Thursday, October 23, 2014

Anything Better For Getting East Coast Beltway Fumes and Ebola Panic Out of Your System Than A Great Hike?

PLEASE JOIN ME IN PRAYING FOR DR. CRAIG SPENCER

THE ANSWER IS NO! A THOUSAND TIMES NO!

 
HAVE BEEN BREATHING CARBON MONOXIDE FUMES FROM THE EAST COAST FOR OVER A WEEK. Loved every minute. But today it was time to leave.

There's absolutely no where I love to hike when on the road than where the Appalachian Trail (AT) crosses I-81 near Fincastle, VA north of Roanoke.  It doesn't get any better. A 5 mile hike with more than 1,000' elevation gain cleans and clears body, mind and spirit, if you can  strategically plan getting to the trailhead early enough.
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Today was cool, crisp, sunny and breezy and I was  ready for the  fall climb. What more can one ask for?  Except time to give thanks to the great Creator for His amazing spectacle.

 
Here's a map for anyone who wants to see exactly where this fabulous trail is off the Interstate.  Very quickly you get away from the maddening crowds and into the natural world.
 And Friday, another great hike with a group I love to hike with from Tri-Cities, Tennessee:
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monica Lewinsky At the Forbes Under 30 Summit And Hillary's Despicable Personal War On Women

UPDATE @ WSJ: IS MONICA'S REAPPEARANCE BAD NEWS FOR HILLARY/ GOOD NEWS FOR US?

 PAULA BOLYARD WRITES MORE ABOUT MONICA'S COMING OUT AT PJMEDIA.

Well worth a read, especially in calling out Hillary Clinton on her public disconnect of  'championing the rights of women' by allowing her serial philandering husband---which she knew of long before she married him---an almost free pass in the Lewinsky scandal: 

All of this left Hillary Clinton — the supposedly great defender and protector of all women everywhere forever and ever Amen– in a terribly awkward position. She knew her husband was a serial philanderer. Six months earlier Kathleen Willey had accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault and there was also the 12-year affair with Gennifer Flowers and another with Paula Jones and probably others. But Mrs. Clinton had a presidency to save and her own political future to think about so there wasn’t a lot of time to think about a 22-year-old young woman who had been taken advantage of by the most powerful man in the universe. Feminism and all the implications of what it really means to defend the rights of women and that whole glass ceiling business would have to wait. In public Hillary played the victim.... 

She appealed to viewers of the Today Show on her husband’s behalf, blaming the “vast right wing conspiracy” for all the scandals plaguing his presidency. 

Behind the scenes, Hillary was the mean girl....
There are several other instances in the Blair Papers of Hillary Clinton ridiculing and demeaning women who had been sexually harassed. She even at one point dismisses grassroots groups who were seeking to expand women’s rights because “those grassroots groups didn’t count for much; it was the DC groups who would be doing damage.” And, of course, there was the 27-year-old Hillary Clinton who secured a plea deal for a man who raped a 12-year-old girl. The Washington Times released a tape earlier this year of Hillary cackling as she was interviewed about the case. Hillary suggests in the interview that she knows the man was guilty. Nevertheless, part of her strategy for winning the case involved smearing the (female) victim — calling her a liar.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Absolute Talk of the Town In Washington/New York Now---Opening of 'The Death of Klinghoffer' At the Metropolitan Opera

WAPO REVIEW---DOES NOT RAVE

 REVIEW-- HARDLY SEEMS WORTH THE FUSS: OPERA IGNITES PASSION OUTSIDE THEATER BUT NONE ONSTAGE 

EXTREMELY CONTROVERSIAL DOCU-OPERA  AT LINCOLN CENTER WE CAN SELF-CENSOR

ALWAYS INTERESTING TO BE ON THE EAST COAST WITH THE LOCALS TO SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE REALLY TALKING ABOUT OVER DINNER, DRINKS AND AT PARTIES.

This trip is no exception.  It sure didn't take me long to observe what's at the top of everyones' conversation list this fall: The new (really old as it was written in 1991) opera---The Death of Klinghoffer---just opening at the Metropolitan Opera in Manhattan Monday night for a month run.

