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also sciences, the spritual and the 'supernatural,'
and, of course, Jesus of Nazareth.

Disturbing Family Patterns

Father Tried for "Theft" of 12yo Daughter's Cell
Myriah Towner, Mail (UK) Wed 2016-Jan-27 9:16pm

A Texas father has been found not guilty of theft after he took his 12-year-old daughter's phone away as punishment. Ronald Jackson, 36, had been charged with theft of property… after taking his daughter's iPhone 4 when he found an inappropriate text in September 2013… A judge ordered for Jackson to be found not guilty on Tuesday citing insufficient evidence to continue the case.…

Spiritual Matters

Piper: Trump is Not On My Side
Dr. Everett Piper, Examiner Enterprise Tue 2016-Jan-26 9:01pm

…In selecting speakers for Oklahoma Wesleyan, party affiliation and political positions do not matter. Personal conduct, public statements, theological integrity and moral consistency do. …we choose speakers who generally promote our university’s mission and who do not stand in opposition, either in word or deed, to what we claim to hold dear as a Christian community. …Anyone who is pro-abortion is not on my side. Anyone who calls women “pigs,” “ugly,” “fat” and “pieces of a—” is not on my side. Anyone who mocks the handicapped is not on my side. Anyone who has argued the merits of a government takeover of banks, student loans, the auto industry and healthcare is not on my side. Anyone who has been on the cover of Playboy and proud of it, who brags of his sexual history with multiple women and who owns strip clubs in his casinos is not on my side. Anyone who believes the government can wrest control of the definition of marriage from the church is not on my side. Anyone who ignores the separation of powers and boasts of making the executive branch even more imperial is not on my side.… No, Donald Trump will not be speaking at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.…

Spiritual Matters

Grow a Beard to Appeal to Muslims
Trey Sanchez, Truth Revolt Sat 2016-Jan-23 10:25am

…Retired Reverend Richard Chartres said the two vicars have grown full beards "of an opulence that would not have disgraced a Victorian sage" and is applauding their efforts to share in the culture of the East End's majority Muslim population.…

Because in matters religious it's what's on the outside that counts.


Rivers of Hydrogen Gas May Fuel Spiral Galaxies
Nola Taylor Redd, Tue 2016-Jan-19 5:58pm

Inpouring rivers of hydrogen gas could explain how spiral galaxies maintain the constant star formation that dominates their hearts, a new study reports.… "We knew that the fuel for star formation had to come from somewhere…"

Man and Woman

Call It Like You See It
Cato the Rebel Without a Party, Ace of Spades Tue 2016-Jan-19 5:55pm

…I used to be such a mush-headed product of the Lefty education system that I tolerated the intolerable for way too long. It was only when she decided that her special snowflake identity was as a vampire that my reason started to reassert itself. …

An interesting observation, part of a sporadic, long-running discussion of the dangers and difficulty of relationships.

Golden Rulers

Viral: 101-Year-Old Snow Shoveler
Kate Raddatz, CBS Minnesota Tue 2016-Jan-19 6:44pm

A Twin Cities great-grandfather is getting a lot of attention for a video showing him shoveling his neighbor’s sidewalk. … “I’ve always been active, always doing something,” St. Paul resident Richard Mann said.… Mann says he was just doing his neighbor a favor and not expecting anything in return, just as he was taught growing up.…

Disturbing Family Patterns

Infamous Oklahoma Abortionist Finally Loses His Medical License
Dave Andrusko, Natl Right to Life News Sat 2016-Jan-16 6:32pm

…Oklahoma abortionist Naresh G. Patel was charged in a fraud cause of providing pricey abortifacients to three undercover agents whom he told were pregnant but were not.

Patel entered what is known as an Alford plea to avoid trial.

“He’s not saying he is guilty, but the state has enough evidence that he believes he would be convicted by a jury if the evidence was presented to a jury…” he agreed never to practice medicine again in Oklahoma.…

Thursday it became official… Nadel, 62, was a no-show as the state medical board officially stripped him of his medical license.…

But that is only a part of his sordid story and only Patel’s latest brush with the law. For example, he was fined but never disciplined by the Oklahoma medical board or charged with a crime back in the 1990s when it was discovered he was burning the bodies of aborted babies in a field near Shawnee.…

Spiritual Matters

Baby Killers Say Nuns Were "Disrespectful"
Zip, Weasel Zippers Thu 2016-Jan-14 11:07pm

Planned Parenthood Says Speaker Ryan Was Showing “Disrespect” By Inviting Catholic Nuns To SOTU……

Well, give the RINO Ryan points for disturbing the baby butchers.

Modern Family Life

Okla Flag
Okla Abortion Health Law Stands
NewsOn6 / AP Thu 2016-Jan-14 11:14pm

An Oklahoma judge has rejected an abortion rights group's legal challenge to a new state law opponents claim restricts abortions and abortion providers.… The law encompasses four abortion-related topics: minors and parental consent; tissue preservation; inspection of clinics and legal liability for abortion providers.…

Spiritual Matters

Star Bright
Prayer is not a machine.
Ann Barnhardt Wed 2016-Jan-13 7:46pm

“Prayer is not a machine. It is not magic. It is not advice offered to God. Our act, when we pray, must not, any more than all our other acts, be separated from the continuous act of God Himself, in which alone all finite causes operate.

