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The odd thing is that the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination, Presbyterian Church USA, is already the most liberal of the Presbyterians and is bleeding members and churches to more conservative denominations. This hard swing to the left isn’t surprising if you watched the last General Assembly in 2012 nearly pass these resolutions. Like so many organizations these days, the administration and leadership is far more radical than its membership.

Since 2012, the activists and activist presbyteries have worked to control local Sessions, to manipulate voting, such as moving liberal activist interim pastors into conservative churches, and control the 2014 General Assembly. Speakers at the Detroit meeting included Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin and Big Green AGW-er Bill McKibben, with no balance to more moderate and conservative voices from the outside, although there were lobbyists both for/against the Israel vote and there’s a denominational pro-life group that held meetings during the assembly.

One of the least-noticed but most radical resolutions was the continuing war on 2nd Amendment rights. It’s pretty easy to venture that most of the voters were urban residents who didn’t grow up around guns or hunters, and regurgitate today’s radical gun control groups. My gun-hunting SIL has ranted for a couple of years about how the gun control nuts will go after ammunition next. He’s been stocking up on ammo and frankly, I thought he sounded a little over the top. He was right. Not only did the GA reinforce their stance on gun control but they flat-out promoted a much higher tax on ammo as a back-door approach to gun control, thus proving the accuracy of NRA warnings.

The vote of gay marriage by PCUSA pastors in consenting presbyteries was no surprise but I still find all of this a little sudden. No church or politician was discussing this 15 years ago, and this is a huge change for churches to embrace. I don’t think a lot of people appreciate what’s happening. Let me illustrate. More than 40 years ago, I married a recently-divorced man. We asked an Episcopal priest who was a mutual friend to marry us but he refused because we weren’t members and even members were required to wait a year and undergo counseling. The church I grew up in, a fundamentalist Baptist, forbids marriage under nearly all circumstances when one partner is divorced. Was I offended? Not at all. This was the theology of those churches. You don’t change theology for friends. Radical changes within a church should come from long-standing members who respect the church theology, and the changes should come after a considerable time of prayer and study, not merely to convenience me. We did find a couple of churches who could perform our marriage but we decided to have a civil ceremony with a few friends present. We’re just as married as if we had a big whoop-di-do in a huge cathedral.

When “Ahnold” was a popular Cali governor, Hollywood liberals wanted to change the US Constitution to allow the Austrian-born celebrity to run for President. Isn’t that silly? Not only is it unwise to casually tinker with one of our founding documents but it’s insane to do that for a specific person. If we someday decide to make a change like that, it would have to take effect in the distant future, disqualifying any living candidates.

The question that kept nagging me as I read the news stories and the official and unofficial releases from the PC-USA was this: Where were the Bible references, the Bible basis for these changes? These aren’t secular United Nations resolutions. This is a Christian church. While it doesn’t follow literal adherence to the Word, it supposedly follows the Bible as its foundation. And please don’t try the feeble ‘Jesus made Peter lay down his sword’ and ‘Jesus tells us to love one another.’ Yes, dear. Selectively grasping at a Bible quote without context or understanding is at least as irritating as fundamentalists who literally interpret the Bible. Churches do change, and sometimes painfully so, but those changes can’t be done overnight and they can’t be for secular reasons, such as popular television shows or because Anderson Cooper calls you names. This change isn’t about religion or about the Bible, it’s about politics. The same liberals who roundly condemn churches for speaking out against abortion and despise the concept of ‘Christian Soldier’ as war-mongering, are delighted with this political posturing.

