Monday, August 31, 2009
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Sunday, August 23, 2009
• The marriage rate has plunged 50% since 1970
• Half of all new marriages end in divorce
• The number of unmarried couples living together has soared 12-fold since 1960
• Out-of wedlock births jumped from 5.3% to 39.6% from 1960-2007
Besides being signed by Bishop Harry Jackson, of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, the letter was also signed by Niger Innis of the Congress on Racial Equality, Dr. William Owens, Sr. of Concerned African-American Pastors, Bishop Dale Bronner of Word of Faith Family Worship Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Pastor Terry Millender of Victorious Life Church in Alexandria, Virginia.
Letter is posted at thetruthinblackandwhite.com
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This talk explains why my husband and I became vegans.
It is given by a former Cleveland Clinic Surgeon, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn. My husband's current cardiologist at the University of Illinois confirms that the research is rather solid that a vegan diet is unusually effective in cardiac treatment, but feels that most people can't handle the lifestyle change.
The food, however, is much better than I expected. But on my birthday this month (I'm 45) I had salmon sashimi. Yum!!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
David Warrin, of Ottawa (Ahhhh... recall the Canadian offensive of yesteryear?), writing for Real Clear politics, had a more clear-eyed take on Palin's decision to drop the niceties:
Candour is when you tell a truth that is disturbing,
in language so unambiguous that persons in polite company will not want to hear you.
It is a way to lose the respect of the genteel -- of those who are "respectable" in the shallowest sense.
Rude language is quite unnecessary to this end: the hard truth itself, spoken plainly and publicly, will give sufficient offense.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
And frankly, who else is more likely, in the Palins "inner circle" (ha ha), to be the "source" for those catty Alaskan Bloggers?
I think the Johnsons are trying to make the point --which may become the crucial legal issue in an upcoming libel case--that they really do believe this splitsville stuff. Nice try. I'd like to see them deposed by Mrs. Palin's lawyer.
See The Other McCain for more on the Alaskan blogger who has been peddling lies as truth.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Couple vacationing in Banf, says,'We had our camera set up on some rocks and were getting ready when this curious little ground squirrel appeared, became intrigued with the sound of the focusing camera and popped right into our shot. It was a once in a lifetime moment - we were laughing about this little guy for days!'
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The type of person who used to be a Reagan Democrat, now mid-morph to Palin Democrat (no, not even a PUMA of '08), that's the guy, or gal, who is outraged at the Town Hall meetings.
While this is a guess on my part, have you noticed that every time someone mentions their party affiliation it's a Dem? And besides--who else would get this enraged?
Conservatives were engaged last fall, and angry then, but have certainly not been taken by surprise by it all. No, a lot of this is the hot patriotism of those freshly convinced of a mortal threat to our nation.
Monday, August 10, 2009
We dread tempers for three reasons. The first has to do with the primacy of psychiatry in our national life, and the insidious potential danger it poses to us all. In a story about the reaction of the people of Utah to Senator Orrin Hatch's part in the Thomas-Hill hearings, Washington Times reporter Valerie Richardson quotes an anti-Hatch letter sent to the State Democratic Party by an Anita Hill partisan: "As Mr. Hatch's temper flared, his eyes glared, and his voice rose, he himself demonstrated he was the one mentally and emotionally disturbed."
There you have it. Don't get mad because "out of control" has joined the long list of American euphemisms. It means crazy, and if enough armchair psychiatrists pin the rose on you, people will believe it. The blood libel is out and the Rorschach libel is in.
The second reason is more fun than a barrel. Losing one's temper is undemocratic — really, it is. Think of sword fights and dueling oaks, think of the Southern hothead known as the "beau sabreur," think of the Southern belle. These people are not peasants because peasants don't have the kind of nostrils that "flare," nor do they carry the riding crops and walking sticks that help get things started.
Getting mad, really mad, is aristocratic, which is elitist, which is verboten. The American object of your un-American explosion will become what is now known as "shaken," because getting mad, really mad, is like using "whom" in an offhand remark in the supermarket. When egalitarian American eyes are not smiling they are flashing inchoate and inarticulate alarm like heat lightning. A nostril-flaring explosion probably wouldn't help a victim of sexual harassment in today's political climate. A Southern-belle tantrum, properly thrown, used to bring a man to his knees, but it was class, not gender, that did the trick. Today, class is more of a damsel in distress than women ever were.
