Saturday, March 22, 2014

Large for a small person

Michelle Obama and three of her family members are staying in a $8,350-per-night Beijing presidential suite, but despite a 24-hour butler and other perks that come with the lodging, her entourage has inconvenienced 'pretty much everyone' and made the hotel staff 'fed up,' a well-placed hotel staffer has told MailOnline.
The sumptuous pad at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang hotel – its website calls the room 'an oasis of comfort – is a 3,400-square-foot masterpiece including a private steam room, 'corner sofas with silk pillows,' and in-room dining for six.
But the Obamas' stay has already affected staff and guests at the hotel, with the Westin front-desk veteran alleging that Mrs. Obama's mother Marian Robinson has been 'barking at the staff since she arrived.'
Beijing hotel workers already 'fed up' with Obama entourage in 3400-square-foot, $8,350-per-night suite inconveniencing 'pretty much everyone' – and the first...


 For those of you who have not been following this developing story, all year we have been reporting on the suspicious string of deaths that have hit the financial industry.
With a new banker suicide almost every week, even skeptics and mainstream experts are starting to become suspicious.
“Jumping is much less common as a method for suicide in general, so I am struck by the number that have occurred in recent months in this industry,” said Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
“The suicide-research literature doesn’t help very much with the question of why the method of these suicides is so out in the open,” she added.
Those who had high profile deaths, like the man who jumped from the top of the JP Morgan HQ building in Europe are highly publicized, but overall, very few details about any of these deaths have been made public.
All of the details on each story can be found below, and we will continue to keep a running tally in the coming weeks. Please feel free to comment below, or use our contact information to send us leads and tips on this situation.
String of suspicious deaths: (Intellihub’s running list continues)
1 – William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th.
2- Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th.
3 – Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th.
4 – Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State.
5 – Richard Talley, the 57 year old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead earlier this month after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun.
6 -Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, however the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown.
7 – Ryan Henry Crane, a 37 year old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago. No details have been released about his death aside from this small obituary announcement at the Stamford Daily Voice.
8 - Li Junjie, 33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ in Hong Kong this week.
9 - James Stuart Jr, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO dies suddenly in Arizona with no explanation.
10 – Autumn Radtke, the 28 year old, American chief executive of Singapore-based virtual currency company First Meta, died mysteriously of an apparent suicide.
11 - Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, jumped in front of an LIRR train at 6 a.m. near the Syosset train station.
12 - Kenneth Bellando, 28, a JP Morgan investment banker was found dead on March 12th after reportedly jumping from the roof of his apartment.
Were these bankers killed for knowing too much? Were they involved in something so unethical that they killed themselves out of shame? These are the speculations that are rising in the wake of these apparent suicides.
The running list of banker suicides this year hits 12, with multiple suicides in NYC last week alone

Friday, March 21, 2014

Men on Strike in L.A.?

 Sometimes men get tired of being taken for granted... they just go on strike.   Quit.  Stop trying.  I guess when you cut the gonads off them.  Why bother?

If men can't be men, if women insist, men will do what they do... Go on strike.

Dr. Helen » Men on Strike in L.A.?

Rubber Meet Road

Here's one of those questions for better theologians than I am. Phelps believed the Bible. In error but believed. He certainly made a profession of faith. He was passionate about taking a stand for what he saw as righteousness. He died without repenting of these works. SO, here's the question. Did he enter Heaven? Does he enter as you will? His works however you see them, Wood hay and Stubble? Does his works even though not in love have any effect on his eternal destiny? What think ye? IF you take one stand or the other is says a lot about your theology. It's really fun when the rubber actually encounters road.

He probably believes mankind causes global warming too. Liberals are so amusing

Public schools as mind control reeducation and indoctrination camp. When did education become our children's enemy?


Apparently the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. constitution states that citizens must register firearms as a condition of ownership. Did you know that?
#CommonCore #StopCommonCore
— with Jane Jefferson.

Dumb and Dumber

A couple of years ago when states and cities began to increase taxes beyond insanity I warned this would become a steady business. The more taxes are raised on cigarettes the more active it becomes. No matter how you feel about smoking; economics are a reality. Sure they will pick up and arrest to make public spectacle of a few smugglers but meanwhile billions of dollars in lost taxes will cross state lines for sale on the black market. Controlling these kinds of things purely with taxes never works. Worse because of the smuggling States who attempt to capture more tax money by raising taxes lose tax revenue on what would have otherwise been legitimate sale
The wide variation in state taxes has created a lucrative criminal business. Would it be less prevalent if taxes were lower?
CBS News

Coming soon to the USA you just wait and see

this is spot on.

Life is short. LIVE IT

Remember what matters most.



I'll bet Putin is shaking in his boots...

Do you think Russia is intimidated?

The signs may as well read. "We are clueless but someone told me to hold this sign!"...

Rauner is lost...

Before those of us in the lost state of Illinois get too excited about trying to elect a reformer. The machine politicians and their minions are prone to vote for the democrat even if it were a blue dog over a person who might actually begin to repair this broke and broken state. Obama in 2012 using class warfare and demagoguery beat Romney in Illinois 58-41%. Assuming most of the unions members, the obedient plantation dwellers, hardcore democrats and just plain ignorant people will vote in response to lies and class warfare that the democrat machine will spew out in trying to re elect the man who without doubt is the worst Governor in IL history. BUT you can't fix stupid. I fear that even with a good campaign, Rauner is lost...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

If a scientific discovery doesn't confirm the word of God its not science

I believe one of the six. Does that make me1/6th insane??

