Archive for January, 2015

Besides the Players and Fans on Super Bowl Sunday

Unfortunately, more than just the fans and players are getting ready for the Super Bowl game this Sunday…the low life, despicable human traffickers are bringing in brutalized and terrified young girls as objects to be used by sex-addicts. Enslavement is far worse than ever with the average age for girls being prostituted at 13 years of age. In today’s world, the statistics show there are 27,000,000 slaves. Some of those slaves will be at the Super Bowl this weekend. Their demonic masters get rich off of their perverted customers who also pay to watch the Super Bowl. We need to end human trafficking by not feeling so smug in our comfortable lives…what are we doing to help the victims? Ignoring or denying the problem doesn’t hold up to the scrutiny of those enslaved…if only they had a voice. Be their voice to END IT!!!

I believe if more people would watch the video by the END IT movement on Youtube, http://youtu.be/qMyExi2q-ZI , they would actually want to DO something about it.  What do you think?

Watch it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMyExi2q-ZI&feature=youtu.be

 

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Ending of one cold month…now on to the next

Actually our January has not been as cold of a month as last year of this time. I looked at our fuel bills from a year ago and in one month and a half we had gone through a tank of fuel, 200 gallons at the price of over $600.  This past month we filled up again and it was not as much because the oil prices have gone done, thankfully.

We hope to go to the movie “American Sniper” this weekend since there has been so much talk about it.  I put something up on my Facebook page and my sister took exception to what I had written.  I wrote this before the link: …This marine doesn’t mince words for the leftie whiners…worth the read!!!

Grifter also had strong words for Vox’s Amanda Taub, who accused the movie of “rewriting American history” by not getting into the politics of the Iraq War. He continued:

However, I read a piece by Amanda Taub (just google it if you care to) in which she bashes the film and accuses it of “rewriting American history.” Her point of contention was that the film was too black and white for her tastes. She calls the war in Iraq a grey area, which I agree. I also agree with her disdain at the treatment of the conventional troops in the film as cannon fodder or inferior to the SEALS in importance. However, she smashes on Eastwood’s flick by calling into question the lack of mention of G.W. Bush, WMD, or Saddam Hussein. She accuses the movie of inventing fictional characters for Kyle to fight. I’m taking this as she is mad the movie didn’t take a political stance or mention any of the media hype, hot buttons, or buzzwords normally associated with the war in Iraq.

My answer to that: Yeah, no s**t.

The film wasn’t about any of that because for US, the war wasn’t about any of that. Do you think any of us gave a f**k about Saddam Hussein, WMD, Bush, Cheney, or any of that s**t that was being ejaculated by the news? The film wasn’t about grey areas, because to us it didn’t matter. All that mattered to us was the guy to our left, and the guy to our right…and especially the guy that still had a can of Skoal. It wasn’t that we were willfully ignorant of the issues surrounding the Iraq, or that we were in denial, but when your finger is on a trigger, when you’re face is covered in your friends’ brain matter, you aren’t thinking about “good and evil” or “grey areas.” That is the entire point this civil rights attorney misses, the film was about a man on the ground and the struggle to come home with a head full of grief and regret, not the Iraq war itself.

The reason the movie doesn’t take a political stance because the film isn’t political, he said.

“Yes, it mentioned 9/11, but it didn’t tie it to Iraq. It tied it to Kyle the way it was tied to all of us. 9/11 signaled to a generation that we are not safe, that there ARE people out there that want to kill us, on our own soil,” the author added. “Yet, here is the left, all up in arms about a movie about one man’s struggle in a war. They create paper tigers to go after in order to blackball these movies into oblivion. They refuse to see the good in this film as it pertains to veterans, because they don’t care about veterans.”

The veteran then delivered a parting message to those who saw the movie as “more of a ‘pro Bush/Iraq/Right Wing/anti-Muslim’ political statement and want to bash it and our military.”

“The movie wasn’t for you,” he concluded. “It was for the guy with mud on his boots and a hole in his heart, and for the families that are left to pick up the pieces. Go back to your latte.”

