SCOTUS goes homo, so let’s drown our sorrows in another Caption Contest!

This is the 101st world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic.

Ronald MacDonalds in subway

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM! :D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

After all the Sturm und Drang, it turns out the dreaded Illuminati are just a bunch of bozos. 

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

For the winner of our last caption contest, go here.

Seen any pics that you think will make good fodder for our caption contests? Send it to us at:

fellowshipminds@gmail.com

Thank you!

~Éowyn

July 4, 2015: All is not well with America

Today is the 239th anniversary of the first 4th of July in 1776.

On that day, the Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence drafted by Thomas Jefferson, thereby marking the formation of a new sovereign nation independent from Great Britain, called the United States of America. (See “Remembering that first 4th of July“)

239 years after so many of our Founders had sacrificed their lives and property in the American Revolution of Independence, all is not well with the United States of America as seen in the following two indicators.

1. More and more Americans, especially the young, are considering leaving the U.S.

Although only 0.001% of Americans renounced their U.S. citizenship in 2014, a recent poll finds that Americans increasingly are considering leaving the U.S. for foreign shores.

A recent online poll of more than 2,000 adults by TransferWise, a peer-to-peer money transfer service based in the UK, found that 35% of American-born residents and emigrants would consider leaving the United States to live in another country. The Millennials (those aged 18 to 34) are even more disposed to leave America: More than half or 55% of millennials said that they would consider leaving the U.S. for foreign shores. Among them, 43% of men and 38% of women said that a higher salary would be a factor in their relocation decision. (Source: CNBC)

2. Many Americans don’t know the meaning of July 4th

Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars points out that in 2011, a Maris poll found that:

  • Only 58% of Americans knew that the United States declared its independence in 1776.
  • About ¼ of Americans had no idea from whom America declared its independence.
  • 14% of U.S. teens thought that the U.S. declared independence from France, while another 5% thought it was Canada.

4 years later, Americans are no less frighteningly ignorant. In another of his devastating man-on-the-street interviews, Mark Dice found that many beachgoers in San Diego are clueless about the Fourth of July:

  • This man doesn’t know it was the American colonies that broke away from England. Know nothings1
  • This woman thinks Independence Day refers to the end of the Civil War when “we” won and “overtook the south. know nothings2
  • This woman thinks Abraham Lincoln had signed the Declaration of Independence in 1964 or 1984. know nothings3
  • This man doesn’t know which country we declared independence from; his female partner thinks Independence Day marks our independence “from California.” know nothings4
  • This woman has no idea what we’re celebrating our independence from, then guessed that it was from “those countries.” know nothings5
  • This middle-aged woman can’t name even one of our Founding Fathers. know nothings6
  • This man, with 2 kids, also has no idea which country “we broke away from” when we declared our independence in 1776.know nothings7

Thank you, public schools and teachers of America.

You must be so proud for miseducating generations of proud know-nothing Americans.

Statue of Liberty in tears

~Éowyn

Saturday Funny

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

Demi Lovato

This delicate, elegant flower of womanhood is Demi Lovato at the launch of her national “‘Cool for the Summer’ Pool Party Tour” on the rooftop of New York’s Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel July 1, 2015.

Demi Lovato? Who’s dat?

Wikipedia says Demetria Devonne “Demi” Lovato is an American singer, songwriter and actress who made her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends. Lovato was a judge and mentor on the U.S. version of The X Factor in 2012 and 2013.

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

Remembering that first 4th of July

Today, July 4, 2014, is the 238th anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence.

Most of us have the day off from work, and we’ll be celebrating with a barbecue or picnic.

But the best way to celebrate the day is by remembering that first Fourth of July in 1776, when 56 men convened in a hot stuffy room in Philadelphia to deliberate on and sign the Declaration of Independence.

There are 3 parts to this post:

  1. An evocative narrative of that day in 1776
  2. The Declaration of Independence
  3. What happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration

It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.

Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren’t nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.

The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that “the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stockings was nothing to them.” All discussing was punctuated by the slap of hands on necks.

On the wall at the back, facing the president’s desk, was a panoply — consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured the place, shouting that they were taking it “in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!”

Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about which there was discussion but no dissension. “Resolved: That an application be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints for the troops at New York.”

Then Congress transformed itself into a committee of the whole. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed. Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They cut the phrase “by a self-assumed power.” “Climb” was replaced by “must read,” then “must” was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned as they continued what he later called “their depredations.” “Inherent and inalienable rights” came out “certain unalienable rights,” and to this day no one knows who suggested the elegant change.

A total of 86 alterations were made. Almost 500 words were eliminated, leaving 1,337. At last, after three days of wrangling, the document was put to a vote.

Here in this hall Patrick Henry had once thundered: “I am no longer a Virginian, sir, but an American.” But today the loud, sometimes bitter argument stilled, and without fanfare the vote was taken from north to south by colonies, as was the custom. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

[Source: “The Americans Who Risked Everything,” by Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr. – father of talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh, III]

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The Declaration of Independence

The Want, Will and Hopes of the People

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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The Fate of the Signers

Even before the list was published, the British marked down every member of Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered.

Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create is still intact. [from “The Americans Who Risked Everything“]

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Friends and patriots, on this Independence Day, never forget the sacrifices so willingly undertaken by these 56 bravehearts. Let us take up the challenge and make sure that the dream they began 238 years ago be never extinguished. 

God Bless America!

