Sunday Devotional: How to prepare for His Coming

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophetic utterances.
Test everything; retain what is good.
Refrain from every kind of evil.

May the God of peace make you perfectly holy
and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body,
be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will also accomplish it.

Today is the third Sunday of Advent.

The word “advent” means “coming”.

Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. But Advent also has another meaning in Christian theology: the Second Coming of Christ.

For both meanings, we should prepare ourselves by making our “entirety” holy, in “spirit, soul and body”. How? —

  • Pray, “without ceasing”.
  • Be grateful: “In all circumstances give thanks”.
  • Discern good from evil: “Test everything”.
  • Choose good over evil: “retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil”.
  • Be joyful: “Rejoice always”.

May the peace and love and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

The 2 brides Caption Contest

This is the 165th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

About the pic: Luke and George celebrate “gay” marriage in Melbourne, Australia.

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. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

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

“Fooled ya! You guys actually believed us when we said legalizing gay marriage won’t make a mockery of the institution of marriage?”

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn

Family members of Berlin Christmas terrorist attack receive bills from government

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Bureaucracy doing what it does best.

From News.com.au: Those whose sons, daughters and loved ones were killed by a terrorist plunging a hijacked truck through a Christmas market in 2016 thought at the very least they’d get a letter of condolence from their leader.

Instead, almost a year after the Berlin Christmas market terror attack, relatives of the 12 Germans killed in the attack have received bills for identifying the dead bodies and threats to call the debt collectors in.

They received limited compensation and not an official word, or letter of condolence, from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel failed them, say the grieving relatives of the 12, who have vented their anger in a withering letter accusing the Chancellor of “political inaction” and of failing to reach out to the bereaved.

Almost a year after the attack, we note that you have not shared your condolences with us either in person or in writing. In our opinion, this means that you are not doing justice to your office,” read the letter, published by weekly magazine Der Spiegel on Friday.

“In failing to do so, we believe, you are failing to live up to your high office … It is a question of respect, decency and, finally, a matter of course that you as the head of government should acknowledge to us the loss of our family members through an act of terror.”

Among those venting their anger, frustration and grief are Sigrid and Hans-Georg Rheinsberg. Their daughter, Doris, was killed in the attack by a jihadist asylum-seeker Anis Amri.

The only official communication they’ve had is an invoice from the forensic medicine department demanding €51 ($80) for identifying the body of their daughter. And a very official warning that if they didn’t pay it in 30 days, a debt collector would be hired.

Hans-Georg Rheinsberg told the magazine: “Ms. Merkel embraced the refugees, but she left us out in the cold.”

The letter says the bereaved were neglected by their government after the attack.

Accusing the Chancellor of “failing to live up” to the responsibility of her office, it notes how she and other dignitaries attended a rushed mass at the Memorial Church, a Berlin landmark in the heart of the Christmas market, while relatives of the victims were desperately struggling to find out whether their loved ones were among the casualties. Some waited for days to be informed.

The letter contrasts how other nations dealt with the five foreign dead: the Italian President attended the transfer of the remains of one of the victims; the Polish president knelt in front of the coffin of the truck driver murdered by Amri. Israel, home to another victim, passed a law giving financial support to families of terror targets overseas.

Meanwhile, the injured German survivors of the attack are also angry: while the killer received state support, some of the 70 injured have not yet been compensated for massive medical bills.

The German government has so far paid out $1.9 million to those wounded in the attack and to the victims’ families, according to the justice ministry.

Merkel’s office reacted swiftly to the public damnation, her spokesman saying on Monday she will this month hold her first face-to-face meeting with relatives on December 189 — one day before the anniversary of the attack.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Merkel will listen to their grievances and see “which lessons can be learned” at the December 18 meeting.

He claimed the meeting was scheduled before the open letter was sent, nevertheless, “the letter shows how useful and urgent this meeting is”, Seibert said.

The letter had harsh words for the security “failings” that allowed Amri, a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia, to carry out the attack, the deadliest yet in Germany to be claimed by the Islamic State group.

