Sunday, November 04, 2012

Biblical Principles for Voting


For those searching the Bible for Biblical principles on voting in this presidential election...

The Bible says: 

  • Abortion or inflicted miscarriage is not considered murder. 
  • Aliens deserve the same laws as everyone else - illegal or not. 
  • We should be good stewards of the planet - so go green!  
  • We are most Godlike when we give love freely and act to liberate the downtrodden and despised and to bring today's Pharaoh's down.
  • Our economy should be free and regulated.

Read this article for references - and much more you may find surprising - that is IN the Bible - in the OT.


Feel free to pass this on to people who are concerned about voting on Biblical principles according to the Old Testament. 

New Testament teachings of Jesus on how to get into heaven are in Matthew 25: 34-40

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fact Checking the Debates

Wouldn't it be nice if we could have non-biased, non-partisan journalists or historians fact checking the debates that are coming up?

It's so sad to hear all the lies that are being told. Unfortunately, when the truth comes out, it only makes its way to the major news outlets if it was a really big lie.

Meanwhile, numerous little white lies are floating to the ground like snowflakes, prettying up the minds of those who want to believe them.

Let's try to do something about it!



There is a petition that calls for fact checking the debates...

Voters must know what is true before they can make decisions that are in their own best interest and that of our country.   It would be best if the fact checking is done during the commercials and then before the next round of debates, the fact-checkers' findings could be read without comment.  This would be much more powerful than reading about it in the newspapers the next day.

That's why I signed a petition to Commission on Presidential Debates and the major TV networks, which says:

"Have unbiased fact checkers at the presidential and vice presidential debates so that voters can base their decisions on facts rather than rhetoric."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:
http://signon.org/sign/have-fact-checkers-at?source=s.em.cp&r_by=5625045

Thanks!


Monday, September 17, 2012

One War is One Too Many



I don't know who this young man is or where he is from, but when I look at this photo
I just want to hug him and take him to his home - just snatch him right out of there.

Opinions on war have never been more important than they are right now -
during this American presidential election year.

Mitt Romney has stated that:  
"Ever since FDR we've had the capacity to be engaged in two conflicts at once and [President Obama] said no, we're going to cut that back to only one conflict,"

Clearly, more wars is not what the American people want.
Clearly, war is not what other nations want.
Clearly, President Obama is the safest choice.

Please my American brothers and sisters,
make sure you are registered to vote,
and then exercise your right to do so.

http://RegisterToVote.org

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

John McCain an Honest Man

Watching the Republican convention was almost unbearable until the arrival of John McCain, an honest man.

Listening to his speech reminded me of what the Republican party once stood for - integrity, honesty, and compassion for all.

I couldn't help but notice that every time McCain spoke of things the Republicans had done, he spoke in past tense. That's how I know he is still a man of integrity. He did not lie about things he may WISH the republicans were doing. He spoke of what they did in the past.

He did not lie about President Obama.

I don't agree with John McCain's military vision for America.

I, for one, am tired of sacrificing the lives of our military troops. Let's face it, the best scenario they can hope for is to come home with emotional scars that will change their lives as well as the lives of their families. The worst case is that they don't come home at all. In between those two extremes we have those who come home without all the body parts they left with. This is a bleak picture no matter how you look at it.

Why? So we can play "King of the Hill" with the world?

Please. Be rational. Are our freedoms truly in jeopardy?

I have no doubt that if some other country takes that position with evil intentions (which is what every Republican assumes), that we would be able to take them down quite easily in a very short time.

Meanwhile, let them be King of the Hill. I find it too costly an endeavor.

However, I digress. It was a nice change of pace to hear a public servant speak truth while all the politicians around him are perpetuating blatant lies about President Obama. It's a very sad thing to watch.

Thank you John McCain, for being an honest man.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Clint Eastwood Comments on Gay Marriage


Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood comments on gay marriage which surprised many, including me. I agree with him 100%. The people are being forced to focus on issues that they should not be focused on. There are more important issues to be faced such as hunger, jobs, homelessness, war, etc.



