Tuesday, September 27, 2016

My Current Prediction Of Who Will Next Land At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue


I SIMPLY DON'T THINK THE DONALD IS GOING TO WIN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION this year and make it to the White House.  I will vote for him and hope against hope that I'm wrong. Still I think he will fall short of a win, losing the election to Hillary Clinton by a small margin.  The thought of that leaves me in a bit of a funk today.  But truth to tell, I've never really been convinced that Trump was/is all in for being POTUS in the first place.  I'm still not.  Some of his actions simply don't line up for me.   I don't think he's got the temperament,  patience or skill-set to be working in government,  not even the highest job in government.

I think within 6 months (if not sooner) of losing the election,  Trump will jumping-for-joy that he didn't win as he goes and comes as a businessman, international wheeler-dealer and  burgeoning media mogul with the likes of Roger Ailes  from his new D.C. headquarters at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue several blocks down from the White House---the magnificent new Trump International Hotel also known as the Old Post Office which his company has lavishly renovated and turned into a world-class hotel destination.

In addition, I think Trump will launch himself in various new directions which he's uniquely more qualified for than POTUS.  Whether he remains a constant thorn in Hillary's side (and vice-versa) or goes back to being friends with her as his D.C neighbor remains to be seen.  However,  I think that every day and each new crisis that passes after the election,  Donald Trump will increasingly thank his lucky stars he's a mere civilian who can help make America great in many other ways.

BTW,  I'll be in D.C. for a week in mid-October and plan to run down to the Trump hotel that's just opening.  Should be a lot of fun.  I'll put on a wool sheath and heels and let one of my favorite men friends buy me dinner and a glass of wine. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Webutante Word: The Most Hyped, Scripted and Watched Debate in History Will Be The Dullest



 I SIMPLY CANNOT FALL IN LINE WITH ALL THE WEEKS-LONG MEGA-HYPE ABOUT THE HILLARY-DONALD DEBATE TONIGHT. Yes, Yes, on the surface, in the media and Fox News, it's the most talked about, potentially explosive and interesting happening in modern political history. But like the complete predictability of the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie yawning split, it will get dull faster than a snowstorm melting in July. I certainly will be there watching, at least for a little while, until the scripting and canned responses start to act like melatonin on my mind. Actually, I think there may be more interesting and fun things to see and hear in the last of the three debates near the end when the gloves come off and one or the other has nothing left to lose. I certainly could be wrong about this, and often am.

Nonetheless, the word deplorables should not slip from Hillary's lips and Megyn better have on a great outfit since she's not moderating.  Time will tell.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Bible Project---Studying the Prophet Isaiah

PART 1---Isaiah 1-39 PART 2---Isaiah 40-66 THERE ARE MANY PROPHECIES IN ISAIAH, written 800 years before the birth and life of Jesus, which foretell the coming of a Messiah and Savior to redeem the people from their sins and give them eternal life and hope. According to Isaiah, God would not send a forceful military conqueror as many then expected, but rather a suffering servant, wounded and broken for our transgressions (Isaiah 53:5). The only way for us to be saved, to get rid of our sin problem, is for someone else to take our punishment for us. That's exactly what Jesus did on the Cross. Today, it is up to us to accept our sinfulness---it's called repentance---then accept God's free gift of redemption on the Cross.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Love The Dress


MOST OF THESE HAUTE COUTURE FASHION SHOWS LEAVE ME COLDER THAN COLD.  This one dress, however, appeals to me.  Read more from Milan:

Saturday's Bottega Veneta show in Milan marked 50 years of this venerated Italian house - the name of which translates simply as "Venetian shop". Born in the Veneto region, its modus operandi has always been exquisite craftsmanship and a low-key approach to luxury.

Friday, September 23, 2016

After Many Months of Careful Consideration and Prayer---Cruz Goes For Trump

TED CRUZ DOES THE RIGHT THING, ENDORSES TRUMP for 6 reasons: The Supreme Court, Obamacare, Energy policy, Immigration policies that put our country at extreme risk, National Security which normalizes Islam and finally Internet Freedom.