Authorities missed a number of opportunities to arrest and deport the known drug dealer with connections to radical Islamists, who escaped detection by skipping across German state lines and using different identities.

On the day of the attack, he hijacked a truck and murdered its Polish driver before ploughing the vehicle through the market on his deadly drive. He was shot and killed four days later by Italian police in Milan.

The annual Christmas market at Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz reopened last week with new security measures in place, including concrete barriers and a heightened police presence.

DCG

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Couple furious as jury pays illegal alien’s fine after jewelry theft conviction

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Sandra Mendez Ortega/Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office photo

I understand having compassion for people. Yet as small as the fine was, it was the perfect opportunity to teach this young women about personal responsibility for your actions.

FYI: Fairfax County is a sanctuary county.

From Fox News: A Virginia woman was outraged after the maid she hired stole $5,000 worth of jewelry from her home and then the jury chipped in to pay for the woman’s fine after convicting her of theft.

Sandra Mendez Ortega, 19, who is in the country illegally, was convicted of felony grand larceny for stealing three rings on Dec. 8 by a jury at Fairfax County court. Instead of jail time, the jury sentenced her to a $60 fine.

A sympathetic jury for the teenager, who is pregnant with her second child, and pulled together $80 to pay for the fine after they convicted her.

Jury foreman Jeffrey Memmott told The Washington Post the jurors felt sympathy for the woman who testified she dropped out of school after sixth grade, had one child and was pregnant with another but was not employed.

“The general sentiment was she was a victim, too,” Memmott said. “Two of the women (jurors) were crying because of how bad they felt. One lady pulled out a $20 bill, and just about everybody chipped in.”

Memmott said he contacted the case’s public defender and went to the former maid’s home to give her $80, more than enough to pay her $60 fine.

“Justice had to be done,” Janice Woolridge, a juror, told The Washington Post. “But there’s also got to be some compassion somewhere. Young people make bad decisions. We just couldn’t pile on any more.”

However, Lisa Copeland, Mendez Ortega’s employer, was not happy with the sentencing – or their actions. She told the post that a $60 fine was insufficient for the crime committed and claimed Ortega told lie after lie. “I was outraged,” Copeland said. “I was just flabbergasted. I didn’t think $60 equated to the crime at all.”

Copeland said she discovered the rings missing in Sept. 2016 and actually did not realize a third ring had disappeared until they were turned in. The rings were worth at least $5,000, she aid.

Copeland called Fairfax City police who questioned the three housekeepers – including Mendez Ortega – who cleaned Copeland’s home and they all denied wrongdoing.

However, following the questioning the 19-year-old reportedly felt guilty about the stealing and told Copeland’s husband, Jeff, she had the rings and gave them back, The Washington Post reported. Police also had the young woman write the Copeland’s a letter of apology. Copeland said she has never seen the apology and the former maid never said sorry to her in person. “Never saw it,” Copeland said. “Never heard about it until the trial, during sentencing.”

Mendez Ortega was arrested and spent eight days in jail but posted the $1,000 bond and was released. The jury was not told of the woman’s stint in jail and that she was in the country illegally because “it was not relevant to whether she stole the rings.”

(So why was Ortega’s education, employment and pregnancy status relevant to whether she stole the rings but not her criminal entry into this country?)

Copeland said she felt the jury should have been told these facts. “I think it’s relevant to the case,” Copeland said.

“It really irritates me that she came here and committed a felony,” Jeff Copeland told The Washington Post. “People are coming here because there is opportunity here. But when they come here and commit crimes, that’s where you’ve got to draw the line.”

Lisa Copeland said she was “amazed” the jury did not want to convict Mendez Ortega although she confessed. “The fact that she confessed,” she said, “and they didn’t want to convict her? I don’t get this. That’s basically saying it’s okay to steal.”

Mendez Ortega faced up to 20 years in prison and a $2,500 fine but the jury only made her pay a fine that would be equivalent to a day’s pay.

Speaking through an interpreter, she said she was “happy” following her sentencing. “I became happy when I heard they wanted to give me that (money.) Thank you very much to all of them, God bless them,” she said.

