Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Few Words About The Franklin Roosevelts---Marital Infidelity and Abuse

UPDATE--PAT BUCHANAN SCOTTISH VOTE:  WHAT WOULD BRAVEHEART DO? 
                        
WATCHING KEN BURNS MARVELOUS TV MARATHON DOCUMENTARY THE ROOSEVELTS THESE PAST FEW NIGHTS and seeing Eleanor and Franklin's marriage begin to disintegrate made me start to wonder why she stayed with him once she uncovered his infidelity with Lucy Mercer?

Undoubtedly devastated and humiliated,  Eleanor eventually  recovered and made up her mind to go her own way while staying  with Franklin (albeit often bitterly) and enjoying the trappings of power, privilege and pedigree that her lot in life afforded her. She did it well (though it was never for her about being a doting mother to their five living children).  Eleanor ultimately took responsibility for her part in their marriage breakdown as she admitted later in life that her frequent criticisms of her husband had no doubt contributed to driving him into the arms of another adoring women.

It's easy to see how history has repeated itself  in the marital pacts made by other powerful couples like Bill and Hillary Clinton and Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

After seeing how many times the happily married Teddy Roosevelt tried to get re-elected to the White House after completing his terms there,  I certainly can understand Bill Clinton's fascination with getting Hillary elected commander-in-chief and reliving his glory days again, even though she's really too old and in mediocre health to be a serious contender, in my opinion.

Whether one considers marital infidelity a deal-breaker today seems to depend on the couple, their spiritual and moral beliefs and values, their history and the ability to forgive and move forward together.  Infidelity often goes hand-in-hand with emotional abuse and neglect of the marriage relationship and is symptomatic of deeper issues that need to be addressed.


In today's news,  we are bombarded by one physical abuse headline after another, especially in the NFL.  We're told it's only the tip of the iceberg and has been going on for years.  Why is it that abused women both inside and outside of marriage,  continue to stay in relationships that batter and humiliate them  physically or emotionally without ever drawing a line in the sand? Why do women keep coming back for more from men who hit them physically or batter them emotionally, then turn around and tell these same women they deserve it and that everything is  their fault.  What's worse is that most of us who've been abused believe it and turn around and try to please these men even more---until we finally reach a complete breaking point.

I can only say from my own experience that women continue to take abuse from controlling men in all its hurtful forms, because they're afraid of loosing everything, including their children (which I did not), their sanity (barely), their financial resources, their friends. Family and friends simply don't want to hear about abuse, let along believe it.  Often a woman who reports abuse is not taken seriously and rejected by friends.  She's often written off as crazy and being' the problem.' which only tends to make a beaten down woman even more dispairing and desperate.

For my part,  I learned that getting divorced with teenage children is no quick fix and rarely ends the blame and shame game if it existed before the marriage disintegrates.  Sometimes it takes years, even decades, to end and grow out of  habitual patterns of put downs, disrespect, rejection and contempt which go on openly, or behind closed doors.

For anyone who really wants to understand and end...I really mean end, a pattern or a relationship with a controlling  man,  I can say without reservation the finest book I've ever read  is Dr. Kevin Leman's classic book, Smart Women Know When to Say No.   The title may sound trivial or adolescently simple,  but the book is pure dynamite.  It's not just changed my life once,  it keeps on changing it....and will forever. Thank you Dr. Leman for being a gift from God.

The good news is if you're not willing to settle into a strange marriage arrangement like Eleanor Roosevelt or Hillary Clinton  or don't want to end up like Princess Diana,  beaten down women will not be disappointed in Dr.  Leman's incredibly good work.  BTW,  he doesn't suffer fools or long, drawn out talk-therapy lightly.  Leman's approach is simple, action-oriented and demands major courage and prayer in the short and long terms.  But the wisdom found   and implemented here is ever so worth it.