Update on when Spring is expected to arrive in each region —  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Love Made a Marriage

50 years ago this month.  I had a quandry.  I had two women between whom I was deciding for life.  One became my wife, one did not.  It wasn't a youthful passion.  It was indeed a decision that took about 4 months, but there was a critical juncture on which the whole decision turned.  There were new translations of the Bible coming out.  One of them was called the New English Bible.  It was the translation that formed the Amplified Bible from which the quote below comes. 

I had been in a discussion with both "Girls" at one time or another about the meaning of this passage in a relationship and in a marriage.  I was reminded of it because Pastor spoke on this last night in Church (we have church on Tuesday nights in Chicago). 

As he did I remembered this time that formed the marriage I have  today. I write a lot about marriage because it matters to me. 

When I shared the New English translation of 1 Corinthians 13 with Peggy and the other young lady, I found one said, "YES that's what it must be like.  Love is like that".

The other wasn't sure.  Thought there was more to be said about that.  Thought there needed to be other considerations.  Didn't know if real love needed to be all that.

I married the former.  I don't know how life came out for the latter.  I suspect that unless she learned to love in a Godly manner.. her marriage might have been more difficult than would have been needful.

This is what true love looks like.  Still does

4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

Monday, March 17, 2014

50 things to think about in life

“What you have to decide... is how you want your life to be. If your forever was ending tomorrow, would this be how you'd want to have spent it? Listen, the truth is, nothing is guaranteed. You know that more than anybody. So dont be afraid. Be alive.”
― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

“Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.”
― Hans Christian Andersen

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.”
― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“Live a good life. In the end it is not the years in a life, but the life in the years.”
― Abraham Lincoln

“Life is an adventure! So live it up!”
― L.M. Preston

“Don't you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you're not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you've lived nearly half the time you have to live already?”
― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

“There isn't so much to be afraid of, out there. I can remember thinking it was funny to find that out, on the last night of my life; I'd spent the rest of it being afraid of everything.”
― Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

“I am not worried about dying, what I am worried about is not living”
― Saji Ijiyemi, Don't Die Sitting

Dan Pearce
“Death is most terrifying to those who have yet to live.”
― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

20 Things People Regret the Most Before They Die

Close your eyes and imagine that you’re at your own funeral—a bit morbid I know, but there’s a reason for it. Now think about what you’d like people to say about you. What kind of a life do you want to lead? People die with all kinds of regrets. Don’t be one of them.

1. I wish I’d cared less about what other people think.

It’s only when you realise how little other people are really thinking of you (in a negative sense) that you realise how much time you spent caring and wasting energy worrying about this.

2. I wish I had accomplished more.

You don’t have to have won an Oscar, built up a business or run a marathon, but having small personal accomplishments is important.

3. I wish I had told __ how I truly felt.

Even if the “one” doesn’t exist, telling someone how you truly feel will always save you from that gut wrenching”but what if…” feeling that could linger for life if you stay quiet.

4. I wish I had stood up for myself more.

Sometimes, it’s too easy to think that if you go all out to please everyone you’ll be liked more or your partner won’t run off with anyone else. I think age probably teaches us to be nice but not at the expense of our own happiness.

5. I wish I had followed my passion in life.

It’s so easy to be seduced by a stable salary, a solid routine and a comfortable life, but at what expense?

6. I wish our last conversation hadn’t been an argument.

Life is short, and you never really know when the last time you speak to someone you love will be. It’s these moments that really stay clear in peoples’ minds.

7. I wish I had let my children grow up to be who they wanted to be.

The realisation that love, compassion and empathy are so much more important than clashes in values or belief systems can hit home hard.

8. I wish I had lived more in the moment.

Watching children grow up makes you realise how short-lived and precious time really is, and as we age, many of us live less and less in the present.

9. I wish I had worked less.

There’s always a desire to have loosened up a bit more with this one and the realisation that financial success or career accomplishment doesn’t necessarily equal a fulfilled life.

10. I wish I had traveled more.

It can be done at any age, with kids or not but many talk themselves out of it for all kinds of reasons such as lack of money, mortgage, children, etc. When there’s a regret, you know it could have been possible at some stage.

11. I wish I had trusted my gut rather than listening to everyone else.

Making your own decisions and feeling confident in the decisions you make gives us fulfilment and joy from life. Going against your gut only breeds resentment and bitterness.

12. I wish I’d taken better care of myself.

Premature health problems or aging always makes you wonder if you’d eaten healthier, exercised more and been less stressed, would you be where you are today?

13. I wish I’d taken more risks.

Everyone has their own idea of what’s risky, but you know when you’re living too much in your comfort zone. In hindsight, some people feel they missed out on a lot of adventure life has to offer.

14. I wish I’d had more time.

Many people say time speeds up as we age. The six weeks of summer holidays we had as kids certainly seemed to last a lifetime. If time speeds up, then it’s even more important to make the most of every moment.

15. I wish I hadn’t worried so much.

If you’ve ever kept a diary and looked back, you’ll probably wonder why you ever got so worked up over X.

16. I wish I’d appreciated ___ more.

The consequences of taking people for granted are always hard to deal with.

17. I wish I’d spent more time with my family.

Some people get caught up with work, move to other parts of the world, grow old with grudges against family members only to realize their priorities were in the wrong place.

18. I wish I hadn’t taken myself so seriously.

Life is just more fun when you can laugh at yourself.

19. I wish I’d done more for other people.

Doing things for others just makes life more meaningful.

20. I wish I could have felt happier.

The realization that happiness is a state of mind that you can control sometimes doesn’t occur to people until it’s too late.