Friday, January 23, 2015

Vanderbilt University Has Completely Lost Its Way To Sexual-Cultural-Amoral Campus Correctness In the Extreme


VANDERBILT IS---OR CAN I SAY WAS---MY ALMA MATER. I hang my head in shame to see what it's become in the past few decades.

The once-great school has completely lost its Southern conservative identity as it scrambles to keep up with the latest political-cultural-sexual-feminist fads du jour.  As a good friend reminded me last night,  Vanderbilt is ashamed of its Southern roots as it pretentiously prides itself  now on being an international university sought out by students everywhere.

At the same time Vanderbilt has kicked all vestiges of old time morality and Christian influences off-campus. Morality and God are passe at this culturally correct school, you understand. And no one wants to offend the feminists or Muslims.

Meanwhile,  Vanderbilt has lost its soul.

I've know this for years and long ago asked to be removed from all fund-raising lists. But the ongoing Vanderbilt Rape Trial brings the campus lifestyle at a school that cost a fortune to attend  into even greater, disgusting focus.

Below is a rather pathetic quote from a defense witness for the football players who gang raped a senior coed in June of 2013,  filmed and texted it to friends all over the campus and country.

Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey, along with two other former players, have been charged with raping a coed in a dorm room in June 2013. All have pleaded not guilty.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A defense witness in the trial of former Vanderbilt football players charged with raping a fellow student said one of them was so drunk that he would have struggled to form the intent to commit such a crime....
Neuropsychologist James Walker testified Friday that Cory Batey was so drunk that he would have struggled to form the intent to commit such a crime. Dr. Walker said Batey told him he had 14 to 22 alcoholic drinks before the players allegedly raped the unconscious co-ed.
Batey's defense said his judgment was changed by a campus culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex.
Walker testified that Batey told him he was "horrified" by his actions.

I have to say I am encouraged to learn that Batey, a black student who attended the prestigious Ensworth School---started, funded and endowed by the Frists---is horrified by his behavior.  It means that somewhere far inside there might still be found a small moral compass however deeply buried.

I pray that some good will come out of this depraved mess and that more people will think twice about sending their children and cut off their donations to this out-of-control party school that has so totally lost its way and its identity.

These Are the 'Journalists' (Exhibitionists) From YouTube Mr. Obama Is Giving Post-SOTU Interviews To---Warning: Proceed Cautiously



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bradley Cooper Surprises, Thrills Troops At Brooke Army Medical Center/ Houston With Viewing of American Sniper


STORY AND MORE PHOTOS of Cooper's visit to our fighting men and women who've come home to heal at Brooke. Over 260 servicemen and staff were invited to preview American Sniper.

This had to be a boost.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Few Words About The Vanderbilt Rape Trial That Has All of Nashville Transfixed


THE VANDERBILT RAPE TRIAL IS THE COURTROOM DRAMA OF THE DECADE, IF NOT CENTURY, IN NASHVILLE RIGHT NOW. It's about to go into its third week and truly so depraved that I refuse to give it more than a passing mention. It's standing room only in the courtroom downtown and being broadcast live to every willing viewer in the entire Middle Tennessee area.

People around here---and now the world--- are lapping the whole sordid mess up like dogs and simply can't get enough of the salacious, pathetic details. No thanks.

What  I will say is that this is sordid and disgusting affair.  Four very, very drunk Vanderbilt football players, so out-of-their minds from booze and cocaine,  serially raped  a Vandy coed who herself was so slobbering drunk and blacked out from binge drinking that she never remembered a thing about the brutality and degradation of her body, her soul, her life---even to this day.

But the victim heard about it several days later from the man who was her lead rapist who had also  come back to have more  (supposedly consensual) sex with her again the next day.  She still had no clue she'd been gang raped...not even with all the bruises on her body.  Unbelievable. 

Fortunately or unfortunately, these men-turned-animals conducted their gang rape in a dorm hallway under the watchful EYE of surveillance cameras that filmed it all. They also took photos of themselves raping and doing other horrific things to this unconscious pathetic girl then texted them to other students and football players. Turns out after several days, lots of people knew about this rape and no one said a thing and even helped to suppress it.

Bottom line is at least two of these guys will go to prison and maybe for a long time.  The woman's life is most likely ruined and Vanderbilt's reputation is forever tainted.

These are the consequences of the extreme feminist movement that  tells women that there are no moral boundaries. It further tells them the myth that women are just like men and can go toe-to-toe binge drinking with them, as well as 'enjoy' anytime, anywhere sex with anyone with impunity  and no consequences.

As bad and guilty as these football animals are (and they deserve to go to prison) doesn't the woman who gets so slobbering drunk she passes out have to bear some responsibility too?  Feminists say no.  I say of course we do.

