Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Piano Girl

Busy week. I'm trying to get the annual calendar stuff finished. Church this morning, no Sat. School.

Got home and found Inga playing the piano:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Bogeyman: Global Warming

Global Warming is the bogeyman of our age. If the moose population is declining then the bogyman (Global Warming) is to blame.

The Mystery of the Disappearing Moose - National Wildlife Magazine
The scientists now believe the culprit is higher temperatures, likely sparked by global warming. “It apparently didn’t take much to add additional stress to their lives to start pushing them over the edge,” says Huschle, who worked on the moose study. “You’ve really got to ask what’s the difference between the 1970s and the 1990s. The parasites have been here. The habitat is here and hasn’t changed much. So you start looking at weather variables, and there is change.” (GW portions emphasized)
The problem is that the data on GW is not just inconclusive, but that the data indicate global cooling within the norms of the past several centuries. The political movers with Al Gore and B. Obama have suppressed information contradicting GW.

So now, GW is the bogeyman. It is evil undefined and scary. What ever natural disaster takes place it is attributed to GW. Hurricane Katrina and an increase in tropical storm severity and number levels. Even though in the past few years the number of these storms is lower than normal. Have you noticed this year how few reports of Hurricane activity you've heard? If GW was taking place the theories say that there should be more storms.

The real reason for the GW hype is personal gain. The personal gain is both political and monetary. For Al Gore it is mainly monetary. He has invested in the Cap and Trade taxation of the U.S. For others it is both. The Cap and Trade bill that went through the House means that most of our cattle farmers won't be able to keep enough water for their cattle this coming winter. Electricity for the water tank heaters will increase in price. Barak Obama said so.

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Obama: I’ll make energy prices “skyrocket”
You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know — Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers. (emphasized text is much to the detriment of farmers and cattle herders, as well as small business owners)

They — you — you can already see what the arguments will be during the general election. People will say, “Ah, Obama and Al Gore, these folks, they’re going to destroy the economy, this is going to cost us eight trillion dollars,” or whatever their number is. (If the economy depends upon some individual making a buck, then, yes, it will be destroyed.)
Every new unexpected problem will be blamed on Global Warming. Consider this article about Jumbo Squid. I'd think it was an opportunity for restaurants, but no, it must be Global Warming!!!

Jumbo squid invade San Diego shores, spook divers
Scientists aren't sure why the squid, which generally live in deep, tropical waters off Mexico and Central America, are swarming off the Southern California coast—but they are concerned.

In recent years, small numbers have been spotted from California to Sitka, Alaska—an alarming trend that scientists believe could be caused by anything from global warming to a shortage of food or a decline in the squid's natural predators.

In 2005, a similar invasion off San Diego delighted fisherman and, in 2002, thousands of jumbo flying squid washed up on the beaches here. That year, workers removed 12 tons of dead and dying squid.

This summer, the wayward squid have also been hauled up by fisherman in waters off Orange County, just north of San Diego. (GW emphasized)

How about the Swine flue epidemic? Yep! Here's a good post on the issue.

Global warming is a bogeyman created by the progressives and statists so that they can tax you and me, ensure their positions of power, and create a society based on equal outcomes. They are Utopians. Their dreams will fail, and unless we work together to thwart them, we will suffer greatly under them.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Repentance and Contrition

'Jane Roe' Arrested at Supreme Court Hearing
Norma McCorvey, 61, of Texas, better known as "Jane Roe" in the famous Roe v. Wade case from January 1973, was arrested after she and another protester started yelling during the opening statement of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), according to Capitol Police. McCorvey, whose pursuit of the right to access to abortion in the early 1970s led to the ruling that has been a pivotal part of every Supreme Court nomination process since, eventually become a notable opponent of the procedure.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

What a weekend!

Friday, Wedding Rehearsal, and a family visit: Saturday photos and wedding, reception and dance. Sunday, worship services, estate sale for Ryan's estate, and Sharon and Sharol's 50th wedding anniversary.

Photos, no explanations.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Some Photos

Some photos to catch us up:

The Jacobsens

The Plummer 4th of July Parade

Ramone was in the parade too.

Candy grab: The candy hasn't hit the ground.

Another entry in the parade.
Candy is soooo good.
Horse riding in the park.
Sophie and Faith on a ride.
Rodney and Cheryl are having the estate sale for their son Ryan this Sunday. Please keep them and the whole family in your prayers. Other posts on Ryan here, here, and here.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Too Much Too Little Time

I am so slow updating this blog.

Since the Red Lake Co. Fair in Oklee a lot has been going on. Beside the 4 services each weekend I've been doing shut-in calls, hospital calls, and more than average personal/family calls.

June 21st was Father's Day, and my wife and kids gave me a book on making Sushi, a Sushi rolling pad and spoon, and a wonderful CD of baroque guitar music.

I couldn't attend Synod Convention because of my Celiac Disease. Well, there was plenty to do here anyway. Darrow L. and Kim C. went to the convention. Thank you both for taking the time and reporting back on the events of the convention.

Pastor Jacobsen and his family visited us the next week. They stayed from Tuesday 6/30 to Thursday. On that Wednesday I gave a presentation at the Red Lake Falls Library on making bows and arrows. The title was "Ye Olde Archer: Bowmaking History and Methods." It was really well attended and had a write up in the RLF newspaper.

I served the first pork chops from the hog I slaughtered to Erica and Jessie and their family. They were great. I cut the chops 1 per vertebrae. So they were thick. I grilled them on a wood and charcoal fire in a 9x13 cake pan. Mmmmm.

Jaime, they are the best chops I've ever had.

We were so glad that Jessie and Erica spent their time with us. (Thank you for your visit.) It was an extra trip and expense for them. We hope to spend some time with them this August when we go to Washington for my sister-in-law's wedding.

Well, they left Thursday (Jul. 2) morning. That afternoon we went to Bemidji to meet our college friends, Scott and Diane. We haven't seen them in 13 years. Our kids seemed to have hit it off well with each other. Scott brought brats made from game he had harvested. I grilled potatoes and vegetables, Mary did salad and all the things that make a meal go well.

Diane, Scott, It was great to see you again. I'm so glad that we could catch up. Can we do this more often?

For Jessie and Erica, Scott and Diane, I wish we could be together more often.

Well, services again on the weekend of July 4-5th. On the 4th I did a couple of visits after Sat. church and then took our family to Plummer for the 4th of July parade and celebration. We had a great time. Although some of us did get too much sun.

But I ate an early breakfast and so we went home without spending a lot of time at the flea-market.

We watched the Trail fireworks from our deck on the 5th.

Now, this week I've been getting ready for Courtney and Travis. Their wedding is on Saturday the 11th. Please keep them in your prayers.

I might put up some photos of these events on the blog. More likely I'll put them on my flickr account, and you'll see them on the left side of the blog.

For those who keep vigil, our parish has several families that are going through severe stress; one with pregnancy, others are dealing with behavior and communication, and others with financial problems. Please keep us in your prayers.

While I have been able to get to many of my shut-ins, several of them have been missed because of my own illness, other pressing duties (like hospital calls), or they weren't home when I stopped by, or other reasons. Please keep them in your prayers.

Kevin V. had a seizure on July 4th. He was rushed to the University hospital. He had surgery today to remove tumor tissue from his brain. Check out his CaringBridge website and please keep him in your prayers.

Well, tomorrow, wedding rehearsal, wedding on Sat. More visits to make.

Now to bed.