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Lena Dunham takes it upon herself to report two flight attendants for “transphobic talk”

lena dunham

I wouldn’t bet $100 that her story is true. You know her track record for telling the truth.

Update: According to Breitbart, there’s already some holes in her story as the airline cannot verify her claim. Shocker, not.

From Daily Mail: Lena Dunham took matters into her own hands when she heard two flight attendants engaging in ‘transphotic talk’.  The 31-year-old actress was very active on social media Wednesday night as she reported the employees to American Airlines on Twitter. She even direct messaged the major airline and shared screenshots of the private conversation on her Instagram.

At first, the Girls star was complaining about a plane delay and being ‘admonished’ over having a wrinkled boarding pass until she heard the unsavory chatter. Lena wrote: ‘Not gonna call out the airline who delayed cuz shit happens BUT I did just overhear 2 @AmericanAir attendants having a transphobic talk.’

She then went on to tell the over 90-year-old airline how employees should be trained in this day and age.

The comedienne wrote:  ‘At this moment in history we should be teaching our employees about love and inclusivity @AmericanAir. That was worst part of this night.’

She then went on to share screenshots of the private messages she sent the airline including: ‘I think it reflects badly on uninformed employees of your company to have that kind of dialogue going on.’

Lena also wrote them: ‘Awareness starts at home but jobs can set standards of practice.’

The customer service representative took information from the star and said they would pass it along for further review.

The next day, Lena reflected on the entire happening and even shared her societal views as she wrote: ‘For those who followed my airport saga yesterday, here’s my takeaway: these days it’s the little things. A smile. Offering a seat. Respect.’

We can’t afford to treat each other like cattle when we have a government that does. Being trapped at the airport filled me with love!’

Despite the incident in the air, things are going swimmingly for Dunham as she will appear on the new season of FX’s American Horror Story. Creator Ryan Murphy tweeted the news which was also confirmed by her reps to the Hollywood Reporter, adding that the Girls star will appear in just one episode of AHS season seven.



Sunday Devotional: How to fight for what is right

Luke 18:9-14

Jesus addressed this parable
to those who were convinced of their own righteousness
and despised everyone else.
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself,
‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity —
greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
But the tax collector stood off at a distance
and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
but beat his breast and prayed,
‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
for whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Today’s reading is a sober and much-needed reminder of the difference between being righteous and being self-righteous.

Here are the definitions from Oxford Dictionaries:

  • righteous: A person who is “morally right or justifiable”; “morally good; virtuous”.
  • self-righteous: “Having or characterized by a certainty, especially an unfounded one, that one is totally correct or morally superior.

Jesus’ admonition in Luke 18 is about being self-righteous.

It’s an admonition that I especially must take to heart because I have this daily soap-box of Fellowship of the Minds.


Yes, we are to fight for what is right. But when you and I get all puffed out with righteous moral indignation, be sure that we’re not being self-righteous, for our Lord is “a God of justice, who knows no favorites.” (Sirach 35:12)

So what’s the antidote to self-righteousness?

Three things:

  1. Be sure that when we are on that moral high horse, our cause and our justice are God’s cause and justice.
  2. Humility: Don’t imagine that being righteous makes us morally superior or better than others.
  3. Love: The right kind of love. Not love of self — getting all puffy and grandiose that we are morally better than others — but love of God.

It’s always narcissism: our stumbling block is always narcissism.

Remember that the Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength.

He is our lodestar. Always.

Jesus loves us this much

Fix our eyes not on ourselves, but on Him — while we battle for what is good, and right, and true, and just.

And then perhaps someday, when it’s time for us to go, we too can say what St. Paul said:

2 Timothy 4:7-8

I have competed well;
I have finished the race;
I have kept the faith.
From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
which the Lord, the just judge,
will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
but to all who have longed for his appearance.

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


Woman, 63, drinks her own urine to “stay young”

Would you drink this to stay young?