What a sad, sad chapter.  The sexual revolution twisted and perverted beyond repair.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mini-Sermon: John Piper On Romans 8


DEBUNKING THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL. Piper explains birth pangs, the redemption of our bodies and all creation's groaning. We're living in the Great Not Yet. ALSO: @ FORBES---BRADLEY COOPER'S SENSATIONAL PORTRAYAL OF CHRIS KYLE IN AMERICAN SNIPER

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bud Fox News: From the Looney Bin---Kerry Takes James Taylor to Paris to Serenade the French President



AMERICAN DIPLOMACY AND FOREIGN POLICY JUST WENT OVER THE EDGE INTO TOTAL EMBARRASSMENT IN THE THEATER OF THE ABSURD as John Kerry, our Secretary of State, drags James Taylor to Paris to croon You've Got A Friend to the French president.

Bud calls it the US's You've Got a Nitwit Diplomatic Initiative.

Me? Words fail me.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Brent Bozell Is Not Charlie

TRB: CANADA BILL JONES, A MAGNIFICENT BASTARD, DEFINES HEDGE FUND WORD AGNOSTICISM  HAVE TO AGREE HERE WITH BRENT BOZELL. The French magazine Charlie Hebdo certainly has the legal right under the First Amendment to parody Islam or any other religion it chooses, including Christianity which it has done in disgusting ways. The First Amendment guarantees some people will be offended by its drawings even as most defend the magazine's right to create and promulgate them. But is this extreme kind of spoofing really morally defensible? For most of us, it's really not.

Bozell makes some good points. Source

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Instant Classic---Obama---Just Playin' Through


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

@ RedState: Larry Flynt Has More Moral Decency Than David Brooks

A TERRIFIC PIECE AT REDSTATE.COM on David Brooks' verses Larry Flynt's response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre starting with a rather arrogant, disdainful quote from David Brooks:
So there’s some people like, you know, frankly, this show, we’re at the adult table of conversation. (The other panelists were NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, National Review editor Rich Lowry, New York Times reporter Helene Cooper, and Islamic Monthly editor Arsalan Iftikhar; anti-Islamist writer and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali was also scheduled but “decided to not appear,” according to Todd). Some people like Ann Coulter, they’re at the kiddie table. Charlie Hebdo, that’s the kiddie table. Let the kiddie table have the kiddie table ’cause sometimes they’ll say things that those of us at the adult table need to hear. Don’t crack down on them. – David Brooks
There are a lot of good reasons to not put your neck in the guillotine. I blog under a pseudonym and thanks to the dapper and talented Brett Kimberlin; I chose to continue to do so. People will say “Ok, fine Mr. Macho-Man. You just do that to save your skin.”
I’m guilty as charged. That skin may have had a few blemishes in my adolescence, but it does cover my body. If David Brooks were to just admit that he is too chicken-feke to publically support Charlie Hebdo in his own given name, I’d get it. He may want to be there in case he and his partner ever adopt kids. But please don’t call the behavior anything other than what it is. Don’t insult 12 guys who just bought the farm to justify gutlessness.
If I were to offer a critical evaluation of Charlie Hebdo; I’d say it’s fairly innocuous, low-brow secular humor. It never even gets close to treating The Prophet Muhammad the way Larry Flint Treated Jerry Falwell*. And in the final analysis, when the bullets fly,** Larry Flynt has more of a spine than David Brooks. Here’s what the King of Porn had to say regarding the French Terror Attack.
Just like Charlie Hebdo, HUSTLER has a long tradition of running parodies, satirical images, and political cartoons. Tragedies like the one in Paris further underscore the importance of free speech and freedom of expression – including satire – and the duty citizens have to fight ideas with ideas, rather than violence. Our thoughts today are with those at Charlie Hebdo. – Larry Flynt
If this is a sample of what Flynt is like when he pulls up his trousers and turns off the smutty DVDs, I’ll have to admit something I kind of hate to admit. Flynt is more qualified to serve as POTUS than a lot of our Washington DC elite. Not so hot on the social issues, mind you, but at least he’d show up for work with a pair of rocks. Hell, maybe we should have sent Larry Flynt to Paris yesterday. He’d enjoy it and he might be capable of more social grace and class than Huey “The Kingfish” Biden.
Which brings us back around to the contemptible David Brooks. I personally have a different taste to my humor than either Charlie Hebdo or Hustler***. However, to suggest that either publication sits at The Kiddie Table is ludicrous. You don’t get sued by leading Evangelical Ministers at The Kiddie Table. You don’t get served the .556 Cal. Death Fry Combo at the Kiddie Table. If David Brooks didn’t famously have perverse tastes; I’d propose spanking him and sending to his room without supper.
David Brooks is such a disdainful grown up, isn't he.

