parent, or accident of a friend, or a pregnancy in distress, or a financial problem. You don't have to be a believer, nor does the person in trouble. According to science.

The hypocrites in the Biden Administration

Maxine Waters promoted attacking Republican "public servants" like Sarah Sanders, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz, but they get away with it. When Mrs. Soccer Mom raises her voice because no one on the school board cares about her kid, then she's a domestic terrorist. Democrats are systematically trying to destroy the 80 million people who voted for Trump in 2020--11 million more than voted for him in 2016. Hillary Clinton whined and raged for 4 years after 2016--and the media gave her a pass. The J6 event has been played up as worse than the Civil War. The media, print and social, are not our friends, they are co-conspirators with Pelosi's Gang.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Illustrated History of the Diocese of Columbus--today's new book purchase

 


Dear UAPL:

This is not a purchase suggestion; I'd like to donate it for circulation.  There are 9 copies in the system, none in UAPL and 5 are non-circ. I purchased it today at VOA for 90 cents.  Published in Italy in 2001, it is in prime condition with good quality paper and color photos. I'm not a Catholic, but enjoyed reading it due to the local history and excellent photos of local churches including St. Andrew, St. Timothy, St. Agatha, plus local schools like Ready and Watterson, Ohio Dominican and the Josephinum.  It also has photos of local works of art. It's not really a reference book, or even just local history (the diocese is huge and covers many communities) which is why I'd like to see it in your circulating collection. The UAPL does not have a good collection on Christian denominations, the history of Christianity or even Christian values or ideas, and I believe this would be a valuable addition to your collection.

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Radiance Foundation calls out Lancet for treatment of women

WASHINGTON D.C. — British medical journal “The Lancet” is dealing with the ongoing controversy regarding the September 25 journal cover which labeled women as “bodies with vaginas.” People in Britain and around the world are condemning the controversial language, with one critic stating, “This framing makes it sound like a coincidence that ‘bodies with vaginas’ have been neglected by medicine, as if it were not the product of a discrimination and oppression specific to the female sex… Medical misogyny exists—and refusing to acknowledge women perpetuates it.” Another critic commented, “It’s really difficult to imagine why any medical researcher would want to submit their paper to a Lancet journal when they are happy to refer to women on their front cover with language which would be considered inappropriate even in a red-light district.”

Richard Horton, editor-in-chief at The Lancet, issued an official apology for the cover, saying that the journal accidentally “conveyed the impression that we have dehumanized and marginalized women” and that they “apologize to our readers who were offended by the cover quote and the use of those same words in the review.” Many critics are unsatisfied with this response, arguing that this choice of words promotes female erasure and bows to transgender ideology.

Ryan Bomberger, chief creative officer and co-founder of The Radiance Foundation (Radiance, www.theradiancefoundation.org), commented on this concerning trend in the medical field. Bomberger stated, “The Lancet is following the disastrous and dangerous trend in the medical field of denying basic biology. The American Medical Association has called for the erasure of gender from birth certificates. The Director of the Centers for Disease Control officially refers to women as ‘pregnant people.’ All of these semantic euphemisms, which only confuse communication, are simply political capitulations to a powerful and well-funded LGBT activist movement. The abhorrent objectification and erasure of women is nothing new. The medical field needs to stop serving special interest groups and start serving the public who needs honest healthcare.”

The Radiance Foundation is a faith-based, educational, life-affirming 501c3 nonprofit organization. Through creative ad campaigns, powerful multimedia presentations, fearless journalism, and compassionate community outreaches, The Radiance Foundation affirms that every human life has God-given purpose. Radiance has helped to lead congressional briefings and summits on Capitol Hill on abortion, adoption, and racism, as well as spoken to thousands of students on campuses around the world including Harvard, Trinity College, Princeton University, University of Notre Dame, Mizzou, Columbia Law School, Penn State University, Eureka College, and Arizona State University, among others.

Monday, October 04, 2021

Missing children recovered

 More than 100 people arrested, 10 missing kids recovered in human trafficking operation (msn.com)

More than 100 people were arrested as part Operation Ohio Knows, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced on Monday.

Yost, who was joined by law enforcement agency's from Franklin, Montgomery, Portage and Summit counties announced 161 men have been arrested for trying to buy sex. The attorney general said three of the men were arrested for trying to buy sex from a minor.

