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The Tower of Babel vs. The EU Headquarters in Brussels

Okay, kids.  Pay attention!  The poster above was the propaganda for the formation of the European Union.  Notice, please, the Tower of Babel, the upside-down stars (or pentagrams), the blockheaded people, the guy with the sledgehammer, etc.

 Notice also the slogan:  Europe: Many Tongues One Voice

Above is a comparison of the Tower of Babel painted by Pieter Breughel the Elder (  and the EU’s Headquarters built in Brussels.

Look familiar?

This statue sits outside the EU HQ.  It is a woman sitting on a bull.  I know, this beast has only one head (Revelation 17).  One thing at a time.

But, wait!  Lookie here:

Yet another “New” European Union Headquarters!!

EU President Unveils New EU Headquarters, A £280 Million ‘Gilded Cage’

With its “humane gathering place”, “diversity carpet” and £280m cost it is perhaps apt that it has been heralded as the building that “houses the heart of Europe”.

EU president unveils new £280m ‘gilded cage‘ (Telegraph, June 24, 2011):

While Herman Van Rompuy, the EU president, has described his “Europa building” as a “jewel box”, David Cameron has been less enthusiastic dubbing it a “gilded cage”.

But perhaps even more unfortunate is the moniker the edifice, which will house Mr Van Rompuy’s presidential office and be home to future Brussels summits from 2014, has earned from EU officials.

Built as a state of the art glass and wood wing to an existing Art Deco building, the complex will be focused around a womblike central structure providing a home for summits and meetings of Brussels officials or diplomats.

And it this organic looking “urn” shape has already been nicknamed the “E-Uterus” by Council of the EU officials who will be working in the new building.

“It looks like a womb and, I am sure, many grand visions of Europe will be birthed from there,” quipped one official.

The building was unveiled to EU leaders by Mr Van Rompuy in a 14-page slick colour prospectus, produced at a cost of £100,000, when they sat down to a Brussels summit dinner on Thursday night formally dedicated to imposing a savage austerity programme on Greece.

Before discussing the Greek debt crisis that has threatened the existence of the euro, Mr Van Rompuy surprised EU leaders, who were tucking into a starter of scallops with artichoke vinaigrette, by trumpeting the venue, due to open in 2014, which will come complete with a “colourful woven carpet” to represent “European diversity”.

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, expressed his anger at the promotion of a grandiose Brussels project at a moment when EU leaders were supposed to be taking tough decisions that would lead to painful austerity measures imposed on millions of people.

“When you see a document being circulated, a great glossy brochure about some great new building for the European Council to sit in, it is immensely frustrating. You do wonder if these institutions get what every country, what every member of the public, is having to go through as we cut budgets and try make our finances add up,” he said.

“I do think it’s important as we do that that the politicians aren’t sitting in some gilded cage asking everyone else to take responsibility.”

Bill Cash, chairman of the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee said: “We need an investigation into the extravagance and the cost of this Aladdin’s palace. It is a cross between the bonfire of the vanities and Kafka’s Castle.”

Over the last 14 years, EU leaders, ministers and diplomats have been meeting in a building called the Justus Lipsius which is regarded as too cramped and drab to represent a body that has grown from 15 member states to 27.

The complex of buildings will also house the offices of Mr Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, a job created by the Lisbon Treaty.

Mr Cameron, who had dined the night before with other leaders on black cod with onion ragout washed down with a 2009 Sancerre wine, said that he regretted that the decision, taken seven years ago, to build a new EU venue could not be reversed.

“I’ve only been to this building seven times in the last year but it seems to me to be to do a perfectly good job. The microphones work, there is plenty of room and the food isn’t bad either,” he said.

With almost 27,000 sq metres of floor space, the new edifice is the latest development in a burgeoning post-Lisbon Treaty euro quarter in Brussels.

It will be a new environmentally friendly addition to the existing Residence Palace, built in the 1920s to houses luxury apartments for officials, commercial offices, a private theatre, swimming pool and restaurants.

The palace was requisitioned in 1940 as the headquarters of the German army during the Nazi occupation of Belgium during the Second World War.

Emma Boon of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “We’re cutting back at home and we can’t afford more ludicrous spending by Eurocrats. This is yet more evidence that we shouldn’t hand any more money to Europe, they’re already wasting the millions we give them each day.”

