Quotes on common sense and ignorance

I feel I should clarify just because in some Instances someone chooses ignorance over understanding or not thinking over common sense doesn’t mean they do everything without thought and in ignorance.
Just because someone chooses understanding and knowledge over ignorance or uses common sense in certain instances doesn’t mean they always do so……

So we must be careful that when we judge someone’s actions we don’t judge them as a whole. Just because they have done something we may or may not agree with does not define them as a person.

Ok now onto quotes…..

“In this life you’ve got to hope for the best, prepare for the worst and take whatever God sends.”
― L.M. Montgomery
tags: common-sense 51 people liked it like

“intuition is always right in at least two important ways;
It is always in response to something.
it always has your best interest at heart”
― Gavin de Becker, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence

“Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be.”
― Harriet Beecher Stowe
tags: common-sense, senisibility 33 people liked it like

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”
― Thomas Paine, Common Sense

“It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?”
― Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

“Many who are self-taught far excel the doctors, masters, and bachelors of the most renowned universities.”
― Ludwig von Mises

“Maybe the problem was that we never struggled. We just coasted along. The thing about coasting is that it usually means you’re going downhill.”
― Molly Harper, And One Last Thing …

more at : http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/common-sense


It is a common sentence that Knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the power of Ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. Knowledge, through patient and frugal centuries, enlarges discovery and makes record of it; Ignorance, wanting its day’s dinner, lights a fire with the record, and gives a flavour to its one roast with the burnt souls of many generations.

GEORGE ELIOT, Daniel Deronda

It is as useless to fight against the interpretations of ignorance as to whip the fog.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

There is little hope for us until we become toughminded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and downright ignorance. The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of softmindedness. A nation or a civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., A Testament of Hope

The insolence of the vulgar is in proportion to their ignorance. They treat everything with contempt which they do not understand.

WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics



This is the letter I sent to the AAP reps.

Circumcision for healthy children is not in their best interest. Females are protected from any genital cutting, males need to be as well. It is your job as doctors to protect your patients not actively advocate unnecessary surgery on minors. Proxy consent given by parents is not a valid form of consent for unnecessary, harmful and risky surgery. Death and disfigurement due to medically unnecessary and unjustifiable surgery are not risks to be taken lightly as the AAP seems to be doing. Unless there is a defect that requires surgery to fix, proxy consent should not be considered in cosmetic preference cases like circumcision.

Infants and children do not have sex. UTIs are rare in infants especially makes and just because a boy is intact does not mean he is prone to infection. Circumcised boys get UTIs as well.

The soon to be release to be put out by the AAP on circumcision is unethical and does not put the needs of the child first.

(name omitted on my blog)


The World Health Organization and UNAIDS have supported circumcision as a preventive for HIV infections in regions with high rates of heterosexually transmitted HIV; however, the circumcision solution has several fundamental flaws that undermine its potential for success. This article explores, in detail, the data on which this recommendation is based, the diffi- culty in translating results from high risk adults in a research setting to the general pub- lic, the impact of risk compensation, and how circumcision compares to existing alterna- tives. Based on our analysis it is concluded that the circumcision solution is a wasteful distraction that takes resources away from more effective, less expensive, less invasive alternatives. By diverting attention away from more effective interventions, circumcision programs will likely increase the number of HIV infections

Smell the color 9

Wow! I just heard this song and it really struck a note with me…..
a video to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip2WgqBHYqM&feature=youtube_gdata_player


Lyrics to Smell The Color 9 :
I would take ‘no’ for an answer
Just to know I heard You speak
And I’m wonderin’ why I’ve never
Seen the signs they claim they see
Are the special revelations
Meant for everybody but me?
Maybe I don’t truly know You
Or maybe I just simply believe

‘Cause I can sniff, I can see
And I can count up pretty high
But these faculties aren’t getting me
Any closer to the sky
But my heart of faith keeps poundin’
So I know I’m doin’ fine
But sometimes finding You
Is just like trying to
Smell the color nine

Now I’ve never ‘felt the presence’
But I know You’re always near
And I’ve never ‘heard the calling’
But somehow You’ve led me right here
So I’m not looking for burning bushes
Or some divine graffiti to appear
I’m just beggin’ You for some wisdom
And I believe You’re puttin’ some here

‘Cause I can sniff, I can seek,
I can count up pretty high
But these faculties aren’t getting me
Any closer to the sky
But my heart of faith keeps poundin’
So I know I’m doin’ fine
But sometimes finding You
Is just like trying to
Smell the color nine

Smell the color nine?
But nine’s not a color
And even if it were you can’t smell a color
That’s my point exactly…


Keurig noisy…

Sooo my keurig started making a lot of racket again. I really should switch to distiller water Instead of tap water…..
I put diluted vinegar through my machine twice before I finally poured in almost straight up vinegar and finally my machine is running smoothly again.
Good thing I have a back up coffee pot!!!
Oh and make sure you flush out your machine well! Vinegar and coffee don’t mix well!

Mja phimosis: This link used to work….


