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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chicago Cardinal Suspends Obama Buddy Father Pfleger


H/T: American Thinker

Do you believe in coincidences?  I really try not to.  Especially if they occur on the street and involve strangers suddenly appearing behind me or in my face!



However, when some things happen, you just have to ask if it was planned.
For example:  Last night at our church's small group gathering we discussed the way our former denomination, TEo , had not handled incidents of error and down-right sin.  Certain leaders of the church (ex: Pike & Spong) went off the certified deep-end and never came back.  They were left in "leadership" positions to and instilled rot into the church.  Forty years of rot left us an organization celebrating more of Earth Day and less of the Resurrection.


According to my sources, the "leadership" tut-tutted but did nothing to actually correct the situations.  All of this happened before SWMBO! and I joined, or were otherwise outside of, the Episcopal Church.


Today, I read about a Roman Catholic Cardinal who had the brass to slap down one of his trouble-makers.  Good show!  I'm glad someone is standing for the truth received from the Apostles!

God Bless Ya'll !

Sobering Knowledge From Cops


H/T: Backwoods Home Magazine

Mass Ayoob relays an interesting thought to those of us still thinking about our emergency, SHTF, preparations.
The general consensus of police, military, and national intelligence is that it’s only a matter of time before this nation experiences an incident reminiscent of Beslan or Mumbai: armed, trained, committed terrorists massacring the innocent with automatic weapons and explosives.

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At a time when we need more, better-trained and -equipped cops than ever, we’re seeing police layoffs, hiring freezes, and budget cuts.


In my mind, the take-away comment was this:

For the private citizen, what all this is saying is to be prepared for disaster. Remember Hurricane Katrina, just six short years ago.  In a nation where there are only about 800,000 cops to serve an estimated 320,000,000 citizens, it’s absolutely true that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

God Bless Ya'll !

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Stuff To Consider When Planning For SHTF Scenarios


H/T: Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe

Here's an interesting, and perhaps well-educated, point of view from the recent unpleasantness in Egypt.  Be forewarned.  For the tender-of-ear, there are some expletive-deleted passages.

Good will with one’s friends and neighbors has the power to greatly enhance or even make unnecessary ABSOLUTELY ANY prep you can make
Whatcha think?

God Bless Ya'll !

Friday, April 22, 2011

A New Weapon Against Jihadis!


Dr. Mabuse gives us a brand new weapon against the rabid jihadis of our current world. Others have suggested various forms of pork to be attached to whatever the weapon-of-the-day is. You know, pork-filled bullets or bombs wrapped in pork. All of these culturally sensitive ideas have merit but pale before her brilliant-ness!

Rectum du porc.

For those of us who remain mono-linguistic, it translates into "pork bungholes".  Just absolutely brilliant.  Now we can encase our bombs not just in culturally offensive pork when we have to convert the xxx-holes to ground meat but now we can culturally, morally and physically revert them into their primal state.


And yes, what I just said is culturally and morally offensive to many.  Please get over it.  I'm tired, very tired, of being the token Christian-means-being-nice-at-all-times guy.

God Bless Ya'll !

Belts & Suspenders II


Two years ago I purchased a type of new-to-me suspenders based on recommendations from users on various Internet forums.  Originally, I had planned on doing a follow-up near the first anniversary of the post.  

Life got in the way.  Little things.  Minor hiccups in health.  Like recovering from quad cardiac bypass.  No sweat.

Now, two years of hard, daily use have proven the worth of the Perry suspenders.  The plastic j-hooks work just as they did the day I received them in the mail.  Nothing has changed my opinions since that first review.  They're quality, strong and the hooks still slip off the belt when putting them on or off.  %$%*@!  Never have they slipped off during wearing.  They've carried 2+ lbs. of firearm and associated load, including the diminishing done-lopped-over mentioned in the previous post.

Perry Suspenders retain the Aggie Stamp of Approval(tm).

PS:
To Perry Suspenders:  
I'm still waiting for my first endorsement check!

God Bless Ya'll !

Educated Idjits


H/T: American Thinker

I like the way James Lewis uses the English language.

Empty symbolism means an empty civilization.
If his subject wasn't so serious, I'd classify this post as humorous.

God Bless Ya'll !

