Time waits for no man.

I was ruing the decision to wear my beach shorts as I contemplated just how much energy I didn’t have left and I calculated that I had about 21 miles to go.  It had been some four plus hours ago that I had started out.  My time wasn’t great, and my mood wasn’t that great either.  It was then that he whizzed by–the muscular young man on his racing machine.  Judging from the speed at which he was disappearing into the distance, I calculated his speed at 25 miles an hour, or about double mine at the moment.  I wondered if he were also going around the lake as I was, and calculated that, if so, he had probably left two hours after I did and would probably arrive an hour before me, given that I was pretty much blown up and would soon be turning back into the wind.

30 years ago, I was that young man on the racing machine.  In April of the Spring of 1984, I made my first ever trip around Lake Winnebago, some 73 miles.  The weather had been unusually warm that year, and, in fact, I chose a Saturday with record-breaking temps in the 90s.  The four and a half hour time was not bad, considering I stopped several times for liquids, drank over a gallon, and still lost ten pounds of water weight.  By the end of the summer I would be making my own 3 hour dashes around the lake.

But that was not today.  My forty pound modified mountain bike with the 65 PSI street tires is a long way from my old 23 pound racer with the 150 PSI tubular racing tires.  Of course, I hadn’t bothered to actually check the pressure, which turned out to be more like 35 PSI.  As 65 PSI is to racing wheels, so 35 PSI is to 65 PSI.  When one gets tired, it feels sort of life riding with the brakes on.  Another thing to rue on this day.  On the bright side, I got more exercise.

Today was also, ironically, the Race Around the Lake.  Somehow I passed no one.  Must have been that they started in the morning, a time I reserve for being in church.  In my day, a Sunday morning race was unheard of.  Now, they are quite common, as no one seems to think twice about snubbing God for worshiping ones own athletic prowess.  I keep planning to enter this race every year.   But, life always seems to get in the way.  My dream racer had to give way to unexpected bills.  You can’t race on the road with a mountain bike.  Oh well.

The morning dawns fresh and dreary today.  I’ll be gone in a few minutes to start my 15 hour work day.  My job revolves around things like school opening.  Of course, everyone waits till the last minute to call.  So, it’s going to be like April 15 must be for accountants.   No time for silly things like riding my bike.  Going to have to console myself with thoughts of the ultimate dream to bike across the Himalayas when I’m 55.   That’s next summer.  Just call be Don Quixote.

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Black People — Mules, Guinea Pigs and Scapegoats

The Problem of Slavery.  The Inferiority of the Black Brain.  Eugenics.  The Projects.  Civil Rights.   Black P.  The War on Drugs.  The War on Poverty.  Demographics.  Racism.   Culture.

Since the dawn of the United States of America, we have been forced to deal with the “problem” of black people.  Black people, by and large, did not come to this country as free people.  That was outside of the thinking of the founders on the ideals of equality and inalienable rights.  However, one must keep in mind that such ideals were reserved for the landed gentry.  To have land was to have these rights.  As there was little other industry outside of agrarian pursuits, it made sense to confer these rights upon the gentry.  In the background was the question of slavery, whether by indenture or purchase, but it presented but little consideration compared to the larger picture of holding the budding state together until she could get her feet and then deal with these other issues.  So the plan was made to ignore the issue of the rights of slaves and set a date, some twenty years in the future, for dealing with the question.  Kick the can down the road.

Slavery  became more of an issue as the northern states industrialized and the huddled masses now engaged in a different kind of servitude began to outflank the landed gentry and to cry for suffrage.  Now became more acute the inequity of men as property.  Now, also became more unnecessary the very idea of men as property, when immigration brought the influx of cheap labor.  Virtual slavery carried neither the human responsibility nor the moral stigma of outright ownership.  Consequently, by the time of the Civil War, only about one third of even the landed gentry in the slave states actually owned slaves.

Of course, that didn’t and doesn’t stop the story of the Civil War from being about ending slavery.  The black man became the great scapegoat to obscure the real reason behind the war–the greed of the new slave masters, the industrial giants in the northern states whose policies threatened to squeeze the landed gentry out of existence in order to replace them as the new American aristocracy.

