I’D LIKE YOU TO KNOW

Posted April 25, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Culture, Current Events

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Know what these guys are doing? —

truckers

Should be thirteen truckers there.  Not a “convoy”;  it’s a blockade.

This happened about 24 hours ago,  and less than a two-hour drive from my home.

A man  “wandered” onto that overpass, planning to kill himself by jumping off.    State  Police were called and they tried to talk him out of it,  but they weren’t sure they’d be successful.       If he fell that far,  he’d most likely be dead.

Someone got the idea to call some truckers.   They came.   They parked themselves so that if the man did jump, he wouldn’t  have so far to fall and would not likely  be dead.

I’d really like you all to know how great our American truckers are.     They are definitely  the ones who keep our grocery stores filled, as well as keeping all the other supplies for us to buy and for our industry to use;  they keep our mail going, our troops supplied,  our schools supplied . . .  you get the picture.

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I don’t sleep too much overnight, when it’s dark.   It’s a psychological thing, I think.   But during the night hours there is some very good radio,  and the truckers’ program is one of them.  ATN:  America’s Truckin’ Network.    The truckers who call in know a wide variety of topics  and display insight and common sense that you don’t hear much during the daytime shows,  radio or television.

I drive cross country a lot,  in my little car.  I always feel safer when there are semis around me.  They’re good drivers.  (The ones out there who are American citizens and can speak English.)   Sometimes their life is a dangerous one.

They’re a good thing for our country — and various government regulators are trying to tell them how to do their business,  micromanaging them right down to the minute – literally.  It’s not been working out so well so far — State controlled anything never, ever works out in the end — but we’ll see how this plays out among the truckers.   They could use our help and support . . .

Our thanks, at the very least.

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A LITTLE GIRL AND AN OLD MAN

Posted April 21, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Holy Days, Saints

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Ark in Heaven

(Revelation 11:19 – 12:1)   

I’ve observed that the new, modern version of the Church doesn’t seem to present the saints very well,  nor to teach us the important things they  have for us.    We shouldn’t lose knowledge of them,  because then we really will be “orphans of history.” 

They are there.

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bernadette youngLast Monday we remembered a young, ordinary, unimportant, not well-educated,  poor and unhealthy French girl named Bernadette.   Bernadette Soubirous.*         And today  we remember a very well-educated and venerable old man who defied kings and wrote books  which we still read and marvel at today.    He is St. Anselm  (Anselm du Bec). anselm

As I read  (re-read)   some of his writings today I was amazed at how much I’d forgotten what it was that he taught.     I knew this stuff but I forgot that I knew it – and it’s important “stuff.”  ( Pardon my vernacular.)     It’s not old age.   It’s just . . .  well, one thing is I’ve put so much other “stuff”  into my brain, so much unworthy stuff  that  there was nothing to build upon from St. Anselm’s writings.   (mea culpa)

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Besides being canonized saints, what do these two –  separated by 800 years! –  have in common?

St. Anselm,  amidst all his sanctity, his learning and writing and teaching,  his exemplary life and holding firm against  two kings of England  who tried to exert their legal control over religion  —    amidst all that he received insight and firm knowledge about the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of God, and he advocated for a feast day of celebration for that attribute of Mary.

St. Bernadette,  in 1858,  amidst all her poverty and ill-health, and ignorance received knowledge of the Immaculate Conception in a series of visions, or visitations.    I do not say she received “insight,”  because she had no idea what those words even meant,  but her own Church authorities were amazed that she spoke of something which the Church had just recently defined  into safe and secure, understandable dogma,  something she could not have known or understood.       The vision she received confirmed the Truth of this teaching.

Ark with HS present

The Church has always believed that Mary,  conceiving the Son of God in her womb by the action of  the Holy Spirit of God,  was herself created, made, constructed, conceived in such a way  so as to be the only human able  to hold the Body of Christ from His own conception to birth.

Constructed of fine, beautiful acacia wood and covered with pure gold,   untouchable from then on by human hands  (upon pain of death;  see Uzzah’s experience)   and containing those foreshadowings of God:  the Word,  the Bread,  and the Staff budding with Life —     again,  never to be touched by man,  Ever-Virgin   —  **

This is the Immaculate Conception that we remember, a couple thousand years later,  because the full meaning is still impacting us today,  and whether we are wise and learned  or   uneducated and rather ordinary,    we belong to those succeeding generations of  “two thousand years later, ”  of which Mary spoke:

“Behold, all generations shall call me Blessed.”

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. *    This is the same Bernadette Soubirous who had her vision at Lourdes, the source, now, of a fountain of physical and spiritual healing:

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.  **   The Ark of the Covenant was a foreshadowing,  a Type, of the Virgin Mary.

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The Jewish people of the Old Testament  venerated the Ark with fear and awe at its power and the glory that came from it (at times) and treated it with utmost respect,  respectfully concealing it  from the eyes of worshipers behind the veil of the Holy of Holies,  because of what was inside the Ark..

 

 

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A short excerpt from a sermon by St. Anselm  (Oratio #52)   as an example of his writing, for you:

 

To Mary God gave his only-begotten Son, whom he loved as himself. Through Mary God made himself a Son, not different but the same, by nature Son of God and Son of Mary. The whole universe was created by God, and God was born of Mary. God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who made all things gave himself form through Mary, and thus he made his own creation. He who could create all things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation without Mary.
God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Savior of the world. Without God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s Son, nothing could be redeemed.
Truly the Lord is with you, to whom the Lord granted that all nature should owe as much to you as to himself.

(“Hail,  Full-of-Grace,  the LORD is with you . . .” )   (spoken by the Angel Gabriel as recorded in the Bible by St. Luke)

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AN ENEMY HAS DONE THIS

Posted April 18, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: 2012 America, Culture, Education, Transforming America

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Two posts ago I wrote “End All Inquiry.”     But –  if you don’t have a broad range of intellectual tools and a broad knowledge base,   how are you going to  inquire?

It’s as if the entertainment-news media  (and whoever controls them)   just wants us to accept what they say,  as truth.        How’d that come to pass?

I know we allow a flood of information rushing in  at us all the time –   very little of it essential news  – but it’s almost like we don’t know how to analyze any of the information, so we say  “I don’t have the time.”      Or mental energy.     Or ability.

The “mental ability”  of ordinary American citizens  (past) —

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, Kansas – 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)

Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.
Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay and run.
Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.

7-10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

 

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus. *
Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
Show the territorial growth of the United States.
Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865?

 

Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)

Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts. per bu, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $.20 per inch?
Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

 

Geography (Time, one hour)

What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
Describe the mountains of N.A.
Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fermandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.

Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.
Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.

 

CAN YOU HANDLE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE – AND READ ACCURATELY?   You need only an hour for this next section  if you’ve passed Eighth Grade.

Orthography (Time, one hour)

What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?
What are elementary sounds? How classified?
What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e’. Name two exceptions under each rule.
Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: Bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, super.
Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: Card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
Use the following correctly in sentences, Cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

 

Another school,  another exam:

Govt Hist Test

An American student is expected to “Describe the battle of Quebec” ?

Why is “Antietam”  so important?

Question # 9.     This exam was written before President Bill Clinton.    But,   so,  what was he impeached for, exactly?   An accurate answer should be part of our Common Cultural  knowledge.

School rooms which taught children  basic facts and how to analyze them used to look like this:

schoolroom 1

These schoolrooms were successful.

In case you didn’t catch the size:

schoolroom 2

 

About thirty years ago many experts were analyzing the deplorable state of American schools, based upon how little students knew from one year to another –  and compared with what previous generations knew.

President Ronald Reagan   concluded in his famous comment on the state of education in our county:        If an enemy had done this to our schools,  we would call it an Act of War!”     

An Act of War,  what has been done to our schools.

Keep the children ignorant –  and they can be led to believe anything they’re told.

“Great”   for when elections come around.

An empty,  muddled mind is  good  ground  for Propaganda.

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.*   An example:  how much more time is taken up by  politically correct propaganda informing students that Columbus did NOT discover America,  and that he and other Whites committed genocide and stole the country away from the indigenous people and how other ethnic groups sailed to America long before Columbus, so he wasn’t special, and it’s only  White prejudice  that used to make him a hero,  and the indigenous people deserve reparations for what they experienced  500 years ago  and America has nothing to be proud of and we don’t even deserve to have this nation!   . . .     how much time on this compared to just answering the question:  How did Columbus do it.

 

Politically Correct propaganda like this anchors us to the  20th century spread of marxism and the demeaning of Western Culture.      These agenda-driven propagandists might not be able to explain why.   (heh)

 

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Gloomy Cloud

By the way,  a real  grudge from a former teacher —     NEVER  say:     “to you and I,”  or   “for he and I,”     or  “with she and I”     or any other breach of the parts of speech.    It doesn’t just show ignorance,  it’s evidence of  the pervasive miseducation of Americans and it says:  “I don’t even care.”

And things in our nation are not going to change.

 

“My teacher gave my friend and I a book about Global Warming.”     (‘Right’!)

“Our friends told she and I all about Trump.”      (Doubt it.)

“The news showed my wife and I how Assad used chemical weapons . . .”     (Nope)

 

Just a sign.   Just a sign.

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AN ICY BREAK

Posted April 16, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Cooper, Winter

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Just a little fun amidst my “Agenda”  posts —

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This was my backyard this weekend.     An icy paradise!     The Evil Winter Witch of Narnia reigns!

We didn’t get the 3 or 4 feet of snow that the news has been talking about, nor the 7 foot drifts reported from the Far Far North . . .  but here in the Far North we got a bit of ice!   This is not “crazy”  weather, nor “extreme” weather, and not even too “unusual.”   We’ve had blizzards here in April before,   snowfalls occasionally in May,  but this ice storm was fun to look at.

Our power went out – of course.      Branches were heavy with a covering of ice.:

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The fir trees were all drooping under the weight:

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Normally, the branches of this tree in the parking lot stand out at about 90 degree angles.

And one big tree wore its halo of ice beautifully:

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The human impact?   Well, we lost our power for about a third of a day.

“Poor me” —  I had to find shelter  at my local  coffee shop where there were electrical outlets so I could keep on working.      (ahem):

Icy cocoa 360

 

But now, one day later,   all those ice sheaths on the branches are falling with every gust of wind,  making it sound like intermittent avalanches on my roof.      Or bowling pins rolling around up  there.    O ma herd of angry squirrels running around . . .  you get the idea,  but every once in a while I felt like ducking for cover when my roof got so noisy.

Here are the pieces of ice that litter my yard –

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Those are my fingers in the picture to show the size of all those pieces on the ground.   They are heavy, sharp, and loud!

But Grandson Cooper has me beat in weather extremes.   Here is a postcard I got from him while he was in Hawaii last week:

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He took a hike near a live volcano . . .  and  the next week he returned to his home in the High Sierras to weather like this:

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Yep, he lives right on Donner Lake, so that’s looking out his front window.   And one of those snowy lumps in the foreground  . . .   that’s his Mommy’s car.

He doesn’t mind.  He’s young enough to take it all in stride.  He cheerfully accepts whatever comes his way.  A good philosophy for us all.

There is another person who made the most of icy weather.  It is Frederic Church, artist.  Very popular a hundred years ago:

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He painted a series of Iceberg pictures that are really wonderful to look at.    You can look up his name in the Image section of your Search Engine, and you will see all kinds of massive icebergs, some with shipwrecks in them,  and in many  beautiful winter colors.

Icebergs and Wreck Frederic church

Just something to do when the weather keeps you indoors.

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END ALL INQUIRY

Posted April 13, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Current Events, Warfare

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What happened last week in Syria?      Many still ask, “Where is the actual evidence?  ” “Where is the evidence of who did it?”       “Why have so many of our Rulers been talking about war for the past six or so weeks”       Why the recent appointments of Hawks in the administration?”

 

And what’s wrong the eyes tonight?

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But our Rulers have spoken.  Illogical,  unsubstantiated as it may be,  they have spoken.

No more inquiries.

 

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Nobody knows nothin’  for  sure.

THE AGENDA’S POWERFUL TOOL

Posted April 12, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Current Events, Lessons from History, Modern Issues, Transforming America

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The most powerful tool that can be used against good people by those who want to change those good people so they can  promote their Agenda –  is Forgetfulness.

Just de-emphasize a point in history.    Stop teaching it.   Spread  controversy about it that makes most people turn away in confusion and disgust.

TODAY is  HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY.     “Never again!”  is the cry of the people of modern Israel.        But there’s a problem, as noted by these headlines:

Europe’s Jews Facing Resurgent Anti-Semitism, Highest Levels ‘Since the Second World War’

Jewish communities across Europe are enduring a level of mainstream anti-Semitism “not seen since the Second World War,” the European Jewish Congress has warned.

This news story and many others like it are rather  disheartening – and  scary. .  Jewish schools, synagogues,and people on the street are being attacked, and not only verbally.     And especially with the spread of people from the   m o  s l   e m    world,   the danger is increasing in intensity and geography.