Here's another great piece on the Importance of Family Dinners @ Had Enough Therapy?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Most Important Neglected Prayer


 THIS WEEK, I STARTED A 6-WEEK BIBLE STUDY---PHRASE BY PRASE---ON THE DEEPER MEANINGS OF LORD'S PRAYER. I'm humbled and thrilled to be doing this and reading Dr. Elmer Towns' classic book Praying the Lord's Prayer for Spiritual Breakthrough. It simply doesn't get any better because Jesus taught his disciples to pray this prayer when they asked to be taught. We so often memorize and automatically recite the Lord's Prayer by rote never bothering to think much about it.  This is huge wasteful mistake.

As I poured over Dr. Towns' book this week, I also came on an article at the Gospel Coalition site on the subject of a specific phrase in the Lord's Prayer---Hallowed Be Thy Name. What does it mean for God's name to be hallowed?

Pastor Drew Hunter eloquently answers that question, and in doing so, helps to deepen our knowledge of Our Father in heaven. I thank him for helping me---along with Elmer Towns---in my prayer life by explaining this mighty phrase:

This first line of the Lord’s Prayer is one of the most familiar in the Bible. It is one of the most commonly prayed prayers in history. Yet among believers it is often underappreciated and misunderstood. After years of familiarity with this prayer I realized that I wasn’t quite sure what I was saying. I began to wonder if I was doing what Jesus had just warned about: heaping up “empty phrases” in prayer (v. 7). What are we actually praying here? What does Jesus hold so highly as to instruct us to make it our first prayer?

Clarifying Our Understanding

Clarity came in three steps. The first step is answering this question: Is this a statement of praise, or is it a request? For years I thought it was a statement of adoration and praise. I thought "hallowed be your name" was equivalent to “you are holy and worthy.” But notice: it's not, “hallowed is your name,” but “hallowed be your name.” This is a request. It’s asking God to do something. The Lord’s Prayer is a series of petitions, and this is the first one. Jesus is telling us to pray, “May your name be hallowed."

But what exactly are we asking God to do? Step two is considering what "hallowed" means. It is to honor something as holy (literally, to sanctify). It is to set something apart and acknowledge its uniqueness. When we hallow something, we honor it as uncommon, special, and superior.

Last step: What are we requesting be honored? God's name. Throughout the Scriptures, God’s "name" is another way of referring to himself. God’s name represents who he is.
Here, then, is what Jesus asks us to pray: “Our Father in heaven, please cause yourself to be honored." In other words, "Would you cause yourself to be regarded as holy? Would you let people see you for who you are so that they no longer disregard you? Would you bring about an ever-increasing esteem of your great name among the nations? Would you show your great character so that people everywhere might know you and overflow with thankful hearts for all that you are and do?”

Filling Out the Backstory

The dishonoring of God’s name was a central problem with Israel in the Old Testament. In response to their continual rebellion, God sent them into exile. But once Israel was outside the land and scattered among the nations, a new problem arose. Since Israel was identified with God, their disobedience drug his name through the dirt. Speaking through the prophet Ezekiel, God announced the fundamental problem: "They profaned my holy name" (Ezek. 36:20). But, he added, "I had concern for my holy name" (v. 21). He promised to act "not for your sake,” to be clear, “but for the sake of my holy name" (v. 22). “I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them” (v. 23).

What, specifically, would he do? He promised to bring the blessings of a new covenant. The great promise is that God will cause his name to be honored through his people, and that he will do it by forgiving sins, replacing hearts of stone with hearts of flesh, and giving his Spirit to cause them to—finally—walk in obedience (v. 25-28). In theological terms, this is a promise to bring about justification, regeneration, and sanctification through the work of Christ and the gift of the Spirit.

Through a new covenant, God would create a people who hallow his name in the world.  
Jesus came to inaugurate these blessings. They have been poured out on his people as a result of his outpoured blood. As a result of his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus is creating a new people for the glory of God. Jesus came to create a people who hold God’s name with holy regard.

Joining the Prayer

With this first request of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus invites us to make this our preeminent prayer. What, then, does it look like to integrate this prayer into our lives? Here are three ways.

First, we should pray out of deep awareness that God’s name is honored far too little. To pray for God’s name to be honored is to acknowledge that it isn’t. This will only become our prayer when we settle it deep within that not only should God’s name be honored, but that it often isn’t. We will only pray this when, after surveying the needs around us, we are provoked within at how little God is valued. We always ask for that which we most desire. That this should be our first request implies that it should be our first priority. If this is our great concern, it will become our constant request.

Second, we should pray with God’s glory as our highest aim. The honor and esteem of God’s name is to be the great and ultimate goal of all our praying. To pray for God’s name to be honored is to pray like the apostle Paul, who regularly oriented his requests toward the glory of God (Rom 16:27; Eph. 3:20-21; Phil. 1:11; 2 Thes. 1:11-12). The aim of our prayers is not ultimately to be our immediate material and physical comfort but, rather, that God would be held in ever-increasing esteem by an ever-increasing multitude.

