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  • There Is No Wisdom in Sin - Chapter 11

    02/28/2015 6:13:48 PM PST · 26 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to ravenwolf
    I don't remember what year we read MacBeth - I do vividly recall our English teacher giving us a dramatic reading of Lady MacBeth's "Out, out damned spot!" speech. She was very good.
  • There Is No Wisdom in Sin - Chapter 11

    02/28/2015 6:12:32 PM PST · 25 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to Elsie
    It didn't start out as sin . . . it started out as what I think was a charitable impulse to be "inclusive".

    What they forgot is that you can go out to meet people where they are, but you can't stay there. They have to come back with you; if they won't, you need to leave them there.

  • There Is No Wisdom in Sin - Chapter 11

    02/28/2015 6:11:19 PM PST · 24 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to ravenwolf
    OK - in 6th grade we actually put on a somewhat abbreviated version of Twelfth Night in my English class (I can still sing the songs). 9th grade was Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet was AP English which I think I took in 11th. Got bits and pieces of As You Like It and The Tempest somewhere along the way, probably in one of those excerpt books, but most of us went and read the rest. We did study the sonnets and Venus and Adonis as well. And the school's theater group did Hamlet. They are still doing Hamlet - I graduated in '73, my daughter in '06, she was on the light crew for the Prince of Denmark and could quote you whole scenes verbatim. They are probably putting it on again even as we speak.

    But we didn't waste a lot of time on multi-culti trash.

  • Restaurant chain invites the pope (and you) to try its Lent menu

    02/27/2015 5:14:14 PM PST · 23 of 29
    AnAmericanMother to NYer
    I think it's a safe bet that they won't have to pay off!

    My problem is that I love to cook GOOD seafood, so it's not really much of a penance. It was more of a penance back in the days when the apprentices of London petitioned the guilds to prohibit their masters from feeding them salmon more than three times a week!

    I heard this in history class back in the 70s, and it appears to be true from a quick google:

    From "The History of Fly Fishing":

    . It is reported that the first formation of a trade union occurred when the apprentices of London sent a petition to the Lord Mayor praying for them to stop being fed salmon and asking for proper fish to eat like pike or perch. They must have been successful because legislation was passed in the early 15th Century that you could not feed your apprentices with salmon more than three times a week!!

  • There Is No Wisdom in Sin - Chapter 11

    02/27/2015 5:05:34 PM PST · 20 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to ravenwolf; Elsie
    I guess I'm showing my age, but I thought everybody had to read Shakespeare in school, and the ones everybody read generally included "Macbeth", "Hamlet", and one of the comedies, usually "Twelfth Night" or "As You Like It". I think the author kind of misses the real point about Polonius - he pronounces lots of maxims to his son, but he doesn't live by them, and his lack of morality and sinful behavior (as opposed to his words) precipitates the crisis of the play (and gets him killed).

    Also, we used to have to read Dickens, whose Scrooge would have made a good point in this essay. Got "Great Expectations" in the 8th grade, I think, and "Bleak House" in 11th or 12th.

    What may have happened is that political correctness now requires that the kids read a certain quota of authors from various racial, ethnic, and other special-interest groups, regardless of their merit. It crowds out the classics, especially the ones written by Dead White Men.

    You may have been victims of that wrong-headed thinking.

  • There Is No Wisdom in Sin - Chapter 11

    02/27/2015 4:49:25 PM PST · 19 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to metmom
    I would have loved for him to use as an example Mr. Dickens' Scrooge - Dickens I believe even refers to him as "that old sinner" with a raft of uncomplimentary adjectives . . . and he is a figure of terror, even to blind men and their dogs . . . "better no eye than the evil eye, dark master!"

    . . . and with Scrooge as the classic "eleventh hour" conversion, it would be an even better example than the hypothetical wicked old man. Dickens was nominally Church of England, but rather Unitarian in a vague way, and mostly unchurched. But even Balaam's ass was made to speak truth, why not a gifted but theologically confused writer?