 
 
 

   
    Clint Eastwood: ‘I don’t give a f*ck’ if gays marry (via Raw Story )
   
       Don’t expect to see him marching in a Pride parade anytime soon, but gays may have found an unexpected ally in Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood. In the October issue of GQ magazine, Eastwood said that Republicans were making a big mistake by opposing same sex marriage. “These people who are…
   

 

 

Friday, June 22, 2012

People of Faith Should Care About Health Care for All


health care
Living in Arizona, I see so many people without health insurance and just like in South Carolina (my home state), if a woman does not have a qualifying child, she does not qualify for help with health care. It seems to me that people of faith should care about health care for all people, regardless of their race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or job status. See Matthew 25.31-46.
How do you get health insurance?
Keep in mind that in order to have health insurance, one must usually have a spouse so that they can afford insurance, or - one must have a full-time job that offers group insurance. Even then, sometimes the insurance premiums are so high that one cannot afford to pay them and continue to feed the family every day.
What about college students?
If you’re working part-time and going to college, you have no coverage whatsoever. I know, because my daughter has two part-time jobs and no health insurance coverage. She is barely 21 and is already in debt. No, she doesn't have a credit card or an iPhone, and she isn't throwing her money away. She is in debt to the hospital, to doctors and to the ambulance that picked her up when she almost died from choking due to an ongoing problem with her esophagus.
What about unexpected dental issues and other emergencies?

Try handling the removal of wisdom teeth, repairing broken teeth and dealing with strep throat without insurance to pay for the office visits, the x-rays, the procedures and then the medications.

What about potential life altering and life threatening conditions?

Try finding out you have a cyst on your pineal gland that is larger than the gland itself and that you need to have an MRI every 3 months to monitor the growth of the tumor growing in your brain. Since I have no insurance and don't qualify for help, I will trust God to handle this cyst for me. It's my only choice. 
Yes my dear Republican Christian friends, thanks to your so-called "conservative" views, I cannot have any help whatsoever. People of faith should care about health care for all. If you don't agree, then familiarize yourself with the teachings of Jesus as stated in Matthew 25.31-46.
Since when is it okay for any humans, especially those of the Christian faith, to NOT care enough about people by DOING something like making sure this country provides affordable health care! People of faith should care about health care for all - otherwise, to me at least, you are a hypocrite.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Good Leaders Have Different Brain Waves

Good leaders have different brain waves
New research using details about people's lives as well as measuring particular output using electroencephalography (EEG), has led researchers to believe that good leaders have different brain waves than others.  


This is important because in the past, we have thought that the reasons were solely based on psychology. 

However, studies still show that listening to classical music does have positive effects on the brain. 

This fact alone, should still remind us that we must nurture our children properly and not turn them over to video games and television sets to be entertained. 

Regardless of brain wave activity, the proper atmosphere can enhance a person's mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

As parents, we all want to do what we can to ensure that our children are those of whom this study speaks. If good leaders have different brain waves, then we want to contribute to helping our children have those particular brain waves. 


Leaders are usually achievers, which brings them back into the cycle of leadership and accomplishing great goals. The feelings of success and accomplishment appear to be great motivators. This fact gives parents a greater responsibility to explore many areas of interest that might spark a flame of inspiration in their child. 


Interestingly, but not surprisingly, transcendental meditation seems to increase these factors in the brains of those who practice meditation regularly. 


Quiet time is so rare these days. I believe that when the Old Testament of the Bible stated in Psalm 46.10: "Be still and know that I am God," that the most important concept he was trying to convey was to be still. Be still physically, mentally and spiritually. 

Be still and allow, be still and know, be still and be well.

Perhaps more children should be exposed to Yoga, martial arts, and contemplative prayer. Writing in a journal every night might be another way to help children make sense of the world around them, as well as help them unwind from the daily stress and prepare them for a good night's sleep. 

Below is a quote from the website with the details on the study. You can read more about how they concluded that good leaders have different brain waves at the link below.


The researchers have developed a new theory, a Unified Theory of Performance, which suggests that higher levels of mind-brain development form a platform for higher performance, regardless of profession or activity. http://preventdisease.com/news/12/062012_First-Study-To-Show-Brain-Measurement-To-Effective-Leadership.shtml

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Defining Genius

Most people think of Einstein when they hear the word genius. But defining genius is actually based on such strict criteria that very few people can ever hope to be among those who hold the title.  

For instance, while looking for methods of defining genius, I naturally started at the beginning... with the dictionary.