"This is the largest human trafficking sting in the history of the state, to date--a city councilman, a teacher, a professor, and a firefighter were part of the group.

The Biden welcome mat--for foreigners, not Americans

And many more are coming. Caravans. Leftist NGOs supplying transportation, food, water, clothing, diapers. "Y'all come," says Biden. We'll just bus you around the nation or wherever you want to go. Americans don't want to work because of Biden's generous stay at home policies. Now he has to find those who are willing and eager to work. Who knows, employers may be exempt from all those pesky vaccination laws if there are no documents. Americans also don't want to have babies--can't even figure out their own gender! Border jumpers seem to have that figured out and will help the population problem.






Sunday, October 03, 2021

Biden nominee, Saule Omaova

Communists are slow learners, but they know their public--gullible, and always eager for something for nothing. "Entitlement spending isn’t the only radically progressive news out of the White House. The [WSJ] editorial board warns about President Biden’s nominee for the Comptroller of the Currency, [Saule Omarova, who wants to eliminate banks] who has fond memories of the Soviet economy and advocates a total overhaul of the U.S. banking system she'd regulate."

Who in the world is pulling the Biden strings?


October's bright blue weather

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.  It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November wouldn't it?  Anne of Green Gables.  Yesterday's blue skies have turned to grey and the tiny yellow leaves of the locust tree outside my window are twirling like golden snow. 

O suns and skies and clouds of June, 
And flowers of June together, 
Ye cannot rival for one hour 
October's bright blue weather.

And today October 3 is Respect Life Sunday.  From the tiniest unborn to the oldest person in a care facility or in your own home, respect life.  You were once that little one and you will someday be frail in need of tender care.

We will soon be welcoming a great-great nephew (grandson of our niece) and would wish all children could be so celebrated.

Friday, October 01, 2021

Biden and buddies in Google--ban virus information

Google owns YouTube, so by analogy, owns President Biden. This is a clear definition of Fascism. Where government uses private businesses to control its citizens. It's definitely not sending mean tweets or making deals with Israel or asking Mexico to keep illegals behind the border which some of my Democrat friends got hysterical about and drew moustaches on cartoons of Trump . While allowing some of our most serious enemies abroad, and vicious Leftists who claim to be Americans to keep a platform to spew lies and violence, YouTube has removed 130,000 videos which they claim are "misinformation" about vaccines. Even Robert Kennedy Jr.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Why 80 million Americans like Trump


I posted this a year ago, and nothing has changed, except the man in the White House is a puppet and a bumbling fool who took us all down in August over Afghanistan. We have sunk so far since January.

"Some people are with Trump because he's the only president who has ever been strongly pro-life. (me)
Others support him because he's the only president who has come through with solid, constitutionalists for all the courts (plural).

Others support him because he won't steal their legally owned guns.

Others support him because they want their good health insurance back which Obama stole from them.
Others love that he has done what no others have been bold enough to do with Israel and her enemies that surround her.

Others realize he's right to call out identity politics, critical race theory and the racists on the Left. It's systemic Marxism.

Others like him because they didn't elect the administrative state (aka deep state) to run the country.

Others know he doesn't judge by skin color or ethnicity but looks at skill, character, and quality.

Others love that he isn't wasting our tax dollars on international agreements that never benefit the U.S.

Others like him because he pushes back on behalf of the little guy."

More money for failed Head Start in the budget bill

"Since 1965, Head Start has been a sinkhole for taxpayer dollars and an ineffective education program for children. And yet, proponents—hand in glove with Congress—want to model hundreds of billions of dollars in the $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending package on it."

It now costs more than $10,200 per participant.


One of the problems I see in all Biden's programs is the "no legacy" legacy of Barack Obama.  If there were ever evidence for this administration being Obama 2.0, it is the trillions now being thrown at Obama's failures in the Build Back Better spending bill.  It includes a $3 billion “tree equity” outlay for planting saplings and $25 million on “anti-discrimination and bias training” in the healthcare industry — as well as nearly $79 billion for the Internal Revenue Service to step up its enforcement of tax laws. (Don't spend more than $600 or you might get audited.)  And now this boondoggle.  The belief apparently is that it was lack of money, not lack of history, of common sense, and his own racism.
September 30 is the feast day of St. Jerome, patron saint of librarians and libraries as well as archivists, translators and encyclopedists. It is celebrated in the Catholic Church for this canonized saint and Doctor of the Church and as a day of commemoration in Lutheran churches. I was aware of this since I was a librarian, but it was not until 2009 and we were on a tour of the Holy Land that I visited his cave where it is said he translated holy scripture into the language of the people, which was then Latin. It took him 30 years. According to St. Augustine, St. Jerome had a remarkable knowledge not only of Latin and Greek, but also of Hebrew and Chaldaic, and had read almost every author. He translated the Old Testament from the Hebrew, and, at the command of Pope Damasus, the New Testament from the Greek. Besides this, he translated into Latin the writings of many learned men, and enriched Christian learning from his own pen.
 
