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Here’s What You Thought You Knew. 10 Things You Didn’t Know.

OK friends let’s see how much history we know. I’ve been watching this show on the “History” channel called

“10 things you may not know about”, and I’ve got to tell you I’ve  come across some surprising things. Let’s take this one on Civil Rights today.  

 

 

 

 

 

On the afternoon of December 1, 1955, 42-year-old African American Rosa Parks, returning home from her job as an assistant tailor at a Montgomery, Alabama, department store, boarded bus 2857 on the Cleveland Avenue line. When told to give up her seat for a white man, she refused and was arrested for violating the city’s racial segregation laws. Her act of civil disobedience precipitated the 13-month Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was led by Martin Luther King, Jr. On the 100th anniversary of the February 4, 1913, birth of Parks, explore 10 surprising facts about the civil rights activist.

Getty Images- Rosa Parks

Getty Images- Rosa Parks

 

1. Parks was not the first African-American woman to be arrested for refusing to yield her seat on a Montgomery bus.
Nine months before Parks was jailed, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin was the first Montgomery bus passenger to be arrested for refusing to give up her seat for a white passenger

(The reason Miss Colvin was not used for the boycott and lawsuit is when she was arrested she did not play nice.  LOL . According to police report she was fighting and cussing. So the powers that be did not think she would be best to lead the charge).-   Steve~

. (Parks was involved in raising defense funds for Colvin.) Three other African-American women—Aurelia Browder, Mary Louise Smith and Susie McDonald—also ran afoul of the bus segregation law prior to Parks. The four were plaintiffs in the Browder v. Gayle case that resulted in the Supreme Court ruling bus segregation unconstitutional.

2. Parks was a civil rights activist before her arrest.
Parks was a long-time member of the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which she joined in 1943. At the time of her arrest, she was a secretary of the local NAACP chapter, and the previous summer she had attended a workshop for social and economic justice at Tennessee’s Highlander Folk School. Her political activism continued through the boycott and the rest of her life.

3. Parks had a prior encounter with James Blake, the bus driver who demanded she vacate her seat.
In 1943, Blake had ejected Parks from his bus after she refused to re-enter the vehicle through the back door after paying her fare at the front. “I never wanted to be on that man’s bus again,” she wrote in her autobiography. “After that, I made a point of looking at who was driving the bus before I got on. I didn’t want any more run-ins with that mean one.” After the written order from the Supreme Court outlawing bus segregation arrived and the Montgomery Bus Boycott ended on December 21, 1956, one of the newly integrated buses that Parks boarded to pose for press photographs happened to be driven by Blake.

4. Her act of civil disobedience was not pre-meditated.
Although Parks knew that the NAACP was looking for a lead plaintiff in a case to test the constitutionality of the Jim Crow law, she did not set out to be arrested on bus 2857. Parks wrote in her autobiography that she was so preoccupied that day that she failed to notice that Blake was driving the bus. “If I had been paying attention,” she wrote, “I wouldn’t even have gotten on that bus.”

5. Parks was not sitting in a whites-only section.
Parks was sitting in the front row of a middle section of the bus open to African Americans if seats were vacant. After the “whites-only” section filled on subsequent stops and a white man was left standing, the driver demanded that Parks and three others in the row leave their seats. While the other three eventually moved, Parks did not.

6-10 HERE

~Steve~

Moose vs. Car

. . . and moose lost.

On July 4th weekend, 2014, a moose ran smack into a Hyundai 4-door sub-compact in Greenville, Maine.

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The moose died.

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Miraculously, the woman driver walked away with only minor injuries.

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Can you imagine this big fellow heading directly at your face?

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Check out the name of the towing service on the door of the truck!

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H/t FOTM’s Ken L.

~Eowyn

Pit bull saves kids from attack bees

Pit bulls have an awful reputation, justly or unjustly.

But here’s a true story about a heroic pit bull named Hades.

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KPTV reports (via 11 ALIVE), Aug. 29, 2014:

An Oregon family says their pit bull is a hero.

It all started when some kids stepped on a bee hive while walking in the woods.

Jesse-Cole Shaver, 8, was with his sisters and other neighborhood kids, exploring a creek down a steep embankment behind their Oregon City apartment complex, when one of the kids stepped into a rotten log, unleashing swarms of bees.

Jesse-Cole’s big sister Jasmine was stung five times – in what could have been a deadly encounter because she’s allergic to bees. She got two injections from an EpiPen to prevent her body from swelling in reaction to the stings.

“It felt like a bunch of needles went into my skin, and I didn’t know what was going on until the girl started yelling, ‘Bees!’,” Jasmine said.