It would be even worse to think those who get what they pray for as sort of court favorites, people who have influence with the throne. The refused prayer of Christ in Gethsemane is answer enough to that. And I dare no leave out the hard saying which I once heard from an experienced Christian: ‘I have seen many striking answers to prayer and more than one that I thought miraculous. But they usually come at the beginning: before conversion, or soon after it. As the Christian life proceeds, they tend to be rarer. The refusals, too, are not only more frequent; they become more unmistakable, more emphatic.’ …"

Quoting C.S. Lewis, “The Efficacy of Prayer”

Spiritual Matters

Zilla - Close Call
Zilla of the Resistance Tue 2016-Jan-12 8:35pm

I am still here, although I did have a pretty close call recently, thanks to complications from my Addison’s Disease, that I am very slowly recovering from.…

Pray for Zilla's health - a true battling blogger.

Disturbing Family Patterns

Govt MAY Allow Parents to Help Raise Children
Connor Boyack, Deseret News Tue 2016-Jan-12 11:50pm

…In a draft policy statement jointly issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education, federal bureaucrats have — on their own initiative — subordinated parents to a secondary role in the rearing of their children. While the draft is neither finalized nor binding (yet), it serves as a clear shot across the bow of every freedom-loving parent who naively believes that his parenting principles, priorities and practices will be protected and respected by government.…

In a small, secondary role.
PP: No Need to Tell Partners You Have HIV
Dave Blount, Moonbattery Tue 2016-Jan-12 11:38pm

…Failing to tell sex partners that you have HIV is illegal. But Planned Parenthood answers to a higher authority — political correctness…

Modern Family Life

Europe in a Nutshell
The Daily Ummah, Facebook Tue 2016-Jan-12 8:38pm
Graphic depiction of the problem of "multicultural" polygamy and "modernists" unready for reproduction.

Marriage Today

Indiana Bill Would Get Govt Out of Marriage Business
Tenth Amendment Center Fri 2016-Jan-8 7:25pm

A bill has been filed in the Indiana state House that would end mandatory government licensing of marriages in the state, effectively nullifying in practice both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage.…

Modern Family Life

Abortion Group Asks Judge to Block Oklahoma Health Law
AP Fri 2016-Jan-8 7:34pm

…The New York-based Center for Reproductive rights asked Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince on Friday to prevent the [Oklahoma] law from going into effect. …law encompasses four abortion-related topics: minors and parental consent; tissue preservation; inspection of clinics and legal liability for abortion providers. …

Marriage Today

Marriage Matters
Robert Stacy McCain Thu 2016-Jan-7 10:13pm

Psychological theory of the 70s was heavily influenced by Maslow and self-actualization theory. People believed that it was OK to get divorced for self-growth. It was OK for parents to leave families to pursue a dream of happiness.This is selfish, plain and simple.

It’s now-grown children like Gumbiner that we see on “Married at First Sight.” These 20- and 30-somethings may be professionally successful, but emotionally speaking, they are the walking wounded.…

Distrust, hostility, fear of commitment — if you’ve ever encountered one of these “walking wounded” victims of parental divorce, you know exactly what she’s talking about. …

'I'm Not Ready to Get Married'
Dennis Prager, Town Hall Thu 2016-Jan-7 10:02pm

Part I in a series of widely held beliefs that are either untrue or meaningless:

In every age, people say and believe things that aren't true but somehow become accepted as "conventional wisdom."

The statement "I'm not ready to get married" is a current example. …

Wedding Rings, Interlocked
For Wisdom More Than For Happiness
grammie winger, Ace of Spades Thu 2016-Jan-7 10:01pm

I received "Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?" by Gary Thomas, in print form. Also an audiobook called "Lasting Love", by Alistair Begg. Alistair Begg is a pastor of a church near Cleveland who I listen to frequently and enjoy immensely. …

Golden Rulers

Pilot Returns to Airport for Desperate Family
Sara Vallone, IJ Review Sat 2016-Jan-2 9:48pm

…the family was trying to make it home to Tennessee to attend their father’s funeral. …the family watched as their plane slowly made its way towards the runway. The airline worker told them there was nothing they could do. …Rick, standing in the window, caught the pilot’s attention — he was screaming, crying and waving his hands. But the pilot tells Fox 10 that he didn’t need an explanation, “he saw the tears, the sadness, the desperation on their faces.”…

Modern Family Life

Dad Replies to Daughter Receiving Sex Text
Big Fur Hat, IOTW Report Fri 2016-Jan-1 8:00pm

…Father saw a text on his daughter’s cell phone from a boy asking her to send a bra pic.

This is how he handled it…

Check the pic!

Spiritual Matters

Not the Rib
Patty, Weird Universe Tue 2015-Dec-29 6:16am

A Biblical scholar claims that due to a mistranslation the original scripture actually says that Eve was made from Adam's penis not his rib. The professor states that man is the only mammal without a penis bone. Guess that's where it went.

Marriage Today

Wedding Rings, Interlocked
Ready to Get Married
Dennis Prager, Town Hall Tue 2015-Dec-29 8:38pm

…In every age, people say and believe things that aren’t true but somehow become accepted as “conventional wisdom.”

The statement “I’m not ready to get married” is a current example. Said by more and more Americans between the ages of 21 and 40 (and some who are older than that), it usually qualifies as both meaningless and untrue. And it is one reason a smaller percentage of Americans are marrying than ever before.

