Archive for November, 2009

House Call

November 5, 2009

regis kelly 111207

Thursday’s “House Call” gathering, on the West Front of the Capitol, comes at a critical time in the health care debate — sandwiched between those mixed-bag election results and the first vote by a full congressional chamber on health care.

It’s not the kind of event (even if it reaches proportions some organizers are predicting) that’s likely to change many minds.

But if you need evidence of where the political energy and excitement has gone, one year since Grant Park, a lunchtime midday rally in Washington isn’t a bad place to start.

(Try to imagine the old Obama campaign army pulling off something roughly comparable in as short a time, with as little formal planning — or even with spreadsheets and call lists and marching orders, for that matter.)

Telling, particularly in the wake of NY-23: House Republican leaders — including Leader John Boehner, Whip Eric Cantor, Conference Chairman Mike Pence, and Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price — plan to speak.

(Not that they necessarily what to make of the energy that will be on display Thursday, either.)

But the day belongs to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. From the release out Thursday:

“On the heels of an election arguably reminiscent of 1993’s reaction against HillaryCare, nearly one thousand activists with Patients First–a project of Americans for Prosperity — traveled to Washington on Thursday to say once again, ‘Hands Off Our Health Care!’ 

Joining other Americans participating in Rep. Michele Bachmann’s ‘House Call on Health Care,’ Patients First activists from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia will participate in a rally at the Capitol before visiting their Congressmen to express opposition to the government takeover of our America’s health care system.”

See also:

The Destruction of American Medicine is Scheduled for Saturday” With Contact Info

Lightning Shot Right Down From The Sky

November 3, 2009

The Lightning is a yellow Fork
by Emily Dickinson

The Lightning is a yellow Fork
From Tables in the sky
By inadvertent fingers dropt
The awful Cutlery

Of mansions never quite disclosed
And never quite concealed
The Apparatus of the Dark
To ignorance revealed.

How lightning initially forms is still a matter of debate.

Scientists have studied root causes ranging from atmospheric perturbations (wind, humidity, friction, and atmospheric pressure) to the impact of solar wind and accumulation of charged solar particles. Ice inside a cloud is thought to be a key element in lightning development, and may cause a forcible separation of positive and negative charges within the cloud, thus assisting in the formation of lightning.

The fear of lightning (and thunder) is astraphobia.
I am astraphobic!

Lightning Shot Right Down From the Sky
by Troy

It was late one night when a friend and I
Set out and we were up to no good.
He said it was it was a bright idea
But I said “No, I don’t think we should”

Hopes were high, so was the sky
and the weather, it was quite divine
Mike grabbed a shovel, looked at me
Standing there, I already had mine

The work commenced with a chop and a dig
The booty we sensed with a scoop and a throw
Toiling like dogs dragging a sled
With a mighty heave and a sturdy ho

The night wore on as I hummed my song
Our ride was parked on a slide
And then God jumped in the final verse
The Almighty sang baritone

Feeling small, like I didn’t matter at all
As I reluctantly looked up at the sky
God was taking our picture and having a ball
While each flash pierced my eye

There’s a time for work, a time for play
And a time for getting on home
My friend and I heard God say,
“Boys, it’s time for you to roam”

We took his advice and didn’t think twice
As we made our way to the truck
Jump on in and the tires did spin
Oh my, don’t you know we were stuck

The rain fell hard, the dark got bright
With each and every blue crack of light
We had settled in and were kicking back
Just as a silver bolt scorched the tracks

With the spark, the fury, the fire and the flame
My “tough stuff” attitude, God did tame
I’ll remember that night until the that day I die
The night that lightning shot right down from the sky

The story:
Many years back, a friend and I had discovered an area along the bank of a creek where fresh bulldozer work had uncovered an ancient campsite. It was right out in the open and close to the side of a major road that had a set of railroad tracks running parallel to it. We were anxious to dig for some relics, but couldn’t risk being seen, so we went at night. We hopped a curb and drove right up to the spot and were parked on the newly exposed dirt which was sloped toward the creek bottom. We were there for about an hour when the weather turned very violent. We tried to leave, but the vehicle got stuck in mud and was trying to slide down to the creek. We had no choice, but to just ride out the storm with lightning coming down all around us. While we were sitting there an enormous bolt came down and struck the railroad track about a hundred feet in front of us. It was an explosion and that’s the only way to describe it. We saw sparks shoot twenty to thirty feet in the air and there was a brief flame at ground level. It looked like what you would see from an industrial electric arc welder, only multiplied many times. It was a very humbling experience and a sight that I will never forget. If my memory serves me correctly, I think we may have both soiled our shorts.

