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Woman, 63, drinks her own urine to “stay young”

Would you drink this to stay young?

urine-sample

Women (and increasingly men) have resorted to cosmetic surgery cutting up their faces in a quest to erase signs of aging like wrinkles, double chins, and under-eye bags.

A narcissistic British woman is going a different route. She drinks her own urine to “stay young.”

Katy Winter reports for the Daily Mail, Oct. 3, 2013, that 63-year-old Sylvia Chandler claims drinking a pint of her own urine every day for the last 20 years has kept her slim and youthful.

She also uses her urine to wash her hair and moisturize her face, and insists she hasn’t gone to a doctor in over a decade.

Chandler told the UK entertainment website Closer:

“Drinking my own urine has kept me healthy and energized. And it helps me stay young — men are often surprised when I tell them my age. I have a glass of urine in the morning and another couple during the day. It tastes delicious – it’s a bit like water, but sweeter. I haven’t been to the doctor in a decade. I never get colds and I’ve maintained my size 10 figure.”

The thrice-married single mother-of-two is an advocate of urine therapy for everything from keeping youthful to healing wounds, and keeps a bottle of old urine in the kitchen in case she burns herself, as aged urine has stronger healing properties.

But she admits that she had to start small when it came to actually drinking her urine. She diluted her first glass with cranberry juice, but soon progressed to drinking it straight three times a day.

Chandler justifies the purported health benefits of drinking urine, saying that when we were in our mothers’ wombs, we were swimming in and drinking our own urine: “For nine months before you were born you floated in a combination of your own and your mother’s urine. You drank it, it fed you, it grew your lungs entirely. All of your skin, your bones are made from tiny crystals which are all formed by urine. Most of us came out perfect with beautiful skin, and it’s only when we’ve lived this toxic life that we get sick. If you came out perfect, it doesn’t matter what you get wrong with you, you can put yourself back to being perfect.”

But Rob Hicks, M.D. — a general practitioner — thinks otherwise. He reminds us that urine is a waste product, produced by our kidneys ridding the body of toxins: “Over the years many people have claimed health benefits from drinking their own urine, but as far as I’m aware there is no scientific evidence to back-up these claims. The kidneys are an efficient filtering system getting rid of what the body doesn’t need, so to put this back into the body seems counter-productive. Personally, I believe there are better – and more palatable – ways to keep the body healthy including not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and keeping stress under control.”

The pic below is the only pic of Sylvia Chandler that I could find by googling images of “Sylvia Chandler.” It’s taken from a very long and tedious video of her extolling her “urine therapy.” Note that she’s shot in dim light and from a distance, not to mention her hair conceals most of her face.

Sylvia Chandler

I took this screenshot (below) of her at the 40:21 mark in the video, showing more of her face:

Sylvia Chandler1

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Then I cropped her head, and magnified it

Sylvia Chandler1Even in the dim light you can see those deep bags under her eyes.

Take away the youthful long hair (washed in urine!) and mini-skirt. What you have is a 63-year-old woman who looks her age — and more!

Yuck! disgust

~Eowyn

Puke of the day

Fox news host Geraldo River tweeted this scrawny pic of himself, naked to right above his weewee-maker, early this morning, with this sickeningly narcissistic message:

70 is the new 50 (Erica and family are going to be so pissed…but at my age…)

Geraldo

So now millions across America and the world know Geraldo shaves his pubic hair.

Pass me the barf bag, please! barfbag

3 days ago, Geraldo also tweeted about how wonderful he thinks POS Obama is for his speech about how he’s just like Trayvon. Maybe Geraldo’s naked pic is just his way to audition to be the next Reggie Love.

Just a thought!

~Eowyn

“Thank You!”

gratitude-cicero

My mother and father raised me to always be thankful for the gifts that God has given me.  I remember them telling me that God knows everything that you need and to never forget to thank Him.  My mother and father also taught me “manners” and how to be gracious, kind and generous to people, that this was so very important.  And in teaching me manners, included was the need to thank others when they have done something for me in whatever capacity.  I remember listening to them intently, with my eyes gazing up at them, and truly, I tried to implement thankfulness in my life.