Who knows about this?   Who cares?   Well,    here’s another news article:

CBS  News reports: NEW YORK —

More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. — 22 percent — haven’t heard of, or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday, on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.   The study, which was commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and conducted by Schoen Consulting, also found that 11 percent of U.S. adults overall haven’t heard of the Holocaust or aren’t sure if they did.

Two-thirds of millennials could not identify in the survey what Auschwitz was.

Additionally, 41 percent of millennials believe two million Jews or fewer were killed during the Holocaust, the study found.

 

According to Official  History, now,  six million Jews were killed in World War II by Nazi Germany and its accomplices.    You are not really allowed to analyze that number or even ask where it came from.     Decades ago it was a legitimate question in colleges and universities,  but no more – not since the Spirit of Totalitarianism has been slowly creeping into Western Civ.

But that’s okay.   I’m not a professional historian.     I’m good with  saying six million.  It’s certainly symbolic of the huge psychic shock   of genocide experienced by both Jews and  non-Jews.

There are very few survivors of Auschwitz left to tell the true story. Eva Kor is one of them.   I met her, I’ve heard her speak, and I wrote about here life here:

https://thesprucetunnel.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/eva-the-eternal-word-and-a-rejection/

. . . and her message here:

https://thesprucetunnel.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/eva-the-elephant-and-empathy/

(1)     Perhaps it’s also  a good day to see again Schindler’s List.      (2)    There are many good novels about life in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s.    (3)   Netflix has an excellent series on Hitler’s Inner Circle.      ALL of these sources of information help us to understand ourselves and perhaps – maybe –  prevent such a thing from happening again.    (I’m not one of the optimistic ones, though.)

TODAY is  HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY.

Please give it a thought.

There are those who would like us to disconnect us from our past:

“He who controls the present,  controls the past.  He who controls the past controls the future.” 

Our future.

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AGENDA THROUGH A ONE-STICK DRUM

Posted April 12, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Modern Issues, Transforming America, Truth

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What does a one-stick drum sound like?

      “boom    boom  boom   boom   boom   boom . . . .”

(Eventually you get the point.  Oh –   it’s “boom.”)

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About getting your agenda through –   if you pound the public with only one side of the story,   eventually the public “softens”  and accepts that one point of view.

Ever see a drum and bugle corps performance  – in person?

drum corps

It’s an amazing thing.     Dozens of drummers playing a rich complex, musical rhythm that is quite mesmerizing.   It’s an artistic experience that fully engulfs you.

But —   one drum stick?    Imagine –

single drumstick

Bang.        Bang.         Bang.           Boom.    Boom.    Boom.

Not much of a musical experience!

But one single drum beat, repeated,  can have quite an effect on our mental  processes:

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    . . .  boom   . . .   boom . . . boom  . . .    boomity boom . . . boom . . .

. . .boom . . . trump . . . boom . . .  russia . . . boom . . .  collusion . . .  boom . . .  trump . . . boom . . .  russia . . . boom . . .  collusion . . .      According to polls of Democrats,  68% of them think that  “President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in order to get elected.”

Huh?      Proof,  evidence,  testimony,  paper documents, and the money trail  all show that the Hillary campaign  colluded with the Russians   (to obtain a false document that was presented to the FISA court to get permission to spy on an American citizen who worked on the Trump campaign . . .    Hillary colluded . . .     with a Russian government official and a former British spy who declares his hatred of President Trump  and who obtained that false document and transmitted it to members of the Hillary campaign.

I understand, however, that the drumbeat from the entertainment-news media uses the word  “trump”  and   “russia”  and   “collusion”   like a    boom boom boom   from one drumstick on a drum.

68% of Democrat voters think that it was Trump who colluded.

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You can do it with science too.    “Boom out”  or broadcast only one set of facts,   false facts or true facts, as long as they’re one-sided,  one drumstick . . . .

In  spite of many thousands of scientists,  with thousands of studies, that show that the planet’s average temperature is not rising,  it may be cooling slightly,  antarctic ice is not disappearing,  it’s actually growing,   ocean levels are not rising, and the penguins and polar bears are safe,    in spite of all  that,   “Global Climate Change”  problems are still being promoted.

It has to be promoted.    The flow of  hundreds of Billions of US dollars is at stake.

Remember the news article a few months ago that some antarctic expedition returned with the dismaying report that even the Emperor Penguins have disappeared?

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Did you hear that a very large colony of them have been “found”?   They had just moved to another part of Antarctica.    (That’s the “other half”  of the story.)

Ice is melting in Antarctica?     Ice is melting in Antarctica.   Ice is melting in Antarctica.   Ice is melting in Antarctica. . . .

No.    According to a BBC  report  (a Far Leftist source of information)

Some 272 billion tonnes more snow were being dumped on the White Continent annually in the decade 2001-2010 compared with 1801-1810.

This yearly extra is equivalent to twice the water volume found today in the Dead Sea.

And:  10%   more precipitation (snow)   in that same time period.   (Remember,  Ice Ages don’t begin with lower temperatures –  it doesn’t get “icy cold’ in an Ice Age.  What happens is that snow falls are greater,  earlier in the Fall, later in the Spring, and less of it melts from one winter to another.  The ice pack increases in depth;  glacier-type ice forms and grows in depth from one year to another.

(The BBC article is obliged to tell us that the ice is melting down there on one part “really fast” — but they don’t strike with the other drumsticks:  (1)   the part of the ice shelf that is melting is already floating over the water –  that ice melt won’t add to ocean levels,  (2)   underneath those parts of the melting ice shelves are not “automobiles and cow flatulence from evil meat-eaters”;   underneath the ice are many new volcanoes,  91 new ones so far have been discovered.  The water is being warmed in that vicinity by volcanoes.)

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Back to the U.S.        Lots and lots of drum booms for “March of Women who Hate Trump and Wear Pink Hats” and “March for Women’s Rights”  and the march against gun-ownership   where many schools facilitated their students field trip to Washington DC to participate and   boom . . .  boom . . .  boom    lots of celebrities promoted themselves by being interviewed with the marchers . . .

Hardly a sound about the much larger marches and demonstrations such as the February   “March for Life,”   the many  rallies supporting Pres. Trump and his policies,    and this week’s  Students March Against Abortion –   with 365 schools around the country participating.    But I can’t find any information on that yet.

Just . . .   no information.

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Maybe this is an exercise in Zen paradoxes:    What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Facebook and Twitter and YouTube take away one hand in our country –  the conservative hand.