  • There Is No Wisdom in Sin - Chapter 11

    02/27/2015 4:42:53 PM PST · 18 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to metmom
    Sure, it's not news.

    I think he has a point to make. Problem is, he tried to go all literary on us . . . which is fine, if you have the education to do it.

    But if a writer fumbles the ball in the very first line, it destroys his credibility. Better to stick to preaching and not try to quote stuff one hasn't read well enough to get the character's name right. Or, better yet, go and read and get educated.

    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

    In charity, maybe he just had a typo and a REALLY bad proofreader.

  • After DHS Vote, Democrats Publicly Bash One of Their Own (Must read)

    02/27/2015 4:20:51 PM PST · 16 of 20
    AnAmericanMother to drypowder
    Apparently Brown has read Kipling's Jungle Book . . . but didn't learn a thing from it -

    Now this is the Law of the Jungle --
    as old and as true as the sky;
    And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
    but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

    As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk
    the Law runneth forward and back --
    For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
    and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

    But he forgot the rest of the story, which follows the lines of "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" -

    In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
    By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
    But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

  • There Is No Wisdom in Sin - Chapter 11

    02/26/2015 4:44:01 PM PST · 4 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to metmom

    If a fellow doesn’t even know who Polonius is, he probably should not try to make literary references. It simply makes him look uneducated.

  • I’d Love to be a Jane Austen heroine, admits Camilla – but not Before also Choosing Winnie The ....

    02/26/2015 4:41:40 PM PST · 8 of 9
    AnAmericanMother to Cecily
    . . . or the execrable Lizzie Eustace in Trollope's The Eustace Diamonds.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VAIN OBSERVANCE, 02-20-15

    02/20/2015 8:35:37 AM PST · 5 of 11
    AnAmericanMother to OKSooner
    Or holding your breath as you drive by a cemetery.

    Or rolling up your pants cuff if a black cat crosses your path . .

    Those I think are really just garden-variety superstitions.

    I think the "vain observance" has to have a specifically religious component . . . one of the most common is when Haitian Voudon or Latin American Santeria gets mixed up with Catholic practices.

    And I think there also has to be a belief component - that you believe that a ceremony or recitation is somehow going to compel a saint or even God to do something for you. And that, at the core, is the difference between active magic and religious belief. With ceremonial magic, you order whatever-it-is around.

  • Catholic Word of the Day: VAIN OBSERVANCE, 02-20-15

    02/20/2015 8:23:59 AM PST · 3 of 11
    AnAmericanMother to OKSooner
    My favorite example is the custom of burying a statue of St. Joseph (upside down!) in the yard of a house you're trying to sell. Pure superstition. Ask St. Joseph nicely to intercede for you.
  • Teenage Girls Storm Into California Grocery and Start Wrecking Things (trunc)

    02/17/2015 1:05:58 PM PST · 5 of 84
    AnAmericanMother to SWAMPSNIPER
    " . . . the assault with a deadly weapon charge involved the use of a frozen chicken . . . "


  • “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Mrs. Don-o

    02/17/2015 9:53:16 AM PST · 133 of 190
    AnAmericanMother to Mrs. Don-o


  • “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Mrs. Don-o

    02/16/2015 11:59:06 AM PST · 25 of 190
    AnAmericanMother to Mrs. Don-o

    Glad you're doing better . . . though sounds like you had the everlovin' you know what scared out of you.

    You bet I'm going to take that to heart, there are some people that need to be on the "forgive" list . . . and I'd better get over to Confession pronto.

  • Ten Things Every Catholic Should Know About Sola Scriptura

    02/13/2015 6:19:49 AM PST · 186 of 483
    AnAmericanMother to Jacob Kell
    This is a common problem with English-speakers, who aren't comfortable with nouns having gender.

    "Petra" is the word for rock, but it has a feminine ending. Addressing a male to give him a new name (a Biblical custom pointing to a major life-changing event), the word acquires a male ending. But there is no "masculine Greek word Petros" - other than the name, Peter.

