Saturday, 8 March 2014

A Gorgeous Spring Day (Photos)

(Posted to Blogster April 13, 2013)

Okay. I am kidding you. This is what April 13th looked like in northern Canada this morning.


Our snow was gone. Now it is back. It is going to make father's birthday BBQ cute today.

Pain. I Am In Pain

(Posted to Blogster April 13, 2013)
 
I am in pain. A great deal of pain. The kind of pain you only get when you have eaten way more than you should have.

Father's birthday was yesterday but the celebration was today. My sister was here, my brother and his family, and two of my daughters but at different times. They were both doing other things today as well and their visits didn't coincide.

There was, as near as I can tell, at least 3 jumbo hotdogs cooked per person, there was BBQ ribs, potato salad, coleslaw, and my sister brought at least 2 gallons of home made New England baked beans. Then there were cookies and strawbarries dipped in chocolate and chocolate birthday cake.

You get the picture.

I ate so many baked beans I am in pain. God knows what is going to happen when they start to work. If you here a massive eruption just know it isn't North Korea.

Couldn't God Have Provided A Gift Receipt?

Someone sent me an email the other day quoting Psalm 127 in the Bible where it says that children are a gift from God.

It got me to thinking.

Why couldn't the Almighty provide a gift receipt so they could at least be exchanged? And barring that, is re-gifting permissible?

How Should We Then Live - Episode 1 - Francis Schaeffer

Nearly everyone knows that German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche famously, or perhaps infamously, said that God was dead.

What few know, because that is the depth of their knowledge of Nietzche, is that he went on to say that having killed God mankind would endure the bloodiest century in his history and then slip into a universal madness. Nietzche was quite prescient with his first prediction and the second appears to be coming true as well.

From every corner we hear the chorus that there are absolutely no absolutes. The madness of that logical fallacy going over the heads of its proponents, apparently, as the complete intolerance of those proclaiming tolerance permeates an increasingly sick culture of death and moral decay.

When all absolutes are abandoned society becomes absolute and the outworking of that can be seen in Treblinka, Sobibor, Auschwitz, Belzec or in the Soviet gulags, or Cambodia or perhaps in the streets of East Los Angeles or a house of horrors in Philadelphia where screaming babies slip past the hands of an abortionist to land on a table where scissors are driven into the back of their necks, their spinal cords cut, and their squealing  silenced all to the applause of the moral degenerates who insist it is a woman's right to choose.

Nearly everyone admits to seeing society going to hell in a hand basket but they refuse to see their own part in it, or admit it to themselves, or give up their own behaviour that is fueling the trip.

In the 70's and 80's friends were reading and listening to a philosopher and theologian in Switzerland named Francis Schaeffer. I in my hubris and intellectual conceit declared him a third stringer, a light weight philosopher, a minor league theologian unworthy of my time.

I was completely, thoroughly, and abjectly wrong. Schaeffer was a towering intellect who was years ahead of his time. He identified in the 60's, 70's, and 80's the seeds of our destruction that are now washing over us like a tsunami.

Over the next ten days I am going to post the ten half hour episodes of Schaeffers monumental series How Should We Then Live.I know I am talking into a void or, at least, Schaeffer will be. At best one, possible two of you will stick with it to the end because until you see the beginning you cannot understand what Schaeffer is saying at the last and if you do not get what he is saying then you will have no idea how to stop the slide and we will continue to slouch towards Gomorrah both individually and corporately.

How Shall We Then Live: Episode 1: The Roman Age


How Shall We Then Live - Episode 2 - Francis Shaeffer



(Posted to Blogster April 15, 2013)

Before They Were Famous

(Posted to Blogster April 18, 2013)

Before they met Chuck Norris The Black Eyed Peas were just known as ... The Peas.

I Have A Kold In My Nothe

(Posted to Blogster April 18, 2013)

I have a kold in my nothe.

Last Monday Tess and I made a last minute decision to drive to the city to see my youngest daughter and Gracey, my granddaughter. We phoned to make sure they were free and then jumped in the car.

When we got there Gracey was outside waiting and ran to the car and gave me hugs and kisses and kisses and hugs until I noticed she was sliming me. I grabbed a Kleenex and wiped a very snotty little nose that was running like a faucet and then wiped myself off. My daughter assured me that Gracey didn't have a cold and that her nose always ran when she was outdoors in the cold.

We arrived at lunch time so we all went to the Pizza hut. For the most part I played second fiddle on this trip as Gracey was all into "Lola" Tessie. Grandmother Tessie. We had a great time together and we left late in the afternoon.

By last night I was sneezing, my sinuses were beginning to hurt and then for a while, the faucet started to run but then suddenly stopped.

I got a lousy nights sleep, however, as my nose was congested and I couldn't breath. This morning I still can't breath, my nose and sinues hurt, I am sneezing steadily, and it feels like this is going to drop into my chest, I haven't had a cold in years and I am not happy about getting this one.

And, of course, my daughter phoned this morning to tell me that Gracey was coughing and her nose and eyes were running. Right.

Thanks, Rebecca. Thanks, Gracey.

I have to leave for Vancouver on Saturday, an eight hour drive. I am sure I will feel wonderful the entire way.
Yeah.

Street Hoodlums: Granddaughter Gracey and her friend hanging out on a street corner drinking. Gracey (left) was biking.

Eating A Ham Sandwich With Muhammad

 (Posted to Blogster April 22, 2013)

Families are complicated these days.

Me? I am your typical WASP, white Anglo-Saxon Protestant although my maternal grandfather was Jewish. I live with an Asian woman, a Filipina.

