Archive for November, 2010
Look here. I’m writing because I hear that some lady named Bea has been asking around about me. She is Jude’s friend and he lives up the street from me. I just moved into the neighborhood a few months ago. My grandkids and I got this house through those Habitat for Humanity people.
These are my daughter’s kids. And she died a few years ago, and so now I have to raise them. I don’t know where their father is. He don’t do nothing to help. I’m a retired senior citizen widow woman too. So this is hard on me. But I wasn’t gonna let my kith’ and kin’ be raised by some of them foster folks.
We moved into this neighborhood with hardly anything, but most people has been kind and neighborly. And, although I understand that a lot of people think Mr. Jude is sometimes mean and stingy, I am sure grateful for the help he gave us with the front yard, and how he trained the oldest boys to take care of it.
Please tell Miss Bea that she don’t have no cause to worry about me taking her friend. I don’t know what Mr. Jude means to her, but we’s all too old to be thinking ‘bout such things. That’s what’s got so many people in trouble with The Lord nowadays anyway.
By the time I finish trying to see after these kids, feedin’ them and gettin’ their clothes ready for school, I’m bushed. Ain’t got no time or strength for anything else. And ole Mr. Jude ain’t never even suggested anything like that to me.
I’m a praying woman and some say that Miss Bea is too. I don’t know what else to say except that I reads my Bible everyday, and I’m praying that God will provide some good warm Christian clothing wholesale for these kids this winter. It’s all I can do to keep food on the table. These kids eats so much. So I just have to trust God for their Christmas gifts.
Please give Miss Jael my regards. Tell her that I have my grandson put her on everyday and he reads the blog column he copies from them puters at school to me. He also helps me with this letter. And please tell that Miss Bea lady I don’t mean her no harm!
Well I’s got to cook some rutabagas and snap beans with corn pone for dinner. So thanks again! Bye now.
The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, announced this week that her nation will start charging polluters for excess gas emissions in the coming year. She made the announcement just in time to get ahead of the United Nations climate change summit on the Kyoto Protocol that also takes place this week in Mexico. Some 15,000 attendees from governments, environmental organizations and news reporters will attend the summit in Cancun. At the last Kyoto Summit in 2007, the United States and Australia were the only industrialized countries that did not sign the Kyoto Treaty.
The Prime Minister said “2011 is the year Australia decides on carbon pricing.” Gillard, the country’s first female leader, added, “A carbon price will create an incentive to reduce emissions, drive investment in renewable and low emissions technologies, create certainty for business investment and begin the adjustment of our economy to a cleaner energy future.” Because the nation’s energy systems almost entirely depend on coal, Australia is the world’s largest per capita polluter. And it is also the top exporter of coal. However, just as they resisted charging polluters in 2007, Australia’s conservative politicians insist that only consumers would pay such charges, and they vow to fight such government imposition on carbon pollution. But environmental problems were the major reasons that Australia’s conservatives were swept out of office. For over ten years, the nation’s farmers had been fighting drought. Then in 2009, a huge bush fire caused a chocking dust storm over Sydney, its capital and major city.
The urgency of these pollution problems––as well as the fact that rising sea levels are eroding cliffs and beaches to such an extent that property ownership is threatened––also swept the Greens Party to a place a prominence. Some liberal parties also demand that the country’s reliance on coal must be broken. Otherwise, they say, Global Warming, air pollution, and do-nothing corporate business interests would destroy the nation they love.
Australia can be but a bell-weather to the United States. In both countries, those against any controls on carbon emissions argue that these charges would hurt economies and cut jobs. However, that argument is of little comfort to property owners watching rising seas swallow their estates, or people who can’t breath in polluted air, or farmers fighting drought caused by Global Warming. Those who think that the U.S. doesn’t face the same threats must do more to learn the truth about Global Warming. John 8: 32 in wholesale Christian Bibles says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” But God’s “knowing” includes acceptance of fact, continuing faith in its truthfulness, and, above all, the acting upon that truth. The U.S. may have a little more time to act upon the truth about Global Warming and carbon emissions, but not that much more time!
