...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.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
I finally decided I was tired and got some Zzzzzz's.
BG made a movie. It was raining outside so we all went out on the porch to watch BG eat his sandwich and chips. He got his camera phone out and took a video. There isn't a lot of action there, Mostly just listening to the rain and sniffing what ever was under the porch. BG said it was something called a rabbit because he saw it run out, go through the yard and fence and run behind the neighbors bushes. He is quite proud that he was able to upload it to Google Drive and then put it on here so I could show you how much rain we got. It was so nice because he shut the air conditioner off and opened the windows. I liked it because the smells and noises came in and it was fun. Thanks for coming by to see me and don't forget to watch the video.. Slurpy kisses. Miss Molly
Note: I had to take the video out because every time you open the blog you came to it. If anybody really wants to view it you can go here.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
John Shelby "Jack" Spong (born June 16, 1931) is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church. He was formerly the Bishop of Newark (based in Newark,New Jersey). He is a liberal theologian, religion commentator and author. He calls for a fundamental rethinking of Christian belief away from theism and from traditional doctrines.
- Theism, as a way of defining God, is dead. So most theological God-talk is today meaningless. A new way to speak of God must be found.
- Since God can no longer be conceived in theistic terms, it becomes nonsensical to seek to understand Jesus as the incarnation of the theistic deity. So the Christology of the ages is bankrupt.
- The Biblical story of the perfect and finished creation from which human beings fell into sin is pre-Darwinian mythology and post-Darwinian nonsense.
- The virgin birth, understood as literal biology, makes Christ's divinity, as traditionally understood, impossible.
- The miracle stories of the New Testament can no longer be interpreted in a post-Newtonian world as supernatural events performed by an incarnate deity.
- The view of the cross as the sacrifice for the sins of the world is a barbarian idea based on primitive concepts of God and must be dismissed.
- Resurrection is an action of God. Jesus was raised into the meaning of God. It therefore cannot be a physical resuscitation occurring inside human history.
- The story of the Ascension assumed a three-tiered universe and is therefore not capable of being translated into the concepts of a post-Copernican space age.
- There is no external, objective, revealed standard written in scripture or on tablets of stone that will govern our ethical behavior for all time.
- Prayer cannot be a request made to a theistic deity to act in human history in a particular way.
- The hope for life after death must be separated forever from the behavior control mentality of reward and punishment. The Church must abandon, therefore, its reliance on guilt as a motivator of behavior.
- All human beings bear God's image and must be respected for what each person is. Therefore, no external description of one's being, whether based on race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, can properly be used as the basis for either rejection or discrimination..
I admire our ancestors, whoever they were. I think the first self-conscious person must have shaken in his boots. Because as he becomes self-conscious, he's no longer part of nature. He sees himself against nature. He looks at the vastness of the universe and it looks hostile.
I learned early in life that you get places by having the right enemies.
I think that anything that begins to give people a sense of their own worth and dignity is God.
If you begin to give people hope that there is a brighter future, there is a new tomorrow, then the people who were yesterday's terrorists become tomorrow's elected officials and they're part of the system.
Mother Nature is not sweet.
Whatever diminishes life is evil, and whatever enhances life is good.
You can't have a world where 50 percent of the people are dieting and 50 percent of the people are starving if you want stability.
Nelson Mandella Rachael Maddow Matt Damon
Jehan Sadat Jane Goodall Mohandas Gandhi
Eleanor Roosevelt Lyndon B. Johnson Michelle Obama
Helen Hayes Marion Wright Edelman Bishop Gene Robinson
Bishop Desmond Tutu Rachel Carson Helen Keller
Martin Luther King, Jr Dalai Lama Dag Hammarskjold
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
The doctor replied, “That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome.”
‘Is it common?’
“It’s not unusual.” A researcher arrives in Borneo to gather data for his thesis. Accompanied by his trusty guide, he seeks out a very remote locale for researching the behavior of the giant rat of Sumatra.
Around dusk of the first day, he’s sitting by the campfire with his guide when in the distance, he hears tribal drums. They get louder. The guide announces, “I don’t like the sound of those drums.”
The dusk turns evening. The drums get louder. The guide says, “I really don’t like the sound of those drums.”
Evening turns to dead of night. The drums get louder and louder, until it is obvious that the drummers must be quite close. The guide says again, “I really don’t like the sound of those drums.”
Suddenly the drums stop, and a voice from the darkness cries out,
“Hey man, he’s not our regular drummer!” Once, there as an aspiring actor. He could memorize his lines flawlessly, understood his characters, and was a perfect actor - in rehersal.
However, whenever he performed before a live audience, he would fumble his lines, stumble, trip, and in general make a fool of himself.
It’s sad, but there are just some people who just don’t act right in public.
Once upon a time there was a king named James who reigned over a small country. He was a good and wise king, but he had one very bad habit: King James just loved animals—all kinds of animals—and he kept bringing them in the castle with him.
King James had deer and water buffalo and foxes - all sorts of game in every room of the castle. The people of the kingdom finally got fed up with King James and this over-crowded and stinky situation, and they decided that King James must be dethroned and all of the game returned to their natural habitat.
It was the first time in history that..... the ‘reign was called on account of the game.’
