He also told them, “Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you.

Mark 4:24

The great (and toothsome) sinners are made out of the very same material as those horrible phenomena the great Saints.

C. S. Lewis Screwtape Proposes a Toast 1959

Stacy McCain continues to have fun at the expense of the Radfems and the Tranny community as the great war over who is a woman and who is not continues:

Radical feminists (who are mostly lesbian) insist that their conferences must be “women-only” spaces. Radfems exclude transsexuals, viewing them as men trying to enact “feminine” gender roles. Radfems are all about abolishing gender roles, period, yet they are adamant that female is a biological category, and they especially hate “pretendbians” — transsexuals who claim to be lesbians. This is just male aggression, trying to co-opt lesbianism, say the radfems.

I’m probably going to have to go to confession for he degree of laughter I’m having to suppress over these people who managed to intimidate a society & culture into saying that “gender” is a social construct now being “oppressed” by people who have used their tools (no pun intended) against them.

Oh, no, say the radfems: Sarah Brown is not a victim any more than “she” is a lesbian. In fact, say the radfems, Brown is guilty of harassing actual women. Radfems were enraged that Brown was invited as keynote speaker (!) at this month’s Dyke March in London:

Yes, you read that right. Dyke March London, despite having a wealth of actual Lesbians to choose from, decided that a male person who claims to have relationships with women, aka a heterosexual man, was the Best Person to speak at Lesbians gathering in London for Dyke March. . . .
Sarah Brown also tells an actual female (me) and an actual Lesbian (me again) that he is more of a Lesbian than I am . . .

So you had lesbians protesting against the Dyke March

Now given the demographics of England these days in a few decades all of these folks that are still alive will be too busy keeping themselves hidden to avoid being stoned to death, but beyond the threat of radical islam which both side downplay there is one other possibility, however unlikely that is likely to bring terror to them all.

As a Christian all of them on both sides have to be prayed for as a matter of course by us,  but while neither side likely believes it  there is an almost insidious possibility (at least they would both consider it so) that comes into play when we do.

That possibility comes from their very nature as explained by that master tempter Screwtape concerning the “great sinners”

They are, if things take the wrong turn, as ready to defy the social pressures around them for the Enemy’s sake as they were to defy them for ours.

There was a time where being a lesbian, or a transsexual might have been the height of revolution but in modern Europe and in fact the entire world there is one thing that is so against the grain so rare that it defies every convention that exists.

Being a saint.

To the Christian this entire thesis, sounds absolutely ridiculous the idea that a Gabriel/”Brielle” Harrison a Sarah Brown the staff of Gender Identity watch or even an Amanda Marcotte oould be a saint but consider:

The great sinners seem easier to catch. But then they are incalculable. After you have played them for seventy years, the Enemy may snatch them from your claws in the seventy-first.

Remember Abram was a pagan, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body, Matthew was a tax collector, Peter denied Christ three times and Saul held the coats for the people as they stoned Stephen to death.

And if you think these guys hate a Robert Stacy McCain or each other, that will be nothing compared to the reaction and the vitriol that will come if one of them listens to the whisper of the guardian angel in their ear and becomes a mighty warrior for the Lord.

Ah who am I kidding, the idea of one of these people converting, let alone being used to bring people to Christ is as far fetched as a poor young maiden immaculately conceiving a son who would change the course of history.

As the man said

For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”

 

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Here in my little burg of Shreveport, a robust debate is underway about Michael Vick; I bring this up because I’m interested in how this debate plays in other parts of the country.

You see, Michael Vick, as you may recall, is now probably more famous for his dogfighting conviction as for any skills he may have on the football field.

In 2007, Michael Vick was convicted in Richmond, Virginia for his involvement in a dogfighting ring.  His 23 month sentence was more than that of his co-defendants because the judge found him to be less than truthful about his involvement in the ring. The judge said:

“You were instrumental in facilitating, putting together, organizing and funding this cruel and inhuman sporting activity.  While you have acknowledged guilt and apologized, I’m convinced it was not a momentary lapse of judgment on your part.  You were a full partner.”

In fact, Vick pleaded guilty to “bankrolling a dogfighting operation…and to helping kill six to eight dogs.”

