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After reading for days the groups that want to use the Orlando tragedy as an excuse to further restrict firearms, or the “too afraid of their own shadow we need to ban them at any cost” crowd, or the so ignorant of guns in general they run around like their hair was on fire at the mere mention of them, I decided to introduce a dose of reality.
SO, here is a news flash for all you Brainiacs out there that think all we need to do is ban guns and all this bad, evil, scary, stuff will go away.
When drug dealers load their precious cargo neatly packed in water proof plastic bags aboard those low in the water, shallow draft boats, you know the ones that sit so low in the water it is hard for the Coast Guard to detect them, they have to weigh the drugs down so waves won’t wash them overboard.
I know this next bit will give you nightmares and you won’t be able to sleep, but it is time you put your big boy and big girl pants on, so here it goes.
You know what they weigh them down with?
Cases and cases of ….. Wait for it……. Wait for it……………. GUNS…….
That’s right boys and girls, AK’s for days, handguns galore, and not a one of them is registered, not a background check on a single one, and no BATF transfer form.
You are not stopping anybody from getting a gun if they are dead set to get one.
So admit it, you just don’t like them, it bothers you that you are not in control of them, and you really could care less about those AMERICANS killed in Orlando, as long as you get your way they became nothing more than a means to an end.
I on the other hand will continue to fight for every American to keep and to exercise their pre-existing right to defend themselves regardless of who the enemy is. How many of those whose lives were sacrificed on the altar of a liberal gun control ideology would have been alive today if somebody could have had their firearm with them to defend themselves.
So for those that think speaking of guns is insensitive at a moment like this the shame is on you. How dare you attempt to deride those who celebrate the freedoms we enjoy simply because you support the restriction of firearms or worse, you support a politician who doesn’t like them and wish to curry favor for your own enrichment. Now that is hubris worthy of mockery.
How the Veteran’s Choice program really works or for once NPR actually got a story right. Like most of Washington speak the title of a program usually is inversely descriptive of the results. Veterans still have no choice.
Recently I needed to have a consult with an ENT specialist. The “local” VA facility with an ENT was a 5 hour round trip from where I live. Because I also live within 40 miles of a clinic, even if they don’t provide the needed service, I am ineligible for the Veteran’s Choice Program, so 5 hours are routinely spent getting care.
In this case however the “local” VA facility lost their ENT (I don’t know why but after seeing that person some time ago, well, trust me it wasn’t a great loss). That triggered a condition where I could use the Veteran’s choice program. You see the next closest VA facility with an ENT is a 7 hour round trip and somewhere in the bowels of the VA there is a department that determines arbitrarily that if you travel some amount of distance over a 5 hour round trip you can get into the club, but just for this one instance mind you.
You might think “Great! Now I can see a local doctor of my choice!” and you would be wrong. First you have to find a doctor who will take the program on and I mean take it on. You see it isn’t enough that they are board certified and have the appropriate licenses, nope, they must also jump through hoops to be “qualified” by the VA. What do they get in return for all the paperwork and reproving their abilities to the VA? Very few patients to try and get a return on that time invested, slow pay, and far below market value payment for services. Right there our choice is limited to the one or maybe two providers brave enough to attempt the gauntlet of approval and ensuing bureaucratic punishment for trying to do a good turn.
Two weeks after my initial exam I was told of my eligibility to use the program and that they, the program administrators, would be calling me with appointment information. After another two weeks I got a call from the program administrators.
That call informed me that they didn’t have a doctor for the program in my area. This started a search for one that would take me on as a patient. A week and a half later one was identified, it was in the next city 25 miles away. The appointment scheduled for me was two and a half weeks out and happened to conflict with another VA appointment. So here I sit waiting for a change to an appointment that was created just over 8 weeks from the time it was determined I needed to see an ENT specialist. I am still not sure when that will ever happen.
Choice? Only in Washington could this ever be classified in that way.
Taxes, Taxes, Who’s paying for the Taxes!
Statists would like you to believe that you can get even with evil corporations by increasing their taxes, But who actually pays them?
Here is an undeniable truth you need to understand, no matter how much you tax corporations YOU are the one paying the bill and it is a shell game the statist hope you never figure out.
So let’s look at the three ways you are paying them.
1. Increased prices, yup those evil corporations and small business jack up the price to cover the cost of taxes. Voting to increase taxes on companies is a vote to increase YOUR taxes.
2. Shareholders won’t make much on a return. What do you care, those fat-cat stock holders shouldn’t be making money off of us poor citizens. Oh Wait, Yeah sorry your retirement account is made up of mutual funds that buy stocks in those evil companies and if the stock holders don’t make much money…. Well so much for your retirement.
3. Employees are the number one cost to any business and if the money has to go to the tax man employers can’t keep paying people they don’t have the money for, people get fired.
So which shell do you want to pay their “fair” share of the taxes from, … because you ARE paying it.
How about none of the above!
Stop playing the statists game who’s goal is to keep you poor by making you pay taxes you didn’t even know existed. Demand that government stop stealing your money and start cutting their spending, it is time they learned to live on less, not us.
When statists rule Liberty and Self-governance are the first victims.
The Tax Game. Tired of Playing it yet?
Here is how you fix it www.Conventionofstates.com
Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle is another of those must have books when raising boys.
It is relatively short but do not let that fool you. He says in one sentence what modern authors say in paragraphs.
His style is readable, plain and straight to the point. I recommend getting the hard copy book with study guide, one
for each child and one for yourself.
If you only ever got through the five dangers to young men the book would be an invaluable aid in instructing young men!
June 7th 1984, Cessna O-2 Crash, Ft. Stewart GA and the Convention of states.
While on Medevac duty that day at Wright Army Field, located at Ft. Stewart GA., my crew and I were called to respond to a downed aircraft incident.
It was just after lunch, we pilots and 1st up crew were lounging around the small day room waiting for the inevitable heat casualty call to come through. There was a joint training task force with elements from the 24 Infantry Division and the 507th Tactical Air Control Wing from Shaw Air Force Base S.C. going on all week and it was getting old. In the afternoon two or three times a day we would “bounce” go out to where the affected trooper lay and bring them to Winn Army Hospital with varying degrees of heat sicknesses.
There was a joint training task force with elements from the 24 Infantry Division and the 507th Tactical Air Control Wing from Shaw Air Force Base S.C. going on all week and it was getting old. In the afternoon two or three times a day we would “bounce”, and go out to where the affected trooper lay, and bring them back to Winn Army Hospital with varying degrees of heat sicknesses.
Right at about 14:00 the air siren went off on the control tower of Wright Field, this siren signified an aircraft accident somewhere on FT. Stewart .
We didn’t hesitate a single second and raced to our waiting Medevac UH-1V. Completely out of breath with lungs burning trying to bring air back in through a windpipe that would only go so big we scrambled aboard the primed and waiting aircraft. As we pulled the start trigger the blades started to spin as the turbine throated to life.
Once at flight idle our crew Chief and Medic who were standing by as fire guards outside the aircraft climbed in. I and my fellow pilot raced through the checklist so fast that it came close to downright mind reading.
I pulled up on the collective after I brought the engine RPM to full throttle, and came to a three foot hover as my cohort pilot started the radio clearances from the tower and Area control for the cantonment of Ft. Stewart. Cleared for departure from our current location, I moved the cyclic forward and started our takeoff run. In the meantime, I could hear the particulars coming from the control room of Medevac operations over our FM radio. It was an Air Force O-2 that went inverted and crashed into a heavily wooded area about 3 miles shy of Remagen training DZ (Drop Zone) to the west.
