Blessed are the peacemakers,..
..for they shall be called children of God.
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31 Mar 2013 Leave a comment
30 Mar 2013 Leave a comment
The Who Farm (also known as): The White House Organic Farm Project) began as a non-partisan, …
..petition-based initiative to respectfully request that our 44th President (Mr. Green energy and green spending), ..oversee the planting of an organic farm on the grounds of The White House, our nation’s First Home, at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C.
On March 20, 2009, the petition request was honored and First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground on the White House lawn, with the help of over twenty 5th graders from Bancroft Elementary School.
Like the President is really going to deny a petition from his wife and a gaggle of fifth grade kids from a local elementary school to plant a garden, ..anywhere on the planet!
While everyone who signed the petition is an honorary “The Who Farmer,” ..(Daniel Bowman Simon) ..and ..(Casey Gustowarow) ..are the primary “The Who Farmers.”
Daniel Bowman Simon, 28, is a graduate of New York University, with a BS in Marketing. He also completed an MBA at University of the Pacific. He holds a Certificate in Conservation Biology from Columbia University, and is in the slow process of completing a Masters in Urban Planning at New York University Wagner School of Public Service. Prior to The Who Farm, Daniel worked for The Gaia Institute and at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Daniel was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, working in business development and solid waste management on the island of Bohol, where he lived in a bamboo hut, and became friends with Casey.
Casey Gustowarow, 27, is a graduate of McDaniel College, with a BA in Biology. Prior to The Who Farm, he worked on Ivy Brand Organic Farm in Maryland, and lectured on conservation policy at McDaniel College. Casey was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, working in coastal resource management on the island of Bohol, where he lived in a bamboo hut, and became friends with Daniel.
Not taking anything away from Sir Daniel or Sir Casey, I’m sure that their “adventures” in academia, ..to include the edifying taxpayer sponsored jaunt to the Philippines where they became great buds sharing stories of (their) greatness in (their) bamboo hut, ..but, and although…
I’m sure that both (University cast) young men are more than qualified to cultivate a salad on the White House grounds.
Albeit, ..as one afflicted with a “non-academic” ..(common sense) approach to life, ..even with the (unambiguously overpriced) organically grown vegetables across America these days, ..it would be my uneducated conjecture that a head of lettuce from “The Who Farm” could run a $1000 or more?
Again prefacing my knowledge of agriculture ..as, ..(little, ..to none), ..having once worked as an apprentice in my teens years for a local body shop, ..I can tell you that a vehicle like the “Who Farm Mobile” wasn’t cheap, ..especially when factoring in the fact that it was purchased by “our” impetuous (spend like a drunken sailor) ..commander-in-chief, ..for his voracious (I want what I want when I want it) ..first lady.
(The Who Farm Mobile).
The Who Farm Mobile is two (late-model) school buses fused together featuring an organic garden on the roof.
It was originally designed by Stefan Sagmeister and Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s, and built by Tom Kennedy, and named Topsy Turvy.
When the “The Who Farm,” acquired the bus, ..they ripped off the roof and planted an organic edible garden.
At the risk of sounding (petty) ..when there are an estimated three to nine million Americans, men, women, and “children” living in America without a proper roof over their heads, ..or access to sustenance beyond the (benevolence) of privately funded missions and soup kitchens, ..for the White House to flaunt its bounty across this nation, and around the world, ..is not only irresponsible, ..it’s perverted.
The “Who Farm Mobile” travels across the country to visit schools, farms, food pantries, farmers’ markets, and festivals in twenty-five states and the District of Columbia in an effort to inform the Nation of “The Who Farm” ..and (Michele’s) petition.
From Independence Day, ..the July 4 through July 11, “The Who Farm” waited for Apples outside the flagship Apple Store on 59th Street in NYC.
Their wait attracted media attention from around the world, and (their) website received hits from 88 countries.
Correct me if I’m wrong, I am fully aware that America never has been, ..nor will it ever be, ..fair and equitable, ..to all. (that’s Life, ..suck it up).