Thursday, April 21, 2011

April 21st

Today is worth remembering!
  • Aggie Muster
    A time to remember the Aggies who left us this past year.  May their glorious deeds and lives live on.
    I've attended a few Musters in my time.  Not enough of them.  Forever I will remember Muster of '70 when we remembered Gen. Rudder.  His impact on the University, and thus my life, was tremendous.
  • San Jacinto Day
    Texas Independence from Mexico was won on this day, April 21, 1836. 
    There are two accounts of the origin of the name San Jacinto, the Spanish word for "hyacinth:" the channel may have been choked with the aquatic plants when it was first encountered by early explorers, or the river may have been discovered on St. Hyacinth's Day, August 17.
God Bless Ya'll !

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Great Idea


H/T: Stand Firm In Faith


From Robert Lundy on the Anglican American Council facebook page:
So Starbucks is giving away free coffee if you bring your own mug this Friday, Earth Day. This Friday is also Good Friday, the day Christians believe Jesus was crucified. What about in return for coffee, you give the Starbucks employee a Bible/New Testament? Are you up for it?
There's only one problem with Mr. Lundy's idea.  I didn't think of it first!  hehe

God Bless Ya'll !

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Patriots' Day

Today is Patriots' Day, April 19th.  Today we commemorate the first battles for American freedom at Lexington and Concorde.

Does anybody else remember?

God Bless Ya'll !

Kindergartner Brings Gun to Texas School, 3 Hurt

[SARCASM ON]
  I'm shocked, I tell you! 
[/SARCASM OFF]

What idjit left a loaded firearms where an incompetant could find it?

What kind of idjit needs to be put away for a while?
"Although the danger is over, that doesn't make it any less frightening," Uhl said.
A parent-al idjit, is what!


Fear is not what needs to be addressed.  The personal responsibility of the parent/guardian/custodian of this child needs to be addressed!

God Bless Ya'll !

Monday, April 18, 2011

The news you'll never see


H/T: American Thinker

Even while watching Fox over the weekend, but not too much, I didn't hear about any of this.  or have I gotten so used to hearing it I ignore it?
With the advent of the internet the liberal/leftie hold on the media has some gaps; the unpleasant truths they formerly suppressed, glossed over or reworked now often comes through in all its ugliness.
God Bless Ya'll !

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Miscellaneous Ruminations


There's so much to diss, and so little space.  



God Bless Ya'll !

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Are Violent Afghan Protestors Insane?


H/T: Fox News

Have you ever looked at the news out of the Middle East?  You know, where people are dancing in the streets?  Over 3,000 dead Americans?  Or murdering UN workers because some idjit in Florida burned a copy of their holy book?  Or because we object to their murdering Americans sent to help them?

And said to yourself:  They are CRAZY!

Well, now you know:
These men and women are not religious zealots. They are not political idealogues. They are, quite simply, insane. They are suffering from a psychotic delusion—a fixed and false belief. In this case the fixed and false belief is the belief that burning the paper upon which their religious doctrine has been printed constitutes an offense against God that justifies the death of the individual who has committed that act—or of others affiliated with that individual.
Whew!  And I thought *I* might be the crazy one!

God Bless Ya'll !

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lies and More Damned Lies


The hypocrisy and down-right lies of "Planned" Parenthood are exposed - again.

In its last reported fiscal year (2008-2009), PPFA clinics aborted 332,278 children, a number equal to the entire population of Cincinnati. Since 1970, PPFA has aborted an estimated 5,300,000 children, equivalent to the entire population of Colorado.
Finally!  Numbers those of us simple peasants in fly-over country.  


Can you imagine it?  If terrorists took out 5.3 million Americans in one day with a nuke, or even one month with chemical or biological means, the rest of us would rise up and terminate the life-contract of the perpetrators.  It doesn't matter if their base was in Kabul or Montgomery (Texas, Alabama, Ohio and fourteen other states and six countries!)  


But, and it's a BIG but, we allow our so-called liberal elite to sell us on the goodness of the idea of murder of innocents.

God Bless Ya'll !

Christmas Wishes in April


May I highly recommend today's Day By Day by Chris Muir cartoon? It's a gem!

God Bless Ya'll !

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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Dangers - Real and Perceived


Many thanks to Brigid for alerting us to the latest terror tactic: Rampaging cows. Her article includes sage advice for us city dwellers.

Do not play dead. Unless you want a fresh steaming cow pile on your head.

