Eugenics, 1923

Apologies for the formatting. I had to take three screen shots and then cut and align them to get the whole article. It was too appalling not to share.

The date pasted to the bottom is my addition- that is the correct magazine and issue, but in the original that information is on the cover, not the page.

I think if you click it should embiggen so you can read it better if this is too small for you.

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According to Wikipedia, Capper was a Republican who:

“….served two full terms as Governor, Capper was not permitted to run for a third term by the Kansas State Constitution. Instead, in 1918 he ran for election to the United States Senate and won. Capper became a long-serving senator, representing Kansas as one of its two senators for five 6-year terms. He was in the Senate from 1919 to 1949, and prominent among Republicans who supported the relief efforts and other policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration. He did not seek reelection in 1948.”

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Sweet Potato Muffins

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Sweet Potato Muffins
7 cups of Kamut flour (you can use other flours)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1  teaspoon salt
3/4 cup melted  butter
3/4 cup vegetable oil (I used grapeseed)
3 cups canned, mashed sweet potatoes
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups buttermilk o r sour milk
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Combine dry ingredients

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Whisk the wet ingredients together until well mixed.  Then quickly stir wet mix into dry, mixing just until barely combined. It’s okay to have some lumps in the batter.
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Fill muffin cups three-quarters full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

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Let the children at them.

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No more sticky pans!

This amazing concoction keeps everything from sticking, even in my bumpiest, most likely to stick pans.

You mix equal parts shortening, oil, and flour in a container.

I used the mixers to get it really smooth.

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Store it in the refrigerator.  I am told it lasts indefinitely.

To use it, use a pastry brush and brush it onto your pans, getting all the nooks, crannies, and crevices.

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Pour in batter as per usual.

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Bake as the recipe calls for, cool slightly, loosen gently with a thin bladed knife, and out they pop:

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Makes clean up easier, too!  I like it much better than the store-bought spray- it’s cheaper, and it doesn’t make my pans sticky and weird.

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Autumn leaves, squirrel, to cut out or color

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Make a jointed Squirrel

From the October, 1919 edition of Normal Instructor and Primary Plans, Volume 28:


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Use thin cardboard to make a sturdier version- the side of a cereal box, an old manila folder you’re done using, a cracker box, a diaper box- you get the idea. Or just use paper.

You need brads or Brass Fasteners to make it jointed.

And of course you’d need to sing the folksong about the pretty squirrel with a pretty tail who steals all the farmer’s corn and husks it on the rail. Over at Smithsonian’s marvelous Folkways, You can listen to the tune on instrumentals, and then hear Peggy Singer singing part of it. Or you can download it for .99 (this is not an affiliate link).

You could read the story of The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, by Beatrix Potter, or perhaps the story of how old Mr. Squirrel became thrifty- it’s in the Mother West Wind How book by Thornton Burgess (at Gutenberg, with images or Amazon: Mother West Wind “How” Stories)

Have fun!

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Free4Kindle Books, a rambling miscellany of titles

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Debt-Free: 9 Step System to Get Out of Debt Fast and Have Financial Freedom: The Quickest Way to Get Out of Debt Forever

Reader Review: As someone who has struggled with credit card debt for a long time, I found this book an excellent read. Getting rid of debt is not just as simple as making more money and spending less, but has deep internal roots that need to be addressed and dealt with. Ashton’s book made me aware of this, and on top of that teaches a simple and effective system on how to stay out of debt forever.

Like the description says, this is definitely not a get rich quick scheme. It requires action and hard work like anything else, and the book makes that clear. Moving forward however, I now have the tools and knowledge to get myself out of debt before the year ends, and from there set up systems in place to ensure things stay that way.

Excellent read!

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The purpose of this course is to provide the nurse with an in depth understanding of breastfeeding, including an intensive review of anatomy, physiology, emotional and social factors, and a review of problem solving protocols. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

1. Outline the history of infant feeding and breastfeeding.
2. Discuss the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk and other signs of the paradigm shift in favor of breastfeeding.
3. Review components of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
4. List the risk and disadvantages associated with artificial baby milk (ABM).
5. Describe the components and types of breast milk.
6. Discuss the anatomy and development of the breast and the physiology of breast milk production.
7. Identify key points of antepartum education and lactation assessments.
8. Outline the role of the doula.
9. Review various hospital routines that affect breastfeeding, including the use of labor medications and the neonatal assessment.
10. Describe the latch-on process.
11. List potential maternal complications that may interfere with breastfeeding.
12. List potential infant complications that may make breastfeeding difficult or impossible.
13. Compare and contrast various devices available for the breastfeeding mother.
14. Discuss issues that may arise during the early weeks and months of breastfeeding.
15. Identify support available for the breastfeeding couple.

This 15-hour continuing education course is available for download for professional development; if continuing education credit is desired, please see instructions included in eBook.

Reader Review: Wasn’t sure about buying a textbook
But this book is so much better than all the non-textbooks out there. It is well written and easy to read. It is very solution orientated and gave me some great advice. I am currently pregnant with my second child and my milk never came in with my first. I am praying for a differnet result this time and this book was (1) very encouraging to me to want to try to breastfeed again and (2) full of ideas and support resources I didn’t know about last time. I am keeping my fingers crossed. It doesn’t have a lot of pictures or illustrations – but once you know what to search for on the internet – you can find plenty of pictures.

