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ENDNOTE: A very swift torrent, a river rushing down between rocky walls



Emmy Awards In Memoriam Pays Tribute To Leonard Nimoy

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“Picture a very swift torrent, a river rushing down between rocky walls. There is a long, shallow bar of sand and gravel that runs right down the middle of the river. It is under water. You are born and you have to stand on that narrow, submerged bar, where everyone stands. The ones born before you, the ones older than you, are upriver from you. The younger ones stand braced on the bar downriver. And the whole long bar is slowly moving down that river of time, washing away at the upstream end and building up downstream.

“Your time, the time of all your contemporaries, schoolmates, your loves and your adversaries, is that part of the shifting bar on which you stand. And it is crowded at first. You can see the way it thins out, upstream from you. The old ones are washed away and their bodies go swiftly by, like logs in the current. Downstream where the younger ones stand thick, you can see them flounder, lose footing, wash away. Always there is more room where you stand, but always the swift water grows deeper, and you feel the shift of the sand and the gravel under your feet as the river wears it away. Someone looking for a safer place can nudge you off balance, and you are gone. Someone who has stood beside you for a long time gives a forlorn cry and you reach to catch their hand, but the fingertips slide away and they are gone.

“There are the sounds in the rocky gorge, the roar of the water, the shifting, gritty sound of sand and gravel underfoot, the forlorn cries of despair as the nearby ones, and the ones upstream, are taken by the current. Some old ones who stand on a good place, well braced, understanding currents and balance, last a long time. A Churchill, fat cigar atilt, sourly amused at his own endurance and, in the end, indifferent to rivers and the rage of waters. Far downstream from you are the thin, startled cries of the ones who never got planted, never got set, never quite understood the message of the torrent.” — John D. MacDonald

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Doing the Jasper Obits makes me sad.

I hope in the future some time, every story can be captured.

Till then, we just have to do our best.


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ENDNOTE: “This kind of butchery erodes the character of our nation,” Fiorina said


Liberals Accuse Carly Fiorina of ‘Lying’ About Graphic Planned Parenthood Video Description During GOP Debate — but What’s the Full Story?
Sep. 17, 2015 1:15pm
Billy Hallowell

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“I didn’t misspeak … . This kind of butchery erodes the character of our nation,” Fiorina said. ”Rest assured, I have seen the images I talked about last night. Rest assured that human lives are being aborted fully formed in order to harvest body parts.”

David Daleiden, the project lead for the Center for Medical Progress, told TheBlaze in a statement that “the footage in question was from Grantham Collection & Center for Bio-Ethical Reform used to illustrate the first person eye witness testimony of Holly O’Donnell of the barbaric acts committed inside Planned Parenthood abortion facilities.”

“Planned Parenthood and their supporters are afraid to watch and talk about this footage because it shows their illicit baby parts trade for what it really is: the industrial-scale commodification and exploitation of tiny human beings,” Daleiden said.

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From time to time, I’ve watched as much of those videos as I could tolerate.

I think the analogy or comparison to the Nazi “medical experiments” is appropriate.

I don’t understand why there have not been arrests and prosecutions — for murder.


How “planned parenthood” survives this is beyond me?

I feel better about my decision not to contribute to a runner in the Koleman events because of their connection to Planned Parenthood.


Disgusting, barbaric, and revulsion can’t describe my feelings.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: High School Fighting is a symptom of societal breakdown


Parents Stunned by Video of ‘Out of Control’ High School Fight That Sent Houston Campus Officer to the Hospital

Sep. 10, 2015 10:34amDave Urbanski

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The Houston school district officer’s injury landed him in the hospital, KTRK-TV reported.

Parents who watched the video were stunned.

“It’s everywhere, it’s everywhere,” Vernon Johnson told KTRK. “It’s like just one fight and then more, more, more.”

“Yes, it’s out of control,” another parent told the station.

The Houston school district told KTRK that one Bellaire student was charged with resisting arrest. The incident followed a brawl between four girls at another Houston school, Cypress Lakes, just last week.

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The news reporter called them “four young ladies”.

Is he kidding?

Out of control thugs would be more like it.

I’m sure the taxpayers are thrilled to be paying for this.

Gooferment Skrules are really training grounds for Gooferment prisons.


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Parents Stunned by Video of ‘Out of Control’ High School Fight That Sent Houston Campus Officer to the Hospital

ENDNOTE: ALCU forces a Catholic hospital to violate principle


Catholic hospital forced to bow down before ALCU, will perform sterilization – religious freedom dying in the name of convenience
By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

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LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – An unnamed patient recently petitioned Mercy Hospital in Redding, California, to undergo a sterilization procedure after undergoing a C-section birth sometime in late September. The hospital rejected the request, citing ethical directives, the moral teaching of the Catholic Church and natural law. In other words. Participating in the procedure would violate the sincerely-held religious beliefs of the Sisters of Mercy, who run the hospital. The hospital itself is part of the Dignity Health which operates a family of care facilities in Arizona, California and Nevada. 

