When They Remember…

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~ ITEM: Son And Dad with Alzheimer’s Sing Together.. Quando Quando Quando (1968)

~ ITEM: Astonishing YouTube Vids– Alzheimer’s & Music Therapy; and visit www.MusicandMemory.org to learn more.. OR DONATE AN iPOD!! Speak to your local nursing homes & health care politicians about this, if it’s not in your area.

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~ DO YOU HAVE you have a friend or loved one with Alzheimer’s?

I’ve seen the amazing musical memory of such people over and over and over in nursing homes, in the ‘quiet’ wards.

The soul is still there, but a veil has fallen in the brain, and ‘Now’ is just a jumble. The past? Still very present and alive for many. That’s why they often won’t recognize close loved ones– you didn’t look like that 30 years ago. Make of them what can be made, and rejoice with them when they can.

How Do I Even..?

Bring music. Hymns (old ones); music from the time of their youth (when were they 15-30?). Sing to them and with them when they click in. Read to them form the old version of the Bible– familiar Psalms and Gospel stories, and familiar prayers. Learn up and talk to them about old news, events of past days, interests they had when younger.

I remember one dear lady in Cape Breton who was suffering from this– but she still played the organ every week for the nursing home chapel services, and almost never missed a beat. Likewise, a dear lady in a wheelchair who recognized almost nobody, and did not respond to mostly anything– except tapes of old-timey hymns, which she remembered completely, and sang along with her husband, who would bring the tape-player in three times a week. She didn’t know him any more– but she knew love, and the music and the words.

A Battle For Life

And in the face of increasing pressure & laws to kill the sick & old– here’s a pretty specific way to help, to show love, and redemption of the time, and to fight for each creature of God, and the dignity of every human being as made in the image of God.

The main problem with helping such folks is us– it feels weird, and awkward, and we wouldn’t like to be like that. Get over yourself. +

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Teh Binks

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Friends, & Enemies

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~ ITEM: 9-11 Event– Moments After Hillary Faints, Campaign Claims She Felt ‘Overheated’

~ ITEM: The People’s Cube— Les Deplorables: the poster, the trailer, and the theme song; plus, People’s Karaoke: Deplorable

~ ITEM: Hillary’s ‘Basket of Deplorables’ Smear Sparks Twitter Backlash

~ ITEM: THE ALT-RIGHT: Young, white men are tired of having to atone for the historical sins of their forefathers

~ ITEM: Deplorable me and disgusting Hillary, By Ethel C. Fenig

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~ SO MRS. CLINTON has arisen from her fainting-couch long enough to continued her wild swinging against the demonized U.S. alt-Right, Trumperies, who she consider a horrible unAmerican “basket of deplorables.” Catchy phrase, that.

Maybe she’s partly right. Whatever. The gaffetastic one later sort of apologized (the typical “regret” falling far short of apology or repentance or rethinking), so there’s that.

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You just gotta know she did NOT just mean Trump supporters.. she meant anybody in America & Planet Hillary who (a) do not worship her, (b) and who won’t bend the knee to all that she wants & stands for. (I.E. most human beings ever, everywhere, and a majority of Americans).

All others? Deplorables = to be deplored. Sub-human. Not entirely American. Not entitled to rights, respect, due process, justice, proper representation. Christers.. Republicans.. Tea Party scum; alt-right; online critics, anti-Hillary journalists & media & bloggers. Peasants who don’t know their place.

A Cadre Of Misleaders 

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Truth Be Told….

A President Hillary, i.e. a possible “leader” like Obama, her own husband, Trudeau-Wynne-Notley, and too many Western “leaders” of recent history. Supreme Intergalactic Empress Hillary will not– and chooses not– to be the responsible & accountable leader of ALL the people she is supposed to serve. This is a gross failure of character, and politics.

Clearly, there’s her sheep, and then there’s wolves, scum, and many tens of millions other deplorables in the basket, who are less than, and who will get what is coming to them, sooner or later. She just doesn’t seem to want to be president of all of the U.S. population– based on her progressive ideological supremacism. Get on board, or else.

ITYS.