Many say Cruz has committed political suicide with his endorsement, but I say I respect him more for putting our wobbling nation first. 


Still, I think a Trump victory in November is far from a slam-dunk.  I think at this point,  Hillary is going to be the next POTUS by a narrow margin.  I hope against hope that I'm wrong. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

James K. Polk, 11th POTUS And One of the Few To Meet All Of His Stated Goals


THIS WONDERFUL HISTORY PIECE @ THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR ON JAMES K. POLK OF TENNESSEE. Among many other things, Polk promised to be a one-term president and kept that promise too.


My late friend Peter Hannaford believed, “If presidents are to be judged by their ratio of achievement to their stated goals, James Polk had a 100 percent record and, in that respect, must be seen as one of our most successful presidents.” Peter was a Republican all his life, but he was also a big fan of Democratic President James Polk (1845-1849). As a proud Californian, Peter had a library full of books on the history of his home state. He was grateful to Polk for expanding the country to include California. He was also very impressed that Polk was a politician that managed to keep all of his promises. Before Peter passed away last year (today would have been his 84th birthday), we were in the process of writing a book proposal about the history of presidential promises. We wanted to rate every president by the number of promises kept. We wrote a few sample chapters for book publishers, and Polk was the subject of the first one. President Polk made four promises and achieved all of them in a single term. In the process, Polk engineered the nation’s second largest territorial expansion after Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase.... READ THE REST

Friday, September 16, 2016

What's A Nice Girl Doing Visiting Here In the Midwest?

OUTSIDE WONDERFUL NAPERVILLE, ILINOIS SEEING AN OLD HIGH SCHOOL FRIEND/ROOMMATE AND HER HUSBAND. What a light-filled, lovely part of the country looking west across the cornfields towards the Great Plains. My buddy is not feeling so well these days so it's good to be here for a little while catching up on our lives, families and challenges.

While I'm at it, here's a post for Sunday from Tim Challies on 3 Godly Ambitions for the Christian. I couldn't agree more with this message:

 Some of my favorite biblical commands are the ones that most counter our culture, and even our little Christian subculture. We find just such a series of commands near the end of 1 Thessalonians. There Paul tells this church to “…aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands” (4:11). The ESV is nicely complemented by the NIV’s slightly different rendering: “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you.”

When Paul says “make it your ambition” he indicates that this is the good, right, and honorable way for them to live their lives—and for us to live our lives. Over against all the other things we could aspire to, we are first to aspire to these, for these are matters of first importance. He highlights three godly ambitions for the Christian.

Live a quiet life. Paul first exhorts us to live a quiet life and to be content to live such a quiet life. What is this quiet life? It’s a life that is not obsessed with thrusting itself into the public eye. It’s a life that is content to be unknown and unnoticed if that is the Lord’s will. It’s a life that is measured not by popularity or platform but by faithfulness. In that way it’s also a life that avoids conflict, that avoids being contentious and is, instead, willing to forgive or overlook as a situation requires. Sure, we thrust some people into the spotlight and often for very good reasons. We need some people (like Paul!) to take on positions of prominence. But these ought to be people who have first proven their character in obscurity and who would be equally content to remain far out of the spotlight. Make it your ambition to be unknown—to be joyfully, contentedly unknown.
We need to give full attention to the few matters that belong to us and butt out of all those that do not.

Mind your own business. And as you live that unknown life, mind your business. Whether in community, workplace, local church fellowship, or family, there is always a temptation to get involved in things that are not our concern. There is something in us that gives us arrogant confidence that we know how to live other people’s lives, do other people’s jobs, fulfill other people’s ministries better than they do. We are quick to get involved in things that are none of our concern. Paul says to make it our ambition to mind our own business. We need to give full attention to the few matters that belong to us and butt out of all those that do not. We love people best not by meddling but by staying far out of their affairs. Make it your ambition to stay in your lane, to humbly give your full attention to those few responsibilities God has called you to.

