Monday, August 31, 2009

LA Burning

Cool photo, not so cool fire...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Holy Spirit

Here is an awesome Pastor's round-table from Issues Etc. on the Holy Spirit:

Risk aversion

Americans have become terrified of all risk, just look at any airport or watch kids riding bikes or skating with pads and helmets and being tracked via GPS...


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.

This used to be America!

And the pig responds, "It ain't no more." Nice.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Source: www.sfgate.com
Careful, somebody spilled some freedom: The correct translation of these characters at an art exhibition in Beijing is "Caution slippery," but this one works too.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

C S Lewis and Galileo by Hobbits, Narnia & Spirituality

Source: www.examiner.com
Today marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope, an invention which helped promote the Copernican view of the universe. It also is seen by many as the start of the divergence of religion ...

Success!

What's it all about, where are we going? The journey is the thing after all. Or so I think anyway, and I'm certainly enjoying the journey even if it's not the point, so for me it works :-)

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 ;-)

Shady trail

Warm and sunny buy its nice under the oaks.
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Hiking

I am hiking on Pleasanton ridge right now. Alone for once as no one else wanted to come with me. It is sort of peaceful actually.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Trying to force an embed

So, whenever I want to embed audio from Issues Etc. the embed button is missing. I don't know why. Anyway I'm trying to fake it by pasting in the url of the mp3 that is up into an old embed. Lets see if it works ;-) Update, it worked! :-) This is Issues Etc. reviewing a sermon by Pastor William Weedon who writes Weedon's Blog. It's about the proper way to respond to things like the ELCA apostasy:



Click here if you don't see the embedded audio player to go to Issues etc. on demand page.

Wow, a hundred million dollar budget cut!

Here is some perspective about just what a $100,000,000.00 cut from the Federal Budget means.

Now a photo

So now I am seeing if I can post a photo...
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Twitter or not

So I opened a twitter account. Why? I have no idea. But then thought I'd try blog posting via email. Thus this post.
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tech Support

I'm often asked for help with computer problems that I really have no idea how to fix, yet I almost always find my way through. Here is a flow chart from xkcd that actually shows you how to do this yourself, it's the exact method I use! :-) Cool. Click to embigenate image.

The Angry Gnome

Heh, this was found by doing an "Angry Gnome" search on Google. I figured since it looks a bit like me I'd share ;-)


Maybe I'll use it in my Profile pic instead of the real one ;-)

California State Parks

Back on June 3rd I declared that if they closed the California state parks I would just jump the fence anyway. I am not alone in this idea now. In Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle Tom Stienstra wrote in the Outdoors section that "When it comes to passion, I'll tell you this: Nobody is going to keep me out of the state parks. A lot of people feel exactly the same...It's also my belief that the state's residents already own these parks, and we don't need somebody's OK to use what already belongs to us, within rules designed to prevent damage, of course." You tell them Tom!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

So now we have God's opinion on this...


Adapted from Google news story.

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

They are not really Lutheran any more, nor Christian for that matter, IMO:

The ELCA Formally Endorses Homosexuality: How to Respond

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What's with all the politics?

I dunno.

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

Woo Hoo!

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. :-)

On a lighter note...

Hey, now lets make fun of the mentally ill! :-)

Socialism

Ah, the spread of totalitarianism in Europe continues:

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."

Read the full story here.

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

Speaking of Muhammed in hell...

Muhammad in Hell; Dante's Inferno Canto 28, verses 30-31; Illustration by Gustave Dore

Muhammad in Hell; Dante's Inferno Canto 28, verses 30-31; Illustration by Gustave Dore

Source: Gutenberg Project

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

This sort of thing just makes my blood boil! Maybe it is now time for a new Crusade to free those Christian lands still occupied by the violent Muslim heretic vermin; on to Constantinople! Free Antioch! Free Alexandria! Wipe Islam off the face of the earth once and for all!

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

Protesters in Peshawar burn a Dutch flag in protest at the Muhammad cartoons

Protesters in Peshawar in February 2006 burn a Danish flag in protest at the Muhammad cartoons. Photograph: Arshad Arbab/EPA

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

Outdoctrination

Cool video about education in India. It's about 20 minutes long and very interesting. He gets to the point of essentially advocating a form of unschooling starting about 1/2 way through. Education is "self-organizing."


Bombings Worse than Nagasaki and Hiroshima by Laurence M. Vance

The terrorism double standard, if they do it to us it's terrorism, if we do it to them it's just war.