Yes, I think my sister is under stress because she claimed that I was name calling [leftie whiners] and that I was bullying and intimating people.  I think she was off and so after her tirades after I asked “Who is attacking whom?”  I put the following liturgy down: “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. And grant us peace, grant us peace.” She didn’t respond after that.  Interesting, huh?

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What about Winston Churchill?

young ChurchillI have long admired the vision of Churchill for what he saw and knew about the former Soviet Union and Stalin.  He saw through the veneer that was presented during World War II and I am sad that more people didn’t pay attention to what he knew.  The media force from the area of Russia was doing a full court press to make sure that the unsuspecting didn’t believe the anecdotes that were coming out of Russia and other parts of the Soviet Union.  The Australians have long known the truths of what REALLY happened once WWII was over, other generals and those in combat with the Allied forces knew what was happening when the Soviet Union wanted to take credit for ending the war against the Nazis.  Pity those people who were in the Russian quarters of Berlin because they were either sent back to their country, killed or exiled to Siberia.  Churchill some how knew but perhaps his hands were tied along with others.  The truth came out in reports by Malcolm Muggeridge and other reporters who started paying attention to those people who tried to get the message out about what was going on when things settled down.

That is why I think we need to look closely at what Winston Churchill said 116 years ago about something else he knew something about.  That is perhaps why our U.S.president who gave his usual State of the Union address the other night gave back the bust of Winston Churchill to U.K. when he first moved into the Oval Office.  He obviously didn’t like what Churchill stood for because of his own thorough-going beliefs.  What do you think?  This was penned by a young, but already wise beyond his years, Churchill.

The attached short speech from Winston Churchill, was delivered by him in 1899 when he was a young soldier and journalist. It probably sets out the current views of many, but expresses in the wonderful Churchillian turn of phrase and use of the English language, of which he was a past master.
Sir Winston Churchill was, without doubt, one of the greatest men of the late 19th and 20th centuries. He was a brave young soldier, a brilliant journalist, an extraordinary politician and statesman, a great war leader and British Prime Minister, to whom the Western world must be forever in his debt. He was a prophet in his own time. He died on 24th January 1965 , at the grand old age of 90 and, after a lifetime of service to his country, was accorded a State funeral. HERE IS THE SPEECH:
“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa , raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome .”
Sir Winston Churchill; (Source: The River War, first edition, Vol II, pages 248-250 London ).

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MOVING Experience yesterday at the Carnegie

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast week was our first week of classes for the spring semester.  I met with my two composition classes to talk up Martin Luther King Day yesterday as a kind of service learning project.  On Monday and Wednesday I thought I had at least 25 students who were on board to get on the bus to come to the Carnegie and help move boxes of books.  By Friday when I had the sign up sheet go around in the first class only ONE student signed up, the others had better things to do.  I didn’t even try to coerce the second class into coming to the Carnegie to lend their “back” support to moving old books and newspapers to another location.  The night before I had told the board of directors for the historical society that I had 25 students, now I realized I had to eat crow.

Things certainly do change in 24 hours. I went to the coordinator of Martin Luther King Day and told her my dilemma.  The one who was in charge of Service Learning was out sick with pneumonia and so I thought we would just do the best we can with 150 boxes full and figure out how to take the Christmas decorations down and assemble 75 more acid-free boxes.  I had asked for TWO pickups to be there at the site because the neighboring library would be closed due to Martin Luther King Day.  I didn’t know if the weather would cooperate because we had been suffering through negative teens and 20s.  All looked lost until I talked to the main coordinator  for MLK Day on Saturday night while I watched our university team lose their basketball game 80 to 50.  Her son was playing on the team but she told me the head football coach was looking for something for his players to do on Monday.

Then I got an e-mail  back that same night from the head football coach saying he would have THIRTY football players ready to work at 1:30 at the Carnegie.  I was thrilled but I knew by Sunday morning that I needed to have many different projects going simultaneously on Monday.  I didn’t know how many other people would show from the historical society but I alerted everyone on the Carnegie committee on Sunday saying: “All HANDS on deck!”  I got about half showing up and three of my students showed up right at 9:00 a.m.  Things moved fast with the small group of about ten people working.  I had to cross things off the lists that I had made.