Women who've been in abusive relationships with controlling men  and are willing to do what it takes to get out,  can and will ultimately succeed. Some can even stay married as they begin to have bottom lines and mean it.  When real change happens they never again need to define themselves in terms of abuse and victimhood.  New self-definition is now based on freedom from these addictive relationships. standing on our own two feet and letting the chips fall where they may. We discover that God is ultimately in control.

The NFL with its many high-powered sponsors is finally shining the light on physical abuse and that's a good thing.  But the real and enduring work needs to be done by women themselves who learn to respect themselves enough to leave if necessary, and never look back. We also learn what love is and isn't.  It takes practice and heaps of courage,  but by the Grace of God, Leman's wisdom reverberates  slowly changing the lives of all involved.Liife slowly becomes infused with deep gratitude.

Thanks for coming by.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

From James 1:5-8---What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do



ANOTHER OF PASTOR MIKE ATKINS, OF RIVER CROSSING IN JACKSON HOLE, WISE SERMONS ON WISDOM. 

 JAMES 1:5-8New International Version (NIV) 

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. 

All too often we try to deal with our challenges with human reasoning---trying to figure it out on our own----rather than through divine revelation and waiting on the Lord. God's answers are worth waiting for and far exceed anything we can conjure up on our own.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Groundhog Day War: Starting Over Is Hard to Do---President's Words Verses His Actions Over and Over

UPDATE: TRUMP OFFERS PRESIDENT LIFETIME OF FREE GOLF---IF HE RESIGNS RIGHT NOW!......IS THIS ALL REALLY ABOUT IRAN?

I COULD NOT AGREE MORE WITH SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN SPEAKING BELOW AFTER LAST NIGHT's SPEECH. The fact is that over the past four few years, we declared victory in Iraq and completely and naively pulled out with dire consequences.

Today, because we didn't leave a residual ground force there, and didn't keep our promises to help heavily arm the Kurds who are our greatest allies there, we are now back to ground zero---pun intended on 9/11---in Iraq and the Middle East. We have lost massive ground there and all the lives and money we invested count for almost nothing. McCain sums it up realistically as to how our feckless president has repeatedly ignored all the recommendations of his national security team over the years with the results we now confront in Iraq. Starting over---no matter what President Obama says----will be extremely costly and ultimately require boots on the ground, lots of special ops troops---as well as a strategic air campaign involving air sorties that hit and destroy multiple sites at once.

Our president has made a complete mess in the Middle East and lost all of our past investments of lives and taxpayers month there. Here's an executive summary of the POTUS speech seen this morning at Zero Hedge: 1) We'll be bombing Syria, a sovereign nation, 2) we'll be arming terrorist groups while fighting them at the same time, and 3)the economy is great. What can possibly go wrong? Let's hope and pray we can make some headway in gaining some ground back sooner rather than later.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

4 Things Jesus Did Not Die For---Stepping Outside Cultural Cliches and False Teachings

LON SOLOMON---THE NEW NORMAL AT MCLEAN BIBLE CHURCH

CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN AMERICA ARE FILLED WITH FEEL-GOOD PREACHERS TEACHING THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL IN MANY DIFFERENT AND FALSE FORMS.   

Thing is, it's not real.  In order to hear and believe the Good News,  you've got to be convicted of the bad news first.  With this in mind,  Caleb Flores has a wonderful reminder at The Gospel Coalition on 4 Things Jesus Did Not Die For.  Can you guess what they are before reading the piece?  There are many other reason Jesus did not die for,  but these are surely a good start:

Christians have a ready-made response to the question, “Why did Jesus die?” The answers are usually something along these lines: “Jesus died to save me from my sins.” Often when I get answers like these, I feel like asking, “And. . . ?” I don’t ask follow-up questions just to be annoying. I do it because many professing believers genuinely have never thought through the reasons for, and the implications of, Jesus’ death on the cross. Unfortunately, many Christians, if really pressed for a logical argument for the atoning death of Christ, won’t have a good answer.


