Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Two Kates

two kates

The Deep State Update—Judicial Watch

The scandal in Washington is not about Russia; it’s abuse of power at the highest level, the FBI, the CIA, State Department and embedded and entrenched government loyalists, aided by the media who didn’t even look for any sources other than what was leaked from those agencies. This panel took place yesterday and is an update to discuss “The Deep State Update.”  Panelists are Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Vince Coglianese, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, Michael Bekesha, and Tom Fitton, who gives the introductions.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

No crust no pie

No one made a better pie than my mother.  But I used to be good too, and was often asked to bring one to a family get together or church pitch-in.

This is the only pie crust I know, and I think it was Mom's. 1/3 cup of shortening to 1 Cup of flour. 1 tspn of salt to 2 cups of flour. 6 TBSP of water for a 2 crust, and 3+ a smidge for 1 crust. So for 2 crust: 2/3 c. shortening, cut into 2 cups of flour with 1 tspn of salt. Add by sprinkling 6 tablespoons of water, mix very lightly and press and roll half of it out between two pieces of plastic-wrap. Lift the top piece, place the pie pan over the crust, and flip. Scrunch down the crust, put in the filling, and roll out the other half for the cover. Got it? Most of the time now I make a crust with peanut oil, but I don't think it is as good as Crisco. Doesn't stay flaky. I've never used butter.

I never knew Mom to use margarine as one of my nieces does. Mom  used lard in her glory days of the 1940s and 50s until it fell out of favor, then switched to Crisco, and then later in life when watching cholesterol or something, she changed to oil (which is why I tried it) and she always complained it wasn't like Crisco. There must have been some years of pie baking that I missed. I've even tried baking the bottom crust a little before I fill it, and it still isn't like I remember. I had a gas stove until 2002, and I can't remember when I started complaining about it. Our daughter makes a beautiful crust, and never comments on mine which are sort of slapped together. Hers are a work of art with little cut-outs.

April is poetry month

Normal day, let me be aware   

           of the treasure you are.

           Let me learn from you,

           love you, savor you, bless you

           before you depart.  Let me not

           pass you by in quest of some rare

           and perfect tomorrow.

                              -Lynne Wilburn, 2011

Treadmill for seniors

This routine pretty much describes mine.  I go to Lifetime Fitness 6 times a week and walk 40-50 minutes on the treadmill--walking not running.  The only thing that doesn't match up is holding on the hand grips.  I do walk swinging my arms and was hoping that is good for balance (and the article confirms that), but only for maybe 10 minutes.  So I'll increase that--the article says that holding on can throw off your posture, or even cause some new aches and pains.  Then 3 days a week I do resistance, all on pulley machines.  I love it when I find a site that agrees with me!

The recommended amount of cardiovascular exercise for seniors over age 65 is 30 minutes per day, five days per week. If you can't do all 30 minutes in one session, it is permissible to break up that 30 minutes, but your exercise session should be at least 10 minutes long.
You should also do strength training exercise two to three days each week, with eight to 10 exercises. You can do this exercise on the same days you enjoy treadmill walking, or on alternate days. Try a 20-minute strength training workout for seniors or a dumbbell strength training workout for seniors.

Monday, April 23, 2018

What if it were a little prince?

Just heard that Kate and William left the hospital with the new baby. Do you suppose if this beautiful boy were found to have an incurable neurological condition like little Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard the UK socialist health service would demand he be killed? Don't think so! Princes have privilege.  Alfie has been made a citizen of Italy.  Charlie, you’ll remember, died from lack of care ordered by the system and upheld through court appeals.

Obama Administration had ZERO intelligence to go after candidate Trump

It was all “trumped” up.  Then Comey “leaked” lies through his buddy to the New York Times. Watch this bombshell interview of Nunes and Bartiromo. In order to launch an investigation you need evidence.  They had none! This is probably the biggest scandal that Obama and the Democrats hide.  At the highest level, a counter intelligence investigation in order to spy on the “other” campaign.  I don’t think this can be blamed on Hillary Clinton—I put it at the feet of Obama.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

A dad’s review of Black Panther, guest blogger Fred

“a real shame that Black Panther, a movie unique for its black star power and its many thoughtful portrayals of strong black women, depends on a shocking devaluation of black American men.” Boston Review

“I started a new job a few months ago and have been buried. I stuck my head up from beneath a mountain of paper last night and finally took the kids to see Black Panther. I've been looking forward to it because I'd heard some pretty good things about it from people whose opinions I value. And about mid-movie I started questioning the intelligence of my friends. And yet I sat there with my children, all the way until the final moralistic preening message of responsibility and sharing. I really did want to like this movie.