Four New Yorkers give their diverse opinions

Of course I had no opinion on the subject as I---a cultural un-elite from the land of The Grand Ole Opry---wasn't even aware  such an opera existed, let along the monumental firestorm it's been stirring  up on the east coast.  I had never heard this controversial opera, of all things.  One where people of all persuasions are hot under the collar calling it  among many other things antisemitic,  historically incorrect and a gross over-simplification of the horrible terrorist attack on a cruise ship  the Acilli Lauro,  in the Mediterranean by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1985.  Leon Klinghoffer was a  Jewish passenger on  the ship who was shot in the back of the head before being pushed overboard in his wheelchair by the terrorist thugs.

Since I have not seen the opera and being much more pro-Israel than pro-Palestine and certainly anti, anti terrorist (and legitimizing these radical Islamic thugs),  I can only read the news and reviews  and comment briefly:   As a strong First Amendment proponent,  I probably will never see this opera---but would in fact try to set the record straight on any historical inaccuracies that exist---which former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is doing in fine protester form.  However,  I do believe it has the right to be produced in New York and anywhere else that's willing to take on the controversy.

Some say the opera gives the voices of terrorists a sympathetic ear, and that may be so.  Certainly the fact that  its author John Adams lives in Berkeley makes me suspicious.  Still, for those who want to discover, engage and refute the operas main points and issues, it might be a festival of critical thinking into recent history.  That's undoubtedly why so many  cultural elites are talking about it.

Remember, the First Amendment guarantees we all will offended early and often, and often besieged with fantasy masking as truth and half-truth and narratives that are used to bludgeon the opposing side and  insert politic correctness to rewrite history. Our Constitution doesn't protect us from poor taste, false narratives and a lack of judgment.

Would I support this opera with my money or my time?  Absolutely not.  Would I defend the Met's decision to produce it however objectionable?  Yes, I would.  Would I support any donor especially Jewish ones for no longer making the Met the object of his or her philanthropic largess?  Absolutely I would.

Let the chips fall at the Met where they may, after The Death of Klinghoffer.   This opera is a quickly passing fad and will fade away soon.

Take a look at the clip:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday, Resisting Gossip Video Series

PASTOR MATT MITCHELL GIVES US LESSONS WE ALL NEED TO HEAR. Thanks to Tim Challies for posting this. In all there are a total 10 videos in the series. Haven't watched all these videos but will---gratefully---this week.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

America's Best---Which of These Fine Soldiers Lost Three of Four Limbs In Afghanistan and Carries On With the Best

MIRACLE TO BEHOLD

THESE FINE YOUNG SOLDIERS, GENTLEMEN AND SCHOLARS ---WESTPOINT GRADUATES--- LIVE AND WORK TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE AND SOUND. 

 How lovely to talk to them all tonight at this gathering.  One had three limbs blown off in Afghanistan.   Yet today, meeting him, you might never know he has any disability whatsoever. He refuses to be a victim.

In the end,  both men----Larkin and David along with Larkin's  beautiful wife Rachael--- have a love and dedication to our country far greater than most of us could ever image or fully appreciate.  These young people  are the best of the best that America has to offer.  It was such a pleasure seeing them all tonight.  May God bless them and America greatly.

While In Washington With Eastern Elites, I Strive To Keep My Feet On the Ground In Small-Town Girl Fashion

 
MY FAVORITE NEW WINE TO SHARE IN THE DISTRICT.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Meanwhile, Back In Our West Nashville Backyard @ Midnight....What In the World Is This? A Bird? Plane? New NASA Space Launch?

SATURDAY: WESLEY PRUDEN ON THE OTHER DEADLY VIRUS

OOOOH....OF COURSE..... IT'S A GARDEN!  

Silly me. You sure could've fooled me.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

We Love You Darling Nina, and Are Praying For Your Complete Recovery



BEING CONFRONTED WITH A KILLING VIRUS AND DESPERATE ISOLATION ON TOP OF IT CAN'T BE EASY FOR ANYONE. Add to that,  this young nurse saw the frightening ravages of Ebola up close as she cared for Mr. Duncan  before he died.


 Let's pray for Nina as she's transferred to the NIH in Maryland, near where I've just arrived, as well as for all people worldwide struck with this horrific, life-threatening and alienating disease.

I do believe Nina will be okay with her good care and recent blood transfusion.  Her tears are healing and release many toxins and stresses.  

