Even Satanists Admit Planned Parenthood is Satanic

SatanistsPPDuring the protests against Planned Parenthood, one group jumped in to the rescue of the abortion clinic chain— Satanists. They poured milk over people for some reason— which is a waste of good milk. But I suppose wasting food rather than giving it to the poor is a Satanic ‘virtue’.

You can read more about the story at the Washington Examiner’s post here: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/satanists-drown-women-for-planned-parenthood/article/2570695

This is interesting. Satanists— people who for whatever reason worship the guiding spirit of evil, Satan— recognize what Planned Parenthood does as something their ‘god’ Satan would approve of.

What does this mean? Either the Satanists are dumb as rocks and don’t know that support from Satanists would hurt the image of the Planned Parenthood that they love— or they are in their hearts as offended by what Planned Parenthood does to unborn children as the rest of us, and they are using their theatrical devil-worship as a tool to express what Planned Parenthood really is.

Either way, this revival of Satanism— and the MSM support for it in covering their demonstration with a straight face— is a troubling thing. Back in the day of Anton LaVey’s Satanism, most kids had some degree of religious education, if only second-hand from their more blessed companions. But today people are so ignorant they will literally sign away their immortal souls to Satan in order to get in to a much ballyhooed event, the dedication of a Satanic statue in Detroit.

Actions like signing your soul over to Satan or involvement in literal Satan worship cause long-term damage purely in a psychological sense. If you can admit to yourself the possibility that God, Satan, angels and demons might exist and be carrying on spiritual warfare around us, the damages done will be seen to have an even greater effect.

Faced with such evils as literal Satanist milk-wasters and PP baby-murderers who DON’T waste the bodies of their victims, but sell them, all we can do is pray:

Spiritual Warfare Prayer:

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

 

Adaptation for Non-Catholics

Heavenly Father,
send Michael the Archangel
to defend us in battle.
And to be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
Oh, Lord, rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and send
Thy prince of the heavenly hosts,
by Thy power,
to thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

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Celebrate the Small Things: Short Story Finished

Celebrate blog hopThis is my first time with a new blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things, and what could be smaller than a short story? Once there were so many short story magazines that many writers made a full time living at them. Then the magazines disappeared, and the few who were left didn’t raise their pay rates in decades.

Author and writing-coach Lawrence Block in 1979 wrote in ‘Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print’ that young writers ought not to bother writing even one short story. They should go straight to the novel.

I followed that advice with the result that I’ve written a large number of novel-beginnings with no endings. Not surprising. As a poet I mostly write short poems. I’ve even started writing haiku in the past couple of years. And so for many years the only thing I’ve published were poems and I felt like a failure.

Recently I was sick and a kindly doctor actually prescribed some hardcore pain pills for the accompanying pain. In the drug-fog I watched television reports of the race riots in Baltimore and I thought that the color of people’s skin was about as significant as the color of their shirts. There might as well be headlines: ‘Green-shirted Man Dies in Custody of Red-shirted Police Officers’.

Which in my drug-altered state led me to a weird idea of a city with people in all sorts of exotic skin colors, blue, violet, aqua, orange, red…. and the people change their skin color by means of skin shirts. I wrote the story and have now got with it to the point that I put it up as notes on my Facebook page, so a few friends of mine could read it and perhaps give me reactions before I do the final edits before e-book publication.

You are welcome to read it also (and more than welcome to ‘like’ my author page): https://www.facebook.com/notes/nissa-annakindt-poet-aspie-cat-person/the-skin-shirt-a-short-story-thats-not-about-race/449762488528479 As of this moment the first two parts of the story are up, and the third and final part will be published tomorrow. I also have a book cover— simple, but functional.

I’m wondering if perhaps the new publishing age we live in will create a renaissance for the short story. We can self-publish them as e-books, and even make them available for free (on Smashwords at least, Kindle insists on 99 cent minimum.) And writers of novels can write a short story in the same world as their novel, and make the story a ‘free sample’ for their full-length book.

