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Sunday Devotional: Take up your cross and follow Him

Matthew 16:21-27

Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
He turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”

 

What a grim reading for today.

For the first time, Jesus predicts His impending persecution, terrible suffering, and death by execution. Then, He warns that being His follower is not a path of roses, but one of self-abnegation and suffering:

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

Christians actually have had it good in America, compared to both the early Church and the many persecuted Christians across the world today, especially in the Middle East where Christianity is near extinction. See:

But the days of the comfortable U.S. Christian are rapidly fading, as the light of Christ dims in post-Christian and Left-radicalized America. See:

No matter what the future brings, we are to heed the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians 6:10-16:

Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

In the meantime, we take strength and solace from our Lord’s words and promise:

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? . . . For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”

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

~Eowyn

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Black privilege: Oregon county exempts non-whites from mandatory mask-wearing

Some are more equal than others.

Last week, like the state of California, health officials of Oregon’s Lincoln county issued a mandate requiring everyone to wear a face mask when out in public where individuals may come within six feet of someone outside their household. Exempted from that rule are those under 12 years of age, those with medical conditions who have difficulty breathing with a mask on, and those with disabilities that prevent the wearing of a face covering.

On Tuesday, June 23, however, the county added another exemption.

Katherine Fung reports for Newsweek that non-white people (“people of color”) are exempt from the mandatory face mask rule because, according to Lincoln county, “people of color…have heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public” — whatever that means.

County health officials said: “No person shall intimidate or harass people who do not comply. This Directive is intended to induce voluntary compliance and compliment education and encouragement of use of face coverings to protect ourselves and our community.”

As of Tuesday, Lincoln County had 292 of Oregon’s 7,201 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and only one death.

Lincoln county, named after President Abraham Lincoln, is on the coast of Oregon, with a 2010 population of 46,034. The county seat is Newport.

The obvious questions that must be asked are:

  • Who exactly is a “person of color” who is exempt from the mandatory face mask rule? If an individual, like Elizabeth Warren, is 1/180th “black,” is that a “person of color”?
  • Isn’t it racially discriminating to require whites to don a face mask, but not non-whites?
  • If a “white” person (whatever that means) also has “heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public,” can that “white” person also be exempted from the face mask rule? If not, why not? Don’t white people’s feelings matter?
  • Who in hell gave Lincoln county — or the state of California — the legal authority to require the wearing of face masks? Where in the U.S. Constitution or any state statutes does it say the county has that power?

H/t Laura

~Eowyn

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Election fraud: disappearing ink

A video from what appears to be Mongolia, a former Soviet satellite state, shows election fraud via the disappearing ink of the pens provided in the voting booths.

I searched the Internet and found a webpage touting Frixion erasable pens, the ink of which can be disappeared when heated. The pens come in gel, marker, and highlighter versions with various colors. The webpage says the pens “are easy to come by at your local office and grocery stores, and are as cheap as $2 a pen.”

Solution: Bring your own pen to the voting booth!

H/t @grasshopperxcc

~Eowyn

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Fake Hate Crime: FBI concludes noose in garage of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is a door pull

This is what happens when America is whipped into a frenzy by #BLM protests and riots.

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, 26, is a professional stock car racing driver who competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series. He is also the first “African-American” to win in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (Martinsville, 2014).

Bubba Wallace

After the death of George Floyd in May 2020 at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Wallace began to speak up about police brutality against Blacks, and became the face of stock car racing’s involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement. On June 8, he called on NASCAR to mandate the banning of displays of the Confederate flag; two days later, NASCAR announced the Confederate flag would be banned.

On Sunday, June 21, 2020, NASCAR announced that a “noose” had been found in Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway.

NASCAR immediately condemned the act, calling it “heinous” and said they would be consulting with law enforcement. All 39 of Wallace’s rival drivers and their crews helped push his car to the front of pit road before the national anthem and stood behind him in solidarity. Wallace said that he was “incredibly saddened” by the “painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism”.