Women (and increasingly men) have resorted to cosmetic surgery cutting up their faces in a quest to erase signs of aging like wrinkles, double chins, and under-eye bags.

A narcissistic British woman is going a different route. She drinks her own urine to “stay young.”

Katy Winter reports for the Daily Mail, Oct. 3, 2013, that 63-year-old Sylvia Chandler claims drinking a pint of her own urine every day for the last 20 years has kept her slim and youthful.

She also uses her urine to wash her hair and moisturize her face, and insists she hasn’t gone to a doctor in over a decade.

Chandler told the UK entertainment website Closer:

“Drinking my own urine has kept me healthy and energized. And it helps me stay young — men are often surprised when I tell them my age. I have a glass of urine in the morning and another couple during the day. It tastes delicious – it’s a bit like water, but sweeter. I haven’t been to the doctor in a decade. I never get colds and I’ve maintained my size 10 figure.”

The thrice-married single mother-of-two is an advocate of urine therapy for everything from keeping youthful to healing wounds, and keeps a bottle of old urine in the kitchen in case she burns herself, as aged urine has stronger healing properties.

But she admits that she had to start small when it came to actually drinking her urine. She diluted her first glass with cranberry juice, but soon progressed to drinking it straight three times a day.

Chandler justifies the purported health benefits of drinking urine, saying that when we were in our mothers’ wombs, we were swimming in and drinking our own urine: “For nine months before you were born you floated in a combination of your own and your mother’s urine. You drank it, it fed you, it grew your lungs entirely. All of your skin, your bones are made from tiny crystals which are all formed by urine. Most of us came out perfect with beautiful skin, and it’s only when we’ve lived this toxic life that we get sick. If you came out perfect, it doesn’t matter what you get wrong with you, you can put yourself back to being perfect.”

But Rob Hicks, M.D. — a general practitioner — thinks otherwise. He reminds us that urine is a waste product, produced by our kidneys ridding the body of toxins: “Over the years many people have claimed health benefits from drinking their own urine, but as far as I’m aware there is no scientific evidence to back-up these claims. The kidneys are an efficient filtering system getting rid of what the body doesn’t need, so to put this back into the body seems counter-productive. Personally, I believe there are better – and more palatable – ways to keep the body healthy including not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and keeping stress under control.”

The pic below is the only pic of Sylvia Chandler that I could find by googling images of “Sylvia Chandler.” It’s taken from a very long and tedious video of her extolling her “urine therapy.” Note that she’s shot in dim light and from a distance, not to mention her hair conceals most of her face.

Sylvia Chandler

I took this screenshot (below) of her at the 40:21 mark in the video, showing more of her face:

Sylvia Chandler1


Then I cropped her head, and magnified it

Sylvia Chandler1Even in the dim light you can see those deep bags under her eyes.

Take away the youthful long hair (washed in urine!) and mini-skirt. What you have is a 63-year-old woman who looks her age — and more!

Yuck! disgust


Puke of the day

Fox news host Geraldo River tweeted this scrawny pic of himself, naked to right above his weewee-maker, early this morning, with this sickeningly narcissistic message:

70 is the new 50 (Erica and family are going to be so pissed…but at my age…)


So now millions across America and the world know Geraldo shaves his pubic hair.

Pass me the barf bag, please! barfbag

3 days ago, Geraldo also tweeted about how wonderful he thinks POS Obama is for his speech about how he’s just like Trayvon. Maybe Geraldo’s naked pic is just his way to audition to be the next Reggie Love.

Just a thought!


“Thank You!”


My mother and father raised me to always be thankful for the gifts that God has given me.  I remember them telling me that God knows everything that you need and to never forget to thank Him.  My mother and father also taught me “manners” and how to be gracious, kind and generous to people, that this was so very important.  And in teaching me manners, included was the need to thank others when they have done something for me in whatever capacity.  I remember listening to them intently, with my eyes gazing up at them, and truly, I tried to implement thankfulness in my life.

