Wednesday, February 28, 2007
HERE'S GORE VERSUS BUSH AGAIN -- IT'S THE ENVIRONMENT, STUPID!
The part that follows about Al Gore was printed a few days ago as a moment of zen.
I've found since I wrote that piece is a web site you can go to and figure out what your carbon footprint is. It's
www.carbonfootprint.com. Quint is workign on ours. He says we should be fairly low because our electricity utility is nuclear powered so we don't
have to worry about carbon stuff. But then, look out if there's a big boom. You'll find us headin' for the hills!
But back to Mr. Greenjeans Gore's campaign to get us all to reduce our
carbon footprint. Weren't we going to turn down the thermostats and click off lights in empty rooms?
did Mr. Greenjeans Gore manage to use even more electricity after his big film An Inconvenient Truth was released?
Yep, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, the energy consumption to the Gore's 20 room mansion increased
from 16,200 kWh a month in 2005 to 18,400 kWh a month in 2006.
But wait! Just since August 2006, the Gores have
burned through 22,619 kWh a month. According to the Department of Energy, the average American household uses 10,656 kWh a
Well you just know that somebody somewhere counts these things. If America is good for anything, we're
a nation of counters. We count everything. In Mr. Greenjeans' case, somebody counted the dollars he spent on his seemingly
overabundant consumption of -- dare I say, carbon emitters. Isn't he the one who's going around screaming at everybody
to cut back?
We did just that. We only used 282 kWh last month. That's according to our last electric bill.
For the whole entire year, we averaged only 12.9 kWh a day. That includes really hot steamy sultry days in the globally warm
summertime when the air conditioner is running.
Top that, Mr. Greenjeans.
Rob Sullivan, a freelance
writer out of Los Angeles, has discovered that the Bush Texas White House is a model of environmental green. It's
kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer by using a system of pipes some 300 feet down in the ground. The temperature
down there is a constant 67 degrees, Sullivan says.
But then, there's the problem of bringing the water up
to the surface. That's what the geothermal heat pumps are for. These pumps circulate the water throughout the house.
The pumps only use 25% of the electricity that ordinarily would be used in a comparable 4,000 square foot home.
Okay, so it's not the same size as the Gore homestead back in Tennessee. Guess the Gores like livin' large
in their little 20,000 square foot hut.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch. There's a 25,000 gallon underground cistern
where rainwater is collected from roof runoffs, wastewater from sinks, toilets and showers. All this water, naturally, gets
purified before it's used to irrigate the landscaping.
Bush's house was designed by David Heymann. He's
the associate dean of the University of Texas architecture department. He points to a grove of oak trees on the west side
of the house. This protects the house from the heat of the late afternoon sun.
Nice touch for President Bush's
ecologically correct home. Bet you'll see nary a mention of the Bush home anywhere in the popular press, though.
We don't have managed news in this country, do we? Just freedom of speech?
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
HOW THE MOVIES MADE OUT THIS WEEKEND
When we were catching
snippits of the Oscars it occurred to us that we have only seen one movie that was in contention for any award and that was
It fell to 32nd place this week from 29th place last weekend. But then, it's made a
total of $131,805,297 so it made its $90 million budget.
Ghost Rider stayed in first place, even though
it fell 55.8% in revenue. It's going to take a while to recupe its $110 million budget.
In second place, The
Number 23, raised $14,602,867. It has a $30 million budget. This is the debut weekend for Jim Carrey's move away
In third place, Bridge to Terabithia, brings in $14,157,645. The budget isn't listed
for this movie.
Reno 911!: Miami came in fourth place, with $10,273,477 for its debut weekend. Its budget
was $10 so I'm guessing we'll see more of these zany sheriff's police and their antics. They're already profitable.
Can you believe Night at the Museum is still around? It came in 12th place. Okay, so it only picked up $2,170,661.
So far this movie has collected $241,640,806 in ticket sales. Don't know if it's made budget yet, since the budget
Hannibal Rising fell to 13th place with sales of only $1,76,165. This is the third week
for Hannibal. Guess people are getting tired of the cannibal hannibal.
Apocalypto fell to 56th place.
Last week it was in 47th. It has made its budget of $40 million since it's enjoyed gross sales of $50,829,674 but
it's not going to make a half a billion dollars for Mr. Mel.
THEY WALK AMONG US -- from my cousin, Mark Stubbe
would be Sgt. Mark Stubbe, your honorableness -- laughing is very healthy -- thanks for sharing
I walked into a
Blimpie's with a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a
>I handed it to the girl and she looked
over at a little chalkboard that
>"buy one-get one free." "They're already buy-one-get-one-free,"
>so I guess they're both free."
>She handed me my free sandwiches
and I w alked out the door.
>They walk among us and many work retail.
>A friend of mine bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old
>fridge, he put it in his
front yard and hung a sign on it saying:"Free to
>good home. You want it, you take it." For three days the
fridge sat there
>without even one person looking twice at it. My friend decided that people
>were too untrusting
of this deal. It looked too good to be true, so he
>changed the sign to read: "Fridge for sale $50" The
next day someone stole
>They walk among us.
>One day I was walking down the beach with some friends when one of them
>shouted, "Look at that
dead bird!" Someone looked up at the sky and said,
>They Walk among us!
> While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent
>direction was north because, he explained, he didn't want the sun waking
morning. She asked, "Does the sun rise in the North?"
>When my brother explained that
the sun rises in the east, and has for
>sometime, she shook her head and said, "Oh, I don't keep up with
>They Walk Among Us!!
used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I got a
>call from an individual who asked what
hours the call center was open. I
>told him, "The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
>responded, "Is that Eastern or Pacific time?" Wanting to end the call
said, "Uh, Pacific."
>They Walk Among Us!
>My colleague and I were eating o ur lunch in our cafeteria, when we
>one of the
administrative assistants talking about the sunburn she got on
>her weekend drive to the shore. She drove down in
a convertible, but
>think she'd get sunburned because the car was moving."
>They Walk Among Us!
>My sister has a
lifesaving tool in her car designed to cut through a seat
>belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk.
>They Walk Among Us!
>My friends and I were on a
beer run and noticed that the cases were
>discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bought 2 cases. The cashier
>multiplied 2 times 10% and gave us a 20% discount.
>They Walk Among Us!
>I was hanging out with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring
to an earring by a chain. My friend said, "Wouldn't the chain rip
>out every time she turned her head?"
I explained that a person's nose and
>ear remain the same distance apart no matter which way the head is turned.
>They Walk Among Us!
>I couldn't find my luggage
at the airport baggage area, so I went to the
>lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed
>She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional
>and I was in good hands.
"Now," she asked me, "has your plane arrived yet?"
> They Walk Among Us!
>While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to
>go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut
>into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about
it for some time before responding.
>Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don't think I'm hungry enough to eat 6
>Yep, They Walk Among Us!
> They walk among us, AND they reproduce!
IT'S TUESDAY -- THAT MEANS THE DOMED ONES ARE WORKING AGAIN, RIGHT?
The House won't convene until 2 pm. That's when Tuesday starts for the Legislatured Ones. The Senate
isn't doing much better -- the Senate convened on Monday at 2 pm and adjourned at 5:12 -- took no votes.
appears that the Most Powerful Woman in America can't quite get the troops to show up for work. Remember Pelosi? She was
the one who promised to "clean house."
Well, it doesn't matter which party is in power. The stench
of slovenliness wafts all the way to us folks out here in the heartland -- about halfway across the country. Don't you
politicos get it? A workweek is forty hours a week! It starts at 8 or 9 am and goes on for eight hours, straight through,
with a lunch break somewhere in there.
You don't get to count after-hours cocktail parties and elaborate dinners
with your lobbyists. Or off to the royalty treatment of ski weekends or down in the Bahamas for beach barbecues.
Pelosi promised to deliver the most ethical congress in history. Remember that?
Hey, Aunt Nancy, it's not
going to happen if you can't even get your minions to show up for a real workweek.
It's not going to happen
unless both sides of the aisle engage in real, legitimate debates about the issues that concern Americans. That would be us
out here in the heartland.
Yoohoo -- remember us?
We're the voters. So far you're all looking
like the money-grabbing ilk you ran against when you promised to clean the place up.
That means dusting out the
corners too. And the dark places where scoundrels hide. You know the ones -- they just want the job. They don't want to
So all your Domed Ones get the bewildered looks off your faces and get to work. You are being watched like
you have never been watched before.
Monday, February 26, 2007
35th IDITAROD STEPS OFF ON MARCH 3, 2007 FROM ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
It’s a 1,150 mile course that takes from 10 to 17 days. It starts starts March 3, 2007 from
Anchorage, Alaska and goes to Nome. There are two Iditarod courses – a north course that’s used in even numbered
years, and a southern course in odd years.To watch a spectacular video about the race
and the dogs and the mushers, treat yourself by going to: www.iditarod.com – then click of "View All Videos."
This year there are six veterans who have won the Iditarod. Three of them have won four times and Rick Swenson has won
These winners, and the years they’ve won include:
Martin Buser 1992, 1994, 1997, 2002
King 1993, 1996, 1998, 2006
Doug Swingley 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001
Rich Swenson 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1991
winners (it’s a short list):
Mitch Seavey 2004
Robert Serlie 200, 2005
Second place winners:
Linwood Fiedler 2001
Paul Gebhardt 2000
Ed Item 2005
DeeDee Jonrowe 1998
There are 83 mushers this year – 27 of them are rookies.
Twelve of the mushers who are back this year
have finished in either first or second place. For a rookie, that must be more than just a bit intimidating.
they press on. The inner competitiveness to wear the belt buckle that has been awarded to 551 people in the Iditarod’s
35 year history.
More people have climbed Mt. Everest.
The Iditarod is a race. It’s a celebration of heroism.
Most of all, it’s a memorial to those first people who blazed the Iditarod Trail to get medicine to children
– it’s a memorial to those who did something for others, not themselves. It was far from a sporting event in 1925
when the Iditarod Trail was traveled to bring Diphtheria vaccine to Nome where an epidemic had broken out. It was run to save
the lives of children.
The record run is held by Martin Busher who, in 2002, finished the race in 8 days, 22 hours,
46 minutes and 2 seconds.
The Red Lantern is awarded the last place finisher. The record for last place is held by John
Schultz, who in 1973, took 32 days, 15 hours, 9 minutes, and one second.
No, it’s nothing like a NASCAR race that run on an oval track for only 500 miles.
WOW! CLINTON OUT-EARNS THE WORLD IN SPEAKER FEES
earned $40 million for his speeces just in the last six years, according to his wife's United States Senate Financial
Disclosure Report. The report is dated May 12, 2006 and signed by the Hillaryness.
He gets paid for his globetrotting
to England, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia.
Pretty amazing, don't you think, for a guy who owed about
$12 million in legal bills following the Whitewater and the Lewinsky investigations.
Remember how he wanted to
get some money from Congress to help pay his legal debts? (He was turned down. Don't panic.)
Writers for the
Washington Post -- John Solomon and Matthew Mosk -- has discovered that many of his six-figure speeches have been
made to companies where the employees and political action committess are big donors to wife Hillary's run for the senate
in New York.
Like, for isntance, Goldman Sachs giving The Bill $650,000 for four speeches. Goldman Sachs employees
and PAC have donated $270,000 to Hillary since 2000.
And that's just one big company. The super rich donate
to the super rich.
But then, I've heard rumors that it takes about $500 million to have a successful presidential
And since all the candidates have started earlier than usual, will they be spending more money? I'll
just betcha Billy Boy can figure out a way to help his wife out.
Just please don't make me
have to listen to her. I just cannot tolerate that screechiness to her voice. But then, that's what my remote is for.
She could just go the way of Oscar.
In fact, all the political candidates end up going the way of Oscar.
I just do not believe anything in their ads. Never have. Click click and over to the History Channel, or Food Network, or
PBS or something else interesting.
It's a long, long list. To read the entire five page article, go to the
Washington Post. The article, "For Clinton, New Wealth in Speeches," is dated February 23, 2007.
AT LAST -- SOMETHING I CAN AGREE WITH EDWARDS ABOUT
it's too early for the candidates to start bickering. After all, the 2008 election is months and months and months away.
In an article written for The Hill, author Jeremy Jacobs says that Edwards was talking about the Clinton
camp versus the Obama camp and the recent million dollar campaign donation tree that Obama started shaking on a recent trip
Relax, Hillary, there ought to be plenty of money to go around -- including a bucket of money leaves
for you too. After all, Californians just love to finance liberal politicians.
Besides, the Hollywood glitterati
have never been known for putting all their eggs in one basket. So just in case Obama runs out of gas in the next few months,
they'd want all their money bases covered. You're safe.
Edwards says that he thinks America wants "something
positive, they want honest, they want decent."
Gee, I'm looking at the field of candidates. I'm not
seeing anyone I recognize.
UH OH -- IRAQI PRESIDENT SICK -- IN HOSPITAL IN JORDAN
what's this all about?
An Associated Press story written by Jamal Halaby says that Iraqi Prsident Jalal Talabani
is in a hospital in Amman, Jordan. He's very tired and has a lung infection.
I'm not surprised what with
all that black smoke from car bombs blowing up all over Baghdad. That can't be good for the Clean Air Act that Iraq hasn't
Those suicide bombers would get a ticket if they tried anything like that over here.
it possibly be Talabani's heart, instead?
Halaby got a quote from Talabani's doctor. In one paragraph,
the doctor denied heart problems no less than four times. Dr. Yedkar Hikmat said, "Not true. The president's case
doesn't involve any heart problems. He did not suffer any heart attack. His heart is 100 percent good."
Doesn't that sound like a heart attack to you?
It doesn't matter why he's in the hospital. Exhaustion.
Lung infection. Heart. Whatever. My prayer is for a full recovery.
Okay. So here's what I learned from Halaby's
1.) Talabani has a history of fainting when he gets tired.
2.) His political party is called
the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. (I did not know that Talabani was Kurd.)
3.) He was a guerrilla leader against
Saddam Hussein's regime.
4.) Oh, and his son also denies that Talabani had a stroke. Or a heart attack.
5.) Talabani walked off the plane under his own power when he landed in Jordan.
source: www.breitbart.com article by Jamal Halaby for Associated Press
Saturday, February 24, 2007
REAL LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION -- IS THE PENDULUM SWINGING BACK?
this: In the state of Alabama, State Senator Hank Erwin is planning to introduce a constitutional amendment that would define
life as beginning at conception.
Erwin joins Rep. Gerald Allen's bill that would ban abortions in Alabama,
unless the pregnancy would endanger the life of the mother. Or cause her serious harm. Or in cases of rape or incest.
Consider this: Rep. Patricia Todd disagrees with the proposed amendments. She says she resents people using women's
reproductive rights as a political issue.
Todd says that the Erwin and Allen have included their measures in their
campaign agendas. So far, though, they haven't actually introduced the bills they are proposing.
are just out there in the campaign rhetoric.
Consider this: The Associated Press conducted a survey in Alabama
about this very issue. Some 62% of the representatives agreed. And 58% of the senators shared the opinion that life as
begins at conception. (The Decatur [AL] Daily News, Bob Johnson, Associated Press writer)
this: And I don't have the source in front of me but I remember reading an article within the past couple of weeks about
some legislation that would require death certificates be filled out for aborted babies.
And finally: More than
47,000,000 abortions have been granted since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
Friday, February 23, 2007
WHO WILL DECIDE LITTLE BABY SMITH'S DADDY?
Baby Smith was born in the Bahamas.
Does that automatically make her a citizen down there? It would be the case
if her parents were foreigners and she had been born on US soil.
There's a new judge in the paternity
case in Ft. Lauderdale -- Hizzoner Larence Korda.
Korda says he doesn't think he has jurisdiction. I'll
just bet he's right.
But the US probably have treaties and arrangements with the countries who control those
islands through the balmy waters of the Caribbean. That usually works to arrive at peaceful negotiations.
when things get contentious -- like in adversarial disputes -- then the spirit of the law goes flying out the window
and the letter of the law goes hiding in caves where literal lawyers work their brains to the bone.
legal disputes are going to be media fodder for quite some time.
After the paternity matter is resolved, then there
will be that small matter of settling her will. That is, if you could ever call $494 million a small matter.
what if there were no money to be had? What if this child were an orphan without hoped-for financial resources. Then who would
come forward to claim her?
I know. How about Mr. and Mrs. Smith!
Kind of poetic, don't you think.
The globe trotting adopterators. Even the last name is right.
DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA THAT SO MUCH PAC MONEY WAS FLOATING AROUND?
For instance, the US Telecom Association reported spending $3,100,000 in the last half of 2006. That's
down from $15,280,000 that was spend in the first six months of 2006.
AT&T Services Inc. (and affiliates) spent
$13,595,451 in the last six months of 2006. AT&T spent $5,515,269, BellSouth $3,294,777, and Cingular Wireless $4,740,000
in the first half of 2006.
AARP spent $11,040,000 in the last half of 2006, down from $12,120,000 in the first
American Hospital Assn. spend $8,280,000 in the last half of 2006, up from $6,780,000 spent in the first
Pfizer spent $7,720,000 in the last half of 2006, up from $4,500,000 in the first six months.
Company spent $5,120,000 in the last half of 2006, up from $4 million spent in the first half.
spent $5,320,000 in the second half of 2006, up from $3,500,000 in the first half.
National Assn. of Manufacturers
spent $3,640,000 in the last six months of 2006, down from $9,600,000 spent in the first half.
and Chevron spent
$2,980,000 in the last half of 2006, down from $4,500,000 spent in the first half of 2006.
That's only a small
list of PACs reporting so far.
ACT BLUE PAC DONATES TO PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS EDWARDS AND RICHARDSON
The policital action committee just donated $345,178 to John Edwards for President, and also $139,921
to Bill Richardson's exploratory committee for president.
Act Blue describes itself as a PAC that allows individuals
and groups to channel their progressive dollars to candidates and movements of their choosing. It is an online clearinghouse
for Democratic action.
So far, 8,241 donors have raised $900,616.85 for John Edwards --
and 1,115 donors
have raised $286,291.92 for Bill Richardson --
and 176 donors have raised $16,885.56 for Barack Obama's presidential
draft fund --
and 117 donors have raised $10,154.85 for Bill Richardson's presidential draft fund --
and 105 donors have raised $2,735.87 to Al Gore's presidential draft fund.
EX-GOVERNOR VILSACK ABANDONS BID FOR PRESIDENT
candidates are better known and better funded, so says Iowa's former governor. So he's pulling out, according to an
Associated Press report.
He hasn't made a formal statement yet, so this is a leaky leaky from people inside
his campaign who talk when promised anonymity.
So we'll just have to wait and see what the day brings.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
GUESS WHICH REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES WON'T PROMISE TO CUT TAXES?
1988 every Republican candidate for president has signed a pledge to cut taxes.
Except this time.
None other than McCain and Giuliani. The other Republican candidates say they're willing to say it in
writing -- no tax increases if elected president.
But more than that -- the pledge that all the Republican presidential
candidates are asked to make goes one step further -- embrace tax cuts!
I have no doubt that we'll hear more
about this as we go along.
McCain's office says that he has long since opposed tax increases and his record
speaks for itself. And he supports making Bush's tax cuts permanent. [So just sign the pledge, John.]
Giuliana? He's said all along that Bush's tax cuts should be made permanent. Otherwise, they'll expire in 2010.
[Ditto to you, Rudy.]
The pledge came into being in 1986 and was originally circulated by teh Americans for Tax
Reform. Since that time it has been embraced by every presidential candidate and become an integral part of campaign agendas.
So far, it has been signed by Romney, Brownback, Hunter and Gilmore III.
In addition to McCain and Guiliani,
Hagel and Huckabee have so far declined to sign the pledge.
They're all expected to come on board though.
Probably by the end of the summer.
source: Donald Lambro's article in The Washington Times
DO LAWMAKERS REALLY REALLY THINK THAT CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS ARE MEANT TO PAY
Just because it's Texas does not mean it's okay to supersize fleecing campaign contributors.
In fact, it's illegal to use campaign funds in Texas to buy real estate or otherwise find ways to enrich themselves.
Some lawmakers, however, have found teensy tiny little loopholes that allow them to do just that.
They pay rent
to their spouses for second homes in Austin, and at the same time, collect $139 a day for living expenses when they're
on duty in the state capital.
So the taxpayers pay their expense accounts (which includes rent) and the campaign
contributors pay the mortgage or lease payments for their homes in the capital.
"All perfectly legal,"
say the lawmakers.
Lawmakers outlawed the purchase of real estate with campaign funds in the early 1990s. Then
they authorized taxpayer-paid "per diem" payments for lodging and meals for when the state legislature is in session.
I'm guessing that the lawmaker actually has to be in Austin in order to claim the per diem, but knowing politicians,
they'll find a way around that little requirement too.
Just so you know, folks.
campaigns are revving up to a full roar and they're all going to be coming at us with their poor little hands out. Before
you hand over thousands of dollars to your favorite candidate, at least make sure it's actually going to be spent on campaign
expenses, not their own personal political action committee, or home away from home, or luxury cars because they wouldn't
be caught dead in a plain old car like the rest of us drive. And they'd die of embarrassment if they had to buy their
clothes off the rack like us regulars who have probably never touched the fabric of an honest-to-goodness designer dress.
Honesty and integrity? That's just for us plain old poor folks. Elected public servants build in exemptions to
laws that let them squeeze through loopholes that skirt the spirit of the laws.
source: article by Jay Root in
Star-Telegram-Austin - www.freerepublic.com
HAVE THE RUSSIANS BECOME THE "RENT-A-SATELLITE LAUNCHER" FOR THE WORLD?
Sometime later this year, Russia is going to launch Iran's first two satellites. They're supposedly
spy satellites according to an article in SPACEDAILY.
I was amazed when I read an article at www.spacedaily.com about Russia's defense minister giving permission to launch Iran's two intelligence-gathering satellites.
Not only that, but Russia plans to launch six other satellites from countries that include China, Britain, Norway, Germany,
Japan and the European Space Agency.
The Iranian satellites are planned launch between April and June.
Russia has the big Kosmos-3M rockets that can put the satellites up there in geo-stationary orbit.
it needs to develop a telecommunications infrastructure for handling data, audio and video signals. That satellite won't
be ready for about two years or so.
I'm just wondering whether this all has come about because the Iranians
kind of fell into arrears in their payments to the Russians for construction of the Bushehr power station. Russia says it
may even delay delivering nuclean fuel for the reaction if Iran doesn't clear up its payment problems.
possible they're trading favors?
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
56% OF AMERICANS: STAND BEHIND THE PRESIDENT
It's a new
poll -- was taken nationwide between February 5th and 7th.
The poll questioned a cross-section of 800 registered,
The margin of error is 3.5%.
The poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies
out of Alexandria, Va., and commissioned by The Moriah Group, a Chattanooga-based communications and PR firm.
findings were published today on www.drudgereport.com.
53% of the people questioned said that Democrats are going too far, too fast in pressing the President
to withdraw troops from Iraq.
57% said: I support finishing the job in Iraq, that is, keeping the troops there
until the Iraqi government can maintain control and provide security and the Iraqi war is a key part of the global was on
60% believe that Iraq will never become a stable democracy, but they disagree that victory in Iraq is
no longer possible.
53% say it's still possible to win in Iraq.
74% also disagree with this idea:
I don't really care what happensin Iraq after the U.S. leaves, I just want the troops brought home.
that it will hurt American prestige more to pull out of Iraq immediately than it would to stay there for the long term.
The poll clearly shows that the American people just might have some different ideas from their elected leaders in
Are you surprised?
TROOP STRENGTH IN IRAQ AT FEBRUARY 21, 2007
Brookings Institution and www.globalsecurity.org and media reports followed by http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk the following is a listing, by country, of troop strength in Iraq:
US -- 132,000
UK -- 7,100
Korea -- 3,200
Poland -- 900
Georgia -- 800-850
Australia -- 900
Romania -- 600 - 865
El Salvador -- 380
Bulgaria -- 150
I added up 146,805 military personnel.
A GATHERING OF EAGLES CARAVAN TO WASHINGTON, D.C. FROM 3/8-17 --- www.janereinheimer.com
The theme is: These Colors Don't Run
It all started when word
got out that Cindy Sheehan, Jane Fonda and Ramsey Clark were going to lead a huge anti-war protest in Washington, D.C. --
disgracing the war memorials as they marched toward the Pentagon.
Along the way, a patriot named Melanie Morgan
(www.melaniemorganrocks.com) got on board with a campaign rally of her own which she calls "Move America Forward." Morgan is author of
a book called American Mourning. She is also a talk show host on KSFO in San Francisco.
Melanie is hoping
that all the people who are able and who can participate will join her on St. Patrick's Day
Move America Forward
will be a national caravan from California all the way to our nation's capital. Along the way, there will be rallies for
fellow patriots and flags donated. These donated flags will be placed around war memorials in a sea of red, white and blue.
The Jane Fondas and the Cindy Sheehans and any other protestors will meet patriots from around the country --
Gold Star Mothers who have lost someone they love, Blue Star Mothers who have someone serving now, and veterans of Operation
Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
After the rally is completed, then the flags that have been donated
in the patriotic rallies across the country will be sent to Iraq and Afghanistan with a note that explains this national effort.
Melanie Morgan says, "Desecrating war memorials is treasonous. Spitting on soldiers is for demons and snakes.
Troops stand in harm's way for the protection of civilians. Patriots will always stand in support of their troops."
Go to www.moveamericaforward to see the caravan route. It starts with a rally in San Francisco at 8:45 a.m. on March 8th. From there, the caravan will
head south, then turn east in southern Caifornia.
On Friday, March 16th, the set up for "Flag City"
in Washington, D.C. on the Capitol Mall during the day, followed by a pro-troop vigil at Walter Reed Medical Center.
On March 17th, the patriotic/pro-troop rally with Move America Forward, Gathering of Eagles, Free Republic, Rolling Thunder,
Vets for Victory and others will take place at the Vietname Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., from 11 am to 5 pm.
"We're going to protect our Wall," said Bob Penn, a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. "It's
that simple." His group, Operation Rolling Thunder, is helping get the necessary permits from the National Park Service
and they're spreading the word by e-mail and word of mouth.
Truth is, they aren't getting much play on
ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN. Morgan was a guest on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes though.
do you think this has anything to do with Fox News Channel's continued occupancy of the pinnacle of viewership in America?
Are all the other news channels just part of the Great American Disconnect?
Go to www.gatheringofeagles.org and www.rollingthunder.org and www.defendourfreedom.com (this group will be filming and photographing the entire event).
So let's see -- our web site got 7,429 hits
in January 2007 and we're over 6,000 so far this month. I'm guessing, from all your e-mails that you're Patriots
like we are. It's time to rally 'round the flag folks.
It's time to honor all our military personnel
and tell them we're rock solid behind them. It's time to reassert the hallowed sites that remember our fallen heroes!
THE PLIGHT OF THE HOMELESS OUGHT TO IMPROVE
Press reports that the new federal budget is showing an increase in money awarded to homeless shelters and programs nationwide.
The total budget award is $1.4 billion.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development oversees grants
to more than 5,300 programs across the country.
It isn't just about pulling people off the streets and getting
them into shelters where they will be safer. Nope. The programs include transitional housing and job training as well.
That's better than reading headlines about the hooligans running around the big urban areas knocking off homeless
people for what they call "sport."
Shame on them!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
ANOTHER REASON WHY I LOVE AMERICA: FREEDOM! WOMEN IN MANY PLACES ARE IN GRAVE
DANGER WHEN THEY EXPRESS THEMSELVES -- FEMALE PAKISTANI MINISTER KILLED FOR REFUSING TO WEAR VEIL
Huma Usman, the minister for social welfare in the Punjab province, was shot by an Islamic extremist for refusing to wear
The assailant, Mohammad Sarwar, said Usman was dressed inappropriately and that women
should not be involved in politics.