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Little Jesse-Cole was stung at least 24 times.

He couldn’t make it back up this hill to safety on his own. But luckily, their pit bull Hades came to the rescue.

Hades saw me and came and she dragged me up to the grass and then stopped and let me crawl on her back and then took me to mom,” Jesse-Cole said.

“I just heard a bunch of screaming, then I saw my dog dragging my son up by his pants,” his mom said.

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H/t Clash Daily

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: The God-shaped Hole in Our Hearts

Psalm 63:2

O God, you are my God—
it is you I seek!
For you my body yearns;
for you my soul thirsts,
In a land parched, lifeless,
and without water.

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“What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.”

-Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (10.148)

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“You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are rest-less till they find their rest in you.”

-St. Augustine (354-430), Confessions (1.1.1)

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“The house of my soul is too small for you to come in to me; let it be enlarged by you. It is in ruins, but I ask you to remake it. It contains much that you will not be pleased to see; this I confess to you and do not hide it.”

-St. Augustine, Confessions (1.5.6)

In His peace and love,

~Eowyn

The Window Washer

Don’t worry. You’ll love the ending!

I promise!  ;)

Note: Smack the Pony is a British sketch comedy show that ran from 1999 until 2003.

H/t FOTM’s dee

~Eowyn

God loves Muslims – part 02

It’s said that God hates the sin, but loves the sinner. The same can be said about “islam” and “muslims.” In the same way, God does not love islam, a vile and genocidal religion, but He does love those who are trapped in its cruel claws.

Yes, God does love Muslims! Jesus’ death on the cross was to save as many as would turn to Him. This young man has a wonderful story. ~ TD


Moseb Hassan Yousef

Moseb Hassan Yousef

Son of Hamas leader encounters Jesus

Mosab Hassan Yousef has a remarkable story from the inside of Hamas to new life in Christ following his encounter with the love of God.

Peace

How Much More Before We Wake Up. T. Jefferson Would Like A Chat.

Friends, below are 20 quotes by Jefferson. Each quote is better than the next. Read them slowly and let them sink in. I swear he must have had a crystal ball.  Doug Giles from Clash Daily has written a great article and chose some awesome quotes. I found myself Googling the quotes to get some back ground on them. You can go here for some great info on T.J.  http://www.monticello.org/

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20 Reasons Why Thomas Jefferson Would Crush Obama And His Anti-American Ilk
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If TJ is in heaven right now, and he’s able to peer through some celestial portal and behold the BS Barack has saddled this nation with — a country, by the way, that Jefferson labored to make independent from tyrants — then I would bet that Thomas is more ticked than a boar that just had its balls clipped.

How do I know Jefferson would loathe Obama and seek to jettison our Jester-In-Chief?  Well, it’s principally via Thomas’ musings — musings that, for the time being, we’re still afforded the wherewithal to access; principles that also happen to have made our nation great and that used to be taught in our school system.

Plow through the following from one of our nation’s illustrious framers’ quills and try to tell me with a straight face that Jefferson wouldn’t have sought to derail BHO via tooth, fang and claw:

1. The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.

2. It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?

3. A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.

4. If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.

5. The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife.

6. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever. 

7. No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands or tenements].

(This sentence comes from Thomas Jefferson‘s three drafts of the Virginia Constitution. The text does vary slightly in each draft:

First Draft: “No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”[1]

Second Draft: “No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands or tenements].”[2]

Third Draft: “No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands or tenements]“[3]

This sentence does not appear in the Virginia Constitution as adopted.

8. The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale).

http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/no-freeman-shall-be-debarred-use-arms-quotation

9. Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. 

10. In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.

11. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, & as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.

12. It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition. 

13. I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom. And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. 

14. The disease of liberty is catching; those armies will take it in the south, carry it thence to their own country, spread there the infection of revolution and representative government, and raise its people from the prone condition of brutes to the erect altitude of man. 

15. Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.

16. Still one thing more, fellow-citizens — a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities. 

17. A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army. We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

18. Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. That these rules shall be as equal as prudential considerations will admit, will certainly be the aim of our legislatures, general and particular.

19. I have been happy … in believing that … whatever follies we may be led into as to foreign nations, we shall never give up our Union, the last anchor of our hope, and that alone which is to prevent this heavenly country from becoming an arena of gladiators.

20. I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.
Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2014/08/20-reasons-thomas-jefferson-crush-obama-anti-american-ilk/#ZKdoh9gkRbsRolkz.99

 
~Steve~