Daily Archives: December 3, 2014

The REAL rules about political children

1. The children of the Left are all angels and can do whatever they please without criticism.
2. The children of the Right are all evil and should be trashed no matter what they do.

2005 2014 WaPo on political children

H/t Pistol Pete, Grunt of Monte Cristo

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Leaf it to your imagination

Leaf it to your imagination w Fulton Sheen quote

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Pope Francis put Cardinal Burke in charge of an ARMY!

Cardinal Burke

This blog is loaded with good pics, so I recommend you go to http://www.catholicvote.org/the-pope-didnt-exile-cardinal-burke-he-gave-him-an-army-photos/ to see it as the author intended.  But, if you’re too busy and just want the facts, ma’am, here’s the text only.

The Pope Didn’t Exile Cardinal Burke. The Pope Gave Him An Army.  
By Thomas Peters – December 3, 2014

I wish someone would exile me the way Pope Francis exiled Cardinal Burke.  When I think of exile or banishment, I think of tiny islands where friends are few and far between.

The Associated Press described Cardinal Burke’s new position as “largely ceremonial” and said the Knights of Malta are a “charity” who provide “residences for the elderly.”

Oh, really?  Because last time I checked, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (their full name) was the world’s oldest surviving order of chivalry boasting over 13,000 members (knights and dames), 80,000 permanent volunteers and 20,000 personnel.

The Knights of Malta became a military order in 1099 during the First Crusade that conquered Jerusalem.  They kept themselves busy for the next Four Hundred Years by conquering islands, protecting Christian pilgrims and fighting Muslims.  Then in 1517 they helped turn back the Ottomon Empire in the Battle of Lepanto. It was kind of a big deal.

The modern day Knights of Malta are present in over 120 countries. They have bilateral and official diplomatic relations with over half of the world.  The Order now also includes Dames of Malta, seen here preparing for battle in line outside the Vatican.

Cardinal Burke has said he will be traveling to meet with Knights and Dames of Malta all over the world, maybe in one of their planes.  That’s right, planes.

When he gets to his destination, maybe he will use one of these Sovereign Military Order of Malta passports.  You know who else has to carry multiple passports?  Secret agents.  Undercover operatives.  International men of the liturgical counter-revolution!

As Cardinal Burke explains, the Knights of Malta have two primary missions (that we know about): the defense of the faith (defensio fidei) and the care for the poor (obsequium pauperum).

Pretty awesome, right? And we’re just getting started.

Every year the Knights of Malta bring thousands of malades (the sick and infirm) on pilgrimage to Lourdes, France for a week. They gather in the Basilica of St. Pius XII, which looks like this from above on Google Maps. But underground it holds 25,000 knights, dames, pilgrims and malades.

Cardinal Burke will be serving as Patron of the Order, an office where he serves as the representative of the pope to the prince of the sovereign military order, Fra. Matthew Festing, the 79th head of the order.  Here is Cardinal Burke leading a procession in Lourdes.

Oh wait, that’s a bad angle There. That’s better. The unofficial motto of the Knights of Malta is “Go big or go home”.  Cardinal Burke says he is optimistic for the future and is looking forward to his new assignment.  I would be too if the pope had just given me an army!

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Need some happy feelings? Take a walk!

Walk yourself out of a bad mood

I have some science to throw at hubby when he’s a grouch and I want him out of the house anyway. “Walk the dogs! You’ll feel better!” ::giggle::

An alternative for this homebound semi-cripple … I lay on my couch and invite my little poodle to get some “sugar” which means she stretches out on my belly while I give her a long, full body massage. I saw in a dog documentary that a good pet cuddle caused oxytocin to be released in both pet and human. Doing this makes us both feel wonderfully warm and lovey dovey, plus oxytocin is great for the immune system.


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Costing out my kombucha

2014_11 24 Making BOOCH brew one

My first batch of kombucha (kom BOOCH ah) is ready to decant!  I am so excited!   It has the same yummy flavor as my favorite store bought (GTS Original Flavor), but not much fizz.  As I understand it, I need to decant it into bottles and leave them at room temp for a day or two of additional fermenting to get the fizz I like.  But it’s ready to drink, so I probably will have one semi-flat bottle today and “fizz” the rest.  When it’s fizzy enough, the bottles I haven’t drunk up will go into the fridge.  I’ve already got 3 qts of sweet tea ready and cooling for my second jar of first brew.

