Friday, November 20, 2009

Good Christian Jokes







The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving

Snopes says all about Irena is true.

Irena Sendler

There recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena. During WWII Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an 'ulterior motive' .. She KNEW what the Nazis' plans were for the Jews.

Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack (for larger kids). She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids'/infants' noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was caught, and the Nazis broke both her legs, arms and beat her savagely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize ... She was not selected.

Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Alternative medicine

It's impossible to get mainstream healthcare (unless it's a real emergency) in this province, so I've decided to go the alternative health care route. Okay, that's not the only reason, I also really prefer natural, less invasive methods to some of the mainstream medical practices. I really appreciated my mid-wife when I had my last child. I will never go back to a hospital for childbrth.

I know a girl who took her son to a chiropractor when he had an earache and it fixed the problem. I'd forgotten that, until I came across something recently written by another woman who regularly takes her daughter to a chiropractor for health care. I decided to look chiropractors and earaches up on the internet and came across this.
Ear pain is the number one reason for child visits to chiropractors. Many chiropractors believe that there is a strong link between the birthing process and recurrent ear infection, also known as otitis media. During the birthing process, cervical (neck) vertebrae can become misaligned, disrupting nerve function, which can affect the eustachian tube. This may lead to fluid buildup in the middle ear and cause otitis media.
Ear infection or otitis media accounts for over 35% of all pediatrician visits in the United States. Antibiotics, the usual treatment, are not always effective and may even lead to a recurrence of ear infections. Many children are dealing with a continuing cycle of repeat ear infections, which lands them back at the pediatrician for more antibiotics. For nearly 100 years, the chiropractic profession has claimed that ear and other upper respiratory infections respond favorably to chiropractic adjustments.
Come to think of it, my midwife, who is also a naturopath, checked Nicolas out after he was born, told me she thought there was a bit of resistance when she turned his neck to one side and recommended an osteopath (similar to chiropractor). Unlike the rest of my children, I don't think Nicolas has ever had an ear infection.

That was enough for me. I decided to go get Dominic checked out by a chiropractor. I'm ready to pay for my kids to get proper treatment. Dominic is also still dealing with a sore back and neck since the accident he had in January, playing soccer, even after seeing a physiotherapist. He has constant headaches, and although he doesn't get sick more often than the others, he seems to get it stronger and it lasts longer. So for all these reasons I also took him. (And they are probably all linked to the same problem)

It turns out that one of Dominic's shoulder blades is higher than the other, which is probably due to bad posture. His spine is straight though.

The root of Dominic's problems lies in a few vertebrae which have been misaligned, in his lower back and in his neck, probably due to his accident earlier this year. This is something the doctor never saw or checked for. And it is something that, (even though going to see the physiotherapist got rid of the muscle spasm and helped a great deal), if not fixed, will continue to be a source of trouble for him for the rest of his life.

The physiotherapist told me Dominic walked like an old man when he first came to see him. It's not normal for a child his age to walk like that and not be able to bend over very far. The chiropractor made a similar comment; "It's not normal for someone his age to hurt that much."

Hopefully with his vertebrae back in order we will start to see a real improvement in his back and for his headaches and earache, and maybe even in the intensity of his colds.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I am so weary

I feel like I am constantly battling, struggling uphill, swimming against the current. I am constantly on people's backs to get their homework done. Gosh it would be sooooo much easier (and quicker) to just do it for them. (But of course I won't because how would they learn?) I tell them a hundred times to do something, and I find out it still isn't done. I can't watch all 5 of them 100% of the time to make sure they are doing what they ought to do. Why do teachers give so much homework to weary parents to do with their children anyway? I never got homework until high school. It didn't kill me not to "be prepared" for high school. I'm sure it made my parents' life easier.

Then I feel like I am constantly battling on every issue out there, vaccines, abortion, euthanasia, marriage, is there no issue I agree with people around me on? I'm so tired. In my brain, in my body, in my soul. I just want to go to bed and not wake up for a year. I don't want to fight anymore. I just want to go live on a desert island far from everyone else.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Freakin' Health System

Gotta love the health system here. We have 4 or 5 drop-in clinics. I have two boys with ear infections right now. I call the clinic closest to home at about 7:45. The message tells me that the clinic is only open at 9:00. So I call back at 9:00.