According to Dictionary.com, Genius is defined as:

an exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work in science, art, music, etc. 

and as:

a person having an extraordinarily high intelligence rating on a psychological test, as an IQ above 140.

 For many years, science has been noticing the parallels of the genius mind with the mentally ill mind, thereby giving us even stranger ways of defining genius.

Vincent Van Gogh certainly struggled with his own demons and even went so far as to cut off his own ear. Yet, he has left us some of the  most beautiful art in the world, and is my favorite artist.

Likewise, Edgar Allen Poe was considered mentally ill. I find this interesting because as a young student during what are now called middle school years, I found this man's writings to be the most fascinating in the world. As a parent, I introduced my children to his work when they reached the appropriate age, or when they began to study his works in school.

It appears that those who are bipolar have something going on in the brain when they are coming out of a depressive state that links them to accepting numerous thoughts - I like to call it multi-thinking.

According to Life's Little Mysteries, most people will filter out the unnecessary thoughts and focus on those things that are related to what they need at the moment, while bipolar disorder enables people to overload on information that can stimulate creativity.

It would appear to me that defining genius actually has little to do with the IQ score, unless we omit certain defining values from the term genius. Perhaps all geniuses are not meant to be creative, which is one of the values that certainly defines a genius in my way of thinking.

I wonder what people such as Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, and Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame would have been considered? Were they true geniuses?

I believe they were. It took a certain amount of insanity to continue on their paths when all around them considered them to be wasting their time. Edison had many failures before the light bulb worked. Why did he continue?

Abraham Lincoln lost more elections than he won - considerably more. Why did he continue to pursue the highest office in the land?

Colonel Sanders took his recipe to numerous restaurants before he found one - the one - who would actually give it a try. How did he know that he would eventually find that one person who would say yes?

Perhaps the true genius knows that eventually, the creative individual will succeed. The true test is not so much in an IQ score, but in one's perseverance and determination to achieve a particular outcome.

Of course, as happened in the case of Van Gogh, the fame and success came after his demise.

However, we might correctly assume that his intention was to change and bless the world with his visions of beauty on canvas.

Blessing the world with creativity is certainly one of the highest callings there can be, and in my book always qualifies one who does so as a genius.





Friday, June 01, 2012

How Many Words Per Minute

Have you ever wondered how many words per minute you can read?

Well, I have, and now there's a test over at Staples that will tell you how many words per minute you can read and still comprehend the text.



I did pretty well, but actually thought I would do better. I read 426 words per minute, which is 70% better than the national average.

If you decide to take the reading test, here's a secret - they will ask you 3 questions at the end of the reading, so pay attention because it's also about reading comprehension.

This would be an excellent test to give students to see how well they are progressing in the education process.

After the reading test, your score will be shown along with average scores for different groups of people, such as 6th graders, college students, college professors, etc.

Click on the image below to take the reading test and find out how many words per minute you can read and comprehend.

Good luck!



Here's my favorite reader - 
the Kindle Fire!  

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thou Shalt Not Make Broad Generalizations

Earlier this week, Ari Fleisher was on Anderson Cooper's show on CNN. It was a fairly interesting exchange regarding current politics, but one of his comments has stuck with me so I decided to vent about it here. By no means is he the only person that has made broad generalization statements that mislead the masses, but his is the one on my mind today.

Fleisher made the comment that President Obama didn't seem to like corporations.

When I was a child, at some point I remember being presented lessons or tests with particular scenarios that were to teach us from making broad generalizations that in fact, were false.

For instance, if they showed you a picture of a black dog, the caption would read...

This is a dog.

The dog is black.

Therefore all dogs are black.

You would answer true or false to the statement.

The lesson is "thou shalt not make broad generalizations."

I guess Fleisher missed that lesson, further proving that education and degrees do not make one intelligent.

Or maybe he is intelligent and just trying to take advantage of shallow thinkers, who will believe that since President Obama does not like corporate thieves, then he doesn't like any corporations at all. Makes perfect sense, right?

Following this logic I will now have to hate cars, because one left me stranded on the highway one time.

I will also have to hate teachers, because a few of them are pedophiles.

Nah, I'll just try NOT to hate people like Ari Fleisher, who spin the truth to fit their own agendas by stating half-truths and hoping the public will buy it. I wonder how he sleeps at night, especially on nights after he has been on national television?