Third, we should offer requests shaped by this great aim. If the deeper and broader honoring of God’s name is our great desire, then we should pray for things that would result in this end. The backstory of God’s promises in Ezekiel help us greatly at this point; promises of forgiven sins, transformed hearts, and empowered obedience. As more and more people experience these blessings, they will increasingly honor God with their hearts and actions. This request, then, gives an alternative to many of our superficial and self-centered prayers. In their place, we are to pray for these kinds of gospel blessings to spread more deeply and broadly in the world.

This first request of the Lord’s Prayer directs our desires, shapes our tone, and realigns our requests. And it shapes not only our personal prayers, but also prayers in our families, small groups, meetings, and other church gatherings. For the honor of God’s name, then, let us pray for the honor of his name.
Drew Hunter is the teaching pastor at Zionsville Fellowship in Zionsville, Indiana, where he lives with his wife and three young boys. Drew blogs at Gospel Refresh. You can follow him on Twitter.


Friday, January 9, 2015

Vigilante Hacktivist Group Anonymous Declares War and Vows To Avenge Charlie Hebdo Massacre By Shutting Down Jihadist Websites

Anonymous declares war against jihadists. Freedom of speech has suffered an inhuman assault. Terrorists broke into the premises of the “Charlie Hebdo” newspaper and shot in cold blood several satirical cartoon artists, journalists and two policemen. The killers are still at large. Disgusted and also shocked, we can not fall to our knees. It is our responsibility to react. First, we wish to express our condolences to the families of the victims of this cowardly and despicable act. We are all affected by the death of Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski, great artists that marked their talent throughout the history of the press and died for freedom. We do not forget the other victims killed and injured in the attack that were the targets of these murderers. It is clear that some people do not want, in a free world, this inviolable and sacred right to express in any way one’s opinions. Anonymous will never leave this right violated by obscurantism and mysticism. We will fight always and everywhere the enemies of freedom of speech. Charlie Hebdo, historical figure of satirical journalism has now been targeted. Anonymous must remind every citizen that the freedom of the press is a fundamental principle of democratic countries. Freedom of opinion, speech and to publish articles without any threat, and stress is a right “inalienable.” Anonymous has always fought the slayers of these rights and will never allow a person to be shot down radically for publishing an article, a drawing, an opinion … Freedom of speech and opinion is a non-negotiable thing, to tackle it is to attack democracy. Expect a massive frontal reaction from us because the struggle for the defense of those freedoms is the foundation of our movement. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Prayers And Rallies For Charlie Hebdo Victims of Horrific Terror Attack in Paris And For Weak and Willing France Finally Coming to Its Senses

SOME OF THE MURDERED    Charlie Hebdo editor said 'I'd prefer to die standing than live on my knees.'

FOR THIS,  I DEFER TO STUART SCHNEIDERMAN TODAY.  I would only add the obvious that these militant Muslims are anti-life, anti-women and  anti-freedom.  They represent the darkest of evil, mental enslavement and depravity who are armed and always dangerous.  When will France and other countries overrun with these AK-47 toting vermin take a tough and courageous stand for its values and freedoms and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! and mean it?

Stuart quotes Carolyn Glick from her Facebook page:
Say a prayer for the victims of the terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Then, read Caroline Glick's commentary, posted on Facebook this morning:
11 people so far are dead in the wake of the Islamic slaughter at Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper. Their offense to the tender sensitivities of the religion of peace? The paper published an edition with drawings of Muhammed and made fun the totalitarian creed of Sharia.

I'd like to believe that this will bring the French to their senses. But all evidence to the contrary. The French have done nothing in the wake of every other Islamic outrage. They did nothing when the Muslims torched thousands and thousands of cars in 2005. They did nothing following Mohamed Merah's massacre of French soldiers and Jewish children. They did nothing after Ilan Halimi was tortured and murdered by Islamic monsters. They did nothing after the pogroms of the summer. They did nothing after a Jewish woman was gang raped in her home. They did nothing after jihadists ran over people in their car Jerusalem jihad style.

The socialists won the presidential elections because of the Muslim vote. They can't win without it.
Maybe this will push them over the edge. Maybe they will finally stand up and fight for their country.

We can pray for these people, their families and for their fearful and weak leaders---and ours---who have let this tragedy happen....again. We can pray that this tragedy for once and for all will push France over the edge... to reality and sanity.  How many wake up calls does this country need? 

When people lose their ability to be outraged and disgusted and replace these by wishful thinking, the end can't be far away.  Perhaps it's because of too much red wine?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Brad Paisley Pens A Beautiful Tribute To the Late, Great Little Jimmy Dickens, A Giant of A Man



Brad Paisley posted this message to Twitter honoring Grand Ole Opry star and Country Music Hall of Famer Little Jimmy Dickens. Dickens passed away Friday at the age of 94.

