Monday, September 30, 2013

Islamist Barbarism

***First of all, isn't it sad that we have to get news like this from a British newspaper, since our own press won't cover it?

In Western news-making and opinion-forming circles, there’s a palpable reluctance to talk about the most noteworthy thing about modern Islamist violence: its barbarism, its graphic lack of moral restraint. This goes beyond the BBC's yellow reluctance to deploy the T-word – terrorism – in relation to the bloody assault on the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya at the weekend. Across the commentating board, people are sheepish about pointing out the historically unique lunacy of Islamist violence and its utter detachment from any recognisable moral universe or human values. We have to talk about this barbarism; we have to appreciate how new and unusual it is, how different it is even from the terrorism of the 1970s or of the early twentieth century. We owe it to the victims of these assaults, and to the principle of honest and frank political debate, to face up to the unhinged, morally unanchored nature of Islamist violence in the 21st century.

Good piece, read it.

***Had a very busy, but nice weekend. Spent Saturday with Mark's family and with Emily & Peter, then yesterday helped with a fundraiser for a girl in our church. Had great weather Saturday; yesterday, not so much. We will raised a pretty good amount for her family, so that's good.

***Reid doubles down on shutdown. Make no mistake - this is the Democrats' doing, but our crappy "journalists" will place the blame on Republicans. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will double down on Monday afternoon and again dismiss the House’s attempts to chip away at Obamacare as part of a government funding bill.
The Senate will come in session at 2 p.m. and shortly thereafter vote to table the funding bill passed by the House over the weekend that repeals a 2.3 percent levy on medical devices and delay Obamacare by a year. The Senate will send back a bill funding the government through Nov. 15, leaving the House a handful of hours to respond ahead of a midnight shutdown deadline.

 Frankly, the only thing that bothers me about a government shutdown is delaying military pay. I think politicians' pay should be delayed FIRST, before any other employees. Perhaps they'd act like they have some sense then.

***               Bustin' out...



***Your pastor needs you! How to support your pastor. This is a good piece.

Here's one of the six suggestions:

2. Encourage your pastor.
Lots of people will criticize and find fault. They will both email him and talk to him (and about him) in discouraging ways. You can be one of those who look for ways, and reasons, to encourage him — to camp on the positive, not the negative.
Tell him what you appreciate about his ministry, and be specific. What has he recently done or said that you have profited from? After he preaches/teaches, go out of your way to tell him how it has blessed you. A pastor's teaching/preaching help many, but few tell him specifically how he has been a help and blessing.
Every once in a while, write a personal note telling him you are praying for him and appreciate something he has said or done. Once again, be specific. For example, "When you said in a recent sermon that Jesus totally understands me and deeply loves me, that ministered to me because I am going through a difficult time right now and feeling lonely, and that is exactly what I needed to hear."

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No, I don't really run...

***I've decided that perhaps I'm bulimic and just keep forgetting to purge.  ~Paula Poundstone

***Have a great day!
 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Skunk at the Picnic

***Absolutely love this. Neil Cavuto destroys Obama and Obamacare. I doubt he bothered Obama much, though, he was on the golf course.

Fox News didn’t push more of those firms to hire part-time workers. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn’t incentivize fast food restaurants to scale back their benefits. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn’t make doctors want to opt out. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn’t make insurance premiums sky rocket. Your healthcare law did. Just like Fox News didn’t grant hundreds of exemptions to companies that needed them. You did. And Fox News didn’t delay one key provision after another, including online enrollment for those small business exchanges. You did.

Click on the link and read/watch the whole thing

***Obamacare's "Family Glitch" could leave 500,000 children uninsured. Oh, you won't hear this on CNN, believe me. And they certainly won't accept responsibility. It'll be those heartless Republicans again.

This problem is due to the way the health care law was written. The law requires that employers provide “affordable” health care to their employees; it defines affordable as “9.5% or less of an employee’s household income.” However, it does not require that employers provide “affordable” care to their employees’ families. The results are terrifying:
That can make a huge difference; the Kaiser Family Foundation said an average plan for an individual is about $5,600, but it goes up to $15,700 for families. Most employers help out with those costs, but not all.
Unlike part-time or unemployed workers, those who are offered “affordable” insurance by their employers but choose to order from the health care exchanges will not receive any government subsidies to help with the costs.
“We saw this two-and-a-half years ago and thought, ‘Has anyone else noticed this?’” said Kosali Simon, a professor of public affairs at Indiana University who specializes in health economics. “Everyone said, ‘No, no. You must be wrong.’ But we weren’t, and that’s going to leave a lot of people out.”

Liberals, it sure would be nice if you would do us all a favor and know what you're voting for when you pass a monstrosity such as this awful health care law. Not that it would make any difference. Obviously, you'll do as you're told.

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We had a wonderful time yesterday with Emily & Peter. Went to a nice cafe for lunch, browsed the big bookstore in the German Village, had ice cream, went to a chocolate store, then back to Emily & Peter's to sit around and talk for a while. It's so hard to get together with them due to their schedules, I'm so glad we got to spend the afternoon with them!