So, here’s a truth that young Americans need to hear…

Prehistory - still with us

Israeli Stonehenge
Deborah Danan, Breitbart Mon 2015-Dec-28 7:40pm

…Galgal Refaim (Hebrew for “wheel of ghosts”) is the largest and oldest stone structure in the Middle East, containing 42,000 basalt stones and dating back 5,000 years – making it a contemporary of England’s Stonehenge.

But curiously, the archaeological site remains shrouded in mystery and experts cannot agree on what it was used for. Situated on the Golan Heights, the structure is comprised of concentric circles in the form of a labyrinth with walls reaching some eight feet high. …

Spiritual Matters

"Mary" Appears on Church Window
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit Thu 2015-Dec-24 11:55pm

…An amazing image some say resembles Mary, the mother of Jesus, appeared at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, Georgia.
The image first appeared on a church window on Deceber, 12, 2015 on the Feast of Our Lady of Quadalupe.…

Spiritual Matters

More Than 100 Iraqi Christian Refugees Escape ISIS
Muriel Pearson, Miguel Sancho, Lauren Effron, ABC Tue 2015-Dec-22 3:35pm

Joseph and Michele Assad, former U.S. counter-terrorism officers, helped arrange for 25 families, 149 refugees in all including 62 children, to board a privately-chartered plane in the Kurdistan region of Iraq on Dec. 10, and land in Kosice, Slovakia, where they will be granted asylum within a month.…

Spiritual Matters

Ancient Kursi Jewish Community Confirmed
Deborah Danan, Breitbart Thu 2015-Dec-17 11:51pm

Israeli archaeologists discovered a 1,500-year-old slab of marble with Hebrew inscriptions by Kursi near the Sea of Galilee in Israel’s north, reaffirming a Jewish presence at what Christians believe to be the location of Jesus’ “Miracle of the Swine.” …first piece of evidence confirming the existence of a Jewish or early Christian community in Kursi…

Marriage Today

Wedding Rings, Interlocked
World's Oldest Married Couple
Sidrah Roghay, Mon 2015-Dec-14 3:05pm

An Indian-origin husband and wife, believed to be the world’s oldest married couple, celebrated their 90th wedding anniversary in the UK.

Karam and Kartari Chand, 110 and 103 respectively, tied the knot in a traditional Punjabi ceremony in India on December 11, 1925, during the British Raj and moved to England 40 years later.

“It is a blessing to have been married and to have lived this long. Life and marriage is all about happiness, it is what is most important,” said Karam.…

Spiritual Matters

White House's Anti-Jewish Chanukah
Daniel Greenfield, Frontpage Sun 2015-Dec-13 8:55am

…But the White House chose Susan Talve to light the Menorah. Talve is a member of the anti-Israel group T'ruah which is currently promoting assorted "soft BDS" programs. She's also a Ferguson activist. Her behavior was deeply insulting to the religious Jewish community and made it clear that the White House was determined to hijack even a Chanukah party to promote an anti-Jewish agenda.…

Spiritual Matters

Court Rules Memorial Cross Can Stay
Breitbart Mon 2015-Nov-30 10:30pm

The U.S. Constitution allows a large Latin cross to stay as the centerpiece of the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, a federal court in Maryland ruled Monday.

In 1925, the American Legion erected the Bladensburg cross as a memorial honoring 49 men in Prince George’s County, Maryland, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in World War I.…

Spiritual Matters

Yale Prof: All Religions the Same
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart Mon 2015-Nov-16 8:33pm

Yale theology professor Miroslav Volf argues that all religions are basically the same—equally prone to fanatical violence and to peaceful love of neighbor—and thus should be treated in exactly the same way. …

Sure, all alike. Except little trivial things like, Christianity says Love Thy Neighbor and Judeo-Christianity is commanded to give true witness, while Islam says Kill the Infidels and lying is okay. Just the same.

Spiritual Matters

"Christians" Who Don't Believe in Christ?
Nathan Glover, World Religion News Sun 2015-Nov-15 9:21pm

…recent Anglican Church of England… polling results showed that the majority of people surveyed believed Jesus was “not a real person.” …4,000 respondents where 57% identified themselves as Christians. Less than 10% of Christians read the Bible, prayed on a regular basis or went to church at least once a month.…

Don't believe Jesus was real but don't read the Bible. Hmm. No connection,I'm sure.


Closest Rocky Exoplanet Yet Found
Deborah Netburn, LA Times Thu 2015-Nov-12 8:34am

…Known as GJ 1132b, it is the closest rocky exoplanet to have ever been found… Drake Deming, an astronomer at the University of Maryland, was so excited about the findings, published this week in Nature, that he described the new world as "arguably the most important planet ever found outside the solar system"… not likely to host life as we know it.…

Golden Rulers

Star Bright
Child Sacrifices Self for Sister
Andrew Dys, Herald Online Sat 2015-Nov-7 8:48am

…When the only choice for little La’Darious Wylie was save himself or save his 7-year-old sister as a car bore down on them, La’Darious did not blink. He did not stop. He did not falter.

The tiny boy with the huge heart saved his sister.…

As Nickarama rightly noted, "no greater love…."


