Posters for the bathroom

I spoke too soon yesterday when I posted this status to FB:

Overheard 16 y.o. son telling 7 & 10 y.o. boys,

“Now clean the seat, since you didn’t lift the lid!”

I think my work here is done.

As they say, that was then, this is now.  Yesterday’s gone; Yesterday’s gone.

Our fourth daughter and soon to be fourth bride, JennyAnyDots, moved back home today in preparation for her wedding in January. She  came to tell me good-night,  making the most exquisite turned up nose I’ve ever seen in a woman her age, and said, “I can tell I’ve moved back in to a house with boys. The toilet wasn’t flushed, the seat was wet, the bathtub is full of dirty water, and there’s blood on the floor.”

Time for some remedial training, and maybe a few signs for Blynken and Nod:

1. flush

2. wash your hands

3.we do not have a maid drain the bathtub


Still looking for something to communicate “No blood. Exceptions granted for emergencies.”

Maybe this:

clean the bathroom hide the evidence

As I explain in the comments, I don’t really expect kids who have cut themselves to clean up their own blood. But I do think they should at least let somebody know the blood is there while it can still be cleaned without taking the paint off the wall.

And I’m trying to get it through to Blynken in particular- if all you had was a bloody nose and your age is in the double digits, you should at least offer to help, not go quietly stuff toilet paper up your nose and walk off leaving the blood to dry without even letting anybody know it’s there.

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Listening To…..

audiobooks gifGutenberg College’s course, “Democracy: User’s Manual.” iTunes University

I jumped ahead and am listening to the lecture on Jacques Ellul.

He seems to be mainly discussing the ideas in the book The Technological Society, which I blogged about several times a couple years ago when I read it.

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Vintage coloring picture, October Bids the Birds Fly South

vintage coloring page october bids birds fly south

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Marysville School Shooting

Jalen Ray Fryberg 2The FYB was born in Marysville.  My husband has been in the Marysville-Pilchuck high school many times. We have good friends in Marysville with nothing but a chain link fence between their backyard and the school.  We were living there when the Columbine shooting happened. I went to a school play with my kids just a few weeks after Columbine, and I remember feeling nervous and thinking, “How do I know what these kids are dealing with?  What’s happened to them? What they are mad about?”  It passed.

I’m not going to claim any inside knowledge, obviously.  Just that it feels alittle more personal than it otherwise would because I can picture the place. I’ve been there. I can picture kids at the school. I’ve had picnics in that backyard looking over the school. I’ve bought fireworks and had dinner at a friend’s house on the Reservation.

Jaylen Fryeberg was the shooter.  He’s one of the two dead at the scene.  I can tell you I knew he was a member of the local Tulalip tribe as soon as I saw his picture.   He’s a goodlooking kid.  I’ve read that his grandfather is the head of Fish and Wildlife on the Tulalip Reservation.  I’ve been there, too. He hunted with his family, based on pictures on his FB wall and Twitter.  They gave him a gun for a birthday.  Lots of people are freaking out over that, the usual suspects.  He got a hunting rifle. He used a handgun he didn’t own for the shooting.  Blaming this shooting on the fact that Jaylen hunted with his family makes about as much sense as blaming it on the fact that he’s Tulalip, or a high school student.  In other words, it’s foolish.

He had major girl trouble. His girlfriend cheated on him with a friend or a cousin (I’ve read both, don’t know which, or if either, is true). Honestly, I think teenaged boys are better served at all boy schools, with lots of cold showers, and hours spent cutting and stacking wood and moving rocks from here to there and back again.  But anyway, you can read his tweets here if you are so inclined.Many of them are R rated.

He was by most accounts a popular kid. He was on the football team and he was either homecoming king or a homecoming prince just a little bit ago (I’ve read both, don’t know which is correct- but I think he was the Freshman student body’s choice for Homecoming Prince, King being reserved for an upperclassman). I read that he got kicked off the football team recently (or was suspended) because he was fighting with somebody.

A British paper seems to have scooped most of the details and put them in most coherent order soonest (how do they keep doing that?)- you can read it here.

I can’t imagine the heartache and sorrow and all the ‘what did we miss? What could we have done?” that his family, and the families of his victims are going through right now. It’s a burden too much to bear, and I pray they all have good support and a strong faith to help them struggle through it.

