The US Army spent $125 million its Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program and its controversial “Spiritual Fitness” test, a mandatory test that must be taken by all soldiers. The term “Spiritual Fitness” is not limited to this one test. The military began using this term to describe a variety of initiatives and events towards the end of 2006, and this ‘code phrase’ for promoting religion was heavily in use by all branches of the military by 2007.
In addition, approximately $800,000 has been spent to far on contracts awarded to Christian talent agencies and bands for the US Army’s “Commanding General’s Spiritual Fitness Concert Series.”
Didn’t the Constitution say something about the government not establishing a religion? Perhaps the Constitution’s prohibition does not apply to “spiritual fitness.”
TODAY’S NEWS FROM AMERICA:
Suburbia: A new report from “Strong Towns” a development think tank states that the first generation of Suburbia was built on and maintained by savings and investment, but the second was built and maintained by borrowing tons of money. We are now in the third generation we are out of savings and investment and easy money, now what do we do?
They also point out that in every case they have studied the useful life of an infrastructure investment paid for by borrowing from the private market was less the time it took to pay back the loans. What this means is that almost every community that invested in infrastructure by borrowing will likely face bankruptcy should growth slow or stop.
Finally the report found that in almost every case where a developer paid for or otherwise donated infrastructure improvements in its development in return for the community to assume responsibility for operation and maintenance of the improvements eventually required a tax increase to pay for the maintenance.
It used to be that in embarking on an infrastructure project the costs for operation and maintenance were budgeted for. One of the centerpieces of the Reagan Revolution was the abolishing of this practice so that his administration could appear to have cut spending in the budget. Not only did this practice push-off the burden on to to future generations (like ours today) but by masking the true long-term costs it encouraged the orgy or borrowing that marks current Conservative governmental policy world-wide. This was neither traditional liberal nor conservative orthodoxy, but a cynical ploy to obtain and hold power by pandering to the economic élite.
If in comes either to pandering to the rich or pandering to the average person, I know which side of the street I would prefer my elected politician to set up his crib.
POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN CALIFORNIA:
I suspect my time here in the United States may be shorter than I planned. In addition to visiting friends and family and medical checkups and the like, my plans also had included minding and tutoring Hayden while his mother, SWAC, travels on another junket. I have recently learned that she has decided to park him with her newest male maid during her absence so that allocation of time for my visit appears be unnecessary.
On the other hand, although I will undoubtedly be sad at the passing of my relationship with someone I cared about, I can now concentrate on those friends and relations that have been so indulgent with me.
Having not had much opportunity to exercise these past few days, I walked the eight mile round trip to have dinner with my son Jason, his wife Hiromi and my lovable granddaughter Amanda. I plan to take Amanda with me on Sunday to view the entertainment of Fleet Week including the Blue Angels air show.
PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:
JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:
Chapter: Blackhawk Down (cont.)
“Gods providence moves all things,” intoned Reverend Michael.
“I’d also like thank you Harry for taking time out from your duties as a Guardians of the Disciples to join us today. Your work is essential to rooting our the cancer of liberals and progressives that is killing our nation. Their lethal ideological radiation is poisoning us and our children and must be stopped.”
He glanced from one to the other then looked down for a moment then raised his head and continued, “This demonic which hunt by the liberals in congress and the administration must not interfere with our plans to pave the way for the second coming. We must stop them and even resort to violence if necessary. I know that you understand that and know what needs to be done.”
“Yes we do,” said Harry. “I and the other Guardians have worked hard to prepare ourselves for the struggle.”
“I know you have,” Reverend Michael responded.
He then shook his head slowly and continued, “God is displeased with America for its pride and arrogance, for killing 40 million unborn babies, for the universality of profanity and for other forms of immorality. We need to accept the truth that this nation will suffer in many ways for departing from the principles of righteousness. ‘The wages of sin is death,’ as it says in Romans 6, both for individuals and for entire cultures.”
He then slowly rose from his chair and said to them, “You both know what needs to be done. I will leave you to you planning.”
He stopped and smiled and said, “Congressman Reffo and Congressman Cantor are waiting for me at the first tee. Sadly one is member of the Catholic Church, ‘The Great Whore,’ ‘apostate church,’ and the other a Jew, one of those no longer spiritually alive whom God sent Hitler to hunt down in preparation for the second coming. But, they support much of our mission. Perhaps some-day God will see fit for them to see his light and leave their cult systems and join us.”
He then walked toward the door and when he reached it he turned and said with a serious expression on his face, “You know, of course, that golf is the devils own game.”
They all chuckled as he turned, opened the door, hesitated a moment and looking back over his shoulder said to the two men, “I also think it is time we rid ourselves of that abomination.” He then went out and closed the door.
a. I didn’t know that (from Phillip):
Q: Why do ships and aircraft use ‘Mayday’ as their call for help?
A: This comes from the French word m’aidez, meaning ‘help me’ — and is pronounced, approximately, ‘Mayday.’
b. Yiddish for the beginner:
latke: potato pancake, especially during Hanukkah.
Litvak: a Lithuanian Jew.
lox: smoked salmon.
macher: big shot, important person. mamzer: bastard.
maven: expert; when used in a negative sense: a know-it-all. mazel: luck.
Mazal Tov: congratulations!
megillah: a tediously detailed discourse.
mensch: an upright man; a decent human being.
meshuga, also meshugge, meshugah, meshuggah: crazy.
c. From God’s Mouth to your ears:
“Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.”
All too often, God shows that he can be a real asshole.
d. Human “Fingerprints” on Recent Climate Change:
e. Testosterone Chronicles:
The word “penis” is taken from the Latin word for “tail.” Some derive that from Indo-European *pesnis, and the Greek word πέος = “penis” from Indo-European *pesos. Prior to the adoption of the Latin word in English the penis was referred to as a “yard”. The Oxford English Dictionary cites an example of the word yard used in this sense from 1379, and notes that in his Physical Dictionary of 1684, Steven Blankaart defined the word penis as “the Yard, made up of two nervous Bodies, the Channel, Nut, Skin, and Fore-skin, etc.”
This item made me nervous. If it made anyone else nervous also, should we two be referred to as a Yard or a penis? Can two anxious women be called a penis? Am I misreading Blankaart or trying to be funny and failing? What does this have to do with testosterone? Testosterone is a hormone primarily found in men and generally revealed through his obsession with the size of his and other men’s Yards. Today I am suffering from an attack of testosterone poisoning.
f. Department of abasement, apology and correction:
It was pointed out to me that Steve Jobs natural parents were married when they gave him up for adoption. I apologize for the mis-information.
“A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”
— Mark Twain
(Thanks to Cordt for sharing this on Facebook)
Where is the press’ so-called ‘liberal’ bias?