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Please pray for Auntie Lulu

Auntie Lulu is a longtime FOTM reader and commenter, and an integral member of our blog family.

I noticed that she had not commented for weeks, since last Christmas Eve.

So I sent her a “wellness check” email, but received no response.

Really worried, I called her this morning and, to my great relief, she answered the phone.

Auntie Lulu said she’s been feeling really low, with an imminent hip surgery and hassled by the “communist” Portland city government.

But she has more than the ordinary blues that all of us undergo now and then, tossed about by the vississitudes of life.

Auntie Lulu may be clinically depressed, given her symptoms of listlessness, loss of appetite, and sleep irregularities, especially feeling tired even after a night’s sleep.

I urged her to get an appointment with her doctor ASAP.

In the meantime, Auntie Lulu asks us to pray for her.

Please pray that the dark cloud is lifted from our friend, and that she regains her health and optimism.

Thank you,

~Eowyn

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Transgender teen’s doctors say gender reassignment surgery has been a “difficult surgical course”

Jazz Jennings for Gillette, promoting the scientifically impossible

Jazz Jennings is a 19-year-old transgender activist who has a reality show to document the experience. The latest season of this TLC show documents the ongoing “gender reassignment” surgery and aftermath.

Excerpts from the People propaganda piece:

“It’s been a year and a half since Jazz Jennings underwent gender confirmation surgery, and her journey isn’t over yet.

In PEOPLE’s exclusive sneak peek at Tuesday’s season 6 premiere of I Am Jazz, the 19-year-old meets with her surgeons, Dr. Marci Bowers and Dr. Jess Ting, to discuss what went wrong with the surgery as she prepares to undergo her third — and hopefully final — procedure.

Speaking to the cameras, Dr. Bowers admits Jazz “has had a very difficult surgical course.”

“She had a very incredible first surgery — it went seemingly very well, but there were problems,” she explains. “And that prompted a second surgery, which I was not a part of, unfortunately.”

“Taking Jazz on as a patient for surgery, we knew it was going to be a one-of-a-kind surgery,” Dr. Ting adds. “We don’t have the experience of having said we’ve done 50 of these. I was just not expecting her to have a complication as severe as what she did have.

Jazz underwent the surgery in June 2018, when she was 17. That October, she revealed she had suffered a complication and needed a second procedure.”

Read the whole article here.

You want to know why these surgeries are so difficult and complicated?

Because a fake vagina is actually the man’s gouged-out penis that’s stuffed inside a surgically-contrived cavity or wound in the man’s pelvis. After the surgery, the fake vagina has to be dilated with a dildo, or it would seal up, because the so-called “vagina” is actually a wound.

Watch a video and read more about this gender reassignment surgery here.

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‘Curviest model ever’ posts ‘fearless’ swimsuit photo: ‘Cellulite is cool too’

More of this “body positivity” and “inclusivity” crap. Ugh.

And if you dare have a different opinion, be warned you WILL BE shamed for stating the truth about the side effects of obesity.

Cool cellulite on plus-size model Hunter McGrady

From Yahoo: Supermodel Hunter McGrady is making 2020 “fearless” with a swimsuit post that amplifies her curves — and her cellulite.

The 26-year-old beauty, once named Sports Illustrated’s ‘Curviest Model Ever,’ was true to form on Instagram Thursday, posing on the beach in a black one-piece swimsuit. “Cus cellulite is cool too bodies are meant to change with you, move a little different and look different,” she wrote. “We’re so predisposed as humans to want to go with the grain and change ourselves to fit inside a pristine box in order to be accepted. Real change happens outside of our comfort zones. So many of us let Fear hold us back from doing things we love or loving ourselves because we think we won’t measure up.”

Defining fear as “False Evidence Appearing Real,” the model added, “We get into our heads and allow fear to control us and tell us what we lack and what we aren’t. Let’s make sure to make this year a fearless one.”

McGrady has started 2020 with optimism and confidence. Anticipating her fourth appearance in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, shot in Bali, she recently posted a throwback outtake from last year’s Costa Rican shoot.

And in a November preview, McGrady posed in a black-and-gold bikini. “Can’t wait for you guys to see this issue,” she wrote on Instagram. “Keep on rocking that body of yours and remember You are ENOUGH as you are RIGHT. NOW.”