Do you read short stories? Have you written one? How do you feel about short stories, as a reader or as a writer?

Find the other ‘Celebrate the Small Things’ blogs here: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/2015/01/celebrate-small-things.html


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Are you a writer, and do you feel your author blog could be better, or have more traffic? I feel the same way. And so I’ve started on a massive blog-improvement project which I am documenting in my blog post series Antimatter Blogs: How to Make your Blog Explode.

Each week (or so) I will post about something practical in relation to blog improvement. For example, next time I think I will cover how to use Twitter to get more blog readers.

‘Antimatter Blogs’ also has a linky list, which is at: http://linalamont2.blogspot.com/p/antimatter-blogs-linky-list.html It’s on a Blogger blog since WordPress.com is notoriously uncool about making these type of lists appear in posts. Once we get a few ‘Antimatter Bloggers’ on the list, it will be a great place to consult if you are looking for blogs to comment on.

To participate in the Antimatter Blogs blog improvement project:

  1. Follow this blog, using whatever method you use to follow blogs.
  2. Sign up on the linky list.
  3. Begin to follow the suggestions to help your blog improve and get more traffic.
  4. Suggestion One: Comment on other people’s blogs daily
  5. Hashtag #AntimatterBlogs

 

 

Low-Carb Diet: How to Do it Right

Keto ClarityI knew the low-carb diet had finally gone mainstream when General Hospital mob boss Julian Jerome stopped eating carbs. It was about time. Low-carb first became part of American diet culture in 1972 when Dr. Robert Atkins’ book, ‘Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution’ made the best-seller lists. Atkins created the diet for himself, based on things he’d read in medical journal articles, but the medical establishment called him a heretic for not promoting a calorie counting or low-fat approach.

Low-carb, also called ketogenic, diets are different from temporary weight loss diets. You have to change your eating patterns for life to reap the benefits.

The problem with low-carb is that everyone has heard of it but precious few people know how to do it. Look at this scene, which takes place at a buffet:

Husband: Look at those bread rolls! Don’t they look great?

Wife: We can’t have them, dear. We are eating low-carb now, remember?

Husband: Then let’s have these buttermilk biscuits, then. Or that corn bread.

Wife: We can’t have those, either. They are bread, too. Sort of.

Husband: Well, what can we eat, then?

Wife: Well, how about this mashed potatoes? It’s a vegetable. Surely no diet can restrict our vegetables? And this fruit salad— I’m sure we can have as much fruit as we like.

Husband: What about this macaroni and cheese?

Wife: Well, it’s got pasta, but pasta isn’t bread. And cheese is a low-carb diet food— go for it!

This, as you may have guessed, is NOT the way to do low-carb. In order to do it right, you have to get a sound low-carb diet book with good instructions on how foods fit in to the low-carb eating plan. In this plan, there are three classes of foods:

  1. Foods to eat freely: meats (beef, pork, lamb, venison, chicken, turkey), fish and seafood (salmon, tuna, cod, smelt, perch, shrimp— all kinds except clams, scallops and oysters), eggs, mayonnaise, butter, coconut oil, olive oil.
  2.  Foods to ration: salads, non-starchy vegetables, heavy whipping cream, cheese, nut products such as almond flour, coconut flour. (A good low-carb diet plan will tell you how much of each you are allowed.)
  3. Foods you may not eat: bananas, figs, candy, cake, bread, muffins, pasta, milk, pancakes, corn, cornstarch, sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, jam, honey, potatoes, raisins, sweet potatoes, yams, sweetened yogurt.

The low-carb diet is a trade-off. There are some foods you just cannot eat at all— unlike the calorie-counting approach where you can have tiny portions of such food. In exchange, there are foods you can eat without restrictions.

