Our Daily Thread 8-30-14

Good Morning!

It’s Saturday!!!

On this day in 1682 William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America. 

In 1809 Charles Doolittle Walcott first discovered fossils near Burgess Pass.

In 1941, during World War II, the Nazis severed the last railroad link between Leningrad and the rest of the Soviet Union. 

And in 1965 Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Supreme Court justice.


Quote of the Day

“Of all created comforts, God is the lender; you are the borrower, not the owner.”

Ernest Rutherford


 Today is Kitty Wells’ birthday.

My daughter has now watched the first, and half of the second Star Wars movies for the first time. This afternoon we’ll finish the second and watch the third. 🙂 So in keeping with the theme….  From ThePianoGuys


Anyone have a QoD?

Prayer Requests 8-30-14

Anyone have a request or a praise to share?

Psalm 62

¹Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.

They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

Our Daily Thread 8-29-14

Good Morning!

It’s Friday!!!

And it’s our 2 year anniversary here at Wandering Views. So thank you all for your participation, and for what you bring to this blog. Without you folks, this wouldn’t be possible. 🙂


On this day in 1833 the “Factory Act” was passed in England to settle child labor laws. 

In 1945 U.S. General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese. 

In 1962 the lower level of the George Washington Bridge opened. 

In 1977 Lou Brock brought his total of stolen bases to 893. The record he beat was held by Ty Cobb for 49 years. 

And in 1983 the anchor of the USS Monitor, from the U.S. Civil War, was retrieved by divers. 


Quote of the Day

“In a circle of true Friends each man is simply what he is: stands for nothing but himself. No one cares twopence about any one else’s family, profession, class, income, race, or previous history…That is the kingliness of Friendship. We meet like sovereign princes of independent states, abroad, on neutral ground, freed from our contexts. This love (essentially) ignores not only our physical bodies but that whole embodiment which consists of our family, job, past and connections…Hence (if you will not misunderstand me) the exquisite arbitrariness and irresponsibility of this love. I have no duty to be anyone’s Friend and no man in the world has a duty to be mine. No claims, no shadow of necessity. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”

C. S. Lewis


 Today is Cheri Keaggy’s birthday. From Cheri Keaggy

And this one is because for some reason I like it. 🙂 From 98RockVideosOnDemand’s channel


Anyone have a QoD?

Prayer Requests 8-29-14

It’s Friday, so don’t forget to pray for the Nest, along with Mumsee and Mike.

Anyone else have something to share?

Psalm 61

¹Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations.

He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.

So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

Our Daily Thread 8-28-14

Good Morning!

On this day in 1619 Ferdinand II was elected Holy Roman Emperor. His policy of “One church, one king” was his way of trying to outlaw Protestantism. 

In 1833 slavery was banned throughout the British Empire by the British Parliament.

In 1916 Italy’s declaration of war against Germany took effect.

In 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC.

And in 1972 Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.


Quote of the Day

“Everyday we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and if possible, speak a few sensible words.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Today is LeAnn Rimes’ birthday, so here she is, a cappella.

 It’s also Shania Twain’s, so here’s her and Willie.


Anyone have a QoD?

Prayer Requests 8-28-14

Today is Thursday, so please remember to pray for Jo and the folks in PNG.

Anyone else have a request or praise to share?

Psalm 60

¹O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.

Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.

Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.

Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.

God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.

Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;

Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.

Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?

10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?

11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

News/Politics 8-28-14

What’s interesting in the news today?

1. Wanna be a total partisan hack while you grocery shop?

There’s an app for that!  

From TheWeek  “If the thought of buying a product that might benefit a political party you can’t stand makes you recoil in horror, the BuyPartisan app is for you.

The goal of this free app is to let people find out more information about the brands they purchase and the ideologies of their leaders and employees. After downloading the app, a user just has to scan a bar code using their phone’s camera, and then wait for the information to pop up: the number in red is for contributions to the Republican Party, blue for the Democratic Party, and green for others.”


2. Federal aid for businesses destroyed/damaged in the Ferguson riots?  

From TheGatewayPundit  “On Saturday August 9, 2014, 18 year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer after he had earlier robbed a local convenience store. As a result of his death protesters in Ferguson have caused mass destruction in the community.

