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Okay for the funny bones in the group. :) By "where you're from" read where I would know you from, your DoA name, or Ravelry name, etc.

My F'list, gotta love 'em. LOL

Shared today by Embrace Your Inner Crazy Cat Lady group: A Cat Haiku

Cat Haiku

You never feed me.
Perhaps I'll sleep on your face.
That will sure show you.

You must scratch me there!
Yes, above my tail!
Behold, elevator butt.

The rule for today
Touch my tail, I shred your hand.
New rule tomorrow.

In deep sleep hear sound
cat vomit hairball somewhere
will find in morning.

Grace personified.
I leap into the window.
I meant to do that.

Blur of motion, then-
silence, me, a paper bag.
What is so funny?

You're always typing.
Well, let's see you ignore my
sitting on your hands.

My small cardboard box.
You cannot see me if I
can just hide my head.

Terrible battle.
I fought for hours. Come and see!
What's a 'term paper'?

Small brave carnivores
Kill pine cones and mosquitoes
Fear vacuum cleaner

I want to be close
to you. Can I fit my head
inside your armpit?

Wanna go outside.
Oh, crap! Help! I got outside!
Let me back inside!

Oh no! Big One
has been trapped by newspaper!
Cat to the rescue!

Humans are so strange.
Mine lies still in bed, then screams
My claws are not that sharp.

Cats meow out of angst
"Thumbs! If only we had thumbs!
We could break so much!"

The Big Ones snore now
Every room is dark and cold
Time for "Cup Hockey"

We're almost equals
I purr to show I love you
Want to smell my butt?

No, I did not make it through sans smile, giggle or out-right laugh. LOL

Teabag recycle

Herbal, sans bag, contributes to soil enhancement for gardens.

Fisherman? Use coffee and unbagged tea in the loose soil of your garden and worms will come running; I knowk, sounds horrid, but as a worm using firshergirl I loved it!

Bags under your eyes; skip the cuccumber and use a tea bag.

Honestly, how could she miss these and others. @.@

Cancelled services at Navy boot camp spark outrage!

John Chantry, a practicing Druid, was shocked to receive an email April 3 advising him that he was prohibited from continuing to lead earth-centered religious services for recruits at Recruit Training Command.

Chantry, 72, says he has been leading services for between 75 and 200 recruits for about three years at the Great Lakes, Ill., facility. But on the orders of Capt. Doug Pfeifle, the commanding officer of RTC, civilian volunteers for seven minority religious communities have been asked to stop conducting services.

An RTC official who spoke on background said the volunteers were asked to leave in accordance with Navy guidance, which stipulates that a uniformed chaplain or a religiously accredited military member should conduct the service before the service pursues other avenues.

But Chantry, backed by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and its outspoken founder and president, Mikey Weinstein, call the canceling of accommodations for minority religious groups a gross violation of the constitutional rights of recruits who practice minority religions, including Unitarian Universalists, Buddhists, Baha'i or earth-centered religions.

"It is extremely disappointing to us that some who sign up to serve aren't given the same kind of support ... as others, based on their religion," Chantry said.

On Wednesday, Weinstein penned a letter to the RTC commanding officer claiming that more than 250 recruits have been impacted by the order, and gave Pfeifle 24 hours to reinstate the civilian volunteers at RTC. Weinstein said he is prepared to exhaust all "administrative means" or even go to court to get the order rescinded.

"We have never seen a commander authorize such a sweeping abuse of the religious freedoms of those under their leadership," the letter reads.

The RTC official said the decision to change religious accommodations at boot camp was made to align with the Navy instruction. That instruction, the official said, calls for services to be conducted by a uniformed chaplain. If no chaplain is available, then an accredited military member should conduct the services, followed by a contracted chaplain or, if no one else can do it, civilian volunteers.

Recruits who practice minority religions will still be provided with time and materials during holiday routine to worship as they see fit. If recruits request a spiritual leader, the Navy will follow the guidance for identifying a suitable candidate, the official said.

The religions affected by the order include: Unitarian Universalist, earth-centered, Buddhist, Baha'i, Church of Christ, Christian Science and non-liturgical Protestant.

