Friday, February 15, 2019

Casual Friday: So You Want To Be a Rock and Roll Star

Just two working days til Monday!

"I can levitate birds… no one cares." ~ Steven Wright

Pass the popcorn: Parade of the presidential poseurs

You have to wonder what the Democrats running for President -- at last count I believe there are 132 of them -- are thinking.

Do they really imagine they will win? Or do they look forward to the publicity, the donations and the power that will accrue? Did I mention money?

Let's wonder as we look over the field.

Amy Klobuchar. I know, who? Until just recently, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) was best known for regularly leaving employees in tears and at one point hitting an aide with a binder after throwing it in anger, according to former staffers.

To distract us from this image, she made her announcement speech, which countered the president's policies on climate change, in the middle of a near blizzard. "She looked like a Snowman(woman)!,' Trump tweeted.

Throw a binder at it, Amy.

Wink wink!
Elizabeth Warren.  Elizabeth Warren’s whole embarrassingly improbable account of her claims to Native American ancestry has just fallen completely apart. It’s now indisputable that she’s been lying all along, The NY Post reports. The Washington Post has uncovered her 1986 Texas State Bar registration card, which Warren personally filled out and signed. So what did Liz do? To distract us from this she made a surprise appearance at National Indian Women’s “Supporting Each Other” lunch.

Someone take away her shovel.

Cory Booker. Cory deliberately broke Senate rules during the Kavanaugh hearings and bragged about it. To distract us from this, he declared war on bacon: "This planet simply can't sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact." Cory said he became a vegan after coming to the realization that eating eggs "didn't align with my spirit." When he was mayor of Newark he handed out free Hot Pockets to residents after a storm.

My favorite Hot Pocket is sausage, egg and cheese.

Kamala Harris. When asked what music she listened to when she smoked weed in college, Kamala said, “Oh yeah, definitely Snoop. Tupac for sure.”

Except, Harris graduated from Howard University in 1986, and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1989. Tupac released his first album, “2Pacalypse Now,” on November 12, 1991 — two years after Harris graduated from law school. Snoop Dogg released his first album, “Doggystyle,” on November 23, 1993 — four years after Harris graduated law school.

No word on whether she smoked dope with her 69-year-old boyfriend, Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, when she was only 29, which affair boosted her career.

Have I missed anyone?

Now let us pray

Get 'em here while supplies last.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Hey climate hysterics, model this

"It is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models, than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside in the swamps and the clouds. That is why the climate model experts end up believing their own models.” 
~ Physicist Freeman Dyson

Not a climate model.
I went out this morning and chipped two inches of ice off my front walk and steps. The other day I spread 50 pounds of salt to clear the ice on my driveway.

I had been assured by at least three reputable weather organizations that after our recent storm temperatures would rise quickly enough that I wouldn't need to do that.

The predictions these organizations shared with me came from models. The National Weather Service lists 18 such models. Models are an attempt to see the future using numbers. Another way to see the future using numbers is to call the number for California Psychics. It's only a dollar a minute. They employ models to advertise on TV.

The reason Ocasional Cortex and the other hysterics know the Earth will end in 12 years is that models tell them.

The best piece I've read recently about these models and hysterics is by John Hinderaker, a blogger out in Minnesota where global warming has been blizzarding people relentlessly.
If you dispute the inflated and inconsistent claims of global warming alarmists, you are denounced as anti-science. You may even find yourself under investigation. But is catastrophic anthropogenic global warming actually a scientific theory at all? 
A fundamental principle of science is that a theory, to have any significance, must be falsifiable. Science proceeds by proposing a hypothesis, and figuring out what the hypothesis implies. Scientists then make real-world observations to determine whether the theory’s implications do, in fact, obtain. They look for implications that are specific to the theory, so that, for example, it doesn’t work to say: If this theory is valid, the sky will be blue. Voila! Any theory can be consistent with countless facts, but if it implies a prediction that is falsified by observation, the theory is wrong. Period. 
Also: a model is not evidence. A model is a theory. Whether the model is correct or not depends on its consistency with observation. 
This is so elementary that it shouldn’t need to be explained. But apparently, America’s public schools are not teaching the scientific method. Otherwise, how to explain the Green New Deal? 
The alarmists’ predictions of rapidly rising global temperatures have repeatedly failed to come true, which is why the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change dramatically scaled back its predictions of future temperature increases a few years ago. Thus, the alarmists shifted to “climate change,” a hopelessly flexible concept that can be assigned to any untoward weather event. 
When the polar vortex brought temperatures of 20 below zero to the Twin Cities last week, some alarmists–those who didn’t politely remain silent–assured us that bitter cold temperatures were caused by global warming, via the Arctic. This was only days after a climate “expert” testified before a Minnesota legislative committee that “scientists” no longer expect Duluth, Minnesota, to see temperatures colder than 10 degrees. At that moment, temperatures of -25 to -30 degrees were just outside the 10-day forecast for Duluth.