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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Christian Blog


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Tower Of Babel

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In all great cities we are living like in the tower of Babel: many languages can be heard – and I like it! Once I collected translations for an art project in my hometown Wuppertal. The German words, describing the term LOVE were translated into 24 languages …
Tower Of Babel
“TOWER OF BABEL” (1563) by PIETER BREUGEL the elder 1526-1569, click on the picture to read more at wikipedia

  • 1) ENGLISH (translated by frizztext):
    1-love 2-come together 3-to seduce 4-to pine 5-to fall in love 6-sympathy 7-to dance 8-kissing hands 9-admirer 10-exuberant 11-goose bumps 12-passion 13-attractive 14-to flourish 15-to allow
  • 2) GERMAN – the original words, painted on the stairway by professor Horst Gläsker, view his own website at
  • 3) TAIWAN translation by yenthen
    1 愛 2 物以類聚 3 誘惑 4 渴望 5 相戀…

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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Christian Blog



Not Kraft Mac and Cheese – Wahoo!

This is the guy ranting in his kitchen that I referred to in an earlier post:

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

I live with a Mac and Cheese purist. Let me clarify, a Kraft Mac and Cheese, blue box, “it’s the cheesiest”, purist.

Easy Mac? Not the same. Velveeta Shells and Cheese? Not bad, but not mac and cheese (“That is why they call it shells and cheese”). Home made? Hmmmmm…..

Note the multi pack.

My 17 year old was raised on the food of the children of the 90’s, chicken nuggets and blue box mac and cheese. When he was six, my mom came to visit and decided to make him home-made mac and cheese. He became excited when she told him that mac and cheese was for dinner. When meal time came and the macaroni was actually normal sized and yellow (versus tiny and orange) he did not hesitate to show his displeasure. Mom still talks about it to this day.

In the past I had suggested making home-made mac and…

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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Cooking Blog



A true short bio


Let me tell you, Jesse hated this job. And you would too, I imagine, if you had to do it.

Jesse was a chicken plucker. That’s right. He stood on a line in a chicken factory and spent his days pulling the feathers off dead chickens so the rest of us wouldn’t have to. It wasn’t much of a job. But at the time, Jesse didn’t think he was much of a person. His father was a brute of a man. His dad was actually thought to be mentally ill and treated Jesse rough all of his life. Jesse’s older brother wasn’t much better. He was always picking on Jesse and beating him up.

Yes, Jesse grew up in a very rough home in West Virginia. Life was anything but easy. And he thought life didn’t hold much hope for him. That’s why he was standing in this chicken line, doing a job that darn few people wanted. In addition to all the rough treatment at home, it seems that Jesse was always sick. Sometimes it was real physical illness, but way too often it was all in his head. He was a small child, skinny and meek. That sure didn’t help the situation any.

When he started to school, he was the object of every bully on the playground. He was a hypochondriac of the first order. For Jesse, tomorrow was not always something to be looked forward to.

But, he had dreams. He wanted to be a ventriloquist. He found books on ventriloquism. He practiced with sock puppets and saved his hard earned dollars until he could get a real ventriloquist dummy. When he got old enough, he joined the military. And even though many of his hypochondriac symptoms persisted, the military did recognize his talents and put him in the entertainment corp.

That was when his world changed. He gained confidence. He found that he had a talent for making people laugh, And laugh so hard they often had tears in their eyes. Yes, little Jesse had found himself.

You know, folks, the history books are full of people who overcame a handicap to go on and make a success of themselves, but Jesse is one of the few I know of who didn’t overcome it. Instead he used his paranoia to make a million dollars, and become one of the best-loved characters of all time in doing it!

Yes, that little paranoid hypochondriac, who transferred his nervousness into a successful career, still holds the record for the most Emmy’s given in a single category. The wonderful, gifted, talented, and nervous comedian who brought us Barney Fife Was Jesse Don Knotts.

NOW YOU KNOW, “THE REST OF THE STORY” There is a street named for him and his statue is in Morgantown, West Virginia, his place of birth.

Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and trust in our GOD

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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Christian Blog


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My friend Loopyloo305 posted this. I like it.


Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Christian Blog


Swash Swagger Hat and Purse

I am so in love with this vintage pattern!  I haven’t started it yet, but I wanted to share it with you all.  I can’t find my hooks!  I included the original Materials List, but I think any light-weight yarn will do.  Like it?!

Swash Swagger Purse No. 772

This free pattern originally published by John Dritz & Sons Company, Volume 10, in 1947.

Purse No. 772

Materials Required:

DRITZ Belastraw Art. No. 110, 2 tubes.

DRITZ Metallic Yarn Art. No. 114, 2 tubes.

DRITZ Steel Crochet Hook No. 1.

DRITZ Bag Lining No. 201 (Zipper Top) or

DRITZ Bag Lining No. 805 (Facile Top).

DRITZ Ornamental Zipper Pull.

GAUGE: 2 shells make 1 1/2.

Ch 59 to measure about 10 1/2″.