He said he would kill again if he were released. He said he had no regrets;
he just obeyed Allah's commandment which says Islam does not allow women to hold positions of leadership. He said that
he will kill all women who do not follow the right path.
As Usman stepped from her car, she was greeted by an audience
throwing rose petals when Sarwar pulled out a pistol and shot her at close range, hitting her in the head.
incident happened about 120 miles southeast of Islamabad where her office is based.
HEY, MR. EDWARDS, LEAVE ISRAEL OUT OF IT
be out there in Hollywoodland looking for places to hang out where he can get his name mentioned in the press. And, along
with Hillary and Obama, trying to shake the money trees.
Sure enough, Peter Bart, the editor-in-chief of Variety
since 1989, gave up this quote from Edwards' campaign: ...Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, Edwards
remarked, was the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran's nuclear facilities. As a chill descended on the gathering,
the Edwards event was brought to a polite close.
Well, I guess.
Hey, John, did you forget where you
That's okay. Streisand says she's still going to donate $2,300 to your campaign.
And to Hillary's.
Can't play favorites, you know. One of you might just win.
But I'll betcha don't get invited to walk the red carpet on Oscar night with Obama. He's starting
to emerge as someone who doesn't share the spotlight all that much. After all, he spearheaded the fight against asbestos,
although to my knowledge, he hasn't claimed to co-invented the internet with Mr. G.
PAC MONEY -- NOT EXACTLY AN OLD DEAD HORSE
Wilkes? Ever wonder just exactly lobbying money is spent on?
Wilkes' indictment says lobbying activities included
cash, checks, meals, limousine service, corporate jet travel, lodging, furnishing, boats and marine equipment, prostitution
services [????], vacations and entertainment.
Eating out locations in Washington, D.C. listed the Capital
Grille, The Palm, Ozio's, P.F. Chang's, Mr. K's, Serbian Crown Restaurant, and the Confucius Cafe. The indictment
says other activities were in California, Hawaii, and Florida.
Brent Wilkes raised at least $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney
campaign in 2004.
When Wilkes filed his Federal Election Commission stuff, he says he and his wife conated $139,806
to politicians since 2001. That didn't include the $100,000 he raised for the Bush-Cheney campaign.
Oh man. Campaign
finance records show that Wilkes gave more than $840,000 in contributions to 32 House members or candidates. He flew Republican
lawmakers around on his private jet.
Wilkes also let former Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham use
a 14.5 foot, 170 horsepower fiberglass boat several years ago when it was docked close to Cunningham's yacht in Washington,
The G-men have their eyes on Wilkes. He's now under indictment.
So is his buddy, Dusty Foggo,
Executive Director of the CIA. Foggo's indictment gives details of how he used his position involving vacations,
trips, promises of employment, classified contracts and providing shell companies [probably to receive assets].
while Congress is trying to figure out new disclosure requirements for lobbyists, the tallies are starting to come in.
The average, according to PoliticalMoneyLine, is $211 million a month.
The final total for lobbying in
the first months of 2006 comes to $1,263,099,500! That was lobbying expenses for the Executive Branch and for Congress.
Reports for the second half of 2006 are not due until mid-February.
VILSACK IS NO GEORGE WASHINGTON EITHER
I just love all these
truth in groveling receipts. Especially since they're reported at www.politicalmoneyline.com.
For instance, the former governator of Iowa -- Mr. Tom Vilsack -- recently filed all those required disclosure
statements. It was for all of 2006 and January of 2007. He is definitely up to date in my book.
He got $185,000
in salary as governor of Iowa. Hey, that's more than the senators and legislators in Washington, D.C. Did you know that?
Just remember that little tidbit next time you get the idea of people in Iowa are a bunch of corn pones. They're paying
some pretty heavy bread for their big wigs.
It's not entirely clear but that $185,000 might also include some
salary money from the Vilsack Foundation and some executor's fees.
He also got a $100,000 distribution from
the Jessie Bell Schley estate.
And stocks. He's got lots of stocks in Ebay, Harley Davidson, Starbucks. Anheuser
Busch, Diaego PLC, PepsiCo, Cadbury Schweppes, Chevron, Hershey Company, Microsoft, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline,
Conagra, and Home Depot. He says he owns between $1,000 and $15,000 in each of those stocks.
And there's a
consulting agreement with MidAmerican Energy.
And he's a visiting professor at Drake University.
this mean he won't be needing any federal money from taxpayers to fund his presidential hop, skip and a jump? I certainly
hope so. He seems rich enough.
REMEMBERING GEORGE WASHINGTON -- BIRTHDAY GREETINGS
in the olden tyme days, it was called the divine right of kings. Or queens.
That turned out not to be a good idea. All
those pearls and emeralds and rubies and gold got to be too blingey. So bling bling, in fact, that the poor commoners were
blinded every time the kings and queens rode their steeds through the streets.
Sometimes, if it was one of those
fancy dress balls, the royals would ride in their gold plated carriages.
And then about 400 years ago, settlers
came over here and founded the Jamestown Colony.
Next thing you know, they wanted independence from the blingmobiles.
Then the war started. A wonderful man by the name of George Washington pushed his poor, threadbare, hungry troops
all the way to victory. Everybody was so grateful that they wanted to call him King George when the battle for independence
was finally won.
"No, no, no," said Mr. George. "We must not have a monarchy here in the colonies."
He must not have said much about sharing his wealth. It helped a real whole lot that he married the richest woman
in his state. Makes for a better tasting porridge.
WHERE'D McCAIN GO AND HOW MUCH MONEY DO THESE POLITICOS KEEP?
better yet, where was he on Saturday last?
Apparently he was running around cornfields in Iowa, campaigning to
his little heart's content.
That's gonna cost him, big time, as the campaigns run along and hopefully build
Actually I think McCain is about ready to run out of gas. Frankly, by the time all of the candidates
get down to the last 8 or 9 months before the presidential election, we're all going to be pretty sick of their endless
droning on and on and on about the same old song.
Hillary now is yammering about taking the Confederate Flag
down in South Carolina. She says it's time the people in South Carolina come under the blanket of Old Glory and be at
one with their fellow Americans.
I'm paraphrasing her.
The candidates don't like President
Bush. They don't like the job he's doing. And each and every one of them think they can do the job better.
That's going to get pretty old. Maybe even rancid and stinky.
So why are all these candidates running in
the first place? Some of them must surely know that they don't have a prayer of winning.
But they do get to
parK a lot of that campaign money they raise. It collects interest. Then they set up a PAC and somehow swing some cash off
the top into their own little political action committees.
Doesn't matter how many votes they get. There's
money at stake here. If you're a greedy politician, that's just as good as votes. Maybe better.
say what we need in this country is campaign reform. Well, they're the ones in charge of making those rules. How about
Maybe campaigning is like moonlighting after all. Problem is, the candidates need to remember to report for
work for their day job, don't you think?
Monday, February 19, 2007
HERE'S YOUR BOX OFFICE REPORT
#1 -- Nicholas Cage finally
gets a hit! Ghost Rider comes in at a whopping $45 million.
#2 -- Bridge to Tarabithia is a
magical, fantasy movie at $22.6 milliong.
#3 -- Norbit -- is Eddie Murphy's not-so-blockbuster take
at $16.8 million.
You can go to www.boxofficemojo to get a full list of the weekend movies.
Millions of Honda owners -- millions -- are
Problems with odometer.
That's just the headline and it's all I know. But for
those of you who do not read the news, and you own a Honda, you ought to be getting a recall notice.
MAKE THOSE TELEMARKETERS GO AWAY
You can call 1-888-382-1222
to put your telephone on the Do Not Call List.
But what I like to do is go the web site www.donotcall.gov. You can list up to three telephone numbers, I believe.
So I put the office number, cell phone number and fax
And then -- this is important -- you will get an e-mail asking you to confirm. It's not a big deal
-- just have to click on a link that's provided. It's kind of like, "Are you the person who has the authority
to make this request?"
Just clicking on the link tells them yes.
There are currently about
140 million people who have registered with the Do Not Call List. That number could be much, much bigger if people confirmed
the e-mail. So if you don't confirm by e-mail that you get, you won't be registered. It's a two-part process.
The problem is everytime you fill out a charge application, that particular merchant is going to be able to call you.
I have even heard that if you respond to a call-in vote that TV stations or radio stations like to use, any advertiser
that puts ads on that station will be able to contact you. I haven't been able to verify this, however.
what? TV and radio stations won't deny or confirm this.
When I register my phones, I get a promise that the
request is good until 2011. The phones do quiet down pretty quick. And it stays like that for about three or four months,
then the telemarketing noise starts up again.
Some merchants are worse than others. But hey, it only takes about
5 minutes to re-do the do-not-call request. I'll do it every month if I have to.
AND SEND THE
UNSOLICITED CREDIT CARD APPLICATIONS AWAY TOO
If you want to stop all those unsolicited credit card applications,
you can call 1-888-5-OPTOUT.
It's my understanding that there is a central clearing house that sends out all
the "preapproved" credit applications that bug you. So what I do is send all the applications back in the mail.
First I write "VOID" in big letters and "REMOVE ME FROM MAILING LIST" -- then I stuff the application
back in the postage paid envelope that's provided with the application and mail it back to them. That way, the clearing
house pays twice for the postage -- once to get the unwanted application to me, and again for the prepaid postage back to
Whatever you do, don't just throw the application away in the trash. Unless you shred it. Thieves go
through garbage and they just love to get all those applications. And being the slimy little scumball thieves that they are,
they wouldn't hesitate to tell Visa that you've moved and ask that a new credit card be sent to a new address
that they provide.
Above all, protect your identity and your good credit.
CONGRESS TAKES WEEK OFF FOR PRESIDENTS DAY
Remember all those
campaign promises about being more connected -- more responsive -- more something or other to the American voter/taxpayer?
It sure didn't last long. It doesn't seem like they've worked a full week yet.
And they can't count
when they're out on the campaign trail. That's politicking, not legislating.
The Senate calendar says it
will convene at 2 pm on February 26 to begin the period of morning business.
The House is set to convene
at 4 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2007, although the calendar that's published says the congresspersons are doing work
in their districts from 2/19 to 2/23.
So if you have anything you want to discuss with your favorite legislator,
call them in their district offices. They're supposed to be there working for you, the taxpayer.
SENATE VOTE FAILS TO REBUKE PRESIDENT BUSH
They claimed it
was a victory before it was not a victory.
The Democrats needed 60 votes; they only got 54. Motion for the non-binding
resolution that was supposed to mean something. What, I don't know. Maybe spit in the president's eye? Maybe rebuke
him? Maybe tell him he's not doing a good job?
Well, Congress isn't doing so hot in the polls either.
Neither the president nor congress are convincing to even half the voters in this country.
I, for one, hope
all these service men and women come back home and run for office -- and win. There are a lot of politicians sitting up there
on Capitol Hill who are due for a big dose of what the American voters really want.
First thing we need to do is
send all the lobbyists packing off to someplace where their influence peddling/meddling phone calls wouldn't be answered.
And the Political Action Committees can go out the door with them.
I know. Someone will tell me I don't
know how things work. To that, I say, "Oh but I do."
Good legislation ought to be founded on good principles.
Not funded on principal.
Friday, February 16, 2007
THE SENATE HAS BEEN SO BUSY, IT MAY HAVE TO WORK THIS SATURDAY
owing for all the time that some have taken off for presidential wannabee campaigning and various other personal duties and
tasks, this will not be an overtime day.
This scheduling of the Iraq vote on Saturday is how Reid got his middle
name changed to "Mr. Mud." He will now, and in the future, be known as Mr. Harry "Mud" Reid.
How dare he schedule a vote day on Saturday! There is so much good campaigning/trolling to be had in New Hampshire. I mean,
after all, the primaries are just a little over a year away.
Now let's see -- part of the dilemma is that
the vote is so close on this Iraq thing. Why, some of the Democrats seem to be leaning just a tad toward the right. What if
we lose this thing by only one vote. If that happens and the AWOL senator just happens to be out on the old campaign trail,
it just wouldn't look right in all those future campaign ads that the other side will produce.
Mr. Mud's attitude seems to be -- just reschedule if you have to.
But wait. Remember when Mr. Reid went down
to Peru and couldn't make it to former President Ford's funeral because it was just too too difficult to rearrange
his calendar? Oh, that's different.
The serious weekend campaign schedule has Clinton in New Hampshire, Biden
in Iowa, Dodd in South Carolina, Obama in South Carolina and Virginia, Brownback in Florida, and McCain in Iowa.
I sure hope those guys have better luck getting in and out of airports than Quint and I do. I'm just curious -- do they
have to go through all the security checks that the rest of us have to?
So what did the illustrious senators do
today that couldn't wait. Stuff that just had to be taken care of instead of voting on the Iraq thing?
they reauthorized and amended the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992. [That couldn't wait a day or two.]
authorized the Secretary of the Interior to designate the President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home in Hope, Arkansas,
as a National Historic Site and unit of the Naitonal Park System. [Well, of course! They haven't done this yet?]
They decided to establish the Fort Stanton Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area. [It's too late. The movie makers
already trashed the place.]
They decided to rename the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in
the State of Idaho as the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in honor of the late Morley Nelson,
an international authority on birds of prey, who was instrumental in the establishment of this National Conservation Area.
[I personally think they ought to have removed the word "Snake" from the title. You'll scare those poor birds
They decided to designate the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail. [I guess if the global warming
initiative doesn't really catch on, they want to make it look like they're right on top of things. This way, theyll
be ready for a little ice age.]
They repealed certain sections of the Act of May 26, 1936, pertaining to the Virgin
Islands. [That certainly couldn't wait until next week.]
They recognized and celebrated the 50th anniversary
of Alaska being named the 49th State of the Union. [This couldn't wait either. Who knows how many parties and celebrations
would be held up if this hadn't gotten off the docket for a vote this very day.]
They recognized the African
American spiritual as a national treasure. [This actually should have been referred to some oversight committee. After all,
shouldn't this have been included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Why did they wait until 2007 to do this?]
And they did many other little things that did not particularly capture my imagination. Like appointing federal judges.
I've never heard of any of those people, although I'm sure they're nice enough.
source: www.thehill.com and www.senate.gov
WHAT DOES A $50,000 INCREASE IN DUES COVER EXACTLY?
Under ordinary circumstances and with ordinary, walking-around type folks, demanding that kind of increase for dues to anything
would just about suck the oxygen right out of a room.
But wait! This was the Democratic Congressional Campaign
Committee (DCCC, or dare I say the DC3).The newly imposed dues increase is to help protect the new Democratic majority.
According to an article written by Aaron Blake and Jonathan E. Kaplan in The Hill this morning, that would
be $50,000 for each lawmaker.
I'm guessing that it probably is limited to the Democrats. I'll just betcha
the Republicans have their own kind of dues system figured out.
The DC3 also wants their own politicians to have
fund-raisers in their own districts, or in Washington, to raise about $200,000 each.
So right away, Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif) and former DC3 Chairman Patrick Kennedy ((D-R.I.) got out their checkbooks and started writing. Other democrats
handed over checks of $25,000. Guess they're the poor relations or something.
Isn't transparency great?
The ethics rules say that the lawmakers have to file reports and things.
And the reports are public.
their own party organization gets copies of the reports and says, "Hey, you're sitting on millions of dollars in
unspent campaign contributions. Hand it over."
And they thought the IRS was bad.
No no. The DC3
doesn't have these indexed platforms that put a mathematical formular on what you owe, based on what you make.
Nope. The DC3 says we want $50,000 for each one of you and we want you to get out there and raise $200,000 more. Each one
of you. For the good of the party.
I'M NOT BUYING ALL OF THIS IGNORING ME JUST YET
was almost gleeful when he handed me an article from Science, his journal from AAAS. The article says that men are
hard-wired to ignore their wives. Naturally, it was written by a guy -- Robert Roy Britt.
But never mind. The thought
interested me. It excited Quint. It just interested me.
Since behavior, basically, is designed to keep a species
going, my first thought was how in the world would ignoring wives be good for any species?
You guessed it. Psychologists
have a term for this one too. It's called reactance. Reactance is the tendency to do the exact opposite of what
a loved one -- or a boss for that matter -- asks you to do.
So it isn't just wives. It could be parents. It
could be bosses. It could be anyone who matters.
According to the researchers at Duke University, reactance might
just operate outside consciousness. It seems that people who are not as high in reactance -- that is, don't have
this tendency to do the opposite of what is requested -- are less defiant when someone wants them to have fun, not just
ordering them about.
This definitely warrants more looking into. From a cognitive point of view, we know that all
behavior is learned. So learned behavior can be extinguished and replaced with new learning. That's the whole premise
of behavior modification.
But I absolutely agree with this notion of having fun. Humans will be interested in pleasing
someone who wants them to have fun in the process.
That's not even brain surgery.
Turns out that
the researcher -- Tanya Chartrand -- was inspired by her own experiences. Hmmm. Is this anecdotal stuff where she's trying
to intellectualize her relationship? Chartrand is a professor of marketing and psychology at Duke.
care, Ms. Chartrand, when you try to shoehorn a theory into a life experience. You need a lot more subjects spread out over
a lot of cultures to develop a theory about marital spats and then publish them in the Journal of Experimental Social
This is the kind of stuff my own psychology students used to read and then come into class loaded
Thursday, February 15, 2007
PLEASE DON'T TELL ME MY PEANUT BUTTER ISN'T SAFE
thought salmonella was just for chicken and turkeys and birds that weren't cooked long enough. Or eggs that were served while
that delicious yellow stuff was still soupy.
But now it's peanut butter?
How in the world
does peanut butter become contaminated with something like chicken disease?
Sure hope they get it figured out.
I'm about halfway done with my bottle and I'd hate to have to start rationing now.
So the Food and Drug
Administration now says that Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter are suspect if they have a code beginning with "2111."
What I find truly amazing is that none of the stories have a clue as to what you're supposed to do with the peanut
butter if you happen to be one of the unfortunates to have a jar on your shelf. You'd think such a clue would be right
up there in the first paragraph, wouldn't you? The problem is all the sites I looked at had the same story that was from
I don't think journalism students took the same course I did when I was in school.
So far there have been nearly 300 cases reported. They seem to be isolated to the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia,
Tennessee and Missouri.
Even if you don't live in those states, check the product code on the lid to see if
you have "2111" on your jar. If you do have a jar of suspected peanut butter, I'm guessing that the supermarket
you bought it from would know how to get it back to the FDA.
UPDATE: An article by Ruth Mantell at MarketWatch
says that consumers should discard the peanut butter but keep the product lid to get a full refund.
WHY CAN'T THEY LET ANNA NICOLE REST IN PEACE?
she's not out there selling cookies for camp tents and canoes. And no matter what you may think -- or not -- Anna Nicole
Smith deserves full burial rights and she deserves for that to happen before her death hits the 12th day mark.
she was not married at the time of her death, her next of kin would be her mother. And Anna Nicole's mother
wants to bury her daughter.
What is wrong with that?
The paternity suit may well go on -- and on --
and on -- until the cows come home. That requires DNA from Anna Nicole's baby and anybody who wants to get in the daddy
Wouldn't it be amusing if Anna Nicole has the last laugh from her grave and it's determined that
the baby's father is Anna Nicole's late husband, by way of frozen sperm.
And what if the cause of
death is something as horrible as septicemia? Anna Nicole is reported to have had a fever of 105 the day before her death.
What if she had been incubating sepsis, took antibiotics, got a little better, then went off the antibiotics, then got worse,
then more medicine and got better, then worse. What if she went through this process over a period of some time and finally
the sepsis became pervasive enough to finally be deadly.
I have a couple of points for everybody who is living
together with someone who is not your spouse. Your romantic partner is not your next of kin. And if something horrible happens
to you, you need to know who the next of kin is in the state where you're living.
This whole legal battle has
become a gigantic mess. Anna Nicole and her lawyer buddy had a "commitment ceremony." That's not a marriage
and it does not make him her next of kin. He apparently does not have a legal claim on her body.
She has a tiny
little baby who would be her next of kin except the baby is too young.
So the duty of burying Anna Nicole falls
to her mother.
In the meantime, Anna Nicole is being held in the county where she breathed her last.
The paternity suits will continue. But you'd think the scientists could have enough blood and tissue samples by now
to do DNA tests forever.
Anna Nicole Smith deserves the full rights of burial. And she deserves it now.
WATCH THE POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST CHANGE RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES -- FROM
3000 BCE TO 2006 CE
If you are a history buff and want to see how the politics of the middle east has
change since way back in Old Testament times, check out this web site:
Someone has done an astonishing job of putting animated graphics into this map that shows 5,000 years of history.
Prepare to be amazed.
I guess when Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, there was peace in the
land. But no more.
I can still hope that peace will come to people who have lived with millenia of angst.
IF CONGRESS PASSES A "NO CONFIDENCE" VOTE FOR THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF,
CAN A "NO CONFIDENCE" VOTE FOR THE MILITARY BE FAR BEHIND?
For sure, all those great pontificating,
governators up there on Capitol Hill would be the first to tell me that I have somehow misunderstood the intent of their non-binding
They've set aside four days for a marathon debate on our military presence in Iraq.
since every poll I've seen about the approval rating for congress shows a huge disconnect between Capitol Hill and the
people who actually live and breathe out here in the heartland -- and pay taxes, too, I might add.
In fact, I just
went to www.pollingreport.com and see that the three polls that have been conducted in February show a disapproval rating of: CBS -- 52%; AP-Ipsos -- 58%;
and Gallup -- 55%.
What surprises me is that the numbers are way down from January. The January numbers show
only a 40% disapproval. Guess the honeymoon's over. Gee, what happened?
I'm certain, though,
that the analysts will put on their best thinking caps and try to tell us what we should be thinking.
meantime, the great debaters on Capitol Hill think they're great big hotshots and are doing something meaningful that
the country will somehow latch onto just because they say so.
Not gonna happen.
Rep. Marshal Blackburn
(R-Tenn) says, "It sends a message of no confidence and no support to our troops in the field, weakening their morale
while encouraging and emboldening the enemy." (source: http://apnews.myway.com)
There are other quotes, pro and con, in this article. Naturally, I picked the one that mirrors my point
I'm pretending that I'm a congressional speaking to the media. Tomorrow I may be more unbiased.
Don't know. It depends on the issue. But if this is only the second of four days of house debate, I'll probably
get more vehement as time goes by.
I just hope that congress doesn't cancel the orders for bullets for
our guns, or bulletproof vests for our soldiers in the field and sailors on the sea.
My prayer is that
all these military people over there in Iraq come back home and run for congress and win those seats.
maybe, the American people will feel represented again.
In the meantime, you'll be happy to know that Congress
spent 11 hours in debate on whether to pass this non-binding resolution. They spent their longest workday under the
dome trying to pass a resolution that is non-binding.
We can only hope they'll do the same when something comes
up that has a good chance of actually becoming law. I'd like to know what's sitting on the back burner while congress
is working on this non-binding stuff.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
MODEL AIRPLANE SHOW -- from Alice Stubbe
Do yourselves a
favor and check out this You Tube show of a model airplane. Prepare to be amazed.
I love the internet!
This is pretty impressive for a model airplane.....
IDIOTS AMONG US -- from Kathy Brandenburg
One Idiot of 2006
>I am a medical student currently doing a rotation in
toxicology at the
>Today, this woman called in very upset because she caught her
>daughter eating ants.
>I quickly reassured her that the ants are not harmful and
there would be no
>need to bring her daughter
into the hospital. She calmed down
and at the
>of the conversation happened to mention that she
daughter some ant
>poison to eat in order to kill the ants. I told her that she
>her daughter into the emergency room right away.
>Here's your sign, lady. Wear it with pride.
>Number Two Idiot of 2006
>Early this year, some Boeing employees on the airfield decided
to steal a
>life raft from one of the 747s.
They were successful in
getting it out of
>the plane and home. Shortly after they took it for a float
>they noticed a Coast Guard helicopter coming towards them.
It turned out
>the chopper was homing in on the emergency locator beacon
raft was inflated. They are no longer employed at
>Here's your sign, guys. Don't get it wet;
the paint might run.
>Number Three Idiot
>A man, wanting to rob a downtown Bank of America, walked into
this. "Put all your muny in this bag." While standing
>waiting to give his note to
the teller, he began to worry that
>seen him write the note and might call the police before he
>teller's window. So he left the Bank of America and crossed
the street to
>the Wells Fargo Bank. After waiting a few minutes in line, he
>note to the Wells Fargo teller.
She read it and, surmising
>errors that he wasn't the brightest light in the
him that she
>could not accept his stickup note because it was written on a
deposit slip and that he would either have to fill out
>deposit slip or go back to Bank
of America. Looking somewhat
>man said, "OK" and left. He was arrested a
few minutes later,
as he was
>waiting in line back at Bank of America.
>Don't bother with this guy's
sign. He probably couldn't read
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~
>Number Four Idiot of 2006
>A motorist was unknowingly caught in an automated speed trap
>his speed using radar and photographed his car. He later
received in the
>mail a ticket for
$40 and a photo of his car. Instead of
payment, he sent
>the police department a photograph of $40. Several
>letter from the police that contained another picture, this
>handcuffs. He immediately mailed in his $40.
>Wise guy........ but you still get a sign
>Number Five Idiot of 2006
>A guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and
>the cash from the cash drawer. After the cashier put the cash
in a bag,
saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted behind the
counter on the
> He told the cashier
to put it in the bag as well, but the
>and said, "Because I don't believe
you are over 21." The
robber said he
>was, but the clerk still refused to give it to him because
>believe him. At this point, the robber took his driver's
license out of
>wallet and gave it to the clerk. The clerk looked it over and
was in fact over 21 and she put the Scotch in the
bag. The robber
>then ran from the
his loot. The cashier promptly called the police
and gave the
>name and address of the robber that he
got off the license.
>the robber two hours later.
>This guy definitely needs a sign.
>Idiot Number Six of 2006
of Michigan robbers entered a record shop nervously
> The first one shouted,
"Nobody move!" When his partner
>first bandit shot him.
guy doesn't even deserve a sign
Number Seven of 2006
>Arkansas: Seems this guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He
>just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab
>and run. So he lifted
the cinder block and heaved it over his
head at the
>window. The cinder block bounced back knocking him
unconscious. It seems
>the liquor store window was made of Plexi-Glass. The whole
>videotape. Yep, Here's your sign
>(Please note that all of the
above people are allowed to vote)
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
>I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor
call the local
administrative office to request the removal of the
>sign on our road. The reason: "Too
many deer are being hit by
>here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be
>From Kingman, KS
IN FOOD SERVICE:
>My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She
the counter for "minimal lettuce." He said he
was sorry, but
>they only had iceberg. He was
>Yep...From Kansas City !
>I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport
"Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your
it was without my knowledge, how would I know?"
>knowingly and nodded, "That's
why we ask."
>Happened in Birmingham , Ala.
>The stoplight on the corner buzzes when its safe to cross the
street I was
>crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine.
She asked if
>knew what the buzzer
was for. I explained that it signals
>the light is red. Appalled, she
responded, "What on earth are
>doing driving?!" She was a probation officer in
Wichita , KS
>At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker. She was
>company due to "downsizing."
Our manager commented
cheerfully, "This is
> We should do this more often."
Not another word was
spoken. We all
>looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights
>This was a bunch at Texas Instruments.
>I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back
into itself and
>for the sake
of her own life, couldn't understand why her
system would not
>A deputy with the Dallas
County Sheriffs office no less.
>When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to
pick up our
we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the
>department and found a mechanic working
feverishly to unlock
>side door. As watched from the passenger side, I instinctively
>door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. "Hey," I
announced to the
>open!" His reply, "I know - I already got that side."
>This was at the CHEVY
dealership in Canton , Mississippi !
>They walk among us .. and they REPRODUCE ...!!!
