Aug 022018

Washington DC – Attorney General Jeff Sessions just announced the creation of the *Religious Liberty Task Force (RLTF). The RLTF was originally planned to function within the Department of Justice. The Attorney General stated its job is to “help the department fully implement our religious guidance.” However, Vice President Mike Pence pulled rank this morning and is ordering the Religious Liberty Task Force to become part of Pence’s Department Of Anti-Witchcraft (DAW).

“We need to centralize federal institutions dedicated to spreading Christianity,” Vice President Pence stated. “Putting the Religious Liberty Task Force within the Department of Anti-Witchcraft is a no-brainer.”

Those in favor of Pence’s move quote the DAW’s mission statement which includes The Director of DAW will be given powers to train all existing and future agents in the skills needed to combat the Devil and his lickspittles. The professionals in the Religious Liberty Task Force need to be trained in fighting satanic atheists, satanic Catholics, and satanic Muslims. Why not merge the two organizations?

Evangelicals are being reassured that the Religious Task Force will still actively persecute non-Christians within the court of law. An analysis of Pence’s plan reveals several potential positive outcomes:
Witch trials will be 23% faster and cost less to the tax payer.
Court appointed witch hunters will be available at trials.
Evangelicals who are being persecuted for their orders at Jewish delis will be defended by top tier tax funded lawyers.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking the news badly. Sources say Sessions was planning to put on his Confederate General uniform and play big-boy soldier-man at Religious Liberty Task Force meetings. Now, he can only cosplay General Lee-Sessions at Civil War re-enactments.
All this from the very creative mind of Andrew Hall over at Patheos.

Jul 112018

Trump’s script for Russia looks something like this: America joins Putin to destroy “radical Islamic terror”—and in particular, Islamic State (IS). At the same time Russia agrees to abandon its collaboration with Iran, an old enemy for America in the Middle East and a threat to its allies, including Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. In Europe Russia would stop fomenting conflict in Ukraine, agree not to harass NATO members on its doorstep and, possibly, enter nuclear-arms-control talks. In the longer term, closer ties with Russia could also help curb Chinese expansion. Stephen Bannon, Mr Trump’s most alarming adviser, said last year that he had “no doubt” that “we’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to ten years.” If so, America will need allies, and Russia is a nuclear power with a 4,200km (2,600-mile) border with China. What’s not to like?
Obama proved to be a convenient doormat as Putin ordered intervention into Eastern Ukraine and grabbed the Crimean Peninsula. A year after that, he sent Russia’s military to support the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and refused to accommodate Washington’s view over his future. Trump bombed Syria and killed 200 Russians. Then trump told NATO countries to increase their defence spending to four percent of their gross domestic product, higher than the group’s goal of two percent and left them to figure out how to accommodate the American president. Trump told Stoltenberg Russia is effectively holding Germany captive because Germany’s reliance on Russian gas and oil.

Trump said it was “very inappropriate” for the US to be paying for European defence from Russia while Germany is supporting gas deals with Moscow.

“They pay billions of dollars to Russia and we have to defend them against Russia,” Trump told Stoltenberg at a breakfast meeting.

“Germany as far as I’m concerned is captive to Russia because it’s getting so much of its energy from Russia,” he said.

About President Obama. FP said: Barack Obama Was a Foreign-Policy Failure
The 44th president of the United States promised to bring change but mostly drove the country deeper into a ditch. Obama’s presidency is in other respects a tragedy — and especially when it comes to foreign policy.Yet Obama’s presidency is in other respects a tragedy — and especially when it comes to foreign policy. It is a tragedy because Obama had the opportunity to refashion America’s role in the world, and at times he seemed to want to do just that. The crisis of 2008-2009 was the ideal moment to abandon the failed strategy of liberal hegemony that the United States had been pursuing since the end of the Cold War, but in the end Obama never broke with that familiar but failed approach. The result was a legacy of foreign-policy missteps that helped propel Donald Trump into the White House.

Jun 262018

Intelligence is highly heritable and a major determinant of human health and well-being. Recent genome-wide meta-analyses have identified 24 genomic loci linked to variation in intelligence, but much about its genetic underpinnings remains to be discovered. Here, we present a large-scale genetic association study of intelligence (n = 269,867), identifying 205 associated genomic loci (190 new) and 1,016 genes (939 new) via positional mapping, expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) mapping, chromatin interaction mapping, and gene-based association analysis. We find enrichment of genetic effects in conserved and coding regions and associations with 146 nonsynonymous exonic variants. Associated genes are strongly expressed in the brain, specifically in striatal medium spiny neurons and hippocampal pyramidal neurons. Gene set analyses implicate pathways related to nervous system development and synaptic structure. We confirm previous strong genetic correlations with multiple health-related outcomes, and Mendelian randomization analysis results suggest protective effects of intelligence for Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD and bidirectional causation with pleiotropic effects for schizophrenia. These results are a major step forward in understanding the neurobiology of cognitive function as well as genetically related neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Thank Jeanne E. Savage, Philip R. Jansen, and Danielle Posthuma for the above.