As the sun sets on this planet tonight, for the first time in 94 years it is without my hero, Little Jimmy Dickens.

Why was he my hero? Jimmy made more out of his time in earth than anyone I've ever known; an incredible life in every measurable way. Longevity? Yes, practically unheard of. Faith? Totally and wholeheartedly. Humor? There was no one funnier, or with a better sense of it. A true entertainer? The best I've ever seen. Charm? Unmatched. Love? This was a big one. I think he loved everyone he ever met, and if not, he never let it be known. More importantly, I think everyone who ever met him loved him instantly...and forever. Romance? He and Mona had the most romantic story I've ever heard. Check it out sometime.

Friendship? Well I can honestly say he was the best friend any human being could ask for. Bar none.

Much will be said and written about his incredible and unique place in Country Music history. Which could fill a book. But that isn't how I'll remember him. I will remember the human being that best check-marked all the boxes of a complete and wonderful life. My hero.

Do not mourn Little Jim. Celebrate him. Relive and share the memories. Aspire to be like him. And above all, laugh at the punchlines, the craziness, and the way he so gracefully made this planet a funnier, better, richer place while he was alive. And in doing so, will continue to for years to come.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Psalm 147, A Song of Praise

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord.[a]
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
    how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars
    and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
    his understanding has no limit.
The Lord sustains the humble
    but casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
    make music to our God on the harp.

He covers the sky with clouds;
    he supplies the earth with rain
    and makes grass grow on the hills.
He provides food for the cattle
    and for the young ravens when they call.

10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.

12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
    praise your God, Zion.

13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
    and blesses your people within you.
14 He grants peace to your borders
    and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

15 He sends his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word and melts them;
    he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

19 He has revealed his word to Jacob,
    his laws and decrees to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;
    they do not know his laws.[b]

Praise the Lord.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

@ Dump de Blasio---NYPD Cops Turn Their Backs On the Mayor's Eulogy At Executed Cop Ramos's Funeral

This has never been a racial  issue.  It's always been a Rule of Law vs anarchy issue.

God bless these brave men and women who put themselves in harms way every day to protect the citizens of our cities, states and nation. They need our continuing prayers and support.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Half-Truth In Movie 'Unbroken'---Why Did Angelina Jolie Leave Out the Pivotal Conversion of Louis Zamperini's Amazing Conversion Story?---Count Me Out of Another Godless Hollywood Half-Life



Angelina  Jolie, a woman clearly at the top of her game, probably didn't tell Lous Zamperini's  real and full story in her movie Unbroken because she doesn't believe it or care to give it any credence.  Jolie wants to give all the credit to Louis and seems to be a woman who knows nothing of faith.

After all, conversion to Jesus Christ ---especially at a Billy Graham crusade for heaven's sake--- isn't politically or spiritually correct these days. So why not leave it out? 

In her world, we're all our own gods who can save and transform ourselves with enough courage and perseverence and no help from above.   No wonder the movie rang only half-true and got such  low ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences, however, are more sanguine about the movie, no doubt because of Jolie's star power.

Below, Cal Thomas writes a very worthwhile review:

NEW YORK—I wanted to like the movie because I love the book. Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller Unbroken is a classic. While I had heard reports that the turning point in the book never made it to film, I attended a pre-release screening with an open mind.

Audiences are told Unbroken is a “true story.”

It is true, as far as it goes, but the story is incomplete.

There have been many World War II stories told in film depicting triumphs of personal courage and survival. The story of Louis Zamperini is one such story, but with an added dimension. Zamperini, who died earlier this year at age 97, came home an angry man. He became addicted to alcohol and cigarettes and verbally abused his young wife as he wrestled with his inner demons.

The skeleton of his story is in the film—the plane crash at sea while on a rescue mission; the 47 days floating on a raft before being picked up by a Japanese ship and thrown into a prison camp; the relentless torture and eventual liberation at the end of the war.

After returning to Los Angeles we see Zamperini hugging his brother and parents, but the story ends there. Director Angelina Jolie attempts to put some flesh on the bones at the end of the film with some still shots and words that tell us that Zamperini’s faith led him to return to Japan on a personal mission of reconciliation.

In media appearances, Jolie has refused to discuss why the most remarkable part of Zamperini’s story was excluded from the film. That would be the night he was converted at the 1949 Billy Graham crusade in Los Angeles. As Hillenbrand tells it in her book, Zamperini came home, poured his alcohol down the drain, threw out his cigarettes, was reconciled to his wife, and became a new man because, he said, he had asked Jesus Christ to be his savior.

