Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Diplomatic Nightmare

***I think Glenn Reynolds may be on to something. Maybe John Kerry is Secretary of State in order make Killary's tenure in that position look good by comparison.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry has stepped in it again — with a gaffe that this time not only makes him look foolish but makes a mess of U.S. foreign policy and destroys any chance he had of realizing his legacy pipe dream of brokering Middle East peace.
In a private meeting with senior international officials Friday, Kerry said that if the Israelis and Palestinians can’t achieve a two-state solution, Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state with second-class citizens.”
Israelis are aghast — especially with Kerry’s remarks being reported yesterday on Holocaust Remembrance Day — and have started issuing calls for his resignation. Foreign policy experts are stunned, saying Kerry’s racially charged statements are major setbacks to peace negotiations in the Middle East.
“No wonder our diplomacy in the Middle East is so wretched,” former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton told the Herald, calling Kerry’s remarks “outrageous and defamatory.”

What an embarrassment.

***Illinois Democrat faces child porn charges. Haven't heard about this, have you? Think you would have if he were a Republican?

Former state Rep. Keith Farnham traded child pornography online — and even boasted that he’d molested a 6-year-old girl — according to federal prosecutors.
The Elgin Democrat, 66, emailed to what he believed was a fellow pedophile videos of children who appeared to be as young as six months old being molested, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.
But the man he allegedly sent the videos to was in fact an undercover Homeland Security investigator.

Pure evil - but if you're a Democrat, you get a pass from the media.

***Dems skid to new low -- in the polls, that is. Not sure how they could get much lower otherwise. 

Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama’s approval rating at a new low and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president’s agenda, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Obama’s approval rating fell to 41 percent, down from 46 percent through the first three months of the year and the lowest of his presidency in Post-ABC News polls. Just 42 percent approve of his handling of the economy, 37 percent approve of how he is handling the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and 34 percent approve of his handling of the situation involving Ukraine and Russia.

One has to wonder about the mental capacity of those still approving of his handling of *anything*.

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***A yabba dabba doozy of a vacation stop. It's the Flintstones! Hey, that looks like fun!

In the middle of the Arizona desert, south of the Grand Canyon, is a real-world version of Bedrock City, the Flintstones' home town.
Established in 1972 — six years after the animated show ended its 166-episode run — the roadside attraction features replicas of Fred and Barney's favorite haunts, including their homes, a grocery store, movie theater, gas station, doctor's office, and a dinosaur with a built-in slide. The famous foot-powered cars also make an appearance, though attempting to drive them is an exercise in exhaustion.

***White House seeks small business to manage Obamacare web site. Right...you're trying to put us out of business, until you need one of us. 

***Timing is Everything...










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"One of the sanets, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others." Archibald Rutledge


***Have a great day!

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Country's in the Very Best of Hands

***Oh my. A State Dept. spokesperson is citing lefty sites Daily Kos and Think Progress to make her points. What a glittering jewel of colossal stupidity.

***Woman-beating Obama donor gets fired, but he's the victim, don't you know. No wonder Obama likes him so much.

***Clippers owner Donald Sterling has really stepped in it. Oh, the media wanted so badly for him to be a Republican. But...he's a Democrat, so they'll sweep this under the rug as much as they can.

***Yikes, prayers for those in the path of the twisters over the weekend.

Emergency officials and rescue crews are searching for survivors after a powerful storm system moved through the central and southern United States Sunday, spawning multiple tornadoes that killed at least 18 people.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirmed early Monday that at least sixteen people died in Little Rock, Ark., when a twister carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburbs north of the state capital.
Brandon Morris, spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, said crews were sifting through the rubble Monday in the hope of uncovering survivors and to assess the full extent of the destruction.
"Right now, the main focus is life safety," Morris said. "We're trying to make sure everyone is accounted for."

***America's best coffee shops. Interesting read.

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***Seriously? A baby crying contest? And they're held by Sumo wrestlers, no less.



Babies wail as student sumo wrestlers hold them during a baby-crying competition, the Nakizumo Festival, at the Sensoji temple in Tokyo on Saturday. Babies are held face to face to determine how loud and long they can cry. The tradition dates back hundreds of years and a strong cry is seen as an indicator of future good health. Some 120 babies attended the event this year.

