Happy Sunday: Catastrophic Violence Edition

Condolences to the people of Aurora, Colorado.

Condolences to the victims and families of the victims.

Condolences to the family of the alleged shooter.

Condolences to a nation too stupid to realize what it has done to itself.

THE SHOOTING:  DEALING WITH CONDOLENCE, GRIEF AND PAIN

GOING DEEPER: AN ANALYSIS OF VIOLENCE IN ART, ENTERTAINMENT AND GAMING

SOMEHOW, WE NEED TO STOP THE MADNESS.

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Happy Sunday: Hard Truths Edition

Let us pray for the people who are suffering.

Let us pray for the people who have lost their homes.

Let us pray for innocent men, women and children who have been murdered by twisted and spoiled fools.

Let us pray for those who have been harmed or killed by the acts of liars,  deceivers and self serving manipulators of the people’s trust.

We all know  about someone, somewhere, who is suffering from a grave and unjust loss.

We all know about a serious  wrong that has not been righted.

We all know that an act of nature cannot be concerned about human life.

We all know that the great works and best hopes of many people can be dashed into rubble with no notice and no warning.

Let us never be so arrogant and foolish as to claim that natural disasters are the wrath of God, even when they strike a concentration of  big mouthed people who are than willing to attribute God’s wrath to natural disasters… in other places.

Let us pray for all of the people who are suffering, no matter where they live or whom they may be.

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Happy Sunday

 

Today, tens of millions of people are awake and ready. They are waiting for something great to happen. They are cooking special foods and are preparing their homes for great feasts and the ultimate event of the new year.

Some of us are preparing for the Superbowl.  True fans have finally come to this momentous day filled with great hopes and anticipation that their team will win to rule the world of football for one year. They hope and pray that their team will provide them with eternal bragging rights and great stories of heroic feats that led to gridiron glory and honor.

 

A lot of us could not care less about the Superbowl, either because our teams are not there, to get a taste of honor and glory, or because we hate football and have other things to do on such a fine, fine day.

At any rate, it is still Sunday, and many church leaders will pretend to be tone deaf to other people’s plans for the day. Some church leaders or major players will demand that the parishioners stay under the clutches of the church rather than enjoying the game. The second battle ensues, often with great tactic and hilarity.

Thus, a second great battle will go on between those who intend to watch the Superbowl and those who want to keep people in the clutches of the church, long after the shows of faith, rituals and weekly lessons are done.

We will not discuss the employers who intrude into the Sundays of their employees, sometimes with proper intentions, and sometimes with no idea about the meaning of a weekend off from work.

Many of us will see Sunday as a day of rest and recreation. Some will seek to honor the mythology that God rested on the 7th day.  Others have already taken their rest on Saturday, which was the seventh day that worked perfectly well until Pope Gregory came along and imposed his ideas about calendars on the world.

This makes us wonder why an outdated pope still rules over the length of our calendar month and the number of months in a year!

Many of us will think of God. We try to separate the nonsense from the truth about just what it is that pleases God. We will deal with people who try to convince us that they have the answers. We don’t know whether they have the answers because the final answers have not been given yet.

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Happy Sunday: Happy New Year 2012

 What has been will be again, 
   what has been done will be done again; 
   there is nothing new under the sun.

—Ecclesiastes 1:9

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012

2012 will be the last year for standing up to the evil, greed and opportunism of the charismatic creeps who have ruined our nation and our world.

2012 will be a test for American Christians to reject the wicked agendas that are being pushed by extremist religious leaders. This is the year to start being the people that Jesus taught us to be. We have been wasting and betraying our greatest gift.

2012 must be the year when the majority of the voters step up and vote, not just for themselves and because of themselves, but with respect to the good of the nation and the good of their neighbors. Many will have to step in and help when corrupted local and state governments attempt to deny their enemies the right to vote.

2012 will be a year toward recovery only if  America is willing to do the  hard work needed to express the truth and the whole truth. The lies that the right has been pushing and the pseudo academic arguments that the left has pointlessly engaged in will simply not do.

2012 will be the year of the charismatic creep; the charismatic opportunist; the charismatic bully and the charismatic liar. If America cannot get off of its dependency on charisma, then 2o12 needs to be the year of the charismatic hero, the charismatic savior, and the charismatic leader of the majority of the people.

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Happy Sunday: Music for chilling out when the stress takes over

 

 

Of all seasons, this one should not be stressful. But this is a time when family dysfunction, materialistic life plans, disjointed ideas about the best way to celebrate, and, of course, the economy come together to turn a beautiful event into a miserable existence.

Here are some tunes that will do something to distract us from the bad things in life, to remind us of the good things in life, or to serve as examples that lead us to calm down and think about something great, good, joyful and peaceful.

 

 

 

 

“Comfort Ye and Every Valley Must Be exalted” Reginald Hayes, Tenor

“O’ Holy Night” Carrie Underwood

“Bethelehemu” African Children’s Choir

 

 

 

 

I set up this living room every Christmas. If you look at the pair of eyeglasses, you can see why it is so special.

Stories Of Interest

Here are some links to my stories for the past couple of weeks. It’s been a busy time and a lot of interesting events have been worthy of a summary of the facts. 

 

How I love to write

I love to help the reader with more information and background than the average news article presents. This may involve deciphering an insider’s terminology, looking into the history of someone or something, or giving more background to a complicated article or event. 

A lot of times, we get interested when a series of events is reaching an interesting point. There are new computers and tablets that are gossiped about, but we get no details until the top reviewers can actually work with the devices and tell us what they think of them.

Sometimes, a warning needs to be repeated about such things as computer and internet scams, why we should care about the failed Congressional Supercommittee, and that the Fukushima nuclear disaster is far from over.

And a good recipe is something of beauty to share. The best part is when new cooks actually learn the basics of preparing their own tasty, healthy, cheaper and better food.

So here are some stories and blogs that help to get the fuller picture, along with a couple of recipes that will give the new and curious cook some ideas about basic foods.

 

WE KNOW ABOUT INTERNET AND COMPUTER PHISHING SCAMS, BUT WHAT ABOUT SMARTPHONE VISHING AND SMISHING SCAMS?

 

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT, IF YOU HAVE A KINDLE PREMIUM ACCOUNT, YOU CAN BORROW AND RENT BOOKS FOR FREE OR FOR LOW COST? ALSO,  EVERYONE CAN FIND FREE PUBLIC DOMAIN BOOKS AT KINDLE AND ELSEWHERE.

 

 

FEW HAVE CONSIDERED THAT THE FUKUSHIMA RADIATION IS COMING TO AMERICA AND THAT IT HAS BUILT UP OVER TIME. THE DISASTER THAT WILL NOT END EVEN WHEN THE MEDIA FAILS TO TELL US ABOUT IT.

 

 

STOP BEING AFRAID TO MAKE YOUR OWN HEALTHY, ADDITIVE FREE, AND DELICIOUS HOMEMADE BREAD! A CLASSIC PAIN DE MIE RECIPE.