This occurred to me while I was reading Jaylen’s tweets with the rest of the rubbernecking, cyberstalking world- knowing what we know now, many of those tweets look ominous, but I don’t know that they are all that different from many other teen social media accounts. I’ll bet if you read the tweets of the majority of tweets by teens in public or private schools they will say some of the same things- maybe worse. In fact, I just finished reading the twitter feed of one of the girls who was friends with Jaylen (she may have been the girlfriend for all I know, or not), and she has numerous messages about how much she hates school, how she could stay home and set herself on fire and feel just the same as she does at school, how she wishes it were over, how miserable it is. It’s sad, so sad, how normal that kind of despair and unhappiness is. It’s remarkable more of us didn’t and more of them don’t crack under the strain.

On the other hand, you know, we all say stuff like this when we are frustrated and teens can be a little dramatic.  When’s the last time you went through something embarrassing or extremely frustrating and said something like, “Oh, just kill me now.”  Or, “I could just die.”  You didn’t mean it.  It’s hyperbole.  Jaylen’s last tweet was ‘It won’t last.  It’ll never last.”  The media makes it sound like it must mean something horrible, but I can’t think what.  It sounded to me like the kind of thing you say during a breakup, especially if your lost other seems to be interested in somebody else- you say they won’t last because you don’t believe they will stay together.


Zoe Galasso is one of Jaylen’s victims. She’s passed. Prayers for her family.

Two of the other shooting victims are reportedly cousins of Jaylen’s. His entire family must be so crushed right now.

. A teacher, Megan Silberberger, reportedly risked her own life to save students, coming up to Jalen and grabbing his arm. Several students report that this caused Jaylen to accidentally shoot himself in the neck.

Shaylee Chuckulnaskit is another of the victims. Shaylee’s uncle told KIRO 7 she was shot in the head and that he wasn’t sure she’d make it. One of her friends twitter feeds has a heartrending status saying she can’t believe she’s never going to see her friends Zoe or Shaylee again.=(  She’s still fighting hard.

Gia Soriano is another of the female victims, and there are unconfirmed reports of her death as well. So much heartache.

Andrew Fryberg,15, and 14 y.o. Nate Hatch are both the gunman’s cousins. Nate Hatch and Andrew Fryberg were at Providence in critical but stable condition as of Friday evening. By Monday Nate’s condition was upgraded, and he’d posted that he was in the worst pain he’d ever been in his whole life.

This may be the saddest thing I’ve seen all night: Jaylen Fryberg love you guys tweet   That’s a tweet from the shooter.  Two of the four people he sent it to expressing his love are the two girls he killed.  From what I can tell, it seems possibly one of them simply wasn’t at school today due to a fluke.  Who knows what would have happened had she been there. I can’t even imagine how miserable, upset, angry, and unhappy he was with his friends to react this way, and how heartbroken the survivors and their families must be now.  It’s so complicated when the person who hurt you is somebody you love, or family.


Update: According to a news report for this morning: “The girls were identified Saturday as Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano, both 14, according to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett’s chief medical officer Dr. Joanne Roberts. They were in critical condition with head injuries. At a news conference Saturday, Roberts read a brief statement from Soriano’s family: “Our family is in shock. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this tragedy. Our hearts go out to the other victims and their families.” Roberts said dead tissue was being removed from the girls’ head wounds and surgery was conducted to allow their brains to swell and contract. “The next three days are going to be crucial,” she said.”


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Heart Transplant Break Through

Please note why this is a medical breakthrough:

Australian surgeons on Friday said they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.

Until now, doctors have relied on using the still-beating hearts of donors who have been declared brain dead, often placing the recovered organs on ice and rushing them to their recipients.
It’s a breakthrough because heart transplants involve removing the still beating heart from the open chest cavity of its owner- who is still using it right up until the time their heart is disconnected from them.
I’ve told people this before, and they mostly simply refuse to believe it.
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No, Ms Stange. Christian Extremism Is Neither Pervasive, Nor a Bigger Threat Than Muslim Terrorism

In order to make her ‘case’ that Christian extremists are a bigger threat than radical Muslims, USA Today’s Mary Zeiss Stange has to shoehorn the following people into Christianity:

Eric Rudolph, who says he prefers Nietzsche to The Bible

Timothy McVeigh, who was born a Catholic, and received a Catholic sacrament before his execution, but in between described himself as a person whose only religion was science and as an agnostic.  He was neither a professing Christian nor a member of any church so far as I know when he committed his crimes.