Work hard. And then there is the call to work hard. Each of us deals with the temptation to refuse to get involved in much of anything. Laziness haunts us. And yes, Christians can be embarrassingly lazy, refusing to “work with our own hands,” as Paul commands—to work hard at providing for ourselves and to work hard at having enough that we can provide for those who have true needs. There is great value in our work: “so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one” (4:12). Hard work has evangelistic value in showing unbelievers our refusal to lazily meddle and it has congregational value in that it frees us from being dependent upon others. Better still, it frees us to help those who need our help.
So, says Paul, be ambitious. But be ambitious first for the basic and lowly things. Master these few matters. Be content with these few things. This is a life that pleases God.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Doctor I Saw Today Said This About Hillary's Condition

I RAN BY TO SEE A DOCTOR TODAY FOR A 2-MINUTE MEDICAL PROCEDURE and we started talking about Clinton's health issues. He's a very smart man and said he thinks she most likely had a pulmonary embolism shortly before she developed pneumonia. He seemed to know she is on coumadin (warfarin), a blood thinner. Coumadin is used to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots in veins and arteries. All of this to say that, the more I hear, the more I continue to believe Hillary is not well enough---physically---to be POTUS. I certainly don't think she's morally well enough either. Then we talked about what happens to the votes she gets if she drops out after early voting has started. It's enough to make one's head spin and spin and spin. MEANWHILE COLIN POWELL UNLEASED. He certainly has a way with words.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hillary's New Diagnosis---Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu--Is It Over?


Who will step in for her now, besides Bubba?  Biden? 

BTW, I too take no pleasure in her health problems which frankly pale in comparison to her character issues. Still, whatever gets her out of the race---she's not fit to be president under any circumstances---is a good development. She's an enabler in so many aspects of her personal and professional life and character. She lacks courage. She lacks integrity. She lacks the ability to stand on her own two feet.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Timber Work: The World's Most Dangerous, Fulfilling Profession


CONSULT ANY LIST, ASK ANYONE IN THE KNOW AND THEY'LL TELL YOU,  timbering and road building in true wilderness can be as dangerous work as it ever gets. But to professional loggers with decades of experience managing the risks and rewards (and the size of last week's rattlesnake) on these types of lands, it's the most satisfying of all professions in the world.  There's no where else any of them would rather be.  They live and work on land they love,  as close to the rhythms of nature,  seasons and wildlife as anyone can be today.

One of the last bastions of all male camaraderie, these men---real men---combine tree harvesting with  an eye on the health of present and future forests,  good business sense, top-notch safety procedures, good manners, ole time religion and an ultimate conservation ethic from boots on the ground, rather than obscure computer modelling with little basis in practical reality. It's an ethic Mr. Gore would envy.

How could I be so fortunate to be working with these outstanding men for the past several years? Grace is the only answer I can come with. (Yes, I know there are plenty of unscrupulous loggers out there.)

I spent today  with them as they laid out a road that will serve multiple purposes in the months and years to come. It was very hot in Nashville, but on the mountain with the majesty of big trees forming an air condition canopy, it was much cooler.  A glorious day, far away from news.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sunday to Sunday: Why Marriage Is Better Than Cohabitation

PASTOR JOHN PIPER---A Proven Recipe For Humility


THOUGH CHRISTIANS continue to affirm the uniqueness, the goodness, and the necessity of marriage, our society continues to legitimize cohabitation as either a common precursor to marriage or a complete alternative. This slide is troubling, for marriage offers a number of important benefits that are absent from cohabitation—benefits that extend to couples, to their children, to their families, and to society as a whole. Christopher Ash helpfully outlines these in his book Married for God.

1. Marriage Is Unambiguous

Unlike cohabitation, marriage is unambiguous. In fact, in most cases cohabitation is deliberately in its ambiguity. “When a man and woman begin sleeping together and perhaps move in together, the rest of us are left guessing as to what exactly is the basis of their relationship. Clearly they have agreed to sleep together, as otherwise it would be rape. But what have they promised one another, if anything? On what basis or shared understanding are they together?” The answers will vary from couple to couple and may range from a very minimal level of commitment to a very significant one. But there always remains a measure of uncertainty. Often each of the partners will have different levels of commitment or expectation—one thinking that moving in together marks the beginning of something permanent while the other regards it as a mere trial period. All the while the rest of us are uncertain how to relate to them as they live together and if and when they dissolve their relationship. The relational ambiguity is especially apparent when one of them dies. “Who is the next of kin? With whom should we grieve most deeply? The parents, or the live-in partner?” Marriage helpfully resolves this lack of clarity.