At 9:00, I get a message telling me that the clinic is compete for today, no spots are available, please call back tomorrow from 8:00.

What the h@#%!!! So I call all the other clinics and they are ALL already full, no spots available! Already all full, at 9:00 am. Where are all the doctors?

Maybe I should just drive the 45 minutes to the border and pay to see an american doctor? It would probably take me less time to drive the 45 minutes, see the doctor and drive back, than to sit in the hospital all day.

It is always pretty much the same, and it must be worse now that everyone is freaking out over H1N1. I don't want to try out the hospital. If you can go there and wait 6 hours in the waiting room wiht no H1N1, I shudder to think what it must be like now. I am so siiiiiiiiick of hearing about H1N1. But that is another story.

It used to be that people would wait until they really need to see a doctor before going because they couldn,t afford it. Now people wait until they really need to go see a doctor because they don't want to spend all day in a waiting room.

I think I will just take the two boys to the health store and continue using the homeopathic stuff, which works well normally. Dominic's doesn't seem to be going away though... But to be honest, we haven't been consistent enough with the drops.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Dogs.... (sigh) hopeless things


Gay Catholic priest getting married

http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/canada/2009/11/12/11718161-sun.html
"There will be Catholics who feel, because of their lack of understanding, that this is a very wrong thing and therefore will not be pleased," Clemens said. "But those are consequences we have to be willing to deal with because we feel strongly about the issue at hand, which is the right to be able to enter into same-sex marriages."

Umm... if you are a priest, you have sworn celibacy, whether you are homosexual or heterosexual. The Catholic Church does NOT marry priests, either to a heterosexual partner nor a homosexual partner. It also does not recognize homosexual marriage. So this doesn't make for a very valid marriage. This is one of those situations, like the female "catholic" priests, who think they are both catholic and priests at once. Just because you decide that you were going to be, doesn't mean it is so.

You can be "married" but it certainly isn't a catholic wedding. Not if you're still a priest, and not if you're married to someone of the same sex. In much the same way, I can make myself Prime Minister of Canada, if I want, but if noone else recognizes me as Prime Minister, it just makes me a wannabe.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lecture d'aujourd'hui

Livre de la Sagesse 13,1-9.

Ils sont foncièrement insensés, tous ces hommes qui en sont venus à ignorer Dieu : à partir de ce qu'ils voient de bon, ils n'ont pas été capables de connaître Celui qui est ; en examinant ses oeuvres, ils n'ont pas reconnu l'Artisan. Mais c'est le feu, le vent, la brise légère, la ronde des étoiles, la violence des flots, les luminaires du ciel, gouverneurs du monde, qu'ils ont regardés comme des dieux. S'ils les ont pris pour des dieux à cause de la beauté qui les a charmés, ils doivent savoir combien le Maître de ces choses leur est supérieur, car l'Auteur même de la beauté est leur créateur. Et s'ils les ont pris pour des dieux à cause de la puissance et de l'efficacité qui les ont frappés, ils doivent comprendre à partir de ces choses combien Celui qui les a faites est plus puissant. Car la grandeur et la beauté des créatures font, par analogie, découvrir leur Auteur. Et pourtant, ces hommes ne méritent qu'un blâme léger ; car ils ne s'égarent peut-être qu'en cherchant Dieu avec le désir de le trouver : ils poursuivent leur recherche en étant plongés au milieu de ses oeuvres, et ils se laissent prendre aux apparences, car ce qui s'offre à leurs yeux est si beau ! Encore une fois, pourtant, ils ne sont pas excusables. S'ils ont poussé la science à un degré tel qu'ils sont capables d'avoir une idée sur le cours éternel des choses, comment n'ont-ils pas découvert plus vite Celui qui en est le Maître ?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Seriously though...

In case it ever comes down to it...

I hereby declare to the world at large my desire to be maintained alive with drink and water, in case I am ever in a coma or become extremely handicapped.

