As no truth is more clearly taught in the Volume of Inspiration, nor any more fully demonstrated by the experience of all ages, than that a deep sense and a due acknowledgment of the governing providence of a Supreme Being and of the accountableness of men to Him as the searcher of hearts and righteous distributer of rewards and punishments are conducive equally to the happiness and rectitude of individuals and to the well-being of communities; as it is also most reasonable in itself that men who are made capable of social acts and relations, who owe their improvements to the social state, and who derive their enjoyments from it, should, as a society, make their acknowledgments of dependence and obligation to Him who hath endowed them with these capacities and elevated them in the scale of existence by these distinctions; as it is likewise a plain dictate of duty and a strong sentiment of nature that in circumstances of great urgency and seasons of imminent danger earnest and particular supplications should be made to Him who is able to defend or to destroy; as, moreover, the most precious interests of the people of the United States are still held in jeopardy by the hostile designs and insidious acts of a foreign nation, as well as by the dissemination among them of those principles, subversive of the foundations of all religious, moral, and social obligations, that have produced incalculable mischief and misery in other countries; and as, in fine, the observance of special seasons for public religious solemnities is happily calculated to avert the evils which we ought to deprecate and to excite to the performance of the duties which we ought to discharge by calling and fixing the attention of the people at large to the momentous truths already recited, by affording opportunity to teach and inculcate them by animating devotion and giving to it the character of a national act:
For these reasons I have thought proper to recommend, and I do hereby recommend accordingly, that Thursday, the 25th day of April next, be observed throughout the United States of America as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that the citizens on that day abstain as far as may be from their secular occupations, devote the time to the sacred duties of religion in public and in private; that they call to mind our numerous offenses against the Most High God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore His pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to His righteous requisitions in time to come; that He would interpose to arrest the progress of that impiety and licentiousness in principle and practice so offensive to Himself and so ruinous to mankind; that He would make us deeply sensible that "righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people;" that He would turn us from our transgressions and turn His displeasure from us; that He would withhold us from unreasonable discontent, from disunion, faction, sedition, and insurrection; that He would preserve our country from the desolating sword; that He would save our cities and towns from a repetition of those awful pestilential visitations under which they have lately suffered so severely, and that the health of our inhabitants generally may be precious in His sight; that He would favor us with fruitful seasons and so bless the labors of the husbandman as that there may be food in abundance for man and beast; that He would prosper our commerce, manufactures, and fisheries, and give success to the people in all their lawful industry and enterprise; that He would smile on our colleges, academies, schools, and seminaries of learning, and make them nurseries of sound science, morals, and religion; that He would bless all magistrates, from the highest to the lowest, give them the true spirit of their station, make them a terror to evil doers and a praise to them that do well; that He would preside over the councils of the nation at this critical period, enlighten them to a just discernment of the public interest, and save them from mistake, division, and discord; that He would make succeed our preparations for defense and bless our armaments by land and by sea; that He would put an end to the effusion of human blood and the accumulation of human misery among the contending nations of the earth by disposing them to justice, to equity, to benevolence, and to peace; and that he would extend the blessings of knowledge, of true liberty, and of pure and undefiled religion throughout the world.
And I do also recommend that with these acts of humiliation, penitence, and prayer fervent thanksgiving to the Author of All Good be united for the countless favors which He is still continuing to the people of the United States, and which render their condition as a nation eminently happy when compared with the lot of others.
My motivator is on the fritz again, partially because I'm doing some remodeling projects and partially because, like so many of you I'm just frustrated at the stupidity of the comments and the rioting taking place around our country because of Ferguson MO. I cannot bring myself to talk too much about it because it not only frustrates me but it demonstrates more than anything else not only the lack of leadership there is in this country but the pure and total hatred some people have for America; and their desire to foment hatred among the citizens.
I'll be back tomorrow, promise. Maybe we'll talk about the research I've been doing about moving to Costa Rica...
You've probably seen the stories about people in Ferguson MO buying guns for protection in anticipation of the morons rioting. People have been buying guns in droves, so it's statistically likely that a couple of idiots were going to buy guns and provide us with some twisted humor. If the boyfriend is to be believed, Becca Campbel, 28, and he and purchased a handgun. As they were driving home, he claimed she began waiving it around in a joking manner saying they were ready for Ferguson now! He ducked to avoid the gun and rear ended the car in front of him. The gun discharged, the bullet hitting her in the head. She did not survive. Ferguson has already begun cleansing the gene pool.