I am also fully aware that there are an abundance of wealthy industrious people in America. Wealthy industrious folks, ..as our current commander-in-chief would have you believe, (are not) the “destruction” of America, ..they are its foundation.
The current degeneration in America cannot be laid at the feet of the wealthy industrious people, it belongs at the feet of the wealthy (non-industrial) folks, ..and/or, ..for want of a better description, ..politicians.
Wake-up America, ..people who spend the money that they earn, ..are frugal and spend wisely…
..whereas in my experience, folks who spend other people’s money, ..are wasteful and foolish.
(Real World Factoid): …
The only folks more wasteful and ignorant than a (liberal) politician, ..are the fools that vote for them.
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29 Mar 2013 Leave a comment
What’s the difference between a Leopard and a Politician?
Politicians are a dangerous species.
..while Leopards are an endangered species.
(Factoid). ..”at least in my opinion,” ..neither has the capacity to change their spots.
Sure wish I had the ability to switch the two, ..because the way things are currently going in Washington, D.C. ..I think I’d rather (French Kiss) a hungry Leopard than trust anyone in the Obama administration to do right by America.
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28 Mar 2013 Leave a comment
Whether or not you’ve ever thought about, ..the “foregoing question,” ..and/or, (What’s in it for me?).
Is almost as complicated as the question; What color are God’s eyes?
With no less than five different songs (with the same title) “What’s in it for me,” ..sung by five singers, ..or groups.
– Faith Hill –
Faith Hill (born Audrey Faith Perry; September 21, 1967) is an American country singer. She is known both for her commercial success and her marriage to fellow country star Tim McGraw. Hill has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and accumulated eight number-one singles and three number-one albums on the U.S. Country charts.
– The Walkman –
The Walkmen is an indie rock band, with members based in New York City and Philadelphia. The band formed in 2000 with three members from Jonathan Fire*Eater—Paul Maroon (guitar, piano), Walter Martin (organ/bass), and Matt Barrick (drums)—and two from The Recoys, Peter Bauer (bass/organ) and Hamilton Leithauser (vocals, guitar). All but Bauer attended St. Albans in Washington, D.C.
– John Berry –
John Edward Berry (born September 14, 1959) is an American country music artist. Active as a recording artist since 1979, he has recorded more than fifteen studio albums, including one platinum album and two gold albums. In his career, Berry has also charted nineteen songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Number One single “Your Love Amazes Me” from 1994 and six additional Top Ten hits: “What’s In It for Me,” “You and Only You,” “Standing on the Edge of Goodbye,” “I Think About It All the Time,” “Change My Mind,” and “She’s Taken a Shine.”
– Amy diamond –
Amy Diamond (born 15 April 1992) is a Swedish pop singer, actress and television presenter. She is known for her single “What’s in It for Me” and album This Is Me Now which were released when she was 12 years old. The song was a 2005 hit in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. It was the most-played song in Poland that year; it remained in the top ten for four months. Diamond has released six studio albums and performed on television as singer, actress and hostess.
– Pitchshifter –
Pitchshifter are a British five-piece electronic-metal band from Nottingham, United Kingdom formed in 1989. The band was started by bassist and vocalist Mark Clayden, lead guitarist and programmer Johnny A. Carter and rhythm guitarist Stuart Toolin. (Source Wikipedia).
..is a question that every voting age American should have asked himself or herself prior to casting their vote in 2012, because then I might not be exploring the origins of phrases and proverbs such as; (out of the frying pan into the fire) and (you broke it you fix it).
The Italian author Laurentius Abstemius wrote a collection of 100 fables, the Hecatomythium, during the 1490s.
This included some based on popular idioms and proverbs of the day, of which “Still Waters Run Deep” is another example. A previous instance of such adaptation was Phaedrus, who had done much the same to the proverb about The Mountain in Labour…
Abstemius’ fable 20, De piscibus e sartigine in prunas desilentibus,
..concerns some fish thrown live into a frying pan of boiling fat. One of the fish urges its companions to save their lives by jumping out of the frying pan, ..but when they do, ..they fall into the burning coals and curse the bad advice.