***Great devotion today at My Utmost for His Highest web site:

When you were under the fig tree, I saw you —John 1:48
Worshiping in Everyday Occasions. We presume that we would be ready for battle if confronted with a great crisis, but it is not the crisis that builds something within us— it simply reveals what we are made of already. Do you find yourself saying, “If God calls me to battle, of course I will rise to the occasion”? Yet you won’t rise to the occasion unless you have done so on God’s training ground. If you are not doing the task that is closest to you now, which God has engineered into your life, when the crisis comes, instead of being fit for battle, you will be revealed as being unfit. Crises always reveal a person’s true character.
A private relationship of worshiping God is the greatest essential element of spiritual fitness. The time will come, as Nathanael experienced in this passage, that a private “fig-tree” life will no longer be possible. Everything will be out in the open, and you will find yourself to be of no value there if you have not been worshiping in everyday occasions in your own home. If your worship is right in your private relationship with God, then when He sets you free, you will be ready. It is in the unseen life, which only God saw, that you have become perfectly fit. And when the strain of the crisis comes, you can be relied upon by God.
Are you saying, “But I can’t be expected to live a sanctified life in my present circumstances; I have no time for prayer or Bible study right now; besides, my opportunity for battle hasn’t come yet, but when it does, of course I will be ready”? No, you will not. If you have not been worshiping in everyday occasions, when you get involved in God’s work, you will not only be useless yourself but also a hindrance to those around you.
God’s training ground, where the missionary weapons are found, is the hidden, personal, worshiping life of the saint.

***Duck Dynasty: How a Family of Rednecks Created an Empire. Like the show or not, you can't argue with their results.


On the surface, the breakout success of the Robertson clan – stars of A&E’s runaway hit show “Duck Dynasty” – seems entirely improbable, if not downright miraculous.
The odds that Phil Robertson, the family patriarch who grew up without electricity or modern plumbing, would end up getting two degrees and an offer to play professional football are probably slim to none.
It’s hard to believe the Louisiana woodsman would forgo opportunities the rest of us would have jumped on to follow his passion, duck hunting, and turn a duck call invention into a lucrative family business called Duck Commander.  
And it’s remarkable that his son, Willie, would somehow leverage that business into a media and merchandising empire based on a record-breaking TV show about a bunch of duck-hunting rednecks resembling ZZ Top.

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***The Occasional Winston.

***We don't really have any color yet, but I'm looking forward to this...



***Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold. ~~ Ludwig van Beethoven

***Have a great day!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Wealth Confiscation

***Think it couldn't happen here? Think again. Granted, we don't have anywhere near the amount of money they're targeting right now, but we still only keep what is essential in the bank. It's sad that we can't trust our government.

For years, there have been rumors that someday the U.S. government would raid private pension funds.
Well, in Poland it just happened.
According to Reuters, private pension funds were raided in order to reduce the size of the government debt...
Poland said on Wednesday it will transfer to the state many of the assets held by private pension funds, slashing public debt but putting in doubt the future of the multi-billion-euro funds, many of them foreign-owned.

Read the whole thing, it's happening in several places. Odd that there is so little media coverage of this, right? Think about why that might be.

***Hope? Stimulus funds paid for trees in high-income Denver neighborhoods. Oh, but they're all about the little guy, remember? When will low information voters see them for the hypocrites they are? 

About $600,000 in federal stimulus funds were used to plant trees in some of Denver's priciest neighborhoods at no cost to homeowners, according to a KCNC-TV report.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program had no income guidelines, so trees were planted in upscale areas of the city at about $150 apiece, the station reported.
City forester Rob Davis said the now-defunct program was developed to help boost the economy by creating tree-planting jobs and to provide homeowners with long-term savings in energy costs.
“It’s open to anybody,” Davis told the station. “It’s basically if you live in Denver, you want to reduce your energy costs, you want to have a tree that can raise your property value, go to the web page to sign up.”

Wow.

***Can anyone relate?



***Last gasp of the climate change hoaxers.

***Saw this question and answer over at K-Love.com. I think we will know each other in heaven, do you?

Question: "Does the Bible say we will recognize our loved ones in Heaven?" Kay, FL
Answer: There are several passages in the Bible that indicate we will maintain our identity in heaven and be recognized by our loved ones. For example, Jesus makes it a point in Matthew 22:31-32 that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were alive and existing as individuals by those names. Also, in Matthew 17:1-8, Peter, James and John recognized Moses and Elijah. In 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 Paul expected to recognize in heaven fellow believers to whom he had been ministering to on earth. In addition, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:12, "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known" (NKJ). That last phrase, "I shall know just as I also am known" would indicate that we shall know others as well as be known by others. 
 
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***Why is it hard for some people to swallow pills? What a weird phenomenon. We can take bites of food the size of a softball, but we can't swallow a calcium pill.

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O.J. Simpson has been caught stealing cookies from the prison cafeteria. Just when you think you know a guy, huh?
 
When I heard that story, I think I had the same reaction most of you did. Really? They have cookies in prison?

The post office wants a three-cent increase to 49 cents. They say fewer and fewer people are using the post office and they're losing money. See, that's government thinking. Only the government would think, "Hey, I know how to attract more customers. Let's raise the price."

President Obama is now making his case for raising the debt limit. He said raising the debt limit does not increase debt. You know, like raising the speed limit does not increase speed.
 

***Never let a computer know you're in a hurry.  ~Author Unknown
 
***Have a great day!
 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Slightly Better...

***Well, today hasn't been quite as high stress. Still lots to do, but nobody's on my back right now. I am SO looking forward to the weekend. We get to see Emily & Peter tomorrow, and then Sunday I'm helping with a fundraiser for some people in our church, should be fun. I'll have to squeeze some work in here and there, but I'm really looking forward especially to tomorrow. :-)

***The "mainstream media's" terrible Navy Yard shooting reporting.

***GOP demands one year delay of Obamacare. Well, repeal would be best, but that'll give us a year in which to regroup and come up with a better strategy to get rid of it...and maybe, just maybe, get a majority in the Senate and GET RID OF THE D*** THING.

