Duggar kids, free indeed – very interesting read about someone who spent a few days with this rather large family.  Are the kids missing out?  Doesn’t seem like it.

While, admittedly, I admire the Duggars for much of what they do, I didn’t expect what I saw in these 3 girls.  The world has yet to beat them into submission.  They don’t watch the Disney Channel, so they’ve yet to learn that adults are buffoons and parents are embarrassing.  They don’t listen to the local rock station, so they’ve yet do discover life is supposed to be one promiscuous event followed by another.  They don’t attend public school, so they’ve yet to learn teenage girls are required to be filled with angst and riddled with insecurities.

As we spoke to the 3 of them, one word kept jumping out at me:  Freedom.  These girls were experiencing freedom teenagers rarely taste.  Completely free to be themselves.  The exact opposite of the words so often used by media folk to describe the 19 kids.

While many times teenagers can’t wait to get away from adults, these 3 were anxious to engage in conversation.  And they were delightful. All of the Duggars were.

And here’s another thing that springs from the Duggar house throughout the day:  Humor.  The TLC show captures some of that, but I was surprised by the amount of laughter and joking in that home.

Liberals make a concession speech in NY Times editorial — Turns out They really do want socialism.  I’m sure they’ll be apologizing for accusing us of accusing them of being socialists, because it turned out we were right.  They complain because the Left hasn’t produced a woman like Sarah Palin:

The left should be outraged and exasperated by all this — but at their own failings as much as Ms. Palin’s ascension. Since the 2008 election, progressive leaders have done little to address the obvious national appetite for female leadership. And despite (or because of) their continuing obsession with Ms. Palin, they have done nothing to stop an anti-choice, pro-abstinence, socialist-bashing Tea Party enthusiast from becoming the 21st century symbol of American women in politics.

Note the things that outrage them:

1. Pro-life – as if having the right to crush and dismember your unborn children somehow proves equality with men.  Oh, and do they know that nearly all gender selection abortions are done to destroy female human beings for the sole reason that they are female human beings?  Abortion is the ultimate misogyny.

2. Abstinence – Sadly, they’ve been conditioned to believe that the rampant STDs, single parenting, abortion trauma, emotional carnage and more that fall on women from the sexual revolution have some sort of offsetting benefits.

3. Anti-socialism — They admit that they want socialism.

Thanks for the concession speech!

Democrats got 88% of 2008 contributions from mainstream media — not a surprise, just a friendly reminder:

And that’s why the mainstream news channels cannot be trusted.

Bring back the spending excesses of Nancy Reagan’s china! — Wow, the MSM is all over the Obamas about this!  Oh wait, no they aren’t.  See the previous link.

I’m blessed with a high metabolism so I don’t give a lot of eating tips, but one obvious element of a proper diet is portion control.  Here are 29 tips for that.  This should be so obvious: What makes people think that they can do far less physical movements than people do on the rest of the planet and have done historically and consume larger portions?  My wife and I typically split restaurant meals and sometimes still have leftovers.  Just move a little more and eat a little less.

See False teacher Chuck Currie outdoes himself and Can Chuck Currie and the NCC get even one Bible passage right? — from my other blog.  Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie needs to do more homework when doing his hypocritical race-baiting.

Chuck’s eagerness to race-bait trips him up and exposes his rank hypocrisy.  He isn’t interested in reconciliation, he’s interested in polarizing people and personal attacks.  He isn’t “confronting racism,” he is perpetuating it.  That’s what race-baiters like Chuck do.

I’ll give away the ending here: The man Chuck is calling a racist is D.L. Foster, a black pastor and a friend of mine I know well through blogging and Facebook.  Pastor Foster is a real man of God, unlike Chuck who is a proven serial liar and false teacher.

Yeah, Chuck, Pastor Foster is racist against black people.  Be sure to go tell his congregation.  I imagine they’ll be mighty surprised!

Once caught and informed that Pastor Foster is black, Chuck doubled down and continued to insist that Foster “attacks gays and African-Americans.”  I’d love to see Chuck debate Pastor Foster and convince the audience that this formerly gay and currently black pastor attacks gays and blacks.

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  1. Thank you for the link! 🙂

    The few other tips I would add to BeachBody are this:
    1. Don’t buy junk food; if it’s not in the house, you can’t eat it.
    2. Eat slowly and stop eating when you are full. Your body knows what it’s doing.
    3. Don’t drink soda – and try to avoid drinking calories that aren’t from milk or fruit juice. A bottle of soda has almost as many calories as a scoop of ice cream.


    1. Good points. I used to think the “don’t keep junk food in the house” was for people without willpower, but it really works.

      Re. #2 — that’s similar to what we told the girls from when they were little: Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full, eat healthy stuff first then some small treats.

      The soda thing is another big culprit, just like portion sizes. What makes people think they can consume that much sugar over and above a regular diet?


      1. Any advice that turns girls into lovely, healthy ballerinas has to be good!

        Well, I would also think not buying junk food it’s for people without willpower, but… if you’re not going to eat it (or shouldn’t eat it), why the heck are you buying it? To sit there as a gradually decomposing monument to your willpower? Let’s use some common sense: the only two places that a box of double-glazed Krispy Kremes is going to end up, and those are in your stomach or in the trash. If it’s the latter, don’t waste your money; if it’s the former, well, could ya have seen that one coming?

        The sugar and soda thing reminds me of the best eating advice: eat food. Actual, natural food that your great-grandparents ate.


    2. I’d also suggest skipping the fruit juice as well… most brands are mostly sugar anyway. If you want to have fruit (and you should), it’s better to eat the actual fruit with the fiber intact.


  2. From hotair, a quote from Stephen Hawking:

    “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing,” writes Hawking. “Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists why we exist.”

    So… an unseen power spontaneously is responsible for creating existence out of nothing, but that power itself is eternal and pre-existent, and is capable of violating basic laws of nature seemingly by its very nature.. Stupid Christian fundies, how do they not understand this?! See, there is no God! It’s the eternal pre-existent force that is unbound by nature, can intervene in nature, and is the cause of things but is not itself caused!


    1. What great timing — I was responding to an atheist on a different post and he mentioned Hawking views on this and how excited they were that he had proved the universe could come into being without God. I thought, “Where’s LCB? He probably has a great response to all this . . .” I’m going to paste your comment there as well. Commission check is in the mail.


    2. That is a nice response, LCB.

      A lot of statements from God look simple enough, such as God separating us from our sins as far as the East is from the West. He could have just as easily picked the as far as the North from the South. For the people at the time, both were unknown quantities that were without measure, but it turns out there is an absolute North point and an absolute South point, so the better option for trying to describe an unmeasurable distance turns out to be East from West.

      Lucky I guess.


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