Saturday, April 30, 2011

Help for some Alabama families

If you would like to help out some hurting families down in Alabama, here are some links to assist you.

Praying for all those devastatingly affected by the storms

I'm sure that all of you know of the storms and the resultant destruction and deaths that have happened here in the south.

Fortunately, here in middle TN where I live, we just got some T-storms. No tornadoes and no real bad flooding (like last year and the year before).
It just went all around us.

I just wanted to publicly say that my family and I are praying for all of those affected.
It's been on my mind constantly and I can only imagine what they are going through.
My heart goes out to all of them.

Lord, please give them peace and comfort through all of this.
In Jesus' name.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Elise

Wednesday was Elise's birthday. I'll let you guess how old she is.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

New Babies

Sunday evening one of Gabriel's cows had a bull calf. Then on Tuesday his other cow had her calf. Another bull. They are both really cute. Neither of them have names yet.
This is the first one. I wasn't able to get a good picture of the other one.

This is both of them and one of the mothers. The one on the left is the one that was born on Tuesday.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Jordon

Yesterday was Jordon's birthday. He turned 17! Wow, he's getting old.
Elise made the cheese cake. It was very yummy.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy Birthday to Levi

Yesterday was Levi's 14th birthday. We had T.J. and Rachel over for supper. Pizza, cake, and ice cream. That's the best food.

You have to love the cake Elise made for him.

Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you.

Happy birthday dear Levi.
Of course Allen helped with the presents.
Waiting for her ice cream.

Mom and Dad.

Titus and Johanna.

Friday, April 15, 2011

April 15

It looks like April 15th is a day for sinking.
From William J. Federer's American Minute:

On APRIL 15, 1865, President Lincoln died. He was shot the night before in Ford's Theater. On APRIL 15, 1912, the Titanic sank. It struck an iceberg the night before. In 1954, APRIL 15 became the deadline for Income tax returns. Though the Constitution banned a Federal Income Tax (Art.1,Sec.9), Lincoln passed an emergency income tax to pay for the Civil War. It was repealed in 1873. An income tax was attempted in 1894, but the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional in Pollock v Farmers' Loan. In 1913, with World War I threatening, Woodrow Wilson promoted the 16th Amendment, which was a one percent tax on the top one percent richest people. In 1942, with World War II, Franklin Roosevelt passed "the greatest tax bill in American history." John F. Kennedy stated April 20, 1961: "In meeting the demands of war finance, the individual income tax moved from a selective tax imposed on the wealthy to the means by which the great majority of our citizens participate in paying." In 1988, President Reagan said: "I believe God did give mankind unlimited gifts to invent, produce and create. And for that reason it would be wrong for governments to devise a tax structure that suppresses those gifts."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cannibalism in Disguise

As a society, we are so desensitized that most people will not even bat an eye at the article below.
For me, I find it very disturbing.

Biotech company using cell lines from aborted babies in food enhancement testing BY REBECCA MILLETTE

LARGO, Florida, March 29, 2011 ( – Pepsico, Kraft Foods, and Nestlé are among the corporations partnered with a biotech company found using aborted fetal cell lines to test food flavor enhancers, according to a pro-life watchdog group.

The internationally recognized biotech company, Senomyx, boasts innovation and success in “flavour programs” designed to reduce MSG, sugar and salt in food and beverage products. Senomyx notes their collaborators provide them research and development funding plus royalties on sales of products using their flavor ingredients.

Pro-life watchdog group, Children of God for Life (CGL), has called upon the public to target the major corporations in a boycott, unless the company ceases to use aborted fetal cell lines in their product testing.

“Using isolated human taste receptors,” the Senomyx website claims, “we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor.”

“What they do not tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors,” stated Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director for CGL, the watch dog group that has been monitoring the use of aborted fetal material in medical products and cosmetics for years.

“They could have easily chosen COS (monkey) cells, Chinese Hamster Ovary cells, insect cells or other morally obtained human cells expressing the G protein for taste receptors,” Vinnedge added.

Responses from major corporations to CGL’s letter campaign succeeded in warning the pro-life watchdog that these companies would need significant public pressure to admit involvement in and convince them of the need to change Senomyx’s unethical testing methods.

After three letters, Nestlé finally admitted the truth about their relationship with Senomyx, noting the cell line was “well established in scientific research”.

Pepsico wrote: “We hope you are reassured to learn that our collaboration with Senomyx is strictly limited to creating lower-calorie, great-tasting beverages for consumers. This will help us achieve our commitment to reduce added sugar per serving by 25% in key brands in key markets over the next decade and ultimately help people live healthier lives.”

“If enough people voice their outrage and intent to boycott these consumer products, it can be highly effective in convincing Senomyx to change their methods”, Vinnedge noted. “Otherwise, we will be buying Coca-Cola, Lipton soups and Hershey products!”

Note: This article originally stated, based on information provided by CGL, that Solae and Campbell soup were also partnered with Senomyx. However, LSN has since learned that while both companies were in the past partnered with Senomyx, they no longer have a relationship with the company.

To contact the companies:

Kent Snyder, CEO
4767 Nexus Centre Drive
San Diego, California 92121

Paul Bulcke, CEO
Nestlé USA
800 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203


Jamie Caulfield, Sr.VP
PepsiCo, Inc.
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

Irene Rosenfeld, CEO
Kraft Foods/Cadbury Chocolate
Three Lakes Drive
Northfield, IL 60093

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