Naval Service Training Command spokesman Lt. Matt Comer reiterated in a statement that recruits will be allowed to practice religion as they see fit.

"As always, RTC will support the religious needs of all recruits and staff by providing them a place and time to worship as well as worship materials and chaplain support," the statement reads.

"The recent change in RTC practice regarding civilian volunteers adheres to Navy policy and reflects the religious accommodation standards and practices of the Fleet. RTC is currently recruiting uniformed volunteers to support all religious services."

But to Chantry, simply providing time and space isn't enough, and giving recruits access to chaplains who don't share their religion falls short of their needs.

"This means that we will have young people who have no opportunity to talk to people in their tradition about questions or concerns about their spiritual journey," Chantry said. "We have had people in our earth-centered worship services — whether Druid or Wiccan or heathen — who say that before they came here to RTC, they were solitary in their practice, that they couldn't find anyone who understood them.

"Now, for the first time in their lives, they had a sense that they were worthwhile."

To Weinstein, it is also a matter of safety, given that one reason recruits are given access to religious services is to bolster resilience, which can prevent suicide.

"Today the hundreds of affected sailors want to know why it is that they will no longer be allowed to practice their religion," he wrote. "They want to know why that one refuge, which has bolstered them so much during this trying time, is being swept out from under them. I would like to know as well, and soon the American people will be asking you the same question.


This IS an outrage. Seems the Christian right in the Navy has decided who is allowed and who is not allowed to conduct religion. The Army or Marines come next?

I hope the book is thrown at this commander who has SERIOUS issues with his stance!

The frustration of Real Life

Two days ago the "snap" ability at Lotro failed. I had lots of pictures, real life things happening but all I got were black frames. Something is weirding out and I haven't figured it out yet. So you'll all be spared. :P

In the meantime, I had received an email newsletter from King Arthur Flour about their Zojirushi machines. Now Zo's are the Gods of bread machines. I wanted one since the 1980's but their $500 price tag was over the flipping moon!

Fast forward to Monday. The $249 model is incredible. The technology has really advanced with the price being much better. But I had questions. I read all the reviews but wanted to ask so finally today I remembered THEY ARE ON EAST COAST and got up early to phone. 15 minutes later I had my 3 questions answered.

1. Double paddles, does that mean it can handle the heavier breads, such as full whole wheat.
Ans: Yes

2. Some reviewers (yes, I read ALL the reviews, all 150 of them) complained of having to poof down the proof in the machines. Is that an aberration? or something that happens all the time?
Ans: Aberration, but may happen depending on the specialty of the bread

3. I had made a loaf of raisen bread in my Oster using Vital Gluten and SAF yeast. I got my very first "muffin top" (she laughed). It was a very moist bread. Did I use too much do you think?
Ans: more than likely it was a combination of the VG, the SAF and the moisture. You can adjust it down a bit. (to which I agreed)

So with these 3 things asked, answered and a nice lady at that, I ordered my new Zo. Free shipping too!

It is not like the Oster bread machine at all. It is shaped like a loaf of bread, not a bowl. Now the Oster was my mum's, she used it for about 5 years and I an additional 15 years! So it's done it's job. But it is having some issues that annoy me. Now it can retire. Yes, I still make bread every 2 weeks like clockwork (only 1 lb loaves now, not the 2 lb for when I worked each day).
This Myth of Jesus


Silent protest, boycott greet Wiccan priestess at Iowa House
By James Q. Lynch and Rod Boshart, The Gazette


DES MOINES — What would Jesus do?

If he were a member of the Iowa Legislature, Rep. Rob Taylor believes he would peacefully protest the morning prayer by a Wiccan priestess.

So the West Des Moines Republican turned his back Thursday and prayed silently as Cedar Rapids Cabot witch Deborah Maynard appealed to “god, goddess, universe, that which is greater than ourselves.”

Many of his colleagues chose not to attend the daily prayer. But Taylor said that after praying over it, he decided the appropriate response would be to “be in the presence of a prayer, but peacefully protest.”

Despite his protest and the boycott by more than a third of the House members, Maynard thought it went well.

“It was kind of a rush,” said Maynard, 43, a project manager for a company she declined to identify. “It was awe-inspiring. It was humbling. A little scary to be the first one to do something like that in the state of Iowa and the third one in the nation.”

Maynard, a Unitarian Universalist and the leader of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, said her goal was inclusion.

“I just wanted to show that the House is very inclusive of all faith traditions,” she said.

Wicca is earth-based spirituality, she said. “We believe in Mother Earth, Father Sky. We believe we are all connected to the interdependent web of all existence. We love nature.”

Rep. Liz Bennett, D-Cedar Rapids, said she was not offended by Taylor’s turned back, or by the absence of many of her colleagues.

“My purpose in inviting Deborah was not to force anyone to listen to anything they are uncomfortable listening to,” Bennett said. “Iowa is a very diverse state and I’m glad that I could do something to make our Statehouse just a little bit more open and welcoming.”

Bennett said she had received about 50 supportive emails.

Maynard is a constituent of hers who for six years, until 2006, had worked as an accounts receivable specialist for The Gazette Company, which owns KCRG-TV9.

The morning prayer is a tradition in the House and Senate. Typically it is offered by clergy members but in their absence, lawmakers offer it.

If Maynard wasn’t bothered by the absences, Interfaith Executive Director Connie Ryan Terrell was.

“In a way it troubles me in that we all should be respectful of people’s traditions and beliefs,” she said afterward.

In a statement, Terrell went on to say “it is disingenuous for some legislators and conservative religious groups to create a public outcry against a minority religion when they often cry wolf about their own religious rights being under assault.”

However, Bob Vander Plaats of The Family Leader conservative Christian organization said Maynard offering the prayer was a “stunning development (that) many Christians across the state recognize has spiritual ramification.”

Citing the Bible, he quoted from Ephesians: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

Taylor said he asked himself, “What would Jesus do?”

“Jesus would be in the chamber, from my perspective, he would passively protest. Then he would seek that individual out and have peaceful conversation about why his way was the best way,” Taylor said.

Still, he said he didn’t hear anything troubling or offensive.

Taylor acknowledged he did not turn his back when Islamic or Jewish prayers have been offered in the chamber.

Later, he met briefly with Maynard and invited her to have coffee to talk further.

While Taylor was turning his back, Pastor Michael Demastus of the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ was in the balcony, praying for Maynard.

“I was praying for her salvation. I was praying that she would come to know the one true God,” Demastus said. “I believe that the occult is dark. I do believe that’s not the place to seek guidance from, so I was not praying against her. I was praying against what she was doing.”

He was joined by Michelle Gute, a Huxley resident who said she came to the Capitol to counteract the Wiccan message with a Christian prayer.

“I don’t want any demonic influences on the people who are making decisions on our behalf. I was not praying with her,” she said. “I was praying the opposite. Our country was founded on godly principles, not goddesses and whoever she was praying to.”

Transcript of Maynard’s invocation:

“We call this morning to god, goddess, universe, that which is greater than ourselves to be with us here today. By the earth that is in our bones and centers us, may all here remember our roots and those we are here to represent. By the fire that gives us light and passion, may all here remain passionate about the work that must be done for the people of Iowa. By the air that gives us breath and logic, may all here find thoughtful solutions to the problems that are presented. By the water that flows through our blood and stirs our emotions, may all here draw an emotional intelligence which helps us see the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We call this morning to spirit ever present, to help us respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Be with us and this legislative body and guide them to seek justice, equity and compassion in the work that is before them today. Blessed be, Aho and Amen.”



If I behaved like that when some christian did their hoodoo prayers, they'd boo me out of the building! Shame on these Christians and their hate!

Get over yourselves, Christians. You are NOT the first faith of the world and you will NEVER be the only one! You are not the only faith in this United States of America; get with the rest of the fucking world you jerks!

China destroys the ancient Buddhist symbols of Lhasa City in Tibet

China destroys the ancient Buddhist symbols of Lhasa City in Tibet
Thursday, 09 May 2013 13:00 Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International



Lhasa-Tibet-2013-323Dharamshala: - - Ignoring both religious freedom and the outcry of the Tibetan people, the Chinese authorities have begun demolishing the ancient capital of Lhasa, including one of the most important Buddhist sites of the city, Tibet's holiest Jokhang Temple.

Chinese authorities are planning to destroy the ancient Buddhist capital of Lhasa, and replace it with a tourist city similar to Lijiang. "Shangri-La" in Yunnan Province. Several large-scale construction projects are underway for a number of shopping malls around the Buddhist holy temple as well as underground parking at Barkhor Street.

"Traditional Tibetan buildings in this ancient city are once again facing the destruction crisis under Chinese modernization", well-known Tibetan writer Woeser told the RFA Mandarin section. She is also appealing to the global institutions, including UNESCO and Tibetans around the world to 'save Lhasa.'

Woeser, who is currently living in Beijing, has published an article on her blog-page (Sunday, May 5) with pictures of the ongoing construction in the ancient city of Lhasa. She has called for a global intervention in the serious situation in the city, where thousand year-old traditional buildings are being destroying by the Chinese in the name of modernization and social stability.

'The construction project in the areas of Barkor streets of the Jokhang temple covers an area of 150,000 square meters to use as new shopping malls and 1,117 square meters for the underground parking spaces", said the sources.

Woeser said many recent visitors already raised strong concerns over the constructions as well as the fate of Lhasa. She expressed her concern over the Chinese authorities' activities and condemned them for demolishing the ancient symbols of Tibetan civilization.

She alludes to photos of the ongoing constructions that she has received, "The photos reflect the situation in the old town of Lhasa, it is a serious matter of concern."

Woeser claims that this is an unlawful act, aiming directly at multiple targets. There is an old Tibetan saying: 'One stone for two birds', which springs to mind.

She said its not only just for economic development, there are other targets. If we look carefully at the photos of the shopping mall project, there are several requirements for alterations of the Tibetan old city, including one called 'evacuation'. This means clearing vendors from the Barkhor streets, perhaps better named 'destruction.'

The Tibetan writer said China was criticized after converting the two ancient Chinese cities; Lijiang in Yunnan and Hunan city into modern tourist cities, with both projects now widely seen as poor decisions.

In fact, such reconstruction has already occurred in Tibet. China now wants the Tibetan Autonomous Region to become like the Zhongdian City (Tibetan: Gyalthang county of eastern Tibet). After the reconstruction, Lijiang was changed to "Shangri-La", mainly to attract tourists. She said this kind of destruction has caused great damage and should be considered 'tourist colonialism'.

Previous experiences from the so-called economic development of Gyalthang County, which caused the disappearance of many Tibetan cultural symbols, including the disappearance of the customs and cultural heritage of the Tibetan people is the "most worrying matter of concern."

The Chinese government is also set to expand various so-called 'interests', including governmental and economic measures, regardless of the consequences. The regime is seeking to further "maintenance in social stability", meaning the authorities have significantly increased surveillance and monitoring in the region, particularly in Lhasa city, prompting an escalation of security measures.

The Potala Palace was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. In 2000 and 2001, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka were added to the list as extensions to the sites. Rapid modernization has been a concern for UNESCO, however, which expressed concern over the building of modern structures immediately around the palace, which threaten the palace's unique atmosphere.

The Chinese government responded by enacting a rule barring the building of any structure taller than 21 meters in the area. However, sources stated that there are new modern buildings higher than 21 meters to be found in the vicinity. Woeser further stated that Jokhang Temple in Lhasa City should be granted protected status under UNESCO's cultural heritage regulations.

UNESCO was also concerned over the materials used during the restoration of the palace, which commenced in 2002 at a cost in millions of dollars, although the Chinese authorities have promised that only traditional materials and craftsmanship were used.

There is nothing "nice" I can say about these people. I studied Chinese history and culture a lifetime ago, respected them, admired them, but their government needs to go. Frankly GO!

This on top of the techno reports from last week with the growing filthy hole growing in central China because of "Western obcession over tech toys", i.e. pods, tablets, cell phones, etc.

I am beside myself with grief and anger right now.

Just because

I needed a giggle this morning. Not because of anything, just did house work and thought, Hey! let's look at cat videos!

And if you can get through those without snickering, you are NOT a cat person. More's the pity. Ah well, more kitties for the rest of us. LOL
Bacon's World

Wiccan Voice in Iowa House :)

Wiccan priestess to give invocation to Iowa House
By Sarah McCarthy, KCRG-TV9

Story Created: Mar 28, 2015 at 6:55 PM CDT

Story Updated: Mar 28, 2015 at 6:55 PM CDT

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Wiccan priestess has been invited to give the invocation to the Iowa House of Representatives. On April 9, Deborah Maynard, a member of the People’s Church Unitarian Universalist, will travel to Des Moines to deliver her blessing.

According to Maynard, her prayer will make history.

“I didn’t really think it was that big of a deal, until I did more research on it,” she said. “The more research I did on it, that’s when I found that it’s never been done in a state government body before by a Wiccan.”

A 2014 Supreme Court ruling allowed for sectarian prayer before government bodies, as long as the prayer is inclusive.

And democratic representative Liz Bennett of Cedar Rapids, who invited Maynard to give the blessing, said inclusion is her goal.

“I think there are people across the nation who don’t realize how diverse Iowa really is, and so I’m proud that this is another first for us,” Bennett said.

Maynard said Wicca has a bad reputation as a religion as many may associate it with witchcraft. But she stressed not all Wiccans identify as witches, and not all witches follow Wiccan beliefs.

Those misconceptions have Maynard and Bennett bracing for any negative feedback that may come their way.

“It’s not about endorsing one religion over another,” Bennett said. “It’s the fact that the Iowa Statehouse is the people’s house and that there’s room for everybody under the dome.”

Maynard agreed.

“The fact that it’s the first in the nation, I think it’s worth it,” she said.


There's a video at the web site and I encourage you to watch/read. THIS is historic in more than one way; not just for IOWA (way to go!) but for the US. We've had other non-Abrahamics try to invoke in this country and every time some Christian steps up and causes trouble, like the Constitution only applies to THEM not US.

I hope this goes off without a hitch; I pray that the people of IOWA appreciate what will be said and offered that morning and more, that the rest of the US of A will get off their stupid, prejudiced asses and allow NON-Abrahamic voices a say.
Bacon's World

Anglo-Saxon vs MRSA

Anglo Saxon remedy kills hospital superbug MRSA

09:26 30 March 2015 by Clare Wilson

Take cropleek and garlic, of both equal quantities, pound them well together… take wine and bullocks gall, mix with the leek… let it stand nine days in the brass vessel…

So goes a thousand-year-old Anglo Saxon recipe to vanquish a stye, an infected eyelash follicle.

The medieval medics might have been on to something. A modern-day recreation of this remedy seems to alleviate infections caused by the bacteria that are usually responsible for styes. The work might ultimately help create drugs for hard-to-treat skin infections.

The project was born when a microbiologist at the University of Nottingham, UK, got talking to an Anglo Saxon scholar. They decided to test a recipe from an Old English medical compendium called Bald's Leechbook, housed in the British Library.

Some of the ingredients, such as copper from the brass vessel, kill bacteria grown in a dish – but it was unknown if they would work on a real infection or how they would combine.
Careful collection

Sourcing authentic ingredients was a major challenge, says Freya Harrison, the microbiologist. They had to hope for the best with the leeks and garlic because modern crop varieties are likely to be quite different to ancient ones – even those branded as heritage. For the wine they used an organic vintage from a historic English vineyard.

As "brass vessels" would be hard to sterilise – and expensive – they used glass bottles with squares of brass sheet immersed in the mixture. Bullocks gall was easy, though, as cow's bile salts are sold as a supplement for people who have had their gall bladders removed.

After nine days of stewing, the potion had killed all the soil bacteria introduced by the leek and garlic. "It was self-sterilising," says Harrison. "That was the first inkling that this crazy idea just might have some use."

A side effect was that it made the lab smell of garlic. "It was not unpleasant," says Harrison. "It's all edible stuff. Everyone thought we were making lunch."

The potion was tested on scraps of skin taken from mice infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This is an antibiotic-resistant version of the bacteria that causes styes, more commonly known as the hospital superbug MRSA. The potion killed 90 per cent of the bacteria. Vancomycin, the antibiotic generally used for MRSA, killed about the same proportion when it was added to the skin scraps.
A loathsome slime

Unexpectedly, the ingredients had little effect unless they were all brought together. "The big challenge is trying to find out why that combination works," says Steve Diggle, another of the researchers. Do the components work in synergy or do they trigger the formation of new potent compounds?

Using exactly the right method also seems to be crucial, says Harrison, as another group tried to recreate the remedy in 2005 and found that their potion failed to kill bacteria grown in a dish. "With the nine-day waiting period, the preparation turned into a kind of loathsome, odorous slime," says Michael Drout of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

If the 9th Century recipe does lead to new drugs, they might be useful against MRSA skin infections such as those that cause foot ulcers in people with diabetes. "These are usually antibiotic-resistant," says Diggle. However, he doesn't recommend people try this at home.

It wouldn't be the first modern drug to be derived from ancient manuscripts – the widely used antimalarial drug artemisinin was discovered by scouring historical Chinese medical texts.

Harrison is due to present the research at the Society for General Microbiology conference in Birmingham, UK, this week.


I always get the gigglefits and cross-eyed when someone says how stupid were our ancestors. I used to believe it too! But when you start studying Medieval arts, medicine and just life in general, you come to understand that what we see as the world around us is nothing to what they saw. Our ancestors were not stupid, superstitious or savages (no more or less than what we have in our gangster infested cities!).

I love that an ancient recept has come to light that can KILL what our modern medicines have created. Way to go Wise Ancestors! :)
Bacon's World

Memorial for Irish witch trials objected to as “anti-God” and “devil worship” - Goes ahead!

Memorial for Irish witch trials objected to as “anti-God” and “devil worship”
Jane Walsh @irishcentral February 16,2015 01:43 AM


Plaque for eight women from east Antrim convicted of witchcraft in the early 1700s will go up despite opposition.

The decision of Larne Borough Council to raise a memorial plaque to eight women from east Antrim convicted of witchcraft in the early 1700s has been objected to by one Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) councilor on religious grounds, saying he would not support “devil worship.” Despite objections, the plaque will go up, with the majority of council members voting for the memorial.

According to the minutes of the meeting, Alderman Jack McKee said “he could not tell whether or not the women were rightly or wrongly convicted as he didn’t have the facts and he was not going to support devil worship.”

Speaking to the Larne Times later, he said the plaque would become a “shrine to paganism”, adding: “I could not support the proposal because I believe it to be anti-God.”

Martina Devlin, whose book “The House Where It Happened” about an Ulster witch trial is set to be turned into a film, said: “The eight women were convicted of witchcraft on nothing that we’d recognize as evidence today: it was all hearsay and one person’s uncorroborated word against theirs.

“I’m saddened that some people still think these poor souls don’t deserve justice, 300 years on, and that their reputations are still questioned today.”

She added that the council “deserves credit for agreeing to mark the fact that these women lived and died.”

DUP group leader on the council, Gregg McKeen, abstained from the vote and called the issue “a non-event.”

He said the monument is expected simply to mark a historic fact and nothing more.

“I’ve no issue either way. It’s not as if the plaque if going to glorify witches or witchcraft,” he said.

Speaking about the witch trial itself, he said: “Yes, the event happened; I’m not going into the details of whether it was right or wrong, whether the convictions were valid whether they weren’t valid...

“It’s given me something to do. I plan to read the book and increase my own knowledge. Maybe in a month or so when I get this book read I’ll be able to make a more informed comment.”

The council, consisting of 15 elected members, voted six in favor of the memorial, two against, and all others abstaining. The motion agrees “that council put some planting and a small plaque in place in the vicinity of The Gobbins Visitors Centre” to commemorate the trial and convictions of the women.

I've been following this 3 ring circus for a few weeks now. It seems that Intelligence and Justice are finally winning the war against rampant superstitious twaddle. Seems to me the misogynists are beginning to "get theirs" and those who would promote hate in the name of "god" are also in line to get their own justice handed back with Honest reporting. And about damned time too.