Several dozen businesses were damaged in the looting and violence. Here is an interactive map of the attacks, shootings, lootings, and destruction. Many of the local businesses were looted not just once, but twice.

Now this…
St. Louis County officials are discussing disbursement of federal aid to the more than 100 businesses that suffered financial losses during the Ferguson riots.”


3. Not shocking. So when can we expect some arrests?

From FoxNews  “Lois Lerner’s BlackBerry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration.

Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the BlackBerry was “removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012.”

That date – June 2012 – is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about reports of the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.”

“”If you intentionally destroy evidence, that is a crime. If you make a statement in court saying the evidence is not available and it is, that is also a crime,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.”


4. Huh. And all this time we’ve been told these were “unaccompanied minors.”

From CNSNews  “The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.”

“They are not all children,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy told reporters at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

“One of the things that we did notice when we were processing some of these students coming in was that they were adults,” she said.

She added that the federal government will not allow school officials to verify their ages, even though one of the students turned out to be 35 years old.”


5. Meanwhile….

From TheWashingtonExaminer  “Two top federal judges Wednesday said the nation’s immigration courts are in chaos, with the backlog of cases at an historic high of 375,000 for just 227 judges, leading to a minimum three-year delay in hearings for illegal immigrants.

In Washington to take advantage of the current crisis to demand a new court system, the judges accused the Justice Department of treating their courts like Cinderella’s abusive family by starving them of money and support and blamed the insufficient Justice funding for letting illegals “linger” in the country.

“Immigration courts are the forgotten stepchild,” said Immigration Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco. She was speaking on behalf of the National Association of Immigration Judges, which she is president of.

Fellow Judge Denise Noonan Slavin, the vice president of the judge’s union, said that the courts have the “status of Cinderella,” having to scrounge for supplies, support and money. She said that the lack of money forces judges to delay cases and that is “allowing those who are not entitled to be here, linger.”


6. Do you doubt for a second this won’t happen? Me neither.

From TheHill  “A coalition of public health, labor and immigrant rights groups is urging President Obama to extend health coverage to immigrants allowed to remain in the United States under the administration’s controversial deferred action program.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), initiated via executive action in 2012, allows certain immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country and work.

But under guidance and regulations issued that year, those immigrants — often called “Dreamers” in reference to the stalled DREAM Act — are not entitled to health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, federal Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.”

Roughly 80 national organizations, including the AFL-CIO, the National Council of La Raza and the American Public health Association, note in a letter to Obama that tax dollars from the DACA grantees help support those programs.”


7. There’s been a lot of hypocrisy from Democrats over the BK/Horton’s merger. But this guy and his “husband” take the cake.

From TheFreeBeacon  “Democratic congressional candidate Sean Eldridge lashed out on Tuesday at fast food company Burger King for supposedly dodging U.S. taxes, but his husband, whose fortune is financing the congressional run, stands to benefit financially from the move.

Echoing Democratic talking points on tax policy, Eldridge called Burger King’s attempts to reduce its tax burden “unpatriotic.”

The company announced this week that it will acquire Canadian fast food chain Tim Horton’s and shift its corporate headquarters north of the border. The move, commonly known as a tax inversion, will allow Burger King to pay Canadian corporate tax rates, which are substantially lower than American ones.

Eldridge did not say whether investors in the deal are also unpatriotic. They include his husband, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who owns between $50,000 and $100,000 in Tim Horton’s stock, according to Eldridge’s financial disclosure forms.”


8. A disturbing story from the UK on the political correctness run amok, and the devastating consequences for the victims.

With a CONTENT WARNING!!!! for adult subject matter.

From TheDailyMail  “At least 1,400 girls were left to be abused by Asian men because the authorities were too scared to admit there was a race issue, a report said yesterday.

Over a 16-year period, children as young as 11 were sexually exploited by gangs of men – most of them of Pakistani origin. But police and council officials suppressed evidence of the crimes because they feared being labelled racist.

Concerns about damage to community cohesion were put above the need to protect the vulnerable. Police treated the victims with contempt, turning a blind eye to their plight and in many cases holding them responsible.

Despite the appalling failures in the case, no one in authority has been sacked or even disciplined.
MPs and charities said the scale of the abuse was almost ‘incomprehensible’ and called for a criminal investigation into those who helped cover it up.”