12.28.2018

Just... reading the news. So this dude who looks 35 or 40 years is really supposed to be 19? Ummm.....




Photo: KUTV

Utah Teen's Mugshot Goes Viral as Social Media Claims He Looks 40 Years Old

Source

Murad Kurbanov initially made news for allegedly stealing a U-Haul truck and running several red lights while evading police.

But now, the 19-year-old is in the news across the country because of his mugshot.

Many were surprised that the balding Kurbanov was, in fact, a 19-year-old, according to a probable cause statement by police, which lists his date of birth as November 3, 1999.






Yeah... I'm wondering - was this guy born here?  And if not - where was this dude was born (Russia?)  - and when did he came to America because I'm guessing that so-called birth certificate might be a little uh... 'faux', but was apparently good enough to get him here. 









12.15.2018

The History of Christmas in Medieval Times - Traditions, Food and Fun


This afternoon I needed a break from a very busy pre-holiday prep day so I brewed a cup of hot, strong, black coffee and opened the laptop.  I was on twitter and came across an ancient history account that was offering a daily history email... that caught my attention as I love history.  (Funny, I didn't love it when I was in school... but part of that - actually, probably most of that - was due to the old, burnt out teacher I had who had a penchant for looking up girls skirts and 'massaging' our shoulders as he stood behind our chairs... I believe his attention was NOT on history, so he had a hard time trying to keep our attention on it!  HA!).

But I love it now.

And it's fitting when I went to their site and found an article written by Mark Cartwright and published on December 1st of this month. I've quoted and linked the source above, so if you are interested in history, please check them out!

I found his article on Medieval Christmas history interesting and wanted to keep it here for my own use, but I think some of my readers might like it too!  (Be sure to note how much alcohol was given per day in the entertainment section... and what they saw as entertainment is endearing.  "Setting women's flax on fire!"  LOL.)

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Christmas was one of the highlights of the medieval calendar, not only for the rich but also for the peasantry. 


For the longest holiday of the year, typically the full twelve days of Christmas, people stopped work, homes were decorated and a Yule log burned in the hearth. Gifts were exchanged, colourful church services enjoyed and merry feasts were eaten by all where there was better food and more of it than at any other time in the year. There were plenty of songs, dancing, pantomimes and games, too. For many, just as today, it was the best of times.

The European medieval calendar was not short of holidays: each season had its own special Christian celebration, often based on older pagan traditions. Medieval holidays were a chance to have a much-needed rest from the usual daily toil and to socialise at family meals where the typical dreary menu of the poor was replaced by such rarities as meat and fish and the table of the rich was adorned with exotica like roast peacock. Christmas was the longest holiday of the year by far and lasted from the night of Christmas Eve, the 24th of December, to the Twelfth Day, Epiphany, on the 6th of January. Mid-winter was a time of year which saw a lull in agricultural activity and consequently many peasants were permitted by their lord to have the entire two weeks off. The season also involved gift-giving and decorating the home with garlands and wreaths of winter foliage. As one description of 12th-century CE London by William Fitzstephen records:


Every man’s house, as also their parish churches, was decked with holly, ivy, bay and whatsoever the season of the year afforded to be green.

(quoted in Gies, 100)

Holly, with its glossy dark green leaves and bright red berries, has been considered the ideal winter decoration since antiquity. Ancient Celtic druids thought it sacred and able to ward off evil spirits while the Romans used it as a gift to show esteem and goodwill. Mistletoe is another long-used decoration which ancient people thought a bringer of fertility, protector of crops and something that kept away witches. Long before the Christmas tree took centre stage in the 19th century CE, a double ring of mistletoe was the centrepiece of many a home’s decorations, under which couples could kiss, removing the jewel-like berries with each peck.
Over time the traditional church services for major Christian holidays became more elaborate & Christmas was no exception.

The Church at Christmas

Naturally, in the very religious communities of medieval times, the local church was a focal point for the Christmas celebrations and services were well-attended by all classes. Over time the traditional services for major Christian holidays became more elaborate and Christmas was no exception. One development from around the 9th century CE was ‘troping’ which was to add extra dialogues and songs to the service. An example of troping in the Christmas celebration was an elaboration on the question which choirs sang: Quem quaertitis in praesepe? (‘Whom do you seek in the manger?’). One half of the choir would sing the line and then the other half did. This eventually led to a dramatisation using individual speakers and actors which resulted in the presentation of nativity plays with the Magi and King Herod playing prominent roles. Another play which became popular in church services of the festive period was The Prophets, in which a priest conducted a dialogue with various prophets such as Jeremiah, Daniel and Moses and choir boys played dressed up bit-parts like a donkey or devil.