But being a global warming alarmist means never having to say you’re sorry. Why recant, when billions of government dollars continue to flow, no matter how many wrong predictions you make? So far, the leftist alarmists have had the last laugh: consistently wrong, but never in doubt. And still lavishly funded.
Let's go to the video tape:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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An update on the coup against The Donald

I began my journalism career as Watergate was unfolding, and now I find myself in another equally historic moment: the effort by the Deep State to unseat a president.

Here are some of the latest developments.

A summary from Sharyl Attkisson.  It appears that anonymous intelligence officials are executing an operation against the sitting commander in chief. It might not qualify as all-out mutiny, but it’s also not all that far from one. Right under our noses, while still under investigation for allegedly orchestrating leaks and undermining candidate Trump in 2016, some in the intel community are orchestrating leaks and undermining President Trump in 2019.

They could do this to you, you know. Newly released surveillance footage from former Trump adviser Roger Stone’s home shows CNN arriving about an hour before a fleet of trucks filled with heavily armed agents arrived to arrest the 66-year-old. Fox News' Tucker Carlson aired the footage during his show Friday night, saying, "The footage depicts what you’d expect if the FBI raided the home of a Mexican drug lord.”

CNN's proud moment:

Will Mueller tell us anything? As the inquiry grinds closer to its conclusion, there are signs that the public might never learn the full extent of what Mueller has – or hasn't – found. People who know Mueller say that unless his bosses tried to derail his work, they would be surprised if the former FBI director did more than issue a brief statement indicating that a report had been submitted to the attorney general before quietly departing.

Apple's CEO Tim Cook joins the coup. Three years after Apple defended the privacy of the San Bernardino terrorists who killed and injured dozens during a mass shooting event, the company has eagerly given the office of Special Counsel complete and unfettered access to Trump advisor Roger Stone’s iCloud account, according to Apple Insider.

Shifty Eyes Adam Schiff isn't giving up. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Sunday questioned whether special counsel Robert Mueller has adequately investigated President Trump’s financial dealings with a German bank, thus reinforcing his case for a new Democrat-led House to begin its own inquiries into the president’s finances.

Schiff and the media are in league. Almost two full years after Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) told NBC he had seen “more than circumstantial evidence” that associates of Donald Trump had colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 election, the network not only welcomed him back without demanding that he finally produce the evidence to support his claim. NBC gave him a platform to make new allegations. Those outside the world of Washington media might be less than hospitable to an acquaintance who had claimed to have evidence of a neighbor’s treason but still hadn’t produced it after 23 months.

Oh, Adam, really? Photographs taken at the prestigious Aspen security conference last July. They show Schiff meeting at the event with Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, one of the key and most controversial figures in the Russia collusion scandal. Simpson ran the firm hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party to find dirt on Trump in Moscow. Two years Schiff demanded that his Republican counterpart on the committee, then-Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), be investigated for having meetings with national security council officials at the Trump White House without telling the committee.

Monday, February 11, 2019

The banality of evil, Virginia edition

The philosopher Hannah Arendt reported for The New Yorker in 1961 on the war crimes trial of Adolph Eichmann, the Nazi operative responsible for organizing the transportation of millions of Jews and others to various concentration camps in support of the Nazi’s Final Solution.