***Love this line by Sarah Palin: "Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists!" Naturally, she's taking a lot of flak from the oh-so-sensitive crowd, but she's standing firm. You go, Sarah!

 Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin isn’t backing off the remark she made at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting this weekend that if she were in charge, people “would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”
“Would I make it again? Why wouldn’t I? Yeah, absolutely,” she told NBC News. “Terrorists who want to annihilate Americans, innocent Americans, our children — whatever it takes to stop them. If I were in charge, I’d be stoppin’ em.”

 
***              I WANT ONE!



***
On the Ning Nang Nong
by Spike Milligan
 
On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
and the monkeys all say BOO!
There's a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the tea pots jibber jabber joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang
And you just can't catch 'em when they do!
So its Ning Nang Nong
Cows go Bong!
Nong Nang Ning
Trees go ping
Nong Ning Nang
The mice go Clang
What a noisy place to belong
is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!!
 
Okay, there's your dose of silliness for the day. :-)
 
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***Have a great day!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Serving Up Hugs

***I have a limited amount of time to blog today, so I wanted to find a "feel good" story to leave you with. This is a good one!

(CNN) -- I was born in January of 1986. A few hours after I was born, our doctor told my parents that I had Down syndrome.
A lot of people told my parents that they were very, very sorry. I guess they didn't know then just how totally awesome I would turn out to be.
Growing up with three brothers was a lot of fun. They treated me like a brother -- not like someone special or different. They never let me use my disability to get out of doing the dishes when it was my turn. I did try sometimes, though.
I started in Special Olympics when I was 13 years old. My Special Olympic sports are basketball, poly hockey, volleyball, golf and track and field. I have dozens of gold medals -- way more than another Olympian, Michael Phelps Many of them are on display in my restaurant.

I think that being athletes made me and my friends popular in high school. I was so popular that I decided to run for Homecoming King in my senior year. I was very happy when I won My brothers told me that even though I was the King at the school, I was not the King of our house!
After high school I had a dream to go to college. In the fall of 2004 I moved to Roswell, New Mexico, to attend Eastern New Mexico University. And yes, it's true, there are aliens in Roswell. I graduated in the summer of 2008 with certificates in food service, office skills and restaurant hosting.
After college, I knew I wanted to live on my own. I love my parents a lot, but I want to have my own life. In July of 2010 I moved into my own apartment. I shop for my own groceries, do my own laundry and pay all of my own bills.

I love living in my own place. And lucky me, it's right next door to my restaurant. I bet you wish you could walk to work in two minutes.
For over 10 years, I had a dream to own my own business. Well I'm here to tell you that dreams do come true. I am the owner of Tim's Place -- the world's friendliest restaurant, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

My favorite part of the work day is giving out the free Tim Hugs. They are on my menu and most people order at least one. So far, I've given out nearly 40,000 hugs. I even have a counter on the wall to keep track of the total. I guess you can say I'm a lean, mean, hugging machine.
I have a dream to inspire other people to reach for the stars. If I can do it, you can too.
See you at Tim's Place.


We should remember this story next time we're whining about our situation.

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***Have a great day!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Nice Saturday

***I've had a nice Saturday so far. It's a beautiful day here in Richmond, Indiana. I got up early, had a lot of transcription to finish before I could do anything. After I got to a stopping point,  I picked up my mom and aunt and we hit some yard sales, then the Amish store. I found some nice valances, still in the package, and a pretty vase. Spent all of $3.00. After I took them home, I met Johnny at the Morrison-Reeves library book sale. Wow, nerdvana! Today's the last day, so they were letting you fill up a really big sack for $3.00! Johnny & I were in seventh heaven. I got nine books, Johnny got six, all for $6.00! I took him out for lunch at Arby's, now I'm back home. Gotta work for the rest of the day, but that's okay.

***Demon with a Glass Jaw. Love this quote by Ed Driscoll:

If it’s the latter, then it’s awfully rich for NBC to be complaining about news and opinion stories being “vindictive, personal and above all – untrue,” when that’s been the near day-to-day playbook of NBC since, oh, January 20th, 2009, to pick a date at random.

Follow the link for the full story.

***House sets vote on holding ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt. If they don't, it'll be a travesty of justice. However, that is commonplace with this administration, sad to say.


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***Can you turn off your fat genes? I seriously doubt it.