LAST WORD FROM RUMSFELD BEFORE HE LEFT OFFICE -- from Alice Stubbe
A Lady liberal
wrote a lot of letters to
the White House complaining about the treatment of a
captive insurgent (terrorist) being held
Guantanamo Bay, including suggested improvements.
She received the following reply:
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington,
Dear Concerned Citizen,
Thank you for
your recent letter soundly
criticizing our treatment of the Taliban and Al
Quada detainees currently being held
Our administration takes these matters seriously
and your opinion was heard loud and clear
here in Washington.
You'll be pleased to learn that, thanks to the
concerns of citizens like yourself, we
a new division of the Terrorist Retraining Program,
to be called the "Liberals Accept Responsibility for
Killers" program, or LARK for short
In accordance with the guidelines of this new
program, we have decided to place one
under your personal care.
detainee has been selected and
scheduled for transportation under heavily armed
guard to your residence next Monday.
Ali Mohammed Ahmed bin Mahmud (you can just call
him Ahmed) is to be cared for pursuant to the
standards you personally demanded in
your letter of
complaint. It will likely be necessary for you to
hire some assistant caretakers.
We will conduct
weekly inspections to ensure
that your standards of care for Ahmed are
commensurate with those you so strongly
in your letter.
Although Ahmed is a sociopath and extremely
violent, we hope that your sensitivity to what you
described as his "attitudinal problem" will help him
overcome these character flaws.
Perhaps you are correct in describing these
problems as mere cultural differences. We understand
that you plan to offer counseling and
terrorist is extremely proficient
in hand-to-hand combat and can extinguish
with such simple items as a pencil or nail clippers.
We advise that you do not ask him to
these skills at your next yoga group. He is also
expert at making a wide variety of explosive
from common household products, so you may wish to
keep those items locked up, unless (in
this might offend him.
Ahmed will not wish to interact with you or your
daughters (except sexually), since he
as a subhuman form of property. This is a
particularly sensitive subject for him and he has
been known to show violent tendencies around women
who fail to comply with the new dress code that he
will recommend as more appropriate attire.
you will come to enjoy the anonymity
offered by the burka -- over time.
that it is all part of "respecting
his culture and his religious beliefs
" -- wasn't
that how you put it?
Thanks again for your letter. We truly
appreciate it when folks like you keep us informed
of the proper way to do our job. You take good care
of Ahmed - and remember. we'll be
SENIOR MOMENTS -- from Alice Stubbe
A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office. "Is it true," she wanted to know, "that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?"
"Yes, I'm afraid so," the doctor told her.
was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, "I'm wondering, then, just how serious
is my condition because this prescription is marked 'NO
An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that
his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation. As
he was about to get the anesthesia he asked to speak to his son.
"Yes, Dad, what is it?"
"Don't be nervous, son; do your best and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife...."
Aging: Eventually you will reach a point
when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why"
I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.
I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
THE GLOBAL WARMING TREND REALLY OUGHT TO LAST MORE
THAN A YEAR
TO LEGITIMATELY BE CALLED A TREND
There's a bit of irony here. The House hearing on "Warming
of the Planet" was cancelled yesterday due to a snow/ice storm in Washington, D.C. This is the hearing that Nancy Pelosi
herself appointed herself to lead. It's that important. The self-proclaimed most powerful woman in America doesn't
want to leave anything to chance on such an important topic.
Also, in the St. Louis area, a showing of Al Gore's
An Inconvenient Truth was cancelled because of wintry weather -- like the snow/ice storm that banded the entire state
of Illinois like a big pink girdle stretching from eastern Missouri all the way to Ohio.
One of the side benefits
of being married to a chemist/physicist is that his continued membership as Emeritus in the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) brings him the journal entitled Science.
In the most recent issue dated February 8,
2007, research findings are published from a team at the Applied Physics Lab (Polar Science Center) at the University
of Washington in Seattle and from the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Basically, these findings challenge the notion that the shrinkage of two of Greenland's glaciers during 2004 and
2005 are going to bring about a rise in the sea level and as a result the entire Atlantic coastline is going to be flooded.
What these non-scientitific threateners fail to tell the public --after getting politicians and celebrities (including media
talk show hosts who like to look very scientific) all excited, is that in 2006, the mass-loss of Greenland's glaciers
went back to its previous rates.
The researchers say this is likely due to the fast re-equilibration of calving
-- that total mass-loss is a fraction of concurrent gravity-derived estimates,
pointing to an alternative source of loss and the need for high-resolution observations of outlet dynamics and glacier geometry
for sea-level rise predictions.
The research team used satellite-derived elevation and velocity data. They
Glacial calving isn't new. We know it's been going on since at least 1912 when the Titanic
got hit by one of these giant floating boat slashers. If you want to see an animation of a huge glacier calving, watch
what John Hastings captured a www.pbase.com/earthling/image/65268465. These are the Margery calves from Glacier Bay. (Awesomely beautiful sequence. It's also
What I learned today while writing this blog: In order for ice to be called a glacier, it must be
capable of moving. That makes sense. And what makes even more sense is that in order for a glacier to be able to calve, it
must connect with water. Big water. Like an ocean or a bay.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet in India,
an article written by Anil Anand from New Delhi, dated February 11, 2007, says there are only a dozen scientists working on
some 9,575 glaciers in India.
These scientists call to task what they call the alarmist theories that
say the Himalayan glaciers are shrinking due to global warming. One glaciologist -- V. K. Raina, says that to date, there
has been research on a mere 50 of these glaciers in the Himalayas. He further adds that after nearly 200 years of data gathering,
there has been no evidence that anything abnormal has occurred in any of these glaciers.
Raina and other scientists
who are quoted in the article at www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1925164,0008.htm have some comparisons to the Himalayan versus the Alps versus the Alaskan glaciers. But the scientists
don't make much money so there's not a lot of work being carried out in the Himalayas.
Maybe, and this
is just a thought, it would be a convenient time to pump some good old greenbacks into some very real science. For instance,
Raina says that when he was on an expedition in the Antarctic, he was disturbed to learn that the cook made
more money than he did.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
HERE'S AN OXYMORON: HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE
less than an hour since the time I figured I'd write about the shenanigans (continuing) going on over at the Capitol Building.
And then, a big yellow-backgrounded news alert jumped off the page at me on CNN.com. It said, "A former third-ranking
official in the CIA, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, is expected to be indicted in San Diego today in an ongoing investigation
into public corruption and defense contracts, according to two sources familiar with the case."
The oversight committees are supposed to be working hard.
But are they really? Another headline
says "Dems breaking promise; working short weeks."
Then there was an article in The Hill about
how the lobbyists in Washington are already looking ahead. Way ahead. In an article today by Jim Snyder, he says the lobbyists
are already working to "frame future floor debates in oversight committees."
Ahh. It's the lobbyists
who are framing floor debates. I should have guessed.
All this time, I thought it was the elected officials. But
then, who else would do it.
The elected officials are working short weeks, taking off to run for office and run
And running from fights with each other.
This is America. No wonder foreigners think we're
silly. We can't even control the people we elect to work for us!
HERE'S WHERE THE REAL PEACE PRIZE SHOULD GO
the name: Christopher Hill.
He's the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and he's been in Beijing doing what
he can to broker peace with the North Koreans.
Hill, representing the United States, is joined by other envoys
from China, Japan, South Korean and North Korea and Russia.
Tensions are high. All the powers that are represented
want North Korea to knock it off and dismantle its manufacture of nuclear warheads (like it promised).
says it just might not do that unless it gets a whole bunch of oil. Like 2 million tons of heavy fuel oil every year, according
to Jae-Soon Chang, who filed the story with Associated Press. The North Koreans also say they will need 2 million kilowatts
of electricity just to begin the first stages of denuclearization.
If North Korea gets everything it's demanding,
it says it will shut down the 5-megawatt reactor at Yongbyon, and other nuclear facilities, then let inspectors from the International
Atomic Energy Agency come back in.
It appears that North Korea's bragging rights to being the ultra-powerful
sasquatch in the Orient was recently eclipsed by China's shooting one of our old satellites out of space.
The North Koreans probably felt a spiny tingle of "oops" go all the way up to the collarbone.
I don't think the North Koreans want China to get all that upset with them. And then, there's the new boss over at
the UN who just happens to be from South Korea.
Politically, North Korea needs to work on polishing its political
Then there's the United States. If North Korea wants us to share some of our $13 trillion economy --
like in new orders for goods they're making over there, then they ought to listen up.
Just tear the things
down. You built them, you sink 'em. The smart thing would be to proceed to commence to begin.
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
The Senate is going to do some voting
on six nominees' names presented today. They're mostly judges who will be heading up federal district courts around
the country. There's also one person who needs to be appointed to the Department of the Interior.
Yesterday -- Monday, 2/12 --they convened at 1 pm and quit work at 7:22 pm. Didn't vote on anything. But there apparently
is some ongoing work on the joint resolution that funds the country -- like the budget.
Today, they convened at
10 am. The junior senator from Tennessee is selected to read George Washington's Farewell Address on February 26,
2007. All eyes and ears will be on this speech, I'm sure.
In the meantime, there's a motion to close debate
(cloture) on the budget resolution. They have until 2:15 to say whatever they're going to say about the budget and other
matters. Then they apparently take a little mini-break because at 2:30 today they will get ready to begin to vote
to close debate.
Then they'll probably adjourn and go off to do something else.
They do have some
non-legislative time boxed in from February 19 - 23. Guess that's when we'll see all the presidential wanabees running
around New Hampshire and Iowa.
After all, we have to get in a hurry. The election is about 19 months away.
They have to get out there and raise money. Lotsa money. And connect with the voters and taxpayers. And shake a lot
of hands. And make at least a couple more trips to Iraq.
Maybe to back to Peru and see if they missed anything
on the first trip to examine the security systems of the ancient Incans.
Then back to Washington, D.C. by way of
Caifornia to recuperate from jetlag.
Speaking of California, did you know that is California were a country, it
would be the 5th richest in the world? Just in case you ever wondered why all the politicos go to California during their
And the population of California is 31,000,000 people.
As for me, I have decided that I am
not going to vote for anybody who is campaigning while holding an active office. I think all elected persons need to
realize that a full-time job in the United States is 2,000 hours a year.
That does not include flying off on junkets
to places all around the world at taxpayers expense. Or going to cocktail parties or dinner parties, for Pete's sake.
It certainly does not include going on ski trips with your favorite lobbyists. I personally do not consider it a "business
discussion" when you are talking about how to rip off the taxpayers in your district. Just being there with lobbyists
is ripping off taxpayers!
And if it just so happens that you somehow wrested the "power" to box
out four or five days on the calendar so you can go off and do other things besides being in the halls of congress like you
were elected to do (so you could govern), then I'm not going to vote for you.
You are AWOL. And you need to
get back to the job of running this country.
It's a very big country and it's super complicated. You shouldn't
think you can do it on a part-time basis.
Monday, February 12, 2007
EDDIE MURPHY STILL BOX OFFICE GOLD!
Is it because he plays
a great big mama as an added character? Or is it because he's just downright funny? My guess is that it's both.
Who knows. What is for certain is that he can draw the audience into his zany comedies. Talk about Box Office Mojo!
His newest movie, Norbit, just finished its debut weekend with a total of $33,740,000. Guess we just like
to laugh. Laughing is good for us.
Norbit bested the second spot, Hannibal Rising, by $20 million. Hannibal
was only good for $13,350,000.
The Messengers also opened this weekend, but it came in 4th place.
Third place went to Because I Said So which is playing in its second week.
Night at the Museum
slipped to 5th place, but what a run it's having. This movie has grossed $232,146,000 so far.
PERSPECTIVE TAKING IS A POWERFUL TOOL
Whether you are
talking with your partner about any number of topics, or engaging in a debate about other issues, the ability to see another
person's perspective is an extraordinarily powerful cognitive tool.
Perspective taking does not mean you have
to agree or even subscribe to another person's point of view.
It means that you are able to allow
someone else to think differently and hold a point of view that's different from your own.
putting my moment of zen into this blog because I want it to be archived just in case I want to resurrect it later.
I am reading a book called Left to Tell. It's written by a Rwandan lady named Immaculee Ilibagiza. In the book,
Ilibagiza recounts the horror of her experiences in the 1994 genocide of her homeland. Nearly one million Tutsis were killed
by the Hutus.
There was such hatred fomented toward the Tutsis that it finally erupted into a machete-wielding
bunch of idiots who thought it was their right to exterminate an entire people.
It's a theme that gets played
out all too often. Even in the modern day. All around the globe. And right here in America, there is a growing lack of tolerance
for differing points of view.
We used to pride ourselves in engaging in debate about a wide variety of issues.
Now we're polarized. It has become the Democrats versus the Republicans. It has become the Seculars versus the Evangelicals.
It's the left verus the right.
It doesn't seem like we can have a differing point of view anymore.
One columnist in the Boston Globe actually says that people who do not support the premise of global warming also deny the
holocaust. Excuse me, but that's a huge leap. And it happens not to be true. But then, she's a columnist. She's
not supposed to propose truth. It's just a column in a big city newspaper.
Can we say that global warming
is a possibility and disagree as to its cause? I readily admit that I am not a scientist and I do not know what the cause
is. But then, neither do a lot of other people who have set themselves up as experts.
I tend to be more influenced
by neutral scientists than politicians and celebrities when it comes to problems that are scientific in nature -- like climate
But to close off debate and say that I don't believe in the holocaust sounds too much like a
Hutu trying to correct a Tutsi's thinking. Next thing you know, I won't be allowed to have an opinion unless
it matches theirs.
Once that leap is made, can hatred be far behind?
Saturday, February 10, 2007
OBAMA SAYS HE WANTS TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT
There were about
15,000 to 17,000 people who stood out in front of the Old State Capitol and temperatures that hovered between zero and ten
degrees. They came to listen to boma boma O'Bama tell them that he wants them to be a part of a new government here in
the good old USofA.
O'Bama, who's 45 years old, talked for 20 minutes and actually let these people
stand out there in the frigid temperatures because he wanted to launch his thousand ships where Abraham Lincoln once
spoke instead of indoors where it would have been a lot more comfortable for them in any venue.
Well, so okay.
He's been running around looking pretty presidential for months now.
Now it's official.
it's a Saturday. He didn't pick a workday when he's supposed to be in Washington.
I admit that it
bothers me when all these presidential campaign senators are running around the country when they're AWOL from the senate
They ran their senatorial campaigns promising to represent people in their senatorial districts, didn't
they? Doesn't that include their actual presence in the senate?
IRANIANS SEND THE NUCLEAR NEGOTIATOR TO TALKS IN GERMANY
to Reuters this morning, his name is Ali Larijani and he's going to Munich to try and resolve disputes with the West about
Iran's much touted nuclear program.
Part of a compromise might have been greatly encouraged by trade incentives
from Western powers -- like Great Britain and the U.S.
There are some European nations that are weighing the thought
that they might just let the Iranians go ahead and do some nuclear research and run the centrifuges but not feed the uranium
into the centrifuges. That would give the Iranians the fuel they say they need but not anything more suspiciously warlike,
like nuclear weapons.
Well, that may be okay for the Iranians. But the U.S. and Great Britain are saying, the
Iranians are going to learn a lot and pick up some nuclear skills along the way just by vacuum-testing the centrifuges.
Next thing you know, they'll be skilled enough to make a bomb.
The politics in Iran seem to be changing.
The general public in Iran has become growingly unhappy with Captain Marmalade's radically threatening tone to blow up
the United States and Israel.
The Iranians have now allowed the UN to install surveillance cameras at the
nuclear plant at Natanz. The presence of the cameras has been confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
So let's run the Doomsday Clock back about ten minutes until further notice.
Friday, February 9, 2007
thank you Alice Stubbe
TOP 8 MORONS OF 2006
1. WILL THE REAL
DUMMY PLEASE STAND UP? AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He
received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence.
2. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: Police in Oakland , CA spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded
himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in
the police line, shouting, "Please come out and give yourself up."
3. WHAT WAS PLAN
An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller
machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.
4. THE GETAWAY! A man walked
into a Topeka , Kansas Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he
tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.
5. DID I SAY
THAT??? Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during
a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot",
the man shouted, "that's not what I said!" .
6. ARE WE COMMUNICATING??? A man spoke frantically
into the phone: "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart". "Is this her first
child?" the doctor asked. "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!"
7. NOT THE SHARPEST
TOOL IN THE SHED! In Modesto , CA , Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon.
King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun. Unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (hellooooooo)!
8. THE GRAND FINALE!!! Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield,
CA, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand
new 22 foot boat, going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power they applied. After
about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what
was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the
out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the
water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard.
NOW REMEMBER...THIS IS
Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer!
IT'S JUST REALLY HARD TO FEEL SORRY FOR THE POLITICIANS
reform and lobbyists' gifts -- and the poor politicians who are just going to have to start paying for their own goodies.
The taxpayers already give these lawmakers $162,500 a year. So what makes them think they're also entitled to
freebies from lobbyists?
In an article written by Jim Snyder in The Hill on February 8, 2007, Rep. Charles
Gonzalez, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, says his campaign committee has an executive suite reserved (at a
cost of $3,500) so that he can watch his favorite team, the San Antonio Spurs.
Ticket prices start at $1,500 for
individual lobbyists who get to sit in his suite and watch the game with him. The only requirement, says Gonzales, is that
the lobbyists contribute to his reelection campaign. (And cheer for the Spurs.)
So there would have been -- under
the old rules -- about 20 to 30 lobbyists who would have watched the game with him -- and paid the $1,500 apiece. That's
between $30,000 and $45,000 for just one game. That's a healthy chunk of change coming back to the lawmaker.
Gee, do you suppose that the lobbyists would have made a contribution to the campaign committee that would have sort of
washed the cost of the suite?
And that's just one congressman and one game.
There are a lot of good
government groups out there who are trying diligently to tear these ties between lobbyists and congress apart.
about time that lawmakers start paying for their entertainment out of their own pockets, don't you think?
RELIGION OUGHT TO BE OFF LIMITS
I will admit that I don't
scratch the surface of all the blogs out there -- and there are supposedly some 37 million of them.
So I missed
the big mess that's brewing about John Edwards and the Catholic League and a couple of bloggers. Supposedly the bloggers
have been fired for making some rather intolerant comments about Catholics.
Frankly, I don't care who said
what to whom.
What I do care about though is a growing intolerance of how people practice their
faith. It's no secret that Catholics do things differently than Baptists or other fundamental religions. By the same token,
Muslims practice their faith much differently than people of Jewish faith do.
Who's correct? Who decides?
Apparently intolerant people believe that they have the right to point out the errors or limitations of every
religious experience that doesn't mirror their own.
I do believe that people have the right to freedom of expression.
I don't believe that freedom of speech overrides people's right to practice their faith and take the path to
God that their religion offers them.
As a nation, where did we lose our tolerance for freedom of religion?
Thursday, February 8, 2007
BORAT TWO ON THE DRAWING BOARD
In case you missed your opportunity
to sue Mr. Cohen, the originator of the outrageously funny Borat, you may get a chance after all.
Murdoch has signed Cohen for a sequel to Borat -- the gist of which has not been determined yet. He won't start
filming the sequel until he completes another movie he's working on presently -- about Bruno, an Austrian fashion designer.
Bruno is one of Cohen's popular characters.
Cohen reminds me of Red Skelton who also had a whole stable filled
with funny characters.
ANNA NICOLE SMITH DIES IN FLORIDA
It's been confirmed
by Fox News, CNN and the Drudge Report that Anna Nicole Smith was found unresponsive in her hotel room. She was rushed to
a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. She was 39 years old.
Now get ready for the biographies and talking
heads touting her greatness.
AIR FORCE THREE JUST BECAME A COMMUTER JET
Nancy. But if you want a military jet to cart you back and forth just like Dennis Hastert had when he was the Speaker of the
House, then you get to use a jet that was the same size.
There will be none of this 4-star restaurant quality food
and no open bar with vintage wine. In fact, there won't even be a steward on board.
Watch for the letter in
your mailbox from the Department of Defense. Your military plane will be about the size of a commuter class puddle jumper.
I flew in a plane about that size once. It went from Denver, Colorado, to Cheyenne, Wyoming. All our kids got
sick from the turbulence. And we were only at 5,000 feet.
Maybe your plane will go higher than. It is, after all,
a real jet. Ours was a turbo-prop. They have to fly closer to the edge of the air.
Oh, and my goodness gracious.
Your plane will also have to allow time to stop for refueling between Maybeville and the Land of Princesses in California.
Your plane will not be big enough to board all your staff, your family (including cousins), your pets, and all the
hangers-on that would be attracted to the most powerful woman in America.
It seems that Aunt Nancy is not all that
keen about this new development. She claims that the President wants to make sure that she has all the security she needs.
Well, if that's the case, you'd be better off flying commercial. Aren't they the safest planes on the
planet now? At least, all you guys out there in Maybeville keep telling the flying public that our planes are safer than they've
Are they? Or aren't they?
I know I can't bring my embroidery on planes anymore. Needles
are deadly. (But not as deadly as a ball point pen which could be used to poke somebody's eye out.) And scissors are deadly
I have news for you. Go to any maximum security prison and you'll be amazed at what weapons can be made
out of simple plastic knives and forks.
I could compromise and use finger nail clippers to clip my embroidery
threads with, but I don't know if they're allowed anymore. Sometimes they are. Sometimes they aren't. So Grandma
Jane here just sits and watches the passengers. Quint and I play a game trying to figure out who the Sky Marshals are. On
our last flight, we counted upwards of 50 marshals.
I'm not sure we have the criteria streamlined just yet.
But I do feel safer just knowing there are that many marshals on board.
The Pentagon did make one really
big concession to Her Speakerness. She can have a bigger plane at her disposal. One that can fly across the country without
That is, providing there are any such planes that happen to be parked at Andrews Air Force Base in the
89th Airlift Wing at the point in time that she feels she needs the ultra security and doesn't want to fly with the flying
SO WAS THIS JUST A GAME OF "MADE YOU LOOK?"
all that nonsense.
I just can't believe that now Wong Jong Shong, Jr. of North Korea says he's going to
start dismantling his country's nukes.
So what was the deciding factor? Could it be that his big missile turned
out to be a dud? That was the one he was trying to train to become a nuke carrier.
Or does he miss the
caviar. big juicy lobsters and imported silks and other enrichments that have nothing to do with uranium. He can't
get those anymore. I think I vaguely remember something about the UN saying the North Koreans were being naughty and they
are in a time out imposed by world leaders who make up the UN Security Council.
I admit I don't know all the
details. I can't do everything for you and my brain is stuffed to overfill right now anyway.
But it's a
good start. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill is over there right now. He probably told Junior, "Don't
make me send Condi Rice back over here. You promised you wouldn't upset her anymore."
-- I'm adding him to my list of nominees I'll be sending to Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize. Don't worry about
the technicalities of the nominations being closed at this point. This is way too important to ignore.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
VICTIMHOOD -- PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE -- VERBAL ABUSE -- PHYSICAL ABUSE -- SEXUAL
ABUSE -- IT'S ALL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
People who know me -- patients who comes to see me -- everyone
who knows me in one way or another knows that I completed my masters practicum at a shelter for battered women.
was taken aback by a number of the women who identified themselves as victims of domestic violence only if they had been physically
or sexually abused.
Somewhere in their definitions, they kind of forgot that psychological and verbal abuse are
also incorporated in the domestic violence act here in Illinois -- and in most other states as well.
departments have their hands full just making sure people are physically safe -- that spouses aren't going to be able
to bring harm to them or worse, try to kill them.
But there are a growing number of police departments that will
respond to verbal abuse -- especially if a partner becomes threatening. If you threaten to hit your wife, you're
going to sit somewhere for a while until you cool off. It will probably be a jail cell.
It's not a defense
to tell the judge, "My wife threatens me too. All the time."
And if that's true, then you need to
make a call. Because, believe it or not, men are also victims of domestic violence. Making threats and counter-threats to
each other is not a good way to live in a relationship. It does not foster joy and peace with a couple.
do it like that.
Abusers keep you in your victim role by making you feel like you're their hero.
that one again.
Hero, you say. How does he make me feel like I'm his hero?
Easy -- when he says
things like, "I don't know what I'd ever do without you. Please don't leave me. Life wouldn't be worth
living without you."
Sound like he just made you his hero? Sure. He just gave you the power to make his life
worth living. What a woman you are. You're his hero!
And you're not getting off the hook so easy either.
Women do the same thing to men. They make heroes out of the man in their lives. Maybe by parroting those same exact words
back to your ever-lovin'.
Better yet, each and every day that you're married, tell each other two things:
First, of course, if that you love each other.
Second, and this is just as powerful as the first, tell
each other that you're glad you're married to each other.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
THE SOUND BYTE THAT KEEPS ON GOING ... AND GOING ... AND GOING
the little pink bunny, this is a sound byte that will keep repeating until election day -- November 2008.
blog posting on The Hill this morning, Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin) says (again) the president's budget request
"...protects nearly $3 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans."
In a quest to find out who
these wealthy Americans are, I set out to find out about how much they paid -- or didn't pay -- in income taxes.
Lo and behold, the truth is right out there in plain old black and white on www.newsmax.com . And I didn't even have to wade through political subterfuge and rhetoric to get the numbers straight.
here's what I found: According to Congress' Joint Economic Committee, the richer half of the American
population pays nearly 97% of all the income taxes paid in the United States.
Amazing! Their own
committee gives them real data that seems to get lost in their political talking points.
So what do you say about
that, Mr. Kind?
Here's another interesting little tidbit: According to Investor's Business Daily (IBD), when
you get way up to the tippy top of the richest of the rich people, like the top 1%, they pay 34% of the income taxes
in this country.
If we put the richest -- those in the top 5% -- and that would include the tippy toppers -- then
the top 5% pay a whopping 54% of all personal income taxes coming in to the federal treasury.
Now take a look
at the lower end of the scale.
That would include some 14 million lower-income Americans who have actually
been taken out of the income tax equation since 2000. Fortunately for them, earned income tax credits and child tax
credits give them a big tax advantage -- again, according to NewsMax.
Even so, according to the Tax Foundation,
Americans' tax burdens keep going up when you factor in property taxes and all the other stuff we get taxed on -- like
If you put all our taxes into a big green tax basket, we pay 31.6% of our gross income.
I can assure you that Quint and I are definitely not in the top 5% of the country's wage earners. I'm not
even sure if we're in the top 50%. But I can tell you this -- if the really rich are paying all those taxes, it wouldn't
be a good idea to add a couple of percentage points to what they're already paying.
They just might get irritated
and move somewhere else -- they're rich enough to buy islands somewhere -- or a villa in the south of France or Italy.
We need to keep them as friends, not run 'em off where they can live a lot cheaper.
Just beware between
now and election day that when you hear politicians talking about all the tax breaks that rich people are getting, it's
the rich people who are paying 97% of the federal income taxes.
Now, what I'd like to know is how much money
the richy richies are making.
Monday, February 5, 2007
AUNT NANCY WANTS TO DO WHAT?!!
Once upon a time, there was
a very persistent lady from San Francisco. She stuck by her guns and got herself elected to the U.S. Congress.
then, miracle of miracles, she became Speaker of the House.
Well, maybe not miracles. She probably thought that
was what all women did.
Anyway, there she is. Sitting up there with her huge gavel that took at least a half a
tree down. And that was before that twig thing on the end of the gavel that they had to use for the handle.
then, Her Speakerness heard a rumor that because the Speaker of the House is in succession to the throne in the White House,
that first rate steward-adorned military jets were available to fly her hither and thither. Back and forth to her wonderful
kingdom in the west.
Incidentally, these stewards serve pretty good chow. They also stock a first class bar which
they tally-ho from. Hmmm. I did not know that alcoholic beverages could be served on federal property when official business
is being conducted. Can that possibly be correct.
No -- I certainly must have a misunderstanding somewhere here.