In September of 2006, during the Sacrament of Confession, a wonderful priest told me “To thank God in all things and situations, to praise God in all things and situations, to remember to live in the mystery of His Cross and to live in the present.”  He told me that no matter what happens, even if it is evil, that a greater good would come from it and to submit all circumstances to God, asking for his help and direction, to be the best person I could be, to be an excellent soldier for Christ and to ask to do His Will.  Every day I have remembered this counsel, at its heart being thanksgiving and praise to God, willing to submit to Him in all the circumstances of life, to actually “be” the person He has made.

Indeed and in fact, the term, “Eucharist”, the central act of Christian worship, the Mass, is a Greek word which means, “thanksgiving,” because through its institution by Jesus, He “gave thanks” to His Father  (Mt. 26: 26-28):

While they were eating , Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is My body.”  Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is My blood of the new covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.”

The Mass is the supreme act of Christian thanksgiving, the celebration of the Eucharist, from Jesus instituting this Sacrament in or about 33 A.D., to the present time, December 22, 2012 and on forward.  It is noteworthy here that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity in avid constancy, gave thanks to the Father and asked that this supreme Thanksgiving, be done in remembrance of Him.

I love listening to the Gospel that involved Jesus healing the ten lepers in Luke 17:11-19:

As he continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.  As he was entering a village, ten lepers met Him.  They stood at a distance from Him and raised their voice, saying, “Jesus, Master!  Have pity on us!”  And when He saw them, He said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  As they were going they were cleansed.  And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jeus and thanked him.  He was a Samaritan.  Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not?  Where are the other nine?  Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?  Then He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” 

Clearly, Jesus takes notice of the leper who thanked Him, but He also takes notice of the nine lepers who did not thank Him.

Being thankful to God from the heart, soul, mind, intellect and will is a wonderful necessity that frees us from ourselves, our egos, wherein we learn how to be “little” and how to recognize Jesus in disguise, how to help our neighbors, the people that we are involved with in our own Calcuttas.  Thankfulness is liberating and essential for happiness, and above all, it is essential for holiness, it is essential to becoming a Saint and it is essential in loving our neighbors.  We should want to be Saints, friends of God living in Heaven with Him, seeing the Triune God, face to face.  This should be our ultimate goal over any other goal.

dear God

In spite of how wonderful it is to be thankful, there are actually people in this world who avoid being thankful and who spurn being thankful as something that is beneath them.  Since I have been involved in Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM) as a writer, I have made it a point to thank the writers, especially Dr. Eowyn, the owner and administrator of this blog, for the specific communications I have read, which incudes the effort, research and thought that goes into the various posts.  In this capacity on FOTM, I have learned that many people are not thankful and actually make it a point to condemn thankfulness.  One commenter called me “comical” because I “thank” so much, also calling me a “butt kisser.”  I laughed, because if you know me, you know that this would never be a description of me.  It really is funny.  But I thought about why would someone make such comments about being thankful?  I came to the conclusion that once again, the sin of narcissism and pride is the cause of such a stupid disdain for being “thankful”, and that people who do not appreciate or thank have chosen darkness and their own glory as their light, instead of the Light of Christ and the light of goodness that we experience in being thankful to each other.  Such people need our prayers as they must be very unhappy and do not know themselves.  For if you know yourself, you would then realize why it is necessary to be thankful.

So, as I say almost every day to my dear Sister of choice, Dr. Eowyn, the leader of this Fellowship, “Thank you, Dr. Eowyn, for everything you do for us, for everything that you do for your neighbors that you do know and for your neighbors that you do not know.  Thank you for your research and the accompanying brilliance and scholarly enlightenment that helps us to understand what is true and what is not true.”  And, to all of my fellow writers, I extend my utmost thanks for everything that you do as well to be Soldiers for the Triune God, to point out evil and to point out good, all servants of the Truth, which is Jesus, a Person.  And most of all, I thank you, most Supreme and Loving Triune God!  Thank You!