2. Marriage Is a Union of Families; Cohabitation Is Free-Floating

Marriage is a union of families rather than just of two free-floating individuals. Cohabitation is an attempt to keep a relationship private, not in the sense of secret, but “in the sense of an arrangement agreed to and confined to the two of them, with families only rather awkwardly and ambiguously involved.” But marriage joins together two families in a connection that is meant to be a responsibility and blessing to both. “It is better to be connected than to float ‘free’ but disconnected from wider family and society,” for biblically this kind of scattered freedom is regarded as a curse while gathering into a people and family is regarded as a blessing. “This is because God wants his world governed in an ordered way by connected people.” Marriage serves as a small but foundational expression of bringing order through connection.

3. Marriage Provides Protection for the Vulnerable at the Start

The public nature of marriage provides an important protection for the vulnerable at the start of the sexual relationship. “We sometimes think that we are autonomous free-floating individuals who make decisions for ourselves. The reality is that we are influenced in many ways in every decision we make. And in the area of sex, above all, we are open to manipulation and exploitation, even unwittingly, by passions that rage and desires that can overwhelm us.” We are all prone to making poor decisions that we will later regret, and this is especially true in those areas where we can be unduly influenced by strong passions and desires. The public and family aspects of marriage serve as a kind of protection against this. “Because marriage is a public union in which the families ought to be involved, and not just the two individuals, it offers the protection and wisdom of families in a way that can protect the vulnerable from being exploited or making foolish decisions under the pressure of passion.” Many couples resent the involvement of family; many families are sinfully manipulative and overbearing. But more often than not (and certainly when families are behaving according to God’s pattern), they provide an important measure of protection and affirmation.

4. Marriage Offers Some Hope of Justice to Those Wronged When It Ends

When a man or woman walks out of a sexual relationship, the other partner always suffers.

Marriage offers important measures of protection and justice for the one who is wronged when a marriage breaks up. “When a man or woman walks out of a sexual relationship, the other partner always suffers. In marriage, however, society recognizes that the abandoned party has rights that the other needs to honor. And in a healthy society the one who walks out is forced to honor these rights and is not able to walk away irresponsibly.” While these protective measures may be imperfect, they are at least designed to ensure that there is a framework to promote and ensure justice. Of course many countries are now acting to enforce similar obligations with cohabitation, but there is a strange irony here. “Perhaps before long no one will be able to walk out of a cohabitation without some obligation to fulfill responsibilities to the other (especially if there are children). We must welcome this. But we must also note that every move in this direction makes unmarried cohabitation less attractive to those who entered it precisely in order to avoid the obligations of marriage. Indeed, we could make a case for saying that society ought to treat cohabiting partners as if they were married, with all the obligations that entails. This would mean that to break a cohabitation, one party would have to sue for what would effectively be divorce! If that were to happen, then the mere action of moving in together would come to signify the commitment verbalized in the marriage vows, and then cohabitation would mean marriage.” Wouldn’t that be something.

5. Marriage Strengthens Private Intentions with Public Promises

The public promises of marriage are necessary because when we make public promises, we lay our reputation and integrity on the line behind those promises. While couples often make private promises to one another, there is a world of difference between those made in private and those declared in public before witnesses. “Private assurances are terribly easy to break; they evaporate like the morning dew. … But when all my wider family, my friends, my work colleagues, and my neighbors know I have publicly made this pledge, then I am much more inclined to keep it. I do not want them thinking I am a liar. And marriage begins precisely with those public promises.” Those public promises are made before witnesses—many or few—who stand in the place of the rest of society to affirm them and call upon a couple to honor them. “Our capacity for faithfulness makes marriage possible, but our capacity for unfaithfulness makes marriage necessary. We need the public promises to hold us to the faithfulness we pledge. When we struggle in difficult marriages, it is a great help to know that we have publicly promised to be faithful for life, and that everybody else expects us to keep that promise, and that if we don’t then we must expect to experience shame. All this strengthens and supports marriage, and helps us keep to the end the promises we made at the start.”