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Asperger’s: Parenting a Child With Asperger Syndrome: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments (Autism Spectrum Disorders Book 2)

Reader Review: I wish we had this book when my brother was younger. Shoot, I think all teachers and administrators should read and study this book, then give a class every year to all students, reminding them that everyone is not alike, even if they look the same.
Even if you don’t have a child with Asperger’s, it’s quite possible you’ve encountered someone with it or another ‘special’ need.Take the time to read this. There are basic parenting lessons effective for children of all level of needs. A fast, well-organized, and straightforward book.

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The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
Random Excerpt:

But what saith God?—”Had it been possible, Epictetus, I would have made both that body of thine and thy possessions free and unimpeded, but as it is, be not deceived:—it is not thine own; it is but finely tempered clay. Since then this I could not do, I have given thee a portion of Myself, in the power of desiring and declining and of pursuing and avoiding, and in a word the power of dealing with the things of sense. And if thou neglect not this, but place all that thou hast therein, thou shalt never be let or hindered; thou shalt never lament; thou shalt not blame or flatter any. What then? Seemth this to thee a little thing?”—God forbid!—”Be content then therewith!”
And so I pray the Gods.

What saith Antisthenes? Hast thou never heard?— It is a kingly thing, O Cyrus, to do well and to be evil spoken of.


“Aye, but to debase myself thus were unworthy of me.”
“That,” said Epictetus, “is for you to consider, not for me. You know yourself what you are worth in your own eyes; and at what price you will sell yourself. For men sell themselves at various prices. This was why, when Florus was deliberating whether he should appear at Nero’s shows, taking part in the performance himself, Agrippinus replied, ‘But why do not you appear?’ he answered, ‘Because I do not even consider the question.’ For the man who has once stooped to consider such questions, and to reckon up the value of external things, is not far from forgetting what manner of man he is. Why, what is it that you ask me? Is death preferable, or life? I reply, Life. Pain or pleasure? I reply, Pleasure.”
“Well, but if I do not act, I shall lose my head.”
“Then go and act! But for my part I will not act.”
“Because you think yourself but one among the many threads which make up the texture of the doublet. You should aim at being like men in general—just as your thread has no ambition either to be anything distinguished compared with the other threads. But I desire to be the purple—that small and shining part which makes the rest seem fair and beautiful. Why then do you bid me become even as the multitude? Then were I no longer the purple.”

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Shrouded In Thought (Gilded Age Mysteries Book 2)

Reader Review: The history of Chicago comes alive in this turn of the century mystery novel. The attention to detail and nuances of the narrative made this a truly enjoyable reading.

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65 House Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Life WAY Easier: (DIY Hacks, Household Cleaning Hacks, House Cleaning Tips, Natural Cleaning)

Reader Review: This book by Elizabeth Bolling is a true haven for all busy women that need to do more in less time while saving a great deal of money. Trust me in that your cleaning and approach to how you do it and what you use will be forever revolutionized. The household products you are about to hear will amaze you on how effectively they can be used costing a fraction of what store bought cleaners do. Some of the products you will learn to use will include vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, and aluminum foil to name a few.

Remember when Granny used to give her old time-tested remedies? This book will exceed such and make you excited to pass along the secrets to friends. Of the numerous things you will learn I found the following especially helpful.
–A fast, effective way to clean a microwave
–How vinegar and water can clean a coffee pot and carpet stains
–Using Alka-Seltzer to speed up draining
–Cleaning your mattress with rubbing alcohol

These are just a few of the many wise incites you will gain from her book. Bolling has spent years researching and testing natural cleaning recipes. They exceed store bought items and you don’t want to miss all that is included in this wonderful resource. I highly recommend it.

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The Wedding List: A London Christian romance (Love In Store Book 1)

Reader Review: I’m not quite sure how to describe this book exactly, because I’ve not read anything quite like it! At first, I couldn’t believe that someone would make the main male character a clumsy science nerd, but there was something about him that was so quirky and adorable that I couldn’t help but quickly like him and wish the best for him. There are portions where the pacing felt very slow, but there were also portions that made me smile as I pictured the predicaments they got themselves into. It’s a nice light read when you are looking for something enjoyable.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Boaz Brown

Blurb: Set in Dallas, Stimpson’s debut novel effectively uses flashbacks to dramatize the conflicts faced by her deeply spiritual narrator, LaShondra Smith. A successful school vice-principal about to turn 31, LaShondra yearns for Mr. Right. Naturally, this special man has to be not only honorable, compassionate and rich but also Christian and black, like Boaz in the Bible. On career day, LaShondra meets Stelson Brown, the handsome white partner of the Brown-Cooper Engineering firm, and is immediately attracted to him. As her feelings for this Christian Prince Charming grow, LaShondra has to deal with a school administration that questions her ability to cope with diversity issues and, more importantly, a father who disapproves of her dating outside her race. In the sobering denouement, her father reveals a family secret about an incident in Ellerson, Tex., in 1958 that forever crushed his dreams and trust in the white man. Aimed most obviously at African-American women of faith, this thought-provoking tale of anger, prejudice and romance offers important lessons for all.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Reader Review: Where do I begin? This novel made me laugh at myself because I saw so much of me and my friends in the main character (LaShondra) and her friends and family and the church members. It was TOO REAL! Later, I cried about how things went down with her father (don’t want to spoil it for you!) Single women who are waiting on their Boaz need to read this book because it will make you open your eyes to what might be right under you nose but you’re too closed-minded to see it!!! Christians of all raced need to read it because it makes you wonder why many of us(those who are supposed to be known as Christians by our love) still go to all-white churches and all-black churches and don’t even think to invite people who are of different races to revivals, vacation bible school, etc??? For such a deep topic, this book was FUNNY and I never felt like I was being preached to. The characters are imperfect Christians in an imperfect world just trying their best to do right. Most of all, it made me think about how I treat people because (in my circle of friends and church members) I hear all kinds of stereotypical comments about other races – but I never thought twice about it until now. If you want to be entertained, cry, remember, connect, be challenged, and laugh while you’re doing it all – read Boaz Brown!