Jun 112018

Marie Dolores O’Neill, “Lori”, passed away May 5th, 2018 at Penn Hospice at 73 years of age. Beautiful, smart, tall, well-dressed, sophisticated and much loved, she favored her left-hand but persisted without complaint in the right-handed world. Marie was a favorite and much-loved relative and had many friends and companions over the years. She will be greatly missed. 

Marie lived in the Oxford Circle section of Philly for 53 years and in the Logan/Art Museum area for 20 years. She loved Center City and the Logan Circle area including her 1880 home. She graduated from Saint Martin of Tours; Little Flower high, and received her degree from Temple University. She was a paralegal manager at Dechert LLP aka. Dechert Price and Rhodes, an international law firm of more than 900 lawyers in 28 locations around the world. When she retired has co-workers gave her cash and the firm matched the amount. Marie donated all of the money to the Lithuanian Orphans, we think in Georgia.
Her car was a Volkswagen that she kept in good repair for many, many years. She often loaned it to her older brother when he needed to travel to the Main Line to get his degree.
Marie loved her Sunbeam too. Her oldest brother rebuilt the top of the engine for which she was immensly grateful, but she gave up owning a car because it wasn’t much needed in center city. Two neighbors let her use their Prius and she often drove them to and from the airport.
Marie was a pianist as was her mother Philomena for whom her parents purchased a Cunningham player piano that is now in the care of Marie’s niece Terree of Zionsville, PA. Marie’s parents purchased a Wurlitzer piano for her which is going to her grand niece Autumn in Massachusetts. Whoops. Her youngest brother paid hundreds of dollars to have it hauled away. Smart of him, what. 

Her half great granduncles, twin brothers, Pat and Mike Shugrue were Sheriffs in Dodge City and Pat succeeded William B. (Bat) Masterson. 
The Irish roots of Marie are long and deep with some ancestors coming from Castlemaine, others from Cork in Ireland and some from Germany, but the Lithuanian roots are deepest.
Grandpop O’Neill, — William J. Sr, who was Irish and German & grandmother Kathryn (Catherine?) Emanual Allison Raith whose father was a German Raith and her mother was an Irish Sughrue therefore Katherine was 50% Irish and 50% German whose Shugrue grandmother was an Irish Sughrue and Irish Flavahan from Timothy Sughrue and Julia Cronin. Cronin came from a Cronin and a McHenry. The Sughrue ancestors go back to about 1793. On the Raith (German) side the record shows it goes back to about 1760 or so in the South West of Germany and the area around Heidelberg, Baden-Wurtemburg and the Black Forrest.
On Mom’s side 100% Lithuanian.
Dad was 75% Irish, 25% German, – based on half of his fathers ancestry and half of his mothers. .
Marie was 50% Lithuanian from Mom and 37.5% Irish and 12.5% German from Dad although she was happier being known as Lithuanian.

‘Lori’ was clearly light-hearted and happiest in her Philly home and the Logan Circle and center city areas. 

Marie loved cosmopolitan Philadelphia; great libations; and her nieces and nephews. Hobbies included trips to European and African locations, –Lithuania was a special trip as was her first international trip to Casablanca, Morocco in Africa, eventually travelling to Egypt where she toured the Nile river; to Prague, Paris, and Ireland as well as Nova Scotia and Kansas for her Shugrue family ancestors. Marie was an avid equestrian since her first pony ride on Higbee Street. She left behind two older brothers, Bill, an engineer, marketeer and manager who has been in 92 countries, and Frank who lives on a small cow farm in Alabama which suits him just fine; five nieces, Terree, Traci,  Suzanne, Nancy and Megan; one nephew, Christopher; five grandnieces Autumn, Sequoya, Aidyn, Bryn, and Francesca, four grandnephews, Hunter, Roark, Zachery and Egan, a grandniece Caroline, and a great grand step-nephew Alex Scofield of Philadelphia as well as her cousins Patricia Doyle-Kras, Ed, Dorothy and Dave Danasavich, Frank McDonald, Joe, Paul and Anton Stone. Her Dodge City ancestors, the twin sheriffs Pat and Mike Shugrue were born in County Kerry, Ireland. Marie was delighted to travel to Dodge City, Kansas for a Shugrue family reunion.

Marie rarely missed a birthday, a dance recital, or a family gathering.  She enjoyed her independent cosmopolitan life in the city as well as her travels to other places and to the homes of her relatives. Her ashes will be suitably dispersed over the land. She remains deeply loved and locked forever within our hearts and our memory. She’s gone,  but not really.

Apr 302018

Those are the separations of the five seats of power that are needed so a free people can remain as free as possible.

The media can be crazy and corrupt but it must be kept away from government.

The biggest separation is God from Government. When government and religion combine the people cannot be free to live their lives according to their own desires. These are the separations that were made when America was founded and they caused America to endure.