It’s interesting that Rudolph was also born a Catholic, and he also at one point expressed a possible desire to return to his Catholic roots, but both he and McVeigh acknowledged that would require a forgiveness of their sins- in other words, they knew their crimes were not sanctioned by their religious faith they most connected with insofar as they connected with any religion at all.  For the most part, they lived without any perceived need for faith as an important part of their lives.

Scott Roeder, who killed abortion doctor Tiller. His family says he had a history of mental illness. His views also seem to be more political than religious in nature, and of course, his killing of the abortion doctor was roundly and loudly condemned by pretty much every Christian denomination in the nation.

Wade Michael Page who murdered several members of a Sikh temple.  Her link to the story about him to support her claim that he’s a christian doesn’t mention religion at all, but only his possible connection to and interest in Neo-Nazi white supremacist music.  Neo-Nazis are more likely to be atheist than to claim Christianity. Here’s another story about him which mentions his white supremacist ties, but I don’t see any indication that he was a man of any kind of religious faith.

The Millers- kicked off Cliven Bundy’s ranch for radical views, went on to kill two cops and a shopper at a local Walmart before cops shot them.  Their religion? Unknown or nonexistent.  None of the FB rants this story quotes from him include any reference to anything remotely religious.  I can only find that they were conspiracy theorists with possible white supremacist connections.

Cliven Bundy- who hasn’t killed or even punched anybody.  He’s a Mormon, but from what I can tell,  a somewhat older variety of Mormon at that.  I am not even sure the main Mormon church sanctions what he’s doing.

There are three things I can see that these people have in common.

None of them are faithful Christians or thought of themselves as Christians, with the probable exception of Mormon Cliven Bundy, who isn’t a murderer and doesn’t belong in this bunch at all.

All of them do seem to be white supremacists of some flavor.

Something called The Christian Identity movement embraced them or supported most of them after the fact. Stange did not present and I did not find any evidence that were any connections between them before their crimes or that they were actually members of the group before hand.

Put these killers (again, removing poor Cliven who doesn’t deserve to be listed as part of a group of murderers) and the number of their victims in the scales, and on the other side let us place the killers in 9/11 and their 3 thousand victims, the World Trade Center bombing a few years before, the  Fort Hood shooter Nadal Hasan, the 1993 shootings at the CIA, I could go on.  I could go on because there have been at least 75 separate Muslim motivated attacks on American soil in the last few years, and this includes several women beheaded by their ‘loved ones’ for being too westernized.  And, of course, the two separate attacks in Canada this week were not commited by recent converts to Christianity.

Tom Blumer points out that:

Stange’s op-ed is not a one-off misstep by USA Today. She is one of about 33 people on its Board of Contributors, absurdly giving her a status equal to credible commentators like Jonathan Turley, Jonah Goldberg, Kirsten Powers, and Michael Medved. She’s a professor of religion at Skidmore College in New York. -

A professor of religion?  It’s weird that a professor of religion is so ignorant of the history of one of America’s home-grown religions, the Mormon church.  She writes:

In reporting this speech, the Associated Press noted that Bundy is a Mormon. But his God sounds a lot less like the Father/Mother God of Latter-day Saints than Christian Identity’s Creator God, who made only white men in his image, and thus theologically justifies the kind of racism reflected in Bundy’s widely reported musing as to whether “the Negro” was better off under slavery.

She is seriously confused.  Mormon teaching apparently has a lot more in common with the ‘Christian Identity’s Creator God’ (who seems to be more pagan than biblical).  Mormon theology originally taught that God is white and only whites are made in his image.   Mormon teachings forbade the priesthood to blacks until 1978.  It was taught until then that their black skin was a curse from God.

From the Book of Mormon, Alma 3: 6 “And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren, who consisted of Nephi, Jacob, and Joseph, and Sam, who were just and holy men.”