We flew straight to the area which wasn’t hard for us to tell, there were a number of other military aircraft up flying that day, and they circled around where we presumed the downed Air force O-2 was. As we got closer we could tell that was exactly what was going on. We flew over the crash site and circled looking for a clear landing area and we couldn’t find one. There were a number of helicopters that had already landed close to the site and there wasn’t any room for us. I was mad, I know they wanted to help but we couldn’t get in there, what was worse a number of them had shut down and the pilots were out of them and away from their radios. We couldn’t even call them to say “hey clear out of there!”
We made the decision to land as close to the sight as we possibly could, which was almost 2 Klicks (Kilometers) out from the crash site.
Once we got on the ground I gave the controls to my fellow pilot and he held it at flight idle as I and my crew chief grabbed our on board extractor box. This box was 250 LBS. full of metal cutting equipment and a hand pump jaws of life. My medic grabbed his kit, and off we ran at a full dead heat as fast as we could, we didn’t know if they were dead or alive all we knew was that we just had to get there.
As we were running me in the lead my crew chief on the other end of the box followed by our medic, my crew chief stumbled for a second. We kept running as fast as humanly possible but that jerk traveled through the box and caused me to lurch forward. I fell one hand holding the box the other out in front to break my fall and my left knee slamming on top of a rather large exposed root. It was like a three part pile hammer , my weight, the metal box, and the weight of the crew chief and all that momentum stopped by my knee on that root.
Needless to say the pain went from excruciating to numb in just a few seconds. It didn’t matter we recovered and ran at a full tilt the rest of the way. When we got to the site we ran up to the plane. There was very little ground run, almost none in fact. It looked like where the nose augured in, it stopped and then fell on its back. I looked up and was stunned to see half a dozen men sitting and standing just looking, looking at what was left. My mind for a second couldn’t comprehend why nobody moved, it was all very surreal.
I looked from their faces as we dropped the box and I saw on the ground the left arm of one of the pilots peeking out from under the wreckage. On the left sleeve of our flight suits is a small pocket and pen holder. His pocket zipper was open, and spilling out from it was his dog tag, a small bit of chain, and his wedding ring.
I could see out of my peripheral the heads shaking “no”, back and forth very slowly almost as if they were apologizing to these two occupants for not being able to do anything to save them. The two men were dead, we had to check, and reaching our hands through the wreckage looking for a pulse confirmed that the end event was quick, as one pilot lost his head and the other had his face sheered off by the upper control panel. Their last recorded words were “May-ugh! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! We are going down Come on, Let GO! and then it was over.
As I climbed back out from under the crash one of the pilots who had been shaking his head simply said, “I watched it go down” One minute it was ok then it pitched awkward and rolled onto its back, I saw the tail come off and down it went”.
We were followed to the site pretty quickly by an aviation safety officer, and as we were going to pull the bodies out and cover them he yelled over to us “Don’t”. I stopped and looked to see who would yell that at us when I noticed his senior rank. He followed it up by a rather soft ” the accident investigation team will need to see this just the way it is”.
My biggest regret that day was in not disobeying him, it took the board many hours to get there, all the while that hot Georgia sun was not helping matters. If I had known they would take until almost 17:00 that day I think I would have.
You may have many reasons to become involved in the Convention of States project, I have many as well and two of them are named 1st lt. Craig Martelle and 1st lt. Kurt Schwindt. Those two men gave their lives to the defense of this country and to this day I wear a knee brace on that left knee ( it took me 30 years with the VA to get it, but that is a different story). Every day we allow our Constitution to be subverted, and every day we do not take action to call for a convention of States, we dishonor those men and others like them who gave their last full measure to protect our country, our liberty, and our freedom.
We in the military swore an oath to protect our Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic.
We have a legal, peaceful means to accomplish this goal, shame on us if we don’t get it done.
Volunteer at www.conventionofstates.com
Scott P. Williams
TN State Director
Convention of States
Died that day:
1st lt. Craig Martelle
1st lt. Kurt Schwindt
Tactical Air Control Wing
Shaw Airforce Base, S.C.
Thank you to David Mason who provided some photos of Kurt Schwindt. David told me these were right after the Invasion of Grenada just a few months before the accident. (He actually got them to me a couple of years ago but it took me some time to get back to posting them.
By Scott P. Williams
Impeachable offenses? Glad you asked. Should Barack Obama be impeached? I will remind you that whether or not the senate will create the trial is Immaterial to the House of Representatives responsibility to move forward with impeachment of the President.
Let’s start with the biggie, Treason:
• Leaving an Ambassador and 3 Americans to die in an 8 hour gun fight when help was 35 min away is aiding and abetting the enemy.
• Releasing 5 Terrorist leaders who have either personally murdered American’s or planned and directed the execution of the plan, is aiding and abetting the enemy.
High Crimes and misdemeanors:
• Releasing prisoners from GITMO in defiance of legitimate law passed by congress and signed into being by President Obama is violating his oath of office. In addition it is usurping constitutional powers reserved for congress alone. A high crime against the Constitution. (Section 1 Article 8 in case you were wondering)
• Re-writing the healthcare law with the flick of his pen. A high crime against the Constitution.
• Fast and Furious, A high crime against the Constitution.
• Using the IRS against his political enemies. A high crime against the Constitution.
How about some Misdemeanors?:
• Taking outlandish vacations to the tune of 44 million dollars of tax payer money. (This does not count his vacations disguised as “official” trips. Those come to over 100 million more.)
• Using the EPA, the NSA, the DHS, the EPA, (did I just use EPA twice? Yes I did he, really like that one) as a blunt instrument against the citizens of this county.
• Violating immigration law
This is a good list to start from. Except I didn’t add in the VA scandal, only because I can’t make up my mind whether or not this was aiding and abetting the enemy, a high crime, or a misdemeanor. Most likely it fits in all three at oh so many levels.
Well OK on second thought:
Let me give you some perspective ….I have dealt with the VA since 1987, it was absolutely horrible then.
I knew some dog kennels that were run better than the VA during that time.
My last duty assignment was as a Medevac pilot and before life star existed we would fly into rural locations and perform that duty as a way to “train” in the art of air rescue, air ambulance response.
I had the opportunity to walk into the clinics of some of the most backwater towns in Ga., Fl., SC, NC, Al, and AR.there was.
I saw unsanitary condition reminiscent of the state of medicine that I could only imagine existed in the prior century. They VA made them look like the Mayo clinic in comparison.
I proclaimed often that I wouldn’t bring a wheelbarrow for those neanderthals to fix, let alone a person. Sadly as I have grown older my injuries require more attention and forced me back into the system. …Over the years however the VA improved, slowly, very slowly.. right up to about 2009. It was a night and day difference between when I started using the VA and that time…..
What difference can leadership make?
From 2009 till now the VA has gone to hell on a rocket sled. This government is rotten from the head down. Sure the VA problem wasn’t created by this administration, but this administration has done its dead level best to insure it collapses, further showing the absolute disdain for all things military, all the while spending 3 times the VA’s annual budget on Illegal aliens..I think now I can at least rule out a misdemeanor….
Barack Obama: our Neville Chamberlain?
Arthur Neville Chamberlain was a member of the British conservative party but that is a bit of a misnomer.
It merged with the Unionist Party in 1912 and although it claims right of center politically it really all depends on who is at the controls.
Education wise Neville graduated with a degree in science and metallurgy and was apprenticed out to an accounting firm, he had been a solid B+ performer .
Barack Obama we are pretty sure graduated, we think surely he did, didn’t he? I mean doesn’t he have a degree in poly-sci and law? That’s what we have been told. We only really have his word for it, as he has never released his college transcripts.
Later Neville did work in small business although his initial foray failed, or rather his father’s foray. It is unclear whether he and his brother were partners or just employees. The business was growing sisal hemp in the Bahamas. It turned out to be an unsuitable environment and the business was shut down at a heavy loss in 1896.