“Zen” ideas are nice and sweet,   cute,   but this can get dangerous for the world too.   There are many governments around the world who are questioning the source of the chemical gas attack in Syria.   Some are even questioning whether it happened.

drum jungle

I don’t know.  I don’t have an opinion on that.     There is an extremely LOUD SCREEN of BOOM BOOM BOOM –  President Assad did it to his own people  –   BOOM  BOOM  BOOM    . . .    Assad did it    –   Assad did it   –    Assad did it  . . .

Aren’t those called  WAR DRUMS?

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All our Founding Fathers agreed that in order to hold on to our nation, the voting public   would have to be well-informed and intelligent enough to understand the  issues.   We have to work very hard today to become well-informed.     Too hard.

Some people have an Agenda to insert into our country.    They need to “transform”  the American people.    They need for the American people to acquiesce to their agenda.

They seem to have a very loud single drumstick.

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The other half of the story:

In a follow-up to the unexplained death of Deputy Sheriff  Fitzsimons in a couple posts ago –    one of the things he was questioning is why there was permission granted for the Parkland students (and associates)  to assemble in Washington DC before the shooting even happened.

Seems strange.   I still can’t find the .jpeg of that email,  but here is a copy of the words from that email inquiry:

Good morning,

In reference to your inquiry concerning the March For Our Lives Demonstration, here in the District of Columbia on March 24, 2018. MPD received a permit application several months prior to the actual event, and there was several months of planning for this large event.

If you are requesting additional information reference this event, please follow the below steps to file your Freedom of Information Act request:

https://foia-dc.gov/App/Index.aspx

If your have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free in contacting me directly.

Officer Scott C. E-xxxxxxx, Badge No. 2372

Homeland Security Bureau
Special Operations Division
Planning and Logistics
Metropolitan Police Department
xxxx  New York Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002

 

AGENDA THROUGH PRESTIDIGITATION

Posted April 10, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Transforming America, War Against America

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“Prestidigitation” – used to be of my favorite words to say when I was a child!

Prestidigitaion

Card tricks!     The hand is quicker than the eye!     While the trickster distracts you with some clever, interesting activity,  his hands quickly set up the presentation of the trick.

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This can be a really short entry.

Let’s hypothesize . . .   there is a female porn star whom some cable news channels   are using to get attention, boost their ratings, maybe.  The porn star seems to have committed extortion:    I’ll accept your money and I won’t expose our former one-night “relationship.”

Nobody thinks about the successful extortion — although we’re left in a state of confusion about that.

And NOBODY is thinking  beyond some other minor headlines that say “Democrats win in an area where Trump had won big just seventeen months ago.”

Hmmmmmm.     In 17 months the voters have switched sides?      In so many different elections?    small counties . . .  minor elected positions?       T rump’s approval with the voters is going up in the polls.     What’s going on?

Well,  George Soros,  et al.,  are going on.    It’s been reported that Soros and his many sub-affiliates are pouring money into small local elections around the country.  Soros is not an American citizen,  but he is an anti-American Globalist who is well armed with money, means, and methods for putting “Progressives”   in  place – for future action.

While our attention  is drawn towards repetitive news stories or salacious news stories or political speculations that mean nothing,   the real action is going on where we are not looking.

What are all those “Progressives”  progressing towards?

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Prestidigitation  isn’t fun if you don’t know it’s happening!

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AGENDA THROUGH CONFUSION

Posted April 10, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Transforming America

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Has the entertainment-news media reported this story to you?

Okay,  I wrote some serious things in the last post.  I was observing the similarity between today’s Propaganda – Intimidation – and Elimination of thoughts that are contrary to the Politically Correct ideals of a Fascist/Socialist state –  either under Goebbel’s masterful use of propaganda a couple generations ago or . . .  now.

I just made my statement;  I don’t have to give examples;  but I can;   and they are so abundant that I will.

Here’s a fine healthy young man:

Deputy

He happens to be the same age as one of my “loved ones,”  not too different in physique, actually,  although this guy went too far in “body-sculpting”   and no one I know would display in public  his (or her) own nudity above the waist!)   Anyway,  I could take this personally.

But this is a selfie, I guess, recently posted on his Fa ce bo ok page.      His name is Deputy Sheriff Jason Fitzsimons,  just over forty years old,  healthy, as you can see.   He is a deputy in the county where Parkland schools are located.   He was there on the day of the shooting, part of the investigation —   and he had some questions.

Some politically incorrect questions, including why the shooting was SO QUICKLY exploited by the Democratic Party to promote their anti-gun ownership agenda.  He posted his questions on his Fac eb ook  page.   (screenshot):

Deputy FB

 

Four days after his “selfie” picture was taken Deputy Sheriff Jason Fitzsimons was dead.

Here’s where the Agenda by Confusion comes in:

“He died  suddenly.”

“He committed suicide.”

“He died of unknown causes.”

And that Fa ceb bo ok  page of his has been taken down.

 

I understand the logical fallacy of  post hoc ergo propter hoc,  but, coincidentally,   that same day that I read about Fitzsimons,   I saw a photo of an email that contained the confirmation  of Approval for an application for an anti-gun  march in  Washington DC to take place in mid-March.

The  application and approval were both dated in February, about a month before the tragic event at Parkland.

I see that  people are questioning that too.

 

As with Goebbels,  we don’t get straight answers;  we don ‘t get the facts in  a news story;  we do get he said/she said reporting;   and  we do get conflicting accounts – with no follow-ups.

“We’ll never know the whole story and both sides are ‘equal’ anyway, so we might as well just not get too involved and settle for what we’re told to believe.”

So much easier to control a population that way.

 

GOEBBELS TODAY

Posted April 9, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Current Events, Transforming America, War Against America

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One of these pieces is poison.   But it’s okay;  have some!

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 The National Socialist entertainment-news propaganda method:           entertainment-propaganda entertainmentpropaganda  entertainpropmenta     ganda enterpropa tainment   ganda enterpropatain gandament propaganda – entertainment – entertainment- – propanews – media . . . ganda.

That is:     entertainment with intermittent bits of palatable propaganda.

I very, very, very much wish that everyone would know, at an instant,   just who Joseph Goebbels was.  I wish we’d remember  well   his role as the very cunning and successful  Propaganda Minister of the National Socialist party in Germany,  in the 1930s and 1940s.

But knowing that he was Hitler’s Propaganda Minister is not enough;  knowing what he did in that position and the methods he used to bend and manipulate   German thinking  is far more important.

Because it could happen again, that way.

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The last several times I’ve been with groups of friends I noticed that somewhere in the conversation it eventually comes up that “there’s nothing good to watch on TV anymore.” The group agrees and gives examples.   The same complaint is made for movies and music and radio shows, and, of course,  those ever disappointing entertainment-news programs.