DCG

Family of four in Arizona are all ‘transgenders’

A family of four — “father,” “mother,” “son” and “daughter” — in Queen Creek, Arizona are all “transgenders,” a term that biologists say has no basis in reality.

Queen Creek is a town of about 34,000, straddling Maricopa and Pinal counties.

Stina Sieg reports for KJZZ 91.5 in Phoenix, AZ, December 11, 2017, that the whole family of four “is in transition”:

  • Daniel Harrot, 41, is the FtM (female to male) “father,” who lived most of his life as a woman.
  • Shirley Austin, 62, is the “mother” — Daniel’s fiancé and a MtF (male to female) transgender.
  • Joshua, 13, is the “daughter,” who was born male but claims to have known since she was 6 or 7 that she’s really a girl.
  • Mason, 11, is the “son,” who now “is living as a boy, after being assigned female at birth”.

Daniel says trans people have been in his family for 100 years and that his grandmother’s sister was what people used to call a “cross-dresser.” The grandmother (X) was so “scared” by her sister’s behavior that X made sure her own daughter — Daniel’s mom — dressed feminine. Daniel’s mom, in turn, did the same by dressing her daughter, Daniel, in feminine clothes, insisting, “You must be a girl. This is who you were born to be.”

Daniel kept waiting for makeup and women’s clothing to feel right, but that never happened, even after marrying a man and giving birth to Joshua and Mason.

Last year, Joshua wanted to join the Girl Scouts, despite being a boy. That’s when Daniel looked up the word “transgender”. He said: “And when I finally looked it up, and I realized, ‘Oh my gosh, they’re trans, and I know it’s true – because I am, too, and it’s been my whole life.’”

Soon after, Joshua “came out” as a trans girl; Mason came out as a trans boy; and Daniel, wanting to protect and support his kids, decided “he” has to live as “his” authentic self, too. So Daniel cut “his” hair and went shopping — in the men’s section. “He” said: “I opened my eyes, looked in that dressing room mirror and went, ‘Oh this is it. This is perfect. This is me.’”

About the same time, Daniel met Shirley, a volunteer at a nonprofit for parents of trans youth. Shirley had been married before, to a woman.

Daniel and Shirley fell in love, despite their 21-year age gap. Daniel says they’re actually “very traditional” people: Daniel does the yard work; Shirley, the cooking. Shirley taught Daniel how to use a chainsaw; Daniel taught Shirley to memorize all the stones in “her” engagement ring, in case another woman asks.

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H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

~Eowyn

SNL libtard gets a tattoo of his “hero” Hillary Clinton

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Hahahahahahahahaha!

From ABC News: Hillary Clinton has made quite an impression on “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson — on his right leg, to be exact.

Davidson, who publicly supported Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, posted a photo Friday on Instagram of his new tattoo, which is of Clinton.

“Wanted to get @hillaryclinton a Christmas gift so I got a tattoo of my hero,” the New York City native wrote. “Thanks for being such a badass and one of the strongest people in the universe.”

Not too long afterwards, a comedic Clinton commented on the photo.

“Thanks, @petedavidson, This makes it significantly less awkward that I’ve had a Pete Davidson tattoo for years,” she wrote. “But seriously, I’m honored. Merry Christmas my friend.”

The tattoo artist, Jon Mesa of No Idols Tattoo in Lower Manhattan, confirmed that the ink was indeed permanent.

He told Us Weekly Friday, “Yes, it’s real! Just did it last night at my shop No Idols Tattoo on Bowery and Grand! It’s a small one on his right leg.”

DCG

Miss Iraq’s photo with Miss Israel forces family out of Iraq due to death threats

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That’s the “Religion of Peace” for you.

From MSN: Relatives of Iraq’s Miss Universe contestant have gone into hiding after a picture of the beauty queen with Miss Israel led to death threats.

During a Miss Universe event in November, Sarah Idan, representing Iraq, snapped a photo with her friend Adar Gandelsman, who was competing as Miss Israel. The photo was later posted to the women’s Instagram accounts.

In response, people in Idan’s home country of Iraq began issuing threats against the beauty queen and her family, Gandelsman told Israeli television.