And now, in Shreveport, one of our most venerable and respecting arts institutions, the Strand Theater, has rented their space to the Michael Vick Comedy Explosion Tour, and Shreveport has drawn lines in the sand.

There are those who are aghast and horrified that any venue would rent to Michael Vick at all, much less one of the most respected and beloved cultural icons of the city.  The animal rights community is planning a protest of the event and some have even gone so far as to vow to never support any further endeavors of The Strand at all.

“One must be a true Sociopath to be able to watch animals suffering in horrendous ways at your own hands and not feel guilty. Remember that every serial killer started by torturing, mutilating and killing animals. Vick is no different than Jeffery Dahmer, Albert “The Boston Strangler” DeSalvo, The Columbine Killers, and Denis Rader (The BTK Killer).  Vick may not be a “human” serial killer but he is a serial killer none-the-less. No amount of jail time can rehabilitate an already corrupt, empty soul. He has shown no remorse, when doing interviews and when the dogs are mentioned you can blatantly see his eyes turn cold and dark, and his “involvement” with the Humane Society was the best “PR” move ever by his publicists.

So with that being said, I will speak loudly and proudly against him, stand up for what’s right, never forget the innocent lives lost, and never again support a company that has endorsed him, given him money or given him publicity. I have not supported Nike or Subway in over 5 years because of their support of him; and, unfortunately, I will never again support The Strand…”

Others have taken the position to simply boycott the event but to give The Strand a pass on the Vick association and will still support other Strand events.

And still others have taken the position that Vick has “paid his dues” and deserves a second chance.

So does he?

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Lance: Well, I couldn’t risk you running off. I had to say yes. And then I was stuck with a woman who thinks the height of excitement is a new flavour Pringle. Oh, I had to sit there and listen to all that yap yap yap. Oh, Brad and Angelina. Is Posh pregnant? X Factor, Atkins Diet, Feng Shui, split ends, text me, text me, text me. Dear God, the never ending fountain of fat, stupid trivia. I deserve a medal.

Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride 2006

There are plenty of reasons why the UN continues to beat the drum loudly on Global Warming,

The United Nations secretary-general on Sunday urged world policymakers to do more to address the threat of climate change as negotiators attempt to forge a new global warming pact next year.
Speaking to hundreds of international delegates at the start of a climate gathering in Abu Dhabi, Ban Ki-moon warned that time is running out to reduce harmful emissions and that political leaders need to offer bold commitments to drive meaningful change.

“If we do not take urgent action, all our plans for increased global prosperity and security will be undone,” he warned.

The prosperity he was talking about of course was that of the bureaucrats and NGO who draw wealth from this nonsense, not to mention the conferences in comfortable parts of the words with good wine, good food, ample female & male company for sale or rent on the taxpayer’s dime.

Likewise the ability to  grease friends is a big reason Obama & the American left were doing the same back in may:

White House adviser John Podesta told reporters Monday afternoon that Congress could not derail the Obama administration’s efforts to unilaterally enact policies to fight global warming.

Podesta said that the president was committed to using executive orders to pass regulations under the Clean Air Act to limit carbon dioxide emissions that they say cause global warming

and this week when President Obama says something like this:

In a speech to the League of Conservation Voters, an environmental activist organization, Obama mocked the GOP for playing dumb on global warming in order to evade the criticism of tea party groups and other elements on their right wing.

Republicans have ‘ducked the question and said, “Hey, I’m not a scientist”,’ Obama claimed, ‘which really translates into “I accept that man-made climate change is real, but if I say so I will be run out of town by a bunch of fringe elements, so I am just going to pretend like – I don’t know – I can’t read”.’

That basic motivation is pretty much the same nationally & globally from the time this nonsense began but both the UN & Obama share an even bigger motivation to continue to push and invent this crisis:

Impotence.

Right now the world & Obama are facing several international Crises: The War in Syria, Nukes in Iran and Russia’s expansion into first Crimea & the Ukraine, ISIS in Iraq.

For the UN this is bad news because in theory solving international problems like these are the reason why the UN is supposed to exist, but we have reached a point where the UN actually exists so that there is a steady stream of income for a group of international leeches who are willing to sell the legitimacy they hold legacy to the highest bidder.

