Monday, August 14, 2017

Prepared for Survival?

It has been reported that Kim Jong-Un has the capability to explode a nuclear device in the atmosphere high above the United States which would knock out our power grid.

I can't imagine what life would be like without electricity. The grocery store shelves will empty over night and hoodlums will overrun the cities and start pouring into the surrounding country side. There will be huge traffic jams with people trying to flee the cities. Road rage will run rampant with people fighting on the freeways. I could go on and on, but you get the picture.

Living in the country I can feed my family with garden vegetables, fish, birds, rabbits and squirrels. But who wants to live that way. Hunting and foraging with no air conditioning, heat, TV, computers or phones.

In spite of the threat China is making about stopping the US from making a preemptive strike, I say the U.S. should take this crazy dictator out before he can take us out. China doesn't want a nuclear war anymore than we do.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Black Cohosh

This plant is found all across the Eastern United States. Native Americans used it to relieve painful or delayed menstruation and difficult child birth - the latter because of the herb's ability to relax the muscles of the uterine walls. Black Cohosh wasn't used only by women, however. Native Americans believed it could also help relieve arthritis pain and the discomfort of illnesses such as scarlet fever and smallpox, as well as a veriety of respiratory problems, including whooping cough.

Women, take note: If herb's could be accused of sexual bias, black cohosh would be guilty as charged. Dubbed the "female" fortifier. it has been shown to reduce hot flashes, sweating, headaches, vertigo, heart palpitations, and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears - all common symptoms of menopause. The herb has been so effective in relieving menopausal problems, that some doctors believe it may be an acceptable alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy.

"Healing Secrets of the Native Americans"  pp. 51 - 52  Porter Shimer

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Poem I Saved Over the Years

 To Celia

 Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup.
And I'll not ask for wine. The thirst that from the soul doth rise, Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of love's nectar sup, I would not change for thine.

I sent thee late a rosy wreath, not so much honoring thee as giving it a hope that there it could not
withered be. But thou thereon didst only breathe,and sent'st it back to me. Since when it grows,
and smells, I swear not of itself but thee.

Ben Johnson (1573 - 1637)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

17th Century French Mathematician and Philosopher

The seventeenth-century French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal argued that deciding whether or not to believe in God is essentially engaging in a wager. If we choose to behave as if there is a God and we get to the end and it turns out there isn't, it's not such a big deal. Well, maybe we've lost the ability to thoroughly enjoy the Seven Deadly Sins, but that's small potatoes compared to the alternative. If we bet there isn't a God, and get to the end only to find out there is a God, we've lost the Big Enchilada, eternal bliss. Therefore, according to Pascal, it is better strategy to live as if there is a God. This is known to academics as "Pascal's wager." To the rest of us , it's known as hedging your bets.

Friday, November 18, 2016

It ought not to be taught in School

One morning I woke up and something had happened in the night, and it struck me that I had been working on this stuff (evolution ) for twenty years and there was not one thing I knew about it. That's quite a shock to learn that one can be so misled so long... so for the last few weeks I've tried putting a simple question to various people and groups of people. Question is: Can you tell me anything you know about evolution, any one thing that is true? I tried that question on the geology staff at the Field Museum of Natural History and the only answer I got was silence. I tried it on the members of the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar in the University of Chicago, a very prestigious body of evolutionists, and all I got there was silence for a long time and eventually one person said, "I do know one thing - it ought not to be taught in high school." ( Dr Colin Patterson, Senior Paleontologist, British Museum of Natural History, London, 5 November, 1981 )

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Prince

Niccolo Machiavelli, author of The Prince, is known as the father of modern statecraft because he advised sixteenth-century princes to disregard accepted standards of virtue and "enter into evil when necessary." He recognized no higher authority than the state. He believed that virtue was whatever allowed the prince to survive politically. While it is better for the prince to be feared than loved, he should avoid being hated, as that could jeopardize his power. Best of all is to ruthlessly pursue power while appearing upright.The prince is a plan for seizing and holding power. Even today it is a realistic plan to become president of the United States of America.. Machiavelli set down a plan on leadership that was practical, not idealistic.This book is must reading for every politician on power politics.

The Clinton's have not only read the Prince but have memorized it, as they are about to become the leaders of the most powerful country in the world for a second time by using these principles. Pick up a copy of The Prince at your local library and you will see the tactics used by the Clinton's all through the book.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

C.S. Lewis: Thoughts on Jesus of Nazareth.

"I am trying to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."

This quote was taken from his book, "Mere Christianity". C.S.Lewis is one of the great thinkers of out time. He was an atheist who set out to prove the claims of Jesus to be Gods Son false and instead became a Christian apologist. I challenge you to pick up a copy of "Mere Christianity" at your local library. It is a fascinating read.