She just finished the sequel, and you can read her blogpost about how she came to create Boaz Brown in the first place (very interesting).

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The Devotions of Saint Anselm

The Devotions of Saint Anselm is a great collection of meditations, prayers, and letters of spiritual counsel by St. Anselm. This edition is edited by Clement Webb and includes a table of contents.

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Caught Off Guard: Encounters with the Unexpected God

three star review; Caught Off Guard: Encounters with the Unexpected God is a book where the writer draws from various events in Scripture to show how God extended mercy to someone who didn’t deserve it, or exhibited His power and might in unprecedented ways.

The book is divided into four major sections: God shows you his heart; God calms our fears; God provides what you need; and God radically transforms you. The book is written from a decidedly Christian viewpoint, as the author spends the bulk of each chapter discussing a certain passage of Scripture or a specific event. I found the footnotes helpful for following the portion of Scripture referenced. At times the author did a superb job in intermingling Bible stories with real life stories, dealing with the same scriptural principal. More often than not, however, the flow of a chapter was unnatural as he attempted to weave the Biblical principle into everyday life.

This book is best read in little chunks and with plenty of time to reflect upon what was just read. At the end of every chapter the author gives you four groups of questions to challenge you to own the chapter’s content. For example, at the end of the chapter titled “Are you growing in humble honesty?,” the author asks “What are some godly reasons to evaluate the negatives of your life?” This is an excellent question not only for the reader to meditate on, but also could be the beginning of a lively discussion with someone.

Armchair Interview says: A quiet read for personal reflection.

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Land of Dust and Tears (A Prairie Heritage)

Reader Review: If you have ever enjoyed the series Little House on the Prairie, Land of Dust &Tears will resemble the times and location. It was May of 1866 when Jan and his brother Karl’s family would arrive in America from Norway. They would settle in the Nebraska prairie lands called RiverBend. With mixes of celebration, sorrow and calamity you will learn facets of God’s truth while witnessing a steadfast love for God that the Thorensen’s had.

Jan Thorensen would always follow the leading of the Lord and as his life unfolds it will warm your heart how the Lord entrusts him to father beyond his children and build community while mending broken hearts. Author Vikki Kestell I rate as fantastic in her ability to engage the reader in the plot and skillfully craft the rough changes of life without leaving the reader to feel there is no hope.

Fire, deaths and tragedies would shake the community to the core but God’s strong Sovereign hand will bleed hope into the reader to realize that our God operates out of love and purpose. In the circumstances of your own life, especially if wronged, you will be challenged to look to the Word for your attitude and response. Serving the Lord, you will see, is not void of heartache and loss. The rewards however as evidenced in this book, is that God provides peace and direction to those willing to call upon Him. Too, you will better understand that wrongful overt character assassination may have roots stemming from past issues never resolved.

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Title deleted, read below to see why:

Blurb: “A box of tissues should be included in the purchase price of this book…. I finished … in a matter of hours, but I’ve no doubt the read and the lessons imparted through Sophie’s story will stay with me… probably forever. …. an incredibly poignant and unbelievably gripping novel, deserving Romance Junkies’ highest rating.”
FIVE BLUE RIBBONS – Chris at Romance Junkies

A deeply emotional tale about…. a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter’s unexpected illness and her husband’s shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold dark depths of the water, a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie’s past, and teaches her what it means to truly live…and love.

Full of surprising twists and turns and a near-death experience that will leave you breathless, this story is not to be missed.”

BUT STOP!! I was all set to unabashedly recommend this book- after all, it’s listed as Christian fiction, and it has over a thousand five star reviews, and the glowing blurbs above! And then I looked at the negative reviews, and found this:

“Wish I would have known
that this was a life after death, outer body experience type of book. I would have never picked it up. I got into the story, which at times was a tad unbelievable, and then BAM!,surprise, the characters are somewhere between life and death or something like that. I was put off when the mother was telling the details of her romantic relationships to her long lost daughter. It felt as if she were telling us, the reader, the story not her daughter. There was too much information shared for it to be a mother daughter conversation in my opinion. I tried to finish the book once the afterlife theme was revealed, to see it to the end, but it was just too much for me to bear. Talking o the dead is not my cup of tea. I am glad that this was free. I will be deleting this as well as book number five that was a freebie as well.”

Sigh. So frustrating when this happens.

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A Second Chance at Love: A Chance Encounter

Blurb: “Vanessa Cook, a Registered Nurse at UAB Hospital, was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She was a devoted Christian and an active member of her church, until a tragic car accident claimed the lives of her husband of 15 years, children, and the growing fetus inside her. Due to unimaginable pain and grief, she lost her way; turning her back on the church and God. After three years, she wondered if she would ever gain the life she once had and the peace that came with it.

Anthony Harvey, a South Carolina native and ex-cop, lost his wife of 15 years to breast cancer. Unable to cope with the illness, his life begin spiraling out of control. Alcohol became his only means to cope. But after years of torture and torment from his addiction, he saw the light and gave his life to Christ.

