Happy day, everyone!
I wanted to pop in to let you know that we have a new class starting Tuesday at Online Card Classes. It’s called Mask-erade and it’s all about the wonderful world of masking. Masking is one of the best techniques for a stamper to master as it opens to the door for getting new looks with the supplies you have. Masking is also helpful for making easy-to-mail cards with the look of dimension.
Here is a bit of info about the class:
Masking is one of the most magical techniques in crafting—there’s nothing like peeling away a mask to reveal a cool design! And now Online Card Classes has created an entire class dedicated to this amazing technique: it’s time to unmask our creativity with Mask-erade!
Our all-star line up of instructors is ready to take you on a masking adventure! Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Shari Carroll, Debby Hughes, and Laura Bassen for a week of techniques, cards, inspiration, and—of course—fun with masks! Gather your supplies (or take advantage of our student-only exclusive shopping discounts) and get ready to try everything from simple paper masking to liquid masking to freezer paper. Plus, we’re here to help you navigate the dos and don’ts of masking so you can achieve the best results possible!
How would you like to join us for class? I have a free spot for THREE winners! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 5/24/15 telling me your plans for this weekend. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! If you have already paid for class, you will be refunded.)
Memorial Day is coming up here in my neck of the woods. I really enjoy going with my family to the city parade for a chance to honor those who lost their lives. (We haves lots of veterans who take part in the parade.) I am thinking of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect us… and sending a hug to the loved ones left behind. xo
Michele Bachmann went on one of the many Christian right radio shows that push the “end is near” nonsense and ranted incoherently about how Obama is on the side of the terrorists and is causing God to destroy America with financial and natural disasters — but this is a good thing.
“If we actually turn our back on Israel as we have seen Barack Obama do today, if that happens then I think we will see a scale and a level of push back in the United States, negative consequences,” Bachmann told Understanding the Times radio host Jan Markell on Sunday. “I don’t know what they are, but I believe that the Bible is true. And believe what the Bible says is that our nation and the people of our nation will reap a whirlwind, and we could see economic disasters, natural disasters.”
“The United States does not want to be in that position and unfortunately the people put into office Barack Obama,” she opined. “Not only once, but twice. And the people have to rise up against his actions and demand that their leaders take steps accordingly.”
So Obama is evil and the people have to rise up to stop him. But he’s also bringing on the return of Jesus, which is cause for celebration:
“These are not fearful times, these are the most exciting days in history,” she insisted. “Talk about what you see in the newspaper. We can talk about God’s time clock and the fact that Jesus Christ’s return is imminent. Is there anything more important to talk about?”
“We need to be so on fire right now about the things of Christ and the things of God, that needs to occupy our time and our thoughts virtually from morning to night because we have very little time — in my opinion — left before the second return of Christ. That’s good news!” the former congresswoman added. “The world is embracing degeneracy, but what that also tells us as we look at what the world is doing that they’re going according to God’s time clock. Pastors, preach it from the pulpit!”
As usual, she is utterly oblivious to her own contradictions. If Obama’s actions are causing the imminent return of Jesus, why would she want to rise up against him and stop him? Does she not want Jesus to return? If it’s “good news,” why are you trying to stop it?
Well this is certainly awkward. An American priest from the Catholic Church, which denies to women even the right to be priests, says that he visited heaven during a near-death experience and found out that God herself is a woman.
A 71-yr-old Catholic priest, John Micheal O’neal has claimed that God is a woman, with a warm and with a comforting motherly figure.
John Micheal O’neal from Massachussetts was said to have been declared dead for more than 48 minutes, he was miraculously revived by medics and had woken up with a shocking revelation that he had gone to heaven and met God.
Reports say Father O’neal was rushed to the hospital on January 29 after a major heart attack, but was declared clinically dead soon after his arrival…
He claims that at that point in his experience, he went to heaven and encountered God, which he describes as a feminine, mother-like “Being of Light”.