~Joan

Giant sculpture of the POS at the 2012 DNC

He’s not waiting for posterior to immortalize him by adding his visage to Mount Rushmore.

The POS is having a gigantic 16-foot sculpture of himself made for next week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

Daniel Greenfield reports for FrontPageMag.com, Aug. 31, 2012:

Forget the marble pillars, this time there will be a giant 16-foot sculpture of Obama made out of 15.5 tons of sand at the Democratic National Convention. Building a giant sand sculpture of a living leader might be considered a bit tacky with its worshipful implications, but building one during a hurricane in South Carolina is in particularly bad taste.

But if nothing else, at least Obama has found one “Shovel Ready Project”. And this isn’t even the creepiest giant Obama sand sculpture ever made. The winner of that particular competition is still Sudarsan Pattnaik with this nightmare made out of sand.

Hey, you POS squatting in the White House! The United States of America is not North Korea. We don’t do Cult of Personality here — at least not if the American People have any say about it.

Unlike granite, sand is ephemeral. I hope dogs pee on your creepy sand-sculpture.

~Eowyn

A saint who understands our troubled times

The word “saint” simply means holy or pure.

Before they became holy, saints were just like you and I. Take a look at the painting below of the man named Benedict, born in the mid-5th century when the Roman Empire was crumbling. His face shows well the wear and tear of our human living and suffering. This is how One Hundred Saints describes Benedict’s times:

“Overrun by pagan and Arian tribes, the civilized world seemed during the closing years of the fifth century to be rapidly lapsing into barbarism: the Church was rent by schisms, town and country were desolated by war and pillage, shameful sins were rampant amongst Christians as well as heathens, and it was noted that there was not a sovereign or a ruler who was not an atheist, a pagan or a heretic.”

A perfect description of the troubled times we live in, isn’t it? For, like Benedict, we too are living in a time when a great empire — the American — is waning and crumbling. May we find solace and inspiration in Benedict’s life, teachings, and example!

~Eowyn

“Pray and Work” -  St. Benedict of Nursia (AD 480-547)

We do not have a contemporaneous biographical account of Benedict, despite his historical importance as the founder of Western monasticism. The little we know about his earlier life comes from the Dialogues of St. Gregory, published 46 years after Benedict’s death.

Born in 480, four years after the abdication of the last Roman emperor, in the town of Nursia (the modern Norcia) in today’s central Italy, Benedict was the son of a Roman noble. Sent by his father to Rome to study, Benedict was revolted by the licentiousness of his classmates. Fearing he might be contaminated by their example, Benedict left Rome and became a hermit in a wild and rocky place now known as Subiaco. There, he lived alone for three years in a cave, in contemplation and prayer. He succeeded in overcoming three demonic temptations — those of putting himself as the center of his life, that is, narcissism; sensuality and worldliness; and anger and revenge.

Soon, the word spread of this wise and holy man. Many people began visiting Benedict, bringing him food and receiving from him instruction and advice. Among his visitors were a community of monks who, having lost their abbot by death, asked Benedict to take his place. But Benedict’s strict notions of monastic discipline did not suit them. So the monks tried to get rid of him by poisoning his wine! But their diabolical plot was foiled when the jug of wine broke in pieces as Benedict made the sign of the cross over it. Benedict rebuked the monks but forgave them. He then left them to return to Subiaco.

There, attracted by his holiness and miraculous powers, disciples began flocking to Benedict. Overcome with envy, a priest called Florentius sought to destroy Benedict by spreading lies and even tried to kill Benedict with a poisoned loaf. According to St. Gregory, Benedict’s life once again was saved when a raven seized the loaf and flew away with it.