The third reason Americans dread loss of temper is simple. Hey, the country's on the brink of a civil war, and we're trying to delay it as long as possible. The Day the Niceness Stopped is fast approaching, but look on the bright side: At last I shall have been avant garde.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
"We have been in dozens of Wal-Mart parking lots throughout the country, actually it’s one of our favorite things to do if we’re not having to plug in and we’ve got enough electricity and all that. But you can get a little shopping in, see part of real America. It’s fun!"
Friday, August 7, 2009
Video shows size of line an hour before Townhall start.
This video shows Union members being granted entry while health care are barred.
Irate protesters break into God Bless America.
John Sweeney calling on union members to show up at town meetings shows the Dems willingness to intimidate rather than persuade. And surely persuasion doesn't come easily to a President who likes to let others work out the details of his proposals. All the better if evasion is your main message.
This video shows that one of Kenneth Gladney's attackers was a tall, stocky dark-haired man in a deep blue t-shirt (an SEIU shirt which read "HEALTHCARE '09") who pushed him down and either stomped him or tripped over him.
At the very start of the video, a man is on the ground in a blue shirt and tan pants. Another man steps across him in what looks to me like a protective maneuver since his attention is up and away from the prostrated man.
Notice that in the shadows on the right, Gladney is in a khaki t-shirt, squatting in a defensive position with his back to the camera. There seem to be some blows. Then the tall man in the deep blue t-shirt comes from the far right, from behind Gladney, yanks Gladney back and shoves him to the ground. The attacker then stumbles to the ground himself. All this happens in the first 10 seconds of video.
It's good to see these townmeeting participants are actively being good citizens, by protecting those two or three men who are being attacked. One woman who shows good sense is wearing glasses and an open white blouse. She seems to get between the man in the deep blue t-shirt, after his stumble, and Gladney.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
As Sloan was pointing his camera at the large welcome sign amid a light late-afternoon rain, a black Volkswagen pulled to the side of the road just a few yards behind him. A ponytailed Palin, wearing a jogging outfit and a headband, stepped out of the car.
“I thought, ‘That looks like Sarah Palin, but it can't be,'” Sloan said...
The rumor mongering the Left engages in to score points has come back to bite Griffin on a portion of his anatomy he sometimes reserves for explicit sexual commentary on his political blog. I wonder how he's feeling about that concept just now. Via an Eddie Burke of Alaska's KBYR, Griffin has threatened Eddie with a lawsuit soon after a broadcast in which I took part (listen to that complete segment here via YouTube).
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
See also Reihl World View for more details.
By the way my husband, who's a lawyer, thinks Palin clearly has a strong libel case.
We might start calling the original crisis of last July the Schumer Bank Panic. See Jerry Boyer's Article from last summer on how Chuck Schumer sent a threatening public email to a California bank which also received a threatening letter--on the same week-- from an ACORN related group, theirs regarding the bank's supposed heartlessness toward minority home buyers.
Because the Schumer letter was public, there was a run on the bank, starting the panic that led to a series of national troubles some of us hope we can emerge from someday.
However, we can't blame Senator Schumer for the bi-partisan underlying causes, although come to think of it, he was guilty there too.
This deeper cause might be best understood as neo-consumerism.
What is that? The right to a house, the right to health care, the right to a college education are monsters morphing into bubbles and subsequent crashes, a sense of entitlement that knows nothing of hard work and living within your means. We need to return to the stability of the old-school virtues.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
An old friend was nice enough to visit. He's been blogging since many of you were in Nursery School!
Matthew's blogDid you know that in Alaska it's customary to remove your shoes at the front door? I bet this is true in both European descent and tribal descent homes.
The images above contain some conflicting information, and I believe that the photo shoot itself may have caused the inconsistencies. I bet the master of the photo shoot requested Sarah to put on her famous calf high boots.
Listen to Linda Kellen Biegel and "CC" on AK talk radio They take (obviously arranged) calls from supposedly independent ethics complainers: Val Henning, Kim Chatman, and Sondra Tompkins.
Also, listen for an official Obama Campaign Conference Call where Tony Knowles lies about rape kits. He should be ashamed of himself. And he didn't even get a job!
Video from Naked Emperor News
Hat/tip Atlas Shrugs
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
However, when people wake up from a con they often feel too humiliated to seek justice. I wonder if that accounts for a bit of the SP derangement of late.