Tess' brother is a gay Filipino. His partner is a white, Jewish South African doctor, Shaun. Shaun's sister, a white, Jewish, South African woman is married to a black, Muslim South African man, Imran, or, Imo/

I am quite outspoken about Islam. It is a damnedable religion of death. There is no such thing as a 'moderate' Muslim. If a Muslim is faithful to Islam he will be a radical. If he is not radical, he is apostate.

Now, having said that, Imo is the nicest one in that entire crew and I quite look forward to seeing him when I make it to the coast. We have a good time together.

Imo and Kim just came back from visiting 'home.' Imo was telling me how great it was to see his two daughters, his mother and father, and his friends. In fact, he made a point of going to the mosque for prayer so he could catch up with the guys he went to school with. He had a great vacation and while his daughters have changed their minds about joining their parents here in Canada he has made his piece with that. He said they were happy, both are engaged to very good men, and they are living in a very securely guarded housing complex.

Now if you caught the opening line here you might have caught the bit where this black, South African Muslim is married to a white Jewish woman. That should have been a clue that Imo is not your conventional Muslim.

Indeed, while Imo may attend a Mosque at home to meet friends he has never attended one in Canada
I know all this because we talked it over while drinking a few beer.

Wait a minute, you say. Muslims don't drink.

Like a said, Imo is not your conventional Muslim. We always have a few beer together when we see each other. I always look forward to it. Imo is a great guy. I consider him a friend, not just part of my odd extended family.

There is a limit to Imo's unconventional nature, however. Now matter how many times I offer I can't get him to eat a pulled pork sandwich. He draws the line at pork. He does always laugh and thank me for my hospitality though.

Oh, well, he is probably healthier for it.

We may not agree on bacon for breakfast but we do enjoy each others friendship, we both love Alexander Keith's beer, and we both agree that those radical Imans should be shot.

Ritchie Havens Dead At 72

(Posted to Blogster April 23, 2013)

The good die too young. Another piece of me gone.







How Shall We Then Live - Episode 3 - Francis Shaeffer

Gitmo Hunger Strikers Rises To 92

(Originally posted to Blogster April 24, 2013)

The news is reporting that the number of prisoners who are on a hunger strike at Gitmo has risen to 92.

I have given this considered thought and have decided I think this is okay. If these terrorists want to help lower the governments food costs it is fine by me. I would encourage all of them to never eat a damn thing again.

Tyranny In America: Army Blocks Baptist Website

In a million years I would never have imagined what is happening in America and to America but it is and with increasing frequency and virulence. America is no longer a free nation and the values it was founded on are now considered to be hateful.

Military Blocks Access to Southern Baptist Website



The U.S. Military has blocked access to the Southern Baptist Convention’s website on an unknown number of military bases because it contains “hostile content” — just weeks after an Army briefing labeled Evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics as examples of religious extremism, Fox News has learned.


The Southern Baptist Convention is the nation’s largest Protestant denomination known for its support of the pro-life movement and its strong belief in traditional marriage.

Southern Baptist chaplains reported thatSBC.net had been blocked at military installations around the nation. The censorship was made public after an Army officer tried to log onto the denomination’s website and instead — received a warning message.

“The site you have requested has been blocked by Team CONUS (C-TNOSC/RCERT-CONUS) due to hostile content,” the message read.

Team CONUS protects the computer network of the Dept. of Defense. The SBC’s website was not blocked at the Pentagon.

“So the Southern Baptist Convention is now considered hostile to the U.S. Army,” the officer wrote in an email to the American Family Association.

The Dept. of Defense confirmed to Fox News late Wednesday that the SBC website had been blocked — but not intentionally.

“The Department of Defense is not intentionally blocking access to this site, said Lt. Col. Damien Pickart. “We are working diligently to investigate what might be causing access issues for some of our service members and to correct the situation as quickly as possible.”

The AFA sent out an action alert urging its members to contact the Pentagon and ask them to “stop the military’s alarming trend of hostility towards faith and religious freedom in our military.”

“Most disturbing to him (the Army officer) was the fact that the military labeled his personal religious faith as ‘hostile’ to the U.S. Army,” AFA spokesman Randy Sharp told Fox News.

Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance, told Fox News that Southern Baptist chaplains on military bases around the world have been unable to access the website.

“It’s a concern for the Dept. of Defense to block the website of one of the major evangelical denominations in the country,” Crews told Fox News. “The Southern Baptist Convention has the largest number of chaplains in the military representing Southern Baptist soldiers and churches. Those chaplains need access to their denomination’s website.”

An Army Reservist contacted Fox News and said he tried to log onto the site and an “Access Denied” message appeared on the screen.

“You request was categorized by Blue Coat Web Filter as ‘Religion,’” the message read.

Richard Land, president of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission denounced the censorship and demanded that Southern Baptist soldiers be provided access to the site.

“This is outrageous,” Land told Fox News. “Southern Baptists make up a higher percentage of the all-volunteer military than in the general population. It’s outrageous that our website would be blocked for Southern Baptists serving in the military and defending the freedom to access websites.”

Land said the military censorship was part of a “disturbing trend.”

“They need to unblock the website and find out who is responsible,” he said. “That person needs to be fired.”

Pickart told Fox News the Dept. of Defense “strongly supports the rights of service members, to include their ability to access religious websites like that of the SBC.”

“With Internet technology constantly evolving, the Department is working to ensure that service members have access to an open Internet while preserving information and operational security,” he said.

Religious liberty groups were outraged by the block and called for an immediate investigation.