Trying to round up votes from a reluctant rank and file, House Republicans said they would agree to increase the debt limit to avert a mid-October default only if Democrats accepted a list of Republican priorities, including a one-year delay of the health care law, a tax overhaul and a broad rollback of environmental regulations.

***Democrats refuse to consider tax-repeal compromise in Obamacare. Now, who is it they're always saying will not compromise, will not budge, responsible for gridlock, blah blah blah?  Next time some looney liberal comes up with that during an argument with them, ask them when the last time was the Democrats compromised on anything? Bet they won't be able to come up with anything. Compromise to a liberal means conservatives giving in.

President Obama and his congressional allies are digging in ahead of a series of key votes on a contentious budget bill, refusing to consider a potential compromise that might satisfy GOP demands to chip away at the health law.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went so far as to call one counterproposal "stupid."

Thank you, Nevada, for sending this schmuck back to D.C.

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***Where to get free coffee on National Coffee Day, Sept. 29. There's a National Coffee Day??

***What does it take to be a self made success?


***Team Spirit and Holy Spirit.

It was just before noon one Sunday this summer when many Washington Nationals found their way into a nondescript room a few steps from the visitors’ clubhouse at Turner Field. They shuffled in wearing shorts and T-shirts. Some had barely wiped the sleep from their eyes after a long game the night before.
They came for chapel, and for a brief interlude between one baseball game and the next.
 
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If you put fences around people, you get sheep
William McKnight

***Have a great day!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jitters

***What an awful morning. Looking for H&Ps that weren't there, looking for one that didn't transmit, knowing the patient is at the hospital ready for surgery and they're waiting, frantically getting them typed when I finally get them, knowing the doctor is upset...argh. I'm nearly in tears, and that rarely happens. Now that I've gotten them what they need, I think my adrenaline has bottomed out.  Now I don't want to do anything! It's not like I have that option, though.

Okay, enough of that. This is gonna be quick, for obvious reasons.

***Millions participate in "See You At The Pole."

Students plan to gather and pray at schools throughout the world on Wednesday for See You at the Pole Day, an event in which young people ask for God's blessings on their schools and prepare themselves to show His love and grace on campus.
SYATP Day is the centerpiece of the Global Week of Student Prayer, which began Sunday and ends Saturday. The theme of this year's SYATP Day is "IfThen," a reference to 2 Chronicles 7:14, which SYATP organizers have abbreviated in promotional materials to say, "If we pray, seek, turn; then God hears, forgives, heals."



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***Isaiah 41:10 KJV
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed ; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 
 
***Have a great day!
 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cruzin'

***This is gonna have to be fast, I'm having one of those "drowning in work" days.

***Kudos to Ted Cruz, who spoke all night against Obamacare. To the naysayers, I give a big raspberry. At least he stood up and vocalized what the majority of Americans think...which of course the Majority Jerk Leader Reid said was a "waste of time." I really can't stand that weasel. Anyway, thank you Ted, for doing the right thing.

After more than 21 hours on the Senate floor, Sen. Ted Cruz wrapped up his marathon speech against ObamaCare at noon on Wednesday -- though, as expected, it did not stop the chamber from proceeding to a controversial test vote.
The speech amounted to a final act of political theater before the vote. As he concluded, Cruz said to the American people: "This debate's in your hands." He told reporters afterward that the debate isn't about the bill itself but about "whether Washington was going to listen to the American people."
Cruz had attracted a rotating set of supporters by sunrise, as they joined him on the floor in blasting the health care law.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was less amused, taking the floor to describe Cruz's address as a "big waste of time," with a government shutdown looming unless lawmakers can resolve their dispute over the health care law.
 A good use of your time would be to actually read the bill. Can't expect that, though.

***John Kerry signs UN Arms Treaty. Great. This administration seems to be all about allowing others to govern us.

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***Quite a difference:

When a Democrat like Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis filibusters against abortion restrictions, she is elevated to hero status, her tennis shoes become totems. When Cruz grandstands against Obamacare, he is a laughingstock in the eyes of many journalists on Twitter, an "embarrassment" in the eyes of The New York Times editorial board.
"Gee I wonder why NYT and WaPo and everyone else gave ecstatic coverage to Wendy Davis but not to Ted Cruz. I just can't make sense of it!" John Podhoretz, the conservative columnist, tweeted on Wednesday morning.

***Why Acts of Kindness go Viral.

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***A liberal is a person whose interests aren't at stake at the moment. ~~ Willis Player

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Playing a Weak Hand

***This commenter over at Instapundit sums it up pretty well:

There's an aspect to this that has gotten lost in all the inside baseball and it's kind of the dog that isn't barking:

Ten months ago after Obama was re-elected, the news was all about how the Republican party was on its last legs and about to die. If you had said back then that in September of 2013 the debate would be about whether to defund Obamacare, and the tax increases, new spending, and end to the sequester, etc would be completely off the table and that a "win" for the President would be defined as maintaining discretionary spending at an Eisenhower percentage of GDP with the Bush tax cuts for the middle class permanently enshrined in federal law...you would have been considered a total wackjob.

We haven't won, but we're playing a weak hand pretty damn well.

There are bright spots in the darkness...

***Put blame where blame is due. The only problem with this is...the media will cover it however they want, and they will spin it in a way that will favor Obama and the Democrats if there is any way possible to do it.

So the Republican-controlled House of Representatives -- with the help of a couple of Democrats -- has voted to defund ObamaCare. In response, President Obama, declaring that the Republicans are "trying to mess with me," has accused the House of trying to shut down the government.
But the government will only shut down if Obama vetoes the budget that comes to his desk. The House budget funds everything except for implementation of the Affordable Care Act better known as ObamaCare. In truth, by refusing even to negotiate with the House leadership and threatening to veto a budget that doesn't fit his own specifications, it is Obama, not the House of Representatives, who is putting the country at risk of a government shutdown.