Searching for a fresh start, Anthony found himself in Birmingham, Alabama. An unfortunate construction site accident threatened his life, which brought him to the UAB Hospital. There he encounters widowed nurse, Vanessa. Through her own pain and brokenness, she has to help him regain his strength. Will their lives become entangled in each other, or will their pain keep them from A Second Chance at Love.”

There are five three star and below reviews, and every one of them say the same thing- there are too many grammatical errors. Usually, I won’t list a book like that, because I find it too distracting myself. I am making an exception in this case because they all also said that the story and characters were great. Several of them said that ordinarily, they quit reading for poor grammar, but in this case, they just worked to overlook them because the plot and story telling were worth it. They all hope Mrs. Wright gets a better editor next time, though.

There are 9 five star reviews, and 2 four star. Not to be snarky, but the positive reviews mostly had pretty awful grammar or spelling of their own, which might be why the grammar issues did not bother them. For instance:

“Vanessa and Tony is two broken people that lost someone special in there life. I hope Vanessa and Tony be together and she love his girls like her own. Can’t wait for part 2″

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The Gates Of Trevalyan

Family. Faith. Love. War. The Gates of Trevalyan brings the turbulent years before, during and after the Civil War to vivid and passionate life. Trevalyan, the beautiful central-Georgia plantation where idealistic young Jenny Mobley and aristocratic Charles King marry and build a life together, becomes a symbol of the heartache and division brought by the nation’s bitter wounds.

Author Jacquelyn Cook weaves the King family’s story into a tapestry featuring the most compelling figures of the time–from charismatic statesman Alexander Stephens and his doomed love for Elizabeth Craig to Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and many others. Richly detailed and intensely researched, THE GATES OF TREVALYAN breathes the spirit of great storytelling into a fascinating historical era.

Based on negative reviews (it has mostly positive), the historical side of this historical fiction book can be a bit dry and longwinded.

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Mother’s Remedies Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remedies from Mothers of the United States and Canada

Published in 1915, so…

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The Daniel Sugar Diet Cookbook: Get Rid of Sugar Fat & Reduce Blood Pressure in 21 DAYS!

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˃˃˃ This book has over 31 UNIQUE RECIPES as you go through your 21 day diet/fast so you can stay motivated and not get bored eating the same foods all the time like other restricted diets.

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Natural Antibiotics And Antivirals For Beginners: A Simple Guide To Homemade, Natural Healing And Herbal Medicine

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The Adrenal Fatigue Cure: How To Diagnose And Overcome This 21st Century Syndrome (Stress, Anxiety, Hormones, Belly Fat, Diet,How, Health, Restore, Natural, … (The Doctor’s Smarter Self Healing Series)

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Bartleby and James: Edwardian Steampunk Chronicle (Galvanic Century Book 1)

Four short stories, a sort of Steampunk Sherlock and Watson duo

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News, Views

Americans are more skeptical of their doctors than are Europeans.

Instapundit: YEAH, BUT THEY’RE NOT JOURNALISTS NOW, THEY’RE DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES: Bob Woodward: Today’s Journalists Should Investigate The IRS Scandal Like Watergate.

College in hot water because their ‘research project’ is really just campaigning, and it’s against the law.  My favorite part, though, is this defense by an anonymous  friend:

A source familiar with the research, but not involved, defended the researchers to TPM.

“I would say, just looking at the country at large, is the great threat to the integrity of our process good social science or is it the Koch brothers?” the source, who was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly, said. “You’ve got to be courageous about this. We need to know how to improve our politics and how to renovate it. We can’t just be playing Mickey Mouse games in the classrooms. We’ve got to be out there in the political world trying stuff.”

Some defense.  We have the Koch brothers bogey man, we have his refusal to be named while at the same time calling for courage, and his defense against the charge that they were not merely researching but inserting themselves into the politics is apparently ‘yes, they were out in the political world trying to change things but that’s okay because they are on my side.’

There are a disturbing number of cases (and the trend seems to be growing) where swat teams submit innocent citizens to armed, no-knock raids because they went to the wrong house. It doesn’t stop them from hurting innocent people and destroying their property, though. To add insult to injury, trying to get redress is nearly impossible. They deny any responsibility and often claim to have no record of ever having been near your place.

Light/Moderate alcohol consumption connected to better memory in old age.  I’m kind of amused because I was just reading one of those clean eating/paleo sites- which ban all forms of alcohol consumption- and read something like, “nobody ever argued that alcohol was good for you anyway,” and that’s totally false. For the most part, the people who have historically argued that all alcohol consumption is bad are those connected with the American Temperance movement, and they are best known for simply making stuff up and relying on propaganda.

One doctor explains how Obamacare has succeeded only in moving his patients from their private insurance plans into Medicaid.

Thirty years of experience in private medical practice uncovers many ironies. For example, recently several of my patients who had been paying for their own individual health insurance informed me that they were forced off private insurance and placed into Medicaid when they signed up for health care at This unwanted change—built into ObamaCare with the intention of helping patients—has harmed them by taking away their freedom to choose a health-care plan that works best for them.

Gawker media, Gamergate, and the whining when Gawker’s bad practices come back to haunt them.

What if college degrees were awarded based on proficiency in your subject rather than the number of hours you presumably sat in a classroom?