Then there’s another common theme:   “It’s all the same.”     Or: “I don’t feel comfortable with any of it.”      The content of all the media seems to be a direct assault on common sense,  on morality,  and  on American values.     Immoral.    Uninformative.    Inaccurate.    Untrue.

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In order to popularize German socialist thinking,  Goebbels got control of all the radio programming,  movie production studios,   newspapers, and publications:

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typing out news articles

Billboards, posters, pamphlets,  all media seemed to have the same intention — to advance the agenda of the National Socialists.

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All countries did it too, to fight the Nazi propaganda machine.   Nnot long after the war laws were passed against propaganda,  but it was too valuable a tool to lay down altogether.   Recently, a decade or so ago,   those laws were removed altogether.

(Really!   It’ss now legal for government agencies to use propaganda in  American media!)   

Propaganda was  used by this, that, or the other interest group,  with subtlety and discretion,  but always with the dangerous potential that this powerful tool could get into the hands of a determined and well-organized enemy with an agenda to Transform America into something that Americans don’t want.

The German people were not Nazis – not until this propaganda machine began to transform them — and accompanied by the  enforcement might of  (in American terms)  the Justice Department,  the rogue FBI contingent,  the rogue Internal Revenue Service,  and many others in that so-called Deep State that seems to be setting policy for us.

They are writing and rewriting television, movie, music, comedy, and advertising content to promote the Blue-Progressive-Anti-Trump message with all the means used by Joseph Goebbels.   It worked for him.

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This graph represents the conclusions of several different media studies.     Anywhere from 91%  to 95% of “news”  coverage has been NEGATIVE  for Trump and his policies and his supporters.

There are numerous attempts to criminalize opposition political opinion.    (That’s another whole issue to pursue!)

Again:  it worked for Goebbels and the National Socialist:  propaganda   plus enforcement!

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Do we really want to go down that path?

Push back!   Push back!   Push back!

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RE-REPELLING THE INVASION

Posted April 9, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: A Nation of LEGAL Immigrants, Current Events, Transforming America

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After the Roman Empire fell,  Christianity grew and expanded in the Middle East, in northern Africa,  and in Europe,  and along with it came a restoration and expansion of civilization.

The mandate of Jesus Christ was to tell of his life and death and resurrection to people all over the world.    Blessings followed.    Civilization with its advances in law and order,   justice,   civil organization,    knowledge and discoveries,  humanitarian institutions,   advancements in human health and safety . . . .literacy . . . .

And then something happened.    Islam began, and it grew and expanded:

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All the brightly colored areas are regions where Islam expanded.    It’s important to note that in all those colored regions,  Christianity was struggling with  heretical forces which threatened to change the teachings of Christianity,

Heresy.    Defeat.      Heresy  =  Defeat

The chief heresy in all those regions was Ariansim –  the doctrine that Jesus Christ was just a man . . . .   special, maybe,  but not the Divine  Son of God.

Each Christian area remembered the names of those strong and courageous  people who firmly established Christianity there.   St. Irenaeus and St Denis of France.    After the seventh century the m o s l e m s  crossed into Spain and began invading into France, until stopped by the (miraculous)  victory of an outnumbered Charles Martel.

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The seventh and eighth centuries were ones of danger and fear for many Christians in Europe, until at last there was victory.

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Basilica honoring St. Denis in Paris

Now we seem to have a  need to repel the same invaders.      Each week there are several examples in the news.     (We’re not talking about legal immigrants into countries where the individual immigrants want to  become a part of the existing culture)

 

Two weeks ago,  in a great old church named in honor of St. Denis in France there was a small contemporary  sample of this new ongoing  invasion   —   that was instantly labeled fake news by the Far Left media,  including the Extreme Leftist duo in America known as “Snopes.”

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Now, I’ve seen the video of this “disturbance.”

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About 80  “young men”  shouting out  Moslem demands for easier access to “asylum”  forced their way into this cathedral . . .  and then the police were called.     The video showed very loud and unruly “young men”  shouting (in French), carrying sticks,   and  making their way into the church and then resisting the police as the police tried to get them out.

The Leftists say this was not an “attack” on a Catholic church.     Fine.     Looked and sounded like an attack,   but at the very least it was an example of increasingly violent M o  s l e m demands to be allowed into France,  no matter what.      If France does not change its laws . . .?

Most of the French people have left Christianity.       What usually follows is . . .  Defeat.

Re-fighting the invasion in Cyprus:

 

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In that gray-colored island there, Cyprus,   in the  Greek territory,  another Christian church was attacked.

From a news report:

Wednesday night, about 20 Muslim migrants attacked a Christian congregation outside St. Mary’s church during the holy liturgy in Leukosia, Greece’s Pronews reports.  Most of the Christians were inside the church when 20 Muslims suddenly arrived at the temple’s yard and began screaming, cursing, and beating the attendees.

According to statements given by locals at Sigma live news, one of the Muslims was waving an adze and tried to use it against members of the congregation. The Muslims disappeared after the police, called in by the terrorized believers, appeared on the scene….

 

Every week,   all  around northern Africa and the Mediterranean and in Europe  there are news reports of the aggressive behavior of these “migrants.”

A slow-motion invasion is still an invasion.       And no matter who orders the invasion,  it’s still an invasion when the “migrants”  have no intention of assimilating into the country they are being brought into:

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People all over the Unites States  (and in Europe)  are being ordered to sit still and do nothing,  just “receive”  these invaders.   Churches are being charged with the responsibility to move these foreigners in.     Often social organizations  volunteer to move the migrants from one continent to another.

This is not immigration,  this is  forced cultural redistribution.     It is the disintegration of civilization.

Refugee Resettlement Watch reports that an “Ahmed,”  now living in  Louisville KY with a group of other Somalian “refugees”   says this:   “Man, we didn’t choose Louisville, they (the United Nations High Commission for Refugees) choose for you, and you take the destination they offer.”

You’ve heard this has been going on for years  in all the formerly  Christian areas.  Now the governments in these areas have formally  rejected Christianity and so has the majority of the populations.

Who will do the repelling?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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QUASIMODO SUNDAY – BEGINNINGS

Posted April 9, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Holy Days, Paschal Time

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Actual Christians are Quasimodo today:

So many times in the Spruce Tunnel I’ve written about the meaning of this Sunday,  this Octave Day of Easter. *    It’s not named for the happy singing hunchback of Hollywood musical fame:

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That cartoon character doesn’t even faithfully portray the hunchback in the classic Victor Hugo  novel,   which is, by the way, worth reading for the insights into human behavior and motivations that a reader gets.

