Beggars’ Night Is Not On Halloween Night

Okay, one of the oddities I had to wrap my head around when I retired to Iowa from Texas was the concept of Beggars’ Night. Here in Iowa, Halloween is not celebrated on Halloween night! Instead the night before. Like tonight is Beggar’s Night. When all the little (and not so little) kids go around from house to house begging for candy, by telling jokes. Here is a short one as to how this came about:

DES MOINES, Iowa — Trick-or-treating early is nothing new in fact; more cities adopt this tradition every year. But none celebrate Beggars’ night quite like Des Moines. In central Iowa, trick-or-treaters have to tell a joke or a riddle to get candy.

This sweet tradition has a bitter beginning. In the 1930s many kids would go out on Halloween and destroy property. One Halloween night, police got more than 500 calls about vandalism. So, the Parks and Recreation Department decided to host Beggars’ Night the evening before Halloween and the rest is history.

The Des Moines Police Department says they average 5-10 calls regarding vandalism on both Beggars’ Night and Halloween.

From local TV station WHO.

Tonight, wife and I, along with the nieces and some neighbors, will all go to our cousin’s house. Have a nice dinner, visit and talk. And for one of the nieces, who is really into halloween, a chance to open the door to the little beggars who will come knocking. All together, we will have fun this evening!



carving a pumpkin

Much more on this found HERE.


Democrat Party is the Socialist Democrat Party of America in everything but name

It’s the Socialist Democrat Party on Tuesday’s ballot

Universal Free Press.com ran it it under “Satire”, but their suggestion that the Democrat Party would be making a name change starting in January 2015, is at heart, a capital idea.

“The Executive Committee of the National Democratic Committee announced today that starting in January 2015, the organization would be known as the Socialist Democratic Committee. Spokesperson and Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Shultz said, “this was a change that has been a long time in the making.” “We have been considering changing the name to better reflect our goals and show solidarity with our brothers in Europe and it seemed like the time was right to implement the change.” (Universal Free Press, Sept. 15, 2014)

Wasserman Shultlz, of course, never said this, but if she ever had it would have been be the most truthful comment ever made by a usually lying ‘Democrat’.

For the truth is, in all but name, the Democrat Party is the Socialist Democrat Party that is giddily well on its way to completion of the Fundamental Transformation of America.

Even though half the country did not vote for him, this is what millions of Americans, promised Hope & Change by Obama back in 2008 got to date: a vulnerable borderless country, an all-but-gutted military, increased threats of Islamic terrorism and an Ebola pandemic.

But the biggest change notwithstanding all of the above in Obama’s promise of change is that millions of Americans no longer have jobs and little hope of ever finding a new one.
Quintessentially, Barack Hussein Obama is not so much a Democrat President as he is a Socialist President:

“In fact, empirical proof that Obama is a socialist/marxist exists in the plain English, gloating of the Progressive Populist magazine of November 1996: (Canada Free Press, Feb 5, 2014)

(Canada Free Press, Oct. 18, 2008).“New Party members and supported candidates won 16 of 23 races, including an at-large race for the Little Rock, Ark. City Council, a seat on the country board for Little Rock and the school board for Prince George’s County, Md.  Chicago is sending the first New Party Member to Congress, as Danny Davis, who ran as Democrat, won an overwhelming 85% victory.  New Party member Barack Obama was uncontested for a State Senate seat from Chicago.”

This is what The Democratic Socialist Party of America published in their July/August Editor of New Ground 47 Newsletter:

“The Chicago New Party is increasingly becoming a viable political organization that can make a different (sic) in Chicago politics.  It is crucial for a political organization to have a solid infrastructure and visible results in its political program.  The New Party has continued to solidify this base…

“The NP’s ’96 Political Program has been enormously successful with 3 of 4 endorsed candidates winning electoral primaries.  All four candidates attended the NP membership meeting on April 11th to express their gratitude.  Danny Davis, winner in the 7th Congressional District, invited NPers to join the Campaign Steering Committee.  Patricia Martin who won the race for Judge in the 7th Sub-circuit Court, explained that due to the NP she was able to network and get experienced advice from progressives like Davis.  Barack Obama, victor in the 13th State Senate District, encouraged NPers to join in his task force on Voter and Education and Voter Registration.”

In other words, Obama’s well-touted 2008 presidential platform of Hope & Change is not even his own.  Change is what Socialists wanted for America for decades and change is what the Socialists got on November 4, 2008.

“Obama is the programmed robot of the global elite, working to usher in what some call a pre-orchestrated financially challenged world, the United Socialist States of America.”

“Interesting to note that all three candidates pushed by the Socialist New Party back in 1996 are still in public office today.  Davis is still US representative for the Illinois 7th Congressional District.  Martin is still Judge of the Cook County 7th Sub-circuit in Illinois.

For sure, Obama’s not the only activist trying to bring America under the brutal heel of Socialism.

In writing about how Big Government is rooted in Marx’s Ten Planks of Communism, Robert Rohlfing wrote in Canada Free Press back in December 2012, “Let’s be honest and call the modern Democrat Party the Socialist Party.

“ We need to start being honest and have the modern day Democrat Party relabeled and call it the Social Democrat Party. There is no shame in doing so and those that have supported the party because it has a “D” next to it need not feel shame in doing so either.”

Meanwhile, universalfreepress.com’s last month satirical reminder that the Democrat Party will change its name by January 2015 may be far more prophetic than satirical.
Given that folk will be heading for midterm voting polls on Tuesday, the reminder that the Democrat Party is the Socialist Democrat Party of America in everything but name couldn’t have come at a better time.

Found HERE.


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PHYSICS PROFESSOR TELLS STUDENTS SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE POINTS TO A ‘DESIGNER’

A physics professor at the University of Oklahoma who often spends his time studying smashed subatomic particles at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN laboratory in Switzerland has another hobby – smashing the notion that all scientists believe the universe was created by some sort of cosmic accident.

Dr. Michael Strauss has given some iteration of a lecture he’s titled “Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God” to students and peers at universities across the nation for nearly 15 years, including at Stanford, UT Dallas, UC Santa Barbara, and most recently Thursday at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he said observable and testable scientific evidence points to a “designer who cares about humanity.”

This is coming from an experimental particle physics expert who also says scientific evidence shows the universe is 14 billion years old, and that it was created through a so-called “big bang” – which many people also hear from the likes of atheist and agnostic scientists.

But Strauss, also known for his knowledge and expertise on the Higgs boson “God Particle,” told his audience of roughly 200 students and professors who packed a campus auditorium to hear him speak that the discoveries of modern science give abundant evidence for the existence of a transcendent, intelligent designer who created the universe and has a purpose for humanity.

A caveat Strauss presented during his talk was that he wasn’t there to declare science could prove the existence of God, either. But he noted this subject is not settled science. It’s relevant, hotly debated, and worthy of discourse – citing Dr. Stephen Hawkin’s 2010 book “The Grand Design” to illustrate the topic is still under review by some of the greatest minds on the planet.

“Bringing in speakers like this demonstrates the university’s mission of free and open intellectual discussion,” said University of Missouri history professor Darin Tuck, a faculty advisor to the Graduate Christian Fellowship, which hosted the event along with other Christian campus groups, such as Cru.

During his talk, Strauss essentially argued that the scientific evidence for the existence of God could be found by studying the origins of the universe, the design of the universe, and what Strauss called the “rare Earth hypothesis.”

In historical times, he said, all scientists believed in God, and it was only more recently, within the last 200 years or so, that science based on the assumption there is no creator has dominated the field.

But in 1929, Edwin Hubble discovered the universe was expanding, leading to the Big Bang hypothesis. Other modern experiments have also supported that theory, such as the temperature of the universe and the formation of elements.

“The prediction of general relativity is that the Big Bang itself is the origin of everything we know: space, time, matter and energy,” Strauss said during his talk to Dallas college students last year. “So the Big Bang is kind of a misnomer. A Big Bang brings up the idea that something exploded, but the Big Bang itself is not an explosion … it’s the origin of everything we know in this universe.”

“If everything in the universe came into being, then the cause of the universe must be transcendent, not a part of this universe,” Strauss argued. “Science kind of stumbled onto something that the Bible declared long ago … that the universe had a beginning.”

Strauss also brought up evidence for the existence of God by citing the apparent design of the universe, noting the amount of matter in the universe, the strength of its strong nuclear force, and the formation of carbon is so finely tuned that if any of these parameters were modified in the slightest, human life could not exist. Strauss stated there are about 100 similar finely tuned parameters.

Strauss’ third point delved into what he called the “rare Earth hypothesis.” Strauss detailed what it would take to for an earthlike planet to form by chance, a planet capable of sustaining not only bacteria, but higher life forms, such as those found in science fiction stories. (Think Class M planets from Star Trek.)

He highlighted how Earth is unique, with its moon, sun and solar system perfectly aligned to allow life to survive.  Few if any planets have a large moon in orbit around it to help provide just the right atmosphere. Few if any planets have a neighbor such as Jupiter, which is so large its gravity sucks into it potential threats to Earth, such as comets and asteroids.

In fact, there are 322 such parameters needed for a planet capable of sustaining intelligent life to form, and the probability for occurrence of all 322 parameters to develop by chance is 10 to the minus -282.

“It is unlikely that Earth could ever be duplicated,” Strauss said Thursday.

During his talk, Strauss included many quotes from atheist or agnostic scientists, those who do not believe in God, but still acknowledged the possibility of a higher power at work due to their observations:

Paul Davies: “If physics is the product of design, the universe must have a purpose, and the evidence of modern physics suggests strongly to me that the purpose includes us.”Superforce, 1984

Paul Ruben: “The biggest problem of the big Bang theory is philosophical, perhaps theological: What was there before the Big Bang?” Nature, 1976

John Horgan: “[Multiverse]-theory, theorists now realize, comes in an almost infinite number of versions, which ‘predict’ an almost infinite number of possible universes… of course, a theory that predicts everything really doesn’t predict anything.” Scientific American, 2010

In an interview before his talk at the University of Missouri, Strauss told The College Fix that his goal is to prompt listeners to question what they think they know – which is at the heart of scientific inquiry.

“I hope to get people to think,” he said. “To think in some new ways they haven’t thought before.”

“I have a passion for trying to understand what is really true,” Strauss added. “In this area of science we are searching for truth about the universe. Christians believe in a God that demonstrates truth. There should be some correlation, so it is important to investigate what that correlation looks like.”

When asked about his expectations for the night, “I always like honest questions,” he said, acknowledging people don’t always agree and that he receives opposition from both sides, science and religion.

“Frank dialogue is good, as long as it’s civil,” he said. “But I have thick skin.”

Found HERE.


Shadow banking has grown to 120% of the world’s GDP.

The murky industry, which includes hedge funds, real estate investment trusts and off-balance sheet investment vehicles, is worth $75 trillion, according to the Financial Stability Board. It grew $5 trillion in the span of one year, thanks to lenders looking to avoid regulations and investors seeking yield amid historically low interest rates. Argentina’s shadow banking sector grew the most—50% year-over-year—followed by China’s, which grew 30%.


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