Sunday, January 31, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Reader, beware, while pajamas media and the pro-lifers keep it clean, the abortionists have no problem with vulgarity.
Zombie » Pro-lifers outnumber pro-choicers 500-to-1 at massive S.F. abortion rally
Walk for Life staged a march in San Francisco last Saturday, January 23, they turned out an overwhelming and jaw-dropping 40,000 pro-life activists, who were met by a well-advertised counter-protest which managed to draw no more than 80 (that’s eighty, eight-zero) pro-choice advocates. 40,000 vs. 80 is a 500-to-1 pro-life advantage, something that seems inconceivable in the sex-positive liberal stronghold of San Francisco. How did this happen?
Thought you'd like to see it.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sen. David Haan
On Higher Ed., Haas seemed to dismiss the notion of LIberal Arts education, the notion of post-secondary education as self-improvement, in favor of a strictly utilitarian vocational view. I summarize what I think he meant: If the student can't get a job with what he or she has learned, then the school system is not serving the student.
For me, taking classes at a college is an agrement between me and the school, the government has nothing to do with it unless I am taking money from the Gov for a specific career path. That's what is so scary to me about Obama's proposal to take over financial aid.
Rep. Tom Emmer
On post secondary education, if I remember right, Emmer advocated the notion that when a student begins his college degree track, the costs do not change as long as the student is on track for the degree. The idea is that the student can then make better plans on how to pay for school.
In person Mr. Emmer was able to speak very clearly about his ideas on a variety of issues not covered in the debate. He was able to make a good distinction between the issues of Immigration and National Health Care and why the first should be enforced, but the second (and Cap and Trade)--if it passes--should be rejected by the governers of states.
Leslie Davis, and Rep Marty Seifert
Marty is from my home area and knows some of my relatives. He also has the most "Minnesotan" accent of all the candidates. I think Mr. Seifert has the most clearly laid out aggenda for his campaign. But I also think he depends too much on slogans and not enough on explanations when he speaks. I'd like to know how he thinks about these things; not just hear the slogan "Reduce, Rightsize, and Economize!"
Phil Herwig and Leslie Davis
The first three points in his "Money Plan" are:
- 1. Support and sign House File 888 (companion is Senate File 705).
- 2. This will allow state-regulated-banks to create money to pay for construction, repairs, and maintenance, of all state, county, city, and township, roads and bridges.
- 3. The new money is not a loan. It is final ‘debt-free’ payment for transportation construction and maintenance. This new does not have to be paid back.
Points 2 and 3 in Mr. Davis' "Plan" lead me to think that he does not understand that banks make their money by taking risks on people and their ideas. Banks loan for homes, businesses, purchases thousands and thousands of times over. I think that it is pretty easy to understand that to confiscate the profit the bank makes from these venture risks will drive the cost of those loans up, reduce the number of loans, and discourage such entrepreneurial behaviour that generates income and jobs.
Some banker, correct me if I misunderstand.
Afterwards, Mary and I went to Applebees and had a nice dinner. Since DineEquity (Applebees parent corporation) may soon disappear due to the economy, if you like the place and want one last meal there, get there soon.
Update: Politics in Minnesota has this article
Gubernatorial debate to be streamed online
"A debate among Minnesota’s gubernatorial candidates during the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 2010 convention at the Bloomington Sheraton will be streamed live online on Wednesday evening.
The debate is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and can be accessed on the Minnesota News Council’s website."
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Fritatta in a 15" Cast Iron Pan, 1 lb browned breakfast sausage, add diced onions and bell peppers, diced up four skinned baked potatoes, stir together, add some butter, beat 18 eggs with 2c milk, pour over other stuff in the pan, cook a little while on the stove, then put in hot oven for 15 minutes or so till it sets, top with grated cheese and broil till golden brown.
It is wonderful. I can carry my full sized 4" Springfield XD-9 with just a T-shirt tucked over and it is barely noticeable. They call it the SuperTuck.
I've used mine for about a year now. It's very comfortable. And two weeks ago the front belt clip broke.
