Saturday, April 18, 2015

Up & At 'Em

***Well, I was hoping to sleep in a little this morning since I'm driving to Columbus and back today. Can't wait to see Emily & Peter's new home! I was hoping to sleep until 6:00 or so, but I was wide awake at 4:00 a.m. My body obviously doesn't realize it's Saturday. Oh well, I'll have time to blog and get a little work done before we go.

***Read an interesting quote in a blog this morning:

“The Christian life is a life characterized by true and spontaneous creativity. Consequently, a disciple is subject to the same charge that was leveled against Jesus Christ, namely, the charge of inconsistency. But Jesus Christ was always consistent in His relationship to God, and a Christian must be consistent in his relationship to the life of the Son of God in him, not consistent to strict, unyielding doctrines. People pour themselves into their own doctrines, and God has to blast them out of their preconceived ideas before they can become devoted to Jesus Christ.”
~ Oswald Chambers

I like Oswald Chambers, but I have to take exception to this quote. God's doctrine *is* "strict and unyielding" in the sense that it it His intent that we believe the Bible is true and He means what He says. Perhaps Chambers meant that those of us who are practicing extraBiblical rituals, believing them to be necessary for salvation, need to be "blasted." At first blush, though, the quote seems to be saying that Christians should be flexible in their beliefs, and that I vehemently disagree with.

***Obama calls delay of his pick for attorney general "crazy." No, it's because she would be an unqualified disaster, just as Eric Holder has been. Stay strong, Republicans. You know the race and gender accusations are coming.


"This is embarrassing, a process like this," Obama said.

No sir, YOU are embarrassing.

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the irs


***Iran's Zarif vows unlimited nuclear enrichment unless sanctions end. Right, and we believe he'll stop if they are ended? He's managed to push Obama around up until now, no reason to believe this latest threat won't work.


***Throw them all in jail. Of course they're going to cry RACIST, that's how they get away with their thuggery. Time to stop caring about what they call you and enforce the law.

The best explanation for black mob violence just might come from a place where it is an everyday fact of life: Memphis.
“It’s fun,” said one black person to a local reporter inquiring about why so many “teens” are so eager to be so violent.
But the central organizing feature of the violence is not age. It is race. The members of these mobs are black.
That goes for Memphis, Louisville, Indianapolis, and the hundreds of other cities big and small where black mob violence has resisted every other explanation. And solution.

Lithwick contends that “dismemberment” is a “completely nonmedical term” employed because it has no practical referent, and because it is emotionally charged. Nonsense.

Here is the definition of “dismemberment abortion” from Kansas’s “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act”: ‘Dismemberment abortion’ means, with the purpose of causing the death of an unborn child, knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body in order to cut or rip it off.

Even if it is not the terminology used in the medical journals, the proscribed procedure is unmistakably clear. But note, more importantly, that Lithwick objects to Kansas’s using the word “dismemberment,” but she does not suggest that the word misrepresents what actually happens. So what Lithwick really objects to is calling abortion-by-dismemberment what it is.
Pure evil.
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plants,why destruction,why,Cats

In 1775, Hamilton joined the local militia to help fight in the Revolutionary War like many students from King's College. His study of military tactics led him to the rank of Lieutenant. His continued efforts and friendship to prominent patriots like John Jay led him to raise a company of men and become their captain. He was soon appointed to George Washington's staff. He served as Washington's untitled Chief of Staff for four years. He was a trusted officer and enjoyed a great deal of respect and confidence from Washington. Hamilton made many connections and was instrumental in the war effort.
Hamilton and the Federalist Papers:
Hamilton was a New York delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. After the Constitutional Convention, he worked together with John Jay and James Madison to try and persuade New York to join in ratifying the new constitution. They jointly wrote the Federalist Papers. These consisted of 85 essays of which Hamilton wrote 51. These had a huge impact not only on ratification but also on Constitutional law.

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Creation

An atheist scientist came to God and said, "We've figured out how to make a man without you."
God said, "OK, let me see you do it."
So the atheist bent down to the ground and scooped up a handful. But God stopped him and said, "Oh, no you don't. Get your own dirt!"

***
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired.
During their visit the conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in their work and lives.  Offering his guests tea, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of tea and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the tea.  When all the alumni had a cup of tea in hand, the professor said:
"Notice that all the nice-looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the tea. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was tea, not the cup; but you consciously went for the best cups.... and then you began eyeing each other's cups.
Now consider this: Life is the tea; your job, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life. The type of cup one has does not define, nor change the quality of life a person lives. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the tea. The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.
Live simply.  Love generously.  Care deeply.  Speak kindly...... And enjoy your tea.

***Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you. ~~ Henri-Frederic Amiel

***Have a great day!



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