The model, who is still a newlywed — in June, she married Brian Keyes, whom she reportedly met on Snapchat after dating for less than two years — also graced the fall issue of The Knot. McGrady told Good Morning America that owning the cover as a plus-size woman was secondary to how her image was presented.

My whole platform is inclusivity and there’s nothing on [the cover] that’s like, ‘This is a plus-size model.’ It’s a model on the cover of a magazine,” McGrady told GMA in July. “My whole message is promoting that and getting that narrative out there that we should all feel seen and all feel beautiful regardless of our size.”

Read the whole story here.

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Ick! Top 50 U.S. cities for bed bugs

According to Orkin, here are the top 50 U.S. cities where the pest control company performed the most residential and commercial bed-bug treatments from December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019. The ± numbers in between brackets indicate how the particular city’s rank compares to a year ago, with a + number signifying a higher rank than a year ago, and a – number signifying a decline in rank from a year ago.

To no surprise, the top 10 cities in bed bugs are all governed by Democrats:

  1. Washington, D.C. (+1)
  2. Baltimore (-1)
  3. Chicago
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Columbus, OH
  6. New York
  7. Detroit (+1)
  8. Cincinnati (-1)
  9. Indianapolis (+5)
  10. Atlanta (-1)
  11. Cleveland, OH
  12. Philadelphia (-2)
  13. San Francisco (-1)
  14. Raleigh, NC (-1)
  15. Norfolk (+2)
  16. Champaign, IL (+7)
  17. Dallas (-2)
  18. Grand Rapids (+2)
  19. Pittsburgh (+6)
  20. Charlotte (-1)
  21. Richmond, VA (-5)
  22. Greenville, SC (-4)
  23. Knoxville, TN (-1)
  24. Buffalo, NY (-3)
  25. Greensboro, NC (-4)
  26. Charleston, WV (+5)
  27. Denver
  28. St. Louis (+2)
  29. Nashville (-5)
  30. Lansing (+2)
  31. Flint (+16)
  32. Miami (-3)
  33. Milwaukee (-3)
  34. Tampa (+1)
  35. Omaha (+2)
  36. Orlando (+5)
  37. Davenport, IA (+5)
  38. Houston (-12)
  39. Syracuse (-6)
  40. Boston (-2)
  41. Cedar Rapids, IA (+3)
  42. Myrtle Beach (new to list)
  43. Seattle (-4)
  44. San Diego (+5)
  45. Phoenix (-11)
  46. Fort Wayne, IN (+2)
  47. Las Vegas (-7)
  48. Hartford, CT (-5)
  49. Dayton, OH (-3)
  50. Toledo, OH (new to list)

According to the 2018 “Bugs without Borders Survey” by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), the top three places where pest professionals  find bed bugs are single-family homes (91%), apartments/condominiums (89%) and hotels/motels (68%). Hotels spend an average of $6,383 per bed bug incident.

Bed bugs, which are typically 4-5 mm in length and red to dark brown in color, can travel from place to place with ease, including luggage, purses and other belongings. Normally nocturnal, bed bugs will come out of hiding to take blood meals from sleeping or quietly resting humans.

Bed bugs are known for rapid population growth. Females can deposit 1-5 eggs a day and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in their lifetime. Under normal room temperatures and with an adequate food supply, they can live for more than 300 days, often making treatment challenging.

Orkin entomologist Chelle Hartzer said: “While bed bugs have not been found to transmit any diseases to humans, they can be an elusive threat to households. They are excellent hitchhikers, and they reproduce quickly which make it nearly impossible to prevent bed bugs. Sanitation has nothing to do with where you’ll find them. The key to preventing a bed bug infestation is early detection. “When one or more bed bugs enter a space, we call it an introduction. During an introduction, bed bugs probably haven’t started reproducing yet, but they could soon. Vigilance is key to stopping bed bugs before infestation levels.”

Tell-tale signs of a bed bug introduction include small black spots indicating bed bug feces or nymph bed bugs in places such as mattress seams, bed frames and furniture. Their small size and ability to hide make them difficult to see during the day, so it’s important to look for the black, ink-like stains they can leave behind.