I emailed the above photo to the company asking if I need to buy a new belt clip.
The owner of the company emailed me back saying that he'd cover it under warranty. I received the package a few days later.
The old clips were plastic. They sent me steel clips as replacements.
Back to happy working order.
Clara and Inge share the same birth day, 12/27.
They each had a birthday cheesecake. Clara's looks like a forest fire compared to Inge's
This was at my folk's place
Inge eating birthday dessert at our place.
Clara opening presents
Inge opening presents.
We are so glad that God has given us our children and has allowed us to be together these years.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Image by Randy Zhang via FlickrI just installed Google's web browser (called "Chrome") on Suse Linux 11.1.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
From the ask.census.gov website:
Do I have to respond to the American Community Survey / Puerto Rico Community Survey?
Yes. Respondents are required to answer all questions on the American Community Survey (ACS) to the best of their ability. Response to this and other Census surveys is required by law (Section 221 of Title 13, Chapter 7, United States Code). This chapter also contains information regarding offenses and possible penalties. According to Section 221, persons who do not respond shall be fined not more than $100. Title 18 U.S.C. Section 3571 and Section 3559, in effect amends Title 13 U.S.C. Section 221 by changing the fine for anyone over 18 years old who refuses or willfully neglects to complete the questionnaire or answer questions posed by census takers from a fine of not more than $100 to not more than $5,000. More information.
Your answers are very important because they represent the answers of many other similar households in your community. The data that you and others provide in response to this survey are required to manage or evaluate federal and state government programs. If you submit an incomplete form or provide data that are unclear, we may contact you by phone or in person to obtain or clarify the missing information.
Let's start with this claim: "The Census Bureau may use the information it collects only for statistical purposes."
Only one proven example is necessary. I'll supply three.
- July 4, 2004 Washington Times Census provides data to Homeland Security on Arab Americans.
- Jan. 19, 2004 Washington Times Census data used to profile Americans as terror risk on airlines.
- March 30, 2007 Scientific American Despite decades of denials, government records confirm that the U.S. Census Bureau provided the U.S. Secret Service with names and addresses of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
While the U.S. Census Bureau claims it "may use the information it collects only for statistical purposes" the truth is that the data are used for racial and other types of profiling in times when the Government is afraid of certain groups. The data from the US Census has been used by the Government to detain, imprison, and harass citizens of the US.
When the new appointee to head the TSA, Erroll Southers, in a large, wandering answer can say that "Christian Identity groups" are a terrorist threat to the U.S. I can find reason to not want the government to be able to do profiling.
Now to the second claim: "Title 13 requires the Census Bureau to keep all information about you, and all other respondents, strictly confidential. "
This claim means that they will: 1st, never intentionally give the information about you to anyone else. 2nd, the claim means that they will safeguard the information from data theft.
Both claims are bogus:
The first part of the claim depends upon whom they trust. The above examples show that they have no problem "trusting" DHS and the Secret Service using the data against U.S. citizens when asked.
The US Census Bureau has no problem trusting Lockheed Martin Corp. with all the personal data. This article also points out that they will be gathering GPS data on the location of houses.
The Census Bureau has grown to depend upon private industry to carry out the complex survey type census. Personnel from companies like Lockheed Martin, Kodak, and SI International have direct access to personal data because they manage the computers, the networks, the scanning equipment, the databases, and the stored digital images of the census responses. Those are just a few of the "approved" corporations with access to the data.
According to the article on Lockheed some more companies with access to the data "include Cardinal Technologies Inc. of Bethesda; Computer Sciences Corp. of El Segundo, Calif.; Evolver Inc. of Reston; International Business Machines Corp. of Armonk, N.Y.; Metier Ltd. of Washington; Nortel PEC Solutions of Fairfax; and Pearson Government Solutions Inc. of Arlington."
The second part of the claim is that they can protect the data.
Well, they can't, and they haven't.
- It's another kind of incompetence when the US Census Bureau itself "accidentally" publishes the data openly on the Internet multiple times over a five month period [Oct 2006-Feb 2007.