Barack Obama, smoked hemp.
Neville had better luck back in England. He served as chairman of several manufacturing firms in Birmingham, including Elliots, a metal goods manufacturer, and Hoskins, a cabin berth manufacturer. He had a reputation for being a hands-on manager, he took a strong interest in the day-to-day running of affairs.
Barack Obama played golf.
In 1915 Neville had become Lord Mayor of Birmingham and in his first two months won approval to increase the electrical supply to his city.
Barack Obama, rejects the Keystone XL pipe Line.
Neville even organized the use of coal as part of the war effort.
Barack Obama has a war effort on the use of coal.
Neville had prevented a strike by council workers.
Barack Obama never meet a strike he didn’t like.
Neville appeased a tyrant in the hopes of preventing a war.
Barack Obama appeased terrorists in the middle of one.
Neville Chamberlain was an accomplished individual throughout his life, with many positive accomplishments to the community in business and government with one exception.
Barack Obama has accomplished nothing not even having the one exception. Oh he may have been elected president but don’t confuse winning an Idol contest with actually doing something.
I conclude that anyone comparing Barack Obama to Neville Chamberlain, owes the estate of Lord Arthur Neville Chamberlain
An article from Allen West, I usually will link to a particular news story but this time I felt compelled to copy it in its entirety. So many times we see and pass by an important story that we should have read, well I just didn’t want that to be the case on this one. Col. West speaks truth boldly. Have we lost the ability to hear it? In this day and age of American Idol Elections one has to wonder. Thank you Col. West for being bold. Like Winston Churchill, West is a lone unrelenting voice against this insanity. We all seem to have forgotten that the US Constitution is not a suicide pact. But if Allen West is our Winston Churchill is Barack Obama our Chamberlain? See my next post for the answer….
For now I give you Col. West:
Col. Allen West:
A week ago Barack Hussein Obama stated that the “world is less violent” during a Tumblr interview session – as his acolytes lapped it up. Is he really that clueless?
Islamic terrorist group al-Shabab proves it so. According to Yahoo News, Dozens of extremists (i.e. Islamic terrorists) attacked a Kenyan coastal town for hours, killing those who couldn’t answer questions about Islam and those who didn’t know the Somali language, officials and witnesses said Monday.
At least 48 people were killed and two hotels were set on fire. The assault in Mpeketoni began Sunday night as residents watched World Cup matches on TV and lasted until early Monday, with little resistance put up by Kenya’s security forces. Cars and buildings still smoldered at daybreak.
Just as a reminder, this violence is brought to you by the same jihadists who attacked Nairobi’s Westgate Mall last year — 67 people were killed last September when four al-Shabab gunmen attacked the upscale mall in the Kenyan capital.
And just like those barbaric savages then, the Mpeketoni attackers gave life-or-death religious tests, a witness said, killing those who were not Muslim.
“They came to our house at around 8 p.m. and asked us in Swahili whether we were Muslims. My husband told them we were Christians and they shot him in the head and chest,” said Anne Gathigi. Another resident, John Waweru, said his two brothers were killed because the attackers did not like that the brothers did not speak Somali.
At the Breeze View Hotel, the gunmen pulled the men aside and ordered the women to watch as they killed them, saying it was what Kenyan troops are doing to Somali men inside Somalia, a police commander said.
The Interior Ministry said that at about 8 p.m. Sunday, two minivans entered the town. Militants disembarked and began shooting. Kenya’s National Disaster Operations Center said military surveillance planes were launched shortly afterward.
It’s come to a certain point where I don’t blame these animals anymore. I blame us. They sense weakness and only respect strength, power, and might.
You know what I’m sick of? I am sick of the apologists, weaklings, and coexist bumper sticker crowd who sit back and allow this to happen.
I am sick of people telling us to not offend Muslims and that these are just the actions of those who are perverting Islam. I’m sick of Barack Hussein Obama supporting Islamists. I’m sick of us allowing this theocratic-political totalitarian ideology to infiltrate Western Civilization and turn our laws against us as they masquerade as a religion. I’m sick of tolerance becoming a one-way street leading to our cultural suicide.
I’m sick of being labeled as an “Islamophobe” for speaking the truth. I am sick of hearing we are not at war with Islam, yet their actions tell me that it has been and continues to be at war with us — Dar al Islam and Dar al Harb.
I am sick of an American pastor, Saeed Abedini being held in Iran for being a Christian. I am sick of a Sudanese Christian woman, Meriam Ibrahim, who is married to a naturalized American citizen and mother of two American children being held in a Sudanese prison because of her faith — sentenced to 100 lashes and death. I’m sick of hashtag diplomacy and empty rhetoric as a response to Islamic terrorists kidnapping Christian Nigerian girls and burning boys to death.
I’m sick of reading about Christians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Copts, being slaughtered by the so called “religion of peace” — what utter bovine excrement.
I’m sick of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated groups operating freely in America and U.S. political officials allowing if not encouraging it. I’m sick of CAIR being able to wield political influence in our country and censor women like Ayaan Hirsi Ali or Brigitte Gabriel who have suffered under the intolerant hands of Islamism — and hearing nothing from liberal progressives who tout a “War on Women.”
I’m sick of people worrying about jihadists taken off the battlefield and held at a freakin’ five-star facility like GITMO with top notch medical treatment and cable TV while Americans captured by the enemy are brutally tortured, and ritually beheaded. I’m sick of cowards who release the enemy’s leadership and try to convince the American people they are not a threat.
I’m sick of these bastards believing they can taunt and threaten our nation while we sit back and fools like John Kerry talk about climate change being a global threat — and want to ask Iran for assistance in Iraq. Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism and has the blood of American troops on its hands.
Yep, I’ve had it and will be relentless in defeating Islamic totalitarianism. Sir Winston Churchill tried to warn England of the threat of Naziism — of course the country initially sided with Chamberlain. And so history is repeating itself. Warning to liberal progressive socialists: stand clear lest you find yourself declared an ally with these barbarians. I am looking for brave Americans to enjoin this battle. This is not about killing them all, just killing the ones who need killing — since that is all they understand.
Blogs come, and blogs go, so I make a habit of copying from a site and then sharing the link. In this day and age of new media stories can be pulled down and scrubbed as if they never existed.
So not wanting the story of an over reaching federal government to disappear I captured this latest intrusion to artisan cheese makers by Crony-Capitalist.
We had a word for this in 1776 it was called Mercantilism. We fought a revolution over it and the right to good governance. Thankfully our founders gave us the means to stop this kind of nonsense. It is contained in article V of the US Constitution. It is a simple solution that allows for the peaceful redress of massive federal over-reach and cronyism.
Here are the facts: we can amend the Constitution in one of two ways, either congress can offer up an amendment or the states can. Once offered up, 3/4ths of the states must ratify any proposed amendment, period.
We the states can call for a Convention of states, as termed by the 1st such call from Virginia, you can see my column for that under history and politics HERE.
The call under the Convention of states project (www.conventionofstates.com) is for the purpose to propose amendments that limit the power,scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government and to limit the terms of office for its officials.
What does that mean?
Read Mark Levin’s book the liberty amendments and see a world of possibilities!
Get it in hard cover so you can underline and dog ear it to your hearts content.
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And now for the article:
Game Changer: FDA Rules No Wooden Boards in Cheese Aging
A sense of disbelief and distress is quickly rippling through the U.S. artisan cheese community, as the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week announced it will not permit American cheesemakers to age cheese on wooden boards.
Recently, the FDA inspected several New York state cheesemakers and cited them for using wooden surfaces to age their cheeses. The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets’ Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services, which (like most every state in the U.S., including Wisconsin), has allowed this practice, reached out to FDA for clarification on the issue. A response was provided by Monica Metz, Branch Chief of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (CFSAN) Dairy and Egg Branch.