“Her presence was both overwhelming and comforting” states the Catholic priest. “She had a soft and soothing voice and her presence was as reassuring as a mother’s embrace. The fact that God is a Holy Mother instead of a Holy Father doesn’t disturb me, she is everything I hoped she would be and even more!”…
Despite the disapproval of his superiors, Father O’neal says that he will continue dedicating his life to God and spread the word of the “Holy Mother”.
Now I’m not entirely sure the news source is legit. It seems to have been picked up by several African news sources, but also by a handful of American ones, so I’m going to assume it’s legit for now. I just wonder if God looked like Alanis Morrissette.
Remember the Dayton, Ohio public-bus driver who, in February, was assaulted by three teenagers? Rickey Wagoner‘s assailants supposedly fired three shots at him, point blank, and stabbed him for good measure. The story made national news because Wagoner told everyone his survival was a bona fide miracle: two bullets aimed at his chest never penetrated the Bible that he happened to carry there. Praise the Lord!
Just like the bulk of the stories in Wagoner’s favorite book, his account of the attack turns out to have been nothing but a fanciful fabrication (I guess the man doesn’t believe in the Biblical commandment that prohibits bearing false witness).
Here’s why police investigators are now calling Wagoner’s account pure bunkum:
A video and audio recording of the incident by a device aboard the bus showed Wagoner had only 22 seconds to disarm two of the assailants, stab one of them with his own pen knife, fire at them with the bullets remaining in the handgun he said he had wrestled away from one of men, and travel 200 to 300 feet to get back on his bus. He then radioed in to the dispatcher, but did not appear to be out of breath or winded, [Dayton Police Chief Richard] Biehl said, or having just been involved in a life-or-death struggle.
Additionally, Wagoner said a religious book stopped two of the bullets fired at him. Two bullets were found lodged in the book titled, “The Message,” which is a modern translation of the Bible that was inside Wagoner’s shirt pocket. Biehl said it’s “not credible” that bullets were fired into the book without penetrating the torso. … Police ballistics tests showed that bullets fired from the handgun — a 25-caliber Raven model semiautomatic — at the same distance as had been fired at Wagoner’s book penetrated the book and traveled 15 inches through a gel designed to simulate the effect of bullets on a human body.]
Biehl also said Wagoner’s injuries were not consistent with defensive wounds, but were consistent with hesitation wounds. Alongside a deeper wound were shallower, smaller cuts. The knife Wagoner said he used to stab one assailant was never recovered.
Wagoner owes the city of Dayton more than $100,000 in property taxes, Biehl said. The Chief speculated that the bus driver may have planned to enrich himself by inventing a tale that, in a country where religious bullshit sells like hotcakes, might have conceivably made him the next Todd Burpo.
Remarkably, the cops do not intend to file charges against the bus driver for his false statements; and all that the city of Dayton has done so far is suspend Wagoner — with pay.
I suppose we’ll never know if the authorities would treat Muslims or atheists who are guilty of similar infractions with such leniency and consideration.
More Than 50 British Intellectuals Say to Prime Minister David Cameron: “Britain is Not a ‘Christian Country’”
Some people feel that in this ever more secular age we shouldn’t talk about these things. I completely disagree. I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country, more ambitious about expanding the role of faith-based organisations, and, frankly, more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people’s lives.
Well, that’s what the faith does in theory. We’ve seen plenty of awful examples of how that plays out in real life. In any case, his statements are very dismissive of non-Christians in the country, who also support action over words. It might make sense for a preacher to say those things, but not a politician who leads everybody.
Now, a group of more than 50 Nobel Laureates, philosophers, authors, and others have signed an open letter, published in The Telegraph, urging Cameron to rethink that stance:
We respect the Prime Minister’s right to his religious beliefs and the fact that they necessarily affect his own life as a politician. However, we object to his characterisation of Britain as a “Christian country” and the negative consequences for politics and society that this engenders.
Apart from in the narrow constitutional sense that we continue to have an established Church, Britain is not a “Christian country”. Repeated surveys, polls and studies show that most of us as individuals are not Christian in our beliefs or our religious identities.