You can’t change your genes, but you just might be able to change how they work in your body. And in the case of those that play a role in fat loss, pumping iron could be key.
In addition to affecting the genes in your muscles, resistance training also influences the genes in your fat, says a new study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. After subjecting participants to eight weeks of heavy resistance training, researchers found that the expression of two genes found in fat tissue decreased by around 20 percent. Participants also had a boost in muscle mass and fat burning, as well as a drop in the protein adiponectin, which plays a role in fat breakdown.

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Taken Up
by Charles Martin

Tired of earth, they dwindled on their hill,
Watching and waiting in the moonlight until
The aspens' leaves quite suddenly grew still,

No longer quaking as the disc descended,
That glowing wheel of lights whose coming ended
All waiting and watching. When it landed

The ones within it one by one came forth,
Stalking out awkwardly upon the earth,
And those who watched them were confirmed in faith:

Mysterious voyagers from outer space,
Attenuated, golden—shreds of lace
Spun into seeds of the sunflower's spinning face—

Light was their speech, spanning mind to mind:
We come here not believing what we find—
Can it be your desire to leave behind

The earth, which even those called angels bless,
Exchanging amplitude for emptiness?
And in a single voice they answered Yes,

Discord of human melodies all blent
To the unearthly harmony of their assent.
Come then, the Strangers said, and those who were taken, went.
 
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***When you have given nothing, ask for nothing. ~~ Albanian proverb

***Gotta get back to work - have a great day!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Wow. Scary.

***Here are Obama's latest harsh words for Vladimir Putin:

"Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions 'teed up'--even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the crisis in Ukraine," the Associated Press reports from Tokyo.

"Teed up?" Seriously? 

***Yet another idiot Democrat compares Republicans to Nazis.

Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is in some hot water with the Jewish community after his campaign tweeted—and then quietly deleted—several messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis.
Chicago Sun Times readers were stunned last week to find that writer Neil Steinberg has penned a column comparing black supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis against their brethren.
“As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit,” Steinberg wrote in his column, which claimed that Rauner is buying off the black community and its leaders. “It isn’t just a black thing. Jews collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.”

Just imagine if a Republican did this.

***I like this!



***First Lady gets resume from girl with jobless dad. Oh, and I'll bet she pretended to care.

Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand the first lady his resume.
The first lady seemed a little taken aback but then explained to the other children, who might not have heard the girl's comment, that the matter was "a little private, but she's doing something for her dad." Mrs. Obama promised to deal with the matter later.

***Being grateful during tough times.

 Faced with busy schedules and challenging lives, we often forget how fortunate we truly are. Even when things are going well we forget.
Being thankful should be treated as an important part of the day because appreciation contributes to our genuine happiness.
When you are grateful, it helps you to be more positive, receptive, optimistic, hopeful, peaceful, and grounded, especially during trying situations.

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***"Imagination is stronger than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein 

***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Blessings

***I love the way the Lord sends just what we need when we need it. I have already blogged about our music Sunday, about how I felt I was at less than my best and may have let everyone down a bit...then a sweet lady and her husband made the effort to tell me how our music touched her. Last night He did it again - I have had a very busy, stressful week (yeah, I know, you're probably tired of hearing me whine about it). Anyway, I had music practice last night at the church with several of the lovely ladies of our church, we're doing the special music in a couple of weeks. I was tired, didn't bother with makeup, but I knew I needed to be there because we only have one more practice after this one before we do the special. I know I looked pretty much the way I felt, but Kristina, the pastor's wonderful, kind, sweet wife who leads us, took the time to tell me I had an "inner beauty" that was showing through during the practice. Well, THAT was the last thing I expected to hear, and it has just made my day. What a great reminder to "pay it forward" and be uplifting to those around me.

***NRSC challenges Red State Democrats to Obamacare town hall debates. Uh huh, bet they don't get any takers. Obamacare is indefensible and wildly unpopular, and they know it. The Republicans need to keep getting in their faces about it. They're the ones who foisted it on the American people.