In the response, Metz stated that the use of wood for cheese ripening or aging is considered an unsanitary practice by FDA, and a violation of FDA’s current Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations. Here’s an excerpt:
“Microbial pathogens can be controlled if food facilities engage in good manufacturing practice. Proper cleaning and sanitation of equipment and facilities are absolutely necessary to ensure that pathogens do not find niches to reside and proliferate. Adequate cleaning and sanitation procedures are particularly important in facilities where persistent strains of pathogenic microorganisms like Listeria monocytogenes could be found. The use of wooden shelves, rough or otherwise, for cheese ripening does not conform to cGMP requirements, which require that “all plant equipment and utensils shall be so designed and of such material and workmanship as to be adequately cleanable, and shall be properly maintained.” 21 CFR 110.40(a). Wooden shelves or boards cannot be adequately cleaned and sanitized. The porous structure of wood enables it to absorb and retain bacteria, therefore bacteria generally colonize not only the surface but also the inside layers of wood. The shelves or boards used for aging make direct contact with finished products; hence they could be a potential source of pathogenic microorganisms in the finished products.”
The most interesting part of the FDA’s statement it that it does not consider this to be a new policy, but rather an enforcement of an existing policy. And worse yet, FDA has reiterated that it does not intend to change this policy.
In an email to industry professionals, Rob Ralyea, Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Food Science and the Pilot Plant Manager at Cornell University in New York, says: “According to the FDA this is merely proper enforcement of the policy that was already in place. While the FDA has had jurisdiction in all food plants, it deferred cheese inspections almost exclusively to the states. This has all obviously changed under FSMA.”
Ah, FSMA. For those of you not in the know, the Food Safety Modernization Act is the most sweeping reform of American food safety laws in generations. It was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011 and aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.
While most cheesemakers have, perhaps, begrudgingly accepted most of what has been coming down the FSMA pike, including the requirement of HACCP plans and increased federal regulations and inspections, no one expected this giant regulation behemoth to virtually put a stop to innovation in the American artisanal cheese movement.
Many of the most awarded and well-respected American artisan cheeses are currently aged on wooden boards. American Cheese Society triple Best in Show winner Pleasant Ridge Reserve from Uplands Cheese in Wisconsin is cured on wooden boards. Likewise for award-winners Cabot Clothbound in Vermont, current U.S. Champion cheese Marieke Feonegreek, and 2013 Best in Show Runner-Up Bleu Mont Bandaged Cheddar.
Wisconsin cheesemaker Chris Roelli says the FDA’s “clarified” stance on using wooden boards is a “potentially devastating development” for American cheesemakers. He and his family have spent the past eight years re-building Roelli Cheese into a next-generation American artisanal cheese factory. Just last year, he built what most would consider to be a state-of-the-art aging facility into the hillside behind his cheese plant. And Roelli, like hundreds of American artisanal cheesemaekrs, has developed his cheese recipes specifically to be aged on wooden boards.
“The very pillar that we built our niche business on is the ability to age our cheese on wood planks, an art that has been practiced in Europe for thousands of years,” Roelli says. Not allowing American cheesemakers to use this practice puts them “at a global disadvantage because the flavor produced by aging on wood can not be duplicated. This is a major game changer for the dairy industry in Wisconsin, and many other states.”
As if this weren’t all bad enough, the FDA has also “clarified” – I’m really beginning to dislike that word – that in accordance with FSMA, a cheesemaker importing cheese to the United States is subject to the same rules and inspection procedures as American cheesemakers.
Therefore, Cornell University’s Ralyea says, “It stands to reason that if an importer is using wood boards, the FDA would keep these cheeses from reaching our borders until the cheese maker is in compliance. The European Union authorizes and allows the use of wood boards. Further, the great majority of cheeses imported to this country are in fact aged on wooden boards and some are required to be aged on wood by their standard of identity (Comte, Beaufort and Reblochon, to name a few). Therefore, it will be interesting to see how these specific cheeses will be dealt with when it comes to importation into the United States.”
Ralyea continues: “While most everyone agrees that Listeria is a major concern to the dairy industry, it appears that some food safety agencies interpret the science to show that wood boards can be maintained in a sanitary fashion to allow for their use for cheese aging, while others (e.g., the US FDA) believe that a general ban of any wooden materials in food processing facilities is the better approach to assure food safety. At this point, it seems highly unlikely that any new research data or interpretations will change the FDA policies in place.”
In fact, many research papers do in fact conclude that wooden boards are safe. In 2013, the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research published a paper on the subject, concluding: “Considering the beneficial effects of wood boards on cheese ripening and rind formation, the use of wood boards does not seem to present any danger of contamination by pathogenic bacteria as long as a thorough cleaning procedure is followed.” You can read the whole report on pages 8-9 by clicking on this link.
Interesting side note: Health Canada does not currently have any regulations prohibiting aging and ripening cheese on wood, so apparently if we want to eat most American or European artisan cheeses, we’ll need to drive across the border to do so.
So what’s next? The American Cheese Society has mobilized its Regulatory & Academic Committee to learn more about this issue, and to ensure its members’ interests are represented. The ACS promises to keep us apprised of developments. In the meantime, if you are a cheesemaker, and your operation is inspected and cited for the use of wooden surfaces, please contact the ACS office (720-328-2788 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Political books can add to the body of reason as a means of educating oneself in the art of politics. This is a necessary skill in raising young men.
In the battlefields of tomorrow, Law, Elections, and Truth become the bullets to defend Liberty and Freedom.
If we ever forget this then they will be replaced by lead and steel, an unconscionable act as long as we have a legal peaceful means to secure liberty and freedom for our posterity.
Mark’s book is great for the 11th and 12th grader and should be on their reading list. (yours too by the way)
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By Scott P. Williams
During a meeting about Common core presented at the Smoky Mountain Tea Party’s monthly educational gathering, I had a chance to hear Dr. Mike (name changed to protect the innocent) articulate the dangers of the program.
I agreed with all that he said with one exception. He commented that all of the standards that are being put in place are untested and the question he asked was “why are we allowing this untried program with no empirical data on whether it works or not into our classrooms”.
Oh if he was only right ……
The truth is that we do have evidence of just how the common core standards will play out, but the statists do not want you to remember what it is ( I say statist instead of government because government is only a tool for the ruling elite).
Let me digress for a moment and start from the near beginning. I say near because in reality you would have to go all the way back to John Dewy the father of modern education to get a complete picture. It was he by the way who helped author and was a signer to the Humanist Manifesto, a reworking of the communist manifesto for American consumption.
Common core was not written overnight nor was it written in a couple of months. Much like its older brother “Healthcare” and older sister “Financial Reform” it started a long time ago. Let me explain:
The push for a single payer system actually started back under FDR, the Statists you see passed a law saying your employer can deduct the cost of your healthcare, but if you bought it on your own you could not. In effect rather than offer to pay you more money, as your employer it had greater benefit to you the employee if they just paid for your insurance. This was the start of a single payer pot boiling frog, this was a long range set up. Ever since then, the plan was created, messaged, updated, and morphed, just waiting to be sprung on an unsuspecting public when the time was right. They were premature with Hillary care and it was defeated. Barack Obama came along and forced it through some 15 years later and wha-la, the plan written and rewritten for 70 years came to life.
The financial reform bill got its start when FDR instituted the Securities and Exchange Commission. With the backdrop of a depression that should have lasted all of 12 to 18 months FDR swooped into office and created financial misery for millions extending this travesty for almost 2 decades.
Several studies have been done showing that investors lost more after the SEC was created then before.They also showed that on average, investor returns, where 3 to 5% lower than before the creation of the SEC.