Meanwhile, the online meme & Twitter reaction [ #BasketOfDeplorables ] has been predictably hilarious, while we’re still free to laugh, poke fun, criticize, or even ask smart reasonable questions in the West. ~

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So saith,

The Deplorable Binks

Did We Forget A Second Thing?

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~ ITEM: Did You Forget Something? (Part I)

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~ TRUTH IS Truth. To doubt that is to despair of knowing anything, let alone God, or ourselves.

However, there’s Truth, and then there’s how you go about seeking & speaking about truth. And not all matters of opinion are absolutely clear or one-sided: there are passing matters, topics on which free folk of good will may legitimately disagree. It might even be the case that both sides of an argument may be wrong!

Then It Gets Ugly

However, there’s no denying a very human tendency to absolutize one side of a debate or argument. Then, the most dangerous and ugly step follows: to label your opponent as ignorant, or evil– or both. After all, you’ve told them over and over the right position, so they aren’t misinformed– it must be wilful evil and denial of the truth.

Why, such people are the very devil! Barely human. Severely horribly yucky. Orcs, in human skins! Just mistreat them however seems good to you! Let ’em have it!!

Whoa, There

Except… all people are made in the image and likeness of Almighty God. Such cruelty, dehumanization, domination, combativeness, and prideful exaltation is not of God.  Jesus did not act that way, and He is the Son of God incarnate. He is the final Judge and Jury of all souls, and his is the last and final word.

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If you find yourself or someone else utterly writing other people off in a harsh and heavy-handed manner, you yourself are under the very judgment of heaven, no matter how much you might actually me technically in the right. “Speak the truth in love” says the Apostle Paul– and now, more than ever, we need to keep that command and admonition in our hearts and minds.

Speaking only truth without love is Christless cruelty and pride. Speaking only love without truth is sentimentality and unjust and– ultimately– uncaring. Both errors (or, virtue gone wild & wrong) are truly hellish.

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For Christians, the Creeds tell us what to believe in; the Commandments teach us how to live; and the Lord’s Prayer teaches us how to seek & find God. It is never wasted effort to learn or refresh ourselves in these heaven-sent fountains of life, and to ask God to give us the good fruit of seeking him in truth and love, and telling others about him in ways that are winsome, humble, loving, and yet also truthful.

Why bother?– Souls hang in the balance, including mine and yours. See you on Judgment Day. ~

#ElbowGate Day 2 Links

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Binks Update:

This Justin: When you’re losing the Globe & Mail, the CBC, and now the Toronto Red Star… you’re in one heaping helping ‘o’ trouble.

Of course it’s fun to dogpile a smug, morally superior jerk when his failings are trumpeted and revealed for the world to see… what about some prayer, too?

That the current Prime Minister of Canada become a better man, leader, and more fairminded to all Canadians; that this will lead to repentance and amendment of life, and not just subterfuge; that he become a calmer and more unselfish man, husband & father, and leader of Canada; that he lose some of his narcissism, and replace it with humility, wisdom, dignity, self-deprecation, justice, and moderation.

In short, that Justin Trudeau become who God The Trinity in Unity truly made and wants him to be.

I deeply dislike Justin Trudeau and most of what he stands for– but I would still hope he repents of his sins, follows Christ, and when death takes him, that he find his final home in the Mansion promised by The Father, through the Son.

Lord have mercy.

~B~


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They Were Having Parliament, Then A Hockey Game Broke Out

“Now, everyone can play detective and analyze the Zapruder film until they identify the woman on the grassy knoll. But, basically, the prime minister got pissed off, bolted across the aisle of the House, grabbed another dude, accidentally knocked a woman out of the way in the process, then dragged the guy through a crowd of people.” Vice

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~ BINKS DEMANDS CLARITY— Let’s Get This Right: The NDP are trying to make this all about them, and thus the public are missing the point: 1-2-3 are the real issues. Yes, part of it was NDP silly-tactics. Whatevs.

(1) Libs were trying to push through radical legislation to curtail democracy & limit debate (assault on Canada, parliament, freedom)
(2) Vote was slightly delayed, Trudeau blew his top, decided to get bossy (classless clown alert)
(3) Grabbed & attempted to frogmarch opposition Whip Gord Brown to his seat (assault), Brown told him to let go of him

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(4) NDippers and others crowded in (deliberately?), PM told people to GTFOutta his way
(5) He carelessly bumped an NDP MP woman (no “elbow smash”)
(6) Prince Justin then gets in a shouting match with Mulcair
(7) Liberals withdraw controversial motion to limit Commons debate

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Linkeries

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But Wait! There’s More!

