Chores And Children

Somebody asked me what to do about kids who seem to have no work ethic at all- when given tasks to do, they just wander off at the first opportunity.  An example given was stacking the wood- a chore the whole family was supposed to work at for an hour, with a promised trip to a park or other fun activity afterward.  Here are some of my suggestions, all prefaced by “I don’t know.  Maybe….”

Shorten the amount of time on the job- instead of a full hour stacking wood, spread it out over the day- a fifteen minute interval four times throughout the day.

Try to do things to make the work fun- singing, having little competitions, telling a story while you work. When my children were very small I made up songs about the jobs we were doing, usually very silly songs.

Listening to some brisk, exuberant music while doing the chores helps.

A friend of mine used to write down different chores, each on its own slip of paper. Then she put them in a stack and everybody drew one chore to do and ran to do their job, then they’d come back for the next slip. I don’t know why this was fun for her kids, but it was. They had a timer so they were competing as a group against the clock.

How old are your kids? I think mine were about ten before I could reasonably leave them alone to complete a job- mostly they just lost focus and motivation. That doesn’t mean you have to all be doing the same job, but it does help to be in the same area- one dusting a bookcase, one folding clothes on the couch, one cleaning the piano keys while you sweep the floor, for instance. Or you fold so you can better keep an eye on everybody. Sometimes that might mean you assign a chore that you might otherwise let go (like cleaning piano keys) because it will do you more good in the long run to have them doing the chores under your (friendly) supervisory eye.

That got to me to thinking about previous posts about chores I’ve done.  It helps to start early, and to have the right perspective about chores.

They can help you unload the dishwasher.  Or you can give them each a damp sponge and direct them to wipe down the cupboards, or wipe the floor, or clean the walls in the kitchen while you unload the dishwasher.  Whatever task you are doing, keep them nearby, productively busy if you can, and chat and sing together while you work.

The Boy, helping to hold down the vacuum cleaner

Sometimes you might have to resort to make-work tasks, like holding down the vacuum cleaner while you vacuum, but keep pressing on, cheerfully expecting the children to pitch in (if they are old enough to help with siblings they are old enough to unload at least part of the dishwasher, and I have had 2 and 3 year olds who can put away silvewear), and it will get easier.

It is true that often you can get it done faster yourself, but it’s helpful to think about this differently. It’s not about getting that task done faster. IT’s about raising your children to be productive, happy, adults. It’s about building relationships and special bonds here and now- with your children, and helping them build bonds with each other.   The dishes are not the goal.  They are a tool you can use to teach your children (same for other mundane household chores).

Reduce the guilt-  While the idea of having older children help in meaningful ways is frowned on in our culture (oddly, usually by people who imagine they are open to many cultures), the idea that older children have duties and responsibilities for and to their younger siblings is standard practice in many other cultures, often going back for thousands of years.  It’s only been a blip on the timeline radar that we have imagined they should be merely consumers of time and resources who deserve to be entertained constantly.  Work is satisfying, making valuable contributions to the family’s welfare is a huge self esteem booster.  In fact:

“A Mother who takes upon herself all the burdens and cares of the household, in order that her daughters may enjoy lives of ease and pleasure, proves herself selfishly unselfish, in thus cheating them out of the discipline necessary to make, them good home-makers and homekeepers in the years to come….”

Other resources:

I wrote another post about children and chores here.

More resources and an explanation of why it’s cruel not to have your kids do chores here.

 

It’s hard to know when you’re asking too much, or not enough.

Here’s one list of chores divided by age

Here’s another one, along with a system for an instant gratification chore chart, which is kind of cool if you have the cash to spare.

Here’s another one, along with some tips and the story of a great granny.  If you’re pressed for time, scroll down for the four fundamentals.

Here’s a series of posts on getting kids to do chores, with lots of ideas on different chore charts and rewards systems.  We focused less on tangible rewards and more on getting the job done cheerfully.

Five chores every child can do- this is seriously the bare minimum. I don’t even consider these chores. They are the basics that every member of a household should do.

 

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Trey Gowdy on Constitutional Functions of Government Powers

Listen.  Have your teens listen.  Read the Constitution.  Recognize the Separation of Powers.  Restore them.

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Another Bundle of Books; self-help; Christian; classics, more

Books are free at the time of listing.

we love free books

It’s On the Tip of My Tongue – Fun memory improvement techniques to develop your concentration & improve your memory (Improve Memory, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Memory Improvement)

Reader Review: I had to admit that I somehow expected this book would bore me and make skip pages but I was totally wrong. The topic is handle very well and each chapter are equally engaging but in different levels. To be honest about it, I would be more concerned over an aging mind than an aging body. Despite my being a voracious reader, I still find myself at loss for words and names that should be known to me. It is a relief to know that in those instances, chances are my focus may not be too sharp because I wasn’t concentrating. I believe that happens to everybody. We enter a room meaning to get something and when we’re inside we wonder what we’re supposed to be doing there. The tips on how to improve concentration are very much appreciated as well as other memory improvement techniques. Reading this book is one of the few times you can say you’ve got a lot more than what you’ve paid for. Recommended!

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Free again, in case you missed it last time: Anne of Green Gables Stories: 12 Books, 142 Short Stories, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne’s House of Dreams, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, Chronicles and More

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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Fairy eBooks)

This is one of my favorite versions- written by E.T.A. Hoffmann and Marie-Michelle Joy (Author), illustrated by Artus Scheiner and L.W.R. Wenckebach.

I downloaded it to my Kindle, which is just a plain black and white one with the external keyboard and 3G. The illustrations are there, pretty, but black and white of course. This makes it a little hard to see details in some of them (but not all). The formatting is excellent. I imagine this is stunning on a Kindle Fire.

Blurb: The Nutcracker is a Christmas story about a little girl named Maria and her wooden doll, the Nutcracker, who becomes alive to fight the evil seven-headed Mouse King.

Includes 20 illustrations by Artuš Scheiner and Ludwig Willem Reymert Wenckebach.

*** Fairy eBooks series ***
This ebook features a colorful, full screen design optimized for Kindle Fire HD. It can be viewed also on Kindle eInk devices except old models: Kindle 1, 2, DX; Kindle 3 needs a firmware update to ver. 3.4.

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Illustrated)
Illustrated by ARTHUR DO YOU KNOW HOW COOL THIS IS RACKHAM!

A collection of Grimm’s fairy tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham:
125 tales including such favorites as Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Snow White, Red Riding Hood.
150 color and black-and-white illustrations, also initals and ornaments throughout the book.

Reader Review: I read and reread Grimm’s Fairy Tales as a child. They are extraordinary. This book helped me grow up to be wise of the ways of the world, fiercely independent and unafraid of my shadow. Due to the fact that these “fairy tales” can be harsh, they give children perspective. I’m tickled to get this free and illustrated.
In this day of children all being “chosen” for a team and not having the experience of not making the team, of there being no scores kept making the games noncompetitive, of not being taught how to lose gracious and how to win graciously, these “fairy tales” can make the difference between a child who grows into an adult ready to face the world or an adult who is afraid of their shadow and has to “retire” from the work force because they did not learn how to “work and play well” with others.
If you want your children to be stronger adults, or if you are an adult who wants some perspective, I highly recommend this book.

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Teaching English: 10 Proven Ways to Make Shy Students Talk Now (Teaching English Abroad)

Blurb: What do you do when none of your English students will talk?
How do you convince shy students to say more than 2 words?
Why on earth did you decide to become an ESL teacher?
I’ve asked myself those questions before, many times in fact, during the 5 years I was an ESL teacher in China. It sucked.

If the students weren’t talking they were usually misbehaving. The students that were talking I was getting sick of hearing from. And the shy students that wanted to learn but couldn’t get excited or courageous enough to say anything? They probably suffered the most.

Thankfully that didn’t last long, just about 2 years. Oh, but you’re just teaching ESL for a year, right? And I’m willing to bet you might even be halfway through your contract too!

So you don’t have the luxury of time like I did. No, you need something now.

That’s what you’ll get with this book. It’s a simple guide detailing strategies you can employ in your class tomorrow, strategies that will get those shy students talking.

What do you do when none of your English students will talk? Listen to someone who’s been there before and discovered how to overcome it.

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Learn Spanish Quickly and Easily: The Ultimate Guide to Learning Spanish for Beginners!
Blurb: “Learn Spanish Quickly and Easily” is the ultimate guide if you are looking to start learning Spanish but lack the time or money to go to boring, expensive lessons. As a beginner you don’t need to learn all the nitty-gritty information on the language, you just need to learn the fundamentals that will actually help you SPEAK Spanish efficiently!

If this sounds like you…this book is a MUST HAVE!

Within this book you’ll find out:

- The Basics of Spanish Grammar and Pronunciation
- The Important Words & Phrases You Absolutely HAVE to know!
- Simple Hacks to Learn Spanish EASILY and Start Speaking Spanish FAST!