More on the Mormon church’s history with racism here:

Joseph Fielding Smith (10th Mormon president/prophet) elaborates:

“There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantages. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient, more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in all things there received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less…There were no neutrals in the war in heaven. All took sides with either Christ or with Satan. Every man had his agency there, and men receive rewards here based upon their actions there…The Negro, evidently, is receiving the reward he merits” (Doctrines of Salvation published 1954,1:61,65,66)

Another racist belief found in The Book of Mormon(3) concerns Native Americans, where the shade of one’s skin color determines a person’s righteousness:

“…after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations.” (I Nephi 12:23)

“…Behold, they had hardened their hearts against him…wherefore, as they were white, and exceeding fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticingunto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. And thus saith the Lord God: I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their sins.” (2 Nephi 5:21-22)

“And the skins of the Lamanites(4) were dark…which was a curse upon them because of their transgression against their brethren…therefore they were cursed; and the Lord God set a mark upon them. And this was done that their seed might be distinguished from the seed of their brethren, that thereby the Lord God might preservehis people…” (Alma 3:6,8)

“And then shall they [Lamanites] rejoice…and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and delightsome people” (2 Nephi 30:6, 1830, 1920, and 1977 editions)

The Book of Mormon (the most correct book(5) in all the earth, according to the Mormon Church) was officially altered in 1981. 2 Nephi 30:6 now reads, “a pure and delightsome people”. (The other above referenced verses remain the same.) The word “pure” in 2 Nephi 30:6 is also found in the 1840 edition. Regardless, “pure” is not in the original edition, and it does not agree with 2 Nephi 5:21-22 which is about the same subject, and the word “white” is used.

And also here:

This is from a speech by Mark Peterson at BYU. I found it at I remember seeing a quote from BY saying basically the same thing, that Negros will only be allow in heaven as servants.

“Think of the Negro, CURSED AS TO THE PRIESTHOOD…. This negro, who, in the pre-existence lived the type of life which justified the Lord in sending him to the earth in the lineage of Cain with a BLACK SKIN, and possibly being born in darkest Africa–if that negro is willing when he hears the gospel to accept it, he may have many of the blessings of the gospel. IN SPITE OF ALL HE DID IN THE PRE-EXISTENT LIFE, the Lord is willing, if the Negro accepts the gospel with real, sincere faith, and is really converted, to give him the blessings of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. If that Negro is faithful all his days, he can and will enter the celestial kingdom. He will go there AS A SERVANT, but he will get celestial glory.”

(Race Problems as They Affect the Church, an address by Apostle Mark E. Petersen, delivered at the Convention of Teachers of Religion on the College Level, Brigham Young University, August 27,1954)

Noah’s son Ham married Egyptus, a descendant of Cain, thus preserving the negro lineage through the flood. (Abra. 1:20-27.) Negroes in this life are denied the priesthood; under no circumstances can they hold this delegation of authority from the Almighty.” (1966 edition, page 527, under NEGROES; this statement has been taken out of the 1979 edition and has been replaced with the 1978 revelation.) In past Mormon theology a black skin is a sign of God’s displeasure.

[...] We understand that when God made man in his own image and pronounced him very good, that he made him white. We have no record of any of God’s favored servants being of a black race…every angel who ever brought a message of God’s mercy to man was beautiful to look upon, clad in the purest white and with a countenance bright as the noonday sun. (Juvenile Instructor, Vol. 3, page 157, October 15, 1868)

Stange calls ‘hate based Christian extremism’ a pervasive reality.  But she makes no sense and doesn’t really offer any evidence of the connection between Christianity and the white supremacist movement, nor of the pervasiveness of this ‘hate based Christian extremism.’

None of her list of Christian terrorists even claimed to be Christian themselves (again, excepting Bundy who has killed nobody, and I presume would consider himself a Christian, although both the Mormon church and mainstream Christianity have long maintained that Mormonism isn’t Christianity).

It’s odd that she connects any of them with Christianity (or each other), but it’s particular strange that she does this with the Millers, a  couple who committed 3 murders before dying in a hail of police gunfire themselves.  I can’t find any mention of any church or religious connection.  I do find that Amanda Miller’s family repudiated the couple even before the murders, one of them writing, “We won’t help either of you because it is disgusting what you two believe in and stand for.’

Read more:

They started their short lived killing spree a few months after being kicked off of Bundy’s ranch for being too extremist- hello?  Here’s the ‘connection’ between Cliven Bundy and the Millers:

Miller was kicked off the Bundy ranch after a few days because he made other protesters uncomfortable, according to Ryan Payne, who helped coordinate between the Bundy family and militia members who came to support them. The concerns: Miller was a felon in possession of a firearm; he made troubling statements Payne said he couldn’t specifically recall but that departed from the movement’s principle of “defense” of Bundy’s ranch; and he was “just a little bit off.”