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Meanwhile, in ‘Nothing To See Here’ News…

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O, Bizarro-Land?

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~ ITEM: Canadian Parliament & democracy under threat– Liberals prepping procedural hammer to smack down opposition dissent?

~ ITEM: I told PM to let go of me: Brown

~ ITEM: Conduct unbecoming: Prime “Bully” Trudeau manhandles MPs in tantrum over 46 second delay

~ ITEM: NDP accuses Trudeau of elbowing another MP; PM says it was an accident

~ ITEM: Petitioning Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Charge Justin Trudeau For Assault

~ ITEM: Solberg Field Notes: Trudeau unhinged

~ ITEM: What was Justin Trudeau thinking? He wasn’t

~ ITEM: Proposed New Anthem for Justin I Of Canuckistan?

~ ITEM: Fun with satire– Entire NDP caucus arrive in neck braces, wheelchairs to House of Commons after Trudeau’s assault

“So much for post-partisanship. The PM’s temper tantrum – what else can we call it? – left the Speaker, Liberal Geoff Regan, pathetically having to remind the House that “it is not appropriate to manhandle other members.”

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THE OLD SAYING has it that who you are when you are alone, or think nobody is watching, or think you can get away with something, reveals much truth about your actual inner person.

So Canada’s #ElbowGate reveals– or reminds– Canadians about the actual character of their new glorious leader, his inward shape and parts and habits and all the rest. I’m surprised it took this long– aren’t you?

And remember– despite all the excitement of this stuff, and despite his smiles and endless selfies, the real Justin is consolidating powers and dragging us towards the smooth & cooperative model of Communist dictatorship he so lovingly admires, so he can remake Canada in his own image. Just imagine.

Progressives Are Nasty People

Thus, the preachy Liberal progressive fehmihnihst who issues apologies for long-ago forgotten Canadian failures gets into a Fail-scrum in the House of Parliament.. out of the blue, witness PM Trudeau physically grabbing and dragging on (i.e., assaulting) the Opposition Party Whip Gord Brown (who told the PM to let go of him) and in the by-going, elbowing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau, and yelling “GTF outta my way.”

A momentary lapse? Sits down ASAP? Nuh-uh. Prince Justin immediately has the class, decorum, maturity, gravitas and dignitas to get into an undignified screaming match with the outgoing leader of the NDP, Thomas Mulcair.

Imagine if past-PM Harper had done even one of these things. Exactly.

Just what kind of person goes across the room to lay hands on a fellow MP and try and frog-march him to his seat?– it doesn’t matter the reason– then carelessly elbows a woman like she’s not even there, and is heard swearing? He wasn’t ‘trying’ to hurt anyone, but he didn’t seem to care, either. And frankly, so what if the NDP were in on it?

In good news? The MPs were gathered to vote on the government’s physician-assisted dying legislation, bill C-14, which was defeated 172-137. Get used to the taste of defeat, pretty-boy.

HRH Boy Emperor

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Let’s review– aside from his election-boy character, our current Prime Minister has always and actually been hot-headed, foul-mouthed, aggressive, short tempered, thoughtless, entitled, immature, narcissistic, superficial, smarmy, anti-democratic (he admires Communist Chinese government, remember?), and someone who considers due process and basic manners to be needlessly frustrating and optional. He got frustrated the other day– but over what?

He’s had a long, sweet, comfy honey-moon from the media and the public; and if this is how he responds when things are good, one shudders to imagine what will lash out from the PM when things are tough, dangerous, protracted, or not what he wants. I predict: beware this man, as the Bible says,

“His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.”

My Will Be Done

At best, Justin is a paper Catholic, but a progressive above all. If there’s no truth, or exterior right & wrong, or God who holds us accountable for every word and deed, then (a) looking good is more than enough, then (b) do what you want, as long as you don’t get caught, then (c) gradually start to do whatever you want, and get your abuse victims used to your ways, and (d) apologies when you get caught don’t have to mean much.