One day in the forest, three animals were discussing who among them was the most powerful.
“I am,” said the hawk, “because I can fly and swoop down swiftly at my prey.”
“That’s nothing,” said the mountain lion, “I am not only fleet, but I have powerful teeth and claws.”
“I am the most powerful,” said the skunk, “because with a flick of my tail, I can drive off the two of you.”
Just then a huge grizzly bear lumbered out of the forest and settled the debate by eating them all… hawk, lion, and stinker. A brilliant scientist decided that he could accomplish twice as much if there were two of him ... and so, he decided to make a clone of himself. And so, he began working on the first cloning of a human being.
After months of research and trials, he proceeded to grow a clone of himself in a vat. As the clone grew, he became more and more anxious. One day, finally, the clone was ready! The clone emerged from his tank and, to the scientist’s surprise and horror, the clone began spewing forth a stream of obscenities!
As the clone dressed itself, it continued cursing non-stop—and the flow of obscenities didn’t stop. Day in and day out, the clone cussed, swore, and used every vulgarity imaginable. Eventually, the scientist snapped, and pushed the obscenity-spewing clone out of a window, causing it to plunge to its’ death.
Moments later, he was arrested by the police. On what charge?
Making an obscene clone fall.A skeptical anthropologist was cataloging South American folk remedies with the assistance of a tribal brujo who indicated that the leaves of a particular fern were a sure cure for any case of constipation. When the anthropologist expressed his doubts, the brujo looked him in the eye and said, “Let me tell you, with fronds like these, who needs enemas?”
A marine biologist developed a race of genetically engineered dolphins that could live forever if they were fed a steady diet of seagulls. One day his supply of the birds ran out, so he had to go out and trap some more. On the way back, he spied two lions asleep on the road. Afraid to wake them, he gingerly stepped over them. Immediately, he was arrested and charged with transporting gulls across sedate lions for immortal porpoises.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
I know I can enlarge the text by pressing Control and the = sign but why should I have to? It is not as if I expect much. I have been reading newspapers and magazines for a long time with decent print...Oh yes except for Vanity Fair. They are concerned that they will use space which is needed for large glossy images of skinny models in skimpy clothing. So the one page I am most interested in reading is tiny print and it is not easy for these old eyes to manage.
I am really enjoying some of the summer replacement shows. Of course Dallas, then there is The Closer, Rizoli and Iles, White Collar, Suits, The Firm, Covert Affairs, Burn Notice, Royal Pains...and Truc Blood and The Newsroom. I will miss them when they are off the air. It is too bad that the networks can't do as good a job. (Note: The jury is still out on the replacement for The Closer. I can't imagine it will be as good without Kyra. She is a great actress)
I also do not understand why, except for The Firm none of those are on the major networks. They have been running re-runs all summer and I don't watch them. There are a lot of shows I don't watch on the networks.
I forgot I also had fun watching Around the World in 80 Plates. I think they all should have won.
The lights were out on Wednesday from 8:45 - 11:00 and so the last 15 minutes of Dallas and Royal Pains were cut off. I was able to catch Royal Pains because they repeat the show at a later hour. Now I have to find the re-run of Dallas. I think it is Saturday morning at 8:00.
The bird up above is a grouse..I used it because that is what I planned on doing tonight, Grousing. thanks for listening.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Runners who hit the ball rush to the pylon that is making the loud noise and touch it as fast as they can. Some dive for it and crash in a fun way as if they are tackling a football player, and there is much excitement as they do so!! The team members have varying degrees of visual impairment from being totally to partially blind, so all team members wear eye coverings so everyone is playing on a level basis.
The sighted team member (number 4) is assisting a player in getting situated prior to the first pitch, and helping him understand where his team mates are. The beep baseball team members make all of this look amazingly easy!
The high point for a team member on the field, is to hear the ball beeping as it comes towards them, and field it so it can be held up, and hopefully get the runner out!
There is a large shaded tent for the service dogs that assist all of the team players when they are not playing baseball! They are cared for by volunteers which feed and water them, move about with them for exercises, and the lucky ones get to splash in wading pools, which would feel good for any dog, or any person for that matter, on a day like those during the week of the tournament.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I was enjoying the company and the meal and eating lunch. All of a sudden I heard a "crack." I ran my tongue around my teeth but everything seemed to be fine. However as I continued to eat I felt something hard in the food and discovered that half of my tooth had fallen out. I called my dentist but he was out at Scout camp with his kids and didn't get the message on time. Then he texted me late that night but I didn't notice it until I saw him Monday afternoon.
This was one of the teeth that was going to have to come out anyway so we were prepared for that. I had originally planned on spreading the work out over several months for ease of payment but that isn't going to work now. I have my next appointment on Thursday.
Needless to say that put a damper on my day. It was more difficult to eat the rest of the day. I was also worried about just getting through the day with the tooth bothering me. Here is a picture I took Monday after worrying about it all day Saturday and Sunday. I made it in Black and White because it looks so awful.
I went to the grocery store and picked up some yoghurt I will be eating soft for awhile. And I don't expect that I will be smiling much either. Such is the saga of life.
Monday, July 23, 2012
I went outside to do my usual business. I don't like the back yard much right now. You can see how brown it is.