I mean, these are my tax dollars being used for all this tally-ho stuff.
But then Aunt Nancy reckoned that her
predecessor had used military jets when he went back to Illinois on official business.
But Aunt Nancy, Mr. Hastert
didn't want a jet big enough for himself and his staff and relatives and other members of his delegation. He just wanted
one little jet to fly in just for himself.
But then, I don't really know for sure how many people were on Hastert's
flight manifest. Nor do I know for sure how many people fly in Aunt Nancy's Air Force Three.
AMERICA'S MAYOR THROWS HIS HAT IN THE RING
official -- Rudy Giuliani announced his candidacy for president on the Republican side of the equation.
him? He used to be the mayor of New York City when the Dirty Nineteen actually had the untimigated gall to drop a couple of
our buildings in the middle of Manhattan.
Boy, did Alquadaville get a big surprise over there in the Land of the
Great Caves of the Taliban.
Giuliani is viewed by most as a moderate.
Does that mean we can talk to
him? McCain says he's a moderate too. Romney says "me too" also.
Then there's Nader. He'll
pull a lot of the liberal and ultra-liberal votes from the Democrats -- and there's a whole field of them.
wouldn't think they'd be too happy if Ralph throws his hat in the ring. I mean, there aren't that many liberal
votes to go around, are there?
And since this is truly America, no sooner had Giuliani's news hit the streets
than Fox News came out with a poll.
Sure enough, they found 900 or so people who would talk to them about whether
they liked Rudy better than McCain. It's Rudy -- 34%; McCain -- 22%. And Newt Gingrich, who isn't even a candidate
yet, got 15%.
The other Republican candidates -- Mitt Romney, San Brownback, and Mike Huckabee -- got the leftovers.
None of those three got into the double digits.
Sounds like the temperatures in Chicago today.
SINCE THEY'RE HANDING OUT NOBEL PEACE PRIZES FOR
GLOBAL WARMING MOVIE
MAKERS, I NOMINATE BOB
And especially since Bob is an engineer. He sent an e-mail that says:
"An item that our scientific celebs do not realize is that the wood in their multimillion dollar estates comes from
... TREES. Maybe they don't realize it, but trees are a beautifully designed carbon dioxide (CO2) filtration device that
removes said chemical from the air and replaces it with Oxygen (O2). Cutting down trees for their homes (you should search
the web for picture of John Edwards' house to see how much area was cleared to put up his ego trip) also increases
the albedo of the surrounding area. Our scientific celebs probably think this albedo goes on their tofu.
Albedo is the fraction of light reflected by a body or a surface. Trees, grasses and other light colored
materials reflect sunlight rather than absorb, resulting in reduced surface temperatures. (That is why you see people wearing
white robes, etc. in the middle east and other hot climates.) Removing trees and natural shrubbery decreases the albedo which
causes the concrete, asphalt, building brick, etc. to absorb the heat, thereby raising the local temperature. This also is
the reason for the phenomenon known as the "Urban Heat Island Effect" in which large urban areas actually record
higher temperatures than the surrounding countryside -- sound familiar? (For more information regarding this phenomenon read
Urban Climatology and Air Quality by Dr. James Arnold.)"
Thank you, Bob.
Part of my soapbox
includes any variance that starts with "in the next 50 to 100 years." That's a 100% variable right there. If
this kind of variance is the best they can offer, it's where I get off their train.
I think there are enough
legitimate, big-brained people out there who know what they're talking about -- such as yourself -- so my opinion on global
warming would probably look like a cartoon version of The Ice Man Melteth -- however, I do believe that the Holy
Grail of global warming has got to have something to do with solar storms -- somehow -- and sunspot activity.
that coupled with burning up the rain forests -- that is, thousands and thousands of acres -- not just a little bit to build
a few huts.
Thanks for your comments. I haven't heard the term albedo since physics class. (a long,
long time ago)
MAYBE WHAT CONGRESS REALLY NEEDS IS A NEW CLOCK
will convene at 2:00 p.m.
The Senate will also convene at 2:00 and will conduct "morning business" --
it says on www.senate.gov -- the official web site of the U.S. Senate.
Someone should tell these people -- not that it would do any good
-- that the workday begins on Monday mornings for the rest of us at around 8ish. Maybe 9 is you're lucky.
an idea -- next Monday call your boss and say you're not coming in until 2:00 pm. See what happens.
think you'd get a response like, "Oh, that's okay. Lawmakers don't start work either until 2ish. Just come
on in when you feel like it."
Or how about just taking the day off because you're running for president.
The Senators get a hefty salary of some $162,500 to show up and do their job. So how come the presidential candidates are
AWOL? Aren't they supposed to be in Washington, D.C. -- not out on the campaign trail?
Why don't they take
a leave of absence if they're going to campaign. If seems to me that if you represent a state like, say Kansas, you've
got no business being in Boise, Idaho, attending some kind of "presidential stump meeting" for a get-out-the-vote-for-me
Besides, it's starting to look like Ralph Nader may give it another run in 2008.
we're gonna have about as many candidates as we have voters.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Messenger grossed $14,500,000
and came in #1 against the Super Bowl contenders.
#2 spot goes to Because I Said So, grossing $13,022,000.
#3 is Epic Movie at $8,225,000
#4 is Night at the Museum with $6,750,000
#5 is Smokin' Aces with $6,324,000.
For a complete list of the top 33 movies, go to www.boxofficemojo.com
Friday, February 2, 2007
DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU'VE EVER HEARD ABOUT CATHARSIS!
Freud did not get everything right.
Psychologists have departed company with Freudian theory for many
reasons through the years. Some things remain as valid; others not.
One theory that people insist on hanging onto
is this thing called catharsis. Variously, it's called venting.
People think they need to vent. They claim
that it gives them cathartic relief.
If catharsis worked, my friends, people wouldn't have to keep doing it
over and over and over for the same reason for their upset.
Problem is, people who engage in catharsis, leave a
wide debris field of misery and broken hearts.
Better yet to subscribe to Darwin's point of view. Darwin said
that when you express anger, you multiply it.
So venting is expressing anger. The hoped-for cathartic relief doesn't
come to the ventors because the anger gets multiplied.
Better yet, look at anger as a big billboard sign that exists
as a way of disguising pain. Sometimes it's ego pain if the anger is expressed when someone doesn't get his or her
Or anger flares when reaching a goal is frustrated.
But catharis? Nope. If you do it this
week, you'll have to do it again.
Mainly because it does work.
My grandma said it right: "Bite
She was classier than I am. I say, "Don't vomit your verbal venom all over people you
care about -- or even strangers you don't even know."
There you have it. I think that takes care of just
about everybody in the universe.
Jesus said it best: Treat other people the same way that you want them to treat
MINIMUM WAGE BILL CLEARS THE SENATE (FINALLY)
Okay -- so Congress
didn't manage to sneak in a raise for themselves. With the bipartisan bickering at the end of the 109th Congress and before
the 110th Congress was sworn in, somehow the campaign promise of reaching across the aisle didn't quite hold. They couldn't
even agree on giving each other raises.
Members of Congress -- Senate and House members alike -- are just gonna
have to limp along on a meager $165,200 a year.
For shame. For shame.
And they were hung up on giving
the poorest of the poor employees in this country a minimum pay hike -- the first in many many many years. This wage hike
will boost the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25. Big deal. It's going to take two years to get to the top of the
At the $5.15 rate, and working a full time 40 hours a week, comes to $10,712 a year. That's $5,000
below the poverty level for a family of three.
Now here's the deal -- and it may prove to be a deal breaker
-- the Senate added in $8.3 billion in small business tax cuts. The Senate's thinking, apparently, is that the small businesses
are going to need some kind of revenue help if they're going to be able to afford to pay workers more money.
President Bush is standing at the ready, a pen full of ink and rarin' to sign the bill into law.
not? Himself Mr. Bush gets a cool $400,000 in salary, plus a $50,000 expense account, plus free room and board, and free transportation
to anywhere on Earth that he wants to go. And when he leaves office, he gets a cool pension of $151,800, plus up to $150,000
to maintain his former-president-office and staff. And Mrs. Bush gets $20,000 in pension money as a former First Lady.
Hillary doesn't get a first lady pension because she gets a lot more as a senator.
do okay with their own little pension. It's much better than Social Security that the rest of us have to put up with,
since they belong to the Federal Employees' Retirement Systerm (FERS). Their average pension is $3,909 a month.
Members of Congress are not eligible for a pension until they reach the age of 50, but only if they've finished 20 years
of service. Members are eligible at any age after they finish 25 years of service or after they reach the age of 62. But in
any event, Members of Congress have to serve at least 5 years to even receive a pension.
So forget about all those
wild-eyed rumors that Members of Congress get 75% of their salary as pension.
But then, at some point, they have
all this money that they shift over to PACs -- how do they do that?
That sounds like it might be just next door
to "out there" if you know what I mean. I personally am of the opinion that if they don't use all the money
that they come begging for when they're running for office, they ought to give it back to the donors. It wasn't exactly
given to them to put into a savings account.
Even when the poorest employees reach the very tippy top of the new
improved pay rate, it's only $14,500. That's only 8.7% of what the Congresspersons get.
That still seems
like it's way out of kilter to my way of thinking.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
WHAT IN THE WORLD DOES A $6 MILLION HOUSE LOOK LIKE?
John Edwards – remember him?
He was the vice presidential nominee on John Kerry’s ticket in
2004. He likens himself to be the champion of the poor. Senator Joe "Bloviator" Biden says Edwards doesn’t
know what he’s talking about. But I think The Bloviator was talking about his accusation that Edwards was "pushing
a recipe for Armageddon in the Middle East" in a recent interview with Jason Horowitz of the New York Observer.
In a rather colorful description, Biden likened Edwards opinions to "fluffernutter." I’m not sure what
that is but since it rhymes with peanut butter, it will probably be okay.
Why, even on the day he announced his candidacy
for 2008, he was down yonder in New Orleans, decked out in blue jean working duds digging around in somebody’s backyard.
John Edwards wants you to vote for him because he wants to build an America that lives up to its promise – one
where we can all share in prosperity at home... (www.johnedwards.com)
I’d especially like to share in that since
he just sold his poor little mansion in Georgetown for $5.2 million. I could sure happily share with Edwards in that piece
of Americana prosperity.
So what do you get for $5.2 million?
First of all, it’s described as a grand old
18th century house – has six bedrooms, and is a Federal-style house that once was owned by socialite Polly
Fritchey. Supposedly the Edwards have done some substantial renovations and that made the house worth a lot more than the
measly $3.8 million they paid for it in 2002.
It’s four stories tall, for goodness sake! It kind of has a little
winding stairway or front steps. But the alley looks kind of narrow. Does it have a garage back there behind the big house?
Just wondering. It sort of looks like there’s only street parking, but I guess that’s okay since Georgetown isn’t
exactly a high crime district. As long as the streets are wide enough for the limos in my newly shared prosperity in John
I can just hear the echoes of glasses clinking in the halls, with muted laughter drifting up
the grand staircase, and maids going hither and thither with trays of party chow. Yum Yum!
And he says he wants to share it with all of us Americans right here at home!
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This video is the most beautiful depiction of what happens
in the womb when the baby is developing and growing. The video was developed by Yale professor Alexander Tsiaras. Just beautiful.
Warning, though. Some of the images are graphic. But nothing gross. It is just a reminder to me that life is a beautiful baby
and life is absolutely precious. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKyljukBE70&feature=player_embedded#!
July 29, 2012
Update on Quint: He
is making an incredible recovery. The skin cancer is essentially gone. When we met with the surgeon for a post-op appointment
on Friday, we learned that the biopsy of the frozen section shows all the cancer was removed. The incision is healing nicely.
It's about a 6" incision down the side of his face in front of the left ear. The doctor put so many stitches in that
any scar is hardly visible. Thanks to all for prayers you have been lifting up for his health. The surgeon says there are
dissolving stitches in three levels of tissue. We also met with our oncologist last week and he says the lymphocitic/leukemia
will continue to make Quint vulnerable to skin cancers. Please keep him in your prayers so that all his cancers, and mine
as well, will remain in remission.
I received the following about a child's reason for why he believes in God
from our friends, John and Sherre, in Wichita, KS:
Little Boy's Explanation of God
He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment,
to 'explain God.'
I wonder if any of us
could have done as well?
'One of God's main jobs is making people.
He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there
will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't
make grownups, just babies. I
think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up
time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.'
'God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some
people, like preachers
and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to
the radio or TV because of this. Because
he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in
his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.'
'God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you
shouldn't go wasting
his time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you
'Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista [California]. At least
aren't any who come to our church.'
'Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles
and trying to teach
the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him
preaching to them and they crucified him.
But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his
father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive
them and God said O.K.'
'His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him
he didn't have to
go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps
his dad out by listening to prayers
and seeing things which are important for God to take care of
and which ones he can take care of himself without having
to bother God. Like a secretary, only more
'You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of
them is on duty
all the time.'
'You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to
Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And
sun doesn't come out at the beach untilnoon anyway.'
'If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your
parents can't go everywhere
with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when
you're scared, in the dark or when you can't
swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big
'But. . .you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can
take me back
anytime he pleases.
And...that's why I believe in God.'
July 13, 2012
Quint is recuperating
from surgery on July 11, 2012. Surgeon removed a growth on left cheek that turned out to be squamous cell cancer. Prognosis
is good because doctor says he got good margins. Please continue to pray for him. He has a 4" incision on left cheek
from about the corner of his eye all the way down to jawbone. Looks worse than it is.
In another matter, this
link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2172551/Art-genius-Nine-year-old-painter-tipped-greatness-buyers-world-snap-work.html shows some incredible artwork that a young, 9-year old in England, artist has painted and his work is beginning to sell
July 1, 2012
I'm a Lutheran
and I sure wish the Lutheran Church had authored this video or one like it: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd
No matter, it's a message that needs saying so hats off to the Catholic church!
On another subject,
the temperature here in Middle Illinois at 6 p.m. as 102.8 degrees. That's really hot.
Stay safe out there. If
you do not have air conditioning, or if your AC goes out in this heat, sit in a tub of cool water. It will do wonders pulling
heat out of your body. And let's remember in prayers all those folks on the eastern seaboard who don't have electricity. They
don't even have fans to plug in.
Kind of reminds me of going to church when I was a kid. Oh, was that hot. And
remember those hand fans that funeral homes gave out free to churches? We wore ours out.
June 24, 2012
The heat is
the story here in the Midwest part of the United States. I can't tell you when the last time there was rain, but the corn
stalks are starting to look pretty wilted. The word "parched" comes to mind. The beans don't look any better either.
So the big conclusion that some people have arrived at is that God is punishing the United States because so many
people have turned away from Him?
And how many?
and doomers pontificate about how we're all going to die and go to hell can't give any numbers. Can't offer any hope.
Well, folks, don't you believe it. God is a God of love. He wants all of us to be saved.
And to those people
who think they can define the reasoning of God are being sacrilegious. They are talking when they should be listing to God.
My God is a God of love. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to die for our sins. Because of that, we are
assured of salvation and life eternal.
But there are those who are going through these crises of faith. They're
noisy. When God talks to you, listen to Him. It's that still, small voice inside you. And don't believe the naysayers who
think they have he last word on what means and what God intends to do. They don't know. They just don't know.
faith is what will bring you closer to God. Let Him into your hearts and listen to Him.
June 6, 2012
We don't laugh enough.
We are not light hearted enough. Way too serious. Oh, there are times when serious is good for you, but there are many more
days when we just are not enjoying a good laugh.
So someone sent me a link to Mark Lowry. He's a Christian comedian
and good for a real belly laugh, I can guarantee you.
Here's the link: http://jesus-loves-you.org/?p=6641
I'm going to You Tube and search for him and see if he's got other material. He's really funny.
May 15, 2012
Our U.S. Constitution
is not flawed. It's not dead. It's not irrelevant!
Those who think it's out of touch with today's "modern
thought" fail to realize that the U.S. Constitution is modernized each time the United States Supreme Court reviews a
law or an incident and decides whether the rights of our citizens are abridged or impeached.
The language of the
U.S. Constitution does, in fact, reside in a little book small enough to fit inside a man's jacket pocket or in a lady's handbag.
However, volumes and volumes of interpretive material fills libraries. Interpretation by the sitting Justices keeps our Constitution
May 12, 2012
Our God is awesome!
God controls the waters and the seas. Take a look at this video of the angry sea. http://www.dump.com/angryseas/
May 10, 2012
I am in the process of researching the involvement and the role that the National Road (U.S. 40) played in military
activities -- specifically troop movements. If you know of any such movements, please email me at email@example.com and put "National Road info" in the subject line. I'd be ever so grateful. If you do not want your name used, be
sure to tell me. Otherwise, I'd like to share that you found the information. This is for a funding opportunity for Effingham
County and it will focus on the role that the National Road has played in the significance of Effingham.
April 27, 2012
Well, that was
a nice little rest.
Since I've last posted, I've fretted that frost would get my lovely irises. It didn't. Nor
did the frost chip away at my roses. I have never had roses blooming in April before. They have exploded into full bloom.
Bright red blooms against our white house. Wow!
And the irises are just as beautiful. I have some really deep purple
irises, light lavender, some two-toned purple and white, bright yellow, a lighter lemon chiffon color, a pink iris and a peach
colored one that is a double.
The spirea finally decided it would bloom too.
All in all, considering
that I did absolutely nothing last year in the flower bed, it's amazing that my little troopers have done as well as they
have. The irises apparently are no longer upset with me for snipping them back at the end of January and early February. Again
in March when they started sending up things that looked like they'd bloom.
We've still had frost tucked in between
80 degree days but nothing serious enough to hurt my darling little flowers.
Quint and I are doing well. We continue
to see our oncologist every three months and get blood work to check markers for cancer that might have decided to invade
us again. So far, so good. Platelet counts are coming back to normal and we're working on our stamina.
I do have
to take some medication for five years -- well, four years now -- that inhibits estrogen. It will keep breast cancer from
recurring. Problem is, it makes the long bones in my legs and muscles in the thighs really ache. Nothing that can't be tolerated
though. Compared to the benefits of what the medicine does for me, I'd say I came out the winner at this point.
lymphoma is still in remission too, so we're pretty health for the shape we're in.
And now I'm going to fix us
a snack of yogurt, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas and walnuts. Then we're going to watch some spy thrillers on Netflix
Nice to be back and thank you for not giving up on me.
April 10, 2012
I am getting
over the grandaddy of all colds. I expect to be better by morning, after having laid around all day today. Finally just gave
it up and stayed in bed.
Until now, that is.
And you know how I love kids and their entrepreneural spirit.
Well, here's a video of a young lad in east LA who build an arcade out of cardboard boxes in his dad's auto parts store. His
name is Caine and he's 9 years old. It's just precious! http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/unplugged/nine-old-cardboard-arcade-launches-college-fund-182844242.html
Oh, and one other thing before I head back to my comfy easy chair. We have frost warnings for tonight. 30 degrees!
My irises and roses are blooming. Wonder how that's going to set with them.
I just thought I'd mention something
about all those spam emails and telemarketer calls you may be getting. Even if you're signed up for "do not call"
lists, you still can get calls. Here's how. If you take part in an online voting request, or if you call to participate in
a TV vote, you are setting up what is known as a "special relationship." Special relationships with a state allows
any advertiser of that station of promo outfit to put you on their callers who are exempt from the "do not call"
If you live in Illinois and you get a telemarketer call, just tell the caller that Illinois is a "do
not call" state and you do not want to be on their lists. They are required to hang up at that point. I've tried it and
Also, here's a tip for getting rid of all those preapproved gimmicks that find their way into your mailbox.
When I get the offers, the first thing I do is draw a big diagnonal line through the offer and write VOID on it. Then I stuff
the document back into the self-addressed postage paid envelope that they provide. The advertisers are going to stop sending
you stuff pretty quick rather than pay postage twice.
April 5, 2012
Thursday - the first part of the Easter trilogy.
Maundy Thursday was the night when Jesus shared bread and wine
with his disciples and commemorated the event that we've followed in the Lutheran Church for ages since that time.
When I was confirmed on Palm Sunday many years ago, Maundy Thursday was the first opportunity I was given as a new confirmant
to take my first communion. It was an awesome experience then, and it continues to be every chance I get.
that it is the same for you as you draw near to the Easter story.
Tomorrow is Good
Friday. Part 2 with the significance of Christ dying on the cross for our sins.
And then, of course, there's Easter
Sunday when we celebrate Christ's resurrection.
Sin and death no longer have a hold on us because Christ died for
April 4, 2012
Ready to watch
a miracle? Here's a video showing a woman in an SUV sinking. She couldn't swim. The SUV sank. But the miracle is not that
she was somehow pulled from the SUV but the after-story: http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2012/04/woman-drowning-in-her-suv-is.html --
May the blessings of Easter catch you up in the miracles going around you every day. Life is a miracle.
God brings miracles to us today just as He did thousands of years ago when Jesus died and rose again. I pray that you will
get caught up in the miracle of the Easter story all over again. Christ died for our sins and rose again, and because He rose
again, we have eternal life guaranteed to us by our Heavenly Father.
April 2, 2012
Want to know what
video of a couple of famous dancers has gotten more than 118 million hits? None other than the big routine from Dirty
Another trivia question that some of you may know the answer to has to do with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's
failure at sea. April 15 is the date of this tragedy. If you thought most of the folks on board perished in the icy waters,
you'll be surprised to learn that only half died. Well, maybe "only" is not a good word. One would be too many on
a ship that was touted as unsinkable. There were 2,223 passengers and crew. 1,517 died. A little more than half.
April 1, 2012
If you haven't
heard this song by the Barn Again Gang -- On My Father's side -- am sure you'll enjoy it. And thanks to you, Joyce
from Frankfort, IL for sending: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5ddoyfn6g4
And here's Kaitlyn Maher, a 4-year old, singing in America's Got Talent. Mind you, she's had 26,585,501 hits on
her debut on the national stage. She is absolutely adorable! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwAbtizFCzo&feature=related
Kaitlyn Maher again, this time singing Ave Maria - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR0AXNtwqZE&feature=related
And she got to sing for President and First Lady Laura Bush: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpt_UU96EG8&feature=related
Here she is singing the National Anthem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhD9kKb3hSM&feature=related
I have not ever heard the story about the "Praying Hands" so I am especially thankful to
Cody in Warrensburg, MO for sending Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with
eighteen children. Eighteen! In order merely to keep food on the table for this mob,
the father and head of the household,
a goldsmith by profession, worked almost
eighteen hours a day at his tradeand any other paying chore he could find in
Despite their seemingly hopeless condition, two of the elder children, Albrecht and
Albert, had a dream. They both wanted to pursue their talent for art, but they knew
full well that their father would
never be financially able to send either of them
to Nuremberg to study at the Academy.
After many long discussions
at night in their crowded bed, the two boys finally
worked out a pact. They would toss a coin. The loser would go down
into the nearby
mines and, with his earnings, support his brother while he attended the academy.
Then, when that
brother who won the toss completed his studies, in four years, he
would support the other brother at the academy, either
with sales of his artwork or,
if necessary, also by laboring in the mines.
They tossed a coin on a Sunday
morning after church. Albrecht Durer won the toss and
went off to Nuremberg.
Albert went down into the dangerous
mines and, for the next four years, financed his
brother, whose work at the academy was almost an immediate sensation.
etchings, his woodcuts, and his oils were far better than those of most of his
professors, and by the
time he graduated, he was beginning to earn considerable fees
for his commissioned works.
When the young
artist returned to his village, the Durer family held a festive
dinner on their lawn to celebrate Albrecht's triumphant
homecoming. After a long and
memorable meal, punctuated with music and laughter, Albrecht rose from his honored
at the head of the table to drink a toast to his beloved brother for the
years of sacrifice that had enabled Albrecht
to fulfill his ambition. His closing
words were, "And now, Albert, blessed brother of mine, now it is your turn.
can go to Nuremberg to pursue your dream,and I will take care of you."
All heads turned in eager
expectation to the far end of the table where Albert sat,
tears streaming down his pale face, shaking his lowered head
from side to side while
he sobbed and repeated, over and over, "No ...no....no ..no."
Albert rose and wiped the tears from his cheeks. He glanced down the long
table at the faces he loved, and then, holding
his hands close to his right cheek,
he said softly, "No, brother. I cannot go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me.
... Look what four years in the mines have done to my hands! The bones in every
finger have been smashed at
least once, and lately I have been suffering from
arthritis so badly In my right hand that I cannot even hold a glass
to return your
toast, much less make delicate lines on parchment or canvas with a pen or a brush.
No, brother ....for
me it is too late."
More than 450 years have passed. By now, Albrecht Durer's hundreds of masterful
pen and silver-point sketches, water colors, charcoals, woodcuts, and
copper engravings hang in every great museum in
the world, but the odds are great
that you, like most people, are familiar with only one of Albrecht Durer's works.
More than merely being familiar with it, you very well may have a reproduction
hanging in your home or office.
One day, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer
painstakingly drew his brother's
abused hands with palms together and thin fingers
stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply "Hands,"
but the entire
world almost immediately opened their hearts to his great masterpiece and renamed
his tribute of
love "The Praying Hands."
March 30, 2012
I have to
share with you that the operators of this web site have become increasingly frustration to work with. The way I see it, I
have two choices: (1) shut down the site altogether and discontinue the blogs, or (2) find a site that is more responsive
to what I want from a web site.
In the meantime, one of the questions that Jesus asked is #80 -- If you do not
believe Moses' writings, how will you believe me? (John 5:47)
Old Testament writings often come under fire as being
"irrelevant" or "out of date" or just "too old."
All of those excuses are flawed,
in my view.
In the first place, the Word of God is eternal.
Because the Word is eternal, it transcends
time and space.
For that reason, when you read the Bible, the breath of God is still on the paper; still on the
words. The Bible is the Word of God. It will never get "too old" or "out of date."
the Word. Absorb it; take it in. If you find any challenge whatsoever about understanding what some passages mean, then the
Counselor will be sent to you, just for the asking. Just pray that Jesus will send you His Counselor to assist you in your
Blessings to you in your spiritual journey through the Word of God.
March 27, 2012
Here is one
of the most precious tapes I've ever heard of a child: http://www.maniacworld.com/stay-calm-dad.html From my friend Shirley in Arizona. It's just precious!
This is a video I found on my own. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rtt-TmReaw&feature=related I love the innocence of this little girl. I pray that she will hold onto her dreams all her life and never let anyone
snatch them away from her.
God keeps the dreams of children in his right hand pocket. And woe be to those who
steal the dreams of a child.
Today I am going to discuss Question #66 from Luke 18:7 -- Will not God then
secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?
In the first place, I consider myself
one of God's chosen ones because I claim the inheritance of being a child of God.
And how did I get to
be a child of God? Simple. I believe that Jesus Christ, God's only Son, died for my sins and offered me salvation. By doing
this, He names says that I share in the inheritance of God's richest blessings.
And you most certainly can enjoy
this same inheritance and become a Child of God by believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins too.
that simple. You have only to believe.
This is my right, in God's own words. He says: Will not God then secure
the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? I believe that because I know that God does not lie.
He's good for His promises and when He says He's going to secure my rights, what do I have to fear?
And do I call
out to God day and night? Yes. In my car when I head out to work. I pray that some idiot does not plow into me head-on. I
pray that I don't get tee-boned by someone running a red light or a stop sign.
I pray that when I enter that miraculous
place of empty thoughts of what seems to be unconsciousness, that the veil will be lifted in the morning and I will re-awaken
to a new day. Sleep itself is a miracle. We fall into a mindless abyss every night and awaken refreshed to a new day. Is that
a miracle or what? How does God do that?
I remember reading or hearing this "what if" thought that when
you awaken in the morning, what if the only things you had in your life were the things you thanked God for yesterday! Kind
of put a new perspective on things for me. Instead of just nagging and nagging -- which I can be pretty good at -- for things
I think I want, or things I think I need -- I stop every day and thank God for what He gives me. The gifts are enormous and
I only get them because He is a gracious God. I certainly deserve nothing.