Meanwhile,  there are many, many others who need our constant prayers who may not fare so well.  Please join me in lifting them and their loved ones all up to our merciful God..

But by the Grace of God go any of us.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Look Out Below---Stock Market Goes Bonkers!



MARKETS HAVE TAKEN OUT AUGUST LOWS, and now heading lower as the VIX---volatility index---has spiked.  Today's market is probably not going to be the humongous crash of 2014---that comes in a later year---but certainly a substantial correction.  Time to tighten up those stops and sit tight.  As we say in the fly fishing world,  tight lines!

Best wishes if you're long,  have a great day if you're short!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sunday---Dr. David Pence: Sacral Order, How Sex Roles Protect Life

LON SOLOMON: GOD'S 2ND GREATEST PROMISE RELATED: UNTOLD STORY OF HOW THE TRAPPED CHILEAN MINERS SURVIVED THEIR 69 DAY ORDEAL

THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY PIECE,  WELL WORTH READING AND CONTEMPLATING.  It is also the inverse of today's silly political and spiritual correctness.  Amen and Amen:

By Dr. David Pence

When 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez ran across the White House lawn on September 19, 2014, he entered the front door and overpowered the female guard on duty. He, then, was able to penetrate deep into the mansion before a man tackled him and stopped the intrusion. We don’t know all the details, but the fact that the vanquished guard was female was soon removed from the stories of major newspapers. Anonymous White House spokespersons said her gender was irrelevant. The first-ever female head of Secret Service who resigned last week got her promotion the old-fashioned way -- when a sex scandal removed a host of men from the service and she was selected to give the agency “credibility.” Was her failure to protect, and the female watchman’s lapse, a quirk of fate or the fitting fruit of our age?

The same God who endowed humans with the gift of life has also hard-wired our social nature to protect life in the face of danger and evil. The God of Nature and History knew there were both evil spirits and natural dangers. So, in fashioning humans, He imprinted us with the ability to form bonds of love and protection. He made motherhood and he made male protective groups. Males form protective groups to act in a contested world of foes. Our national love of pro football is an emotional testimony to this historical reality -- even during the silly weeks of the season when the warriors are forced to wear pink.

The great generational error of American public life has been the banishing of God as the primal social glue of the nation, and the deliberate inversion of the sexual protective order. Like many American errors, this started with an excess of good intentions and ended with a tyranny of thought-control enforced with a maze of regulations. We thought by banishing God we were respecting the religious liberty of the atheist; and by banishing sexual differences we were completing the civil rights movement, this time for the “sexually oppressed.”

But the American order which set men free for the highest of loves has been perverted. The God we are meant to serve has been banished from places of public honor. His name is everywhere taken in vain. Public thanks to God -- the most natural and human of all activities -- has been outlawed as coercion of atheist bystanders.  The liberty of publics to acknowledge the Living Presence of God -- a shared practice that distinguishes us from chimps -- has been sacrificed to an autonomous individual who will not honor God when others do.

When men lose their sense of the sacred Other, we soon lose our general ability to make fundamental distinctions -- most notably the sacred differences between men and women. A man who has lost his awe of God will be baffled by covering the female as a religious sign of purity and the interior life. To paraphrase Saint Paul to the Romans: when men substitute their wisdom for God’s, then men will become so disoriented as to lie with men as though they were women. Our sexual confusion was preceded by our loss of the Sacred. It further turns out that sexual confusion is very dangerous. Or as my daddy used to say, “When men lose their headship to the tribe’s women, they will eventually lose their heads to another tribe’s men. “

Different tasks require different kinds of communal association. Breast-feeding calls for a mother and child; procreation, a husband and wife; and social protection is best done by a male group, often a very large group. Men excel at forming large groups because brotherhood is fed by task completion, not by intimacy. To safeguard a culture of life, we must rebuild a culture of protection. We do that by honoring motherhood, and reconstructing the multicolored masculine brotherhood of American men. Consider these three arenas where the masculine bond is the missing answer to social breakdown.

Read the rest of the piece.

Friday, October 10, 2014

My New SUP Buddy: The Most Interesting Cat in the World

HELEN SMITH: FEMINIST HYSTERIA--INFANTALIZING OR EMPOWERING?  A RHETORICAL QUESTION

BLACKIE IS A MAN OF FEW WORDS BUT EXTREMELY DISCERNING TASTE

BLACKIE LOVES THE EASE OF JUMPING IN AND CLIMBING ON. Now, if only it would stop raining, so I could drive us in my old Ford Explorer backup car to the put-in. Maybe tomorrow we'll get a break, big black cat.