Although NASCAR said in a statement that the garage door pull rope was fashioned like a noose, Wallace Wallace fumed in an interview with CNN Tuesday night that “The image that I have, that I have seen hanging from my garage is not a garage pull. From the evidence that we have, that I have, it’s a straight-up noose. The FBI has stated it was a noose over and over again. NASCAR leadership has stated that it was a noose. I can confirm that I actually got evidence of what was hanging in my garage over my car, around my pit crew guys, to confirm that it was a noose, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

People were skeptical because no photo of said noose or of security camera footage of the garage were released, although security cameras cover every inch of the garage stalls at Talladega Superspeedway containing millions of dollars worth of cars and parts.

In response to perfectly reasonable questions about the noose claim, NASCAR and Wallace reportedly called such queries “offensive and hurtful”. Wallace also bristled that he’s “pissed” his integrity was being questioned.

Bob Pockrass took and tweeted this pic of the “noose” in Wallace’s NASCAR garage:

Yesterday, WUSA9 reports that after an investigation, the FBI concluded that the noose found in the garage of NASCAR’s only Black driver, Bubba Wallace, had been in the garage as early as October 2019.

In a joint statement, U.S. Attorney Jay Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp said the FBI learned that garage number 4 had been assigned to Wallace only last week, and that the FBI was also able to use authentic video confirmed by NASCAR to verify the rope’s prior existence. And so the FBI decided not to pursue federal charges after reviewing all of the facts in the case. 

Below is the joint statement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Joint Statement from U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr. Regarding the Noose Found in NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace’s Garage at Talladega Superspeedway

“On Monday, fifteen FBI special agents conducted numerous interviews regarding the situation at Talladega Superspeedway.  After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed.

The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week.  The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019.  Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.

The decision not to pursue federal charges is proper after reviewing all available facts and all applicable federal laws. We offer our thanks to NASCAR, Mr. Wallace, and everyone who cooperated with this investigation.”

H/t Blabber Buzz

See also:

~Eowyn

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The ‘Walking Pus’ Caption Contest

This is the 227th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

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).
  • 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 two weeks, at the end of Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

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

George Soros: A walking, putrid, open sore on humanity.

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

~Eowyn

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Can you ace this grammar-vocabulary quiz?

Here’s a fun thing to do: Another quiz!

It’s short — only 12 questions.

But it’s fairly tough.

Let’s see how you fare!

To take the quiz, click here, then please report back on your score?

I missed one — the one on “cerulean”.

Henceforth, I will never forget what the word means. LOL

~Eowyn

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We have a winner!

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

And the winner of the 226th FOTM Caption Contest, with three #1 votes and two #2 votes, totaling a whopping 16 points, is . . .

chemtrailssuck!

Here is the winning caption:

(Sung to the Addam’s theme song) They’re ugly and they’re lazy, they’re definitely crazy, their pasts are all too hazy, the Pandemic family.

Calgirl is in 2nd place, with two #1 votes and one #2 vote, totaling 10 points. Here’s her caption:

Ah, finally! PROOF! A picture captured of the seven deadly sinners conspiring!

GregB is in 3rd place, with one #1 and one #2 vote, totaling 6 points. Here is his caption:

They’re creepy and they’re sneaky,
Their Depends are getting leaky,
They’re all so totally freaky,
The Globalist Family

They belong in a museum,
Where no one comes to see ‘em
Lock ‘em up and never free ‘em,
The Globalist Family

Delete
Obsolete
Elite

They have evil intentions,
That none of them ever mentions,
They will even steal our pensions,
The Globalist Family.

PvtCharlieSlate is in 4th place, with one #1 vote and 4 points. Here is his caption:

For those who need to be social-distanced six feet – straight down

D. Stewart, Kelly and Paladin are in 5th place, with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here are their captions:

D. Stewart: “Performing live from Gitmo!”

Kelly: “Addams Family Reboot: Not Kooky, Just Corrupt!”

Paladin: “Ghoul’s Lives Matter!”

WELL DONE, EVERYONE!

Congratulations, chemtrailssuck!!!

For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here later today for our next, very exciting Caption Contest! 😀

~Eowyn

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1 in 3 Americans believe civil war is likely in 5 years

BlackLivesMatter riots continue to blaze across America.

Mobs in paroxysms of blind rage and demonic glee topple statues of our Founding Fathers, presidents, and historical figures Confederate or not, which belie the rioters’ ostensible cause of anti-racism.

