INSPIRATIONAL: Jimmy Stewart’s agony

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3825552/Jimmy-Stewart-suffered-extreme-PTSD-lost-130-men-fighter-pilot-WW-II-acted-anguish-filming-s-Wonderful-Life.html

EXCLUSIVE: How Jimmy Stewart’s agony in It’s a Wonderful Life came from extreme PTSD he suffered after he lost 130 of his men as fighter pilot in WWII

  • Actor Jimmy Stewart was haunted by his memories from his time in the Air Force and suffered from PTSD when he returned from World War II
  • Stewart wrestled with the guilt of killing civilians in bomb raids over France and Germany and felt responsible for the death of his comrades
  • Stewart never talked about his struggles and bottled up his emotions
  • But they came out when acting parts he chose when he returned to Hollywood
  • He tapped into his emotional distress during filming of  It’s a Wonderful Life, where his character George Bailey unravels in front of his family
  • Stewart’s anguish is laid bare for the first time in Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the fight for Europe by author Robert Matzen

By DAN BATES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:18 EST, 6 October 2016 | UPDATED: 02:46 EST, 7 October 2016

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It’s hard to imagine a better kept secret. Maybe a better kept secret was that all the romantic leads in 50’s Hollywood were gay or sex creeps.

Argh!

Bombing civilians is crushing burden. We see something similar from today’s drone pilots. 

Argh!

What can we do? Stop killing civilians? Stop get involved in other people’s business? MYOB as a foreign policy. 

Maybe some day we will learn. 

Dona Nobis Pacem

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INSPIRATIONAL: Mother Teresa, the voiceless unborn child was truly the “poorest of the poor”

Thursday, September 8, 2016

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/09/03/why-the-left-hates-mother-teresa-of-calcutta/

Why the Left Hates Mother Teresa of Calcutta
by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
03 Sep 20162

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As the world awaits Mother Teresa’s canonization Sunday, one mystery remains: why the international Left still harbors such hatred for a diminutive religious sister who spent her entire life serving the poorest of the poor.

After all, with her inexhaustible dedication to alleviating poverty and assisting the needy, Mother Teresa should be an icon of liberals the world over. Instead, we find that the Left showers her not with affection and praise, but with scorn and disdain.

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For Mother Teresa, the voiceless unborn child was truly the “poorest of the poor,” who deserves our undying respect and protection.

In her acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, for instance, she dared to say, “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing – direct murder by the mother herself.”

At the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994, the politically incorrect sister told then-President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary that abortion is a “war against the child.”

“And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” the nun continued.

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“I see Jesus in every human being,” she said. “I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.”

Despite her spiritual motivations, however, Mother Teresa was an avowed enemy of proselytism in her work with the poor. She offered love and assistance to all, without ever making conversion a condition or even an aim of her care.

“We never try to convert those whom we receive to Christianity,” she said, “but in our work we bear witness to the love of God’s presence, and if Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, or agnostics become for this better men—simply better—we will be satisfied.”

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As a little L libertarian, the “issue” of abortion is probably the hardest to deal with.

From a survival of the species, abortion is the suicide of the species. I can’t think of a bigger signal flashing “danger will rogers” to us all. How can we plow through that big STOP sign. Look at Japan and Europe that are not replacing their populations.

From a moral perspective, if there is a right to life, then how can we ignore these babies in the womb.

Of course, it’s not just enough to wring one’s hand about abortion and forget about children the minute they are born into terrible poverty. Unfortunately, the current system stinks.

Hopefully, we can all have a little Mother Teresa in our daily lives.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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INSPIRATIONAL: Children are undervalued

Thursday, May 12, 2016

http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/teen-makes-stellar-discovery-previously-unknown-maya-city-005856?nopaging=1

9 MAY, 2016 – 22:03 MARILO
Teen Makes Stellar Discovery of Previously Unknown Maya City

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William Gadoury, a 15 year-old Canadian from Quebec, has revolutionized the academic world by using ingenious reasoning to discover a previously unknown Maya city. Based on his own theory – that the Maya chose the location of their cities following constellations, he realized that there must be another undiscovered city in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Satellite images of the area have confirmed his hypothesis.

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“Children will no longer waste the first 25 years of their lives. Adults will no longer be tossed on the rubbish pile for the last 50 years of their life.”  — CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 370

Here’s an excellent example of the waste of human resources.

Sorry, that it’s a sad fact. We went from “child labor” to complete insanity. At least, “child labor” made economic sense in a subsistence economy. (That’s why the USA imposing its social mores on Third World countries with sub-subsistence economies is not understandable!)

There has to be a better compromise!

Like Sheldon on #TBBT, we have to figure out a way to “exploit” the talent that is going to waste.

Argh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Ev’s cardiologist wrote a book

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Alone in the World: Stories of Complex Human Relationships

“My world crumbled, a stable, happy and peaceful life disintegrated in to millions of pieces- from a man I became a patient”. These were the words of one of my patients who suffered an unexpected heart attack.

