Monday, April 20, 2015

Hillary Fatigue...

I haz it.

I couldn't care less what that old screeching harridan is doing or saying.

Meantime, in beautiful downtown Minneapolis, six men have been arrested for trying to join ISIS.

and

this hysterically funny article from the StarTrib about the declining younger population of the Twin Cities.  The funny part comes in the comment section (over 500, which is HUGE for the StarTrib) where diehard Twin Citian libtards try to defend their bailiwick by bringing up the "art and culture" of the Twin Cities - not to mention it's "diversity."   What they fail to mention is that the majority can't avail themselves of all this art and culture because they can't afford it, or they may get mugged while participating.

For instance, that wonderful diverse group, Twin Cities Pride, which celebrates all things sodomy, is bringing Lily Tomlin in as a cultural and artistic event.  Tickets range from $40.00 - $99.00.   Now I have it on good intelligence that the Muslim Somalis living off the taxpayers in Cedar-Riverside can't afford to attend.  The horror.

Not to be outdone, the "prominent" Catholics in culturally and artistically rich San Fransisco, are pissed at archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.  His offense?  Why he has the temerity to uphold Catholic teaching, and wants his teachers in the Catholic schools to do the same.  These "prominent" people spent gobs of money, of which they have plenty, to take out a full-page ad in the local SF paper denouncing the good archbishop as being "too conservative."

But their worst offense is leading the students into revolt.  Didn't Jesus say something about the "least of my children?"  Yep, that's the ticket, "prominent" Catholics - let's lead some young people into thinking sinful behavior is A-okay, and that Jesus would approve, because, after all, all this talk about sin is just too divisive.  My message to you: If you don't like the doctrines of the Catholic Church, go start your own.  Dopes.

In Honor of Art and Culture

In honor of art and culture, today, after finishing the painting of an arbor (can that be considered "art"?), I'm going to the library, and then peruse the used book section at the Hospice Thrift Store, buy some free-range lettuce at the grocery store, and maybe even hit up Walmart.  Oh, the excitement - it burns.

This evening I'll be reading more of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson, an author I think so highly of that I actually spent $16.00 at Costco for this, his newest book.  His book In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin remains one of my all time favorites.  Does that count as culture?

Tomorrow night, I'll be heading over to where our new overpass is being built to watch the workers install the first span over the freeway.  Who says we don't have "art and culture" in North Idaho??









Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hacking for hacking’s sake...

guilty.

Just a quickie before moving on with the painting of my office.

I read Stop Hacking Your Life over at the Art of Manliness and it really struck a nerve.

I can't seem to boil an egg anymore without looking up the bestest way to boil an egg.  No never mind that I end up doing it the way I always do.  I feel compelled to read up on the boiling of eggs.

It doesn't help that I've always been the type of person who, when confronted with a new task, always asks, "There must be a better, faster, more efficient way."

As I said, I'm painting my office.  I've been painting rooms for close to fifty years, yet I had to look up whether to paint the trim or walls first.  Really?  Most say to paint the trim first, but I will do as always and paint the walls first.

Am I the only one who does this?

Inquiring minds need to know.

Stop Hacking Your Life
As legend has it, Alexander the Great undid the world’s most intricate knot. The Gordian Knot held a royal ox-cart to a post and remained tied for hundreds of years.

Then, in 333 BC, Alexander came along and tried to undo the knot. He, like the hundreds before him, couldn’t loosen it. Did he leave it for others to solve? Of course not! He’s Alexander the Great! He took his sword and solved the problem then and there.

We haven’t stopped swinging swords — and looking for easier, quicker, more direct solutions to life’s knotty problems — since.

A couple thousand years later, in 2004, a fellow named Danny O’Brien mentioned “life hack” in a talk about programmers and the “embarrassing” scripts and shortcuts they use. A hack, especially in computer science, is defined by Wikipedia as an “effective but inelegant solution” to a problem.
In 2005, Lifehack.org was created, and the concept took off and no longer centered just on tech shortcuts, but learning easier, niftier ways to do everything from cutting an onion to improving your focus. That same year, the American Dialectic Society named “lifehack” (now one word) as runner-up for its annual “most useful word” award, second only to “podcast.” (Where “love” or “courage” placed on their list I have no idea.)

In 2007 Timothy Ferriss published The 4-Hour Workweek and extended the idea of lifehacking to running a business and creating a leisure-filled lifestyle. Probably 80% of all entrepreneurial and productivity-oriented lifehacks you come across online were popularized by Tim’s book.

In the 2010s, articles, books, and even scientific studies focusing on lifestyle optimization have proliferated. Headlines scream: “You’ve Been Doing This Wrong All Along!” and we dutifully click to figure out how to make the needed improvements. We read up on getting our sleep schedule just right, our diet perfected, and our environment just so, and we tirelessly comply with the advice experts offer by tracking our steps, our breaths, and how much we moved while we snoozed.

All of these lifehacks promise a better life with less effort.

It’s an irresistible offer.

Why untie a knot when you can cut it with your sword?

READ THE REST



Friday, April 10, 2015

Black "Culture": Speaking the truth is not very popular...

starting with an inadvertently hilarious article from the CBSMinnesota (WCCO.)

The reason I often focus in on the St. Paul/Minneapolis area is because I was born and raised in St. Paul.  It used to be a lovely place to raise children and thrive financially.  I moved to Houston, TX when I was 17, and briefly moved back to Minneapolis in my early thirties.  I lived in the "transitional" neighborhood of Loring Park where I often had to side-step the hookers when I left for work. I was also the victim of a brutal mugging by a black man just blocks from my apartment.

I left Minnesota the first time when LBJ was starting his "war on poverty."  Any black people I knew of before I moved were families with a mother and father raising kids the best they could.  By the time I returned, it was clear where the the future of the black family was headed. 