“This is another example of the growing hostility toward evangelical Christians in the armed forces,” Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council  told Fox News. “Ironically, the very people who are sworn to support and defend the rights provided in the U.S. Constitution are being denied the right to exercise those rights individually.”

The American Family Association feared it was further evidence of what they called religious hostility within the Pentagon.

“This is one more example of the Defense Department leadership allowing hostility towards faith and religious freedom in our military,” Sharp told Fox News. “The growing list of offenses is overwhelming and Secretary Chuck Hagel should no longer ignore it.”

In recent days, the Army has come under fire after an officer sent an email to subordinates labeling the AFA and the Family Research Council as “domestic hate groups.”

In another incident a group of Army Reservists were told that Evangelical Christians and Catholics are examples of religious extremists.

The Army categorized the incidents as isolated and not condoned by the Dept. of the Army. They said the presentation to the reservists was not produced by the Army nor did it reflect their policy or doctrine.

Last week, soldiers at Fort Wainwright in Alaska were told to scrape off a Bible verse reference on their weapon scopes. That verse had been inscribed by the maker of the scopes.

Among other incidents:
  • A War Games scenario at Fort Leavenworth that identified Christian groups and Evangelical groups as being potential threats;
  • A 2009 Dept. of Homeland Security memorandum that identified future threats to national security coming from Evangelicals and pro-life groups;
  • A West Point study released by the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center that linked pro-lifers to terrorism;
  • Evangelical leader Franklin Graham was uninvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service because of his comments about Islam;
  • Christian prayers were banned at the funeral services for veterans at Houston’s National Cemetery;
  • Bibles were banned at Walter Reed Army Medical Center – a decision that was later rescinded;
  • Christian crosses and a steeple were removed from a chapel in Afghanistan because the military said the icons disrespected other religions;
  • Catholic chaplains were told not to read a letter to parishioners from their archbishop related to Obamacare mandates. The Secretary of the Army feared the letter could be viewed as a call for civil disobedience.
“All of these things make one concerned about the attitude in the military toward evangelicals, Roman Catholics and other people of faith,” Crews said. “He are hoping the military makes every necessary step to correct this.”

The incidents led more than 40 members of Congress to write the Secretary of the Army earlier this month demanding an explanation and an apology.

“This is astonishing and offensive,” read a  written by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO). “We call on you to rescind this briefing and apologize for its content and set the record straight on the Army’s view on these faith groups by providing a balanced briefing on religious extremism.”

(Posted to Blogster April 24, 2013)

How Should We Then Live - Episode 4 - Francis Shaeffer



(Posted to Blogster April 25, 2013)

It Finally Sprung (Spring)

(Originally posted to Blogster on April 25, 2013)












How Should We Then Live - Episodes 5 - 10 (Francis Shaeffer)

Episode 5



Episode 6



Episode 7



Episode 8



Episode 9



Episode 10



(Originally posted to Blogster April 26, 2013)

This Story Just Slays Me

This story from Haaretz just slays me. Do these Muslims think anyone is foolish enough to believe their lies? Notice this one comes from the 'head' of the Assembly of Experts in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Sigh.

On the other hand just because they are dumber than sacks of excrement doesn't make them dangereous. One cannot help but wonder how many fools in their own country believe this.



Iranian cleric: Albert Einstein was Shiite Muslim

Ayatolla Mahadavi Kani says in a video circulating in social networks that the Jewish scientist found proof to his Theory of Relativity in the ascension of the Prophet Mohammed. 

An Iranian cleric claims that the Albert Einstein, the great 20th century scientist who developed the Theory of Relativity, was a Shiitie Muslim, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.

The report cites a video by Ayatolla Mahadavi Kani, described as the head of the Assembly of Experts in the Islamic Republic of Iran, who says that there are documents proving the Jewish scientist embraced Shiite Islam and was an avid follower of Ja'far Al-Sadiq, an eighth-century Shi'i imam.

In the video, Kani quotes Einstein as saying that when he heard about the ascension of the prophet Mohammed, "a process which was faster than the speed of light," he realized "this is the very same relativity movement that Einstein had understood."

The ayatollah adds: "Einstein said, 'when I heard about the narratives of the prophet Mohamad and that of the Ahle-Beit [prophet's household] I realized they had understood these things way before us.'"
Reports of Einstein's affinity to Islam circulated in 2012 as well, when the grandson of the late Ayatollah Hossein Borujerdi claimed the scientist was "corresponding with the cleric and had admitted Shia Islam was the most scientific and just religion in the world."

According to those reports, Einstein's correspondence with Ayatollah Borujerdi is kept in a London safe box. Luckily, the readers were provided with the code to open it:  B-۱۲-D.E/۱۷-V.A.E.

 

 

 

 

How Well Does It Go With Your Family?

I cooked my elderly parents dinner this evening, washed the dishes and put things away and then washed the kitchen floor. After, I went to the market for a few things they needed and then put Dad's car into the garage because he had left it out. I got everything locked up and secure and then went for a walk. 

A short while ago I went upstairs to check on them. Mom was getting ready for bed. She wasn't going to sleep, just going to watch television in her room. She and Dad have different television tastes so he watches in the living room and she in the bedroom although most nights she will fall asleep by 8:45. I will go up later and check on her, take her glasses off, and turn off the TV. I do that so regularly I doubt father even knows she falls asleep with her glasses on and the TV going. 

We have almost lost my mom several times in the last three years but she is on a rebound right now. Her cognitive functions continue to worsen but her physical health is improving. Tonight I was teasing her about the outlandish pyjamas she was wearing and she got to laughing. It is so good to hear her laugh.