We were able to fill 75 assembled acid-free boxes and fill them with noting what each box contained.  We added small books to the magazines to fill every possible square inch.  I had the editor of the local daily newspaper come to take photos and write up a story, he was there right at 1:30.  I showed him the upstairs and downstairs, especially all the boxes of books that were lined up ready to go out to the waiting pickup and trailer. We came back upstairs and the lobby area of our Carnegie was filled with all sizes of football players ready to work.  I had them sign the different lists and some went right away to the museum with the Museum Director to move some heavy glass cases.  I had another group go with our guy in charge of the pickup and trailer.  Another group stayed upstairs where the Bose player was sounding out “December” by George Winston.  The latter group I was in charge of making sure the floor was mopped and swept, the shelves were dusted and oil put on and generally staying out of the cookies and pop that were waiting for them after the work was through.

I am happy to say that in one and a half hours, we had 200 boxes moved of books to the other location 1/2 mile away and that there were NO injuries.  There had been ice at first but the temps hovered around 32 degrees and it looked like a false spring day, though gloomy.  I was thrilled that we got sooooo much accomplished in such a short time. I wrote a grateful e-mail to the head coach, I said told him the players were hard workers, polite and got much done for the good of the community.  I hope we can have them again to help when we moves things around again.  I’m glad only 20 of them showed up and NOT 30 because we had done so much in the morning that I am not sure what we would have done with ten more willing hands and strong backs.

Moral of story, sometimes when things look bleak, admit you need help and help may MOVE in your direction!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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One Day Left Before Semester Begins

Well, it is not ALL bad, I do have a job but I crave more vacation time because I feel like I didn’t get enough. After being away to Arizona for two weeks to see kids and grandkids, we have been back for over a week and have experienced two blizzard or white out storms.  That is quite a record.  Why didn’t it do anything while we were away so we could feel even better about our investment of time and money?  Yes, my folks had a “brown Christmas” because there was no snow. I felt badly that we weren’t home with them to celebrate.  I’m glad my brother came up to surprise them for the day, all my other siblings had their own family commitments and live too far away to come here to icebox conditions.

About the terror that still exists in France, particularly Paris, I wonder what my sister-in-law is going through. She is a French teacher and regularly each summer she takes her French students to France so they can practice their language skills but also appreciate the culture.  I haven’t seen anything on FB about what she is doing, she is probably busy enough with her many activities and her kids’ activities.  At least the people in France feel numb that this happened and are rallying around those people’s families who were murdered so savagely. At least the killers were found and killed which is what they had wanted, the killers wanted to die as martyrs. How sick is that? Then there was another outbreak of violence where hostages were taken at a kosher deli in Paris.  I’m sure that people are still on edge over this but there is no doubt more to come.  These people who do such brutal acts of beheadings and butchering of people are not following a faith or religion they are following a dogma of HATE.  There is no peace for them and they want to have people convert to their way of thinking by using force? Never will work.  Especially with French people who are ALL about freedom and in this case freedom of expression.

When you have a government or some ruling party that dictates what you say or think, then there is tyranny and people will not go for it.  I’m thinking of the former Soviet Union where people were sent off to Siberia because their thoughts or actions varied too much from the head governments restrictions. I experienced that when I was teaching English in Almaty. I was in a department with about 40 Kazakh teachers who had to follow the edicts of those on top.  Those who were in the leadership roles didn’t have a good grasp of English but they had gained power in some way that had worked under the Soviet system. I was teaching writing to 100 Kazakh students the last year I was at this “university” and those other writing teachers could not even write in English for one paragraph.  Yet, they were teaching this and passing off their hate of writing to the students. It was a sad situation to be in for me.  I have taught writing in many different scenarios but I had to follow their illogical ways of teaching certain concepts and I would catch it from those above me for not teaching it according to their rigid way.