By the way who was the 1st Chairmen of the SEC? Why it was good ole Honest Joe… Josephus P. Kennedy Sr. The same guy who used insider trading to drive up the value of stock only to dump it and get out leaving everyone else holding the bag. The Same Joe Kennedy who despite naysayers trying to repair his reputation had quite the bootleg operations going on in prohibition times. Oh he had a “legal” medicinal Licence for import of alcohol and it made for good cover too. My Grandfather used to buy Joe’s Bathtub Gin every other Saturday when he could afford it.
Now the Frank-Dodd Bill signed into law as the “Financial Reform Act” is far more nefarious than anything Obama care could have cooked up. When fully implemented it will track every debit card purchase by every consumer in the country. It will keep tabs on exactly what you have in the bank at all times and in the end it will control even the price of toothpaste at Walmart.
And now Common Core
So too did common core get its modern start under the promotion to cabinet level of the Department of Education under Jimmy Carter. (The department of Education was created under Johnson several years earlier.)
As it was known back then, the Student Portfolio tracking program, was an attempt to classify and pigeon hole a student early in their “academic carrier” as it was termed. Parents didn’t like the idea of little Johnny being directed at such an early age to an assigned government identified job which is exactly where the “plan” was going . It actually sounded a bit oh I don’t know… COMMUNIST perhaps….so the program went underground until a more favorable environment emerged.
In the 1990’s it resurfaced with a bright shiny new paint job and a new name called Outcomes Based Education (OBE). Who could be against great outcomes for our students? Except the outcomes were no longer based on inculcation of knowledge but rather on behavior modification Ah-le B.F. Skinner. OBE sought to force acceptance of the predatory homosexual practice of shacking up with someone of the same gender and calling it normal. Or the collective philosophy of “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” (Karl Marx) or the sexual desensitization of having 11th graders come into school and teach 5th graders how to put a condom on a banana. Thanks to the efforts of people like Thomas Sowell (you can still find his archived work on OBE) exposing the Outcomes the program was really generated to get, parents once again rose up and said NO.
But that was not the last of this beast, the outcry was so loud against OBE it too went underground and reemerged as Goals 2000. Like OBE it contained a component of dumbing down history so as to limit questions of liberty and capitalism and it over emphasized emoting, making everything about feeling and fairness, not in an American vision of fair play mind you, but a Marxist vision of taking from you by force, and giving to someone else. It too was shouted down by some very vocal angry parents and grandparents.
It did not stay dead long before once again it reared its ugly head as “No Child Left Behind” the brain trust legislation of Ted Kennedy enshrined into law by the very Marvin Milquetoast President Bush. It too was a total disaster, even the teachers hated this one.
Each time this was forced underground, the grand bill was re written to make it sound more palatable, and renamed to make it more acceptable. Each time the statist have been able to move the ball down the field just a little more until now. Under the brazenness of this statist dreamed about administration, who appears hell-bent on destroying the last ounce of Liberty we maintain, education reform once again rears its ugly head to do the bidding of its masters
and this time its name is “Common Core”.
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My 1st Post: Not what I thought it would be!
When dealing with boys it is important to remember, they need proper role models and heroes. Most boys do not recognize the hero that tucks them in at night until long after they have moved out of the house. It is important for them to have heroes that exemplify solid Christian values, values that used to be synonymous with American values, outside of the family.
There are many ways to do this.
Our adversaries also realize this undeniable truth and have been working over time to destroy them.
Important lesson number 1. Don’t assume your boyhood heroes are still there. The names may be the same but ….. Semper Vigilate
The world is unraveling at a fast pace,This has hit the news…Is Batman gay? Major DC Comics character to come out of the closet
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2147928/Is-Batman-gay-Major-DC-Comics-character-come-closet.html#ixzz1vcTaHbVF
I replied to the news post with the following comment: Ok this is just sick and twisted, as a young man growing up in the USA these were super heroes for a reason, they had class, dignity and presented a moral compass to model. Then they went dark, now they are simply perverted… Good going guys, way to destroy an American ICON….hope you sleep well at night sound in the knowledge that instead of building something worthwhile, you are pissing what remains of a legacy down the drain….
It’s true, America stood for what was right and decent, in fact the latest Marvel Movie the “Avengers”, was decidedly Pro-American and even Capt America got in the line ” there is only one God and I am pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that” A line that brought a cheer in the middle of the movie…
We are still decent people but the attacks on what made us a great nation are coming faster and more targeted to our youth. This isn’t you fathers comics anymore….
If ever there was a sleepy quiet late afternoon flight this was it. We had departed Palmerola Airbase Honduras as the sun was just starting to touch the hills that surrounded the airfield. I can’t tell you much about my assignment other than I took a UH1-V, (Medevac model with big red crosses painted on the nose and doors otherwise known in aviation circles as targets) and it was pretty boring. Well, ok more routine than boring. Ultimately it got us to La Mesa airport (now Ramon Villeda Morales International, La Lima Honduras) towards the end of our flight.
It was late when we landed and refueling then was not possible as the fuel truck and attendant were off for the night. So we shut down, I did my post flight check while my crew secured the aircraft. We walked away with just about 450 LBS. of fuel in her (an hour of flight time if I used my 20 min required reserve, maybe). I had no idea that by tomorrow morning I would be wishing we had that full tank.
As we walked off the airfield I gave a longing glance over by the taxiway just short of the main airstrip. There a Connie sat frozen in time just waiting for a crew that would never come. The Constellation, a three tailed, 4 engine masterful piece of flying art was one of my favorite aircraft, it had a functional beauty and class all its own. This one had been seized carrying cocaine on its way to Mexico. There it sat waiting to be released from captivity by someone. Sadly hurricane Mitch in 1998 is rumored to have destroyed it.
We went and stayed overnight at San Pedro Sulu in a safe house that was located near the downtown fountain. We weren’t in a hurry to get back, we had been on duty with no crew rest for several weeks.
A real shower and a decent late dinner that wasn’t one of the new MRE’s for a change was a pleasant treat. I still preferred the older C-rations.
We arrived late back out at the airfield the next morning, it must have been somewhere about 9:30 or 10.
My crew chief had unlocked the doors and I was just trying to figure out what was the best way to get the fuel truck over to us when I saw a rather curious sight. 2 Men in flight gear running toward us as if they were being chased by a raging bull. I would have bet that a human land speed record was in the process of being broke right then and there.
As they got close enough to us I could tell 2 things, 1. They were Americans and 2. Something was very wrong. Things got a little blurry from that point. They reached us and said something like “man we need you in the air right now!” I was slow to catch on or things were happening just that fast but I said something like “what?… Why? , hey I am low on fuel”… Which was followed by a response by one of the pair, “You don’t understand our buddies just crashed”
His words rang in my head, “crashed? Where, when?” I asked.
“I’ll show you on the way let’s go!” the distraught pilot nearly screamed.
“Hey we’re low on fuel show me on the map 1st.” I had already pulled out my sectional chart and he wasted no time grabbing it and pointing to Punta Sal Lagoon. “There they went down there.” I was about to ask in what when I looked in the direction of where they had been running from. Sitting on the taxiway was an O-37 dragonfly. “In one of those?” I pointed toward it.
“Yes we saw you here as we were landing, we taxied as close to you as we could, we gota go man.” It was about 15 minutes to our north/north east. I quickly calculated that we could get there and back but we wouldn’t have hardly any time on station. Most likely they didn’t survive, but sometimes just sometimes somebody does. I turned to my crew and saw a unanimous unspoken “let’s go” in their eyes. My fellow pilot agreed with me on the fuel issue. We made the decision to go. One of the other pilots stayed with their aircraft the one who talked with us the most climbed on board ours to make sure we got the right area.
