Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Fishwrap

***More proof that The New York Times is only good for fishwrap and lining bird cages: Sources on the ground in Benghazi call NYT report a "complete lie."

Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press.
But a New York Times report published over the weekend has angered sources who were on the ground that night. Those sources, who continue to face threats of losing their jobs, sharply challenged the Times’ findings that there was no involvement from Al Qaeda or any other international terror group and that an anti-Islam film played a role in inciting the initial wave of attacks.
“It was a coordinated attack. It is completely false to say anything else. … It is completely a lie,” one witness to the attack told Fox News.

The NYT is just doing what it does best - covering for Democrats. They want Hillary in 2016, and they'll do whatever it takes to ensure it.

***Businesses brace for "serious cuts" as city enacts $15 an hour minimum wage.  Keep an eye on this - it is exactly what will happen if the minimum wage nationwide is raised. Economics 101, which obviously no Democrat has ever taken, dictates that an employer pay his employees what they're worth, not what some arbitrary politician trying to buy votes says they're worth.

As talk builds on Capitol Hill over hiking the federal minimum wage, one city in Washington state is poised to set the highest rate in the nation.
On Jan. 1, an estimated 1,600 hotel and transportation workers in SeaTac, Wash., will see their pay jump to $15 an hour, a 60 percent increase from the state's $9.32 minimum wage.
While many workers look forward to the higher pay, employers are looking for ways to absorb the big increase in labor costs. Some plan on eliminating jobs.
"We're going to be looking at making some serious cuts," said Cedarbrook Lodge General Manager Scott Ostrander. "We're going to be looking at reducing employee hours, reducing benefits and eliminating some positions."

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***I've never paid much attention to the Feng Shui craze, writing it off as more New Age nonsense. Turns out I was right. I was flipping through a magazine and came across an article entitled, "The Eight-Point System of Feng Shui." This is their explanation:

Stand inside your home with your back to the front door. Look forward. The part of your home in the far left corner is the money sector. The far right corner is the relationship zone. Got it? You work the magic by placing certain items in certain zones; some have symbolic power, others a literal connection to the area.

Seriously? People really practice this nonsense? The whole article is about putting certain objects in certain places to enable the "energy" in your home to flow. I kept looking for something saying, "Really, we're just kidding. This is totally bogus," but I didn't find it. Oh, you gotta see the finale:

"If you only do three things..."

1. Clear clutter. Mess is the number one enemy of feng shui. Dead or uncared-for piles sap your home's strength and block positive energy from entering.

2. Fix or toss broken things. They're impediments to vitality.

3. Clean the windows and oil the doors. In feng shui, the windows are the eyes of a home, the front door is its mouth. 
I kid you not, this "feng shui expert" really believes and practices this stuff. Unbelievable.

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***Good article from Jim Daly at Focus on the Family:

Protecting Your Family From the Digital Invasion

I recently asked my blog readers if they could do without a handheld device like a smartphone or tablet for 24 hours.
It’s a reasonable question to ask since mobile users check their smartphones an average of 150 times a day.
Digital addiction can be an easy thing to fall prey to, especially since access is all around us. We use computers for work, we carry devices in our pockets and most places offer free WIFI. 
The “digital invasion” is here. Along with it, we have teens with lower-than-average emotional intelligence and signs of technology-induced dementia, a rise in compulsive disorders and kids who don’t know how to use their imaginations when they play.
I have good news for you, though: the digital invasion doesn’t have to hurt your family.
















We've all seen it. Kids (and adults, for that matter), walking around like zombies, glued to their phones, oblivious to their surroundings. I have several friends who are teachers who tell me the same thing - so many kids lack social skills and have flat personalities because they're buzzed out on digital communication and social networks. I didn't have to deal with that so much when my kids were growing up.

***Vatican stresses that Pope has not abolished sin. Pretty amazing to me that anyone thinks he could do that.

The Vatican felt compelled on Tuesday to deny that Pope Francis had "abolished sin", after a well-known Italian intellectual wrote that he had effectively done so through his words and gestures.
The singular exchange began on Sunday when Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who writes opinion pieces for the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, published an article titled "Francis' Revolution: He has abolished sin".
Scalfari, who held a long private conversation with the pope earlier this year and wrote about it several times, concluded in the complex, treatise-like article that Francis believed sin effectively no longer existed because God's mercy and forgiveness were "eternal".
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio that "this affirmation that the pope has abolished sin" was wrong.
"Those who really follow the pope daily know how many times he has spoken about sin and our (human) condition as sinners," Lombardi said.

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***Have a great day!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Why???