Here are proactive tips Orkin recommends for homeowners and travelers:

At Home Tips To Prevent Bed Bugs:

  • Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly. Check the places where bed bugs hide during the day, including mattress tags and seams, and behind baseboards, headboards, electrical outlets and picture frames.
  • Decrease clutter around your home to make it easier to spot bed bugs on your own or during professional inspections.
  • Inspect your residence regularly—when you move-in, after a trip, when a service worker visits or after guests stay overnight.
  • Examine all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home. This is a common way for bed bugs to be introduced into homes.
  • Wash and dry your bed linens often, using the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.

During travel, remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to inspect for bed bugs:

  • Survey the hotel room for signs of an infestation. Be on the lookout for tiny, ink-colored stains on mattress seams, in soft furniture and behind headboards.
  • Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring and other furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.
  • Elevate luggage away from the bed and wall. The safest places are in the bathroom or on counters.
  • Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and once you return home from a trip. Always store luggage away from the bed.
  • Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting after you return home.

~Eowyn

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Celebrity trainer blasted for stating the truth about obesity

Last December, celebrity personal trainer Jillian Michaels went against the “body positivity” crowd by stating the truth. She believes that this movement has helped to improve people’s lives yet she’s concerned about the health implications.

From People Magazine: I think we’re politically correct to the point of endangering people. Yes, we want to be inclusive of everyone [and respect that] everyone comes in all different shapes and sizes. That nobody should ever be body shamed or fat shamed or excluded and that everyone is equally deserving and should feel equally valuable.

“Obesity in itself is not something that should be glamorized. But we’ve become so politically correct that no one wants to say it.”

“I think the world has shifted to a place where that format and messaging is considered fat shaming. But it isn’t, and it’s not meant to be. Now we’ve gone too far in the opposite direction.”

Last week she specifically called out the glamorizing of obese singer, Rizzo who has been heralded for her body positivity. See examples here and here.

Jillian recently said in an interview with BuzzFeed: Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause it isn’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes.”

Liberals blasted Jillian for daring to speak the truth about the consequences of obesity. As reported by Page Six:

“The only reason we know who Jillian Michaels is, is because of a reality show where people used incredibly unhealthy practices in order to lose as much weight as possible,” wrote one tweeter, “not to become the most physically fit or to get the healthiest vitals – in a dangerously short time.”

Another follower called her statements “incredibly gross” while another made note of the “Good as Hell” singer’s energetic stage show.

“Lizzo spends hours every night singing and playing the flute during intensive dance cardio. Just admit that the only self worth you’ve found for yourself is in your thinness, Jillian, then go to therapy & do the work to love yourself.”

Jillian then posted to Instagram: “As I’ve stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy and equally deserving. I also feel strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge there are serious health consequences that come with obesity – heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few. I would never with these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodies.”

How pathetic that stating the obvious truths about obesity is considered “incredibly gross.”

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Washington state teenagers can now obtain “sensitive” health care services without parents’ knowledge or consent

Demorat Dhingra: Believes your teenagers have rights you don’t need to know about

Washington State Senate Bill 5889, sponsored by demorat Manka Dhingra, went into effect on January 1 this year. The bill relates to “insurance communications confidentiality” for children 13 and above.

In a nut shell, children (members of a plan) 13 and older will receive confidential communications about “sensitive” health care services. The subscriber, aka parent or guardian, will not receive the “communication’ about the “sensitive” health care service. This can be related to STDs, pregnancy, gender dysphoria, gender affirming care or domestic violence.

The bill is a relatively quick read, just 18 pages. Read it here.

Excerpts from the bill:

All people deserve the right to choose the health services that are right for them, and the right to confidential access to those health services.

When people are assured of the ability to confidentially access health care services, they are more likely to seek health services, disclose health risk behaviors to a clinician, and return for follow-up care.

When denied confidential access to needed care, people may delay or forgo care, leading to higher rates of unprotected sex, unintended pregnancy, untreated sexually transmitted infections, and mental health issues, or they may turn to public health safety net funds or free clinics to receive confidential care—important resources that should be reserved for people who do not have insurance coverage.”

The applicant for health care plan means “a person who applies for enrollment in an individual health plan as the subscriber or an enrollee, or the dependent or spouse of a subscriber or enrollee.”

Protected individual means “a minor who may obtain health care without the consent of a parent or legal guardian, pursuant to state or federal law.”