I drove to the park by the river today and started to walk the river front trail. I hadn't gone twenty paces when the thougt struck me that I hadn't heard from my youngest daughter since Monday night and that I should call her this evening and see how things were. I hadn't walked another twenty paces when my cell phone rang. It was my three year old granddaughter Gracey, my youngest daughter's child. "Hi, Grampgramp" and then a steady stream which I caught only part off. It doesn't matter. Gracey just wanted to talk and know she was being listened to so a few comments while she babbled along were sufficient. Her needs were met and I am thrilled to hear her voice even when I don't understand what she was saying. When she finished talking her mother and I spoke about two kilometres worth.

Tuesday I took my oldest granddaughter for an ice cream after school and listened to her teenaged angst. It made us both happy, her to spew and have someone listen and me to have this wonderful child to listen to. Wednesday her mother, daughter Amy, came up to give me a haircut. She brought three year old grandson Silas with her. I chased Silas through the house and he squealed and giggled as we wrestled in the floor.
This afternoon Tess, her mother, and I were sitting at Tim Horton's drinking coffee. I looked up to see daughter Amy in line getting a cup. She saw us and came over to talk for a moment before going back to work. It always brightens my day when I just happen to run into family when I am out. This is a small community so it isn't infrequent but it is always heart warming.

When I got to my parents my mother was on the phone talking to Rebecca, my youngest spawn. This hasn't happened in a long time and is a sign of another wound healing. Rebecca originated the call - the excuse being that Gracey wanted to talk to Nana (my mother). The truth being that Rebecca wanted to talk to her grandmother and this time needed the excuse to do it. Next time she won't need the excuse.

I called my oldest a short while ago. I haven't seen her in a week. She is busy studying for her Masters Degree. She'll need to come to town this weekend at some point and has promised to stop by so I can see her and the other three grandchildren. 

I don't have much money but money really doesn't mean much. It doesn't buy happiness. It can only buy the illusion of happiness so long as you can keep your head up your ass. But in family? In family I may well be the wealthiest person on earth and seeing and spending time with my family makes me very, very happy.
Utimately family is all we really have in life. Don't you have someone in your family you need to call and tell them you love them? Maybe get off he computer and do it.

(Posted to Blogster April 26, 2013)

Song Saturday - John Mayall - California

(Posted April 27, 2013 to Blogster)


Profiling

Walking through the Red Bluff Indian Reserve yesterday I saw a clean, nice, newer Kia Magentis stuck in a mud bog just off the road. I called the RCMP and asked if there had been any reports of a stolen Kia. There had been. I gave them the plate number. It matched. I told them where it was and they said they would send an officer.

Normal car owners don't run their own cars through mud bogs on Indian Reserves.
In this part of the world if a car has been stolen the RCMP first search the Kluskus Reserve, then the Nazko Reserve, and finally the Red Bluff Reserve. The odds are about ninety percent that the stolen vehicle will be found there and usually trashed. 

You can call that profiling if you want to but I call it good police work. If the odds are ninety percent the stolen car will be found on an Indian Reserve they might as well get there fast and hopefully get there before it is set on fire, maybe even get the theif.

i have a police scanner I listen too from time to time. Several times a day dispatch will send a car to deal with a public intoxication. Listening one hears:

Prince Charlie 5

Charlie 5 Prince
(Dispatch calling out the C5 patrol car and patrol answering)

DIP at corner of xxxxx and xxxxx

10-4 Prince


DIP is police code for "drunken Indian prison."

Oh, it's terrible, isn't it? Searching reserves for stolen cars. Sending squad cars to pull a piss drunk Paiute out of the street by referring to them as DIPs. 

There are several reasons for alerting the officer that he is dealing with a DIP but it goes over the heads of those who want to see racism everywhere.

A couple of days ago in Paris an Iranian man attacked a Jewish Rabbi and his son with a box cutter (shouldn't they be outlawed?) while screaming Allah Akbar.

I kid you not, the news article goes on to say that police are trying to establish a motive. 

Are you freaking shitting me? The motive was they were Jews and he was a Muslim. It is as simple as finding a stolen car on an Indian reserve,

I swear we have become so politically correct we've become foolish.

(Posted to Blogster April 27, 2013)

The Return of the Fart Sunday Tour



(Originally posted to Blogster April 28, 2013)

FTLOG It Is Snowing

It is April 29 and it is cold and snowing outside. At the end of April. In a part of the country that is often outright hot in May. Snowing.

It is snowing. The grass is turning green. The trees are budding. The birds are nesting and laying eggs and it is snowing.

The river is rising, flowers are blooming and it is snowing.

I am disgusted beyond words.

The only thing that is keeping me from moving back to the warmer climate of the United States is that, well, the warmer climate is in the United States.

(Posted to Blogster April 29, 2013)

Rabid Hatred: Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian Extremist for Religious Tolerance Policy

But of course the military under Obama isn't fostering anti-Christian hatred.

Listen to the language in this piece. If you can't see the rabid hatred and where it comes from I pity you.
I weep for America.

Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian Extremist for Religious Tolerance Policy

“Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”

Those words were recently written by Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), in a column he wrote for the Huffington Post. Weinstein will be a consultant to the Pentagon to develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops.

Weinstein decries what he calls the “virulent religious oppression” perpetrated by conservative Christians, whom he refers to as “monstrosities” and “pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers,” comparing them to “bigots” in the Deep South during the civil rights era.