That being said, let's take a quick gander at the CBSMinnesota article that had me rolling my eyes:

Minneapolis Highlighting Stories Of Young Men Of Color
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The city of Minneapolis wants to highlight stories of young people doing great things in the community.
The Brothers and Fathers Institute held a conference to raise awareness meant to focus on the positive role young people can have in making their schools and communities safer.
Young men of color in Minneapolis are now part of the conversation geared at making sure they have what it takes to make a positive impact in the community.
Betsy Hodges signed on to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, a program designed to help more young men of color stay on track.
“It was really clear to me from day one as mayor that our city depends on our young people of color doing well,” she said.
The gathering of Brothers and Fathers at the Humphrey Institute is proof the initiative is taking hold here in Minneapolis.
Isaiah Hudson works with the mayor to help prevent youth violence. The 18-year-old spends time with 3rd and 5th graders in the YMCA’s Beacon program.
“I had a mentor when I was younger,” Hudson said. “I’m taking my mentors’ spot and trying to help my mentees so I feel good. It makes me feel real good because I feel like I’m giving back.”
Hudson wants to erase the negative image some people have of guys who look like him.
“If you see a boy like me, with a baseball cap, baggy pants: ‘He’s probably a drug dealer or a gang banger or something like that,'” Hudson said. “That’s not always the case.”
He hopes the website and posting of the work done by young black men will help inspire others to help make the city a better place for everyone.
St. Paul is also involved with the initiative and has also launched a website where people are encouraged to post positive stories of young people in the community.
  Here's the real message of this article:
  • If whitey would quit reporting stories of feral black youths attacking white people, looting, and destroying property, the young black people would pull up their pants and act in a way consistent with polite society. 
  • It's okay to dress like a thug and all the rest of us are not supposed to use common sense in avoiding them.
  • We're going to maintain a website telling the feral black youth how wonderful they are because if we build their self-esteem, they'll shun the thug culture.  No never mind that most of them are functionally illiterate, which is also somehow the fault of everyone except themselves.
The Twin Cities has a long history of not reporting black crime - or, at least, calling it what it is.  They're the masters of reporting on teens, youths, young people, and any other word they possibly come up with, to not have to say "black."

The above article was published on March 27th.

On April 7th, the Minneapolis StarTrib published this:

Minneapolis police beef up patrols after south Minneapolis violence
Authorities suspect the latest violence is gang-related.
In hopes of curbing escalating street violence in south Minneapolis, police say they have assigned additional officers to boost daily patrols in several neighborhoods.

Under the plan, officers — drawn from all five precincts, in addition to several of the department’s specialty units, including the Community Emergency Response Teams — will focus on several neighborhoods, such as Phillips and Powderhorn, which have seen most of the recent incidents, police officials said.
[...]The Phillips and Powderhorn neighborhoods, which stretch from Interstate 94 to E. 43rd Street, between Hiawatha Avenue and I-35W, have had more than 40 gunshot-related calls for service in the past two weeks, according to reports of shots fired and new technology that can detect gunfire. read the rest
Gang related?  They fail to mention that the gangs are black.  The same black people who ride the shiny new light rail downtown to the Nicollet Mall to cause mayhem like they did on St. Patrick's Day.  StarTrib referred to them as young people and teens.

 Colin Flaherty reports on violent crowds of blacks disrupting the St. Patrick's day celebration in downtown Cleveland and black city councilman, Zach Reed, breaks ranks and calls it what it is  - "a hate crime because black people are purposefully going downtown to beat up white folks."

In Muskegon, Michigan, a gaggle of black girls engage in a brawl and one of them runs over her rival which is caught on video (if you can stand to watch it.)

And a lady in Pennsylvania dared to tell some "teen" girls to be quiet during a movie and her reward was to get the snot beat out of her.

I could go on and on, but I have plans for today.

Anyone who dares tell the truth is immediately carpet-bombed with accusations of racism, being a hater, and a right-wing religious zealot. Don't fall for it. 

The truth is:

 The majority of blacks are doing the best they can.  How many of these "youths" are the product of fatherless homes and drug-addled mothers?  It should be clear to anyone watching any of these videos that we are not dealing with people who are even remotely qualified to live in society.

Any city or neighborhood that becomes predominantly black ends up in ruins, while white people are blamed because of our  "privilege." 

While they segregate themselves in ghettos of their own making, we are forced to fund their aberrant life styles. If you live in a large city that is promoting light rail, enabling them to invade your neighborhood, escape is no longer possible. The ghetto will come to you. 

Soon, you will be living next to Section 8 housing in order to make your neighborhood properly diverse.  Is that what it will take to wake you up?

Any white people who are pushing this agenda of blaming whitey for the plight of black people, I have a challenge for you.  How about tonight you take a stroll through any black neighborhood hand- in-hand with your sweetie.    

More:

Top 100  Black Mob Violence Videos

Ferguson's Neighbor, 98 Percent Black Pine Lawn, Offers a Glimpse into the Future for the Ever Darkening City...
  
Rush Limbaugh: Section 8 housing being forced in nice neighborhoods? 

Moonbattery:  Government Is Importing a New Breed of Unassimilable Blacks 

Clash Daily:  THE MOTHER FROM HELL: Mom Drives 6 Kids To A Fight Where One Gets Shot

 




And if I haven't given you enough to think about, listen to Sharyl Attkisson's talk about astroturfing.  Excellent!

The message is to question everything you read or hear.  Remember this?

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversityofNevada 



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mark Steyn on Sean Hannity...

"It's not a small thing"

Listen to Hannity at the 11:00 mark:
“You know, I have now come to the conclusion that, I’ve studied him now going way back to 2007, Mark, there is an unknown something with Obama. An untold story, I don’t know what it is. People are going to say, they’re going to assume what I’m thinking. I don’t know the answer. Everything is upside down in the world of Obama and none of it makes a lot of sense to me and it seems extraordinarily dangerous. On foreign policy, and even the economy, doubling the debt and all of these people on food stamps and on poverty. So.” 
Is Sean finally waking up? 

Remember, even those who consider themselves conservatives live in a bubble.



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Are you willing to spend the next 570 days agonizing over the election?...

I'm not.

So Rand Paul has announced he's running for president.  And we're surprised, why?

Already, the Rand Paul foes and fans are blah blahing over this development.

Here's what I can predict with complete certainty:  Things will change so fast that your head will spin off it's axis before November, 2016.

I'm not willing to play that game.  Are you?