Regence Blueshield of Washington offers clarification for their subscribers:

“What is this change about? Our goal is to give our members personalized communications whenever possible. Starting in January, we will send communications about sensitive health care services to members age 13 and older of Washington-state based health plans rather than to the subscriber. This is part of a new Washington state law that takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

What does that mean? This means that these communications will go to the person who received the care if they are age 13 and older, rather than to the subscriber, the person who signed up for health insurance. Previously, explanations of benefits (EOBs) and claims for all members were mailed to the subscriber or displayed on the subscriber’s online account. After Jan. 1, 2020, all EOBs will be mailed to the member or available only on the member’s online account. EOBs and claims for members younger than 13 will continue to display on the subscriber’s online account.

Why is that important? We recognize the importance of member privacy, and we are committed to keeping health information private for any members, including minors, who might be vulnerable if it is shared.

What kind of information is included? All EOBs, whether printed or online; claims communications; provider name and address; description of services provided; any written, oral or electronic communication that references protected health information; requests for additional information from us about a claim.”

The demorats in charge of Washington are just following Communist Rule #41: Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

h/t MyNorthwest.com

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Politicians working hard in Illinois: Over 250 new laws take effect next year

Lawmakers have to find a way to promote themselves in order to get re-elected. One way is to make new laws that they can tout in re-election fundraising efforts.

Or they find a way to bring in more “revenue” so they can give voters more free stuff, courtesy of taxpayers.

Along with legalized recreational marijuana, here are some of the over 250 laws set to take effect in Illinois in 2020, as reported by MyFoxChicago:

• Families will have more access to diaper changing tables when they’re on the go. A new law says any building with restrooms open to the public are required to have at least one “safe, sanitary and convenient” diaper changing table in each of the women’s and men’s restrooms.
• Every baby born in Illinois a jump start on saving for college. The Illinois treasurer is authorized to set up a program in 2020 giving every baby $50 in a college savings plan. The program will require roughly $10 million of taxpayer money, which will require either legislative approval or private donations.
• Graduate-student research assistants will be able to unionize and collectively bargain under an expanded state law.
• A new law requiring a gender-neutral option on drivers’ licenses.
• A new law requiring all single-occupancy public restrooms not specify a gender.

Read the whole MyFoxChicago story here.

WGN TV has the full list of the news laws, see it here. Some of the other laws WGN TV mentions:

• Minimum wage increases to $9.25/hour.
Evidence of a person’s immigration status is inadmissible in a civil proceeding unless it is essential to prove an element of case or is voluntarily given by the person.
• Requires students to take three years of math to graduate high school but provides local school districts with flexibility over required classes to remove barriers to graduation for some students.
• Allows a minor of 12 years of age or older to give consent for health care services or counseling related to the prevention, rather than only for diagnosis and treatment, of STDs.
Permits noncitizen students to be eligible for State financial aid at all institutions of higher education in the state of Illinois.

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Sunday Devotional: Let the peace of Christ control your hearts

Colossians 3:12-17

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him. 

Below are 6 ways we can have the “peace of Christ” in our hearts (h/t Christian Post; In Touch Ministries; WikiHow):

(1) Examine your conscience. If you are troubled by something or someone, examine your conscience and ask yourself: “Did I do the right thing? What were my motives? Was I fair?”. And if you answered the questions honestly and determined that your action was righteous, then let the matter go and be at peace. But if you were not righteous, then change your behavior and make it right.

(2) Ask for God’s forgiveness. Peace with God is the foundation for peace in every other area of our lives. Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) and it’s only through a relationship with Him that we will ever experience true contentment. When we sin, we break that relationship. The way back is by repenting and asking God for forgiveness, after which let go of your guilt.

(3) Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparing and competing with other people is one of the fastest ways to lose your peace and joy. Accept who you are, without being jealous of someone else’s skills or achievements.

(4) Accept other people the way they are. As the joke goes: “How many psychiatrist does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: One, but only if the light bulb really, really wants to change.” Stop trying to change other people. The only person we can change is our own self.

(5) Be kind. Studies found that being kind and generous actually make us happier, less likely to be depressed, decrease the stress hormone cortisol, promote mental health, increase our peace of mind, and even extend how long we live (New Republic; HuffPo). Here are some ways to be kind and generous:

  • Volunteer at your church, a senior center, an animal shelter, a soup kitchen or another community service organization.
  • Donate to a charity or worthy cause.
  • Help a friend or family member in need by listening to them and  lessen their problem with your labor or money.
  • Let go of a grievance or grudge. No one is perfect; neither are we.