***Sonia Sotomayor reiterates why she is unfit to be on the Supreme Court...or any court, for that matter.


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia faulted Justice Sonia Sotomayor for making what he regards as a "shameful" suggestion that the Michigan voters who decided to ban affirmative action in college admissions were motivated by racism.
Scalia wrote a concurring opinion upholding a 2006 ballot initiative that amended Michigan's constitution to ban affirmative action.
“As Justice Harlan observed over a century ago, '[o]ur Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens,'" Scalia concluded, quoting the dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson. "The people of Michigan wish the same for their governing charter. It would be shameful for us to stand in their way."
 
And then, the Parthian shot: “And doubly shameful to equate ‘the majority’ behind [the constitutional amendment] with ‘the majority’ responsible for Jim Crow,” he added in a final footnote, citing the first two pages of Sotomayor's dissent.
Sotomayor, in her dissent, opened by describing three stages of "the majority" discriminating against racial minorities in the political process, beginning with the Jim Crow laws that flouted the 15th Amendment.

Read her dissent. Just don't eat anything first, you may lose it.

***This is how I feel at the end of the day:



***Probe into VA deaths allegedly due to delays in care. Do I need to remind you that these are the same people who have now taken over ALL of health care?


Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are calling for a Senate investigation and hearings into allegations that up to 40 Arizona veterans died while awaiting medical appointments at the Phoenix VA Medical Center.
The two Republican senators from Arizona sent a letter Wednesday to leaders of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs requesting a probe into "recent reports of gross mismanagement and neglect" at the facility.
McCain also wrote to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, citing a report in the Arizona Republic on whistle-blower allegations about veteran deaths and accusations about VA administrators keeping secret waiting lists.
"I am appalled by the number of veterans who stated to my office that the VA was just “waiting” or 'hoping' that they would die and be one less burden on the system," McCain wrote. "These increasing individual delays clearly illustrate systemic problems with how effectively the VA is providing care to our veterans."

***And on it goes: Bible verse removed from high school gym, team website. 

Wood County school officials have removed a Bible verse from Parkersburg South High School's gymnasium and the school wrestling team's website.
The team's use of Philippians 4:13 drew a complaint earlier this month from the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation. The verse states, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Well my goodness, we can't have inflammatory stuff like that going on.

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***Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~~ Reggie Leach

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Benghazi Report

***Notice we had to go to a British newspaper to get this news.

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn't 'switched sides in the War on Terror' and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report

The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn't been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier.
'The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,' Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline.
She blamed the Obama administration for failing to stop half of a $1 billion United Arab Emirates arms shipment from reaching al-Qaeda-linked militants.
 
Believe me, you won't see anything like this over here, except maybe on Fox News. Our "news" media will cover Obama's worthless skinny butt no matter what.

***Democrat running for governor in New Mexico has Weather Underground ties. Hey, that's a resume enhancement in the Democrat party.

This is another story you won't see widely publicized, for obvious reasons.


The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.
More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, said a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012.
George's report said the bonus program doesn't violate federal regulations, but it's inconsistent with the IRS mission to enforce tax laws.
"These awards are designed to recognize and reward IRS employees for a job well done, and that is appropriate, because the IRS should encourage good performance," George said. "However, while not prohibited, providing awards to employees who have been disciplined for failing to pay federal taxes appears to create a conflict with the IRS's charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration."

 If IRS employees and most of Obama's cabinet do not have to pay their taxes, why do we?

***
                              Best Buds



***Those tolerant atheists are at it again: Atheists win prayer battle against California city council. 

Atheists who complained about pre-meeting prayers conducted by members of the Pismo Beach City Council in California can now claim a win.
Council members say they’re going to stop saying prayers at public meetings and that the volunteer chaplain will no longer be invited to give the opening invocations, The Blaze reported. They’ve also agreed to pay a symbolic settlement of $1 to each of the the two plaintiffs — and another $47,500 to cover the two plaintiffs’ legal fees.
The council members announced their decision on the heels of complaints filed by the out-of-state Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is headquartered in Wisconsin, and by the more local Atheists United San Luis Obispo. Their allegations: Both prayer and chaplain — who was an unpaid volunteer — violate the California Constitution and the state’s civil rights laws, The Blaze reported.
So now the Rev. Paul Jones has been given the boot, along with the prayer practice.
 Stuff like this doesn't really make me angry, it makes me very sad.

***Texas second-grader says teacher took away Bible during reading time. How long are we going to allow them to take away our rights?