There really just isn’t doubt that the media have been in the Obama tank so long they’ve developed gills.:

From the story:

“Working on a piece that raised questions about the American Red Cross disaster response, she says a boss told her, “We must do nothing to upset our corporate partners . . . until the stock splits.” (Parent company Viacom and CBS split in 2006).”

From the story, proof that leftist ideology trumps journalism:

“Reporters on the ground aren’t necessarily ideological, Attkisson says, but the major network news decisions get made by a handful of New York execs who read the same papers and think the same thoughts.
Often they dream up stories beforehand and turn the reporters into “casting agents,” told “we need to find someone who will say . . .” that a given policy is good or bad. “We’re asked to create a reality that fits their New York image of what they believe,” she writes.
Reporting on the many green-energy firms such as Solyndra that went belly-up after burning through hundreds of millions in Washington handouts, Attkisson ran into increasing difficulty getting her stories on the air. A colleague told her about the following exchange: “[The stories] are pretty significant,” said a news exec. “Maybe we should be airing some of them on the ‘Evening News?’ ” Replied the program’s chief Pat Shevlin, “What’s the matter, don’t you support green energy?”
Says Attkisson: That’s like saying you’re anti-medicine if you point out pharmaceutical company fraud.”

The law allows the IRS to freeze your accounts on suspicion alone.  They don’t even have to charge you with a crime.

You can preorder her book here: Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington

In 1/3 of teacher/student sexual abuse cases, the teachers are women.  I think the lines are a little blurry in the main case the article discusses- the teacher was completely in the wrong, but there’s a narrower age gap than most of these cases, and the student was pursuing her initially- however, the case that really gave me chills is the one where a female teacher threatened to fail the male child she had seduced if he didn’t continue their ‘relationship.’  Abuse is abuse, and we need to stop imagining that all women are safe.

Another good gamergate read with information you won’t find from the gaming press club or the MSM:

I’m going to start with another event that had a total of zero words written about it by the game press. A developer made a false Digital Millennium Copyright Act claim against a Youtube content creator. Without even naming names, a fake DMCA claim against content creators is a matter of public interest. Because every DMCA claim, justified or not, counts as a strike in a “3 Strikes, You’re Out Forever” paradigm, every DMCA claim against a content creator is potentially fatal to them. Knowing that, a false DMCA claim against anyone is deplorable—an act of supreme cowardice that should be universally condemned by the gaming press when it occurs. The question at that point must become why the games media would completely ignore a matter of public interest like this?
Ben Kuchera was, and still is, a financial supporter of the developer who made the false DMCA claim in the first place. Further, it turns out the GroupThink conduit GameJournoPros email list doesn’t hold Youtube content creators in high regard. It would appear the GroupThink collective buries matters of public interest due to financial commitments and personal biases against individuals and groups of people. Clearly, it is harassment laid at the feet of anonymous message boards, and not corruption in games journalism that started GamerGate.
MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, and many other mainstream media outlets continue to be negligent in pushing their one-sided narrative. There are 15k+ voices in /r/KotakuinAction alone. Did any of the mainstream outlets bother to hear any of their stories? Or did the convenience of a narrative that fits the collective press’s world view blind them to an inclusive group of gamers who, when told they were misogynists, sexists, homophobes, transphobes, racists, terrorists, and that they all needed to be killed, stood up with one voice and shouted, “NO!”?

Carol Costello’s Hypocrisy:
Last July, ESPN’s Stephen Smith suggested that Janay Rice had also played a part in the domestic violence incident that resulted in her husband knocking her unconscious in an elevator and unceremoniously dragging her inert body out. He didn’t giggle, chortle, snark, or give any other indication that he found any pleasure at all in the scene, he just basically accepted Janay’s own statement that she had played a part in it (I disagree with them both- Janay may have been as provoking as possible, but that gives no man a free pass for knocking her unconscious). He apologized on air.
CNN’s anchor Carol Costello wasn’t pleased. Even after the apology, she demanded that ESPN suspend him (he was suspended for a week).
But her rules are apparently only for people she likes. Last week while she chortled, crowed, and clearly exhibited indications of glee over Bristol Palin being assaulted by a man twice her age and size- knocked to the ground, grabbed by her dress, dragged along the ground, held down by her shoulders so forcefully she had bruises. What kind of monster giggles over such an account? Carol Costello is that kind of monster. IOW, a liberal feminist woman- if the victim is the wrong class, wrong side of the political tracks, Costello things it’s hilarious.
She’s been called out on that hypocrisy, and she did issue an apology- not to the Palins, not to women everywhere for cheering an assault on a woman, not to her viewers- but to Politico. She’s refused to apologize on air, and it doesn’t appear she will face any suspension, either.

I think we all know what this tells us about the integrity, neutrality, and honesty of any reporting she does in the future, particularly when she’s reporting on people and issues she’s decided are not the ‘right sort.’ If only Ray Rice’s wife were a Republican, Costello wouldn’t have spoken up then, either.

Feds looking to regulate free speech on the internet again.

Hillary: “Don’t let anybody tell you businesses create jobs.” Guess they’re created by gov’t nannies?

Unrest in Mexico- Mayor of Iguala and his wife now fugitives due to their implication in the murder of over 40 students arrested for protesting. City Hall burned down, Governor of province resigns.

Massive voter corruption in Colorado.


USA Today reports,

The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.

The release sparked a furor in Congress. Republican lawmakers accused the Obama administration of setting dangerous criminals free. In response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it had released “low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal records,” a claim the administration repeated to the public and to members of Congress.

