Saturday, August 29, 2009
We've become a nation of cowards whimpering for big mommy government to protect us from the nasty scary real world, giving up every vestige of freedom in exchange for the mere illusion of safety.
We need to risk failure or even injury, we should enjoy a little bit of danger, otherwise life is just too pathetic to bother with. IMO.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Here's a bit from Alan Watts Theater, a few little cartoon presentations, Matt Stone and Trey Parker-created, of recorded passages from Alan Watts presentations. I found this on Sandra Dodd's web sit after doing a Randomize me search. That's a good way to find cool things on her site, it's so big and full of unschooling wisdom I never know what to look for, but since it's all good anyway random works ;-)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Click here if you don't see the embedded audio player to go to Issues etc. on demand page.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
God Smites ELCA convention with warning shot, more to follow:
Winds tore off part of a 90-year-old metal church steeple (note cross ripped from steeple and left dangling upside down) in downtown Minneapolis and damaged at least 40 homes in south of the city.
Jack Freitag said he was standing in the lobby of the Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis when he saw "a wall cloud from the south coming across the parking lot." Then a "very loud roar" came through as he saw signs being blown around in the wind.
The wind tore off part of the church's 90-year-old metal steeple around 2 p.m. while about 120 people were inside, said church spokesman Joe Bjordal.
"I was worried about the people then," said Freitag, who told everyone to seek shelter in the church's basement. No one was injured.
Outside the church, strong winds ripped apart large outdoor tents and scattered chairs and folding tables across the parking lot that were set up for the national Evangelical Lutheran Church in America convention. The church was scheduled to serve breakfast to guests attending the event at the Minneapolis Convention Center next door.
"I think we're out of business" for entertaining convention visitors, Bjordal said.
Reports state that God said in response, "Indeed, you are out of business as a part of the one Holy catholic Church as well!"
Experts predict that additional smiting will follow soon.
The ELCA Formally Endorses Homosexuality: How to Respond
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I guess I'm just feeling cranky for some reason. ;-/
Last week I didn't do much at all, just was in recovery mode from the long week of Pat's vacation, which I'm going to pay him back for in a couple of weeks when we run off to San Diego for the
Serenity, Topanga, (but not Lora),
and I did go off to Shadow Cliffs for a bit on Saturday afternoon. We were only there for a little while. I'm glad I got the yearly East Bay Parks membership because that way I don't mind if we go and then the kids decide to leave after an hour, I don't get bent out of shape over wasting the $6.00 parking fee cause I didn't have to pay it! :-)
We set up the new tent I got in the back yard
and the kids slept in it Saturday night, they seemed to enjoy that.
There now, it's not all cranky political rants now. :-)
STOCKHOLM, August 11, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Swedish Association for Home Education (ROHUS) is asking for support from the international community to stop an attempt by the Swedish government to outlaw homeschooling. The new legislation argues that because a child's education should be "comprehensive and objective" it must be "designed so that all pupils can participate, regardless of what religious or philosophical" views of parents or children.
The government's explanation of the draft law says, "there is no need for the law to offer the possibility of homeschooling because of religious or philosophical reasons in the family."
This is the direction the Democrats want to take us, toward a more European style of government, health care, education and taxes as well. Sadly the Republicans are nearly as bad and just want to decorate the place with more flags while doing the same things.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
A cask by losing centre-piece or cant
Was never shattered so, as I saw one
Rent from the chin to where one breaketh wind.
Between his legs were hanging down his entrails;
His heart was visible, and the dismal sack
That maketh excrement of what is eaten.
While I was all absorbed in seeing him,
He looked at me, and opened with his hands
His bosom, saying: "See now how I rend me;
How mutilated, see, is Mahomet;
In front of me doth Ali weeping go,
Cleft in the face from forelock unto chin;
And all the others whom thou here beholdest,
Disseminators of scandal and of schism
While living were, and therefore are cleft thus.
A devil is behind here, who doth cleave us
Thus cruelly, unto the falchion's edge
Putting again each one of all this ream,
When we have gone around the doleful road;
By reason that our wounds are closed again
Ere any one in front of him repass.
- Dante's Inferno, Canto 28
Or not, whatever... we certainly should not allow the threat of punk violence from followers of a false prophet now burning in hell to dictate what we can publish in our own universities!
From the Guardian:
Publisher bans images of Muhammad in new book
Yale University Press has ditched plans to reprint the Danish cartoons and other caricatures in a study of the controversy
Yale University Press has decided against reprinting the Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in a book examining the controversy, after being advised by Islam(ic) and counterterrorism experts* that doing so could incite violence.*counterterrorism experts = cowards afraid of ragheads with matches
Monday, August 17, 2009
Bombings Worse than Nagasaki and Hiroshima by Laurence M. Vance
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Saturday, August 15, 2009
Row over US Bollywood 'detention'
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has appeared in more than 70 films
India has asked the US to explain why a leading Bollywood film star was allegedly detained for two hours at Newark airport, which serves New York.
Shah Rukh Khan, who was released after India's embassy in the US intervened, said he felt angry and humiliated.
The actor, who is promoting a film on racial profiling, said he was stopped because he had a Muslim name.Full Story is here.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Observing America's Decline and Transformation
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
A few dozen local businesses banded together this spring to distribute the Plenty – a local currency intended to replace the dollar. Now 15,000 Plenties are in circulation here, used everywhere from the organic food co-op to the feed store to, starting this month, the Piggly Wiggly supermarket.
Last popularized during the Great Depression, scrip, or locally created stand-ins for U.S. currency, is making a comeback. Pittsboro, population 2,500, is one of a handful of communities that launched its own money in recent months. It reports an avalanche of calls from other communities that have lost faith in the global financial system.
"The Plenty is not going to get siphoned off to Wall Street, or Washington, or make a stop in Bentonville on its way to China," said B.J. Lawson, a software entrepreneur who is president of the board of the Plenty cooperative. "It gives us self-reliance."Evidently, the U.S. Government doesn't yet recognize this emergence of competing currencies within U.S. borders as a threat to its power. It was equally inattentive to the rise of home schooling and Internet communications, until these devolutionary trends became too powerful to reverse. Americans are slowly waking up to the truth that the System's state currency - like its state schooling and its state-licensed, corporate media information outlets - is rigged to keep non-elite people ignorant, poor, and weak.
Aside from his none-too-subtle dig at Walmart, B.J. Lawson is wise enough to see how the fiat dollar robs productive people by "siphoning" their earnings to politicians and their cronies in the financial industry. Now he and his neighbors are doing something to solve the problem, setting a great example for millions of other Americans who are sick and tired of the Federal Reserve's modern version of serfdom.
Freedom is not yet winning. But it is on the march.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Regina Brett's 45 life lessons and 5 to grow on
Posted by Regina Brett September 20, 2007 14:03PM
To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here's an update:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don't ask, you don't get.
50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Can you really imagine giving up the glorious liturgy and the sacraments (FYI, Lora has a solo during the distribution of Holy Communion, toward the end of this mp3 around 59 minutes in, nice job :-), which are the very means of grace, and that have been passed down for millennia within Holy Mother Church, in exchange for this crap?
Father Hollywood has some good comments about this on Gottesdienst Online, This is What Liturgy Prevents.
Friday, August 7, 2009
But really, dead is dead and if it's your child lying bleeding on the ground it doesn't make much difference if it's because someone was fighting to impose democracy or theocracy, your child is still just as dead. War: a stupid idea every time.
Our Suicide Bombers by Tom Engelhardt -- Antiwar.com
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Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
HOME-SCHOOLING: Losing ground all over Europe - Washington Times
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