Dear Ari, thou shalt not make broad generalizations that mislead your American brothers and sisters.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Building a Better Blog

We bloggers are always looking for ways to improve our blogs, or at least, I hope that most of us are.

Building a better blog requires figuring out what people want and then delivering it to them. One of the things I have found after a few years of doing this, is that comment moderation and the features of the commenting platform can be tools that help keep readers active and happy at the same time.

Yesterday, I finally installed Comment Luv with my Intense Debate commenting system. Comment Luv allows a commenter to type in their website url and then it will automatically pull the title of the last post as well as linking to it.

I only applied it to new posts though, because the wording of the installation confused me a little bit. It said that applying the application to existing posts would replace the existing comments.

What does that mean???

Replace - as in replace them with nothing?
Replace - as in put them back where they belong when the application is installed?

I decided to be safe instead of sorry.

I would be extremely happy if any of you has the answer to this question. If the existing comments will be safe at home, then I will implement Comment Luv on the whole shebang. Otherwise, I'll leave it as is.

I also decided to allow the comment section to appear on the front page if you click the link. Previously, I had a popup window, but I really hate popups of any kind, so I decided to change that. I also hate being led to another page because, well, there isn't a good reason for why I find it annoying, I just do.

KISS - Keep it simply sweety...

I'm trying to keep blogging simple for my readers, but that isn't always simple and in fact, can sometimes present quite a challenge. In the end though, I enjoy rearranging and redesigning my blogs. Now I just need to start actually analyzing which changes increase viewers and truly make it better.

Building a better blog




Monday, May 14, 2012

Character in a Presidential Candidate

I'm not so proud of many things I did as a young person, but I can honestly say that I never intentionally hurt anyone, physically or otherwise.

Mitt Romney's "hijinks" (as he calls them) as a senior in his "prep" high school which involved holding a gay boy down and cutting his hair, seem to be more of a character issue to me. He had no thought at all about this young man's feelings. Indeed, he deemed himself to be more worthy  - else he would not have dared to force the boy into an unwanted haircut.

He took control of someone without their permission. I find this unacceptable of the character that should be in a presidential candidate. He was a senior, not a ten year old boy who may not have known better. Equally as distressing as the incident itself, is that the school did absolutely nothing about it.

There is also the issue of animal cruelty relating to Seamus, the family dog who was placed in his kennel (equipped with a windshield), and strapped to the top of the car for the family vacation trip in 1983. In 1983, I'm pretty sure Romney was an adult.

Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey found that 74% of Democrats, 66% of Independents, and 63% of Republicans consider it inhumane to put a family dog in a kennel on the roof of a car. The poll also found that 35% of voters would be less likely to vote for Romney because of the Seamus incident, whereas 55% of voters said that it would not affect how they vote. 

Regardless of which party one represents (or religion for that matter), a presidential candidate should always possess the character and inherent morals that would enable that person to have compassion and empathy for his/her constituents - the people he/she will be sworn to protect. I sincerely hope that the American people will consider these issues when they vote in the Presidential election.








Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Supporting Gay Marriage Political Ploy

Surely everyone has heard the news by now...
Political Ploy? Doesn't make sense!

President Obama has become the first president in history to support same-sex marriage.

Many are saying that supporting gay marriage is nothing more than a political ploy, but if that were the case, it is certainly one with a huge risk.

While it's true that the majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, that majority may not play out across all states, and the state victories are the ones that elect the president.

Therefore, this logic simply does not float.

President Obama always supported civil unions with rights for gay partners, and I think this is just his way of taking a stand. This stand is doubly important in light of the vote in North Carolina which just banned gay marriage.


  1. When will Christians learn that they do NOT have the right to force their beliefs on all Americans?
  2. When will Christians learn that they do NOT have the right to punish those who go against their beliefs?


I'm very proud to be an American today, and I'm very proud of President Obama for defending basic human rights of all Americans.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Free Diet Coke Surprise

I ran out of Diet Dr. Pepper this morning which, if you knew me, you'd know that it's a terrible thing and I can get downright grouchy without it.

So, after I dropped my daughter off at the college, I went to CVS, which was right across the street. Well, their drinks are so expensive that I simply refuse to buy more than one at that price. It's the principle of the thing. However, they had my favorite ice cream on sale for half of what I pay in the grocery store, so I stocked up on that and got a few more things while I was in there.