After the movie I talked to my kids about how unlikely it is that a single spectacular resource (even extraterritorial Vibranium) could enable a people to master the physics of aerodynamics, the science of medicine and the fiction of anti-gravity. (Otherwise, perhaps Botswana would live in diamond palaces and be free of HIV/AIDS.)

I told them about the plight of Venezuela, with its fantastic climate, beaches and oil riches. I talked about the century (or so) of "enlightened" thought that enabled American forefathers to create a system of government that established God-given rights to the individual, supplanting what were previously the rights of society and/or the government. I told them about the principles (and hard work) behind laissez-faire economics, arguably the single greatest factor in driving the most extraordinary technological advancements in history.

But a discussion (that sounds more like a lecture from dad) simply can't compete with Hollywood's CGI, 3D soundscape and idealistic naïveté of a better future.”

Guest blogger, Roy, on Common Core math problem

common core math

COMPLEX LANGUAGE WARNING: you have to learn the extra baggage of the fixed linguistic element "make 10" to be able to carry out the task. Isn't it a lot simpler to just teach that 8 + 5 _is_ 13? I haven't heard of any really good pedagogical reason for not just taking the easy path in answering such single digit questions, at least. Old school for me meant that a lot of life is simplified by just learning some things by rote. Most people are born with 20 digits-- it makes sense to learn by heart without looking what you could count out from the top and bottom on your hands and toes. Depending on whether your language reads from left to right or right to left and top to bottom or bottom to top, one could learn one's digits in order (assigning each a fixed number between 1 and 20) and have a visual backup for that stuff in one's mind at all times.

In my opinion as someone who at one time started on the road to be a linguist, has studied a good deal of philosophy and managed a graduate theological degree, this the pictured method in the meme above is illustrative of a veiled attempt to take all of education and turn it into something, where the _learning_ process becomes the focus (rather than _reality & objectivity_ and how to distinguish (it's really "all the same" they say)) those two.The rotation of that procedural complex(and its implicitly, for outsider's-- at least, incomprehensible language, laden with new technical terminata) has the explicit, but hidden goal of absolutely taking someone two generations away completely out of the communicative process. Now you add the pubescent storming away from logical reasoning as to why some activity shouldn't take place at the moment while yelling "You don't want to understand me because you hate me." to several levels of "I'm not really sure I really did understand what he was asking, but the way I answered was formed with the goal of engendering understanding-- it seems she doesn't want to be understood" The left wants equal outcomes for everybody. The only way they suggest to get there is to replace meaning with feelings in verbal intercourse and make government bigger. Ergo, everybody has to get dumber and poorer.

Mathematical question for budding statisticians: Is the last sentence of the preceding paragraph a betterment or degradation for society?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Bush family and Columbus, Ohio

Most of us around Columbus, OH, know about the Bush connection--George H.W. Bush's grandfather Samuel Prescott Bush, was president of Buckeye Steel and built his mansion in Marble Cliff which is now part of Prescott Place luxury condominiums. We admire it during Lent when we go the the fish fry at Our Lady of Victory.  His son Prescott (the senator and father of HW) lived here too and attended Douglas School before going east to a private school. I had forgotten that Barbara Bush's grandfather James E. Robinson was an Ohio Supreme Court justice and lived in Columbus and got his law degree from Ohio State. Wealth and influence married wealth and influence, much like today.

Jesus shall reign, by Getty music

On Feb. 25, 2018, over a million Christians got together to sing a Watts’ hymn, Jesus shall reign.  Really beautiful.  77 countries.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Mindfulness is a religion, and it’s not Christian

Is your school, community or church pushing "mindfulness" as a non-religious activity to reduce stress and anxiety and do they also offer other religious practices? "“Mindfulness” is rooted in Buddhism and seeks to bring about a state of active, open attention on the present by which one observes his or her thoughts and feelings as if from a distance, without judging them to be good or bad. Although it is promoted as a non-spiritual practice used as a means of vanquishing stress and anxiety, it is practiced through one of several forms of Buddhist meditation, such as “Breathing Space Meditation,” “Body Scan Meditation” and “Expanding Awareness Meditation.” " Susan Brinkmann

Here's some at Ohio State University where I worked, which by the way doesn't offer tax supported Christian prayer and meditation.

Another self-reflective book on the 2016 election

“With the Trump-Russia collusion theory seemingly running out of gas—and few reporters interested in pursuing the actual evidence of FBI abuses—along comes a new 2016 election memoir offering more conspiracy fun.

A story today from the website Daily Beast reports on a new book from New York Times writer Amy Chozick, who reported on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. It seems that Mrs. Clinton and her husband thought the Times was too tough on her, especially in its coverage of her mishandling of classified information and related untruths.”  Wall St. Journal, April 20, 2018

“In the unending debate over what happened in 2016, and whether journalists contributed to Donald Trump’s victory, Chozick offers plenty of self-recrimination, but she still blames Clinton for not grasping how the game was played. “Trump understood our gluttonous short attention span better than anyone,” she writes, “but especially better than Hillary, whose media strategy amounted to her ignoring us.” . . .