The family of a second-grade student at a Texas elementary school says their daughter's teacher took her Bible away during a "read to myself" session.
The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group specializing in religious liberty cases, says the family reached out for assistance after a teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Cypress allegedly told the girl not to bring the Bible back to school again.
The teacher reportedly said the Bible is inappropriate reading material.

No doubt something sexually explicit would have been just fine.

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***
Ron, an eighty five year old man, was sitting on the couch with his wife, Maisie, when she said to him, 'Why don't you come sit close to me like you used to.' So he did.
After a moment Maisie said, 'Why don't you put your arm around me like you used to.'
Ron put his arm around Maisie and held her tight. Then she said, 'Why don't you nibble on my ear like you used to.'
Ron got up and left the room.
'Where are you going?' Maisie called out.
'To get my teeth,' Ron replied.

***Michigan man receives bionic eye. 

A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.
Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," he's regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.
"It's awesome. It's exciting -- seeing something new every day," Pontz said during a recent appointment at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. The 55-year-old former competitive weightlifter and factory worker is one of four people in the U.S. to receive an artificial retina since the Food and Drug Administration signed off on its use last year.

Interesting!

*** Yup.


***If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~~ Anne Bradstreet

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wow

***I'm just this side of overwhelmed right now...SO much work! Mark and his mom and sister are leaving this evening for Chicago. My nephew who works for the Cubs got us tickets for the game on the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. They're going to be doing some great stuff, but I just can't go. Kinda bummed, but that's just the way it is.

***Humanist group sues NJ school district over "Under God." This is sickening. Fine, don't say it if you don't want to. But don't pretend you're all worried about "church and state." You just want to shut Christians up. How very tolerant.

A national humanist group is suing a New Jersey school district on behalf of a family that believes the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children.
The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District was filed in state court last month and announced Monday by the American Humanist Association, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization.
The group says the phrase, added in 1954, "marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots." The anonymous plaintiffs say those two words violate the state constitution's right to equal protection.

Awwww, the poor things. How have kids survived up until now?

***Supreme Court upholds Michigan affirmative action ban. Hey, they got another one right!

 The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a blow to the use of racial preferences in higher education by upholding a Michigan law that bans the practice in state university admissions.
On a 6-2 vote, with Justice Elena Kagan recused, the court rejected a challenge to the law, although the justices were divided as to the legal rationale. The court made it clear it was not deciding the larger and divisive question of whether affirmative action admission policies can be lawful.
 The dissenters? Sotomayor and Ginsberg, of course.

***                     Uh, don't think so.


***                Ewwww, this totally grosses me out when I see people let their dog do this.


***                  Awwwww...


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You need not think
It's vanity that makes me prink,
And take much care
To keep myself both fit and fair.
'Tis not false pride or vain conceit
That keeps me trying to be neat,
But just the plain and simple truth
That I have held to since my youth
That this old frame in which I dwell
Is nothing more than the hotel
In which my Soul and Hopes must stay
Until I'm called to move away,
And for their dwelling-place I plan
To give them quite the best I can,
And keep the place up spick and span.
~John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922), "An Explanation" (February Twenty-third), The Cheery Way: A Bit of Verse For Every Day, 1920
 
***Have a great day!
 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

By His Wounds...

***...we are healed.



***Pastor James had a great illustration this morning regarding the Resurrection. He used the game Jenga. You can pull out little things that won't really matter in eternity, such as how many times a month you celebrate Communion, your style of music, whether or not you should have your head covered, etc. and your faith will not suffer. Take out the Resurrection, however, and the whole thing comes tumbling down. If Jesus is still in the tomb, we have nothing to hope for. Thank God that's not the case.

***Another thing about this morning - we did a lot of music, and most of it I just learned yesterday in practice. Kristina, Carla, and I did a trio with live music; Lisa on her keyboard (she made it sound like an organ, it was great), Craig on drums, and Oliver on acoustic guitar. We practiced our song together for the first time yesterday. This morning during practice it seemed like we just couldn't get the timing right, and it was mostly me making the mistakes. I'm not normally nervous before a special if there are others up there with me, but I sure was this morning. I prayed and prayed that I wouldn't ruin the song, and that the congregation would be uplifted and blessed by our special, and the other new praise songs we worked on. The song went well, just one little flub that I don't think anyone noticed but us. The rest of the songs went pretty well, too. I said all that to say this - a lady in our church and her husband stopped me as I got in my car. She had tears in her eyes and said she wanted to let us  know how much the music this morning touched her. You know, that's worth all the work and the nerves and everything. Church should be like an oasis in this crazy world, a place where you can recharge and learn and strengthen your faith to face another week. If what we do as a music ministry helps do that, it's well worth the time and effort.



