Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ali Fontaine "Ignorance"

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OPPOSING OR QUESTIONING ISLAM: Is That A Racist Act?

by Audrey Russo  “Islam is an ideology. It’s not a race.” ~Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR spokesperson
If you care about truth in today’s world culture…you’re going against the flow. Truth is the new “hate speech”, especially if that speech is about the new Leftist/Marxist victim of the moment: Islam. According to the Left…taking its lead from Islam (Sharia Islamic Law)…if you even question Islam, you are committing a hate crime and are branded a racist. But there is a wee bit of a problem with this premise: Islam…is NOT a race, hence the racist label is void!...Continue reading....                      

Islam is not a race.  Muslims are not a race.  Islam is an ideology that should be open to critical examination.  Muslims, however, are individuals who should be protected from harm or harassment in the same way and for the same reasons as anyone else. thereligionofpeace.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Richard Dawkins, "If Islam is a race, then socialism is a race, birdwatching is a race, femaleness is a race.":  https://twitter.com/richarddawkins/status/528454775604797440

Social media, microchip solve lost dog mystery

By Betty Ann Adam, The StarPhoenix: [photo]
A woman who was reunited with her stolen dog has become a great proponent of microchips for pets.
“I most definitely recommend them for anybody with animals. The first thing you should do is get them microchipped,” Brandy Mitchell said Wednesday.
Mitchell feared she would never see her beloved Bella again after the Yorkie-Chihuahua disappeared four months ago during an incident outside Market Mall.
“I was completely devastated. I was heartbroken every day until I got her back,” she said.
Bella has gone pretty much everywhere with Mitchell since she adopted the dog from the SPCA six years ago...Continue reading, video...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Miranda Lambert "Somethin' Bad" ft. Carrie Underwood

                                                           last.fm/music Miranda Lambert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

$13,000-plus raised to save abused cat named 'Bruce Almighty' - prognosis good says Regina Humane Society

by MaxKnoblauch
People around the world are sending donations to cover the treatment and recovery costs for an abused cat named Bruce Almighty.
Discovered by homeowners in Regina, Saskatchewan on March 18, Bruce was found with electrical tape tightly wrapped around his legs, causing infection and severe tissue damage in the areas...Continue reading...

Regina Humane Society says prognosis for cat with taped paws looking good...http://www.mysask.com

Full coverage here.

"Short Movie" Laura Marling

Laura Marling loosens up the reins and explores being lost on Short Movie

By Alex McCown: Short Movie is the sound of Laura Marling’s identity crisis. It’s her first album that actually sounds comfortable, and like Marling herself, might not be fully comfortable with that fact. Once I Was An Eagle was a towering record, an intimate yet epic album full of lush, bombastic songs and vocals often feverish in their intensity. But still, Marling and her acoustic guitar were always at the heart of things. That album marked her artistic evolution from precocious “old soul” to a young woman fully in command of her talent. Now she’s self-possessed, with an ease and relaxed vibe that has never before come through as fully as it does here...Continue reading...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdCdT_dcmUI

Boeing patents sci-fi force field that deflects explosive shock waves

By

Boeing is perhaps best known for the commercial aircraft that most people have flown on at one point or another. But the company also has interests in rockets, satellites, space exploration, and an array of military technology. Its latest patent takes a turn toward the science fictional, with a design for a force-field system that could protect vehicles from nearby explosions. Rather than deflecting projectiles aimed directly at the vehicle, this system would muffle the shock wave resulting from an explosion, which is often the most damaging aspect.
When a bomb or other explosive ordinance detonates, it causes a rapid increase in heat and pressure. The resulting shock wave carries a great deal of energy outward from the blast site. Knowing which direction the blast is coming from could allow Boeing’s new force-field technology to spare a small area from the full force of the explosion. Whereas most of the energy shields from Star Trek and Star Wars are fully encompassing, long-term barriers, Boeing’s force field would exist only for a moment in a very limited area...Continue reading...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Leonard Cohen "Suzanne"

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The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

Some of these essays play me out, I do not have a very long attention span.This article was educational and worth the effort.

Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective. by Gabrielle GlaserArt by Dan Saelinger

J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build of a distance runner. His choice of profession seems preordained, as he speaks in fully formed paragraphs, his thoughts organized by topic sentences. He’s also a worrier—a big one—who for years used alcohol to soothe his anxiety.
J.G. started drinking at 15, when he and a friend experimented in his parents’ liquor cabinet. He favored gin and whiskey but drank whatever he thought his parents would miss the least. He discovered beer, too, and loved the earthy, bitter taste on his tongue when he took his first cold sip.
His drinking increased through college and into law school. He could, and occasionally did, pull back, going cold turkey for weeks at a time. But nothing quieted his anxious mind like booze, and when he didn’t drink, he didn’t sleep. After four or six weeks dry, he’d be back at the liquor store.
By the time he was a practicing defense attorney, J.G. (who asked to be identified only by his initials) sometimes drank almost a liter of Jameson in a day. He often started drinking after his first morning court appearance, and he says he would have loved to drink even more, had his schedule allowed it. He defended clients who had been charged with driving while intoxicated, and he bought his own Breathalyzer to avoid landing in court on drunk-driving charges himself.
In the spring of 2012, J.G. decided to seek help. He lived in Minnesota—the Land of 10,000 Rehabs, people there like to say—and he knew what to do: check himself into a facility. He spent a month at a center where the treatment consisted of little more than attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings...J.G.’s despair was only heightened by his seeming lack of options. “Every person I spoke with told me there was no other way,” he says.
The 12 steps are so deeply ingrained in the United States that many people, including doctors and therapists, believe attending meetings, earning one’s sobriety chips, and never taking another sip of alcohol is the only way to get better. Hospitals, outpatient clinics, and rehab centers use the 12 steps as the basis for treatment. But although few people seem to realize it, there are alternatives, including prescription drugs and therapies that aim to help patients learn to drink in moderation. Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous, these methods are based on modern science and have been proved, in randomized, controlled studies, to work...Read complete article here.

Almighty battle for Bruce the cat after legs bound by tape | Video

Bruce Almighty looks like Kitty Mittens. Bruce brings a tear to my eye. I feel sad and very angry. Get well soon Bruce Almighty.                                                                                                            By Rachel Psutka, Leader-Post:
REGINA — A fluffy black and white cat with a raspy meow and the will to survive is facing an almighty battle after he was found in a northwest Regina neighbourhood with electrical tape wrapped tightly around his limbs.
Named Bruce Almighty by the after-hours emergency animal protection officers who rushed to his aid Wednesday evening, the two- or three-year-old cat has extensive damage to his legs and paws after the cruel and deliberate act, Regina Humane Society executive director Lisa Koch said.
“I think that it had been a tremendous struggle for him,” Koch said. “Our officers see a lot of terrible things and at that moment when he collapsed in their arms, he knew he was safe. That’s when they named him Bruce Almighty, because they knew that he had a lot of fight in him. When he arrived at our shelter he knew he was safe and he could quit fighting, and we could start fighting for him.”
Bruce Almighty looks like Kitty Mittens. Bruce brings a tear to my eye. I feel sad and very angry. Get well soon Bruce Almighty...Continue reading, photos, video...
Help Bruce Almighty Recover                                                                                                                                                                                                 Karen Dackiw: 
This campaign is being run by the Regina Humane Society. The page organizer is an employee of the Shelter.

Bruce Almighty was found on the evening of March 18, 2015 in Regina, SK, Canada when he wandered into a yard in the northwest area of the City. Gravely concerned by what they saw, the homeowners immediately called the Animal Protection team at the Regina Humane Society.

Officers responded and the young cat, estimated to be between two and three years old, was found with electrical tape tightly bound around his legs and paws. The tape, which had severely restricted circulation over time, had caused massive tissue loss and infection in the extremities. The cat, who had no identification, collapsed into the arms of officers late Wednesday evening and purred as they began the delicate process of removing the bands which had destroyed his limbs.