He cites Dr. James Dobson—the famous Christian founder of Focus on the Family—as “illustrating the extremist, militant nature of these virulently homophobic organizations’ rhetorically-charged propaganda.” Regarding those who teach orthodox Christian beliefs from the Bible, Weinstein concludes, “Let’s call these ignoble actions what they are: the senseless and cowardly squallings of human monsters.”

Weinstein then endorses the ultra-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who publishes a list of “hate groups.” Alongside truly deplorable organizations like the KKK, the SPLC’s list includes a host of traditional Christian organizations (for their support of traditional marriage) and Tea Party organizations (for supporting limited government). Weinstein says SPLC correctly labels them all as “hate groups.” 

Floyd Lee Corkins—the first person ever convicted of domestic terrorism in federal court under the laws of Washington, D.C.—told the FBI that he chose his intended shooting spree targets from the SPLC website's map. Corkins was arrested at the offices of the Family Research Council (FRC) after shooting a security guard in August 2012. His court documents state that Corkins intended to kill as many people as possible.
Weinstein also supports Lt. Col. Jack Rich, the Army officer who wrote to subordinate officers that soldiers who hold traditional Christian beliefs agreeing with organizations on SPLC’s “hate group” list are incompatible with “Army values" and should be carefully watched and excluded from military service.
According to Weinstein, “We should as a nation effusively applaud Lt. Col. Rich.” He adds that the nation should “venture further” than Rich’s recommendations, saying, “We MUST vigorously support the continuing efforts to expose pathologically anti-gay, Islamaphobic, and rabidly intolerant agitators for what they are: die-hard enemies of the United States Constitution. Monsters, one and all. To do anything less would be to roll out a red carpet to those who would usher in a blood-drenched, draconian era of persecutions, nationalistic militarism, and superstitious theocracy.”

Many media outlets are silent on this disturbing new alliance between fanatical secularists and leaders in the Pentagon appointed by President Barack Obama and Secretary Chuck Hagel, under which the U.S. military would officially consult with someone with such foaming-at-the-mouth passionate hostility toward traditional Christians, including Evangelicals and devout Catholics. The military—America’s most heroic and noble institution—includes countless people of faith, and this represents a radical departure from the U.S. military’s warm embrace of people of faith in its ranks.

Yet the little coverage this story is getting is positive, such as this Washington Post column that somehow manages not to carry any of these frightening quotes from Weinstein and instead actually endorses the Pentagon’s meeting with him. Sally Quinn’s Post column also approvingly quotes MRFF Advisory Board member Larry Wilkerson as saying, “Sexual assault and proselytizing, according to Wilkerson, ‘are absolutely destructive of the bonds that keep soldiers together.’”

Did you get that? They say having someone share the Christian gospel with you is akin to being raped. Weinstein makes sure there are no doubts, being quoted by the Post as adding, “This is a national security threat. What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs is to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”

Another MRFF Advisory Board member, Ambassador Joe Wilson (the far-left husband of CIA employee Valerie Plame from the Iraq War’s yellow-cake uranium scandal a decade ago), said a military chaplain “is to minister to spiritual needs. You don’t proselytize. It’s a workplace violation.” 

In other words, it should be the official policy of the United States to decree what a human being’s spiritual needs are, and punish for violations a military officer who is an ordained clergyman who attempts to share his own personal faith with another service member when discussing religious matters. You cannot imagine such a thing ever happening under any previous president.

Weinstein goes on:

If these fundamentalist Christian monsters of human degradation … and tyranny cannot broker or barter your acceptance of their putrid theology, then they crave for your universal silence in the face of their rapacious reign of theocratic terror. Indeed, they ceaselessly lust, ache, and pine for you to do absolutely nothing to thwart their oppression. Comply, my friends, and you become as monstrously savage as are they. I beg you, do not feed these hideous monsters with your stoic lethargy, callousness and neutrality. Do not lubricate the path of their racism, bigotry, and prejudice. Doing so directly threatens the national security of our beautiful nation.

God help us now when someone with such visceral hatred of conservative Christians—literally tens of millions of Americans—who says sharing this gospel is “spiritual rape” is helping develop policies for how to deal with Christians in the military.

Weinstein says those guilty of this “treason” must be “punished.” Under federal law, the penalty for treason is death. And the Obama administration is sitting down to talk with this man to craft new policies for “religious tolerance” in our military.

(Originally posted to Blogster April 29, 2013)

How Did That Work Out For You?

(Originally posted to Blogster April 30, 2013)

The country has gone insane. We elect idiots who hire idiots and the entire world laughs as the USA flushes itself down the sewer.

HT Wintery Knight

Is Baltimore’s plan to use female prison guards in a male prison working?

The liberal Daily Beast reports. (H/T Ari)
Excerpt:
The secretary of Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services watched this week as the agency he has run for the last six years turned into a national laughingstock after federal officials indicted 13 women who, as guards at the Baltimore City Detention Center, acted like little more than underlings for members of a dangerous prison gang, the Black Guerrilla Family. Four of the correctional officers became reportedly pregnant by the leader of the gang, and two of them had his name tattooed onto their bodies—one on her neck, the other on her wrist.

[...]The allegations unsealed in the federal indictment are eye-popping. Many have been quick to make the comparison to The Wire, the crime drama that put Baltimore’s criminal underworld into the public consciousness, but what appears to have gone on at the Baltimore City Detention Center, a medieval-looking hulk of a jail in the center of town, would strain the credulity of HBO. Female guards smuggled cellphones, marijuana, and prescription drugs to inmates. Gang members ordered hits from inside the jail and dined on salmon and Grey Goose vodka that was smuggled in on their behalf. Corrections officers stood guard for one another so they could have sex with inmates. They warned prisoners of upcoming searches of their cells by unfriendly colleagues. Tavon White, the leader of the Black Guerrilla Family who allegedly impregnated four of the guards and was there waiting for his murder trial to commence, was caught bragging on a wiretap: “This is myjail.You understand that? I’m dead serious. I make every final call in this jail.”
Maybe we should be setting some limits on the feminist idea that men and women are interchangeable, and that women have to make up have the workforce of every job that men do. That’s the feminist ideal, but I don’t think that customers (in this case, the taxpayers) are well-served by it.