But all day and all night I talk to
God. We have an ongoing conversation. Help me with this, please. Oh, and thank you for that. Or how about all those problems
that you just can't seem to solve. Then He says, "I can help you with that." Or, after the problem is solved and
I nod a quiet thank you, He says "All you had to do was ask."
God is my friend. This King of the Universe
took notice of me when I was about four years old. That's when I started talking to Him in my head. I knew it was God because
I learned about Him in Sunday School. My Sunday School teacher told me I could just talk to God simply like he was an ordinary
person. I took her at her word and have never thought of God as anything but.
Even though I know for sure, now
that I have a few more years on me, that God is nothing ordinary at all. But I also know that He is never too busy to secure
my rights as one of His chosen ones.
Enjoy your day and rest easy in your sleep, dear friends. God is watching
out for you.
March 26, 2012
#32 that Jesus asked was, "Could you not watch for me one brief hour?" -- Matt. 26:40
There are lots
and lots of ways to travel through the Lenten season on the way to Calvary. And the reasons for doing things differently are
many and varied.
People offer up the thought that they can worship anywhere. They feel just as close to God, they
say, when they are listening to a beautiful piece of music, or walking through the woods in the late afternoon.
things are true.
But it seems to me that if you want to go down that path to Calvary, you ought to do it the way
that Jesus wants you to do it. Not the way you think, in your not-so-infinite pseudo-wisdom of coming up with these cute
little excuses. Cute, you think.
Truth is, Jesus wants you to go to your church, or your temple and watch
with him there, in that place.
This question that Jesus asks from Matthew sounds like a plea to me. Couldn't
you watch with me one hour?
Well, sure you could, if you thought it was important enough.
and I go to Lenten services and the church is not even half full. Where is everybody? Working? Playing? Doing homework? Driving
around? Out to dinner? Where are you? Those who couldn't come to this worshiping place to watch with Jesus one hour.
What if I told you that I had learned that Jesus was going to make one of those rare earthly appearances for one week only.
He was actually going to come to church because He wanted to talk to me.
I'd move heaven and earth to get there
on time. I want to meet this man while He's still alive. You bet I'd watch with him an hour. In fact, I'll stay up all night
if he stuck around to talk to me.
And talks to me He does. When I'm sitting in that pew, I can almost feel his
eyes burning a hole in my skin. Kind of at the back of my neck. I can almost feel his hand on my shoulder while he bends around
to look at me and whispers to me, "I'm so glad you came tonight. I'm doing this all for you, you know."
He's my Savior. We're connected. It must break His heart to see so many empty pews when they should be overflowing with
people who are willing to give Him one hour of their busy schedules.
"Why couldn't you watch with me one
hour?" He asks. It's a question you'll have all of eternity to answer Him one day.
March 25, 2012
Now this is precious!
It's a two year old dancing to Jailhouse Rock. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wt824D1Bqg He's got some good moves too.
March 24, 2012
At this time
of year, one of my favorite places on earth is Kentucky when the dogwood and redbud are in full bloom -- and nowhere are they
more beautiful than my home town -- Paducah, Kentucky.
Just look at these gorgeous photos and you'll see what I
These quips come from my cousin who lives in a small town not too far from Houston -- well, in Texas, 200 miles
is a "small distance" I think: THE POSITIVE SIDE OF LIFE:
Living on Earth is expensive,
but it does include a free trip
around the sun every year.
How long a minute is
depends on what side of the
bathroom door you're on.
Birthdays are good for you;
the more you have,
the longer you live.
Happiness comes through doors you
didn't even know you left open.
Ever notice that the people who are late
are often much jollier
than the people who have to wait for them?
Most of us go to our grave
with our music still inside of us.
If WalMart is lowering prices every day,
how come nothing is free yet?
You may be only one person in the world,
but you may also be the world to one person.
Some mistakes are too much fun
to only make once.
Don't cry because it's over;
smile because it happened.
We could learn a lot from crayons:
some are sharp, some are pretty,
some are dull, some have weird names,
and all are different colors....but
they all exist very nicely in the same box.
A truly happy person is one who
can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Have an awesome day, and
know that someone
who thinks you're great
has thought about you today!..
"And that person was me.".....
Please don't keep this message
to yourself.....send it to those
who mean so much to you.... "NOW".
Thank you, Frances. I love the one about some mistakes. Hope you don't have too many people
out there who are all to eager to point each and every little mistake you make. Those, I think, are the ones who go to
their graves with the music still living inside them. It's just too much "vinegar energy" to look for flaws in people.
And God knows I have more than my share, it seems. But here's the thing: I don't make mistakes on purpose and I never
make mistakes with the idea of making someone's misery index go up. I just thank God that I am surrounded by true
friends who cut me some slack. You know the ones. They really care about you. I like the idea that we are all living in a
big crayon box. That has to be one of those lessons learned in kindergarten. But then, I'm old enough to realize that
we didn't have kindergarten when I started school.
I celebrated kicking off my educational pursuits by going down
the big slide on the playground with a somersault from the top. I was grounded from recess for the rest of the week.
These beautiful thoughts also come from Frances:
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IT IS CHRISTIAN
PERSON WEEK AND YOU SHOULD SEND THIS TO
ALL BEAUTIFUL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE
When I say that 'I am
a Christian', I am not shouting that 'I am clean living. I'm
whispering 'I was lost, but now I'm found and forgiven.'
When I say 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that
I stumble and need Christ
to be my guide.
When I say 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm
need His strength to carry on.
When I say 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have
failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect. My flaws
are far too
visible, but God believes I am worth it.
When I say 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting
of pain. I have my share of
heartaches, so I call upon His name.
When I say 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier
than thou, I'm just a simple sinner who
received God's good grace, somehow!
Today is Beautiful Christian Person's
Pretty is as Pretty does but, Beautiful is just plain Beautiful..
I'm supposed to send this to Beautiful
and you are one of them!!!
March 21, 2012
sermon text at our 5th Midweek Lenten Service in Matthew 28:16-20 comes the command of Jesus that we are to go into all the
world and make disciples of all men.
Well, I don't know about you but I can't go to the airport and get a ticket
to go to some faraway place and work in a mission field. But those very words are the marching orders of the church.
What I can do is partner with the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and be a supplier of stuff that missionaries
can use. Quilts, for instance. Quilts are made in Lutheran churches all across this country. They find their way into orphanages.
In hospitals. In remote villages where they are placed over a low branch and become the roof of a home. If the villager is
lucky, a second quilt could be a floor. We need more quilts -- more than the 355,000 that have been made this winter. That
means there will be an unmet need.
Our church is going to put baby kits together. These baby kits will have a few
diapers in them. Some tee shirts. Some tiny little caps. Diaper pins and little sleepers. We're making the receiving blankets
and it will have a bunch of baby supplies in it, then pinned with the diaper pins. Missionaries can take these baby kits and
go into villages and give them to new mothers who often don't have clothes for newborn babies. And if they have a receiving
blanket at all, it was made from their old clothes that were too worn out to use anymore. Imagine the joy when a new mom gets
a bright, colorful receiving blanket that has been made with so much love and joy and prayers!
Yes, the women of
the Lutheran Women's Missionary League can partner with missionaries who are in a position to tell others first-hand what
Jesus has done for them. They can ground others by bringing them the Word of God.
And how long are we supposed
to do all this?
Jesus says "Until the end of the age." That is, we're supposed to keep on keeping on
until Jesus comes back for us.
In the meantime, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of ways that
I can reach out to people around the world and spread the wonderful message that Jesus Christ died for our sins and because
of his death on the cross, we can claim salvation as a child of God.
So this is the reason I write this blog. It's
my way of going around the world to talk to people about what Christ has done for each one of us. That would be you. And it
would be me. My computer is my magic carpet and on it, I can ride through cyberspace to reach you in 23 countries so far this
God bless each and every one of you.
March 20, 2012
results in Illinois: http://www.wthitv.com/subindex/elections/results Not all results are in at this writing.
If you are anywhere near middle Illinois on March 23, you could do
yourself a favor and go to the Effingham Performance Center at 8:00 p.m. and catch the show headlined by Scott Wattles of
Blue Suede Crew. Tickets are $5. He's an incredible performer for those of us who wax nostalgia over Elvis, Roy Orbison, Marty
Robbins, and a host of others. What a voice!
We had an opportunity to hear him for the first time on Sunday evening.
All Gospel songs. And a standing ovation for How Great Thou Art!
If I tried that it would come under the
category of making a joyful noise, but I am filled with appreciation for anyone who can sing really well. We are fortunate
because own Pastor Rensner is also a wonderful vocalist. I love listening to someone who loves to sing. And both these gentlemen
Earthquake near Acapulco registers 7.6! That's a really hefty earthquake even if it is about 200 miles
from Acapulco. God is sure rattling the earth these days. Two hundred miles is nothing when an earthquake ripples its way
through the earth.
It is still 78 degrees in the house. And Quint mowed the grass -- or part of it -- yesterday
afternoon. Don't remember that happening in March. Ever. We sure do enjoy having the windows open and soft warm breezes blowing
across us when we're sleeping though.
We pray for God's blessings to all of you. Some of you are living in dangerous area and you are especially in our prayers.
And we thank you for prayers too.
March 19, 2012
quote: PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU
SAID ~BUT~THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM
It's time for a patriotic song and this just arrived from Shirley, my favorite snow bird who has not
returned from Arizona yet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TPgJSZf5Vw&feature=youtu.be
And here's a cute little story sent by our friends John and Sherre in Wichita:
Subject: A New Pet
A single guy decided life would be more fun if he had a pet.
So he went to the pet store and told the owner
That he wanted to buy an unusual pet.
After some discussion, he finally bought a talking centipede,
(100-legged bug), which came in a little white box
To use for his house.
He took the box back home, found a good spot for the box,
And decided he would start off by taking his new pet
To church with him.
So he asked the centipede in the box,
"Would you like to go
To church with me today?
We will have a good time."
But there was no answer from his new pet.
This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes
And then asked again,
"How about going
To church with me
And receive blessings?"
But again,there was no answer
From his new friend and pet.
So he waited a few minutes more,
Thinking about the situation.
The guy decided to invite the centipede one last time.
This time he put his face up against
The centipede ' s house and shouted,
"Hey, in there!
Would you like to go
ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS ......
Came out of the box,
"I heard you the first time!
I ' m putting my shoes on!"
March 17, 2012
the day when the whole world is Irish. That includes my cousin, Mark, who sends this blessing. It's beautiful poetry by Phil
Coulter and narrated by Roma Downey. I thank you Mark for this beautiful blessing and, in turn, send it along to all my friends:
http://www.andiesisle.com/ThisBlessingIsForYou.html Looking at the beautiful photos, I am reminded of a wonderful vacation that Quint and I took to Ireland a few years
ago. It's a beautiful country and I got an answer to why the green grass is so vibrant and emerald colored. Supposedly it's
because of the high level of minerals in the soil, most particularly calcium. And that's one of the reasons why Queen Elizabeth
sends here pregnant horses to Ireland to deliver. Munching on good Irish green grass makes for healthy bones for the baby
horse in the mom's womb, and also when the little baby horse starts to grow and develop. The grass really is emerald colored.
They aren't just kididng.
Ready for a little humor? This comes from my friend Cody in Warrensburg, MO:
Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement and when his
Plane arrived there was a limousine
there to transport him to his home.
As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver.
'You know' he said, 'I am 87 years old and I have never
Driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove
it for a while?'
The driver said,
'No problem. Have at it.'
Billy gets into the driver's
seat and they head off
Down the highway.
A short distance away
Sat a rookie State Trooper operating his
first speed trap.
The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone.
The trooper pulled out
And easily caught the limo
And he got out of his patrol car to begin the procedure.
The young trooper walked
up to the driver's door
And when the glass
Was rolled down,
He was surprised to see
Who was driving.
He immediately excused himself and went back to his car
And called his supervisor.
'I know we are supposed
To enforce the law....
But I also know that
Given certain courtesies.
I need to know what
I should do because
I have stopped a
The supervisor asked,
'Is it the governor?'
The young trooper said,
he's more important
The supervisor said,
'Oh, so it's the president.'
'No, he's even more
Important than that.'
The supervisor finally asked,
then, who is it?'
The young trooper said,
'I think it's Jesus,
Because he's got Billy Graham
for a chauffeur!'
Smile - God loves you! I ask the Lord to bless you, as I pray for you today;
To guide you
and protect you, as you go along your way
God's love is always with you, God's promises are true.
you give God all your cares, believe with all your might that God will see you through.
March 16, 2012
I see a lot
of anxious people who come for counseling. And even though anxious people want very much to not be anxious anymore, they resist
doing the very thing that un-anxious people know all about. That is, un-anxious people live their lives on a foundation of
faith. Christ lives in their hearts. The Holy Spirit is used as a daily ever-ready counselor.
In going down the
list of 100 Questions That Jesus Asked, I come to Luke 12:26 which asks: If even the smallest things
are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest?
It's a humbling thought that we don't
have all that much control over the external events of our lives. For instance, there's that old Liar, Satan, who likes to
poke his nose into every facet of our business. He'd like to think we're easy pickings for his nasty little harvest. And beware
that you say such things as, "I'd give anything ..." Satan is the one who will seize that opportunity and yes, he
can grant your wishes, too. Many times he does. Then he comes back for payment from you a nickel at a time.
want wealth? Satan will give it to you. Then what? How many lives have been ruined by winning the lottery? But you say you'd
like to just try it? Don't bother. Satan doesn't play fair. He wants to own you, lock stock and barrel.
on the other hand, says, Do my work and I will prosper you. God is not against prosperity. It's not money that gets
people in trouble. Rather, it's the love of moneythat leads to sin. The love of money leads to greed and corruption.
People who are thousandaires strive to become millionaires. Millionaires strive to become billionaires. No matter how weather
they are, they are never satisfied with what they have. Prosperity, on the other hand, comes with contentment.
we are prosperous we thank the Lord that we have enough to spare and some left to share.
Lots of people are anxious
about money because they have this idea that they want more and more and more, and never realizing that they don't have enough,
and probably will never have enough to suit them.
But money isn't the only thing that causes so much anxiety. It's
the fear that we're never going to be in control of situations or events in our lives.
When you look at your life,
what is it that you think you do have control over? Your children? Your addicted spouse? Your job? Your ability to drive down
the street and not have an accident? Your shopping for food and making the assumption that the food hasn't been tampered with
by an idiot who has figured out a way to slip a poison into your food without it being detected until you get sick and are
rushed to a hospital? Or you order and egg at a restaurant and get a dose of salmonella.
How's that control thing
working out for you?
But here's what you do. First of all, get down on your knees and pray to God. Pray to Jesus
Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to come into your heart and help you figure things out better. God likes our prayers better when
we are reverent, I've found. That's why kneeling is best; it's humbling.
Don't want to do that? Well, you don't
have to. Life can continue the way it's been going for you if you are filled with fears and anxieties. But if you want your
life to change, let Jesus Christ into your heart. He has solutions for you that you can't even imagine.
Master of the universe and it's Jesus Christ who is the agent of change in your life, not you.
March 15, 2012
Oh my, what
a beautiful day we had today. It warmed up to a perfect 74 degrees. Soft, gentle breezes. Then there was this dark, ugly row
of clouds that I had my eye on as I drove to work. It was about twenty miles away. Never did get a drop of rain. The clouds
scooted east and stayed out of my way. The storm must have hit Detroit. I saw some pretty ugly video of tornadoes over there
late this afternoon. Lots of damage and rubble. Hope there were no casualties.
On another subject, I have been
thinking about compassion a lot these days. The people who are able to express and share it with others are so welcome in
my world. Here's the deal. We all have to fashion our responses to other people similarly to what our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ, would do.
Compassion and gentle tenderness. And love and kindness. And helping one another.
comes from good friend Shirley all the way from Arizona:
This is SIMPLY AWESOME!I’ve never seen this
before! Whoever put “The Resume of
Jesus Christ” together is surelya blessing to us all! Please share
it! The last
sentence says it all...
The Resume of Jesus Christ
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible . Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior
My name is Jesus -The
Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my resume because
I'm seeking the top management position in your
heart. Please consider my
accomplishments as set forth in my resume.
I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)
formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)
I breathed into man the breath of life,
(See Genesis 2:7)
I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)
The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See
I've only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49 ).
never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.
My employer has nothing
but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15 -17)
Skills Work Experiences
Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering
the poor to be poor no
more, healing the broken hearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick,
sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See
am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell
safely and shall not fear evil,
(See Proverbs 1:33 ).
Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to
cleanse you of your
sins, (See I John 1:7-9)
I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge,
wisdom and understanding,
(See Proverbs 2:6).
In me are hid all of the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).
My Word is so powerful; it has been
described as being a lamp unto your feet and a
light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).
I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).
I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting
of all times, (See
Genesis 1:26 ).
I laid down my life so that you may live, (See
II Corinthians 5:15 ).
I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind and made a
show of them openly, (See
Colossians 2:15 ).
I've miraculously fed the poor, healed
the sick and raised the dead!
There are many more major accomplishments, too many
to mention here. You can read
them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don't need
Internet connection or computer to access my website.
Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation,
deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.
Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate
qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly
direct your paths,
(See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See
John 6:47 ). When can I start? Time is of
the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15 ).
Send this resume to everyone you know,
you never know
may have an opening!
Thanks for your help.
March 14, 2012
I just got
this link from my friend in the Quad Cities area in northern Illinois. It's an eagle mom sitting on her nest. And the article
points out that the nest if seven feet in diameter! http://www.alcoa.com/locations/usa_davenport/en/info_page/eaglecam.asp
Got this from Mary, a friend who lives in Springfield. It comes to her from an attorney. And just an aside, when
your credit card is stolen, you do know that you have to file the report in the police department where the fraud/theft took
place, don't you? There's lot of good advice here and I thank you, Mary, for sending this. I'm going to write "photo
ID required" on each card as I receive new ones. That's a great idea!
All Credit Card Users Advice
Advice for all credit card users posted by Bluwolf at Caps Corner
Sunday morning 03/11/2012
bluwolf] Read this and make a copy
for your files in case you need to refer to it
we should all
take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent
the following out to the
employees in his
1.Do not sign the back of your credit cards.
Instead, put 'PHOTO ID REQUIRED.'
you are writing checks to pay
on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the
line. Instead, just put the last four
numbers. The credit card company
knows the rest of the number, and anyone
who might be handling your check as it
passes through all the check processing
channels won't have access to it.
3.Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If
you have a PO Box use that instead
of your home address. If you do not have a PO
Box, use your work address. Never have your SS# printed on your checks.
You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have It printed, anyone can get
the contents of your wallet on photocopy machine. Do both sides of each
license, credit card, etc. You will know what
you had in your wallet and all of
the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in
a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here
or abroad. We've all heard horror
stories about fraud that's committed on us in
stealing a Name, address,Social Security number, credit cards..
Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have firsthand knowledge because my
wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the
thieves ordered an expensive
monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line
to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my
driving record information online, and more.
But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know:
5.We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately.
But the key is having the toll free numbers and
your card numbers handy so you
know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.
6.. File a police
report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc.,
were stolen. This proves to credit providers you
were diligent, and this is a
first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one). But here's what is
most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.)
Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations
immediately to place a fraud
alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number. I had
heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an
application for credit was made over the Internet
in my name. The alert means
any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they
to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.
By the time I
was advised to do this, almost two
weeks after the theft, all the damage had
been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves'
purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no
additional damage has been done,
and the thieves threw my wallet away this
weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their
Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about
your wallet, if it has been
2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
3.) Trans Union : 1-800-680 7289 1-800-680 7289
4.) Social Security Administration
(fraud line): 1-800-269-0271
We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass along
just about everything. If you are willing to pass this information along, it
could really help someone that you care
March 13, 2012
It has been
a really long day at an all day board meeting for Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML). The location of the meeting is
some 95 miles from home. We passed a resolution for mission grants in the amount of $75,000.
The women of the LWML
are amazing. They collect small amounts of change on a regular basis and add them all together and pretty soon, there are
thousands of dollars in our district, and almost two million at the national level. Then the money is sent all around the
world to help feed hungry children, start new churches, help church workers go to school, and a wide variety of projects that
One of the member groups, called Societies, is finishing up some 170 quilts they have been making
this winter. Another group, from my zone, has made 127 quilts. These quilts will be sent to Lutheran World Relief and shipped
to people around the world wherever they are needed.
It's a long day to meet for quarterly board meetings but
it's refreshing to partner with so many other women of faith who share a single commitment to help make the world a better
place to live in.
We had a mission pastor speak at our church last Sunday and he tells of the horrible poverty
in Central America. Did you know that there are children who do not have clothes to wear. And they eat maybe once every two
or three days?
Why aren't more people on fire with a passion to join in a partnership with churches that are working
hard in these poverty-stricken countries? These are the groups that make sure almost 100% of any money that's collected goes
right where it's needed. And much of that money is spent distributing the goods that are collected.
Pray for the
hungry and the naked children who live in squalor and poverty.
God bless you, each and every one.
March 11, 2012
the day when it feels like we've moved into another time zone -- one just to the west of us because the sun stays up longer.
My dear friend Joyce sent me this link to a video that is nothing short of adorable.
It's about a mother black bear and her three newborn cubs getting tagged in the wilds of Ontario. The commentator
is pretty funny too. Thank you, Joyce.
Here's another one from Joyce. It's about a young woman who's talking to
her grandpa about the ipad she gave him. He assures her that he's using it and knows all about the apps, etc. Watch this:
-- See, don't tell fibs.
And this comes from my cousin, Frances, in southern Texas:
How children perceive their Grandparents......
1. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under
eyes of her young granddaughter, as she'd done many times before.
After she applied her lipstick and
started to leave, the little one
said, "But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!" I
probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about
kissing the toilet paper good-bye....
2. My young
grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday.
He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 80. My grandson was
for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you start at 1?"
3. After putting her grandchildren
to bed, a grandmother changed into
old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she
children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience
grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed
their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left
the room, she heard the three-year-old
say with a trembling voice,
"Who was THAT?"
4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter
what her own
childhood was like. "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing
made from a tire; it hung
from a tree in our front yard. We rode our
pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods."
The little girl
was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said,
"I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"
5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you
know how you and God are alike?" I mentally
polished my halo and I
said, "No, how are we alike?'' "You're both old," he replied.
6. A little
girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's
word processor. She told him she was writing a story.
it about?" he asked.
"I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."
7. I didn't know
if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I
decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color
was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I
continued. At last, she headed for the
door, saying, "Grandma, I think
you should try to figure out some of these colors yourself!"
When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept
the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting
insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I
did, Billy whispered, "It's no
use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are
coming after us with flashlights."
9. When my grandson asked me how
old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm
not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandpa," he advised "Mine
I'm 4 to 6."
10.. A second grader came home from school and said to her
guess what? We learned how to make babies
today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep
her cool. "That's interesting." she said... "How do you make babies?"
replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."
11. Children's Logic: "Give me a sentence
about a public servant,"
said a teacher. The small boy wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder
The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you
know what pregnant means?" she asked.
said the young boy confidently. 'It means carrying a child."
12. A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren
to their home one
day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the
fire truck was a Dalmatian
dog. The children started discussing the
"They use him to keep crowds back," said one child.
"No," said another. "He's just for good luck.."
A third child brought the argument to a close."They
use the dogs," she
said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants."
13. A 6-year-old was asked where
his grandma lived. "Oh," he said,
"she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her.
Then, when we're done having her visit, we take her back to the
14. Grandpa is the smartest
man on earth! He teaches me good things,
but I don't get to see him enough to get as smart as him!
Grandparents are funny, when they bend over, you hear gas leaks
and they blame their dog.
March 7, 2012
Got this earnest
prayer from a dear friend, Diane, who lives in Hidalgo:
Hi Lord, its me.* *We are getting older and
things are getting bad here.*
*Gas prices are too high, no jobs, food and heating costs too high.* *I
have taken you out of our schools, government and even* *Christmas,
but Lord I'm asking you to come back* *and re-bless
America .* *We really
need you!* *There are more of us who want you than those who don't!* *Thank
Lord,* *I Love you.* *If you agree, send it on---if not just delete.*
*Only you & the Lord will know.*
*"Life without God is** **like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."*
As a side note, there
is a prayer group that stops to pray at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. The prayer is for America to return to its Christian
roots and rid Washington, D. C. of all corrupt politicians. People all over the country are joining together in this common
prayer. Join in if you can.
Last night was Ladies Aid at church. What a privilege it is to meet with other women
of like Christian values and to share God's word in a Bible Study, then our hostess for the evening, Melissa, made a wonderful
spread of fresh fruit. She also made cookies but I didn't have any. It seems that sugar has become my enemy since learning
that I have gout that settled in my lower back and my right thumb. The medicine that I now take is for people who specifically
took Cytoxan as a chemo treatment for breast cancer. So, no sugary desserts. But then, since Quint is diabetic,
Splenda has become my friend. And I can also get chocolate covered cherries from Figi's and have them shipped to me. Yummmmmmy!
It's really windy here. So bad that the windmill has blown over twice in the last day or so. I also heard that
there were 90 mph gusts in Las Vegas. Not that anybody who goes to Las Vegas goes outside to stand on the sidewalks to enjoy
the weather. I mean, they don't even have clocks in the casinos. They'd probably like it if people took their watches off,
but that's not happening much either.
Got this from both cousins, Mark and Alan, so you know it's serious
Can't eat pork,
Can't eat chicken,
Can't eat Beef, Mad cow
Can't eat eggs, Salmonella.
eat fish, heavy metal poisons in their waters.
Can't eat fruits and veggies E coli, insecticides and herbicides.
I believe that leaves Chocolate
and ice cream!!!!!!!!
Remember - - - 'STRESSED'
March 5, 2012
Got this poignant
story from cousin Mark. Enjoy! Gratitude is a acquired pleasure.Have a great day full of love and happiness.
Change Your Thinking
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.
One man was allowed
to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain
the fluid from his lungs.
His bed was next
to the room's only window.
The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked
for hours on end.
They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement
military service, where they had been on vacation..
Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could
sit up, he would pass
the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the
The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world
would be broadened and enlivened
by all the activity and colour of the world
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.
Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young
lovers walked arm in arm amidst
flowers of every colour and a fine view of the city
skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by
the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the
other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine
this picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.
the other man could not hear the band - he could see it in his mind's eye
as the gentleman by the window portrayed it
with descriptive words.
Days, weeks and months passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring
water for their baths only to find the
lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.
She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate,
the other man asked if he could be moved next to
the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making
sure he was
comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to
take his first look at the
real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.
It faced a blank wall.
The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had
described such wonderful things outside this window.
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not
even see the wall.
She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.'
is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.
Shared grief is half the sorrow, but
happiness when shared, is doubled.
And these quips from "kids in church" comes from dear friend,
Cody, in Warrensburg, MO:
A little boy was in a relative's wedding.
As he was coming down the aisle, he would
take two steps,
stop, and turn to the crowd.
While facing the crowd, he would put his hands
up like claws and roar.
So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the
As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard
by the time he reached the pulpit.
When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said,
"I was being the Ring Bear."
Sunday in a Midwest City ,
a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour.
The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew
but were losing the battle.
Finally, the father picked the little fellow up
and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out.
Just before reaching the safety of the foyer,
the little one called loudly to the congregation,
me! Pray for me!"
One particular four-year old prayed,
"And forgive us our trash baskets
as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."
A little boy was overheard praying:
if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it.
I'm having a real good time like I am."
School teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church
service, "And why is it necessary to
be quiet in church?"
One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."
A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination,
at the old pages as he turned them.