Thomas White writes:
Arendt found Eichmann an ordinary, rather bland, bureaucrat, who in her words, was ‘neither perverted nor sadistic’, but ‘terrifyingly normal’. He acted without any motive other than to diligently advance his career in the Nazi bureaucracy. Eichmann was not an amoral monster, she concluded in her study of the case, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963). Instead, he performed evil deeds without evil intentions, a fact connected to his ‘thoughtlessness’, a disengagement from the reality of his evil acts. Eichmann ‘never realized what he was doing’ due to an ‘inability… to think from the standpoint of somebody else’. Lacking this particular cognitive ability, he ‘commit[ted] crimes under circumstances that made it well-nigh impossible for him to know or to feel that he [was] doing wrong’.
Arendt dubbed these collective characteristics of Eichmann ‘the banality of evil’: he was not inherently evil, but merely shallow and clueless, a ‘joiner.’
Arendt's thesis is still debated today, as is everything else, but let's except it. Now watch this:
That tone might be acceptable in a closed group of physicians. But this is the governor of a state. He's the leader and spokesman and role model of 8.5 million people. He's a member of the First Baptist Church in Capevill, Virginia. He's not "inherently evil." He grew up on a farm. He served in the Army. His mother was a nurse, his father a lawyer. He's just an "ordinary, rather bland, bureaucrat, terrifyingly normal."

Watch the video again. He's so calm and reasonable.

So are we.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Vespers: Missa Papae Marcelli

The Vocal Ensemble Harmonia Cordis performs the Sanctus from Palestrina's "Missa Papae Marcelli" mass in the Basilica of San Calimero in Milan.

L’Ensemble Vocale Harmonia Cordis was born for the common passion of its members for choral music, preferring the Renaissance polyphonic repertoire and taking great interest in the study of Gregorian and Ambrosian chant. It was formed in 2008.

"Missa Papae Marcelli," or Pope Marcellus Mass, is a mass sine nomine (without a name) by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. It is his best-known mass, and is frequently taught in university courses on music. It has been sung at the Papal Coronation Masses (the last being the coronation of Paul VI in 1963).

The Sanctus is the last part of the Preface in the Mass, sung in practically every rite by the people (or choir). It is one of the elements of the liturgy of which we have the earliest evidence. St. Clement of Rome (d. about 104) mentions it.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 – 1594) was an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition. He had a lasting influence on the development of church music, and his work is considered as the culmination of Renaissance polyphony. Palestrina has been associated for four hundred years with smooth, clear, polyphonic perfection.

There lives the deep down things

I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth
and of all things visible and invisible.
~ The Apostles Creed

God's Grandeur
by Gerard Manly Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things"

(Gerard Van der Leun at American Digest)

Scripture: They left everything and followed him

The miraculous catch of fish
From The Lectionary:

Luke 5:1-11
5:1 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God,

5:2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.

5:3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

5:4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch."

5:5 Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets."

5:6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.

5:7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.

5:8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!"

5:9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken;

5:10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who are partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people."

5:11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Image: A miniature attributed to Jacques de Besançon in the Ludolph of Saxony's Vita Christi (or Life of Christ). De Besançon was a French illuminator, the last of three artists who headed the most prolific workshop for book illumination in Paris in the second half of the 15th century.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

SOTU: Battle of the optics

If you watched the State of the Union address the other night, what do you remember?

You probably recall the images, not the words. That is our tendency. We have a cliche for it: "A picture is worth a thousand words." That phrase first appeared in a 1911 newspaper article quoting newspaper editor Tess Flanders discussing journalism and publicity.

The idea is older than that, however. The Russian writer Ivan Turgenev wrote, "The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book."The quote is sometimes attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte, who said, "A good sketch is better than a long speech."

What do you remember from the Nixon-Kennedy debates in 1960? Nixon's 5 o'clock shadow, right?

A growing body of research finds that visual images are often more persuasive than written or spoken communication because they communicate easy-to-understand information more quickly and memorably.
I'm a Trump fan, so I liked his words. We know the people in the room were hearing his words, because we have the images:
But other images stood out. The Left is fond of this one. It is her sarcastic rebuke of The Donald. I've learned a new term: clapback: Trump looked back at Pelosi, who stood and extended her arms out toward the president, applauding with a smirk that many on the internet saw as a sarcastic clap back.
However, what were the dominant "optics" of the evening? It was the ladies in white, no?
What does this photo say to you? Is it flattering? However, an even stronger image:
Democrat Party women dressed in white to protest Trump or something are standing and cheering as he speaks. Is this good or bad optics for the Democrats?