From Abe Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation through the Civil Rights Era and right up to today, at issue was how to corral the black population in new ways designed to enslave their minds for the purposes of their new owners.  Black people are still a commodity, just no longer registered on bills of sale.

Richard Daley had many uses for the newly arriving black communities of the Great Migration.  He found a way, the Projects, to keep them and their violence contained in one area of Chicago while simultaneously using them as mules in the lucrative drug trade that he and his cronies controlled.  The great beauty of the system is that, while everyone is getting rich from skimming the profits, they have also managed to erect a lucrative prison industry that uses the same mules as captive employees. 

Thirdly, when the Projects accomplished the goal of creating blight, the federal government could be duped into funding the destruction of the blight and the creation of the new utopian neighborhoods, complete with their prestige and even greater tax base.  The slow migration of those who once filled the projects into other slowly aging neighborhoods creates the scenario to burn Rome one area at a time and rebuild with the dimes of the American tax payers.  This ploy has been so successful that other cities are copying the Daley blueprint, even encouraging the black communities to flock to their cities in an effort to speed the blight-demolish-rebuild utopian scheme.  With that also comes the massive increase of the corrections industries and the resultant growth of jobs and revenue.

Don’t get me wrong.  We Americans love the black people.  We all have something to gain from them.  Just as long as there is a black community, we will find a use for them.  Problem is, the people in the black communities are never going to get past being used.  Unless, of course, they decide to stop letting themselves be used.  Unless, of course, they start thinking of themselves simply as Americans and not black Americans or “African Americans”.  As long as black is anything other than a skin color, the nonsense, and the slavery, isn’t going to end.

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Are there 7000 left?

Reading an interesting book at the moment –
The Making of the American Conservative Mind — National Review And Its Times.  What has struck me at the moment is the discussion of Utopian-ism versus Pragmatism.  (Why one requires a hyphen and the other doesn’t is another story.)

I was trained to be a pastor.  As such, I was schooled in the very depths of my religion, the terminus of which is Utopia.  At the same time,  I was trained to understand that, while one should not compromise one’s beliefs in the mean time, one also shouldn’t be expecting to be liked or appreciated for being uncompromising.  We spoke at length of the church militant and the church triumphant.

As I have transitioned away from the sacred arena and into the political theater, and, at the same time, had to deal with the practical matters of putting bread on the table and keeping the fire going, I have found it quite difficult to find the pragmatism that the secular world requires.  I am not Jesus, after all.  I want to feed the 5000, but I can’t multiply loaves and fish.

Perhaps there is nothing more difficult than to have proverbially been to the transfiguration mount and then to have to plummet back to the gloom and grind that is daily life.  One day, you have a captive audience to hang on your words, follow your lead, supply you with daily bread (a nice salary, or at least one to live on and enough side benefits) and a sure purpose for getting up every morning.  The next day you find yourself just one of many voices, having no more or less authority than the next, and little to say to the world, much less any value given to it that you can eat with.

That was some 26 years ago for me.  Since then I have kicked around for a new career, eventually found one, threw caution to the winds in an attempt to grab the brass ring (became materialist), and discovered too late that sure things only are sure if the timing is right and your chosen investment area doesn’t have a complete meltdown.

Some time ago, I started working with ex-cons.  I have discovered that ex-cons and ex-pastors have a lot in common.  You never get over the stigma of what you once were.  Once a criminal, always a criminal.  After all, only some people make mistakes bad enough to land them in prison, so they must be less trustworthy, more hotheaded, or something than those who didn’t land there.  In the same way, an ex-pastor has to have something wrong with him to be an ex-pastor.  After all, that’s what he trained for all those years.  If he couldn’t cut it in his field, he certainly can’t be trusted in a field for which he has no training.  Besides, he’s probably a little too honest for this sales job, or too high and mighty to be happy with this low level job, or too stupid for this technical career.

On the bright side, Jezebel has not threatened to kill me before the day is out.  My only threat is from financial swords.  I’m hemorrhaging badly.  So I find myself, on this day, wanting to run and hide, wanting to admit defeat, throw in the towel, wait for the world to finish crashing in and just get it over with already.