I know that is difficult for us as freedom loving Americans to believe. I’m teaching writing in a university setting now and I still marvel that we are given so much flexibility to teach the way that works for us.  Of course, we have to follow a strict, top down version of a syllabus with many links about this or that. I know in those 11 pages that the students only care about what is the scoring guideline and what is the schedule of assignments.  No one is going to read all that fine print of dos and don’ts, not until it would work to their advantage, of course.  I like teaching here and getting ideas from fellow teachers about how they go about teaching different things.  I remember we would have staff meetings back in Almaty with our 25 or so teachers who could show up and there would be shouting matches between certain teachers. Some of the better teachers were canned with no explanation. But they knew it was because they had not followed the clueless leaders.  Favoritism abounded and I attribute that to be a carry-over from the Soviet times.

Not much has changed in Kazakhstan and perhaps some of the people continued to embrace the communist way of thinking because it aligned with what they were used to from their own Kazakh cultural norms. I don’t know. I can only think that every ONE loves freedom and freedom of expression. There was a time in the 1960s where women who worked on their dowry carpets, putting in a story to fit all the different things put into the carpet were not allowed to continue that old practice.  I am glad I bought one of those small, hand made carpets which I bought for $80 in 1993. I didn’t like the color of red necessarily but I liked the fact that it was a very Kazakh looking carpet. So, whatever woman worked on the one I brought back to Minnesota was expressing herself but then all that kind of artwork had to stop.

I don’t know where all this will lead for the French people but other countries in Europe are going to feel this ripple effect from what transpired about four days ago in France.  It will eventually come to the U.S., that feeling of not feeling safe or secure, especially being out in a public place.  That is what the enemy wants, for people to feel no freedom in movement or in expression.  What kind of a “faith” is that to follow?  These individuals who perpetrate that kind of thinking are very unhappy people, they want to die for their cause.  These 30 year old brothers DID die but what they did has created the opposite effect in that people who are of this persuasion will have to be more careful.  The French will not put up with this barbarism even though 8% of their population is purportedly of this Muslim faith.  I’ve read that if you thoroughly study their Koran, it is all about violence and getting even or killing off the infidel.  My guess is that most people in Kazakhstan have never read the Koran because it is an oral culture.  So, they do not even know that what they follow is really a perversion of violence. Nothing peaceful about it.

One day left of my freedom before I start in again as a writing teacher. Thankfully I only have about 35 students instead of the 85 I ended the semester with about a month ago.  The difference of 50 students!  The difference of my work load!  I’ll notice that significant difference in my paycheck as well. But I’ll enjoy having my house back (I cleaned it for two days straight) and having more time to do other things.

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Sadness in France…and elsewhere

I think most of the world or those who watch TV have been transfixed by the utter cruelty that happened several days ago in Paris.   I can’t even imagine what the families are going through after 13 French people were shot.  The two gunmen are still at large but the law and the rest of the country have them isolated to a certain area.  Their time on this earth is fixed.  However, once caught, the justice that will be served to them, because that is what a civil and decent society does, is not deserved.  They do not deserve justice at all.  However, in their minds, they have gone about using violence to make their puny voices heard.  I don’t think their radical “religion” is something to follow…violence only begets violence.

Seventy years ago, France had to stomach the WWII. They have been grateful to American servicemen who came to fight for the Allied cause against Nazi aggression. The sad thing is that we don’t have leaders in our high places who speak the truth as it stands anymore.  They instead would be the first to comment that it was NOT terrorism but simple violence.  It doesn’t matter how you want to phrase what happened in Paris, the truth is known by the whole nation, this was radical terrorism in its cruelest form.  Their goal is to make French people afraid and to NOT say things that are true.  That is what terrorism does to win, they put fear into people so they NOT follow through with the logical form of punishment, they instead tolerate it.

Sadly, our universities are a breeding ground for wanting everyone to get along and not to bring out the opposing views to what is EVIL.  The smart and intelligent people with Ph.D.s  have thrown God out and replaced it with mushy thinking.  We are expected to follow those who are NOT leaders, who care nothing about the standards of truth. Thus, we have the blind leading the blind.