The new records, including spreadsheets and hundreds of pages of e-mails, offer the most detailed information yet about the people ICE freed as it prepared for steep, across-the-government spending cuts in February 2013. They show that although two-thirds of the people who were freed had no criminal records, several had been arrested or convicted on charges more severe than the administration had disclosed.

Governor Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio lied to the public about all the places the latest Ebola patient had gone to while he was possibly contagious. But hey, trust your government- if you’re a gullible idiot.


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The Red Redmaynesby Eden Phillpotts

This is a post WW1 mystery, written in the so-called golden age of mystery stories. Set in Britain.

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Things as They Are Mission Work in Southern India

Here is a review written by a contemporary of Miss Carmichael’s:

From Rev. T. Stewart, M.A., Secretary, United Free Church Mission, Madras.
This book, Things as They Are, meets a real need—it depicts a phase of mission work of which, as a rule, very little is heard. Every missionary can tell of cases where people have been won for Christ, and mention incidents of more than passing interest. Miss Carmichael is no exception, and could tell of not a few trophies of grace. The danger is, lest in describing such incidents the impression should be given that they represent the normal state of things, the reverse being the case. The people of India are not thirsting for the Gospel, nor “calling us to deliver their land from error’s chain.” The night is still one in which the “spiritual hosts of wickedness” have to be overcome before the captive can be set free. The writer has laid all interested in the extension of the Kingdom of God under a deep debt of obligation by such a graphic and accurate picture of the difficulties that have to be faced and the obstacles to be overcome. Counterparts of the incidents recorded can be found in other parts of South India, and there are probably few missionaries engaged in vernacular work who could not illustrate some of them from their own experience.

Current Reader Review: In this book by Amy Carmichael, we have a very candid portrayal of the life of a missionary in Southern India in the early 1900′s. This particular book was published in 1903. One of its defining characteristics, as with all of her writing is that the honest truth is told. She does not sensationalize or romanticize the missionary life. She by no means sugarcoats the truth. She tells of life like it really is. She shares both the joys and the hardships of the missionary life. She appeals to the conscience of the reader and asks for prayers, for financial support and even for more laborers; believing that the workers are indeed few, but the need is so great.

Book Highlights

This book, as the title says, covers stories from the experience of Amy Carmichael and the other missionaries working in Southern India. I will not go into detail, except to say that their missionary work consisted primarily in saving children from some of the perils of Indian life at the beginning of the 20th century. For a more comprehensive biography of Amy Carmichael, I recommend the book “Amma”, written by Elizabeth R. Sloglund. See also the wikipedia entry here.

Some of the chapters include stories about children, such as we find in chapter 5, “The Prey of the Terrible”. Carmichael writes:
There is a young girl in Cupid’s Lake Village whose heart the Lord opened some weeks ago. She is a gentle, timid girl, and devoted to her mother. “Can it be right to break my mother’s heart?” She used to ask us pitifully. We urged her to try to win her mother, but the mother was just furious. The moment she understood that her daughter wanted to follow Jesus, or “join the Way,” as she would express it, she gathered the girl’s books and burnt them, and forbade her ever to mention the subject; and she went all round the villages trying to stop our work.

There are many stories like this one. They are always personal and heartfelt. Here is another example from the chapter called, “The Elf”:
Sometimes she brings me perplexities not new to most of us. “This morning I prayed with great desire, ‘Lord, keep me to-day from being naughty at all,’ and I was naughty an hour afterwards; I looked at the clock and saw. How was I was naughty when I wanted to be good? The naughtiness jumped up inside me, so” – (illustrating its supposed action within), “and it came running out. So what is the use of praying?

Book Evaluation

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I gained a clearer picture of what the daily life of missionaries like Amy Carmichael was like during this time period. I found the book convicting in many places. It made me want to find out about the current work in India and the progress that the gospel has made over the past 100 years. It certainly motivates me to pray more for foreign missions and to be generous when asked to give financially. It also made me remember my days on the mission field and wish for another opportunity to go.

I think my only criticism with the book was that it was at times melodramatic. Her appeals to the conscience of the reader to be involved bordered on emotionalism. While she was emotional, she was also factual. On the whole, I found the emotional appeals to be a little overbearing.

While this book, is a little dated, is still inspiring and challenging. It caused me to ponder again my responsibility towards missions and our calling as the church. What are we doing to further the advance of the kingdom and to spread he gospel around the world?

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Christian Devotedness

The Consideration of Our Saviour’s Precept,
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth”.

By Anthony Norris Groves (1795–1853).

Excerpt: We all know what a persuasive power the deaths of the Martyrs exerted on the minds of those who witnessed them; and, in its just measure and proportion, would the dedication of property, time and talents, have a similar effect at the present day. It would convince those, whom we are anxious to convince, of the reality of our faith in that Redeemer and that inheritance, which they now think only a name, in consequence of the secular spirit that disfigures the Christianity of too many of its professors. How differently would the Heathen look on our endeavours to publish the mercy of our glorified Lord, if the hardy and suffering spirit of primitive times were to descend again on the silken age into which we are fallen! and if they perceived in us that love which led them to endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. Example is a far more fruitful source of self-denial than the influence exerted on the mind by precept. If we call on those, who know nothing of the savour of that Name which is as ointment poured forth, to give up all for Christ, and this you literally do to every Hindoo and Mahomedan; let us, who thus call, and who profess to know much of the power of His Name, do so likewise; that they may catch a kindred spirit from a living exhibition. Let us evidence, in very deed, that we love not the world, neither the things of the world, but that the love of the Father is in us. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he, that doeth the will of God, abideth for ever” (1 John 2. 15).