… and a TON more! Plus, there’s even a FREE BONUS at the beginning of the book!

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Note:  The Hangul characters don’t work on my Kindle, but they do work on my laptop when I look at these books via Amazon Cloud.

K-Pop Korean Language in English-1: Learn Korea From Various Songs (K-Pop Korean Language in English)

K Pop Korean Language in English-2: From Raoul Teacher’s Experiences with Korean Songs

K-Pop Korean language in English -6: The Spirit of South Korea all you need
Author’s blurb:
Nowadays more & more people worldwide are getting interested in South Korea and its unique culture. Even in Korea the number of the visitor from the world already reached over 10 million. I, Raoul Teacher, as a native Korean & English teacher, have helped a friend in Romania on Facebook majoring in literature as Ph.D course learn Korean & Korean language through various songs through making more than 200 lectures with my Youtube channel, www.youtube.com/user/pwongil .

DHM talking: Naturally, being the K-pop fan and K-drama addict I am, I downloaded both of these. I don’t think I’d *start* here- elsewhere on this blog I have some resources for helping you self-teach yourself Hangul and some basics of vocabulary. But it’s still fun. Keep in mind that Pak Won gil’s English is, um, well…. much, much better than my Korean.

You might also have fun with:
Nine-Tail Fox: Raoul Teacher’s Good Old Fairytales from South Korea in English & Korean

The First King, Wang-gun: Raoul Teacher’s Good Old Fairytales from South Korea in English & Korean

The Outsider’s Days: Raoul Teacher’s Good Old Fairytales from South Korea in English & Korean

Author blurb: There are many good-old stories inheriting from mouth to mouth in South Korea like other countries in the world like Greece, Rome and Northern Europe. This book is intended to let the world realize how Beautiful & Wonderful Korean old fairy tales are.

All of the readers will read good old fairytales of Korea, and sometimes, very-heart touching stories excerpted from some modern media from South Korea.

The spirit of Korea runs through Korean Wave throughout the world nowadays, and I am sure it was derived from this kind of good old stories from mouth to mouth.

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A First-Century Traveller’s Guide to Palestine
Blurb: The 1st Century Traveller’s Guide to Palestine is an easy-to-read ebook by Professor Hawkes that seeks to give an impression of what it was like in New Testament times. Set in the year AD 60 it covers topics such as travelling there, what to see, what people eat, cost of living, what accommodation is like and other historical information. The book is well researched with a comprehensive bibliography and is suitable for teachers and any bible student.
Author description: Dennis Hawkes lives in the UK and has lectured and led a research team at a university until his retirement. He is a member of an evangelical church where he was a church leader until retiring and has taught the bible for many years, mostly to students and young professionals. His experience has led him to offer this eBook to help other people to start to read and understand the bible.
Reader review: The author does a great job of synthesizing a tremendous amount of information about the region in the period after the time of Jesus, including such things as transportation, taxes and food. He even covers such traveler’s dilemmas as toilets and how to make the most of your time in the towns of the region. Everything is backed by Biblical scripture and the studies of historians and archaeologists. It is a great book for the Bible student, traveller, and writer.

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Prodigal’s Steps:: The True Story of a Family’s Desperate Flight Back Home
Genre: Nonfiction, Parenting & Relationships, Parenting, Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, Spirituality, Teen & Young Adult
Blurb: .“As I’ve mentioned, the problem with seeing the world through worldly eyes is that evil disappears from your view. Yet it never really disappears. You think that you are walking in a kingdom of light, but in reality, you are walking in the wrong kingdom – and you don’t even know it. And the problem with walking in the wrong kingdom is that sometimes that kingdom can come and start to walk in us. We may not even realize it – but sooner or later – we begin to figure it out.”…………….

The James Family had it all: Dad, a dashing Navy fighter pilot, now skillfully flying commercial planes; Mom, a compassionate small town attorney with her own law firm. Their 4 children completed the picture: smart, athletic, successful, beautiful. This is the perfect story of how, by American standards, they had finally ‘arrived’. Yet, it is also the story of how while living the American Dream, they woke up in a nightmare. And in this nightmare, life unraveled as they desperately fought to save their children – from hell itself. Join them as they equip you for the same battle.

…………“… never in a million lifetimes would I have guessed that within 2 short years…; I would be back at the little cottage… – and that I would have one hand holding desperately to Christ and the other trying to pull my daughter back from the pits of hell. I was in a tug-a-war with demonic creatures that I had had no clue of until they manifested – and attacked. All I knew was that I could not let go – if I was dragged into hell itself. I would not, and could not, let go. For this was my child, flesh of my flesh and heart of my heart. Even though I no longer recognized her – I knew that she was in there somewhere. And if Satan had her captive, then by gum, he had me too; but unlike Rachel – I was still able to fight.”………….

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Handbook: Propaganda Techniques Against The Christian Faith (Integrated Apologetics)

Just 26 pages

Propaganda Techniques are a powerful method to attack the Christian faith, but most Christians are totally ignorant about it. Using this method, even a biblically ignorant person can easily attack the Christian faith in a powerful manner. This is similar to the “throws” in judo where a weak and skinny person can easily throw a very strong and heavy opponent. The secret is in the “techniques” that he has taken time to master.

“Techniques” of attack can be repelled only if you know how to do it. Propaganda techniques against the Christian faith can be repelled only if you know how they work and what the antidote is.

This Handbook, now in its 15th revised edition, explains the propaganda techniques using which people attack the Christian faith. These techniques are few in number but are effective beyond words can explain. However, since they are only few in number, any Christian can easily understand them inside out and can be ready with the antidote.

If you have been attacked in your school, college, or in the workplace for your faith, here is the handbook that you need to have. If you are a Christian apologist, this book is a must-read for you. You can be successful only if you understand the techniques that they use to attack you.

The authors of this Handbook have trained more than 10,000 apologists worldwide, and this book is the result of more than four decades of study, teaching, and reflection. It will benefit every Christian communicator who reads it.

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Introduction To Integrated Apologetics (Integrated Christian Apologetics)

Just 35 pages
blurb: A simple introduction to Christian Apologetics. It takes an integrated approach where all the insights gleaned from various schools of Christian Apologetics are utilized. An excellent introductory work for the layman, apologist, pastor, and theological student.

*** Introduces the ABC of Christian Apologetics
*** Assumes this is your first book on Apologetics
*** Free from technical jargon
*** Comprehensive in introduction
*** Conservative in theological outlook
*** Takes an integrated approach, instead of aligning with a single school of thought

Benefits of Reading this eBook:
*** You will know what Apologetics is
*** You will know the biblical basis for Apologetics
*** You will get a clear overview of the subject
*** You will be prepared to read intermediate and advanced textbooks on this subject

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The Man at the Door

Blurb: Book I: The man at the door carries a vital message for the King of Caelius, but he is mortally wounded and near death when he knocks at Elspeth’s door. The young woman, living alone in a ramshackle house, at the edge of starvation is stunned by the arrival and death of the messenger. Abandoned by her abusive father and left to care for her sickly mother until her death, she struggles to survive both physically and emotionally and fantasizes about rescue by the young Prince of Caelius to ease her misery. Seizing the opportunity to chase her fantasy, she sets out on the man’s horse to deliver the message herself.

Arriving at the castle, Elspeth delivers the message to King Fredric, who warmly welcomes her, offering her acceptance and love. But trusting his response is a difficult venture: she must reconcile it with her lowly, abusive past, while facing her fears, and embracing the longings she has denied for a lifetime. Struggling with her inability to trust, she makes an astounding discovery that changes everything.

Reader review (this was a 3 star review, and it made me want to download the book): The book was very well written and I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I was very disappointed because I found it under Christian Romance and there is absolutely NO romantic relationship or even a hint of one anywhere in the story! I think I would have enjoyed the story more if I hadn’t approached every new male character wondering if maybe he was the one that she was going to fall in love with. I should also point out that it’s not a very religious book, either, though the allegory between the king and God, his son and Jesus were all very clear.

The characters were developed well and at a good pace, though I kept wondering when the heroine was going to “get it” about the love of the king and her worth. Of course, God may well watch me on a day to day basis and wonder the same thing, so I guess that was where I most identified with her.

I was left with a good overall feeling from this book, but I do have to say that it was very difficult to get past expecting a romance and that never happening. Don’t buy this if you want clear religious reference or a romance, do buy it if you want a well written and uplifting story with characters that are easy to love and identify with.

The author says: I wrote this book to be an inspiration to other women and I truly hope that this review will not keep it from falling into the hands of someone who could use some encouragement.
My apologies if the description led anyone to believe this book is a “traditional” romance. I did not intentionally write it to give that impression. The book, however, IS about love; but it’s the King’s love that is key, and the King is a God-type; the romance a Divine one. I would agree that it is not “religious” in the sense of quoting doctrine or philosophy of a given religion, but it IS a presentation of the Gospel itself – presented in both an abstract and very personal way.
Further, I realize that the cover has a “traditional romance” feel, too, even though I tried to avoid that…but it is a detailed representation of the story itself, though that’s not apparent until you read the book.