Indeed, the terrorists will win by people feeling cowed to not speak up against their tyranny of horror. Recently I was told by someone who regularly watches the Hallmark channel on TV that they are bleeping out the word “God” from phrases like “God bless you,” or  “I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth, so help me God.”  That latter phrase is used at the swearing in of an office with a hand over the Bible, but for some people, the word “God” is considered offensive.  Yet, they will have elsewhere on the network or in movies words like the “firetruck” word and not even care how offensive people like me find that!

What have we become?  Are we to agree with the direction that the pagans want to go?  Are we to be intimidated by those who don’t believe in God or by others who believe in Allah?  Neither is a religion, it is a dogma.  The first want us to be tolerant of ALL other religions and faiths, the other is intolerant of anything else but their own belief in what Mohammed started one thousand years ago.  As Christians, where do we stand?  We believe that Jesus died on the cross for ALL of our sins and that He rose again, two thousand years ago.  He is coming back soon, I pray He does. Maranatha!

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Welcome to the GREAT new year of 2015!!!

I was too busy traveling yesterday to give out my new year’s greetings, so today will have to do.  On Facebook I have put up the obligatory photos from our two week trip to AZ to see the kids and grandkids.  Now it is back to the stark reality of living in the cold of Minnesota.  We are bracing ourselves for a bit of “weather” which is coming in later today, making travel near impossible if too much snow comes with it.  My task is to dismantle the Carnegie building of our latest traveling display exhibit called “Electrifying Minnesota.”  How about a new display titled “Heating Minnesota?”  We got back to the house and our temps outside were negative 4 and then 9 and then 10 and then back up to 7 and 8.  Inside, of course, we cranked up the heat to 68 and it started to warm up from the 54 that we had set the furnace at.

However, being in Arizona didn’t mean it was warm all the time. In fact, Prescott was cool and meant wearing jackets outside and Tucson was cool and meant wearing socks inside our RV trailer unit.  We felt blessed to be able to rent this unit for a week and have the pool and bubbling spa at 105 degrees just a half block away from our place.  There was a fitness center and also a library.  My friend Suzi helped us find out about this place because she and her husband have been staying at this RV park for many years.  They come from Oregon. What a great tourist way to bring in money for this area of Tucson.  There are MANY “snowbirds” from all over the US who come down to AZ in the winter, even those from Canada.  They stay for a few months and then go back to their homes when it becomes warmer.  My husband and I only can afford two weeks and then it is back to our reality or work in order to pay the bills.

I think Kazakhstan should try to have an industry like this. A good tourism industry is needed for those who are stuck in Astana or north of there to have places that people can go to for a few weeks or a month to get away from the brutality of the winter up north.  Almaty and along the border of Kyrgyzstan certainly have beautiful places for a vacation and it IS warmer, even in the winter.  I bet if Kazakhstan had enough people skilled or trained to facilitate that, then it could be a booming industy to bring in more international visitors as well.

Is it true that the winter Olympics might be in Kazakhstan and NOT Norway? I just heard that from a friend of ours who helped introduce my husband and me about 21 years ago.  He said that after Russia spent so much money on their winter Olympics, who wants to try to top that?  It might end up in Kazakhstan because they may want to host it for P.R. purposes. Then afterwards they could use those Olympic buildings for other purposes to make money.  I know that the Norwegians have a LONG memory about Medeo when there was some kind of international competition (not Olympics) that was held during the Soviet Union.  Seemingly the record times were changed and the Norwegians did not get their expected medals or awards. Perhaps the Soviet athletes won but on suspicious grounds.  I recall that some of the same things happened in Russia last year where top athletes spun out because the tracks were too treacherous or the snow quality not right.

Well, I’m not sure how I got into that but I have to steady my course here on the home front and get all the Christmas mail that has accumulated. AND to see how I can get the work done at the Carnegie before a big winter storm rages through these parts.  What a great culture shock for us, to have to be thinking about whether we will make it back home from town when we just flew three hours from AZ to MN and experienced about 60 degree temperature drop.

Happy New Years wherever you are, warm or cold!  Make 2015 a GREAT one!

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