Sooooooooo. Now the nation must survive Black Friday. What a name! It is suppose to mean that time of year that pulls businesses into profit. But still! Couldn’t they find a better way to say it. Ads flood T.V. screens showing women getting up before dawn so they can fight to be first when the stores open, and others deciding which jewel or car to buy. The term Black Friday sounds like a day of mourning. And maybe that is one way it should be seen.
We have so much stuff in this country. Do we really need more televisions, DVRs, computers, clothes, cell phones, cars, movies, games, gadgets, etc. when we have the poor and homeless walking our streets. Is it possible that we have become a nation of stuff-gluttons floating on a sea of poverty?
The Bible especially calls out women––the gender that is especially given the task to care for the poor and needy (as in Proverbs 31: 20)––to avoid the downfall of frivolous excess for the sake of super-glamour. Isaiah 3: 16 – 26 in wholesale Christian Bibles indicates that such devotion of material possessions can bring about a nation’s downfall: “Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing [as] they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of [their] tinkling ornaments [about their feet], and [their] cauls, and [their] round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,The rings, and nose jewels, The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails. And it shall come to pass, [that] instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; [and] burning instead of beauty. Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war. And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she [being] desolate shall sit upon the ground.”
This message indicates that too much needless stuff could lead to judgment. With the nation fighting wars on two fronts, with so many families loosing homes and jobs, with nations in Europe going bankrupt and our own nation going through the worse recession since the Great Depression, and with cities running low on water and power fighting Global Warming, and so many citizens falling onto poverty rolls––now is the time to think about thanksgiving, repentance and earnest prayer for family, neighbor and nation. It is also a time of giving to help others. Now may not be the best time to think so much about more of Black Friday’s stuff!
As you celebrate this Thanksgiving weekend, please say a prayer of Blessing and Thanksgiving for the American troops around the world, especially those fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. And pray for their families as well.
If you think you don’t have much to be thankful for this weekend, how would you like to be stuck in a foxhole, dodging bullets on a roof, or riding down a dirt road full of hidden IUD bombs set to blow you up? And add to that thought that you are fighting in a country with languages and cultures you don’t understanding or even like, and you are so longing to be home this Thanksgiving. But you are there because you love your country, and you are loyal to its leaders who asked you to go and fight for the Grand U.S.A., Greatest Country on earth. Now that’s a lot to be grateful for since you are not in one of those countries?
And please pray for those troops who have come home and find it hard to adjust to normal life. And, if you can, do something to help them. Especially pray for those veterans who are stuck in hospitals trying to adjust to life without arm or leg or other injury, resulting from wars fought for our safety. And visit them.
On Thanksgiving Day, 2007, military author and historian Richard S. Lowry wrote “Thanksgiving For Our Veterans.” Here is part of his tribute: “Today, Americans enjoy a freedom unequaled in the history of civilization. Our good fortune goes unnoticed by most everyone in their day-to-day lives. We are free to express ourselves. We are free of oppression. We are free of fear.
“We move about in our daily lives taking our children to school, little league games, and the movies. We are safe and comfortable in our homes at night and the vast majority of us do not want for the necessities of life – food, clean water, and shelter. Our lives are utopian, yet most Americans never stop to think about the hundreds of thousands – millions – of brave young men and women who are standing at the gates, guarding our nation: the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who are fighting, bleeding and dying in foreign lands so that we may remain free.
“The greatest tribute we could ever pay to our American servicemen and women, both living and deceased, is to stop on Thanksgiving, pause during that football game, or stop and think as you sit down to dinner with your family that our lives are good because of the sacrifices of others. Consider what America would be without the men and women of our military. Stop and thank the next Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine you see. We all owe our freedom to them.”
And Jael adds, “We also owe our freedom to God!” Of all the nations on earth, He has surely blessed the United States of America. So dig out those Christian Prayer Books, and, as you thank God for the turkey and fixings, please thank Him for our soldiers, our nation, our leaders and All of His Great Blessings!