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The Calvary Road

From the introduction; I am sure from my own experience, as well as from what we have seen in the ranks of our Mission these last three years, that what the authors tell us about in these pages is one of God’s vital words to His worldwide church today. For long I had regarded revival only from the angle of some longed for, but very rare, sudden outpouring of the Spirit on a company of people. I felt that there was a missing link somewhere. Knowing of the continuing revival on a certain mission field, and because it was continuing and not merely sudden and passing, I long felt that they had a further secret we needed to learn. Then the chance came for heart-to-heart fellowship with them, first through one of our own missionary leaders whose life and ministry had been transformed by a visit to that field, and then through conferences with some of their missionaries on furlough and finally through the privilege of having two of the native brethren living for six months at our headquarters.

From them I learned and saw that revival is first personal and immediate. It is the constant experience of any simplest Christian who “walks in the light,” but I saw that walking in the light means an altogether new sensitiveness to sin, a calling things by their proper name of sin, such as pride, hardness, doubt, fear, self-pity, which are often passed over as merely human reaction. It means a readiness to “break” and confess at the feet of Him who was broken for us, for the Blood does not cleanse excuses, but always cleanses sin, confessed as sin; then revival is just the daily experience of a soul full of Jesus and running over.

Further, we are beginning to learn, as a company of Christ’s witnesses, that the rivers of life to the world do not flow out in their fulness through one man, but through the body, the team. Our brokenness and openness must be two-way, horizontal as well as vertical, with one another as with God. We are just beginning to experience in our own ranks that team work in the Spirit is one of the keys to revival, and that we have to learn and practice the laws of a living fellowship

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Holy in Christ Thoughts on the Calling of God’s Children to be Holy as He is Holy

Reader review: God’s plan for us does not end with salvation in Jesus Christ but in an ever growing relationship based on the life of Christ within us changing us and bringing us into a higher level of relationship with the Father. If you are looking for greater spiritual insight into our mission as Christians in this life and the one to come, you need to read this book. Murray’s teaching gift is evident in every lesson of this book. He has a way of communicating (inspired by the Holy Spirit, no doubt) that is just as engaging and real world relevant today as when first written. Read this book prayerfully and thoughtfully. It is truly inspiring.

Excerpt: ‘Like as He which called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living; because it is written, Ye shall be holy, for I am holy.’—1 Pet. i. 15, 16.

THE call of God is the manifestation in time of the purpose of eternity: ‘Whom He predestinated, them He also called.’ Believers are ‘the called according to His purpose.’ In His call He reveals to us what His thoughts and His will concerning us are, and what the life to which He invites us. In His call He makes clear to us what the hope of our calling is; as we spiritually apprehend and enter into this, our life on earth will be the reflection of His purpose in eternity.

Holy Scripture uses more than one word to indicate the object or aim of our calling, but none more frequently than what Peter speaks of here—God has called us to be holy as He is holy. Paul addresses believers twice as ‘called to be holy’ (Rom. i. 7; 1 Cor. i. 2). ‘God called us’, he says, ‘not for uncleanness, but in sanctification’ (1 Thess. 12iv. 7). When he writes, ‘The God of peace sanctify you wholly,’ he adds, ‘Faithful is He which calleth you, who also will do it’ (1 Thess. v. 24). The calling itself is spoken of as ‘a holy calling.’ The eternal purpose of which the calling is the outcome, is continually also connected with holiness as its aim. ‘He hath chosen us in Him, that we should be holy and without blame’ (Eph. i. 4). ‘Whom God chose from the beginning unto salvation in sanctification’ (2 Thess. ii. 12). ‘Elect according to the foreknowledge of the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit’ (1 Pet. i. 2). The call is the unveiling of the purpose that the Father from eternity had set His heart upon: that we should be holy.

It needs no proof that it is of infinite importance to know aright what God has called us to. A misunderstanding here may have fatal results. You may have heard that God calls you to salvation or to happiness, to receive pardon or to obtain heaven, and never noticed that all these were subordinate. It was to ‘salvation in sanctification,’ it was to Holiness in the first place, as the element in which salvation and heaven are to be found. The complaints of many Christians as to lack of joy and strength, as to failure and want of growth, are simply owing to this—the place God gave Holiness in His call they have not given it in their response. God and they have never yet come to an agreement on this.

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Quiet Talks on Service


Personal Contact with Jesus: The Beginning of Service
The Triple Life: The Perspective of Service
Yokefellows: The Rhythm of Service
A Passion for Winning Men: The Motive-power of Service
Deep-Sea Fishing: The Ambition of Service
Money: The Golden Channel of Service
Worry: A Hindrance to Service
Gideon’s Band: Sifted for Service

Excerpt: Looking at Jesus–what does it mean practically? It means hearing about Him first, then actually appealing to Him, accepting His word as personal to one’s self, putting Him to the test in life, trusting His death to square up one’s sin score, trusting His power to clean the heart and sweeten the spirit, and stiffen the will. It means holding the whole life up to His ideals. Aye, it means more yet; something on His side, an answering look from Him. There comes a consciousness within of His love and winsomeness. That answering look of His holds us forever after His willing slaves, love’s slaves. Paul speaks of the eyes of the heart. It is with these eyes we look at Him, and receive His answering look.