The fabulist concludes: ‘This fable warns us that when we are avoiding present dangers, we should not fall into even worse peril.’
The tale was included in Latin collections of Aesop’s fables from the following century onwards but the first person to adapt it into English was Roger L’Estrange in 1692.
He was followed shortly after by the anonymous author of Aesop at Oxford, in whose fable “Worse and Worse” the fish jump ‘Out of the Frying-Pan, into the Fire’ by a collective decision.
The moral it illustrates is drawn from a contemporary episode in Polish politics.
There are several similar European idioms that derive ultimately from a Greek saying about running from the fire into the flame, the first recorded use of which was in a poem by Germanicus Caesar (15 BCE-19 CE) in the Greek Anthology.
There it is applied to a hare that attempts to escape from a dog by jumping into the sea, only to be seized by a ‘sea-dog’. The Latin equivalent was the seafaring idiom ‘He runs on Scylla, wishing to avoid Charybdis’ (incidit in scyllam cupiens vitare charybdim), a parallel pointed out by Edmund Arwaker in the moral that follows his verse treatment of the fable.
The earliest recorded use of the English idiom was by Thomas More in the course of a pamphlet war with William Tyndale. In The Confutacyon of Tyndales Answere (1532) More asserted that his adversary ‘featly conuayed himself out of the frying panne fayre into the fyre.’ (source Wikipedia).
The Pottery Barn rule is “American jargon” alluding to a “you break it, you buy it” policy, by which a retail store holds a customer responsible for damage done to merchandise on display.
(No origin provided).
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27 Mar 2013 Leave a comment
According to Merriam-Webster: “cli·ché,” A trite or overused expression or idea.
How many times did you hear that when you were growing up?
Or this one; …
According to Merriam-Webster: “beast,” (in context) Animal nature as opposed to intellect or spirit:
(Intellect and spirit).
Of course, with Merriam-Webster and vocabulary both being extremely flexible in “their” nature, ..(beast) can also be defined as: “A brutal, contemptible person.”
(Beasts with Intellect and spirit).
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26 Mar 2013 Leave a comment
Born 26, 023 days ago, ..and/or, ..for those of you with less calculating minds? 71 years, two months, and 28 days. I’ve been around long enough and seen enough, in some cases more than my share. Nevertheless I claim (no expertise) in anything other than what I tell you…
..and if you believe that, ..I’ve got a good shot at living in the White House, ..come 2016.
Now then, with today’s “levity” out-of-the-way, ..I’d like to get serious for a moment.
So let’s get right to my opening question, ..shall we?
Do you really want to follow a man who’s “still” campaigning for a job that he’s held for more than four years now, ..albeit has yet to begin performing?
Or would you like to live in the America that I grew up in, a beautiful place, and a wonderful place with trustworthy and friendly neighbors. A place where children, to include, ..(not all) ..but many teenagers…
According to Webster: “fam·i·ly,” (in context) A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of a man and woman and their offspring.
A place where families…
..sat down around their dinner table at the same time each evening and broke bread together.
My father, albeit a gentle man, was a competitive provider, providing us, ..and/or, ..my family with its first television set late in 1947. It was manufactured by Philco, ..it was slightly larger than my mother’s breadbox, ..and it had a 12 inch screen.
1947, ..not a great year, ..albeit, ..the year that I traded in my Crayola’s, ..for a bright yellow number two pencil, ..as it was the year that I started the first grade, ..learning to read, write, and spell.
Although to the best of my recollection, ..spelling and writing weren’t nearly as fun or interesting then as they are now.
Growing up in my (gone bye) America, ..was an amazing experience, ..although we had periodic (atomic attack) drills in our classrooms, ..no one actually had any comprehension of what an atom bomb could do.