One of the Newspaper Boys said: “I’m grateful to have a job so that I can help my family. So many of my friends don’t do much work. And they don’t think its cool that I hawk newspapers on the internet street. But I’m thankful for every customer who reads the great news I sell. And its better to work than to sit around on your behind all day doing nothing! That’s what I say.”
Aunt Bea says: “I thank God for my family, that we’re all alive and well. And that I have lived to see my grandchildren growing up. And I thank Him for my friends John and Jude and others. And I’m so grateful for my warm, wonderful house.”
John says: “I thank God for the blessing of good health. At my age that’s a wonder. Of course, I’m thankful to have family and friends. So many don’t have that today. That’s why I go to the Mission House and help to feed the poor every Thanksgiving. Hope I see you there!”
Jude says: “I’m thankful that my country has made it almost 400 years since the Pilgrims first landed. It’s been the blessings of God that we’ve been through fire and flood but we’re still kicking, and we’re still the greatest country on earth! Amen to that!”
Jael says: “We know it is rough out there for so many Americans who may have lost job or home or loved one. But please on Thanksgiving Day, look up and give thanks, and believe in faith that things are going to get better especially if we keep praying in faith. Remember what the Apostle Paul says: ‘Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with Thanksgiving (Colossians 4: 2).’ God Is Still on the Throne and He still answers prayer. And remember to read good Thanksgiving verses from wholesale Christian Bibles with your prayers today.”
And the whole crew at ieplexus.com says: “HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!!!”
Worsening winter storms are among the increasing effects of Global Warming. Severe winter blizzards, ice storms, and erratically cold temperatures are the sure results of warming atmospheres. When mounting temperatures from Global Warming melt polar ice caps, it causes water to evaporate, thus releasing more moisture into the air. This moisture enriches clouds, making heavy rains, ice storms and blizzards more likely.
In January of 2008, China experienced its worse snow storm in 100 years. Twenty-four people died. Trains were halted, 19 airports closed and untold thousands of people going home for the nation’s Spring Festival were stranded. In Europe in 2007, 47 people died as a result of fierce ice storms that swept across the continent. Thousands of homes in Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic were without power for days on end.
And the same could soon happen in the United States. A Pennsylvania environmentalist reports, “Consistent with the predicted impacts of Global Warming, we found that storms with extreme precipitation have increased in frequency by 24 percent across the continental United States. . . . New England and the Mid-Atlantic saw storms with extreme precipitation levels increase in frequency by 61 percent and 42 percent, respectively.” In view of severe winter storms that are sure to come, the father-and-son research team of Stanley and David Changnon find that American citizens are simply not as equipped to survive severe winters as they use to be.
Apparently, Americans have become too dependent on expensive gas and electrical systems that are not supported by aging national power grids. Wood burning stoves and authentic fire places, homegrown food preserved for the winter, and unattractive warm bulky clothes are considered too old-fashion for modern times. Such thinking has got to change. In view of the Changnons’ findings, people should do everything possible to prepare for winter. Better home insulation, wood burning stoves, long-lasting generators, well-stocked pantries, winterized automobiles, ample battery supplies, emergency radios and flash lights become increasing necessary in this age of Global Warming. And in really far-sighted views of preparation, Americans must do everything possible to end this insanity of carbon emissions and human-causing Global Warming.
Proper preparation for winter months is more important than shopping for wholesale Christian kids t-shirts, Christian word puzzles, or wholesale Christian Bibles that will make great holiday gifts. And prayer for protection to Almighty God, Who alone knows the future, should go a long way for believers who want to survive the difficulties of the coming winter.
I have been reading your entries about how to save water and energy. Well, I go to all of these local government meetings and there are a few ways that cities can save money that you have not published as yet. Well, first every city should have a Water Resource Plan that citizens know about. And easy things––like not flushing yellow-only toilet water, doing laundry only at night, or watering gardens and lawns with recycled water etc.––should be well-publicized.
