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We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 152nd Caption Contest!

The FOTM writers duly voted, each for what he/she considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; each #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of FOTM’s 152nd Caption Contest, with two #1 votes and one #2 vote, totaling 10 points, is . . .

chemtrailssuck!Snoopy dance

Here’s the winning caption:

ROGAINE. Not just for men anymore!

Zorro is in 2nd place, with two #1 votes and 8 points. Here’s his caption:

Fur: Not Just For Men!

MoFrappy is in 3rd place, with one #1 vote and 4 points. Here’s his caption:

I think she’s kinda hot. I’m going to put on a Velcro vest and go for the ride of my life!

Another chemtrailssuck caption, David, Linda and ManCavePatriot are in 4th place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here are their respective captions:

Please, somebody win this contest so I don’t have to keep LOOKING at that hairy man-woman thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAGHHH!!! CLAWING MY EYES OUT!!!!!!!!!

Mom and dad won’t quit calling me Son!

Am I a woman, Am I a man, I’ll never tell.

I’ve joined Caitlyn Jenner’s ‘Hair Club For Men’.

Well done, everyone!

Congratulations, chemtrailssuck!

Here’s your fancy-schmancy Award Certificate of Great Excellence, all ready for framing! LOL

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For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here tomorrow for our next very exciting Caption Contest!

~Éowyn

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’60 Minutes’ Australia report on VIP pedophile network in UK and Australia

60 Minutes (Australia) is an Australian current affairs program based on the U.S. 60 Minutes of the CBS network.

On July 14, 2015, Australia’s 60 Minutes TV program broadcasted the first episode of a stunning exposé of a global VIP pedophile network involving the highest government officials of the UK and Australia, including members of the British Parliament, cabinet ministers, judges, diplomats and spies.

And yet, nearly two years later, the broadcast caused nary a ripple. Certainly, we in the U.S. did not know about it. Heaven forbid that CBS’ 60 Minutes or any other network would actually report this or rebroadcast the Australia 60 Minutes report.

Below is the video, followed by my summary and transcripted excerpts from the first segment.

Reporter: “Without question, the biggest political scandal Britain has ever faced will be exposed tonight. It involves a secret network of the highest office holders in the land — past and current members of Parliament, cabinet ministers, judges, diplomats, even one of the country’s top spies. These men are accused of some of the most sadistic child sexual abuse imaginable, on hundreds of victims, some as young as eight. More confronting still are claims that children were killed in order to protect this network of predators, including one boy whose father worked at the Australian High Commission in London. For over 40 years, the evil child-predators acted with complete impunity, hiding behind the façade of respectability, but no longer.

They were children, often the most vulnerable, placed in the care of the state only to be betrayed, systematically trafficked to the most powerful men in the land. […] Tonight, three victims speak out. Claims of a monumental cover-up that children were murdered, one of them the 15-year-old son of the Australian High Commissioner’s chauffeur. […] A sex scandal at the very highest levels of the British government. Child sexual abuse victims come forward to point the finger at very powerful men — serving members of the British Parliament, cabinet ministers, lords, spies, even senior police, incriminated in a VIP pedophile ring for the privileged and powerful. […] British police are now investigating compelling evidence that dozens of children suffered similar fates.”

(1) Richard Kerr

Kerr, now 54 years old, whom the reporter describes as “a clearly damaged man,” said his life began to fall apart when at the age of nine, he was sent to the now infamous Kincora Boys’ Home in Northern Ireland, run by men who would later be convicted of the frequent rape of children in their care. He said the sexual abuse started a week after he arrived in the home. Within a few years, Kerr and other boys from the home were being trafficked around the UK as “playthings” and “boy toys” for pedophiles.

See: Ian Drury, “MI5 ‘hid’ child abuse at boys’ home: Former Army intelligence officer claims security chiefs told him to ‘stop digging’ when he reported possible paedophile ring,” Daily Mail, April 7, 2015.

When Kerr first came to London, the first place to which he was taken to meet “the men who ruled the country” was Dolphin Square, an upmarket apartment complex just minutes from the Houses of Parliament. Kerr recalls, “I was taken here, I was told to sit down on the bed. They started to take my clothes off.”