 “Bruce Almighty” named for his fierce determination and will to live, underwent hours of emergency surgery as RHS veterinarians attempted to save his legs. While the Society is hopeful that enough healthy tissue remains to keep his legs and the infection can be treated, his status remains very guarded.

“The pain and suffering he has endured is unimaginable” said senior RHS Animal Protection Officer B. Lerat. “He is fortunate that a caring member of the public alerted us to his whereabouts. The public really is our eyes and ears when it comes to reporting cases of neglect and abuse involving animals.”

We are seeking to raise funds to help cover the significant cost of Bruce Almighty's treatment and recovery. It is expected that one of his legs will need to be amputated by Shelter Veterinarians and he will need ongoing wound and infection care. Any donation, no matter the size will make a huge difference for Bruce Almighty. Any money raised in excess of the goal will be used to help other animals at the Shelter in need and will also be used to provide further animal protection and cruelty work by the RHS.

The Society receives no government funding for enforcement of animal cruelty laws and relies solely on its community of donors to continue this important work.

All donations will receive a tax receipt from the Regina Humane Society.

This case is being treated as an open investigation we urge anyone who recognizes the cat or knows anything about the case to please contact Regina Humane Society’s Animal Protection Services. http://www.gofundme.com/brucealmighty

Friday, March 20, 2015

Her Horse Was Sinking Quickly When She Did Something Unforgettable

(via Daily Mail & viralnova ) Nicole Graham, a mother from Melbourne, Australia, recently went for a leisurely horse ride along the beach with her daughter. However, the afternoon quickly shifted from a relaxing outing to a living nightmare. Graham’s horse, an 18-year-old steed named Astro, ventured into unexpectedly treacherous mud and was followed by her daughter’s horse before she could warn them.
Graham was able to get herself, her daughter, and her daughter’s smaller horse free, but Astro remained stuck.

Graham spent 3 hours clinging to the horse as he continued to struggle.
                                                             eyeopening.info (more photos)

"Head Over Heels" by Tears For Fears


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Delivery of US Weapons and Ammunition to ISIS: Iraqi Commander Wiretaps ISIS Communications with US Military

By Fars News Agency: A commander of Iraq’s popular forces disclosed that wiretapping of ISIL’s communications has confirmed the reports that the US planes have been airdropping food and arms supplies for the Takfiri terrorists.
“The wiretapped ISIL communications by Iraqi popular forces have revealed that the US planes have been dropping weapons and foodstuff for the Takfiri terrorist group,” Commander of Iraq’s Ali Akbar Battalion told FNA on Wednesday.
He noted that tapping on ISIL disclosed the terrorist group’s regular contacts with the US army, and said,
“They exchanged sentences like if they would have a share of the ammunition dropped near (Spiker Military Base) or responses such as ‘you will also receive your share’.”
“The US forces by dropping weapons and ammunition for ISIL, specially in Yassreb, Al-Ramadi and near Spiker Base in Hay al-Qadessiya have provided a lot of help to the ISIL,” he added.
Many similar reports by Iraqi officials and forces have surfaced in the last few months.
In February, an Iraqi provincial official lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, revealing that the US airplanes still continue to airdrop weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL terrorists...Continue reading...

Monty Python - Prejudice



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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.

Sassy: It's like I said all along, poopsie: cats rule and dogs drool.
Chance: Oh, get a life. Get nine of 'em.
Sassy: But it's true. Cats are smarter than dogs, and more attractive... and we don't drink from the toilet! http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Homeward_Bound:_The_Incredible_Journey

'Breathtaking' solar eclipse witnessed by millions.


