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Saturday, April 11. 2009
It's Holy Saturday - another day to mourn and to reflect on the cross - and to anticipate Easter. We all encounter our personal Good Fridays - the seeming death of God to us in our own foolish lives, and the feeling of abandonment by God. Through prayer, constant prayer, we can humble and diminish our precious selves and reestablish the link by making space for Him to return to us and to talk to us. Think I am crazy? Try it. Our self-love and self-pity leave little room for Him in our hearts.
But here are some unholy links:
Who are the Socialists in America? Whatever happened to love of freedom? When did a decadent yearning for dependency take over?
Health care reform and free markets. Q&O
Piracy. Why there are no armed men on freighters in that area is a mystery to me.
Western Civilization inconsistent with Brown's values. Which are what????
The elephant in the room: Obama vs. USA. A quote from Phila Enquirer:
Shades of Oceania.
Obama's arrogance: neoneo. I think he thinks he's smarter than he is.
What is the carbon footprint of green pizza? It reminds me of how Elvis used to send his plane from Memphis to LA to pick up his favorite PB&J sandwiches.
The Left is "monitoring" the Tea Parties
Obama is reaching out to the moderate pirate community
Hey Dems - keep your hands off Teddy Roosevelt
I wondered this too: if universities receive federal funds, why doesn't the gov try to run them too?
O makes a case for unilateral disarmament. Bret Stephens:
Sure. Like the UN? Related: The Department of No Defence
Different visions. David Limbaugh via Intell Cons:
Yep, they think they are smarter and wiser than the average rubes like us.
From Vanderleun's Deer in the headlights:
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If the Rasmussen poll numbers are anywhere close to being correct, we're in deeper shit than I thought.
I'm still confused on the definition of "is " but I know what a bow is. Hell I don't even bow to my Queen and Lord of the Manor.
It will be interesting to see how the MSM covers the Tea Party at The Alamo.
Illegal immigration is back on the fast track. The One wants to cover his birth certificate. We are bleeding economically, adding hundreds of billions of dollars more to our debt, makes sense to me
I don't even want to talk about Joe Biden. I thought I was living proof that the more I screw up the more I got promoted. Wait, my screw ups are at a blog site.
Happy Easter, everyone!!
Joe Biden appears to have 'Munchausen's Syndrome by Politician,' a severe and growing illness which appears to get worse as the patient gets older and gets more face time on TV and newspapers.
There is no cure. Some entertainment value in a grisly sort of way, though.
"Munchausen's Syndrome by Politician" - I like that. Wonderful phrase, MM. I hereby steal it for my own use.
People who actually know stuff have been having good discussions about piracy at a great naval blog:
(- and I sneaked in there uninvited somehow -)
Haha... I saw you there this morning. Thought you were a regular.
Little rays of light:
Do you remember 30-40 years ago when the only way to segregate America was through the process of "busing students"?
We--parents--knew very early on that this was a bad strategy. But, the mindless left and their union puppet masters were determined to create this huge debacle. Now, slowly, ever so slowly some school districts are letting this failed system go by the wayside. Right now is a good time to let go, because they can easily say there is not enough money for so many busses. Ok--whatever works.
Do you remember 30-40 years ago when the baby doctors, and the foot doctors came together to announce that humans were meant to have feet that were more flat footed. Do you remember when both groups of doctors declared that growing feet should not have arch supports, or build strong ankles with strong shoes that kept the ankle bone off of the floor? Do you remember that GD mess! Have you seen so many young people with their ankle bones nearly on the floor and their legs turning in? Well--guest what ladies and gentlemen--news has it that today's foot and baby doctors have noticed they were wrong. Humans were not meant to stand upright in the same way that apes do! Of course there was a secondary reason for the support of that trend--in those days flat feet meant that the military could not draft you for service. Soo how nice it was to think that by allowing your son to develop deformed feet he would be safe from having to serve his country. Dang I love progress!
Dang, I love experts. Good luck finding a mea culpa from one of those "smart" doctors.
How the busing issue is beening quietly reconsidered sent me to the wiki page on the 1970s Boston busing mess a few weeks ago. I found it rather interesting how, given the power that judge W. Arthur Garrity Jr. had in the case, there was no Wiki bio available for this man. Google him and you do get plenty of hits. Must be some "history" there.
Why there are no armed men on freighters in that area is a mystery to me.
Well, for starters, most ports world-wide will jail crew members found to have firearms - and yes, customs officials board ships and optionally search.
If the vessel itself is armed, as many were during WWII, they will be seized at such ports.
And employers do not want to be open to lawsuits. Or check and/or pay for training, or (see above) supply firearms.
Q-Ships (innocent-looking but well-armed ships staffed by military) might be tried again (staying away from no-weapon ports, or under treaty agreements like regular warships), as they were during various wars, but how successful they would be - or ever were - is debatable.
Well, John A ... I think Q-ships would be better than allowing pirates to run rampant, stealing our merchant ships and murdering their crews. How about we tell those ports which refuse to allow armed merchant ships into port, that if they want the cargo they carry, the port officials will have to arrange to 'lighter' it in from outside their harbors? Obviously it would cost them. And money makes the world go round, doesn't it? Also, it's too bad the merchant crews wouldn't be able to land at the port and spend their money, hmmm? I think one has to decide what's important ... the safety of the crews who man our American-flagged ships, or kow-towing to the rules of strangers who want the benefits of shipping but don't want to protect the shippers and their crews.