He wrote many letters over 50 years which document the history of religious controversies and squabbles among Christians about scripture (imagine that!) and also his own sarcastic and sharp temperament.
 
And today we think we've accomplished something if we send a text or hit send on a blog or Facebook post. Even librarians, who should know better.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Our medical ethics, rules and Covid

In 1974 President Nixon signed the National Research Act which established the National Commission for the Protection of Human subjects, requiring Public Health Service to promulgate regulations for the protection of human subjects. This was necessary because until the 1970s, our government was engaged in some pretty dicey research, like experiments on living aborted humans removed from the womb by c-section, testing products and procedures on mentally challenged adults, and perhaps the most famous, the Tuskegee syphillis study on black males. But in over 40 years, we haven't moved the needle that far. Primarily, because academics and bureaucrats are so smart and devious.

I am vaccinated, and will wear a mask if the venue requires it or if there are crowds. (Even though I know the research on masks is contradictory and confusing and almost useless outside a medical setting.) That said, I believe the mandates, passports and cancel culture attacks on anyone who suggests treatments rather than vaccines is in violation of laws already on the books.
 
You see, elected Democrats (they believe stealing our rights is "progressive") and some very unethical Republicans are willing to go around all our protections, and the unelected bureaucrats (like Fauci) and lobbyists (Big Pharma, Big Tech) don't seem to be constrained by any code of ethics, laws, regulations or even common sense. And we have no way to get rid of them.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Biden's record of disaster

Earlier this year, Twitter expelled President Trump from its platform, citing the danger that he would incite violence. As Kabul fell in mid-August, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted updates on the progress of his comrades. His account has been active without interruption since 2017. R. R. Reno, First Things, Oct. 2021.

This makes Twitter a supporter of the Taliban, and Biden a fascist. Fascism is a form of government which rules through private businesses to achieve socialist goals.

As the MSM get a bit squeamish wondering who is in charge, the real reporters like Lara Logan are taking the pulse of Afghanistan and noting the slaughter of minor tribes and an underground railroad to help those who Biden left behind that is quickly running out of food and water.
 
Bush made a terrible mistake thinking he could infuse democracy into a medieval state controlled by fundamentalist Muslim warring tribes. Obama made it worse by increasing the troops to 100,000. Trump ran on getting out, and we know from his love of country and his Christian values he would have never left Americans behind.
 
Then Biden jumps in, he creates a hasty exit, leaving a disaster not only for Americans, those Afghans who helped us, all the nations who worked with us, but also all those other vulnerable countries in the Middle East.

If there was ever a President who wanted to tear down the United States, its reputation and its values, it is Biden--or whoever is pulling the stings of the puppet government with his demented persona as spokesperson.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021

He's mad at the people destroying America, and there are many

Michael Smith has a good analysis of the footsteps we're walking in.  From Facebook post.

"I've been reading and studying a number of economic collapses from history - from the crash of tulip bulbs to Venezuela - there are certain aspects, certain markers, that were easily recognizable before each of the collapses.

The US has a lot of those markers, three of of the most significant are an incautious, incestuous involvement between government and industry, a national leadership who chose to ignore the markers and an opposition party that simply stood by and did little to nothing to change direction.

The Biden administration is building upon the rotten foundation of the Obama years to create some real structural deficiencies in our economy and are building in crises for the future - and there are giant corporations who have signed on to help.

Electric car mandates are an example. The auto industry is killing the internal combustion engine at the behest of government. The fossil fuel sector is being dismantled - both at the same time when electricity generation is predicted not to be able to keep up with demand. This guarantees future shortages of electricity - and likely rolling blackouts, something more common in third world countries than in a nation that has led the world for over a century.

It's not just Biden, there are many powerful forces (foreign and domestic) that have been cheering for decades for America to fail.