***Why on earth do I do stuff like this? I was out doing my running around, etc. It was about 11:30 and I hadn't eaten anything yet. I don't get hungry, one of the perks of my surgery, but I knew I should eat something. I like McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, so I stopped to get one. I also love their french fries, even though for some reason they fill me up in no time and even if that's all I eat, I can only get down about 1/2 of a small order and have to throw the rest away. I can eat most of a fish sandwich, though...but for some reason I ordered the sandwich AND an order of fries. I've done that before because it sounded so good and had to throw the fries away because the sandwich filled me to overflowing. I KNOW I can't eat all that, yet I ordered it anyway. And, sure enough, I'm throwing the entire order of fries away - because they're nasty if you try to warm them up later. Honestly, I'll never figure out why I do stuff like that.

***Yes, I know the above was terribly exciting. I'll try to tone it down for the rest of the blog...

***Crashing and burning in 2013.

Recent polls suggest Barack Obama has become a turn-off. Why?
In part, all presidents wear on Americans. Their presence has become as ubiquitous in our lives as the busts of the emperor Augustus dotting the Mediterranean world. So who wouldn’t annoy after speaking and appearing on our screens 24/7 for five years?
But in Obama’s case, two character traits made him especially aggravating this year. Both explain why vero possumus and hope and change have descended to “you can keep your plan, period.”
One, Obama blames everything bad on everyone else, and takes credit for a few good things that he had nothing to do with. He reminds me of a losing Little League coach who blamed the lights, fans, and umpire for his last-place standing, only to brag about his own genius after inserting a 12 year old who hit a freak homer to win his only game.

Read the whole piece, it's a good one.

***Gotta love it: Global warming scientists trapped in Arctic ice. You won't be hearing much about this on the nightly news.

***Did you know this??



I'll be darned.

***Huh? 60-year-old woman gives birth to twin girls. Wow.

***Famous people with no discernible talent. Heck, there are lots of those. The first ones to come to mind are the Kardashians - but check out the slide show at the link. These people are famous for being famous, certainly not for any talent they possess.

***The definition of "fool:" Joe Lieberman says he would vote for Obamacare again.

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***Popping into the entrepreneurial dream. Neat story.

***Certain thoughts are prayers.  There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.  ~Victor Hugo

***Have a great day!
 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Keepin' It Real

***I have really gotten a lot out of Pastor James' sermons the past few weeks. I always do, but sometimes he just really hits me. He has been talking about the Biblical description and definition of Jesus, and how it contrasts with the watered down, feel-good, no consequences Jesus so pervasive in the world and even many churches today. It seems there are many in the world today just looking for something to be offended about, and so much of what Jesus taught goes against the grain of our current culture. Speaking the truth has become "judging," holding fast to your beliefs has become "extreme," well, you get the picture. Thing is, you either have to believe everything the Bible says about Jesus - or none of it. There is no middle ground. Jesus came to fulfill the law and provide eternal forgiveness and salvation, but he, through Paul, also gave some pretty clear guidelines on how we should live. He took the eternal punishment for our sins, that is true, but that doesn't mean we will escape the consequences of what we do while we live here on earth. God will forgive you for your adultery, but he may also allow you to suffer the consequences of your sin, including losing the love of your spouse and your marriage. I heard another pastor once put it this way, "I still bear the scars of my sin, but I do not bear the guilt or the eternal punishment." That is paraphrased, but that's the gist.

James' sermons have centered around who Jesus was/is - the equivalent of God, the bringer of salvation, the proof that God keeps His promises. He is the fulfillment of many Old Testament prophecies, and there are many more promises yet to be fulfilled. We can be confident that all will be as God promises in the Bible. That is a wonderful feeling!

Sorry...didn't mean to give you a sermon there...

***The New York Times claims al-Qaeda had nothing to do with Benghazi. Really? This is how far journalism has fallen - anything to help Obama save face, true or not. This report is completely contradictory to some of the testimony already given in the Congressional hearings on Benghazi. If the Times had any credibility left, this ought to pretty much extinguish it.

The 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya was an "Al Qaeda-led event" according to multiple on-the-record interviews with the head of the House Intelligence Committee who receives regular classified briefings and has access to the raw intelligence to make independent assessments.
"I will tell you this, by witness testimony and a year and a half of interviewing everyone that was in the ground by the way, either by an FBI investigator or the committee: It was very clear to the individuals on the ground that this was an Al Qaeda-led event. And they had pretty fairly descriptive events early on that lead those folks on the ground, doing the fighting, to the conclusion that this was a pre-planned, organized terrorist event," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told Fox News in a November interview.