The patient then retained an attorney who asked the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for help. The ACLU threatened to sue, saying the procedure should be performed because there were no other major medical facilities within easy driving distance of Redding. 

Ultimately, the hospital relented and issued this statement, “What we can share is that in general, it is our practice not to provide sterilization services at Dignity Health’s Catholic facilities in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.  As such, tubal ligations are not performed in Catholic hospitals except on a case-by-case basis where a formal review by a committee of physicians and others gives permission to perform the procedure.”

And that’s it. A Catholic hospital, run by the Sisters of Mercy, has been compelled against their will to perform a morally objectionable procedure or face a major lawsuit that could cost millions and rob many other patients, especially the poor, of the care they desperately need. Capitulation in this case is the lesser of the two evils. 

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Tell me again how the “Secular Progressives” are not in control of your First Amendment rights!

Sorry, but the Church must defend against “the King”.

One doesn’t compromise on principle. If you do, what do you have?

And, then the “Secular Progressive” left will use that as a precident.

No compromise on principles because it’s a slippery slope.

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ENDNOTE: Joe-Sixpack strategy “get small in your hole”


Posted on August 22, 2015 by keywestlou
Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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Market down 530 points friday. Monday will tell if the market was adjusting or we are at the start of another recession. China the culprit. All has to do with oil.

Trump announced 36 thousand for last night’s rally. He had to get a stadium to hold all the people. Turns out the stadium was only half full. Twenty thousand. Still a good number. In fact, an excellent one.

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The market volatility imho is due to China but not the way everyone is pitching it. By disconnecting the Yuan from the US Dollar, China has prepared the way to exit from buying US Treasuries to maintain the value of the Yuan versus other foreign currencies.

I believe that the Wall Street types are realizing that days of the US Dollar as the world’s reserve currency are numbered.

AND, this move puts the FED on the horns of a dilemma.

(a) if the FED raises rates, then the Chinese will not be buying Treasuries in the quantities that they have, the FED will have to buy — like QE3-4-5, and the market will see the flaw.

(b) if the FED does not raise rates, they will admit they are powerless and the “man behind the curtain” will be exposed as “having no clothes” (i.e., the much touted recovery is political propaganda).

Like most of the doomsayers, the best Joe-Sixpack strategy is to “get small in your hole”. Eliminate debt, but real assets, and maintain a widely diversified equity portfolio. Think of Cyprus and Greece as the model for going forward.

We need the “political class” to eliminate the deficit with “real cuts” while paring back the welfare / warfare state. Especially the job killing “regulations”, the Crony Capitalism, and the vast increase in “entitlements”.


Trump & Sanders have tapped into the disgust of Main Street with the professional political class.

Argh squared!!

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ENDNOTE: 1,000 unnecessary deaths a day


Volume 26 · August 10th 2015 · Michael Greger, M.D.
High Blood Pressure May Be a Choice
Eating a diet low enough in sodium (salt) can prevent the rise in hypertension risk as we age.

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But if blood pressures over a hundred are associated with disease, maybe they should be considered abnormal, perhaps caused by our abnormally high salt intake—ten times more than what our bodies were designed to handle. Maybe, if we just ate a natural amount of salt, our blood pressures naturally would not go up with age, and we’d be protected. Of course, to test that theory you’d have to find a population in modern times that doesn’t use salt, or eat processed food, or go out to eat. For that, you’d have to go deep into the Amazon rainforest. Meet the Yanomamo people, a no-salt culture.

Lowest salt intake ever reported, which is to say a normal-for-our-species salt intake. And so, what happens to their blood pressure? They start out with a blood pressure of about 100 over 60 and end up with a blood pressure of about 100 over 60. Though theirs is described as a salt deficient diet, that’s like saying they have a diet deficient in Twinkies. They’re the ones, it seems, eating normal salt intakes apparently leading to truly normal blood pressures. Those in their 50’s have the blood pressure of a 20 year old. What was the percentage of the population tested that had high blood pressure? Zero, whereas elsewhere in Brazil, up to 38% of the population may be affected. The Yanomamos probably represent the ultimate human example of the importance of salt on blood pressure.

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Enter Dr. Walter Kempner and his rice and fruit diet. Patients came in with blood pressures of 210 over 140 down to 80 over 60. What was the reason he could ethically withhold all modern blood pressure medications and treat with diet alone? The drugs hadn’t been invented yet—this was back in the 1940’s. Now the diet wasn’t just extremely low salt, but strictly plant-based, extremely low fat, protein, and calories, but there is no doubt that Kempner’s rice diet achieved remarkable results, and Kempner is now remembered as the person who demonstrated, beyond any shadow of doubt, that high blood pressure can often be lowered by a low enough salt diet.

