Was awakened this morning by the plaintive howls of three cats who were certain of imminent starvation if someone, meaning Yours Truly, did not immediately arouse himself and provide canned food. This was, mercifully, at around 06:20, not the 04:55 as has sometimes been the case. So I did get a bit of needed rest, before walking on bare feet over a cold floor to Do The Deed. Noting, throughout, that the bowl of rather expen$ive dry food that I'd put out before retiring was little disturbed. Whatever. Came back, tried to rest a bit more in a concession to the toasty warm +2° F. Not sloth, surely not. And Dear Wife was, finally, sleeping soundly, and has told me that my body gives off a LOT of heat which keeps her warm and is a bit of a comfort too. As it is for me. So I stared at the ceiling, read the passages copied below, counted some blessings, and thought of the state of the world and the people within it. NONE of which is conducive to sleeping in, so I arose and "nuked" a cup of coffee left over from yesterday.
She's up now, and we have something in the oven for a brunch. Cats have taken over the bed: they mostly lie on it all day, until they want our chairs in the evening and fret until we go to bed. In the morning, after breakfast, they want the bed back, and "encourage" us to rise and be about our business. It is sometimes said that, "dogs have owners. Cats have staff". Which is probably both true and an indication of the relative power structure here.
We see some interesting things out of mass murder at the Orlando Airport yesterday. "interesting".
Like, for example, that CNN, wobbling between the "Communist News Network" / the "Clinton News Network" / and the "Crappy News Network", has put out photos of the shooter that have been photoshopped to make this person of Puerto Rican origins appear to be much "whiter" than he really is, therefore lending credence to the usual "white Hispanic" lines they push. A bit of editorial propagandizing, in other words, which is the new normal for the Fake Stream Media.
Or the reports that there are photos of him wearing a keffiyeh in a design and pattern suitable for members of ISIS, the army of the "Religion of Pieces", and that he'd been claiming some sort of leanings in that direction. Reports, by the way, that the Fake Stream Media have been "sitting" on.
Or that the FBI was supposedly "aware" of this guy, but chose to do nothing about it.
Or the like.
Perhaps it's "jihad comes to America", except that jihad has been in America at least since the time of the FIRST bombing of the World Trade Center, back in 1993. when Clinton, the Rapist-in-Chief, was running things. With many attacks since then, all of them hurriedly reclassified as things like "workplace violence" or "attacks on the LGBTQWERTY community" or the like.
Trust. It's an important thing. Hard to gain, easy to lose, nearly impossible to regain. Trust. I don't, and no one should, trust the media at all. Not one bit. And the same is true of the once-honored tax-funded agencies that are tasked with the protection of the nation. Like the FBI. Like the CIA. Like the NSA. Like ICE. Like TSA. Like IRS. Like DOD. Like DIA. Like DOJ. Like HSA. Like ........ too many others.
It's not just another case of the "who will watch the watchers?" issue, a question that dates back to the Roman poet Juvenal around the 1st century. It's more like the "what is truth?" question/sneer that we associate with Pilate. Increasingly, "truth" is redefined as being "whatever the powerful, the in-crowd, the politically correct-politically connected say it is". So it is perfectly OK, indeed nearly required, to ensure that the REAL enemies of All That Is Good are understood to be white Christian males without degrees in Wymyn's Studies or Gender Grievances. Deviations are either to be ignored or punished as Hate Speech. Which is one thing on the 4th grade playground, something very different when it is mandated in the elementary school classrooms, the TV news studio, the Congress, the White House, the United Nations, or, sadly, in more than a few pulpits. Need examples?
Richard Fernandez, a columnist always worth the read, gets into this and related matters, particularly in his most recent, Fernandez, by the way, has had some practical personal experience in some things, having originated in the Philippines.
I'll try to pry the semi-frozen door open in a bit and check things out. Perhaps some mail went.
Today's Old Testament reading is chapters 18 and 19 of the Genesis.
This will contain the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, which most of us know. The nature of the wicked behavior in those towns that earned this destruction has, particularly in recent years, become a matter of some controversy. At one time, certainly in my younger days, it was understood and agreed that it was male-on-male homosexual practices, hence the word "sodomy". As that particular sin is being "decriminalized" in many places, sadly in more than a few church denominations, there's been a concerted effort to redefine the sin as being one of "lacking hospitality" or "discrimination against migrants" or the like.
Also rarely remarked upon, and certainly NEVER in my youth, is the mention of the later conduct of Lot and his daughters. Having just been rescued by angels! from the destruction, they took him aside, got him drunk, and committed incest with him! Perhaps that had been part of the permissive culture of Sodom, I don't know. But the outcome of that behavior was the origins of two nation/tribes that would long trouble the Hebrews: the Amorites and the Moabites. Bad things normally result from bad conduct, and bad conduct from bad beliefs and attitudes. Just another example. Most of us can think of more.
incidentally, the town named Zoar here, still exists under the name of "Zoara" and is one the so-called "East Bank" of the Jordan River, southeast of Aqaba, in an area where the nations of Jordan and of Saudi-infested Arabia collide.
Our New Testament reading is chapter 6 of the Gospel of Matthew. This continues Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount", part of the whole, and something fit for consideration every day. These are not "handy suggestions for personal fulfillment", they are His commands as well. And a key to the kind of people that we should, with God's moment-by-moment help, aiming to become.