~Éowyn

Man with 7 felons and deported 5 times kills woman in San Francisco

Kate Steinle

Kate Steinle

SF Gate: The suspect arrested on suspicion of murder in the shooting death of Kate Steinle on San Francisco’s Pier 14 Wednesday had a rap sheet of seven felonies, was deported five times, and in March was released from San Francisco Jail despite immigration authorities asking that he be held, officials said Friday.

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, though, has said it will no longer comply with requested immigration holds in many cases, including those based solely on allegations a person is in the country illegally.

Illegal and perpetual criminal Sanchez

Illegal and professional criminal Sanchez

On March 26, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers turned 45-year-old Francisco Sanchez over to San Francisco police on an outstanding drug warrant and requested that they be notified before his release, so federal officers could take him into custody.

Sheriff’s deputies, though, released Sanchez without notifying immigration authorities, and Sanchez was released, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On Wednesday morning, Sanchez was arrested about a mile south of Pier 14 in the shooting death of Steinle, 32, a San Francisco woman who was walking with her father and a family friend.

The killing, police said, appeared to be random. Steinle’s father only said “there was a pop” before his daughter collapsed in front of him. He and others immediately began rendering aid to the woman before she was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital where she later died.

From the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department web page:

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi

“As Sheriff, Ross remains committed to enhancing public safety in the jails, and in the communities to which ex-offenders return by developing and delivering programs designed to tackle the high recidivism rates. Sheriff Mirkarimi believes in evidence-based reentry programming that addresses stubborn barriers like unemployment, lack of housing, chronic substance abuse, and acute mental illness. “

One would think that the sheriff’s priority would be protecting the public. I guess with five previous deportations and seven felonies, the good sheriff needed more evidence to hold this monster, which could have prevented this tragedy.

DCG

Happy Fourth of July!

May you all have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July!

And say a prayer for our soldiers abroad who cannot be with their families at this time.

Convoy duty

DCG

Episcopal Church goes homo

Adam and Eve

United Press International reports, July 2, 2015, that just days after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right, bishops in the Episcopal Church have voted to approve such unions performed by its clergy. At a convention in Salt Lake City this week, Episcopalian leaders voted to permit religious weddings for gay couples, beginning November 1.

The resolutions approved at the General Convention mean bishops have authorized their clergy to perform marriages for Episcopalian same-sex couples. The bishops also voted to change the verbiage in the church’s rules on marriage to make them gender neutral.

However, the changes are not being met with unanimous support as debate on the matter for the church is far from settled. Moreover, according to the Washington Post, the bishops’ resolution doesn’t mean all Episcopalian clergy are required to perform same-sex unions. They are still free to refuse such a request without fear of penalty.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby — the leader who oversees the Episcopal Church — expressed concern regarding same-sex unions among Episcopalians. He said the bishops’ votes “will cause distress for some and have ramifications for the Anglican Communion as a whole, as well as for its ecumenical and interfaith relationships.”

The Archbishop’s remarks reflect the fact that same-sex marriage in the Episcopal Church remains a deeply divisive issue among members.

Episcopalian Michael Grear bristled at the archbishop’s remarks: “Who can be surprised by his ridiculous statement? … No wonder so many of our youth don’t find the church appealing. They have eyes and minds to think, and they see many of our church leaders sadly lack true charity…for all of God’s children.”

The learned bishops of the Episcopal Church must have a different Bible than ours. /sarc

“You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22

“If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them.” Leviticus 20:13

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

“For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.” Romans 1:26-28

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

~Éowyn

It begins: Montana man wants legalization of polygamy

We warned about the slippery slope of legalizing homosexual same-sex marriage — that once that barn door is opened, there would be agitation to legalize and normalize polygamy, bestiality, pedophilia and pederasty.

After all, the same rationale of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 majority ruling legalizing homosexual marriage across the USA — that homosexuals are entitled to the “equal right” of marrying each other in order to seek from marriage such “fulfillments” as “expression, intimacy, and spirituality” — applies also to polygamists, bestialists, pedophiles and pederasts as well. As Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion, opined, “This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation” — and aren’t polygamy, bestiality, pedophilia and pederasty also “sexual orientations”?

Polygamist Nathan Collier

Andrew Buncombe reports for The (UK) Independent, July 3, 2015, that 46-year-old Nathan Collier and his two “wives,” Victoria and Christine, are seeking an application from a courthouse in Billings, Montana, to legalize the trio’s polygamous union.

Collier said he was inspired by the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, and was particularly struck by the words of dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts who claimed giving homosexual couples the right to marry, might inspire polygamy. He told The Independent:

“Right now we’re waiting for an answer. I have two wives because I love two women and I want my second wife to have the same legal rights and protection as my first. Most people are not us. I am not trying to define what marriage means for anybody else – I am trying to define what marriage means for us.”

The practice of bigamy – holding multiple marriage licences – is outlawed in all 50 of the US states, Montana among them. But Collier said he planned to sue if his application is denied.

Collier, who owns a refrigeration business in Billings and had appeared in the reality TV show Sister Wives, said he’s a former Mormon who had been excommunicated for polygamy. He married his first wife, Victoria, 40, in 2000. In 2007, he  held a religious ceremony to marry second wife, Christine, but did not sign a marriage license to avoid bigamy charges.

His first wife, Victoria, said that she and her husband’s second wife got along “like sisters. We’re like any family. There are good days and there are bad days. But there are more good days.”

Yellowstone County clerk officials initially denied Collier’s application, then said they would consult with the county legal officer before giving him a final answer.

Yellowstone County chief civil litigator Kevin Gillen, told the Associated Press that he was reviewing Montana’s bigamy laws and expected to send a formal response to Collier by next week because “I think he deserves an answer.”

~Éowyn