Logical, right? Which is why liberals don't get it...

***Jon Voight: Obama following father's Socialist footsteps. Yes, indeed.

 Jon Voight, an outspoken supporter of the Republican party for years, says President Obama is taking the country further and further left.
“I have really big difficulties with what it going on, and it is not like I am in the dark… I can see the decisions he has made since he’s been President,” Voight told FOX411 at last week’s Hollywood Reporter Emmy party in West Hollywood. “I said at one point, he is following his father’s footsteps to bring us to socialism and that’s what he is doing. There are no secrets.”
During last year’s GOP convention, the actor also expressed fears regarding Obama and his father’s alleged Marxist ties.
"Well, his father was a Marxist — of course he was influenced by it,” Voight told Reveal Politics. “His mother, who led him towards his father’s Marxism – yes. His mentor was a fellow by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, he was a communist. And, of course, his alliances from that time on."

Rare words of wisdom from a star.

***Why yes, I think they are...



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Allow Yourself
by , © 2009

Allow yourself to dream,
And when you do dream big

Allow yourself to learn
And when you do learn all you can

Allow yourself to laugh
And when you do share your laughter

Allow yourself to set goals
And when you do reward yourself as you move forward

Allow yourself to be determined
And when you do you will find you will succeed

Allow yourself to believe in yourself
And when you do you will find self confidence

Allow yourself to lend a helping hand
And when you do a hand will help you.

Allow yourself relaxation
And when you do you will find new ideas.

Allow yourself love
And when you do you will find love in return

Allow yourself to be happy
And when you do you will influence others around you.

Allow yourself to be positive
And when you do life will get easier. 


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Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters.  This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

***Have a great day!
 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Did IRS Bureaucrats and Liberal Media Help Obama Win in 2012?

***Well duh, of course they did. The Benghazi fiasco would have buried a Republican candidate, we all know that. The media covered that as little as they could. If you didn't watch Fox News, you didn't hear much about it.

But what has become clear to many conservatives is that federal agencies going back to 2010 appeared to openly champion liberal causes by, for example, putting on special conferences to show black churches how to express political opinions without losing their tax-exempt status, all the while stonewalling tea party groups with questions ranging from queries about religion to personal relationships.
At the very least, writes the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto this week, “Barack Obama’s reelection deserves to be listed with an asterisk in the record books. We know only that he did win with the help of a corrupt IRS. And if indeed the election was stolen, many in the media were complicit in its theft.”
The IRS has apologized, several officials lost their jobs, President Obama has assured Americans that the IRS doesn’t target people for their political beliefs, and Congress is investigating.
Lois Lerner, who is on leave from the top spot at the IRS’ tax exempt unit, has pleaded the Fifth Amendment – her right to not incriminate herself. Meanwhile, some of the central figures in the scandal have sought out high-profile Washington counsel as Republican-led House committees grind away at the truth.
So far, that truth has been slippery.

***Could you pass a U.S. Citizenship test? Find out here. 

I missed two, and I knew better on both of them. I clicked before engaging my brain. Try it, it's really interesting!

***Nancy Pelosi says there's "nothing left to cut in budget." My Gosh, this woman is dumb.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Republican-led efforts to rein in government spending are pointless because there is nothing left to cut in the almost $4 trillion-a-year federal budget.
“The cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand that,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
 
I've said it before and I'll say it again: This woman must have Botox poisoning.


***Gut check time for Senate GOP. CALL YOUR SENATORS! This is our last chance to stop Obamacare.

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***Have a great day!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Making Up For Lost Time

***I'm going to be very busy this afternoon! Wish I could go to one of the festivals going on this weekend, but the funeral yesterday for my aunt was pretty much an all day thing. The calling was beforehand, then there was a dinner afterward, then we went to my aunt's house for a little while. Needless to say, I didn't get anything done yesterday, so I'm gonna have to do it this afternoon.

***Free Speech, pre- and post-Obama:

For many Americans (albeit, perhaps only over a certain age) mention of public town halls brings to mind the painting titled “Freedom of Speech” by  Norman Rockwell:

In 2013, in Obama’s “fundamentally transformed” America, we’re rapidly approaching the point at which more people may think of this image, captured from a video of a Maryland town hall meeting concerning the imposition of national Common Core standards on public schools (with many private schools following suit):

The background (as the video and coverage suggest) is that an informational forum was proceeding with canned soft-ball questions in a dog-and-pony show of insiders, and at least one parent stood to express more targeted concerns.  He was literally dragged and pushed out of the event.


***When I got home from the funeral yesterday, Mark & I went out to Office Max to get a new chair for my office. My back has been aching terribly lately, and I think part of the reason is my chair. They had a big sale that ended yesterday, so we went to get one. On the way back we stopped at the Milkhouse, and there was a young man there buying a soda. He had two pairs of those big baggy gym trunks on and, you guessed it, the outer pair was hanging below his butt. Do these guys even have a mirror? He either had to continually pull them up, or just hang on to them so they wouldn't fall off of him. I wanted to shout, "Get a clue, dummy!" but I didn't dare. He had a car full of buddies. I really don't get what the attraction is to having your pants falling off of you. It looks utterly ridiculous.