There's much more, and better, at her original article.


God Bless Ya'll !

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Immolation of the Quran


H/T: American Thinker


Timothy Birdnow cuts to the chase when writing about appeasers and Islamic bullies.

The reality is that this is a tactic being employed by the Muslims in their Jihad. The point is to make us change our behavior to accommodate their rules, aka Sharia. (It is not necessary for one to be Muslim to be under Sharia; imposition of Sharia on non-believers is a duty of all good Muslims.) The purpose is to wear down any resistance to their demands. Keep infidels walking on eggshells, fearful of the maniacal response to any provocation, and eventually the infidels will change their laws to be Sharia-compliant. The actual act is not the issue here so much as the perception. Islam cannot allow infidels to get too uppity. The Muslim has the right to rule, they believe.

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As with any bully, accommodation invites attack. This was proven when Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement emboldened Hitler, it has been proven on every schoolyard throughout history, and it is being proven today. Bullies must be resisted, not coddled.

When will we learn? When will we grow a pair?


God Bless Ya'll !

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Part III


H/T: Transfigurations


Ya' just gotta love those Chinese Communists! They just ooze love and tolerance!

... they fear authorities could find their open-air worship threatening.

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“For a larger group of Christians to meet in any ‘unregistered’ location led by an ‘unregistered’ leader is illegal,” he said. “The sensitivity of meeting in a park is not being illegal, but being so highly visible. Being ‘visible’ ends up giving an impression of being a political ‘protest.’”

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Many unregistered evangelical Protestant groups refuse to register with TSPM due to theological differences, fear of adverse consequences if they reveal names and addresses of church leaders or members or fear that it will control sermon content.

Lotta love and trust invested in the Communist Chinese government, over there.


God Bless Ya'll !

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Where's the Love? - Part II


H/T: Transfigurations

No sooner than I finished posting the previous Where's the Love? Where's the Tolerance? post that I stumbled across Jill Stanek's article concerning CBS's attempt to stifle polite free speech.

CBS “insisted that if LEC would just get rid of the baby picture, the advertisement may run,” the plaintiffs says.

“Baby picture”? A billboard company was rejecting a pro-life ad because of a baby photo – a born baby photo? I had to check. Like I said, there had to be more to the story.

There isn’t.

IMNSHO, more BS in support of the liberal agenda.


God Bless Ya'll !

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Where's the Love? Where's the Tolerance?


H/T: Transfigurations


As I pointed out earlier, "tolerance" in our current society is characterized by intolerance. Here we have the kind of demand for "tolerance" that gives it a bad name.

Abortion activists protested a weekend event honoring pro-life advocate Joe Schiedler of the Pro-Life Action League and the protests involved more than just holding signs or chanting – they included violence.

Hey, aren't these the same guys trying to feed us that "violence doesn't settle anything" lie?
Aside from wanting Joe to remove that Indiana Jones [deleted] lookin hat, we hope, and will see to it, that his punk-a** receives constant and aggressive confrontation until he quits the ridiculous anti-choice bull****. Those who attempt to take away ones freedom deserve it not for themselves.

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Peters also said he’s not surprised to see the abortion advocate say “pro-lifers don’t “deserve” basic civil rights” given the recent comments from New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who said at a pro-abortion rally, “These people (referring to the pro-life advocates) don’t deserve the freedoms in the Constitution, but we’ll give it to them anyway.”