Sam Smith At the Ryman

Brilliant College Republican Rick Snyder Ad----Ruffling Lots of Feathers on the Left As They Say 'Yes To the Dress!'


CONSERVATIVE WOMEN ARE EFFECTIVELY REACHING THEIR FEMALE PEERS. The usual suspects are calling it 'sexist.' Not just that,  TIME calls it 'the most sexist ad of the year!'

What fun!

Source and more on the ad campaign.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Abe's Garden Crosses the Line In Every Way Going From Trespass To Trespass

JOSH BROWN: ASKING WHY THE STOCK MARKET PLUMMETED THURSDAY IS THE WRONG QUESTION THIS WON'T DO.

 I'm not going to post what happened today because if I do, someone might be gone. I and we have only wished the construction crew at Abe's the best...After all, they have a job to do and have nothing to do with our boundary dispute. We a have never tried to stop your constuction.

But They crossed the line with me today and were very abusive using foul-mouthed language on our Royal Oaks property. Time to get a grip. This thing needs to work itself out in the courts and Abe's and Mike Shmerling should not EVER be put you fellows in the middle of this. Don't take the bait. This is not your hill to die on, guys. Let Abe's Garden fight their fight, and win or lose fair and square rather than put any of you in the middle.

Below, Abe's construction men trespassing on our land speaking in unacceptable language. Having their way with us weekly and acting as if, well, they arrogantly owned the place---our place!

Greece Lost Its Marbles, But Don't Worry! George and Amal---the New Global Monuments IT! Couple-- Aim to Get Em Liberated From the BritMus


IT'S  A GREAT INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE STORY THAT WILL MOMENTARILY DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION FROM ENDLESS EBOLA, BEHEADING AND FERGUSON STORIES.
 
It's all about the Elgin  Marbles caper. And if you don't know what the Elgin Marbles are, then take a little time to click the link and find out.

So you can read about this cultural adventure here.   And when you're finished,  you can decided whether this is a liberation, as from the British Museum in London back to Greece, or just another case of legal immigration with no merits.

Monday, October 6, 2014

WSJ: Fascinating Ebola Success Story At Liberia's Firestone Rubber Farm Clinic



CLINIC ISOLATED SICK PATIENTS IN SHIPPING CONTAINERS AND BUBBLE WRAP

THIS IS A HOPEFUL STORY FROM THE WSJ about how the Bridgestone/Firestone management team met around a table, strategized, then took action.

So far, so good using money, manpower and organization at hand:

BY DREW HINSHAW

FIRESTONE, Liberia—As Ebola exploded here this year, a rubber farm embarked on a crash course on how to tame an epidemic that has killed thousands of people and derailed governments across West Africa.

One morning in March, when the first case arrived at the Liberian unit of Japan’s Bridgestone farm, managers sat around a rubber-tree table and googled “Ebola,” said Ed Garcia, president of Firestone Natural Rubber Company LLC. Then they built two Ebola isolation clinics, using shipping containers and plastic wrap.

They trained their janitors how to bury Ebola corpses. Their agricultural surveyors mapped the virus as it spread house to house, and teachers at the company’s schools went door-to-door to explain the disease. “It was like flying an airplane and reading the manual at the same time,” said Philippines-born Mr. Garcia, who runs this 185-square-mile stretch of rubber trees.

Six months later, Firestone has turned the tide of infections, offering a sanctuary of health in a country where cases are doubling every three weeks. Ebola’s broader threat was illustrated on Monday, when a Spanish medical worker tested positive for Ebola after treating an Africa-based missionary who had been infected with the virus and flown to Madrid, officials said. It was the first suspected transmission outside West Africa.

The virus could flare again at Firestone. But as of last week, not a single known infection was left among the company’s 8,500 employees and their 71,500 dependents.

The company’s Ebola clinic, which boasts amenities such as ceiling fans, was empty last Wednesday. The head doctor, expressed relief that his staff didn’t risk being infected by a mistaken needle prick.

