Matthew 20:17-34, Jesus predicts his death, a mothers request, two blind men receive sight.
The table below shows that USA came in as number 25 of the 30 countries with the largest outbreak of Covid as death rate is concerned. It will be interesting to see how well we will fare under new leadership. I will recheck in 100 days.
Rank Country Cases Deaths Death Rate
World 100,659 649 2,161,373 2.15%
The vote in the land of the Dutch
had never amounted to much.
But the times sure have changed
now the votes are arranged
with more votes than sought: Fraudsters’ touch.
Before the English writer Rudyard Kipling in 1910 wrote the book “Rewards and Fairies,” he toured all over the United States. He spent time in Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In “Brother Square-Toes,” a story in “Rewards and Fairies,” Kipling says this about Lancaster:
“It’s a kindly, softly country there, back of Philadelphia among the German towns, Lancaster way. Little houses and bursting big barns, fat cattle, fat women, and all as peaceful as Heaven might be if they farmed there.”
That was 1910. Lancaster Co teems with Amish and Mennonites. They stayed away from the evil ways of the English, shunned modernization, hated wars and immorality, and they didn’t vote. After Bill Clinton became President this all changed, and they started voting, pro-life.
This year there was a record participation in voting, even in Mail-in requests.
Someone took a screen-shot of the tally so far:
Mail-in ballot requests: 108,539
Ballots returned so far: 89,681
Mai-in Ballots counted so far: 142, 584.
Make of that what you will.
Joe Biden a-napping in Delaware
by interview wake-up-call unaware
Sleepy Joe, it’s a shame
from now on, you’re fair game
the sound of your snoring is in the air.
Based on the 2016 election results you have a much better chance of escaping the coronavirus if you live in a state that President Trump won. The exceptions are Louisiana, that allowed Mardi Gras to go ahead in spite of the epidemic. This affected Mississippi as well. Pennsylvania and Michigan have democrat governors, which explains a lot. The death rates speak for themselves. A standout exception is Hawaii, highly democratic, but with the lowest death rate of all!
State Trump Deaths per State Clinton Deaths per
State Plurality milliom State plurality million
Wyoming 47.6% 29 District of Columbia 88.7% 666
West Virginia 42.2% 44 Hawaii 32.2% 12
Oklahoma 36.4% 86 California 28.8% 110
North Dakota 36.3% 85 Vermont 28.5% 88
Idaho 31.6% 46 Massachusetts 27.3% 1028
Kentucky 29.8% 99 Maryland 25.2% 430
South Dakota 29.8% 70 New York 21.3% 1546
Alabama 28.3% 133 Washington 16.2% 149
Arkansas 26.6% 45 Illinois 16.0% 436
Nebraska 26.3% 94 Rhode Island 15.6% 691
Tennessee 26.2% 56 Connecticut 13.3% 1114
Kansas 21.0% 77 New Jersey 13.2% 1327
Montana 20.0% 16 Delaware 11.5% 383
Louisiana 19.7% 611 Oregon 10.6% 37
Indiana 19.3% 326 New Mexico 8.3% 175
Missouri 19’1% 130 Virginia 4.9% 165
Mississippi 18.6% 258 Colorado 2.8% 256
Utah 18.1% 35 Nevada 2.4% 137
Alaska 15.2% 14 Maine 1.8% 70
South Carolina 14.1% 97 Minnesota 1.5% 192
Iowa 9,6% 178 New Hampshire 0.4% 188
Texas 9.2% 60
Ohio 8.6% 194
Georgia 5.7% 198
Arizona 4.1% 129
North Carolina 3.8% 92
Florida 1.3% 118
Pennsylvania 1.2% 445
Wisconsin 1.0% 104
Michigan 0.3% 556
Today we are reading one chapter in Paul’s letter to the Romans and two chapters in 2 Kings.
Romans 5. This is a great chapter and tells how faith triumphs in trouble, one quote: “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” And so it is: Death came through one man, Adam, but “if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” Let that sink in. The rest of the chapter is just as great.
2 Kings 3. There was trouble all around: Moab Rebelled against Israel. Israel called for Judah and Edom to help. They gathered their armies and horses, but after seven days without water they called for Elisha. He told them to dig ditches in the desert. They obeyed, and without rain the ditches are filled, they all got water and quenched the rebellion. Then they punished Moab, but the King offered his firstborn son as a burnt offering. This was too drastic even for Israel, so they drew back.
2 Kings 4, Like Elijah, Elisha multiplied a widow’s oil, like Elijah, Elisha raised a person from death, this time the Shunammite’s son. Elisha purified a pot of stew, and at another time he fed one hundred men with twenty small loaves of bread, and there were leftovers, much like Jesus did, but on a much smaller scale.
Yesterday I learned a new word, obamagate, to compare the coup attempt against President Donald Trump with Richard Nixon’s “Third rate burglary” , called Waterecause gate.
It quickly caught on, and at 9 am today had 3. 43 million tweets. Since then it is diminishing fast:
The time for impeachment is over, but here is verse 100 to the Obama impeachment song: (Obama singing)
Twitter trends: ‘Obamagate’
Please take it down, it’ll seal my fate.
All because of my Trump hate;
the coup failed, and now it is checkmate.
the other 99 verses here
Today we read one chapter of Revelation and two chapters of Zechariah
Revelation 14. The apostle John again saw the vision of the lamb and the 144000 Jewish male virgins. Then he saw and heard three angels making their proclamation. And then came time to proclaim the reaping the earth’s harvest, the Grapes of Wrath. This vision is later portrayed in the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Zechariah 10. The LORD promised future restoration of Judah and restoration of Israel.
Zechariah 11. The LORD proclaimed judgement on Israel, but then comes the prophecy of the shepherds. The chapter also contains the famous quote: “I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.“