Peters added: “Welcome to the “new tolerance” – where the only views not tolerated are views that dissent from the liberal agenda. Please join me in praying for Joe’s safety and for the safety of all those who bravely defend the unborn.”

~~~

... these thugs have proven they follow through, cowards as they are. They openly kill helpless little babies by day, but they only vandalize people their own size at night when they’re sleeping or not around.”

And finally, there was this piece to the puzzle:

After leaving the hotel premises, the Chicago Life Mob encountered the abortion supporters in an intersection face off, while the Chicago Police divided the two groups. The youth greeted the virulent “pro-choicers” with joyous chants, music, and prayer.

Somewhere in the mess of intolerant tolerance is the key to both the abortion violence and radical Muslim violence. I think it breaks down to some pretty simple precepts. One of them may just be: You are not my parent/boss/whatever!

God Bless Ya'll !

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Calif. Assembly Guards to Carry Guns Full-time


H/T: Newsmax

I guess if you're elected to the California State Assembly you're better than those that put you there. At least with respect to your ability to be protected.

This article tells me the Assemblymen/women can get armed security when they're not on the job. Huh? How come their constituents can't?

"In this day and age, it's not unusual for there to be sworn officers to protect people who work in and visit the Capitol," Murphy said.

I guess the Assembly job gives you more exposure to criminals in the State House your average Joe-six-pack living on the right, or wrong, side of the track. Gotta keep those paid armed personnel handy. Just in case, ya' know?

God bless Ya'll !!

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H/T: American Thinker


Ethel Fenig has the only correct view of the Muslim terror problem. Her prose cuts through the BS emanating from our elected so-called leaders.

Sacrificing our First Amendments rights by succumbing to Muslim extortion terror demands through appeasement may bring some immediate relief. Indeed, in some cases in may be necessary temporarily. But extortionists are never satisfied; seeing weakness they demand more.

So let's honor our country's freedoms and let the Joneses burn books if they must. But more importantly place the blame for the horrific massacres on those who committed them. And on their religious philosophy.

And yes, I do know that not all Muslims are terrorists. However, any that want to impress their way on us need to remember that this country has not always been an appeaser. It has known the taste of victory.

God Bless Ya'll !

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A Really Inconvenient Truth


H/T: Transfigurations

This is a sobering read. Nothing new if you've been paying attention in the least.

China presents the greatest “mortal threat” to the United States?

God Bless Ya'll !

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Unjust Old age


H/T: Transfigurations


Mark Steyn has very interesting thoughts concerning why the Japanese population is not in open revolt over the "oppression" from their combined disasters.

Most analysts overlooked the most obvious factor: Looting is a young man’s game, and the Japanese are too old.

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Age is unjust. You’re in pretty good shape, you’re sharp as a tack, you have a comfortable life in a nice neighborhood — and then you slip on the ice in the last weeks of winter, and you never quite make a full recovery.

Age is unjust and totally fair. It comes to all of us fortunate enough to live through youth.

I was forcibly reminded of age's unjustness just yesterday.

Tobias The First (and the Last!) just had to be taken outside. To do his business. He's only about 45-50 pounds and I outweigh him by a factor of four. No problem, you Think?

Yeah. Real problem! He spotted an ankle biter walking a neighbor at range of 50 yards at my one o'clock. Knowing his proclivities somewhat, after 11 years of sharing our space supporting him. He bolted for the ankle biter. *I*, on the other hand, did not. He stretched his leash almost to the breaking point. When the leash gave out of stretch, my left arm began to take up the burden. My left arm stretched to full extension. Much of his remaining momentum was thus applied to rotating my upper torso to correspond to bearing one o'clock. Once the upper torso torqued to maximum torque, the lower torso followed suit. Such torquing overcame the coefficient of resistance previously established between the soles of my feet and the grassy yard we stood in. Net effect was that my body was pulled about 30 degrees out of plumb in the direction of the now retreating ankle biter.

One foot managed to completely break free of its coefficient of resistance and plant itself approximately under my center of gravity . The other foot managed to solidify its grip on the yard. Thus was the body kept upright instead of succumbing to the effects of irresistible force meeting "immovable" body.

Back in late October, SWMBO! found that Tobias the First almost put her in the hospital. Her feet failed to compensate for external forces applied by the Tobias entity.

Stock in ankle biters is trending upward! Tobias The Second may come in slightly reduced size.

God Bless Ya'll !

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Just for grins and giggles, I've changed the font size of this blog to hopefully improve readability. In other words, I got tired of squinting at my own he-scratching!

Does it work for you? Comments? Suggestions? Rotten tomatoes? Fresh potatoes?