The next 18 months are going to be bad, I fear.

The fall can be stealthy - you may have the same job and a paycheck, but each week that pay will buy less and less (that same theft by erosion will happen to your savings). You may be able to do most of what you used to do, but over time, more will be forbidden to you.

Look, 9/11 shut down our national transportation systems. The mortgage bubble burst and collapsed our financial systems. The reaction to Covid 19 shut down our supply chains, shut down a national economy and locked us behind closed doors. Cyber attacks and ransomware are in the news weekly for shutting down hospitals, agricultural and energy transmission businesses.

Imagine all of those happening at the same time.

I get accused of being pessimistic - and that is a fair assessment, because I am - but it isn't a violent pessimism, it is more of a resignation, a "better get ready" sort.
 
Better have enough space for a garden, better have a few critical things stocked up, better know a few basic SHTF (sh*t hits the fan) skills, better be ready to protect yourself and your family and have the equipment and supplies to do it, better transfer your investments into hard assets, better know where your loved ones are and how to communicate with them when cell phones no longer work.

I wake up every morning with a burning anger toward the people who destroyed my America and stole the good life I have had from my children and their children.

But more than that, I'm like one of those movie characters that has been shifted in time. I can see the explosion about to happen but nobody can hear me yelling at them.

My Spidey Sense is tingling, telling me there is something wrong. I can't put my finger on it, but it sure feels that something wicked this way comes.

The Durham Report and Hillary Clinton

"We already know about Hillary Clinton’s attempted takedown of the Donald Trump candidacy and presidency in the Russia hoax. We know a government lawyer lied to the FISA court in order to get a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. We know about Christopher Steele’s fake “dossier,” the spying on the Trump campaign by the FBI, and the deployment of Democrat apparatchiks to conscript their Leftist media transcribers to plant or amplify the fake news in the service of The Party."

Latest Durham Indictment May Make Russiagate the Most Corrupt Scandal in U.S. History – PJ Media

No wonder the Democrats and their henchmen in the media want to keep you focused on a protest on January 6, calling it an insurrection. The biggest scandal in our history is their candidate and former FLOTUS. No wonder they want to scare the daylights out of you with Climate Change and Covid and buy you off with a $3.5 trillion "infrastructure" bill, which is totally unneccesary. Democrats in Congress are crooks and the Republicans in Congress are enablers and wimps.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

An old, old story

 Social media--e-mail and Facebook and Instagram--will never give you joy in memories 80 years later--those pixels will be long gone (unless you've printed them), and the next time I get a new computer, most of what I saved from my sister, cousin, and friends will be gone. But generations before this had the post office. I've seen the letters that my great-grandfather received from his parents in Pennsylvania after he settled in Illinois in 1848. And until recently when I repacked all my old letters, I had a birthday card from my mother written in 1995 that I would re-read. She died in 2000 so I loved looking at her handwriting.

Sept. 18, 1995

Dear Norma--This card will probably be late for your birthday, so we can look at the date this way.  You were born several days--one or two--early.  Dr. Dumont gave me the hurry-up treatment of castor oil and something on the evening of the 19th so the baby would come quickly and allow him to go on the fishing trip scheduled for the next day.  There was no harm done and one or two minutes before midnight you were on the scene.

Of course, that quick journey  left you a most beautiful baby, not red and wrinkled.  So you became "Peachy" at a very early age and you probably would have had September 20th or 21st as a birthdate!


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Who trusts government when Biden is in charge?

I was reading through the comments of yet another expert, Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. Virus Expert Just Issued This "Sobering" Warning (yahoo.com)  He is baffled by 2 things--the fast increase in cases among children, and the distrust of the government mandates. I have no idea either why it is increasing among children, but have an opinion on the federal mandates.
 
During the Trump administration, the media and "experts" were insulting and lying about him, and his supporters. Trump supporters were called deplorable racists, white supremacists and stupid. That transfers to the entire country. You can't expect a complete turn around when for four years Democrats have been telling people they can NOT trust the government! The flip flopping by Dr. Fauci, who after all did advise Trump as well as Biden, has been stunning.
 
The mismanagement at the border and the disaster in Afghanistan certainly haven't caused Americans, even Democrats, to trust Joe Biden! Renaming "infrastructure" and slapping a $3.5 trillion bill (our money) to build up the Democrat party doesn't help. Saying Climate Change is the no. one problem when other things are more pressing and more difficult is also a terrible mark against federal mandates. That ill will that Democrats have seeded for years is bearing fruit, and it just may be costing lives. It's bleeding into the minds and hearts of the American people.