This is where we are today in America. If you disagree with Obama on any policy, you’re racist. If you disagree with Hillary, you’re sexist. If you want NASA to be about space instead of Muslim self-esteem, you’re Islamaphobic. If you don’t want religious gay marriager within your church, you’re homophobic. Liberal America, it allows no dissension from a leftist agenda. Like this:
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2014/June/Denmark-Forces-Churches-to-Conduct-Gay-Marriages/

Here’s a view that recognizes the contributions Presbyterians have made to this nation in the past while claiming the new contributions won’t help America or the church itself. http://spectator.org/articles/59722/presbyterians-become-silly-church

Mainline Protestantism, at least in its official curia, has been liberal for nearly 100 years. But for most of that century it was a thoughtful, dignified liberalism that still roughly adhered to historic Christianity’s moral architecture, even if it no longer upheld the core doctrine. But the yonder years of stately Protestantism, at least in the old Mainline, are largely over. And this week, the 1.7 million member PCUSA suffered a meltdown, authorizing clergy to conduct same sex unions, reaffirming its commitment to largely unrestricted abortion rights, and voting to divest from three firms doing business with Israel.

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And it’s a Monday, too

I’m taking a little break from the rehab center because I have a crummy sinus infection so bad even my dad is worried he’ll catch something from me. He’s beginning to show some real progress and doesn’t require family watching round-the-clock anymore.

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A bit of a stretch

My dad had a bit of a setback so I’m back to spending most of my time at the rehab center, trying to prevent a return to the hospital.

As for the soccer cartoon, I rather like it a little but we can still enjoy a laugh at it.

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I think sometime ago I posted the Margaret Thatcher video in which she accuses British liberals of preferring everyone get poorer rather than letting the rich stay rich. She was on the mark. http://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2014/06/something-about-the-tone.html  . The columnist in the Guardian wants us to help the poor by knocking down rich houses. Oh how special, he’s a college professor. It’s called “urban degeneration.” You might as well learn the term, you know how the left loves catchy chants, sound bites, quotas, committees and pithy-sounding phrases. In fact, that’s their specialty. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/21/creating-mixed-communities-bulldoze-belgravia-poverty

I would love to see that [bulldozing] happen.

Three years ago, “crazy” Glenn Beck made diagrams on his infamous low-tech chalkboard theorizing that the touted “Arab Spring” had little to do with democracy, save for a few naïve youngsters, and everything to do with overthrowing a Western-friendly dictator in order to establish the outlawed extremist Muslim Brotherhood as a first step toward a worldwide Caliphate. Though I’ve spent the last 2 weeks in medical institutions in a near news blackout, even I know ISIS is unabashedly pronouncing this is their goal, willing to use any means necessary to achieve it. Wonder how an ex-radio guy who’s supposed to be stupid as well as crazy got this right while our president, his 300+ advisors, his Smart Diplomacy team and our intellectual superiors in the MSM got all this so very, very wrong? The Smartest Woman Ever – Hillary Clinton – understood in 2008 that Barack Obama was way too inexperienced and naïve to serve as Commander-in-Chief of a powerful nation but she sold out for her political future so she’s no better than he is. BTW, I enjoy watching Buck Sexton as Beck’s security advisor on The Blaze. I trust him more than Lurch. Hey, hear that silly joke making the rounds?

So President Obama has decided to send a drone to Iraq? Yeh but what good can John Kerry do?

Military advisors long said that abruptly leaving Iraq w/o a SOFA [Status of Forces Agreement] would come back to bite us in the butt. Among other things, SOFA provides legal protection to our troops, that they are not legally responsible for their actions done while serving orders under the POTUS. You’ll notice that Obama is now sending several hundred Special Forces into Iraq without that protection. He’s not much on thinking ahead, is he? Well, apart from politics….

When Rush Limbaugh called feminists ‘feminazis” I was furious. It seemed so over the top plus I considered myself a feminist. I certainly no longer consider myself a feminist and the feminist movement is so over the top that I think he underestimated them. They’re just crazy on college campuses. I simply wouldn’t let a son of mine go to many colleges, at least those who believe if a female accuses a young man of rape/sexual assault then he is guilty and has no legal rights. If you follow the College Insurrection or Minding the Campus links on my blogroll, you know it’s just awful out there for young men. If a drunk woman has consensual sex with a drunk man, she can later change her mind because she’s not responsible but he is, even when other students have seen the woman agree or even pursue the man. Law professor Glenn Reynolds says feminists have become shrinking violets on campus, too delicate to be in coed colleges, much like Victorian parents felt about their poor girls.