***“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there.” -- Clarence W. Hall

***Have a great day!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Top 10

***...reasons to vote Democrat.



10. I’ll vote Democrat because I can’t wait for college football season to be delayed or cancelled because the student athletes are union employees.


9. I’ll vote Democrat because I believe oil company’s profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.


 

8. I’ll vote Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.


 

7. I’ll vote Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.




6. I’ll vote Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves. I am also thankful that we have a 911 service that get police to your home in order to identify your body after a home invasion.


 

5. I’ll vote Democrat because I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive and comfy.


 

4. I’ll vote Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits, and we should take away the Social Security from those who paid into it.


 

3. I’ll vote Democrat because I believe that businesses should NOT be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.


 

2. I’ll vote Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.


 

And the Number One reason I’ll vote Democrat is:


 

1. I’ll vote Democrat because I think that it’s better to pay billions for oil to people who hate us, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, gopher, fish or frog.

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He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 2:24

***Ben Carson honors scholars. Liberals talk about doing stuff like this, and then demand money from those who earn it to make it happen...then feel all warm and fuzzy. Conservatives make it happen on their own.  


With former newscaster Sam Donaldson serving as Master of Ceremonies, the Carson Scholars Fund recognized Kirk Cameron, Aubrey Chernick, and Brooks Robinson at a banquet held April 6 in Woodland, MD. Founded by the legendary pediatric neurosurgeon, the Carson Scholars Fund “awards students who have embraced high levels of academic excellence and community service with $1,000 college scholarships.” The Fund additionally recognizes three notable figures with the Leadership Award, the Sonya Award, and the Power of Excellence Award.
Actor and producer Kirk Cameron was presented with the Power of Excellence Award, “for demonstrating excellence in his career and becoming a positive role model.” Aubrey Chernick, a technology and media entrepreneur and philanthropist, was awarded the Leadership Award for “positively impacting society with innovative ideas, accomplishments, and philosophies.” Baltimore baseball legend Brooks Robinson received the Sonya Award, which recognizes an individual who “demonstrates the drive, determination, commitment and perseverance of Dr. Carson’s mother, Sonya.”


***Mom & I are going on our first yard sale excursion today!  We've been ready for this for weeks! Gonna stop in the middle for music rehearsal at my church, then we'll be back at it! Hope there are some good ones in the paper today.

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 ***I'm sure you've read the "Don't Drink Bottled Water That's Been Left in a Warm Car!" hysteria. Facebook is alive with urban legends, and it seems that most of them involve food and drink. I pretty much ignore all food-related posts (unless it's a good recipe, of course). 

***College soccer player deathly allergic to her own sweat. Well, that's gotta be inconvenient.

***How can runners be saved from cardiac arrest? Um...do I need to state the obvious?

***             Sigh....so true...



***7-year-old boy raises more than $750,000 to help his friend, who has a rare disease. This is great! This kid's gonna do great things in his life.





He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
-Isaiah 55:3-9



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Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. ~~ Og Mandino

***Have a great day!

10. I’ll vote Democrat because I can’t wait for college football season to be delayed or cancelled because the student athletes are union employees.
9. I’ll vote Democrat because I believe oil company’s profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.


8. I’ll vote Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.


7. I’ll vote Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.


6. I’ll vote Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves. I am also thankful that we have a 911 service that get police to your home in order to identify your body after a home invasion.


5. I’ll vote Democrat because I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive and comfy.


4. I’ll vote Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits, and we should take away the Social Security from those who paid into it.


3. I’ll vote Democrat because I believe that businesses should NOT be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.


2. I’ll vote Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.


And the Number One reason I’ll vote Democrat is:


1. I’ll vote Democrat because I think that it’s better to pay billions for oil to people who hate us, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, gopher, fish or frog.


Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2014/04/top-10-reasons-vote-democrat-2014%e2%80%a8%e2%80%a8/#wuB7TujJmMMXFFfc.99