As you might guess we don’t do a lot of celebrity news here at DaTechGuy blog but a few days ago at Live at five there was a piece on Kate Hudson that caught my eye.concerning Kate Hudson.

Now before we go any farther let’s stipulate for the record that it’s a neutral objective fact that the 35-year-old Ms. Hudson is a desirable woman that any man would be happy to have at his side, not a big surprise as her mother Goldie Hawn was a beautiful woman (she’s just turned 69 last week, boy am I old)

In an age when everybody is turning to surgery, pills  & fad diets Ms. hudson has a method of maintaining a competitive physical shape that openly reinforces uncomfortable truth.

“You [have to] work your ass off, that’s the only way. [And] you have to eat right,”

Furthermore it’s a question of consistency:

“I wouldn’t say [I work out] a lot, just consistently…People think for some reason you have to work out for two and a half hours…but, it can be little. It can be 20 minutes, it could be 40 minutes, but you have to [get it in],” she said. “You can’t do like two weeks and go like do two days and then take a week off and then do three days and then go, ‘Why aren’t I [seeing results?] I don’t get it.’ You know, you just got to do it — sad, like anything else in life!”

Obviously as a person who doesn’t work out & eats wrong (but better than I once did) my opinion on health is not worth much so why am I bringing this up?

Because this applies to almost every single endeavor in life, from writing, to any kind of business to politics.  People keep looking for a quick score or an angle it reminds me of what Max Hastings wrote about 3rd world armies who simply can’t get it through their heads the reality of relentless training as the secret to the success of British & American forces from his book The Battle for the Falklands

They all secretly believe that there is some pill you can take if you will tell them what it is.

But like those third world armies such as the arabs who routinely lost wars to Israel and to the mill if you are looking to get into Kate Hudson shape there is a simple answer

Hudson told Us. “Everybody wants some sort of secret and there just isn’t, it’s just you have to work out.”

It’s like the 10 commandments, easy rules are always the hardest to follow.

This is an important life lesson that’s worth learning

1966 Ford Mustang
1966 Ford Mustang

By John Ruberry

The Los Angeles Auto Show, one of America’s two major car exhibitions–the other is in Detroit–concludes today. This year’s edition has been packed with debut cars, as it always is. But one vehicle caught my attention, the Galpin-Fisker Rocket, a muscled-up version of a muscle car, the Ford Mustang.

The name Fisker may be familiar to you. Danish auto designer Henrik Fisker was the founder of Fisker Automotive, which produced one model, the Karma, a luxury hybrid electric car which had an MSRP of over $100,000. Fisker Automotive was the recipient of a $529 million stimulus loan, which was supposed to aid in the production of another Fisker model, the Atlantic, in the United States. The Karma was built in Finland. The Atlantic never hit the assembly line.

Your tax dollars at work!

Fisker Automotive declared bankruptcy last year and its assets now belong to a Chinese firm that vows to restart production. But the new owners may want to retool the Karma, as the vehicle was plagued by fires and was scarred by a disastrous test drive by Consumer Reports. The Karma was given a failing grade by the magazine.

Despite his leadership of eponymous  former company, Fisker’s background is mostly in  performance cars such as the Aston Martin, although he created the initial design for another luxury electric car, the Tesla S.Honk if you are Finnish

The Galpin-Fisker Rocket is anything but green. This Mustang, which was created in a partnership with Galpin Auto Sports, can achieve 725 horsepower, USA Today reports. Clearly getting behind the wheel of Henrik’s pony will be a stimulating experience, albeit one without federal loan guarantees for the designer.

Fisker is 51–he should have many more years of car designing down the road. If the Dane avoids electric and hybrid cars, others should take heed–particularly the federal government.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Yesterday I was commenting on Saturday’s Daily Mass being the final mass of the liturgical year with the vigil mass (at 4 PM here in my neck of the woods) being the official start of Advent and the Catholic New Year when a Presbyterian lady pointed out that Advent is the start of the new year for most of the rest of Christendom (except the eastern Orthodox whose year begins Sept 1st) and then commented on some of the feasts denominations celebrate.

As a lifelong catholic I’d never even heard of Reformation Sunday celebrated around its anniversary of Halloween.  That coincidence has sarcastic Catholic humor written all over it.

Other than the dropping of an “l” in the word “all” that statement is of course a fact that should surprise nobody, particularly not my readership.