The pain and sadness hidden in these words permeated into the core of my consciousness and my professional evolution- from a physician to a healer began. The Hippocratic Oath is taken by all physicians. In the original form, it requires a new physician to swear by a number of healing gods. The concept of healing is deeply embedded in the Hippocratic Oath.

This book reflects my journey to help patients heal from the ravages of disease.

About the Author

Ashok Kumar, M.D., is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and a clinical cardiologist at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He lives with his wife and is in private practice with his daughter who is also a cardiologist.

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He’s a great guy. He told me that he’s donating all the profits.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Climate Scientists don’t really understand the mechanics of what happens

Saturday, March 19, 2016

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-613-climate-change-what-does-science-really-say/

Ep. 613 Climate Change: What Does Science Really Say?
9th March 2016
Tom Woods

To call any aspect of the climate change orthodoxy into question is to risk being condemned as “anti-science.” But are the arguments and computer models of the so-called mainstream really so rock solid?

About the GuestChip Knappenberger is assistant director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute. He has over 20 years of experience in climate research and public outreach, and has published numerous papers in the major atmospheric science journals on global warming, hurricanes, precipitation changes, weather and mortality, and Greenland ice melt, among many other areas.

Articles Mentioned
“The Case against a Carbon Tax,” by Chip Knappenberger, Robert Murphy, and Patrick J. Michaels
“Climate Models and Climate Reality: A Closer Look at a Lukewarming World,” by Patrick J. Michaels and Chip Knappenberger

Guest’s Links
Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute
Chip’s Cato page (with his writings)

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What I found interesting was the following points:

  • Politicians and bureaucrats want a crisis; even if it’s not understood.
  • Media hypes the outrageous “solutions” aka “it bleeds, it leads”.
  • It’s a good possibility that the activities of man influences local weather. Maybe even global climate.
  • Warming maybe a good thing for humanity (i.e., wine grapes in England; farms in Greenland; a thriving Roman Empire).
  • It may be a 100 years before the sea level rises 18 inches. Humanity adapts to all sorts of “stuff”.
  • Can’t do much to deprive poor people of electricity which is carbon based.
  • Maybe radical “solutions” aren’t needed.
  • Climate Scientists don’t really understand the mechanics of what happens.

What I found inspirational was the quiet reasoned discourse about a controversial subject without rancor. I found that I could accept this. Probably because it was reasonable and reasoned. 

YMMV.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Peyton Manning — hero or villain

Saturday, February 27, 2016

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/02/william-l-anderson/media-driven-character-assassination/

Narratives, Nonsense, and Media-Driven Character Assassination: The Manning Saga Continues
By William L. Anderson
February 22, 2016

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Let us step back and look at the big picture. Two weeks ago, Peyton Manning achieved what no one believed was possible just a few months ago. He was badly injured and was benched for backup Brock Osweiler, and most observers had concluded that Manning was finished.

When Manning’s injuries had healed enough for him to return to practice, he took snaps with the scout team, which also is known as a “practice squad” or the “taxi squad.” (These are players who are not on the roster and do not play in games. Their purpose is to help the players on the regular team get ready for games.

Many quarterbacks, and especially future hall-of-famers, would have refused such duty and would have wreaked havoc with the coaching staff. Manning quietly did what was needed, even though such a demotion would have been truly humiliating. However, in the last regular-season game against the San Diego Chargers, Osweiler faltered and Manning came in and led his team to victory.

He then played all the snaps for the two playoff games and the Super Bowl. Manning, who at 39 is the oldest quarterback ever to have won a Super Bowl, was not spectacular and he certainly was not the Peyton Manning of even two years ago, but the Denver Broncos won and that was all that mattered. At least then.

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I’m not sure I’ve seen or heard enough to convict the man of anything other than some bad commercials.

The “media” certainly doesn’t have as much credibility as he does.

So, until there’s some “evidence”, it’s innocent until PROVEN guilty. 

And, not by some witch hunt in the media.

Although, the National Enquirer did unmask John Edwards and TMZ did the same for Ray Rice and some other woman beaters.

So there is an investigative media out there; it’s just not in the mainstream newspapers or TV.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Alabama / Clemson game last night was stunning

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Alabama’s Nick Saban makes his case as greatest coach in college football history

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/14553660/alabama-nick-saban-makes-case-greatest-coach-college-football-history

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I watched that game and it was a great one.

Unlike the Cincinnati Begals game, BOTH teams showed great discipline. Especially in the late Fourth Quarter.

The issue was settled when Alabama had an 11 point lead, but they couldn’t sit on it. Clemson was competitive.

Bottom line: Alabama’s onside kick worked and Clemson’s didn’t.

The difference? Alabama did it when it was not expected.

I thought the Alabama use of the Tight End was devastating. The game plan must have been thought up by a trickster. 

Great game by both teams. Shame someone had to lose. Made you see why they were #1 and #2.

Well done. Great TV.

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