Why it went down I don’t know. The dragon fly has inboard jet engines mounted where the fuselage and the wings meet. If one flamed out it could have caused the aircraft to go inverted and into the drink. Or any of a number of mechanical failures. In addition the Soviets had 12,000 advisors in Nicaragua who were busy sending guns to the rebels in El Salvador and Guatemala. They ran guns either up by the northern coast, the long route between Nicaragua and Guatemala or the short southern route between Nicaragua and El Salvador. The rebels who were doing the transporting liked to shoot at anything flying overhead, especially in the dark. Also Guatemalan and El Salvadorian gorillas where trying to export revolution to both Mexico and Honduras. We gave close air support to fend them off at times. I don’t know, I did find out much later that they were from an Air Guard Unit in PA. the 111th Fighter wing and they were down in support of a Joint Task Force. Doing what? The only thing I knew for sure was they were not part of Southern Air Transport.
We flew to the spot pointed out to us in record time, just over 12 minutes. We were on the verge of nose tuck the whole way. A wrong wind or just a little faster and half our rotor disk would have stalled out causing us to immediately flip. A good way to ruin your weekend for sure.
We circled the Lagoon looking for evidence of the crash, we saw only an oil slick at first. Kind of a rainbow translucent sheen on the water’s surface. We had found the right place.
We came in for a hover over the water. My crew chief had put on a monkey harness while we were flying and was hooked into a cargo ring on the floor. I was hovering over the water with my skids dipped in a just a bit. I was trying to clear away that surface oil hoping we could find something through the clear Caribbean Sea beneath. We saw the top of a flight helmet rise up to our left. I hovered closer to it at the same time the crew chief hopped out on the skid, he was going to reach for it. We maneuvered closer but he couldn’t reach it, he had to get lower.
So I did, we sunk the Huey in water till I could see fish swimming through the chin bubble and water was washing over the top of the cargo deck behind me. He reached the helmet just as our master caution light lit up and warning claxon sounded. At first I thought we had used up all of our fuel, hitting 20 knots above our redline speed eats a lot of JP-4. What happened though was we had shorted out the electrical fuel pumps in the bottom of the fuel tanks. Luckily the mechanical backups did their stuff. I confirmed we did have fuel or at least the gage said so and hovered closer still.
The crew chief managed to touch the helmet, at that moment we knew the pilots had perished. Our hearts sank, there was no other evidence of survival, it was time to let the navy divers recover the bodies.
We recovered our aircraft from its semi-submerged position and flew back to Le Mesa in near silence. We pulled in choking on fumes having busted our 20 min reserve on the way back. It had been worth the chance to try and save fellow aviators. I found out years later the names and where they were from. Giving the last full measure to preserve freedom, our way of life, that day were:
Capt. Donald F. Benton, Jr.
Capt. Ronald B. Schatz
Pray for their families, and pray for our country. We forget because we have lived time these past 29 years, but if these men could see us today they would not recognize the country they died for.
That is my point, every day we allow our country to morph away from a full functioning Republic we dishonor their sacrifice. We mock what they have done. These men and the many who have died before and since then can no longer defend this Constitution, they did their job. We the living must still do ours. The Republic is in danger and the last, legal, moral, and non-violent way to save it is before us. Join with me at www.ConventionofStates.com We need you to enter the fight. Yes it’s that important…..
By Scott P. Williams
Former U.S. Army Pilot
TN State Director Convention of States Project
People ask me why I am so passionate about politics and Constitutional issues.
Why did I get involved with Convention of states anyway? I do it because many have died defending not this country as a hunk of dirt but the Constitution and all of its ideals. Every time we chip away at our Constitution we dishonor those sacrifices.
I wish I could tell you that the following story was only a single isolated incident. Military aviation is not for the faint of heart or the weak of mind.
On April 9th of 1986 I had just returned from a Medevac flight in the cantonment area on Ft Stewart Ga.
It was a warm pleasant evening and I was getting the aircraft ready for its next possible mission. I was standing on the toe of the skid on the left side of the cockpit oh my UH-1V helicopter, I had just hung my helmet up on the pilots hook and was taking a second to admire the setting sun, it was very low on the horizon.
To my astonishment a bright flash went off to the north-west that actually blotted my view of the sun. In an instant a new half sun grew out of the horizon and was getting larger. What seemed like an eternity was probably over in a couple of seconds, I don’t really know, I was mesmerized by it until the shock wave from this event vibrated me to the core. I knew in that instant it was an aircraft accident. A split second later the Wright Army Airbase air horn confirmed what I had already known.
The crash involved a CH-47 Chinook and an AH-1 Cobra loaded for a night fire exercise, they had collided in midair. Both crews where flying with Night Vision Goggles and one can only surmise they just didn’t see each other.
The news was sketchy and anyone with loved ones in the aviation community were pretty upset not knowing who was involved. The only news reports on this was information that 2 air crews were down. Being in the thick of things I didn’t know how upsetting this was to wives and children, friends and neighbors, until the next day.
There were no survivors and the search and recovery of their bodies was long and not pleasant. It is a reminder that freedom comes with a cost and protecting what these men died for, the duty of the living.
Lost that night were the following men, pray for their families, although 28 years ago, these wounds run deep:
CW4 Jerry G. Akers [P] CW4 Charles P. Falk Jr [P] SSG Siebert Everetts [FE] SGT Alphonso C. Ferguson [CE] SPC Christopher J. Carey [C] PFC Matthew J. Barker
CWO Donald C. Miller Jr.
WO1 David M. Thomas
But no subject gets her going more than when I ask if she really sees a connection between society’s attempts to paper over the biological distinction between men and women and the collapse of Western civilization.
She starts by pointing to the diminished status of military service. “The entire elite class now, in finance, in politics and so on, none of them have military service—hardly anyone, there are a few. But there is no prestige attached to it anymore. That is a recipe for disaster,” she says. “These people don’t think in military ways, so there’s this illusion out there that people are basically nice, people are basically kind, if we’re just nice and benevolent to everyone they’ll be nice too. They literally don’t have any sense of evil or criminality.”
The results, she says, can be seen in everything from the dysfunction in Washington (where politicians “lack practical skills of analysis and construction”) to what women wear. “So many women don’t realize how vulnerable they are by what they’re doing on the street,” she says, referring to women who wear sexy clothes.
When she has made this point in the past, Ms. Paglia—who dresses in androgynous jackets and slacks—has been told that she believes “women are at fault for their own victimization.” Nonsense, she says. “I believe that every person, male and female, needs to be in a protective mode at all times of alertness to potential danger. The world is full of potential attacks, potential disasters.” She calls it “street-smart feminism.”
Ms. Paglia argues that the softening of modern American society begins as early as kindergarten. “Primary-school education is a crock, basically. It’s oppressive to anyone with physical energy, especially guys,” she says, pointing to the most obvious example: the way many schools have cut recess. “They’re making a toxic environment for boys. Primary education does everything in its power to turn boys into neuters.”
She is not the first to make this argument, as Ms. Paglia readily notes. Fellow feminist Christina Hoff Sommers has written about the “war against boys” for more than a decade. The notion was once met with derision, but now data back it up: Almost one in five high-school-age boys has been diagnosed with ADHD, boys get worse grades than girls and are less likely to go to college.
Ms. Paglia observes this phenomenon up close with her 11-year-old son, Lucien, whom she is raising with her ex-partner, Alison Maddex, an artist and public-school teacher who lives 2 miles away. She sees the tacit elevation of “female values”—such as sensitivity, socialization and cooperation—as the main aim of teachers, rather than fostering creative energy and teaching hard geographical and historical facts.