The true origin of that ugly abandoned baby’s name is the fact that he was dropped off at the door of Notre Dame cathedral  on  Quasimodo Sunday.     Might as well name him for the holy day upon which he was found.

But there is something in common with that day and that baby:   Certain qualities of newborn babies are also experienced by those who come into the Church, throwing in their lot, their safety, their future with Christ.   Both the baby and the Christian receive a new beginning in life,  and both have a hunger and a thirst to find out more about this new life.

Jesus,  the Crucified and Risen One,  has the power to give  new, clean, “innocent,” wonderful full Life that lasts for ever.  Everything  is changed in a person’s life;  everything has meaning and importance; the person understands his actually worth and dignity;  the person knows beyond a doubt that he is loved, forever.

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The Church opens every Mass with a prayer called the Introit.   From ancient times, today’s Introit  begins with the words   ” Quasi modo géniti infántes allelúia . . . “      (Or:  ** Just as newborn babies,  desire sincere  (rational,  health-giving)  milk . . .  ( teaching from God which  is the Word of God).

Okay,  lots in there,  but it’s in this prayer we’re reminded that once we believe in God, we need to act like it;  we need to nurture our faith,  hungrily taking in everything we can possibly learn about God, “just as a newborn babies” greedily suck down that life-giving milk.

The Word, the milk,  give strength as well as growth.

It’s not something you can safely  disregard.    Things are going to get bad,  really bad, in the world according to some.    We’re going to need all the strength we can get —  because our Faith has to endure until the end of our lives.    At each moment,  if you’re not on your way to Heaven,  chances are  you’re not going to be “on the way”  at the last moment of your life either.   

 

 

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.*     You can use the Search engine here and type in Quasimodo for fuller explanations.  Here are a couple Spruce Tunnels on this day:

https://thesprucetunnel.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/the-hunchback-has-his-day/

https://thesprucetunnel.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/quasimodo-sunday/

 

.**     The Introit is from I Peter 2:2 in the Bible

 

 

 

 

 

A VISIT TO THE ICE AGE

Posted April 6, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Climate Change, Dinosaurs

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I just want to have some fun now:    It’s the end of a long tiring week with  “motherly-grandmotherly”  concerns and “teacherly ”  concerns and  Internal Revenue concerns.     Nothing wrong.   Just “concerns.”

I’m fairly sure there are very few people left who  “believe”  in Global Warming/Climate Change anymore.   Maybe only those whose jobs depend upon maintaining the fiction.  We’ve seen enough of their faked weather measurements,  false inputs into computer programs, and skewed algorithms.

Latest exposure of the falsification of temperatures:

GRAPH Adjusted

The blue line of past temperatures is the truth,  based on actual measurements.  The red line is the “adjusted” measurement of past temperatures.    If you make it seem as though temperatures in the past were lower,  then today’s actual temperatures look like they’re higher, and going up!       (Voila!  Global Warming!)

Actual measurements and observations show that the temperature is slightly decreasing, and increasingly decreasing,   leading many to postulate a coming Ice Age.

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See the sun lately?   Again,  no sunspots for long stretches of days.    And we’re in a   long period of years in which the  sunspot count has been very low.   I hope you know what that means.    (B-r-r-r-r-r-r)

So what did our last recent Ice Age look like?    What would a mile-high glacier look like?    What would an Ice Age feel like?

You would have to go into the past, beyond 11,500 years  before the next warming trend on earth began to end the Ice Age.  We’re at the end of that warming trend right now.

11,500  years ago.     Or about “10,000 B.C.” (if you enjoy movies) .

There were animals alive that did not make it through the transition.  Here is a herd of mastodons coming out of the icy mist:

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Yummy!    The life and health of your village would depend upon bringing one of these creatures down – and then knowing how to use every last bit of the mastodon for everything you need.

That’s why we need the strong muscles and hunting  skills and courage of our men!

Mastodon and Hunters

There were large predators too that didn’t make it through the transition out of the last Ice Age (thankfully!)   –

Mas Saber in village

Your village may have received an unwanted visitor!

A very large predator!     The saber toothed tiger.

Mast Saber approach

We can visit his remains, safely,  in museums around our country, but if you lived in the last Ice Age,  you’d have to deal with him, alive, from time to time.

Mas Saber in your face

(The movie ended well, by the way.   Goodness and courage prevailed in humans who were  just like us.))

It’s actually fun looking into Ice Age living conditions.  It wasn’t really so long ago.   Having fun while learning about interesting things keeps you young.

Fortunately  Son reminds me to stay young.  Here’s my new mug:

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And the rest of him:

Mug skeleton 1

There’s hot tea in that mug –  and that’s why you can see the bones.

When cold . .  .

MUG (2)

. . .   you see the whole T-Rex.

(Thanks for the gift!  I still love it.)

You’re never too old for toys!

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IT’S GETTIN’ UGLY OUT THERE

Posted April 5, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Cultural Marxism, Humor, Transforming America

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I’ve got to put this under humor.  Sort of.     I think this is a Ramble that didn’t quite make it to a Rant.    But enjoy the visuals.

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It was 7:03 p.m. tonight, and I thought,  Good, we can start our class just about on time.

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People like to come early and talk – lots of things for  friends to talk about.    Even though I know this is good for them for so many reasons,  I have to stop the discussion and get the class started and I usually don’t manage to do that until quite a bit later than I’d like.

However, at 7:03:05  someone made a remark,  which was commented on, which elicited more comments and more . . .  it was a good heartfelt mini-discussion, and I got in on it too.

Bad arch 2

We were actually marveling that so many things were going so wrong in our culture.  (“How did we as  a society let that happen?”)   We are not taking care of our most needy, our most vulnerable.

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Insane

Mental health facilities have closed  “by government decree”  without any provisions for taking care of these people who are not capable of taking care of themselves.

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Needy people of every “stripe” and  every “color,”  as the saying goes,  are being left to fend for themselves.   On the streets.   Or destroying families because family members really don’t have the ability to take care of such severe mental health needs.

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Unspoken, but maybe on many minds, was the fact that  so many laws are passed that  turn out to be not good for people or for our society.  New laws often don’t help us until it’s too late.     Our lawmaker politicians are listening to someone else,  not to their constituents in many cases.

How did we let that happen?      How did we come to this?

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In addition,  ,  our Church mirrors the world’s culture now, it does things in the same ways,  it seems to have the same goals,   and most disheartening,  Church leaders cannot really be trusted.    How did it happen that Church hierarchy is reported to be so far from simple truths and  commonsense, faithful people?