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iDoubt: When Faith Falters
You want to believe in God. At one time, it was so simple. God loved you and you loved God. And that was it. For a season, you were committed to Christ. But the season passed. Unfortunately, life hit you hard and you began to have doubts. Your doubts grew and your faith shrunk. It was like a cancer that no amount of prayer could stop. You turned to the church for answers, but your issues were never fully addressed. You were an inconvenience, rather than a person who needed sincere help. Your doubt about God’s love and his very existence was unfathomably uncomfortable to others. Somewhere along the line, it seemed like you were forgotten. Forgotten by God. Forgotten by your church. Forgotten by other Christians.
You prayed earnestly, but God and church seemed to drift farther away. You were like a scuba diver chasing after his boat that was adrift in the ocean. Eventually, your faith was lost on the horizon.
The loss of your faith left you empty. It also left you wondering whether it had ever been real. Was God just a fairy tale? Did your life really have meaning? Why did other Christians seem to despise you for raising these questions?
Your life has gone on, but you can’t get Christ out of your head. You know that you must deal with him, but don’t know how. You want to be loved, but have no idea of how to find your way back to him. Is it worth the hassle?
Faith seems so easy for others, but not for you. You are tired of trying to justify your misgivings to other Christians. You have doubts about God’s existence, the fairness in the universe, and misgivings about church. But you still hope, even though you don’t know why.
This book tackles heady issues that are rarely discussed in church. How can you overcome doubts that plague you? Can you be a Christian if your faith waivers from day-to-day? Is hell fair? Why does God stay hidden? Does death make sense? How does faith co-exist with science? Will the church knock off judging everyone? What if you want to love God but don’t want to go back to church? Is that possible?
The answers don’t always come easy, but you won’t be treated as an outcast when reading this book. The goal is to discuss out loud what is normally only whispered in churches. Not all Christians are alike. Not all faith is alike. But faith can be found in a troubled world.books black and white

Hadji Murad. The Cossacks (Illustrated)

The book includes three novels by Leo Tolstoy: “Hadji Murad” and “The Raid”, dedicated to the Caucasus War of the 19th century, and “The Cossacks”, a semiautobiographical story of a young Russian aristocrat who leaves Moscow and travels to the Caucasus in search of his ideal of the perfect man and society.

Reader Review: f you want to understand the continuing hatred between Russia and Chechnya then Hadji Murd is a good place to start. Also Tolstoy gives you insight into the despotism of the Russian Czar—–you understand the difference between being a subject in a country and being a citizen. The book is to short and the ending is disappointing cutting off a confrontation between two antagonists.

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Hamilton Wright Mabie’s retellings of Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know, because every child really should know them.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling; Mowgli, Bagheera, and all the rest. The original, not the Disney version.

Captains Courageous, also by Rudyard Kipling, a great boy story about a spoiled rich boy who learns to be a man and his shallow parents who learn to love their son. Plus sailors and fishing boats.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; another great boy adventure book. Long John Silver is one of the most delicious villains ever.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated) tales of logic which encourage readers to use their brains.

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights, because chivalry must not die.

The Iliad

The Odyssey

 

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Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free.

 

Same for reduced price titles.

 

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing.  If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something.  Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works.

 

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards.

 

If you like these listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free and bargain priced titles there several times each week. Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from  reviews on Amazon’s page.

 

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books, even though I have two kindles.  That’s because my kids keep taking off with the Kindles to read their school books and they don’t remember to recharge them before returning.  I wouldn’t say I’m bitter about it, but I might be a little disgruntled. If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers.  The second Kindle is actually one I was given in exchange for some writing work, and I gave it to my two teens.  It does not have 3G, which is why it’s their Kindle.  Personally,  I don’t like Kindle Fires.

 

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full.  You can left click on a title on your Kindle anddelete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again.  Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently.

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Agency Obama Declared Had Not a Smidgen of Corruption Admits to Some Corruption

IRS Admits Wrongdoing, to Pay $50K in Leaking of Marriage Group’s Tax Return http://dailysign.al/1jenOYu

Remember, Obama says there’s not a smidgen of corruption. And the IRS Commissioner testified last night that no crimes had been committed (based on ‘common sense,’ not based on a knowlege of the criminal codes that would apply here, as he confessed after some sharp questioning by Trey Gowdy that he hadn’t actually bothered to look at the criminal codes). 

“In February 2012, the Human Rights Campaign posted on its web site NOM’s 2008 tax return and the names and contact information of the marriage group’s major donors, including soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney….

HRC’s president at the time, Joe Solmonese, was tapped that same month as a national co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. 
A gay rights activist named Matthew Meisel apparently delivered the leaked tax forms to HRC. He wrote in a discovered email that he had a “conduit” who passed him the information. However, when asked about this under oath, he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination (sound familiar?), and also refused to say who his “conduit” was.

NOM is demanding that Eric Holder grant Meisel immunity so that he can be compelled to reveal the name of his “conduit.”"

Holder is singularly incurious about this, though. 

Odd, that. http://ace.mu.nu/archives/350037.php

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A few news items

ACLJ: Reports that Christian Mother Re-Arrested in Sudan and Her Family Now in Custody “Deeply Troubling” http://aclj.org/radical-islam/aclj-reports-christian-mother-re-arrested-in-sudan-her-family-now-in-custody-deeply-troubling …

City cracks down on 9-year-old for opening a free library in his front yard http://thkpr.gs/1m5tHqN 

Trey Gowdy: How can you say no crimes committed if you haven’t looked at criminal code?
IRS Commish: Common sense.
Me: Can we use that if the IRS audits us?

Of course not.  Furthermore, Gowdy pointed to some specific actions that violated a specific criminal code. and the IRS commissioner’s response to that was that he was unfamiliar with that code. In fact, on further questioning, he basically admitted that all he was really saying is that he had committed no crimes.

Trey Gowdy: Carney said it was 2 rogue agents in Ohio. Was that accurate?
IRS Commish, “Not that I know of.”

http://bit.ly/UDrtcr

 

IRS Commissioner Koskinen also said the missing emails were proof the IRS needs more money.  He said They would need to be given an additional  $10 to $30M to upgrade computers so they could stop losing emails.
The IRS paid $89M in bonuses last year alone, and has $1.8 billion IT budget. They spent fifty thousand dollars just to make a dumb Star Wars video for an in-house commercial.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2666413/House-Republicans-subpoena-White-House-lawyer-missing-emails-case-IRS-commissioner-prepares-prime-time-grilling.html#ixzz35WEy4DZr

 

This was a really good read:

The sexual exploitation of kids is not merely the ‘dark side’ of the sexual revolution, it is in fact its logical conclusion. http://www.singlemind.net/?p=8456

 

Marion Zimmer Bradley (author of the Darkover books and The Mists of Avalon) had great literary talent. But what to say? NO talent cancels child sex abuse. http://bit.ly/1nwiYtw

From the comments: “never be afraid to see what you see.” If it looks suspicious, it probably is.
Even then, one must have the moral courage to do the right thing.
Sadly, there will always be evil people seeking to do very bad things to others.

http://bit.ly/1jKdTty

Her husband was a member of NAMBLA and she knew he was molesting a 14 year old boy when they married.  She covered for him for years. It was a loosely kept secret in all the sci-fi /fantasy circles in which they ran that he had a penchant for boys.  But she also abused her own children, which was not quite so well known. Even then, those who did know kept her secret, and even today, now that the children are adults who have gained the strength to speak up, some of Bradley’s fans still defend her.  Her daughter wrote a heartbreaking poem about the words ‘she did the best she could.’

 

Whistleblower says that the VA is still fiddling the records and it is to hide the number of Veterans who have died waiting for care.

Mexico’s cartels and their role in child border crossings.http://thebea.st/1q1fJhe

168 children arrested in child trafficking case. Most weren’t even reported missing.

This. This is the sort of thing I worry about for the Central American children who have been irresponsibly lured to cross our borders by our own politicians for their own selfish purposes.

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Real Life Arithmetic, 1943, Grades 3 and 4 Story Problems:

vintage math money doll truck wagonThese are fun for the same reason I like reading Grace Livingston Hill, the little homely details of the time.  Typos are mine.

On Saturday just before Easter Mrs. White took Helen to the store to buy her a new outfit of clothes. She bought Helen a coat for $5.35, a pair of shoes for $3.35, a dress for $4.78, and a pair of stockings for .85¢.
What did she pay for it all?

I can buy coats at the thrift shop for five dollars today, although those who buy them new probably spend, at a minimum, five times what Mrs. White spent for her daughter’s coat.
Stockings and dresses seem to have gone up less than coats, proportionally speaking.