Meantime, we have to endure the small minority of teh gheys making headlines because in their mean-spirited, and yes, hateful way, they wish to crush those who don't think they're the best thing since icing on cake.  Let them eat pizza!

Why are they not concerned about homosexuals being thrown off buildings and stoned to death in the Middle East?   

Michelle Obama continues to embarrass the entire country with her hip thrusting "dancing." while her husband knocks Christians at the Easter prayer breakfast:
“On Easter I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian I am supposed to love. And, I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that’s a topic for another day. (laughter) Where there is injustice, I was about to veer off.”
Do not miss his audience applauding his anti-Christian remarks. 


Now I'm going to take my own advice and move on with my day - starting with breakfast.  

In Case You Missed It: 

Iran deal, libtards attacking Christians, and Holy Week: Let's connect the dots...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter...

Alleluia



St. John Chrysostom:


Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.
He has destroyed it by enduring it.
He destroyed Hell when He descended into it.
He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh.

Isaiah foretold this when he said,
"You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below."
Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.
It was in an uproar because it is mocked.
It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.
It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.
It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.

Hell took a body, and discovered God.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.

O death, where is thy sting?
O Hell, where is thy victory?

Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!

Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;
for Christ having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!


 

Holy Saturday...

in stillness earth awaits the Resurrection.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday 2015...

"It is finished"




Michelle Obama shakes her boobs and shimmy's her butt on TV with Jimmy Fallon......

for the amusement of the whole world who thinks she's a first rate slob.

Try and picture any first lady of any country in the entire world doing such a thing.  Go ahead.  Name one.  Just one.

While she dresses in (ugly) designer clothes, she take a cheap shot at Talbots, where I'm sure many of her lady fans shop.   

And don't miss her poochy lips, either.


Bill Whittle; Something chilling for Good Friday...

ponder these things.





When to Shoot the Colonels

"At ease, Marines, and be seated" orders the gruff Gunnery Sergeant. "Now turn to Chapter 8 in your Military Constitutional Law text," he continues. "Today we discuss the appropriate conditions for shooting a colonel who is issuing an order which would violate the Constitutional rights of American citizens. Our first scenario involves gun seizures..."

Absurd, isn't it, to think that this sort of education is conducted among our armed forces? Yet, millions of citizens indulge this unspoken fantasy each time they imagine that the military exists to preserve our freedoms.

When I was at the Naval Academy in the mid-80s, and a Marine officer in the late 1980s and early 1990s, discussion of such issues was considered taboo. One fellow junior officer even scoffed that "Congress can change that Constitution any time they like." This isn't to say that there wasn't an undercurrent among most of the warfighters that issues such as gun control and preservation freedom of speech might one day pose a crisis of command. Yet this undercurrent was kept carefully concealed, and tended to become a more and more uncomfortable subject as the ranks of one's company became more elevated. Fortunately, with the Soviets and the threat of global thermonuclear war, these issues seemed far removed and safe from serious discussion.

Not so today. In the aftermath of Katrina, armed and uniformed soldiers patrolled the streets and disarmed Americans. Some uniformed soldiers were captured on film lamenting that "I can't believe that we're doing this to Americans." Yet, they did it anyway, lamentations notwithstanding. But why?

To answer that, we need to understand the principles of military command and education. For veterans, this discussion is unnecessary. For the vast number of non-veterans, especially those who harbor that most dangerous and ill-advised fantasy of a Constitutionally-aware military, this discussion is essential to survival.

American military education is one of the most finely tuned and adapted mechanisms in the world for instilling knowledge into its students. No other school or university can come close to the efficiency at which military knowledge is imparted to novices. There are even courses, such as Principles of Military Instruction, for how to teach military courses. These courses even teach how to develop such courses from scratch. The famous John Saxon math courses, popular among homeschoolers, exhibit these techniques, courtesy of that former Air Force officer and academy instructor. Military courses developed along these lines tend to be highly effective at teaching motivated students. Students motivated to learn how to do things such as extinguish fires or shoot missiles. Or shoot you.

As a result, if it is worth teaching to soldiers, sailors, airmen or Marines, it is worth embodying in a course. Captured as a course or in official manuals, such instruction is available to all for review and comment to make sure that the correct instruction is given, and given correctly. Conversely, if it doesn't exist as a course, it isn't being taught. And if it isn't being taught, it isn't even on the radar of the military mind. At least not the minds of those in command. Good luck finding a course such as "When to Shoot the Colonels" in a military instruction catalogue.

Even basics such as reading and writing and math are available as courses. But not shooting colonels. What colonel would even authorize such a thing? Only a colonel who realizes that one day he might have to shoot a general, of course. But that would require a separate course for command grades, entitled "When to Shoot the Generals." And who would authorize that? We can keep climbing this chain all the way up, if we like, but at some point the absurdity makes its point. No one in a position of command or power is going to surrender that power for something as irrelevant as your rights.

And what if a particular soldier scored highly on such a course? What colonel would hand out high efficiency reports on his potential executioner?

Another aspect of this problem that needs to be clearly understood is that all modern American military officers are political appointees. Surprised? You shouldn't be. As a practical exercise ask one to read his commission document to you. Pay particular attention to the "follow lawful orders" part, along with the "serve at the pleasure of the President" phrase. Oath of office notwithstanding, nothing in that document says anything about what to do about unlawful orders. Or even lawful orders, such as "seize all guns because Congress authorized it," which haven't yet stood the test of the judicial branch to adjudge Constitutionality. And like that 1stLt said, enough Congressmen can get together and change that Constitution. The Constitution itself says so.

Besides, if some uppity colonel out there decided to start authorizing instruction about when to shoot the colonels, you can bet that pretty quick the President would no longer be pleased. Because he or she would know where that path must ultimately lead. Which is why uppity colonels don't stay colonels for very long. Political appointees, my friends. That vision you have in your head of the noble military protecting your rights is just a dangerous fantasy. A fantasy you have to get rid of right now, before it gets you killed.

