Friday, April 18, 2014

Her diary, his diary

By Donald Sensing

The Difference Between Men And Women. This Is Genius

Yep, this is about right. Reminds me of the classic question, "Did Elaine ever own a horse?"

Thank goodness global warming will solve this for us!

By Donald Sensing

Antarctic sea ice demolishing old records | Ice Age Now

Antarctic sea ice continues to grow at an alarming rate, says reader Chris Beal.

It’s now 1,636,000 sq km above average, and continues to set new all-time daily records.
Surely global warming will save us!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Why you don't have a right to Social Security checks

By Donald Sensing

There is no legal right, that is. But the Democrats want to make you think there is, and that only they can protect it because the mean, evil, hate-filled Republicans want to take Social Security away. But in fact, both parties are doing their level best to destroy it.

Is There a Right to Social Security? | Cato Institute

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Working suckers

By Donald Sensing

86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers

There are 1.7 Americans receiving government transfers for every full-time worker. Granted that some people receiving such transfers are also working full time, we are still left with the fact that more people receive means tested benefits than are working full time.

This cannot continue, and as economist Herbert Stein pointed out, "When something can't go on forever, it won't."

And this won't.

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The War on Christians

By Donald Sensing

The Middle East War on Christians - WSJ.com

Christians are under oppression, often lethal, in every country in the Middle East except Israel, which is the only ME country where the Christian population is increasing. Syria, for example, used to be 30 percent Christian, now no more than 10 percent, if that.

And Jews continue to be oppressed almost everywhere else: East Ukraine Jews Ordered to Register with Pro-Russia Authorities.

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Why doctors are miserable

By Donald Sensing

How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession - The Daily Beast

Nine of 10 doctors discourage others from joining the profession, and 300 physicians commit suicide every year. When did it get this bad?
For someone whose son and his son's fiance are both medical students, this is a very sobering, indeed depressing, read.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"If the cradles are empty, the future is bleak"

By Donald Sensing

The Z Blog › Empty Cradles:

Is Putin moving on Ukraine in a bid to get Russians to bear more children? Hmmm....

And here is a handy little "List of sovereign states and dependent territories by fertility rate," although its data are five or more years old by now.

Ukraine has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. It hit a low in 2001 of 1.08 live births per woman, and even though it had rebounded to 1.53 in 2012, that is still very much below mere replacement rate.

Most of the rest of Europe is no higher or not much higher, and of the major European NATO powers, only the UK and France are higher. Germany and Italy are in a race for the bottom of all Europe. Poland, which would be key terrain in defending either Ukraine or the NATO-member Baltic states, has a birth rate only marginally higher.

So my question to anyone proposing such military action by the United States: if the European nations threatened by Russia will not have children to grow up to defend their own nations, why should we ask American women to bear children to go defend those nations? It seems to me that they have already decided that their country is not worth dying for. I do not see why we should.

HT: American Digest

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"In war, everything is simple . . .

By Donald Sensing

"... but even the simplest things are difficult."

So observed Carl von Clausewitz, one of the foremost theoreticians of war the West has ever produced.

That came to my mind when I read former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld's annual letter to the IRS saying that tax codes and forms are so complex that even after paying for accountants to prepare his tax return, "I do not know whether or not my tax returns are accurate."



My tax return is quite simple, I assure you - except for having a college daughter who has received scholarships, which grotesquely complicates it - and I find completing even my return maddening.

As Carl von C. said about war, so in taxes: even the simplest return is difficult.

Donald Rumsfeld sends IRS letter every year as he has 'no idea' if tax returns are accurate | Mail Online

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Evidence for God: The Universe

By Donald Sensing

The Evidence for God: The Universe - Saints and Sceptics

I remember a conversation with a self-described atheist, who said that he would believe in God if only there was evidence of God's existence.

"What about the universe?" I asked. "Because if the universe itself is not evidence of God, then you are requiring evidence that is greater than the universe! Please tell me: What that would be?"

Sound of crickets chirping....