***The government replaces God at Cranston West High School.

Our Heavenly Father,
Grant us each day the desire to do our best, to grow mentally and morally as well as physically, to be kind and helpful to our classmates and teachers, to be honest with ourselves as well as with others. Help us to be good sports and smile when we lose as well as when we win. Teach us the value of true friendship.  Help us always to conduct ourselves so as to bring credit to Cranston High School West.
Amen.

That's what they took down. Pretty offensive, right? I'm sure there are scores of students who have been permanently scarred by that one. Here's the replacement:

I believe in Cranston High School West, maintained by the community for the development of character, citizenship, and scholarship.
I believe in its ideals of self-control, reliability, industry, cheerfulness, and courtesy as traits essential to worthy character.
I believe it offers me an opportunity to work with others and for others but challenges me to think and act for myself.
I believe it offers rich opportunities for me to develop in spirit, mind, and body.
Therefore, I believe it is my duty to my school to participate in its activities, to practice its code of sportsmanship, to protect its property and reputation, to love it and cherish its ideals.
And I hereby resolve that, through my influence and example, I shall do all in my power to leave a richer school tradition to those who follow me.
 Here's the author's take:

In this case, it is the government school, itself, that is the source of morality, with the “creed” going so far as to express belief in the school as if it is some sort of deity.  In this new perspective, it is the students who are obligated to promote the school.  It’s not an declaration of hope for self improvement; it’s a pledge of fealty to a government enterprise.  The school isn’t even presented as an expression of the community’s values; rather, the community merely fulfills its obligation to “maintain” it.

Pretty sad state of affairs we're in.

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***How bad are your fitness habits?   Don't ask.

***Oh, I like this:



***The Missing Linke.

If you couldn't tell from all the red banners this was a far-left rally, you could probably tell by the smell. It was an earthy group consisting of various age groups and even more various hair dyes. They seem to like denim. And I think I've figured out how they managed to give their blue jeans that unwashed look.

***Hold progressives to their own standards. Yeah, good luck with that.

If there’s one thing liberals/progressives can’t handle it is being held to their own standards. They support higher taxes but shelter their wealth in trusts and tax havens, which already is earned and no longer taxable as income, so they can avoid the death tax. They claim “the rich” aren’t paying their “fair share” and decry “loopholes” but then avail themselves of every deduction their accountants can find. They will not live the way they seek to impose on others unless and until it is imposed on others, and then only maybe.

***Crafty ideas:







***Committee--a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done. ~~ Fred Allen

***Have a great day!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saturday Stuff

***This is how Democrats debate when they've already lost the argument: The head of the Sacramento Democrat Party wishes death on the children of someone he disagrees with. This is what Allan Brauer tweeted: May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases. This was directed at Amanda Carpenter, who is a speechwriter for Sen. Ted Cruz. What a despicable creep. Think this would have been picked up on the evening news if it were a conservative wishing death on a Democrat's children? Goodness, I don't think I've heard any Democrats reprimand him for this. What a surprise.

***Here's another example of the mind-numbing inhumanity and complete lack of moral compass of many on the Left. This from a PROFESSOR OF JOURNALISM at the University of Kansas, David Guth: 

“#NavyYardShooting The blood is on the hands of the #NRA,” tweeted David Guth, who is an associate professor of Journalism at the university’s William Allen White School of Journalism.
“Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters, he continued. “Shame on you. May God damn you.”

Nice. He has been suspended. I would be willing to bet it's a paid suspension, however.  These are the people who claim to be compassionate, who claim to be so caring and concerned about others. Oh, unless you're the child of a conservative...then you deserve to die.

***We're going to my aunt's funeral today. One of those unpleasant things that has to be done. Mom has lost three sisters in the last two years.

***The Universal Destination of Socialism.

Every socialist country comes to the same end: it can no longer produce its own toilet paper:
A Venezuelan state agency on Friday ordered the temporary takeover of a factory that produces toilet paper in what it called an effort to ensure consistent supplies after embarrassing shortages earlier this year.
Embarrassing–that’s putting it mildly!
A national agency called Sundecop, which enforces price controls, said in a statement it would occupy one of the factories belonging to paper producer Manpa for 15 days, adding that National Guard troops would “safeguard” the facility.
“The action in the producer of toilet paper, sanitary napkins and disposable diapers responds to the state’s obligation to ensure a steady supply of basic goods for the people,” Sundecop said, adding it had observed “the violation of the right” to access such products.
It isn’t easy to pack that much stupidity into two brief paragraphs. If you have price controls, you will have shortages. To expect anything else is like expecting objects to fall upward, in defiance of the law of gravity. So if a government really wants to “ensure a steady supply of basic goods for the people,” it should get out of the way and allow producers to produce, and consumers to consume.

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***This is a great article. "A Fresh Look at Junk Food." I really get tired of the busybodies who keep telling us that we have to eat organic or we're gonna die.

Late last year, in a small health-food eatery called Cafe Sprouts in Oberlin, Ohio, I had what may well have been the most wholesome beverage of my life. The friendly server guided me to an apple-blueberry-kale-carrot smoothie-juice combination, which she spent the next several minutes preparing, mostly by shepherding farm-fresh produce into machinery. The result was tasty. But at 300 calories (by my rough calculation) for a 16-ounce cup, it was more than my diet could regularly absorb without consequences.
Nor was I about to make a habit of $9 shakes, healthy or not. Inspired by the experience nonetheless, I tried again two months later at L.A.’s Real Food Daily, a popular vegan restaurant near Hollywood. I was initially wary of a low-calorie juice made almost entirely from green vegetables, but the server assured me it was a popular treat. I could stomach only about a third of the oddly foamy, bitter concoction. It smelled like lawn clippings and tasted like liquid celery. It went for $7.95, and I waited ten minutes for it.
I finally hit the sweet spot just a few weeks later, in Chicago, with a delicious blueberry-pomegranate smoothie that rang in at a relatively modest 220 calories. It cost $3 and took only seconds to make. Best of all, I’ll be able to get this concoction just about anywhere. Thanks, McDonald’s!
If only the McDonald’s smoothie weren’t, unlike the first two, so fattening and unhealthy. Or at least that’s what the most prominent voices in our food culture today would have you believe.

