Category Archives: God’s creation

Creation: Crab Nebula

He counts the number of the stars;
He calls them all by name.
Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.
-Psalm 147:4-5

Crab NebulaCrab Nebula (Hubble Space Telescope photograph, 2005)

A supernova is a massive star exploding at the end of its life. The explosion creates spectacular glowing debris fields called supernova remnants.

The Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant and pulsar wind nebula in the constellation of Taurus, part of the Perseus Arm of the  Milky Way galaxy. Located at a distance of about 6,500 light-years from Earth, the nebula has a diameter of 11 light years and expands at a rate of about 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) per second.

First recorded by Chinese astronomers in 1054, the Crab Nebula was observed later by English astronomer John Bevis in 1731 and is the first astronomical object identified with a historical supernova explosion.

At the center of the nebula lies the Crab Pulsar, a neutron star 17-19 miles across with a spin rate of 30.2 times per second, which emits pulses of radiation from gamma rays to radio waves.

Crab Nebula supernova remnants

Crab Nebula supernova remnants

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, NASA released four new images of the Crab Nebula supernova remnants. These supernova remnants are very hot and energetic and glow brightly in X-ray light, which allows Chandra to capture them in exquisite detail.

Chandra, one of NASA’s current “Great Observatories,” along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, is specially designed to detect X-ray emission from hot and energetic regions of the universe.

On July 23, 1999, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia — the largest satellite ever launched by the shutter. Since its deployment 15 years ago, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision. Orbiting far above Earth’s X-ray absorbing atmosphere at an altitude up to 139,000 km (86,500 mi) allows for Chandra’s long observations unobscured by Earth’s shadow.

With its superb sensitivity and resolution, Chandra has observed objects ranging from the closest planets and comets to the most distant known quasars. It has imaged the remains of exploded stars, or supernova remnants, observed the region around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, and discovered black holes across the universe. Chandra also has made a major advance in the study of dark matter by tracing the separation of dark matter from normal matter in collisions between galaxy clusters. It also is contributing to research on the nature of dark energy.

Source: NASA.gov

For Chandra images, multimedia and related materials, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/chandra

H/t FOTM’s Igor

~Eowyn

Dog faints from joy, reunited with woman after 2 years

dog faints from joyCasey (l) and Rebecca Ehalt

Unlike humans, our companion animals don’t deceive and dissemble. Dogs, especially, wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Rebecca Ehalt was working in Slovenia for two years, away from her home in Murrysville, PA, where her pet schnauzer, Casey, patiently waited for her return.

When Ehalt returned home, Casey whinnied piteously, jumped up and down, and twice fainted from joy.

Casey was taken to the vet and given a clean bill of health.  :D

H/t FOTM’s josephbc69

~Eowyn

Who really owns the rainbow?

Burger King Proud Whopper

Is the public swallowing a real Whopper?

We drive past a number of Unitarian churches that fly a rainbow flag out front. I haven’t asked them, but a quick search brought me to this page:

Unitarian Universalist Rainbow Principles

  • Respect All Beings
  • Offer Fair and Kind Treatment
  • Yearn to Learn
  • Grow in Spirit and Mind
  • Believe in Your Ideas and Act on Them
  • Insist on Peace, Freedom and Justice
  • Value the Connections in All Creation

nut_symbolsAll well and good, but a look at a related Facebook page, Rainbow Unitarians, reveals the real reason for the rainbow on their churches is their connection to the LGBTQ lifestyles.

So, the Unicornitarians are the all inclusive alternative to the closed minded Christian churches. They embrace everyone. They love to adorn their SUVs with bumper stickers that declare, COEXIST, and defend the misunderstood jihadists among us.

unicorn-poop-shirt1The obvious foolishness of COEXIST (what with that nasty beheading, cannibalism, genocide thing) requires that someone remain around to clean up after the noble aspirations of the Unicornitarians and their mythical  beasties.