Who are you going to believe?

***Massachusetts, the model for Obamacare, has the highest health care costs in the U.S. Duh.

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Actually, I got on the scales this morning and lost three pounds over the last week. Pretty happy about that!

***De Blasio to be sworn in by Bill Clinton. Great. A Communist sworn in by an impeached former president. What could go wrong?

 ***Boy Scouts opening ranks to gay youth starting Jan. 1. Too bad. That was a wonderful organization. There is now an alternative, though, Trail Life USA.

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***Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. ~~ Raymond Lindquist

***Have a great day!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

What's It Gonna Take?

***I don't know if Obama is as stupid foreign policy-wise as he seems, or if he really does sympathize with Iran and their Muslim ways. They are getting closer and closer to obtaining nukes...while Obama plays golf. These are people who wish America and all her allies destroyed, and Obama either agrees with them, or is even more clueless than anyone realizes. Either way, he's dangerous and he is completely violating his oath of office to protect and defend this country. You people who voted for him in spite of all this, you should be ashamed and embarrassed.

***Obama pushes for employment benefit extension. Of course he does. People who do not work and depend on the government for their existence are his base, and the base of all Democrats. If the government is your nanny, you do what the government says and you continue to vote for people who give you just enough to get by. Pretty sad existence, but apparently a lot of people are content with that, and hate Republicans who believe you can make it on your own if you must. There should be a limit of six months for unemployment, in my opinion. If you know it's gonna end, you'll do something about it.

***A&E lifts "Duck Dynasty" suspension. Good. I'm really tired of hearing about this.

***Cute craft ideas:






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***How happy homeowners think.

Imagine you’ve just been on a long trip, and you’re arriving home for the first time in weeks. You close the door behind you and take a deep breath. What are you most looking forward to about being home in that moment? Think about the ways your home comforts and supports you.
I like this article. I love being home! Also, there's nothing quite like the feeling when you remodel a room that has needed it for a long time. We redid our master bedroom and bath, and it is such a nice feeling to have everything painted, clean, new! Next up - our kitchen countertops.

***Secondhand smoke proven harmless - again. Look, I realize secondhand smoke is probably irritating to those with asthma or other breathing problems. However, the anti-smoking zealots in this country have done everything they can to stigmatize smokers, make them look evil and uncaring, and try to force smokers to conform to what these busybodies think they should be doing. Just like the global warming hoax, they trumpet "facts" that just aren't so.

***In case you were wondering - what do Disney characters look like without beards?









Now you know.


***Have a great day!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Disturbingly Prescient

***This cartoon is from 20 years ago:



At the time, the cartoon might have seemed a little hysterical. Remember, this was pre-warrantless-wiretapping, pre-Guantánamo, pre-Snowden, and pre-Obama-assassinating-American-citizens-with-drones, sans trial. Rather, the context for the cartoon was a new NSA gadget called the “Clipper chip” that would have made it easier for government officials to listen in on phone conversations, provided they had the legal authority to do so. (The technology was never widely adopted, and the NSA soon abandoned it.)
Now? Not so hysterical. But hey, at least the third panel isn't strictly accurate, yet.

***Chicago mulls bike tax. This is how liberals deal with deficits and overspending - not by reducing spending and responsible stewardship of the people's money, but by trying to squeeze more out of people who work for a living. Politicians are a special breed of parasite.

***Wow...think this kid has an entitlement mentality? Teen arrested for pulling knife on his dad after not getting an iPhone for Christmas.

A Massachusetts teenager was arrested on Christmas day after police say he pulled a knife on his father because he did not receive an iPhone he wanted for Christmas. 18-year-old Alexander Torres was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and malicious damage to a motor vehicle, according to Brockton Police Lt. Bruce Zeidman.


18 years old??!! Unbelievable. His dad will probably bail him out and take him straight to an Apple store.

***Even in Hawaii, Obama can't escape troubled health insurance exchanges. Good. If there were a way to hang it around his neck, we should do it. He and his liberal cohorts in Congress are dragging this country into a sinkhole.

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***The U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to spend $50 million to fight the Tea Party. Wonderful.