Yeah, let's move the Jets/Bills game to Detroit because there's too much snow and ice in Buffalo. That's a good idea. Delta flight 209 was landing in Detroit airport; we are now arriving at gate 7, err make that gate 8, OK maybe gate 9, 10, 11... the ice on the runway and taxi areas was too thick and Delta flight 209 arriving from Portland ran off the runway despite laying on the brakes. Yeah, Detroit knows how to deal with winter weather better than Buffalo. Maybe the teams can drive to Detroit.
Erika Mair must have lots of money and she's not very smart about spending it, so if you have some ocean front property in Arizona, give a call to Erika, who lives in FL so it should be an easy sell. Erika loves to serve turkey at Thanksgiving but she is socially and environmentally conscious so she opts for 'free-range' turkey, which by definition, must spend 51% of their life outside and not in cages. The other 49% could, in theory be spent chained upside down being water boarded but that doesn't matter. Of course Erika is not alone in her desire to purchase products that are kinder and gentler to our animal friends. But Erika spend four hours driving to a farm in FL and pays $200 for her turkey. "MY family thought I was nuts for spending $200 on a turkey but once they tasted it, they asked for more." That's because of the way you prepared it Erika. I'll be if you hadn't used spices, butter and roasted it just perfectly... oh, she won't understand. Besides, she could have picked up a free range, organic, hand fed turkey at the A&P for $49.
Emperor Obama declared de facto amnesty last night. Most people think that means Mexican immigrants or at least from Latin America. That also includes people who've snuck in or overstayed their visas, from other countries, whether from Africa or the Middle East. There is also word being leaked by White House staff that Obama and Igor, aka Biden, are going to begin flying children from Latin American countries to the U.S., free of charge. Then eventually their parents will have to be let in... you know where this is going.
But while leaders from Mexico, Costa Rica etc shake down the U.S. for more money, complain that calls to secure our border are racist and bigoted, Mexico is not only securing their border more, they are going to charge foreigners to enter the country. And by foreigners, I mean only American citizens.
The National Immigration Institute in Mexico, INAMI, has started a pilot program in which Americans entering Mexican territory for more than seven days or if they will be involved in paid work, will be charged 306 pesos or about $28.
"We are doing what should be done," said Rudolfo Figueroa, representative of INAMI in Tijuana and the Baja region. "Foreigners who enter Mexico have an obligation to register; if they will be in national territory for more than seven days, they have to pay the right of non-citizens."
Let me get this straight, one more time. Mexico's government believes our border should be porous and we should let in anyone who wants to come here. But if you are a visitor in Mexico, you can be asked to show your papers at any time and must prove you are there legally. This includes those people who winter in Mexico, owning houses. And now you have an obligation to pay to stay in Mexico if you are there for 7 days or more? If I'm visiting, vacationing, then I'm already spending a butt load of money to stay in hotels, buy booze and food, snorkel, fish etc. Now I have an "obligation" to pay you to come to Mexico? And if I'm there paid working, such as in a Ford plant, I have to pay you for that also; even though my company is bringing jobs to your corrupt country?
Of course that's OK with our political leaders; let's just open the doors and quit being racist but when they do it to us, that's their 'right' as a sovereign nation. Kiss my big fatt white buttocks.
Marxism, socialism, liberalism; college campuses around the U.S. lean left in their teachings, there is no dispute about that. UC Berkley is one of the most left leaning in the world, with weekly symposiums about Marxism and communism and the benefits of those belief systems and the evils of capitalism.
Ami Horowitz decided to conduct a little experiment visiting the UCB campus and conducting a couple of demonstrations. In the first half of his video, he waived an ISIS flag, condemned 'American imperialism', said it was responsible for the death of people around the world; claimed ISIS only wants a country of their own; ISIS is really a peace loving organization but was forced to violence by American imperialism and policies. Most people walked by and took little notice of him. One man, presumably a professor, said, "good luck", while a student shook his head in agreement with the statements about American imperialism; a female student raises her fist in solidarity.
Then Ami goes to another location on campus and pulls out an Israeli flag. That brings out the tolerance from the student and professors who stop to taunt him with "F**K Israel", "tyranny is not cute", students flip him the bird, call him sick, yell "free Palestine", scream about supporting Hamas, call Israel enslavers of the planet and murderers. Ami asks if Hamas is a terror organization and is told they are not.