UFO Seen From ISS?
Jon Austin, Express UK Tue 2015-Nov-3 4:33pm

A "UFO was intercepted" by the International Space Station (ISS), claim alien hunters, who allege footage from a NASA live camera feed which zoomed in on a mysterious glowing orb suddenly cut out. …

Earth Science

Massive Crack in the Earth
Bryan Nelson, Mother Nature Network Tue 2015-Nov-3 4:40pm

Massive 'crack in the Earth' opens up suddenly in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains… The immense crack, which appears to split a hilltop in half, was discovered by startled backcountry hunters. …

Prehistory - still with us

Viking Sword Found by Hiker
Mairi Mackay, KOCO / CNN Fri 2015-Oct-23 10:23am

…a man in Norway… recently stumbled across a 1,200-year-old Viking sword while walking an ancient route. …dates from approximately 750 A.D. and is in exceptionally good condition…

Evolution Isn't Easy

Last universal common ancestor 'more sophisticated than we thought'
Gavin Allen, Daily Mail UK Fri 2015-Oct-23 10:18am

…However, in a 2003 study the same team from the University of Illinois showed that the polyphosphate storage structure in bacteria was physically, chemically and functionally the same as an organelle called an acidocalcisome, which is found in many single-celled eukaryotes.

This meant that the acidocalcisomes arose before the bacterial and eukaryotic lineages of the tree of life split, making the organelle even more ancient than realised. …

Belief and State

Is the Oklahoma Constitution Unconstitutional?
Cuz BD Fri 2015-Oct-23 10:14am

Oklahoma's constitution begins with these words: "Invoking the guidance of Almighty God ..."

Since the Ten Commandments monument was ruled by the courts to be unacceptable on government property.

Spiritual Matters

Early KJV Draft Discovered
Alison Lesley, World Religion News Wed 2015-Oct-21 8:26am

…At Sidney Sussex College, where there are several papers of Dr. Samuel Ward, he found a 70-page notebook belonging to the scholar that had Biblical verse-by-verse comments and also notes on Greek and Hebrew. He took photographs of the pages, and only a month later did he realize that what he had been looking at was Ward's draft of the King James Version, with 1 Esdras in full and the Wisdom of Solomon partially complete. There are no full drafts of the King James Version because it was the effort of several translators, whose works came together to form the KJV.…

Spiritual Matters

India Forces Teresa Order Out of Adoption Work
Thomas D. Williams, Breitbart Sat 2015-Oct-17 7:55am

The group of religious sisters founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta is shutting down its thirty orphanages in India as a protest, rather than comply with new state regulations requiring that they place children with single parents. …

Belief and State

Okla Flag
Ten Commandments Case May Lead to OK Constitution Changes
Diana Dickinson, Claremore Progress Sun 2015-Oct-11 9:50am

…Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said that discussion could lead to… changes to the Oklahoma State Constitution.

“When you look at other states that have put Ten Commandments monuments on capitol grounds, the U.S. Supreme Court has spoken very clearly, that that is very constitutional… [the] taking of our own constitution by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, saying it (monument) is unconstitutional, is inconsistent with our First Amendment protections we have under the U.S. Constitution. … I’m hopeful there can be a remedy to that… [Regarding Article II, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution,] I believe if it is going to be interpreted like that, then I believe it needs to be repealed…”

Article II, Section 5 states, “No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.” …

Spiritual Matters

GOP-OK Willing to Take 10 Commandments Monument
Jon Herskovitz, Reuters Fri 2015-Oct-2 10:34am

…The Republican Party of Oklahoma has offered a home to a Ten Commandments monument soon to be removed from Capitol grounds by court order, saying the teachings etched in stone are espoused by the party, officials said on Thursday. ... "It really defines us as a nation," said [interim GOP-OK chairwoman] Estela Hernandez "We really are a moral nation and, when we look at those laws that are enshrined in that monument, that's what we follow today."…

Well, I think even the GOP of OK is too RINO, but at least they are doing this.

Spiritual Matters

The Illegal Pope?
Ann Barnhardt Sun 2015-Sep-27 7:23pm

…Here’s the deal. In order for a pope to be validly elected, there can be NO vote canvassing… It is an automatic excommunicable offense.… Cardinal Danneels of Belgium… openly admits to being a member of a “mafiaclub” – HIS WORD – formed to act against Pope Benedict XVI, that specifically canvassed and organized Bergoglio’s election.…

Marriage Today

Wedding Rings
Friendly Oklahoma Divorces
Skyler Cooper, KRMG Wed 2015-Sep-23 1:44pm

New research done by divorce form preparation service shows couples in the Sooner State tend to be nicer to each other when they split. …

Man and Woman

Becoming Male at Puberty
Neal Colgrass, Newser Tue 2015-Sep-22 6:00pm

Girls born in a particular village in the Dominican Republic may not grow up as biological females after all. A little more than 1% of them will develop a penis at age 12, making them what locals call "guevedoces"—literally, a "penis at 12…"

Spiritual Matters

Pastor Talks Potential Mass Murderer Down
Bob Price, Breitbart Sat 2015-Sep-19 6:22pm

Sep 16 - A pastor in East Texas… Corinth Missionary Baptist Church pastor, Rev. John D. Johnson III calmed down an armed Islamic man who had entered his church… Rasheed Abdul Aziz… allegedly with the intent to kill Christians. Police later arrested the armed man without incident.…

Disturbing Family Patterns

Giggling Over Gonads
Miss CJ, Chicks on the Right Tue 2015-Sep-15 1:40pm

…There are CONFERENCES for abortion providers and baby body part harvesters. So help me... actual, honest-to-God CONFERENCES.