When you are consuming no more than 20 or 25 grams of carbohydrate per day, your metabolism changes. It stops running on glucose— sugar— and starts running on ketones. Ketones result when your body is running on fat instead of sugar. It’s very healthful, not just for weight loss but for many other conditions. A ketogenic (ketone producing) diet has been used to treat epilepsy for decades, and helps in diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, kidney disease, and other conditions. Read ‘Keto Clarity‘ for more information, much of it contributed by doctors.

When choosing your Basic Diet Book for your eating plan, beware of these things: first, some ‘low-carb’ diets are not low carb. They just reduce your carbs a little. So you don’t get the benefits of a low-carb/ketogenic diet.

Also, the Atkins approach has steps. You start at a healthy 20 or so grams of carbs, and then after two weeks you start adding more carbs back. This triggers your food cravings for carb foods and can lead to food binges on carb foods. This is why people go off Atkins and swear it didn’t work for them. Advice: ignore the instructions for the steps, except that if you are healthy you might try the first addition of 5 more carb grams, which you can use on nuts or certain fruits (berries, mostly).

The ‘Carbohydrate Addicts Diet’ is another plan to avoid. On it, you eat two meals a day of low-carb food, and one reward meal in which you can eat any foods you like, so long as you finish the meal within one hour. This plan doesn’t work on some people at all, and with others it works initially but then quits working. It can lead to food binges on carb-foods. Remember, for most people who go on diets, carb foods are like alcohol is to an alcoholic. They must be avoided.

The Paleo diet is NOT a low-carb ketogenic diet. It does not restrict fruit consumption, for example. The book Neanderthin is a more low-carb approach to the Paleo diet, but even there you will have to get another eating plan to provide your carb restriction plan. It adds more restrictions to the diet— you will have to give up cream, butter and cheese— but some people like a low-carb Paleo approach.

Some recommended diet plan books:

Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution

Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution

The Diabetes Diet

The Four Corners Diet

How to use the diet plan books: Buy one or more of the books above. Everyone should probably have a copy of the original Atkins book, even if your eating plan is based on The Diabetes Diet or Four Corners. Read them cover to cover. Find the section of the book that is the ‘diet sheet’ — that sums up what foods you can and can’t eat. Make two copies of it. Keep one in your billfold or purse. Put the other up on the refrigerator or somewhere else handy in the kitchen. You can put it on the inside of a cupboard door if you like.

Make a point of reading in your diet plan book for ten minutes every day. This will keep your enthusiasm up, and it will help you remember all the things you need to know about your new diet.

You will also need other books for your low-carb/ketogenic lifestyle. Books like Keto Clarity which show you the benefits of the diet. Recipe books, like those by Dana Carpender.  But you don’t need all that to start with. I started out with just the original Atkins book which I bought at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop. Later, I added an early Atkins recipe book.

Have you ever tried Atkins or another low-carb diet plan? Did you commit to it as a lifelong eating plan? Did you try it for weight loss or for one of the other health benefits? Are you still on it? Do you think it helps you?

Wattpad Ate My Soul this Morning

I had actual plans this morning. My short story ‘The Skin Shirt was ready to be unveiled to the public. Or at least a small group of my Facebook and Twitter contacts. So I logged in to Wattpad, made ready to publish, and pressed the button.

Nothing happened. Repeatedly. I could not publish that story. And so, I decided to unpublish some of my old Wattpad stories. I pressed the unpublish button. More nothing happened.

What I did not do was delete my whole Wattpad account to get my stories down. But it’s frustrating. I actually thought Wattpad would be a great way to get some opinions on some of my writing before I self-published it.

But if it isn’t functioning regularly, if I can’t control whether my stories remain available to the public there, what good is it?


TheSkinShirtMeanwhile I still have the problem of my short story. The picture above is the cover I hastily designed for it on Wattpad. I had planned to get some eyes on the story before I published the ebook version on Smashwords. But Wattpad doesn’t seem to work for that. And I wasted time writing a description of the story on Wattpad that didn’t register. I know, I should have cut-and-pasted the story description somewhere safe. Or written it in advance.

What I wanted out of having my story read was not getting a professional critique. Or even whatever it is that other writers’ beta readers do.