Odd that the only true democracy in the region, a nation that is attacked on a daily basis, has shown restraint in not wiping out its enemies, brings out the tolerance from the left wing nut jobs at Berkley, while a terrorist organization responsible for the senseless, brutal beheading of three Americans, and has a stated goal of wiping America off the face of the Earth brings out the support.
I was reading an article in a NY area newspaper and it warned of the coming snow storm. The title used the words, "Lake Effect Snowstorm", which is the preferred term for those that believe in man caused global warming. A refresher for those of you that don't remember the term or aren't familiar with its usage. Global warming alarmists/liars, needed a term to explain why there were large snow storms hitting areas of the U.S. despite their claims that our weather was warming and it wouldn't be long before the mainland U.S. was a tropical paradise. So they came up with the lake effect snow phenomena.
Lake effect snowstorms come about because the water in the lake is at a higher than normal temperature, thus water is evaporating at a higher rate. Cold air comes in and turns that moisture into snow, but most likely only for short periods of time because the warm air will return. But nonetheless that was the environmentalists' explanation of snowstorms during periods of catastrophic warming. Never mind that there isn't a big body of water near Tucson AZ.
So now the media is portraying this huge, record breaking snow storm hitting the northeast as 'lake effect' storms. So let's take a look at the temperature of the water in the Great Lakes. It must be higher than average right? Data from NOAA and Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa from Michigan shows that current water temps on the lakes is about six degrees colder than last year and three degrees colder than average. Guess that kind of ruins the lake effect theory doesn't it? Not for the true believers of course.
Torregrossa goes on to use real science to talk about the effect the lakes has upon temperatures. "A warmer Lake Superior and Lake Michigan can really have a modifying effect on bitter cold temperatures. For example, in an early season cold outbreak, Green Bay, WI may have a temperature of 20 degrees. Traverse City, on our side of Lake Michigan may hold in the mid 30s for temperatures. I usually figure there is a 10-20 degree warming effect from Lake Michigan, and also Lake Superior. But if the lake temperatures continue at this colder pace, cold air will have an easier time moving into Michigan. So the first impact of cold water could be earlier cold temperatures in November and December."
So you're telling me that warmer water actually mitigates cold snaps, making it warmer on the eastern and southern sides of the lakes?! Historically, that is proven by factual data. So 'lake effect' snowstorms are a bunch of hooey? The reason there is so much snow and bitter cold temps is because the lakes are actually colder than historical average. Who knew?!
So many environmentalists and left wing nut jobs hate oil companies, that's a fact. They would like to see Obama do to oil what he's doing to coal, make them go away. The fact that solar and wind energy are not as efficient or inexpensive as petroleum and we can't power our vehicles with solar yet, doesn't mean anything to them. In fact if we regressed a hundred years in our use of technology, many of them would love it.
But why do they hate oil companies so much? What was life like before our society made cheap fuel available to the masses? Think about what we used to heat our homes for example. Wood, coal, whale oil. Have you seen photos of your town, especially if you live west of the Mississippi? There were not many trees because they had all been cut down for wood or building materials. Clear cutting was not unusual.
Look at larger cities, where there weren't trees left to cut down; coal fired heating stoves left the cities covered in soot and huge clouds of black smoke hovered overhead, especially in winter. Kind of reminds you of some cities in China today. And let's not forget whale oil being used as fuel for lanterns.
How were we getting around? By horse, train and sail ship. Streets were muddy or where there was pavement of some type, horse manure and urine was all over the place. It took weeks to get across a very small country and getting goods shipped to you was virtually impossible in some situations. Now we have a great system of roads and vehicles that make it easy for you to get fresh fruits and vegetables delivered quickly to your local store; products that you may never have been able to buy are not just a day away.
It's nothing for us to load up the car and go shopping in a town 2-3 hours away; get on a plane and visit relatives on the east coast, arriving in a couple of hours. Or moving to find a better job or better place to live. All because we had an inexpensive source of fuel to power everything we use. We now have breathable air, trees in our communities and whales swimming in the oceans. Not solely because of oil companies, but in large part because they are there.
Shocked, SHOCKED, I say! That's the reaction of many people in Seattle who are finding out that their decision to force a $15 an hour minimum wage upon the businesses in Seattle is having negative consequences. They did not know! Had no idea! Who knew?!