A Horse of a Different Color

And then, in an effort to pander to a disgruntled minority, we see the Reverend Jesse partners-rainbow_push-logoJackson promoting his Rainbow Push Coalition, and equating the struggles of the African American community to the suffering of the LGBT-TGI-Fridays gender blending people.

So race-bating charlatans have joined the parade, and actively encourage the poor disenfranchised LGBT-BLT_WHATEVER people in their pursuit of a world filled with peace, love and understanding.

gayparade

Peace Love and Understanding: Exceptions

There will be no peace, love or understanding extended to:

  • Pro-Life Roman Catholics
  • Pro-Life Jews
  • Pro-Life Evangelicals
  • Constitutional Conservatives
  • (special consideration will be extended to Jihadist Muslims)

 Intelectual Copyrights Question

All this lovingness aside, there remains an unanswered question:
Who owns the right to use the rainbow as a branding image? 

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
– Genesis 9:13-16

Rainbow_Noah_Covenant_Joseph_Koch

So we have now established the true ownership of the rainbow, the Creator of the ends of the Earth. Now stop right there. I know what you’re thinking:

“Hey! It’s time we sue the heck out of the LGBT-XYZ Unicornitarians, for copyright infringement!”

But a suit is already in the works. There’s no need to waste energy on it. The Copyright Holder is planning on collecting triple damages…

…soon.

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If it fits, I sits!

DCG

Creation: Baby turtles still in shells coordinate hatching by talking to one another

baby turtles

Rachel Newer reports for the Smithsonian, July 17, 2014:

Turtles are generally thought of as silent creatures, but recent evidence has emerged that at least 47 turtle species make some form of sound. Those sounds communicate various messages, from social standings to reproductive signals. But it’s not just adult turtles who are speaking their minds. It turns out babies, too, make sounds – even before they hatch from their eggs.

Researchers from Brazil, Mexico and the US got together to study the nests of 12 leatherback sea turtle nests in Oaxaca, Mexico. Starting on day 51, the point at which the babies’s ears should be developed enough to hear sounds, they monitored the nests for any signs of noise. They immediately began detecting sounds, recording more than 300 different noises in total. They classified the sounds into four categories, including chirps, grunts and “complex hybrid tones,” or sounds composed of two parts that they classified as pulse characteristics and harmonic frequency bands.

That latter sound – the most complex of the bunch – was only recorded in nests that contained just eggs, rather than eggs and hatchlings (most had begun hatching by day 55). The baby turtles, the researchers believe, may be coordinating their hatching timing by emitting the sounds. This phenomenon has been observed in other animals ranging from birds to crocodiles, likely as a survival mechanism. In the case of the turtles, hatching en masse brings a certain strength in numbers. While some babies will be picked off by predators, a bird can only eat so many sea turtles at a time, meaning at least a few will make it to the sea.

This finding, the authors point out, means that light pollution might not be the only anthropogenic nuisance threatening baby sea turtle survival. Noise pollution could be affecting them, too.

Matthew 6:24-34

“No one can serve two masters;
for either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.
Therefore I tell you,
do not be anxious about your life,
what you shall eat or what you shall drink,
nor about your body, what you shall put on.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air:
they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they?
And which of you by being anxious
can add one cubit to his span of life?
And why are you anxious about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;
they neither toil nor spin;
yet I tell you,
even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field,
which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,
will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?
Therefore do not be anxious, saying,
`What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’
For the Gentiles seek all these things;
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things shall be yours as well.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: Be good

Jesus with angels

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him,
‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

yellow daylilies2In His peace and love,

~Eowyn

A.A.A.D.D.- KNOW THE SYMPTOMS! This Is Good. HeHeHe

Thank goodness there’s a name for this disorder.
Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch table that
I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table,
Put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table,
And notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back
On the table and take out the garbage first…

But then I think,
Since I’m going to be near the mailbox
When I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my cheque book off the table,
And see that there is only one cheque left.

My extra cheques are in my desk in the study, So I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the can of Pepsi I’d been drinking.