Monday, September 20, 2021

Perhaps this is a charity that can help save NYC

New York City, spends $28,000 per student -- half-a-million dollars per classroom! Private charities step up to the challenge to send kids to charter schools. John Stossel features Student Sponsor Partners, or SSP, a nonprofit that helps low-income students go to Catholic schools.  Not only scholarship money, but mentorship.

Jeniffer Gutierrez, a parent in the Bronx, was ecstatic to get SSP's acceptance letter. "I cried so hard when I received that letter because I knew it was an opportunity for my son. ... High schools in the Bronx are violent. There's no discipline. There's no education."

https://youtu.be/-qPSxp7Fy-g  Stossel explores the issues--he has been a mentor and donor for SSP, a way out for poor children.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

India battling Covid with Ivermectin

"With a combined population of 241 million [Uttar Pradesh] there are only 199 active cases and the positive test rate is 0.01% – statistically zero." Too bad that in the U.S. it's forbidden to speak of an alternative treatment. Big Tech and Big Pharma and Big Joe are killing Americans. Even peer review studies are being blocked.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Clean up your own neighborhood first

 

  
My mother's famous words: I can't save the world, but I can clean up these 4 acres (her garden and orchard).

Motion is lotion for the joints

I just heard a marathon runner, age 69, who started running because his father died at 55, say that on the radio show, "Doctor, doctor" EWTN. We know that obesity is a big factor in Covid deaths. What about sports? Are marathon runners doing better than joggers? Hockey better than tennis? Swimmers better than bikers? I did find research comparing athletes with couch potatoes in the Covid survival race. I get about 30 minutes a day.
 
Also, I learned that knee injuries are the most common for runners, but runners that land on the mid-foot have half the injuries.
 
Kaiser Permanente (California) did a study including 48,000 of its clients, not by type of sport, but by level of activity. "Even after correcting for all of those characteristics (age, sex, race, smoker, etc) , people who were consistently inactive had a significantly higher risk of hospitalization, ICU admission, and death after getting COVID-19 than those who were active for at least 150 minutes per week. Additionally, those who were active for over 10 minutes per week had some protection against severe illness or death from COVID-19 — though not as much as those who got the full 150 minutes. The highest rates of COVID-19 were among those who were Latinx: 65% compared to 18% (whites), 7% (Blacks), and 6% (Asian or Pacific Islander). It’s worth noting that people who were white were somewhat more likely to meet physical activity guidelines — a discrepancy that should be acknowledged and addressed."

So my friends (on Medicare), time to check to see if your insurance plan includes Silver Sneakers.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Christmas is coming--advice from Joan

Christmas is coming, so again: if your last name ends in s (or a letter that makes a sibilant sound - x, z, ch, sh) then, to identify your family, add “es” and collectively you are “the Coxes” or “the Adamses” or “the Lopezes”. If your name ends with any other letter (even a “y” or an “e”) then just add an “s”. You are “the Smiths” or “the Prices” or “the Macys”. No apostrophe is used to make plurals of any name. Just a friendly reminder! Class dismissed.

Joan Shaw Turrentine, retired English teacher and pastor's wife, blogging friend since 2003

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Exercise and cognitive benefits


FNDC5, Fibronectin type III domain-containing protein 5, the precursor of irisin, is a type I transmembrane glycoprotein that is encoded by the FNDC5 gene. Irisin is a cleaved version of FNDC5, named after the Greek messenger goddess Iris.
 
Researchers found that irisin, an exercise-induced hormone, improves cognitive performance in mice.
The hormone, which is identical in people, could potentially be used to treat cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Mean girls--today and 68 years ago

I just watched a Fox News story on the damage social media is doing to young teen girls and their body images. I used to be a young teen girl who hung out with other teens, caring about every word and piece of gossip. We didn't have social media like Instagram or TikTok (the focus of this story). We didn't have personal phones (most of us were on a party line). We didn't have organized sports (against the law in those days). If we took a photo it was on film and it was 2 weeks to get it developed. We all went to church and almost no one had divorced parents. But we still found all the ways to be mean girls and make snide remarks about bodies and tease anyone who didn't fit the mold or current fashion. Can I get an Amen or am I the only one who remembers "the good old days?"