It is ironic that the cover letter sent out by the Census demonstrates that they have no intention of using the data "only for statistical purposes." The cover letter also proves they have no intention of keeping our information "strictly confidential."
The cover letter states:
This survey collects critical up-to-date information used to meet the needs of commuities across the United States. For example, results from this survey are used to decide where new schools, hospitals, and fire stations are needed. This information also helps communities plan for the kinds of emergency situations that might affect you and your neighbors, such as floods and other natural disasters.So the "use" is not merely for "statistical purposes." The actual use is for social programs and guiding spending of Federal money and choosing which communities are more deserving of funds. The data are then, in fact, not confidential, but must be made known for such social engineering to be accomplished.
So now, what do I do. I conscientiously object to the US Census' previous misuse and planned misuse of this data. And I have a very reasonable fear that not only will my personal information be sold/compromised, but also stolen.
What am I afraid of? You need to read the American Community Survey to appreciate how intimate it is.
All the public record stuff I can understand. But the Government has that already. They already know how many people there are, when we were born, where we live, what our income is, if we have mortgages or rent, whether we collect food stamps, etc.
- What kind of physical or mental debilities does your family have [Q 18a b c, 19]
- Is your wife deaf or blind[ Q. 17a, 17b]?
- Are your minor children at home during the day [Q10, 11]?
- What kind of transportation do you use to get to work [Q. 31]?
- Did you take anyone else with you[Q32]?
- Exactly what time to you leave home for work each week[Q. 33]?
- Precisely how long is your commute to and from work[Q 34]?
- How many weeks of the year do you work [Q 38]?
- How much time do you regularly spend at work during the week [Q 40]?
I feel really uncomfortable telling these people this stuff so that it's all in one nice big database, ripe for the picking.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Now try this Dvorak, Largo from Symphony 9 "The New World":
I never get tired of this piece.
Howard F. passed away on Wednesday the 30th of December. This past weekend it was too cold for church on Saturday at Mt. Olive. And St. Petri canceled church for Sunday morning because the temp was colder than -20F.
Naz and OP had services. I baptized Maddie Nelson at Oak Park. Kyle and Kim were able to finalize their adoption of Maddie on Dec. 31st. We are very happy for them.
We had visitation for Howard at Oklee on Sunday afternoon. Monday we had Howard's funeral. I put his obituary on the wordpress blog. You can get to it from the links on the left side of the page. Please keep Howard's family in your prayers.
Tuesday Esther R. needed CPR and was revived. She seemed to be doing pretty well on Wed. Please keep her in your prayers.
Wed. evening Blanche B. had a stroke. She's recovering TRF hospital today. She seems to be doing fairly well, but please keep her in your prayers.
Mary's taking some of the kids to piano lessons and the library today. I'm taking Stella, John, and Donna to see Blanche and Esther.
We'll stop by Kevin's place on the way home from Fosston.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Cathy G made this for me. I'll be using it at Nazareth rather than hauling it around. I don't want to damage it.
Cathy did all the bead work. The beads are sewn to buckskin that one of her relatives tanned.
Here's the splash photo from the December 19th post.
This photo is from OP just before the Christmas Catechization on Dec 19th.
I am overwhelmed by the support that my congregation members shower upon me and my family through out the years and especially during Christmas.
Thank you. And may God bless you for your generosity.
In each of your own ways you have made me and my family part of your own families.
Kevin, Howard, Cathy, Kory, and all of you, the members of our congregations, thank you. And may the faith in Christ Incarnate keep you through the resurrection.
Sunday (12/20) afternoon we had Catechization at Oak Park. The kids did wonderfully. I am very grateful to God for all of the children at each of our congregations for their dedication to learning God's Word and presenting it to the congregations on the opportunity of Christ's Birth.
Monday (12/21) I went out on visits. I only got to 2 of the three I had hoped. Kevin is doing well, considering his prognosis and situation. Howard was doing very well, also considering his situation. I couldn't get to Esther today because of some other complications, including spending extra time with Kevin and Howard.