At a social level, Britain has been shaped for the better by many pre-Christian, non-Christian, and post-Christian forces. We are a plural society with citizens with a range of perspectives, and we are a largely non-religious society.
Constantly to claim otherwise fosters alienation and division in our society. Although it is right to recognise the contribution made by many Christians to social action, it is wrong to try to exceptionalise their contribution when it is equalled by British people of different beliefs. This needlessly fuels enervating sectarian debates that are by and large absent from the lives of most British people, who do not want religions or religious identities to be actively prioritised by their elected government
The letter was organized by British Humanist Association President Jim Al-Khalili.
Will it have any effect? For the Prime Minister, probably not. But to the general public, the weight of the signatories could be pretty powerful. The reception so far has been fairly positive.
Okay, this is just hilarious to me. Young earth creationists are whining that they’re not allowed to make their case on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s remake of Cosmos. It’s just unfair, you see, that he isn’t giving them equal time on his TV show. You know, like preachers always do in churches by letting scientists rebut their sermons every week.
Creationists are accusing astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s reboot of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” of being scientifically unbalanced because it doesn’t represent their beliefs.
Right Wing Watch posted audio of Danny Faulkner of Answers In Genesis and the Creation Museum speaking Thursday on “The Janet Mefford Show,” in which he blasted deGrasse Tyson for ignoring the creationist point of view.
“Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn’t even consider us plausible at all,” Faulkner told host Janet Mefford.
Yeah, that’s because your ideas aren’t plausible or even minimally credible. They’ve been disproved over and over again. And hey Danny, since you’re with AIG, perhaps you can point me to all those exhibits in your creation museum that allow scientists to present actual science that conflicts with your young earth bullshit. Oh, they aren’t there? Imagine that. Wouldn’t that make you a hypocrite?
“But when you have so many scientists who simply do not accept Darwinian evolution, it seems to me that that might be something to throw in there,” Mefford said. “You know, the old, ‘some scientists say this, others disagree and think this,’ but that’s not even allowed.”
I know, right? Just like they don’t spend time presenting the views of flat earthers, hollow earthers, Raelians, Scientologists, Hindus and Zoroastrians. It’s just not fair!
Remember that Michigan woman who starred in a commercial paid for by Americans for Prosperity to slam Rep. Gary Peters for voting for the Affordable Care Act, which claimed her health insurance costs would now be so high that she might die from cancer as a result? The conservative Detroit News reports that she will actually save at least $1200 a year.
A Dexter cancer patient featured in a conservative group’s TV ad campaign denouncing her new health care coverage as “unaffordable” will save more than $1,000 this year.
Julie Boonstra, 49, starred last month in an emotional television ad sponsored by Americans for Prosperity that implied Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters’ vote for the Affordable Care Act made her medication so “unaffordable” she could die. Peters of Bloomfield Township is running for an open U.S. Senate seat against Republican Terri Lynn Land.
The Detroit News and fact checkers last month cast doubt on the accuracy of the TV ad. On Monday, Boonstra acknowledged which health plan she chose, offering the first evidence of cost savings..
Boonstra said Monday her new plan she dislikes is the Blue Cross Premier Gold health care plan, which caps patient responsibility for out-of-pocket costs at $5,100 a year, lower than the federal law’s maximum of $6,350 a year. It means the new plan will save her at least $1,200 compared with her former insurance plan she preferred that was ended under Obamacare’s coverage requirements…
Boonstra’s old plan cost $1,100 a month in premiums or $13,200 a year, she previously told The News. It didn’t include money she spent on co-pays, prescription drugs and other out-of-pocket expenses.
By contrast, the Blues’ plan premium costs $571 a month or $6,852 for the year. Since out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100, including deductibles, the maximum Boonstra would pay this year for all of her cancer treatment is $11,952.
When advised of the details of her Blues’ plan, Boonstra said the idea that it would be cheaper “can’t be true.”
“I personally do not believe that,” Boonstra said.
Funny thing, though — math doesn’t change based on your personal beliefs.