By her lights, things only get worse in higher education. “This PC gender politics thing—the way gender is being taught in the universities—in a very anti-male way, it’s all about neutralization of maleness.” The result: Upper-middle-class men who are “intimidated” and “can’t say anything. . . . They understand the agenda.” In other words: They avoid goring certain sacred cows by “never telling the truth to women” about sex, and by keeping “raunchy” thoughts and sexual fantasies to themselves and their laptops.
Politically correct, inadequate education, along with the decline of America’s brawny industrial base, leaves many men with “no models of manhood,” she says. “Masculinity is just becoming something that is imitated from the movies. There’s nothing left. There’s no room for anything manly right now.” The only place you can hear what men really feel these days, she claims, is on sports radio. No surprise, she is an avid listener. The energy and enthusiasm “inspires me as a writer,” she says, adding: “If we had to go to war,” the callers “are the men that would save the nation.”
And men aren’t the only ones suffering from the decline of men. Women, particularly elite upper-middle-class women, have become “clones” condemned to “Pilates for the next 30 years,” Ms. Paglia says. “Our culture doesn’t allow women to know how to be womanly,” adding that online pornography is increasingly the only place where men and women in our sexless culture tap into “primal energy” in a way they can’t in real life.
A key part of the remedy, she believes, is a “revalorization” of traditional male trades—the ones that allow women’s studies professors to drive to work (roads), take the elevator to their office (construction), read in the library (electricity), and go to gender-neutral restrooms (plumbing).
” Michelle Obama‘s going on: ‘Everybody must have college.’ Why? Why? What is the reason why everyone has to go to college? Especially when college is so utterly meaningless right now, it has no core curriculum” and “people end up saddled with huge debts,” says Ms. Paglia. What’s driving the push toward universal college is “social snobbery on the part of a lot of upper-middle-class families who want the sticker in the window.”
Ms. Paglia, who has been a professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia since 1984, sees her own students as examples. “I have woodworking students who, even while they’re in class, are already earning money making furniture and so on,” she says. “My career has been in art schools cause I don’t get along with normal academics.”
To hear her tell it, getting along has never been Ms. Paglia’s strong suit. As a child, she felt stifled by the expectations of girlhood in the 1950s. She fantasized about being a knight, not a princess. Discovering pioneering female figures as a teenager, most notably Amelia Earhart, transformed Ms. Paglia’s understanding of what her future might hold.
These iconoclastic women of the 1930s, like Earhart and Katharine Hepburn, remain her ideal feminist role models: independent, brave, enterprising, capable of competing with men without bashing them. But since at least the late 1960s, she says, fellow feminists in the academy stopped sharing her vision of “equal-opportunity feminism” that demands a level playing field without demanding special quotas or protections for women.
She proudly recounts her battle, while a graduate student at Yale in the late 1960s and early ’70s, with the New Haven Women’s Liberation Rock Band over the Rolling Stones: Ms. Paglia loved “Under My Thumb,” a song the others regarded as chauvinist. Then there was the time she “barely got through the dinner” with a group of women’s studies professors at Bennington College, where she had her first teaching job, who insisted that there is no hormonal difference between men and women. “I left before dessert.”
In her view, these ideological excesses bear much of the blame for the current cultural decline. She calls out activists like Gloria Steinem, Naomi Wolf and Susan Faludi for pushing a version of feminism that says gender is nothing more than a social construct, and groups like the National Organization for Women for making abortion the singular women’s issue.
By denying the role of nature in women’s lives, she argues, leading feminists created a “denatured, antiseptic” movement that “protected their bourgeois lifestyle” and falsely promised that women could “have it all.” And by impugning women who chose to forgo careers to stay at home with children, feminists turned off many who might have happily joined their ranks.
But Ms. Paglia’s criticism shouldn’t be mistaken for nostalgia for the socially prescribed roles for men and women before the 1960s. Quite the contrary. “I personally have disobeyed every single item of the gender code,” says Ms. Paglia. But men, and especially women, need to be honest about the role biology plays and clear-eyed about the choices they are making.
Sex education, she says, simply focuses on mechanics without conveying the real “facts of life,” especially for girls: “I want every 14-year-old girl . . . to be told: You better start thinking what do you want in life. If you just want a career and no children you don’t have much to worry about. If, however, you are thinking you’d like to have children some day you should start thinking about when do you want to have them. Early or late? To have them early means you are going to make a career sacrifice, but you’re going to have more energy and less risks. Both the pros and the cons should be presented.”
For all of Ms. Paglia’s barbs about the women’s movement, it seems clear that feminism—at least of the equal-opportunity variety—has triumphed in its basic goals. There is surely a lack of women in the C-Suite and Congress, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a man who would admit that he believes women are less capable. To save feminism as a political movement from irrelevance, Ms. Paglia says, the women’s movement should return to its roots. That means abandoning the “nanny state” mentality that led to politically correct speech codes and college disciplinary committees that have come to replace courts. The movement can win converts, she says, but it needs to become a big tent, one “open to stay-at-home moms” and “not just the career woman.”
More important, Ms. Paglia says, if the women’s movement wants to be taken seriously again, it should tackle serious matters, like rape in India and honor killings in the Muslim world, that are “more of an outrage than some woman going on a date on the Brown University campus.”
Ms. Weiss is an associate editorial features editor at the Journal.
Ok so why use the seemingly pejorative description in my header?
Frankly because it is the best word picture I could come up with. There is a growing cancer in our churches, one of many, where we have allowed the effeminate to infiltrate our flock in the guise of worship songs. These songs take up a couple of flavors and are driven by what passes for “Pop Christian” music broadcast to the surrounding culture at large.
Here are a few types to consider:
God as my girlfriend / boyfriend: Yes, we are to love God with all of our heart but that love is reverently delivered to a Holy Righteous God. To diminish His position by lowering Him in the relationship to that of intimate lover is a perversion of the proper response we are commanded to have.
The 7 eleven: The same seven words sung over and over and over again, “can you say vain repetitions boys and girls”. We are to love God with all of our minds, robotic repetition does not a follower make. Yet in the culture that surrounds us this passes for intellectual thought and has infected Christian worship helping to create ankle deep faith and puddle deep reverence. We call this God inoculation. Just enough inoculation to God to not really follow Him. Our adversary could not be happier.
The emotional sway: Songs that appeal to the emotional experience of salvation and relationship with God. These songs drip with slobbering self gratification as it is turned from being all about God to being all about them.
So how do you know how bad your church falls into this? One way is to count how many times on any sunday you sing a hymn that is speaking deep seated truth and how many of the above songs are in the mix. To be clear I am not advocating for old hymns only all the time. I grew up in the episcopal church where all we sang were funeral dirges. There are good rich in theology songs being crafted today as well but they speak of the truth and that requires thought and contemplation.
These songs don’t appeal to the emotional and often get passed over.
What do you do about It?
First talk to you music director explain your concerns and ask if they would be more careful in choosing the songs they prepare for worship. If you see no change ask to meet with the pastor and the music director explain your concerns to them.
Print this blog post and bring it to the meeting if you find it hard to speak out.
Keep in mind they may not even be aware of this as a problem, you could be helping to educate them. Contrary to popular belief they don’t know everything and the good ones are humble enough to understand this.
Sadly many churches will respond by the dreaded “lecture Sermon” about how if you don’t like the music you are divisive, intolerant, and without grace. This response is from a defensive prideful tower and uses the bible to beat the sheep. A clear warning to watch closely what else is being taught. You may have even bigger issues to deal with.
Does your church fall into this category ?
Leave a comment and let me know.
A very good Sci-Fi Series, it exemplifies Duty, Honor, Country as few tv series portray.
There are a few caveats to consider in some of the episodes: Below is a listing of them for season one and some comments about each.
The age for viewing is not less than 10 and they should be fairly mature at that. Also there is a very strong evolutionary component to the show, boys should be well studied in creationism before watching all science fiction.