Then something fell out of the Bible.
He picked it
up and looked at it closely.
It was an old leaf from a tree that has been pressed in between the pages.
look what I found," the boy called out.
"What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked.
With astonishment in the young boy's voice he answered,
"I think it's Adam 's suit".
The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike,
and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform,
the mike cord as he went.
Then he moved to one side,
getting wound up in the cord and
nearly tripping before jerking it again.
After several circles and jerks,
a little girl
in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered,
"If he gets loose, will he hurt us?"
old Angie , and her four-year old brother, Joel , were sitting together in
Joel giggled, sang
and talked out loud.
Finally, his big sister had had enough.
"You're not supposed to talk out loud in church."
"Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked.
Angie pointed to the back of the church and said,
those two men standing by the door?
My grandson was visiting one day when he
"Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?"
polished my halo, while I asked,
"No, how are we alike?"
"You're both old," he replied.
A ten-year old, under the tutelage of her grandmother,
was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible.
Then, one day, she floored her grandmother by asking,
"Which Virgin was the mother
of Jesus ? The virgin Mary or the King James Virgin ?"
A Sunday school class was studying the
They were ready to discuss the last one.
teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was.
Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and
"Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife."
March 3, 2012
your hearts in prayer for the victims of this horrible rash of tornados today. These are killer winds. In addition to fatalities
reported, there's dangers with houses being lifted off their foundations. It's a good night to stay in, be safe, and
pray that God will embrace all those people who are suffering with heavy losses. Harrisburg, in southern Illinois, was particularly
hit, it seems to me. But there are other areas, with just as deadly outbreaks. I heard on one of the news channels that this
year would be as bad as the tornado season in 1978.
We pray steadfastly, also, that our nation will return to
its Christian roots on which it was founded.
I look forward to going to church on Sunday and hearing a message
from the Gospel lesson that, at least in part, says For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and
sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
I think there are a whole bunch of people out there who have kind of postponed thinking about what
they're going to do with all this Christianity stuff. "I'll worry about all that when I get older," they seem to
Well, think of Andrew Breitbart, who now lays cold and quiet at the tender age of 43.
He was one of my favorite reads. He was the kind of journalist that Pulitzer hoped to reward for courage through the printed
word. I pray that he was okay with God before he took his last breath. I have a feeling that he was.
But what about
all the other people out there? You know the ones -- they don't want the children to pray in school. They don't want to say
the word "God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. They don't want to hear anything that sounds like Christian talk. Woe
be to those who turn their backs on God. This verse in Mark tells them exactly what God will do in retaliation. And don't
think for one minute that they can appease God with some half-witted excuse like, "I didn't mean it. You know I wasn't
serious, don't you?"
It's time to pray like you mean it. It's time to spend your days thinking about God.
Oh, you don't have to jump up out of your chair screaming "Hallalujah." But you can think about the Great and Wonderful
Creator of the Universe who allows you to take each breath throughout every day of your life. Be thankful for that.
I have always wondered about the people who want to go to heaven. Don't they realize that they will spend their time praising
and worshiping God? If they are looking forward to the time when they are able to do that, wouldn't you think they could spend
more time worshiping and praising God every day, in some way?
There are so many things a person can do to worship
God. He sees us when we are kind to others. He sees us when we are compassionate and generous. He sees us when we try with
all our heart to lead a life as free as sin as we possibly can - not that we'll ever be totally sin-free, what being human
and all. But we ought to try as best as we can to avoid temptation and sin in our lives.
God likes it when we strive
to do that.
February 29, 2012
to ask yourself --
Can you tell the difference between being tested and being tempted?
When you're tempted, it involved a sin of some sort.
Being tested is a form of discipline. Discipline makes
you grow in faith. It enriches you and tempers your faith into a tool as strong as steel.
The passage that started
all this thinking about being tempted was from the Epistle lesson a week or so ago. It's from the Book of James, and
says: Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted with evil, and
he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. -- James 1:13-14
So if you feel like you're being tempted, who do you think might be the culprit?
Another easy answer
-- Satan himself.
Satan is the author of evil. Not God. God does not tempt us, Satan does. Temptations involve
sins. Testing involves love through discipline.
This notion that there is a person named Satan reared its head
out on the campaign trail a few weeks back. Santorum made the comment that "...Satan had his eye on Washington."
What a firestorm that set off. Here came the spindoctors who tried to make Santorum look like a religious kook. Until some
organization did a survey and found that 70% of Americans believe -- truly believe -- that Satan really does exist.
Remember way back in Sunday School days hearing that the best trick Satan has going for him is that he convinces people
that he does not exist. Well, that doesn't happen in the United States.
We're a Christian nation and we know he's
real. And his favorite game is Gotcha!
If you want an inkling about who Satan is, take a look at the Book of Job.
In the very first chapter, in verse 6, we read: One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord,
and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?"
Satan answered the
Lord, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it."
Then follows a conversation
recorded between the Lord and Satan. So if the Lord recognizes Satan and calls him by name, who are we to even think that
he does not exist?
Rest safely in the arms of the Lord, my friends, and pray fervently for his protection from
Satan and all that is evil.
February 28, 2012
I go off in a different direction, you have to watch this video of the Daytona 500. Talk about races, burning cars, fast bumps,
and one big brewhaha. One spill took out six cars: http://news.yahoo.com/video/turnerweekendtop5-20497430/weekend-top-5-daytona-28446636.html#crsl=%252Fvideo%252Fturnerweekendtop5-20497430%252Fweekend-top-five-homestead-27337497.html
Here's a video that is precious. It's about Pastor Ed Dobson, who developed ALS. He talks about his new role as
a different kind of pastor now that he no longer has an active church. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/18/tending-the-garden-one-person-at-a-time/
Pastor Rensner talked about how come God, who has the power to stop the storms in our lives, doesn't do that.
Pastor said that sometimes God calms the person going through the storm rather than calming the storm. And why would He do
that? His reasons are his own and they are not my ways.
I am working on a thesis of the difference between being
tested and being tempted. I hope to have it finished by this time tomorrow, so I hope you'll come back to read it.
Blessings, prayers and hugs,
February 27, 2012
This story comes from
Connie today. She says it will give you the chills....... GOOD chills. See if you agree.
A young man had been
to Wednesday Night Bible
Study. The Pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying the Lord's voice
The young man couldn't help but wonder, 'Does God still speak to people?'
After service, he went out with
some friends for coffee and pie and they discussed
the message. Several different ones talked about how God had
led them in different ways.
It was about ten o'clock when the young man started driving home. Sitting in
his car, he just began to pray, 'God...If you still speak
to people, speak to me. I will listen. I will do my best to
As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest thought to stop
and buy a gallon
of milk. He shook his head and said out loud, 'God is that you?' He didn't get a reply and
started on toward home. But
again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk.
The young man thought about Samuel and how he didn't recognize the voice
and how little Samuel ran to Eli. 'Okay, God, in case that is you, I will buy the milk.' It didn't seem
like too hard
a test of obedience. He could always use the milk. He stopped and purchased the
gallon of milk and
started off toward home.
As he passed Seventh Street, he again felt the urge, 'Turn Down that street.' This
is crazy he thought, and drove on past the intersection.
Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street
At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh.
Half jokingly, he said out loud, 'Okay,
God, I will.'
He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he should stop He pulled over
to the curb
and looked around. He was in a semi- commercial area of town. It wasn't
the best but it wasn't the worst of neighborhoods
either. The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the people were
already in bed.
Again, he sensed something, 'Go and give the milk to the people in the house across
the street.' The young man looked
at the house. It was dark and it looked like the
people were either gone or they were already asleep. He started to open
and then sat back in the car seat.
'Lord, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I wake
them up, they are going
to be mad and I will look stupid.' Again, he felt like he should go and give the
Finally, he opened the door, 'Okay God, if this is you, I will go to the door and I
will give them the milk.
If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want
to be obedient. I guess that will count for something, but if
they don't answer
right away, I am out of here.'
He walked across the street and rang the bell. He could
hear some noise inside. A
man's voice yelled
out, 'Who is it? What do you want?' Then the door opened before the
young man could
The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt. He looked like he just got
of bed. He had a strange look on his face and he didn't seem too happy to have some
stranger standing on his
doorstep. 'What is it?'
The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, 'Here, I brought this to you.' The man
took the milk and rushed down a hallway.
Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the kitchen.
was following her holding a baby. The baby was crying. The man had tears streaming
down his face.
The man began speaking and half crying, 'We were just praying. We had
some big bills this month and we ran out of
money. We didn't have any milk for our
baby. I was just praying and asking God to show me how to get some milk.'
His wife in the kitchen yelled out, 'I ask him to send an Angel with some. Are you
young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he had on him
and put in the man's hand. He turned and
walked back toward his car and the tears
were streaming down his face.
He knew that God still answers prayers.
This is so true. Sometimes it's the simplest things that God asks us to do that
cause us, if we are obedient
to what He's asking, to be able to hear His voice
more clear than ever. Please listen, and obey ! He will bless you (and
February 25 -- 26, 2012
adding this video at the front. It's from my cousin Mark and it's a video showing an owl coming in for a landing on a security
tower. http://www.dogwork.com/owfo8/ It's unbelievable footage showing the owl "putting on the brakes," so to speak. And look at those wing maneuvers!
It's only a minute long, but fascinating.
Beautiful photograph by Paul Bunyard, set to music -- called Chasing
the Light. It's a four and a half minute respite! http://www.dogwork.com/bnpcduk8/
One of my favorite videos -- this is a dog in a contest -- apparently the judges don't give him very high marks
because he can't seem to get it right. But then, just wait until the amazing end! http://www.dogwork.com/tconmv8/
This is a video (1:40) of cranes flying over Venice, Italy. Fascinating photography of the landscape below, but
also of the cranes communicating with one another while flying: http://www.dogwork.com/crafly9/
Here's a video, also from dogworld.com that shows a little bird coming into a bluegrass festival and sitting on
the lead singer's guitar. Too funny! http://www.dogwork.com/blugrs9/
Now, before you watch this next one, please realize that dogs are not supposed to stand upright and walk, much
less dance. But here's a cute little dog doing a Paso Doble. Yes, dancing: http://www.dogwork.com/psdqwk8/
Danica Patrick crashed intot he wall at Daytona today: http://www.breitbart.tv/danica-patrick-crashes-at-daytona/
Oh dear. This video shows someone getting creamed by an oncoming traffic. Just another reason why I don't do any
road ranging during ice and snow and black ice weather: http://www.breitbart.tv/nissan-frontier-shattered-into-bits-by-oncoming-semi/
Here's a recently discovered amateur video of the shuttle that exploded. After watching it, the videographers
didn't really understand what had happened. It seemed like they thought the crash was the booster rocket separating. http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2012/02/24/vo-challenger-amateur-video.newscientist
And this final video is about a man named Omar and his seeing eye dog Salty. Omar was working on the 71st floor
of the World Trade Center when the building was hit. Watch this video of this remarkable dog rescuing and saving his best
friend, Omar: http://www.dogwork.com/arfp8/
February 24, 2012
know that 2012 is a leap year, don't you? Just thought I'd bring that up, in case you overlooked the fact that February has
29 days in it this year.
So it's Friday night here at home. It's cold outside with the wind whipping around the
corner of the house. And we're about ready to settle down to a good old mystery on Netflix streaming and Quint asks from the
kitchen, "You want popcorn with that?" Who could say no? Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks.
3-2-1 cakes for dessert. If you remember, I have a big plastic bag into which I mixed together a sugar-free yellow cake mix
and an angel food cake mix. Really mix them well. Then, whenever you want a quick little cake, you mix 3 tablespoons of this
cake mix and 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave that for 1 minute and you have this unbelievable little cake.
I got fancy, I did. I put about 1/2 tablespoon of margarine and 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar blend (with Splenda). Microwave
that for about 5 seconds until the butter is melted. Stir that up and put in 1/2 tablespoon of crushed pineapple. Then add
the mixed up 32-1 cake mix and microwave that for 1 minute. Yummmy!
I'm going to see if sliced strawberries in
the bottom of my little dish (which is about the size of a ramekin), then put the 3-2-1 mixed up cake mix and see if it passes
for a strawberry short cake. It might. Or it might be close enough to pass for a suitable substitute.
the subject, the weather here has taken a dive down to 36 degrees. This time yesterday it was almost 60 degrees. For those
of you who just joined us from the United Arab Emirates, it probably doesn't matter that much. You have heat all year round.
But you also have sand. I don't know if I could really get used to living on a sand hill. It just looks - well, dry.
But since readers are from all over the world, it's probably a curiosity for some who never experience snow. (You're not
missing much at all.)
And as a side note, I'm so glad that you liked the blog from a few days ago about the man
praying the Lord's Prayer. It's unbelievable how many emails I've gotten in favor of this prayer. And how it's made you pause
and think about what you're saying when you pray. You know, God really is right around you every minute of the day. And he
cares about you, so keep on praying.
My prayer for you is that you will be blessed with many wonderful people
and opportunities that God will put in your life today. Enjoy each and every one of them.
February 23, 2012
was Ash Wednesday service at church. It marks a time when we begin a remembrance of the death of Jesus Christ and his resurrection
three days later at Easter. It's a somber time and as I sat in church and looked around me, I saw the usual faithful worshipers.
I felt closer to them than I do at other times of the year. The imposition of ashes reminds us that we came from dust and
it is to dust that we will return. In the meantime, we are to live our lives as Christians and walk through life behaving
as if --
...as if Christ were right beside us, visibly point out pitfalls,
... as if Christ were steering
us around the misdeeds we might otherwise get ourselves into,
... as if we remember that we are never alone,
... as if we realize consciously that Christ is watching us,
... as if we remember that it is Christ who
sits at the right hand of God interceding for us on our behalf,
... as if we remember, also, that it is Christ
who will judge us when we catch up with eternity,
... as if we always remember that we are to pray to God, our
heavenly father, and we can only get there through Jesus Christ,
... as if we want more than anything to please
God and Jesus Christ,
and finally, as if we are truly sorry for all our sins.
This isn't one of the
questions that is listed as having been asked by Jesus, but sometimes, when I do really silly stuff, I have this vision of
Jesus asking, "What in the world did you do that for?" It helps me not to do things anymore that I really don't
want to do and know that I shouldn't do.
February 21, 2012
feel the earthquake this morning? It registered 4.0 on the Richter Scale. I'll have to tell Quint that it wasn't the wind
that was rattling the windows that woke him at 4:00 am, but rather, the temblor shifting around close to the New Madrid fault
line. Here's a map that shows exactly where the earthquake was: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Maps/US10/32.42.-95.-85.php
But if you really want to see something, take a look see at this map of the United States -- 806 earthquakes in
the last 24 hours. California and Alaska are always feeling a lot of shaking going on.
Stay safe out there, my
Changing the subject, back to the List of 100 Questions that Jesus Asked:
Question #79 -- How
is it that you seek praise from one another and not seek the praise that comes from God? John 5:44
this question with me for a moment. Remember the last time you went to get a new outfit? You found something that you thought
would look good on you. You looked in the 3-way mirror to make sure the outfit draped across your body just the way you wanted
it to. And why is that?
Simple. When we buy something new to wear, we're thinking of what others will think of
it. Then they'll tell us how nice it looks.
We'll get praise.
But hold on here for a moment. The question
that Jesus is asking is how come you're thinking about what others think?
How come you aren't all that concerned
about what God thinks of you?
I think there might be a couple of answers to this question.
One of the
thoughts I have is that because we don't physically see God, it's sometimes hard to imagine that he's right here, right now,
in this very room, reading over your shoulder. Maybe watching you curiously to see how you get through your day. But, our
humanness sometimes fails us spiritually because we aren't always consciously thinking that God is present everywhere
at the same time.
How can that be? I don't know the answer to that. My brain can't get wrapped around that possibility,
but I know it's true because the Bible says so.
I know that after Quint and I finish our breakfast and we join
hands for our daily prayers, God is in the room with us. And I also know that it pleases God when his children talk to him.
That's what we do. We let him know what we're thankful for because he does so much for us. We wouldn't have a thread to wear
if it weren't for God's grace. Oh, I don't mean that he puts a hanger with clothes on it in our closet. But he makes provisions
for us to get the things we need as we go through our lives. And it's been like that since the day we were born.
God has always been a stellar provider. He has never failed to provide us with what we need.
By the same token,
he puts situations in our paths to see what we're going to do about them. He brings people to us to see how we're going to
react to them.
We need to always think about what we are doing so that we live our lives in ways that please God.
To me, that's a lot more important than whether someone else likes a dress I bought.
I care what God
thinks. I most definitely care what he thinks. And I hope that anything and everything I do in life tickles him. He is
not a person I ever want to be displeased with at me!
February 20, 2012
couldn't use a bit of humor in these harried political days? Got this one from my cousin Al in Virginia Beach:
female journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going
to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day,
every day, for a long, long time.
So she went to check it out. She went to the
Western Wall and there he was,
walking slowly up to the holy site.
him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave,
using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him
for an interview.
"Pardon me, sir, I'm Rebecca Smith. What's your name?
"Morris Feinberg," he replied.
"Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?"
"For about 60 years."
"60 years! That's amazing! What do you pray
"I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims."
"I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop."
"I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults and to
love their fellow man."
"I pray that politicians tell us the truth and put the interests of the people
of their own interests."
The reporter then asked, "How do you feel after
doing this for 60 years?"
"Like I'm talking to a wall."
And our good friend Joyce sends us this cost analysis of how much it costs to run a
Volt. Can you tell that Joyce is a banker by trade?
Subject: Cost to operate a Chevy Volt
Take a few
minutes to read thru this analysis. This is truly an economic failure,
until technology improves to change these costs!
This is what the Obama
Administration is pushing in his new budget! Just another "cash sink hole", from our
taxes, and huge debt!
Eric Bolling (Fox Business Channel's Follow the Money) test drove the Chevy Volt
the invitation of General Motors.
For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles
Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.
Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the
25 miles it ran on the battery.
So, the range including the 9 gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is
It will take you 4 1/2 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to
charge the battery
and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours.
In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time)
would be 20 mph.
According to General Motors, the Volt battery hold 16 kwh
of electricity. It takes
a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery.
The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned
so I looked up
what I pay for electricity.
I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons)
$1.16 per kwh.
16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.
$18.56 per charge
divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the
Compare this to a similar
size car with a gasoline engine only that gets 32 mpg.
$3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.
The gasoline powered car cost about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000.........
So Government wants
us to pay 3 times as much, for a car that costs more that 7
times as much to run, and takes 3 times longer to drive across
- I have a question. After the battery just up and dies, how much will it cost to
destroy it? I doubt if the batteries will be allowed in landfill. I mean, if you can't even put an old, dead cell phone in
the landfill, what are you going to do with the Volt battery?
But what if you keep the Volt and decide to replace
the battery. I read somewhere a couple of years ago that the battery alone cost $25,000. Can that be right? Does anybody know?
If you do could you shoot me an email. Please.
this from my dear cousin Frances in Broaddus, Texas:
We need to show more sympathy for these people.
* They travel miles in the heat.
* They risk their lives crossing a border.
* They don't get paid enough wages.
* They do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do.
* They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a
* They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day
~ every day..
I'm not talking about illegal Mexicans ~
I'm talking about our troops!
Doesn't it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all
kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don't support
Wouldn't it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that's
billion) we spend on illegals every year, and spend it on
February 17, 2012
one of the best versions of an interactive Lord's Prayer that I've ever read. It's sent to us from my dear friend
Cody in Warrensburg, MO. I do pray that it will enrich your life today and that you will think about this when you pray the
THE LORD'S PRAYER- Rather cleverly done. This is in two parts,
The prayer(in blue
type) and GOD(in red type)-in response.
It is very, very good.
Father Who Art In Heaven.
Don't interrupt me. I'm
But -- you called ME!
No, I didn't call you..
Our Father who art in Heaven.
There -- you did it again!
"Our Father who art in Heaven"
Well, here I am..
What's on your mind?
But I didn't mean anything by it.
I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day.
say the Lord's Prayer.
It makes me feel good,
Kind of like fulfilling a duty.
Okay, Hallowed be thy name .
it right there.
What do you mean by that?
"Hallowed be thy name"?
It means, it means .. . Good grief,
I don't know what it means.
in the world should I know?
It's just a part of the prayer.
By the way, what does it mean?
means honored, holy, wonderful.
Hey, that makes sense..
I never thought about
what 'hallowed' meant before.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Do you really mean that?
Sure, why not?
What are you doing about it?
Why, nothing, I guess.
I just think it would be kind of neat if you got
of everything down here like you have up
There. We're kinda in a mess down here you know.
Yes, I know;
But, have I got control of you?
Well, I go to church..
That isn't what I asked you.
What about your bad temper?
got a problem there, you know.
And then there's the way you spend
Your money -- all on yourself.
And what about
the kind of books you read ?
Now hold on just a minute!
Stop picking on me!
just as good as some of the rest
Of those People at church!
you were praying
For my will to be done..
If that is to happen,
It will have to start with the ones
are praying for it.
Like you -- for example ....
Oh, all right. I guess I do have some
Now that you mention it,
I could probably name some others.
I haven't thought about it very much until now,
But I really would like to cut out
some of those things.
I would like to, you know, be really free.
We'll work together -- You and ME.
I'm proud of You.
Lord, if you don't mind,
I need to finish up here.
This is taking a lot longer than it usually does.
this day, our daily bread.
You need to cut out the bread..
You're overweight as it
Hey, wait a minute! What is this?
Here I was doing my religious duty,
all of a sudden you break in
And remind me of all my hang-ups.
Praying is a dangerous
You just might get what you ask for.
Remember, you called ME -- and here I am.
too late to stop now.
Keep praying. ( pause .. . )
Well, go on.
Scared? Of what?
I know what you'll say.
Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.
See? I knew it!
I knew you would bring her up!
Why, Lord, she's told
lies about me, spread stories.
She never paid back the money she owes me..
I've sworn to get even with her!
But -- your prayer --
What about your prayer?
-- mean it..
Well, at least you're honest.
But, it's quite a load carrying around all
bitterness and resentment isn't it?
Yes, but I'll feel better as soon as I get
even with her.
Boy, have I got some plans for her.
She'll wish she had never been born.
you won't feel any better.
You'll feel worse.
Revenge isn't sweet.
You know how unhappy you are --
I can change that.
You can? How?
I'll forgive you;
And the hate and the sin,
will be Ann's problem -- not yours.
You will have settled the problem
as far as you are concerned.
Oh, you know, you're right.
You always are.
And more than I want revenge,
I want to be right with You . . (sigh).
All right, all right . .
I forgive her.
How do you feel?
Well, not bad.
Not bad at all!
In fact, I feel pretty great!
You know, I don't think I'll go to bed uptight
I haven't been getting much rest, you know.
Yeah, I know.
not through with your prayer, are you?
Oh, all right.
And lead us not
but deliver us from evil.
Good! Good! I'll do that.
put yourself in a place
where you can be tempted.
What do you mean by that?
You know what I mean.
Yeah. I know..
Go ahead. Finish your prayer.
For Thine is the
and the power,
and the glory forever.
Do you know what would
bring me glory?
What would really make me happy?
No, but I'd like to know.
I want to please you now...
I've really made a mess of things.
I want to truly behave like Christ
I can see now how great that would be.
So, tell me .. . .
How do I make you happy?
February 15, 2012
a break from the questions that Jesus asked, I have to share with you that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) took Secretary (Health
and Human Services) Sebelius to task today about whether or not she had consulting with any bishops before drafting the contraceptive
order for the White House. Her response was that she had not, but assumed that the folks over at the White House must have.
Well, that wasn't quite good enough to Hatch who then made the statement that he believed all religious organizations
should be exempted from the contraception demand. (See article at: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/02/15/sebelius-didnt-consult-bishops-on-contraception-deal/)
There are several layers to this argument, if you ask me. One is that of whether you believe women ought to be
able to buy contraceptives.
The other is a question of honoring all religions who are opposed to abortion and believe
that abortion is about killing an unborn child. In that event, then the "morning after pill" would make the trip
down that slippery slope.
Then there is the constitutional camp which is inhabited by people who believe that the
government has no right in tampering with freedom of religion. Forcing organizations, whether directly with religious
organizations, or imposing on the insurance companies who insure employees of religious organizations makes no difference.
The question isn't about who pays for the contraceptives -- the religious organization or its insurance company. It's about
whether the government has the right to mandate any such behavior.
Clearly there is not a lot of wiggle room with
folks who believe strongly that they have a right to hold onto their religious beliefs without interference from the government.
And yes, of course, the fed have overstepped its constitutional boundaries.
Bet this one makes it to the Supreme
February 14, 2012
question that Jesus asked is in Mark 8:12 -- Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign?
was when Jesus was meeting with the Pharisees and they wanted to test him. Guess they wanted to see if he could really perform
some good magic tricks. They asked him in verse 11 for a sign from heaven. You know that Jesus must have been a bit perturbed
because verse 12 starts out with Jesus sighing deeply.
Well, if you were the Son of God and you knew you could
move a mountain if you just wanted to, wouldn't you get just a bit exasperated with people trying to put you on the spot all
Why couldn't people just believe that Jesus was the Son of God? Would you? If you were expecting the
promised Messiah to be more, well, kingly, would you still believe a person who arrived on the scene dressed in something
that looked like a homespun robe? So he went around doing miracles. These were real miracles. They weren't magic signs that
could be explained by a slight of hand.
No, no. Jesus healed the sick. He made the lame walk. He even touched the
leper and made him clean. And he saved his best miracle to last when he raised a dead man back to life.
Not really. Because the very idea that he had brought a man back to life was used to prosecute him.
If you were reading the Galilean Daily Chronicles and there was this banner headline about a dead man walking again,
wouldn't you call to get a ticket to this man's next event?
Of course you would. And you'd probably try to get
a front row seat so that when this guy Jesus asked if anyone in the audience would like to come down to the front and ask
for anything they wanted, you'd hop on down there. What would you want? Win the lottery? Cure for your arthritis? A baby for
your barren womb? A fairy tale, drop dead gorgeous superman for a husband? A shiny new Corvette to tool around the Galilean
countryside? A big fancy yacht to troll around the Sea of Galilee, catching fish and stuff?
If you could have anything
you wanted, what kind of a sign would satisfy you that Jesus is the true Son of God. In fact, he's the only Son of God.
Jesus must have grown weary of people who had to have this proof that he was who he said he was.
think it's any different now -- 2,000+ years later? Aren't people still looking for a sign?
Can you just accept
in your hearts that Jesus is Lord? No signs are needed for those who believe.
And for those who do not believe,
there aren't enough signs in the whole world to bring the proof that they require.
It's all about faith. And believing.
February 13, 2012
my hands on a wonderful list called 100 Questions that Jesus Asked.
What a wonderful
springboard for our conversations here on this thread.
Eventually I want to go all the way through the questions
that Jesus asked. And the first one is from Matthew 6:27 -- Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan?
My recent - and I call the last two years of my life as recent -- bout with breast cancer jumps up and out of
the depths of that rusty barrel that houses my brain.
I will say that never during that entire ordeal did
I feel desperate and anxious about living or dying. That was because of a couple of reasons, not the least of which is the
verse quoted above. I know that somewhere in Jeremiah, there's a reference to the fact that God said he knew me when I was
still in my mother's womb. In another verse way back there in the Old Testament, probably from a psalm, there's a reference
to God knowing how many hairs I have on my head, and also how many days I will spend here on earth.
view those cancers for both Quint and me as God specifically not answering our prayers. I take a counter view because we have
both gone through that long, black tunnel of chemo. Radiation added for me. When we talked it through, all the way to the
core, we came to understand that God had, in fact, answered our prayer. You see, at our age, if there was to be cancer, it
was far better to get it out of the way, so to speak, before we got really old. Advanced age puts severe limitations on what
chemo you can get and what you can't tolerate. We are blessed to have gone through all that and are now in remission. In fact,
we just may be in better shape now than a lot of people who are incubating cancerous cells and don't know about it.