People say “He’s his mother’s son”; I think we just caught a glimpse of the hateful, woman-smacking, bullying former dictator of Canada, Justin’s father Pierre. This just in, Justin promises not to smack Parliament around any more like last time, brings flowers, apologizes (twice), talks sweet, smiles, bruised but needy Parliament feels bad for making him feel bad, takes him back, agrees it was mostly her fault.

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So Saith

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Just FYI: The DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features:

-Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance

-Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it

-Exaggerating your achievements and talents

-Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate

-Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people

-Requiring constant admiration

-Having a sense of entitlement

-Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations

-Taking advantage of others to get what you want

-Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others

-Being envious of others and believing others envy you

-Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner

Couldn’t Agree More…

… if there were three of me.

~ ITEM: Watch Kenny Chesney’s Chaotic ‘Noise’ Video

~ ITEM: Photographer Depicts Evils of Smartphones in Stunning Photos

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THERE’S A world-wide conspiracy against silence, quiet, calm, and it’s coming at us from all directions at once. For those of us who don’t do life at volume-setting 11, it’s destructive, distracting, confusing, and enslaving. All this noise noise noise noise!

Several times in the past few months I’ve waved or called out a greeting to a neighbour on the street– nope: glued to the phone, the iPod, the distractor. It got me thinking.

What To Do?

Kenny Chesney is right that our modern West is all about noise, propaganda, selling things, babble, infotainment, endless electronic demands, devices which gobble our time, our days, our hours of rest. The question, after awakening to the racket and noise, is to ask “What else is there, instead?”

Everything else ever anywhere. The all-precious electronics? Turn them off.

Leave it home. Silence the alerts. You don’t actually need to answer that e-mail or  text or to see the funny new kitten video. Tell people when you’d like them to call on the phone, instead of jumping for every call like it’s the police or the lottery.

Unplug. Just go for a walk– you, God, the birds, the breeze, the bugs, the sunshine on the grass.. no disconnecting or dehumanizing smartphone or iPod or shiny thing. Take a nap. Call a friend. Give an ear to someone who could use a good listener. Real things are best: friendship, society, leaving things and people better than you found them.

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Make more room in your life for quiet. Read before bed, instead of surfing or chatting or sharing that one last trivial bit of forgettable fluff.

Enquieten your soul, so you can really begin to hear and listen to yourself, and nature, and for the voice of the Lord.. that still small voice which is paved over by the avalanche of modern noise, that needy neighbour or family member or stranger who vanishes behind the distractions.

Not So Easy?

Like any overpowering addiction, it may be painful and take some time to wean yourself away from constant technophilia and hollow ‘connectedness’. Then, try to help your  kids, family, friends, co-workers. Shhhh. Listen.

So saith,

Teh Binks

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Noise

Wrecking balls, downtown construction
Bottles breaking, jukebox buzzing
Cardboard sign says “The Lord is Coming”
Tick, tick, tock
Rumors turn the mills back home
Parking lot kids with the speakers blown
We didn’t turn it on but we can’t turn it off, off, off
Sometimes I wonder how did we get here
Seems like all we ever hear is noise

Yeah we scream, yeah we shout ’til we don’t have a voice
In the streets, in the crowds, it ain’t nothing but noise
Drowning out all the dreams of this Tennessee boy
Just tryna be heard over all this noise

24 hour television, get so loud that no one listens
Sex and money and politicians talk, talk, talk
But there really ain’t no conversation
Ain’t nothing left to the imagination
Trapped in our phones and we can’t make it stop, stop this noise

Yeah we scream, yeah we shout ’til we don’t have a voice
In the streets, in the crowds, it ain’t nothing but noise
Drowning out all the dreams of this Tennessee boy
Just tryna be heard in all this noise

Every room, every house, every shade of noise
All the floors, all the walls, they all shake with noise
We can’t sleep, we can’t think, can’t escape the noise
We can’t take the noise, so we just make noise

Yeah we scream, yeah we shout ’til we don’t have a voice
In the streets, in the crowds, it ain’t nothing but noise
Drowning out all the dreams of this Tennessee boy
Just tryna be heard in all this noise

All this noise
Can’t take the noise
Can’t take the noise
Can’t stand the noise
Can’t take the noise