Real Life Arithmetic, 1943, Grades 3 and 4 Story Problems:Ross and Dick are brothers. They live on a large farm. They belong to the Boy Scouts. These boys are buying little by little boy-scout hiking outfits for themsleves.
Here are some of the questions they have to answer:
1. What will 2 knapsacks cost at .89¢ each?
2. Will they need two tents or will one be enough?
3. What will two scout suits cost at $4.65 each?
4. What will two pairs of hiking shoes cost at $3.25 each?
5. What will be the cost of 1 Axe at .98¢ and it’s sheath at .18¢?
6. The cost of 2 scout hats at $1.38 each will be ______.
7. They will need two scout knives. What will they cost at .87¢ each?
8. One day they bought 2 suits and 2 hats. What did they spend that day?
9. Another day they bought a tent for $5.65 and an axe with its sheath. What did these cost?

Real Life Arithmetic, 1943, Grades 3 and 4 Story Problems:One day Sue’s mother told her to go to the store adn buy whatever she wanted for the family’s dinner. The following are the things Sue bought:
1. for the salad, Sue bought bananas that cost 10¢, a head of lettuce that cost 6¢, and a can of pineapple that cost 18¢.  What did she pay for the things for the salad?

2. She bought a loaf of bread for 9¢ and 1/2 a pound of butter for 19¢.  What did the bread and butter cost?

3. She bouth 2 pounds of veal steak at 26¢ per pound.  What did the meat cost?

4. She bought for dessert a brick of ice cream for 28¢ and half a 50¢ cake.  What did the dessert cost?

5. She paid 10¢ to have the groceries taken home.  Add the answers to Problem 1, Problem 2, Problem 3, and Problem 4 and add the 10¢ that Sue paid the delivery boy.  What did Sue pay in all for the things that she bought?

6. Dinner was served at 5:40.  The family left the dinner table at 6:30.  How many minutes was the family at the dinner table?

7. After dinner Sue read until 8:15, then she went to bed.  How many minutes did she have for her reading?

8.  How many minutes equal 1 hour and 45 minutes?

Real Life Arithmetic, 1943, Grades 3 and 4 Story Problems:

Canning Beans by 4-H Club Girls
Jean’s wax beans are ready for canning.

Joan’s pole beans won’t be ready until next week.

So Joan is helping Jean this week.  Here are some of their problems.

1. There are 18 hills in each of 4 rows in Jean’s patch.  How many hills of beans in the 4 rows?

2. To find how many pounds in Jean’s patch, they picked three hills and weighed the beans.  They weighed 2 pounds.  About how many pounds of beans in Jean’s patch.

3. Jean found, that when she stemmed the beans and snapped them, 3 pounds would fill 2 cans.  About how many cans would it take for her beans?

4. The pressure cooker will hold 8 cans at a time.  How many cookings will be needed to can Jean’s beans?

5. It takes 2 hours to fill the cans and cook the beans for each cooking.  How long will it take to can Jean’s beans?

6. If the girls do half of the work today and th eother half tomorrow, how many hours will they work each day?

7.  After Jean had pulled up the bean stalks, she found she could set out 12 late cabbage plants in each of her 4 rows.  How many plants would she need?

Real Life Arithmetic, 1943, Grades 3 and 4 Story Problems:

There are several problems like this, where a story is told in first person by a child, leaving blanks for the answers to the math problems, and the children are supposed to figure them out and write the answers on a separate piece of paper.

Here is Jane’s story…..
I spent the summer on the farm with my cousin, Nora.  We found many problems in arithmetic.  Can you work them?

1. In going to the farm I rode on the train for 142 miles, and then rode on the bus for 28 miles more.  In all I rode _______ miles.

2. It was much cooler in the country.  My aunt said that the temperature was 78 degrees.  It was 92 degrees back home when I left.  It was _____ degrees cooler in the country.

3. The day after I got to the farm Nora and I rode our bicycles to teh home of another cousin who lived 5 miles east and 3 miles south.  That made the distance ______ miles going.

4.  The trip to the other cousin’s home and back again was _____ miles.

Real Life Arithmetic, 1943, Grades 3 and 4 Story Problems:

More of Jane’s Story (it’s a two part lesson in the book)

1. One day Aunt Martha asked Nora and me to pick the strawberries.  She wanted to can them.  Nora picked 11 boxes and I picked 10 boxes.  Together we picked ____ boxes.

2. When Aunt Martha had washed the berries she weighed them.  They weighed 21 pounds.  That means that oen box of berries weighs about ____ pounds.

3. Aunt martha asked us to ride down to the store and buy sugar for canning the berries.  She said she used 1/3 as many pounds of sugar as the weight of the berries.  That means we should buy ______ pounds of sugar.

4.  The store man said sugar cost 6¢ a pound.  So we paid him ____ cents for 7 pounds of sugar.

5. One day Nora and I went for the eggs.  Nora got 28 eggs and I got 35 eggs.  Together we gathered _____ eggs.

6.  Aunt Martha said that she had promised 6 dozen to a lady in town.  But I said there were _____ eggs in 6 dozen eggs and we gathered only 63, so we needed _____________ more.

7.  Aunt Martha said there were a dozen eggs left from teh ones she had gathered yesterday.  So we took enough to make 6 dozen.  That left ____________ eggs.

8.  Eggs were worth 28¢ per dozen, so the lady gave us _____.

Real Life Arithmetic, 1943, Grades 3 and 4 Story Problems:

1. Dick said to Bob: “you have your paper route and I deliver packages every evening.  We each earn about 45¢ an evening. “  How much does each boy earn in 6 days?

2. How much do they both earn in 6 days?

3. “Yes,” replied Dick.  “let us buy that radio that we saw in teh store yesterday.  The prie was $24.  The price tag said it could be bought with 1/6 down and 1/6 for each of 5 months more.”  If they buy the radio and share the cost, how much will each boy need to pay down?

4. How much would each boy have for other things each week after paying his part of 1/6 of the price of the radio for that week?

5. How much would you need to pay down to buy a bicycle that costs $42 on the installment plan with 1/6 down?  How long would it take to pay the rest if 1/6 is paid down and 1/6 is paid at the end of each week until it is all paid?

Real Life Arithmetic, 1943, Grades 3 and 4 Story Problems:

A few random story problems:
Henry’s dog eats 15 pounds of meat a month.  How much meat does the dog eat in 12 months?

Ned earned 25¢ a day delivering papers.  How much did he earn in 23 days?

Mrs. Pope’s milk bill is 24¢ a day.  How much is that for August?

The Wards pay $36 per month for the rent of the apartment in which they live.  How much rent do they pay per year?

Frank’s father works in a machine shop.  He is paid 95¢ an hour and works 34 hours per week.  How much does he make each week?

Mrs. Davis bought a 7 pound turkey for $2.80.  She wonders how much she paid per pound.  Can you tell her?

Carl’s mother said the food for her family cost her $14.00 per week.  How much was the cost for each day?

Hazel’s older brother is working in the city.  He pays $5.60 a week for his meals.  How much does he pay for each day?

Real Life Arithmetic, 1943, Grades 3 and 4 Story Problems:

There are three children in Helen Drew’s home.  Helen’s uncle and aunt are coming over for Christmas dinner this year.
Here are some problems Helen’s family had to work in getting ready for their company.

Helen bought 7 candles that cost 15¢ each.  How much did she pay for the candles?

2. Mrs. Drew bought a 7 pound turkey for $2.80 How much did the turkey cost per pound?

3. Helen bought 7 pounds of cranberries that cost 8¢ per pound.  What did the cranberries cost?

4. Helen put 2 forks at each of the 7 plates.  How many forks did she use?

5. After dinner was over they all went to the movie.  How much did Mr. Drew pay for 4 tickets that cost 55¢ each and 3 tickets that cost 33¢ each?

6 How much did he pay for 1 lb of candy at 60¢ a pound?

Real Life Arithmetic, 1943, Grades 3 and 4 Story Problems:
Random problems:
Mrs. Jones bought for the church 24 Lily plants at 8 ¢ each.  How much did they cost?

There are 8 boys in roy’s Sunday-school class.  If each boy brings 16¢, how much can they pay for a present for their teacher?

A man worked 26 days in January at $8 per day.  How much did he earn in the month?

There are 8 boy’s in Ned’s Sunday-school class.  They want to buy a present for their teacher.  The present costs $1.60.  How much will each boy pay if they share the cost equally?

Mr. Owens makes $6.40 for 8 hours work.  How much is he paid for each hour?

George makes 40¢ per day for mowing lawns.  How much does he make in 14 days?

Maud practices her music 45 minutes each day of the week except on Sunday.  How many minutes does she practice in a week?

When 8 yards of dress cloth cost $3.52, what is the cost of each yard?

You can walk a mile easily in 20 minutes.  How many minutes will it take you to walk 9 miles? There are 60 minutes in an hour.  See if you can figure out how many hours it will take you to walk 9 miles.

