Please pray for Lance Jackson, our brother in Christ

This morning, a Fellowship of the Minds reader named Lance Jackson wrote this comment on one of DCG’s posts:

My future participation here is questionable at best as I just got out of the hospital after a month; extreme back surgery, then triggering a heart attack and shutdown of my bowels. Too bad euthanasia is not legal. Born agains tell me to give it all to Jesus which is met with utter silence when I pray. Perhaps the Calvinists I have met are right: I’m one of the people God hates and am predestined to hell. I live alone, have no friends or living family.

Sorry to rant….

I am not a Calvinist. I don’t believe that God hates anyone — why would He hate His own creation? Jesus Christ does not hate even Judas Iscariot or the Jews who, when asked by Pontius Pilate, shouted “Crucify him!” and so sentenced Him to die on the cross — the most extreme form of execution which the Romans reserved for only the worst criminals.

Nor do I believe that God predestines anyone to Hell, for if that were the case, why would He create us as creatures of free will? Without the free exercise of our will, the concepts of sin and virtue are empty of meaning as nothing is our fault or our achievement.

Lance, our brother in Christ, is suffering terribly — physically, mentally, and spiritually. He is alone and in despair.

Please pray for Lance — that he receives the grace that can come only from our Lord Jesus the Christ, who loves all human beings, including Lance Jackson, in spite of ourselves. He loves us so much that He willingly allowed Himself to be whipped, his scalp pierced with thorns, then nailed to a cross, where every breath He took was a searing gasping pain, and where He died alone, abandoned by the disciples He had traveled, eaten, and prayed with for three years.

Jesus loves us this much

Lance, in your suffering, look to Jesus on the cross. He will comfort you and give you peace.

Love,

Éowyn

Do you really want this trash-mouthed woman be America’s next president?

I first published a variation of this post 16 months ago in August 2013, when the thought of Hillary Clinton running for president was only a fear instead of a reality.

Now that she is officially a 2016 presidential candidate, I’m re-publishing this post because Americans must be informed and reminded what kind of a person she is.

It is said that a measure of our character is how well we treat status inferiors —  those whom we don’t have to treat well. By that measure, the character of the woman who has ambitions to be America’s next president is sorely lacking.

You may have received an email by U.S. Marine Corps Colonel (ret.) Ed Schriber, containing quotes by Hillary Clinton which Col. Schriber had found in books written about the Clintons. The quotes show Hillary’s penchant to use obscene blasphemous language, as well as the utter contempt and disdain she has for those who work for her and her husband — Arkansas State troopers, Secret Service agents, and members of the U.S. military.

Since I don’t have those books in my personal library, I went on Amazon.com to verify those quotes by using Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature. In every case where Amazon provides a “Look Inside” feature, I was able to confirm that the quotes are correct. 

Below are the Hillary quotes from Col. Schriber’s email.

LANGUAGE WARNING! 

Hillary foul-mouth

“Where is the goddamn fucking flag!  I want the goddamn fucking flag up every morning at fucking sunrise.” -Hillary to staff at the Arkansas Governor’s mansion on Labor Day 1991.

From the book Inside the White House, by Ronald Kessler, p. 244.

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“Fuck off! It’s enough I have to see you shit-kickers every day, I’m not going to talk to you too!! Just do your goddamn job and keep your mouth shut.” -– Hillary to her State Trooper body guards after one of them greeted her “Good Morning.”

From the book American Evita, by Christopher Anderson, p. 90.

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“If you want to remain on this detail, get your fucking ass over here and grab those bags!” – Hillary to a Secret Service Agent who was reluctant to carry her luggage because he wanted to keep his hands free in case of an incident.

From the book The First Partner: Hillary Rodham Clinton, by Joyce Milton p. 259.

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“Stay the fuck back, stay the fuck back away from me! Don’t come within ten yards of me, or else! Just fucking do as I say, Okay!!?” -Hillary screaming at her Secret Service detail.

From the book Unlimited Access: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House, by Clinton FBI Agent in Charge, Gary Aldrich, p. 139.

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“Where’s the miserable cock sucker!” -Hillary shouting at a Secret Service officer.

From the book The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President, by Edward Klein, p. 15.

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“You fucking idiot!” – Hillary to an Arkansas state trooper who was driving her to an event.