Earlier this year the city council passed the ordinance unanimously. There was cheering in the chambers, halls and in the streets. We are going to have a livable minimum wage! Socialist councilwoman, Kshama Sawant was the main proponent of the ordinance and said in one interview that would be "no unintended consequences."
Here we are about 3/4 of a year later and how's that working out for Seattle's minimum wage workers and the businesses that pay them? Kathrina Tugadi, owner of El Norte Lounge said she no longer hires musicians for her restaurant because she can't afford it. She is also cutting hours, now serving dinner only. She said that she is concerned about being able to stay open. She doesn't want to pass on the cost because that prices her food out of what her customers can pay or want to pay.
Pagliacci Pizza, a local chain, is moving its call center outside the city. Now those soon to be former employees are making zero dollars per hour. They are out of a job.
The Seattle Times ran a graphic that showed how the cost is affecting restaurants, the group that was really the target of the ordinance. A typical full service restaurant in Seattle, prior to the ordinance, was spending about 35% of its money on labor costs and running a 4% profit margin. The ordinance eats up most of that profit. A fast food restaurant spends about 29.6% on labor before the implementation and has a 6% profit margin. Again, most of that is going away.
According to the Times, which apparently supported the ordinance, their surveys are finding businesses in all sectors cutting back on hiring, downsizing or being forced to increase prices which also hurts their business. But at least there weren't any unintended consequences.
Obama has far and away exceeded his authority as President using executive orders to bypass Congress and enact legislation that Congress refused to pass. His threat to use EO's to reform immigration laws has many talking about impeachment; I would agree that he should be impeached. However, Trey Gowdy has pointed out the best reason for not impeaching Obama; I must say that it makes me stop and think that I agree with him. The reason? Joe Biden. Nuff said.
I've said that one of the reasons employers have such a hard time finding employees is that the poor and unemployed make too much not working to go back to work. The safety net has become a paycheck and a darn good one at that. The CATO Institute has analyzed the pre-tax equivalent income of those on welfare and receiving benefits and the results are eye opening. In 13 states welfare recipients make the equivalent of over $15 an hour, untaxed. That's $32K a year. 8 states give their poor over $20 an hour. Why would anyone work? Hawaii gives its poor the equivalent of a $60K a year income. Others in that list: D.C, Mass, CT, NY, NJ, RI, VT; all over $20/hr. 34 states are over the minimum wage. Small business can't compete with that. If you look at the other end of the spectrum it's the states, like TX, with some of the lowest unemployment rates. Coincidence?
It's a different world; are you a woman desirous of becoming a police officer in Indonesia? Then you'd better be a virgin and ready to prove it. Women applying for a position with the police department are subjected to a "two-finger" test to determine if their hymens are intact. No resistance and you are rejected, but if there's a 'wall', you may proceed. Maj. Gen. Ronny Sompie said the tests are designed to insure recruits are free from STDs and that men are subjected to testing for STDs as well, albeit via a blood test. "All of this is done ins professional manner and did not harm the applicants." Similar test are apparently done in Somalia, Egypt and Afghanistan. Hmm, what do all of these countries have in common? Islamic.
Just a note for you single people. How are you going to feel about spending Christmas and New Years alone while Charles Manson is getting married? To a 26 year old hottie no less.
Gun control advocates aren't going to stop until they have all the guns; except for criminals because it's the legal gun owners who are the problem. Buffalo Police Commissioner has announced that his department will start collecting guns from deceased persons who had permits to own firearms; "in order to keep the guns from falling into the wrong hands."
Daniel Derrenda said that his department will cross check death announcements with gun permits and send officers to the home to collect the guns "in case there might be a burglary" at the dead person's home. When asked if that has been a problem, Derrenda couldn't provide any statistics to support his concern.
Now, there is a law on the books in NY that says an estate has up to 15 days to dispose of the guns OR turn them in to authorities. The police can then hold the guns for up to 2 years; failure to comply can result in a fine and a year in jail. And the law applies only to handguns, says specifically handguns, but Derrender said his department will take all guns.
Think about guns with sentimental or collecting value. If it's a collector's gun, disposing of the gun within a couple of weeks could be difficult, amounting to at best a forced sale; some of these guns run into the tens of thousands of dollars, money the family might need. But Mayor Byron Brown agrees with the police chief; getting one gun off the streets can save a life and that's a good thing. Why not get the illegal guns off the streets; including the 'drop' guns your cops carry to cover their asses when they shoot someone who wasn't armed?