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A word that came to my mind as I finally     p  u  l  l  e  d    the class back into the lessons we were supposed to be discussing;    that word was “ugly.”      Our society is not only unworkable and uncomfortable (and unsafe),  it’s just plain ugly.

As you can see, I’ve been browsing the pages of Architectural Digest again,  where beauty,  order,  grace, and common sense  is no longer presented.      I remember hearing a lecture about how the Bauhaus school of architecture was thought to be such a good (political)  idea,   “egalitarian” and all,   but all it gave us were homes and businesses, devoid of ornamentation looking like prison buildings,  with a sameness that kills the human spirit.

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Bauhaus style apartment buildings

No wonder such dreary inhuman architecture  was used to name a graceless, ugly group of human music noise that erupted in pointless protest.

bau music

Bauhaus paved the way  for more insane architectural  innovations,   one of them close to home where I grew up:

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We used to drive around Chicago area suburbs looking for these “homes.”    I think FLW built them with a little bit of grace,  but there is something . . .  lacking.

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Still doesn’t look like a “home.”

What all these innovative designs have in common is that they are leaving traditional ideas of beauty and order that have developed naturally and organically through the centuries – because traditional ideas have served people well on many levels.      There is actually wisdom to be found in tradition.

There is nothing but Revolution to be found in . . .  revolutionary ideas, and Revolution cuts us off from the sanity and hard-earned lessons of those who lived before us.

The best comment on this Brave New World I have ever heard came in  one word:

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This building sits amidst the beautiful classic architecture of our local Big Ten campus.  It’s startling.  It doesn’t fit.   It’s a traffic hazard  for cars going by.   It’s rather ugly. It looks like a giant metallic shark ready to devour.

That one word   fits this exhibit the most because it is an understatement   capable of many meanings.  It was uttered by my little grandson when he was four years old, sitting in the back seat of our car,  chattering away non-stop —  until there was a sudden  silence.

Before we could ask what’s the matter , we heard his little voice say:  “Well,  that was interesting.”

Interesting.  Isn’t there a Chinese curse that says:  “May you live in interesting times”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TILL NEXT TIME

Posted April 4, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Current Events, Science Fun

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Next time  . . .   in the sky.

Once again the Media got us  all excited about what  could have been.  Here in the Far North we were told there was a good likelihood that we’d see the burning Chinese satellite come raining down on us.     Our state was even named!

China Space

Tiangong

To be fair,  the closer the deadline came,  the more it was admitted that it could fall ANYWHERE in the world,  between 43 north latitude and 43 south latitude!!   That’s a lot of . . .  latitude!   Nevertheless, our local news  reported that our governor had emergency measures set in place should we receive the Chinese  “junk” from the sky.

Son and I duly participated in tracking the satellite:

SATVIEW

We kept coming back to the computer screen to watch the latitude, longitude,  azimuth,  altitude,  period,   position, and speed of the satellite.     Then finally  the screen showed Entry . . .  Splashdown was announced, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

Not us.

But still the numbers on the screen kept changing.   Entry again.   And again.     And again . . .   I’m thinking the telemetry was on some kind of automatic repeating loop.     I’ll never know why the numbers were still changing – even into the next day!

Well, it was fun for a few hours.

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This is an imagined picture of our planet from further out in space.     It’s not a “beautiful blue marble” anymore.   Each of those white dots shows artificial satellites that we earthlings have put into orbit around us.   Depending upon which country,   some 70% to 80%  is just junk,  obsolete, non-functioning satellites.

We’ll all have another chance to watch falling satellites.   We’ll have fun again, taking part in something of worldwide interest.

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FAKE COVERING?

Posted April 3, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Truth

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Just an observation:

I had a video ready to go on YouTube this afternoon, but first I was listening to a radio show while I finished up some work.   Normal day.

Then I heard that  “YouTube . . . has . . .  an   act* ive s hoot*  er…”      (Didn’t  hear it all, but I did glance at my computer.   No . . .  all was well over there!)

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I guess I never thought about YouTube having “headquarters”  and having a “building.”    So,  of course it does.

And that’s where the   s* hoot in  *g   took place.      For the first three or four news cycles,  once every half hour,   it was reported that the woman who did this was wearing a      h  e  a d    co  ve  ring.    Someone even described it  as:   “You know, the kind they wear for    *s  hoot in g?”    His words, not mine.

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And then    —    subsequent reportings said nothing of that    he ad    s  car   f.    Nothing.  No more descriptions, other than it was a woman.

Ergo –  it must be domestic violence.  She was quarreling with her boyfriend.   People would believe that.

I checked television news on the Internet tonight.   Nope.    their speculation is that it was a domestic something.

Somebody lost her scarf.

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UPDATE:      finding more info from foreign news sources.   

They have the   h e  ad   s car  f    on her.    She is Nasim Aghdam,   38 years old.        She was apparently an employee of YouTube and ranted frequently about working conditions there.

I don’t know if this changes any assumptions, nor does it increase my faith in American news sources.

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My guess is that the anti-gun people will not be called on to protest here.   Too much truth to uncover.

Sorry for the broken up words.      Political  correctness has removed many blogs and twitter accounts.

These things, you know:

SpiderBots

Little “spider bots”  that crawl all over cyberspace, programmed to detect whatever it’s programmed to detect.

Like “incorrect” words.

(recipe) ABOUT THAT LAMB

Posted April 3, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Holiday, Humor, Uncategorized

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(Do not hesitate to try something new!)

We were coming  out of   church  after Easter Sunday Mass, greeting each other, hugging, talking about Easter dinner coming up . . .  and so I asked a few friends  “Any advice for roasting a big leg of lamb?”    

I had bought a pretty big one!    I’m not sure my friends believed me when I indicated how big,  but it didn’t matter –  no one had ever done a leg of lamb before anyway.   (I did get lots of advice about buying a smaller one next time.)

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But I had a leg of lamb at home that cost about as much as a whole month’s worth of meat;  and I had Son waiting to share an Easter dinner.    (Just kidding about the big dinner in that photo.)

So . . .  here it is:

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That’s my biggest dinner plate next to the leg from a lamb giant.

The directions were to “rub all over” with a mixture of herbs.  I used lemon pepper,  garlic,  rosemary,  thyme, and Herbes de Provence, which I suppose is a bit redundant,  but I like the fragrance of it.   And some Himalayan salt.

Lamb 4 in oven

My turkey roasting pan was scarcely big enough.  I stood it on edge so it might roast more evenly.  It looked a little like a giant salmon.