God Bless Ya'll !

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Shhhh: Judeo-Christian Culture Is Actually...


H/T: American Thinker

I like the way Stuart Schwartz puts it. Subtle. Nuanced. Unassuming. Quiet.

American culture is superior. Period.

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Perhaps it is time to insist that our media and universities tell the truth: America is a great and fundamentally humane nation because of its Judeo-Christian traditions and emphasis on individual responsibility. It does not need President Obama to "rewrite history" and credit us with "inventions that never were," as he did in touting Islamic cultures. You won't see Christian seminary professors leading enraged students into Cracker Barrel to behead waitresses who wear crosses for decorative, rather than religious purposes. Our culture, our traditions, our way of life is...well, better than that.

There's more where those quotes came from. Read and appreciate!

God Bless Ya'll !

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Canadian Healthcare Meltdown: Don’t Come to ER!


H/T: Transfigurations by way of First Things by way of London (Ontario, Canada) Free Press and here.

BHO wants us to believe he's so damned smart that he, and his socialist cronies, know how to change the best medical care delivery system (broken as it is) in the world. Just copy what "works" in Europe (particularly Great Britain) and Canada.

What happens when Great Britain's system denies care care to those who qualify for it and in fact die without it? People die, that's what happens!

What happens when Canada's system shows the cracks and strains from being badly designed and poorly operated? You get this:

For the third time in as many months, St. Joseph’s Hospital is restricting hours at its London urgent care centre because of a lack of doctors. (Emphasis added - Gene)

The hospital announced Friday it will continue temporary hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week, until at least May 31.

“We don’t have a reliable source of qualified physicians that would allow us to extend the hours on a regular basis,” said Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, president of St. Joseph’s Health Care.

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“We don’t have a reliable source of qualified physicians that would allow us to extend the hours on a regular basis,”

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London’s hospitals have put a priority on staffing the city’s two emergency departments at University Hospital and Victoria Hospital. - LFPress.com 3/25/11

Or this:

"If you must come into the emergency department for treatment be prepared for longer waits and please bring only one additional individual with you if necessary," the LHSC said.

People with medical emergencies should phone 911 or go to their nearest emergency department. - LFPress.com 4/6/11 (Emphasis added - Gene)

Do I detect circular logic here? If you can't be seen in the ER, call 911 for a ride to that same ER or get your own katushka into the already overcrowded, understaffed ER! And that sage advice helps the critically ill patient how?

I think I understand the concept of triage.

The patient is categorized into one of three levels of qualification for treatment.
  1. Patient can be saved only by immediate effort.
  2. Patient can be saved if treated in reasonable time.
  3. Patient can not be saved. Provide palliative care (if available) only.
The practice of triage was developed on the battlefield to provide the most care to the most seriously wounded while possessing the least resources. It is brutal and heart-wrenching in practice. But necessary.

The people of Great Britain and Canada seem to be experiencing the final stages socialized medicine. Not enough qualified medical personnel to go around.

What's to be done? Do they revamp their system for one like ours? Or do they proceed up the next step of the socialist ladder to communism? You know, where the state determines both your needs and your contribution to the society commune.

As we saw in the USSR, the State attempted to determine who was able to become a physician and then provide them the necessary training. Later on, when those able failed to come forward in sufficient numbers, those fundamentally un-able were "trained" and set loose on the populace. People died. In our society, we still call those un-able to practice medicine quacks (incompetent if not out-right fraudulent).

Personal Note: These last twelve months have seen me into the doors of the local ER more often than in the previous six decades of my life. Some of my trips have been urgent and at least two were emergency trips. Any significant delay would have left my wife being comforted by my friends who would bring beer and pretzels and ... hehe

BTW, they're starting to recognize me at the triage station. Oy vey! The floor nurses also run when they see me coming!

God Bless Ya'll !

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Stupidity vs. Evil

Where can we draw the line between doing something that may be totally stupid and something that is intrinsically evil? I think the line between the Koran Burning Pastor and the Murdering Horde is a good example. If you're not a Progressive

Publically burning one's privately owned, non-stolen, copy of the Qur'an may (or may not) constitute, under selected circumstances, an act of stupidity.

However, killing somebody for burning it, or killing an associate of the burner for the deed, is an act of unspeakable evil.