Children of the Gods (pilot), Partial nudity and full rear nudity of a female character in the beginning is one of the few times this show has content that is objectionable in its 10 year history. It is lead into in such a way that it comes as no surprise and can be easily skipped or simply have eyes averted to the content… I would not jettison the whole because of this one issue.
The Enemy Within,
Loyalty to a team member is weighed against the safety of Star Gate Command, a deeper moral issue is explored when a team member would rather be dead then live the life he may face.
The role of women in society has been debated for a long time, and in this episode we are given a glimpse into what could be described as an early Asian concept of women. Discussing the proverbs 31 woman is an important step in using this episode for guided discussion. In the description of this woman, she is a mother, a wife, a daughter.. she is not relegated to being pregnant and barefoot but rather is a business woman and merchant in her own right. Not typically all at one time, everything in its season. However this must be moderated against the position God created women to be in. Not inferior just different 1st Tim 2:12 outlines areas they should not be in but Titus 2: 3-5 is clear where they should have a ministry.
The Broca Divide
The First Commandment, Brief Candle, Cold Lazarus, Thor’s Hammer
Disc 3: The Torment Of Tantalus, Bloodlines, Fire and Water, The Nox, Hathor
Disc 4: Cor-Ai, Singularity, Enigma, Tin Man, Solitudes
Disc 5: There But For The Grace Of God, Politics, Within The Serpent’s Grasp
The Myth of the Robber Barons is an excellent book that sets right the progressive revision of history you find so prevalent in school today.
This makes for an excellent book on economics and political science for a mid term high school student (late 10th and 11th grade)
This is my first post on my blog, so just a brief not on what this is about. We unquestionably live in a post Christian world, not by majority opinion mind you but by minority control of the conversation. It will take time before the adults in the room get back the floor to speak, until then how do we raise boys and train main to become or for many remain Chivalrous. It starts with training, training of the hearts and minds of the youth today and retraining “men” into what is proper manhood. How do we do this while remaining engaged in the society that we inhabit?
This movie although entertaining on one level deals with a mature theme of a hostile takeover of the U.S.. Something that seemed far fetched 10 years ago is a freighting possibility (as written in 2013). A very real scenario of a Chinese/Russian take over using the child states of North Korea and Mexico or rather the Marxist throughout Central and South America to do their bidding to hold certain sections looms ever more as we cut national defense. This subject and its portrayal is too intense for younger children and deserves to be rated R in the truest sense. The viciousness of the North Koreans was severely understated with some accurately stated fight scenes thrown in to the mix. This is not for the feint of heart to watch but does stand as a warning if we don’t correct our path.
HDMI to VGA adapter an item you may wish to purchase if you have recently pick up a raspberry pi…
Before a Bridge Two Far this docudrama was made using using not British actors but the actual men who served and fought during this campaign. It was, depending on who you talk with, an ambitious campaign or another of Monty’s Follies. Through my study on world war 2 and leadership I have come to the conclusion that General Montgomery may have been England’s top field marshal (general in the US Army) but by all accounts he was also an arrogant buffoon. The desire by Montgomery for glory combined with his arrogant attitude caused many needles deaths. This is the story of operation Market Garden, an example of Monty’s over reaching tactics and putting lives needlessly at risk. This story is told by those who participated in the campaign, not pretend actors. You will see the suffering these brave men endured, who knowingly jumped and glided into this situation fully realizing the “long shot” odds of success. This is a great movie to discuss the ramifications of your actions and how they can harm others. To be fair you will see a review of Patton, who many saw as arrogant, in a positive light. You will have to see my review to understand why.. BE WARNED this movie coding is in PAL and should run fine on a computer blue ray drive, but not on your home entertainment system..
This is a great book to use in history for a junior high middle school child. It gives a good flavor for the Korean war without going into great depth which is beyond the students ability to comprehend. I served as an Army Pilot in 1983 in Korea, of the books I have consumed about this conflict Robert Leckie is the definitive author on the subject. Again the 20th century history cannot be fully understood in a vacuum. Sadly books seem to come in 2 popular flavors, those that fondly look on the duplicitous and vile acts of the communists and those that wax truthful. The latter are harder to find.-
This is a great book to use in history for a junior high middle school child. It gives a good flavor for the Korean war without going into great depth which is beyond the students ability to comprehend. I served as an Army Pilot in 1983 in Korea, of the books I have consumed about this conflict Robert Leckie is the definitive author on the subject. Again the 20th century history cannot be fully understood in a vacuum. Sadly books seem to come in 2 popular flavors, those that fondly look on the duplicitous and vile acts of the communists and those that wax truthful. The latter are harder to find.-
The best book on the Korean War I have yet read. Having served as an Army pilot in Korea in 1983, I came to appreciate the complexities of the war and its aftermath. A truer picture of the two main American players, General Douglas MacArthur and Harry Truman can not be found anywhere. Considering you get this picture from their own words, in the form of message traffic between the two, is extraordinary. Beware if you liked Harry Truman, his own words might cause you to pause.
The conflict cannot be fully understood in a vacuum, I recommend that his book be included in other books I have reviewed from the same era.
This book is recommended for high school aged students grade 11 and 12. Please find my post on Robert Leckie’s early work for younger students
A unique Pocket Watch, a great gift for young men who may become a bit nostalgic minded. In this day and age of smart everything a curious trend I see among students of history is a desire to have items that are not dependent on a battery … I recommend this watch based on the quality of the workmanship, the unique look and style, and the great price…
The film follows Theodore Honey (James Stewart), a highly eccentric “boffin” with the Royal Aircraft Establishment. A widower with a precocious young daughter, Elspeth (Janette Scott), Honey is sent from Farnborough to investigate the crash of a “Reindeer” airliner in Labrador, which he theorizes occurred because of a structural failure in the tail caused by sudden metal fatigue. To test his theory in his laboratory, an airframe is continuously shaken in eight-hour daily cycles.
It isn’t until Honey is aboard a Reindeer that he realizes he himself is flying on one such aircraft and that it may be close to the number of hours his theory projects for the fatal failure. Despite the fact that his theory is not yet proven, Honey decides to warn the passengers and crew, including actress Monica Teasdale (Marlene Dietrich). After the Reindeer lands at Gander Airport an inspection clears it to continue on. He takes drastic action to stop the flight by raising the undercarriage while the aircraft is still on the ground, lowering the aircraft to its belly and damaging it. Shocked by the act, some people demand that he be declared insane to discredit his theory.
Teasdale and flight attendant Marjorie Corder (Glynis Johns) both take a liking for Honey and Elspeth, who is lonely and isolated from her schoolmates. Teasdale speaks on his behalf to his superiors, while Corder, seeing that he is decent but disorganized, decides to marry him.
During a hearing in which his sanity is questioned, Honey resigns but continues trying to prove that his mathematics are sound. In the laboratory, the time he predicted for failure passes without failure. The Reindeer he disabled is repaired, but after landing from a test flight the tail falls off. Shortly afterward, the same thing happens to the test frame in the lab, and Honey discovers that he failed to include temperature as a factor in his calculations.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. One man can make a difference, an invaluable lesson for boys to learn. This film depicts Jimmy Stewart as an innocent average American propelled into the position of a junior Senator by controlling powers from his state. The Crony Capitalists believe his naiveté can be used to force him to go along with their plans. Some points to bring out from the movie are: Not everything is as it appears, human nature being what is, evil people see no problem using you to get what they want, not everyone is like that, allies exist but not if you try to go it alone. Until Christ’s return we live in an imperfect world, but we are not to be transformed by it, rather we are to be the transformers. Be willing to spread the salt of truth, not everything works out as you might have imagined but everything works out for God’s greater purposes.
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