Feminists and nanny state liberals are such bores. Here’s just one recent example, I could do a blog post everyday on feminist outrages of the day. http://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2014/06/the-crushing-patriarchy-sporting-edition.html Feminists don’t want you to watch the Olympics or baseball or the NCAA tournament or now… the World Cup.  I’m beginning to think that feminists want all men to act like women, women like them. They already demand that all woman be like them, one kind of woman.

Speaking of Glenn Reynolds at http://www.pjmedia.com/instapundit, he’s long maintained that the ultimate goal of liberals and the Obama gang is censorship, where opposition to their agenda or methods are hushed, for example when Candy Crowley effectively silenced Mitt Romney and stopped his momentum by violating her role in the second debate. Reynolds also says current liberal are different from classical liberalism and view their partisan views as a religion. That’s certainly true of the global warming cult.  Now one of the nation’s brightest and most articulate moderate conservative columnists has been dismissed from the liberal St Louis Post-Dispatch http://spectator.org/articles/59742/george-will-meets-clerisy-media Here’s what so offended the paper:

  Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate. And academia’s progressivism has rendered it intellectually defenseless now that progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, has decided it is academia’s turn to be broken to government’s saddle.

Charleston, West Virginia Daily Mail columnist Don Surber, who is also linked on my Blogroll at http://www.donsurber.blogspot.com/ , says the mystifying and stupid war on the Koch Brothers is designed to inhibit other GOP donors. That’s surely true but I think it’s also designed to distract from the many, many millions poured into the American political scene by the radical socialist George Soros, who has long said the United States is the only real blocking point to a one-world socialist government and he wants to turn us from capitalism to socialism.

Finally, let’s give the last word to satirist P J O’Rourke, who presciently remarked when ObamaCare was passed, “If you think healthcare is expensive, just wait until it’s free.”

The latest debacle that states don’t know how they will pay for next year’s health exchanges – this year taxpayers paid for them with a subsidy from President ‘I love to spend YOUR money’ Obama of nearly $5 Billion – but there’s no subsidy planned for next year. The bills eventually come due.

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Layers of fact-checkers

This isn’t a roundup of MSM malpractice but so much as a highlight of recent egregious practices. since  these aren’t true errors, they’re errors of liberal bias. They’re sorry they got called out for them.

Maybe Wal-Mart is tired of being a political punching bag for liberal pop culture. If you don’t like their stores, don’t go.  This is still a little bit America despite Obama’s radical transformation to European socialist-lite. The NYT post was tiresome strident liberal talking points. The Wal-Mart response was snarky and factual.  Win goes to small town Big Box. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2014/06/23/wal-mart-blog-posts-spirited-devastating-fact-check-response-timothy-ega

This was a horrible story that I foolishly repeated to a few people as fact. What was I thinking? This was the Associated Press. That was all the red flag I needed to sniff around. The 800+  bodies of babies at an Irish convent order, Bon Secours?  A total lie. Even the AP has apologized. For every single detail. http://washingtonexaminer.com/thanks-to-the-associated-press-we-now-have-the-frontrunner-for-most-embarrassing-correction-of-the-year/article/2550042 Here in Eastern Kentucky, the Catholics are a distinct minority but for more than a half-century they have established much-needed little hospitals, often in little mountain towns. They’ve overcome the initial distrust of the mostly-Baptist communities and earned places of respect. My dad’s recent hospitalization was in a Bon Secours institution and they deserve a heck of a lot better treatment from a media always ready to believe the worst about Christianity. You know, the MSM are so much better than lowly bloggers; hey, they’re professionals. Like prostitutes.