As stories about faith have made a recent comeback on TV and in movies, attracting high ratings and large ticket sales at the box office, it is puzzling why Jolie, who directed the film, and the Coen brothers, who wrote it, left out the most important part of Zamperini’s story.

Once word gets around that Zamperini’s conversion, which was so faithfully and beautifully chronicled in Hillenbrand’s book, is not in the film, I suspect many who share Zamperini’s faith may not buy tickets.

Apologists for Universal Pictures say people can always read the rest of the story in the book. Yes, they can, but then why should they see a film that highlights only half a life?

Just before he died, Jolie showed Zamperini a rough cut of the film. He professed to like it and said it doesn’t force religion down people’s throats. That’s a cliche, which doesn’t really fit in this instance.

Nothing is “forced” when it is true. The film, Selma, which is scheduled for release on Jan. 9, would be incomplete if it failed to depict Martin Luther King Jr. as a minister whose faith motivated him to be a modern-day Moses.

Fortunately, in addition to Hillenbrand’s book, people can read Zamperini’ story in his own words. His book is titled Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life. The One who preserved his life to the end is more powerful than his Japanese prison camp abuser. In the film Kings Row, Ronald Reagan awakens to learn that a botched operation has resulted in the amputation of his legs. “Where’s the rest of me?” he asks.

Where’s the rest of Zamperini’s story is the question I had after seeing Unbroken. 

Good question, Cal. And thanks for saving me a movie ticket.  But I'll probably buy the book read with true delight.

Meanwhile,  more on Brangelina's hip and confusing parenting style with Shiloh.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Navitity of Our Lord

Bone Broth for What Ails You

FOR ME, IT'S A BAD CASE OF FLU JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. But the weather has been so wretched, it's the perfect time to be sick and rest. Really rest.  Actually,  I've felt so bad today, that I am just now getting online for a quick look.  Am drinking lots of water and chicken stock broth rich with minerals and electroytes.  Not ready to dance a jig right  now,  but am able to sit up and read a bit. Meanwhile, wishing you a Merry Christmas in case I don't get back for a day or two.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Obama's Christmas Gift To David Catron's Daughter: Her Brand New Health Insurance Cancellation


THE PIECE BELOW BY DAVID CATRON AT THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR IS WELL-WORTH A READ. It speaks for itself.  Federal healthcare under Obamacare  is a classic example of  government over-reach in attempting to solve one problem while creating ten others.

Government arrogance always purports to find solutions when in fact more often than not it just needs to stop being the problem. Obamacare reminds me of the 50s horror movie, The Thing.

Can anything stop or destroy this monster? What is it?  Where did it come from?  Will it go on eating kids and young people's future?

Catron's story gives a clue.What he doesn't say or acknowledge is that Obamacare was always designed to make healthy pay more and more in order to subsidize the unhealthy who pay less.

My youngest daughter just joined the ever-increasing number of Americans who have lost their health coverage due to Obamacare. She received a letter from her insurance carrier indicating that the individual policy with which she was eminently satisfied, and that she could more or less afford, would no longer be available after the end of the year. In its place, the insurer offered a plan whose premiums will be nearly double what she has been paying for the cancelled policy. Her monthly premium was $127. The premium for the replacement policy, if she can find no alternative, will be $243. 

 Anyone tempted to attribute this to the greed of insurance company executives would do well to remember that the essential benefits mandated by Obamacare rendered millions of existing health policies illegal and led to mass cancellations in 2013. A second wave of cancellations was expected just prior to the recent midterms. In order to avoid the inevitable voter outrage that would cause, President Obama issued an executive order permitting insurers to keep noncompliant plans in place until after the election. Well, the election is over and the cancellations are once again pouring forth. 

 I wasn’t surprised when one of these missives landed in my daughter’s mailbox. I knew her policy didn’t cover all of the 10 health services that the President and his accomplices deem “essential.” Indeed, the fact that her premiums had been relatively reasonable was due to a conscious decision to buy a policy that lacked “benefits” she was never going to need or use. Nonetheless, as I began to help her explore various coverage options, the true perversity of Obamacare came home in a way that was breathtaking even for a longtime critic of the President's “signature domestic achievement.” 

She can’t get coverage through her employer, a large retail chain at which she began working while in still in school. Obamacare requires companies of that size to offer coverage to all full time workers, but has redefined “full time” to mean 30 or more hours per week. These rules have created perverse incentives for large retailers and the way they manage employee benefits. Walmart, for example, will soon stop providing health insurance to employees working fewer than 30 hours a week. Likewise, my daughter’s employer is studiously holding non-management staff like her to 29 hours or less per week. 

Which brings us to those Obamacare exchanges about which we have had so many good reports. She went to and discovered that she would have to pay $388 per month for the kind of coverage she had when she was eligible to be included on my plan. That was obviously out of the question, so she looked at the cheapest plans on offer. The lowest priced catastrophic plan offered in our state has a monthly premium of $206 and comes with a deductible of no less than $6,600. This isn’t quite as awful as the plan offered by her current insurer, but it is still $79 per month more than she has been paying. 