  





Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Black Lies Matter


“For every Trayvon Martin killed by someone not black [whether white, Asian, or Latino], nine other blacks were murdered by someone black,” wrote John W. Fountain, an award-winning journalist, and professor at Roosevelt University. . . . [Fountain continues,] Imagine Soldier Field . . . filled beyond capacity, brimming with 63,879 young African-American men, ages 18-24—more than U.S. losses in the entire Vietnam conflict. Imagine the University of Michigan’s football stadium—the largest in the U.S.—filled to the limit of 109,901 with black men. Now add 28,233 more—together totaling more than U.S. deaths in World War I. . . . The national tally of black males 14 and older murdered in America over a 30-year period from 1976-2005, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics: 214,661 [roughly 192,000 of which were killed by blacks]. (30)" From Black Lies Matter by Taleeb Starkes, 2016

This book was written before Donald Trump became president, and the point of view and statistics have nothing to do with the current riots and destruction (which were on their way). But it does supply some detail on the narrative that if we just got rid of cops everything hurting or killing blacks would be over. It was building as an issue long before Minneapolis and George Floyd.
 
Most murders are intra-racial, so you could also fill up a few stadiums with whites killed by whites--however, white Americans do not riot when a policeman, black or white, shoots a white criminal resisting arrest when wanted for rape (Blake) or addled by drugs with a long rap sheet and resisting arrest (Floyd).

BLM is a relatively new organization (created by 3 radical feminists when Martin, a black teen, was shot by a neighborhood private security guard who was Hispanic), but has built up its wealth on the efforts of other groups that came before them going back decades.

(written a year ago)

Monday, September 13, 2021

Lunacy on the Left must be attacked with logic and reason


Michael Smith of Utah writes:

"I just can't get past the idea that our most significant problem is the superficiality of our society.
So, few people on either side think deeply about anything before opening their cake holes to illuminate the world with the light of their ignorance.

Last night I read about what Jenn Jackson, a political science professor at Syracuse University, said about 9/11. I understand that the left never misses a chance to crap all over everything, and it is sort of a leftist tradition to pull out the stops on 9/11 anniversaries, but this one was spectacular.

She (I assume her pronoun is "she”) sparked a major uproar after tweeting: "We have to be more honest about what 9/11 was and what it wasn't. It was an attack on the heteropatriarchal capitalistic systems that America relies upon to wrangle other countries into passivity.”

OK.
 
If you have ever spent any time in corporate America – and have been stuck a meeting that was really a portal to PowerPoint Hell, you have heard this kind of statement before. It happens when the presenter: 1) doesn’t know what she is talking about, 2) knows but her data is so weak, he thinks he needs to pump it up with smart sounding words or 3) she is trying to bury the facts in a cacophonous word salad because they do not support her goals.

Those meetings are filled with the unintelligible corporate jargon that qualifies for business newspeak: “The new normal forces us to pivot and circle back to thinking out of the box and creating synergies by listening to thought leaders and being agile in our alignment.”

It is like living in a live action version of a Dilbert cartoon.

Superficial thinking is the order of the day, and this superficiality prevents theoreticians and their audience from thinking past their initial conceptions and applying the bounds of their own theories to, unsurprisingly, their own theories.

For example, any form of Critical Race Theory (LatCRT (Latino/Latina Critical Race Theory), etc.) cannot survive critical examination of itself. For example, LatCRT proposes that people of Spanish extraction were present in North America before White Europeans, so they have a more valid claim to be “Americans” and control America than do whites. They are the “original” Americans.

We are witness to the hyperbolic reasoning of every hysterical “activist”, how every “subjugated class” presumes to claim their little slice of the pie due to some presumed “wrong” done to them by someone, somewhere, at some point in the revisionist version of their history. That’s all the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, the Derrick Bell version of Critical Race Theory and the LatCRT of Tara J. Yosso are.
I always marvel at both the “reparations” crowd wailing about slavery like only American blacks were subject to that reprehensible institution and the “multitud enojada” (angry mob) of La Raza claiming that the Southwest is really “Azteca” – their “ownership” probably would come as a great surprise to the Apache, Comanche, Havasupai, Hopi, Jemez, Kiowa, Kiowa Apache, Lipan, Maricopa, Mohave, Navaho, Paiute, Papago, Panamint, Pecos, Pima, Pueblo, Shoshoni, Sobaipuri, Tewa Pueblos, Ute, Walapai, Yavapai, Yuma and Zuñi and the Anasazi, who predated all of them.