Eventually, Benedict collected the worthy from among his disciples and founded twelve monasteries, each with 12 monks and its own prior, with Benedict as director.

In 529, Benedict left Subiaco and settled in hilly Monte Cassino, where he overthrew a pagan temple dedicated to Apollo and built two chapels in its stead. In time, the chapels and their surroundings grew into the Abbey of Monte Cassino — the most famous abbey the world has ever known and the source of the Benedictine Order.

It is believed that during this period of time, Benedict composed his Rule — a book of precepts. Though it was primarily intended for the monks at Monte Cassino, Benedict’s Rule has become the leading guide in Western Christianity for monastic living in community, especially Benedictines. More than that, the Rule is addressed to all of us who renounce our own will to take upon us “the strong and bright armor of obedience to fight under the Lord Christ, our true king.”

So what is the Rule of St. Benedict?

Benedict described his Rule as “minimal, just an initial outline.” St. Gregory put it best when he characterized the Rule as Benedict’s teaching by example — “as he himself lived.”

Briefly, the two main tenets of St. Benedict’s Rule are Humility and Ora et Labora (pray and work):

1. Pray and Work: St. Benedict believed that being a follower of Christ requires both faith and works. Faith without works is a dead faith. One must pray to become close to God, as well as work through daily deeds in order to be fruitful as a branch on the Vine of Christ. Indeed, Benedict had founded the Benedictine Order precisely based on this precept of ora et labora — prayer and manual labor. And, true to his teaching by example,  Benedict did not confine his ministries to just the Abbey and the monks who lived there, but went out into the communities, curing the sick, relieving the distressed, giving alms, money, food and supplies to the poor.

2. Humility: As St. Gregory describes it, “the Abbot must . . . serve rather than to rule in order to show them all what is good and holy by his deeds more than by his words” and “illustrate the divine precepts by his example.” The Abbot “must also be a person who listens to the brethren’s views, as “the Lord often reveals to the youngest what is best.”

Pope Benedict XVI calls Benedict’s Rule, written 15 centuries ago, “surprisingly modern” in its prescription that “a man with public responsibility even in small circles must always be a man who can listen and learn from what he hears.” In a speech in 1990, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger emphasized the importance of St. Benedict for Europe in our post-modern times when “man is exposed to the danger of succumbing to the ancient temptation of seeking to redeem himself by himself – a utopia which … in 20th-century Europe … has caused ‘a regression without precedent in the tormented history of humanity’…. Today, in seeking true progress, let us also listen to the Rule of St. Benedict as a guiding light on our journey.  The great monk is still a true master at whose school we can learn to become proficient in true humanism.”

It is, therefore, not without reason and import that when he was elected to succeed Pope John Paul II on April 19, 20o5, Ratzinger chose Benedict as his pontifical name.

In closing, I want to address a Sacramental associated with this saint which is used by exorcists during the Rite of Exorcism as an external sign of the saving Power of Jesus. It is the medal or Crucifix of St. Benedict, which both Dr. Eowyn and I wear on a small chain necklace. Here’s a description:

“The origin of the medal of St. Benedict is very ancient. It was certainly suggested by the efficacious use that the patriarch made the sign of the cross against the assaults of the Demon narrated by St. Gregory. Pope Benedict XIV established the design of this medal. On one side it carries the image of St. Benedict holding a cross in his hand and on the other side there is a larger cross with Latin initials. Due to the fact that the cross represented is an essential element of this medal, it is called the Medal-Crucifix of St. Benedict.

On the back there is the effigy of the Saint, holding the cross in his right hand and the Rules in his left hand; on his right there is a cup from which a serpent is escaping (a recollection of the poisonous wine from which he miraculously escaped); on the left we have a crow taking away the poisoned bread.”

Inscribed on the medal and cross are Latin words, including “May the Holy Cross be my light”, “Get behind me Satan!,” “You won’t persuade me to do evil,” and “PAX” (Peace).