If I have not been responding at all, for a reasonable length of time, and doctors believe me to be already brain dead, and I am on a respirator and machines to keep me alive, then please, by all means, unplug me.

HOWEVER, if I am capable of breathing on my own but unconscious, or conscious and capable of movement, and perhaps even some communication, but unable to feed myself, then please DO NOT starve me to death, nor let me die of thirst! I do not wish to die such an excruciating death, and I wish to be kept alive, in case advances in science permit me to regain some kind of life, or in the case of a coma, I recover consicousness.

Thank you very much.

Ignorant, backwards people like me should be thrown in jail.

I started writing this in my previous post about being backwards, but it got too big. My other post is about how tired I am of even having an opinion. It's not supposed to be about what that opinion is. So I decided to write a new post.

So I'm stupid and backwards because I believe that the right to life of one person is worth more than the right to convenience of another. In no other case, besides abortion, would this be even an issue. The right to life would always win out. Except maybe when it comes to the right to life of severely handicapped or elderly ill people now. They seem to be going the same way as unborn children.

I happen to have rather granola tendencies, and don't automatically believe everything doctors say. I had my last child at home, with a midwife, for example, and I would definitely do it again. So when all the hype over H1N1 came out, I went on the internet to see if anyone else said different. Turns out, a lot of doctors and other people do think it is not a very dangerous disease. I don't plan on getting vaccinated. Go on facebook, on some of the polls and that would make me stupid, not to mention perhaps even a public menace.

I'm against homosexual marriage. First of all, because you have to redefine marriage. So if you redefine marriage to include homosexuals, now we have to find a new word to describe what marriage used to be? Why not just use a new word to describe couplehood in general? Why get married in the first place? The whole point of getting married is to found a family, not to have sex. If sex didn't create children, there would be no need for marriage at all. Which brings us to present-day society, in which contraceptives provide sex with no children, and abortion takes care of the little oops that happen. No need for marriage. And certainly, fewer and fewer people are getting married, not even when they do have children. Add homosexual "marriage" to that, and high divorce rates, and marriage suddenly doesn't mean much anymore at all, other than a temporary (til differences do us part - not death), public commitment between two people.

Marriage used to be a life-long commitment between a male and a female, with the intention of bringing up any children they might have, together in a stable relationship. Marriage used to make the relationship that much more serious and stable. Marriage and fidelity exist to protect the children. Cheating on a spouse doesn't just hurt the spouse, it hurts the children, not to mention the risk of bringing other children into the world outside of the marriage. Divorce hurts children. Growing up in a single-parent home hurts children. These things should be the EXCEPTION not the norm as they are today.

Other than diminishing the sense and good of marriage even more than it has already been since "no-fault" divorce, making homosexual marriage legal automatically makes it illegal to speak out against it, or to say that homosexuality is not good for people. I happen to believe that homosexuals are people suffering from their "condition" for lack of a better word, rather than actually being the fully happy, fulfilled people they claim to be. But in our society, my point of view makes me a homophobe, and I could be sued for hate speech right there.

Funny though, insert alcoholic into that statement and there wouldn't be a problem. Alcoholics have the same tendency to deny they have a problem. But I guess given that alcohol actually impairs your thinking, while homosexuality does not, there is as yet, no alcoholics rights movements. But alcoholism is probably a bad example. It would probably be better to insert bi-polarism into that sentence instead, or something similar. Pedophilism? That would insult the poor homosexuals, yet it is unfortunately very similar. Adults who cannot help but be sexually attracted to children. "It's who they are. They were born that way." Unfortunately for the children, they can't really consent to having sex. My point is, though, even though homosexuals are not criminals (neither are pedophiles, by the way, as long as they are not ACTING on their attractions) if it is socially acceptable and even considered plausible and a GOOD idea for pedophiles to recieve treatment and therapy for their pedophile leanings and perhaps be rid of it, then it should also be plausible for homosexuals to receive treatment and no longer be homsosexual. In fact, I know of a few who have gone that route (despite it being so politically incorrect now) and who are no longer homosexual, and much happier for it. I also know of at least one who wrote somewhere, "If there were a cure for homosexuality, I would be the first to line up." Hence my inpolitically correct opinion that homosexuality is not good for the homosexual. Those who do not wish to be homosexual should not be told to deal with it, embrace it, live it... they should be referred to treatment if they want it. And if one treatment or therapy doesn't work, they should be referred to another. They should have at least the chance to try to be free of it, even if noone can guarantee that they will be.