 An hour’s drive from here, in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, clinics are packed, and scores are dying daily. The difference isn’t that Firestone applied any breakthrough tactics in fighting a virus first identified four decades ago, health experts and company officials said. It is that the rubber company had the money, manpower, and organization to tackle an epidemic that several sovereign West African governments found bewildering. More than 3,400 people have died in West Africa according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization.

Many times that number have died at home, infecting their families without entering a clinic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Every hour, five people in Sierra Leone are infected, said British charity Save The Children last week. While the viral infection has exposed how weak health care in West Africa is, it has also revealed a widening gulf between the facilities of these governments and the resource companies on which they depend.

A 14-year-long war left both this nation and the Firestone rubber farm in ruins. A decade later, it is Firestone that has rebuilt. The contagion has escalated beyond what West African governments can manage. Troops and medics from the U.S. and U.K.—even tiny Cuba—have arrived to help build and staff clinics. The Ebola epidemic is edging toward the borders of Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Ivory Coast, said health experts, another trio of countries recovering from civil wars. Ebola is now in every county of Liberia. It is also just across the river from the Firestone farm, as the company’s president illustrated by dragging a laser pointer along a map. “There are villages here that are getting wiped out,” Mr. Garcia said.

 As Spain reports the first case of ebola contracted outside of West Africa, how can the disease be stopped from spreading?

Nearly a century ago, at the dawn of the automobile age, Liberia staked its future on rubber. The men who governed this land, descendants of freed American slaves, took out huge debts to Firestone. Here in Africa, they hoped to erect a modern, industrial republic, modeled off America. Instead, Liberia fell into insolvency, then, in 1989, a civil war. It ended 14 years later with 250,000 lives lost. A third of the population fled, according to the United Nations, and those who returned found a country plundered.

 Many bombed-out government buildings were left roofless. Firestone’s company hospital sat roofless, too, when its managers returned to the property at war’s end. Even the elevators had been looted from their shafts. Trees had been so poorly cared for that the farm, the world’s biggest contiguous rubber plantation, may not return to its 1989 output until 2032, said Mr. Garcia.

And yet the Firestone plantation a decade later is, in some ways, a microcosm of the America in Africa Liberia’s founders had envisioned. In a country where children walk to school over muddy paths, high-school students here board big yellow school buses, winding over country roads. Electricity flows from a private dam. Water towers, telephone poles, speed-limit signs and brick homes—all exceedingly rare in tropical Africa—stare out over mowed hillsides that resemble the landscape outside Nashville, Tenn., where Firestone’s head office is based

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday: Utter Trust In God's Promises--Walking By Faith, Not Sight

ED MORRISSEY SUNDAY REFLECTION ON MATTHEW 21: 33-43
FORMER ARMY RANGER PETER KASSIG AND HIS FAMILY NEED OUR PRAYERS
 
PASTOR LON SOLOMON CONTINUES HIS SERMONS ON ABRAHAM'S MIGHTY IN GENESIS.

The ultimate promise when all else fails: Paul writes in Romans 8:28---And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

No matter what the odds,  God keeps his promises.  We all have problems and the key is to focus on God's promises,  not our circumstances.  Clearly, for  me and most believers I know,  this is often easier said than done.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

First Sight For Two Young Girls---Sonia and Anita

TRULY TOUCHING, BEAUTIFUL SHORT DOCUMENTARY OF HEART AND HEALING IN SPITE OF EXTREME POVERTY. Have you ever heard of 20/20/20?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Michael Ramirez Pulizer-Winning Cartoonist at IBD Talks To Michael Loftus On the State of MediaNon- Coverage Under Obama

THIS INTERVIEW IS WELL WORTH WATCHING WITH RAMIREZ STARTING AT MINUTE 11.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Most Charming Funeral Ever---When I Go--- I Want The Dowager's Darling Ivy-Twined Wicker Casket!