St. Benedict is the patron saint of Europe and, fittingly, of victims of poisoning. His feast day is today, July 11.

Sources

  • One Hundred Saints, Bulfinch Press
  • Lives of the Saints, edited by Michael Walsh
  • “Saint Benedict of Norcia,” General Audience, St. Peter’s Square, Wednesday, April 9, 2008, by Pope Benedict XVI

For the raison d’être of FOTM’s new series on “Angels and Saints,” please see Dr. Eowyn’s explanatory post,Calling on the Army of Angels and Saints.”

~Joan

Obama got booed in Boston

CBSW Boston reports that being booed was probably the last thing Barack Obama expected from the crowd at a Symphony Hall fundraiser last night (June 25), but boos he got.

That’s because the POS had the arrogant insensitivity to “thank” Boston for Kevin Youkilis, who was just traded to the Chicago White Sox, which is Obama’s favorite team.

The POS said, laughing, “I’m just saying, he’s going to have to change the color of his socks.”

Youkilis was traded from the Red Sox, to Obama’s favorite team just a day ago, on Sunday, for infielder Brent Lillibridge and pitcher Zach Stewart. Youkilis went 1-for-4 with a single in his White Sox debut Monday night, but Chicago lost to the Twins, 4-1.

“I love me! I love me! I love only me!”

But then the POS was being totally in character. One of the defining attributes of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a lack of empathy — putting oneself in another’s shoes and feeling what he/she feels. Our human ability to empathize with others is the basis of morality: Do to others as you would have others do unto you. A lack of empathy also characterizes other personality disorders, including the Anti-Social Personality Disorder, more commonly known as sociopathy and psychopathy.

Tickets for the POS’s fundraiser at Symphony Hall cost between $250 and $2,500.

Those fools and the POS deserve each other!

~Eowyn

A product of the “Self Esteem” movement

In the 1980s, public government schools began promoting the self esteem movement.

Here’s one product.

In 2007, five psychologists unveiled the results of their comprehensive study of U.S. college students who would have grown up being indoctrinated in the self esteem movement. Based on the responses of 16,475 college students nationwide who completed an evaluation called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory between 1982 and 2006, the study found that today’s college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors, which has troubling implications for society.

“We need to stop endlessly repeating, ‘You’re special,’ and having children repeat that back,” said Jean Twenge , the study’s lead author and a professor at San Diego State University. “Kids are self-centered enough already.”

Self esteem can only come from real achievements. Unearned self-esteem leads only to grandiose narcissism.

That would explain why young Americans are also lacking in empathy.

A Univ. Michigan ISR meta-study in 2010, summarizing 72 other studies of college students’ empathy, concluded that American college students are 40% less empathic than in 1979 with the biggest declines coming in the last decade. They found especially large drops in “empathic concern”.

One of the distinguishing traits of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder is that narcissists, imagining themselves to be superior than others, lack empathy. A deficit in empathy also characterizes sociopaths and psychopaths.

~Eowyn

Obama Increasingly Isolated and Disengaged

Design by BKeyser

As early as a year ago, the alternative media had reported that Obama is depressed, angry, unable to accept and process the ever-rising tide of criticisms of his presidency, and spends whatever free time he has conducting vanity searches of himself on the net.

Then there are those disturbing glimpses into Obama’s disordered mind.

There was his inappropriate laughter throughout his interview on the economy with Steve Kroft on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in March 2009. Kroft got so exasperated by the President of the United States laughing at Americans with economic woes, he said to Obama:

“You’re sitting here. And you’re– you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems.”

Then Skippy reacted with laughter to a black supporter, Velma Hart, who told him at a town hall meeting on Sept. 21, 2010, she was tired of defending him.

Totally inappropriate reaction to others is a sign, minimally of a narcissist’s lack of empathy, and maximally of mental illness. (Pathological narcissism, of course, itself is a mental and spiritual/moral disorder.)