In each of these ways—and many more could be listed, marriage is far better than cohabitation.
For an alternate, entirely secular, but still interesting view, you may enjoy watching this video from The School of Life: Why Bother With Marriage?

Saturday, August 27, 2016



The Christian movement  is a degeneracy movement composed of reject and refuse elements of every kind....It is therefore not racially conditioned;  it appeals to the disinherited everywhere....It needs a symbol that represents a curse on the well-constituted and dominant...it takes the side of idiots and utters rancor against the gifted, the learned, the independent, for it detects in them the well-constituted and the masterful.

----Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power

Really, Friedrich?   Really?

I've posted atheist before, but it never ceases to fascinate me.

(Above, photo on Roan Mountain overlook, taken Saturday on a perfect day, temperature for hiking at  a high altitude.  Below, temps were in the mid-90s.)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

View of the Grand Teton Tuesday As the Fed Meets In Jackson Hole



I MISS JACKSON HOLE AND ALL MY BUDDIES TERRIBLY. I WANT TO GO BACK! In my homesickness for the West, I go to the JHNews/Guide and look at the webcams. Very quickly it cools my ardor and brings me back to reality. The air there is extremely dry, toxic and lethal for everyone, though especially for people prone to bronchitis like me. These conditions will persist until at least the first good snow. Meanwhile, I turn my focus back to Tennessee, North Carolina and the projects, friends and blessings I have here. Friday, God willing, I will be hiking at Carvers Gap on Roan Mountain on the Tennessee/NC state line. Too lovely for words and every bit as grand as the mountains in Wyoming in its own unique way.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Nick Gillespie Interviews John Mackey, CEO Whole Foods Market

 GILLESPIE TALKS TO MACKEY IN A WIDE-RANGING, FASCINATING INTERVIEW. First half of this Q and A goes from politics to business, crushing federal regulations and WFM's new 365 Stores. Last half, it starts to lose me when Mackey goes off the rails into veganism. I've always liked and respected Mackey, especially his politics and health savings accounts ideas. But I have to say, he certainly looks pale and pasty to me in this video and I wonder if it's because of his vegan diet? Or maybe it's the lighting. He's starting to look more and more like Paul McCartney who is also a vegan. There's a definite wan look of extreme veganism that seems unhealthy to me. Ironic that the CEO of WFM comes across that way.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday---Losing Louisiana---Shocking Photographs of the Devastation From the 1000-Year Flood and A Prayer


MORE @ Zero Hedge

THIS IS A WONDERFUL PRAYER from Tim Keller's daily devotionals from The Songs of Jesus for September 3:

The Gift of Prayer---

LORD, prayerlessness is a sin against you.  It comes from a self-sufficiency that is wrong and that dishonors you.  Prayerlessness is also a sin against those around me.  I should be engaging my heart and your power in their needs. Lord, I pray with all my heart that you would give me a heart for prayer.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Way To Go Guys! Trump/Pence Tour Flood-Ravaged People In Louisiana


WHATEVER GROUND TRUMP HAS LOST OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS, he has certainly helped regain some footing over the past few days with a couople of good policy speeches, a long-overdue apology and, now, his and Mike Pence's improvised tour to hurting and devastated people in southern Louisiana, many of whom have lost most of their material worldy possessions.

This from today's NYPost:

Here’s gumbo in your eye, Barack and Hillary.

Donald Trump wore the white hat Friday — one of his “Make America Great Again” hats, naturally — as he landed in flood-battered Baton Rouge to tour the damage and take a more-than-subliminal swipe at President Obama and Hillary Clinton, who have yet to visit victims.