Good night in heaven - the lady talking about baby gonads sounds like she's in junior high school giggling over the human sexuality chapter in her health class textbook.…

Family Patterns

Have at Least Four Kids
CBS Atlanta Sun 2015-Sep-13 7:44pm

A new study finds that the happiest parents are those who have four or more kids.…

I'm curious if this is a bell curve; will five make you happier? does happiness fall off after twelve? nineteen?

Prehistory - still with us

Superhenge Discovered
Fox News Sat 2015-Sep-12 4:00pm

British researchers said Monday that they had discovered evidence of a larger version of Stonehenge located approximately 2 miles from the famous prehistoric site. …dubbed a "superhenge" containing as many as 90 large stones. …believed the monument was built about 4,500 years ago… stones were located …lying on their sides …under three feet of earth. Some …stood nearly 15 feet high …circular enclosure facing the Avon River that measured nearly a mile wide - making it the largest earthwork of its kind in Britain. …

Spiritual Matters

Religion and Happiness
Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Wash Post Fri 2015-Aug-21 3:49pm

A new study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone’s “sustained happiness” than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class.…

Disturbing Family Patterns

Open the Box and ‘Oh my God!'
Steven Ertelt, Life News Fri 2015-Aug-21 5:38pm

…In the video, Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress, is shown in a lunch meeting with undercover operatives posing as representatives of a biotech firm. Dyer is laughing about how StemExpress purchases fully intact aborted babies from Planned Parenthood. She laughs about how shippers of the aborted babies would give a warning to lab workers to expect such a baby.

“Oh yeah, if you have intact cases — which we’ve done a lot — we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety,” she says.

“Tell the lab its coming,” she laughs about the intact unborn babies. “You know, open the box and go ‘Oh my God,'” Dyer adds.…

Harvesting From Live Babies
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit Fri 2015-Aug-21 7:47am

The Center for Medical Progress released their seventh video Wednesday morning on the Planned Parenthood harvesting scandal. … tells a former procurement technician’s harrowing story of harvesting an intact brain from a late-term male fetus whose heart was still beating after the abortion.…

Spiritual Matters

Ted Cruz
Pastor Gaylon Wiley
WKRN Sat 2015-Aug-15 3:51pm

It was an unscripted moment like few others on the presidential campaign trail Monday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Ted Cruz paused for a moment and looked into the audience at a community center for a man who changed his family’s life.

“I was told Pastor Gaylon Wiley was here…”

Man and Woman

Men Never Get Over It
Jess Staufenberg, Independent UK Wed 2015-Aug-12 4:31pm

Women are emotionally hit hardest after a break-up – but men suffer more in the long term and may never truly get over it.

Golden Rulers

He Talked Him Off the Ledge
Claire Healy, Irish Mirror Wed 2015-Aug-12 8:31am

…"I was just on my way to the American sweet shop to buy some Gatorade, when I saw this guy in his 30s sitting on the ledge of the bridge. I just thought, 'wow...'.

"I stopped and asked him if he was okay, but I knew from the look in his eyes he wasn't, and he didn't say anything either, but I saw tears coming from his eyes.

"I pleaded with him for a while to come down and sit on the steps, and eventually he did. We sat on the sidewalk on the south side of the Liffey and talked for about 45 minutes, about what was happening to him, why was he feeling that way..."

Read it to find out what happened.
They Painted His House
Helaina Hovitz, Good News Network Wed 2015-Aug-12 8:27am

…Josh and his fellow workers begin every day in the railroad yard across the street from Leonard’s run-down home in Pendleton, Oregon.

One day last month, Josh overhead some kids making rude remarks about how the house should just “be burned down” because it was in such bad shape. Leonard overhead them, too, and looked visibly hurt.

Determined to erase that hurt with something positive, Josh asked a few fellow railroaders to help out.… Worried he wouldn’t have enough helping hands with only a week’s notice, Josh posted his plea on Facebook. “The post blew up like wildfire,” and was shared more than 6,000 times.

One week later, more than 100 people showed up to help paint, and others sent donations of money, food and drinks.…

Family Patterns

Okla Decline in Infant Mortality
Washington Times / AP Thu 2015-Aug-6 8:00pm

A new report says Oklahoma has seen an overall decline in its infant mortality rate in recent years… still remains above the national average… rate among black babies was almost twice that of white babies…

I don't know the factors that make Oklahoma's infant morality rates bad, but it's good to know they declined at all.

Spiritual Matters

Breathe. Don't Breathe. Breathe. Don't Breathe.
Alaska Dispatch News Wed 2015-Aug-5 8:03pm

John Chisolm will be talking on his study of breathwork and the alchemy of the Holy Breath. He attained a Master's degree in psychology and has maintained a counseling/healing practice for 45 years. …raised Catholic …converted to Methodism after marrying and presently studying the Gnostic Gospels starting with the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. …student of “A Course In Miracles” and The Urantia Book. …seeks to recognize the Divine Feminine as full partner to the Holy Masculine. He has come to believe that we are all endowed with the Christ seed and have the opportunity allow our individual expressions of Christhood to unfold.…

Holy smokes, what a mish-mash!

Healing Ourselves

Russell Mills, KRMG Wed 2015-Aug-5 8:10pm

…CrowdMed founder Jared Heyman tells KRMG about 15,000 medical detectives help patients whose doctors can't give them a diagnosis.

"If you're a patient, and you've been suffering for months, or often years, with some kind of unresolved medical condition, and you've often seen several doctors and had all these tests run, and nobody can figure out what's going on, we provide a place where you can submit your case online," Heyman said.