Forty years ago, it was acknowledged that the evidence is very good, if not conclusive, that a low enough reduction of salt in the diet would result in the prevention of essential hypertension—that rising of blood pressure as we age— and its disappearance as a major public health problem. It looks like we knew how to stop this four decades ago. In that time, how many people have died? Today, high blood pressure may wipe out 400,000 Americans every year; 1,000 unnecessary deaths a day.

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Excuse me, we KNEW this in 1940?

Are you kidding me?

In 2012, I was diagnosed with “high blood pressure” after being rejected for a platelet donation. I was put on a drug and a diuretic. The bp quickly dropped back to “normal”-ish on the high side. 

I really got the message when I went for my routine eye exam. (I NEED my eyesight.) The eye doc said: “Is your high blood pressure under control?” What! I asked how he knew and he said my eyes showed damage. Arghhhhhh!

Recently I began dating again. (Yeah, you can stop snickering now. Old dogs can be lovable. So too fat old white guy injineers.) To a pescatarian. (Not Presbyterian!) Someone who eats no meat but does eat fish. So naturally, when we go out, I’m a pescatarian too. And I noticed that my bp was going down. So much so, that the phlebotomists (i.e., tech who take my platelets) and my doc all remarked about the change. 

(I was 210/180 when rejected. Down to 140/110 after drug intervention. Now 100/65 with pescatarian diet and some very little additional exercise as measure by my Fitbit.)

Then, I listen to this video and maybe my problem all along is salt?

I love salt. Salt on my pizza with my beer is a must have.


In 1940, it was known — proven — that salt is the problem. 


The packages should have a skull and cross bones. Labeled like cigarettes.

Hope this helps my fellow Jaspers. It’s been a modest epiphany for me.

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ENDNOTE: Moore, William ‘Bill’ [MC1977] on the Fox ‘debate’


August 10, 2015
Reflections on the Republican Debates

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I use two examples of what I consider “Gotcha” questions. The first was designed to put Trump on the spot and change people’s opinion of him. There was no reason to have a show of hands to discuss Trump’s non decision on supporting whoever gets the nomination. A simple question asking him if he has changed his view would have been both proper and respectful. Again it was not the question but how it was done. A similar type question and follow up was put to Walker about standing there watching a woman die rather than allowing her to have an abortion. It would have been appropriate to ask him to defend his belief on not allowing abortions to save a mother’s life. Again, not the question but how it was framed. Trump then was hit again about his descriptive comments referencing certain women and his “War on Women”. Again designed to attack him and not get information to share with the audience. I do not support his comments back to Kelly but if he is attacked he will respond. What I found funny was in the after the debate discussion Kelly, who attacks most guests she disagrees with without mercy on her show, stated she felt his response was a threat. Does “Do on to others etc……..” have any ring in her ear?

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William (Bill) Moore was born and raised in Yonkers NY. He became a Social Studies Teacher in Yonkers and eventually an Assistant Principal at the Middle School and High School levels. He was Principal at Roosevelt HS for 5 years in Yonkers before deciding to relocate to Edenton, NC. There he was Principal of John A. Holmes HS for 4 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from Fordham University and Master’s Degree from Iona College, majoring in Social Studies. He received his second Master’s Degree in School Administration from Manhattan College. Bill is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserve. He is trained as an Armor officer and a Logistician. He served two years active duty in the 4th of the 68th Armor, part of the 82nd Airborne Division. In the Reserves he served as a Field Service Company Commander, Transportation Battalion Commander and numerous staff positions at all levels. He has received numerous awards including Administrator of the Year in Chowan County. He has had numerous yearbook dedications and was nominated several times as Administrator of the Year in NY. In NY, Roosevelt HS became a Model School for the Smaller Learning Community Initiative from Brown University. Bill is President of the Edenton Tea Party and a member of the Chowan County Republican Party Executive Committee. He is a current member of the Edenton Planning Board, Chowan County Juvenile Crime Prevention Task Force, and the Northeast Commission. 

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Moore, William ‘Bill’ [MC1977]

[JR: I think our fellow Jasper has an excellent and perceptive view of the results. I didn’t watch the circus, because I felt it would be a waste of my time. And, I have so little left on this earth I don’t want to waste it. That being said, in full disclosure, I have contributed to Carly Fiorina’s campaign. It’s time for a real outsider to take on Washington. She can’t do any worse than Jimmy Carter. It’s time to winnow the field. 17 is way to many candidates to try and compare. Hopefully, “common sense” will begin to trim the “ego trips”, long shots, and also rans.]  

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