Earworm Wednesday: Tiny Dancer a song for Lily-Mae


In June of 2012 Lily-Mae Morrison the daughter of Leighton Morrison and Judith Sibley was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Neuroblastoma that affects 1 in 100,000 children in Ireland.

250 member choir from across Ireland came together to sing this song and raise money for Lily-Mae’s treatment.  This was in 2012.

The note on the video has said that in October 17, 2013 she was in remission but that since she is in a high danger of relapsing that she is getting further treatments.  This song is available in ITunes.

Movie Review: Fat Head (2009)


Fat Head is a response to the movie “Super Size Me” in it Tom Naughton the writer, director, and star of the movie proves that it is possible to lose weight based upon a “fast food diet”.  Specifically he hits McDonald’s almost all the time.    Naughton also goes to his doctor and has himself examined before the one month experiment and has his weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels all checked out his doctor tells him that according to the BMI index he is labeled “obese”  (more on that later) . Asks what sort of exercise he does (brisk walking) and gives him the usually recommendations.

Naughton then calculates how much caloric intake he would need to maintain his current weight and then embarks upon a diet that is 2000 calories a day or less, but not really that much less (lowest I think I saw was just a little over 1800 calories).  He also walked six days a week for about two miles a day, brisk walking.  While he was doing this he revealed some of the reasons why we believe that high fat, high cholesterol foods are bad for us.  Who came up with the studies, why they were proven wrong but implemented anyway.

He also revealed something about Morgan Spurlock’s eating habits.  Like Spurlock never reveals the actual food list he used to gain those 25 pounds in fact he refused to share the food list with anyone.  Naughton using the McDonald’s menu shows how much food you would have to consume everyday to eat the 5000 calorie a day diet that Spurlock claims to have consumed.  Naughton also exposes the whole idea behind Spurlock’s motives suggesting that Spurlock views poor people (or anyone that wants fast food for that matter) that eat at McDonald’s as too stupid to make the “right” decisions about food and that it is up to the “smart” people to save them from themselves.

Naughton also questions the use of the body mass index to calculate whether someone is overweight, pointing out that according to the BMI, he himself is considered obese. However, according to the BMI chart for men, at 5’11, 206.5 lbs, Naughton is merely considered overweight; which challenges one of the main premises behind the film that he is considered obese but appears not to be. Naughton’s physician tells him that he is obese based on his body fat percentage, which may have led to this confusion. <cit. Wikipedia>

At the end of the month Naughton has lost 12 pounds just by eating McDonald’s food and walking six nights a week.

This is an interesting film and Naughton makes it enjoyable to watch as he details his eating habits and points out the errors often associated with so called “good” diets.  Especially interesting is a follow up experiment that Naughton did where he cut out sugar and starch from his diet and ate food fried in butter and coconut oil and fruit in heavy cream where he cholesterol levels dropped and LDL and HDL levels improved.

I give this movie 4 stars out of 5.

 

Catechism


Q. 93. What is faith in Jesus Christ?

A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation, as He is offered to us in the Gospel.

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
Hebrews 10:39

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
John 1:12

And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith Philippians 3:9

We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
Galatians 2:15-16

Saturday Special Part 2


So technology it is a wonderful thing truly.  Except when it decides to strike back.  Case in point my Friday post just didn’t make it out so settle back grab a beverage of your choice and get ready.

Remember Boko Haram?  Terrorist jihadists that kidnapped over 250 young girls.  Then there was that whole hashtag thing on Twitter that worked out real well didn’t it?   But did you know that we have our very own Boko Haram here in the good old US of A?  Yeah neither did I, but according to Mike Greer a retired baptist missionary the Southern Baptists are the same as Boko Haram!  And how did he come to this conclusion?  Why it is because the Southern Baptist denomination holds to complementarianism.  So what is complementarianism?  Complementarianism is the theological view that although men and women are created equal in their being and personhood, they are created to complement each other via different roles and responsibilities as manifested in marriage, family life, religious leadership, and elsewhere. <cit. Theopedia>  Yes because Southern Baptists don’t allow women to be pastors (which is what it really boils down to ultimately) they are the same as jihadists.  Fortunately Dr. Paul Chitwood executive director of Kentucky Baptist Convention has provided a well thought out response to Mike Greer entitled:  Southern Baptist Terrorists?  A response to Mike Greer.  Please take a moment to read Dr. Chitwood’s response it is well worth it.

Speaking of the Religion of Peace, let’s say you want to go to a Christian seminary, what do you suppose the rules should be?  Well there is those rules that in my opinion make no sense like no smoking or drinking (Charles Spurgeon couldn’t get in with those rules) but how about Christian?  Well wouldn’t you just have egg on your face!  Because Southwestern Baptist Seminary has accepted Palestinian student Ghassan Nagagreh to its archeology doctoral program in 2012.  What 2012?  So for two years Southwestern has been keeping him on the down low?  Southwestern has said that allowing a Sunni Muslim is a one time thing and doesn’t mean it’s changing the policy about “a mature Christian character” and “evidence [of] a desire for Christian ministry,”  Nagagreh is participating in a local congregation and is abiding by the school’s moral code.  No information about whether he still prays to Mecca five times a day or if the school has given him a place to do so.

So the war on Boys you’ve heard about this well here is some practical suggestions from Prager University to help boys out in schools.

 

Lastly here is a something from our Robotic Overlords:  Robotic furniture

Sure now they’re furniture what else are they going to disguise themselves as I wonder?