Based upon the liberal fear of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, I’m beginning to think he should be the frontrunner GOP presidential candidate. He’s quiet but he’s fought off all the liberal craziness against him. Can he do it with John Doe? Two judges have said there’s nothing there but the liberal media are wild attack dogs. They have to find something that will stick. Meanwhile, he’s done a heckuva job for the state. Oh, does that matter?  Nice roundup here: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/06/the-latest-scott-walker-smear-debunked.php . Another excellent source is William Jacobson, who keeps  running posts with each new development, including Walker’s response:  http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/06/scott-walker-i-will-not-back-down//#more

You know what the Walker story reminds me of? Former Kentucky governor Ernie Fletcher, the first Republican governor in 30+ years, a Baptist preacher and MD [an orthopedic surgeon as I recall], who was constantly bedeviled by the liberal KY media and Democratic-controlled capitol of Frankfort. Everyday a new rumor or innuendo. He was defeated for re-election by Obama supporter DemocratSteve Beshear, who’s had Teflon from the media here. Any allegations or investigations against Fletcher himself disappeared the day he lost, although there was a charge against someone in his administration. It’s almost as if the media didn’t need to persecute Ernie Fletcher anymore. Meanwhile accusations of forced donations from state workers to Beshear’s re-relection and sexual harassment charges by a longtime Dem legislator were hushed up with the [Democratic] victims told to be quiet so they wouldn’t hurt Beshear and the state Democratic Party? Down the rabbit hole.

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Hal?

Is there anyone still out there?

I last posted on Monday, June 9. The next day my computer crashed, we had a severe storm that knocked out my electricity for a day, my air conditioning died and required repair, my elderly father become ill and I acquired a lingering eye infection. My dad went twice to the ER before being admitted and nearly dying but he’s slowly recovering his strength in an in-house rehab center. He is quite the trooper.

I’m still here and will post again soon.

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Last year about this time I made a fabulous Pioneer Woman Strawberry Shortcake Cake for a church function and it was fabulous. This year, using small sweet berries from the same orchard as last year, I made the Southern Living Strawberry Lemonade Cake for a cookout party. Both cakes took a little more time and care than usual. You cut the PW cake into layers and macerate the berries before placing them between the layers, and freeze for a few minutes,which isn’t too complicated but it takes time. Icing is delicious but not especially complicated. The SL cake requires making fresh strawberry jam and baking 4 separate thin layers then a cream cheese – no powdered sugar – icing with fresh berries. Which is better?

My husband loved, loved the SL strawberry jam recipe, claiming I should make a few batches just to use as jam. The icing is delicious and the cake was attractive. I believe the secret to a great cake is a great cake, meaning the foundation to a fancy cake has to be a moist, delicious cake that’s good enough to stand on its own. When I took the SL cake out of the oven to cool, it didn’t smell or touch or look like a great cake on its own. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-lemonade-layer-cake-50400000134449/ [Cute platter, eh? It’s vintage Blue Ridge; I got it at Pop’s in Lexington]

strawberry cake

The PW cake I made last year was fabulous as soon as it began baking and while it was cooling. It looked like a special cake when I was done icing and garnishing it. I got a lot of compliments and recipe requests for it.  http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/05/strawberry-shortcakecake/

People complimented the SL cake but mostly they mentioned the jam filling or the icing. That’s not good enough for me and my rule of a great cake, so I have to say the Pioneer Woman Strawberry Shortcake Cake is the winner. I won’t make the SL cake again.

I did make the SL Strawberry Milk, which had a good old-fashioned taste. I also made the SL Green Bean Apple Bacon Sandwiches, which were popular and interesting. Not difficult, healthy, and the vinaigrette was delicious so I’ll probably do that again. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/green-bean-apple-bacon-sandwiches-50400000129588/

green bean sandwich

Here’s a couple of things I made at Easter, both Pioneer Woman recipes. The  Krispy Eggs treats were delicious but my husband said they looked like a carton of nipples so I’d leave off the jelly bean garnish from the tops next time. I put waxed paper on the egg carton bottoms to keep the treats clean. I also made the PW Sigrid’s Carrot Cake and it is the best carrot cake you can eat . I make a lot of carrot cakes and carrot cupcakes and this cake is so good you can’t believe it. One woman said it was like dying and going to heaven. Can’t vouch for that but do try the recipe. Both recipes are in The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidayshttp://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/03/sigrids-carrot-cake-perfect-for-easter/

PW carrot

easter eggs

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