See also, "Proofs of God's Existence."

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Guess what day it is!

By Donald Sensing

This day!


My annual post. This one, too:

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Monday, April 14, 2014

In the night sky

By Donald Sensing

This light appeared in the night sky directly over my house last evening. First, the full shot, then a crop:



It was very high in the sky and moving linearly. But perhaps it's not quite as inexplicable as the black ring that appeared over England:


Video HT: American Digest.

Okay, it's been more than a day since I posted this. I have no idea what the black ring was over England. But the light in my night sky was a jet plane with unusual lights - not an airliner, but smaller like a large biz jet. Only when it flew directly over me did the sound of the engines reach my ears, unmistakably jets. The exterior lights were still unusual, though.

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And the scary thing is - they vote

By Donald Sensing

The 17 Stupidest Facebook Statuses Ever Published

Winning comment left there: "No wonder Obama won two elections."

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Why I Am Not a "Progressive" Methodist

By Donald Sensing

I'd say this is pretty close to where I come out on this matter, too: "Top Five Reasons Why I Am Not A Progressive Methodist"

1.  I don't believe that progressive Christianity holds exclusive rights to the longstanding goals of what we used to call the "social gospel" --  
2.  I believe that heaven and hell are real and that Jesus will actually return to earth one day to judge the quick and the dead.  
3.  I choose an ancient understanding of authority over a modern one. ... what is current and/or personal becomes authoritative in progressive theology.  I am of the mind that newer is almost never better when it comes to doctrine.  
4.  I hope and pray to embrace the heart of the Wesleyan movement -- a passionate belief in free will, a celebration of the assurance of salvation, and a promise to spread scriptural holiness -- without a particular attachment to its contemporary forms.  
5.  I don't read the bible literally.  I don't read the bible symbolically.  I read it literarily.
Expositions at each point.

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Who owns America?

By Donald Sensing

Meaning, Who owns the country physically? And the answer is mostly the federal government. The farther west you go, the more land is held by the US government:


And graphed another, very revealing way:


 Much, maybe most, of the federal lands are off limits to the American people.

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Progressivism in a nutshell

By Donald Sensing

Belmont Club » Beyond Reproach

The progressive agenda fundamentally rests on the notion that ordinary men need brilliant people to tell them what to do. It depends on the idea that left to themselves the great unwashed would merely swill beer, drive pickup trucks and believe in superstitious nonsense like good and evil, right and wrong, God and the devil. And how much better it might be if we instead listened to the enlightenment of the Great and the Good.
As columnist David Harsanyi put it a little more succinctly: "Progressivism is the belief that we have too much freedom with which to make too many stupid choices."

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

By Donald Sensing

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

A very good, simple list. Read and heed.

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Why the dolphins were not friendly

By Donald Sensing

Photo and caption from "Allure of the Seas' Underbelly (and a few others)," a really interesting photoessay of the largest passenger sea vessel the world has ever known:


Mainly because those are sharks, not dolphins. Thresher sharks, to be exact.

But the essay is worth the time if you are interested in a long view of Allure of the Seas,, including areas passengers do not ordinarily get to see.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Original debt

By Donald Sensing

Anyone who does not understand the Christian theological concept of original sin need only to consider the equally real "original debt." For according to a Harvard University study, an infant born today emerges into the world already in financial debt to the amount of $106,000.

American workers would have to cough up a one-time “debt reduction fee” of $106,000 to pay off the nation's debt that has grown 58 percent under President Obama, according to Harvard University's Institute of Politics annual report on the USA.

The 91-page report provided to Secrets pegged the nation’s debt at $16.7 trillion, up from the $10.6 trillion inherited by Obama. “The debt has grown so quickly because of large and repeated annual deficits in federal spending,” said the report. (
Harvard study: Your share of the federal debt is $106,000)
Did that baby sign one promissory note? Nope. Take out a single loan? Nope. Did that newly-born infant do anything at all to be indebted to the tune of 106 large? All it did was be born.

And yet there it is. Original debt is real. Likewise original sin.

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