Joined by his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for a hastily-planned, three-hour visit, the GOP candidate toured flood damage in a motorcade and got a warm welcome at a Baptist church in East Baton Rouge Parish. 

 These people need our prayers and absolutely anything we can think of to contribute to them. May God bless and have mercy on them all.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

TGC: King Henry VIII, The Reformation and The First Authorized Bible


Spend much time in Protestant circles and you will eventually hear of the Authorized Bible or the King James Bible. People who should know better have invented all manor of theories about the purity of the KJV, it’s reliance on the Textus Receptus, and the corruption of modern translations.

But the KJV was not the first English translation authorized by a king. The Great Bible (1539) was authorized by Henry VIII and was supervised by leading Protestant luminaries such as Miles Coverdale. It also rested its translation in large part on those books translated by William Tyndale. It’s legacy was to shape future English bibles, including the KJV itself. Also its legacy will be largely forgotten due to the quirky way Henry VIII viewed the Reformation, as well as the enormous success of the KJV a century later.

Henry VIII and the Reformation

Henry VIII is one of the oddest characters in the story of the Reformation. A man of conservative instincts when Luther’s reformation began, he nevertheless overthrew papal influence in England and built a church of his own. This puts Henry in the awkward position as both persecutor and supporter of the English Protestant church—the king who had Tyndale killed and later himself hired Protestants to translate the Bible into English. He’s a man of enormous contradictions, which is why the early Reformation in England appears to hesitant and piecemeal. 

Still Henry did quarrel with the pope over his annulment to Catherine of Aragorn and so launched England in a Protestant direction (try as he might to stop it from becoming fully Protestant). Henry at least liked certain types of Protestants who were both opposed to the pope and yet still supportive of Henry VIII’s claims to be head of the church in England. These men included Thomas Cranmer, Thomas Cromwell, and Miles Coverdale, each instrumental in the approval of the Great Bible.

Read the whole fascinating piece.

God Will Take Us At Our Word

HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER AND CONNECTIVITY FOR SEVERAL DAYS...NOW AT A FOOD CITY OUTSIDE BRISTOL, TN for a little while. Above is a photo I took Friday on the trail at the magnificent Grayson Highlands State Park at 4,500' in SW Virginia.

Below,  is a link to a piece from Tim Challies:  God Will Take Us At Our Word. It begins: 

The kingdom of God is in every way opposite to the kingdom of this world. We see this clearly described in a powerful bit of preaching from an old Wesleyan minister. His text was Matthew 16:24-25: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Missing Teen In Grand Teton NP Found Safe But Eluding Searchers


THIS TEEN ON A SERVICE PROJECT TO GTNP TURNED OUT TO BE A ROYAL PAIN IN THE BUNS! Running away, cutting and dying her hair while hiding from authorities who were desperately trying to find her...

Here's the latest update from JH News and Guide on Fauna Jackson from Cincinnati, OH: 

Update 9:55 a.m.: Missing teenager Fauna Jackson was found at 8 a.m. near the Snake River Overlook today uninjured and was taken to St. John's Medical Center "for a welfare check," according to Denise Germann of Grand Teton National Park. Germann said in a press release that Jackson was found three to four miles from where she went missing Thursday while working as part of a volunteer trail crew.

"Jackson changed her appearance by cutting and dying her hair, was wearing different clothes than when last seen, and when approached by law enforcement officials she fled," the release said.
          Details are still under investigation.

Hopefully she will be sent home....and fast. Then she can go to work to help pay for the huge costs of trying to find her while she hid.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Calming, Uniting Influence of Mike Pence On the Trump--Khan Political Flap


John Sexton @ HOTAIR writes:

This is how it’s done. Pence took a tough question that riled up the room and handled it well from beginning to end.

Let’s consider the list of things he did right here:

 He respected the woman’s right to free speech.

 He reminded the audience that that’s what America sounds like, i.e. disagreement shouldn’t get shouted down in America.

 He praised the woman’s son for his service and praised the family.

 He acknowledged the controversy.

 He praised Captain Khan as a hero.

 He said we honor his family as we do all gold star families.