Finally, reports of a depressed and increasingly isolated Obama are reaching the Main Stream Media.

Michael Goodwin reports for the New York Post, October 9, 2011:

“I have heard basically the same story four times in the last 10 days, and the people doing the talking are in New York and Washington and are spread across the political spectrum.

The gist is this: President Obama has become a lone wolf, a stranger to his own government. He talks mostly, and sometimes only, to friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett and to David Axelrod, his political strategist.

Everybody else, including members of his Cabinet, have little face time with him except for brief meetings that serve as photo ops. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner both have complained, according to people who have talked to them, that they are shut out of important decisions.

The president’s workdays are said to end early, often at 4 p.m. He usually has dinner in the family residence with his wife and daughters, then retreats to a private office. One person said he takes a stack of briefing books. Others aren’t sure what he does.

If the reports are accurate, and I believe they are, they paint a picture of an isolated man trapped in a collapsing presidency. While there is no indication Obama is walking the halls of the White House late at night, talking to the portraits of former presidents, as Richard Nixon did during Watergate, the reports help explain his odd public remarks.

Obama conceded in one television interview recently that Americans are not “better off than they were four years ago” and said in another that the nation had “gotten a little soft.” Both smacked of a man who feels discouraged and alienated and sparked comparisons to Jimmy Carter, never a good sign.

[...] If he cracked a single smile at the hour-plus event, I missed it. He seems happy only on the campaign trail, where the adoration of the crowd lifts his spirits.

When it comes to getting America back on track to economic growth, he is running on vapors. Yet he shows no inclination to adopt any ideas other than his own Big Government grab. His itch for higher taxes verges on a fetish.

[...] The election, unfortunately, is nearly 13 months away.

The way Obama’s behaving, by then we’ll all be talking to portraits of past presidents, asking why this one turned out to be such a flop.”

Needless to say, at a time when America is fighting several wars and the economy is falling, some say, into a second Great Depression, having a President who is depressed and disengaged from the affairs of state is perilous. There is also that no small matter of a President who is mentally disturbed, teetering at the edge of sanity/insanity.

~Eowyn

How the Left Harm America’s Moral Character

Dennis Prager has an excellent article that perfectly explains why liberals are narcissists — a conclusion I’ve arrived at from experience and observation.

~Eowyn

The liberal entitlement mentality

Ten Ways Progressive Policies Harm Society’s Moral Character

Dennis Prager – July 19, 2011

While liberals are certain about the moral superiority of liberal policies, the truth is that those policies actually diminish a society’s moral character. Many individual liberals are fine people, but the policies they advocate tend to make a people worse. Here are 10 reasons:

1. The bigger the government, the less the citizens do for one another. If the state will take care of me and my neighbors, why should I? This is why Western Europeans, people who have lived in welfare states far longer than Americans have, give less to charity and volunteer less time to others than do Americans of the same socioeconomic status.

The greatest description of American civilization was written in the early 19th century by the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville. One of the differences distinguishing Americans from Europeans that he most marveled at was how much Americans — through myriad associations — took care of one another. Until President Franklin Roosevelt began the seemingly inexorable movement of America toward the European welfare state — vastly expanded later by other Democratic presidents — Americans took responsibility for one another and for themselves far more than they do today. Churches, Rotary Clubs, free-loan societies and other voluntary associations were ubiquitous. As the state grew, however, all these associations declined. In Western Europe, they have virtually all disappeared.

2. The welfare state, though often well intended, is nevertheless a Ponzi scheme. Conservatives have known this for generations. But now, any honest person must acknowledge it. The welfare state is predicated on collecting money from today’s workers in order to pay for those who paid in before them. But today’s workers don’t have enough money to sustain the scheme, and there are too few of them to do so. As a result, virtually every welfare state in Europe, and many American states, like California, are going broke.