If we as citizens keep voting for bigger government, we need to understand that government is thoroughly compromised by left-wing ideologies that are not interested in producing results for us. If you want to get value for money, you go to the private sector and buy something from a private business that is accountable to you on price and quality. We already have lots of private sector run prisons here, and they work better than Baltimore, that’s for sure. Even other countries have tried privatized prisons, why not Maryland

Is the US Military Preparing To Court Martial Christians?

Is the US military preparing to court martial Christians?

There are simply too many "coincidences" happening in the military in the last few months for this to be anything but an all out assault on religious freedom within the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. for background to this blog see my previous posting: Rabid Hatred: Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian Extremist for Religious Tolerance Policy.

This should concern every American as the military, at the behest of the Obama administration, attempts an all out assault on the first amendment.

The United States is becoming a hate-filled, tyrannical, socialist state and people need to wake up.

More background on this can be found on the third hour of today's Janet Mefferd Show when she interviews Lt. General Jerry Boykin. I urge all of you to listen to this interview.

Listen. the time for acceptance is over. Americans must say no. Sign the FRC petition today while you still have the freedom to speak out.


Pentagon: Religious Proselytizing is Not Permitted

by Todd Starnes

Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling on the Air Force to enforce a regulation that they believe calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing.

President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished – by the hundreds if necessary – to stave off what he called a “tidal wave of fundamentalists.”

“Someone needs to be punished for this,” Weinstein told Fox News. “Until the Air Force or Army or Navy or Marine Corps punishes a member of the military for unconstitutional religious proselytizing and oppression, we will never have the ability to stop this horrible, horrendous, dehumanizing behavior.”


Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Fox News he was stunned that the Pentagon would be taking counsel and advice from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

“Why would military leadership be meeting with one of the most rabid atheists in America to discuss religious freedom in the military,” Perkins said. “That’s like consulting with China on how to improve human rights.”
The FRC has launched a petitiondrive urging Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel to protect the religious freedom of troops “and not to proceed with the purge of religion within the ranks called for by anti-Christian activists.”

Pentagon officials met with Weinstein and his group were to discuss a policy called “Air Force Culture, Air Force Standards,” published on Aug. 7, 2012.

Section 2.11 requires “government neutrality regarding religion.”

“Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for an individual’s free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion,” the regulation states.

Military leaders were admonished not to use their position to “promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.”

Weinstein said it’s time for the Air Force to enforce the regulation – with zeal.

“If a member of the military is proselytizing in a manner that violates the law, well then of course they can be prosecuted,” he said. “We would love to see hundreds of prosecutions to stop this outrage of fundamentalist religious persecution.”

He compared the act of proselytizing to rape.

“It is a version of being spiritually raped and you are being spiritually raped by fundamentalist Christian religious predators,” he told Fox News.

He said there is a time and a place for those in uniform to share their faith – but he took issues with fundamentalism that he says is causing widespread problems in the military.

“When those people are in uniform and they believe there is no time, place or manner in which they can be restricted from proselytizing, they are creating tyranny, oppression, degradation, humiliation and horrible, horrible pain upon members of the military,” he said.

Perkins said the military regulations have “Weinstein’s fingerprints all over it.”

“It threatens to treat service members caught witnessing as enemies of the state,” he said, referring to a Washington Post article highlighting Weinstein’s meeting with Pentagon officials. “Non-compliance, the Pentagon suggests, even from ordained chaplains could result in court-martialing on a case-by-case basis.”
The Pentagon confirmed to Fox News that Christian evangelism is against regulations.

“Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense, LCDR Nate Christensen said in a written statement. He declined to say if any chaplains or service members had been prosecuted for such an offense.

“Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the outcome in specific cases,” he said.

Ron Crews, the executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, warns that the Air Force policy would “significantly impact the religious liberties of Air Force personnel.”

“Saying that a service member cannot speak of his faith is like telling a service member he cannot talk about his spouse or children,” Crews said. “I do not think the Air Force wants to ban personnel from protected religious speech, and I certainly hope that it is willing to listen to the numerous individuals and groups who protect military religious liberty without demonizing service members.”

In an interview with the Washington Post, Weinstein called proselytizing a “national security threat.”

“And what the Pentagon needs to understand is that it is sedition and treason,” he told the newspaper. “It should be punished.”

Perkins said it was troubling the Obama Administration would place so much trust in someone like Weinstein.

“Unfortunately, it appears our military is on a forced march away from the very freedoms they are sworn to protect,” he said. “This language from Weinstein that Christians who share their faith or offer comfort to others from their faith in Jesus Christ is “sedition and treason” is a treasonous statement in and of itself.”
But Weinstein said they count thousands of Protestants among their ranks – and said they are simply going after fundamentalists.

“As soon as we find a fundamentalist Muslim, atheist, Jewish person or anybody else, we will be happy to fight them – but so far they have been few and far between,” he said.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, an executive vice president with the Family Research Council, told Fox News that he’s deeply concerned by what he call a pattern of attacks on Christianity within the military.
“Mickey Weinstein has a very visceral hated of Christianity and those who are Christians,” he said. “He’d like to see it eliminated from the military entirely.”