Then, in a fit of irrational exuberance, I suggested that her limited income might qualify her for “premium assistance.” This elicited what P.G. Wodehouse would have referred to as a “hollow, mirthless laugh.” It turns out that she doesn’t make enough money to qualify for tax credits or any other subsidy. Her income fails to reach the minimum threshold for “marketplace savings,” which means that her only “coverage” choice isn’t really coverage. puts her remaining option thus: “If your yearly income is below $16,105 and your state is expanding Medicaid, you may qualify for Medicaid coverage.” Most of the previously uninsured applicants getting coverage under Obamacare are being dumped into Medicaid. 

This is a cruel bait and switch. 

The payment rates associated with that program are so low that primary care physicians can’t afford to treat the people it “covers.” Consequently, most of the care these patients receive is delivered in the nation’s overcrowded emergency rooms. Moreover, as I pointed out in this space last January, long-term medical outcomes for Medicaid patients have been shown to be no better than the outcomes enjoyed by people who have no insurance coverage at all. 

 In reality, the “Affordable Care Act” has rendered health coverage unaffordable for my daughter.

Were I her age, I would go without coverage and pay the penalty. She’s young and healthy, so she could probably get away with that until she finds a full time job that offers a decent health plan. But I won’t let her do that. She’ll sign up for the catastrophic plan through and pay the full monthly premium of $206. That will cover three primary care visits and pay the costs of a serious illness after eating up $6,600 for the deductible. Under that plan she will no doubt apply for the “Dad subsidy.” 

The one choice she does not have is to keep the coverage that she likes. President Obama and his congressional accomplices, despite their oft-repeated lies, have made sure of that.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice Sunday---Death of the Sun Followed By Its Rebirth Three Days Later Starting On December 25

PLEASE JOIN ME IN PRAYING FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE SLAIN COPS IN NYC ON THE WORST DAY OF THEIR LIVES TODAY IS THE SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS. It's also the the shortest, darkest day of the year or the winter solstice---here in the northern hemisphere.

I'm sure we all notice how the next three, shortest of days in the year can often contribute to additional stress, intensity, risky behaviors of all kinds, suicides and, more pervasively, a less than sanguine, if not bleak perspective in all areas of our lives. The stress and darkness contribute to Christmas Day and December 26th being the leading days for heart attacks (dubbed the Christmas cardiac) in the entire year.

 The winter solstice is also symbolic for the darkness and depravity in the world before the advent of God's Only Son Jesus Christ arrives as our only true Light, Lord and Savior.

Coming soon again is the Hope of the World at this darkest time in the year to overcome darkness and evil, and finally death. One day He will make all things right, as well as dry all---ALL--tears of His followers. It's the greatest news the world has ever known for anyone who will accept this gift and believe.

This is a time to hang in there and remember the sun and the Son of God are real no matter how dark it might momentarily seem.
Pastor Mike Atkins at River Crossing in Jackson Hole gives a heartening Advent sermon on Seeking First God and First Principles:

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sony Hack Over Tasteless Film: Cyber Warfare On 1st Amendment Will Beget New Forms of Movie Releases (BitTorrent), Layered Cyber Security, XXX-Rated Parodies and New Love of Free Speech




It's useless to waste much time on  handwringing over new diplomatic ties with the pathetic country of Cuba by our truly feckless boy president,  mass shootings, ISIS beheadings and the aging Hillary Clinton's exhausted run for president. This hack attack of Sony by the 'GOP' is the story with the broadest and longest term implications and repercussions for each and everyone of us, in every walk of our lives.

It's an international sensation which will change the course of society, communications, banking and doing business forever.

A good overview that's well-worth a read of how these rogue hackers got  into the lax Sony system from the inside is at Business Insider.

Will Sony ever release its 3rd-rate, ill-conceived film, The Interview? Of course it will, in time. That's where and when a new and dazzling business BitTorrent enters the picture. We can all count on the fact that many more people will end up seeing the movie then, than would every have seen it to begin with. I certainly will. Below watch Sony's CEO Michael Lynton:

Meanwhile, you can also count on this hack attack making some of Hollywood entitled super-liberals into neo-conservatives---sooner rather than later. Oh yes it will. Right Mr. Clooney et al?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Little Light Non-Christmas Music....So Let's Hear It For Cole Porter

I'M GETTING A LITTLE TIRED OF CRYING IN THE CAR EVERY TIME I HEAR I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS on the radio, which reminds me of the night before my dear Daddy died on Christmas Day some years back. I get eye-liner and lipgloss all over the steering wheel and my best outfit. Then I'm a mess by the time I get to the luncheon or wherever I'm going.