IT WASN'T JUST THE ROYALTY OR 600 ADORING SERVANTS/STAFF LINING THE VILLAGE STREETS or the precious casket or beautiful fresh flowers---surely there were some Welch corgis running helter around--- that made this funeral so charming. It was the entire scene and happening, completing a long life in the countryside of England of the Dowager Duchess, of Devonshire, 93, and last of the Mitford sisters.
She extolled the virtues of country living, and what can I say, but I totally agree with her
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Such a lovely way to be laid to rest. MEANWHILE OUR DISPUTED LAND IN THE CITY AND THE ONGOING TRESPASS BY ABE'S GARDEN BELOW:If you don't like the boundary dispute, then just destroy all the  trees,  excavate and destroy the ground away!  Then say they couldn't do anything about it.  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Why There's Little Cause For Alarm Over Ebola In the U S In Spite of Pandemic Fear-mongering

THURSDAY UPDATE
GOOD NEWS:  NIGERIA IS BEATING BACK SPREAD OF EBOLA


WITH ONE REPORTED EBOLA CASE---WHAT WE KNOW OF THIS VISITING FOREIGNER--NOW HERE IN DALLAS, NO DOUBT THE MSM AS WELL AS THE CONSERVATIVE MEDIA IS REVVING UP TO PROMOTE EBOLA TERROR in a way that's worse than the terrible disease itself. It sells newspapers and gets gargantuan online hits as a new adrenaline high settles over our land. Ebola is not, NOT, the  airborne transmitted 1918 flu that killed millions.  Caution,  massive pandemic fear-mongering ahead.

Ebola----horrific as it is in parts of west Africa---doesn't spread by casual contact like the flu; rather it spreads through direct contact with more intimate body fluids in one-on-one encounters up close and personal, as well as in close health care settings where patients expose others by giving off every kind of body fluid imaginable. These desperately sick people need our immediate aid, support and prayers.

Business Insider has a good piece up on Why We Shouldn't Panic. I pray we can keep calm and carry on though the media and our president is going to play this for all it's worth . The contagion of fear and panic could spread with devastating effects.

If you do want to take extra precautions then

1) don't travel internationally unless you absolutely have to, especially to countries in West Africa;

 2) wash your hands with soap and hot water often after going out and about; shower and wash your hair more often if need be

3) take powerful probiotics daily to boost your immune system since 90% of immunity is in our large intestines...

Meanwhile,  carry on and let us earnestly pray for the true victims and their families and caregivers who are truly in harm's way of this terrible outbreak---isolated, terribly sick and alone.

Keith Koffler Dishes on White House Fence Jumper Escapade Compliments of the New Touchy-Feely Feminized (Probably Disarmed) Secret Service



KEITH KOFFLER @WHITE HOUSE DOSSIER  HAS the full inside scoop --- everything you need to know and more---about the recent White House Fence Jumper Escapade.  Evidently, this interloper made it through the main entrance and all the way down to the Green Room, fortunately, not when a men's yoga class led by the First Lady was underway.  I can't help but think, this is just poetic justice for what's going on at our southern border...only thing we don't know is if this stunt was carried out by an illegal...what a gas that would be! His name, afterall is Gonzales....


Monday, September 29, 2014

Camille Paglia Nails Naive Sexual Myths of the Rape Culture nd Lack of Comprehension of Real Evil In the World on College Campuses Today

UPDATE: STUART DOES PAGLIA JUSTICE @ HAD ENOUGH THERAPY A DEADLY, DELUSIONAL MIX MEETS  PAGLIA'S HARSH TRUTHS---OR HOW COLLEGES ARE MAJORING IN THE MINORS

WRITING IN TIME THIS WEEK AND LINKED ON DRUDGE,  CAMILLE PAGLIA FOCUSES HER COLUMN ON THE BEDROCK REALITY OF REAL EVIL IN THE WORLD and the naive silliness of modern college campuses to address the true problems in women's sexuality.

Her brilliant piece should  be required reading on every college campus in the country, as well as in every American family that's raising girls who have no true grasp of the reality of evil or the power of sexual attraction in a fallen, often depraved world.  Failure to teach ourselves and children about the dark forces in the world is a tragic mistake and commentary on modern society, over-protecting parenting. It's another reason why we would do well to take our children to Sunday school and church and teach them the Truth about evil.  Anything else is a naive mistake, often with tragic consequences.
The disappearance of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham two weeks ago is the latest in a long series of girls-gone-missing cases that often end tragically. A 32-year-old, 270-pound former football player who fled to Texas has been returned to Virginia and charged with “abduction with intent to defile.” At this date, Hannah’s fate and whereabouts remain unknown. 