Of course conservatives quickly found embarrassing comparisons, such as this one of Hitler's National Socialist Women:
And how in the world could Pelosi's staff not thought that someone would compare her women to events in Virginia?
Oh Nancy.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Casual Friday: One Way or Another

Just two working days til Monday!

"My girlfriend thinks that I’m a stalker. Well, she’s not exactly my girlfriend yet." ~ anon

Let's take aim at a few gun numbers

"Figures don't lie, but liars figure." ~ Mark Twain

Someone posted this on Facebook:
Let's look at these numbers.

"A handful of crimes by undocumented immigrants ... " There are a number of ways to measure this. Here are some.

Out of the 183,058 inmates in U.S. Bureau of Prisons custody, 38,132 (twenty-one percent) were reported by BOP as known or suspected aliens.

The U.S. Marshalls Service identified 19,688 confirmed aliens under ICE investigation detained at USMS facilities.

And from a border state: As reported by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), 251,000 criminal aliens have been booked into local Texas jails between June 1, 2011 and April 30, 2018. These criminal aliens were charged with more than 663,000 criminal offenses:
1,351 homicides;
7,156 sexual assaults;
9,938 weapons charges;
79,049 assaults;
18,685 burglaries;
79,900 drug charges;
815 kidnappings;
44,882 thefts;
4,292 robberies.
As an indication of how much fun these people are:
Now, gun violence. 325+ mass shootings in one year doesn't pass the sniff test. That would be one a day for 11 months. Of course that didn't happen. Turns out the definition of a mass shooting used to get to that number is: “Any incident in which 4+ victims are shot and injured.” Oh.

The Washington Post, which isn't gun-friendly, notes: "There is no universally accepted definition of a public mass shooting." In its article, it defines a mass shooting this way: "four or more people were killed by a lone shooter (two shooters in a few cases). It does not include shootings tied to gang disputes or robberies that went awry, and it does not include domestic shootings that took place exclusively in private homes. A broader definition would yield much higher numbers."

Viewed that way, the Post found 161 mass shootings between August. 1, 1966, and January 24, 2019, when its article was last updated. And the Post was trying to make this all look bad.

Mindless meme.

The Madness: California Edition

"California is a nice place to live – if you happen to be an orange." ~ Fred Allen

Please keep an eye on California: We don't want to be like that. Observe:

Tread lightly. All carpets at Los Angeles City Hall may need to be replaced amid a Typhus outbreak that may have infected one city employee while at work, according to a motion filed by Council President Herb Wesson on Wednesday.

You have to be crazy to live here. One urban planner told me, "I just returned from the Tenderloin (a section of San Francisco). It's worse than slums of India, Haiti, Africa!" I've seen slums in Haiti and India; what I saw in San Francisco looked similar. As one local resident put it, "There's s--- everywhere." There's also lots of mental illness. One man told us, "Vampires are real. I'm paranoid as hell." San Francisco authorities mostly leave the mentally ill to fend for themselves on the street.

Will this be on the test? San Francisco has more drug users than students enrolled in its public high schools, according to a recent Health Department survey.

First you banned plastic straws. California’s new governor suggests instituting a tax on drinking water in the name of cleaning up California’s water systems.

Hey, you. If you’re a legislator on California’s Senate Judiciary Committee, you can no longer use the personal pronouns used to refer to members of the male and female genders. At all. Instead, thanks to the chair of the committee, all members will be referred to as a faceless, grey “they.”

Let's raise taxes! As California governor Gavin Newsom announced plans for a record $144.2-billion spending plan, the state controller quietly reported a $4.82-billion collapse of state tax revenues.

You don't look so good. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.

Alexandria Occasional-Cortex, call your office. California has become the first state in the union to regulate cow farts.

Which reminds me of a little song.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Get your kid vaccinated already

Measles cases are surfacing across the country as an outbreak tied to the highly contagious viral infection continues to spread.

