The Pastor and the Bird Cage

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There once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak….
“I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright.
I stopped the lad and asked, “What do you have there, son?”
“Just some old birds,” came the reply.
“What are you going to do with them?” I asked.

“Take ’em home and have fun with ’em,” he answered. “I’m gonna tease ’em and pull out their feathers to make ’em fight. I’m gonna have a real good time.”
“But you’ll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do then?”
“Oh, I got some cats,” said the little boy. “They like birds. I’ll take ’em to them.”
The pastor was silent for a moment. “How much do you want for those birds, son?”
“Huh?? !!! Why, you don’t want them birds, mister.
They’re just plain old field birds. They don’t sing. They ain’t even pretty!”
“How much?” the pastor asked again.
The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and said, “$10?”
The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten dollar bill. He placed it in the boy’s hand. In a flash, the boy was gone. The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley where there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping the bars persuaded the birds out, setting them free. Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story:
One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting. “Yes, sir, I just caught a world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn’t resist. Got ’em all!”
“What are you going to do with them?” Jesus asked.
Satan replied, “Oh, I’m gonna have fun! I’m gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to drink and smoke and curse. I’m gonna teach them how to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I’m really gonna have fun!”
“And what will you do when you are done with them” Jesus asked?
“Oh, I’ll kill ’em,” Satan glared proudly.
“How much do you want for them?” Jesus asked.
“Oh, you don’t want those people. They ain’t no good. Why, you’ll take them and they’ll just hate you. They’ll spit on you, curse you and kill you. You don’t want those people!!”
“How much? He asked again.
Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, “All your blood, tears and your life.”
Jesus said, “DONE!” Then He paid the price.
The pastor picked up the cage and walked from the pulpit.

My Name Is Luca ( to the tune of Suzanne Vega song with same name )

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my name is Luca

I live half a world away from you

though it’s not the second floor

I still exist, like you

If you hear something late at night

on the news about Syria

don’t ask why

don’t ask how

just think of your children

with so little to fear

maybe it’s because kids like me

play too long in the street

the tanks and the men inside

can’t wait anymore

maybe that’s all it is

if we knew where to run

that’s where we’d go

My name is Luca

I live half a world away from you.

 

Syrian Children

 

by Dianne

Major Stimulus Recipient United Technologies Sells Unsuccessful Wind Turbine Company

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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57488613/united-technologies-sells-wind-power-business/

snippet from the article :

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and oh look, the United Technologies CEO visited the WH on a few occasions

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And the United Technologies-purchased Goodrich’s CEO, Larsen Marshall, paid a visit to the WH to meet Larry Summers in 2010 so was there was wheeling (no pun intended) and dealing was happening out of Obama & Co Headquarters. Such cronyism!

http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/visitor-records

 

 

 

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Santa Barbara CA Architectural Review Board Delays Chick Fil-a Opening

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This is what we have to deal with in liberal-led Santa Barbara

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UPDATE: I guess this might have something to do with the delayed approval:

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Turns out one of the board members was acting politically in his decision:

So ABR’s Gary Mosel recuses himself due to conflict of interest. I don’t see this as a commendable type of recusal but rather a cowardly and unprofessional reaction to the Pacific Pride’s thuggish protest. He should have just voted and had enough data to support his decision to prove he was acting objectively. And the board’s decision to delay voting on the project was probably brought on by the protests as I don’t see a reason given for it. I wonder if they wanted City Council to bypass their approval so they wouldn’t have to make a “politically incorrect” decision. I say fire the whole bunch of those cowards!

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Government weakens business then “rescues”

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I see a pattern that I think is by design and that’s in the way businesses are weakened by taxes & regulations and then “rescued” by government with bailouts, subsidies, and various programs. But then they don’t really recover when the same problems that weakened them still exist so it’s a temporary fix that actually puts burdens on other innocent businesses because there’s the taxpayer cost involved.
Green energy companies are a great example. And I wonder how many people realize that a rebate is an indirect subsidy. It’s schemes like this that keep the Tea Party alive and well but I hope we can take a long break after November cause we deserve it!