(6) Be grateful. Studies found that being thankful is not only good for our physical health, it is also good for our mental health. Gratitude decreases toxic emotions like envy, resentment, frustration, and depression, and increases happiness. (See “”)

(7) Trust Him. God gave each of us a mind and the ability to reason and plan, which we are expected to use to good purpose. After we have done our utmost to be prudent and responsible, stop fretting and let it go. Put your trust in God — in His timing and purpose. As Proverbs 16:9 says: “A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.”

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

~Eowyn

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Veterinarian says 4 Burger King meatless burgers a day will grow breasts on men

Burger King has a new artificial-meat Impossible Whopper, advertised as a plant-based, healthier alternative to the beef whopper.

But according to veterinarian James Stangle, DVM, what Burger King doesn’t tell you is that one Impossible Whopper contains 18 million times as much estrogen as the regular beef whopper. Eating four Impossible Whoppers a day will grow boobs on men.

Stangle is a large animal veterinarian in Milesville, South Dakota.

In an article for Tri-State Livestock News, Dr. Stangle writes:

  1. To begin, the impossible whopper patty is made from 24 ingredients, the most important of which is soy protein. The regular whopper patty has just one ingredient, beef. (See the list of ingredients in an impossible whopper patty here.)
  2. The impossible whopper has 44 mg of estrogen and the whopper has 2.5 ng of estrogen. Since there are 1 million nanograms (ng) in one milligram (mg), that means an impossible whopper has 18 million times as much estrogen as a regular hormone-implanted beef whopper.
  3. Six glasses of soy milk per day or four impossible whoppers have enough estrogen to grow boobs on a male.
  4. Nor is the impossible whopper healthier:
    • The impossible whopper (with 630 calories, mainly from added oils) has only 5% fewer calories than the whopper (with 660 calories).
    • The impossible whopper (22 grams) has 10 fewer grams of usable protein than the beef whopper (25 grams). (Protein consists of amino acids. Of the 20 amino acids, 9 are essential. Each of these 9 essential amino acids must meet a certain level to make a complete protein profile. An essential amino acid that does not hit the required amount is “rate limiting”. In beef the rate limiting amino acid is tryptophan, which is at 79% of the required level; in soy protein, however, the rate limiting amino acid is methionine, which is at 41% of the required level. In other words, you would have to eat 2¼ impossible whoppers to get the same protein in one whopper.)
    • The impossible whopper contains a genetically-modified organism (GMO) — leghemoglobin. Leghemoglobin mimics the hemoglobin that gives beef its red color. To make enough leghemoglobin to add to the impossible whopper, scientists spliced the gene for leghemoglobin into yeast, which is then added to the impossible whopper.

It should be pointed out that:

(1) Dr. Stangle is writing for a meat website, Tri-State Livestock News, which calls itself “a leading publication within the livestock industry” and thus has a vested interest in promoting beef against Burger King’s meatless burger.

(2) Stangle provides no sources for his many claims, including the alarming assertion that men will grow breasts from drinking six glasses of soy milk or eating four Burger King impossible whoppers a day.

It turns out the claim about six glasses of soy milk comes from an “unusual” clinical case of a 60-year-old man who developed breasts (gynecomastia) from drinking 3 quarts (twelve 8-oz cups) of soy milk a day. After he discontinued drinking soy milk, his gynecomastia decreased and the estrogen in his  body slowly returned to normal. (See J. Martinez and J.E. Lewi, “An unusual case of gynecomastia associated with soy product consumption,” Endocrine Practice, 14:4, May-June 2008, pp. 415-418.)

According to an article about the impossible burger by Paul Kita in Men’s Health:

[I]n the 2000’s a few small studies and rodent studies appeared to show that compounds within soy called phytoestrogens might disrupt hormones, which could lead to low sperm count and man boobs.

Several news outlets (including this one), may have overblown those findings. “Such a link has never been substantiated in human studies,” says Qi Sun, M.D. assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard, told Men’s Health in October 2018. “I don’t think this is a concern at all.”

In fact, men who consumed diets that included soy had a 29 percent reduced risk of developing prostate cancer, according to a 2018 meta-analysis published in the journal Nutrients.

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Veteran wakes from coma in time for Christmas

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