They were considered wackos and were ejected from Bundy’s circle, in fact, they may have been the only ones kicked out according to one interview with Bundy’s son,  so you can’t really logically or honestly claim the two as joined at the hip in ideology and religion.

Blumer explains:

A jihadist often gets his (or her) inspiration as a result of participating in Islamic services at a publicly recognized mosque and fraternizing with its members. The roster of Christian churches advocating a murderous crusade against non-Christians is somewhere between zero and almost zero. – See more at:

How many of the Muslim killers we’ve read about were kicked out of their mosques for their extremism?  Answer? Also  Zero.

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Jack O’Lantern Cut Out

Jack O'Lantern Cut Out

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Gloom and Doom and Other News

37.2% of Americans are not in the labor force, as of June, a 36 year high.  Also from June:

“Since President Obama came into office in 2009, 7.2 million people have left the workforce entirely. One out of every six men aged 25–54 is not working. Employment in this group fell by 72,000 last month, while the number of employed women aged 25–54 fell by 37,000. Meanwhile, the workforce participation rate for women is at its lowest level in 23 years. Median household income is down almost $2,300 from what it was when the President took office. Real wages are lower than they were in 1999. Growth in the first quarter of this year was negative.

39% of women would prefer a male boss over a female – and only 26% of men would.


The mandate for the CDC is supposed to be disease. Here are the things they’ve been spending our money on instead.  It’s mission drift, and this is what institutions do- their goal is always self-perpetuation.

One in five children are living at or below the poverty line in America (although that poverty line would have described a middle class family just a few decades ago, and would be wealth in much of the world).

About a third of adults between 18 and 34 are living with their parents.

One in eight American men between 25-54 are not working.

One employment area that is booming is temporary jobs:

Employers seeking hiring flexibility have pushed temporary jobs to an all-time high of 2.8 million, or 2 percent of the workforce, according to a report released this month by the National Employment Law Project. More than 12 million workers flowed in and out of staffing agencies last year, and the temp industry is expected to be one of the fastest-growing sectors over the next decade.

In the Baltimore metro area, “temporary employment services are a growing component of the labor force, but it’s also true that [the region] is adding other jobs as well,” said Gary Keith, regional economist for M&T Bank. “It’s still a part of the management tool kit that many companies employ to be flexible, and flexibility is the name of the game right now in terms of getting through a sluggish economy.”

In the region, the number of private-sector temporary employment services jobs rose nearly 7 percent to 31,800 in the 12 months ending in July, Keith said.

The growth in temporary work has been accompanied by a shift in the nature of the jobs, from largely clerical to largely industrial, according to the Law Project’s report. Jobs in transportation, and moving and production of goods, now account for 42 percent of the temp industry.

The study argues that the shift is creating a multi-tiered employment structure that puts downward pressure on the agencies competing for contracts, leading in turn to cuts in wages and safety. Median hourly wages of staffing workers are 22 percent lower than wages of all private-sector workers, the report said.

More here.

In England, the NHS may have to start charging.

In Wales, cancer victims are denied top cancer drugs, have to move to get around NHS refusal to pay for them.

Also in England: One in six deaths is due to lack of exercise: Now Britain is worst in the West for inactivity 

And in England;

340,000 elderly will be denied care in new cuts: Vital help to be restricted to those who need assistance with two or more tasks

58 million working age Americans are not employed.

Labor force participation for 25-29 year olds hits record low.

13 Things Successful People Do in the FIrst Ten Minutes of Their Day.

The price of ground beef has risen 17% over just the last year.

Here are ten of the fast rising food items


China world’s largest economy now

What happens when you serve McDonald’s to a convention of food snobs, but tell them it’s organic food from a new restaurant? This.

Eat more garlic:

Researchers at Washington State University have found that a compound in garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting the Campylobacter bacterium, one of the most common causes of intestinal illness.

Their work was published recently in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. The discovery opens the door to new treatments for raw and processed meats and food preparation surfaces.

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Squirrels and Acorns, Coloring Page

squirrels and acorns

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Fruit Coloring Page

fruit coloring page

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