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Free4Kindle: Paleo, Low-Carb; Devotional; Christian Fiction

All of the books below (except the first) are either cookbooks or they are listed under the Christian/inspirational heading. I don’t know how theologically (or nutritionally) sound they are. They looked interesting, and the fiction titles have good reviews. But I can’t vouch for more than that.=)

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Ketogenic Diet Vitals – Feed Your Body With Ø Carb Fuel ( Ketogenic Diet Myths, Ketogenic Diet And Fat Loss, Ketogenic Diet In Bodybuilding, Ketogenic Diet And Cancer, Keto EAQ’s )
Blurb: HERE ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS THAT YOU WILL GET FROM THIS BOOK:
Knowing what the Ketogenic diet is about;
Learning about ketones and ketosis;
Learning about how you can reach ketosis and check the levels of ketones in your body;
Knowing why the Ketogenic Diet is great against Cancer, Epilepsy and other diseases;
Knowing about which foods are allowed and prohibited in the diet;
Learning about health conditions that may interfere with the diet and it’s side effects, if any
And ketogenic diet myths will be busted right in front of you!
Download your copy today!

With the help of this book, you will no longer be confused about the difference of ketosis and ketoaciditis. You will know about the history of theKetogenic Diet and why so many people are getting curious about it. You will learn about which foods you should add in your grocery list and which you should kick off the list, and you will also learn about how ketogenic diet aids in fat loss and body-building! In short, this book will open up your mind about the benefits of ketogenic diet and of course, will help you understand about the whole process better. And, there’s also an FAQ page which will answer all the questions that you may have in mind about the said diet.

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Paleo Lunch Box: Easy and Delicious Paleo Lunch Recipes for Kids
Blurb: From the Author
I have experienced person success with improving and maintaining my health with the Paleo Diet, so I wrote this book to help others see the same results. Whatever the reason for improving your health is, I’m here to support you and wish you the best of luck. I hope this resources gets you started on the right path to improving your family’s health with healthy and delicious Paleo Lunch Box recipes!

- Kim Dewalt
About the Author
Kim Dewalt is a wife, mother of 3, and a fitness / healthy cooking expert. She has personally used the Paleo Diet to help not only herself get in better shape, but many others as well. With this book she looks to do the same for YOU through these tasty Paleo lunch box recipes!

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Naturally Sugar Free – No Cook Dessert Recipes: Ultimate Sugar Free recipes cookbook series. Recipes for diabetics and diabetic weight loss

Blurb: Welcome to another addition of the Naturally Sugar Free diet cookbook series.

Inside, you will discover 25 awesome, simply to make recipes that are designed to fit in to your sugar free, low-carb lifestyle.

Make sure to check out the other Naturally Sugar Free titles -

Sugar free desserts
Diabetic snacks
Diabetic baking
Sugar free on the go

and many more!

Please note that these recipes also fall under the no-cook category.

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All Natural Recipes – Natural Lunch: All natural, Raw, Diabetic Friendly, Low Carb and Sugar Free Nutrition
Blurb:Looking to detox, lose weight, increase energy, reduce blood pressure and feel more vibrant?
The All Natural Recipes series is the one-stop solution that will help you reach whatever health goals you have in mind.

These recipes can fit in to the Sugar Free Diet, Raw Diet Food, Diabetic Friendly ways of eating and even the Low Carb lifestyle!
Look for the other titles and discover an amazing variety of natural recipes.

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Totally Wheat Free – No Cook Dessert Recipes: Wheat Free Cooking for the Wheat Free Grain Free, Wheat Free Dairy Free lifestyle
Thanks for checking out the ultimate wheat free cooking series – Totally Wheat Free!

Inside these books, you will find 25 No Cook Wheat Free recipes!

In this series, you will discover amazing tasting wheat free recipes that are wheat free, grain free, and completely free of other harmful processed ingredients.

These recipes are perfect for someone who’s pursuing the wheat free living practices; whether it’s for health goal or weight loss reasons!

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Growing Vegetables in Containers: How to Grow Gourmet Vegetables in Your Container Garden (The Weekend Gardener)

As space becomes a valuable commodity and people are becoming aware of the role fresh vegetables play in their health and well-being, more attention is brought to the forefront of the advantages of growing your own food in containers.

The benefits of growing your own food in containers are myriad:
Containers can be used anywhere
No hard manual labor is required
No need to buy expensive tools
Plant only what you can eat with no waste
The benefits of growing your own vegetables are also many:
You can grow food organically if you wish
You’ll cut down on your grocery bills
You won’t be worrying about pesticides and GMO’s
You will discover tastes you never thought possible in vegetables
This book contains all you need to know to start growing your own vegetables. Everything from choosing the right sized containers and soil, to choosing the right varieties of vegetables suitable for growing in containers is covered here.

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Past Forward:The Beginning

Past Forward:The Beginning
ast Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

Released weekly (and FREE for a limited time) as a serial novel.

Past Forward Volume 1

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

This collection of the first five episodes of Past Forward starts with Willow’s life-changing discovery and gently guides the reader through aspects of her life–the past weaving through the present and into the future. Experience her first morning in church, her first movie, and the culture shock of her first trips to the city. A birthday party and a street faire add welcome diversion from butchering, canning, and the beating of area rugs. Disaster strikes. Will she be able to continue her life, or will an offer in the city change it all? Find out in this first volume.

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

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Worlds Unseen (The Seventh World Trilogy)

Quiet, timid, and still haunted by the murder of her childhood guardians, Maggie Sheffield wants peace and healing—not an opportunity to uncover truths so frightening that they threaten to forever unravel the world she thinks she knows. But when a dying friend gives her an ancient scroll that purports to contain just such truths, Maggie finds the lure of understanding too hard to resist:

For the power that killed Maggie’s guardians was not human—and she has reason to believe the same power is controlling the Seventh World.

Leaving her hopes for peace behind, Maggie sets out to carry the ancient scroll to the far eastern city of Pravik, seeking the only man in the world who can read it. Along the way, Maggie falls into the companionship of a charismatic young wanderer called Nicolas Fisher, who has secrets of his own that he has long been trying to keep hidden.

Together, their journey plunges them into a strange new world of colourful Gypsies and ancient legends, of death-hounds and beautiful witches, of wilderness treks, unexpected love, and political rebellion. But the price of truth may be too high: for Maggie, Nicolas, and the rebels of Pravik are tearing at the veil between the seen and the unseen, between good and evil, between forgotten past and treacherous future—and when that veil grows thin enough, it’s anyone’s guess what may come through.

Worlds Unseen is Book 1 of the Seventh World Trilogy.

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Journey to Terreldor: A Tale of Growth and Adventure (Adventures in Terreldor Book 1)

Reader Review: “His next words are burnt clearly into my memory, though they meant nothing to me as he first spoke them. Certain I’d misunderstood, I repeated them over in my mind several times as the head councilman waited patiently. Though they sound like nonsense, I’ll produce these words of his exactly as I remember them”.

“You traveled to our world through the Path. Our worlds exist in different dimensions, or at least very far apart in space–we cannot know for sure. The Path is a link between them, and it is unstable. The last time we know the link to our world was open, it was about a century ago from our perspective, and, judging by your appearances, won’t open on your end for another five or ten years in your future”.

This is a story about two brothers somehow entered into a mysterious land where a princess and the royal guard are held hostage by trolls and the two brothers helped them escape. The princess is grateful and wants to introduce the boys to her father and kingdom.

This king is a wise man and he has laws and morals that all should obey. His Captain is very knowledgeable and thinks through every situation before acting. The younger brother Mark shows promised to be enlisted into the secret knighthood but he has to be tested first in the morals and temptations the world live by. He is tested their incidents and events from fighting trolls to protecting the Captain of the Royal Guards against the foes.

On their journey to the healing mineral waters the Captain is responsible to tutor Mark in their ways and show him teaching him which was the right choice to be decided in times of need. There is a lot of adventure as the characters fight off their enemies as they cross the lands to their destiny

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The Journey (The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres, #1)

From the author:

I have made it a point to uplift strong moral values, and to show that having clear ethical standards does matter. I believe it is very important in our time of moral relativism when good and evil are almost blended together, and there is a quick excuse and justification for almost everything. I remember reading old classics where such concepts as “honor” and “duty” meant the world, and it went without saying that the hero wouldn’t lie, or that the heroine would rather live the rest of her life alone and in poverty than marry a rich man she did not love. You just wanted to hold your head up after reading those stories; you admired those people and wanted to be like them. I have tried to bring this back in my book.