There are different ways of looking at Jesus, degrees in looking. Our experiences with Jesus affect the eyes of the heart. When this same John as an old man was writing that first epistle, he seems to recall his experience in looking that first day. He says “that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld.”1 From seeing with the eyes he had gone to earnest, thoughtful gazing, caught with the vision of what he saw. That was John’s own experience. It is everybody’s experience that gets a look at Jesus. When the first looking sees something that catches fire within, then does the inner fire affect the eye and more is seen.

You have been in a strange city walking down the street, looking with interest at what is there. But all at once you are caught by a sign that contains a familiar name, and at once a whole flood of memories is awakened.

The little Jericho Jew peering down from the low out-reaching sycamore branch was full of curiosity to see the Man that had changed his old friend Levi Matthew so strangely. But that curiosity quickly changes into something far deeper and more tender as Jesus comes to abide in his own home.

That lonely-lifed, sore-hearted woman on the Nain road looked with startled wonder out of those wet eyes of hers as Jesus begins talking to her dead son. What love and faith must have been in her looking as Jesus with fine touch brings her boy by the hand over to her warm embrace again!

We are Changed.

Looking at Jesus changes us. Paul’s famous bit in the second Corinthian letter has a wondrous tingle of gladness in it. “We all with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord are changed from glory to glory.”2 The change comes through our looking. The changing power comes in through the eyes. It is the glory of the Lord that is seen. The glorious Jesus looking in through our looking eyes changes us. It is gradual. It is ever more, and yet more, till by and by His own image comes out fully in our faces.

We become like those with whom we associate. A man’s ideals mold him. Living with Jesus makes us look like Himself. We are familiar with the work that has been done in restoring old fine paintings. A painting by one of the rare old master painters is found covered with the dust of decades. Time has faded out much of the fine coloring and clearly marked outlines. With great patience and skill it is worked over and over. And something of the original beauty, coming to view again, fully repays the workman for all his pains.

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Hymns of the Greek Church Translated with Introduction and Notes

I have enjoyed reading this book before just as poetry of early believers.


Methodius, a prominent name in Ecclesiastical history, and a Father of the Church, was born about the middle of the third century. He was first of all Bishop of Olympus in Lycia, and, according to Jerome, became ultimately Bishop of Tyre. He combated certain views of Origen, but would seem to have been influenced not a little by the teaching of that great theologian.

In his principal work, The Banquet of the Ten Virgins, the hymn is found from which the following is a cento. It contains twenty-four strophes, each beginning with a letter of the Greek alphabet in alphabetical order, and ending with the same refrain.

Methodius is said to have suffered martyrdom under Diocletian about 311 A.D.

ἄνωθεν, παρθένοι, βοῆς ἐγερσίνεκρος ἦχος


Behold the Bridegroom! Hark the cry,
The dead, awaking, rends the sky!
Go, virgins, He is near,
Your lamps all burning clear;
He enters where the rising light
Asunder bursts the gates of night.
In holy garb, with lamp aglow,
To meet the Bridegroom forth I go.

The smiles of earth that turn to tears,
Its empty joys and foolish fears
I leave, for Thou dost call—
Thou art my Life, my All;
I would Thy beauty ever see,
Then let me, Blessed, cling to Thee.
In holy garb, with lamp aglow,
To meet the Bridegroom forth I go.

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The Shepherd of the Hills

IT was corn-planting time, when the stranger followed the Old Trail into the Mutton Hollow neighborhood.

All day a fine rain had fallen steadily, and the mists hung heavy over the valley. The lower hills were wrapped as in a winding sheet; dank and cold. The trees were dripping with moisture. The stranger looked tired and wet.

By his dress, the man was from the world beyond the ridges, and his carefully tailored clothing looked strangely out of place in the mountain wilderness. His form stooped a little in the shoulders, perhaps with weariness, but he carried himself with the unconscious air of one long used to a position of conspicuous power and influence; and, while his well-kept hair and beard were strongly touched with white, the brown, clear lighted eyes, that looked from under their shaggy brows, told of an intellect unclouded by the shadows of many years. It was a face marked deeply by pride; pride of birth, of intellect, of culture; the face of a scholar and poet; but it was more–it was the countenance of one fairly staggering under a burden of disappointment and grief.

As the stranger walked, he looked searchingly into the mists on every hand, and paused frequently as if questioning the proper course. Suddenly he stepped quickly forward. His ear had caught the sharp ring of a horse’s shoe on a flint rock somewhere in the mists on the mountain side above. It was Jed Holland coming down the trail with a week’s supply of corn meal in a sack across his horse’s back.

As the figure of the traveler emerged from the mists, the native checked his horse to greet the newcomer with the customary salutation of the backwoods, “Howdy.”

The man returned Jed’s greeting cordially, and, resting his satchel on a rock beside the narrow path, added, “I am very glad to meet you. I fear that I am lost.”

The voice was marvelously pure, deep, and musical, and, like the brown eyes, betrayed the real strength of the man, denied by his gray hair and bent form. The tones were as different from the high keyed, slurring speech of the backwoods, as the gentleman himself was unlike any man Jed had ever met. The boy looked at the speaker in wide-eyed wonder; he had a queer feeling that he was in the presence of a superior being.

Throwing one thin leg over the old mare’s neck, and waving a long arm up the hill and to the left, Jed drawled, “That thar’s Dewey Bal’; down yonder’s Mutton Holler.” Then turning a little to the right and pointing into the mist with the other hand, he continued, “Compton Ridge is over thar. Whar was you tryin’ to git to, Mister?”

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