From the book Crossfire, p. 84

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“Put this on the ground!  I left my sunglasses in the limo.  I need those sunglasses. We need to go back!” – Hillary barking at Marine One helicopter pilot to turn back while en route to Air Force One.

From the book Dereliction of Duty, by Robert Patterson, pp. 71-72.

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“Come on Bill, put your dick up!  You can’t fuck her here!!” – Hillary to her husband, then-Gov. Bill Clinton, when she saw him talking with an attractive woman.

From the book Inside the White House, by Ronald Kessler, p. 243.

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In addition, former Clinton consultant Dick Morris and Arkansas Clinton guard Larry Patterson have told of Hillary saying shockingly anti-Jewish things. (More here)

See also “Hillary Clinton treated Secret Service like servants.”

H/t my friend John Molloy.

~Éowyn

How to have an EXACT plush replica of your beloved pet

On Thanksgiving Day in 2009, Jennifer Graham‘s beloved Rufus, a Great Dane, passed away. That was when she finally decided to turn an idea she long had into reality by creating a stuffed plush replica of Rufus as a way to memorialize him.

Graham hasn’t stopped making custom stuffed animals since.

She founded Cuddle Clones, a company based out of Louisville, Kentucky where she lives. The mission of Cuddle Clones is: “To capture the emotional connection between people and their pets through our customized products.”

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Not only does Cuddle Clones sell incredible products for pet lovers and pets, Graham also works hard to give back to the pet community by donating to animal charities and pet-related causes any opportunity that she gets. In fact, a portion of the proceeds from every Cuddle Clones sale goes directly to pet-related charities and causes.

Wondering how much it will set you back to order one of these remarkable plush animal replicas? The price is less steep than you might think. Smaller pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chickens (!) start at $129.

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Larger animals, like dogs, cats, and even horses are replicated into plush for $199.

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Earth Prom, the source of this information about Cuddle Clone, says there are other companies on the market that offer similar services, but their prices tend to be about 30% to 60% more than Cuddle Clones.

Here are the easy-to-follow instructions to order online a plush clone of your beloved pet:

  1. Go to Cuddle Clones’ website: https://www.cuddleclones.com/index.html
  2. Select your type of pet.
  3. Upload at least one photo of your pet. Cuddle Clones suggests uploading more photos for the best results.
  4. Decide how your stuffed pet’s ears and tail are to be positioned. You can also provide any other distinguishing features of your pet.
  5. Add your item(s) to the cart and check out.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of Cuddle Clones’ custom stuffed animals, delivery for new orders is estimated around November 2015, just in time for Christmas!

Cuddle Clones also makes other customized products, such as ornaments, figurines, granite memorials, pet collars, personalized pet t-shirts and hoodies with your companion animal’s name.

Some owners purchase a duplicate plush animal in order to memorialize their pet. Others order a plush toy to resemble their living, healthy pets. And judging by this photo, pets like having a stuffed twin around.

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~Éowyn

Public service in Portland pays well: Why a fired administrator earned $371,353

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Oregon Live: Portland’s former chief administrator, Jack Graham, pulled in more money than any other city employee during fiscal 2014 – and by a staggering margin. Graham, fired in November 2013 by Mayor Charlie Hales after a series of high-profile controversies, had gross earnings of $371,353.

Graham collected a year’s salary, $192,192, in severance, plus about $60,000 from cashing out vacation time. Just under $120,000 came from his base salary.

Graham tops a list of nearly 8,800 city employees who, together, earned more than $439 million between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, according to a city database obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive through the state’s public records law.

In all, Graham’s total earnings were $112,000 more than the city’s second-highest-paid employee and far more than any top official, including Hales.

Here’s a look at other findings:

1) Six figures: 943 city employees, or 10.7 percent, earned more than $100,000 from base pay, overtime, premium pay, and vacation, sick or severance payouts.

Seem high? It’s not.

Census data show that overall, 12.8 percent of Portland’s nearly 352,000 workers had inflation-adjusted earnings in the six digits, according to 2013 estimates.

2) Part-time/seasonal: The city’s numbers are heavily skewed by Portland Parks & Recreation, which lists more than 3,200 employees. Of those, nearly 2,000 are part time or seasonal recreation leaders. The highest-paid among those employees earned just under $25,000, the lowest $13.88, with average earnings of about $3,000 for the year.

