Monday, December 26, 2016

Responding to Christmas

Browsing YouTube this evening I found a Fox News video titled something about 'The War on Christmas'.  Realizing this is a place where I can contribute in a valuable way I tried to set the tone or reset the tone for discussions.  People of all faiths other than Christianity have many reactions to the huge deal the Christmas celebration has been made in to.  But especially atheists are upset and keep repeating the same old tripe.

Here was my response:
Everyone's first response to this premise (War on Christmas) is always going to be ignorant, abrupt, savage or flippant. So for any meaningful commentary you'd best review a compilation of facts found here: I could not even watch the rest of this video because it begs the same questions that atheists have blurted out for centuries- They want God to come down and dance a jig for them, do some cool magic tricks and take them back in time to do scientific investigations as to whether a virgin conception is possible. They would be dragging their MRI machine and a generator with them in the time machine. THEN and only then would they believe that God is who He said He is. Obviously from my phraseology you can tell I'm a believer. So with that the very simplest explanation I can give you as to why Christmas exists is that God came to earth and put on a man suit as one of 3 persons in the trinity. God the Son came the way you did but did not leave the way you will. He was and is considered a gift to mankind because our sins make us undeserving of forgiveness. Like if someone paid off a loan you have that you know you could never repay. People who have received this gift of forgiveness understand what a gift is. We give gifts, its in our nature to do so...part of our divine component if you will. For centuries Christians have wished so much to pass along this gift that they tied their celebration to existing festivals of a pagan nature. A tug of war for the soul that will never end until something happens. "The term Christmas appeared in Old English as early as 1038 A.D. as Cristes Maesse, and later as Cristes-messe in A.D. 1131. It means "the Mass of Christ." This name was established by the Christian church to disconnect the holiday and its customs from its pagan origins. As one fourth century theologian penned, "We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the sun, but because of Him who made it." For various and sundry reasons Christmas is offensive to many when other festivals of the world are not because Jesus Christ is the stone that causes men to stumble. He is the stone the builders rejected but that is the capstone. The foundation stone is Peter's confession that Jesus was the Messiah. That is why Peter's name was originally Simon and Jesus renamed him "Rock" in another language. So people just be honest in your living. If you are not a Christian please wish people a happy holiday because they probably are having one. And if you are Christian just be simple and wish people a Merry, Happy, (insert your positive adjective here) Christmas.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Correct Ingredients Make Ice Cream

If you're over 35, you lived through it, so read it and recollect. Amazing to me how much I had forgotten! For those under 35, read this, verify and don't 
When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over an attempt to health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn't get a vote in a Democrat controlled US Congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million for studies, promotion, and other efforts.
  • Then, President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood - both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration.
  • Next, she chose Janet Reno - husband Bill described her selection as "my worst mistake." Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.
  • Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovery of Ms. Guanier's radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.
  • Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster committed suicide (presumably) , and Kennedy was forced to resign.
  • Many younger voters will have no knowledge of "Travelgate." Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson - and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.
  • Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the
    president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House. Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.

  • Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the "bimbo eruption" and scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle were:
    • She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones.
    • She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor.
    • After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr's investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs. Hillary's devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for 'lying under oath' to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives.
    • Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, "I do not recall," "I have no recollection," and "I don't know" a total of 56 times while under oath.
  • After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.
Now we are exposed to the unsecured keeping and attempted destruction of beyond Top Secret emails while Hillary was US Secretary of State and the "pay to play" schemes of the Clinton Foundation. What "shoe will fall" next?
But to her loyal fans: "What difference at this point does it make?"
I just can not believe any Democrat would support these liars, thieves, cheaters and murderers.
Author's Note: I copied this list of historical fact from an online source and edited for brevity and grammar. There is an easy explanation for the title.  It is more interesting to have a title like that than this one "The History of the Sinister Clinton Legacy".  The words are not my own but the history I lived through.  Much to my discouragement those years of public discourse of Bill Clinton's grotesque dealings caused the collective media dialog to dip into the sewer.  The coming out party of all this lowered the family friendly nature of television too.  It was during that time that I cancelled my cable subscription to preserve the sanctity of my home while raising 2 girls.  I have not subscribed to cable TV since.
During this period of time chronicled above I met my wife to be, got married, had two children and raised both of them, moved to 2 different states buying 2 houses in the process and last but not least discovered the Rush Limbaugh radio show while driving to work in Melbourne Beach. He helped me understand the goings on of these pitiful chapters of American politics, now history. - DaD

Most blog entries have pictures.  This is an ugly topic so I will post an ugly picture unrelated to the above article. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Refrigerator Care

After the last cleaning a refrigerator will slowly accumulate things you forgot about.  
Packages leak that you didn't know did and putting away leftovers in a container that wasn't quite clean on the outside.  A refrigerator is cold and the air in the house is warm and moist.  When worlds collide there can also be condensation that builds up.  So this example of cleaning I did today can be copied and repeated because they are all the same.  Even a self-cleaning oven requires that you press a button!

Here goes.  We have a fridge with adjustable shelves so it always helps to re-think how it is used in order to maximize space.  Find a bucket and put hot water in it with a dabble of dish detergent and a dash of Clorox to melt goo and sanitize at the same time.  Make your own rules on where to place food then live by them but obey the industry wide law of cross-contamination.  Meats go on the lowest consecutive shelves and vegetables above. You can even swap and put vegetables higher than milks and cheeses.  One other reason to do this is because cold air is heavy and settles to the bottom and that is where you want to store meat where it is coldest besides the freezer.

If you ever buy a refrigerator buy new just one time and read the manual cover to cover.