Wildly overblown claims about an epidemic of sexual assaults on American campuses are obscuring the true danger to young women, too often distracted by cellphones or iPods in public places: the ancient sex crime of abduction and murder. Despite hysterical propaganda about our “rape culture,” the majority of campus incidents being carelessly described as sexual assault are not felonious rape (involving force or drugs) but oafish hookup melodramas, arising from mixed signals and imprudence on both sides. 

Too many young middleclass women, raised far from the urban streets, seem to expect adult life to be an extension of their comfortable, overprotected homes. But the world remains a wilderness. The price of women’s modern freedoms is personal responsibility for vigilance and self-defense..Colleges should stick to academics and stop their infantilizing supervision of students’ dating lives, an authoritarian intrusion that borders on violation of civil liberties. Real crimes should be reported to thepolice, not to haphazard and ill-trained campus grievance committees. 
Current educational codes, tracking liberal-Left, are perpetuating illusions about sex and gender. The basic Leftist premise, descending from Marxism, is that all problems in human life stem from an unjust society and that corrections and fine-tunings of that social mechanism will eventually bring utopia. Progressives have unquestioned faith in the perfectibility of mankind.
The horrors and atrocities of history have been edited out of primary and secondary education except where they can be blamed on racism, sexism, and imperialism — toxins embedded in oppressive outside structures that must be smashed and remade. But the real problem resides in human nature, which religion as well as great art sees as eternally torn by a war between the forces of darkness and light. 
Liberalism lacks a profound sense of evil — but so does conservatism these days, when evil is facilely projected onto a foreign host of rising political forces united only in their rejection of Western values. Nothing is more simplistic than the now rote use by politicians and pundits of the cartoonish label “bad guys” for jihadists, as if American foreign policy is a slapdash script for a cowboy movie.The gender ideology dominating academe denies that sex differences are rooted in biology and sees them instead as malleable fictions that can be revised at will. The assumption is that complaints and protests, enforced by sympathetic campus bureaucrats and government regulators, can and will fundamentally alter all men. 
But extreme sex crimes like rape-murder emanate from a primitive level that even practical psychology no longer has a language for. Psychopathology, as in Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s grisly Psychopathia Sexualis (1886), was a central field in early psychoanalysis. But today’s therapy has morphed into happy talk, attitude adjustments, and pharmaceutical shortcuts.
There is a ritualistic symbolism at work in sex crime that most women do not grasp and therefore cannot arm themselves against. It is well-established that the visual faculties play a bigger role in male sexuality, which accounts for the greater male interest in pornography. The sexual stalker, who is often an alienated loser consumed with his own failures, is motivated by an atavistic hunting reflex. He is called a predator precisely because he turns his victims into prey. 
Sex crime springs from fantasy, hallucination, delusion, and obsession. A random young woman becomes the scapegoat for a regressive rage against female sexual power: “You made me do this.” Academic clich├ęs about the “commodification” of women under capitalism make little sense here: It is women’s superior biological status as magical life-creator that is profaned and annihilated by the barbarism of sex crime.
Misled by the naive optimism and “You go, girl!” boosterism of their upbringing, young women do not see the animal eyes glowing at them in the dark. They assume that bared flesh and sexy clothes are just a fashion statement containing no messages that might be misread and twisted by a psychotic. They do not understand the fragility of civilization and the constant nearness of savage nature.

Paglia is the author of Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday

ED MORRISSEY'S MARVELLOUS REFLECTION ON MATTHEW 21:28-32
SOLOMON--ON COMPLETE SURRENDER---ABRAHAM'S SACRIFICE OF ISAAC

(ABOVE,  LITTLE GUYS LEARNING HOW TO FISH FROM THEIR GRANDDAD)

READINGS FROM ISAIAH 55---INVITATION TO THE THIRSTY


 1 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you...

6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts...

 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”...



From Ephesians 6--The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
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18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

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This past week completely got away from me.  Living in the country, having too much to do, experiencing beautiful, cooler fall weather, and yes, enjoying my new SUP have all converged to keep me away from the computer......hopefully, I'll do better soon. Thanks for coming by!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pastor Mike Atkins: Gospel in Three Verses

PASTOR LON SOLOMON PREACHES ON THE GENESIS OF ISLAM
10 THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE JESUITS :

Insights From Quietwalk Daily Devotionals

THERE ARE TWO BIBLE STUDIES I DO DAILY, 7 DAYS A WEEK.  Below are examples of insights from one of them---Quietwalk (QW).  If you want to subscribe to this free daily email service,  go here.   I cannot imagine starting my day without it.  Below are two insights from Paul's letters to the Romans.