In September of 2006, during the Sacrament of Confession, a wonderful priest told me “To thank God in all things and situations, to praise God in all things and situations, to remember to live in the mystery of His Cross and to live in the present.”  He told me that no matter what happens, even if it is evil, that a greater good would come from it and to submit all circumstances to God, asking for his help and direction, to be the best person I could be, to be an excellent soldier for Christ and to ask to do His Will.  Every day I have remembered this counsel, at its heart being thanksgiving and praise to God, willing to submit to Him in all the circumstances of life, to actually “be” the person He has made.

Indeed and in fact, the term, “Eucharist”, the central act of Christian worship, the Mass, is a Greek word which means, “thanksgiving,” because through its institution by Jesus, He “gave thanks” to His Father  (Mt. 26: 26-28):

While they were eating , Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is My body.”  Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is My blood of the new covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.”

The Mass is the supreme act of Christian thanksgiving, the celebration of the Eucharist, from Jesus instituting this Sacrament in or about 33 A.D., to the present time, December 22, 2012 and on forward.  It is noteworthy here that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity in avid constancy, gave thanks to the Father and asked that this supreme Thanksgiving, be done in remembrance of Him.

I love listening to the Gospel that involved Jesus healing the ten lepers in Luke 17:11-19:

As he continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.  As he was entering a village, ten lepers met Him.  They stood at a distance from Him and raised their voice, saying, “Jesus, Master!  Have pity on us!”  And when He saw them, He said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  As they were going they were cleansed.  And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jeus and thanked him.  He was a Samaritan.  Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not?  Where are the other nine?  Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?  Then He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” 

Clearly, Jesus takes notice of the leper who thanked Him, but He also takes notice of the nine lepers who did not thank Him.

Being thankful to God from the heart, soul, mind, intellect and will is a wonderful necessity that frees us from ourselves, our egos, wherein we learn how to be “little” and how to recognize Jesus in disguise, how to help our neighbors, the people that we are involved with in our own Calcuttas.  Thankfulness is liberating and essential for happiness, and above all, it is essential for holiness, it is essential to becoming a Saint and it is essential in loving our neighbors.  We should want to be Saints, friends of God living in Heaven with Him, seeing the Triune God, face to face.  This should be our ultimate goal over any other goal.

dear God

In spite of how wonderful it is to be thankful, there are actually people in this world who avoid being thankful and who spurn being thankful as something that is beneath them.  Since I have been involved in Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM) as a writer, I have made it a point to thank the writers, especially Dr. Eowyn, the owner and administrator of this blog, for the specific communications I have read, which incudes the effort, research and thought that goes into the various posts.  In this capacity on FOTM, I have learned that many people are not thankful and actually make it a point to condemn thankfulness.  One commenter called me “comical” because I “thank” so much, also calling me a “butt kisser.”  I laughed, because if you know me, you know that this would never be a description of me.  It really is funny.  But I thought about why would someone make such comments about being thankful?  I came to the conclusion that once again, the sin of narcissism and pride is the cause of such a stupid disdain for being “thankful”, and that people who do not appreciate or thank have chosen darkness and their own glory as their light, instead of the Light of Christ and the light of goodness that we experience in being thankful to each other.  Such people need our prayers as they must be very unhappy and do not know themselves.  For if you know yourself, you would then realize why it is necessary to be thankful.

So, as I say almost every day to my dear Sister of choice, Dr. Eowyn, the leader of this Fellowship, “Thank you, Dr. Eowyn, for everything you do for us, for everything that you do for your neighbors that you do know and for your neighbors that you do not know.  Thank you for your research and the accompanying brilliance and scholarly enlightenment that helps us to understand what is true and what is not true.”  And, to all of my fellow writers, I extend my utmost thanks for everything that you do as well to be Soldiers for the Triune God, to point out evil and to point out good, all servants of the Truth, which is Jesus, a Person.  And most of all, I thank you, most Supreme and Loving Triune God!  Thank You!


Giant sculpture of the POS at the 2012 DNC

He’s not waiting for posterior to immortalize him by adding his visage to Mount Rushmore.