Millions of people in the UK and northern Europe have glimpsed the best solar eclipse in years.
A great swathe of the Earth's surface was plunged into darkness as the Moon came between us and the Sun.
From an aeroplane above the Faroe Islands, a BBC camera crew captured startling footage of the event reaching totality at 09:41 GMT.
The deep shadow formed first in the North Atlantic and then swept up into the Arctic, ending at the North Pole...Continue reading... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhMfvTevhT8

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tom Waits "Hold On"

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Altar of the Lord Rebuilt in Jerusalem — a Sign of the Times?

by Jessilyn Justice: The Dome of the Rock, which is known to the Jews as the Temple Mount. The Temple Institute has rebuilt the altar for the Temple of the Lord. (Reuters)
The Temple Institute has rebuilt an altar to the Lord in Jerusalem, and international scholars are marveling at the significance behind it. 
As part of the "Temple Movement" in Israel, the altar was inaugurated in December, and reports indicate it could be ready for Passover. 
"We know that end-time prophecy cannot be fulfilled without the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem," says New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Cahn. "The abomination desolation prophesied in Daniel and in the Gospels, must take place within the Temple precincts. So, too, the apostle Paul speaks of the 'man of sin,' or the Antichrist, sitting in the Temple of God. What many people don't realize is that along with the Holy of Holies, the altar of the Temple is the most central and critical part of the Temple."
The Temple Institute's goal "is to rekindle the flame of the Holy Temple in the hearts of mankind through education. Our long-term goal is to do all in our limited power to bring about the building of the Holy Temple in our time," according to their website.
Jewish pilgrims are seeing the impact of the rebuilt temple, as well.
Though the full temple has not been reconstructed, the Institute is pressing toward that.
"What's so special about coming here on Tisha Be'av is that this is the location where the Temples were destroyed – just on the other side of the Wall," Gutman Locks tells the Jerusalem Post. "And that's where the third one will be built when the Messiah comes, and that one will not be destroyed.
"Even though it's the saddest time of the year, we can see Jews come back to the land again, which was prophesized for thousands of years. We can actually see it happening."...Continue reading...

Monday, March 16, 2015

About The Raven

Luke 12:24 - Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

1 Kings 17:4 - And it shall be, [that] thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

Genesis 8:7 - And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. [link]

The Raven

By Edgar Allan Poe
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178713

White Raven

White Raven

Friday, March 13, 2015

Bill C-51: Anti-terrorism, 2015 - Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.
(Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS) [photo]

Published by David Akin First reading the Canadian federal governments new anti-terrorism legislation. Read here.

- More on Bill C-51 from the National Post.

2015 has three Friday the 13ths. What are the odds?

Scared of Friday the 13th? An irrational fear of this date is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga is the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named). Image via Kelli Marshall
By   March 13, 2015 is a Friday, ushering in Act II of this year’s epic Friday the 13th trilogy. We had a Friday the 13th in February, too – exactly four weeks before March’s Friday the 13th! Then we’ll have a Friday the 13th in November – exactly 39 weeks (3 x 13 weeks) after Friday, February 13, 2015!...Continue reading...                                                                                                             

Siberian Husky Goes For A Walk On A Frozen Lake


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hawk Nelson "Drops in the Ocean"


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Ceremony in Kuwait for Sergeant Doiron

A Poem from Roger Borchert in memory of Sergeant Doiron

In respect of the loss of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron With spring time Just around the corner With hearts lifted, fancy free Thinking of the warmth to come Now drawn to our knees Dreams shattered, minds a chill Hearts numbed, by the news We lost a heart Oh Canada A gift to those in need To help to stamp the terror from Their homeland, from their streets The brave have stepped Forth to the task They place themselves within the midst They provide the knowledge Hard to find To greet the foe they meet No they didn’t have to go there They could safely, walk away But for heroes who step forth to save Bring our world a new day They know the dangers Know the pain Terror sows across our world And step to teach Stand to lead To others lend a hand A Special Forces Soldier For that is who he was Special not, just in what he did For the nation that he loved As hearts of those he served with break As tears well up in the eyes Of those who held him oh so dear Please know a nation holds you close In that darkest moment life unfolds For life was taken from A special Canadian soldier who Stood for a better world to come Your efforts Sgt. Doiron will not be forgotten. You are Canada, and you and your fellow troops are in our hearts. Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron we knew you not, but our prayers reach out for you, your loved ones, friends, and fellow soldiers. We do, so dearly, thank you and your loved ones for your efforts towards making our world a better place. By: Roger Borchert The Borchert Family, Morinville, Alberta http://www.canadianheroes.com/

