Sunday Respite – Snow

Sunday is a cold one here. Hope everyone is staying warm and toasty. Here is my pick, with some great photography of winter scenes.

Loreena Mckennitt- Snow

White are the far-off plains, and white
The fading forests grow;
The wind dies out along the height,
And denser still the snow,
A gathering weight on roof and tree,
Falls down scarce audibly.

The road before me smooths and fills
Apace, and all about
The fences dwindle, and the hills
Are blotted slowly out;
The naked trees loom spectrally
Into the dim white sky.

The meadows and far-sheeted streams
Lie still without a sound;
Like some soft minister of dreams
The snow-fall hoods me round;
In wood and water, earth and air,
A silence everywhere.

Save when at lonely intervals
Some farmer’s sleigh, urged on,
With rustling runners and sharp bells,
Swings by me and is gone;
Or from the empty waste I hear
A sound remote and clear;

The barking of a dog, or call
To cattle, sharply pealed,
Borne echoing from some wayside stall
Or barnyard far afield;

Then all is silent and the snow falls
Settling soft and slow
The evening deepens and the grey
Folds closer earth and sky
The world seems shrouded, far away.

Its noises sleep, and I secret as
Yon buried streams plod dumbly on and dream.

Canadian Libs to build seven refugee camps on military bases

This no doubt will give Obama some great ideas. Canada plans on kicking out the military personnel from Canadian bases and turn them into homes for so-called “refugees.” This is what a progressive government will give you. Here we go:

The Canadian military has been ordered by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to draft plans to house more than 6,000 Muslim migrants on a long-term basis at military bases, according to documents obtained exclusively by The Rebel.

Included in the Department of National Defence budgets are hundreds of thousands of dollars set aside for “religious support,” including the purchase of Muslim Korans, prayer mats and foot-washing towels.

The plans also call for the construction of mosques or “worship centres,” using taxpayers dollars.

The planning documents, in English and French, were released in response to a Rebel “Access to Information” request about religious expenditures by the Department of National Defence.

But the detailed Quebec budget plans also shed light on the sheer scale of the Trudeau government’s plans to set up refugee camp-style accommodations on seven Canadian Forces Bases across Quebec and Ontario.

The budget for Quebec alone totals more than $46 million for the first six months.

For a typical migrant family, that’s a $200,000/year subsidy — not including medicare or welfare.

It’s shocking that Canadian Armed Forces personnel will be ordered to abandon the coalition battle against ISIS and return to Canada to become waiters, chauffeurs and social workers for Muslim migrants, and that Canadian Forces Bases will be turned into squalid refugee camps.

It’s a disgrace that Canadian military personnel have been sent eviction notices to make way for foreign migrants.

More at The Rebel

H/T: Weasel Zippers

Sunday Respite – And Winter Came

For those of us in the warmer climes, a touch of Winter via Enya. For those enjoying the heartier weather conditions, a relaxing piece with some great photography.

Enya – And Winter Came …

Sunday Respite – Celebrating Imbolc, St. Bridgid, Candlemas Day

Today a description & celebration of the Irish Celtic festival of Imbolc or Brigid’s Day with stories and traditions to a background of gentle Irish music

Imbolc is the time between Yule and the Spring Equinox, the halfway point in the dark months of the year. It’s the time when the days suddenly seem to be getting longer, and the snow is beginning to melt, showing us small patches of earth and green. At this time of returning spring, our ancestors lit bonfires and candles to celebrate the rebirth of the land.

As the world awakes from the dark slumber of winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past and welcome the warmth of spring.

In Ireland, this holy day is called Imbolc and begins at sunset on February 1 continuing through sunset February 2nd. There are several different derivations offered for the name Imbolc: from Ol-melc (ewe’s milk) because the ewes are lactating at this time, from Im-bolg(around the belly) in honor of the swelling belly of the earth goddess, and from folcaim (I wash) because of the rites of purification which took place at this time. All of these explanations capture the themes of this festival.

February 1st is the feast day of St. Brigid, who began her life as a pagan goddess and ended up a Christian saint. She was a fire and fertility goddess. In her temple at Kildare, vestal virgins tended an eternal fire. On her feast day, her statue was washed in the sea (purification) and then carried in a cart through the fields surrounded by candles.

The legends about the goddess, Brigid, gradually became associated with (the somewhat spurious) Saint Brigid who founded the first convent in Ireland (where else?) at Kildare.

More at School of the Seasons

German cost of fixing ‘refugees’ teeth to cost Taxpayers Billions i

No doubt we will be on the hook as well as we are flooded with an unlimited number of these barbarians thanks to Paul Ryan and his budget fiasco.

In passing this legislation, the House has approved funding for the issuance of nearly three hundred thousand visas to migrants from Muslim countries in the next year alone.
Ryan’s bill accomplishes this migrant surge by fully funding every U.S. immigration program currently in existence, as well as funding the President’s expansion of the refugee program through Syrian migrant resettlement.

On top of those autopilot admissions, which will be funded throughout all of 2016, the House is also funding the President’s plan to add another 10,000 refugees from the Muslim country of Syria.

As a result, Ryan’s House-passed omnibus will bring in nearly 300,000 Muslim migrants in the next 12 months alone, including roughly 170,000 who will be permanently resettled within the country. More at Breitbart

You can see why over 1 million of these needy people flooded into Germany in 2015 alone. Free first class medical and dental care is hard to find in the Middle East and Africa.

With the costs of each dental treatment breaching €10,000, the estimated cost for the migrant invasion in teeth alone could be many billions of Euros, reports the Stuttgarter Nachrichten. In fact, if just 10 per cent of Germany’s total number of migrants claim for dental work, the bill would easily exceed €1bn.

Woman-With-Bad-Teeth

Good thing German taxpayers have an infinite amount of money — which they must, considering Fatima Merkel’s policy regarding “refugees.”

Describing the teeth of migrants who are coming to German dentists for work as “catastrophic” and often requiring total replacement, Baden-Württemberg dentists’ association chief Knuth Wolf said: “For the majority of refugees there is a need for a comprehensive dental treatment, or even dentures. There are corresponding costs with this”.

There are presently no official government estimates for the cost of healthcare to migrants by the German state. Operating the oldest national healthcare system in the world and pre-dating Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) by 50 years, the vast majority of Germans pay into private health insurance schemes and visit independent hospitals. Lacking this insurance, asylum seekers to Germany are only entitled to emergency treatment, yet the costs of dental care is mounting.

In cities like Hamburg, the city government has ordered the private insurance schemes to accept migrants onto their books, passing on the cost to local tax payers instead. And once asylum applications are accepted migrants receive the same insurance as other Germans alongside unemployment benefits automatically, if they are unable to find work.

 See more at:Moonbattery

Sunday Respite – ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’

A powerful winter piece by Loreena McKennitt from her last album A Midwinter Night’s Dream.

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 221
Text: Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894
Music: Gustav Holst, 1874-1934
Tune: CRANHAM, Meter: Irr.

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

Sunday Respite- ‘Snowbird’

Winter has finally arrived in many parts of the country. I thought of Anne Murray and her piece “Snowbirds” as I enjoy the Florida weather, missing family and friends from the North.

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