If the Air Force policy is implemented, Boykin said Christians who speak of their faith “could now be prosecuted as enemies of the state.”

“This has the potential to destroy military recruiting across the services as Americans realize that their faith will be suppressed by joining the military,” Boykin said.

In the meantime, Weinstein and his group said they will continue to push for the Pentagon to fully implement its ban on proselytizing.

“There is a time, place and manner in which proselytizing is not only allowed, but it’s something we support among our Christian clients,” Weinstein said. “However, you can’t scream fire in a crowded theater and you can’t scream Jesus in a crowded theater at certain times, places, and in certain manners.”

(Originally posted to Blogster April 20, 2013)

April Showers In May

We are getting our April showers in May it would seem. It is raining the proverbial cats and dogs this morning. Woof. Meow.

Apart from the "humidity" it is quite beautiful outside. Things are greening up nicely. Lots of vibrant, green, grasses are up and the trees are budding giving the hills a green haze. The cottonwood trees are beginning to perfume the air with my most favorite of all smells. Now if it would just warm up, damn it, before this becomes freezing rain.

This is going to raise hell with my walking today. I am now into my weight loss routine. I am cutting calories and walking as much as possible. This weight will come off gain this year. Yesterday I walked 20 kilometers, 12 miles although my calories are still up, 1900 yesterday and 2200 the day before. I need to get my calorie intake down to 1800 a day consistently. That will take a couple of weeks retraining myself to do away with evening snacks and eliminating needles calories.

Actually, it is esier to cut calories when I am exercising regularly then when I am not. Odd.
In any case, the rain will likely cut into the miles today.

I need to find rain pants, rain coat, and a rain hat. They used to make those when I was a kid. Now I can't even find a rain coat. I want one of those old yellow slicker kind with the big, floppy fishermen hats I had as a kid.

(Originally posted to Blogster May 2, 2013)

Rear Admiral Says Religious Liberty Under Threat in Military

This wouldn't happen under Obama's watch, would it?


Rear Admiral Says Religious Liberty Under Threat in Military



By Todd Starnes

A high-ranking Coast Guard official said at a National Day of Prayer gathering that religious liberty in the U.S. military is being threatened and that service members are being told to hide their faith in Christ, according to a videotape obtained by Fox News.

“As one general so aptly put it – they expect us to check our religion in at the door – don’t bring that here,” Rear Admiral William Lee told a National Day of Prayer gathering. “Leaders like myself are feeling the constraints of rules and regulations and guidance issued by lawyers that put us in a tighter and tighter box regarding our constitutional right to express our religious faith.”

The crowd of religious leaders and lawmakers cheered for nearly a minute when Lee vowed to defy any attempt to curtail religious liberty within the Armed Forces.

“I am coming out today to tell you I am not going to run from my religious beliefs, from my right under the Constitution to tell a young man there is hope,” he declared in remarks first reported by World Magazine.
Lee told the audience he had set aside his prepared remarks and instead chose to speak from the heart about the challenges facing Christian service members.

“The problem that men and women like me face in uniform who are in senior leadership positions is that the higher you are – the more vulnerable you are to being taken down,” he said. “You get in the crosshairs of those people who lay in wait outside the gate – waiting to take us to task for expressing our faith.”

In recent days, the Pentagon has been accused of infringing on the religious liberty of Christian service members.

Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said in a statement the Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution.

“Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one’s beliefs (proselytization),” the statement read.

But there have been dozens of complaints about the military targeting Christians. Last month an Army briefing labeled Evangelical Christians and Catholics as examples of religious extremism – linking them to Al Qaeda and Hamas. In another incident, an Army officer warned subordinates that the Family Research Council and American Family Association were domestic hate groups.

Among other instances:
  • A War Games scenario at Fort Leavenworth that identified Christian groups and Evangelical groups as being potential threats;
  • A 2009 Dept. of Homeland Security memorandum that identified future threats to national security coming from Evangelicals and pro-life groups;
  • A West Point study released by the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center that linked pro-lifers to terrorism;
  • Evangelical leader Franklin Graham was uninvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service because of his comments about Islam;
  • Christian prayers were banned at the funeral services for veterans at Houston’s National Cemetery;
  • Bibles were banned at Walter Reed Army Medical Center – a decision that was later rescinded;
  • Christian crosses and a steeple were removed from a chapel in Afghanistan because the military said the icons disrespected other religions;
  • Catholic chaplains were told not to read a letter to parishioners from their archbishop related to Obamcare mandates. The Secretary of the Army feared the letter could be viewed as a call for civil disobedience.
Lee illustrated his argument that faith is being threatened by telling the story of a young service member who tried to commit suicide but survived.

“When I looked at that young man and heard his story – the rules say – ‘send him to the chaplain,’” Lee told the audience. “My heart said, give this man a Bible.”

Lee said such an act would be a violation of policy. He marveled that he could be reprimanded for “as much as whispering to a young man who is on his last hope – that there is hope. That I can just simply whisper, ‘here is the answer – take it home – I’ll talk about it if you want to.’”

“The lawyers tell me that if I do that – I’m crossing the line,” he said. “I’m so glad I’ve crossed that line so many times.”

Lee said they’ve been told to “leave that to the chaplains. I’m here to tell you there’s not enough chaplains to go around.”

He warned the audience that a religious storm was fast approaching the armed forces.

“Your armed forces, the sons and daughters of the men and women like you,” he said, “are being told to hide that light under a basket.”

He urged them to pray for those who seek to follow Christ in the military.