Jimmy Fallon Has To Say About The Dems Who Boycotted Netanyahu

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The complete transcript of Netanyahu’s address to Congress washingtonpost.com

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"Goodbye England" Laura Marling

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Fort McMurray mother trying to kill bed bugs poisoned her children: fire department

Infant dead, four other children in critical condition after possible pesticide poisoning
By Otiena Ellwand and Marty Klinkenberg, Edmonton Journal

A pesticide used in a unit in this apartment building killed an infant and left several other children in critical condition.

Photograph by: Bradley Karp , MyMcMurray.com

A mother trying to kill bed bugs in her Fort McMurray apartment used an imported pesticide that fatally poisoned her infant and left her other children critically ill.
The substance used in the apartment was a pellet form of phosphine, an agricultural pesticide that is strictly controlled in Canada and requires special training to use.
When exposed to the air, the pellets react with moisture and release phosphine gas, said James Kehrer, a toxicologist at the University of Alberta. As a gas, it’s often used to fumigate large batches of grain.
“It will kill the bed bugs, but it’s nasty stuff,” said Kehrer. “Children are more susceptible to these things ... It should only be used by a professional.”
The pellets were mainly spread around one bedroom, but fire crews detected the substance throughout the unit, said Brad Grainger, deputy chief of operations for the Fort McMurray fire department.
“It’s airborne, but it’s low to the ground,” he said. “You can imagine children crawling on the ground.”...Continue reading...
Related:
SASKATOON – Bed bugs. Just the thought of them makes your skin crawl and according to local pest control experts, they’re becoming more prevalent.
“Bed bugs are simply a hitchhiker and you’ll pick up bed bugs in many, many different places,” said Murray Davison, branch manager for Poulin’s Professional Pest Control Services.
“They’re making a come-back because of international travel,you know lots of people traveling to different destinations around the world and they’re just bringing them back.”
Surviving up to a year without a blood meal, bed bugs can live in walls and transfer in between apartments.
“They’re quite happy to live in the top third of your bed, in your headboard, in your night stand that kinda stuff and as long as there’s a blood meal there every night, you know you’re sleeping in there and they’ll come and feed on you.” explained Davison.
Serina McKeen, a young mother of one, says she’s packing up after getting fed-up with a bug infestation in her apartment complex on Avenue O South.
“It’s not a safe place for my kid.”...Continue reading...

Highlights from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

© Ramil Gilvanov/Rimma Gilvanova, Russia, Shortlist, Lifestyle, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Photos here

Monday, February 23, 2015

"Reason To Cry" by Lucinda Williams

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Jennifer Jones wins tight Scotties final over Val Sweeting

By , Toronto Sun

MOOSE JAW, SASK. - As tears streamed down her face, Saskatchewan skip Stefanie Lawton battled hard just to answer the questions from the media.
This was no throwaway bronze medal game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. After nine days playing in front of passionate, partisan crowds at Mosaic Place, Lawton wanted nothing more than to take that elusive step up to the podium right here at home.
However, it was not meant to be. Lawton finished fourth for the fourth time in as many appearances after a 7-5 loss to two-time defending champion Rachel Homan's Team Canada on Sunday.
"We wanted to play a good game out there and give the crowd something to cheer about," Lawton said. "They were pretty quiet today because we just weren't making the shots we had been all weekend."
No matter, Saskatchewan was the feel-good story of this event, overcoming plenty of hurdles en route to a very respectable finish...Continue reading...
Related: Regina curling fan meets her idol Jennifer Jones. Video
                                              Team Jennifer Jones sticking together for another run at the Olympics