    The closest I can get to it in English is that if you named a male after a rock, you would name him Rocky, not Rockette.

  • Conscientious objection to vaccinations

    02/13/2015 6:07:58 AM PST · 27 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to Sun
    Actually, it's because suicide is viewed traditionally as heroic and noble. Read Lafcadio Hearn for a good exploration of the attitude (and he's a good read anyway).

    I use that as an example because it makes just about the same amount of sense as comparing a medical procedure to an auto accident.

  • Obama Slaps Staples -- And Staples Slaps Back!

    02/12/2015 5:12:28 PM PST · 18 of 44
    AnAmericanMother to Cringing Negativism Network

    They need the job at Staples more than they need healthcare.

  • Conscientious objection to vaccinations

    02/11/2015 3:35:05 PM PST · 24 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to IchBinEinBerliner

    . . . and I don’t think that a single very sympathetic case that reached a verdict proves much of anything. John Edwards earned a pretty good living suing obstetricians who had done nothing wrong, because a suffering child will almost always elicit sympathy (and money) regardless of causation.

  • Conscientious objection to vaccinations

    02/11/2015 3:31:05 PM PST · 23 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to IchBinEinBerliner
    We know what causes traffic accidents (in fact, I used to be in accident investigation, which is a fairly unpleasant job if you have a weak stomach, or even if you don't). One particular risk factor on one particular occasion is not predictive because too many external factors contribute to the end result over time. The road may be clear when you veer into the oncoming lane while texting - or an 18 wheeler may be there waiting for you. Your reflexes may be excellent - or impaired by alcohol - or just poor due to inherited clumsiness, bad vision, whatever. But you can run the numbers and get a good percentage of risk - that an expert witness will raise his hand on in court.

    I will tell you that most of us in the business knew that when a drunk driver caused an accident, it was NOT his first time getting behind the wheel slammed. He usually managed to avoid the cops or a bad wreck for awhile. It's the same for most inattention factors, eventually the odds catch up with you.

    The jury's still out on autism, though a polygenic inherited factor is probably at fault. But it is not a repeated risk factor, like inattention while driving.

    The problem with the doggone side effects is that if anybody ever reported it, it's in there. Note that weasel word "reported" in the very first sentence. Lots of people have *reported* vaccine-linked autism, and nothing will ever change their minds (even the withdrawal by the Lancet of the only paper that showed any link, and the yanking of the author's medical license).

    The dosing schedule has been changed on MMR since my kids were immunized 25 years ago or so - probably to try to avoid correlative linking. I guess we'll see if the first sign of autism symptoms follows the changed schedule, or if it remains at the same developmental age.

  • Conscientious objection to vaccinations

    02/11/2015 3:11:02 PM PST · 22 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to Sun
    You couldn't choose a more homogenous (and insular) ethnic group than Japanese - except possibly Icelanders.

    It is most likely that autism is an inherited disorder, so it is not at all surprising that the rate of occurrence in a genetically homogenous and distinct population would be different (whether lower or higher).

    The Japanese suicide rate is astronomical compared to that in the U.S. (and the leading cause of death in young and middle aged men). What shall we blame that on?

  • What Obama Didn't Say About Slavery and Christianity

    02/10/2015 11:21:56 AM PST · 23 of 24
    AnAmericanMother to FlingWingFlyer
    I got your high horse right here:

    Santiago Matamoros, ora pro nobis!!

  • Bryn Mawr Changes Admission Guidelines To Accept Transwomen

    02/10/2015 11:15:49 AM PST · 30 of 31
    AnAmericanMother to babble-on
    And that's a good thing.

    I gave up on my alma mater when they hired Peter Singer. My daughter went to Davidson College instead. They haven't fully bought in to the cultural progressivism (at least not as of her graduation in '10) and her views as a political conservative and orthodox Catholic were fully respected there. Free academic discourse has pretty much died at Princeton.

  • Bryn Mawr Changes Admission Guidelines To Accept Transwomen

    02/10/2015 9:58:38 AM PST · 28 of 31
    AnAmericanMother to babble-on
    Well, that explains it!