Nine out of ten people who are not immune and share living space with an infected person will be infected

Measles is an airborne disease which spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of infected people. It may also be spread through contact with saliva or nasal secretions. People are infectious to others from four days before to four days after the start of the rash. The virus can linger in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves the area.

Most people survive measles, though in some cases, complications may occur. Possible consequences include bronchitis, sensorineural hearing loss, and—in about 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 300,000 cases—panencephalitis, which is usually fatal. Acute measles encephalitis is another serious risk of measles virus infection. It typically occurs two days to one week after the measles rash breaks out and begins with very high fever, severe headache, convulsions and altered mentation. A person with measles encephalitis may become comatose, and death or brain injury may occur.

Measles is back for two reasons: parents don't get their kids vaccinated, and from foreigners entering the country or from Americans traveling abroad.

I am sympathetic to new parents looking at the number of vaccines doctors want to give their children. It seems excessive. But read this from the FDA, and this from the CDC.

Here's something interesting: the measles vaccine protects your child in other ways. "We found measles predisposes children to all other infectious diseases for up to a few years," one researcher says. Like many viruses, measles is known to suppress the immune system for a few weeks after an infection. But previous studies in monkeys have suggested that measles takes this suppression to a whole new level: It erases immune protection to other diseases.

If you don't have your child vaccinated you are putting other children at risk.

Don't be the mom who wouldn't listen to her doctor and get her child vaccinated but went on Facebook to ask for advice during the measles outbreak.

If you don't trust your doctor, get another one.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Virginia Dems hoisted by their own retard

A petard is a small bomb used to breach a gate. The term "hoisted by their own petard" has an interesting history.
The idiom to be hoist by one's own petard originates in Shakespeare's Hamlet. In the play, Claudius, the Danish king and Hamlet's stepfather, entreats two of Hamlet's schoolfellows, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to betray Hamlet—the pair are to escort Hamlet to England, carrying a letter instructing the English king to put Hamlet to death. 
Learning of the plot to kill him, Hamlet contemplates how to turn the tables against them: "For 'tis the sport to have the enginer / Hoist with his own petar; and't shall go hard / But I will delve one yard below their mines / And blow them at the moon." Hoist is the past participle of hoise, an earlier form of the verb hoist, "to be lifted up," while a petar or petard is a small bomb used in early modern warfare.The phrase "hoist with his own petard" therefore means "to be blown up with his own bomb."
Retard is considered a pejorative and not to be used in polite company. However, Wikipedia says this:
Much like today's widely socially acceptable terms idiot and moron, which are also defined as some sort of mental disability, when the term retard is being used in its pejorative form, it is usually not being directed at people with mental disabilities. Instead, people use the term when teasing their friends or as a general insult when in an argument.
The definition I use in the title of this post is: "It is also used as an informal term to refer to a foolish or stupid person."

I think it's fair to use it in reference to politicians, don't you? After all, petard, which rhymes with retard, comes from the Middle French, equivalent to pet(er ) "to break wind."

As for Virginia's two stalwart leaders, their "geese are cooked." One explanation of this idiom:
"Your goose is cooked" came from the death of Jan Hus, a Czech priest in the early 14th century. His name resembled the Czech word husa (goose) and he was burnt for some religious reason, therefore his goose was cooked, so to speak.
Those Virginia stalwarts better hope they don't get that treatment. It didn't go well.
Anecdotally, it has been claimed that the executioners had trouble intensifying the fire. An old woman then came to the stake and threw a relatively small amount of brushwood on it. Upon seeing her act, a suffering Hus then exclaimed, "Sancta Simplicitas!" "Holy simplicity!" is still used today when commenting on a person's foolish action coming from the belief that s/he is doing something righteous.
Holy simplicity!

What's for dinner?

(Powerline Blog)

Monday, February 04, 2019

One field, two cultures

If you were one of the few people who watched the Super Bowl you saw the best and worst of American culture.

The best was represented by Gladys Knight's marvelous National Anthem. She is truly at the apex of her artistry. Watch:

I get a chill watching those Air Force Thunderbirds flying over at the end of her singing with their impeccable timing.