And because of the lack of clarity regarding Jesus’ death, deceitful doctrines have crept into our churches. The Scriptures have been twisted into cultural clichés and false teachings about why Christ died, and what was accomplished by his death.
Here are four things Jesus didn’t die for.
It's a great piece to read and meditate on ahead of a new week, starting with 1) Jesus did not die for your American Dream. Or, the health, wealth and prosperity gospel is a false teaching.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Crowdsourcing Terrorism With Misfits From Around the Globe, And The Acceleration of Acceleration

UPDATE:  GOOD FOR HIM---PRINCE HARRY STRUGGLES IN HEADING THE INVICTUS GAMES

GOING TO WARP SPEED

JOSH BROWN @ THE REFORMED BROKER HAS A THOUGHT-PROVOKING PIECE UP on the new recruitment of terrorists via social networks.  It's well-worth reading:
There is a new terror movement on the other side of the world that is crowdsourcing social misfits from every corner of the globe, recruiting via interactive marketing and social media in a manner befitting a Fortune 500 company rolling out a new product. Just yesterday, terrorists were sneaking video cassettes of their rants to the mainstream media via elaborate networks of shadowy operatives and untraceable handoffs in the dark. Today they’re uploading videos of murder directly to Youtube, on Google-owned servers. They’re posting selfies to Instagram, propaganda to Facebook and keeping the world updated about their exploits on Twitter. They’re branding and thought-leadering. They’re communicating with the White House over the World Wide Web. They’re doing what a top-flight consultant might recommend to Tide detergent or TIME Magazine – “Join the conversation!”
None of this would have been possible just a short time ago. Osama’s gang could never have taken out a full-page ad in the New York Times, even if they’d paid in cash. The reach they’d have gotten by doing so, by today’s standards, would be quaint. In 2014, a millennial terrorist (yes, that’s what they are) with a laptop and a modicum of social media savvy could easily amplify a message like that by several orders of magnitude without even getting out of bed.
Obama doesn’t have a strategy. How can he? In 2003, we wondered what could possibly be worse than Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad? Now you know. Syria has a population of 22 million and an estimated 10 million of them are classified as refugees. Mass murderers now control a territory with a landmass the size of Great Britain. Overnight. 

There’s a burgeoning realization that what we’re watching is a region-wide, religious civil war – something that has to be fought out, with oceans of blood an inevitability rather than merely a bad option. There are no options for us, we can’t help. It’s 1300 years in the making, even if the Western intervention in Iraq sped it up. “Let the animals kill each other,” is a common refrain in bars and coffee shops across America

 JOSH'S FULL POST and a look below at warp speed....

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Joan Rivers Will Be Greatly Missed....Hear Her Solution for Peace In the Middle East

UPDATE: BOBBY VINTON'S FRIENDSHIP WITH JOAN  
WAIT FOR IT....TILL THE END. 

Susan M. Goldberg @ PJMedia:  10 REASONS WHY I LOVE JOAN RIVERS

Joan was a tough broad who could dish it out and laugh at  herself as poignantly as she could Sarah Palin. While I could never  get on board with all her surgeries and botox, she was a dame who never hesitated to be politically incorrect and let the chips fall where they may.

The public discourse will forever be  duller now that she's gone.  She will be missed.  I know her family, especially Melissa, will miss her mother terribly.  May God bless and comfort her family.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hacked Nude Selfies-----Invasion of Privacy?


PLEASE,  HELP ME UNDERSTAND.  What dots am I not connecting about this non-story?

Let me get this straight:  narcissistic celebrity women who don't get enough attention already----ever----because 24/7/365 adoration is never sufficient---take lewd nude  selfies then upload them to the Internet? For reasons unknown to most of us, they do this without even thinking twice?  Then Surprise!  the inevitable hack job comes from pros from around the world, and they're incensed, shocked and horrified?  Incensed,  shocked and horrified,  I tell you!