Adam’s Apple

Back when Cain was able
Way before the stable
Lightning shot right out from the sky
A mothership with fate said
Let’s give it a try

Conscience was related
Man, he was created
Lady Luck took him by surprise
Her sweet and bitter fruit
Is sure to open his eyes

Well, she ate it
Lordy, it was love at first bite
Well, she ate it
Never knowin’ wrong from right, right, right, right

Even Eve in Eden
Voices tried deceivin’
With lies to show the lady the way
At first she stopped and turned
And tried to walk away

Man, he was believer
Lady was deceiver
So the story goes, but you see
The snake was he and she just climbed right up his tree

So, she ate it
Lordy, it was love at first bite
Well she ate it
Never knowin’ wrong from right, right, right

Conscience was related
Man, he was created
When Lady Luck took him by surprise
Her sweet and bitter fruit
Is sure to open his eyes

Evil came like rain
And who knows who’s to blame
And something tried to lay her to waste
And all she want to need was just a little taste

Well, she ate it
Lordy, it was love at first bite
Yeah, She ate it
Never knowin’ wrong from right, right, right, right
Well, she ate it
Lordy, it was love at first bite
Yeah, she ate it
Never knowing wrong from right, right,
Well that’s right


all souls day

November 2, 2009


Also called Feast of All Souls; Defuncts’ Day; Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

Observed by Western liturgical churches and Eastern Christians

Type Christian Date (West) 2 November

(East) Several times during the year

Observances Prayer for the departed (especially Requiem Masses), observances in cemeteries, special meals

Related to All Saints Day

In Western Christianity, All Souls’ Day commemorates the faithful departed.

This day is principally observed in the Catholic Church, although some churches of the Anglican Communion and the Old Catholic Churches also celebrate it.

 The Eastern Orthodox churches observe several All Souls’ Days during the year.

 The Roman Catholic celebration is based on the doctrine that the souls of the faithful which at death have not been cleansed from the temporal punishment due to venial sins, or have not fully been purged from attachment to mortal sins, cannot attain the beatific vision in heaven yet, and that they may be helped to do so by prayer and by the sacrifice of the Mass (see Purgatory).

In other words, when they died, they had not yet attained full sanctification and moral perfection, a requirement for entrance into Heaven.

This sanctification is carried out posthumously in Purgatory.

All Souls’ Day is also known as the Feast of All Souls, Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed.

The official Latin designation Commemoratio omnium Fidelium Defunctorum, on which this last name is based, is rendered more literally in Portuguese Comemoração de todos os Fiéis Defuntos and many other languages.

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos or de los Difuntos) is used in Spanish-speaking countries, and Thursday of the Dead (Yom el Maouta) in Lebanon, Israel and Syria.

 The Western celebration of All Souls’ Day is on 2 November and follows All Saints’ Day, which commemorates the departed who have attained the beatific vision.

If 2 November falls on a Sunday, the Mass is of All Souls, but the Office is that of the Sunday.

However, Morning and Evening Prayer (Lauds and Vespers) for the Dead, in which the people participate, may be said.

In pre-1969 calendars, which some still follow, and in the Anglican Communion, All Souls Day is instead transferred, whenever 2 November falls on a Sunday, to the next day, 3 November, which was the case in 2008.

The Eastern Orthodox Church dedicates several days throughout the year to the dead, mostly on Saturdays, because of Jesus’ resting in the tomb on Saturday.


all saints day thread

November 1, 2009

Posting from blackberry

Sorry bare bones!