INSIGHT

HOW GOD EVALUATES OUR LIVES:

There are several commonly held misconceptions about how God evaluates the deeds of men. One idea is that as long as we don't do anything "terrible," God will overlook our "little" sins. Another is that God weighs all our good works on one side of a scale and all our bad works on the other. If the good outweighs the bad, we're okay. A third incorrect notion is that God lines up all the people who have ever lived from the best to the worst and then divides them in half. If you make the cut, you're okay. The truth the Bible teaches is that God demands sinlessness. And since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, all people are condemned. There is only one way out: Receive Jesus as your personal Savior. Through Him, all your sins can be forgiven.

INSIGHT

THE DAILY STRUGGLE OF SURRENDERING OUR WILLS TO GOD

Our lives are a constant struggle between our own wills and the will of God. The circumstances of God's will are often strange and enigmatic; they do not always make sense. However, His will is being worked out even in ways we cannot see or understand. When we relinquish control of our lives and yield to God's will, then peace, love, and joy will characterize our lives. Paul must have wondered from time to time how shipwreck and imprisonment were working into God's will; yet with historical perspective, we can see that good came of these events. In the words of the old hymn, we must: "Trust and obey, for there´s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."


Friday, September 19, 2014

New ISLE SUP

SPENCER KLAVEN @ PJM: 'HATE SPEECH,' THE LEFT'S DEFAULT DESCRIPTION OF DISSENTING OPINIONS
Liberal arts institutions — and the nations that establish them — are meant to be bastions of open discourse. They have no responsibility to protect their students from viewpoints that make them “uncomfortable.” But all over the supposedly tolerant West, radical leftists have used their distaste for Ali’s viewpoints to justify silencing her under the flexible and slanderous accusation of “hate speech.” They succeeded in the Netherlands. They succeeded at Brandeis. I’m proud to say they didn’t succeed at Yale — not this time, anyway. Ali did speak on Monday, to a packed house and a standing ovation. Free expression — the bedrock of academic inquiry — won the day. To that, I say, Boola Boola: this kind of victory is becoming all too rare.


CONCENTRATING, CONCENTRATING....a tad far forward but soooo much fun!  If you've ever done any paddling---canoe or kayak--- it's not  hard to get the knack, though your center of gravity is higher so you have to get the feel of that.  Otherwise,  it's great upper body exercise.

The guys at ISLE in California are the best and after sending me an inflatable which I did not like and knew I never would (too hard to inflate fully enough to stand on with any degree of stability),  they traded me for this little hard board which I'm simply crazy about.  Will get another  SUP next spring and try to drag friends and family to give it a try, after I've become a bit stronger on the board and can begin to help others.  LOOOOOVE THIS!  And the board is so much easier/lighter to carry and load in or on a car or truck than a kayak, making it much more accessible to use. Thanks to my bestest friend for supporting me in this and taking some photos.....wish he'd get out there with me. It will be fun to SUP on some small lakes this fall and watch the beautiful fall foliage unfold.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scottish Cupcakes and Crags---Wait Almost Over!

THE SCOTSMAN--- KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST NEWS DIRECT FROM SCOTLAND
CUPCAKES SAY IT'S TOO CLOSE TO CALL. THE CRAGS HOWEVER ABOVE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT HAVE THE AYES...FINAL MESSAGE FROM THE AYES! 

Thursday---All Eyes On Scotland

VOTING UNDERWAY @ WSJ
TO STAY OR TO GO, THAT IS THE QUESTION.

Most pundits think the Scottish people will narrowly vote to stay.  I wouldn't be surprised either way.  Of course if it leaves there will be shockwaves for the British pound and unintended consequences on many fronts.  But like any divorce, going through it could make Scotland better, stronger, more sovereign as a country.

Thought I would post below a few of my favorite photos from our beautiful wedding in Scotland a few years ago. Will update any interesting articles during the day.


These are taken outside Dunkeld, near Perth in early April.

 
 Scotland at a crossroads....personally,  I hope the ayes have it!

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.