Who in her right mind would do such a thing?  Is there not one iota of decorum or modesty left in the celebrity world? What pathetic role models these children trying-to-act-like- adults really are. How sad.  How utterly desperate.  How they are their own invasion of privacy.  And most of all,  what utter bores.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Preaching God While Justifying Ourselves

DEREK  RISHMAWY WRITES AT THE GOSPEL COALITION ON  the dangers of spiritual pride and superiority that hides behind so-called pure doctrine, especially in reformed churches.  It's self-serving and often subtly reeks of I'm right and you're wrong....like a spiritual put-down.

Please note:  parts of my computer keyboard have gone out this week and a new part is ordered and should be installed soon.  Till then,  it's catch as catch can.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Text From A Favorite Fisherman


22'' RAINBOW FROM NORTH CAROLINA STREAM--- CAUGHT, NETTED, PHOTOED, RELEASED to be caught again and again. Hopefully by me....soon.

 Love pics where the fish is too big for the net!  Jack, way to go---great fish!

Abe's Garden 2 AM Good Neighbor Wake Up Call

RISE AND SHINE!
AFTER ALL, CONCRETE NEEDS TO BE POURED FOR THIS-HERE GARDEN.  And it doesn't matter when it is or whether it wakes up the entire neighborhood for the rest of the night. Would have been very nice if they'd let their neighbors know in advance rather than at 2 AM after the fact, n'est-ce pas?  Perhaps they will next time.

We're now in the thick of it, meaning legal procedings, so we'll see what happens.   Meanwhile,  I like Blake's latest.

 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Nashville Comes To West Nashville

EVERYONE FROM THE NASHVILLE TV CREW SEEMED WELL-BEHAVED AND PROFESSIONAL as I did my errands and picked up my cleaning in Belle Meade. Have never watched the show myself, but it's done wonders for Nashville, the city. So as long as I still can find parking and a find back alley to negotiate my car around, they have my best wishes. ABOVE, CREW AND EQUIPMENT ALONG HARDING PIKE.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Eric Metaxas: How To Talk To Sophisticated, Intellectual Cultural Elites In NYC---Socrates In the City



CAN'T FORCE ANYONE TO SEE THE TRUTH. BUT ERIC IS A CLOSE SECOND.... To explore and have some fun at the same time....Eric is the best.

 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

SUPS On

EXTREME HEAT WARNING ISSUED 

HERE I AM BACK IN TENNESSEE TODAY IN ALMOST 100 DEGREE WEATHER FOR THE NEXT WEEK.  Saw this scene walking in Montgomery Bell State Park this morning.  Husband and his cute wife---who's already off paddling on the lake---unloaded their standup paddleboards---each to fit their size---from the rack on top of their car before my very eyes. I had already been thinking about getting an SUP, but the minute I saw them and heard their over-the-top enthusiasm about these boards, I knew it will also be my next big thing. And here's the thing: you can stand or kneel to paddle and even fish from it, if you're so inclined. Best of all, it's terrific upper body and arm exercise. And the smaller boards are only 26 pounds and easy to carry.

SUPS ALMOST ON!  PERFECT FOR A HOT SUMMER DAY!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Happy Guy


WITH ALL THE RIDICULOUS THEATER GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY,  it's nice to see a man who knows how to get away from it all on his day off.  A man who can get back to basics and just plain chill while the world goes on by in all its absurdities. A man after my own heart.

Saw him fishing early this morning in Montgomery Bell State Park, as I took a walk ahead of the 100 degree temps with 100 % humidity for the next week.  I intend to come back to more regular posting soon, but have   been covered up since I got back to Nashville last week.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Obama Administration's Three Branches of Government


YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW IT'S FUNNY.  

And true.