The next day [after the defeat by Trump], Times reporters consider what they’d missed — and why. “God, I didn’t go to a single Hillary or Trump rally,” a colleague of Chozick’s admits, “and yet, I wrote with such authority.”

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation

You probably learned about the Reformation and its myths in school or church. Dr. David Anders, a former Calvin scholar now a Catholic, says what you learned was false and many of the best Protestant scholars agree. There were many causes--many political. When you watch this video, you’ll also see why the sponsor should not put a large bouquet behind the speaker and a plastic water bottle on the podium.

Support free pregnancy clinics and the First Amendment

Last night we attended the 2018 volunteer appreciation dinner at the Linworth Road Church (non-affiliated Christian). It’s always inspiring to see and hear about Christians working together to saves lives. We each received tickets for door prizes, but we didn’t win—however, Debbie Price who received a special award for her 19 years of service, gave me the table flowers (mums).  Maybe it will survive my care!

The most concerning issue brought before the group for prayer is the new law in California which requires pregnancy clinics, which exist only to save lives of the unborn and support those women who have chosen to carry to term, to advertise the services of abortion clinics, like Planned Parenthood—giving out phone numbers, locations, services. This is a violation of both our religious protections and free speech protection. Other non-profits are not required to advertise for agencies or events that are contrary to their mission.


  • If you support a “no-kill” animal rescue, do those facilities have to advertise for animal shelters that kill after a few day"?
  • If you are using a physical therapy clinic for pain, are they required to inform you and advertise about pain clinics that use OxyContin and other addictive drugs? 
  • If you support a sanctuary for wild animals,are you required to advertise for a zoo that keeps them in cages?
  • If a store that sells only organic and vegetarian products required to advertise for fresh meat at the butcher shop?

The good news is that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear this case (Nifla v. Becerra). The proponents claim they want to make sure women are “informed.” Nonsense.  They want crisis pregnancy centers to close their doors. Research shows that over 60% of women who have abortions have been pressured into it, and that minorities have abortions far beyond their percent in the population.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Chick-fil-A squawk--again

“The New Yorker's current issue online "features the bigoted lament of writer Daniel Piepenbring, who decries the fast-food chain’s “creepy infiltration” of the Big Apple and warns against the company’s “pervasive Christian traditionalism.” Chick-fil-A opened its fourth location in the city last month. The largest franchise in the country, it seats 140, employs 150, and along with the other NYC locations, donates an estimated 17,000 pounds of food to a local pantry for the homeless and hungry. The company is reportedly on track to become the third-largest fast-food chain in the world." Michelle Malkin

I wonder how much food the New Yorker donates to the homeless? It is owned by Conde Nast and looking at its "social responsibility" page I saw something about fashion shows and violence against women, but nothing for the poor or homeless. New Yorker writes that Trump has given millions to charity, but not "millions and millions."

According to Pew Research, 77 percent The New Yorker's audience hold left-of-center political values, while 52 percent of those readers hold "consistently liberal" political values. So that's often anti-Christian--playing to his audience. Do as I say, not as I do is a common philosophy--just let the government do it. God forbid Christians should try to make a difference with a successful business model that employs over a thousand with excellent benefits. And a job is still the best antidote for poverty.

The go-to gal for on-line relationships

Ohio State has an interesting site devoted to statistics about faculty, rank, staff, ethnicities with a link to the twenty most popular professors for expert advice, appearing as talking heads on TV news shows, in topical information websites and popular magazines.  In the area of video games and social media people turn to an assistant professor in the arts and sciences, Jesse Fox who describes her research as—“how our online selves and social interactions influence our offline identities, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, including relationship initiation, development, maintenance, and dissolution.” So I looked at her research the public might come across—like a dating website Dating Advice dot com.  Apparently we’re all narcissists on social media. Hmm, what about professors who appear before thousands on TV?  All that appears on the FAR (Faculty Annual Review) which goes before the Promotion and Tenure committee.

“In the publication titled “The Dark Triad and Trait Self-Objectification as Predictors of Men’s Use and Self-Presentation Behaviors on Social Networking Sites,” Fox used data from an online survey that consisted of 1,000 American men aged 18 to 40.

Her main goal was to look at their representations on social networking sites, as well as the role of “the dark triad of personalities,” which includes narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy.

She had three major findings:

  • Trait self-objectification and narcissism predicted time spent on social networking sites.
  • Narcissism and psychopathy predicted the number of selfies posted on social networking sites.
  • Narcissism and trait self-objectification predicted editing photos posted on social networking sites.

“All of that stuff is highly relevant to online dating,” she said.”