I feel like Elijah.  He ran far away from Jezebel and hid in a cave.  I am running and hiding in plain sight, but I am still hiding.   God gave Elijah a few days to pout and consider his terrible lot and what a failure he was.  Then he told him to prepare for his coming.  First God sent winds and earthquakes and all kinds of apocalyptic signs.  But God didn’t come in those signs.  He came in a gentle whisper.  And he told Elijah, “Get back to Israel, because there are 7000 there who still believe in me and need a leader.”

I don’t know that God will ever call me again in the way he called Elijah.  I don’t know that I will ever find myself leading a congregation, expounding the truths of God from a pulpit.  By I do know that I am called to be a priest.  I have a purpose on this planet, even on the days when I seem like a total failure and have no idea what to do next.   And so I am listening for a gentle whisper.  That gentle whisper will come to me as I dig into the fifteen centuries of his revelation of himself and his plan as recorded in the Bible.  I will not wake up tomorrow with all the answers.  But I will wake up with the answers that matter–God still loves me, he still has a plan for me.  And even if he never makes it plain to me what my purpose is, I can believe that he will accomplish it.

I am a weak human being.  Each year that passes, I am a little weaker  It takes more effort to harness my energy to accomplish something.  At the same time, each year that passes, I am a little wiser.  It takes me less time to figure out that he is the power that makes my feeble efforts accomplish something.  This little blog is evidence of that.  Maybe it will never mean much to you, but it means something to me.  You see, any preacher worth his salt always preachers to himself first.

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VIDEO New World Disorder – MH17 Social Media ‘Evidence’ – ‘Evidence’ Against Russia Debunked – Air Traffic Control Censor

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My own sources in Russia confirm that ethnic cleansing of Russians is being carried out in eastern Ukraine, and that this is why the ethnic Russians in Ukraine are fighting–to defend themselves. As this blog pointed out, a fact so quickly forgotten by most, the present Ukrainian government is not the elected government, but brought to power by a coup which was orchestrated by an alliance of Muslim rebels and America Neocons. The stated intent was to lead Ukraine to sever ties with it’s friendly Russian neighbors in exchange for closer ties with the European union. At issue, of course, is a lot of oil revenue. Oil that would have flowed from Russian will now have to be supplied by other means, which will benefit Iraq, Canada, and others players in the oil market.

Americans are quick to swallow whatever the media feeds them, especially when “bipartisan” task forces are involved. This is how we have found ourselves in one disastrous conflict after another beginning with Iraq, to the tune of at least three trillion dollars in added deficits and the resulting dollar devaluation and domestic economic depression. But someone gets rich off that money. No wonder mercenaries of both parties are so quick to jump on the anti-Russian bandwagon.

Originally posted on Reclaim Our Republic:

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-New World Disorder: Emerging Division Between East And West Threatens To Plunge The Globe Into Chaos
-U.S. Admits Its MH17 ‘Evidence’ is Based on YouTube Clips & Social Media Posts
-Key Piece of Video “Evidence” for Russian Responsibility for Malaysian Plane Shootdown Debunked
-Kiev Censors MH17 Air Traffic Control Recordings
-Establishment media criticizes Ron Paul for failing to attack Russia

In general, over the last several decades the world has experienced an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity
New World Disorder: Emerging Division Between East And West Threatens To Plunge The Globe Into Chaos
July 22, 2014 by Michael Snyder | Economic Collapse |

In general, over the last several decades the world has experienced an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity. The opening up of relations with China and the “end of the Cold War” resulted in an extended period of cooperation between east and west that was truly…

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Survey Sez! “Putin’s the World’s Foremost Villain!”

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Ethnic Russians in former Soviet Union states in 1994 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My sources in Russia explain to me the Russian side of the story of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine is trying to drive ethnic Russians out of Ukraine–ethnic cleansing, if you will. Whether her assertions are the whole story is another matter. I have heard from other sources that the Russian rebels may be trying equally as hard to drive out Ukrainians and annex the territory to Russian, much as the Crimea. Since Sevastopol, the major Crimean port, was always, as a Russian military port, decidedly pro-Russia, and as the city population skewed the vote in Russia’s favor, it is hard to know what the Tatar and Ukrainian minorities really felt about the annexation. In the same way, there may be two sides in the wrong in the civil war that rages on. Yet, we are quick to label the one group “rebels”. Perhaps they just fight to survive.