So, knowing that God knows all those details about my life, I have little to fear because I also know that he walks with
me through all my days.
Besides, God doesn't seem to put the same sense of desperation on dying that we humans
do. Perhaps that's because God thinks of death as the death of a soul. I figure that he's elated when a person's body dies
because those persons get to come back home to be with him in heaven. Who could cry about that?
It doesn't mean
we don't go through a grieving process when we lose our loved ones. And there might even be a few people who will be said
when my creaky old bones end up in the fiery pits of a crematorium. But I hope they will be overjoyed when death finds me
skipping through that tunnel that near-deathers describe.
After all, as Pastor Rensner says, "What are you
going to do, threaten me with heaven?"
So, no worries. Enjoy each and every little sunbeam as you travel down
the road of life. And get down on your knees and thank the good Lord above for all the blessings he has given you in this
life, right now.
February 12, 2011
Navy Seal quote
of the week
Dana Perrino ( Fox News) describing an interview she recently had with a Navy SEAL .
all the countries he had been sent to, she asked if they had to
learn several languages?
"No ma'am, we don't go there to talk."
February 9, 2012
ran over a hawk on the way home from work this afternoon. How could I ever explain how I could kill a bird on the wing! But
sure enough, the silly thing flew right in front of me about a foot higher than the hood of the car. He got real close to
the edge of the air.
That's Quint's reason for airline crashes. Planes crash when they go past the edge of the
Changing the subject, I'm making cookies for little kiddos at church. We have an after school program and
offer the kiddos a snack when they get off the bus and come into the play area with tummies that have caved in from hunger.
They get a half sandwich, a cookie and a piece of fruit. Then they go charging around the gym and burn it all off and go home
starved for supped.
I'm making cookies from a cake mix. To do that, you out two eggs into 1/3 cup oil and mix well.
Then, mix that into the dry cake mix. Makes a bit more than 2 dozen little cookies. The cookies are baked at 375 degrees for
6 - 8 minutes.
I got a confetti cake mix since little darlings adore confetti and sprinkles.
I got this beautiful story from my cousin Mark:
Tell me this one doesn't put life in perspective.
In Phoenix , Arizona , a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was
Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination.
Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all
his dreams. Now that was no longer possible.
The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's
dream to come true.
her son's hand and asked,
'Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up
Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life ?'
Mommy, 'I always wanted to be a
fireman when I grew up.'
Mom smiled back and said, 'Let's see if we can make your wish
Later that day she went to her local fire Department in Phoenix , Arizona, where she met Fireman
who had a heart as big as Phoenix .
She explained her son's final wish and asked if it might be possible
to give her
6 year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine.
Fireman Bob said, 'Look, we can do better
than that. If you'll
have your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll
make him an honorary
Fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the fire
station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls,
the whole nine yards !
And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform
for him, with a real
fire hat - not a toy one with the emblem of the
Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker
like we wear
and rubber boots.'
'They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix , so we can get them fast.'
Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his uniform and escorted him from his hospital
bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck.
Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it
to the fire station. He was in heaven.
There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy
go out on all three calls.
He rode in the different fire engines, the Paramedic's' van, and
the fire chief's car. He was also videotaped for the local news program.
Having his dream come true, with
all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so
deeply touched Billy, that he lived three months longer than
any doctor thought possible.
One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and
the head nurse,
who believed in the hospice concept - that no one should die alone, began to
call the family members to the hospital.
Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a Fireman, so
she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would
be possible to send a fireman in uniform to
the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition..
chief replied, 'We can do better than that. We'll be there in five minutes. Will
you please do me a favor ?
When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce
over the PA system that
there is not a fire? 'It's the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you open
the window to his
About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the
hospital and extended its
ladder up to Billy's third floor open window --------
climbed up the ladder into Billy's room!
With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and
him how much they LOVED him.
With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and
'Chief, am I really a fireman now?'
'Billy, you are, and The Head Chief, Jesus, is holding your hand,' the chief
With those words, Billy smiled and said, 'I know, He's been
holding my hand all day, and the angels
have been singing.'
He closed his eyes one last time.
February 8, 2012
this mountain of mud sitting at the edge of the yard. It's the residue from the sewer line repair the other day. Rather than
spread it out flat with the rest of the yard, we were told that the spring rains would pound it down so that the trench would
eventually be filled in. Sounds reasonable to me, but I think I'll get out there with a rake one of these days, all of the
same. Otherwise, I'm going to go out there in the next day or so and find a ski lift with very little people using the little
mound for their winter fun.
It got cold in the last day or so. Even had a dusting of snow. We are woefully behind
with our snowfall. According to the old wives' tale, since we had our first snowfall on the 27th of December, we can expect
27 snowfalls in total. Last night's dusting was only #4. Now, mind you, I don't mind not having 27 snowfalls. It's not like
it's a goal or something.
Oh, another thing. Changing the subject, NASA says that the oceans are not rising, but
rather, the level of water went down a bit. According to the weather/climate change/global warming gurus, weren't we told
that because of global warming, the ice sheets would be melting and we'd have so much more water in the oceans that our eastern
coast would be flooded. So how come the water level is going down? Faulty theory = flawed results. But then, just maybe because
the Russians drilled a hole in the ice sheet in Antarctica to get to an underground lake, maybe water is draining down into
the hole. Hey, it could happen!
Quint took me to lunch at Cracker Barrel today. When we were coming out to go back
to the car, we noticed that there had been a bunch of pansies in bloom before they got frosted. Now, who would plant blooming
pansies in the middle of winter? Sure enough, they got frostbit last night. I love the meatloaf at Cracker Barrel. If I close
my eyes, I can imagine that I'm back at Grandma Stubbe's boarding house in Paducah. Cracker Barrel's meatloaf tastes just
like hers. Maybe they found her recipe somewhere. It's delicious. So is their Cream of Potato Soup which is my favorite soup
And now my client has arrived for a session. I see her pulling into the driveway now.
February 6, 2012
world to be a better place? Then do something. Think about joining the huge group of volunteers in America.
this is old data, but it's the source I found when I went looking. It's a research article on volunteerism in America written
by Richard D. Young. He cited a Bureau of Labor Statistics report that says 59% of people in the United States who are 16
years old or older volunteered for an organization in some capacity. And that was for the year way back in 2001 to 2002.
that was 27.6% of the American population.
most often donate their time to religious organizations (33.9%). Second on the list is educational organizations who get 27.2%
of the volunteers. But it's the old folks who are 65 and older who donate
the most time to churches -- 45.2%.
Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies several
activities in which volunteers engage in consistently. The list below shows which activities are most predominate.
or coaching (24.4 %).
Canvassing, campaigning, or fundraising (22.9 %).
making, serving, or delivering goods (22.2 %).
● Serving on a board, committee, or
neighborhood association (16.3 %).
Providing care or transportation (12.3 %).
● Consulting or
administrative work (14.0 %). So this ties in with the Gospel lesson at church yesterday.
It's from Mark 1:29-39 and tells the story of Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law from a fever. What's the first thing she
did when her fever went away? She got up and began to serve them.
Not because she had to, as Pastor Gillet said.
But because she wanted to.
When it comes to serving in the Kingdom of God, it's something we get to do.
We don't have to, but rather, we are allowed to serve.
In another article, again pulling data
from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we read that ... nearly 63 million Americans, slightly more than a quarter of the
population, volunteered for charities last year, providing services valued at nearly $173-billion. That’s down from
2009, when 63.4 million adults, or nearly 27 percent of the population, donated their time. The volunteer rate has not changed
significantly since 2006, hovering around 26 percent. Volunteerism reached nearly 29 percent from 2003 to 2005 and has been
as low as 20.4 percent in 1989, says a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is based on annual
and monthly surveys of roughly 100,000 Americans age 16 or older, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor
What's neat about this article is an interactive map of the United States that compares the percentage
of volunteers in a state and compares it to the national average when you move your cursor over the state. http://philanthropy.com/article/Volunteerism-Holds-Steady-in/128565/
So get out there and be a good neighbor. While you're at it, volunteer to help out at your church too.
February 4, 2012
and I headed over to Culvers after closing up the junior quilting shop at church. When we started looking for a spot to sit
down at, I heard a familiar voice say, "Jane." It was the vice president of the Effingham/Shelby Zone and she invited
us to sit with her and her husband. They were just finishing up the flavor of the month (chocolate eclair) ice cream, so we
After talking about a dizzying list of favorite subjects, Chris and I then started talking about cake
recipes. I told her I was going to start visiting churches in the Zone. Tomorrow is my first outing. It's at a church where
the church council is making soup for lunch. I told her I was going to make a yellow cake with a peach pie filling and after
sharing that quick recipe with her (it's on the recipe page over there on the left), she said, "I'll tell you how to
make a cake."
She explained, first you mix a cake mix with an angel food cake mix. It can be any kind of cake
mix you want, but it has to be with an angel food cake mix.
Then, when you get those two cake mixes mixed well,
mix 3 tablespoons of the dry mix with 2 tablespoons of water and microwave for 1 minute.
She says it's easy to
remember because it's 3-2-1.
When I got home I mixed a sugar free yellow cake mix with an angel food mix that I
picked up on the way home.
Sure enough, it works! So I have this cake mix in a ziploc bag ready to make a cake
in a minute.
I even bought one of those new cans of frosting mix that Pillsbury has. It looks like a whipped cream
container where you kind of bend a plastic tip a bit and out comes the frosting.
What an amazing age we live in!
I remember when I was a little girl my grandmother would send me to the bakery to buy two layers of a yellow cake
if she didn't have time to bake a cake for a church event. And she thought that was cheating. But no one ever knew. She always
covered it with her famous 7 Minute Frosting so who would have ever been able to tell.
One of my other favorite
memories of my grandmother was her little forest of African Violet leaves. She had a big pan of sand which she kept wet. Then
she would take leaves from her African Violets and stick them in the sand. After some mysterious length of time, she'd know
when to take the leaves out because they'd have roots developed. She'd plant them in little pots and after a while, little
baby African Violets would pop their little faces up through the dirt. Eventually, she'd cut the big leaf off and put it back
in the sand to make a new generation.
I got up enough nerve to try that this year. A nurse at the oncology center
assured me that this method would work so I gave it a try. I now have a beautiful purple and another pink African Violet and
when I get a little new plant, I give them to clients who want them.
Except that I only use African Plant Food
water. That makes them bloom like happy little campers. Pretty much all the time too.
February 2, 2012
groundhog can be believed, we don't have to worry about winter weather so much. We had fog as thick as pea soup. Not only
could the rat not see his shadow, I doubt if he could see his cute little paw in front of his face. Yay! Go groundhog.
I received this from my friend Cody in Warrensburg, MO:
One of the best I've seen lately........
Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we
carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?
if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make
you go....hmm...where is my Bible?
Oh, and one more thing.
Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to
worry about our Bible being
disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.
Makes you stop and think 'where
are my priorities? And no dropped calls!
When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you!
I read another article today on the web warning about yet another scam. This one has to do with jury duty. Supposedly someone
sends you an email or calls you to let you know there's a warrant for your arrest because you didn't show up for jury duty.
After you pick yourself up off the floor and start to explain that you never got a summons to appear for jury
duty, then the most helpful scam artist at the other end of the phone asks you for your social security number and birthday
so it can be double checked against the list of warrants. Now, we aren't going to give anybody that kind of information, are
Please say you won't.
Scam artists are mean. They're usually crooks who need to go where other criminals
If you live in Illinois, you need to know that Illinois is a "do not call" state. That means if
you get an annoying telemarketing call, immediately tell the caller that you are aware that you live in a "do not call"
state and want your name taken off the list he/she is calling from. The caller has to stop the conversation immediately.
Also, there's a link on the Links page on this website to put your phones on the "Do not call list." I probably
need to do that again because I'm starting to get calls again. Putting your phone numbers on the list is not a permanent solution
but when you start to get calls again, just go back in and renew your numbers.
February 1, 2012
through the Bible at an accelerated pace in our Sunday morning adult discussion class. It's an ambitious undertaking because
we're actually going to go from Genesis to Revelation in a 10-week segment. Oh, for sure, we aren't going to do any really
in depth stopping over points. We can always go back and focus on aspects of the textbook we're using individually at a later
One of the quick points that was made in an early chapter was that Genesis 15:1 was the first time that
the term "the word of the Lord came to..."
In this particular instance, the reference was to Abraham.
He was the first man to whom the word of the Lord came. Abraham was a prophet. In this particular instanc, the word prophet
means one who receives the word of the Lord.
Don't you think it would be exciting to pick up the Bible and get
into the Word? Page after page after page of the Word brings us richness and depth to our soul. It's a blessed journey to
walk every day with the Lord.
There's mending to be done when we weep from heavy grief. Our soul yearns for healing
and it's right there, in between the covers of the Book.
There's learning that jumps off the pages with so much
history. The Bible is not a complete history of what was going on in the world. For instance, from 1250 to 1190 BC the Greeks
and Trojans were fighting the famous Trojan War. It happened. We know that from recorded history. But it's not a Bible story.
And did you know that from 1750 - 1040 BC, China's Shang Dynasty had a system of writing. They organized a bunch
of armies too.
There were earthquakes too. From 1150-950 BC, earthquakes rattled the area around Cyprus.
Accupuncture was first introduced during the Chou dynasty at 1030 BC.
For sure, there were people in other places
doing other things. Their stories were not captured in the Bible.
What the Bible does bring us is the bloodline
of Jesus all the way back to Adam and Eve. The Bible traces this lineage through the House of David, through his line of history
to a little town of Bethlehem.
There's much in the Word to sift through and think about. Absolutely no other book
in the history of mankind has had the impact as the Word of God. Nor has any one single individual, save Jesus Christ, had
as much of an impact on civilization than the Son of God who came from heaven to become flesh and blood and to live among
us. Then he died as a sacrifice on the cross for the sins of each one of us.
This month we recognize Ash Wednesday
as the beginning of the season of Lent. It's a time when we stop what we're doing and ponder the miracle of God's great love
which he so graciously gifts us with.
Let the Word of God come to you. Pick up the Bible and just hold it in your
hands. Then open it and start to read.
Prepare to be amazed.
January 31, 2012
It's hard to
believe that here in Middle Illinois, it's 58.1 degrees. Highly unusual for January 31. Only two days 'til Ground Hogs Day
and this year, do I dare say, "Who cares?"
Actually, when you think about it, it doesn't matter whether
the rat sees his shadow or not. Spring is six weeks away no matter what. Just count the days on the calendar.
I left you last night I was talking about the bad rap that controlling and manipulating people have gotten over the years.
We've put a negative connotation onto those two words when, in fact, they can be life-saving.
I mentioned that
the reason people are controlling is because they want life to be predictable. And who doesn't want that?
we're asking for trouble in trying to control people, places and events that we don't have any business messing with. There's
all kinds of attempts at controlling that could even land you in jail. For instance, if you forged someone's signature because
you wanted to control your ability to get out of debt so you think stealing someone's identity and/or money is acceptable.
That's not even close to be included in this discussion.
What you can control, though, is your
behavior. How you react to events and people in your life can be a healthy way to control your environment.
for instance, who smile and giggle at you make it awfully easy and heartwarming to pick them up and cuddle them. They've learned
at a very early age that positive behaviors get more favorable attention from the big people in their lives. In a small way,
they've figured out how to control someone to come over and pick them up.
I remember when my daughter and her husband
were trying to get back to Los Angeles when, for some reason, their flight was abruptly cancelled. No new flights were
scheduled at that airline. So she went over to another airline and said to an already overstressed service attendant that
she realized the burden that this lady was under and she certainly didn't want to push her for help, but she was hoping ever
so much if there was anything that she could do to get them on a plane. She engaged the lady in a few light moments and the
next thing you know, she and her husband were on a flight, with a "Thank you so much. You are a lifesaver." And
off the went to the other end of the airport where the other airline's terminal was.
She learned when she was
a little girl that when you're reasonable, you're more able to operate on your environment and more often than not, get the
results you want.
Call it whatever you want, but being pleasant will get you farther along than being pushy and
ignorant and belligerent and demanding.
When you wake up in the morning, look at the daylight and say, "Today
is going to be a great day. I'm going to have some adventures and come in contact with people I enjoy being with." Then
get up, get dressed, and put your very best smile on your face as you out to operate on your environment. Make things happen.
But in a pleasant way that shows people you care about them.
January 30, 2012
in between clients right now, so this will be a bit brief. I'll finish my thought tomorrow in a bit more detail.
What I want to discuss before the thought goes too far away is this whole idea that controllingness and manipulation is
a bad thing. I say -- not necessarily.
The reason we need to control or manipulate things is to make life more
predictable. We all need predictability in our lives. So the question really wraps itself around why we feel insecure when
our lives are not predictable.
Jean Piaget, the psychological guru who developed the school of cognitive development,
says we all learn how to "operate" on our environment and the people in it.
It does not make you a bad
More about this after I've had a good night's rest.
About the time I think there's not
much new under the sun, this comes to my email. It's from Linda over in Lawrenceville. Thank you, Linda!
Monday Morning Message
This is SIMPLY AWESOME! I've never seen this
before! Whoever put The Resume
of Jesus Christ together is surely a blessing to us all! Please share it!
sentence says it all... Send this resume to everyone you know, you
never know who may have an opening! Powerful!
Have a blessed day!
of Jesus Christ
Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible . Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and
My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my
because I'm seeking the top management position in your heart. Please
consider my accomplishments as set
forth in my resume.
I founded the
earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19 )
I formed man from
the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7 )
I breathed into man the breath
of life, (See Genesis 2:7 )
I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See
Gal at ians 3:13 )
The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your
life through me,
(See Galatians 3:14 )
only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49 ) .
I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient,
slothful or disrespectful.
My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me,
(See Matthew 3:15 -17 )
Skills Work Experiences
of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be
poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting
the captives free, healing
the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are
(See Luke 4:18 ) .
I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6 ) . People
who listen to me
shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33 ) .
Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of
your sins, (See I John 1:7-9 )
I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom
understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6 ) .
In me are hid all of the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians
2:3 ) .
My Word is so powerful;
it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet
and a light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105 ) .
I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21 ) .
I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting
of all times,
(See Genesis 1:26 ) .
I laid down my life so that you may
live, (See II Corinthians 5:15 ) .
I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind
and made a show of them openly,
(See Colossians 2:15 ) .
fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!
There are many more major
accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can
read them on my website, which is located at : www dot - the BIBLE.
don't need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.
Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing,
deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.
In Summ at ion
Now that you've
read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate
uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart.
I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6 ) , and lead you into
everlasting life, (See
John 6:47 ) . When can I start? Time is of the
essence, (See Hebrews 3:15 ) .
Send this resume to everyone you know,
you never know who may have an opening!
Thanks for your help.
September 26, 2012
one-liners from friend Cody in Warrensburg, Missouri:
Don't let your worries get the best of you;
Moses started out as a basket case.
Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited
you try to sit in their pews..
Many folks want to serve God,
But only as
It is easier to preach ten sermons
Than it is to live one.
The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose,
But mosquitoes come close.
When you get to your wit's end,
You'll find God lives there.
People are funny;
They want the Front of the bus,
the Middle of the road,
And Back of the church.
Opportunity may knock once,
But temptation bangs on the front door forever.
Quit griping about your church;
If it was perfect, you couldn't belong.
If a church wants a better pastor,
It only needs to pray for the one it has ..
God Himself doesn't propose to judge a man until
he is dead. So why should you?
Some minds are like concrete
Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
starts with a smile.
don't know why some people change churches;
does it make
which one you stay home from?
lot of church members singing 'Standing
on the Promises'
Are just sitting on the premises.
Be ye fishers of men.
You catch 'em - He'll clean 'em.
Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.
Don't put a question mark where God put a period.
fruits create many jams.
God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
God grades on the cross, not the curve.
But probably prefers 'fruits of the spirit' over
promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
who angers you, controls
If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats!
Don't give God instructions, just report for duty!
The task ahead
of us is never as
great as the Power behind us.
Will of God never takes
you to where the
Grace of God will not protect
The message changes us.
You can tell how big a person is
it takes to discourage him.
The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:
+ 3 nails = 4 given .
Do you think the US Navy would ever name a ship after an army guy, even if he
is a Green Beret? Well, if your name is Roy Benavidez, it would. Benavidez got the Medal of Honor too. You have to see his
story to believe it. This comes from cousin Mark: http://biggeekdad.com/2010/01/tango-mike-mike/
Oh my goodness - what fun! This letter from a New Orleans attorney provides, in addition to a good
argument, a bit of history at the same time. Thank you, Mark:
You have to love this lawyer.......
Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task
of tracing home titles
back potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich
with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have
been passed along
through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish
a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client:
A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for
a client. He was told the loan would be
granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered
as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer
three months to track down. After
sending the information to the FHA, he received
the following reply:
(Actual reply from FHA):
review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that
the request is supported by an Abstract
of Title. While we compliment the able
manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point
that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803.
Before final approval can
be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back
to its origin."
Annoyed, the lawyer responded
"Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received.
I note that you
wish to have title extended further than the 206 years covered by the present
application. I was
unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly
those working in the property area, would not know that
Louisiana was purchased by
the United States from France, in 1803 the year of origin identified in our
For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the
land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France,
which had acquired it by
Right of Conquest from Spain. The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of
made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had
been granted the privilege of seeking a new
route to India by the Spanish monarch,
The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost
as careful about titles as
the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold
jewels to finance Columbus's expedition...Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may
know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the
Son of God, and God, it is commonly
accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God
also made that part of the world called Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the
owner of origin and His origins date
back to before the beginning of time, the world
as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be
Now, may we have our loan?"
The loan was immediately approved.
September 24, 2012
I do another thing, I want to share a link with you from a friend of mine. It's an outstanding vocalist, a ten year old young
lady named Jackie Evancho. You know how I love to watch and hear people who excel at anything, regardless of their age. Just
listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foUrBztgzZA She was on America's Got Talent, and boy does she!
Changing the subject, today was the day when one of those
mega-mega-zoom-zooms arrived from our sun to lay havoc with the Earth's magnetic fields. Even Delta Airlines re-routed some
of its flights to dodge the solar winds from the Coronal Mass Eruption. http://www.space.com/12581-stunning-photos-solar-storms-flares-sun-weather.html
Wow! The northern lights must have danced quite a little Texas Two Step.
Now, on to other matters of
some import. It's all about retraining your communications ability so that you don't fall victim to people who want to get
and keep you on the defense.
In the first place, don't think you have to jump in and answer someone who demands
an immediate answer. No no no. Take a deep breath and give yourself a bit of time to send a response back over the fence,
so to speak.
Yes, it's more than okay to answer a question with a question. In fact, it's how you get out of all
those defense-intended maneuvers that are being shot at you. You simply do not have to answer with all that immediacy.
For instance, when someone says to you, "Why don't you want to talk to me?"
Your response could
be, "About what?"
Or, "Why didn't you call me?"
"Was I supposed to?"
"Who said that?"
Slow down a bit and give yourself time to frame
Try it. It will take some time to get in the habit of allowing yourself to proceed slowly. In the
long-run, it will help you set your boundaries and maintaining them. Especially if you get the inkling that someone is trying
to invade your peace of mind by demanding that you defend yourself.
And how can you recognize defense maneuvers?
Aside from your gut reaction, densive maneuvers usually start with the word "Why."
are not part of polite conversation. The intent is for one person to try to get and keep the upper hand over someone else.
September 23, 2010
is one of those off the beaten path pieces of information that you may not have known. I didn't either until today's issue
of American Profile arrived.
The there it was on Page 12. Yet another reason that Chicago can claim to
be a winner at something.
The Field Museum in Chicago has won the 2011 America's Best Restroom Award.
So what, you may ask, does a "best restroom" have going for it that would beat out other competitors? Well, for
starters, it has little people potties. And there's a nursing room complete with a sofa in it.
So congrats, Chicago.
'Nuff said about that.
Now it's official. Quint is in remission from his chronic lymphocytic/leukemia. We
made our trip to the oncologist today and learned that the results of the CT scan he had a couple of weeks ago show that the
lymph nodes have returned to normal. Thank you for answered prayers. We're both now on the once-in-three-months regimen. I
did have a new medication to the list of what the doctor has in my file. That's Allupurinol. So when I told him, he said,
"Oh, you've got gouty athritis."
Yep. That's me. The medication is specifically for people who has been
given Cytoxa for chemo with breast cancer.
But then I found out that eating cherries -- only 6 a day -- will help
out a lot. Sure enough, we found cherries in the produce aisle. Fresh from Chile. They are delicious. After only a week of
cherry snacks, I've seen an improvement. I can now bend my thumb with no pain at all. That's the only place, plus my back,
that seems to be bothered. Oh, it's just a nuisance. Nothing fatal. I'll take nuisances.
January 20, 2012
just jumping up and down for joy watching those pink icy, wintry mix patches float by on the weather map. And up north, oh
my goodness. I remember those days when a six inch snowfall was kind of sort of ordinary.
We do not miss it.
Here is a link to a beautiful young girl who is a prodigy -- Akiane Kramarik. She has been painting since
she was very young, age 4. Her paintings are incredible. And thanks to friends in Wichita, John and Sherre for the link: http://www.shangralafamilyfun.com/prodigy.html
Here's a link to Gene Simmons of KISS performing for the troops: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=5MtdIO23MKM Makes me want to stand up and march around the dining room. Thanks, Mark, for sharing.
January 20, 2012
just jumping up and down for joy watching those pink icy, wintry mix patches float by on the weather map. And up north, oh
my goodness. I remember those days when a six inch snowfall was kind of sort of ordinary.
We do not miss it.
Here is a link to a beautiful young girl who is a prodigy -- Akiane Kramarik. She has been painting since
she was very young, age 4. Her paintings are incredible. And thanks to friends in Wichita, John and Sherre for the link: http://www.shangralafamilyfun.com/prodigy.html
January 18, 2012
so here's my ignorance showing. I don't know where either of these teams are from -- Trinity and Millsap -- but this link
that my cousins Al and Mark sent to me shows one of the most phenomenal football plays I have ever seen in all my born
Talk about teamwork! This one play won the game. Wow!
And Mark sends these tips too:
1. I think part of a best friend's job should be toimmediately clear your computer
history if you die.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an
argument when you realize you're wrong.
3. I totally take
back all those times I didn't want to
nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know
how to get out of my neighborhood.
I especially like #7.
As for the second point, I'll have to see if Quint can even remember a time when
he was wrong. About anything. ha ha
Me? I try to keep my mouth shut unless I know pretty much what the answer is.
Reminds me of a fella in grad school who had a most unique form of discipline. He says it's more effective than time
outs and has been using it since his kiddos were real little. He makes them sit down so that he can tell them the entire
history of slavery. All total, it takes about 45 minutes.
January 17, 2012
from 61 degrees this morning to a cool 28 now. There's a raw wind blowing that makes it feel like 2 zillion below zero.
Thank goodness Ground Hogs Day is only weeks away. That's the day I first celebrate spring.
when I was a little girl the teacher would pass around those mimeographed pictures for our class to color. After I became
an adult, I realized that the ground hog is nothing but a big rodent and the whole thing used up all my brown color crayons.
My irises did die back again though. Poor little things. I can hear them shivering under their little
dirt shoes. I have a huge variety of colors. Some are yellow, a peach color that's really a double. Looks pretty and
frilly. Various shades of purple, one almost black. And finally a pink iris. I like irises. They remind me of Vincent Van
Gogh. He painted irises for the whole year that he was in the asylum. People sometimes comment about how they must have been
Van Gogh's favorite flower. The truth is, they were the only flower planted at the asylum. So of course he painted irises.
What else were there? Besides, by that time he was probably tired of doing self-portraits, being one ear shy of having a full
face and all.