 He demonstrated that he sincerely respected Captain Khan’s service by recounting his story for the audience. He called Khan a great leader and an American hero.

He said he cherished Khan’s gold star family.

And then, having said all that, he actually answered the woman’s pointed question about how he can still respect Donald Trump.

Pence couldn’t have handled that any better than he did. Trump would be wise to follow Pence’s lead.

The audio above of this clip isn’t great but you can make it out.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Psalm 86: 14-17---A Psalm of David


READ Psalm 86: 14-17 (KJV)
14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them. 15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering*, and plenteous in mercy and truth. 16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid. 17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast helped me, and comforted me.
LEARN FROM YOUR CRITICS. Proud men are attacking David, men who 'have no regard' for God (verse 14). Considering their character, verses 15-16 are remarkable. Instead of invoking God's justice and calling for his enemies' destruction, he turns the spotlight on himself. He appeals to God's mercy, grateful for His patience with him. David is open to correction, willing to examine himself to see if, despite his enemies' evil motivations, there might be something in him that warrants rebuke and needs to change. If someone is criticizing you and the criticism is mostly mistaken, identify the 20 percent of the indictment that is fair. Without excuse be willing to take it to heart. The strongest Christians are the ones most willing to repent.

PRAYER: Lord, you not only show us ourselves through your Word and through our friends. You also have messages for us that are carried by our critics and opponents. Give me the security in your love that I will need to profit from them. Amen.

The Songs of Jesus, A Year of Daily Devotionals In the Psalms

--Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller

Saturday, July 30, 2016

View of the Tetons Basically Till It Snows

BEEN A TOUGH SUMMER IN JACKSON HOLE. EXTREMELY DRY, HOT AND WINDY FOR DAYS, WEEKS ON END. All of us knew the forests would blow up into mega fires this year, but no one thought it would happen in the middle of July, rather than August.

Because of all this, I have---sadly---departed my favorite place many weeks ahead of schedule. I am back in Tennessee in heat and humidity, but grateful for the wonderful time I've had there this year and for many, many years past. Who knows what the future will bring? I will go back, but probably for smaller windows in the summer.

North Carolina, anyone?

People with heart or respiratory issues cannot endure this very toxic smoke and air quality for long.  Everyone who plans summer vacations here, should be aware of this possibility.  DuBois is very toxic too.  A good friend, fishing buddy, and his wife have just barely had their house saved from the massive Lava fires moving down from Togwotee towards Union Pass and DuBois.

It's mother nature re-balancing the ecosystem and cleaning out the debris, as it always does. Below, a mama grizzly with two cubs on the other side of her, says bye for now, as I cross over Togwotee.....

Friday, July 29, 2016

Daughters Ivanka and Chelsea Have Unusual Power In This Election and Beyond


While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton promise to take the country in vastly different directions, the two women auditioning to be Anna Roosevelt’s successor have much in common. Like FDR’s daughter, both Chelsea and Ivanka grew up as children of privilege in families shaken by severe marital discord and infidelity. 

And just as the young Ivanka was constructing towers with Legos in her father’s office, Chelsea has been accompanying her mother to campaign rallies since age 2. As girls, each one turned serious early in part because neither enjoyed much unstructured playtime with her parents. Though she may well become America’s first first mom, Clinton the parent has resembled the vast majority of the 43 men who have served as president. Like Trump, she, too, has held extraordinarily demanding jobs, and work has been one of the primary ways in which she has bonded with her daughter. Today, just as Ivanka serves as an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, Chelsea serves as vice chair of the Clinton Foundation.

Politically, Ivanka Trump, who last week described herself as neither “Republican or Democrat,” and Chelsea Clinton are not all that far apart. Ivanka’s allusion in Cleveland to the importance of equal pay for equal work seems lifted not from anything her father has ever said, but from one of Hillary Clinton’s stump speeches. The major difference between the two is that Chelsea, who holds a trio of advance degrees, is more wonkish — she’s an expert on health policy, for example — and seems a bit more uncomfortable in the media spotlight.