To take sides in any of these issues is to dissuade potential bidders and that’s bad for the graft business and taking sides with the losers would be more so.

For the President however there is a larger issue, it’s the same reason why the name of the Redskins is a headline.  It’s the prevent defense.

He needs to give his allies in the congress & media something to talk about other than the actual issues of the day.

They can’t talk about the international issues I raised above, every single one of them point to failure of leadership and Barack Obama is leader of the free world.

They can’t talk about the IRS scandal or any of the other scandals, they expose the administration for what they are, they certainly can’t talk about Obamacare which has the potential to create the 2nd big red wave in four years and with the economy contracting they can’t even spin the figures.

So instead another topic must be found something that will give the collected media something anything to fill space that doesn’t suggest failure which is the one constant of the presidency of Barack Obama

It’s the left’s version of the prevent defense for the low information voter they have 30 months to kill, the World Cup won’t last forever and Malaysia is unlikely to lose another airliner in the same circumstances to fill a month of CNN’s time.

His greatest ally is the culture, we’ve become so superficial that their plan just might work.

The latest in our series explaining & decoding the Catechism of the Catholic Church or what does the faith really proclaim.

In our last entry we talked about Scripture and how along with manifestations and tradition both oral & written, God reveals himself to man.

The question now before us is this: How does man respond to that revelation by God of himself? The answer? Faith

143 By faith, man completely submits his intellect and his will to God

That faith is illustrated in Scripture. The Catechism gives the examples of Abraham

146 Abraham thus fulfils the definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1: “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”: “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Because he was “strong in his faith”, Abraham became the “father of all who believe”.

and Mary noting both her faith when presented with the incredible news that she would bear God’s son and her faith through what came after:

149 Throughout her life and until her last ordeal when Jesus her son died on the cross, Mary’s faith never wavered. She never ceased to believe in the fulfilment of God’s word. and so the Church venerates in Mary the purest realization of faith.

The concept of being able to still have faith after such an experience is the very definition of a heroic faith.

Faith in an individual act, and as Christians we are called upon through our faith to believe in God, Father, Son & Holy Spirit. This is the very definition of Christianity.

This belief and the faith necessary to have it is a great example of the nature of man, for the grace to believe comes from God but man must contribute his free will to exercise that gift. Grace opens the door but we must proactively walk through. As the Catechism puts it quoting St. Thomas Aquinas :

155 In faith, the human intellect and will co-operate with divine grace: “Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace.”

And while many of our friends who don’t believe say otherwise this faith is not divorced from reason. After all we have the eyewitness of the Apostles, their writings, the scriptures and those witnessed events from the time of Abraham to the miracles of this present day to back them up. After all something turned a bunch of guys hiding in an upper room in fear into men so filled with faith that they were willing to die horrible deaths to advance it.

Now it’s true that some might see events might be hard to understand but that’s were both the light of God and the desire of man to understand and seek truth and understanding which feed on each other to perfect faith:

158 …In the words of St. Augustine, “I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe.”

Additionally one must remember that God and truth do not and can not conflict. That includes scientific truth. As our understanding of the world around us increases so does our understanding of God’s place & plan in it. Those who would reject science proclaiming they are following God and those who think science is a club to hit belief with are pretty much the same thing.both attempt to ignore or rewrite reality to compensate a lack of faith.

Bottom line “methodical research” to discover what is, is simply finding out about the work of the great I AM.

And this faith & belief is an act of free will and moreover MUST be freely made. In the church today for example it takes. Neither Christ nor his Apostles forced belief in fact in his famous discourse in John about being the living bread that so outraged some of his followers that many left he says to the twelve:

Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”  Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”  John 6:67-69

Christ invites his apostles to leave if they wish but they have the faith to stay because they have the understanding that faith and the perseverance in it is required to get to salvation.

What people, particularly our protestant friends often don’t get is that faith is in itself a work and moreover to manage that perseverance in faith one must work at keeping it strong  through that work we walk the path to eternal life that so many have not only walked before but have given us their example of how to do it.

We might not understand the entire trip, particularly with the world pressing around us but if we keep to that GPS that is the lives of the saints, the examples of the disciples, of Mary & of Abraham we will get to our goal.