And the modern proponents of LatCRT never seem to address their own Spanish heritage of conquest and the fact that South America saw more slavery (including black Africans) and genocide that did North America (actually, most of the black Africans from the Atlantic slave trade – 97% - went to South and Latin America, not North America).

The same with slavery – the Critical Race Theorists claim that 1619 is the date white Europeans created slavery in the New World, when, for centuries, the native civilizations of the Western Hemisphere had been taking slaves (usually entire tribes the had defeated in war) for centuries. CRT proponents completely ignore slavery in Africa prior to the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade and the fact that slavery was a common part of the civilizations inhabiting the continent.

All forms of Critical Race Theory deny the existence of the millions of white Americans who are below the poverty line. If the only explanation for the lack of socioeconomic status is race, these people should not exist.

When theoreticians pick a convenient point in history or a convenient action as a basis for their claims, that “theory” is not based in reality.
 
The proponents of these theories know their positions cannot withstand examination under their own rules – that is why the use the Kafkaesque retort that even criticism proves their theories, that for a white person to say they are not a racist just proves they are. It is why Larry Elder, a conservative black man from South Central LA can be labeled, by a major newspaper, as the “black face of white supremacy”.
It is lunacy. Pure, unadulterated insanity.

And yet the people who should know better – academicians, teachers, and scientists – are promoting this idiocy and impregnating our public-school curriculum with it.

People make a mistake by attacking CRT from the perspective of race or social science. Attack it from a logic and reason angle.
 
Saul Alinsky’s Rule #4 destroys all variants of the Derrick Bell form of CRT: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.""

Censorship by Big Tech


I have moved this comment of mine from Facebook:

"Democrats and their media buddies continue to blame Republicans for hesitancy to get the jab. Yet they were the ones sowing seeds of doubt about it when Trump was president--not because of science, but because of hate and they wanted to defeat him in the election. 

Also there are two groups that are always featured in low vaccination rates--1) blacks, and 2) health care workers. Democrats love to depict Republicans as knuckle dragging idiots who don't understand science. So what does that say about how Democrats think about blacks and health care workers?"

So, Facebook follows that up with a warning or suggestion about how to find information on the virus or vaccine.

Whether I use Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, WHO or CDC data, the geniuses at FB use algorithms that flag, target and demote my posts and comments so few will see them. Big Tech in collusion with the Democrat party is denying us access to information.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Mask mandates--do not reduce deaths

In a government study mask mandates did not reduce deaths, patients hospitalized in either intensive care or regular hospital beds or ventilator use nor do mandates reduce number of Covid-19 positive patients.
The study was conducted by scientists from the US Army Institute of Surgical Research and the Brooke Army Medical Center, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, the Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, and the 121st Field Hospital, Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea.

Trust the science. All you need to do is figure out which science pushed by which politician and lobbyist.

Abortion, slavery and the Church

 Except maybe videos of actual legal abortions, you'll probably never see one— the dismemberment, little arms and legs in a basin, scalps being sold to labs, scissors in the brain, etc. Big Tech has decided those are too gruesome and violent. Also, I’m not Catholic, but the Roman Catholic church is a huge target, and if Protestants and Bible churches were smarter, they’d realize they are all being attacked. Child sex abuse is a case in point. More teachers abuse children as do more doctors, than Catholic priests. This was actually studied and published in the 90s. And I don’t mean numbers, because obviously teachers and doctors far outnumber priests and have more access. It’s rate. You might find something in the last section of the paper, but a priest will be on the front page. My blog today concerns the relationship between slavery, abortion and powerful political leaders.

From 1435 to 1890, we have numerous bulls and encyclicals from several popes written to many bishops and the whole Christian faithful condemning both slavery and the slave trade. And guess what? Many powerful and greedy Christians, including some religious orders, ignored the clear message of the church. They followed the ways of the world. Just as Biden and Pelosi are ignoring the clear teaching of the Church on the crime of abortion.