"But wait," you say, "I know Sgt. Soandso, and he would never go along with a gun seizure." Maybe not, but then again, you might be surprised. To "not go along" would mean that he has to violate orders. This violation would at the very least be a career-killer, or possibly get him shot in an extreme situation. Shot by who? By all the other sergeants who don't want to get shot, of course. After all, the colonel only needs a handful of sergeants who are in it for a career, and a raft of lieutenants, captains and majors who one day want to be colonels. For you to have your rights protected would require that a sufficient number of each of these decide, simultaneously, to put on the brakes. It is easier just to shoot you for resisting and go about their day. Say it again, "political appointees."

Besides, if all of these people decide in unison to protect you, and in so doing put their own careers, freedoms and life on the line, who is going to protect them? You? And if so, how? You needed them to protect you in the first place. And if Sgt. Soandso gets shot protecting your rights, what about his family? Retribution aside, who takes care of them with him out of the picture? Worse, after Sgt. Soandso gets shot, some corporal will be there ready to pin on those chevrons. And you can bet that to that guy, you are a minor inconvenience in his day. You wouldn't get lucky enough to get a chain of noble soldiers to protect you. When the day arrives, all of those political appointees will have scrubbed the ranks of those pesky oathkeepers anyway. Those oathkeepers who remain hidden in ranks will be in an impossible situation.

And we haven't even discussed the false-flagging of dressing foreign troops in American uniforms to capitalize on the unwillingness of Americans to kill "our boys." I'll save that one for later.

So if the military doesn't exist to protect our rights and freedoms, why does it exist? The answer is simple. It exists to back our national will with force. Most of the time, that is a good thing, particularly when our national will is to not be attacked by jackasses who threaten us. But when the national will turns to taking your guns away, you will be the jackass who threatens "us." Then the military will execute that national will with cold, unthinking and bureaucratic efficiency. And wrap itself in the flag while doing so.

Want to have some fun? Walk up to any active duty serviceman you wish, shake his hand and thank him for his service. Then, before you release his hand, pull him toward you slightly, look into his eyes and tell him, "now when the time comes, don't forget what your oath really means." Do this ten times, and the reactions of that little informal poll will tell you everything you need to know. Having divested yourself of that little fantasy, maybe you will have a chance to survive that gun seizure for the real battle later. At the very least you will have looked into the eyes of some of the enemy, constituted of complacency and obedience, you may one day face.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Iran deal, libtards attacking Christians, and Holy Week: Let's connect the dots...

dot, by dot, by dot.

Be patient, dear readers, for this will be lengthy, but necessary reading.  It breaks a basic rule of blogging by being long.  People have been so dumbed down that anything that takes longer than mere minutes to get through is considered verboten.  I happen to believe my readers are smarter than the average kitchen sponge, and will have no problem getting through this material.


Remind yourself that it took me waaaay longer to put this together vs the time it will take you to read it - so no complaints, please. 

I'm going to suggest some articles for you to read along our journey today.  I can think of no clever non-bossy sounding way to say this except, well, just do it

Moving on...

Do you often feel like you are bombarded with so much information that it becomes a huge jumble in your mind, and while you try valiantly to sort it all out, you're still left with an uneasy feeling that you're missing something?

It should come as no surprise that this, the holiest week on the Christian calendar, has become a "let's attack Christians" week.  It is also apparent that the MSM and their acolytes are protecting this administration's outcome on talks with Iran.  Diogenes clearly stated that today by way of her clever photo.  She "get's it."

So all this homosexual cake baking and pizza catering brouhaha is being cooked up as a shiny object to divert our attention to some truly awful stuff going on.

But how, you ask.

Last week, Michael Synder published an article about how much time people spend plugged in to electronic media.
The average American spends more than 10 hours a day using an electronic device.  And most of that activity is not even interactive.  The vast majority of the time we are just passively absorbing content that someone else has created.  This very much reminds me of the movie “the Matrix”, but with a twist.  Instead of humans being forcefully connected to “the Matrix”, we are all willingly connecting ourselves to it.  There is a giant system that defines our reality for us, and the length of time that the average American spends connected to it just continues to keep growing.
[...]As I have written about previously, more than 90 percent of the “programming” that we absorb is created by just 6 enormously powerful media corporations.  Our conversations, attitudes, opinions and belief systems are constantly being shaped by those entities.  Unfortunately, most of us are content to just sit back and let it happen.
I think his article is important for you to read.  I'll wait for you to get back.

A few days later, over at Zero Hedge, I read Big Brother Is Here: Facebook Reveals Its Master Plan - Control All News Flow.  Another must read.  I'll wait.

Also last week, hubby sent me a link to repost by Erick Erickson over at Red State You Will Be Made to Care. 

This morning, Francis Porretto, citing Erick's article had this to say:
Memories Pizza didn’t blast out a news release. They didn’t contact the media, nor make a stink on Twitter or Facebook. They didn’t even post a sign in the window rejecting gay-wedding catering jobs. They merely answered questions from a novice reporter who strolled into their restaurant one day – who was sent on a mission by an irresponsible news organization. another post that should be read   I'll have breakfast while you're gone.
Breakfast was delicious.  Welcome back.

Do you start to see a pattern forming?  Do you??

Early this morning I read a post over at Deus Ex Machina Blog, who has been doing a series on Objective/Virtual Reality. In it, he published almost the full transcript from a Rush Limbaugh show.  In the interest of you're having to chase around, I'll reprint it here.

This was from his April 1st show: (emphasis mine)

RUSH: Lo and behold, my friends, here's another one. Another bakery had to shut down, and this is from Indianapolis, all the way back in February, February 15th. USA Today: "A bakery that drew protests for refusing to prepare a cake for a gay couple has closed its doors."
So you see, ladies and gentlemen, I knew that bakeries had been shut down because of this. I just erred in talking about the bakery in Denver. That one's still open, and they weathered the storm. But this one is in Indianapolis.

"The 111 Cakery was still profitable, said co-owner Randy McGath. But McGath's 45-year-old wife, Trish, did most of the baking and wanted more time to spend with the couple's four grandchildren. The business 'was wearing her out,' her husband said. She has been taking a break from working since Dec. 31 when the bakery went out of business, he said. In March the McGaths faced a firestorm of protest after declining a request to bake a cake for a commitment ceremony for two men. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Indiana since Oct. 7."