Reporter: “Richard was brought here to have sex with politicians and other high ranking members of the British establishment, including members of the House of Lords,” some of whom (“older, very old lords’) are still in politics. “Richard was one of dozens of boys and girls, almost all from state institutions, brought to the homes of the rich and powerful to be forced into sex with adults.”

Kerr: “My soul at that time was being destroyed and they took away everything I had, everything I had.”

(2) Esther Baker

Baker, now 32, was sexually abused since she was six years old, when a family member took her to pedophiles, who “would basically single out the girls, pick who they wanted, and then [the girls] would be abused.”

Shown their photographs, Baker positively identified two British politicians who were among her abusers in the early 1990s, saying “We don’t forget those faces, no way”:

  • A “very senior” British politician, a lord, who Baker said to have sexually abused her over the course of 5 to 6 years.
  • A “fairly senior member: of a British political party in the House of Commons. Baker positively identified this second man as having sexually abused her, saying “We don’t forget those faces. No way.”

(3) Darren

Darren, not his real name and with his face concealed, was 15 years old in a care home when he met Peter Righton, “a senior adviser to the government of child development and secretly a member of the pedophile information exchange — a group campaigning to lower the age of consent for child sex.” Righton supplied boys like Darren to pedophiles in Dolphin Square.

Note: According to Wikipedia, Peter Righton was a child protection expert, social care worker and a convicted child molester, who died in 2007. In 2013, the Metropolitan Police launched Operation Cayacos to investigate claims that Righton was part of an establishment paedophile network.

Darren and “other witnesses” identified one of the pedophiles as Leon Brittan, a former MP and British Home Secretary, who “raped children.” Son of Lithuanian Jews who migrated to Britain before WWII, Brittan died in January 2015.

The reporter says these pedophile cases are now being “taken seriously” by police and by “a new generation of political leaders,” among whom is Conservative MP (Member of Parliament) Zac Goldsmith, who says “There has to be an element of coverup, conspiracy, call it what you want…. I think there is very compelling evidence that very senior people engaged in terrible acts and are protected by the establishment. I have no doubt at all about that. I think the genie is out of the bottle.”

See also:

~Eowyn

Actors in Caesar-as-Trump assassination play in tears and fear

File this under:

“The Left can give it, but not take it”

New York Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the [Central] Park this summer, which ended on June 18, was a modern “re-imagining” of the Bard’s classic Julius Caesar play in which Caesar is stabbed to death by conspirators in the Roman Senate, but with Caesar portrayed by a Donald Trump lookalike, sporting reddish-blonde hair, wearing a suit and a tie that hangs a few inches below his belt.

To make the allusion to Trump unmistakable, Caesar’s wife, Calpurnia – who begs “Caesar” not to attend the Senate because she had a premonition about his murder — is a Melania Trump lookalike, complete with a Slavic accent. (See DCG’s post on the play here.)

In other words, Shakespeare’s play was “re-imagined” by Leftists into an assassinate President Trump porn.

One of the changes that was made evident in the 2016 presidential election is that America’s Right really have had enough. Thus, the birth of the New or Alternative Right, who are distinguished from the traditional Right or Conservatives in the AltRight’s championing of American nationalism, populism, and their refusal to be passive, but are assertive, even combative if need be.

On June 16, AltRight activists disrupted the Caesar-Trump assassination play. Laura Loomer dashed onto the stage, shouting, “This is political violence against the right!”

When Loomer was escorted by security from the stage, AltRight journalist Jack Posobiec, DC Bureau Chief of Rebel Media, who filmed the disruption from the audience, stood up and told the crowd: “You are all Nazis, like Joseph Goebbels. You are inciting terrorists. The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands. Goebbels would be proud. You are Nazis.”

Posobiec was also escorted out by security.

During a subsequent performance of the assassinate Trump play, another AltRight protester, a man, rushed the stage shouting, “Liberal hate kills!” — as indeed it does, as seen in Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson’s shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and three others in a Republican baseball practice on June 14, 2017. (See “Pedogate and the attempted assassination of Rep. Steve Scalise”)

Police charged Loomer, Javanni Valle of Brooklyn, and Long Island man Salvatore Cipolla with trespassing.

By that time, Delta Airlines and Bank of America had withdrawn their funding of the play. Even the liberal National Endowment for the Arts distanced itself with a statement saying that no federal taxpayer dollars had been used in the production of the play.