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Love the Least (A Lot)

Abort73.com founder and director, Michael Spielman, explains why abortion-vulnerable children are as qualified to wear the “least of these” label as any victim class in the world. Whatever we fail to do in their defense, we fail to do for Christ.
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Lucifer Travels: Book #1 in the suspense, mystery thriller

Blurbs (which, you should know, are usually, though not always, written by the author): A riveting tale of fate and faith as a whirlwind of events lands, seventy-three year old Louisiana native, Daniel freeman in a hospital bed; and then, in a confessional, telling his life story to a young local priest who is well respected in the Community. As the priest and Daniel delve into old trespasses of the past, it becomes more apparent that the priest and Daniel’s life have been mysteriously connected by these exact events.

Lucifer Travels is Book #1 in the staunchly Christian, young adult, mystery series

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Reader Review: A action-packed, depth filled tale set in Bolivia, 2017.

Wara Cadogan is a missionary in Bolivia, struggling to put her less than perfect past behind her, when she finds herself captured by a Muslim organization known as the Prism.

Alejo is one of the leaders of the Prism, among whom he fights against the many social injustices, but the discovery of a Bible in his native language might just be the beginning of something new.

When Alejo, sees Wara taken hostage by the Prism he knows what he must do. How far will he go to protect her, and at what cost?

This book kept me up late on weeknights, burning the midnight oil! Filled with well-rounded characters, so real that you can’t help but believe they are living people, well conveyed descriptions, and plenty of action, Prism brought Bolivia to life right before my eyes.

One of the things that really stands out in this book is the question, how far would you go for your faith? There are devoted Muslims who believe they are paying the highest tribute possible to Allah setting off bombs, killing many innocents among the targeted on one end of the spectrum. And a Christian missionary family that struggles with whether they should fight for what is right at the risk of their ministry.
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Leavesly (The Leavesly Years)
by Reni Huang

Best friends Lexi Lin and Elliott Lee are excited about beginning their freshmen year in college. But all Julia Kyoto feels is apprehension. Determined to shed her shy girl tendencies, Julia makes a pact with God to help her overcome her inhibitions with a little step of faith. All seems well, until Julia’s diary ends up in the wrong hands, that of unattainable Wynn Yoshida. Follow Julia and her friends as they strive to figure out how to live out their Christian faith once they leave home and set out on their own during their college years.

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Becky Sue Cooper’s Photo Album

The new preacher in a small, East Texas town stops by the Cooper’s house for a visit and finds no one home but nine-year-old Becky Sue. She sits him down on the front porch with a glass of lemonade to wait for Mama and Daddy, and entertains him with her photo album. It just so happens the photos are of her fellow parishioners, and the preacher learns more about them from Becky Sue than he wants to know.

Brimming with hope and laughter, and spiced with a pinch of sin, Becky Sue Cooper’s Photo Album takes us back to 1964. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

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One with Christ | Series One

“You shall love the Lord you God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” – Matthew 22:37

Our highest call in Christ is to love God completely, with every part of who we are. If Jesus is the desire of our heart then loving Him with our entire being is to be our focus and goal. But is it really possible to love God with all our heart? And if it is possible, how can we experience the reality? How can we know and love Jesus in a way that is all-consuming, intimate and real?

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Tycho (The Tyke McGrath Series, Book 2)
In the year 2154, sixteen year old Tycho McGrath is an advanced genetics student at the prestigious John Brooke Academy for Math and Science in Tampa, Florida. Life seems fairly dull, until he accidentally discovers that in less than a week, a recently designed bacterium known as the Orion Strain will wipe out every human being on earth.

In a desperate bid for survival, he flees to the partially-terraformed Moon in an experimental spacecraft, along with 31 other hastily gathered recruits, ranging from a Nobel Prize winner to a part-time drug dealer. But Tycho and the others soon discover that the Moon has its own dangers. Horrific storms, radiation poisoning, and mutant insects all lie in wait, and worst of all, the betrayal of one of their own.
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Prodigal’s Steps:: The True Story of a Family’s Desperate Flight Back Home

……….“As I’ve mentioned, the problem with seeing the world through worldly eyes is that evil disappears from your view. Yet it never really disappears. You think that you are walking in a kingdom of light, but in reality, you are walking in the wrong kingdom – and you don’t even know it. And the problem with walking in the wrong kingdom is that sometimes that kingdom can come and start to walk in us. We may not even realize it – but sooner or later – we begin to figure it out.”…………….

The James Family had it all: Dad, a dashing Navy fighter pilot, now skillfully flying commercial planes; Mom, a compassionate small town attorney with her own law firm. Their 4 children completed the picture: smart, athletic, successful, beautiful. This is the perfect story of how, by American standards, they had finally ‘arrived’. Yet, it is also the story of how while living the American Dream, they woke up in a nightmare. And in this nightmare, life unraveled as they desperately fought to save their children – from hell itself. Join them as they equip you for the same battle.

…………“… never in a million lifetimes would I have guessed that within 2 short years…; I would be back at the little cottage… – and that I would have one hand holding desperately to Christ and the other trying to pull my daughter back from the pits of hell. I was in a tug-a-war with demonic creatures that I had had no clue of until they manifested – and attacked. All I knew was that I could not let go – if I was dragged into hell itself. I would not, and could not, let go. For this was my child, flesh of my flesh and heart of my heart. Even though I no longer recognized her – I knew that she was in there somewhere. And if Satan had her captive, then by gum, he had me too; but unlike Rachel – I was still able to fight.”………….
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“I Am” Through the Ages

This short book is just a sampling of what each book is about in an attempt to provide overall meaning of the Old Testament Scriptures. It will provide insight to a new believer, to one who may be seeking for truth or for someone who has never found the time to read the whole Old Testament Scriptures on his or her own. This is a quick overview of the Old Testament in order to help give meaning to the Bible as a whole. It is quite common for people to struggle through the Old Testament and therefore miss the relevance and vitality that the written Word has for the prophetic revelation of Jesus and the reason for His life on earth. This small book gives just a foretaste of the feast to come for those who believe. I hope you sense the essence of God’s Word as it applies to us today, and then prepare yourself for the challenging goal of reading and digesting the entire Old Testament for yourself.In the back of the little book is a diagram I hope you find useful to share. Littlescribes.com

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Housekeeping:

 

Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free.

 

Same for reduced price titles.

 

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing.  If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something.  Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works.

 

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards.

 

If you like these listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free and bargain priced titles there several times each week. Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from  reviews on Amazon’s page.

 

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books, even though I have two kindles.  That’s because my kids keep taking off with the Kindles to read their school books and they don’t remember to recharge them before returning.  I wouldn’t say I’m bitter about it, but I might be a little disgruntled. If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers.  The second Kindle is actually one I was given in exchange for some writing work, and I gave it to my two teens.  It does not have 3G, which is why it’s their Kindle.  Personally,  I don’t like Kindle Fires.

 

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full.  You can left click on a title on your Kindle anddelete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again.  Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently.

 

Happy Reading!

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Thunderstorms

I used to love thunderstorms.  Rain remains my favorite kind of weather, thunder, not so much.

One of my PTSD things is a pronounced, and I do mean pronounced, startle reflex.  It’s called hypervigilance by the people whose job it is to name such things.  It’s utterly ridiculous and it’s so exaggerated that I go around making other, perfectly normal people jump with my jumps. I jump when somebody walks in the room. I jump when the phone rings. I jump out of my skin at night if my husband turns out the light without warning me. I do it again when he turns it back on because I scared him.

There’s this one dumb commercial on VIKI that has some dude jumping out of a window. I’ve seen it a hundred times. I know it’s coming, and I still jump every. single. time. Sometimes that stupid commercial is on 3 times in a row in a back to back to back loop,  and I still jump three times. The only thing that helps is if I remember to mute the sound, but I have to remember to do that the first time, because after missing it the first time, I’m usually too focused on clutching my chest and gasping to think about muting the sound the next two or three runs through.

In short, everything makes me jump. And then the more I jump, the jumpier I am.

Here’s your brain. Here’s your brain on PTSD.

And right now we’re having one of the loudest and closest thunderstorms we’ve had so far this year.

I made myself jump just turning on my own music in an attempt to distract me from the thunderclaps (didn’t work).
One of the grandbabies clapped her hands in time to the music and the sound of her little hands, about as loud as the wings of butterfly passing by, made me jump.
I startled myself just opening up a new window in my browser.

I really hope all this accelerated heart rate stuff counts for aerobic exorcise rather than contributing to my untimely death by heart attack.

I feel a little less silly than I did fifteen minutes ago, though.

Shasta and Equuschick were over here with the kidlets. Mrs. Shasta was out taking care of the horse, and had just come in when we had a really booming clap of thunder.   Shasta, my fellow PTSD sufferer (except I feel like he deserves it as a war veteran while I am just defective), was upstairs and didn’t know his wife was inside. He thought she’d been struck by lightening. So, sensibly, he went to the deck and started yelling her name out into the storm. Equuschick says she guesses that he expected her corpse to answer and get up and come inside.

He was yelling loudly enough to wake the dead.

