Archive | November 2, 2019

I guess there is still “Hope In The Pope”

A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:
“Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty. You’re crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?”

“We’re taking Continental,” was the reply. “We got a great rate!”
“Continental?” exclaimed the hairdresser.” That’s a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they’re always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?”

“We’ll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome’s Tiber River called Teste.”
“Don’t go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks its gonna be something special and exclusive, but it’s really a dump.”

“We’re also going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.”
“That’s rich,” laughed the hairdresser. “You and a million other people trying to see him. He’ll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You’re going to need it.”

A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.

“It was wonderful,” explained the woman, “not only were we on time in one of Continental’s brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.

And the hotel was great! They’d just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it’s a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner’s suite at no extra charge!”

“Well,” muttered the hairdresser, “that’s all well and good, but I know you didn’t get to see the Pope.”

“Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I’d be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me. Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me.”

“Oh, really! What’d he say?”

He said: “Who messed up your hair?”

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FINALLY, A University President Speaks Out….

Hallelujah! I would gladly pay this Piper….I am so glad to see a university president be content to finally watch a snowflake melt!

-Sheila Tolley-

 


Everett Piper: President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University

 

The President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University gave a lecture to students they’ll never forget.

Recently, a student complained about a sermon that made him feel guilty and blamed the school for making students feel uncomfortable.

This is not uncommon.

Many universities now are so afraid of offending even one student, that political correctness has run amuck.

However, this University is based on religion and so one would expect that discipline, good character and personal accountability would be a big part of the curriculum.

Everett Piper, who is the President of the school, wrote a letter to the students admonishing them that playing the victim, blaming others and not admitting mistakes is not a way to live a productive and meaningful life. Here is the letter:

 

This is Not a Day Care. It’s a University!

This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love. In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.

I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic. Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims. Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”

I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience. An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad. It is supposed to make you feel guilty. The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization.

So here’s my advice:

If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for. If you want to complain about a sermon that makes you feel less than loving for not showing love, this might be the wrong place.

If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.

At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.

Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up.

This is not a day care. This is a university.

 

 

THE SPHINX——TEXAS

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THIS IS A GREAT IDEA, BYPASS THE LYING MEDIA AND DEMOCrats.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2019/10/31/report-president-trump-says-he-will-read-the-transcript-of-his-call-with-president-zelensky-to-the-american-people-n2555715

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2019/11/01/trump-changes-his-permanent-residency-status-n2555716

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2019/10/31/watch-heres-the-trump-ad-that-ran-during-game-seven-of-the-world-series-n2555668

https://www.breitbart.com/

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The Editor:  Are there newsworthy things happening in the Lone Star State, LL ?

Rattlesnake Cat:  There are more snakes here than rats in New York.  The Democrats want to turn the Alamo into a taco shack.

https://www.thealamo.org/

If the Democrats can’t put your five ( 5 ) year old child on sex change hormones they want the kids in pornographic movies.  Maybe the parents will take the school systems and state government back.  Beto is running around like he lost the address of his secret Communist Cell meeting.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/10/29/texas-republicans-push-back-against-child-transgender-medical-treatments/

https://townhall.com/columnists/toddstarnes/2019/10/29/texas-school-district-implements-pornographic-sex-education-policy-n2555504

The college athletes might get a break.  Who knows, their new agents might get 90 % of their new found gains.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-ncaa/ncaa-board-votes-to-let-student-athletes-endorse-brands-accept-sponsors-idUSKBN1X82FX

We have already covered Boeing being guilty and Epstein being murdered by his buddies for making videos of them.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-airplane-congress/boeing-ceo-accused-of-telling-half-truths-in-737-max-hearing-idUSKBN1X810Y

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2019/10/30/medical-examiner-it-sure-looks-like-jeffrey-epstein-was-the-victim-of-homicide-n2555576

This is a favorite video that shows someone saying they have the right to refuse service.  The Sphinx uses it to show that you can protect entry at your border.  The movie had three giants, for our younger readers they were James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson.

Favorite Movie Quotes

“Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?” She Done Him Wrong, 1933

“I’m walking here! I’m walking here!” Midnight Cowboy, 1969 Dustin Hoffman

Fun fact: This scene was improvised. Midnight Cowboy filmed in New York City so the taxi in the shot is an actual New York taxi. Remaining in character Hoffman yells at the driver and the scene made the cut in the film.

“Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’” Casablanca, 1942

“You can’t handle the truth!” A Few Good Men, 1992

“I want to be alone.” Grand Hotel, 1932

Poole’s Mill Creek Covered Bridge

WGN 10-58-01 Poole’s Mill or Ducktown or Settendown Creek Covered Bridge Built in 1906 by Bud Gentry, in  Forsythe Co. spanning Settendown Creek, one span, 94 ft. long, Town Lattice trusses

Ducktown or Poole’s Mill Bridge over Settendown Creek was built in 1906. The bridge was named for Dr. Marcus L. Pool. It was built to replace a bridge lost during flooding in the spring of 1900. “The original construction of this bridge began with a contractor who drilled all the holes in the lattice members in the wrong place. After fitting up the pieces he realized they were wrong and abandoned the project. Work was finished by Bud Gentry but required drilling new holes in the old members. You can still see the misplaced holes today. Even the treads of the bridge are members that could not be used because of the misplaced holes. Treads with holes side-by-side were to have been used in the chords, while those with diagonally offset holes would have been lattice members.” (French) The bridge was rehabilitated in 1998 and a pier was added for support and to remove a sag. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 1, 1975.

 

PHOTOS BY: BILL BOWSER….FROM CINCINNATI, OHIO

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

Inside the Flame Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Optical: DSS; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech;
X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/ K.Getman, E.Feigelson, M.Kuhn & the MYStIX team

Explanation: The Flame Nebula stands out in this optical image of the dusty, crowded star forming regions toward Orion’s belt, a mere 1,400 light-years away. X-ray data from the Chandra Observatory and infrared images from the Spitzer Space Telescope can take you inside the glowing gas and obscuring dust clouds though. Swiping your cursor (or clicking the image) will reveal many stars of the recently formed, embedded cluster NGC 2024, ranging in age from 200,000 years to 1.5 million years young. The X-ray/infrared composite image overlay spans about 15 light-years across the Flame’s center. The X-ray/infrared data also indicate that the youngest stars are concentrated near the middle of the Flame Nebula cluster. That’s the opposite of the simplest models of star formation for the stellar nursery that predict star formation begins in the denser center of a molecular cloud core. The result requires a more complex model; perhaps star formation continues longer in the center, or older stars are ejected from the center due to subcluster mergers.

Tomorrow’s picture: surfin’ the rings