Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I'M JUST SAYIN'........

Douglas Laycock, Professor of Constitutional Law at the U of Virginia, said it: January 11th's Supreme Court decision holding that ministers cannot sue their churches for employment discrimination was a huge win for religious liberty. It was unanimous, it was sweeping and it was unqualified. This decision was about separation of church and state in its most fundamental sense. Churches do not run the government, select government leaders, or set criteria for choosing government leaders. And government does not run the churches, select religious leaders, or set criteria for choosing religious leaders. The Court unanimously reaffirmed that principle on January 11.

From “ – Intelligent Life on the Web” comes this helpful hint: "One of the simplest and effective ways to whiten teeth with baking soda is to mix with a small amount of salt. Mix about 3 teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of table salt and then gently apply the mixture on your teeth. This homemade tooth powder can help you to get rid of stains from your teeth.” The article doesn’t say that after brushing your teeth with this powder, rinse your mouth properly with clean water and don’t swallow it!


A doctor says: “ Even though families witness their loved one growing increasing ill, few physicians feel comfortable confirming the unthinkable: that Mom will not walk again, Dad will not wake-up again, Jimmy will never fish, laugh or say “I love you” again. In many ways, doctors skirt around the big picture, preferring to emphasize issues that can be controlled. This translates into physicians sharing only small pieces of information, such as “We have corrected her magnesium level” or “the tumor has shrunk by 14%.”

In an article entitled “Are Mormon’s Christian? It’s complicated” writer Daniel Burke offers this: According to “The Atlas of Global Christianity,” there are 41,000 Christian denominations. No definition of Christianity could encompass their doctrinal diversity, said Martin Marty, an emeritus professor at the U of Chicago Divinity School. “I wish there was some official place where you could determine who’s in and who’s out, but there’s not. No one can speak for all of Christianity in all its nuances." The atlas lists Mormonism as a “marginal” Christian group, along with Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, primarily because it deviates from traditional Christian teachings on Jesus and claims sources of revelation beyond the Bible.

A brochure from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) suggests prior to an emergency, which in our area might be either an earthquake or a wildfire, plan how your family will stay in contact if separated by disaster:

A. Pick two meeting places:
1) a location a safe distance from your home in case of fire, and 2) a place outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home.
B. Choose an out-of-state friend as a “check-in-contact” for everyone to call.

Even if you haven’t make yourself a Emergency Disaster kit, you can easily do this. It’s important.


Jack Wafer Appetizers: Arrange ½-inch squares of
¼-inch-thick jack cheese well apart on a baking sheet generously treated witih nonstick spray. Bake in a 350 degree oven until bubbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Cool just until set, then lift off.

I'm just sayin'............

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