Freezer Filosophy
In this photo I show how the vegetables and dairy are on the top and meat on the bottom.
Remember that meat items are not frozen when you put it in the freezer at first so their liquids 
still have time to collect in one corner and drip onto what is below.  This is why you will never 
find a freezer with an ice maker in the middle or bottom of the freezer.  At least there shouldn't be.

In computer lingo memory can be accessed in two style- random and sequential.  Note how the items on the shelf below the vegetables are sort of stacked in there.  You have to lift up an item to see what is below it or to get it out.  This is sometimes clumsy.  But the shelf below that the items are stored on their edges.  This is called randomly accessible because you can reach wherever you want and pull things out with less bother.

Items you reach for frequently are stored at eye level like ice cream. yum Less frequently are the first aid ice pack thingy way in the bottom and the ice chest frozen bock thingy.

 I hope you take these practical tips through life to make cooking easier and safer.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

Floating on the web - Faithfully representing the person's public personality.
Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick!
BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.
JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.
HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road.
GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.
DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?
BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.
AL GORE: I invented the chicken.
JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.
AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?
DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.
OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.
GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.
BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it's lifelong dream of crossing the road.
ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2014, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2014. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.
ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?
COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Just Thinking about Mass Murdering Gunfire

Being born comes with risks. In the cases of mass murders the risk of being killed by the people who were previously alive was 100%. The risks of dying by mass murder gun spree drop off precipitously by a number of factors, not the least of which is distance from the shooter or posessor of weapon with intent to kill. For example my chance of being murdered by Lanza was 0% because I'm in Florida.

All deaths could have been avoided if it had been known that A. a person with intent was  B. in possession of a gun and stopped before entering the target space. What does it take to know these factors? Nearly supernatural powers or supernatural powers. Powers that should have been in possession of the 1st target ie. his mother.

But his mother did not have those powers. Not only that but she was the gun owner which means that gun ownership does not guarentee survival. Who has supernatural powers to know both person of intent and 'in possession'? Well God for one. So where was God? The bible says God is omipresent. So for reason or reasons we do not understand God stood by and let those people in (all mass shootings) die without so much as intervening. Then what is God's mission if it is not to save lives? Suppose for a moment an atheist is correct that God does not exist. Then non-god has non-powers to not supernaturally intevene, people die and that's that and the suidcidal shooter escapes justice. Is the universe unfair in both instances? Who are we to say we are just dust?

Do you follow me? So let's say that we love justice and boy we sure wish that shooter was alive so we could drag him through town behind our trailer hitch for killing those children. But he isn't he killed himself and escaped justice (or the confrontation of a hopeless court case that would lead to his conviction). He judged himself and carried out the execution is that fair? Not entirely because we like justice and having people answerable. 

Now let's suppose that God exists and he loves justice. The bible says our God is a Just god, cursing those to infinity those who curse Him and loving to infinity those who love Him. If the children then are loved by God, and they are because the Bible tells us so, then they are in His presence. What of their murderer? You answer that.

So if the two ways of reducing your chances of death by mass-murdering gunfire are distance and removal of intent wouldn't it be in our best interest to promote beliefe in God?  That no matter how you try to hide you will be punished for your crimes for infinity? Infinity is longer than life in prison without chances of parole. Infinity is forever and ever and ever and when we are done with all the forevers then Amen!

Lastly, then there is a 3rd way to survive mass murdering gunfire and that is to be in possession of recognizable deadly force, such as a handgun.  Being threatening with a gun or firing a gun in defense has greater than 0% probability of reducing or avoiding deaths by mass murdering gunfire.  Ann Coulter's statistics prove this in her editorial piece titled "We Know How to Stop School Shootings".  So in conclusion I would say that promoting belief in God as inescapable avenger and deliverer of justice and allowing  the possession of deadly force, combined, should reduce death by mass murdering gunfire by a drastic amount.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Lessons Learned from the Last Presidential Eleciton

My team lost in the November 6th, 2012 election.
     It was a beautiful night tonight in my neighborhood so I took the dog for a walk.  Its dark we have no street lights, cold for Florida, and the stars and clouds hung against a sky black as coal.  Once I thought of my title for this post then the points came easily, rudely and humorously.  In no particular order here is what I think I learned.

  1. Radio talk show hosts are not right 98.9% of the time.
  2. It would be good to re-read '1984' and 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell.
  3. Expressing your enthusiasm for a candidate and your opinions on Facebook is generally preaching to the choir; a waste of time.
  4. A dirty joke and a snide remark made by late night comedians about your candidate carries a lot of weight with Democrats.
  5. Christians that vote for an evil man are more apt to believe what he says and forgive him for what he does without noticing the candidate is a pathological liar.  
  6. Women on network TV news shows like The View illustrate the old proverb that "You can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think."  A majority of voters find them believable and worthy sources of opinion.
  7. I underestimated the stupidity of way over half of the Americans, both living and dead, and non-citizens that voted.
  8. Having a Christian worldview and expressing it in order to convince others to not vote for Obama is like pouring the gasoline of conviction onto the flames of their own self-righteousness. A Christian worldview is a liability not an asset in discussions.
  9. Military veterans are not necessarily for a stronger America.  Like a pastor lead astray, highly respected veterans get bogged down in social issues.
  10. 1 Bald faced lie by a Democrat President carries more weight than 10 Islamic terrorist attacks covered by Fox News.
  11. Guiness Book of World Records needs to make an entry for the world's biggest mulligan.
  12. A majority of Americans don't care about providing full time jobs for others or about an infinite price increase on gasoline.  Transportation by foot and by moped are desireable options if free birth control is promised.
  13. Lucky 13 is: National defense and Israel are of minor importance when compared to his smile and if you don't think so you are a racist.