And that is not just through them but through each other as we profess these truths to other either by evangelization or together as we profess the creed at Mass.

This illustrates a great truth because from the first moment that Peter assured the crowds that the Apostles were not drunk (Acts 2) to the great Church counsels at Jerusalem, Nicaea Vatican II to Pope Francis today it is the Church that continues to work to sustain the faith, express the faith and teach the faith as Christ commanded and carefully guards the truth’s within

171 The Church, “the pillar and bulwark of the truth”, faithfully guards “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints”. She guards the memory of Christ’s words; it is she who from generation to generation hands on the apostles’ confession of faith. As a mother who teaches her children to speak and so to understand and communicate, the Church our Mother teaches us the language of faith in order to introduce us to the understanding and the life of faith.

Even as various churches redefine marriage and sin (did you know all the protestant denominations condemned birth control before 1930?) the catholic church preserves the faith as it is, when popular or unpopular, as St. Irenaeus, quoted in the Cataclysm says

173 “Indeed, the Church, though scattered throughout the whole world, even to the ends of the earth, having received the faith from the apostles and their disciples. . . guards [this preaching and faith] with care, as dwelling in but a single house, and similarly believes as if having but one soul and a single heart, and preaches, teaches and hands on this faith with a unanimous voice, as if possessing only one mouth.”59

174 “For though languages differ throughout the world, the content of the Tradition is one and the same. the Churches established in Germany have no other faith or Tradition, nor do those of the Iberians, nor those of the Celts, nor those of the East, of Egypt, of Libya, nor those established at the centre of the world. . .”60 The Church’s message “is true and solid, in which one and the same way of salvation appears throughout the whole world.”61

And that expression of that faith is illustrated in the Creeds of the Church and that’s where we’ll pick things up next time.

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By John Ruberry

In World Cup soccer on Tuesday, Team USA will face-off against Belgium, which offers a timely opportunity to look at Belgium’s present–and America’s possible future.

As with the United States, Belgium’s birth was the result of a revolution–the Belgians rebelled against rule by the Netherlands, the nation, born in 1830, was largely a creation of the European powers with the goal of serving as a buffer state between larger states. Roughly sixty percent of the population of Belgium is Flemish–speakers of Dutch–while most of the rest are French-speaking Walloons. I say roughly because there are no Belgian censuses–counting the population and getting a real number is too politically charged for this country. The government of Belgium is complex–the main goal of forming a government is ensuring equal representation of Walloons and Dutch speakers.

Of course there are secessionist movements in Belgium–the Flemish ones are more strident, which is understandable since the Dutch speaking region is more prosperous and it props up the the rest of the nation.

Which brings us to Belgium’s Tuesday FIFA World Cup opponent for the United States, Belgium. Slowly America is being transformed into a bilingual nation. Radical groups such as La Raza want to keep Spanish-speaking immigrants–both legal and illegal–using Spanish as their first language. America survived nearly 200 years without bilingual education  in public schools–and bilingual education decelerates the learning of English and perpetuates the underclass status of Hispanics. Among the liberal education apparatus, the idea of dropping bilingual education is viewed as heresy.

Peer into our future: If the open borders crowd prevails–and if the higher birthrates among Spanish speakers continues–will America look like Belgium in fifty or one hundred years?

Is this what we want?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Mr. Spock: If we had not crossed the Neutral Zone, on your order, you would not now need our opinions to support a decision which should never have had to be made.

Star Trek: The Enterprise Incident 1968

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach?

St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans Chapter 10 verse 14

I was at the bank on Friday paying my mortgage (thanks to all who hit DaTipJar in June who made that possible) when CNN flashed news that the Vatican was “softening” it’s position on gays & marriage etc.

Having seen the uncanny ability of the MSM to report what they want fact to be rather than what actually is when it comes to the church I took the trouble of reading the document INSTRUMENTUM LABORIS or THE PASTORAL CHALLENGES OF THE FAMILY IN THE CONTEXT OF EVANGELIZATION that their report was based on.

