Three Little Pigs – like you’ve not heard it before

If you need a laugh (and who doesn’t these days?) listen to John Branyan regale you with the account of the porcine trio in a manner most unaccustomed.

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“Don’t Cry” – a song for foster, and other wounded, kids

My son is a hip-hop artist who only makes clean or Christian stuff. He wrote this song in collaboration with a friend and it has had a profound effect on many people. He recently posted it on Facebook and it has been quite the hit. Here is part of his intro:

“I have met and known so many people who have been through the U.S. Foster Care System and this song is dedicated to those who have been, or are still in it. It is also dedicated to those who have grown up with parents suffering from substance abuse.

This song is for you…And I pray that it would bring healing and encouragement to you.

Please like and share! Your support means the world to me and in you sharing this track, it can encourage others who need to hear this message. God hears you, trust me…More than you know, and you are not alone.”

Download now at:

http://noisetrade.com/jlloyd/dont-cry-single

Stream on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVylYzWUH28

Hillary rally at Temple University, Philadelphia – video perspectives

Since my daughter is still completely undecided about who she will vote for, and because I like to see what information is out on the internet about the campaigns, I thought I would check on how Hillary’s campaign has gone recently and not depend on the network’s limited coverage, but even I was astonished at the difference between what I heard on the radio and what I found online.

Over the past year I have attended as many pre-Primary rallies as possible in our area just to hear what everyone had to say. One was a Kasich rally at a senior center in Greece, New York and we stood in a long line for 45 minutes and it was PACKED when we went in; people had to stand in overflow rooms and even in the hall, way more people there than at this event! Even the balcony area was 3-4 people deep! Unfortunately I missed Bernie’s rally because I had to teach that day, but people who went told me the turnout was massive and there were plenty of traffic issues getting there and parked. His popularity was evident.

But now for what I found out about Temple University. First a video courtesy of local media. I was looking for inside footage, but that is the ONLY crowd shot – kids behind her? Seriously? Static shot with no panning? No images of audience reaction?

So I searched for amateur footage and found this:

Nicer, more human, and gives a better idea of the room. However, it showed a fair amount of open space. Not a large crowd? I wanted to see if I could get more information on the venue itself, both in and out.

Following is a different video. You will see plenty of outside shots before the event, but it hardly looks different from any typical between-class foot traffic you can see at any university. Where are the crowds? The lines? The vehicle traffic? Also, never mind who she is reporting for, this gal makes some interesting observations about Hillary’s cards-to-the-chest approach towards letting the public know where and when to attend her rallies. Weird behavior for someone running for president!
The girl got in after it was over and I was able to see the setup (8:10). Folding chairs for a “rally”? And not very many, at that. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe I haven’t been to enough different rallies, but the only time I can imagine having chairs is when your venue has them affixed to the floor (like a LARGE auditorium), but then that limits how many people can be there, which seems counter-productive.

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But to REALLY give you a good visual, look at this picture. I couldn’t embed the video at http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/09/19/hillary-clinton-millennial-votes-tehillary-at-templemple/ (of course you can always go there to see it), but the screenshot is telling and, frankly, if I was her I would be embarrassed. Come on! She’s at a University and that’s all the people she could get? More to the point, why did she request such a small room to begin with if she is so popular in the polls?
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But what has upset me was a presidential-rally-related video that showed up while I was searching for information about this particular rally, about events which clearly did not happen at that rally.
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I find Hillary’s duplicity and “ends-justify-whatever-means-to-gain-power” reprehensible, but it is her continued toleration of THAT kind of behavior that absolutely cements that I would rather vote for a dead skunk, even if she was the only one running, because so many of her supporters are GENUINELY, violently, intolerant! THAT is what “deplorables” really look like!
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I even saw overt hostility while leaving at least one non-Democratic primary rally, but have NEVER, not even ONCE observed it done by Trump supporters/Republicans against those at non-Republican rallies! Good thing there were plenty of police that particular day because they were clearly attempting to incite violence.
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I do recall that in the beginning there were some issues with aggression AT Trump rallies against dissenters, but he shut that down quickly, as a good leader should, and since then there has ONLY been violence against THEM, with Hillary (and Bernie, before) apparently continuing to take no responsibility, saying nothing to supporters to stop that deplorable behavior.

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Wealth – it’s emptiness, deception, and an alternative view

It is popular nowadays to point at people with a lot of money and try to blame them for the wrongs of the world, for certainly there are those who seek and use wealth to create trouble. However, the root of this attitude is largely based on covetousness, which is breaking the 10th of the Ten Commandments, so you are in as much trouble with God as a murderer. Think about that!