However it might be a shock to some of my readers that in some of the lands where the Reformation of Luther and Henry VIII were the strongest “Reformation day” and the denominations that celebrate it aren’t doing well

Despite the aforementioned social and cultural visibility of Protestantism in Northern Europe, however, the Lutheran and Anglican Churches there are dying. British sociologists predict that practicing Anglicans will soon meet the fate of the Dodo and woolly mammoth, falling from 800,000 to just 50,000 by mid-century (Episcopalians face similar disastrous prospects in North America). In Sweden, 4 percent of Lutherans attend services regularly, while the corresponding figures in Norway and Finland are below 2 percent.

via the Anchoress who notes that in the Northern European lands of the Reformation there is a bright growing side for Christianity however they’re not all that inclined to celebrate reformation day either:

Northern Europe is proving to be fertile ground for converts. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI created the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, allowing Anglican priests to cross the Tiber. Since then, many Anglican clerics, frustrated with Canterbury’s eschewing of tradition, have done so. Scandinavian converts are hoping that the Vatican will create a similar ordinariate for Lutherans. Meanwhile, one of Scandinavia’s best-known Christian leaders – charismatic pastor Ulf Ekman – recently converted to Catholicism along with his wife. He said that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is the best book he has ever read.

Northern Europe is clearly one of the world’s most Godless regions. Yet, at the same time, the Catholic Church, while a minority denomination, is experiencing a revival that only Counterreformation popes could have dreamed of.

and it’s not just adult converts, on vocations they’re doing well too:

Currently, Scandinavia is one of the most vocations-rich regions in the Northern Hemisphere. The Church has 103,000 members in Sweden and 17 seminarians. By contrast, the Archdiocese of Vienna has thirteen times as many faithful but fewer than twice as many men studying to be priests.

So why is the Catholic Church growing while others are shrinking, here’s a clue

As Christ said, His followers are to be the salt of the earth. The Lutheran and Anglican Churches have long lost their taste. Other than some fading rituals, they have become largely indistinguishable from the broader secular culture. The fact that the Lutheran bishop of Stockholm is a practicing lesbian perhaps best epitomizes what has happen to Northern European Protestantism.

Someone might want to give those figures to Rome before the end of the Synod on the family.

by baldilocks

Rawlins: And what are you? So full of hate you want to go out and fight everybody! Because you’ve been whipped and chased by hounds. Well that might not be living, but it sure as hell ain’t dying. And dying’s been what these white boys have been doing for going on three years now! Dying by the thousands! Dying for *you*, fool! I know, ’cause I dug the graves. And all this time I keep askin’ myself, when, O Lord, when it’s gonna be our time? Gonna come a time when we all gonna hafta ante up. Ante up and kick in like men. LIKE MEN!

Glory, 1989

Glory–a fictionalization of the Union Army’s all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment, lead by a white officer, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw–is one of my favorite movies for a lot of reasons, but, in particular, the last three sentences of the above monologue by Rawlins (played by Morgan Freeman) have stayed with me.

The spirit of that movie–that history–was evoked this week in Ferguson, MO by another set of men.

A group of black Ferguson residents armed with high-powered rifles stood outside a white-owned business in the city during recent riots, protecting it from rioters that looted and burned other businesses.

After a grand jury returned no indictment against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown, protesters took to the streets and the demonstrations quickly turned into rioting. Several buildings were set ablaze, but a group of heavily armed black men stood outside a Conoco gas station.

One of the residents, a 6-foot-8 man named Derrick Johnson, held an AR-15 assault [sic] rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near that store’s entrance. Three other black Ferguson residents joined Johnson in front of the store, each of them armed with pistols.

2013-09-15 17.41.07
Robert Gould Shaw and his men…and another Presence–no, not the horse

Like men. Not like black men, or like white men–or like puling infants in the bodies of men–but men.

Sure, they liked the owner–who had given them employment over the years, but so what? (Side note: lately I’ve been saying to all who won’t cover their ears that free persons create their own jobs.) One good turn is often reciprocated by a stab in the back. It has happened to me more than once.

But that’s not what happened in this case.

Do either of these sets of men owe anything to the other for doing right? I say no. Any other attitude smacks of patronage.

Doing what’s right is often its own reward and, sometimes, there is only one Observer. And the ripples are seemingly invisible. But they exist.

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 second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2015.

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Sir Percy Blakley:  You think I like sitting there in the shadow of the knife while one head falls after another. People I know and love that innocent people, kindly people, herded like sheep and butchered like cattle by men who make high sounding principles an excuse for the most bestial cruelty?

The Scarlet Pimpernel 1934

Sheldon: Well done, Leonard. The true hero doesn’t seek adulation, he fights for right and justice simply because it’s his nature.