http://www.peter-ould.net/2009/03/28/sexuality-therapy-and-the-uk/
http://www.amazon.com/Ex-gays-Longitudinal-Religiously-Mediated-Orientation/dp/083082846X/
http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/ex-gay.html
https://livehope.org/
http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=3112


I can't find any non-christian websites that offer that kind of service to homosexuals. The other websites say therapy is only destructive. I don't see how therapy can be destructive, if it is done properly. It may not work, but it shouldn't hurt the person. Also, it seems to really work only (or mostly) if there is a real conversion to God.

Now, I guess that could really diminish the validity of any kind of therapy if the only way for it to work is if you experience conversion to God.

On the other hand, Alcoholics Anonymous works in the same manner, and I don't know what the success rate is, but I definitely know recovered alcoholics who have also experienced conversion through AA.
In my clinical experience over the past twenty years I have witnessed the resolution of the emotional pain which caused homosexual temptations and behavior in several hundred males and females. Their process of healing occurred, first, through insight-oriented psychotherapy to identify the origins of their conflicts and then through the use of forgiveness and Catholic spirituality. Such a treatment approach is similar in ways to the employment of spirituality in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. In fact, major breakthroughs were made in the management of addictive disorders only after a reliance on God was made the cornerstone of the treatment plan. Prior to that time, traditional psychotherapy alone resulted in minimal improvement. The use of Catholic spirituality in the treatment of homosexuality follows a similar pattern. From : http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=3112

So what does that say? Perhaps there are just some things that you need God to get over and noone/nothing else will do. That's an amazing opportunity right there, for homosexuals to be a witness of God's healing power to the rest of us.

A person gets tired

I'm a pretty typical person. I'm not the pillar of fashion, but neither am I frumpy. I enjoy rock and heavy metal as much as I enjoy classical music. I play sports and I taxi my children to soccer practices and games. I love Halloween and Christmas. I don't wear dresses very often, and don't recommend them for ordinary housekeeping. (They tend to get in the way.) I recycle, I prefer to buy large packages rather than individually wrapped packages (reduce), and I even re-use, when I can.

Nothing very extraordinary there. Nothing that would make you think I was "one of those idiot radical conservatives". In fact, with my granola and social justice tendencies, and the fact that I am a Harry Potter fan instead of believing that the books are evil would probably make one think I was more liberal. But I suppose I am one of those backwards thinking radicals.

I am so tired of being the fish that swims against the current. Why do I always have to pick the less popular side of issues? Be it breast-feeding, or vaccines, abortion, euthanasia, homosexual marriage, I feel like I am always at odds with everyone else around me. Why do I bother taking my kids to mass, or even going myself? It would be so much easier to just give up and join the enemy. It would be so much easier to have a "laisser faire" attitude. I'm pretty tolerant. I don't really care what others are doing. But what others are doing is going to eventually have an impact on society and on us. Slavery abolitionists didn't just sit around saying "Well at least I don't have slaves." They took concrete actions to abolish slavery.

Still, I am mentally tired. I don't see any hope. Only the maccabre kind of hope, as in the "culture of death" will eventually kill itself. Should we even try to save a society trying to commit suicide, or should we just stand by and let it die, then pick up the pieces and start over? In my dreams, I see myself exiled in some pro-life, pro-family, society waiting for the rest of the world to just kill itself off. If only we could just divide the world into ethic groups instead of ethnic groups, and everyone could move to the country that best fit their idea of morality. Would be interesting to pit the pro-choice, pro-euthanisia, divorce on demand, sexually liberated country against the pro-life, pro-family one... I wonder which one would have the most problems with drugs and alcohol abuse, high suicide rates, crashing birth rates and aging population, single parent homes, high crime etc...?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009