As you might guess CNN’s reality & reality reality bear very little resemblance, they quote statements from the document that have been established church doctrine as if they are something new and the cherry pick from varied suggestions as if they are final

What CNN & the media seem to be doing is battlescape preparation, an attempt to make the people believe that the Church is saying something it is not.

If CNN had read the document they would have noticed that while it is full of reports of different situations, suggestions and the problems thereof, the entire piece can be summarized in a few lines from it namely this:

12…Nevertheless, the responses see a need to show the essential character of the truth affirmed in these documents.

and this

…in places with a vibrant Christian tradition and a well-organized pastoral programme, people are responsive to the Christian doctrine on marriage and the family. In other places, many Christians, for various reasons, are found to be unaware of the very existence of this teaching.

and the Church sees what the solution is:

10…What is recommended is not so much multiplying pastoral initiatives as inserting the Bible in every aspect of existing ministerial efforts on behalf of the family. Every instance where the Church is called to offer pastoral care to the faithful in a family setting can provide an opportunity for the Gospel of the Family to be announced, experienced and appreciated.

But those solutions and the practical applications of them are not easy given the cultures and the problems that are faced, but what seems to be the one recurring theme has been the lack of strong catechesis is the source of a lot of these problems.

The church by its nature does not move quickly, and some like Mother Angelica saw this problem and has taken the right steps to solve it, but now it will be up to the assembly on the family that is coming up to officially detail the church’s solution.

There will be attempts to spin solutions, after Vatican 2 some decided they would rather act as though the council said what they had wished it said rather than what it actually did.

It was the some in the church’s unwillingness to correct these errors that got us in this position to begin with.  It’s up to us as Catholics and as bloggers who are actually reading what is said to  aid the Church in making sure that mistake is not repeated.

If we are to be Catholic, let’s be Catholic,

 

 

By Steve Eggleston

On Wednesday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its third and final regular estimate of Gross Domestic Product, and the news was very bad. Real, or inflation-adjusted, GDP contracted by 2.9% on an annualized, seasonally-adjusted basis, 1.9 percentage points worse than the 2nd estimate of 1.0%. That drop is the largest between the 2nd and 3rd estimates since at least 1976, and the 2.9% inflation-adjusted contraction is the 17th-worst performance since quarterly estimates began in 1947.

The news is even worse on the nominal, or non-inflation-adjusted, front. Nominal GDP contracted by 1.7% on an annualized, seasonally-adjusted basis, the first contraction since the Great Recession, the 10th-worst quarterly performance on record, and other than the heart of the Great Recession (4th quarter of 2008 and 1st quarter of 2009), the worst performance since the 4th quarter of 1960.

The biggest driver of the downward revision was the incorporation of actual numbers for health care spending. While the 1st estimate had spending on health care increasing by 9.9% and the 2nd estimate had it increasing by 9.1%, the actual spending on health care decreased by 1.4%. In terms of what that meant to the change in real GDP, the 1st estimate had health care spending contributing +1.17 percentage points to the +0.1% GDP growth, the 2nd estimate had it contributing +1.01 percentage points to the -1.0% GDP contraction, and the actual numbers had it contributing -0.17 percentage points to the -2.9% GDP contraction.

ZeroHedge pointed out that 2nd-to-3rd estimate revision of health care spending is highly unusual, and something not seen in the prior 4 quarters. The reason it happened – instead of using wage and employment data in the first 2 estimates of GDP, the BEA used PlaceboCare enrollment data and Medicaid spending.

A side note before I continue – the reason my co-blogger Shoebox and I call it PlaceboCare instead of ObamaCare is because its effects on health care and the economy are like giving a diabetic a heap of sugar pills and telling that diabetic it’s “medicine”. Between that and the abandonment of any notion of repeal by Republicans, I figure it fits better.

Even though the BEA said that they won’t “regularly” include PlaceboCare data into GDP estimates, there’s a few questions that really need to be asked of the BEA, especially since the White House spin at the end of April was that, but for PlaceboCare, the economy would have contracted, followed by the end-of-May spin that, but for PlaceboCare, the economy would have cratered even worse:

  • Who ordered that radical change in the first place?
  • Was that change done only after it was determined that using the normal method of estimation would result in a contraction and using PlaceboCare/Medicaid data would not result in a contraction?
  • Under what conditions will PlaceboCare/Medicaid data be used again?