On the left: Artisanal organic burger: 1080 calories, $12. On the right: McDonald's Big Mac: 550 calories, $3.99.

Read the whole thing. It goes into the chemicals, etc. that the whole fooders will have you thinking are going to fry your brain and melt your kidneys. Of course there is good and bad on both sides, and moderation is the key to about everything. Another example the article gives: Potato chips: 160 calories per serving, $3.50 per bag. Kale chips: 130 calories per serving, $8 per box. Worth the 30 calories? Probably not. They present both sides of the story in this piece, it really is worth the read. I love this comment from one of the experts at the end: 

STOP BLAMING OTHERS. "I cannot stand it when anyone implies that there is some vast "conspiracy" to make us all unhealthy. We didn't become an obese nation without being willing participants. Our lifestyle made it easier to get calories, but we liked having it that way." ~~ Keith Ayoob, EDD

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Ugly Remark

Rushing to get to the movies, my husband and I told the kids we had to leave "right now"—at which point our teenage daughter headed for the bathroom to apply makeup. Her dad yelled for her to get in the car immediately, and headed for the garage grumbling.
On the way to the multiplex my husband glanced in the rearview mirror and caught our teen applying lipstick and blush, which produced the predictable lecture. "Look at your mom," he said. "She didn’t put on any makeup just to go sit in a dark movie theater."
From the back I heard, "Yeah, but Mom doesn’t need makeup."
My heart swelling with the compliment, I turned back to thank this sweet, wonderful daughter of mine just as she continued, "Nobody looks at her."


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***Ignorance is a form of environmental pollution.
American Proverb


***Have a great day!
 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mid-Day Madness

***Yeah, I gotta blog one more time today. I went out to pay our insurance and deliver some transcription. At the first stop, they had the TV on and there was President Obama, talking about how wonderful the economy is since he has been in office, how many jobs he has created, how the middle class is stronger than it has ever been, how the deficit is shrinking at a record pace, blah blah blah. Hearing all the lies fall out of his mouth was bad enough, but worse was the crowd of fools clapping and cheering at every remark. I escaped there and went to the doctor's office I was delivering to, and someone mentioned the House voting to defund Obamacare. One of them said, "Yep, they voted to cripple President Obama," like that's a BAD thing. I wanted to say, "God, I WISH he was crippled and could do no more damage!" but I held my peace and left.

It is truly amazing how duped so many are by such an uninspiring, unlikeable, honesty-challenged man. But duped they are, big time.

Okay, rant over for now...

Inexcusable

***There is absolutely no excuse for this. Democrats leave Benghazi hearing before hearing the testimony from the families of the victims. Talk about spitting on their graves. How do people who call themselves Democrats rationalize this type of behavior?

During the second portion of a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing about Benghazi Thursday on Capitol Hill, the majority of Democrats on the Committee left the room and refused to listen to the testimony of Patricia Smith and Charles Woods. Ms. Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, an information management officer killed in the 9/11 Benghazi attack. Charles Woods is the father of Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was also killed.

Despicable, sorry excuses for human beings....


The far side of the room, shown empty in the photo, belongs to the Democrats. The only Democrats who stayed were Ranking Member Elijah Cummings and Rep. Jackie Speier.

This just infuriates me.

Here are the Democrats who walked out of the hearing:
Carolyn Maloney
Danny Davis
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Gerald E. Connolly
Jim Cooper
John Tierney
Mark Pocan
Matt Cartwright
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Peter Welch
Stephen Lynch
Steven Horsford
Tammy Duckworth
Tony Cardenas
William Lacy Clay

Video of Patricia Smith's heartwrenching testimony.

***Stephen Green: "I think he was stoned, and I'm not kidding."

So I saw this Drudge headline and figured he must have taken Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom out of context, because there’s just no way Wiggleroom thinks we’re that stupid, or is that stupid himself. But out of fairness to Drudge, I clicked on the link to see what the Professor had actually said, and here are his actual words:
“Now, this debt ceiling — I just want to remind people in case you haven’t been keeping up — raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy. All it does is it says you got to pay the bills that you’ve already racked up, Congress. It’s a basic function of making sure that the full faith and credit of the United States is preserved.”
Obama went on to suggest that “the average person” mistakenly thinks that raising the debt ceiling means the U.S. is racking up more debt:
“It’s always a tough vote because the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we’re running up our debt, so people don’t like to vote on it, and, typically, there’s some gamesmanship in terms of making the President’s party shoulder the burden of raising the — taking the vote.”
I think he was stoned, and I’m not kidding. Either Wiggleroom was stoned when he said those words, or stoned when he or his speechwriter wrote those words, because that is not how a non-stoned person speaks or thinks. As a young man I spent four years in the former Pot Capital of the World™, Humboldt County, CA — and I know these things.

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***Speaking of being stoned...Nancy Pelosi actually uttered these words about Barack Obama:

“You know why it is,” she said. “You know why it is. He’s brilliant, … he thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done … and he’s completely eloquent. That’s a package that they don’t like.”
As if that wasn't enough, further down in the piece: 
Then she added a line that she has used before, that drives Republicans batty: “He has been … open, practically apolitical, certainly nonpartisan, in terms of welcoming every idea and solution. I think that’s one of the reasons the Republicans want to take him down politically, because they know he is a nonpartisan president, and that’s something very hard for them to cope with.”
I think all that Botox has gone to her brain.