Source

Friday, August 15, 2014

Heartbreaking Pics of Sick and Quarantined in Liberia

EBOLA DOCTOR CONTRACTS, SURVIVES THE DISEASE

ALMOST TOO MUCH HUMAN SUFFERING TO VIEW @ DAILY MAIL

These families and children struck with Ebola all need our many prayers and anything else we might be able to do. Some of their suffering and isolation is too much for them to bear. We must not turn away.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday Night In the Great State of Texas

NINE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HAMAS  

SO THANKFUL AND HAPPY TO HAVE A MASSIVE three-day drive from Clark, Wyoming to Houston, Texas now in my rear-view mirror. Am  going to enjoy children and grandchildren and recover from the trip for the next few days before going on to  Tennessee early next week.

YEEHAW!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sunday: The Van Gogh That Breaks My Heart

By Tony Reinke @ Desiring God

VINCENT VAN GOGH aspired to become a Calvinist pastor, like his dad. He pursued ministry in the Dutch Reformed Church until he hit a roadblock by failing his academic training, and then experienced what personal failure often breeds: disillusionment. He became disenchanted with pastoral ministry and then left the church for good in 1880 at the age of 27. From that point on van Gogh redirected all his ambitions to art. 

Of all van Gogh’s famous works, I’m most struck by a painting he feverishly finished in one day: “Still Life with Bible” (1885). The symbolic painting features two books. The large book in the background is the Bible of van Gogh’s pastor-father. The Bible is opened to Isaiah 53. The yellow book in the foreground is a French novel by naturalist Émile Zola. The book is titled La Joie de Vivre, or in English, The Joy of Life (1884). So why did van Gogh put these two books together? Getting into his mind is no easy task, but here are a few possibilities.

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This is indeed a sad story, but who knows but God whether Van Gogh totally recanted his seeming faith. Perhaps alcohol was involved. I often wonder if in such cases, their confession of faith was real in the first place, or done because of family or group/social pressure. One thing's for sure, I pray that I will finish my life stronger and stronger in my faith in Christ rather than lukewarm and disillusioned. Being in God's Word daily certainly helps.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back in Regularville---Light Years From Jackson Hole

SATURDAY: ROBER SPENSER---HOW MUSLIMS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE VERY FABRIC OF AMERICA UPDATE: HAPPY 102ND BIRTHDAY MILTON!
10 THINGS WINEMAKERS WON'T TELL YOU

ALTHOUGH IT POURED RAIN ALL DAY TUESDAY, AS I DROVE ACROSS WYOMING---6-7 HOURS AROUND YELLOWSTONE TO AVOID GOING THROUGH IT --to meeting friends in Clark near the Montana border--I already feel like I've landed in another universe.  Notwithstanding the 500 or so Hells Angels who are  convening in Cody this week,  it seems the tourist-scene is far in my rear view mirror.  I'm now in regular, middle-America again, where I belong. You can get a cheap cup of coffee here.

Although I'm committed to a near total blog-fast for the next 5-7 days,  I got talked into riding to Powell, Wyoming this morning with a friend and here I am in a wifi coffee shop with my little Dell laptop.  This is the sweetest, cleanest, slowest little town where mostly conservative ranchers and townspeople live and work year-round. It's not the center of political correctness, so I feel quite at home here.

Love it!  The sun is out and now all we have to do is wait for the rivers to come down and clear up, so we can do a little fly fishing.  We still have to watch out for grizzlies---though most of them are in the higher elevations to avoid the heat.  But on top of that, we now have to watch out for rattlesnakes---which JH doesn't have.  If it ain't one thing,  it's another, as they like to say in the South.