Thank you for all your "as if" comments. It was very interesting to hear about how you
are using the same concept. Actually it's little more than positive thinking. But it works. People who are negative get dumped
on a lot. They aren't any fun and they suck all the air out of relationships, out of the sky and out of their hearts. So lighten
up everybody and live your lives as if you are the successful person you want to be!
January 16, 2012
Live your life as
It's a Biblical concept. Believe you will get what you pray for, and it is yours, we are promised.
It's the underlying principle of the best-seller The Secret.
So let's all put a whole bunch of
positive energy out there. The idea is that if you send positive energy out from yourself, it will come back to you.
That's where you embrace the idea that you'll do better in life if you live your life as if.
married couples who live their lives as if can somehow keep a vibrancy alive in their relationship. Remember
those days when you tried to do all the thoughtful, courteous things you could to attract this handsome guy, or gorgeous lady,
into your life? If you're going to be late, do you call and let somebody know you're being detained? If you're living your
life as if, then you're going to do such thoughtful things like making a call.
Or how about getting that
dream job? What happens when you are sitting in your cubicle doing some grunt project and wishing the clock would advance
a few hours so you could get out of there? Well, if you're living your life as if you'd just gotten into an interview
and were trying to convince a prospective boss that you really wanted the job, you'd go ahead and do the best you could do,
even if every day isn't always exciting and creatively challenging.
Or how about parenting. Remember those days
when you couldn't wait for Little Baby Ten Toes to arrive? Live your life as if those days beckon you and you back
to the days when you promised yourself that you'd be the best parent you possibly could be to the new baby yet to be born.
Living as if will help you get through long, fright-filled nights when you're waiting for an errant teenage to wander
on back home.
And most of all, live your life as if Christ were headed this way from the other side of
the universe and he is just about ready to come down out of the clouds. Living your life as if he were just about
here just may change your life choices.
Good luck with that. Think about ways you could live your life as if.
January 13, 2012
Yes, we got the snow. Not
much. Just a couple of inches. Then it stopped for a few hours. I reminded Quint that when the snow started up again, it counted
as a new snow. At least for my reckoning. He doesn't have to count the snows separately if he doesn't want to. It's just that
if you don't, you end up with some extra snowfalls anticipated by the end of the season.
Yesterday I saw a red
fox loping along across the neighbor's yard across the street. At first I thought it was a dog, but then, that tail is a giveaway.
Red fox it was. Pretty good sized one too. We have some woods behind our house. Figure he lives back in there with the deer
who come out every once in a while looking for good chow, like when the neighbor's beans are about ready to pick. I told her
to get a bottle of Liquid Fence at the hardware store, last year. It works. It's kept deer, squirrels and rabbits away from
my garden goodies ever since I planted a garden down here. Not too cheap, but it does the trick. You spray around the perimeter
of the garden, not on the veggies. A quart bottle lasts most of the season.
It even works on those naughty dogs
who like to hike up their legs and take a leak on my rose bush out front. Actually they're probably marking their territory.
Doesn't matter, me and my Liquid Fence go out there and give the bush a squirt where the dogs squirted. They don't come back
so much. Nothing to reclaim if they can't get a whiff of their aroma.
Tomorrow I'm going to my first meeting of
the Christian Writers Group here in town. Looking forward to meeting others who are plying their craft too.
anxious to see if anyone else uses what I call the Ernest Hemingway approach -- you know, three to four word sentences. He
was a master at it and I figured if he made it work, so could I. Problem is, my spell checker does not like fragmented sentences.
But hey, that's the way people talk. So I say I write "conversationally." ha!
Oh, changing the subject.
What do you think the stock markets are going to do on Monday morning, now that Standard and Poors has downgraded the financial
houses of Yerp? France and Austria lost their AAA ratings. A total of 15 European nations' ratings were cutting in the
S&P slash and burn come-uppance move. One of these days, the US is going to get downgraded again if we don't get a grip
You can't spend all your money!
I watched one of those news interview programs, maybe
a Jay Leno man on the street. Not sure. Anyway, the commentator was asking the people where they thought money came from.
One lady said she thought the president printed the money in the basement of the White House. Unfortunately, she was serious.
She even knew who the president was.
God said something about wasting the blessings He gives us. We'd better all
listen up and pay attention, folks.
January 11, 2011
glad that Netflix survived the stupidest marketing debacle yet -- raising money on top of money by doing a double tier charge
system. Never could figure out what they were going to charge so we canceled everything but the streatming, which we used
mostly anyway. We do get one video still, though. What we have both come to really like is the video of a fireplace burning.
That's all it is. Just a fireplace burning. It makes the living room seem warm and cozy. Okay, so it doesn't make the room
actually warm, but the crackling fire and licking flames do okay by me.
Just in time, too, for a winter storm heading
our way. I fear that this one isn't going to miss us. We might get several inches out of it. It's heading SSE out of Iowa
and looks to cut a big swath across Illinois as it heads east. I guess that's the end of our 40 degree winters.
well, it was nice while it lasted.
Now, on to Groundhog's Day which is February 2. Somehow I don't think the little
groundhog is going to be a harbinger of spring. This is going to be one of those winters where it's going to be snowing for
Easter, I'll bet. When the girls were little tykes I remember them hopping through snow on the way to the church on Easter
Sunday. Didn't do their little patent leather slippers any good.
Not much news going on except politics, in case
you haven't noticed. Politics in the US has become a mult-billion dollar business. So the ads and speeches and debates and
spin doctoring are going to continue until November.
One good thing did come out of the Supreme Court today. Believe
it or not, the justices reaches a unanimous decision that says churches can hire people of their own choice - whether it's
a priest, pastor, rabbi, or imam. The supremes said the government had to "butt out" in so many words.
Well, it's about time.
And my cousin Frances in Texas says the jonquils are sprouting and the bluebells are really
thick, though not blooming just yet.
I will add that my irises are totally confused. I have cut them back twice
now and could cut them back again but I'm not gonna. If they decide to bloom when it snows, I'll take a photo for posterity.
And with that, no matter where you are, please drive carefully. I know that some parts of the midwest are supposed
to get 10" of snow or more, but the rest of us can expect 1 to 2 inches of the white stuff. I don't care if we only get
one inch of snow. If it's sitting on icy pavement, it can still be deadly.
Prayers for safety for all of you.
January 9, 2012
Had he lived,
today would have been my brother, Allison's, 67th birthday. His middle name was Wallace, probably named for some long lost
relative I've never heard of. So we called him A.W. because that's what people in the south do. There's usually at least one
first degree relative identified only by initials. So wherever you are, A.W., I hope you're enjoying the choirs of angels
and that at the last moments on your deathbed you begged forgiveness for a life filled with sins. I suspect that you did get
that idea as you lay dying of lung cancer. But I don't know that. I just pray that you did because I would love to see you
Changing the subject, I have received more than quite a few emails about this Mayan thing and what's
going to happen at the end of 2012.
In the first place, the Bible reference to the end of the world is very clear
about who knows what. I believe it's in Revelation where the verse says that no one knows when the world will end except the
Father. Even His Son, Jesus Christ, does not have that information.
Yep. It says so in the Bible. Look it up.
Or if you don't have a Bible with a good commentary that can point you to the verse, go to www.ask..com and type in a question like, "Where in the Bible does it say ............................................"
You'll get a reference.
That's exactly what I did this evening before I started this writing. I knew that somewhere
in the Bible, there was an answer to some prophet who asked God how he would end the world the "next time" since
he'd promised in a covenant after the flood that he would never destroy the population with a flood again. Then he put a rainbow
in the sky. To this day, when I see a rainbow, I am reminded of God's promise not to send a flood again.
about this point that the Mayans supposedly thought the world was going to end? Did they actually say that? Not really, unless
you interpret their writings to fit into that concept. But what if it'd the Mayan calendar, not the world, that is supposed
to end in December 2012? After all, we have Bible texts that say only the Father knows. If He didn't get around to telling
His much beloved Son, Jesus Christ, do you really believe He would have told some Indians out there on the Yucatan Peninsula.
So what did God tell the prophet?
In the New International Reader's Version, in Hebrews 12, we
25 Be sure that you don't say no to the One who speaks. People did not escape when they said
no to the One who warned them on earth. And what if we turn away from the One who warns us from heaven? How much less will
26 At that time his voice shook the earth. But now
he has promised, "Once more I will shake the earth. I will also shake the heavens."—(Haggai 2:6)
27 The words "once more" point out that what can be shaken can be taken away. I'm talking
about created things. Then what can't be shaken will remain.
We are receiving a kingdom that can't be shaken. So let us be thankful. Then we can worship God in a way that pleases him.
We will worship him with deep respect and wonder. 29 Our "God is like a fire that burns everything
There are also references to
God shaking the earth in Psalm 115:3 and Haggai 2:6.
I am reminded of the reference in Verse 28 that "...we
can worship God in a way that pleases him." That pretty much takes care of people who say they don't go to church because
they believe they can worship God in a forest, or somewhere else. In fact, God tells us that he wants us to meet in assembly
with fellow believers.
So get up on the Sabbath, get dressed and make your way to church where you can "assemble"
with "fellow believers." Just do it. Don't say "no" to God.
And then there's
this Tebow guy. Don't you love him?! Over the weekend he rushed 316 yards. That was the accumulated passes he threw and I
think he ran the ball some too. When he heard the stats broadcast with his last winning throw of the day that he was responsible
for 316 yards that won the game for the Denver Broncos, what does he do? Did he swell up and sing, "How great I am?"
Not on your life. He dropped to his knee and thanked God for his blessings. He later explained that when he heard that,
all he could think of was John 3:16.
January 7, 2012
I'm stuck at the weight
where I've plateaued so Quint and I headed for the gym today. That's how you get off those plateaus - either drastically cut
back on calories or step up the exercise.
Well, since our life is pretty sedentary as it is, just walking out
the door to get intot he car is an improvement on the sedentary lifestyle. So, since we're Silver Sneakers on our Humana insurance,
we headed for the gym where we used to go faithfully before all this cancer nonsense started. We walked on the treadmill for
a big fat 20 minutes. We got all the way up to a 27 minute mile. Then we did some work on the strength training machines.
I got on the machine that works the hamstrings. I personally think my hamstrings have completely atrophied, but that could
be just a bit hyperbolic. Truth is, I don't like needing to hang onto something just to stand up, for crying out loud.
Okay, so I don't expect to jump up out of my seat, but I would like to look less like an invalid. I'll work up to
walking for an hour, or get up to five miles. I remember when I was a Girl Scout leader I used to go on five mile hikes with
frequency. But then, those were called "all day hikes" for Brownies.
Oh well, we're expecting it to
take some little while to get some semblance of stamina back.
On our way home, we stopped at Walgreens where I
got my flu shot. The doctor only had one left when we were there for our last checkup, so Quint got it.
stocked up on sugar free candy. Russell Stover is my friend!
Changing the subject, I can always rely on my cousin
Mark to send the Darwin Awards for the previous year. And here they are:
THE 2011 DARWIN AWARDS
You've been waiting for them with bated breath, so without further ado, here are the
2011 Darwin Awards:
In Detroit , a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after
head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.
San Francisco stockbroker, who "totally zoned when he ran",
accidentally jogged off a 100-foot high cliff on
his daily run.
While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 8 foot hole for protection
wind and had been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom, when it collapsed, burying
him beneath 5 feet
of sand. People on the beach used their hands and shovels trying
to get him out but could not reach him. It took rescue
workers using heavy equipment
almost an hour to free him. Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a bicycle shop
he was burglarizing.
Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his
mouth to keep his hands free rammed into the base of his
skull as he hit the floor.
Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a
bet with friends who said he
would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the
After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man
walked into H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full of
customers and a uniformed
officer was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the
officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up and fired a few
wild shots from a
The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers also
their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics.
Crime scene investigators
located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The
subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified
rounds from 7
different weapons. No one else was hurt.
47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just driving around at 2 A.M. so
they lit a quarter stick of dynamite to toss out
the window to see what would
happen. Apparently they failed to notice that the window was closed.
Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew
a person who had
bungee-jumped from a local bridge in the middle of traffic. The
conversation grew more excited, and at least 10 men trooped
along the walkway of the
bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge, they discovered that
one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered
and pointed out that a coil of lineman's
cable lay nearby. They secured one end
around Bingham's leg and then tied the other to the bridge. His fall lasted 40
before the cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously
survived his fall into the icy
water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen.
Bingham's foot was never located.
AND THE WINNER IS....
Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt ( Paderborn , Germany ) fed his constipated elephant
22 doses of animal laxative
and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes
before the plugged-up pachyderm finally got relief. Investigators
Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when
the relieved beast
The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr Riesfeldt to the
he struck his head on a rock as the elephant continued to evacuate 200
pounds of dung on top of him. It seems to be just
one of those freak accidents.
January 9, 2012
lived, today would have been my brother, Allison's, 67th birthday. His middle name was Wallace, probably named for some long
lost relative I've never heard of. So we called him A.W. because that's what people in the south do. There's usually at least
one first degree relative identified only by initials. So wherever you are, A.W., I hope you're enjoying the choirs of angels
and that at the last moments on your deathbed you begged forgiveness for a life filled with sins. I suspect that you did get
that idea as you lay dying of lung cancer. But I don't know that. I just pray that you did because I would love to see you
Changing the subject, I have received more than quite a few emails about this Mayan thing and what's
going to happen at the end of 2012.
In the first place, the Bible reference to the end of the world is very clear
about who knows what. I believe it's in Revelation where the verse says that no one knows when the world will end except the
Father. Even His Son, Jesus Christ, does not have that information.
Yep. It says so in the Bible. Look it up.
Or if you don't have a Bible with a good commentary that can point you to the verse, go to www.ask..com and type in a question like, "Where in the Bible does it say ............................................"
You'll get a reference.
That's exactly what I did this evening before I started this writing. I knew that somewhere
in the Bible, there was an answer to some prophet who asked God how he would end the world the "next time" since
he'd promised in a covenant after the flood that he would never destroy the population with a flood again. Then he put
a rainbow in the sky. To this day, when I see a rainbow, I am reminded of God's promise not to send a flood again.
So what did God tell the prophet?
In the New International Reader's Version, we find:
Be sure that you don't say no to the One who speaks. People did not escape when they said no to the One who warned them on
earth. And what if we turn away from the One who warns us from heaven? How much less will we escape!
26 At that time his voice shook the earth. But now he has promised, "Once more I will shake the
earth. I will also shake the heavens."—(Haggai 2:6) 27 The words "once
more" point out that what can be shaken can be taken away. I'm talking about created things. Then what can't be shaken
28 We are receiving a kingdom that can't be shaken.
So let us be thankful. Then we can worship God in a way that pleases him. We will worship him with deep respect and wonder.
29 Our "God is like a fire that burns everything up."—(Deuteronomy 4:24)
January 4, 2011
this could be the beginning of a developing article about recognizing saboteurs within an organization. You know -- they're
the ones we refer to as alligators. Every organization has them. And they show their true colors more prominently than you
Here's an old maxim as you start your new year: If you want people to like you, you have to make yourself
That takes care of the bossy ones. People run from these guys. They sit in their chairs and issue edicts
and "fetch orders." "Get me this," or "get me that" seems to be their motto. You don't see these
people surrounded by a big crowd of people, do you? Organizations are full of these little chiefs.
So what can
you do to make people like you? Easy. If you want something, go get it yourself. That's for starters. The world does not raise
citizens who wait for you to beckon them.
That is, unless you're a politician or a monarch, or something that
gives your blue-blooded attitude the self-imposed right to sit on a chair and make demands.
Tied to likability
is another maxim: Good leaders make good followers. You can spot the good leaders in your organization by looking around to
see who the workers are. They're the ones who make the good leaders. The people who don't want to do any real work in a group
are the same ones who will keep the organization at the status quo. No growth. They say, "I liked it better when we were
smaller." All too often, these little-minded people have a secret agenda of their own. They seldom do anything to help
the organization grow. Does the definition of passive aggressive come to mind?
Just remember, aggression
is always a hostile act.
And passive aggression is disguised as sabotage. Each and every time. Passive aggressive
people are on a perpetual search for power. And what do they want the most? Whatever strength you've got. They're
trying to run a little micro counter-culture in your organization.
But there's good news. You reward (reinforce)
the behavior you want to continue. That's behavior modification rule #1. If you find yourself surrounded by people who
don't share your values, then for your own sense of well-being, find another venue. There are plenty of organizations and
opportunities out there in this big, wide wonderful world that welcome hard workers.
It's even Biblical to shake
the dust from your sandals and walk away. Whatever happened between the "shake the dust from your sandals" theory
and the "turn the other cheek motto?"
Well, that thesis can be bridged with a good sermon. I'm
not a pastor so I'll leave that one for theologians to wrestle with.
January 2, 2012
be it resolved -----
I don't ordinarily make New Years resolutions. But this year is an exception.
can trace my weight gain all the way back to 1985 when my thyroid was removed. I had what's known as a "thyroid storm"
at work and was taken by ambulance to Northwest Memorial Hospital from the law firm where I worked. An endocrinologist diagnosed
Graves Disease, an autoimmune nuisance. Problem was I had my daughter's wedding gown about half done and was looking down
the barrel of her wedding in about two weeks. I finished the gown, had the thyroid ablated with a radioactive iodine. Quint
said I glowed in the dark. The doctor released me much earlier than he would have ordinarily because I promised to return
post haste after the wedding for quick checkups. That only entailed a quick cab ride over to his office from the law firm
where I was back at work.
The problem was, my weight started to slowly rise. At about a 60 degree slope upward.
I put on seventy pounds in a year!
I tried lots of diets. All the wrong ones. Low carb diets, for instance, are
never any good. I don't care who recommends them, they are not good for your body's chemistry. The human being is meant to
eat grains and grain products. Problem was, I wasn't eating anything differently than my pre-ablation days.
in 2006 Quint and I moved. We bought a Cape Cod. People thought I was nuts to move into a house that had three levels when
we had lived in a condominium that was all on one level. Not to mention that my knees were giving me fits. But after we moved
I started to lose weight. Slowly. Ever so slowly. After about six months my knees were not giving me any problems at all.
I wasn't doing anything much different except I was out from under the sedentary lifestyle that came with my counseling practice.
I was walking around more. I enjoyed the physical activity. At the end of a year I was 49 pounds lighter.
is the year I'm going to take off the rest of the 25 pounds that I packed on. And how am I going to do this? Simple. Give
up most of the flour products I eat.
Following a gout diet is not that difficult. Sugar is my enemy. Yeast products
are also my enemy. Meat is my enemy too. No more bacon with my eggs. No more smoky links that are stuffed with cheddar cheese
and jalapeno peppers.
No more cookies. At least not more than two at one sitting. Ice cream is okay so it's a
good thing that I really like Eskimo Pies -- sugar free that is. This afternoon I'm going to make a cookie that has a chocolate
turtle stuffed inside. The cookie dough is a Pillsbury sugar free cake mix and the chocolate turtles are sugar free from Russell
Stove. I'll cut the turtles into quarters to make them go farther. Does it cost more to make them? You bet. But it's cheaper
than all the medicines that you have to take if you're diabetic. I can have a couple of cookies with impunity.
cheeses and cottage cheese are also very good for me. And for some reason, tart cherries are also good for the gout diet.
They are low in purines. The lower the purines in the bloodstream, the lower the risk of too much uric acid in the blood.
Fresh apples and oranges and bananas are good for the low purine diet too. But I seldom eat bananas. Once in a while we'll
put them on cereal for breakfast. (Did you know that a serving of banana is only 1/2 of the banana?) It has too much sugar
in it. I learned that from Quint's diabetic diet.
Two weeks ago I started a lifestyle change that will allow me
to get control of the gout. I've now lost 5 and a half pounds.
I'm looking forward to being at least ten pounds
lighter by the end of January. That's the only resolution that I've made so far.
I'm thinking about slowing down
a bit. Especially now that I'm working at a job that I really enjoy in the afternoons. It's working for a dual parish church
office. Fortunately, the pastor I work with was a friend of mine before I started working with him.
I'm not willing
to give that up. But I am willing to give up my "over-do" list. It's too easy for people to mistake my generosity
with my time and energy. So I'm going to step back this year and let other people do some of the things that I used to
do. In the meantime, I have joined a Christian Writers Group that meets here in Effingham County. It's a group of about ten
people who are writing for publication.
And I have a couple of grants that I promised to write for some business
people here in the county. I like writing grants. It keeps my paralegal skills honed. And I like helping business people get
their enterprises off the ground.
I also want to continue with my own writing projects.
And that should
keep me busy and productive in the new year.
That's only two resolutions. They're two that I can commit to that
I know I will follow faithfully. That's the key to success when it comes to re-inventing yourself. Pick a re-invention project
that you are willing to commit to completely. And don't take on too many projects at the same time. You'll only frustrate
yourself. Pick a project that you are motivated to work on. For me, it was the dreaded fear that if I kept on gobbling away,
I'd hit 300 pounds. That's just something that I'm not willing to embrace. Besides, losing weight is all about math. If you
eat more calories than you use up, you'll gain weight.
I've watched people who claim that they "just can't
lose weight." They'd have you believe that they have tried everything. Yet, when you look at their plates, there's potatoes,
noodles, and bread and butter. Then there's the entree and maybe, just maybe a little bit of green vegetable. Never ever eat
potatoes and bread in the same meal. And I don't know what they think they're doing by dumping noodles or dressing onto the
plate. After all, you're not required to eat everything on the menu. So, if you're an adult, make a fist. That's about a cup.
Half of that amount would be a serving. If you're eating a closed fist size of mashed potatoes, you're eating too much. Oh,
you could have that much in green beans. That's for sure. But not if the beans are highly seasoned with butter and bacon bits,
I figure you've probably seen this letter that my cousins Mark and Al sent to me, but
it's worth another read through:
Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month.
The day after she
passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking
about how much she missed Abbey.
She asked if
we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God
would recognize her.
I told her that I thought
we could so, and she dictated these words:
Will you please take care of my dog?
She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.
her very much.
I ' m happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will
play with her.
She likes to swim and play with balls.
I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will
know that she is my dog.
I really miss her.
We put the letter in an envelope with a
picture of Abbey & Meredith , addressed it
We put our return address on it.
several stamps on the front of the envelope cause she said it would
take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way
to heaven. That afternoon she
dropped it into the letter box at the post office.
A few days later, she asked if
God had gotten the letter yet.
I told her that I thought He had.
Yesterday, there was a package wrapped
in gold paper on our front porch addressed,
'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand.
Meredith opened it.
was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.'
Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to
God in its opened
On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized
Abbey isn't sick anymore.
Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart.
loved being your dog.
Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your
so I ' m sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and
have something to remember Abbey by.
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it
and sending it to me.
a wonderful mother you have.
I picked her especially for you.
I send my blessings every day and remember that
I love you very much.
By the way, I'm easy to find.
I am wherever there is love.
January 1, 2012
What a beautiful
message I've received from my cousins, Mark and Al:
WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN WHEN
> This is one of the nicest e-mails
I have seen :
> I dreamt that I went to Heaven
and an angel was showing me around. We
> walked side-by-side inside a large workroom
filled with angels. My angel
> guide stopped in front of the first section and said,
'This is the
> Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.
> I looked around in this area, and it was terribly
busy with so many angels
> sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets
and scraps from
> people all over the world.
> Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.
> The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging
and Delivery Section.
> Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed
> delivered to the living persons who asked for them." I noticed again how
> busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station,
> since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged
> for delivery to Earth.
> Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of
a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated
> there, idly
doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel
> friend quietly admitted
to me. He seemed embarrassed.
> "How is
it that there is no work going on here? I asked."
"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they
asked for, very few send back acknowledgments."
"How does one acknowledge God's blessings? "I asked.
> "Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord."
> "What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.
> "If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
> overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world.
> If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish,
> you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy, and if you get this on
your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that
> "If you woke up this morning with more
health than illness.. You are more
> blessed than the many who will not even survive
> "If you have never experienced
the fear in battle, the loneliness of
> imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs
of starvation... You are
> ahead of 700 million people in the world."
> "If you can attend a church without the fear of
> torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three
> people in the world."
> "If your parents are still alive and still married.... you are very rare."
> "If you can hold your head up and smile, you are
not the norm, you're
> unique to all those in doubt and despair......."
> "Ok," I said. "What now? How can I start?"
> The Angel said, "If you can read this
message, you just received a double
> blessing in that someone was thinking of you as
very special and you are
> more blessed than over two billion people in the world who
cannot read at
> Have a good day, count your blessings , and if you care to, pass this
along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are..........
> ATTN: Acknowledge Dept .
"Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for
me so many wonderful people with whom to share it."
If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been
> blessed with,
how can you not send it on?
thank God for everything, especially all my family and friends.
do you know how many pearly gates there are? -- If you guessed 12, you'd be correct. See Revelation 21.)
here's a profound story from my friend Linda, in Lawrenceville:
Read it before but just as powerful the second or third time.
GOD BLESS. Please do not forget the real reason for the
This is so beautiful!
A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, the people
were in and out of the cold.
The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many
He walked up to a policeman and said, 'Mister,
you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could
find a warm place to sleep tonight would you?
You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down
the alley and it's awful cold in there for tonight. Sure
would be nice to have a warm place to stay.'
The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, 'You go
down the street to that big white house and you knock
on the door. When they come out the door you just say John
3:16, and they will let you in.'
So he did. He walked up the steps and knocked
on the door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said,
'John 3:16 .' The lady said, 'Come on in, Son.'
She took him in and she sat him down in a split bottom rocker
in front of a great big old fireplace, and she went off..
boy sat there for a while and thought to himself:
John 3:16 ....I don't understand it, but it sure makes a cold
Later she came back and asked him 'Are you hungry? 'He said,
'Well, just a little. I haven't eaten in a couple of days,
and I guess I could stand a little bit of food,'
The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table
full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't
anymore. Then he thought to himself: John 3:16...
Boy, I sure don't understand it but it sure makes a hungry
She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub
filled with warm water, and he sat there
and soaked for a
while. As he soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16 ...
I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy
clean... You know, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my
whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood in
front of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.
The lady came in and got him. She took him to a room,
tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled the covers up
around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out the
lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out the
window at the snow coming down on that cold night,
he thought to himself: John 3:16 .....I don't understand it
but it sure makes a tired boy rested.
The next morning the lady came back up and took him
down again to that same big table full of food. After he
ate, she took him back to that same big old split bottom
rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big old Bible.
She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face..
'Do you understand John 3:16 ? ' she asked gently. He replied,
'No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it was last
night when the policeman told me to use it,'
She opened the Bible to John 3:16 and began to explain
to him about Jesus . Right there, in front of that big old
fireplace, he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there
and thought: John 3:16,“I
don't understand it, but it sure makes a lost boy feel safe.
You know, I have to confess I don't understand it either,
how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and how
Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't understand the
agony of the Father and every angel in heaven as they watched
and die. I don't understand the intense love for ME that kept
Jesus on the cross till the end. I don't understand it,
it sure does make life worth living.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life....
If you aren't ashamed to do this, please follow the
Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of
you before my Father.' Pass this on only if you mean it.
I do Love God . He is my source of existence... .. He keeps
me functioning each and every day. Phil 4:13 If you love
and are not ashamed of all the marvelous things he has done
for you, send this on..
Take 60 seconds & give this a shot ! Let's just see if Satan
stops this one.
All you do is:
1) Simply say a small prayer for the person who sent you
this, 'Father, God bless this person in whatever it is that
You know he or she may be needing this day. In Jesus' Name,
Amen ! '
2) Then send it on to other people. Within hours many people
have prayed for you, and you caused a multitude of
pray to God for other people. Then sit back and watch the
power of God work in your life for doing the
thing that you
know He loves.
(This is a good example of what I call Network Prayers. It really makes me feel
great to know that people are praying for me, and I love to pray for others too. Thank you, Linda, for sending.)