The POS is having a gigantic 16-foot sculpture of himself made for next week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

Daniel Greenfield reports for FrontPageMag.com, Aug. 31, 2012:

Forget the marble pillars, this time there will be a giant 16-foot sculpture of Obama made out of 15.5 tons of sand at the Democratic National Convention. Building a giant sand sculpture of a living leader might be considered a bit tacky with its worshipful implications, but building one during a hurricane in South Carolina is in particularly bad taste.

But if nothing else, at least Obama has found one “Shovel Ready Project”. And this isn’t even the creepiest giant Obama sand sculpture ever made. The winner of that particular competition is still Sudarsan Pattnaik with this nightmare made out of sand.

Hey, you POS squatting in the White House! The United States of America is not North Korea. We don’t do Cult of Personality here — at least not if the American People have any say about it.

Unlike granite, sand is ephemeral. I hope dogs pee on your creepy sand-sculpture.


A saint who understands our troubled times

The word “saint” simply means holy or pure.

Before they became holy, saints were just like you and I. Take a look at the painting below of the man named Benedict, born in the mid-5th century when the Roman Empire was crumbling. His face shows well the wear and tear of our human living and suffering. This is how One Hundred Saints describes Benedict’s times:

“Overrun by pagan and Arian tribes, the civilized world seemed during the closing years of the fifth century to be rapidly lapsing into barbarism: the Church was rent by schisms, town and country were desolated by war and pillage, shameful sins were rampant amongst Christians as well as heathens, and it was noted that there was not a sovereign or a ruler who was not an atheist, a pagan or a heretic.”

A perfect description of the troubled times we live in, isn’t it? For, like Benedict, we too are living in a time when a great empire — the American — is waning and crumbling. May we find solace and inspiration in Benedict’s life, teachings, and example!


“Pray and Work” –  St. Benedict of Nursia (AD 480-547)

We do not have a contemporaneous biographical account of Benedict, despite his historical importance as the founder of Western monasticism. The little we know about his earlier life comes from the Dialogues of St. Gregory, published 46 years after Benedict’s death.

Born in 480, four years after the abdication of the last Roman emperor, in the town of Nursia (the modern Norcia) in today’s central Italy, Benedict was the son of a Roman noble. Sent by his father to Rome to study, Benedict was revolted by the licentiousness of his classmates. Fearing he might be contaminated by their example, Benedict left Rome and became a hermit in a wild and rocky place now known as Subiaco. There, he lived alone for three years in a cave, in contemplation and prayer. He succeeded in overcoming three demonic temptations — those of putting himself as the center of his life, that is, narcissism; sensuality and worldliness; and anger and revenge.

Soon, the word spread of this wise and holy man. Many people began visiting Benedict, bringing him food and receiving from him instruction and advice. Among his visitors were a community of monks who, having lost their abbot by death, asked Benedict to take his place. But Benedict’s strict notions of monastic discipline did not suit them. So the monks tried to get rid of him by poisoning his wine! But their diabolical plot was foiled when the jug of wine broke in pieces as Benedict made the sign of the cross over it. Benedict rebuked the monks but forgave them. He then left them to return to Subiaco.

There, attracted by his holiness and miraculous powers, disciples began flocking to Benedict. Overcome with envy, a priest called Florentius sought to destroy Benedict by spreading lies and even tried to kill Benedict with a poisoned loaf. According to St. Gregory, Benedict’s life once again was saved when a raven seized the loaf and flew away with it.

Eventually, Benedict collected the worthy from among his disciples and founded twelve monasteries, each with 12 monks and its own prior, with Benedict as director.

In 529, Benedict left Subiaco and settled in hilly Monte Cassino, where he overthrew a pagan temple dedicated to Apollo and built two chapels in its stead. In time, the chapels and their surroundings grew into the Abbey of Monte Cassino — the most famous abbey the world has ever known and the source of the Benedictine Order.