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See it through

 
When you're up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it's vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don't let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you're beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don't give up, whate'er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!

Edgar Guest 


***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Give Back?

***Absolutely great article at Forbes.com.

It’s time to gore another collectivist sacred cow. This time it’s the popular idea that the successful are obliged to “give back to the community.” That oft-heard claim assumes that the wealth of high-earners is taken away from “the community.” And beneath that lies the perverted Marxist notion that wealth is accumulated by “exploiting” people, not by creating value–as if Henry Ford was not necessary for Fords to roll off the (non-existent) assembly lines and Steve Jobs was not necessary for iPhones and iPads to spring into existence.
Let’s begin by stripping away the collectivism. “The community” never gave anyone anything. The “community,” the “society,” the “nation” is just a number of interacting individuals, not a mystical entity floating in a cloud above them. And when some individual person–a parent, a teacher, a customer–”gives” something to someone else, it is not an act of charity, but a trade for value received in return.

Read the whole thing. I'm tired of the guilt trips the Left continually tries to foist on people. They're all for giving free stuff to their constituents, as long as it comes out of someone else's pocket.

***The Liar-in-Chief is at it again. Okay, he has officially passed Bill Clinton as the Biggest Liar on Record.

Obama: 'Raising the Debt Ceiling...Does Not Increase Our Debt,' Though It Has 'Over 100 Times'

September 18, 2013 - 3:54 PM
Raising the debt ceiling doesn't increase the nation's debt, Pres. Obama declared in a speech today.
In a speech at the Business Roundtable headquarters in Washington, D.C., Obama dismissed concerns about raising the debt ceiling by noting that it'd been done so many times in the past:
"Now, this debt ceiling -- I just want to remind people in case you haven't been keeping up -- raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy.  All it does is it says you got to pay the bills that you've already racked up, Congress.  It's a basic function of making sure that the full faith and credit of the United States is preserved."
Obama went on to suggest that "the average person" mistakenly thinks that raising the debt ceiling means the U.S. is racking up more debt:
"It's always a tough vote because the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we're running up our debt, so people don't like to vote on it, and, typically, there's some gamesmanship in terms of making the President's party shoulder the burden of raising the -- taking the vote."
But, isn't the fact that the U.S. has hit its debt ceiling "over a hundred times" - and, thus, has had to keep raising it - proof that raising the limit does, in fact, lead to increased debt?
- See more at: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/obama-raising-debt-ceilingdoes-not-increase-our-debt-though-it-has-over#sthash.vV57U4kj.dpuf

***Evil Dictator interviewed by Evil Elf.

Now comes Fox News contributor Dennis Kucinich [!] to present Assad to the American people for an extended interview on Fox News. Bret Baier gingerly explains Kucinich’s presence in the video below. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple quotes Fox News EVP Michael Clemente’s statement on the interview and comments on the statement here. Joining Kucinich in the proceedings is Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot. It is, as Wemple says, “really weird.”
The New York Times’s Robert Mackey points out that Assad’s office promoted Assad’s “television dialogue” with Kucinich online before Fox News acknowledged that it had taken place. It posted video of a video of the interview on its YouTube channel as soon as the Fox News broadcast began Wednesday night.

Not one of Fox's shining moments, in my opinion. Neither of those two deserve any air time.

***America is exceptional.

Well, our "leaders" have now resorted to personal name-calling, Obama twisting Putin's tail about looking lazy, and Putin catcalling right back by warning Obama about "people who think they are exceptional." I think Putin was talking about Our Hero, who has suffered all his life from being told he was exceptional, so that now he can't get rid of that mental tic.
Putin is perfectly right about Obama, of course.
The other grandstanding show-off on the international scene is... you guessed it.
Still, our patriotic media have chosen to spin Putin's words as a critique of American exceptionalism. So let me take on that piece of fluff.

 Good piece.

***



A 50-something couple sits at a table for two in a nice restaurant. Even the most casual observer can tell they aren't communicating with one another. Oh, she may ask him to pass the salt. Or, without looking up, he'll inquire, "How's your steak?" But there's no real conversation going on, no eye contact and no sign of the spark that once animated their marriage.
Watching this couple is sad. Becoming this couple is tragic. How did their relationship devolve to a point of coexistence rather than co-partnering? Is their monosyllabic interaction a sign they no longer love each other?
More likely, they've simply neglected the regular "checkups" necessary to keep their marriage running optimally in "all weather" conditions.

***

Reaching for Perfection

The way to achieve excellence and perfection is through experience. And experience is filled with mistakes. If it were not, we would not learn very much from it.

It is admirable to aspire to perfection, but foolish indeed to expect that it will come quickly or without mistakes. It certainly pays to expect the best of yourself. It also pays to be realistic and patient.

Perfection in any endeavour is an aiming point, not a starting point. Let the desire for it push you, but don't let the absence of it stop you. If you're ever going to get anything done, you must start somewhere. More specifically, you must start where you are.

Even in our world of instant fortunes, instant communication and instant gratification, it is still true that anything of true and lasting value takes time and effort. Aim for perfection, and follow the less-than-perfect road that will get you there. 


By Ralph Marston


***                                                              MUA!


***NYC woman sues EMT over "wide load" tweet. Okay, it was in poor taste. But a lawsuit? Please. Grow up, honey.


A wheelchair-bound woman has filed a lawsuit against a New York City EMT who tweeted a photo of her with a caption that said "Wide Load."