“People made threats against her and her family that if she didn’t return home and take down the photos, they would remove her [Miss Iraq] title, that they would kill her,” Gandelsman told Israeli TV.

Gandelsman says that she and Idan are close friends who have remained in touch since the pageant. Idan, who lives in the U.S., confirmed the story with a Tweet.

“I’m not the first nor the last person to face prosecution over a matter of personal freedom. Millions of Iraqi women live in fear. #freeiraqiwomen,” she posted on Twitter with a link to Gandelsman’s interview.

The threats against Idan and her family are just one example of how tense the situation can be between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East, where many Muslims conflate any connection with Israel as support for Israeli activities.

Many in the Middle East are taught that Jews are murderers. These passions were recently inflamed even farther when President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that enraged many Arab leaders who want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state. Protests broke out across the Middle East in the wake of Trump’s decision last week, and several Palestinians died in violent exchanges with Israeli forces.

Many countries, like Iraq, do not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel.

Idan, however, had hoped that her photo would spread a message of tolerance and understanding. She posted the photo “so that people can understand that it’s possible to live together,” Gandelsman told Israeli TV.

Idan also defended the photo in a separate Arabic language post on Instagram. “I want to stress that the purpose of the picture was only to express hope and desire for peace between the two countries,” she wrote, adding that the photo with Gandelsman is not indicative of support for the Israeli government or a lack of support for the Palestinian cause.

People in Iraq were also angry that Idan had posted in a bikini.

DCG

Study by liberal economists finds racial differences in how hard Americans work

A trio of liberal economists made the mistake of doing a study on how American workers spent their working hours. Their purpose was to find evidence of racial discrimination which would explain a racial gap in pay. To their dismay, however, the economists found significant racial differences in how much time Americans spent not working while on the job, i.e., how hard one works.

The economists are:

  1. Daniel Hamermesh, Professor of Economics, University of London.
  2. Katie Genadek, Research Scientist, University of Minnesota.
  3. Michael Burda, Professor Economics, Humbodlt University of Berlin.

The study was published as a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper titled, “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Non-Work at Work,” in January 2017.

The economists delayed publishing their findings until after the 2016 presidential election because they didn’t want to give ammunition to what Hamermesh calls “Trump and his minions” to use “as a propaganda piece.”

As reported by The Economist on Feb. 4, 2017, this was the study’s methodology:

  • The economists collected data from nearly 36,000 “daily diaries” — American workers’ self-reporting on how they spent their working hours, from 2003 to 2012.
  • Assuming that the self-reports were honest, the economists calculated the amount of time spent not working while on the job, e.g., eating, chatting, relaxing, surfing the net, etc.

The study found a small but statistically significant racial and gender differences in the amount of time spent not working while on the job — even after controlling for geography, type of work, union status, and other variables. “Statistically significant” means the racial differences did not occur by chance alone. Here are the findings:

  • Racial “minorities,” especially male minorities, spent larger portions of their workdays not actually working, i.e., are lazier:
    • Hispanics are the laziest, followed by blacks, then Asians.
    • White workers are the least lazy.
  • Gender differences;
    • Hispanic and black men are lazier than Hispanic and black women.
    • Asian women are lazier than Asian men.
    • White men and women are about the same, with the females slightly lazier than the men.

Trying to explain the racial gap, the study first considered racial discrimination as the cause — that minority workers slack off work because of discriminatory treatment by managers. But that explanation was rejected because the study found that self-employed minority workers also spent more time not working.

So the three economists finally resorted to the same “cultural differences” explanation that is used to account for persistent racial differences in IQ and SAT scores.

Denunciations of the study were swift, as well as retributions against its politically incorrect findings.

Within hours of publication, Daniel Hamermesh — an avowed “progressive” who refers to President Trump only by derogatory amusing nicknames and who had resigned from a post at the University of Texas over a state law permitting the open carrying of firearms — received vitriolic messages and was labeled a racist in an online forum popular among economists.

Ever the liberal, Hamermesh’s proposed solution to the racial work gap is not that minorities should work more, but rather that whites should work less because “Americans work too much”.

~Eowyn