Those who presume to equate Qur'an burning with the murder of Qur'an burners (or the murder of friends, families, associates or co-religionists of same) are effectively announcing that they personally lack the moral perspective and sound discernment to see the difference between stupid and evil. I suggest that such myopiacs are both stupid AND evil -- and that they provide a tailwind to both qualities in this fallen world.

Zeubulon goes to the say that Progressives need to be told that they are both stupid and evil. Truth does hurt.

It's a dirty job. Somebody has to do it.

God Bless Ya'll !

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Saturday, April 02, 2011

The Religion of Perpetual Outrage Strikes Again


H/T: American Thinker

How long will we allow the spoiled, psychotic, brats of Islam to get away
The shocking question is why is the press, and much of the West, excusing the violence by pointing to the Koran burning as a justification for it?
Yes, they excuse their actions by something someone did. It's like one kid yelling: "He did it first!" The wise parent merely mutters under his/her breath a simple: "So what?" and proceeds to apply appropriate discipline to the seat of learning.

Now, we all know the UN has no spine. No backbone. They haven't been able to find it for lo these long years. Why do we keep them around?

We have no spine, either. Unlike the UN, we once had a spine. We still have a vestige of one. We drag it out of the closet, dust it off and stick up somebody else's rear every once in a while. In fact, we've done it far to often these last several decades.

We stick it up their rear, then withdraw it and put it back in the closet until further notice. Why are we still around? What good are we?

IF we don't straighten ourselves, the question we ask Tobias I, our four-footed child, routinely should be addressed to our country.
QUESTION: What good are you?
ANSWER: Not a damned thing!
God Bless Ya'll !

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Bitter Irony of Socialized Medicine


H/T: American Thinker

I'm saddened to read of this person's death. Unfortunately, I think more stories like this will soon appear with American addresses. We're actively bringing British and Canadian socialized/rationed health care to this country.

... her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.

Personal note: Last weekend I determined that something was going wrong concerning a recent surgery. Not an emergency but it was something I couldn't postponed for too long. On Monday I got on the horn with the staff of the physician's office who ordered the most recent procedure. By 4PM I had an early morning slot on a table 75 miles away. No "Let's get you in to the clinic and then we'll decide what to do next" or any of that BS.

Things are now looking much better and less painful. I know our system isn't perfect for everybody. It just seems to be among the best in the world. Why in the Name of God do we want to throw it away and take on a proven, un-workable, system like the Brits?

God Bless Ya'll !

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What Are You Afraid Of?


H/T: Billy Ockham

I just can't resist posting this one for your viewing pleasure! It sends shivers down my tail bone!


According to the narrator:

There are only three things I've been afraid of: Electricity, heights and women.

That's one job application you will never see my name on!

BTW, I used to work for an electrical utility company back "in the day". I had a cushy inside job until the local union decided to strike and gave me the opportunity to work out in a warehouse for a couple of months. Then I got a position in the communications repair shop for what turned out to be the last month of the strike. Fixing two-way radios, repairing lightening-struck repeater sites AND repairing radio-controlled buckets in bucket trucks.

I was paired with an experienced hand whose sole mission was to keep me from killing myself - or him - from my ignorance of field conditions. After all, I was an inside weaney and we were definitely out in the field.

Our radio-controlled bucket trucks were especially built to insulate the manned bucket from the chassis sitting on the ground. That way, high-voltage lines, within reach of the bucket, could be worked hot, as in the video. Two independent control systems were in place. The bucket man had a remote radio transmitter used to operate the bucket. That way, there were no electrical cables running between the bucket and the chassis. In addition, there was a set of hydraulic controls mounted on the chassis so a man stationed on the ground could control the bucket if the aerial operator got into trouble.

The hand-held transmitter unit, think of a radio-controlled airplane transmitter, had fried. Not the fried chicken kind of fried but the "I took the acetylene torch to the TV" kind of fried. I mean portions of the copper-clad circuit board were blackened and whole sections of copper lands were just gone, leaving thin, black squiggly lines of soot on the underlying board. Did I mention the smell? Something about a short in the battery supply aided by some ham-fisted %$&^$% that didn't belong under the cover of that box. My partner and I were doing a week of shop duty when the freshly fried critter arrived. It fell to me to repair it. I was least skillful on the two-way radio repair skills, being the "new guy", and I had the most time to spare for such %$&^ things. hehe I also had the most experience working on anything but radios. Fortunately, we had full documentation of the control unit, including board layout. With humongous bus-wire and lots of glue I rebuilt the board. The substrate wasn't damaged too badly. Did I mention the smell? Once the unit passed all the bench tests for transmitter output and such, we just had to go and verify its functionality. You know, we had to go fly the bucket!

