...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.
Friday, April 30, 2010
I had to take a check out to my sister's new apartment and I was supposed to pick up the keys but they would not give them to me until the lease was signed. So I will have to go back tomorrow.
He woke up! Dad woke up about 45 minutes ago and has been responsive. He has been opening his eyes and reacting with facial expressions and hand squeezes. The doctors took him off his ventilator to see how he could breathe on his own- he was able to breathe but wasn't getting as much oxygen as they wanted him to. He'll stay on the vent for now. Big step in the right direction- such a great morning!
Dad is almost back up to temp this AM and they turned off the sedatives & paralysis meds. The Dr said we may see some changes today, but it might be a couple of days before Dad is fully conscious, perhaps 4-5 before we have a full understanding of his neurological condition. He appears to be developing pneumonia (possibly due to aspirating when this event occurred Wed AM), & is being treated for that condition.
Prayers are still needed and much appreciated. Thank you always for your love and support!!!
Looking back over the years
That we've been together,
I can't help but wonder...
'What the hell was I thinking?'
Congratulations on your wedding day!
Too bad no one likes your husband.
I've always wanted to have
Someone to hold,
Someone to love.
After having met you...
I've changed my mind.
I must admit, you brought Religion into my life.
I never believed in Hell until I met you.
As the days go by, I think of how lucky I am...
That you're not here to ruin it for me.
Congratulations on your promotion.
Before you go...
Would you like to take this knife out of my back?
You'll probably need it again.
Happy birthday! You look great for your age.
When we were together,
you always said you'd die for me.
Now that we've broken up,
I think it's time you kept your promise.
We have been friends for a very long time.
Let's say we stop?
I'm so miserable without you
It's almost like you're here.
Have a great Week-end. Hugs. j
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I got this in an e-mail. It is just too good not to share.
This article was originally credited to Rick Chertoff, who we have since found is not the author. We apologize for the error.
President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Jesus Christ, an immigrant originally born to a virgin mother in Bethlehem, to fill the new vacancy on the Supreme Court. Although Mr. Christ is over 2,000 years old, He is immortal, so Democrats and Republicans expect that He will serve on the high court forever or until He decides to start the End Times. Republicans are expected to fight the nomination on the grounds that Mr. Christ would radically move the Court to the left. The GOP is also concerned that, despite decades of controversy and speculation, Mr. Christ has never revealed his position on abortion. Mr. Christ, according to many authorities, is expected to oppose the death penalty in all forms. Michael Steele, the head of the GOP national committee, issued a statement: "Christ is a complete mystery to us. He won't reveal His physical appearance and many of His positions are unknown or the subject of speculation. He is a stealth candidate. Why won't He reveal himself? Who does He think He is?"
Republicans are reportedly outraged that Mr. Obama even considered Mr. Christ, who has been widely quoted for his sentiments supporting the poor over the wealthy. In a Facebook post, former half-term Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin called for an investigation into the Bethlehem chapter of ACORN because of what she termed the "highly suspicious" coincidence that both President Obama and Mr. Christ had each spent three years as community organizers. In her post, Palin also wrote that "More and more of good God-fearing smalltime Americans from hardworking smalltime towns from great parts of this real America, West, South, East, North, are seeing more and more every day that Christ is a community organizer. We don't need another community organizer in the White House!"
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) asked, "We're not even sure where He was born. Why is He afraid to show us his birth certificate?" Bachmann also announced that she would vote "no" when the Christ nomination came before the House of Representatives. Later, her congressional staff released a statement saying that the Congresswoman had forgotten that the House does not vote on judicial nominations.
According to Rush Limbaugh, "Christ doesn't know anything about free enterprise. This is part of the Obama conspiracy to drag us to socialism. If this guy is approved, I'm moving to Costa Rica." Sobbing, Glenn Beck attacked Christ's support for the separation of church and state, telling his audience "You know who else wanted a separation of church and state? Hitler."
Several Catholic priests were contacted for comment but refused to discuss the issue, and, even though they weren't asked, all empathetically denied that they had personally molested any children.
Democrats are optimistic about their chances of shoving Mr. Christ down the throats of Americans using normal constitutional and parliamentary procedures. Many Democrats are hopeful that Mr. Christ's past associations with prostitutes will earn him at least one Republican vote, that of Sen. David Vitter (R-LA).
If confirmed, Christ will be the first Supreme Court Justice who has at least one American city named after him: Corpus Christi, Texas.
Read the rest at The Placebo effect. It may surprise you.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Iowa City Lodge # 4 - 312 East College Street, #212 - Iowa City, Iowa
(319) 338-8181 41.659113 by W 91.53137 http://www.iowacity4.org/
Saturday; May 8th, 2010
Open Lodge in Form 5:15 P. M. - Business Meeting - Masons Only
It will be declared closed with a rap of the gavel.
Dinner with Ladies and guests Invited at 6:30P.M. @ $15.00 per person
Menu: Pork Loin mixed green salad, vegetable, potatoes dessert, and drinks.
The program will follow dinner:
The Jerry Marsengill Memorial Lecture for 2010
“Operative Masonry in Conservation Techniques of
Salisbury Cathedral and York Minster”
Presented by Robert R. Harvey, FASLA
Professor Emeritus, College of Design, Iowa State University
Professor Harvey was granted leave from Iowa State University to teach Landscape History at Thames Polytechnic in London UK and has presented refereed papers at the annual meetings of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Association for Preservation Technology, International and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and invited to lecture on Landscape History and Historic Preservation topics at the following academic institutions: Columbia University; Harvard University; University of Illinois; University of Minnesota; Joselyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE; Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL; Carlton University, Canada; University of Manitoba, Canada; University of Victoria, Canada; University of Winnipeg, Canada; York University, UK.
Professor Harvey has made numerous trips to England to study the architectural preservation methods to conserve and save these old structures. He has been afforded access to many parts of the structures not open to the public and, as one example, has climbed vertical stairs to the 250 foot level inside the Salisbury Cathedral. He has slides to illustrate these experiences.
Our speaker is a member of Arcadia Lodge #249, Ames; Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Des Moines Valley; Iowa Research Lodge No. 2; and the Scottish Rite Research Society.
Send your reservations by Monday; May 3rd to
Phil Enabnit, Secretary-Treasurer, (515) 266-7600 E-mail to
Give a membership! It is a great deal at $20.00, U. S.
New members receive two books from stock and the new book!
Dr. S is a good sport and I enjoy going to see him. I just wish the foot would heal. In the meantime I have picked up a summer cold and am coughing. I think that it is a good thing I did not have to work in Des Moines after all. I got there yesterday and lo and behold there was Don. Turns out his wife is ill and he had to cancel his vacation. So I went to the bank, bought gas and came home. I took three naps yesterday. That is the best thing I can do for it. And as you can tell from the crummy attitude I had Sunday it is best not to blog much. So that is were I am and what is going on. I shall continue to read and rest and heal. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, j