Good Advice

A lad got into some youthful scrape and came to his grandmother asking her to assist him in getting out again. He ruefully admitted that he had gotten in trouble through ignoring his uncle’s warnings about exactly the situation he found himself in.

Grandmother smiled and said, “Well, your uncle certainly knew what he was talking about. He got in the same trouble when he was about your age. Experience teaches, but who learns? The reality is that what has happened may happen again but far too many of us live as though what has happened may not ever happen again.”

*I read this story in an old magazine, circa late 1800s, but forgot to write the name of the publication down.  This is lightly adapted, some words are from the original, some are mine.

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Blueberry Cake

I just found this recipe while browsing an 1897 Good Housekeeping magazine. I have never made it, so you try it and let me know how it turns out.:-D

I can’t get blueberries in the Philippines, so it will be a while before I can try it, not to mention the pesky fact that I only have a tiny toaster oven to bake with. Most Filipino cooking is stove top stuff.

Blueberry Cake

Here is a rule for blueberry cake which I am sure will prove welcome at this season when the fruit is so abundant. For one sheet of cake use one generous pint of flour, half a pint of milk, one gill* of sugar, one egg, two heaping teaspoonfuls of baking powder, half a pint of blueberries, and two tablespoonfuls of butter. Mix the baking powder, sugar, and salt with the flour and rub through a sieve; then work the butter through the flour.** Beat the egg till light, and add the milk to it. Add this to the dry ingredients and beat well. Now add the berries*II, stirring as little as possible. Spread the mixture in a well buttered, shallow baking pan; having it about an inch and a half thick. Bake in a moderately quick oven**** for about twenty five minutes and serve hot.

*a gill is about half a cup, a scant half cup.
** I have made similar vintage recipes before, and I follow the directions I found in another old cookbook and it works well for me. Wash your hands well, rinse in very cold water and dry quickly. Then work the butter into the flour by cutting the butter into chunks and scooping up some butter and flour in one hand, rub your hands lightly together over (goody, goody!) the bowl, letting the butter/flour mixture sift down into the bowl. Repeat until it’s all mixed in- the flour in the bowl should be roughly the size of grains of sand.
***- if you dust the berries with a bit of flour they are less likely to sink to the bottom.
****- I would try 375, because a moderate oven is 350-375, and a hot oven is 375 to 400

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Liberation Theology a KGB Op?

Was the Theology of Liberation a movement somehow “created” by Sakharovsky’s part of the KGB, or it was an existing movement that was exacerbated by the USSR?

The movement was born in the KGB, and it had a KGB-invented name: Liberation Theology. During those years, the KGB had a penchant for “liberation” movements. The National Liberation Army of Columbia (FARC), created by the KGB with help from Fidel Castro; the “National Liberation Army of Bolivia, created by the KGB with help from “Che” Guevara; and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), created by the KGB with help from Yasser Arafat are just a few additional “liberation” movements born at the Lubyanka — the headquarters of the KGB.

The birth of Liberation Theology was the intent of a 1960 super-secret “Party-State Dezinformatsiya Program” approved by Aleksandr Shelepin, the chairman of the KGB, and by Politburo member Aleksey Kirichenko, who coordinated the Communist Party’s international policies. This program demanded that the KGB take secret control of the World Council of Churches (WCC), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and use it as cover for converting Liberation Theology into a South American revolutionary tool. The WCC was the largest international ecumenical organization after the Vatican, representing some 550 million Christians of various denominations throughout 120 countries.


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Pro-life in the news

human being at 8 wks gestation

Planned Parenthood is not about women’s healthcare, it’s an abortion factory.  There is no excuse for them to continue to receive taxpayer dollars. The GOP has had multiple opportunities to defund them. It’s inexcusable that they haven’t, and it’s evidence of their bad faith with their base.

New device could soon allow user to take ultrasound pics on phone.

Abortionist who killed a woman in a botched 26 week abortion goes to jail.

More and younger preemies surviving (in the US):  A Duke University study in 2017 also found that babies born at just 23 weeks gestation are surviving outside the womb at a greater rate than ever before. Researchers examined 4,500 babies between 2000 and 2011 and found a “small but significant drop in fatalities for babies born between 23 and 37 weeks gestation,” as well as a decrease in premature babies manifesting neurophysiological problems, the Daily Mail reported.

Their stories present difficult questions for abortion activists like former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards who recently claimed “there is no specific moment when life begins.” That may be Richards’ belief, but it’s not backed up by science.


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