There are even those who foolishly imagine that wealthy people have somehow escaped the curse of humanity (and may even try to take a philosophical &/or humorous approach to it), but you couldn’t be more wrong – they experience turmoil, too.

It’s all for the Best – Godspell

When you feel sad, or under a curse!
Your life is bad, your prospects are worse.
Your wife is sighing, crying,
And your olive tree is dying,
Temples are graying, and teeth are decaying
And creditors weighing your purse…

Your mood and your robe are both a deep blue.
You’d bet that Job had nothing on you!
Don’t forget that when you get to Heaven you’ll be blessed.
Yes, it’s all for the best.

Some men are born to live at ease, doing what they please,
richer than the bees are in honey.
Never growing old, never feeling cold,
pulling pots of gold from thin air.
The best in every town, best at shaking down,
best at making mountains of money.
They can’t take it with them, but what do they care?

They get the center of the meat, cushions on the seat,
houses on the street where it’s sunny…
Summers at the sea, winters warm and free,
all of this and we get the rest.

But who is the land for? The sun and the sand for?
You guessed! It’s all for the best!

Don’t forget that when you get to Heaven you’ll be blessed!
Yes, it’s all for the…..(all your wrongs will be redressed..)
Yes, it’s all for the…..(you must never be distressed….)
Yes, it’s all for the…..(someone’s got to be oppressed!)
Yes, it’s all for the best!!!

There was a time in my life when I lived around people with more money and “influence” than they knew how to wisely handle. Few had REAL friends – most people just wanted something from them, not the pleasure of their company. This limited them to associating with others with money, even if they hated their politics, religion, morals, attitudes, lifestyles, shallow approach to life, or living with the peer pressure to live and dress certain ways.

They worked to pay to live in isolation, often behind walls and barred gates with security to protect them and their stuff, because jealous people target them. Some life, eh? Imagine people keying your cars, breaking your windows, breaking into your home (or trying), knowing that people say nasty things about what they think you are like, and more. Fame and fortune that you brought on yourself is a curse, not a blessing.

I quickly realized they were to be pitied, not envied, and decided I NEVER wanted wealth, but to have just enough to live on and help others. If you don’t get it, I pity you as much as them. Their marriages are no better (they are often targeted by gold-diggers), they often end up having to sell their fancy houses or cars because they are money pits, they vainly seek privacy, and they are just as prone to addictive behavior and suicide.

“The Power of Gold” by Dan Fogelberg

The story is told of the power of gold and its lure on the unsuspecting,
it glitters and shines, it badgers and blinds, and constantly needs protecting.
Balance the cost of the soul you lost with the dreams you lightly sold.
Are you under…the power of gold?

The letters and calls got you climbing the walls, and everyone wants a favor.
They beg to remind you of times left behind you, but you know the past is a loser.

The face you’re wearing is different now,
and the days run hot and cold.
Are you under…the power of gold?

You’re a creature of habit, run like a rabbit, scared of a fear you can’t name.
Your own paranoia is looming before you, and nobody thinks that it’s a game.

Balance the cost of the soul you lost,
with the dreams you lightly sold.
Then tell me that you’re free of the power of gold.
The power of gold!

The women are lovely, the wine is superb,
but there’s something about the song that disturbs you…
The women are lovely, the wine is superb,
but there’s something about the song that disturbs you…
The women are lovely, the wine is superb,
but there’s something about the song that disturbs you…

Money can’t buy freedom from trouble, disaster, disease or death, and you can’t take it with you… Wealth is a cold and heartless “god” and master and waves goodbye at the end, leaving you with…nothing. Remember, Jesus warned “what benefit is it to a man if he gains the world, but loses his soul?”

I follow the Savior of the world and daily understand, better than the day before, that since God made everything, when we are gone all that remains is His. My heavenly Father really does own everything, so why do I need to pursue stuff as if I could take it with me? He will provide what I need, if I ask, and has a history of doing just that. For now, we are just caretakers of what becomes part of our lives.

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American History in Black and White – part 2 of 3

Now for Part 2 of the video “American History in Black and White.”

Tune in at this time next week for the third and final part.

“Hear My Heart”

I wasn’t going to post again so soon, but my son just came in and said I had to see this video. I’m glad I did. Andy Mineo is a Christian rapper and he just TODAY released this video in honor of his sister, who is deaf (and this is International Week of the Deaf). It is his apology for not learning sign language and apologizing. My husband is also deaf, and he really liked this, too. It’s very catchy. Enjoy!

 

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When you are in turmoil…

Life is full of turmoil (and all the people shouted “Well, duh!”). For some it is more difficult than others, but here’s a big, obvious news flash: EVERYBODY suffers! NOBODY is immune to pain, sorrow and trouble, even the wealthy, so let this excellent music video encourage everyone.