I’m going to look for my checks,
But first I need to push the Pepsi aside
So that I don’t accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm,
And I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi,
A vase of flowers on the counter
Catches my eye–they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and
Discover my reading glasses that
I’ve been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back on my desk,
But first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter ,
Fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,
I’ll be looking for the remote,
But I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table,
So I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
But first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers,
But quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table,
Get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to
Remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:
The car isn’t washed,
The bills aren’t paid,
There is a warm can of
Pepsi sitting on the counter,
The flowers don’t have enough water,
There is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book,
I can’t find the remote,
I can’t find my glasses,
And I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day,
And I’m really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem,
And I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail….

Do me a favor.
Forward this message to everyone you know,
Because I don’t remember who I’ve sent it to.

Don’t laugh — if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!
P.S. I don’t remember who sent it to me, so if it was you, I’m sorry

~Steve~                                    H/T Hujonwi

CDC Says Just 2.3 % Of The Population Self Identify As Gay Or Bisexual

Here’s an article from The Washington Post giving what I believe are probably more accurate percentages of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transtesticular/transcontinental/transohyougettheidea

LOL 

OK folks, I don’t know about you, but this just makes no sense. Why are all these corporations bending over backwards ( Oops) to go out of their way to tick off the 96.6 % of the Country who are not homosexual? I mean they could just take a neutral stance. But no they come out and embrace what many find wrong.  Dr. Eowyn has a post just today on Betty Crocker doing just this. HERE.

I’m telling you this is a well orchestrated plan. 

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 July 15

Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation.

The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual.

That’s 2.3 % for those keeping count.   :)

The overwhelming majority of adults, 96.6 percent, labeled themselves as straight in the 2013 survey.

Let me go out on a limb here. If I was in marketing and went to my boss and said ” Let’s go after 2.3% of market while we piss off the other 96.6%” How long would I have a job? No, friends, something is rotten in Denmark. It just doesn’t make sense.

An additional 1.1 percent declined to answer, responded “I don’t know the answer” or said they were “something else.”

Folks you just have to love the “I don’t know ” people of the world.

I don't know either.

I don’t know either.

The figures offered a slightly smaller assessment of the size of the gay, lesbian and bisexual population than other surveys, which have pegged the overall proportion at closer to 3.5 or 4 percent. In particular, the estimate for bisexuals was lower than in some other surveys.

In other words the other surveys were all wishful thinking!

The inclusion of the sexual-orientation question in an influential survey used to guide government funding and research decisions was viewed as a major victory for the gay community, which has struggled with a dearth of data about its special health needs.

Rest Of WAPO story HERE!!

~Steve~

Calling on FOTM’s army of prayer warriors

light in darkness

An important member of our Fellowship of the Minds needs our prayers.

He is Wild Bill Alaska, a military veteran and faithful Christian, familiar to all of you as the man whom I hat-tip (h/t) for so many of the joke posts on FOTM.

I just received an email from him, informing me that last month he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The oncologist gives him 2 to 10 months, depending on whether he gets chemo and radiation therapy.

Bill is leaving that decision to our lord, Jesus the Christ.

comfort

Here’s my prayer for our beloved Bill:

Psalm 71:1-3, 5-6, 8-9, 12, 14, 17-18, 20

In you, Lord, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue and deliver me;
listen to me and save me!
Be my rock of refuge,
my stronghold to give me safety;
for you are my rock and fortress….
You are my hope, Lord;
my trust, God, from my youth.
On you I have depended since birth;
from my mother’s womb you are my strength;
my hope in you never wavers….
My mouth shall be filled with your praise,
shall sing your glory every day.

Do not cast me aside in my old age;
as my strength fails, do not forsake me.
God, be not far from me;
my God, hasten to help me….
I will always hope in you
and add to all your praise….

God, you have taught me from my youth;
to this day I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
Now that I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, God….
Whatever bitter afflictions you sent me,
you would turn and revive me.
From the watery depths of the earth
once more raise me up.

~Eowyn

Another dog post

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Smitty must watch Marmaduke

The reason for this post?
We all need a smile. :D