Here's the best part... When I got to the register, she asked for my little care card and then informed me that since I had spent over $20, I was entitled to a 12 pack of Coke products - absolutely free. Then she took my care card and went to the scanner to spit out the coupon for me.

Can you believe it?

She even walked with me to where the boxed cans were stacked to pick up my free drinks! That lady was a pleasure to do business with.

She didn't have to tell me about the free product, I would never have known the difference. But she did - and that made all the difference.

God bless her.

So, if you've got a few things you can buy at CVS, go spend $20 and get a 12 pack of canned drinks - free!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Female who fired warning shot to abusive husband found guilty

"31-year-old Marissa Alexander was cornered by her abusive husband when she fired a warning shot into the ceiling of their home, using a gun she was licensed to carry. The August, 2010 incident led to the Jacksonville, Florida resident’s conviction of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to newspaper The Florida Times-Union." Florida Judge denies ‘Stand Your Ground’ retrial to female black defendant | The Raw Story

Ummm, so where does justice enter into this situation?

This story is absurd and illogical. Since when is it illegal to fire a warning shot?

This type of action by a judge, makes you wonder who is in control of our judges, because they obviously are NOT using common sense to make decisions, indicating that they are under the influence of something or someone - or a group of someones.

It's scary.

We are living in dangerous times, not only in our homes, but in our courtrooms.



Saturday, May 05, 2012

Catch My Words: Silly Sunday: History Lesson

My new favorite phrase is now "pluck yew!"

Learn something new -- and funny too.

Read this delightful blog post by Joyce Lansky:

Catch My Words: Silly Sunday: History Lesson:
The History of the Middle Finger   English Archers  
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the...

Luxury living at largest Christian TV network

While I am not a bit surprised by this development, I am a bit puzzled as to why Mr. and Mrs. Crouch require his and hers mansions, and in more than one location???

Surely the two of them can find enough privacy in one mansion? We are using the term mansion - which implies plenty of roaming room, which shouldn't even be needed for people their age - I mean let's get real.

Hopefully people will wake up, tune in to LOVE and stop sending their money to these hypocrites.

NYT: Luxury living at largest Christian TV network - US news - The New York Times - msnbc.com: "Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have his-and-her mansions one street apart in a gated community here, provided by the network using viewer donations and tax-free earnings. But Mrs. Crouch, 74, rarely sleeps in the $5.6 million house with tennis court and pool. She mostly lives in a large company house near Orlando, Fla., where she runs a side business, the Holy Land Experience"

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Before Sushi went Global

I'll admit it, I still have not tried Sushi. My daughter loves it, and I intend to give it a try one day soon. I feel rather behind the times.

I guess it's because I didn't grow up with even the word Sushi, much less the eating of the raw blue fin tuna.

The globalization of food and technology is a wonderful thing, even though some of us are a little slow to incorporate new things into our daily lives. That's okay though. I'm sure I won't have it every day, or even every week, but I certainly will learn to enjoy it.

Here's some interesting info on the blue fin tuna before the American demand for it existed... you fishermen/women may enjoy this one.

" Commercial fishers, if they caught bluefin at all, sold them for cat food when they could and trucked them to town dumps when they couldn't."

Now, a couple hundred top quality blue fin tuna will sell for over a million dollars!!!

How Sushi Went Global - By Theodore C. Bestor | Foreign Policy:

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Dark Shadows Star Jonathan Frid Dead

How sad that he would pass just before the release of the movie in which he has a cameo in. I hope he got to see it.

Dark Shadows Star Jonathan Frid Dead at 87 - Today's News: Our Take | TVGuide.com:

"Before his death, Frid, who also starred in the TV movie The Devil's Daughter and the horror film, Seizure, filmed a cameo appearance for Tim Burton's forthcoming big-screen remake of Dark Shadows, in which Johnny Depp will play Barnabas. The film is set to be released May 11."

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Jon Stewart Hilarious Rant on Attitudes towards Poor

You must listen/see this clip from Jon Stewart to actually hear the ridiculous claims being made about the poorest in the US. For instance, 99.6% of those so-called poor have a refrigerator.

How sad.

Jon Stewart: ‘F_ck The Poor’ | MoveOn.Org:

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