"We've proven that using this crowdsourcing approach, we can solve many, many cases that individual doctors could not, and relatively quickly and inexpensively," he added.

He said there's been a "mixed reaction" from physicians.…

Family Patterns

Large Legacy
Joe Hight, Journal Record Wed 2015-Aug-5 8:07pm

…Paul died at 90 in 2005 and Marie at 93 in 2013, but their legacy includes 49 grandchildren and nearly 100 great-grandchildren, with more on the way. The bond between the brothers and sisters also continues because six of them still attend church and then eat breakfast together every Sunday.…

Just a family which had been described in Life Magazine in 1958…

Modern Family Life

Seeks Family
Lacey Lett, KFOR Wed 2015-Aug-5 7:52pm

…Now, she is looking for a family to call her own.

“I’ve never been with a real family so I don’t know how one acts or is or anything,” she said.

She has lived in foster homes since 2010.

“I live with 16 girls,” Sarah said.

She wants to be adopted before she turns 18-years-old, and she hopes a family will show her how to love and be loved.

“I really don’t know because I don’t know how a true family is,” Sarah said.

If she had a choice, she says she’d like to have a brother or sister.…

Spiritual Matters

Who Has the Mental Illness, Now?
Sarah Stites, Newsbusters Sat 2015-Aug-1 4:42pm

The Atlantic writer Jeffrey Tayler is annoyed at the “educated elite” in our country. Why have they not risen to the occasion and labeled passionate religious belief a mental illness?

The writer’s disappointment followed the release of an article on The News Nerd entitled “American Psychological Association to Classify Belief in God as a Mental Illness.” In the story, Psychologist Dr. Lillian Andrews had stated: “The time for evolving into a modern society and classifying these archaic beliefs as a mental disorder has been long overdue.”

Yet the article, it turned out, was a hoax.

Alas for Mr. Tayler.…

Healing Ourselves

First Double Hand Transplant
Kemberlee Kaye, Legal Insurrection Sat 2015-Aug-1 4:35pm

An eight-year-old boy is the first pediatric recipient of a double hand transplant. When he was only two-years-old, a life threatening infection lead to the amputation of both hands and feet. He also received a kidney transplant from his mother.…

Man and Woman

Guy May "Decide" to Compete Against Gals
TMZ Sat 2015-Aug-1 4:30pm

Janae Marie [Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski] — the champion powerlifter who just came out as transgender — says she's he's still deciding whether she'll he'll continue to compete as a man or as a [man pretending to be a] woman ... because she's concerned about the backlash. ...

Pronouns and name corrected for accuracy. Now let go of my neck. Backlash? Over a man pretending to be a woman competing against women? In powerlifting!?? Can they remove all your Y chromosomes retroactively to birth?

Healing Ourselves

Life-Saving Angels
Michelle Malkin Fri 2015-Jul-31 6:07pm

…With more barbaric video of the Planned Butcherhood racket undoubtedly yet to come, it is worth pausing from this avalanche of evil to remind the nation that there are thousands of miracle workers in the health care industry who value life and honor their professional oath to first do no harm.
I know this firsthand as the proud daughter of a neonatologist who dedicated his life to using his medical training to save lives, not destroy them. Nowhere is the sanctity of life more vividly illustrated than in a NICU. A father in Texas wrote me with his own personal story…

Disturbing Family Patterns

Killing Live Babies
Katie Geary, The Federalist Fri 2015-Jul-31 5:43pm

…Nucatola’s graphic explanation of how to “crush” unborn babies to maximize organ retrieval requires a clarifier. These babies are being strategically maneuvered, crushed, and dismembered under ultrasound guidance—while still alive. This poses an ethical question.…

An ethical question… to say the least!
Fourth Planned Parenthood Video Released
Gabriel Malor, Ace of Spades Fri 2015-Jul-31 9:11am

…This requires criminal investigation…

Analysis by Gabriel Malor

Man and Woman

Beauty and Politics
Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart Fri 2015-Jul-31 6:02pm

…under certain circumstances behaviour can affect your hormonal levels. Hormones are powerful substances: they are the chemicals which tell our bodies how to express gender, and which gender to express.

It turns out that adopting aggressive, masculine postures and developing combative psychological reflexes can boost testosterone levels by significant percentages. In many cases, women with a predilection for activism have high testosterone levels in the first place…

High-testosterone women are more likely to get guts because it’s estrogen that controls fat around the waist, hips and rear. …

Disturbing Family Patterns

PP Profits Off Scandal
Zip, Weasel Zippers Tue 2015-Jul-28 2:53pm

Planned Parenthood Fundraises Off Baby Body Parts Scandal… Then again, this is Planned Parenthood… "Get Your T-Shirt Today!"

OFA Urges 'Stand With Planned Parenthood'
Caleb Howe, Truth Revolt Tue 2015-Jul-28 2:49pm

…a few hours after the release of the latest gruesome and shocking undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress, Organizing for Action, formerly Obama for America, tweeted their support for Planned Parenthood and, presumably, all the grotesque practices that entails.