I wanted to know that some human beings (or intelligent alien life forms) had actually read the story. If they felt so inclined to ask a question about it or make a statement (‘That story is peculiar.’ or ‘What medication were you on when you wrote it.’ or ‘It made my eyes bleed.’) that would be good, too.

I’m going to go ahead and work on preparing the story for ebook publication soon. I will be sharing the details about it on my Facebook author page and here on my blog. I hope at least some people will be interested it the story.

Writers: what do you do to find beta readers or just some one who will read your story and maybe react to it? Readers: have you ever been a beta reader/First reader for some writer’s unpublished story? How did that work out?

Trump: Great for Women’s Health?

TrumpPresidential candidate Donald Trump clarified his policy on ‘women’s health’. He says he would be great for woman’s health. OK, maybe he hasn’t had time to put together a comprehensive plan. Or a sketchy plan.

The problem is that ‘women’s health’ in US political discourse is most often a code for abortion and abortion-causing ‘contraceptives’. Perhaps he is too new to being prolife to be aware of that.

Here are some things I’d like to hear from Trump on ‘women’s health’.

  • He should question why women’s health is a different issue from men’s health and children’s health. Isn’t that discriminatory? Shouldn’t ‘women’s health’ be covered in the same way as health care in general?
  • He should point out that if health care hadn’t been nationalized through Obamacare, most women could have choices about their health care coverage.
  • He should read up on Planned Parenthood so he will realize that this is a scandal-plagued organization that is all about abortion and advocacy for abortion. They also seem to encourage teen sex— even teen kinky sex— rather than take the common-sense approach of encouraging teens to NOT have sex.
  • He should be willing to defund ALL of Planned Parenthood so that poor women can get their health care from a full-service clinic not an abortion mill.
  • He should apologize for criticizing Jeb Bush for his controversial remark (or verbal miscue) on women’s health. Trump may not be aware of it, but he’s said a controversial thing or two himself.

Since Trump is not Hillary Clinton or the other socialist candidate, Sanders, he is certainly worth taking a look at. But in interviews and the debate his ideas seem so sketchy. He needs to be prepared to flesh these ideas out enough so that his many supporters can feel more confident that he really has a plan.

I believe part of the problem is that when confronted with an uncomfortable question, he tends to either ramble on with not-quite-related subjects, or blame the person that gave the question for being unfair. Trump must realize that campaigning for president guarantees that no one will be fair. That’s the name of the game and even candidates favored by the media can at a moment’s notice be shot down. And questions tend to run from the unfair to the absolutely vicious. Remember that debate when the anti-death-penalty candidate was asked what position he would take on that issue if his wife were raped and murdered? Since the man answered the question about his political position instead of breaking down and crying at the idea of a murdered wife, he was declared a big debate loser.

I believe Trump has brought a new excitement to the presidential race. But if he doesn’t get his act together, it will be one of his many rivals who will benefit from that excitement.

Saint Therese Doll from Kiczek Family

theresedollHave you ever gone into the doll department and seen the dolls they offer little girls? It’s like they are encouraging them to grow up to be hookers. Here is a doll that’s an antidote to that.

The Saint Therese doll is produced by the Kiczek family, a Catholic family that ‘works for the Kingdom of God by bringing others to Jesus’.

The Saint Therese doll comes with a little book telling of the life of Saint Therese. The book and doll set is $100. Yes, a lot more than the latest Barbie-in-hooker-clothes. But it’s such a lovely and faith-affirming doll and many parents and grandparents who have the money might wish to consider the doll as a Christmas present.

The Kiczek family needs to sell $100 of the dolls before manufacture can begin. Currently they have sold 6. If you cannot help them out by buying a doll, perhaps you could help the project by spreading the word, as I am doing. If you just share this blog post on Twitter and Facebook— or the Dolls from Heaven page, or both— that will help.