Teena Gamzon, who suffers from diabetes and other ailments, says fire department EMT Thomas Dluhos secretly photographed her and then splashed it over the Internet.

The Daily News says the suit was filed in Brooklyn state Supreme Court this week.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for mental anguish, ridicule and emotional distress.

Her lawyer says his client is devastated and confined to her home with shame.

 

 
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***Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
***Have a great day!
 

Obama: 'Raising the Debt Ceiling...Does Not Increase Our Debt,' Though It Has 'Over 100 Times'

September 18, 2013 - 3:54 PM
Raising the debt ceiling doesn't increase the nation's debt, Pres. Obama declared in a speech today.
In a speech at the Business Roundtable headquarters in Washington, D.C., Obama dismissed concerns about raising the debt ceiling by noting that it'd been done so many times in the past:
"Now, this debt ceiling -- I just want to remind people in case you haven't been keeping up -- raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy.  All it does is it says you got to pay the bills that you've already racked up, Congress.  It's a basic function of making sure that the full faith and credit of the United States is preserved."
Obama went on to suggest that "the average person" mistakenly thinks that raising the debt ceiling means the U.S. is racking up more debt:
"It's always a tough vote because the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we're running up our debt, so people don't like to vote on it, and, typically, there's some gamesmanship in terms of making the President's party shoulder the burden of raising the -- taking the vote."
But, isn't the fact that the U.S. has hit its debt ceiling "over a hundred times" - and, thus, has had to keep raising it - proof that raising the limit does, in fact, lead to increased debt?
- See more at: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/obama-raising-debt-ceilingdoes-not-increase-our-debt-though-it-has-over#sthash.vV57U4kj.dpuf

Obama: 'Raising the Debt Ceiling...Does Not Increase Our Debt,' Though It Has 'Over 100 Times'

September 18, 2013 - 3:54 PM
Raising the debt ceiling doesn't increase the nation's debt, Pres. Obama declared in a speech today.
In a speech at the Business Roundtable headquarters in Washington, D.C., Obama dismissed concerns about raising the debt ceiling by noting that it'd been done so many times in the past:
"Now, this debt ceiling -- I just want to remind people in case you haven't been keeping up -- raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy.  All it does is it says you got to pay the bills that you've already racked up, Congress.  It's a basic function of making sure that the full faith and credit of the United States is preserved."
Obama went on to suggest that "the average person" mistakenly thinks that raising the debt ceiling means the U.S. is racking up more debt:
"It's always a tough vote because the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we're running up our debt, so people don't like to vote on it, and, typically, there's some gamesmanship in terms of making the President's party shoulder the burden of raising the -- taking the vote."
But, isn't the fact that the U.S. has hit its debt ceiling "over a hundred times" - and, thus, has had to keep raising it - proof that raising the limit does, in fact, lead to increased debt?
- See more at: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/obama-raising-debt-ceilingdoes-not-increase-our-debt-though-it-has-over#sthash.vV57U4kj.dpuf

Obama: 'Raising the Debt Ceiling...Does Not Increase Our Debt,' Though It Has 'Over 100 Times'

September 18, 2013 - 3:54 PM
Raising the debt ceiling doesn't increase the nation's debt, Pres. Obama declared in a speech today.
In a speech at the Business Roundtable headquarters in Washington, D.C., Obama dismissed concerns about raising the debt ceiling by noting that it'd been done so many times in the past:
"Now, this debt ceiling -- I just want to remind people in case you haven't been keeping up -- raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy.  All it does is it says you got to pay the bills that you've already racked up, Congress.  It's a basic function of making sure that the full faith and credit of the United States is preserved."
Obama went on to suggest that "the average person" mistakenly thinks that raising the debt ceiling means the U.S. is racking up more debt:
"It's always a tough vote because the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we're running up our debt, so people don't like to vote on it, and, typically, there's some gamesmanship in terms of making the President's party shoulder the burden of raising the -- taking the vote."
But, isn't the fact that the U.S. has hit its debt ceiling "over a hundred times" - and, thus, has had to keep raising it - proof that raising the limit does, in fact, lead to increased debt?
- See more at: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/obama-raising-debt-ceilingdoes-not-increase-our-debt-though-it-has-over#sthash.vV57U4kj.dpuf

Obama: 'Raising the Debt Ceiling...Does Not Increase Our Debt,' Though It Has 'Over 100 Times'

September 18, 2013 - 3:54 PM
Raising the debt ceiling doesn't increase the nation's debt, Pres. Obama declared in a speech today.
In a speech at the Business Roundtable headquarters in Washington, D.C., Obama dismissed concerns about raising the debt ceiling by noting that it'd been done so many times in the past:
"Now, this debt ceiling -- I just want to remind people in case you haven't been keeping up -- raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy.  All it does is it says you got to pay the bills that you've already racked up, Congress.  It's a basic function of making sure that the full faith and credit of the United States is preserved."
Obama went on to suggest that "the average person" mistakenly thinks that raising the debt ceiling means the U.S. is racking up more debt:
"It's always a tough vote because the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we're running up our debt, so people don't like to vote on it, and, typically, there's some gamesmanship in terms of making the President's party shoulder the burden of raising the -- taking the vote."
But, isn't the fact that the U.S. has hit its debt ceiling "over a hundred times" - and, thus, has had to keep raising it - proof that raising the limit does, in fact, lead to increased debt?
- See more at: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/obama-raising-debt-ceilingdoes-not-increase-our-debt-though-it-has-over#sthash.vV57U4kj.dpuf