“Pray that we will be able to weather the storm that I am almost certain will come – that we will not be required to put aside our Constitutional rights,” he said.

(Originally posted to Blogster May 3, 2013)

Song Saturday

There are many versions of this song - Etta James, Billie Holiday, the all time classic done by Lena Horne. This is my favorite done by Ella Fitzgerald.



(Originally posted May 4, 2013)

Fart Sunday Has Gone To the Dogs








(Originally posted to Blogster May 5, 2013)

Liberal Media. Please Note.

Dear Liberal Media:

We all are aware that you harbor a profound love for hyperbole and ad hominem logical fallacies and we understand you have prostituted yourselves to the progressive agenda. I believe, however, you are doing yourselves and your readers a disservice.

Please take note. The John Birch Society is "far right." The Tea Party and Senator Ted Cruz are not 'far right." They represent main stream conservatism, main stream conservative thought as it has always been. It isn't us that has moved. It is you. If we look far right to you it is because you have moved so far to the left. But you know that.

Please review the fable about the little boy who cried wolf.

Now feel free to return to your assignment of making the news.

(Originally posted to Blogster May 8, 2013)

Stepford Citizens

By now, of course, you have heard about Obama's commencement speech at Ohio State University where Obama advised graduates to ignore the voices concerned about a rising wave of government tyranny. King George III would have been proud of him. Obama said, "Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted."

Well, in truth, it can be trusted ... when it works the way it is supposed to and when we do not have a President and a party who keep trying to subvert the constitution and who treat it as living instead of being a set document as the founders intended.

If you have been paying attention you will note there has also been a huge increase of attacks on Christian institutions who oppose gay marriage. These institutions are continuing to teach only what they have always taught and which, depending on the poll, 50% of Americans still believe but the rhetoric out of the queer left and from the President have led to what can only be described as hatred towards Christians. Our founding fathers never envisioned that either.

The Progressives are not going to be content until we have become a nation of Stepford citizens all marching to the same drum of socialism and perversion.

#tyranny #homosexuality #perversion #politics, #Obama #constitution

(Originally posted to Blogster May 9, 2013)

Here Is Why We Have To Keep Christianity Out Of the Millitary

I'll bet Obama is so proud of himself.


Report: Muslim cleric invited to pray over fallen SEALs damns them during service

The families of Navy SEALs killed in an August 2011 shoot-down of a helicopter in Afghanistan spoke at a press conference Thursday morning, citing a number of grievances, including an allegation that the Pentagon invited a Muslim cleric who "disparaged in Arabic the memory of these servicemen."
In addition to blasting the Obama administration for the mission and for an official investigation they deemed a cover-up, the families complained that "military brass, while prohibiting any mention of a Judeo-Christian God, invited a Muslim cleric to the funeral for the fallen Navy SEAL Team VI heroes who disparaged in Arabic the memory of these servicemen by damning them as infidels to Allah."
During the news conference, attorney Larry Klayman who is representing the grieving parents showed a video with audio of the prayer and a translation that scrolled over the screen.


Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/9/report-muslim-cleric-invited-pray-over-fallen-seal/#ixzz2SqhrVFnq

(originally posted to Blogster May 9, 2013)

Saturday Night Q&A

Question?

What does this sound like?

Clip. Clop. Clip. Clop. Clip. Clop. Clip. Clop. Clip. Clop. Clip. Clop. Clip. Clop. Clip. Clop.
BANG!

Clip.Clop.Clip Clop.Clip.Clop.Clip.Clop.Clip.Clop.Clip.Clop.Clip.Clop.Clip.Clop.

Answer:

An Amish drive-by shooting

(originally posted to Blogster May 11, 2013)

Have A Happy. Mom

(posted to Blogster May 12, 2013)

Happy Mother's Day, Mom.


Mom and Dad on their wedding day, December 27, 1951, Mt. Zion, W.Va.

North To Alaska

Some of you will recall that back in October or November I wrote about being reunited with my youngest daughter, Rebecca, with whom I had been estranged for a very long time, and also of meeting my three year old granddaughter Gracey for the first time.



Since then I have seen Rebecca and Gracey once or twice a month. In the beginning we spoke on the phone about that often as well and exchanged a couple of emails a month. It was a difficult reunification and it took a lot of patience.

Now we speak two or three times a week. When my cell phone rings I always get a thrill when I see who is calling. Rebecca lets Gracey dial and talk first and it makes my heart sing when I hear that high pitched little girl voice say, "Hi, Grampgramp." We talk while she jabbers about what is on her mind while Rebecca stands in the background and repeats what I don't understand. When she runs out of steam she hands the phone to her mother and says, "You talk to him now, Mom."

Tonight Rebecca was trying to explain to Gracey that I was her (Rebecca's) father. Gracey insisted otherwise. "No, Mom, he is my Grampgramp." 

Yep. I am. And a proud Grampgramp at that.

The estrangement was greater than just between Rebecca and I. It was also between her grandparents, my parents, and her. That reunification has taken more time and required more patience as Rebecca has moved slowly within her comfort zone but tomorrow morning I am driving my 80 year old parents north to the city to be reunited with their granddaughter and to meet this great grandchild, Gracey, for the first time.

I am very, very happy.

(posted to Blogster May 14, 2013)

Who Would of Thunk It?

It has been 5 years. Precisely. Exactly five years ago today that I quit smoking.

Who'd of thunk it?

(posted to Blogster May 15, 2013)

The Real Noah Movie

Ray Comfort (180, Evolution vs. God) is out with a new movie on Noah.

I like Ray Comfort. He is afraid of no one.

Here is the trailer.