1st rnd: In 2nd ch from hook make sc, ch 2 and 3 dc, * sc in next ch, ch 2, dc in next 3 ch. Repeat from * across; in last ch make sc, ch 2 and 3 dc. Working along other side of starting chain, make * * sc in base of next dc, ch 2, dc in base of next 2 dc, dc in base of next sc. Repeat from * *. Join with sl st in 1st sc (30 shells). End off, turn.

2nd rnd: Attach Metallic Yarn in 1st ch 2 sp of last rnd, ch 1, in same place where yarn was attached make sc, ch 2 and 4 dc, * in next ch 2 sp make sc, ch 2 and 4 dc. Repeat from * (30 shells). End off, turn.

3rd rnd: Attach Belastraw in 1st ch 2 sp of last rnd, ch 1, in same place where yarn was attached make sc, ch 2 and 3 dc, * in next ch 2 sp make sc, ch 2 and 3 dc. Repeat from * (30 shells). End off, turn.

Repeat 2nd and 3rd rnds alternately 9 more times; then repeat 2nd rnd once more. End off. Piece should be about 8 1/2″ deep. Mount on DRITZ Bag Lining. Attach DRITZ Ornamental Zipper Pull with a chain of Metallic Yarn.

Swash Swagger Hat No. 771

This free pattern originally published by John Dritz & Sons Company, Volume 10, in 1947.


Hat No. 771

Materials Required:

DRITZ Belastraw Art. No. 110, 3 tubes

DRITZ Metallic Yarn Art. No. 114, 2 tubes

DRITZ Steel Crochet Hook No. 1.

GAUGE: 5 sc make 1″.

CROWN: Ch 2.

1st rnd: 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Mark last st of each rnd.

2nd rnd: 2 sc in each sc (14 sc).

3rd rnd: * Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc (an inc). Repeat from * (21 sc).

4th rnd: Sc in each sc increasing as necessary to keep work flat (about 7 sc). Repeat 4th rnd until there are 98 sc on rnd and piece measures about 6″ across. Work straight until piece measures 5 1/2 from start.

BRIM: 1st rnd: Ch 2, * dc in 4 sc, 2 dc in next sc. Repeat from * (117 dc). Join with sl st in top of 1st dc.

2nd rnd: Ch 1, sc in same place as sl st, * ch 2, dc in same place as sc, dc in next 2 dc, sc in next dc. Repeat from * joining last shell with sl st in 1st sc (39 shells). End off, turn.

3rd rnd: Attach Metallic Yarn in 1st ch 2 sp of last rnd, ch 1, in same place where yarn was attached make sc, ch 3 and 4 dc, * in next ch 2 sp make sc, ch 3 and 4 dc. Repeat from *. Join (39 shells). End off, turn.

4th rnd: Attach Belastraw in 1st ch 3 sp of last rnd, ch 1, in same place where yarn was attached make sc, ch 2 and 3 dc, * in next ch 3 sp make sc, ch 2 and 3 dc. Repeat from * (39 shells). End off, turn.

5th and 6th rnds: Repeat 3rd and 4th rnds.

7th to 12th rnds incl: Work as before, only, having 1 more dc in each shell on each rnd.

Turn brim up in front.

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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Crochet


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I Don’t Know Nothin’, but…


…if this is true (and I believe it is), Hebrews 9:27  says:  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

then, is Lazarus still around?  What about the folks that came up out of the graves after Jesus gave up the Ghost?  John the Revelator?

Just wondering…


…when I go to the beach, I appreciate the fact that I am standing on the edge of a continent.



I hope this poem has the same effect on you as it did on me –
then my forwarding it will be worth the effort.

Walk with me as I age…

 Dern..I forgot the words..



Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Christian Blog


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Pay Attention


I have a big problem with deception.

I don’t like to be deceived.  It’s not to say I never deceived anyone.  I had very strict parents, and sometimes I had to tell them I was going to the library when, really, I just wanted to get out of the house, smoke a cigarette.  But that’s not the type of deception I’m talking about today.

This is more like mass hypnosis, almost.  Auto-suggestion.  Conditioning.  I really can’t take it anymore and I have this forum now to say something about it.


I love conserving my resources and saving money. I love being efficient.  I love being obedient.  My issue is not about being a good steward of my beautiful world.  My problem is that the “change” that is coming is so closely flaunted in front of our faces that we cannot see it. Change? Let me tell you something about “going green.”


My Jesus said, “Look up!”

Luke 21:28
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

I know that in my profile I said I wouldn’t talk about politics here.  However, these United States are a part of my beautiful world, and I feel gifted to live here and speak freely and pray out loud.  God bless America, indeed.  I just want to know who’s looking up when the father of lies has bestowed these neat little boxes that keep us in touch with each other, up-to-date on current events and weather, AND CONSISTENTLY LOOKING DOWN.