Sure, I’d seen lots of Newsreel footage of the “mushrooms” above Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ..but they were simply large clouds, ..and since I’d flown through, under, and over lots of clouds with my father in his open cockpit..
..1939 Stearman PT-17 biplane, I had no fear of clouds.
Frightening, ..and/or, ..terrifying to me, ..in my adolescence, was the unparalleled “Frankenstein Monster,” (Boris Karloff) the “Wolfeman,” (Lon Chaney Jr.) ..and of course (the blood sucking) Dracula, ..and/or, (Bella Lugosi).
Growing up in the 40s and 50s was a lot simpler without cell phones, computers, texting and twittering…
Run, Forest, ..Run.
Tweeting was something a small bright colored bird did outside your bedroom window early in the morning, ..not something that presently has millions of people helplessly harnessed to a diminutive keyboard by their thumbs.
Not that I’m knocking technology, on the contrary I believe technology is wonderful, what I don’t think is wonderful is that America’s youth is in no way shape or form mindfully mature enough to deal with it.
(Factoid). More than 60% of voting age college students in America voted for Barack Obama and 95% of the 60% who voted for Barack Obama, have absolutely no idea who Joe Biden is.
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25 Mar 2013 Leave a comment
Our founding fathers weren’t sitting around snorting “coke” or smokin’ “wacky-tobacee” when they wrote “our” Constitution and penned the Bill of Rights.
Our founding fathers were educated men, ..not simply University educated, ..they were men educated by life. Our founding fathers understood the meaning of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, otherwise I’m quite sure that they would not have used those very words to describe what it means to be an American citizen.
Although, (in my opinion,) Barack Obama and his ilk would like everyone to believe that becoming an American citizen is as simple as sneaking across our borders while no one is looking…
Or, ..to (computer generate yourself a birth certificate), being an American citizen is more than that…
Although I fully understand that it is written into the text of the U.S. Constitution, ..that “our” law requires a (separation between church and state) ..and because schools are partly funded by tax dollars, ..”prayer and mention of God” ..in our schools has been prohibited…
Double click the URL and enjoy the children.
I also understand that the Supreme Court, ..the third branch of “our” government, ..(also funded by tax dollars), ..begins each session with a prayer.
Question: “Why is God (not suited) for America’s children to begin their day, when our Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, finds God to be approiate before beginning their day?
(William “Bill” Diss)
An Oregon public school teacher is on the verge of being terminated because of his outspoken views against Planned Parenthood and abortion.
Bill Diss, who has been teaching at Benson High School in Portland for 11 years, was placed on paid leave March 19 and recommended for dismissal, the Oregonian reported.
Planned Parenthood of Columbia/Willamette wants Bill Diss’ teaching license revoked. Diss heads Precious Children of Portland – a pro-life organization working to halt construction of Planned Parenthood’s new mega-abortion facility in Portland’s poorest neighborhood.
“Bill has organized one of the most effective efforts against Planned Parenthood in the country,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League. “It’s no surprise Planned Parenthood will resort to anything – even going after his teaching license – in order to silence him.”
Diss opposes, on his own time, outside of any school activities, the construction of a Planned Parenthood killing center in an African American neighborhood in Portland. The new Planned Parenthood business will target minority women for abortions.
According to Sedlak, Planned Parenthood has a history of using such strong-arm tactics against its opponents.
Planned Parenthood threatened to sue UCLA student Lila Rose after she went public with footage of the organization covering up statutory rape.
Planned Parenthood libeled Eric Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League after he mounted an effective campaign against the organization in Aurora, Illinois. As a result, Planned Parenthood is currently defending itself in a lawsuit.
As long ago as 1986, according to Sedlak, Planned Parenthood tried to get him fired from his job with IBM in New York State because it viewed him as a threat.
“Diss is one of the finest teachers I’ve met. His devotion to the children in the classroom naturally extends to the children in the womb,” Sedlak said. “I pray the Teacher’s Standards and Practices Commission recognizes Planned Parenthood’s hate-filled claim as a vitriolic, self-serving and groundless attack by the nation’s number-one killer of future students.” (Source, all.org).