In a June 24, 2017 article for The Guardian, decidedly nonobjective reporter Oliver Milman who calls Posobiec “a rightwing conspiracy theorist” as if there are no real conspiracies (see “Operation Northwoods: A true U.S. government conspiracy for those who mock conspiracy theories“), writes that Corey Stoll, the actor who played assassin and betrayer Marcus Brutus in the Caesar-Trump play, said the protests made him “sob” and the cast “exhausted and nervous”.

BooHoo. Poor babies.

Corey Stoll, one of the Tribe, has starred in the Netflix series House of Cards and the Marvel film Ant-Man. In an essay for Vulture, Stoll moaned that the play “had become the target of hecklers and online vitriol”. Despite those evil Trump supporters, the actors pushed bravely on:

“The protesters never shut us down, but we had to fight each night to make sure they did not distort the story we were telling. At that moment, watching my castmates hold their performances together, it occurred to me that this is resistance.

When I signed on to play the reluctant assassin Marcus Brutus in this production, I didn’t know Caesar would be an explicit avatar for President Trump. I suspected that an American audience in 2017 might see aspects of him in the character, a democratically elected leader with autocratic tendencies.”

While acknowledging that Caesar was “an explicit avatar for President Trump” and that “A nontrivial percentage of our liberal audience had fantasized about undemocratic regime change in Washington,” Stoll nevertheless disingenuously proclaims that he “had little fear of offending people” and did not think anyone would see the play “as an endorsement of violence against” a duly-elected sitting President.

Really?

Stoll continues:

“The Wednesday after our opening night, a gunman opened fire on the Republican baseball team, injuring four, including Representative Steve Scalise. Of the more than 150 mass shootings so far this year, this was the first that appeared to be aimed at a politician. Like most Americans, I was saddened and horrified, but when the president’s son and others blamed us for the violence, I became scared. [,,,]

Our final show. Exhausted and nervous, we took our places. Before I could make an entrance, someone started screaming and was led off, as the audience angrily turned against him. [,,,] During the assassination, another person sprinted to the stage, yelling, ‘I’m sick of your bullshit!’ He was tackled almost immediately. Forty-five minutes later, we finished the show, and our run, as scheduled. Backstage, I exhaled and sobbed.”

Everyone and altogether, say:

~Eowyn

Are humans breeding with animals? Lambs born with human-like heads

Before you read further, look at the pic below and tell me what you think the head looks like.

Does that look like a sheep’s head to you? Or does the head look human?

Jamie Pyatt reports for Daily Mail, June 22, 2017, that villagers of Lady Frere in the Eastern Province of South Africa have been living in fear since a sheep gave birth to the creature in the pic above, believed by elders to be a half-human half-beast sent by the devil. “Many” of the 4,000 residents and farmers think bestiality and witchcraft had led to the birth of the creature.

A villager was quoted as saying: ‘”he elders when they saw it said it was sent by the devil and was born after a coupling between a man and a sheep and then there was panic. Many people are afraid and will not be happy until it is burned.”

The panic got so great that the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development sent out experts to carry out tests after pictures of it spread like wildfire through the community.

Chief Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Lubabalo Mrwebi said the photo is not a hoax and admitted that at first glance the lamb which was born dead did resemble a human being. He insisted the creature was not part human, but was a severely deformed lamb that was sired by a sheep that had been infected by a Rift Valley Fever at an early stage of its pregnancy.

Dr. Mrwebi explained that humans cannot breed with sheep:

“It is worth noting that a sheep has 28 pairs of chromosomes while humans have 23 pairs which is important in dispelling the myth that a union of a sheep ovum and a human sperm can lead to a development of a viable life form. The deformed lamb exhibits signs that are consistent with an early foetal development that went wrong as a result of a viral infection and nothing more.”

Dr. Mrwebi said that the gestation period for a sheep is five months, which meant that the deformed lamb had been conceived in late December 2016 or early January 2017 — a time of plentiful rainfall that brought many mosquitoes and midges which are carriers of viruses that cause the Rift Valley Fever in sheep. Dr. Mrwebi concluded:

“It is fair to assume, therefore, that the [mother] sheep was infected by the RVF virus. The resultant circulation of the virus in the blood found its way through the maternal blood into the uterus and the foetus, which was at a very critical stage of development. The infected foetus then, as a result, failed to form properly, leading to the deformity that it became. It does look like a human form but it is not part human at all.”