I love my cell phone.  After all, it’s a portable computer for me.  Oh, it’s especially handy in an emergency when I’m out and about, and that’s why I bought one in the first place, isn’t it?  In case of emergency?  How pathetic it is, but how clever of the Devil, to keep everyone distracted from the Word of God, and to keep everyone looking down.  How many people do you know that don’t have one?

Guard your heart, and keep your eyes and ears open.  Don’t fall for everything you hear or see without checking it out first with our Father in Heaven.  Think about it, the Lord came down and spent time with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  The serpent spoke.  What would have happened, if either Adam or Eve took the time to ask the Lord if what the serpent had told them was true or not?

Love u all, and God bless u



Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Christian Blog


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Have You Read this Poem Yet?

So touching:

Daddy’s Poem

Her hair was up in a ponytail,

her favorite dress tied with a bow.

Today was Daddy’s Day at school

and she couldn’t wait to go.


Her mommy tried to tell her

she should probably stay home;

the kids might not understand,

if she went to school alone.


But she was not afraid;

She knew just what to say.

What to tell her classmates

why he wasn’t there today.


Still her mother worried

for her to face this day alone.

That’s why she tried again

to keep her daughter home.


But the little girl went to school,

eager to tell them all

about a dad she never sees,

a dad who never calls.


There were daddies along the wall

in the back, for everyone to meet.

Children squirmed impatiently,

anxious in their seats.


One by one the teacher called

on a student from the class

to introduce their daddy,

as seconds slowly passed.


At last the teacher called her name.

Every child turned to stare.

Each of them was looking

for a man who wasn’t there.


“Where’s her daddy at?”

she heard a boy call out.

“She probably doesn’t have one,”

another dared to shout.


From somewhere near the back,

she heard a daddy say,

“Just another deadbeat dad,

too busy to waste his day.”


Their words did not offend her

as she smiled up at her Mom,

then looked back at her teacher

who told her to go on.


With her hands behind her back,

she slowly began to speak.

Out of the sweet child’s mouth

came words incredibly unique.


“My Daddy couldn’t be here,

because he lives so far away.

But I know he wishes he could be,

since it’s such a special day.


And though you cannot meet him,

I wanted you to know

all about my daddy,

and how much he loves me so.


He loved to tell me stories,

taught me how to ride my bike.

He surprised me with pink roses

and taught me to fly a kite.


We used to share fudge sundaes,

and ice cream in a cone.

And though you cannot see him,

I’m not standing here alone.


‘Cause my daddy’s always with me,

even though we are apart.

I know, because he told me

He’ll be forever in my heart.”


With that, her little hand reached up

and lay across her chest,

feeling her own heart beat

beneath her favorite dress.


From somewhere in the crowd of dads

her mother stood in tears,

and proudly watched her daughter,

who was wise beyond her years.


For she stood up for the love

of one no longer in her life;

Doing what was best for her,

doing what was a right.


When she dropped her hand back down

staring straight into the crowd,

she finished in a voice so soft,

but its message clear and loud:


“I love my daddy very much;

he’s my shining star.

And if he could, he’d be here,

but Heaven’s just too far.


You see he’s an American Soldier

and he died just this past year

when a roadside bomb hit his convoy

and taught Americans to fear.


But sometimes when I close my eyes,

it’s like he never went away.”

And then she closed her eyes

and saw him there that day.


Then her mother was amazed

and witnessed with surprise,

the room full of daddies and children

all starting to close their eyes.


Who knows what they saw before them?

Who knows what they felt inside?

Perhaps for merely a second

they saw him at her side.


“I know you’re with me Daddy,”

to the silence she called out.

And what happened next made believers

out of any filled with doubt.


Not one in the room could explain it,

for all of their eyes had been closed;

but there on the desk beside her

was a fragrant, long-stemmed, pink rose!


The child again was blessed

by the love of her Shining Star;

And given the gift of believing

that Heaven is never too far.


There must be many children like this little girl.   ‘Thank You’ to our servicemen for the sacrifices they make to keep our country FREE.

Don’t Forget Them.



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Here is some very rare footage of “Little Richard” as a child, when he was just starting out in the music biz, from a movie with Van Johnson.

Watch how he uses his fists and elbows and doesn’t even look at the keys when he sings! It’s Richard Wayne Penniman (aka Little Richard) about fifteen years before “Tutti Frutti, Oh, Rudy….”A-whop bop-a-lu bop a-whop bam boom.

Bad Caledonia!  “She ain’t no good!”

love it.


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