Find out more about the Therese Doll at the Dolls from Heaven page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dolls-from-heaven#/story

Don’t know much about Saint Therese? She was born in 1873 and lived a life devoted to God. She became a Carmelite nun at an earlier-than-normal age. Her sisters also became nuns. When she became ill, her older sister, who was also in the convent, asked Therese to write about her life. What Therese wrote became the book Story of a Soul, which described Therese’s ‘Little Way’ of serving God through doing small things with devotion. Her book became very popular. Therese died at the age of 24.

St Therese of Lisieux – Catholic Online

Saint Therese, “The Little Flower”

Therese of Lisieux – Wikipedia

While the life of Saint Therese is mostly known to Catholics, other Christians can also be inspired by this woman who lived a short life but spent it serving God and teaching others that they did not need to do great things like become a foreign missionary to live their life for the Lord.

 

 

IWSG: Blogging Secret— How May I Serve You?

InsecureWritersSupportGroup2This is a post in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop.

Our writing insecurity of the month: ‘If I have what it takes to be a writer, why does no one read my blog?’

Blogging. We do it— those of us that do it— because we hope that it will help build a platform. Maybe to sell more books, or maybe just to make connections with our readers.

But not only is blogging hard, it seems like it’s gotten harder for a blog to find new readers. And so we blog, and hope desperately that THIS blog post will generate a comment. Just one comment. One word is fine. Even a hostile comment is better than nothing— I was thrilled recently when I got a new commenter who accused me of being an idolator, based on the fact that I admitted to being a Catholic. I said a Hail Mary for the guy.

I think I am beginning to learn a little something about blogging. It’s not enough to have great ideas for posts and to write them well. Blogging is about interactivity— that’s why comments are so important.

The way to encourage interactivity is to forget about yourself, and be determined to serve others. So I ask, what can I do for you— the reader of my blog, or potential reader?

Number one, I can comment on your blog. That’s one reason I’m participating in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop today— it gives me a LOONNGG list of other blogs to comment on. Enough that I can spend the whole month visiting blogs from the list. I will try to comment thoughtfully on what you posted about— but if all I can think of is a slightly longer version of ‘great post’, I’ll give you that.

Two. I can be open to helping you. No, I can’t buy all of your books— there are economic reasons. I can’t even accept free copies of every book offered for review, because I’m a slow reviewer and I’m backlogged. But I will welcome your offers and if you describe the book in an interesting way, if it sounds like something I could be enthusiastic about reviewing— well, I will consider it.

Three. I can visit your blog. Now, if you have ‘adult content’ I’ll have to hop right out again. But I’m willing to check your blog out to see what you have to say. We may well have a lot in common. Or maybe your kitty pictures are almost as cute as my kitty pictures.

Four. I can forgive you. It’s easy, in the internet world, to say the wrong thing, even when you are trying to be nice. And some people have never been taught that being nice to others is important. Sometimes people feel inspired to write unpleasant or angry things about me. Like the guy who said my disabled kitten was ugly, or the ones who respond to the fact of my same-sex attraction and my support of traditional marriage by calling me a self-loathing, crazy moron. As a Christian, I’m well aware that I’ve been unkind to others myself, many times. And so I will be willing to forgive you if you come to my blog with a bit of an axe to grind. Perhaps in time we can become friends in spite of a rocky start.

I think that in a way is what human interaction is all about. We do something kind for others. They feel happy about it, which makes them want to interact with us again. If enough kindness is generated through our interactions, the world becomes better.

I suppose some may feel my attitude is too religious. But my faith gives me sound reasons to be kind to you and to others, even when it costs a lot of effort and I don’t really feel like it. Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without crazy Christians building homeless shelters, setting up food banks, and going overseas to provide medical and material relief to the poorest of the world’s people? Secularists may decry random acts of kindness as illogical, but those acts may rationally be described as socially useful.

In the end, what I’m saying to you is this: Welcome to my blog! Who are you? Where are you at in the struggle of the insecure writer’s life? And most of all, how may I serve you?