What? The hell, you say. You mean to tell me that gay people could get married in this bigoted, racist state? How is that possible? With everything you're hearing about Indiana, can you believe this hysteria? Can you believe this? All these businesses claiming they're gonna get out. All of these conventions that were scheduled to take place in Indiana, the sponsors demanding and claiming they're gonna get out, can you believe this? A 100 percent manufactured hysteria.

If you pay attention to the Drive-By Media, you would think that the state of Indiana has more bigotry, racism, sexism, than your average Middle Eastern Sharia law country. If you paid attention to the American media you would think Indiana was one of the worst spots on earth you could go and live. So many bigots, so many racists, so many homophobes. And yet we find out that gay marriage has been legal in Indiana since last October.

A TV station in Indianapolis broadcast the story of the bakery rejecting the request to bake a cake for a commitment ceremony for two men. The next day Facebook and Twitter blew up with outrage. By the way, that's all manufactured, too. Take it from one who knows. Take it from one who is a target of some of this stuff. We have done research, folks, we have found out that it's 10 to 11 people who have found a way, using advanced algorithms, to make themselves appear to be thousands upon thousands of people.

There is on Twitter this thing called StopRush, and it's people attacking me and this program much the way Indiana is being attacked today, and whatever conservative institution was attacked yesterday. What this group does is they go after local advertisers on local EIB affiliates, and they try to intimidate local businesses. This cake shop is an example, I don't know if they're one, but like this little mom-and-pop businesses. They just overwhelm them with complaint tweets, threatening tweets, a bunch of e-mails.

It's 10 people. We researched it. We know who the people are. We know where they live. Virtually 85% of all the so-called outrage e-mails and tweets are generated by 10 people, made to look as though they are thousands and thousands and thousands. It's all fake. It's all phony. It's all part of a left-wing, massive smear operation. It's defamation, it's smear, it's everything you can imagine. But it's made to look legit, and it does look legit until you get into it. It just scares the hell out of people. So here's this bakery shutting down because Twitter hummed with outrage.

We are led to believe, we're supposed to think that when something like this happens, Okay, a gay couple walk into a bake shop in Indianapolis, they want a cake. The bake shop says, "Sorry, no, we don't believe in gay marriage. We're not gonna bake your cake." Ask yourself, how, then, do thousands upon thousands of people find out about that within hours? How does that happen? How all of a sudden does this bake shop start getting all of these tweets and all of these e-mails, all of them threatening, by the way. Some of them are scary threatening.

But how does anybody know? This gay couple that's rejected at the bakery, what do they do? Do they go out, tell somebody, it then blows up? How does it happen? It's all strategized. It's all organized. It all has, as its objective, being turned down. They target places that they think this is gonna happen, and then they've got their response ready to go to make it look like the whole nation.

You know what else we found in our investigation? Let's just take a state, doesn't matter which one, take Illinois. Let's say there's a mom-and-pop operation that wants to advertise on our station in Illinois, Chicago, WLS, and that local sponsor's commercial is heard, and the next thing that proprietor knows, he's got thousands and thousands of tweets threatening him, telling him defamatory things about me, lies and things totally made up about things I've supposedly said on the radio.
And the guy gets scared. We found out that not only are only 10 people behind this, but in the vast, I mean vast majority of cases, 90% of the tweets are coming from out of state. They're not even from people within the listening area of WLS, in the example I gave you. They're not even people in Chicago. Because that's not where these 10 people are. They're in Southern California, they're in New England, a bunch of places there in the upper Midwest. There's an active college professor that's one of these 10 people. The point is that this has become a stratagem that has been conceived by people at Media Matters for America, and it's all contrived. It's all made possible by exploiting vulnerabilities that exist in Twitter.

As a result, Twitter has become a cesspool. Twitter has become a sewer for this kind of stuff. But these people at the bake shop, let's go back to them, the McGaths. Okay, so they refuse to bake a cake, and the next thing they know Twitter has erupted, and they've got threats coming in, and it's made to look like they're all from the neighborhood. It looks like these threats and these tweets are all from people in Indiana and in Indianapolis and in the suburbs, when they're not. They're from out of state. Ten people. I don't know in this case if it's 10. I know in my case it is. We've researched it. We spent a lot of time finding out about this.

Just to see this all happen is mind-boggling to me. And to look at how effective it is, because it literally -- if you're a mom-and-pop business, and you think thousands of potential customers are sending these. And the message, they're all, by the way, worded almost identically, almost like form letters. There's some differences in them, but they're all threatening, some to a greater degree than others. But the bottom line is, that if you're a local mom-and-pop business, and you do something in the process of running your business one day, and the next day you've got thousands of supposedly angry people breathing down your neck because you're a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe or you're supporting racists, sexists, bigots, homophobes, whatever, you get scared.

These people shut down the bakery. In Oregon, the same thing happened and it cost 'em 150 grand in addition to losing the bakery. This is all bought and paid for in one way or another by George Soros and the Democrat Party. Now, the thing about this is, none of what I've told you is news to people who've investigated this. It's striking that even though all of this is known -- and we've taken our research and documented research and we've shown it to people. And it's still, for some reason, showing them the truth, it's kind of like global warming: You show people the truth about the lies and the totally made-up science of global warming, and they still have are trouble rejecting it because they're still getting all those threats on their computer from Twitter, from Facebook or wherever else it's coming from.

No business owner wants to get that kind of stuff routinely thrown at him. The Republican Party, they're all victimized this way. And it's just stunning to me that people have not come up with a way to fight back and deal with this. But the take-away, the thing you need to know, the thing you need to understand is that it's a safe bet in practically every one of these cases, Twitter doesn't erupt. It's not thousands upon thousands, tens of thousands, in some case millions of people. It's a very few, it's a handful making themselves look like a mob.

And it seems to me that there would be, at least at the Republican Party level, some way of being able to deal with this, since you know exactly what it is, and you know when it's coming. You know what you say and how you say it, you know what kind of reaction it's gonna cause from the left. And to continually act shocked and surprised by it is a bit curious to me. I know there's a term, it's astroturfing, made famous by David Axelrod who practically invented this whole concept, online astroturfing. The Obama campaign and the radical left have been using this for years to not only mislead the public, but to intimidate people.