The department’s veterinary officials would conduct a post-mortem on the creature and its results will be communicated to the public.

What happened in South Africa is not the first case of a lamb born with a humanlike face.

In 2010, a sheep in Turkey gave birth to a stillborn lamb (see below) with a human-like face. It had human features  of eyes, nose and mouth; only the ears were those of a sheep.

On January 13, 2010, AFP reports (via Daily Telegraph) that the lamb was born in a village not far from the city of Izmir, Turkey.

Veterinarian Erhan Elibol, 29, performed a caesarean on the pregnant sheep to take the lamb out, but was horrified to see that the features of the lamb’s snout bore a striking resemblance to a human face. Elibol said:

“I’ve seen mutations with cows and sheep before. I’ve seen a one-eyed calf, a two-headed calf, a five-legged calf. But when I saw this youngster I could not believe my eyes. His mother could not deliver him so I had to help the animal.”

Vets said that the lamb was a rare mutation due to the mother sheep’s fodder being abundant with vitamin A.

In September 2009, a goat in Zimbabwe, Africa, gave birth to a baby also with a human-like head. The mutant creature was hairless. Local residents said that even dogs were afraid to approach the bizarre animal. The locals burnt the body of the little goat, and biologists had no chance to study the rare mutation.It stayed alive for several hours until it was killed by frightened villagers.

The governor of the province where the goat was born said it was the fruit of an unnatural relationship between the female goat and a man:

“This incident is very shocking. It is my first time to see such an evil thing. It is really embarrassing. The head belongs to a man while the body is that of a goat. This is evident that an adult human being was responsible. Evil powers caused this person to lose self control. We often hear cases of human beings who commit bestiality but this is the first time for such an act to produce a product with human features.”

So can humans actually breed with animals, albeit the offsprings being still births?

Ewen Callaway reports for New Scientist, April 21, 2010, that a genetic study of nearly two thousand people from around the world suggests that some of our ancestors had bred with other species of humans, such as Neanderthals, at least twice — about 60,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean and, more recently, about 45,000 years ago in eastern Asia, Nature News reports from tge 2010 annual meeting of the American Society of Physical Anthropologists in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Since humans had bred with the different species of Neanderthals, can humans mate with other animal species today?

Writing for Slate, Nov. 14, 2006, Torie Bosch answered “Probably not.” But we don’t really know because ethical considerations preclude definitive research on the subject.

Nevertheless, Bosch insisted that:

“it’s safe to say that human DNA has become so different from that of other animals that interbreeding would likely be impossible. Groups of organisms tend to drift apart genetically when they get separated by geographical barriers . . . . When the two groups come back into contact with each other many, many years later, they may each have evolved to the point where they can no longer mate.

Bosch explains there are two types of changes that prevent animals of different species from interbreeding:

  1. Pre-zygotic reproductive isolating mechanisms: After so many generations apart, a pair of different species animals might look so different from one another that they’re not inclined to have sex. And if the animals do try to have sex, incompatible genitalia or sperm motility could pose another problem: A human spermatozoon may not be equipped to navigate the reproductive tract of a chimpanzee, for example.
  2. Post-zygotic reproductive isolating mechanisms: factors that would make it impossible for a hybrid animal fetus to grow into a reproductive adult, resulting in a miscarriage or sterile offspring. The further apart two animals are in genetic terms, the less likely they are to produce viable offspring.

Note that the two reasons given for why humans can’t interbreed with animals like sheep and goats are not iron-clad compelling:

(1) The assumption that humans look so different from animals that humans won’t find animals sexually attractive is belied by the fact that there are bestialists. See my posts:

(2) That a human-animal hybrid can’t grow into a reproductive adult, resulting in a miscarriage or sterile offspring, doesn’t mean that such hybrids don’t exist. It simply means that the offspring of a human and an animal is not viable, as in  the still-born human-face lambs in South Africa and Turkey, and the human-face goat in Zimbabwe.

Here’s another reason why the still-born grotesqueries in South Africa, Turkey, and Zimbabwe may in fact be human-animal hybrids: Ten years ago, scientists had created a a sheep that was 15% human.

Claudia Joseph reports for Daily Mail, March 27, 2007, that scientists had created the world’s first human-sheep chimera, with the body of a sheep and half-human organs. The sheep had 15% human cells and 85% animal cells.