Bombings Worse than Nagasaki and Hiroshima by Laurence M. Vance

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

The American Gestapo Strikes Again

It is odd that the only people who meekly tolerate the humiliating groping and searching and insulting assumption that everyone trying to board an airplane is a terrorist, are Americans. People from the third world are offended at the treatment that is meted out to virtually everyone at American airports and even just getting on an American airline in another country. It is very sad when the people of a nation that once prided itself on its freedom are willing to bow their heads in humble submission to their masters and shuffle off to be strip searched on the whim of a low IQ punk in a cheap uniform. Pathetic. No airlines for me until the "War on Terror (by people we don't like)" is declared over and done with and we return to sanity and freedom.

Row over US Bollywood 'detention'

Shah Rukh Khan, 11 Aug 2009
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.

Informal Learning: An Interview With Dr Alan Thomas

He's talking about "unschooling" without calling it that. Which is good in a way since so many people react to "unschooling" the way they do to "anarchy." :-) I tend to like to get up in peoples face with this sort of thing in order to challenge their assumptions, but sometimes it is good to re-frame the conversation in such a way that confrontation is minimized. So, I don't disapprove of using words like "autonomous or informal learning".

Friday, August 14, 2009

Les Paul 1915-2009

Ah, what a long glorious run he had :-) The Father of the electric guitar has passed on to Rock and Roll Heaven at the age of 94. :-(



Also check out this nice story about him here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

From Imperial Twilight - (another blog y'all need to read}

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Getting Out From Under the Dollar

Local businesses in Pittsboro, NC have issued their own paper currency:

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

Libera

Father Hollywood posted this YouTube of Libera, I enjoyed it so I'm pasting here as well :-)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Life Lessons

A friend sent a version of this to me in an email. For some reason someone had added 40 years to Regina Brett's age in the oft forwarded version. I suppose they thought it gave it more "authority" as the wisdom of the ages if it came from a 90 year old instead of a 50 year old. Sadly this is typical of forwarded stuff I get, it is badly distorted or just plain false in almost every case. But the content was pretty good so I looked up the original, which took less time than it did to write this paragraph, and posted it here for others to enjoy:

Regina Brett's 45 life lessons and 5 to grow on
Posted by Regina Brett September 20, 2007 14:03PM

Originally published in The Plain Dealer on Sunday,May 28, 2006


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.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Now, this is just plain sad.

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

Our Suicide Bombers by Tom Engelhardt -- Antiwar.com

Us vs. Them... they are evil we are good and righteous and holy.

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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Sotomayor

I tried not to comment on this but I can't let this abomination pass. Sotomayor is a declared anti-white racist, not fit for any court let alone the Supreme Court of these united States of America, she will be sworn in for no other reason than that she is Hispanic and a woman. The only thing about this that really shocks me is that she is not a declared Lesbian as well, though that could come later on I suppose. This is what affirmative action is and it makes me want to puke.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Necessity of Faith - Science and the Sacred

Science and the Sacred from the Bio-Logos foundation provides a very nice take on science in harmony with faith, here is today's offering:

The Necessity of Faith - Science and the Sacred

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Deep Impact-Little Prince crossover

Great stuff from XKCD.


This assumes you are familiar with both Deep Impact and The Little Prince, lacking either bit of knowledge the cartoon loses most of its dark humor. :-)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Where was the Lutheran Church before Luther?

The Lutheran Church, the church of Abraham, Moses, Peter, Augustine and every other believer in history:

Where was the Lutheran Church before Luther?

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HOME-SCHOOLING: Losing ground all over Europe - Washington Times

The article linked below demonstrates that, in spite of my constant denigrating of the state of freedom in the American Empire, it remains true that our forefathers left the lands of Europe seeking freedom and they planted those ideas pretty deeply here. As oppressive as our police state has become over the last hundred years, when one compares it to the vile socialist-totalitarian states of Europe, and I'm talking about England, Sweden and Germany here, not Russia, we almost seem free here. Whoda thunk it?

HOME-SCHOOLING: Losing ground all over Europe - Washington Times

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Another reason never to fly

Hysterical, idiotic overreaction to minor incidents. If the guy had a real bomb they would have shut down the airport for a week I suppose. Just more grandstanding by idiot Govco vermin desperately struggling to justify their pointless existence. Ah well, it will never impact me because I will never fly and so will not subject myself to such nonsense, not unless the American Empire and its police state government are disbanded and the Republic is restored... which is not going to happen, ever.