But both women are dutiful daughters who will keep doing whatever they can to help their parents achieve their professional dreams. In the run-up to the election, while Ivanka Trump is expected to focus on shoring up her father’s support among women, Chelsea Clinton is likely to work on humanizing her mother. After January, it’s hard to imagine that either daughter would turn down whatever assignment dropped on her lap.

At the end of this scorched-earth campaign, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will no doubt want to avoid each other. But their daughters, who can readily identify with each other’s predicament, may well be able to pick back up their friendship.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ladies In Black: Seen at the CNN Grill Smoozing With the Competetion

WITH LOTS OF RUMORS FLOATING AROUND about some of the Fox News heavies not speaking to Megyn Kelly off-camera because of her part in the Roger Ailes debacle, Megyn crossed over Wednesday night to the wild side with three body guards and Dana Perino to see CNN anchor Don Lemon (and Jeff Zucker and Anderson Cooper) and maybe have a couple shots of vodka and steak.

She's living dangerously in my opinion.

All this drama is frankly much more interesting than what is going on in front of the camera.(BTW,  I like Megyn's simple working girl look above.) But I really don't like what's going on at Fox. If she were to flee to, say CNN, I would NOT follow. I know there's got to be a lot of animosity for her dissing Roger years after the fact. There's also got to be plenty of internal jealousy about her incredible stardom at Fox. Got to be a tough time for everyone there.

 I just hope Megyn hasn't gotten to big for her britches. And gone too far in this feminist tangent with Sheryl Sandberg for her own good. When that happens, there's only one way to go.

Time will tell. I do know ultra fame is often much more difficult and challenging to negotiate. Being extremely talented, hardworking as well as great looking has its various  drawbacks which I'm sure Megyn is finding out.

One other thing: I certainly was hit by several bosses over the years, and one job I chose to leave to get away from a superior who didn't want to take no for an answer.  But going public with it, rather than dealing with it and moving on, to me, is a much better solution than the alternatives.  But we're living in a different era, I suppose.   


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Choose Very Wisely Our Nation's Next First Lady (FLOTUS)

A GOOD FRIEND EMAILED ME THIS and I thought it was funny and horrifying at the same time. We'd sure better choose carefully, is all I have to say....

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Democratic Convention Night 1


TUNED IN THE LAST NIGHT DURING THE LAST FEW MINUTES OF MICHELLE OBAMA'S ROUSING SPEECH AT THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION.  It seemed  well-scripted and presented like a pro which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone after her seven-plus years as first lady.  I never cease to be amazed by what an Amazon Michelle is.

Following in Mrs. Obama's footsteps, though not with nearly the same pizazz and appeal, came the ever-dreary, dour Senator Elizabeth Warren.  I find it almost impossible to believe anyone was persuaded by anything she said.  For sure she was preaching to the choir, a choir which had already made up its mind long before  ever coming to the convention. I consider Warren to be filler-material, speaking talking points totally expected and too drab and hateful for words.

Moving on to more important subjects,  Megyn Kelly looked professional and perfect in a basic sleeveless black sheath with impeccable make-up and hair.  No matter how dull she may think it is, after some of last week's get-ups in Cleveland,  there's nothing better than basics for a real professional woman with a job to do, over the next few nights.  (The dress pictured above is not the exact dress she wore, but close enough to fit the bill---sleeveless, black, well-tailored.)

Going through google images for Megyn,  it's clear she looks best, and wears most frequently, outfits that are black, navy and white, in all seasons.  How can anything work for her better? Yes, she chooses various necklines, trims and jewelry, but sticking to the basics, as she did last night is always, ALWAYS, a winner.  Nice going, Megyn.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Clinton Cash Documentary


THIS FILM DOCUMENTS HOW BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON WENT FROM 'DEAD BROKE' when they left the White House to mega-wealthy today. They did this by getting massive individual speaking fees and raising huge donations to the Clinton Foundation, especially while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.

SOURCE The Clintons majored in disaster capital and crony capitalism which diverted monies into their and their buddies pockets rather than the impoverished and suffering people they claimed they were committed to helping.