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Why We’re Okay With (some) Magic In Our Reading

vintage books and imaginationSomebody asked me if I’d ever articulated our position on why we’re okay with magic in some of our entertainment.  That was a good question.

This was my not so great answer, because I can’t say that we’ve ever sat down and hammered out any kind of a policy on it, and my husband, by and large, has mainly left the decision entirely up to me.

So, I don’t remember that I have ever written in detail about it, and I don’t know if I can articulate it, and I couldn’t find an previous posts (that doesn’t mean they don’t exist, just that I didn’t come up with good search terms).
Have you read G. K. Chesterton on fairy tales? http://www.orthocuban.com/2009/12/g-k-chesterton-on-fairy-tales/  Chesterton has definitely influenced my thinking:
“Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
Thinking further on keyboard (I often do not know what I think about something until I start typing it out):
  • I do not indiscriminately allow all magic.
  • I allow it if it’s clearly fantasy/fairy tale.
  • Except I don’t do vampire stories at all.  Mainly this is because I have a lot of issues with that first really popular vampire series and they have little to do with the vampires/occult and everything to do with giving girls entirely the wrong idea about romance and putting themselves at risk and just, ugh.  I don’t like this kind of thing for my girls at all.
  • I don’t care for stories where normal human children in normal earthly settings can learn and practice spells. Harry Potter we allow, for instance, because you are born with magic or you are not- there is no amount of learning that will help you become a witch. The magic is just an extra talent, and it tends to be quite specific to the person, like a talent at skating, dancing, writing, etc . So we allowed Potter.  However, I cannot deny that perhaps the biggest reason we permitted Potter in the first place was Dame Maggie Smith playing Professor Minerva McGonagall in the movies.
  • I’m not presenting these as correct standards for others, just sharing some of my own standards, if standards is even the right word for it.
Do you screen all your kids’ books?
I screened my kids reading material until they got to their very early teens, and then I slowly backed off- how long I screened was based on the kid (and sometimes based on the kid’s own preferences- one of them wanted me to screen her books for much longer than I wanted to do it). Then sometimes we did another compromise, where I let them read, say, Ender’s Game; The Hunger Games; Harry Potter, for every so many reads of their choice, they had to read a set number of books of my choice in between. The numbers varied, based on the children. I did not need to do this with all of them.
I screened for writing style as much as for content and really tried hard to limit or even eliminate twaddle for the children.  I was trying to help form, shape, develop, and elevate their taste in literature so that shoddily written tripe would not be as satisfying to them as it sometimes is for me. I was more successful at this with the oldest four.
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News and Headlines from Last Week

Just read: Sudan releases Merriam! State Dep’t meeting tomorrow: http://bit.ly/1wnMsh5

The Middle East:
Honestly, I am so horrified by what’s happening all over the Middle East that I have neither the heart nor stomach to give it the attention it deserves.

ISIS Issues Mandate To Single Mosul Women: “Mujahideen Have Right To Rape You” http://27x.net/303t   #YesAllWomen will be showing their support for women of Mosul in 3, 2, never.

Iraq’s Christian Exodus – Jamie Dettmer reports from Iraq http://thebea.st/1ywOwW7 

Ted Cruz to President Obama: Demand the Release of Meriam Ibrahim http://buff.ly/TfuleI 

I guess her hashtag is #YesAllWomenButThisOne.  =(

Even Politico calls Obama the man who broke the Middle East.

The Consequences Of Syria. “The Syrian civil war is no longer the Syrian civil war. It’s a regional war that started in Syria, has expanded into Lebanon and Iraq, and has drawn in the Iranians and to a lesser extent the Kurds and the Israelis. Wars in North Africa tend to stay local, but wars in the Levant spill over and suck in the neighbors. There’s no reason to believe this war has finished expanding or that an end is in sight.”

The Central American Migration Issue:

Border patrol is restricting media access for, IMO, bogus reasons:http://bit.ly/1pWgiZs

Gov’t may move many migrant children to empty monetary in Chicago: http://bit.ly/1roOHOg

Border Patrol dealt w/378 unaccompanied children ages two or younger, 95 younger than 1 yr. since Oct. Lord have mercy. http://fus.in/1ismiXr

Children from Honduras as young as five are being kept in U.S. holding cells and treated worse than Gitmo prisoners http://thebea.st/1r8slAu 

DHS solicited vendor bids to handle 65,000 unaccompanied minors — back in January!  http://tinyurl.com/q88fhjl

Oops: Officials seeking shelter for young illegal immigrants thought hotel was vacant http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/grand-island/officials-seeking-shelter-for-young-illegal-immigrants-thought-island-hotel-was-vacant-20140620 …

Fed won’t reveal # of children held or released, or where they are being sent. http://nyti.ms/1lBlfUj 

I am in favor of open borders, but I am also in favor of facts, and there are some distinct differences. 

There seem to be more unaccompanied children this time because the President has told this group of immigrants that he won’t deport children. That, like most left policies, *sounds* kind but is actually horrifying in its obvious consequences and ought to be causing concern for everybody, left and right. It’s grossly irresponsible as it places those children is serious danger of abuse and exploitation. 

Another difference is that coming by ship limits the geographical access points, so immigration officials in the past could screen those coming in more easily.

Those in the past were not told by our President that he’d ignore existing laws on their behalf.

And in the past, immigrants who came were dreaming of freedom. of the social mobility America has always provided (Liars like Zinn to the contrary). With current entitlement programs, we entice people not to work hard, but to come for the free programs, which give everybody a sense of entitlement and undermine a sense of personal responsibility and hard work over time. 

This last concern- the way our entitlement programs created a nation of childish and selfish dependents is, at this point, a bigger problem for those born here. One of the reasons businesses continue to hire illegal immigrants isn’t the pay, it’s that the hispanic illegal immigrants are known to be hard workers, unlike American employees.

Hilary Clinton:

“Contrary to what you may have heard over the past week, Clinton’s successful defense of the rapist Thomas Alfred Taylor is not “old news.” On the contrary: For a CV that has been scrutinized so closely, references to the rape case in the public record have been rather thin. One of those references came from Clinton herself. In 2003, when she was a senator from New York, and published her first memoir, Living History, Clinton included a brief mention of the case, mainly as a way to take credit for Arkansas’ first rape crisis hotline. And in 2008, Glenn Thrush—then at Newsday—wrote a lengthy article on the subject.

Don’t remember it? There’s a reason. “My then-editor appended a meaningless intro to the story, delayed and buried it because, in his words, ‘It might have an impact,’” Thrush said in a June 15 tweet. Well, the editor got his way. It didn’t have an impact.”  http://freebeacon.com/columns/hillarys-people/

From the same link:

” I did not expect, when I arrived at the office Wednesday, to find a letter from a dean of the University of Arkansas sitting on my desk, informing me that the Free Beacon’s research privileges had been suspended because we failed to fill out a permission slip, that we were in violation of the University of Arkansas’ “intellectual property rights,” and demanding that we remove the audio of the Hillary tapes from our website. (Both the letter from Dean Allen and the response of the Free Beacon’s lawyers can be read below.)

Now, we obtained these materials without having to fill out any forms and without being provided a copy of any university “policy.” The university has yet to prove that it owns the copyright to the Reed audio. Nor has it explained how, exactly, that audio does not fall under fair use. And remember, too, that the institution protesting our story is a library—which ostensibly exists for the sole purpose of spreading knowledge and literacy and information and print and audio and visual media. That is what libraries are for, isn’t it?

Puzzling. Less puzzling, though, when I discovered that the author of the letter, Dean Carolyn Henderson Allen, was a donor to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, and that the University of Arkansas Chancellor, David Gearhart, is a former student of the Clintons, and that his brother, Van Gearhart, worked at the same legal aid clinic as Clinton at the time of the Taylor case.”

“No matter your view of Hillary Clinton, no matter your position on legal ethics, the recording of the Reed interview is news. It tells us something we did not already know. It tells us that, when her guard was down, Clinton found the whole disturbing incident a trifling and joking matter. And the fact that so many supposedly sophisticated and au courant journalists and writers have dismissed the story as nothing more than an attorney “doing her job” is, I think, equally disturbing. Dana Bash to the contrary notwithstanding, Hillary Clinton was not forced to take on Taylor as a client. It was her choice—and not, for her, a hard one. Certainly that complicates our understanding of the former first lady as an unrelenting defender and advocate of women and girls.”

I don’t really have a problem with Hillary defending a child rapist even though she believed he was guilty. The principle that even the guilty are entitled to a sound defense is a strong Constitutional principle that keeps us all safe from kangaroo courts and rail-roading judges (or should).  I do object the Clinton camp lying to us and telling us she ‘had’ to- she didn’t, she wasn’t required to take the case, she did it as a favor for a friend.  And I am offended at the way she breaches client privilege on those tapes and I am horrified by the way she chuckles over the case.

That 12 y.o. rape victim, now 52,says Hillary put her ‘through hell.’ Heartbreaking story.