***Fox News Poll: Clinton, Christie on top in 2016 preference test. Great. A traitor and a RINO.

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  by Eugene Field 

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
   Sailed off in a wooden shoe,—
Sailed on a river of crystal light
   Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
   The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring-fish
   That live in this beautiful sea;
   Nets of silver and gold have we,"
            Said Wynken,
            Blynken,
            And Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
   As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long
   Ruffled the waves of dew;
The little stars were the herring-fish
   That lived in the beautiful sea.
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish,—
   Never afraid are we!"
   So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
            Wynken,
            Blynken,
            And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
   To the stars in the twinkling foam,—
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
   Bringing the fishermen home:
'Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
   As if it could not be;
And some folk thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed
   Of sailing that beautiful sea;
   But I shall name you the fishermen three:
            Wynken,
            Blynken,
            And Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
   And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
   Is a wee one's trundle-bed;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings
   Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
   As you rock in the misty sea
   Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:—
            Wynken,
            Blynken,
            And Nod.



***Okay, now that's just gross...



***Wow.



*** Feds charge Texas man with Hate Crime in Knockout Game attack. First of all, a crime is a crime. The term "hate crime" is just another means to promote racial division. Secondly, this guy is white. What about all the black guys we've seen ON VIDEO doing the same thing? Why haven't they been charged? We all know the answer to that, don't we?

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In actual life, every great enterprise begins with and takes its first step forward in faith. ”
— August Wilhelm von Schlegel 

***Have a great day!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Afterglow

***Had an absolutely wonderful day yesterday. First, Christmas here with John, Emily, & Peter; then to my mom's house for the Elsrod Christmas, then on to Liberty for the Crawford Christmas! Long day, but so much fun! I had to get up at 3:30 this morning and hit the work again, but stopped when Peter & Emily got up, made breakfast, and said goodbye. They're on their way home now and the house is quiet. So thankful for my family!

***The Tea Party isn't going anywhere - much to the chagrin of the establishment Republicans.

***Get ready for it: New Obamacare fees coming in 2014. Thank you, clueless Obama voter.

Here comes the ObamaCare tax bill.
The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills.
Most insurers aren’t advertising the ObamaCare taxes that are added on to premiums, opting instead to discretely pass them on to customers while quietly lobbying lawmakers for a break.
But one insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, laid bare the taxes on its bills with a separate line item for “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes.”
The new taxes on one customer’s bill added up to $23.14 a month, or $277.68 annually, according to Kaiser Health News. It boosted the monthly premium from $322.26 to $345.40 for that individual.
The new taxes and fees include a 2 percent levy on every health plan, which is expected to net about $8 billion for the government in 2014 and increase to $14.3 billion in 2018.

Happy New Year.

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***25 wacky Joe Biden moments from 2013. Musta been hard to pick only 25.

8. When he said gun owners might accidentally shoot their kids if they owned a AR-15

“You know, they make fun of my saying about use a shotgun if someone’s invading your home — guess what, use a shotgun someone invading your home and you don’t kill your kids — use an AR-15, it goes through your wall and it can kill your kid in the bedroom.”

9. When he compared gun owners to people who drive Ferraris

“There is a whole new sort of group of individuals now who — I don’t know what the numbers are — that never hunt at all,” Biden said. “But they own guns for one of two reasons, self-protection or they just like the feel of that AR-15 at the range. They like the way it feels.”
Biden imitated holding a weapon and added, “You know, it’s like like driving a Ferrari, Do you know what I mean?”

Follow the link, there are so many more. What an embarrassment.

***Christmas clean up tips. It's gonna have to wait a day or two...

***11 thinks you never thought you could make in a slow cooker.
I love my crock pot. :-)

***From Jim Daly at Focus on the Family:

Just the other day a colleague forwarded me an excerpt from a marvelous C.S. Lewis essay. It is titled, The Grand Miracle. What wonderful Christmas imagery! I loved it – and thought you would as well:theincarnation.jpg
“He comes down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity; down further still…to the very roots and seabed of the Nature He has created.  But He goes down to come up again and bring the whole ruined world up with Him. [He is like a diver,] first reducing himself to nakedness, then glancing in mid-air, then gone with a splash, vanished, rushing down through green and warm water into black and cold water, down through increasing pressure into the death-like region of ooze and slime and old decay; then up again, back to color and light, his lungs almost bursting, till suddenly he breaks surface again, holding in His hand the dripping, precious thing that He went down to recover. You.”
That's exactly what He did - for me and for you.



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***Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. ~~ Jane Wagner

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

***Here's hoping you and your family have a wonderful, blessed, Christ-filled Christmas.








***"One Solitary Life"


He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn't go to college. He never traveled more than 200 miles from the place He was born. He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He was only 33 when public opinion turned against Him. His friends deserted Him. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. When He was dying, His executioners gambled for His clothing, the only property He had.. . . on earth. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race, the leader of mankind's progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on earth as much as that One Solitary Life. Do You Know Who He Is? 

Dr James Allan Francis in “The Real Jesus and Other Sermons” 

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***Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!