The link above used to be a valid link. It showed a picture of a normal intact infant penis and an abnormal intact infant penis with true phimosis.
Basically, they showed slightly pulling back… Normally a non-retractable I can’t foreskin when pulled back slightly will pucker like lips and have a healthy pink look.
For true phimosis, when the foreskin is slightly pulled back the lips of the foreskin flatten out and look strained and white-ish and does not pucker like puckered lips.

(these are my own words above as the link above is now only for member use and I am not a member. I am only writing what I remember. I am not a dr or a scientist just someone who has been reading for 5 yrs on the intact boy because I am a mother.)

I found a link that works. It’s for a site in Canada

phony phimosis diagnosis: http://www.drmomma.org/2010/01/phony-phimosis-diagnosis.html?m=1


“Phimosis is nonretraction of prepuce. It is normally seen in younger children due to adhesions between prepuce and glans penis. It is termed pathologic when nonretractability is associated with local or urinary complaints attributed to the phimotic prepuce. Physicians still have the trouble to distinguish between these two types of phimosis. This ignorance leads to undue parental anxiety and wrong referrals to urologists. Circumcision was the mainstay of treatment for pathologic phimosis. With advent of newer effective and safe medical and conservative surgical techniques, circumcision is gradually getting outmoded. Parents and doctors should a be made aware of the noninvasive options for pathologic phimosis for better outcomes with minimal or no side-effects. Also differentiating features between physiologic and pathologic phimosis should be part of medical curriculum to minimise erroneous referrals for surgery.”


“11.2. Conventional Male Circumcision

In this case, the phimotic foreskin is totally excised. Circumcision is one of the oldest elective operations known in humans. It started as a religious/ritual sacrifice [90]. But gradually it became a routine neonatal procedure in USA and in some countries of Euro pein view of its reported hygiene and cancer-preventing benefits [91]. It cures phimosis and prevents recurrence [92]. It also prevents further episodes of balanoposthitis and lowers incidence of urinary tract infections [26, 93–95]. But it is besot with its own innumerable short, and long-term problems. Pain, difficult recovery, bleeding, infection, psychological trauma, and high cost are seen with circumcision [96, 97]. The literature is full of reports of morbidity and even deaths with circumcision. Besides, circumcision could lead to keloid formation. Possibility of decline in sexual pleasure for both circumcised males as well as their female partners due to loss of erogenous tissue has been reported [96, 98–105]. With advent of newer plastic surgical procedures for phimosis, this traditional surgery is gradually getting outdated. Circumcision is to be avoided in children with genital anomalies where the foreskin may be needed for later corrective surgery for the anomaly.”

French Lentils with ginger, turmeric and a cinnamon stick

lentil 1: http://amateurgastronomer.com/index/lentils-turmeric/

lentil 2: http://www.ramblingtart.com/2010/04/01/splendid-sunshine-and-spiced-lentil-soup-with-lime-and-cinnamon/

So mixed these 2 yesterday:
My recipe as follows:
1 thin slice of ginger (pencil width or less)
7 smashed cloves of garlic
1 half onion
3/4 tsp of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
3 cups water
1-2 cups beef broth
1 1/4 cup of french lentils (I might have done 1 3/4 cups but mistake but I was trying to follow the first recipe but I may have misread)
1 cup of frozen peas and carrots …..
2 tbsp or more of ev olive oil.
Salt to taste
Lime juice to preference
1 cinnamon stick

Sautéed onion, garlic and ginger in oil
Added water, French lentils, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon stick….. Boiled and simmered…20-30 mins- covered
Removed cinnamon stick…. Turned off stove because I started dinner too early

2 hrs later….
I added more water, beef broth and a tad bit of salt and an extra dash of cumin and turmeric … Bring to a boil and simmer…

I served over basmati rice cooked in Swanson beef broth, salt and olive oil.

I like soupy lentils…. Add less water for drier lentils.
I put a 1/2 lid full of lime juice in my actual bowl of soup.

Peanut butter mousse

this sounds delicious!!!: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pudding/peanut-butter-mousse/

(not my recipe, belongs to link above)

2 – 3 ounce bittersweet or semisweet chocolate bar
cup whipping cream
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
cup creamy peanut butter (do not use natural peanut butter)
tablespoons milk
cup sifted powdered sugar
teaspoon vanilla
recipe Chocolate Ganache
2. In a chilled small mixing bowl beat whipping cream with chilled beaters of an electric mixer on low to medium speed until soft peaks form; set aside.

3. In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese, peanut butter, and milk with an electric mixer until combined. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla until mixture is smooth. Gently fold in beaten whipped cream, half at a time, until mixture is smooth. Cover and chill for 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

When I was around 20… My sister and I decided to make dinner and dessert for the family from scratch.
The dessert was a chocolate mousse.
I’d hand copied the recipe from a book at Barnes and noble (this was around the yr 2001, so before I knew you could google (or use an internet search engine) for recipes… When was google launched anyway??)

So I must have written the directions wrong, we were such novice cooks, because when we saw fold whipped whipping cream into the chocolate sauce. We have no clue what “folding” meant and I figured I mis-wrote whip whipping cream…. So I poured unwhipped whipping cream into the chocolate sauce and then whipped it.
After all is said and done we had a very nice pudding instead of a mousse dessert.