Part of Clinton’s strategy was the old ‘attack the victim,’ and challenge her credibility: ““I have been informed that the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing,” Clinton, then named Hillary D. Rodham, wrote in the affidavit. “I have also been informed that she has in the past made false accusations about persons, claiming they had attacked her body. Also that she exhibits an unusual stubbornness and temper when she does not get her way.”

Clinton also wrote that a child psychologist told her that children in early adolescence “tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences,” especially when they come from “disorganized families, such as the complainant.”

One of her attackers was never charged. The other is the one Clinton defended, getting the rape charges plea bargained down to ‘fondling a child,’ and he spent less than a year in prison.

This is what these men did to their 12 year old victim:

““When I heard that tape I was pretty upset, I went back to the room and was talking to my two cousins and I cried a little bit. I ain’t gonna lie, some of this has got me pretty down,” she said. “But I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to stand up to her. I’m going to stand up for what I’ve got to stand up for, you know?”

In her interview with The Daily Beast, she recounted the details of her attack in 1975 at age 12 and the consequences it had for both her childhood and adult life. A virgin before the assault, she spent five days afterwards in a coma, months recovering from the beating that accompanied the rape, and over 10 years in therapy. The doctors told her she would probably never be able to have children.”

And Hillary Clinton chuckles over how she managed to get this child rapist back on the streets.

http://thebea.st/1lQ08Jx

I do have a problem with Hillary herself, many of them, actually.  One is that four years *before* theLewinsky scandal when Hillary publicly blamed that ‘vast rightwing conspiracy,’ and said on television that of course, if the allegations proved to be true the American public would have reason to be upset, the Clintons had already written memos on how to deal w/Bill’s sex scandals because they knew he had a problem (I mean, how could they not know?)  http://thecommonroomblog.com/?p=26206

She’s kind of backed down from her claims of having left the White House ‘dead broke,’ and struggling, although she still claims that really, even though, yes, she owns several houses, and yes, she gets 200,000 Thousand dollars for appearing at corporate retreats, she’s just one of the plebes.

I don’t really begrudge her the money they have. I just resent her pretending that she’s known poverty (her husband has, as a child.  She, never), and the hypocrisy.

Authoritarian Library Demands Censorship After Publication of Anti-Clinton Files http://bit.ly/UVdJds 

 

IRS:

Watergate: independent-minded special prosecutor appointed. IRS: none.  http://bit.ly/1ikm6cY

“It’s a beautiful thing when the IRS can destroy all evidence of wrongdoing, then use as a defense that there’s no evidence of wrongdoing.” Via Twitter

Paul Ryan: “is there any decent IT guy at the IRS we can talk to?” IRS: “No, he got accidentally lit on fire. Craziest thing.” Twitter

Missing 18½ minutes of tape: SMOKING GUN!!! Missing 2 years of email, hard drive recycled, backup/storage company cancelled: phony scandal. source

IRS had a contract which would have preserved Lerner’s emails (and those of the other six employees which are now lost, coincidentally, six other employees implicated in the IRS abuse of power and egregious overstepping of authority) Email archive company Sonasoft has backup of all emails since 2005 http://www.sonasoft.com/company/customers/ …

IRS cancelled contract with email backup company right after Lerner’s computer “crash”, recycled the back up tapes, and destroyed the hard drive- all about ten days after Congress first requested the emails.  More here.

million dollar bounty for information leading to the conviction of IRS ringleaders.. http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/05/21/%E2%80%98-people%E2%80%99s-bounty-truth%E2%80%99-group-offering-1m-new-info-irs-targeting-scandal …

Sarbanes-Oxley requires public companies to keep all email for 5 years. Destruction = 20 yrs in fed prison. I would love to see jail time for this, but I doubt it will happen.

IRS says it was OK to lose Lerner’s emails because they weren’t “records.” Wrong, under IRS’s own guidelines: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/06/on-the-missing-irs-emails-two-observations.php …

“White House Learned of Lerner’s Crashed Hard Drive 6 Weeks Before Congress”: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=54095 

I hate that, too: I HATE it when me & a bunch of other people have simultaneous unrelated server crashes which delete data we were just subpoenaed to provide.

IRS Commissioner, in March testified under oath that Lerner’s Emails Are ‘Stored in Servers’ http://ow.ly/yg70x 

Dems probably not too concerned about “lost” emails because Dems were in those emails http://ow.ly/ygbTr 

If it were Sarah Palin’s emails missing, the media would care. IRS abuse of power? Shrug. http://bit.ly/1lLQW8Y 

The IRS scandal is working for the IRS because they know that they are part of a government that no longer can be held accountable.  If you are one of the dolts who believed that this whole mess was just a rogue office in Ohio, you are one of the useful idiots who made this lack of accountability possible.

Other government scandals:

all 470 senior execs at the VA were rated “fully successful” or higher the last 4 years http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/21/us/every-senior-va-executive-was-rated-fully-successful-or-better-over-4-years.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0 …

Intentional destruction of govt. computer files. Not IRS but EPA. New finding. http://sharylattkisson.com 

NSA program taps huge flow of world’s private data, equivalent to 5,400 HD movies every minute http://interc.pt/1l4arhG 

Report: California Illegally Sterilized Dozens of Female Inmates http://bit.ly/1ytKJZC 

Mom of Marine held in Mexico says she hasn’t heard from Obama admin http://wtim.es/1uHauRk

Global Warming:

Scandal- global warming data falsified. Earth’s been cooling since 1930′s.http://bit.ly/1p76XPd

It would be nice if this actually changed anything, but it won’t.  The success of this scam goes too deep.

 

Pro-Life:

This was beautiful: Former Kansas lead singer has a gorgeous video out about his daughter’s birth-mother: http://bit.ly/1nXiAo8

Czech Govt Adviser. called Disabled Babies “Monsters,” Said to Euthanize Them. At least he was forced to resign. http://buff.ly/1l2f7jm pic.twitter.com/3PRCuLTgWT

Accident at sea. Assuming you can save only one other, do you save your dog or a human stranger first? Why? http://bit.ly/1l1AQYV   I find the answers of most people to be alarming and disturbing- and selfish.  On my FB page where I posted this, somebody pointed out that in the comments at the link many people explain they would choose the dog because the dog loves them while the humans probably wouldn’t give them the time of day- so it’s clearly not about the compassionate heart of those animal lovers- it’s selfish to the bone.

Planned Parenthood Ignores 71 Studies Linking Abortion, Breast Cancer http://buff.ly/1lXE2Fd 

Reminder: early feminists were mostly pro-life, and did not consider abortion access inherently feminist.

Images Of Human Life In The Womb http://buff.ly/1nV6b44 

One-Child Policy Drives Chinese Father of Four to Commit Suicide So His “Illegal” Kids Can Attend School http://bit.ly/1igxiaH 

 

Business:

Walmart fact-checked the New York Times article, since the Times didn’t.  It was pretty  funny: http://bit.ly/1p79Jnu
And yes, I do shop at Walmart. The nearest alternative is 40 miles away, plus, I prefer to save my money..

 

Sports:

I’m really not into sports that much, but yesterday’s World Cup game between US and Portugal was a doozy (being the weirdo I am, I mostly ‘watched’ via twitter updates).  And, as I told my highly offended son, Jeremaine Jones’ goal was very, very pretty:  http://huff.to/V3psXs

My son didn’t like my choice of adjectives.  But pretty fits. It was elegant, beautiful, a  very pretty shot.

The final goal was made in the final second of the game, when Varella dramatic and impressive head shot gave Portugal a tie.   The pass that gave Varella the ball was not pretty, but it was impressive: http://bit.ly/1sxHXBV

Pop Culture:

Tim Lambesis of Xtian band As I Lay Dying, was recently charged with trying to hire somebody to kill his wife.  He says has been an atheist for yrs. Says so are most Xtian bands he’s met. http://bit.ly/1kVQghn

I don’t really know who he is. I pretty much listen exclusively to K-Pop and murder ballads. Don’t judge. Okay, I take that back.. You can judge if you like.  But anyway, it’s pretty interesting to read the above link where he basically shares his steps to leaving his faith, and then read this link where Keller makes that connection as well.

I know this isn’t technically pop culture, but I dunno, our national pastime of stupid lawsuits may be part of our pop culture after all.

dlvr.it/63lyJX  There’s a class action lawsuit because people are upset to learn that Greek yogurt isn’t, gasp, made in Greece.  It’s antecedents may not even be Greek.

Can we have a lawsuit because Lucky Charms aren’t actually lucky?

Still awaiting citizenship confirmation, but I now suspect my Belgian Waffles may not be Belgian at all.

I was just noticing that I have some sweetened, chewable Vitamin D pills by a company called NatureMade. I am suddenly struck by the suspicion that perhaps nature did not make these purple, grape flavored pills.

Other readers shared more of these shocking discoveries on the FB page.

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