The Big Bang Theory: The Financial Permeability 2009

A great example of how to see the real difference in culture over four generations is to compare the heroes of one age vs another.

In the 1934 movie the Scarlet Pimpernel the title character, played by Leslie Howard, is joined by a group of 20 followers all posing as “fashionable puppies” young upper class twits who in reality are risking life and limb to save the life of those who are being slaughtered by the French Revolution for not believing the right things at the right time.

When one of his followers notes that they could,  with little effort be 1000 rather than 20, Sir Percy scoffs saying:

Mere force is useless against people who are neither cowards nor fools, so we must match courage with courage and cunning with still greater cunning if we are to do anything at all.  We’re all willing to give our lives but we must do more than that.  We must mask our identities, suffer the humiliation of being taken for fops, fools nitwits, cowards.

For that hero it’s not all about them, it’s about those they wish to save and are willing not only to risk their lives, but also willing to suffer humiliation for the cause of good and right.

The same young boys who saw movies like this or read books like that and dreamed of risking all, ten years later were willing to give their lives to fight the Nazi’s (Howard himself would be shot down over the Bay of Biscay) and the men who came home didn’t boast or brag about it.  Remember the famous Band of Brothers spent over five decades under the nations radar satisfied with the knowledge that they had done right, and their duty before Tom Hanks’mini series made their names and faces internationally known.

Contrast that with the idiots of Ferguson and beyond.

They imagine themselves brave heroes defending the honor of black america in general the Brown family in particular yet what to they do?

They torch and loot business and bakeries owned by people of people, of color in the town (leaving strangers to pay to rebuild them), loot black elementary schools , and even burn the church of the Brown Family’s pastor at least as long as they are undefended

They close down shopping malls on the one weekday where many working people might have off before Christmas.

The disrupt a christmas tree lighting making a bunch of children cry.

The try & fail to disrupt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

They block Traffic disrupting the lives of average people

And then they tweet about their “bravery” as one person described it in LA:

“Half of this protest I feel like is baiting cops … sort of about proving who you are against the police,” said Wilder Bunke, 21, of Hollywood, who was critical of actions by some in the crowd. “The modern-day “… the police” isn’t shooting a cop, it’s posting a picture of yourself posing with a cop car on Facebook or Twitter.”

Do you see the contrast?  In the 30’s the hero pretends to be a coward in public while putting themselves in danger behind the scene.  Today they pretend to put themselves in danger in public.  All those videos of college kids lying down in malls and professional protesters disrupting shoppers, all those tweets declaring death threats to Officer Wilson are all about faking the courage of those who came before for all the world to see.

And yet, even that “courage” is an illusion as they taunt police in the sure and certain knowledge they will not shoot and are in fact trained not to.  (Although I suspect the professional protest organizers, the Lisa Fithians of the world dearly hope one of their dupes would get themselves shot and create a martyr to the cause).

Alas the problem with living in a bubble, even a bubble that holds the fascination of the mainstream media, unlike Cuba’s Women in White , is that while your niche might see such action as world-changing, the general public sees something else, as Jazz Shaw put it:

The very first thing which came to my mind was to place myself in the position of a commuter who might not be all that familiar with the events in Ferguson hearing about the movement on the news later one. Oh.. so those were the guys who kept me sitting on I-90 for five freaking hours when I was supposed to be picking up cranberry sauce for my mother-in-law? Oh, I definitely will want to get on board with their legislation.

People understand it takes no actual courage to make trouble for average folks and people who can’t fight back that’s why those who practice the form of cowardice take so much time to pretend otherwise.  I’ll give the last word to C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape

Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful – horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember;

 

 

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Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessings that we have received.

Why should we give thanks?

If we do give thanks, then what would some of the reasons be that we should have for having grateful hearts?

Here are few suggested reasons of why we should give thanks during this Thanksgiving Holiday Season.

Coincidentally, Thanksgiving Day is also the official beginning of the Hanukah (“the Festival of Lights or Feast of Dedication which is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple”) and Christmas (the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ of whom His disciples believe is the promised Messiah of Israel) seasons:

  • We should give thanks because of the wonderful manner in which the early colonists were led to emigrate from Europe and come to this great land of tremendous freedom and possibilities.
  • We should give thanks that an Indian named Squanto – who was kidnapped by pirates and forcibly taken from his America homeland and who later escaped to London, England – was divinely sent ahead of the Colonists (please confer with Genesis 37-50 and the story of Joseph the Patriarch) who came to emigrated to Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620.
  • Squanto taught the colonists how to plant seed, avoid poisonous plants, catch fish, and survive harsh winters.
  • We should give thanks to the foresight of the first Colonial Governor of Massachusetts William Bradford for inaugurating the first Thanksgiving celebration in America.
  • Bradford’s desire was that he and his colleagues celebrate the goodness of GOD and enjoy peace with their Native-American Indian friends and allies (most notably the  Wampanoag Indians and their chief Massasoit).
  • We should give thanks for the foresight of the American Statesmen who passed the Northwest Ordinances in 1787; these ordinances led to the strategic planning for the future growth, westward expansion, and development of the newly formed United States.
  • We should be thankful that our “Founding Fathers” were men and women (including Abigail Adams) of tremendous erudition who were well schooled and learned in the areas of History, Philosophy, and Theology.
  • Some of the towering figures of history that our “Founding Fathers” greatly admired were figures such as Moses, Jesus Christ, the Greek historian Polybius (referred to in The Federalist Papers) and the great Roman orator Cicero.
  • We should be thankful that our original American Statesmen had the vision to give us “a Republican form of government” as opposed to a pure democracy.

Democracies are too excitable and they often degenerate into what historically are called “OCHLOCRACY or “crowd-rule” – Or sadly what is known as rule and intimidation by the mob!!!

We should be thankful for the “Morrill Land-Grant Acts” of 1862 and 1890 which allowed for the creation and expansion of our State University, Common Schools, and flagship University school system

Finally, we should be proud and “thankful” to Pilgrim Founders for writing the following words in The Mayflower Compact of (1620).  The Mayflower Compact was the “first governing document of the American colonies:

In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread[not fear, but honor and respect] Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620.

Thank GOD for such a great country… Amen and Amen and Amen and Amen!

Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States:

“If you look at the history of immigration in this country, each successive wave there have been periods where the folks who were already here have said, ‘Well I don’t want those folks,'” he said. “Even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans.”

Video here (around 10:05)

Let’s look at this:

The only people who have the right to say that
The Constitution says (emphasis added),

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Indeed, all Americans have the inalienable right to free speech.

inalienable

adjective
1.
not alienable; not transferable to another or capable of being repudiated:

are some Native Americans
“Some”?

And who would be the one determining which Native Americans have the right to?

This is the kind of rhetoric we get from a president whose idea of governing is to bypass Congress.

And I use the word rhetoric advisedly,

(in classical oratory) the art of influencing the thought and conduct of an audience.

While the speech could not be thought of as classical oratory, you could say that the statement “Even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans,” qualifies as a classic.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics at Fausta’s Blog.

Mr. Scott: The best diplomat I know is a fully-activated phaser bank

Star Trek A Taste of Armageddon 1967

While it’s nice that so many people nationwide have chosen to help a baking company in Ferguson rebuild at Merello Gas station the old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” :

the streets of Ferguson have been in an uproar of rioting and looting. Businesses in a 2 square mile area outside of Ferguson have had to close and take measures to protect their property.

The white-owned Conoco gas station has remained open, though, because a group of male black Ferguson residents are keeping guard.

What?  While black owned business’ are being torched this white owned gas station is being guarded?

Derrick Johnson, a 6-foot-8 man, held an AR-15 assault rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near the station’s convenience store entrance. Three other men joined Johnson, each armed with pistols.

I would have gone with a shotgun would be more intimidating but given the number of people in a crowd they might not have wanted to risk hitting the wrong people.

But regardless of the weapon why would these men do this: 

The men said they are protecting the store out of respect for the white owner, Doug Merello, who employed them over the course of several years, reports Inquisitr.

“He’s a nice dude, he’s helped us a lot,” said one of the men who identified himself as R.J.

The most amazing thing?  These guys are doing this on their own

The men are not being paid by Merello, nor were any of the others that joined them on-and-off since the rioting began.

We would have been burned to the ground many times over if it weren’t for them,” said Merello.

There are many lessons here worth noting

1.  Looters & rioters are generally cowards:

For all their bravado concerning race, given the choice of torching an unprotected black owned business & risking their skin torching a white owned business our brave looters & rioters will choose the unprotected black owned business every time.

2.  Treating your customers and employees right isn’t just the right thing, it’s the smart thing:

While this piece doesn’t say if any of the guards were currently working for Merello a reuters piece gives more detail:

Merello said he feels deep ties to Ferguson, and if the loyalty of some of his regular customers is any indication, the feeling is mutual.

REPAYING A DEBT

At times, Jordan and his friends were joined on Tuesday night by other men from the neighborhood, also armed. None of the men was getting paid to be there. They said they felt they owed it to Merello, who has employed many of them over the years and treats them with respect.