Tbis is no longer about racism.

What we are witnessing is not just anarchism, it is chaos for chaos’ sake, destruction for the sake of destruction. Like the Taliban in Afghanistan who tore down and defaced Buddhist statues, the rioters today are tearing down historical symbols to obliterate American history itself.

If they could, they would topple the Statue of Liberty.

Amidst all the statue-untoppling, rioting, looting, burning, and occupation of city blocks, mayors and governors do nothing.

Democrats in Congress, especially their leader House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, not only do nothing, they are silent — their silence an unspoken acquiescence and approval. The Republicans are little better.

The only public figure who is vocal in his condemnation of all the anarchy and mayhem is President Trump, but he receives little to no support from his own party.

It is no wonder that the latest Rasmussen poll found that as many as 34% of U.S. likely voters, i.e., one in three, think that civil war is likely sometime in the next five years. 9% believe civil war is “very likely”.

Last year, 31% of Americans thought civil war was likely; the year before, in 2018, it was 11%.

The national phone and online survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted one June 11 and 14, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is ± 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Other findings:

  • 40% of Republicans, 38% of nonpartisan or unaffiliated, and only 28% of Democrats see a second war on the horizon. 
  • 39% of all likely voters believe the removal of Confederate symbols, names and monuments throughout the country honoring those who fought in the first civil war will help race relations. 27% disagree and think it will hurt race relations instead; 28% think removing public traces of the Confederacy will have no impact.
  • 37% of likely voters think the current protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers will lead to long-term, meaningful racial change in America. 31% disagree; 32% are not sure.
  • Race: Just 29% of blacks believe the current protests will lead to long-term, meaningful racial change in America, compared to 35% of whites and 48% of other minority voters. Blacks (54%) are far more confident than whites (36%) and other minorities (40%), however, that the removal of Confederate symbols, names and monuments will help race relations.
  • Gender and age: Women and those under 40 are more supportive of the current anti-police protests and the anti-Confederacy drive than men and older voters. Younger voters worry most about another civil war.
  • Political party: 64% of Democrats think getting rid of all traces of the Confederacy will help race relations, a view shared by only 19% of Republicans and 31% of unaffiliated voters.

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: Fear no one

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.”

I don’t know how it came to be that so many view Jesus the Christ as an effeminate wimp.

Is it because He allowed Himself to be tortured and crucified, without protest or fighting back?

But do they not know that Jesus’ suffering and death were redemptive and restitutory?

The dictionary defines “restitution” as reparation made by giving an equivalent as compensation for loss, damage, or injury caused.

Every wrong must be rectified. But our first parents’ fall was so cataclysmic that  not only was human nature itself perverted so that all of Adam and Eve’s progeny would be born with the stain of Original Sin with an inclination to evil (fomes peccati: tinder for sin), no man could restitute for that first sin. Only God Himself, in the person of the Son, could make amends — by becoming incarnate, and to be tortured, suffer and die on a cross.

As Jesus explained in Luke 22:22: “for the Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined.” 

Jesus couldn’t be further from being an effeminate wimp.

A physical laborer — carpenter — by trade, Jesus must have been brawny and strong. He would have to be strong to withstand being whipped until the flesh on His back was stripped, have 1″-2″ long thorns pierced into his head (try piercing your scalp with just a pin), carry a cross weighing 75-125 lbs, then be nailed to a cross by 5″-7″ long iron spikes. (See “Good Friday: Remembering His Passion and Sacrificial Love“)

Nor does Jesus expect us to be wimps.

He instructed us in Luke 22:36: “if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” 

He didn’t mean a spiritual sword. By “sword,” He meant it literally.

Furthermore, why would He tell us to acquire a sword if He doesn’t expect and want us to use it in self defense?

The equivalent of a sword today is a gun. Molon labe!

Just be sure you acknowledge Him before others because if you don’t, He will not acknowledge you before the Father.

And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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How to regrow veggies from scraps – ingenious and easy!

A neighbor and I started a veggie garden when COVID-19 shelter-in-place lockdown began.

I’ve been enjoying the plentiful supply of fresh salad greens since.

The video below gives truly ingenious and very easy ways to regrow vegetables from scrap.

~Eowyn

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