The group is the non-profit with the sole goal of supporting President Obama's policies and points of view. The only question left at this point is whether the President thinks Planned Parenthood is getting a good deal on their baby part sales.…

Senate vs PP (maybe)
BigStory / AP Tue 2015-Jul-28 2:47pm

The Senate will vote before its August recess on an effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood, presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday.…

PP Threatens Media
ValleyNewsLive Tue 2015-Jul-28 2:45pm

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota warned news outlets today that airing undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress could violate "patient privacy." Planned Parenthood says the videos violate laws however no wrong doing by the Center for Medical Progress has been proven.…

Palin vs PP
William Bigelow, Breitbart Tue 2015-Jul-28 2:43pm

Sarah Palin pulled no punches when calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood on Sunday, pointing out that it was Planned Parenthood, not the Confederate flag, which killed 90,000 black babies in 2014.…

Protesting Planned Parenthood
Red Dawn, Chicks on the Right Tue 2015-Jul-28 2:40pm

…Today, (Tuesday) pro-lifers in over 50 cities are gathering to protest federal funding of the baby chop shop.

“Women have been betrayed by Planned Parenthood. Families have been deceived,” it says on their website. “And the smallest among us have been the ultimate victims of Planned Parenthood's horrific business schemes. Quite frankly, we've had enough. It’s time to relieve Planned Parenthood of our taxpayer dollars. Join pro-lifers across the nation on Tuesday, July 28th to call on state and federal officials to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood, now!”…

How Planned Parenthood Gets Its Money
Daily Signal, YouTube Tue 2015-Jul-28 2:37pm

How Planned Parenthood Gets Its Money, Explained in 90 Seconds [video]

Touching Death
Sean Davis, The Federalist Tue 2015-Jul-28 2:34pm

… On her first day, O’Donnell witnessed her colleagues placing cut up baby parts in “pie dishes” and passing them around for review. Upon seeing and touching the aborted baby parts, “I could feel death and pain shoot up my body, … I blacked out basically…”

Photos of Procured Baby Tissue
Michael Strickland, Gateway Pundit Tue 2015-Jul-28 2:31pm

For 6 months, Holly O’Donnell’s job was to identify pregnant women at Planned Parenthood who met criteria for fetal tissue orders and to harvest the fetal body parts after their abortions.…

PP Expose #3 is Out
Mockarena, Chicks on the Right Tue 2015-Jul-28 2:30pm

As disturbing as this all is, there is something gratifying about this all being exposed.

Cate Dyer
ThunderB, Ace of Spades Tue 2015-Jul-28 12:01pm

Cate Dyer is the doctor Mengele of this enterprise … CEO of stem express, who is buying the baby parts … sister of one of John Boehners top aides…

Spiritual Matters

Okla Flag Israel Flag
Oklahoma Jewish community honors unnamed Holocaust victim with proper burial
Carla Hinton, NewsOK Mon 2015-Jul-27 10:09pm

The mourners didn't know her name, her native country or the place where she met her demise, but they knew her as one of their own and as such, she deserved the dignity of a traditional Jewish burial Sunday in Oklahoma City's Fairlawn Cemetery.… The service, Jacobson said, was the result of "once-in-a-lifetime" circumstances. Jacobson, spiritual leader of Emanuel Synagogue, said she was contacted in 2014 by a local Christian minister who said the family of one of his church members had the remains of a Holocaust victim in their possession. …

Disturbing Family Patterns

50+ Cities To Hold Rallies Against Planned Parenthood
Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart Mon 2015-Jul-27 9:49pm

On Tuesday pro-lifers in more than 50 cities – and counting – will be rallying against Planned Parenthood under the banner of #WomenBetrayed in response to the gruesome undercover investigative videos released by the Center for Medical Progress over the past two weeks.…

Disturbing Family Patterns

A Once Proud Organization
Dedicated Tenther Sun 2015-Jul-26 11:44am

…The Scouts do not allow consumption of alcoholic beverages at scout functions. Why? Is it because alcohol is morally wrong? Is it because duty to God or Country requires one to abstain from drinking? Certainly not. The Scouts do not allow consumption of alcoholic beverages because it is unwise.

Openly homosexual leadership is beyond unwise. It is undermining the very Oath and Law we expect these boys to uphold. It is proving to them, in a way words will never be able to overcome, that the Oath and Law are “just words,” and have no meaning. It is proving to them that morality is based on convenience, and duty to God ends at doors of the church building.

What is worse about this decision is this: the homosexual lobby will not stop with this success.…

Spiritual Matters

Mt. Soledad Cross Controversy Ends after 25 Years
Morgan Lee, Christianity Today Sat 2015-Jul-25 7:06am

The quarter-century controversy over the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial has finally ended, after the US Department of Defense sold the government land on which the 29-foot cross stood.

Judges have disagreed over how emblematic the San Diego memorial really was of Christianity.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals referred to the cross as a “distinctively Christian symbol” in its 2011 ruling that the memorial was unconstitutional. It sided with opponents who argued the cross signified “that Jesus is the Son of God and died to redeem mankind.”