My point is, they are not gigantic in numbers. They are not a majority of people. It's not a majority of people ticked off at the state of Indiana, folks. It's not the whole country outraged over what's happening in Indiana. It's made to look like that. And the media, of course, is part of the game, so they go right along with this. They know this whole thing is ginned up. You can tell them the truth, just like the story on global warming that I just had here: "Scientists Say New Study Is A 'Death Blow' To Global Warming Hysteria." No, it's not, because it isn't about global warming.

The global warming proponents are not gonna be stopped by science that disproves their claims 'cause it isn't about the science in the first place. There isn't any science. Everything that you think is true about global warming has only been established to exist in a computer model. There isn't one shred of data anywhere that can conclusively predict what the climate is gonna be next year, much less in the next 50. The only way that they can do that is computer models, and those are only as good as the input data. There is no scientific data. All there is is a so-called consensus of scientists. Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree. Well, science is not a consensus.

But here's the point. You can respond to all of this with fact after fact after fact after fact that destroys claim after claim after claim after claim, and it's not going to stop because the agenda is not about global warming. Global warming is the vehicle, just like Obamacare was not really about health care. It's about something much larger and much more insidious, as is all of the left-wing agenda. And because they still remain a minority, a true minority, a numerical minority because they are not the majority of people in this country, and they are not the majority of thinking, but they have captivated certain elements of pop culture media, and these tricks they play on Twitter and elsewhere to make themselves look like they are so numerous and so large that you and everybody like you ends up thinking you've lost your country and there's only 10 or 20 of you left, and there's no way to beat 'em back.

It's a total psychological ploy. They are not a majority. They're nowhere near a numerical majority, and this is the only way that they can hope to have any success with their agenda is to impugn the opposition, intimidate, and defame, frighten, and paralyze the opposition. That is exactly what they're engaged in. And that's how they seek to win, because they can't win in the arena of ideas. They are nowhere near enough people to win.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Another favorite trick in all of this: "Why are you so upset just because of who people love?" You've seen that phrase bandied about in this. "It's discriminatory to care about who people love, and love is a great thing. Why are you objecting to it?" Well, I can tell you right now, I could mention I love somebody, and it wouldn't be accepted. I would be called a bigot and any number of other bad names. All I would have to do is say, "I love, Jesus Christ."

That is not permitted.

That makes you a bigot and whatever else, because that's what the left is scared to death of. All of this, every bit of this is about the left's visceral fear of religion. So the next time you get caught up in this argument and they accuse you of being a bigot or a discriminator because, "What's wrong with this? What's it matter who loves who?" say, "Yeah, you know, I love Jesus Christ," and that's like -- oh, my! -- showing Dracula the cross.

You're not supposed to say that; that doesn't count. You are not permitted. That says bad things about you. So it's not about that, either. That's just another one of these arguments that's designed to make you shut up, and to agree with the notion that, "Yeah, I'm a bigot if I have a problem with who people love." Tell 'em you love Jesus next time and see what they do.
Moving on:

Yesterday, while we were absorbed in the latest rants of the homosexual activists, Zero Hedge posted this:
It's business as usual in Washington. President Obama has just signed another Executive Order declaring a National Emergency to deal with cyber threats:
  • *OBAMA ORDER CREATES NEW AUTHORITY TO RESPOND TO CYBER THREATS TO BE USED IN 'TARGETED MANNER'
  • *OBAMA ORDER ALLOWS SANCTIONS FOR CYBER THREATS
This new authority, yet another layer of government oversight, we are sure is for your own protection and in Obama's words will "augment work to fight cyber threats." All your internet is belong to us...
And From SHTF Plan:
The E.O. stops short of getting into certain policy specifics, especially regarding what to do in the event a cyber security attack to our critical infrastructure is identified, but given that the President has already reserved the right to shut down the internet using a kill switch as he deems necessary, we can take a pretty good guess at what would happen, and we’re fairly certain that this will soon be written into policy. Whether those regulations will be made available to the public remains unclear.
What we do know is that this executive order, combined with a previous action by Obama known as the Executive Doomsday Order, gives the President jurisdiction over not just the internet, but every resource in America, including your very person:
So where does all this lead?

Glad you asked.

All of these events are not random things, and they are not things that we were unaware of. It's all part of the seemly random information we ingest each day.  

We know that the Obama administration is making an unholy alliance with Iran. Notice I said the Obama administration and not Obama.  He's a drugged up sock puppet doing the bidding of his string pullers.

 We also know that they have turned their back on Israel.

 We know that the money supply is rigged along with the stock market and the banking industry.  We know this country is drowning in debt and about to add trillions more to the bottom line.

We know that our borders are wide open to any and all - including Islamist terrorists. 

We know that Christians in the Middle East are being routinely slaughtered.

We know that the Federal government has taken over public education through the Common Core Standards, further dumbing down the electorate.

I see several scenarios which could occur.  World War III sounds like a real possibility.  

What to do:

I will never tell anyone what to do.  I can only make suggestions based on what I've observed and what information I have been able to glean.

First I would take your money out of the bank.  Leave a small amount for operating expenses.  Granted, the fiat currency may end up worthless, but if it's in a bank and the bank either closes or goes offline for some reason, you will not be able to access any of it.  I'll take my chances with under the proverbial mattress since it's not earning one dime in interest anyway.

I would be prepared for a minimum of one month of country-wide disorder.  It is not hard to stockpile a month worth of water and food and, I believe, it's something everyone should do no matter what shape you think the country is in.  Disasters come in many different forms. 

Get out of debt.  Do I need to tell you why?  I didn't think so.

Carefully vet everything you read or hear.  I've been studying logic at a site that will help you recognize the ways people try to influence you.  While I don't always agree with everything he posts,  his Taxonomy of Fallacies is excellent, if a bit overwhelming. He has all the fallacies on a flow chart just the way I like things presented - nice and orderly. 

Most importantly, connect with your higher power.  For me that is the Holy Trinity - God Almighty, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

And finally, don't panic and don't lose hope.  We outnumber the libtards ten to one.  They are afraid of us. Enjoy the life you have.  Go to the park, hiking, and fishing.  Listen to uplifting music, read some good books, and pray daily.

With all that in mind, I'm heading to Costco.  I have to work Friday and Saturday and this is my only chance.