Equally beautiful was the performance of American the Beautiful by two sisters I've never heard of: 
Chloe x Halle. Watch:

Just remarkable. The best America has to offer.

Now let's go to the other culture, the half time show. I'm not going to embed a video. Look for it if you want. It resembled some primitive, pagan ritual with hypnotized, manic warriors surrounding their trance-inducing leaders.

Gerard Van der Leun says it better: 
Superbore 2019: Now with really really crappy commercials and a half-time show made of mumbling meatheads.
I watch one (ONE!) football game a year and I can’t even get through 5 minutes of the halftime show without envying the dead. Good gadzooks but this “game,” this event, this romp through the leftovers of a botched civilization, is nothing but (How can I put this?) ... a halftime “show” of meatheads, morons, and half-wits douched with bling.
Somebody please explain this:
Is this what a civilization looks like just before it collapses?

Tweet of the Day: It was just college


Sunday, February 03, 2019

Vespers: Sweet Hour of Prayer

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings "Sweet Hour of Prayer."

This popular hymn has an interesting story. It was written by William Walford, a blind English preacher. He spent his days whittling out useful objects, such as shoehorns. Called on to preach from time to time in a rural English church, he composed sermons in his head as he worked. And he composed verses.

Thomas Salmon, a New York native, spent some time in Coleshill, Warwickshire, England, where he became acquainted with William. He tells this tale of what happened one day, while he was visiting the blind pastor. It was published in 1845:
"...He repeated two or three pieces which he had composed, and having no friend at home to commit them to paper, he had laid them up in the storehouse within. "How will this do?" asked he, as he repeated the following lines, with a complacent smile touched with some light lines of fear lest he subject himself to criticism. I rapidly copied the lines with my pencil, as he uttered them, and sent them for insertion in the Observer, if you should think them worthy of preservation."
They were the now familiar words to "Sweet Hour of Prayer."

In the United States, William Batchelder Bradbury (1816 – 1868) was a musician who composed the tune to "Jesus Loves Me" and many other popular hymns, including "Sweet Hour."

He composed many tunes, including those for "He Leadeth Me;" "Just As I Am, Without One Plea;"  "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us" and "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less," all of which can still be found in hymn books and songbooks today.

Scripture: I am sending my messenger

From The Lectionary:

Malachi 3:1-4
3:1 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight--indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.

3:2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap;

3:3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness.

3:4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.

Comte de Buffon: God's delays

"Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius."

Saturday, February 02, 2019

The Madness: All Animal Edition

"Mental illnesses are common in the United States." ~ National Institutes of Health

Therapy dog.
It's Saturday, and this is not when we survey The Madness. However, technical difficulties prevented us from inflicting this on you on Friday.

So, belatedly, here we go:

Woof. Dog owners are now reportedly covering their animal's testicles in glitter. The look is reportedly created with edible glitter attached with corn syrup. It remains unclear why.

Meow. The dangerously cold temperatures plaguing Chicago this week could be deadly for the estimated 200,000 feral cats that live in the Chicago area. The feral cat rescue network group ‘Chicago Community Cats’ has about 1,745 members. People who care for feral cats are flocking to Facebook to share advice on how to help them stay warm this week.

Moo. A woman whose name is unknown has even refused to let meat-eating family members attend her wedding on the grounds that they are “murderers.”

Bark. Is your anti-patriarchalism truly inclusive? I don’t just mean being intersectional. Have you considered your anthropocentric privilege? Have you thought about the dogs? If not, I’m afraid I’m going to have to call you out — the same way that one of the world’s biggest wire services did in an article entitled "“Glass ceiling for dogs? Males win Westminster almost twice as often.”

Cluck. Stanford University recently brought four “therapy llamas” onto campus so that they could interact with stressed students.

Here's a quick check on your economy

Courtesy The Drudge Report:



Labor Force Participation at Trump High...

100th Straight Month of Increased Employment...

Manufacturing Surges...

Friday, February 01, 2019

Casual Friday: Truckin'

"With the rise of self-driving vehicles, it's only a matter of time before we get a country song where a guy's truck leaves him too." ~ anon