In contrast, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suggested “the cross was a war memorial,” maintaining that it was “outrageous” to conclude that the only dead veterans it honored were Christians. The high court has twice refused to review the case.…

Healing Ourselves

Malaria Vaccine?
Harriet Alexander & Phoebe Weston, The Telegraph Sat 2015-Jul-25 6:30am

Scientists across Africa are celebrating the news that the world's first vaccine against malaria has been approved by the European Medicines Agency. The vaccine, named Mosquirix, was given the green light on Friday after more than 30 years of research, detailed in 230,000 pages of data. It now means that the vaccine will be examined by the World Health Organisation and, if approved, could be administered to children across Africa within the next few years.… [Video: Auto-run]

Spiritual Matters

Lord Weidenfeld
Jordan Schachtel, Breitbart Fri 2015-Jul-24 6:43pm

Lord Weidenfeld, an influential British publisher whom Christians helped escape Nazi-occupied Austria during his youth, has set up a fund to help save Syrian and Iraqi Christian refugees from the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group. … “We have been deeply moved by the plight of Christians in conflict-torn Middle East countries, and we are supporting the transfer of Christian families to safe havens where they can lead normal lives.” …

Marriage Today

Biking for Love
BigFurHat, IOTW Report Fri 2015-Jul-24 7:37pm

…Patch reports the two were estranged when he set off, and that his wife, who was widowed once before, didn’t want to repeat the experience. She has reportedly told him his quest is “the most romantic thing.” Hites says he doesn’t know his exact weight now (he dresses in size 70 pants), but he may weigh himself on the big scale at the junkyard up the road before getting back on the saddle. He says he hopes to drop down to a chubby but healthier 300 pounds.…

Disturbing Family Patterns

Carson: PP's Purpose to Destroy Blacks
Mark Tapson, Truth Revolt Fri 2015-Jul-24 6:37pm

Republican 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson… "You wonder if he actually knows the history of Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger, who was trying to eliminate black people. That was the whole purpose of it."

Taking Tax Money From Baby Butchers
Steven Ertelt, Life News Fri 2015-Jul-24 6:35pm

Representative Diane Black (R-TN) and 80 original cosponsors introduced H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, which would immediately halt all sources of Federal funding to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates for a one year period.… [Video of Cong. Black]

PP: Worst is Yet to Come
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit Fri 2015-Jul-24 6:32pm

It looks like Planned Parenthood has gone into Def Con 1 as it desperately reviews what it has been revealing about itself to outside venders … now that they realize they let a Biomax representative observe PP actually harvesting organs from fetal remains. … PP is warning their Congressional backers that the worse is yet to come…

DOJ: Never Mind Butchered Babies, Persecute the Video Journalists!
Miss CJ, Chicks on the Right Fri 2015-Jul-24 6:29pm

According to this, the DOJ is actually opening up an investigation to investigate whether the Center for Medical Progress did anything illegal in secretly videotaping meetings with Planned Parenthood officials who were discussing and negotiating the price of baby livers and lungs and other tissue. You know, because THAT was the greater crime here. …

Pelosi: Never Mind Butchered Babies, Persecute the Video Journalists!
Paul Bois, Truth Revolt Fri 2015-Jul-24 6:27pm

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif)… "Let’s have an investigation of those people who were trying to ensnare Planned Parenthood in a controversy that doesn’t exist" while dismissing all claims that Planned Parenthood makes profits off selling baby organs. … remarks echoed that of White House press secretary Josh Earnest just a day earlier who defended Planned Parenthood's actions as perfectly legal while decrying the videos as being "selectively edited." …

Man and Woman

Where Have All the Men Gone?
Kay S. Hymowitz, Wall Street Journal Fri 2015-Jul-24 6:19pm

Not so long ago, the average American man in his 20s had achieved most of the milestones of adulthood: a high-school diploma, financial independence, marriage and children. Today, most men in their 20s hang out in a novel sort of limbo, a hybrid state of semi-hormonal adolescence and responsible self-reliance. This “pre-adulthood” has much to recommend it, especially for the college-educated. But it’s time to state what has become obvious to legions of frustrated young women: It doesn’t bring out the best in men.…

Disturbing Family Patterns

Covering Up EVIL
Soopermexican Wed 2015-Jul-22 3:36pm

Washington Post Changes Planned Parenthood Headline From ‘Organ Harvesting’ to ‘Research’

Modern Family Life

Okla Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated
Marianne Rafferty, KFOR Wed 2015-Jul-22 3:40pm

…The doctor’s plan went into action on July 8th. The twins underwent a separation and reconstruction surgery with a team of around twenty physicians, nurses, and staff. After four hours, the separation was a success. … still face surgeries to repair the organ systems they once shared.

Healing Ourselves

Transverse Myelitis
Kelly Ogle, News 9 Fri 2015-Jul-17 3:00pm

…Finally, after a month of tests, they discovered he has a rare auto-immune disease called transverse myelitis, that attacks the spinal cord. Integris neurologist Dr. Farhat Husain says the disease affects eight out of one million people. So rare, many doctors don't catch it.

"Doctors who are not used to seeing the patients with transverse myelitis may misdiagnose it as neuropathy and they sometimes think it is arthritis," said Husain.

Once patients get the correct diagnosis, Husain says it is treatable, but getting full mobility back isn't guaranteed. …

Spiritual Matters

Christianity Today Sun 2015-Jul-12 10:10am

The story of the Waldensians is a story of devotion to the Scriptures, and of perseverance—a story that should inspire us all. Because of their origins in the distant 12th century, they have been called “the oldest evangelical Church”; because they became an embattled pocket of stubborn “heretics” in the valleys of the Piedmont Alps, unwilling to surrender their beliefs, they have been called the “Israel of the Alps.” The Waldensian story is fascinating, and legendary. …

US Flag
Americans and God
Morgan Lee, Christianity Today Sun 2015-Jul-12 9:56am

This Fourth of July, God and America have a complicated relationship.A third of Americans say the United States is a Christian nation. But more than half say the country has a special relationship with the Almighty. …