This isn’t just a case of people protecting their current jobs, they considered a debt of gratitude.  If he was a dishonorable man he would be making an insurance claim right now.

3.  Friendship trumps ideology:

There is nothing in either of these pieces indicated what either the owner or the guards think about either Michael Brown or Darren Wilson.  They might think the decision was a travesty of justice, they might think Brown was a thug or Wilson is a murderer (or both as they are not mutually exclusive) but none of that mattered, their friend was in trouble and the politics of the issue had no bearing.

4.  The 2nd amendment works wonders:

If this was Washington DC or Chicago this gas station and store would be a pile of ashes because these men would not have been armed and if our friends on the left had their way they would be.

Perhaps rather than deploying the national guard local businesses should have hired a few people with a shotgun or two.

Expect this story to get very little play in the MSM, as it attacks one of their cherished memes

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Paulie could do anything. Especially run up bills on the joint’s credit. And why not? Nobody’s gonna pay for it anyway. And as soon as the deliveries are made in the front door, you move the stuff out the back and sell it at a discount. You take a two hundred dollar case of booze and you sell it for a hundred. It doesn’t matter. It’s all profit.

Good Fellas 1990

Always pay the government first. In a dispute people have to sue to get things from you, the government can seize your assets first and you have to sue to get them back.

My mother on running a business

One of the incentives of an underground economy are the savings for all involved.

The business saves the money on taxes as they do not claim an employee on the books, they don’t have to worry about the various rules for them and if an employee is here illegally or on welfare he doesn’t have to worry about retaliation since as he can always choose to contact immigration or the welfare office to report to turn him or her in if they so choose.

Meanwhile on the other end of the coin the employee gets cash, no taxes, no social security, no medicare taken out. This means that even if paid “less” he is taking home more than an on the books employee or someone on a 1099. if such a person is on welfare of some sort, this unclaimed money doesn’t count against their benefits meaning an even larger income. this gives a competitive advantage for employment over a person working legally.

The bottom line is that is you have an employee & an employer willing to break the rules all the incentives are for both to do so.

And that brings us to the new Obama Amnesty.

While a person might suddenly not be eligible for deportation thanks to Amnesty that doesn’t give them blanket protection on every law they might have broken while underground.

Did they carry the insurance they legally needed to carry, did they report all illegal income? Were they working under the table? Nothing in the amnesty declaration immunizes them or their employers from the penalties and fines for violating any other rules and laws.

Furthermore as people under amnesty they will likely be under scrutiny, they will need to make sure all laws are being obeyed to protect themselves from losing the Amnesty granted. This means working on the books and completely above-board, and that means that the continued flood of illegal immigrants and the current crop that didn’t get amnesty suddenly have a competitive advantage over you in terms of employment.

Now mind you I’m a big believer in doing things above-board, I took my mother’s advice to heart and every penny from DaTipJar to the occasional cash tip jar hit in person is and remains on the books.

But for those who benefited from an underground economy the discovery that rights also come with responsibilities will be a revelation.

I can’t wait to see the end result.

By A.P. Dillon

The rising of the oceans was supposed to slow.
The planet was supposed to heal.
We were promised flying cars…

Yes we can!

On this Thanksgiving Day, we’re supposed to take stock of how blessed we are. We’re supposed to be thankful for our health, for our families and for what we have. Sadly, some in our nation are thankful’ for what they took from others through an abused definition of ‘justice’.

‘Mostly peaceful’ protests, except for those who were injured or  wounded.

This is why we cannot have nice things. These tweets contain a scant few of the images and video captured. Twitter is littered with them.

Burning cars, burning and looting stores, tear gas, rioting.   I hope the mainstream media is pleased with themselves.  Coverage I watched for a brief time was borderline glee filled.

That sentiment of being pleased with themselves goes double for the shameless media attention seekers like the North Carolina based ‘Moral Monday’.  Nice job pulling stunts like at Wal-Mart stores.

What does Wal-mart have to do with this? How is this seeking justice exactly? How is this ‘moral’?  It’s not. It’s exploitation of a situation.

How many of the ‘peaceful’ protesters were among those cleaning up the next day?

How many of the media who circled like vultures put down their cameras and picking up brooms?

Take heart. All is not lost, as evidenced by those who did come out the next morning to clean up in Ferguson and elsewhere. Volunteers even came out to the Cake shop from the tweet above and helped the owner get things back in order.

This Thanksgiving, we should be thankful citizens like those cleaning up in Ferguson exist.  Perhaps, by cleaning up yet again, they are the ones truly protesting.

 

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