Next county water and health departments started working with restaurants in the area to see that they were equipped with high-pressure, low-flow hoses to cut their water use in half. In the same way, the federal government is quietly working with all types of large corporations to help them cut down their water use.
And officials strictly monitor gas and oil changing stations to properly recycle or dispose of used motor or transmission oil, rather than pour it into water systems. And they insist that car washing businesses use low phosphate soaps so that suds don’t stop up drain pipes. And businesses and residents are asked to use fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals very sparingly, never putting them down drains or near water. Some people even place gardens on roofs for easy watering.
Our officials also made it illegal for farmers, gardeners and others to divert water off steams and creeks onto their land. Instead, the county put in systems that pipe used and run-off waters to farmers and others for a fee. Also officials set aside funding to build large water storage areas in case of emergencies, and fire and water departments check and recheck for breakage and leaks in all systems. Then officials called on the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program. They sent people out to each home, showing people all the things families can do to cut down on water use.
Some people still don’t take it seriously though so the board is considering a program of allocating to every household a set amount of usage per day for a monthly fee. If any family goes over that allocated amount, they receive a stiff penalty in their bill. And those who go under it get a deduction or refund. If we can’t get water usage down by several percent in the next year, that system may go into effect. But some council members are against systems like this. They insist that the only way to cut water usage is to drastically raise water rates.
Well, I know that Jael and her editors believe in the Bible and prayer. So I am reading Christian prayer books to find prayers of forgiveness, that I can use to ask God to forgive our nation for wasting the water He blessed us with. I thank Him for the abundant water that our people always had in comparison to other nations, and I ask His grace to please show us again where the miracle water is.
“I’m fine John. How are you?”
“Listen, have you talked to Jude lately? I hear by the grapevine that you two are in a tiff.”
“I don’t want to talk about that man who’s suppose to be my Christian brother, John. You know we ain’t suppose to gossip. Besides, he has other interests than helping me with a save water program.”
“Yeah I know Bea. But listen if you need help with savin’ water, why didn’t you call me? Didn’t I tell you the last time I was there that I go to all the city and county meetings about water conservation.”
“I guess I didn’t remember. It ain’t no matter no way. I’m through waitin’ on guys to do stuff for me just cause I’m a widow woman. That Jude holds so close to every dollar, but he could help some woman on his block name Ethel.”
“Oh, Bea don’t worry about stuff like that. Even I know that ole Jude ain’t about nothing bad like that. Now listen, can I tell you some things you can do to save on your water bill?”
“Well o.k. I guess I have a little time. I’m just trying to finish a quilt that I can hang at the big window to stop cold air from comin’ in this winter.”
“O.K. 1) Don’t use the garbage disposal so much. Put that garbage on the garden for compost. 2) Let me and the boys come over and install an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run water up from the heater downstairs. 3) Don’t use running water to thaw out frozen foods. Let them sit in the refrigerator instead. 4) Don’t shower for more than five minutes, even if you do have a low-flow shower head. You could save hundreds of gallons of water a month with shorter showers. 5) Don’t throw out the old water when you put fresh water in your fish tank; use it to water house plants or put it on the garden soil.
“Thanks John. These are good tips that I didn’t know about.”
“I’ve got lots more to share when I see you. And when me and the boys come over, we’ll check kitchen, bath and downstairs and outside for water leaks.”
“Listen I’ll call city and county team leaders to see what programs they have to help with the rock garden.”
“ Ohhh, that’s ok John. When Mr. Jude finds out how much you’re doing to help me, he’ll be trippin’ over hisself to put in that rock garden.”
“Now Bea, you got to read the gospels in wholesale Christian Bibles and see what The Lord Jesus says about forgiveness. We ain’t suppose to hold grudges.”
“I know John, I know. But it just makes me so mad . . . . .”