Monday evening was our circuit Christmas dinner in Fertile, MN. We met at the Sandhill Crane restaurant in Fertile. I stopped at a home visit on the Red Lake Nation this evening before going to the Circuit supper.
Tuesday, Sophie and I went to Fosston for Esther and Helen, then to Crookston for Wayne O. We stopped at Ordean S's so Sophie could see his skunk furs.
Wed 12/23 a run to Alexandria to get Jeremy from Grandpa and Grandma.
It was pretty snowy by the time we got home. Mom and dad got stuck in their driveway.
This evening one of our neighbor's barn burned down. Clara saw the fire. Mary called me at the office. I went over to their farm. I took their kids home that evening. Nobody was hurt, no cattle, cats, dogs, or hay were hurt--just the barn, a new tractor and an ATV among other things were lost. The fire was likely due to a block heater on the tractor that malfunctioned. Going over to their farm a lot of priorities were kind of shocked into me. They are the same priorities that my parents taught me, but when you stand next to a building that is being rabidly consumed by flames you realize how close each of us and our children come to tragedy every day.
Well, I got their kids home for the evening.
Then the blizzard hit.
The neighbors got their kids early on Christmas Eve.
But we were pretty much locked in the house from Christmas Eve to Sunday the 27th.
No church Christmas Eve, No church Christmas Day, No church Sat. at Mt. Olive.
We had church at Oak Park on the 27th, St. Petri had services and read my sermon. I left for St. Petri at 6:45am. At 7:10am I was still only about 5 miles from home. There was a mist coming down and freezing on the road and the car. The car would slide if I looked at the accelerator or the brake pedals. I turned around, got home at 7:30am and called Wayne W at St. Petri to let him know I couldn't get there.
Nazareth was plowed out, services there at 9:45am, then to OP for 11am services, baby Fred S was baptized. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. No photos yet, sorry. I'll get them when I can.
Sunday afternoon we celebrated Clara and Inge's birthdays, and we got ready to go to Grandpa and Grandmas.
Monday (12/28) just before we left for my parent's place, mom called to let me know that my great aunt, Bernice, had passed away.
The roads between here and Fosston were awful. From Fosston to Wadena they were pretty good. From Wadena to Alex they were clear. Alex to Glenwood was a bit tricky. Glenwood to Swift Falls was totally awful. Long, painful, slow.
Swift Falls to Maynard was ok but patchy. Maynard to Mom and Dads was also awful.
But we got there safely, if late (and with a whopping neck-ache).
Tuesday (12/29) we celebrated Christmas with my folks. Wednesday (12/30) Mom, Dad and I went to Mankato for my aunt's funeral. We picked up my uncle, Randy, and Grandma K. We didn't get back until late afternoon. That's when I found out that Howard F had passed away.
Please keep Howard's family in your prayers at this time of their loss.
Thursday we spent visiting Grandpa K and Grandma K in Redwood Falls and Morton.
We celebrated New Years eve with my folks.
Friday (1/1) we started out for home at 10am. We took 71 most of the way to keep away from ice. We got home about 6:30pm.
It was -25 F when we got home.
It was -37F when we got up this morning (Sat, 1/2) No church at Mt. Olive. Too cold.
Our furnace didn't work, the LP didn't feel like getting up to do its job. It needed some hot water poured on the tank to persuade it. Heater works now. And the sun hit the tank at about 10:30am.
It's warmed up quite a bit to -6F. I'm going out on visits in a littl e bit, to see Howard's family, and maybe to see Kevin V.
-37F without wind this morning. No church at Mt. Olive. It's too dangerous.
Oh, and the furnace decided to stop working last night. It's 54 F inside this morning. All of us have extra layers, and John L is coming over to check out the furnace in a little bit.
Update at 10am, John L came over. The furnace, lines, and regulators were all ok. The problem was that it was so cold the LP didn't want to get up to do its work. It wouldn't vaporize. So a 5 gal bucket of hot water on the tank encouraged it to vaporize. Now the sun is finally on the tank and should warm it up enough.
The house is up to 59 deg F now.
We're having hot breakfast.