Why would scientists do that? To grow animal organs for transplant into humans.

Professor Esmail Zanjani, of the University of Nevada, spent 7 years and £5 million perfecting the technique, which involved injecting adult human cells into a sheep’s foetus. He created a sheep liver with a large proportion of human cells and hoped to precisely match a sheep to a human transplant patient by using the human patient’s own stem cells to create his/her own flock of sheep. The process would involve extracting stem cells from the donor’s bone marrow and injecting them into the peritoneum of a sheep’s foetus. When the lamb is born, two months later, it would have a liver, heart, lungs and brain that are partly human and available for transplant.

Prof. Zanjani said:

“We would take a couple of ounces of bone marrow cells from the patient. We would isolate the stem cells from them, inject them into the peritoneum of these animals and then these cells would get distributed throughout the metabolic system into the circulatory system of all the organs in the body. The two ounces of stem cell or bone marrow cell we get would provide enough stem cells to do about ten foetuses. So you don’t just have one organ for transplant purposes, you have many available in case the first one fails.”

Ethical considerations aside, Dr. Patrick Dixon, an international lecturer on biological trends, warned: “Many silent viruses could create a biological nightmare in humans. Mutant animal viruses are a real threat, as we have seen with HIV.”

The creation of a sheep that was 15% human happened ten years ago. Since then, biologists’ helter-skelter creation of human-animal chimeras has advanced even further. See:

Expect to see more lambs and goats born with human-like faces in the future.

God help us.

H/t Will Shanley

~Eowyn

Who’s grieving? This dog or these Sandy Hook parents?

Molika Ashford writes for Live Science, Dec. 28, 2010:

“People often assign feelings to animals […] But scientists haven’t determined whether these human-like expressions really mean anything. […]

Scientists believe that certain brain cells in humans called spindle cells are responsible for human social behavior and the interplay between thoughts and feelings. Studies have revealed that chimpanzee, dolphin and whale brains also possess spindle cells. Although these are all animals that can act people-like, the presence of these cells does not mean that the animals have feelings.

Even animals that don’t have spindle cells, such as dogs, have shown behaviors that can suggest a human-like social sense. In recent experiments, dogs have shown that they know to follow a human’s pointed finger to find a food treat. Scientists report that this shows dogs are sensitive to human social cues and are able to correctly interpret them. Still, this only proves that dogs know how to find food, not that they have feelings.

[…] In a recent study, a Barnard College researcher tested dogs to see if their guilty looks were linked to actual bad behavior. Dogs were tempted with a treat and told by their owners not to eat it.

The dog’s owners weren’t allowed to see whether their pets had eaten the treat or not, but were told either that they did or that they didn’t, and were then instructed to scold the dogs that disobeyed. The experimenters noted that scolded dogs showed a guilty look whether or not they had actually done wrong.

This illustrates the difficulty in accurately interpreting animal behavior as a marker of human-like feelings. A guilty look suggests a feeling of guilt in a human but not necessarily in a dog, according to the Barnard research. Similarly, even apparent mourning or empathy behavior might not actually mean these feelings are present in the brains of animals.

Oh yeah?

Tell me this dog, grieving over the death of a companion, doesn’t have feelings. Note his repeated gasping/choking toward the end of the video, his entire body shaking.

And yet we are to believe Christopher and Lynn McDonnell are grieving parents whose child, Grace, was killed by Adam Lanza in Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

I don’t need “scientists” to tell me the meaning of what I can see with my own eyes, which is that the dog was overcome with feelings of distraught and grief, whereas the smiling and tearless McDonnells were acting.

If the McDonnells were grieving, they sure have a strange way of showing it. I’d sure like to see “scientists” explain their peculiar display of “feelings” over their 7-year-old daughter’s murder.

By the way, Christopher and Lynn McDonnell are among the Sandy Hook residents who purchased their home on December 25, 2009, for $0.

~Eowyn

California SB 309 bill will authorize a special license plate to fund abortions

It is bad enough that abortion — the deliberate killing of a defenseless, unborn human being — is still legal in America, where Christians are still a majority, though decreasing in numbers by the day.

It is bad enough that our tax dollars still fund abortions, although, God bless him, President Trump has signed a law restoring states’ right to defund Planned Parenthood.