The mistake that is the Malaysian plane downing belongs among all other mistakes with tragic, life-ending consequences. We should take steps to insure it doesn’t happen again. But, just as mistakes take 1000 lives per day in American hospitals and 100 lives per day on American roads, we should not be too quick to cry murder and exact revenge. It was also a mistake for the plane to be where it was after it was warned to avoid the airspace. There are innocent victims, to be sure. But death comes in many forms and no one is ever sure to survive the day. It is to their credit that the fighters in the region are respecting the bodies and doing what can be done to help us bury our dead and move on with our lives.

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9 illegal alien facts

Originally posted on Resist Tyranny:

food stampsWe hear a lot about how the United States owes something to illegal aliens – not the least of which is amnesty.

Ever wonder how we already contribute to illegals?

  1. Over 43% of all food stamps are given to illegals.
  2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles, California are for illegals.
  3. Less then 2% of illegals are picking crops. But 41% are on welfare.
  4. More than 66% of all births in California are to illegals on MediCal, paid for by US taxpayers.
  5. Nearly 60% of occupants of Housing and Urban Development properties across the country are illegals.
  6. More than 39% of California students in grades K-12 are illegals.
  7. 75% of Los Angeles, California’s “most wanted” are illegals.
  8. More than half of all gang members in the United States are illegals.
  9. US companies usin illegals in 2005 profited more than $2.35 trillion.

Our thanks to Kelly @KLSouth for the original inspiration.

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Once Pro Nuke, But No More

English: Active nuclear power plants in Japan....

English: Active nuclear power plants in Japan. Deutsch: In Betrieb befindliche Atomkraftwerke in Japan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am quick to call a lot of people environmentalist wackos for what I determine is much ado about insignificant risk.  Once upon a time, I would have considered nuclear power plants as one such insignificant risk.  But I don’t think anyone can look at the developments in Japan and come to that conclusion any longer.  Much as we all fear nuclear war, it seems that what may be our demise, or at least, in the short run, one of the plagues of the Apocalypse, is a peacetime “benefit” from nuclear research.

Japan Doctor: “Tokyo should no longer be inhabited”

Others have warned that Japan still faces the inevitability of a total core meltdown except for the very unlikely possibility that the exposed rods can be dealt with safely,  Such meltdown is likely to cause the nearby plants to also melt down, which would practically destroy Japan, and the fallout from which will undoubtedly drift eastward and contaminate most of the North American west coast.  Now come reports that even the lower levels of radiation already released during the earthquake and tsunami have likely already caused irreversible contamination to half of Japan’s population and likely made half the land less than safe to inhabit.  This likely mimics the affects of a total meltdown on the western US.  More or less, this is where our focus as a human race should be at this moment, over all the sectarian unrest in the world.  We are talking trillions of dollars in economic setbacks and hundreds of millions of displaced people.  We may be also talking about tens of millions of short term deaths and a hundred million longer term ones.  And there will be, of course, the long-term affects of contaminated land the would have produced much of the world’s food.

I’m not an alarmist.  At the same time, I can’t believe that we are playing the ostrich game!  Perhaps it is because we are all already feeling the squeeze from the world’s financial melt down that we all feel the need to rein in spending.  But, we seem to have enough money to waste trillions on modern weapons with which to terrorize the world.  There is no way of really knowing where the fallout will land, so everyone has skin in this game.

As for Iran and North Korea, as well as Pakistan and every other country capable of making the big bomb,  accidents happen all over.  Perhaps your enriched uranium will be the next to escape containment.  Would be nice to know that someone would step in to help you from being obliterated by your own lust for power.

We know the alternatives are out there–cheaper alternatives abound.  And there are even cheaper alternatives with no environmental side effects that are lying in someone’s vault until such time as they can create a strategy to corner the market and take all the profit for themselves.   It’s about time to spend less time thinking about how to make more money than you could ever spend and to spend a little more time making sure you can be around to spend it.

 

 

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