    It was a very different place from my home college - which had just admitted women a year or two earlier.

    But it was the only institution w/in commuting distance that offered a course in Scots Gaelic. :-)

  • Bryn Mawr Changes Admission Guidelines To Accept Transwomen

    02/10/2015 9:10:09 AM PST · 17 of 31
    AnAmericanMother to C19fan

    I took an extension course at Bryn Mawr in the 70s for credit at my home college - and I could have SWORN they had men then. Maybe they changed their policy some time in the interim?

  • Conscientious objection to vaccinations

    02/04/2015 8:42:04 PM PST · 18 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to IchBinEinBerliner
    It's a general social issue. Read the second half of my post again.

    If you don't care about anybody but yourself, you won't catch it (or if you do, it will be a mild case). Good for you. If you care about others (people with immune disorders, children too young to vaccinate, children whose parents don't believe in vaccines) then if herd immunity breaks down you are going to see a lot of people suffering in an epidemic.

    If that doesn't concern you, no problem. But I'm old enough to remember polio epidemics before the vaccines . . . the closing of the swimming pools, the kids in braces, and so forth. I didn't get polio - but a kid in my carpool did. So did a very good friend who spent his life in braces.

  • Conscientious objection to vaccinations

    02/04/2015 8:38:27 PM PST · 17 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to NYer
    The problem is that correlation is not causation.

    Many developmental problems (e.g. autism, ADHD, etc.) first manifest themselves around the time that kids go through the vaccine cycle. It's quite natural to think that there must be a connection . . . but there's no evidence of a causative connection.

    My youngest (also adopted) has ADHD as well. Lots of theories but not much hard science. My personal observation is that geek-on-geek marriages produce a lot of kids with ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. Look at the rates in Silicon Valley. I've also seen it in my own family --

  • Conscientious objection to vaccinations

    02/04/2015 4:03:09 PM PST · 7 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to NYer
    I don't think it's wise to have criminal penalties for failure to vaccinate. That is NOT necessary.

    But public health is a classic government function.

    Public health information campaigns have always worked in the past. We didn't have the internet or as many "government conspiracy theorists" as we do now . . . and the Public Health Service, by and large, was viewed as politically neutral.

    I blame the Democrats for politicizing the federal PHS by using it for political purposes such as gun control, etc. They have poisoned the well.

    But I think most people still view the *State* PHS as fairly neutral and even-handed.

    A good first step as far as compelling vaccination would be to require it for school admission. That still gives a choice - but if you don't vaccinate, you'll need to home school.

  • Conscientious objection to vaccinations

    02/04/2015 3:59:01 PM PST · 5 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to NYer
    WE survived . . . but some of our contemporaries did not.

    And many more suffered lasting aftereffects. A school friend's baby brother was blinded and brain-damaged as a result of measles encephalitis.

    The other problem is that refusing to vaccinate, if it reaches critical mass, enables an epidemic to spread far and wide. The campaign to eradicate measles in the U.S. relied on vaccinating enough folks so that if one person from a measles area (like, say, the Philippines, which had an awful epidemic in the early 2000s, and some infected individuals came here) won't cause the disease to spread like wildfire.

  • Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age

    02/02/2015 7:10:54 PM PST · 22 of 143
    AnAmericanMother to MeshugeMikey
    Cliche Came Out of its Cage

