Saturday, March 14, 2009

Doing some good, sheding some light

"So far as I am acquainted with the principles and doctrines of Freemasonry , I conceive it to be founded in benevolence and to be exercised for the good of mankind ."
George Washington, Freemason

I scream and lament about politics and injustices in the world but there are people and organizations that we should recognize for the good they do. There exists an organization of men who's mission it is to do good in the world. The often maligned and misunderstood, Freemasons, a not so secret secret, is an organization of men dedicated to doing good work. While it has been portrayed as an organization that controls the worlds finances and pulls the strings of government, nothing can be further from the truth. Freemasons and their appended bodies support a multitude of charities and medical research.
"The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, Utica New York, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. For people who do not know what the research lab is all about, scientists provide hope to millions of people worldwide who are affected by heart disease." (WKTV News) Another outstanding Masonic charity, are Shriners Hospital. "For those living in Mexico, the US or Canadian, these hospitals are pretty well known. What is not always known is that all Shriners are Masons! There are 22 hospitals throughout the United States: three for treatment of burns and 19 which address crippled children's medical problems. The first Shriners Hospital opened in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1922 and the first Burns Institute opened in Galveston, Texas in 1966. To date, the Shriners have spent over $3 billion dollars on hospital operating costs and over $7 million on construction and renovation.
The number of children helped to date is nearing 550,000 and all care is free! The one department which is never found in a Shrine Hospital is a billing department. Funds for this come from gifts, bequests, income from the endowment fund, hospital fund-raising events, and the annual hospital assessment paid by every Shriner (of which there are approximately 600,000)."
The work of Masonry is vast and varied including, Dentistry for Children with Special Needs, The Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. is a partner with EyeCare America Seniors EyeCare Program to which KTEF gives financial support and enables them to help more people in need, Scottish Rite Masonic Children's Learning Centers, Scottish Rite Convalescent Hospital for Crippled Children and The Masonic Service Association of North America conducts an active Hospital Volunteer Program.
Masons show that we as people can make a difference in our community, our country and our world. The fact that Freemasons do what they do gives me hope for the future. The Masons motto is "we take good men and make them better". This is an organization that sees where there is a need and steps in and answers the call.If they are a secret clandestine organization as their critics would suggest they are doing a lousy job of hiding out but they are doing a great job of doing good.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Lions led by a donkey

“I know I have become the intellectual engine of the conservative movement,”
(Rush Limbaugh)

Editorial
Would the first Republican with cahones please stand up. What a miserable bunch of cowards. Sucking up to Rush Limbaugh like he was some kind of brilliant intellectual, which is the bigest joke on the planet. While all the while he is a second semester college drop out, blowhard, intellectual mediocrity with a big mouth. One would think that one, just one of the GOP politicians had courage enough to stand up to that destroyer of the Republican party and state the obvious, that he is a fool and a demigod. But they don't because they ARE politicians and as such have sold their soul to the fat man. The Republicans have become Lions led by a donkey. As a result of their cowardice Rush Limbaugh has become the titular head of the Republican party and they now all tremble at his every word.

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Rush Limbaugh the intellectual leader of the GOP, has been railing against women having babies and going on welfare. Who are these women? Not white middle class Republican women, no, they are blacks and Hispanics. He screams out of one side of his mouth against the women on welfare having too many babies and in the next breath out of the other side of his mouth opposes women right to choose and opposes abortion. Rush doesn't get it, you can't have it both ways.
Rush how about gas, we can gas all the minorities and the poor, problem solved. Give grave diggers work and gas manufacturers not to mention coffin makers increased profits. Wait, lets think this out who will clean your house, trim your lawn, clean your pool? Must be another solution maybe gas all the pregnant women, and sterilize the men. That might work.
(J.Mullin)
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The American Conservative Magazine derides the lack of intellectual leadership of the GOP and the stupidity of Limbaugh
"Limbaugh has a similarly high opinion of himself: “I know I have become the intellectual engine of the conservative movement,” he told the New York Times. This doesn’t sit well with all conservatives. Fred Barnes grumbled, “When the GOP rose in the late 1970s, it had Ronald Reagan. Now the loudest Republican voice belongs to Rush Limbaugh.” Upon discovering that Limbaugh had anointed himself the successor to William F. Buckley Jr., WFB’s son Christopher retorted, “Rush, I knew William F. Buckley, Jr. William F. Buckley, Jr. was a father of mine. Rush, you’re no William F. Buckley, Jr.” Read More...