So, here without further ado is a little light music dedicated without additional comment. Take it away, Cole Porter...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mr. Turner, Mr. Turner, Mr. Turner!


I remember landing in London for the first time as a younger woman, jet-lagged and truly ready to drop. Yet all I could think about, dream of, was getting to the Tate Museum as soon as possible to see the Turner Collection. Had looked, spellbound, at his paintings in books for years and fallen in love with his work long since in some kind of mystical way. Now all  that the stood in the way of my seeing his masterpieces in person was a good night's sleep.

My fondness for the irascible, brilliant Mr. Turner has only grown with the years.

 Incidentally, after immersing myself for a day at the Tate, my next favorite stop outside London was Kew Gardens. It was an unusually warm early February day (and winter) with pansies growing everywhere and some of the exhibits I saw there---like the botanist Marianne North----were also life-changing....

 But back to Mr. Turner.....


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Advent Calendar


 IS ANYTHING MORE FUN THAN A GREAT ADVENT CALENDAR? Especially an interactive one that has  colorful little bookettes which a child, or child at heart, can open and read each day of Advent.

Oh the wonder of it all !Today's bookette is entitled "The Faithful Servant."

 Suddenly a voice boomed out, 'What traitor dares to insult the great King Herod?' shouted a well-dressed man who was Herod's high priest....A silence fell over the frightened crowd....'There can be but one king in Jerusalem,' thundered Herod's faithful servant....Then the wise men told him about the new star that had appeared---a sign that a great king would be born soon.... 

Will be away from the computer for the remainder of this weekend. Thanks for coming by.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

19 Secrets of UPS Drivers

SINCE UPS DRIVERS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE CHRISTMAS MAYHEM, it's good to know how the company and its drivers survive and thrive at warp speed.

Here's a list of top DOs and DON'Ts.  Some of them---like right-hand turn routes only----are great advice for all of us regular drivers.  Indeed,  I do try to schedule all my in-town road swings with right-hand turns only.

The full list of UPS secrets is here.  SOURCE: Challies

 BTW,  my UPS driver, Mark, is one of the great guys of the world. He's always on the top of my gift list.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Two Things A Mother Fears



SECOND,  having a son marry a role model like Angelina Jolie who says her kids all want tattoos like hers which number about 17.   No doubt they will also want to start smoking soon too, if they haven't already.  I know the culture has mercifully and long-since left me behind; however,  I think Jolie is a trashy-looking woman.  What about all this body art is beautiful?  Nothing in my book.

Having children fall under the spell of bad influences / dark 'role models' like these can only be addressed by getting down on our knees and praying without ceasing for prevention as well as deliverance. But by the Grace of God go any of us.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday---Saying No When Someone Asks You to Pray For Them


THIS PAST WEEK HAS BEEN CRAZY BUSY.  When I did make time to do a little browsing,  I found this piece by Tim Challies to be one of the most interesting and thought-provoking I've read in a long while.  Saying No, I won't pray for you is something I've never said though it's crossed my mind.  Most importantly,  it's a matter of priorities as to how much I can devote to praying for others, especially strangers. 

I do try to be diligent and pray for someone I know or love in need, especially when they or someone close to them asks.  Sometimes God puts someone or a situation on my heart which I pray for even without being asked.  Still I'm not sure I have ever been in the position of being asked to pray for someone and then saying No.  

Anyway,  hope you're challenged by Tim's piece as I am.  I'll be back as I can later tonight and this week.


Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk broadcasts Christopher Yuan's talk on his incredible journey to God from the homosexual drug scene and lostness he was living in. This is one of the most amazing stories of transformation I've ever heard or read about.  Sobering.  Humbling.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (A Black Professional) Unloads On Race Baiting/Politically Expedient Vultures Who Descended On Ferguson

FORMER NBA HALL OF FAMER CHARLES BARKLEY DEFENDS POLICE: Ghettos would be like the wild west without them.

And calls out Missouri Dem Governor Jay Nixon, US Sen. Claire McCaskill (Dem MO) and US Attorney General Eric Holder for being politically motivated for self-serving purposes in their reactions to Ferguson.

 HT: Vanderleun

From Wikipedia: As Sheriff, Clarke has been known for his outspokenness. Clarke frequently appears at public events on horseback wearing a cowboy hat. Among his controversial remarks were his assertions that Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele had “penis envy” and must have been on heroin when crafting the county budget.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

True Thanks @ River Crossing



 2 Corinthians 4:5-18

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Being Six And Four-and-A-Half

STUART SCHNEIDERMAN ON THE MANY BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE SO MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR, so little time to count our many blessings. Wishing you a blessed, healthy and peaceful Thanksgiving. Thank you for coming by...  


Reporting briefly, gratefully from Houston, Texas this Thanksgiving......Wishing you the best of this special day of gratitude.