Flying the bucket, under appropriate experienced supervision, meant first verifying we had complete control of an unmanned bucket. The operator brought his truck into the maintenance yard for our combined shops and parked it at least 100 yards from everything. We were in the clear for 360 degrees laterally and 100-miles vertically. For some reason, he appeared most concerned about the vertical clearance!

The bucket operator went through his "pre-flight" checks and then powered up the electronics on the chassis and the hand held transmitter. Nothing happened. That was a good thing. Then he gently raised the bucket off of its cradle and swung it around a bit. Up, down, simultaneous vertical and lateral movements. Full range of motion.

There were no sudden jerks or oops! and everything functioned smoothly. Even the bucket operator liked it. Then the operator brought the bucket over to our feet, opened the door and crawled in. Manned flight test.

Once tested manned, my partner and I were invited to give it the final test. Yep, we got to fly the thing. The bucket operator took us up individually and let us "solo" for a couple of minutes.

Sixty to eighty feet up is more than enough altitude for this Aggie! It was fun while it lasted.

God Bless Ya'll !

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Report Reveals Vietnam's Decades-Long Crackdown on Minority Christians


H/T: Transfigurations

Vietnam. A name that remains in infamy. Our cut and run tactics then killed thousands and imprisoned millions. It still does.

For an indication of things to come to this shore, read what we gave the Vietnamese people when we abandoned them:

“Montagnards face harsh persecution in Vietnam, particularly those who worship in independent house churches, because the authorities don’t tolerate religious activity outside their sight or control,” said Phil Robertson, HRW deputy Asia director, according to The New York Times. “The Vietnamese government has been steadily tightening the screws on independent Montagnard religious groups, claiming they are using religion to incite unrest.”
To paraphrase that last sentence: The American government has been steadily tightening the screws on independent Christian religious groups, claiming they are using religion to incite unrest.

No you tell me: Is there any reason to be afraid of my government?

God Bless Ya'll !

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Senator would deny pro-lifers rights


H/T: Transfigurations


Another demon-rat shows his true colors, again. Lautenberg is known for his stand on gun control and other holier-than-thou and other -control issues. Here he hoists his colors for all to see.

The Democratic lawmaker made a controversial comment about pro-lifers in a recent pro-abortion demonstration at a New Jersey Planned Parenthood when he said: “They want other people not to be able to have their own opinions. They don't deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution, but we'll give 'em to 'em anyway.”

IMNSHO, he ought not to be reprimanded but impeached. Lautenberg swore an oath to defend the Constitution of this country. By denying inalienable rights to the unborn and pro-lifers, he is actively destroying the foundation of this country. He can't give (or restrict!) to us what God has granted. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

God Bless Ya'll !

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The Puzzle of Intolerant Tolerance

H/T: Transfigurations

Intolerant "Tolerance".  Yes, I have run into that before.  As far as I'm concerned, it's essentially the same attitude my parents used to take.  "Gene, you can do whatever ever you like, as long as you do it my way!"

Yeah.  Right.

Really, in a parent-child relationship, much of that is necessary.  My parents are dead.  Only my Father (in Heaven) retains the right of Command over this person.  Yes, there are many in authority whom I will obey - for my own good.  Lawful, legal authority.  The "authority" of the majority, or even the "elite" minority is another matter all together.
The way forward is to move from a stubborn insistence that there is no such thing as truth, or that truth is dangerous, to conceding that perhaps truth is possible and available to us after all, and that in our own way we are all seeking it.
Conceding the possibility of truth, and that we all share a desire to find the truth and to live in its light, changes the situation completely. Nothing is lost from diversity, disagreement, scepticism and dispute, but they are re-located within a common journey which makes trust, openness and respect for each other in our different moral commitments stronger and easier. This is what real tolerance means.
Powerful stuff.  Go Read.  Consider.  Tolerate?  ;>)

God Bless Ya'll !

Distractions and More Distractions

Life keeps getting in the way.

Case in point: This time last week, I was starting to feel good physically. Almost frisky. I actually felt like getting some things done! I almost had enough energy (physically, mentally and emotionally) to do it. Whatever it was. Then the internal plumbing stopped up. Again. Think of the consequences in the same manner as when your commode stops up and things back up. It gets kinda messy!

Early in the week we went back to the hospital for a Roto-Rooter job on the infernal plumbing. Successful. I'm almost back to where I was last week at this time. Almost frisky.

Wife! Where are you Girl? Where ya' hiding! Wife! Come back here, girl!

hehe

God Bless Ya'll !

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