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Recommended Book:
Confessions of a Subprime Lender: An Insider's Tale of Greed, Fraud, and Ignorance
"Former subprime lender Richard Bitner once worked in an industry that started out helping disadvantaged customers but collapsed due to greed, lack of financial control and willful ignorance. In Confessions of a Subprime Lender: An Insider's Tale of Greed, Fraud, and Ignorance, he reveals the truth about how the sub prime lending business spiraled out of control, pushed home prices to unsustainable levels, and turned unqualified applicants into qualified borrowers through creative financing. Learn about the ways the mortgage industry can be fixed with his twenty suggestions for critical change."

SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT

Warming might be on hold, study finds
Authors sense hibernation, but warn of 'explosive' rise later

(By Michael Reilly, Discovery)
"It is possible that a fraction of the most recent rapid warming since the 1970's was due to a freevariation in climate," Isaac Held of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Princeton, New Jersey wrote in an email to Discovery News. "Suggesting that the warming might possibly slow down or even stagnate for a few years before rapid warming commences again."
Swanson thinks the trend could continue for up to 30 years. But he warned that it's just a hiccup, and that humans' penchant for spewing greenhouse gases will certainly come back to haunt us.
"When the climate kicks back out of this state, we'll have explosive warming," Swanson said. "Thirty years of greenhouse gas radiative forcing will still be there and then bang, the warming will return and be very aggressive."

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Amazing Grace, It is amazing
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February 24, 2009

  • Army Capt. Brian M. Bunting, 29, of Potomac, Md.; assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New York National Guard, Syracuse, N.Y.; died Feb. 24 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed were Sgt. Schuyler B. Patch, Sgt. Scott B. Stream and Sgt. Daniel J. Thompson.

  • Army Sgt. Schuyler B. Patch, 25, of Owasso, Okla.; assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois National Guard, Kewanee, Ill.; died Feb. 24 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed were Capt. Brian M. Bunting, Sgt. Scott B. Stream and Sgt. Daniel J. Thompson.

  • Army Sgt. Scott B. Stream, 39, of Mattoon, Ill.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois National Guard, Effingham, Ill.; died Feb. 24 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed were Capt. Brian M. Bunting, Sgt. Schuyler B. Patch and Sgt Daniel J. Thompson.

  • Army Sgt. Daniel J. Thompson, 24, of Madison, Wis.; was a member of the Individual Ready Reserve and was assigned to the 715th Military Police Company, Florida National Guard, Melbourne, Fla.; died Feb. 24 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Also killed were Capt. Brian M. Bunting, Sgt. Schuyler B. Patch and Sgt. Scott B. Stream.

  • Army 1st Lt. William E. Emmert, 36, of Fayetteville, Tenn.; assigned to the 269th Military Police Company, 117th Military Police Battalion, Tennessee National Guard, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; died Feb. 24 in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds sustained when he was shot while participating in a local Iraqi Police function.

    February 26, 2009
  • Army Cpl. Brian M. Connelly, 26, of Union Beach, N.J.; assigned to the 40th Engineer Battalion, Task Force 1-6, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany; died Feb. 26 in Baghdad, of wounds sustained when his vehicle was struck by an explosive device.

    February 28, 2009
  • Marine Cpl. Donte J. Whitworth, 21, of Noblesville, Ind.; assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.; died Feb. 28 in Anbar province, Iraq, in a non-hostile vehicle accident.