Note: Trump also defunded International Planned Parenthood, by signing an executive order to that effect on his first day of work as President. Ostensibly-conservative carping critics of Trump please note.

Now, in benighted California, the state legislature is poised to pass a bill into law which will authorize a special vehicle license plate, the proceeds of which will fund sterilization and abortions.

The bill is SB 309, with the Orwellian descriptive title of “License Plates: Reproductive Freedom Fund”.

SB 309 is innocuously described as “An act to add Section 5156.9 to the Vehicle Code, relating to license plates,” but it’s so much more — and worse — than that.

Here’s the text of SB 309:

“Existing law authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue special license plates, including environmental license plates and specified special environmental design license plates. Under existing law, a state agency is authorized to apply to the DMV to sponsor a special license plate program, and the DMV is required to issue those license plates if the agency meets certain requirements. The DMV is required to charge specified fees for certain services related to the issuance of those plates.
This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to apply to sponsor a reproductive freedom license plate program, and would require the DMV to issue the license plates if the State Department of Health Care Services meets certain requirements. The bill would authorize the State Department of Health Care Services to accept and use donated artwork from California artists for the license plate. The bill would require the revenue generated from the license plates, as specified, to be deposited in the California Reproductive Freedom Fund, created by the bill, and to be used, upon appropriation, for the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment program (Family PACT) [administered by the State Department of Health Care Services].”

So what’s the nice-sounding Family PACT program? Here’s its self-description:

“Family PACT is California’s innovative approach to provide comprehensive family planning services to eligible low income (under 200% federal poverty level) men and women. Family PACT serves 1 million income eligible men and women of childbearing age through a network of 2,200 public and private providers. Services include comprehensive education, assistance, and services relating to family planning.”

And what exactly are those “services relating to family planning”?

From the PDF “Family PACT Overview“:

“Client Benefits & Services

Family PACT provides comprehensive family planning services to women and men including all FDA approved forms of contraception, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing with counseling, preconception counseling, male and female sterilization, limited infertility services, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, cancer screening, and HIV screening. Individual client reproductive health education and counseling is an ongoing component of all service.”

Emergency contraception” (EC) is emergency contraception pills, taken after unprotected sex to pregnant pregnancy. EC is a form of abortion by preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.

The Family PACT program is administered through Family PACT “providers,” among whom are Planned Parenthood clinics, where “family planning” is a synonym for abortion.

Lest there is any remaining doubt that SB 309 will fund abortions, here’s what (the infamous) Ninth Circuit Senior Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson wrote in an opinion:

“the California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency Act . . . requires that licensed pregnancy-related clinics disseminate a notice stating the existence of publicly-funded family-planning services, including contraception and abortion.”

SB 309 was introduced by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, the bill’s author; its coauthor is Assembly member Cristina Garcia.

On May 30, 2017, SB 309 was read a third time in California’s State Senate and passed 28:13. On June 8, 2017, the bill was referred to the State Assembly’s Committee on Transportation. A hearing date is scheduled for tomorrow, June 26. A majority vote is required to pass SB 309.

H/t California Political Review

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: ‘Fear no one’

Psalm 69:17, 4-5, 8-10

Lord, in your great love, answer me.
I am weary with crying out;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
from looking for my God.
More numerous than the hairs of my head
are those who hate me without cause.
Those who would destroy me are mighty,
my enemies without reason….
For your sake I bear insult,
and shame covers my face.
I have become an outcast to my brothers,
a stranger to my children,
Because zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who blaspheme you fall upon me.

Last year, in 2016, some 90,000 Christians were martyred, making Christians the most persecuted religious group in the world.

Today, with the exception of North Korea (which ranks No. 1), 9 of the 10 most dangerous countries to be a Christian are Muslim. In fact, under severe persecution, Christianity is going extinct in its birthplace, the Middle East. No thanks to Pope Francis, U.S. Catholic bishops have called persecution of Christians in the Middle East nothing less than a genocide.

But it’s not just in North Korea, China, North Africa, and the Middle East that Christians are persecuted. Increasingly, the culture in America is becoming hostile to Christians. See, as examples:

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ!

And to Christians who are suffering, and as a reminder to ourselves here in America where the light of Christ dims by the day, remember these words of Christ our Lord:

Matthew 10:26-33

Jesus said to the Twelve:
Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

May the strength and courage and peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn