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Persistence Always Pays

When I was a boy, my father worried that I was unlikely to go far in life until I overcame my stubborn nature, and whenever he tried to convince me of that, I stubbornly persisted the he was confusing stubbornness with persistence.

One day, after putting up with my hard-headedness as long as he intended to, he said, “Junior, since you work with Jaybird every day, I’ll ask him about all this persistence you profess to have.”

Early the next morning, my boyhood best friend and mentor Jaybird took his work crew to a field on Dad’s Mississippi Delta farm where the cotton seedlings needed thinning so that they wouldn’t crowd each other as they matured. After handing all of us sharpened hoes, he said those words we’d heard so many time: “Start yo’ rows.”

By Jimmy Reed - Monday, June 19, 2017 - Full Story

A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose

So advised Gertrude Stein—probably about the only thing she is widely remembered for, despite the best efforts of Alice Toklas, who engraved the words onto the edges of decorative plates—presumably when she wasn’t cooking up cannabis brownies.

June is reckoned as Rose Month, and not only for those of European descent. The Algonkian tribes of northeastern North America called it the Rose Full Moon Month. But our fascination with roses commences far earlier in time and away.

The Minoan civilization on the Mediterranean island of Crete persisted from about 3500-1400 B.C. before succumbing to a massive eruption on a nearby Aegean volcano. Surviving rooms in the palaces had decorative friezes depicting, among other subjects—roses.

By Wes Porter - Thursday, June 15, 2017 - Full Story

Was Mohammed a “True Muslim”?

In the wake of every terrorist act there is the same argument. The voices-in-the-wilderness right will say, insofar as they’re not muzzled with hate-speech laws, that Islam is the problem. In contrast, a leftist drumbeat of media and mainstream politicos will assert that the Muslim terrorists aren’t really “Muslim” terrorists, that they’ve perverted the faith. As to the truth, it’s as with any other debate over a thing’s true meaning (e.g., the Constitution): it only makes sense to look for answers in original sources.

This brings us to a simple question: Was Mohammed a true Muslim?

It’s a rhetorical question, of course. As Islam’s founder—the religion was born of revelations he supposedly had in the early seventh century—Mohammed was the very first Muslim. Moreover, since Muslims view him as “The Perfect Man,” the ultimate role model, he’s not just the truest Muslim but the yardstick by which other Muslims may measure themselves.

By Selwyn Duke - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - Full Story

Humongous SOB

Ichthyologists use long complicated nomenclature to identify the fishes of the sea, among them the name for one of the most aggressive, predatory denizens of the deep: the sapphire-scaled omnivorous bushwhacker.

A friend of mine who never exaggerates nor prevaricates related the following account of an Irish priest who caught one of these fish, and certain that my honest friend is loath to evade absolute truthfulness, I am passing the story on as fact. Because it is so complicated, I have reduced the fish’s actual name to its acronym: SOB.

Vacationing near his rectory and desiring to deep-sea fish, Father Obadiah O’Hoolihan rented the Pequod, a boat captained by Sylvester “Stubb” Shaughnessy, whose nickname derived from the ever-present stubby pipe in his mouth.


Are Genetically Engineered Petunias in Your Garden?

It started in Finland. In mid-April, the Finnish food authority Evira announced it had identified genetically-modified (GE) petunias in Finland. The award-winning orange ‘African Sunset’ as well as eight other petunia varieties that had already been planted were found to be genetically modified. Since GM plants are banned from cultivation in the European Union, Evira said in a statement that it was withdrawing all plants and seed stocks.

It took over a couple of weeks for the international implications to sink in. ‘African Sunset’ and the ‘Trilogy Series’ of petunias had been widely distributed across the gardening world. ‘African Sunset’ itself had received recognition as a much-valued All-America Selection on 9 November 2013:

By Wes Porter - Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Full Story

World War II D-Day Anniversary

Fellow Americans

Today is the 73rd Anniversary of the Normandy landings on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II, which led to the conquering of Hitler’s Nazism.

Listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt calling our nation together in Prayer during his radio broadcast

Note how far we have become divided as fellow Americans and fallen away from God.

Back then the President led our nation in Prayer over public radio, while today there is an endless assault against our President as we face another ruthless enemy—ISIS, and God is removed from school and virtually anything and everything public.

By Robert L. Rosebrock - Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - Full Story

In 2009, Prince Charles warned that we had just 96 months to save the planet. That deadline run

Back in 2009, Prince Charles warned that we had just 96 months to save the planet. That deadline runs out this summer. If he’s right, there won’t be anything left of Britain for Trump to visit. We’ll all have either fried, or washed away in a giant tsunami Everybody back to the Ark! Or so suggests Richard Littlejohn in The Daily |Mail.

By Wes Porter - Thursday, June 1, 2017 - Full Story

He Saw Catamounts A’Comin’

After a just-right, late May rain gave my father’s young cotton crop a much-needed soaking, halting fieldwork on his Mississippi Delta farm, my boyhood best friend and mentor, Jaybird, offered to take my cousin Hunter and me fishing.

The night before, we boys pitched a tent in Jaybird’s yard, knowing the old black man, a master storyteller, would entertain us with breathtaking tales as we sat around the campfire.

I couldn’t help envying Hunter. Only fifteen, he was an athletic Adonis, well over six-feet tall, with what the girls called “come hither” cobalt blue eyes, perfect teeth that he often flashed in a devil-may-care smile, and thick, raven-black, curly hair.

By Jimmy Reed - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - Full Story

Questions We’re Often Asked: Berry-Bearing Shrubs

Garden getting beyond you? Perennials overflowing? Expense of annuals increasing like weeds? Could be time to call in the shrubs! Not all tower over that tallest gardener. Indeed, a selection are more on the abbreviated size. Flowers in season would be nice. But berries to brighten the off-season, bring winter colour would be even better.

Surprisingly oft overlooked are the Cotoneaster. A form will be found for any size garden and to tolerate extreme winter climates. Most bear a profusion of small white flowers in late spring followed by long-lasting red fruit. ‘Bearberry Cotoneaster,’ C. dammeri, is a truly prostate species with the selection ‘Skogholm’ slightly taller and more vigorous. ‘Rockspray’ (C. horizontalis) is another dwarf form growing to a metre high but not quite so hardy. ‘Creeping Rockspray’ (C. adpressa) is hardier and slightly shorter. Taller and living up to its botanical designation is C. bulata ‘Floribunda,’ up to two metres high with mases of gorgeous red fruit on large clusters. ‘Hedge Cotoneaster’ (C. lucida), one of the hardiest, is good for just that, hedges and bears black fruit on two-metre-plus bushes.

By Wes Porter - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - Full Story

Jefferson Davis ‘Memorial Day’ Funeral Train

Don’t let the memory of our Southern men and women of the Old Confederacy ever die!

The birthday of Jefferson Davis is June 3rd. Davis served as President of the Confederate States of America, United States Senator and Secretary of War under United States President Franklin Pierce.

If you listen closely, and the wind is blowing in the right direction, you might hear a train whistle in the distance.

When I was growing up near Atlanta, Georgia this and the sound of “Taps” from nearby Fort McPherson were special sounds. Today, air conditioners and closed windows segregate the sounds of the trains, owls and the wonderful sounds that are nature’s symphony at night.

By Calvin E. Johnson Jr. - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - Full Story

Anti-Ageing Herbs

Researchers at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, announced late last year that four genes that reprogram adult cells into embryonic-like stem cells can also reverse some signs of ageing [Cell: 167, 1719-1733 (2016)]. It was merely the latest in a long line of investigation into longevity.

Methuselah, son of Enoch, according to the Bible (Genesis 5.21) lived 969 years. The story of the Fountain of Youth was ancient before it became connected—erroneously—with Juan Ponce de L√©on, having surfaced in the 5th century B.C. writings of Herodotus, who was inclined to believe anything. Chinese medicine and myth is replete with accounts of anti-ageing herbs while India’s ancient Ayurvedic medicine is literally the “knowledge of longevity.”

By Wes Porter - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Full Story

Fist Fight offers good audio and video - but that doesn’t help

If you like your comedy movie foul mouthed, mean spirited and populated with sexual predators, Fist Fight is for you. But if it’s representative of today’s comedy films, I weep for popular culture and the society it supposedly reflects.

Rocky or Fight Club it ain’t!

Fist Fight is set on the last day of school, also known as Prank Day, when the students perform pranks on the faculty. Judging by the pranks, these students put a lot more effort into this day than they do into their studies. On the other hand, I think if these folks were my teachers I’d have played hookey a lot more than I did in my misspent youth.


Orlando Church Promotes Pro-LGBT Agenda

ORLANDO, FL—Northland Community Church and Pastor Joel Hunter recently hosted a pro-LGBT event, “Elevating the Dialogue on LGBTQ Inclusion and Understanding in the Church,” with the overt message to “affirm” LGBTQ in and around Orlando. The pastor of Joy Metropolitan Church, who is in a same-sex relationship, and the founding pastor of The Impact Church of Orlando joined Hunter to discuss how Christians can work to make Orlando churches supportive of the LGBTQ lifestyle, regardless of their churches’ theological positions on marriage and sexuality. The purpose of the event is to distort the Bible and change theology in order to affirm an LGBTQ lifestyle as normative.

By Liberty Counsel - Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Full Story

Francis: Keepers of Doctrine are Fanatics

Solicitous concern over the purity of doctrine reflects the truest love of God and neighbor, since doctrine, as with any of the Ten Commandments, is not an ideal that may be watered down or dismissed to suit ones fancy, but an eternal command set in stone for man’s sanctification. In the same way a healthcare expert does not tolerate poison in the diet, so a true priest will never tolerate poison in the spiritual diet. It has to be pure, which means it has to be clear, without which it is poison.

But Pope Francis has now come out and slammed conservative Catholics who earnestly maintain that purity of doctrine be preserved. Concerning such people, the pope said in his Friday morning homily: “They are fanatics about things that are not clear, such as these fanatics who go about there, sowing discord in order to divide the Christian community.”

By David Martin - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - Full Story

Greetings from 97-year old World War II Veteran

Fellow Veterans and Friends of Veterans

Aldo Dipre`, 97-year old World War II Veteran as he convalesces at the Los Angeles VA.

Photo taken by his loving wife Yvonne who watches over him with the same loyalty and vigilance that our U.S. Military protects our American Flag and U.S. Constitution.

God Bless America and the Veterans Revolution!

 

By Robert L. Rosebrock - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - Full Story

Contending Christians are Compliant, not Combative!

Timothy was bishop of the Ephesus church and disciple of the Apostle Paul who trained him to be a church leader. In A.D. 97, as the pagans were about to celebrate a feast called Catagogion, a festival in which they carried images of pagan gods through the streets, Timothy, severely reproved them for their ludicrous idolatry. For his faithful witness, they beat him with clubs, and he died two days later. Timothy was contending for the faith as every Christian is expected to do. He was compliant; his attackers were contentious, combative, and criminal.

Gibbon reported that the proconsul Pliny had published a general edict against unlawful meetings and Christian leaders thought it prudent to suspend their agapae; “but it was impossible for them to omit the exercise of public worship.” Christian leaders were willing to cease their feast but refused to stop their worship services. They were not being rebels, but being faithful Christians.

By Dr. Don Boys - Monday, May 22, 2017 - Full Story

Why a crackly crust is essential to a baguette’s aroma and taste

An authentic French baguette is one of those key staples that foodies hunt for. Now scientists have gained new insight into why a crisp crust is a must for this quintessential bread. They report their findings on how crumb and crust structure affect aroma — and therefore, perceived taste — in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

The smell of baked bread that’s fresh out of the oven is mouth-watering, but the effect of aroma doesn’t stop there. Chewing food also releases molecules that waft in our mouths, interacts with olfactory receptors and influence how we perceive what we’re eating. Understanding this dynamic could help food scientists improve the taste of products. Taking the baguette as an example to explore this possibility, Anne Saint-Eve and colleagues wanted to see how its texture would affect its aroma when chewed.

The researchers had three study participants eat samples of nine baguettes, each with different crumb and crust densities, water content and elasticity. An analysis of volatile organic compounds that are exhaled through the “nose spaces” of the participants along with their chewing activity showed that firm bread and brittle crust led to more chewing and a greater rate of release of aroma molecules. The findings could help food scientists create new bread types better tailored to meet consumers’ expectations, the researchers say.

Effect of Bread Crumb and Crust Structure on the in Vivo Release of Volatiles and the Dynamics of Aroma Perception

By American Chemical Society - Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Full Story

The Last Full Measure of Devotion

Someone once defined military veterans as those who recognize that love of God, fellow man, and country is the willingness to write a blank check, payable for an amount up to the last full measure of devotion: life itself.

On August 16, 1960, Colonel Joe Kittinger proved his willingness to write such a check by ascending in a helium balloon to an altitude of 102,800 feet — almost twenty miles.

Wearing only a thin pressure suit, he placed his life in God’s hands, and stepped out of the gondola.


Raymond Burr: Orchid Grower and Vintner

When in 2008 actor Raymond Burr was featured in a Canada postage stamp “Canadians in Hollywood” it came as a surprise to many of his countrymen. ‘Perry Mason’ and ‘Ironsides,’ yes, but a Canadian? There was many another surprise behind the portly façade of the well-known legal eagle. Not the least was that, with his long-time partner Robert Benevides, he was a highly successful orchid grower and vineyard owner.

Raymond William Stacy Burr was born 1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia—and returned there after his death to be buried with his parents in Fraser Cemetery. Between those two incidents he led a full and eventful life for 76 years.

By Wes Porter - Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Full Story

Making Mole Hills Out of Mountains

North American gardeners may be puzzled by their counterparts in Western Europe’s vituperation of moles. What damage can these rarely-scene little fellas do to lawns and gardens? Europe’s version is different, very different. The size of a small cat, it excavates an extensive series of tunnels in pursuit of worms and other prey. In doing so, the excavated earth is pushed up into a series of ‘mole hills.’ First recorded there in Elizabethan times, as lawns and grass tennis courts became popular they have been the despair of groundskeepers and amateur gardeners ever since.

By Wes Porter - Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Full Story