My grand daughter, Ariel, wanted to start podcasting; and I thought it might be a good thing, so I had her record something and I set up her pod-o-matic site and uploaded it for her. There is more music than there is of Ariel; but at this point that is probably a good thing. haha Give it a listen if you have time--it won't hurt too much, I promise.
"There was an important job to be done and EVERYBODY was sure that SOMEBODY would do it. ANYBODY could have done it, but NOBODY did it. Now SOMEBODY got angry about that because it was EVERYBODY'S job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it, but NOBODY realized that EVERYBODY wouldn't do it. It ended up that EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done!"
How many people suffer and perish because NOBODY does what EVERYBODY has been commanded to do?
How many people will be denied the freedoms that God intended for all men because NOBODY will do what SOMEBODY should do?
How many nations will fail because EVERYBODY keeps waiting for SOMEBODY to do what EVERYBODY ought to be doing?
By the very witness
Of his spirit,
The Infinite about him;
And within him:
He thinks not
Of walls and limits;
Until he feels them,
And is stopped by them.
That things are finite,
By our senses;
Infinity we know,
Deep in our spirit,
And feel it
As if it were,
The very essence
Of all life,
Driving through the storms;
My wits hover,
In the consciousness
Of His loving presence;
And all unrest is soothed:
The heaving ocean,
Lodged high in my throat;
Is as an untroubled bayou;
Charmed, and glistening,
In the evening sun.
Or sometimes I just load up
my headphones and do a podcast:
Just a few words on the storms;
on our Fearless Leader's declaration
to Israel on its borders; and on
the non-rapture event; or the rapture
non-event, as you wish.
Also; I do seem to be having a bit
of a static problem in the early
portion of the podcast; I trust it
is not too bothersome. I may need
to invest in a better portable
Zeph has predicted in the past; and repeated to me again last week; that states would soon start emptying their prisons due to budgetary issues. Well, perhaps this story is the beginning of things to come.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars.
The court said in a 5-4 decision that the reduction is "required by the Constitution" to correct longstanding violations of inmates' rights. The order mandates a prison population of no more than 110,000 inmates, still far above the system's designed capacity.
There are more than 142,000 inmates in the state's 33 adult prisons, meaning roughly 32,000 inmates will need to be transferred to other jurisdictions or released.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, a California native, wrote the majority opinion, in which he included photos of severe overcrowding. The court's four Democratic appointees joined with Kennedy.
"The violations have persisted for years. They remain uncorrected," Kennedy said. The lawsuit challenging the provision of mental health care was filed in 1990.
Justice Antonin Scalia said in dissent that the court order is "perhaps the most radical injunction issued by a court in our nation's history."
Scalia, reading his dissent aloud Monday, said it would require the release of "the staggering number of 46,000 convicted felons."
Scalia's number, cited in legal filings, comes from a period in which the prison population was even higher.
Justice Clarence Thomas joined Scalia's opinion, while Justice Samuel Alito wrote a separate dissent for himself and Chief Justice John Roberts.
Michael Bien, one of the lawyers representing inmates in the case, said, "The Supreme Court upheld an extraordinary remedy because conditions were so terrible."
State officials did not immediately comment on the ruling.
Eighteen other states joined California in urging the justices to reject the population order as overreaching. They argued that it poses a threat to public safety. State attorneys general said they could face similar legal challenges.
Alito said he, too, feared that the decision, "like prior prisoner release orders, will lead to a grim roster of victims. I hope that I am wrong. In a few years, we will see."
The California dispute is the first high court case that reviewed a prisoner release order under a 1996 federal law that made it much harder for inmates to challenge prison conditions.
The case revolves around inadequate mental and physical health care in a state prison system that in 2009 averaged nearly a death a week that might have been prevented or delayed with better medical care.
The facilities were designed to hold about 80,000 inmates.
The state has protested a court order to cut the population to around 110,000 inmates within two years, but also has taken steps to meet, if not exceed, that target. Kennedy said the state also could ask the lower court for more time to reach the 110,000-inmate target.
Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that would reduce the prison population by about 40,000 inmates by transferring many low-level offenders to county jurisdiction. The state legislature has yet to authorize any money for the transfer.
A person appointed by federal judges now oversees prison medical operations, but the judges have said the key to improving health care is to reduce the number of inmates.
At the peak of the overcrowding, nearly 20,000 inmates were living in makeshift housing in gymnasiums and other common areas, often sleeping in bunks stacked three high. Another 10,000 inmates were in firefighting camps or private lockups within California.
In 2006, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his emergency powers to begin shipping inmates to private prisons in Arizona, Mississippi and Oklahoma. More than 10,000 California inmates are now housed in private prisons out of state.
Schwarzenegger also sought to reduce the inmate population by signing legislation that increased early release credits and made it more difficult to send ex-convicts back to prison for parole violations. Another law rewards county probation departments for keeping criminals out of state prisons.
One result of those changes is that the state has been able to do away with nearly two-thirds of its makeshift beds, although more than 7,000 inmates remain in temporary housing.
LONDON — Police scrambled helicopters and ordered tranquilizers to hunt what they feared was an escaped wild animal in southern England — but found that the tiger was a toy.
Hampshire Police say they responded after several residents called in to say they'd seen a white tiger in a field near a golf course in Hedge End, near the English coastal city of Southampton.
A tongue-in-cheek recorded message posted to the force's media line said that after "a brief stalk through the Hedge End savannah ... it became obvious that the tiger was a stuffed, life-sized toy."
A second message posted on Sunday emphasized police had a duty to take such sightings seriously. As for the renegade tiger, "it's being treated as lost property."
Victoria Climbie died in 2000 in one of Britain's worst child abuse cases
Hundreds of witchcraft abuse cases are going unreported across the country each year, it has been revealed.
Officials believe child protection officers are only tipped off in the most extreme cases when a child's life has been put in danger.
Just 38 cases have been reported in the last five years - and it is feared that they represent just the tip of the iceberg.
Hundreds of children may be left to starve, beaten and having chili rubbed into their eyes.
Youngsters born with physical and mental difficulties are most at risk from abuse.
Relatives often believe that the children are 'possessed' and the torture is carried out as a form of exorcism.
Extreme evangelical Christian churches - most prevalent in the Democratic Republic of Congo - have grown significantly in recent years and their influence is thought to have spread to groups in the UK.
A decade ago the death of Victoria Climbie suffered appalling injuries at the hands of her aunt and boyfriend who believed she was possessed by the devil, sparking huge public anger.
The eight-year-old had 128 injuries on her body in a case described by a pathologist as one of the worst ever child abuse cases.
Notorious: The Adjo Victoria Climbie case a decade ago sparked huge public anger and an independent inquiry
She tied up, hit with bike chains and attacked with lighted cigarettes.
As officials try to combat the extreme beliefs, social services have been issued with a new set of guidelines to help them deal with youngsters from religious and ethnic minority backgrounds who could suffer abuse, The Times revealed.
The Metropolitan Police are working on their scheme to deal with religious-based child abuse to place extra emphasis on dealing with tackling witchcraft and abuse.
Witchcraft is most often found in the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding countries.
Romain Matondo, who works at the safeguarding children programme at the Congolese Family Centre, north London, said often it is not biological parents who are the abusers.
He told The Times: 'At first maybe it is swearing and shouting at the child, what we would call emotional abuse.
'But if there is church involvement, it sometimes means it doesn't stop there, but becomes physical and very violent as the church tries to get rid of the evil spirit.'
He added that children can be slapped, starved or beaten with spoons all to get the spirit out.
A report yesterday revealed that it is the poorest children that are most at risk of beind told they are 'possessed' because relatives are more likely to be influenced by faith leaders.
Four goats have been cruelly slaughtered in a village, raising fears of ‘satanic rituals’.
The animals were killed within a few days of each other, either with their heads twisted backwards or their throats cut.
