Vote fraud in Pa Dutch Country? You got to be kidding! A Limerick.

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.

 

Red state – blue state. It is a matter of survival from the corona virus.

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

May 27, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we are reading one chapter in Paul’s letter to the Romans and two chapters in 2 Kings.

May 27: Romans 5, 2 Kings 3, 2 Kings 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

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.

A final? verse on the Obama impeachment song; the new hashtag #obamagate, remember it before it is taken down.

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

December 23, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we read one chapter of Revelation and two chapters of Zechariah

December 23: Revelation 14, Zechariah 10, Zechariah 11 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

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.

The cross at Notre Dame, the cross at Calvary and the cross at 9/11 ground zero. Two Limericks.

“Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in important ways,” posted U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar. “Thinking of the people of Paris and praying for every first responder trying to save this wonder.”

No, Ms Omar, it is much more than that, rather

What nearly destroyed Notre Dame;

historical artworks for some.

Not the fall of the steeple,

God’s church is the people

the Cross stands for all who will come.

 

 

Yes, the cross still stands as it did when, as U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar so famously quoted “Somebody did something at 9/11”

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1)
Ground_Zero_cross

For Muslims, atheists and humanists the cross is an offense since it is to them the stench of death. But to us who believe it is the symbol of redemption and new and eternal life in Christ. If they were not pricked in their hearts when they see the cross they would not be offended.

He died  on the cross at Ground Zero.

We have only one risen hero.

But the fools do “diss” grace,

stay condemned, cannot face

The truth in The Cross at Ground Zero.

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (St. John 3:16-17)

iron crossTop: The original  location where the iron cross was found.

crossMiddle: Intermediate location for the Iron cross.

Bottom: The final place for the Iron cross near the 9/11 museum.

These were the final words of Governor Sarah Palin after a successful week anchoring “On Point” with the One America News.

Governor Palin is a true servant. Her parents, Chuck and Sally Heath, worked at the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, New York in January and February 2002 as part of a federal Department of Agriculture program.

In a telephone interview, Mr. Heath said he and his wife had worked to keep sea gulls and rats from scavenging the human  remains in the debris. Mr. Heath, then 70, a retired science teacher, and Mrs. Heath, then 68, a retired secretary, had worked for the Agriculture Department for 15 years. They travel around the world dealing with “nuisance” animals like rats and bears.

“A lot of people just didn’t like the job, it was kind of a morbid thing,” he said of the work at the landfill. “But I thought it was part of history.”

This is the attitude of a servant.

February 11, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are four chapters.e

February 11: Matthew 16, Leviticus 4, Leviticus 5, Leviticus 6 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

In Matthew 16 the Jews demand a sign. Jesus tells the there will be no sign other than the sign of Jonah: Three days and three nights in the belly of a great fish. The disciples forgot to bring bread and Jesus told the : Beware if the yeast of the Pharisees and the Saducees. Huh? Jesus had to explain to them he meant the doctrine, not the literal yeast. Then came Peter’s confession. Right after that Jesus predicts his death, unto which Peter says “Never” and Jesus answers  “Get behind me, Satan.” Strong words. And then Jesus says “Whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Finally Jesus predicts his transfiguration.

Leviticus 4 defines the sin offering.

Leviticus 5 completes the sin offering and continues with the guilt offering.

And Leviticus 6 tells of the restitution necessary in the burnt offering, the grain offering and the sin offering.

 

Numbers.

Numbers.

Numbers 1, Numbers 2, Numbers 3, Numbers 4, Numbers 5

Numbers 6, Numbers 7, Numbers 8, Numbers 9, Numbers 10

Numbers 11, Numbers 12, Numbers 13, Numbers 14,Numbers 15

Numbers 16, Numbers 17, Numbers 18 , Numbers 19, Numbers 20

Numbers 21 ,  Numbers 22, Numbers 23, Numbers 24, Numbers 25

Numbers 26, Numbers 27, Numbers 28, Numbers 29, Numbers 30,

Numbers 31, Numbers 32, Numbers 33, Numbers 34, Numbers 35,

Numbers 36