A One-legged Cardinal

A couple of weeks ago, while sitting on my back porch with my evening cigar and bourbon, I noticed a female Cardinal with a disheveled wing on its right side. Initially, I thought the wing was disheveled because new flight feathers were coming in, or that it possibly had been attacked by one of the many cats which free range the neighborhood. As I monitored this Cardinal over the past couple weeks, I additionally noticed that when the bird lighted on the ground, it tended to lean a bit to one side, and fluttered its wing to keep its balance and move from place to place. I also noted that when it flew to a perch, it tended to sit rather like a Common Nighthawk, which sit more sideways when perched, due to their tiny feet, rather than facing outward. Over the past few evenings, I’ve been able to determine that the Cardinal is indeed missing one of its legs, so I’m fairly certain that it had been attacked, though I cannot say whether by a cat, or one the many hawks moving north this time of year, some of which, like the Cooper’s Hawk, are well versed in hunting bird feeders in backyards.

I was prepared to put the Cardinal down with my trusty 1958 Daisy BB gun, but as I monitored it, its wing returned to its normal appearance, and its appearance suggests it is in fine health, except for that missing leg. The bird still flies with aplomb, and its balance on the ground has improved, and when flying to a perch, it grabs hold with its one good leg as if it was landing on two. Even more positively, over the past few days I note that its mate (Cardinals mate for life) is now with it almost at every visit to my feeder, and if she is perched in the tree while he is at the feeder, he will fly to her and tenderly feed her a sunflower seed. I hope to see them at my feeder with their young ones as the year progresses. Here are a couple of photos taken with my phone. First is the female Cardinal alone, the second is with her mate. I apologize for the lack of quality.

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Every Communion Quote

The men of every communion who can be said truly to understand Christianity have this corpus of thought in loyal possession. They see man controlling nature and worshipping and obeying the God whom they meet in Jesus Christ as love on the cross and judgment on the throne. Here is the central stream of Christian thought and of Christian experience…

The men who see Christianity steadily and see it whole find themselves constantly coming nearer and nearer together. They achieve a community of thought which becomes a community of experience and in the end expresses itself in a community of action.

Lynn Harold Hough, Living Democracy, New York, Fleming H. Revell Company, London and Edinburgh, MCMXLIII, pgs. 54 & 55

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I Hope Father Stu Makes Millions!

I just read that Mark Walhberg has a new movie coming out titled Father Stu. The description of the film reads as follows:

Follows the life of Father Stuart Long, a boxer-turned-priest who inspired countless people during his journey from self-destruction to redemption.

Who would’ve thought a movie such as this would be made and released today? Not me.

Link takes to you the IMDB page, where there’s a 3:20 trailer you can view. I haven’t been in a movie theater since I don’t know when. I think I’ll be in one to see this moive.

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Squirrel!

Evidently, since COVID-19 The Gain of Function Flu has lost its psychological muscle to keep the masses diverted and under complete control, and the Ukraine/Russia war drums are somewhat muffled, though a resounding bass drum beat  of “atrocities” occasionally still catches the ears of the masses, quite evidently the United States government must come up with some fresh bugaboo to stir things up and keep the masses clamoring for the government to do something. To wit:

UFOs sightings have left witnesses with radiation burns, brain damage and ‘perceived time suspension’, according to interviews in newly released Pentagon report from 2010

Squirrel!

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Great Wisdom, Great Peace – A Quote

“Human wisdom at the best is but a blind guide; human policy is a meteor that dazzles and leads astray; and they who follow it walk in darkness, and know not whither they are going; but he “that walketh uprightly,” that walks by the rule of God’s infallible Word, will ever find that “he walketh surely,” and that whatever duty he has to perform, whatever danger he has to face, “great peace have all they that love God’s law, and nothing shall offend them.””

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Earliest Written Reference to YHWH (God)

Though controversies abound as to when the Israelites first entered Canaan, and as to when the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament) were written, a curse tablet found on Mt. Ebal, in Israel, could very well put to rest these controversies.

If the claims are indeed correct, this tiny 2 cm x 2 cm (0.78 x 078 inch) curse tablet can potentially be seen as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever, reports Israel Hayom. It would be proof of the first used name of ‘the Lord’ in the ‘Promised Land’ and set the perceived age of literacy back by several centuries.

Though I need no proofs to bolster my faith, none-the-less I find it exceptionally fascinating that this curse tablet was found on Mt. Ebal, which, as Deuteronomy 27 reveals to us was directed to be cursed, and Mt. Ebal also plays a role after the Israelites defeated the king of Ai, as mentioned in Joshua 8. Also of interest and related to this find of the curse tablet, is the altar mentioned in Joshua 8, as in 1980 an actual altar was found on Mt. Ebal which dates to the timeframe of Joshua and the Israelites arrival in Canaan.

Curse Tablet Found on Mount Ebal Suggests Early Literacy Came to Israel

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Is Joseph Back in Charge in Egypt?

According to Middle East Eye, Egypt is mandating that wheat farmers must sell their wheat to the state:

Feeding the 72 million: Egypt’s grand wheat plan splits the industry

In the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war, Egypt’s decision to force local wheat producers to sell a slice of their output to the government has split the industry, with some farmers set to gain and others facing job losses.

On Wednesday, authorities introduced measures they hope will incentivize Egyptian growers to sell more wheat: raising prices, setting quotas, and threatening farmers with prison if they do not deliver.

One would almost think that Jospeh is once again in charge in the land of the pharaohs. From Genesis 47:13-22:

13 And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine. 14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house. 15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth. 16 And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail. 17 And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year. 18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands: 19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.

20 And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh’s. 21 And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof. 22 Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.

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Quote of the Day – Concentrate on the Correct Regime Change

From a Vox Day post titled Russia Will Go Nuclear… if necessary.

“If you care about ‘preserving western values’, I strongly advise that you focus on regime change in London and Washington, not in Moscow. Putin is less dangerous than our own idiocracy.”

Vox is absolutely correct in the above quote.

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One Night, Once A Year

My U.P. good friend’s wife has a really green thumb. She sent me this photo of a Night Blooming Cereus she tends. It blooms for one night, once per year. She stayed up for that one night, once a year bloom, and it was definitely worth it.

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No, Karol Markowicz, They Should be Tried, Convicted, and Hung by the Neck Until Dead

Writing for the New York Post, one Karol Markowicz opines Why we must demand that leaders who got COVID wrong admit it and apologize, as if leaders here in the United States, and around the world, simply made a few wrong decisions about Covid-19 the Gain of Function Flu (The GoFF), as if said leaders made an addition or subtraction error in a simple math problem. No. What has transpired since this manmade pathogen was unleashed on the world was and is a criminal enterprise, and all who participated in this criminal enterprise should be tried, convicted, and hung by the neck until dead.

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