The horned goat is a symbol in the occult, intended to mock the image of Jesus as the ‘lamb’ who died for Man’s sins, after a reference in the Bible to the obedient sheep being separated from the unruly, non-believing goats.
Retired farmer Jimmy Small, 66, who lost two of his goats to the killer in Tipton St John, Devon, said: ‘The whole village is up in arms over what is happening.
‘Everyone is talking about it and locals are keeping their eyes open. I recognise it could have something to do with the occult. What sort of people could do this?’
Mr Small lives alone and had kept his goats, Blacky and Anita, as pets for about seven years.
He said: ‘I found Blacky dead first with his neck twisted back, just before Easter. Then two days later Anita was lying dead in exactly the same spot.
‘It has to be some kind of ritual, otherwise it is too much of a coincidence. Who could kill a defenceless animal? Mine were really roughed up, they had definitely been kicked about.
Survivor: Mr Small has just one goat left after two of his other pets were killed
‘They were lovely animals and I miss them so much. It’s heartbreaking. I have one goat left now, and have moved her into a field right outside my house so I can keep an eye on her. We clearly have a maniac on the loose here.’
Mr Small has lived in Tipton St John all his life and said he had never seen anything like this before. The other killings happened at a smallholding 300 yards away.
The owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘I found two of my goats dead within 48 hours of each other.
‘When I told my vet he advised me to read a book on the occult. He seems to think the way the goats were killed and because they were horned, it may have something to do with satanic ritual.
‘The first animal I lost was Gremlin, who I found with his head twisted back.
‘At first I thought it was a bizarre accident. The next involved the mother goat, Gladys. We found her the day after Easter Monday with her throat cut from ear to ear.
‘The body had been dragged to the same spot where the other goat was found. I have had to move my remaining goat, Goblin, to a secret location after the death of its mother and brother.
‘I’m devastated. They were so adorable, children used to come and pet them, but since it happened I go to bed every night thinking about them.
‘It’s a satanic thing, I’m sure of it. All this is spoiling our lives.’
Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed they were investigating the killings.
The prophet fulminates a bitter proclamation:
Abandonment of the reprobate,
A famine of the Word;
Across the land,
A thick and heavy darkness.
None shall come to them:
No prophet; no counselor;
No faithful reprover;
None to point the way to salvation;
No one to assure of the mercy of God.
Deprived of His forebearing grace,
They disquiet themselves
And make a great noise;
Yet, in vain will their howling rend the air,
For He hath forbidden the upright
To return even nigh unto them.
In vain shall they bite the bridle,
And torment shall be their companion.
He will not suffer them to hear what they ought;
But to pine away in their evils;
Without remedy.......without hope:
The severest of God's judgments
On this side of the worm that never dieth,
And the fire that is never quenched.
MEDFORD — After three late-night escape attempts from an Oregon veterinarian's office, a German shepherd named Jack finally made it.
The Medford Mail Tribune reports the crafty canine managed to pull open his kennel, trip the dead bolt on the clinic's back door and pull down the handle to get outside.
He set off three motion-detector alarms on the way and managed to rip open four bags of food.
The dog roamed seven miles from the vet's office, but only made it home when animal control officers took him to a shelter where he was reunited with his worried family.
A veterinarian calls the dog's recovery from flulike symptoms "impressive."
With vivid flashes,
Of Life, and Truth,
His words invade
Rousing us, with
The sharp stings
Of His Light,
To will our waking;
To arise from death,
And cry aloud for
The Fires of Dawn,
Which He alone,
As the hearth is full
Of light and warmth;
As the morning crocus
Is soaked in dew;
So the rejoicing earth.
Is filled with His
Love and mercy:
As I meander, aimlessly,
Through the fields,
And stop to rest
Under an inviting maple;
Everywhere I survey,
Do I see the signature
Of a loving Hand;
And almost, as it were,
The smile of God,
Cast across the light,
Of the flowers dancing
Upon the Grass.