Hales’ pledge to ensure that all city employees earn at least $15 an hour, incidentally, does not apply to part time or seasonal workers.

3) Politics doesn’t pay (comparatively, at least): Hales is the city’s top politician and administrator, earning a base pay of about $129,500. Yet 86 city employees earned more than Hales, a list including bureau directors, attorneys and senior-level administrators.

By including overtime, premiums and payouts, the list of employees who earned more than Hales doubles to 176. Of those, more than 60 percent work for Portland Fire & Rescue (69 employees) or the Police Bureau (36).

One year ago, when the City Council approved annual cost-of-living adjustments, Hales said he found it “nuts” that he and the city commissioners earn far less than the managers they manage. “It’s a crazy situation,” he said.

Hales at the time said he would look to form a review panel to consider pay increases for future elected officials.

4) Overtime: Portland spent $18.8 million on overtime, with nearly half of that ($8.6 million) going to employees in Portland Fire & Rescue, and an additional $5 million to the Police Bureau.

The city’s emergency responders work long, often odd hours. A typical firefighters’ schedule involves 24 hours on duty followed by 48 hours off. Union-represented firefighters work about 52 hours a week, making them eligible for about 12 hours of overtime every week.

Of about 400 city firefighters, 178 earned at least $10,000 in overtime. Of those 38 earned at least $20,000, seven of that group at least $30,000 and two of those topped $40,000.

DCG

Higher Education: College students don’t recognize Reagan

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New TV show has couples commit adultery “to save” their marriage

The 6th Commandment: “You shall not commit adultery”

The Sodom and Gomorrah of America’s “entertainment” industry sinks to a new low.

FYI Television, of which I’d never even heard until now, has greenlighted a new TV show on spouse-swapping, otherwise known as adultery, called The Seven Year Switch.

FYI (stylized as fyi,) is a digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by A&E Networks, a joint venture between the Disney–ABC Television Group subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Corporation.

Lisa de Moraes reports for Deadline, April 24, 2015, that FYI’s The Seven Year Switch, named after the 1950s Marilyn Monroe movie The Seven Year Itch, is an eight-episode series in which four married couples “at a crossroads in their relationship” “bravely” put their marriage on the line by shacking up with a “new partner” for two weeks.

They will eat, live and “sleep” commit adultery with total strangers, the network said. Relationship experts will help guide the adulterous couples through the process. At the end of their “experimental marriages” adultery, the married couples will reunite and decide whether to divorce or renew their vows.

Gena McCarthy, SVP Programming and Development at FYI, described it as an experiment to determine whether absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Blah, blah, blah.

The Seven Year Switch is produced by Kinetic Content for FYI. Chris Coelen, Karrie Wolfe and Cat Rodriguez are executive producers for Kinetic Content.  Gena McCarthy and Liz Fine serve as executive producers for FYI.

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See also:

~Éowyn

After flag desecration incident, Valdosta State University students rally to support American flag

Earlier this morning, I published a post on students from the University of Florida at Gainsville and Emory University desecrating the American flag by urinating on the symbol of our country, and dissing military veterans by spitting and throwing beer cans at them.

Commenter threepercent1775 reminded us that not all members of the iY Generation (those born after 1990) are disrespectful, unpatriotic and politically ignorant.

I found a video of college students rallying in support of the flag at Valdosta State University students in Georgia. The video was posted on April 20, 2015, by Amanda Ann on her Facebook page with the comment:

“So this is what I stumbled upon coming out of my class on campus today.”

Amanda is studying early childhood education at Valdosta State University, the same campus where an Air Force veteran, Michelle Manhart, was detained by campus police for interfering with a group of Black student protesters who defiled the American flag by walking on it.

demonstrator trample on U.S. flag in Valdosta State University

Facebook does not enable me to save Amanda’s video to my hard-drive so that I can post the video on Fellowship of the Minds. Nor is the video on YouTube. You can see the video for yourself by going to Amanda’s Facebook page or on Clash Daily.

Here’s a screenshot I took from the video:

Valdosta State U students support American flag

There is such an uproar over the April 17 flag-trampling incident that Valdosta State University is shut down today in preparation for a huge demonstration.

Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress told the Valdosta Daily Times that thousands of people who “just want to come down here and support the American flag” were expected to descend on Valdosta State University at 1:30 p.m. ET.

~Éowyn