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), commonly shortened to Planned Parenthood, is the U.S. affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and one of its larger members. PPFA is a non-profit organization providing reproductive health and maternal and child health services.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Inc. (PPAF) is a related organization which lobbies for pro-choice legislation, comprehensive sex education, and access to affordable health care in the United States.
(Sidebar). (Affordable healthcare) .. Sounds familiar, pretty sure that I’ve heard that term “somewhere” before?
Planned Parenthood is the largest U.S. provider of reproductive health services, …
According to Webster: “re·pro·duc·tion,” (in context) Biology. The sexual or asexual process by which organisms generate others of the same kind.
..including cancer screening, HIV screening and counseling, (contraception,) and (abortion). Contraception accounts for 35% of PPFA’s total services and abortions account for 3%; PPFA conducts roughly 300,000 abortions each year, among 3 million people served…
According to Webster: “con·tra·cep·tion,” Intentional prevention of conception or impregnation through the use of various devices, agents, drugs, sexual practices, or surgical procedures.
According to Webster: “a·bor·tion,” Induced termination of pregnancy and expulsion of an embryo or fetus.
Question: If men and women use contraception correctly and responsibly, ..wouldn’t that eliminate the need for abortion?
The organization has its roots in Brooklyn, New York, where Margaret Sanger opened the country’s first birth-control clinic. Sanger founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, which in 1942 became part of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Since then, Planned Parenthood has grown to have over 820 clinic locations in the U.S., with a total budget of US $1 billion. PPFA provides an array of services to over three million people in the United States, and supports services for over one million clients outside the United States.
Planned Parenthood has received federal funding since 1970, when President Richard Nixon signed into law the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act, amending the Public Health Service Act. Title X of that law provides funding for family planning services, including contraception and family planning information. The law enjoyed bipartisan support from liberals who saw contraception access as increasing families’ control over their lives, and conservatives who saw it as a way to keep people off welfare. Nixon described Title X funding as based on the premise that “no American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition.”
In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, total (consolidated) revenue was $201 million: clinic revenue totaling $2 million, grants and donations of $190 million, investment income of $2 million, and $7 million other income.
Approximately two-thirds of the revenue is put towards the provision of health services, while non-medical services such as sex education and public policy work make up another 16%; management expenses, fundraising, and international family planning programs account for most of the rest.
Planned Parenthood receives about a third of its money in government grants and contracts (about $360 million in 2009).
By law, federal funding cannot be allocated for abortions,…
Question: What’s in a name? An abortion by any other name is still an abortion.
..but some opponents of abortion have argued that allocating money to Planned Parenthood for the provision of other medical services “frees up” funds to be re-allocated for abortion.
A coalition of national and local pro-life groups have lobbied federal and state government to stop funding Planned Parenthood, and as a result, Republican federal and state legislators have proposed legislation to reduce the funding levels.…
Some six states have gone ahead with such proposals. In some cases, the courts have overturned such actions, citing conflict with federal or other state laws, and in others, the federal executive branch has provided funding in lieu of the states.
In other cases, complete or partial defunding of Planned Parenthood has been successfully. (Source Wikipedia).
Correct me if I’m wrong, albeit alluding to my research I have found no evidence of denying any (employee or affiliate) of “Planned Parenthood” their Constitutionally guaranteed right to explicate their advice, ..or their opinions.
Question: Are the (tax dollars) ..and/or, ..(public funding) that Planned Parenthood receives from our treasury any different from the (tax dollars) ..and/or, ..(public funding) ..that Public Schools receive from our treasury?
Public “services” provided by Planned Parenthood, a private nonprofit corporation (do not serve) the public that supports their programs.
If American taxpayers were truly (their brother’s keeper) ..this man would not be sleeping on a Park bench…
..nor would this young woman be living on the street.
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