May God bless and keep you all during the Easter Triduum and always.


Iran "Framework"

As I'm writing this. I await Odumbo to make a statement about whatever agreement they've come to with Iran.  You can be assured there will be no details.  You can also rest assured that he will be late; very late.  It's the administration's way of thumbing their nose at us.

Here ya go:  There is no deal, only a framework.  Maybe by June they'll have a deal.  In the meantime he is insulting and belittling Netenyahu and throwing Israel to the wolves.

Allow me to add that the libtards at Huff and Puff are calling this "framework" a victory for Obama "the greatest president, evah."


Additional Reading:

Abby Roads:  RFRA: Indiana, Arkansas, and counting ...

 Independent Sentinel:  Memories Pizza Is A Manufactured Crisis by Leftists Says Daughter of A Gay, Transgender Man 

National Review:  The War on the Private Mind

SHTF Plan:   This is Why You Need Your Money Out of the Bank: Freeze Outs, Glitches and Holds Increasingly Locking Customers Out of Funds

Thoughts From Frank and Fern:  What Is Really Going On?




 







Tuesday, March 31, 2015

An open letter to homosexual activists...

Dear Homosexual Activist,

Due to the latest shiny object attack on Mike Pence of Indiana over signing the state's Freedom of Religion Restoration Act, one I might mention, exists in many other states, I felt the urge to send a message to you. 

I'm sending this letter only to you activists, and not to the millions of homosexuals who lead rather mundane and normal lives.  They go to work and school, live quietly, and sometimes even chastely - which is a subject for another letter. 

Let's start off with the concept of tolerance.  Growing up, we had a family friend who was most certainly gay.  I dislike the word "gay", but in the interest of  kindness, since you really like that label, I'll consent to use the term for this letter.  This family friend was a lovely gentleman who we had over for dinner several times a year.  He lived with his aging mother, and was a collector of antiques about which he was quite knowledgeable.  Naturally, it was whispered that he might be gay.  It was only whispers, because no one knew for sure.  Our family friend did not demand tolerance, nor did we feel any necessity of attaching that sentiment to him. 

In later years, my mother worked for two doctors, one of whom was gay.  He also was a lovely, funny, and charming man.  He never demanded tolerance, nor did he announce to the world his sexual proclivities.  It was not easy to hide his gayness when he had house parties, and my mother was called in the middle of the night to attend to him when he decided that his fairy costume (I kid you not) would allow him to fly off the second story landing and his friends (including Rock Hudson - also a lovely man) needed to get him out of the fairy costume before taking him to the Houston Medical Center.  He didn't demand tolerance either.

Back in the olden days, people didn't usually announce to the world the manner in which they engaged in sex, including people who were heterosexual.  We deemed it not worthy parlor chit-chat and, frankly, it was no one's business. 

Now, the noise makers amongst you are demanding tolerance.  I hate to break this to you, but tolerance is not a good thing.  Tolerance presupposes that the one doing the tolerating has already decided that what he is tolerating is not good.

It's sort of like that employee where you work who has some pretty bad hygiene problems.   In a word, he stinks.  No one likes to be around him, but they, having decided that the guy is really a nice person, tolerate his odor until the day the staff decides to slip a tube or can of antiperspirant in his desk drawer hoping he'll get the hint.

That might not be the best example, since most gay people are a pretty clean bunch, but I think you get my point.  You don't want to be tolerated.  You know that is not a good thing.  No, you want approval for the manner in which you engage in sex.  You want to be celebrated as the creative, clever, sophisticated person you think you are.

Oh, sure; you have your gay pride parades with crowds of heterosexuals attending and cheering you on.  Deep down, though, you know the real reason they are there.  I'm not trying to be cruel here, but the sight of men dressed in feathers, sequins, or leather bondage with their bare butts hanging out is, well, entertaining to many people. 

So tolerance is not your goal here.  No siree.  It' a nice word to fling about, but it's not getting the job done.  When that happens, you switch to equal rights.  Last I checked, you have equal rights.  Nope, it seems to me that what you're stumping for is special rights, and you want to exercise those special rights over anyone who dares to say they don't want your sexuality shoved in their faces. We also don't want you trying to teach our children that homosexual sex is normal and healthy.  It isn't, and you know that, too.  

You may also want to take some time to ponder how you and your friends treated openly gay fashion legends Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana when they came out against gay marriage, gay adoption, and that they found in vitro fertilization to be unnatural.  (source)  Old queen, Elton John, called for a boycott against the designers and you applauded.  Not to worry, though.  Most of you can't afford their clothes, so a boycott is meaningless. 

For most of history, your sexual activities behind closed doors have been tolerated.  We won't go into the Muslims throwing you off of roofs and stoning you to death, which is, no doubt, the epitome of intolerance. No one is asking you to hide in the shadows.  Most of us are intelligent enough to spot you.  We want to be your friends.

Please, dear activists, note that I have not brought religion into this letter, even though you like to conjure up a tolerant and non-judgmental Jesus when it suits your purpose.  I offer no religious reason to not tolerate your private behavior.  Yet, you have no problem calling me a "hater" for not celebrating your behavior.  How very tolerant of you.

However, the approval you seek for your sex life is just not going to happen.  You may wield untold pressure through any laws you plan to enact, but no one is going to celebrate your sex life.  Deep down you know this, and I'm sure it makes you unhappy.  It doesn't have to be this way.

You need to quit acting like petulant children who have had their favorite toy taken away for bad behavior.  You're an embarrassment to all the homosexuals who just want to be left alone to lead their life in peace. 

Sincerely,

Adrienne


 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday

Zachariah 9:9


Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! 
  
Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
 
Lo, your king comes to you;
   triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,   
 
 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

How a society becomes depraved...

step by little step.

Incrementalism:  a method of working by adding to a project using many small (often unplanned), incremental changes instead of a few (extensively planned) large jumps.

and

Gradualismthe policy of approaching a desired end by gradual stages. 

Sixty years ago, abortion was considered by most people in society as evil.  By using faulty and misleading data, the pro-abortion people managed to change the argument to one of "choice."  Notice how even conservatives use the term "pro-choice", when in reality it should be called "pro-abortion".  

