Daylight Saving Time Can Be A Danger To Your Health
If I had a pen and a phone, I would order DST to be consigned to the ash heap of chronology.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Daylight Saving Time Can Be A Danger To Your Health
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Lenten discipline is a discipline of self denial. Jesus told his disciples that to follow him requires self denial. Self denial is to break free from the little “Me, Myself, and I” universe most of us live in most of the time. Self denial is freedom to be for God – living with him, in the church, for the world.
From the earliest days of the church, Christians have realized that even though we struggle with self denial all the time, we need specific periods on the church calendar to focus on it. If not, we may never really face up to what self denial truly requires. Our church calendar offers two seasons to concentrate on denying ourselves and living for others. Advent is one, Lent is the other.
Lent is when we focus on overcoming our resistance to God and become more to denying ourselves in order to follow Christ. Fasting, spoken of by the prophet Joel, is an outward method of self denial that requires discipline and focus to attain. Fasting is ordinarily thought of as abstaining from food, usually one day per week. Yet if fasting is to abstain from something, we can also consider what other things deserve a fast to bring us closer to God. Let us fast, or abstain, from what keeps us from God, fast from what keeps us apart from one another, and fast from what keeps us from serving the world. Isaiah points out that the most valuable fasting is not abstaining from food, but denying the things which divide us from one another, reorienting our lives to be in service to God and one another.
Lent thus calls us to a holy fast – but also a holy feast in each of the days of this season, a fast in which we rend our hearts and not our garments, a feast in which we act as ambassadors for Christ, and allow God to make his appeal through us to the world.
Fast from worry, and feast on divine order by trusting in God. Fast from complaining, and feast on appreciation. Fast from negatives, and feast on affirmatives.
Fast from unrelenting pressures, and feast on unceasing prayer. Fast from hostility, and feast on tenderness. Fast from bitterness, and feast on forgiveness. Fast from self-concern, and feast on compassion.
Fast from the shadows of sorrow, and feast on the sunlight of serenity. Fast from idle gossip, and feast on purposeful silence. Fast from judging others, and feast on the Christ within them.
Fast from thoughts of illness, and feast on the healing power of God. Fast from words that pollute, and feast on the phrases that purify. Fast from discontent, and feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger, and feast on optimism. Fast from personal anxiety, and feast on eternal truth. Fast from discouragement, and feast on hope.
Fast from facts that depress, and feast on verities that uplift. Fast from lethargy, and feast on enthusiasm. Fast from suspicion, and feast on truth.
Fast from thoughts that weaken, and feast on promises that inspire. Fast from problems that overwhelm, and feast on prayer that undergirds.
Consider the words concerning fasting by St. John Chrysostom, words concerning holy living and the fasts that we observe to help make us more holy:
Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on him. If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him. Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye and the ear and the feet and the hands and all the members of our bodies.
Let the hands fast, by being free of avarice. Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin. Let the eyes fast, by disciplining them not to glare at that which is sinful. Let the ear fast, by not listening to evil talk and gossip. Let the mouth fast from foul words and unjust criticism.
For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fishes, but bite and devour our brothers? May He who came to the world to save sinners, strengthen us to complete the fast with humility, have mercy on us and save us.“Return to me with all your heart,” says the Lord. “. . . rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.” Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
It is important that we learn to distinguish between natural cold, global cooling cold, and global warming cold. The chart below makes the distinctions abundantly clear.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
How the Obama administration characterizes the military seizure of Crimea and Putin's naked threat of force against the rest of Ukraine:
More historical uncontested arrivals here. HT: American Digest.
Monday, March 3, 2014
USA TODAY: “Perhaps the most surprising thing about Russia’s weekend invasion of Crimea is that the U.S. and its allies were caught so flat-footed, groping for a response that didn’t look weak and ineffectual.”So where is all the media outrage over the failure of our intelligence agencies for not warning that the Russians would go in?
Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements. These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies. They are concerned primarily with maintaining their holds on power.Funny that the WaPo should write the last sentence in my excerpt, since holding on to power is the only agenda of the extended Obama administration, too.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age. — Kenneth WattBoy, am I glad people started buying SUVs and warmed the globe up!
If you listen to the chattering class in Washington, D.C., Hillary Clinton is a virtual certainty for the 2016 Democratic nomination, and the front-runner in the next presidential race.Yes, but why have these reports and rumors been recent "subject of increased speculation in Washington?" Funny how this speculation and rumormonging popped up in multiple media at the same time. As Yogi Berra said about another topic, "It's too coincidental to be a coincidence."
But in private, rumors persist that the former Secretary of State may not even be capable of making it to Iowa and New Hampshire. Clinton, these skeptics often say, will not run for president again because of health concerns.
These ubiquitous rumors of her health have been fueled in part by the supermarket tabloids. The National Enquirer wrote in 2012 that Clinton had brain cancer, something a spokesman dismissed then as “absolute nonsense.” In January of this year, the Globe claimed that Clinton secretly had a brain tumor.
Asked about her health on Thursday, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in an email to The Daily Caller: ”To your question, very caring of you to ask. She’s 100%.”
But the rumors suggesting otherwise date back to the end of 2012, when Clinton’s health made headlines as she finished her term as secretary of state: aides explained then that she developed a stomach virus, hit her head, suffered a concussion and subsequently developed a blood clot in her brain but was being medicated and was expected to recover.
But skeptics say there is much more to the story of her health, which has recently been the subject of increased speculation in Washington.
Politics ain't pattycake. Someone is already trying to torpedo Hillary2016. Who would want to do that?
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I cannot verify the source of the quote, but it is on target. However, America is a leftwing nation.
This county-by-county electoral map of 2012's election illustrates it perfectly. Rather than coloring a county pure red or pure blue, based on which candidate got the majority, it blends red and blue together based on the number of 100-set votes per candidate per county. Very revealing:
This map also shows the relative population densities across the country; white areas have very low densities. On a usual election map, the white spaces are solid red, but it actually means little to the electoral result. I don't think any Republican can consider this map seriously and still maintain that America is really center-right. Even if the Republicans recapture the White House in 2016 (highly doubtful), their candidate will be farther to the left than any previous Republican, including even G.W. Bush, who was probably the most liberal Republican to sit in the Oval Office.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The IRS has become an enforcement tool of political hegemony. How bad is it? It's even worse than we feared.
And what is going to be done about it? Nothing. Obama has already said there is "not a smidgen of corruption" in the IRS, and as far as the
news media Ministry of Truth is concerned, that's the end of the story.
It does not matter that this information is coming to light and being made public. From the president on down, the despotism will continue unabated -- secretly if possible, in the open if necessary. There is no one in the country who has both the ability and the desire to stop it.
The Democrats can stop it, but they are the perpetrators and even the ones who are not actively committing these crimes support them. They have the ability but certainly not the desire.
The Republicans (but by no means even half of them) have the desire but not the ability. They have abandoned the fight anyway.
The national media and the Democrat party are indistinguishable so there will be no protest raised by them.
All of these abuses will repeat in 2016 with the same effect as in 2012: opposition to the ruling party will be smothered and the election will be stolen. Again.
See also, "President Obama: Extremist radical in his own words."
Update: The House Republicans are trying very moderately to block future abuses by the IRS, but (a) the Senate will never pass it and (b) Obama will veto it if they did. After all, there's "not a smidgen of corruption" in the IRS now.
Update: David Foster at Chicago Boyz kindly links to this post and adds this scary thought:
The things that we know about paint a very sinister picture of the Obama administration’s operations and intentions…imagine what sorts of corrupt, anti-liberty, and quite likely outright illegal activities lurk among the things we do not know about.It is indeed chilling.