2014_11 24  Our fermenting station

I am hooked on this stuff. It is sooo delicious and refreshing, plus it makes my grumpy gut feel better. The GTS store bought is wonderful … but pricey!  Once I knew I could achieve the flavor I want in my own kitchen, I got curious how much I will be saving over store bought.  I biased my prices in favor of the store bought by googling for the highest priced brands of teas and sugar. For the GTS Kombucha, I used the price we actually paid in a local store, which is a little lower than the on-line prices.

Supplies I purchased for my first 3 quart (96 ounces) batch of kombucha:

  • Four bags (two each) of black tea and green tea (40 cents)
  • One cup of white sugar ($1.50)
  • 3 quarts of filtered water (I have a Multi-Pure on my kitchen sink)
  • 1 SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) with tea starter and instructions ($26.00) = p/h incl
  • One gallon glass brewing jug ($21.00) = p/h incl
  • 1 clean cotton rag from my closet + 1 large rubber band from my desk
  • Plastic strainer for decanting ($5.99) = p/h incl
  • Glass bottles with PLASTIC lids = I’ve been cleaning my GTS bottles to use when my own brew is ready
  • 1 bottle brush cuz you can’t get down into those bottles without one

Supplies I will need for my second (and subsequent) 3 quart (96 ounces) batch(es) of kombucha:

  • Four bags (two each) of black tea and green tea (40 cents)
  • One cup of white sugar ($1.50)
  • 3 quarts of filtered water from my tap
  • 1 SCOBY and 1 cup of “booch” from previous batch

AFTER I’ve amortized the initial start up costs,

  • 96 ounces = $2.00.

GTS Kombucha costs $4 per 12 oz bottle.

  • 96 ounces = $32.00.

2014_12 02 GTS vs my brew cost

Doing it for less $ at the start

If you have a friend with a spare SCOBY and/or a cheaper source for gallon glass jugs, obviously you can save a bundle. You don’t need a lid for the jug either, so if you find one with no top, grab it! Kombucha needs to be brewed with just a clean cloth rubber banded over the top. You can probably also get away without using a strainer, but I didn’t want to and apparently kombucha does something funky to metal that is good for detoxing heavy metals from your body, but bad for your brews and metal kitchen utensils. The PLASTIC strainer I got from Cultured Food Life is really nice.


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Barack Obama: 20 Quotes on Islam; 20 quotes on Christianity–So Which is He?

Barack Obama on Islam:

1. “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam”

2. “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer”

3. “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world – including in my own country.”

4. “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam.”

5. “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.”

6. “Islam has always been part of America”

7. “we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities”

8. “These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.”

9. “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

10. “I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam.”

11. “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.”

12. “So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed”

13. “In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education.”

14. “throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”

15. “Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality”

16. “The Holy Koran tells us, ‘O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.’”

17. “I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month.”

18. “We’ve seen those results in generations of Muslim immigrants – farmers and factory workers, helping to lay the railroads and build our cities, the Muslim innovators who helped build some of our highest skyscrapers and who helped unlock the secrets of our universe.”

19. “That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

20. “I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”

Barack Obama on Christianity:

1. “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”

2. “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”

3. “Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?”

4. “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages – the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity – are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”

5. “The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics.”

6. From Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope: “I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex-nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.”

7. Obama’s response when asked what his definition of sin is: “Being out of alignment with my values.”

8. “If all it took was someone proclaiming I believe Jesus Christ and that he died for my sins, and that was all there was to it, people wouldn’t have to keep coming to church, would they.”

9. “This is something that I’m sure I’d have serious debates with my fellow Christians about. I think that the difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and proselytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they’re going to hell.”

10. “I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That’s just not part of my religious makeup.”

11. “I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.”

12. “I’ve said this before, and I know this raises questions in the minds of some evangelicals. I do not believe that my mother, who never formally embraced Christianity as far as I know … I do not believe she went to hell.”

13. “Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will-they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths.”

14. On his support for civil unions for gay couples: “If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount.”

15. “You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

16. “In our household, the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology”

17. “On Easter or Christmas Day, my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.”

18. “We have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own”

19. “All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra – (applause) – as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer. (Applause.)”

20. “I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”

SOURCE: Clash Daily.




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