    C. S. Lewis


    You said 'The world is going back to Paganism'.
    Oh bright Vision! I saw our dynasty in the bar of the House
    Spill from their tumblers a libation to the Erinyes,
    And Leavis with Lord Russell wreathed in flowers, heralded with flutes,
    Leading white bulls to the cathedral of the solemn Muses
    To pay where due the glory of their latest theorem.
    Hestia's fire in every flat, rekindled, burned before
    The Lardergods. Unmarried daughters with obedient hands
    Tended it. By the hearth the white-arm'd venerable mother
    Domum servabat, lanam faciebat. At the hour
    Of sacrifice their brothers came, silent, corrected, grave
    Before their elders; on their downy cheeks easily the blush
    Arose (it is the mark of freemen's children) as they trooped,
    Gleaming with oil, demurely home from the palaestra or the dance.
    Walk carefully, do not wake the envy of the happy gods,
    Shun Hubris. The middle of the road, the middle sort of men,
    Are best. Aidos surpasses gold. Reverence for the aged
    Is wholesome as seasonable rain, and for a man to die
    Defending the city in battle is a harmonious thing.
    Thus with magistral hand the Puritan Sophrosune
    Cooled and schooled and tempered our uneasy motions;
    Heathendom came again, the circumspection and the holy fears ...
    You said it. Did you mean it? Oh inordinate liar, stop.


    Or did you mean another kind of heathenry?
    Think, then, that under heaven-roof the little disc of the earth,
    Fortified Midgard, lies encircled by the ravening Worm.
    Over its icy bastions faces of giant and troll
    Look in, ready to invade it. The Wolf, admittedly, is bound;
    But the bond wil1 break, the Beast run free. The weary gods,
    Scarred with old wounds the one-eyed Odin, Tyr who has lost a hand,
    Will limp to their stations for the Last defence. Make it your hope
    To be counted worthy on that day to stand beside them;
    For the end of man is to partake of their defeat and die
    His second, final death in good company. The stupid, strong
    Unteachable monsters are certain to be victorious at last,
    And every man of decent blood is on the losing side.
    Take as your model the tall women with yellow hair in plaits
    Who walked back into burning houses to die with men,
    Or him who as the death spear entered into his vitals
    Made critical comments on its workmanship and aim.
    Are these the Pagans you spoke of? Know your betters and crouch, dogs;
    You that have Vichy water in your veins and worship the event
    Your goddess History (whom your fathers called the strumpet Fortune).

  • President Gumball

    02/01/2015 3:53:43 PM PST · 9 of 24
    AnAmericanMother to Kaslin
    A truncated version of the original rhyme:

    The gum-chewing girl and the cud-chewing cow:
    So alike to behold, and yet different somehow.
    Oh what is it that troubles me so
    While watching their jaws continually go?
    After reflection, I see it all now:
    The intelligent look in the eye of the cow.

    My (all-girl) high school chemistry teacher used to make kids caught chewing gum in class write it out on the blackboard. I wasn't a cud chewer, but I saw it written out a lot.


    01/30/2015 3:37:51 PM PST · 22 of 25
    AnAmericanMother to Savage Beast
    That's pretty far-fetched.

    Several bodies of known smallpox victims have in fact been exhumed by scientists, but no virus has ever been found. And plenty of the old pesthouse cemeteries have been dug up for water lines, streets, etc. and nobody has ever caught the smallpox in this way.

    It survives in scabs for a long time (years), but "indefinitely"? No. People have 'sent up the balloon' from time to time when smallpox scabs were discovered in old doctors' offices, libraries, etc. . . . CDC sends guys in moonsuits and scabs are triple-wrapped and carried to the lab . . . and they never have found any smallpox virus.

    There are a LOT of things on the Worry List ahead of a virus that has been eradicated.


    01/30/2015 9:00:22 AM PST · 9 of 25
    AnAmericanMother to Savage Beast

    The last reported case was in East Africa somewhere, back in the 70s.

    It only survives in laboratories - somebody in England caught it in a lab later - most stocks have been destroyed (although I don't know if I trust the CDC given their foolishness over ebola . . . and who knows what the Russians are up to?)

    Do you know something I don't know?

  • Catholic church in SF to phase out altar girls

    01/28/2015 12:03:39 PM PST · 30 of 139
    AnAmericanMother to Buckeye McFrog
    And the reason you have almost no-one but girls is . . . because you have girls.

    When altar service starts, the kids are at that age where the boys think girls are "yucky" and the girls think the boys are "slow" because girls are developmentally a little ahead at that age. But boys, having been taught that a gentleman does not hit a female, have no real way to respond to the disdain with which they are treated by the girls. So they avoid them.