The wild discrepancy between PlaceboCare-driven estimates of health care spending and actual health care spending is yet another datum point in the universe of data that the claims PlaceboCare is a positive, 8 million people enrolled in it, and 4 million previously-uninsured now have health insurance, are nothing more than a bunch of fetid macaca.

As for what the crater means going forward, it depends on who one asks. Goldman Sachs took the opportunity to up its 2nd-quarter estimated GDP growth from +3.8% to +4.0% specifically because of the bad-news 1st-quarter report and the worse-than-expected headlines on the May durable goods report released at the same time. Meanwhile, Tom Blumer noted two different AP stories where some economists knocked down their expectations to as low as +2.5%. Of note, assuming there is no further revision of 1st-quarter of 2014/4th-quarter of 2013 GDP*, it would take a tick over +3.0% real GDP growth (3.01%, actually) in the 2nd quarter just to get to where real GDP was at the end of 2013.

So, who will be right? History isn’t kind to the optimists – every quarter that saw a -1.5% GDP contraction or greater since 1947 came either during or immediately prior to a recession. That May durable goods report, despite Goldman’s protestations, is also not a good sign – whether one looks at overall durable goods orders or the non-durable-goods orders Goldman and much of the Presstorian Guard – Business Division pinned their hopes on, May durable goods orders were behind March’s. Worse, personal expenditures, the single largest component of GDP, declined in inflation-adjusted terms in both April and May.

* The BEA will get another crack at the GDP numbers from the 1st quarter, as well as from (at least) 2011 through 2013, next month when it releases its annual revision of GDP along with the advance estimate of 2nd-quarter GDP. I have no doubt that there will be a positive number describing real GDP growth for the 2nd quarter. What I do doubt is that real 2nd-quarter GDP will be greater than $15,824.2 billion (in 2009 chained dollars), which is what it was as of Wednesday.

by baldilocks

The weekend posts at Ace of Spades HQ are, for the most part, interest-specific. The guns, food, gardening threads, and my favorite, the Sunday Book Thread, are posted by Ace’s co-bloggers, giving the proprietor the weekend off. Usually.baldilocks

Today, however, there’s a people story posted by one of the co-bloggers, WeirdDave; it’s a recount of a possible attempted grift/robbery. Or, perhaps it was merely a cavalcade of incompetence from an observer’s viewpoint; Dave isn’t sure. Go read it; then come back.

In the comments, many are lamenting the decline of competence–that old can-do spirit–among Americans born later than the Baby Boomer Generation and I agree. I’m a late-born Boomer–1961–but I can’t point the finger too much, however, without pointing at myself. I’m a city girl and a bit of a BAP. However, there are many things that I learned to do in my middle age or had to do because of perceived lack of resources.

A small example: I sell items on the usual websites know for selling and when I went shopping for packing materials, I was appalled at the prices. So, I went online looking for DIY packing materials. When I found them, my response was, “of course.”  I made virtually free packing materials using things I would normally put in the recycle bin: balled-up circulars–which perennially clog my mailbox–and shredded paper stuffed and stapled into brown paper lunch bags. (The bags did cost $2 for two hundred.) I was proud of myself for finding the information, but, in hindsight, it seemed so obvious. And, therein lies another revelation.

You can do what you have to do when you are determined to do what you want to do. And, more often than not, your solution(s) will be right in front of you if you are looking for them. It’s a feature of God’s grace.

And I think that’s the issue which Dave and the commenters are observing: lack of desire to learn new skills , lack of desire to acquire new abilities, lack of desire to improvise, to adapt, and to overcome. It’s a dearth of vision and of faith.

We have become so used to convenience that, when faced with inconvenience and/or adversity, many of us panic or become angry–as if our rights have been violated. We have forgotten that this is a world of Murphy’s Law–if we ever actually learned it in the first place—and, therefore, we fail to make contingency plans for feces to happen. And when feces does happen, we give up—or throw a fit, which amounts to the same thing.

Determination is the missing element in much of 2014’s American population, and I predict that determination’s presence will be the key element of survival in the tougher times to come.

The good thing about determination, though, is this: it’s free…like God’s grace.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

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