Lamb 5 eating

Roast at 400+  for about 30 minutes,  then turn the heat down to about 330 – 350  degrees,  and then roast for another couple of hours.    You don’t have to be too specific, especially if you use a meat thermometer to check for the 130 degrees interior temperature which will give you medium rare — pink roast lamb meat.

(My thermometer never got past 110, so Son and I decided it was broken.   Took the lamb out of the oven in the nick of time —  it was almost still medium rare.   Don’t ever overcook lamb!    It’s edible,  but just not at the peak of its flavor.)

I used another large roasting pan for its platter.

From not knowing how to roast this leg and not knowing what exactly I was doing as it was roasting,   it turned out all right.      It turned out really, really good!    Mashed  potatoes,  lamb gravy,   sweet potatoes,  corn,   fresh tomato slices . . .  I forgot what else;   tiramisu layered cake for dessert. . .   Coffee.     And a ginger ale float!

And the next day —

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LEFTOVERS!

What was left of it made a kind of oversized   meat treat, with a convenient bone handle.  (No vegetables need apply.)

I will certainly NOT wait until next Easter for another leg of lamb!

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EASTER DAZE

Posted April 2, 2018 by thesprucetunnel
Categories: Childhood, Holiday, Lamb of God

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To  internalize and personalize

Poetry first.   Blake,  my favorite:

Little Lamb published

I’ll put the words down below.   It’s the perfect Easter thought.      But it’s poetry.  Not – zip zip – Twitter.  Not  – zip zip and away –  Instagram.   It’s for a human mind.

Slowing Down

The Church doesn’t rush you (us).       When something big is commemorated on the Calendar ,  there is often an Octave of Days that follows  to take it all in.

And so it is with Easter.  There is an Easter octave that follows, culminating with “Whit Sunday”  or  maybe now just called the “Octave of Easter”;  and during this time there are things we can think about,  meditating,  allowing the meaning of Easter to sink in more deeply,  so that we don’t have just a shallow experience with Easter  —  here comes the holiday,  there it goes.

That’s why these Easter Days can be an Easter Daze.

Dazed.    Physically or mentally.

brick   I was  “dazed”   once.  I was a little girl in the city, playing with some construction bricks in the mud and sticks.  Along came some “big boys”  who saw me, picked up a brick, and threw it at me.   It hit me right smack in the forehead.

Nothing personal.  I knew it.   But my Dad came roaring out of our home after those boys.  Of course he didn’t catch them.    Big boys in the city know how to get away.

I sported the proverbial “goose egg”  on my head for a while,  I don’t remember how long,  but I do remember that first day. It was the very definition of “being dazed.”     I smile now because that sense of being dazed is firm in my memory and it gives me a pretty accurate glimpse of what life was like when I was about six years old. –  better than a photograph.

As I grew older,  older,  really old!,   I came to understand that a person can be mentally or emotionally dazed by something he has just heard or seen,  something that has affected him deep down where his fears and beliefs are.

Perhaps you have had a “blow”  like that.   Some news or information has hit you like a “ton of bricks.”       You’re in a daze for a while.

And like the one brick that hit my head,  it doesn’t have to  stay bad, especially if, while you are dazed,  you can learn something.

If you give yourself the time.    Maybe an “octave”   to think about it.

We  —  now, not one person,  but the human race as a whole –  We’ve just had the “very bad” experience of Holy Week,  all those events that led up to the Crucifixion, one day at a time,  carefully following and fulfilling the entire Passover actions:

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The perfect little lamb came into Jerusalem and  was chosen by the people (Palm Sunday), and then on Monday and Tuesday it became familiar to the people,  and then it was examined by expert – and found to be perfect, without blemish, without fault.

And on “Spy Wednesday” it was rejected and plans for its death were put into place:

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Judas,  the “spy.”

The Perfect Lamb knew it wasn’t going to live much longer.   The Lamb made provisions for its future ongoing presence in the world . . .

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And then, as we know,  that what the Lamb came for – it happened:

Lamb on the Cross

Mean anything?   Or is this just an Instagram photo?  Life resumes . . . . after the Easter dinner and candy.

Or are you  in on  the Meaning?  the  Effect?   The death that split time into  B.C.  and A.D.      Split the Old Covenant from the New Covenant,  the Old Testament from the New.

The Church thinks we all need these Easter Days – at the very least! – to internalize and to personalize what just happened.

Go slow.  Go thoughtfully.   Go new, like a child.   Here’s William Blake,  to help –

 

The Lamb
Little lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee,
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed
By the stream and o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?

Little lamb, I’ll tell thee;
Little lamb, I’ll tell thee:
He is called by thy name,
For He calls Himself a Lamb.
He is meek, and He is mild,
He became a little child.
I a child, and thou a lamb,
We are called by His name.
Little lamb, God bless thee!
Little lamb, God bless thee!

 

 

For all friends of the Victorious Lamb:

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ALIVE AND AVAILABLE

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HAPPY EASTER,  EVERYBODY !!!!1

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Well,  it’s all been accomplished:

Alive Again

 

He is most definitely Alive and Available to all who would seek Him.

 

Now we hear:      “Whosoever will may come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”   (Rev. 22)       Whosoever will.       We’re all invited.

 

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 Whoever wants New Life, forever,  Life everlasting.

Much to celebrate today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THAT FOUR-LETTER WORD: HELL

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Just two little things about Hell.    Saying it doesn’t exist doesn’t make it not exist any more than saying it is empty (or practically empty)  makes it actually empty.

Contrary to false notions:

(1)      The Pope does not command what Catholics have to believe.

(2)      No Pope can ever add new teachings to what the original Apostles taught.

(3)      And Popes are merely men and they can be wrong,  even to the point of heresy.   The present pope is wrong in his statement about Hell –  and no one in the Vatican has “corrected”  or denied that statement.

 

The second thing about  “Hell”   is that’s not where Jesus went between the time of His death and the time of His Resurrection.

In spite of saying the words of the Christian Creed:  “…He was crucified, died, and was buried;  He descended into Hell . . . ”   that word in English is not the Hell of the Damned, but refers to the Lower Regions,   inferos,    where the spirits of the good, faithful humans wait for the Messiah that they had believed in,  longed for,  and lived for.

The Son of God, then, descended into that waiting place, that limbo, to lead God’s waiting, holy souls into Heaven.

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Why the Wait?

Heaven at that time was not open for humans.  It would have been impossible for humans to exist so closely to God’s glory.    It wasn’t until the Son of God fully took on human nature while still retaining his divine nature that human nature itself could be admitted into Heaven.

Upon the Earth during Holy Saturday, it was a dreadful day of gloom.   But for those who had died before, it was a day more glorious than we can imagine right now.

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