    When you force the kids to work together, the boys just passively drop out because they don't want to deal with all the conflict and drama. So you have nobody left but the girls, plus any boys whose parents MAKE them participate.

    I've experienced this in both a "high church" Episcopal parish and our current Catholic parish. The problem is pretty stark, and these two parishes solved it in different ways. The ECs had all-male and all-female "teams", which channeled the animosity into team rivalry - not ideal for service on the altar, but better than the constant pick-pick-pick. The Catholics solved it by making the altar server program ultra-military in nature, with drills, rank, promotions, insignia, etc. That winnowed out most of the "girly-girls" and made things more attractive for the boys. I would say that the program is about 50/50.

    But aside from practical considerations, and aside from the obvious point that a female Catholic altar server can never become a priest, there's another point: the Catholic Church is becoming very feminized, because when you have ladies running things they tend to just sail in and take over, and the men are happy to sit back and let them do it.

    I'm not the only one observing this:

    How to kill vocations

  • History Channel Presents Laughably Inaccurate 'Sons of Liberty'

    01/27/2015 3:13:12 PM PST · 80 of 83
    AnAmericanMother to Vaquero
    "It could possibly be true."

    True story (I know the judge in question, who told me the tale): A defendant in a burglary trial took the stand in his own defense, and told a long, long cock-and-bull story about how he managed to wind up inside the auto parts store in the office with the broken cash box in his hands . . .

    The D.A. (indignantly): "Mr. X, do you expect this jury to believe that story?"

    The Defendant, all wide-eyed innocence, "Well, it could possibly be true."

    The entire courtroom broke up in helpless laughter. My judge friend dropped his pencil so he could have his laugh out under the bench without anybody seeing him . . . the jury retired and convicted the poor sap in 20 minutes (5 minutes to pick a chair, 10 minutes to choose a foreman, 5 minutes to take a vote).

    It became a watchword around the courthouse for any REALLY implausible excuse.

  • History Channel Presents Laughably Inaccurate 'Sons of Liberty'

    01/26/2015 1:11:30 PM PST · 55 of 83
    AnAmericanMother to ifinnegan
    Because he was a gang leader.

    No, really.

    Verdicts of History I: The Boston Massacre.

    If Quincy persuaded a witness to identify the tall, red-cloaked speaker in Dock Square (Samuel Adams was short, but Will Molineux, his right-hand man, was tall), the Liberty boys in wrathful self-defense would have almost certainly unleashed the mob, jammed the courtroom, and created the kind of atmosphere that had convicted Richardson.
    A great series from back when American Heritage was edited by Bruce Catton and Oliver Jensen and was truly the best history magazine going.
  • History Channel Presents Laughably Inaccurate 'Sons of Liberty'

    01/26/2015 12:28:05 PM PST · 49 of 83
    AnAmericanMother to oh8eleven

    Might could be - Hope was English and Welsh - but Revere’s dad was a Frenchman.

  • History Channel Presents Laughably Inaccurate 'Sons of Liberty'

    01/26/2015 12:06:53 PM PST · 40 of 83
    AnAmericanMother to PJ-Comix
    Forgot to add that Sam was a bad boy. His cousin John did some serious covering for him in the Boston Massacre trial, or there would have been a warrant or two out for him.
  • History Channel Presents Laughably Inaccurate 'Sons of Liberty'

    01/26/2015 12:05:44 PM PST · 39 of 83
    AnAmericanMother to Vaquero

    Earliest use of the term is 1915 (the words “air” and “plane” existed in the 17th century but weren’t combined until much more recently).

  • History Channel Presents Laughably Inaccurate 'Sons of Liberty'

    01/26/2015 11:55:38 AM PST · 33 of 83
    AnAmericanMother to PJ-Comix
    Not really seein' it . . .

    (Copley's portrait of ol' Sam)

    The guy on the beer label is loosely based on the Copley portrait of Paul Revere, with a foaming mug substituted for the iconic silver teapot.

