Lanspresado–someone who conveniently shows up with no money
This is an archaic word (18th century) that should be timeless. We all know someone like this. Or rather, you either know a lanspresado, or you are one.
There will be found to exist at all times an imperious necessity for restraining all the functionaries of the Government within the range of their respective powers thereby preserving a just balance between the powers granted to this Government and those reserved to the States and to the people.
–John Tyler 10th President of the United States
“Having been governor, now an ambassador, I’m always amazed at the lengths people will go to to lie for money and for power.”
–Ambassador Nikki Haley
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
The money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.
Credit: Richard J Rodriguez
A few images from the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival.
The time to leave for Kenya is rapidly approaching. LSUHSC faculty, residents, and students, through Support for Humanitarianism through Intercontinental Projects (SHIP), will again be traveling to western Kenya to minister to the medically under-served in the area. We will be partnering with ICODEI, a Kenyan organization directed by Bishop Reuben Lubanga.
This year’s team will include four LSU faculty members, Dr. Don Givler, Dr. Amy Givler, Dr. Michael Harper, and myself; four residents from the Pediatrics, Med/Peds, and Rural Family Medicine programs; sixteen (if I counted correctly) medical students from the 3rd and 4th year classes; and a registered nurse. We are supported by a great team at home at LSUHSC, as well.
This will be my fourth visit to the Bungoma, Kenya area. I am excited by this year’s team. Our primary purpose will be medical outreach to the under-served population around Bungoma. The residents and students will have an opportunity to learn about medicine in a different culture, under very different circumstances, and with new challenges.
I also am excited about seeing my Kenyan family in Kabula–Bishop Reuben, his wife Mama Betty, our clinic director Mama Joyce Wasike, and their families. They bless us with their love, hospitality, and wisdom.
I ask for your prayers for our team as we travel and minister.
I will be posting more in the days ahead, and hopefully in Kenya, as well.