God, who chose the children of Israel, and then offered salvation to us all, is a personal being. He can be known (to the extent that humans are able), and actually loves us and cares about puny people, as evidenced by Him choosing to live as one, then dying for us so we can become His children if we will just accept the gift. He will be there to help us through the troubles of this broken world. We don’t have to go it alone. I speak from experience.

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American History in Black and White – part 1 of 3

For me, this is now “old news,” because as a homeschooling family we have always sought out a better and well-rounded history, but for many people, this will be new, and astonishing, information!

If you find history interesting, if you don’t, or just think you know the history of slavery in America, this video will blow your mind.

Points in this part:

  • American revolution – black soldiers, fully integrated armies. Famous revolutionaries: James Armistead, Peter Salem, Prince Whipple.
  • Paintings with surprises
  • Historic Black Writers about blacks in history: William Nell, Carter Woodson, Benjamin Quarles, Joseph Wilson, Booker T. Washington, Edward A. Johnson
  • The Constitution and the “3/5 clause” arguments, origins, intent.
  • Frederick Douglass – history, education, writings, discovery that 3/5 clause is anti-slavery.
  • 1789 – Northwest Ordinance passed, forbidding slavery in new areas
  • 1792 – Democratic National Committee founded
  • 1808 – Congress abolished slave trade (Rev. Absalom Jones, first black bishop in Episcopal Church, gave sermon in Philadelphia commemorating it)
  • 1820 – Jefferson’s Democratic Party now in majority. Their Congress passed Missouri Compromise (reversing Northwest Ordinance), permitting slavery in almost 1/2 of federal territories. Several states then admitted as slave states and, for the first time since the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, slavery officially promoted by Congressional policy.
  • 1850 – Fugitive Slave Law, passed by Democratic Congress. A disaster for free blacks and Underground Railroad at its peak in this time.
  • 1854 – Kansas-Nebraska Act, passed by Democratic Congress, allowed slavery to be introduced into parts of new territories where previously forbidden.
  • May 1854 – Anti-slavery Democrats in Congress formed the (new) Republican party to fight slavery and secure equal rights for black Americans. One founder: Sen. Charles Sumner (had championed desegregation of Boston public schools).
  • 1856 – Sumner’s 2-day long speech in U.S. Senate against slavery. Preston Brooks (Rep – D) from South Carolina clubbed down Sumner on floor of Senate, nearly beating him to death. Many Democrats thought it amusing and that he deserved it. Sumner recovered enough after 3-1/2 years, to return to Senate and give another anti-slavery speech.
  • 1856 – Republicans’ first Presidential election. First party platform had 6 of the 9 planks with bold declarations of equality and civil rights for African-Americans. Democratic Platform was boldly opposite.

Some people may continue on their own to watch the 2nd and 3rd parts, but I will be posting those out next week at this time, anyway.

There is an associated book: “Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White” which is “a unique view of the religious and moral heritage of African-Americans.”

Looking back in time with music

Some of you know that I am partial to songs that tell stories. Some are very poignant and can make your heart long for a memory, or make you feel like you had the experience, especially if there is a good back story and even a music video to go with it.

There are times when I’ll hear a song somewhere and can’t get it out of my head; that happened recently. In fact, this morning I woke up with “Your Wildest Dreams” still echoing in my mind after several days of haunting me, so I grabbed my phone and Googled it, determined to play whatever video came up just to make it stop nagging me.

There are usually multiple videos on YouTube from which to choose and I didn’t want to have to pick one just to hear the song. Interestingly, video from the web search was the original music video! I didn’t even know it existed, and it was good enough that it had won awards. Then, right after I heard the first song, they played another (“I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”) that was its actual sequel! So I have created a 2″story-song” playlist for the two.

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A “Sunday” Song

“Lazy Day” by the Moody Blues. The video is nicely done and I added lyrics below.

Except for the mildly fatalist allusions of certain lines, I really like this song. Sets a nice mood.

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Lazy day, Sunday afternoon,
Like to get your feet up, watch T.V.
Sunday roast is something good to eat,
Must be beef today ’cause lamb was last week.

So full up, bursting at the seams,
Soon you’ll start to nod off, happy dreams.
Wake up, for tea and buttered scones
Such a lot of work for you Sunday Moms.

It’s such a crying shame
Week after week the same.

Today’s heaven-sent and you’re feeling content,
You worked all week long.
Still, it’s quite sad tomorrow’s so bad
And I don’t feel so strong.

Lazy day, Sunday afternoon,
Like to get your feet up, watch T.V.
Sunday roast is something good to eat,
Now it’s almost over till week.

That’s how your life goes by
Until the day you die.

 

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