Also,  one of my men friends in JH just gave me a book on the Scots-Irish on American culture---Born Fighting---and I've dived into it like a swimming pool in 110 degree heat.  Terrific history lesson....so much so,  all I now want to do is read, read, read....and wait for the water to come down!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hollyhocks, Rivers and Friends

EVEN THOUGH I KNOW IT'S TIME TO GO BACK TO THE SOUTH SOON,  I feel a true melancholy to be leaving Jackson. Sure the mountains are spectacular and larger than life, and the landscape is like no other. Wildlife is everywhere and often too much everywhere for my taste. Still as a friend affirmed during breakfast this morning, what makes Jackson Hole so special is the people, the people, the people. I think I will always come back, even if for shorter and shorter times to reconnect with the people, many of whom I have decades of history with and others I've known for a shorter time. Still all have impacted my life in the real world in unique and meaningful ways. So many life lessons I've been privileged to learn in this beautiful, wild theater. I thank God for these myriad blessings.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday, Pastor Mike Atkins On Isaiah 53: 4-6---Do You Understand What You're Reading?



ON MY LAST SUNDAY IN JACKSON THIS SUMMER, I post a recent, wonderful sermon by Pastor Mike Atkins at River Crossing that connects the New Testament to the Old.

Especially love sermons like this that show the continuity, linkage and critical importance of the two testaments to each other.

The power and prescience of Old Testament prophets like Isaiah are truly astounding to me, as I understand more and more what I read with the help of pastors like Mike Atkins.

 ISAIAH 53:4-6  (KJV) in which Isaiah prophesies the Savior who will be born 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ to save the world from its sins. Amazing!

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer Busy, Blogging Light

INSIDE THE CRUMBLING MARRIAGE OF JAY Z AND BEYONCE
FLIGHT MH 17 TRAUMA AND HEARTBREAK IN EAST UKRAINE VILLAGES
CATHOLIC BISHOPS:  OBAMA 'IMPLEMENTS DISCRIMINATION'
MICHELLE WITH DAUGHTERS PHOTOED @ BEYONCE CONCERT IN CHICAGO
PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ALREADY CHECKED OUT?  BEGGING TO BE LET GO?
THE SECRET OF MINECRAFT

THIS IS A SHORTER-THAN-USUAL SUMMER IN JACKSON FOR ME THIS YEAR. As the end of my stay approaches, life and activities seem to be speeding up.  Blogging will be light for the next two weeks, as I meet friends outside Cody for some days of fishing next week.  Internet and connectivity are spotty to non-existent but will try occasionally to post.

As ever,  best wishes and thanks for coming by.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer's Biggest Story:One Federal Appeals Court Deals Near Fatal Blow to Obamacare While Another Rules Otherwise

UPDATE:  DELTA HALTS ALL FLIGHTS INDEFINITELY TO ISRAEL

FEDERAL SUBSIDIES FOR OBAMACARE HAVE BEEN RULED ILLEGAL. 

More soon; however, there's no doubt this ruling is not the final word and will be appealed to SCOTUS by the White House and DOJ. What the Supremes do with it remains to be seen. Still,  it appears this once mighty piece of socialist legislation is in tatters more than ever. And that millions of people will be free of this onerous law.

UPDATE:  Oops, Not so fast! SCOTUS will decide the matter once and for all.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday--Beauty For Ashes

 

THIS IS ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE SERMONS OF PASTOR MIKE ATKINS at River Crossing here in Jackson, Wyoming.

 I pray that you will be encouraged and strengthened by it, as I am, as I listen several times.

 ISAIAH 61


MEANWHILE,  I'M HEARTENED TO SEE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S POSITION ON ISRAEL IN GAZA. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hamas Attempting 'Suicide Donkeys' Against Israeli Forces In Gaza---It Won't Work

ZH: WHERE THE HAPPIEST AMERICANS ARE AND AREN'T

I'M TOTALLY WITH ROGER SIMON,   ISRAEL NEEDS TO FINISH THE JOB IT'S STARTED IN GAZA NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES. 

That job aims to destroy the myriad tunnel system and underground shelters Hamas has built under the border and into Israel to attack and destroy the Jewish state. As usual, there are protests all over Europe about the bad guy Israelis verses the good guy terrorist Hamas.  Oh Pleeaassee! Israel needs to carry on in spite of this craziness.