Now, rather than the argument being about whether we can kill a baby, it's become one of when it's okay to kill the baby. Before 20 weeks or after?  Full term baby or just a blob of cells?

I understand that those who oppose abortion are using the same tactics of incrementalism and gradualism to push back against the legality of abortion.  The problem with this approach is there can be no gradualism when it comes to right and wrong.  If it's wrong to kill a baby who has reached 20 weeks in the womb, then it must be wrong to kill that baby at 18 or 19 weeks.  That seems pretty simple to me.

New York has been busy trying to pass the Women's Equality Act for a number of years.  It just passed again in the State Assembly, and is once again headed to the Senate.  What's the hold-up on passing these ten points that have to do with equal pay, sexual harassment, and other feel good items to protect women?

Point Ten: (emphasis mine)
The tenth point of the Women’s Equality Act, the point of contention between the Assembly and the Senate, would expand access to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy for essentially any reason, would allow non-doctors to perform these surgical procedures, and provides no conscience protections for medical professionals opposed to taking human life.
Throughout the second trimester, late abortions can be completed by dismembering the developed unborn child, even when they can feel pain, pulling the baby out piece by piece until the mother’s uterus is empty. After the abortion, the abortionist must reassemble the child’s body to ensure nothing has been left inside the child’s mother.
In abortions that take place later in pregnancy, which would be legalized in New York by the abortion-expanding Women’s Equality Act, often babies are killed by sliding a needle filled with a chemical agent, such as digoxin, into the beating heart, before being delivered. source
I don't know about you, but that makes my toes curl. You can bet the "Progressives" pushing this abomination are also anti-capital punishment.

Contrary to popular belief, abortion is rarely ever needed to protect the life of the mother.  And also, contrary to popular belief, the Catholic Church does not promote the life of the baby over the life of the mother.

There are situations, of course, in which the life of the child might be lost while attempting to save the life of the mother. As long as the death of the child is not intended but is an unfortunate side effect of the attempt to save the life of the mother, the action is not objectively evil.  (emphasis mine)
For instance, if the administration of a necessary medication were to result in a spontaneous abortion, that would fall under the principle of "double effect." The abortion was a result of the medication, but it was not the intended result. source
We have now become so depraved that a book explaining abortion to little kids is available as an e-book. Sister Apple, Sister Pig (no link on purpose) is about a 3-year old who is told about his aborted sister, who is now a "ghost" sister.  Seriously?  Read about HERE.

MORE:

Prosecutor Who Won’t Charge Woman for Killing Unborn Baby Had Planned Parenthood Backing



Guess who's having a blogoversary today?...

no - not me.

Happy 7th Blogoversary to Proof Positive.

Head over and  wish him well.




Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ghetto Hip Hop Obama: High as a kite in Alabama doing his best shuck and jive routine...

don't miss all the nose pulling and touching.
As Weasel Zipper said:  I love watching Obama trip over his numerous fake accents. At the 2:02 mark he starts with “fifty,” followed by “fitty” and then ends with “fiddy”
The tax payers of this country paid big time to fly his ass down to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama to speak to a predominantly black audience of remedial students.

The libtards I know love this crap.  "He da man, doncha know."

My apologies for not being around lately.  I've been fighting off a cold and finally think I may be winning.  I've also had many daylily orders to fill. 

Check out what I have listed to date (many more to come.)  My blog readers receive special discounts.  Interested?  Email me at:  adrienne@icehouse.net



Monday, March 23, 2015

Ted Cruz at Liberty University announcing his run for president...

the first of many.

I haven't even watched it yet.  I'm fighting off a cold (so far, the cold is winning), and I will watch it after breakfast.

I will say this after peeking at a few minutes of the speech.  Someone has told him to get better fitted suits and he listened.  Does that sound shallow?  Well, it's not.  Appearance is important and his suit is nicely tailored.



Andrew Klavan: Magical Leftist Thinking

 "What's in the box.  What is it that transforms the happy-faced programs of the left into their exact opposite?"

Andrew Klavin opens the box and tells you what's in it.



Friday, March 20, 2015

Okay, I'll bite. Let's talk about Starbucks and race...

the latest shiny object.

This zany idea of Starbucks wanting their employees to talk about race relations is, well, zany, and not going to end well.

If you happen to be in a Starbucks, my first question is; "Why?"  I don't "do" Starbucks because the coffee is overpriced, not very good, and I can never remember the difference between a grande and a venti.  Our local grocery stores have coffee every bit as good for a quarter of the price and if you want something sweet, the donuts are a steal. Besides, being a simple soul, I can handle, "Do you want a 12oz or a 16oz?"

Let's assume you're a Starbucks' lover.  That's okay.  Last I checked it was still somewhat of a free country and I won't publicly shame you.  Your barista wants to talk about race with you.  Ask them their opinion about the following - presented without comment.

From: SBPDL:

A white male out walking his dog. 

 MURDER CHARGES FILED AGAINST TWO 15-YEAR-OLD BOYS IN OVERBROOK SHOOTING, WPVI-TV, 3-19-15]:

Police have announced charges against two 15-year-old boys in the murder of James Stuhlman, who was shot and killed while walking his dog in Philadelphia's Overbrook section last week. 
One of those boys remains at large, and is considered by police to be armed and dangerous. 
Police say they have in custody 15-year-old Brandon Smith. He has been charged with murder, robbery and related charges. 
A warrant has been issued for 15-year-old Tyfine Hamilton - the alleged gunman.
Hamilton is also charged with murder, robbery, and related offenses. 
Lesser charges are expected to be filed against a third boy, who is 14-years-old.


Read the rest


and

Starbucks Fights Racism. Racism Fights Back.
By Colin Flaherty


If you need a conversation starter with your Starbucks’ barista, try this: What’s up with all the black mob violence?

Just as the coffee giant announced its employees would be educating their customers about race relations, (Hash tag: #RaceTogether) large-scale episodes of black mob violence were breaking out across the country. read the rest

More:

Crappuccino

One More for Starbucks: 'Democrats Oppress Blacks'

Coffee, tea, or a frank discussion on race?

Does Starbucks Want an Honest Conversation?