Let’s see. Let’s check the score. People verses Nature. Birds are either going extinct or becoming deformed. And science supposedly can’t explain why. Frogs are no better off than the birds, as they are being born with several arms, legs, heads, etc., turning them into some sort of monsters. Again, the smart body of learned men doesn’t know how to stop it. Then, honey bees have been disappearing in mass for years. And, although these bees are vital for food production around the world, science still can’t explain their disappearance.
So, obviously, Nature looses that round.
But then again, the vast majority in all scientific fields is more than convinced that Global Warming is a definite threat to the existence of all life on earth. Yet those who have the political power to change those corporate and economic practices causing Global Warming either deny that the problem exists, or else they refuse to do anything about it.
Here the score is probably tied. Although man-made Global Warming is definitely destroying Nature, it is also hurting people with increasing diseases, stifling heat waves, rolling bouts of drought and the destruction of fish, vegetation and other food sources vital for human life.
But then maybe Nature is retaliating against its man-made Global Warming. Volcanoes go off more often, and earthquakes are more quickly multiplying across the globe, along with hurricanes, typhoons, floods, mudslides and sinkholes, etc. Crazy weather with heat waves, erratic rain and snow storms, heavy smog, etc., helps that retaliation along. These phenomena have, of course, killed thousands of people, but have done nothing to move national leaders who have the power to do something about man-made Global Warming.
To keep accurate score, it is necessary to know if some of those in power don’t care if people die or not. Just maybe there are a few people in power (or controlling those who seem to be in power) who really want most of the earth to be destroyed. With about three-quarters of earth’s human and animal populations gone, there would be less interference with the plans of these few to rule the entire planet. And, if these evil miscreants can exercise such power, without interference from human protests, then both man and Nature loses that score.
The Bible says in Proverbs 29: 2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” In a democracy, the power of the vote decides who rules. As readers shop for wholesale Christian gifts this Christmas, it’s a good time to decide whether they will work and pray against such evil plans, or they will simply enter the New Year believing that the only realities are those they see and think they know about!
Extra, Extra read all about it!! Water running low on some American Indian reservations. News stories say some tribes are low on water due to lower water levels on Lake Mead and the Colorado Rivers. Other tribes lack water because of dry summers and spent reservoirs.
Read about the Makah Indian Nation at Neah Bay, Washington. Tribe leader Ben Johnson says, “We’re in bad shape out here. Neah Bay is dry like a desert. We can’t use water for anything other than cooking and drinking.”
Urgent!! Get your internet news today. The situation is so dire that the Makah tribe is borrowing desalinated water from a Coast Guard Station for its 2,300 residents, 1,800 of whom are tribal members. Read Matt Gouras’ Associated Press article calling it a crisis that “in many states, water claims in entire watersheds remain in limbo without the funding to sort out who owns what . . .”
Get the latest news!!!! Tribe members on the very isolated Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Owyhee, Nevada, near the Idaho border, have been in dire need water since wild fires have been raging in the West.
In another story about Arizona, the 15,000 members of the White Mountain Apache tribe have also been running out of water, but new agreements between the tribe, the state and the U.S. Government may solve that problem with guarantees of water from the Salt and Little Colorado Rivers. But settlements have not been reached with the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe that is also dependent on water from the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers.
Read about new research in today’s stories showing that 25 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, as well as 34 Indian tribes and two Mexican states depend on the Colorado River for water. And that River too is drying out because of over-population in those western areas of the United States. In fact, Cocopa Indians living on the U.S. and Mexico border have lived on the Colorado River for 2,000 years, but now they have to truck in their water.
Hurry, Hurry, Hurry. Get the Latest News from the Internet: not just Native Americans, but all Americans, are running low on water!! Read Amos 4: 7 – 8 in wholesale Christian Bibles to see how God uses low water supplies to call on people to return to Him: “And also I have withholden the rain from you, when [there were] yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. So two [or] three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.” Surely, the Good News is that it is not too late for readers, and all who need God’s natural, as well as spiritual, water to repent!!