 Meanwhile, Zero Hedge reports  this morning about Gaza terrorists using suicide donkeys against Israeli fighters. Evidently it's nothing new in that part of the world, but it's news to me.   Interesting to see how they 'arm' the donkeys,  then send these poor beasts into the war zone only to be shot at then blown to smithereens.    I mean, shouldn't the SPCA be protesting this?

Friday, July 18, 2014

What's More Painful--- Divorce or Tattoo Afterwards?

PRUDEN: PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LEGACY OF IMMIGRANT INVASION

HERE'S A GREAT PIECE ON TATTO REGRET AND THE 440% SURGE IN TATTOO REMOVAL in the last 10 years.  Getting them taken off is very painful and far from a perfect process.

What are the main reasons for wanting to reverse body art?   Romantic and relationship breakups/divorces and the urgent need to get in, or back into, the job market to support oneself.  Growing up is the short answer.  Yes, I know hundreds of professional players have them, but are the mojority of them really adults?

As the business of tattoo removal surges, Marketwatch has the full story and statistics.

Have to admit I have a bias against people/20-somethings with tattoos. I think tattoos are vulgar.  To me it screams immaturity, rebellion/anger and not taking care of one's body. It seems to go with smoking, heavy drinking/drugs taking and sexual indiscretion .  Surely that's not true across the board, but it certainly seems true in my  little world.

 Now then, a temporary tattoo that washes off with, say, a drawing of William Shakespeare or a little butterfly or rose ....well, that's a different, more fun story! Do it, then wash it off.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Devastating: Eastern Ukraine After Surface-to-Air Missile On Malaysian Air---Killing 295 Unsuspecting Souls By Thugs

WHY REBELS WHO SHOT DOWN THE MH 17 HAVE LOST
 JULY 18-19 NATIONAL AMNESTY PROTEST LOCATIONS CITY BY CITY

ON THE CHARRED GROUND IN REBEL TERRORIST-THUG UKRAINE TERRITORY WHERE DEBRIS AND BODY PARTS FROM THE HORRIFIC CRASH ARE SCATTERED OVER  TEN MILES . SOURCE


It's high time United States leadership grow some serious backbone and help the Ukrainian people against the terrorist separatists and pro-Putin Russians who are at serious war with Ukraine. President Obama's lightweight amateurish foreign policy---when he has time in between non-stop Democratic fundraisers---is an absolute disgrace.  Ukraine, an ally of the U S, has repeatedly asked for help from us---and has yet to get it in any meaningful way.  Hopefully this sophisticated and well-coordinated  terrorist attack will change that and the United States and its allies will help this country in a meaningful way.

May God be with the the families and loved ones of the victims of this horrific act.

MEANWHILE:   ISRAEL INVADES GAZA AND NOW IT NEEDS TO FINISH THE JOB THIS TIME

In More Important News: Archbishop of Canterbury Quits Travellers Club For Lack of Admitting Ladies To Full Membership


AFTER ANGLICANS VOTE TO ALLOW WOMEN BISHOPS IN THEIR CHURCH, THE ARCHBISHOP WON'T STAND FOR LADIES BEING BANNED FULL MEMBERSHIP in his favorite stodgy men's club in London---throwing a hissy fit and promising to quit.

Personally I think men need a last bastion---a place of their own with a few rooms where women are not allowed--like an old bar and smoking room. Good for the gentlemen for holding the line for now. It probably won't last however.   I myself much prefer to be taken to the Metropolitan Club for lunch and a glass of  dry sherry by a gentleman any day than ever contemplating being a member there.

Think Augusta and the Metropolitan Club in D.C. may allow one or two women in as full members but you can bet your bippy, it's very tightly controlled as to who gets in---like Condolezza Rice and Sandra Day O'Connor.  No matter what the policy changes, Kim Kardashian need never apply.