    They've revised him a couple of times, so he doesn't look nearly as much like Paul as he originally did.

  • How Obama Glossed Over His Greatest Failure

    01/26/2015 8:17:40 AM PST · 3 of 11
    AnAmericanMother to libstripper
    Dr. Pangloss called. He's offended at even being associated with this canaille.

  • Methodist Head of “Human Rights” Mocks Prolife Marchers

    01/24/2015 9:38:26 AM PST · 38 of 44
    AnAmericanMother to NYer
    After deleting dozens of comments asking for his personal position on abortion (and blathering a lot but never answering the question), he has now taken his blog private.

    He is feeling the heat.

    Probably wishes he had never written that stupid sign.

  • Methodist Head of “Human Rights” Mocks Prolife Marchers

    01/23/2015 2:07:52 PM PST · 27 of 44
    AnAmericanMother to SWAMPSNIPER

    But they may have known each other. The Reverend was born in 1890 and died in 1982 . . .

  • Methodist Head of “Human Rights” Mocks Prolife Marchers

    01/23/2015 2:06:46 PM PST · 26 of 44
    AnAmericanMother to AnAmericanMother

    Can’t find a pic of the Reverend on line anywhere . . . .

  • Methodist Head of “Human Rights” Mocks Prolife Marchers

    01/23/2015 1:55:34 PM PST · 23 of 44
    AnAmericanMother to SWAMPSNIPER
    My grandfather-in-law was a Methodist minister. He was a circuit rider out west in Arizona Territory (and was a U.S. Marshal at the same time - interesting combination. He used to tell his prisoners that they could come back with him as the marshal or as their preacher . . . )

    He came back east and had churches in and around Atlanta for years. He was also director of the Methodist orphanage, and started a summer camp. Great guy. I met him when husband and I were courting. He taught us to keep bees.

    He would be horrified to see what has happened to his church.

  • Methodist Head of “Human Rights” Mocks Prolife Marchers

    01/23/2015 1:53:00 PM PST · 21 of 44
    AnAmericanMother to Morgana
    This is also true of the Episcopalians.

    There is one Episcopal seminary that is still relatively traditional and conservative. Their graduates were black-balled and cannot get a job in ministry.

    But I read that they have had several resignations from the board because they invited the presiding bishopess to speak - so they may become like all the rest in the near future.

    Reason 2,503 why we swam the Tiber.

  • Mitt Romney: Climate Change is Real, World Must Tackle It

    01/22/2015 8:28:22 AM PST · 76 of 95
    AnAmericanMother to TangledUpInBlue
    That's very interesting - Occam's Razor is always neutralized by new facts.

    Unfortunately, all it "proves" is what we already know - that coastal regions undergo upheaval over geological time. That took place long before humans were on the scene - millions of years ago. Lots of seashells on top of mountains all over the world - from Everest to the Appalachians.

  • Mitt Romney: Climate Change is Real, World Must Tackle It

    01/22/2015 8:21:23 AM PST · 74 of 95
    AnAmericanMother to Spartan79
    Bingo. Beat me to it before I turned the page.

    My dad was in the wine racket for many years.

  • Mitt Romney: Climate Change is Real, World Must Tackle It

    01/22/2015 8:20:34 AM PST · 73 of 95
    AnAmericanMother to july4thfreedomfoundation; TangledUpInBlue
    “The vineyard was strewn with clam and oyster shells.”


    They could have been deposited there by a long-ago tsunami caused by a massive undersea earthquake or volcanic event in pre-historic times.

    Or . . . applying Occam's Razor . . . some earlier viniculturist spread a few truckloads of clamshells to lighten the soil.

    Calcium in Viticulture

  • Prayer request = Mrs Don-o (Update 194, 255, 318, 365, 394, 416, 467, 480, 550)

    01/21/2015 8:43:29 AM PST · 350 of 562
    AnAmericanMother to don-o
    Heartfelt prayers for Mrs. Don-o.

    She always has something new and good to see. Tell her we miss her!