It is believed that during this period of time, Benedict composed his Rule — a book of precepts. Though it was primarily intended for the monks at Monte Cassino, Benedict’s Rule has become the leading guide in Western Christianity for monastic living in community, especially Benedictines. More than that, the Rule is addressed to all of us who renounce our own will to take upon us “the strong and bright armor of obedience to fight under the Lord Christ, our true king.”

So what is the Rule of St. Benedict?

Benedict described his Rule as “minimal, just an initial outline.” St. Gregory put it best when he characterized the Rule as Benedict’s teaching by example — “as he himself lived.”

Briefly, the two main tenets of St. Benedict’s Rule are Humility and Ora et Labora (pray and work):

1. Pray and Work: St. Benedict believed that being a follower of Christ requires both faith and works. Faith without works is a dead faith. One must pray to become close to God, as well as work through daily deeds in order to be fruitful as a branch on the Vine of Christ. Indeed, Benedict had founded the Benedictine Order precisely based on this precept of ora et labora — prayer and manual labor. And, true to his teaching by example,  Benedict did not confine his ministries to just the Abbey and the monks who lived there, but went out into the communities, curing the sick, relieving the distressed, giving alms, money, food and supplies to the poor.

2. Humility: As St. Gregory describes it, “the Abbot must . . . serve rather than to rule in order to show them all what is good and holy by his deeds more than by his words” and “illustrate the divine precepts by his example.” The Abbot “must also be a person who listens to the brethren’s views, as “the Lord often reveals to the youngest what is best.”

Pope Benedict XVI calls Benedict’s Rule, written 15 centuries ago, “surprisingly modern” in its prescription that “a man with public responsibility even in small circles must always be a man who can listen and learn from what he hears.” In a speech in 1990, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger emphasized the importance of St. Benedict for Europe in our post-modern times when “man is exposed to the danger of succumbing to the ancient temptation of seeking to redeem himself by himself – a utopia which … in 20th-century Europe … has caused ‘a regression without precedent in the tormented history of humanity’…. Today, in seeking true progress, let us also listen to the Rule of St. Benedict as a guiding light on our journey.  The great monk is still a true master at whose school we can learn to become proficient in true humanism.”

It is, therefore, not without reason and import that when he was elected to succeed Pope John Paul II on April 19, 20o5, Ratzinger chose Benedict as his pontifical name.

In closing, I want to address a Sacramental associated with this saint which is used by exorcists during the Rite of Exorcism as an external sign of the saving Power of Jesus. It is the medal or Crucifix of St. Benedict, which both Dr. Eowyn and I wear on a small chain necklace. Here’s a description:

“The origin of the medal of St. Benedict is very ancient. It was certainly suggested by the efficacious use that the patriarch made the sign of the cross against the assaults of the Demon narrated by St. Gregory. Pope Benedict XIV established the design of this medal. On one side it carries the image of St. Benedict holding a cross in his hand and on the other side there is a larger cross with Latin initials. Due to the fact that the cross represented is an essential element of this medal, it is called the Medal-Crucifix of St. Benedict.

On the back there is the effigy of the Saint, holding the cross in his right hand and the Rules in his left hand; on his right there is a cup from which a serpent is escaping (a recollection of the poisonous wine from which he miraculously escaped); on the left we have a crow taking away the poisoned bread.”

Inscribed on the medal and cross are Latin words, including “May the Holy Cross be my light”, “Get behind me Satan!,” “You won’t persuade me to do evil,” and “PAX” (Peace).

St. Benedict is the patron saint of Europe and, fittingly, of victims of poisoning. His feast day is today, July 11.


  • One Hundred Saints, Bulfinch Press
  • Lives of the Saints, edited by Michael Walsh
  • “Saint Benedict of Norcia,” General Audience, St. Peter’s Square, Wednesday, April 9, 2008, by Pope Benedict XVI

For the raison d’être of FOTM’s new series on “Angels and Saints,” please see Dr. Eowyn’s explanatory post,Calling on the Army of Angels and Saints.”