3. Citizens of liberal welfare states become increasingly narcissistic. The great preoccupations of vast numbers of Brits, Frenchmen, Germans and other Western Europeans are how much vacation time they will have and how early they can retire and be supported by the state.

4. The liberal welfare state makes people disdain work. Americans work considerably harder than Western Europeans, and contrary to liberal thought since Karl Marx, work builds character.

5. Nothing more guarantees the erosion of character than getting something for nothing. In the liberal welfare state, one develops an entitlement mentality — another expression of narcissism. And the rhetoric of liberalism — labeling each new entitlement a “right” — reinforces this sense of entitlement.

6. The bigger the government, the more the corruption. As the famous truism goes, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Of course, big businesses are also often corrupt. But they are eventually caught or go out of business. The government cannot go out of business. And unlike corrupt governments, corrupt businesses cannot print money and thereby devalue a nation’s currency, and they cannot arrest you.

7. The welfare state corrupts family life. Even many Democrats have acknowledged the destructive consequences of the welfare state on the underclass. It has rendered vast numbers of males unnecessary to females, who have looked to the state to support them and their children (and the more children, the more state support) rather than to husbands. In effect, these women took the state as their husband.

8. The welfare state inhibits the maturation of its young citizens into responsible adults. As regards men specifically, I was raised, as were all generations of American men before me, to aspire to work hard in order to marry and support a wife and children. No more. One of the reasons many single women lament the prevalence of boy-men — men who have not grown up — is that the liberal state has told men they don’t have to support anybody. They are free to remain boys for as long as they want.

And here is an example regarding both sexes. The loudest and most sustained applause I ever heard was that of college students responding to a speech by President Barack Obama informing them that they would now be covered by their parents’ health insurance policies until age 26.

9. As a result of the left’s sympathetic views of pacifism and because almost no welfare state can afford a strong military, European countries rely on America to fight the world’s evils and even to defend them.

10. The leftist weltanschauung [worldview] sees society’s and the world’s great battle as between rich and poor rather than between good and evil. Equality therefore trumps morality. This is what produces the morally confused liberal elites that can venerate a Cuban tyranny with its egalitarian society over a free and decent America that has greater inequality.

None of this matters to progressives. Against all this destructiveness, they will respond not with arguments to refute these consequences of the liberal welfare state, but by citing the terms “social justice” and “compassion,” and by labeling their opponents “selfish” and worse.

If you want to feel good, liberalism is awesome. If you want to do good, it is largely awful.

The Church of Oprah

Sure looks like a religious revival to me!

Yesterday, after a 25-year run, the Oprah Winfrey daytime talk show came to an end. That doesn’t mean she’ll disappear. On the contrary, Oprah has launched her own TV network, OWN. The woman will never go away. LOL

I’ve never really understood why Oprah’s show was so wildly popular. On the infrequent occasions when I tuned in, it was obvious her studio audience was comprised almost entirely of women.

In her new book, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon, Yale University professor Kathryn Lofton claims that the reason Oprah is so successful is because she’s the equivalent of a religious icon.

Having seen every episode of the Oprah show, Lofton explains that Oprah uses a Southern preacher’s rhythmic speech patterns and her show structure resembles a sermon. “Gospel is a word that means ‘good news’,” and “Oprah says that the good news is ‘you’,” Lofton told New York Post. Oprah became a religious icon in 1994 when she focused on The Gospel of You. “The time has come for this genre of talk shows to move on from dysfunctional whining and complaining and blaming. I have had enough of people’s dysfunction,” Oprah declared in 1994.

And yet, the National Enquirer points out Oprah herself is “a master of dysfunction – from her BFF Gayle King, on-off BF Stedman Graham and her shaky relationship with mom Vernita.”

Since I’ve watched very little of her talk show, I didn’t know about the New Age Church of Oprah until I watched these two videos.

What a load of horse manure! The Gospel of Oprah turns out to be the same old same old — the First Sin of narcissism.

H/t beloved fellow Tina.

~Eowyn