Abortion is treating the unborn, the weakest and most helpless among us, as less than human. Biden is doing that. Slavery has existed from the beginning of time/civilization where the strong had complete control over the weak, to use and abuse their bodies as they wished. The women for sex and men for labor. Sometimes the slavers became the enslaved when someone stronger came along--particularly in Africa--which not only enslaved their neighbors, but then sold them to Europeans and Asians (still do). John Newton who wrote "Amazing Grace" had been a slaver who ended up a slave. With abortion, that doesn't happen --the little body that ends up in the trash doesn't come back to do harm to her oppressors. Justice (and mercy) will wait for Jesus' return.” The Popes and Slavery: Setting the Record Straight | EWTN

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Friday, September 10, 2021

Trump's plans for Afghanistan, August 21, 2017

After commending our brave men and women who have served in our longest war. . .

"My original instinct was to pull out -- and, historically, I like following my instincts. But all my life I've heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office; in other words, when you're President of the United States. So I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle. After many meetings, over many months, we held our final meeting last Friday at Camp David, with my Cabinet and generals, to complete our strategy. I arrived at three fundamental conclusions about America’s core interests in Afghanistan.

First, our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives. The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory. They deserve the tools they need, and the trust they have earned, to fight and to win.

Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th. 

"And, as we know, in 2011, America hastily and mistakenly withdrew from Iraq. As a result, our hard-won gains slipped back into the hands of terrorist enemies. Our soldiers watched as cities they had fought for, and bled to liberate, and won, were occupied by a terrorist group called ISIS. The vacuum we created by leaving too soon gave safe haven for ISIS to spread, to grow, recruit, and launch attacks. We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq.

Third and finally, I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense. Today, 20 U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world."

How very different was Trump's vision from the cowardly betrayal of the Biden Abandonment. Biden has besmirched the memory of all the soldiers who fought there, following 4 presidents, and allowed Afghanistan to again be the launching place of terrorist attacks.

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/21/trump-afghanistan-speech-text-241882

"But we will no longer use American military might to construct democracies in faraway lands, or try to rebuild other countries in our own image. Those days are now over. Instead, we will work with allies and partners to protect our shared interests. We are not asking others to change their way of life, but to pursue common goals that allow our children to live better and safer lives. This principled realism will guide our decisions moving forward."

But there was no "principled realism" in the Biden's Abandonment. It was shameful, and now he's making mandates about vaccines in order to cover for his ugly behavior. And our children and those in the middle east and Israel will certainly NOT have better and safer lives.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Seeds oils, are they safe

I haven't paid much attention, but there seems to be a war against seed oils (omega-6) What do you think?

Are seed oils (not common until the 20th century) in the processed food industry the biological drivers of modern health problems? https://youtu.be/7kGnfXXIKZM I use butter, peanut oil, coconut oil, and olive oil if I cook from scratch, but the others (seed oils) are in processed food.

This speaker, Dr. Chris Knobbe,  was an ophthalmologist and has switched to nutrition, primarily because of research on macular degeneration.


"Unlike traditional fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, butter, ghee, and lard, industrial seed oils are a very recent addition to the human diet.

In fact, industrial seed oils, the highly processed oils extracted from soybeans, corn, rapeseed (the source of canola oil), cottonseed, and safflower seeds, were only introduced into the American diet in the early 1900s. How, then, did these oils come to occupy such an influential position not only in the Standard American Diet but in “”Westernized” diets around the world? The story is strange indeed."

From Toxic Waste to “Heart Healthy”: The History of Seed Oils

Transition surgery for children is child abuse

How could genital mutilation on a child of healthy organs by a physician and at request of parents NOT be sexual abuse? Call it transition or confirming or affirming, throw in a few thousands hormone blockers, and it is still sexual abuse. If an adult chooses a mastectomy or penile amputation, that's their business. But a child may need the protection of the law. Transgenderism is a hoax, and it's OK if adults want to do it and have other adults changing their pronouns to comply with their confusion.

Texas Agency Rules Gender-Confirming Surgery Form Of Child Abuse – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth (cbslocal.com)

Florida restaurant won't serve Biden supporters


A diner in DeBary, Florida, became popular overnight among residents and the international community after announcing they would no longer serve Biden supporters. They sold out of food the same day and temporarily closed.

I don't think this is a good idea. It's unAmerican to deny service due to politics. However, the owner could serve them a piece of cooked crow with every order.

I was a Veterinary Medicine Librarian at Ohio State, and one time I got a call from a New York Chef wanting to know how to safely bake 4 and 20 blackbirds in a pie. Swear to God, a true story.