The Feast of the Holy Innocents (Childermas) on 28th of December commemorated King Herod’s failed attempt to murder the infant Jesus by ordering the execution of all children in Bethlehem under two years of age. The church on this day, perhaps bizarrely considering the gravity of the occasion, indulged in a bit of traditional festive role-reversal with choirboys taking the place of the bishop and other higher clergy to conduct services and even to lead a torchlit procession. The celebration of the Feast of the Circumcision, held on the 1st of January, was even more outlandish, which perhaps explains its other name of the ‘Feast of Fools’. Minor clergy would wear their clothes inside out and lead an ass into church where, upon arrival at the altar, they would burn incense made from old shoes, eat sausages, drink wine and make the sounds of a donkey.

The local clergy, if not invited to their nearest lord’s castle, celebrated with a fine meal of rarities at home. Larks, ducks, and salmon could appear on the menu, or perhaps a kid, and we know one abbot of Ramsey Abbey in England reserved for himself a wild boar each Christmas dinner. Even monks had a treat or two at Christmas. The diet of those in medieval monasteries was quite good anyway but Christmas feasts included more meat and fish than usual. We also know that at monasteries such as at Cluny Abbey in France, the monks received a new gown and had one of their twice-yearly baths at Christmas (any more was not permitted).

Christmas in a Manor

Amongst the landed aristocracy, comfortable in their castles and manors, Christmas gifts such as fine clothes and jewellery to wear for the season were exchanged on the 25th of December. There was another round of gift-giving on the 1st of January, too. Known as ‘first-gifts' they were thought to be an omen of a person’s fortune in the coming year. Much like today, though, the real joy of Christmas for many was the food on offer.


Usually held in the Great Hall of a castle or manor, the setting for the Christmas meal for the aristocracy was suitably splendid with high wood-beam ceilings and at least one roaring fire. The hall was made even more impressive with festive garlands of holly, ivy and other seasonal greenery. The tables were set with the usual knives, spoons and a thick slab of one-day-old bread (a trencher or manchet) to be used by way of a plate for meat. Christmas diners were also treated to the luxury of a change of tablecloth after each course. Two diners shared a bowl for washing hands (everything except liquids was eaten with the fingers), another bowl for soups and stews, and a small bowl of salt.

A special Christmas dish the cooks might prepare to wow the guests included a boar’s head on a platter or a swan roasted in its feathers.

Served as an early lunch, the first course was typically a soup, broth or weak stew with some meat at the bottom. The second course might be a vegetable stew (porray) of leeks and onions. The rich were fortunate enough to have meat as their next course on ordinary days – rabbit, hare and chicken, for example – but Christmas saw finer meat delicacies, fish (e.g. salmon, herring and trout) and seafood (e.g. eels, oysters and crab) courses presented to the guests. Meats were roasted on a spit over an open fire. Besides legs of beef and mutton, there was veal, venison, goose, capon, suckling pig, duck, plover, lark and crane, to name a few. A special Christmas dish the cooks might prepare to wow the guests included a boar’s head on a platter or a swan or peacock roasted in its feathers. Sauces added more flavour to many dishes and, thickened with breadcrumbs, they contained wine or vinegar, and herbs and spices.

Dessert consisted of thick fruit custards, pastries, nuts, cheese and luxury fruits like oranges, figs and dates. There were also entremets – various decorated nibbles glazed with sugar and honey – which were served before the dessert course at Christmas and other feasts. To drink there was red and white wine (from a cup shared with one’s dining partner) which was drunk young as it had a short shelf-life. Wine was often mixed with water or sweetened with honey or sugar. Alternatives were cider and ale, although the latter, made from grains and fermented with yeast, was considered a lower class drink. Beer made using hops would only appear in the late Middle Ages. Dessert might be accompanied by a jug of spiced wine. While all this feasting was going in the Great Hall, the servants of a castle were not forgotten as traditionally they were given better food at Christmas such as geese and hens. Finally, the leftovers of the feast were taken outside to the waiting poor.

The manor dining table might have had some surprising guests as serfs on the castle’s estate did get to live it up a little at Christmas when, by tradition, they were invited to the manor on Christmas day for a meal. On some estates the invitations were restricted to just two lucky recipients, traditionally one of the poorest and one of the wealthiest peasants who could also invite two friends along. Unfortunately, most peasants invited to their local lord’s abode had to bring along their own plates and firewood, and of course, all the food had been produced by themselves anyway. However, they did get free ale and it was at least a chance to see how the other half lived and relieve the dreariness of a country winter.

A Peasant Christmas

A peasant’s Christmas was obviously rather less grand than that enjoyed in the local manor or castle and, for them, the season did not start well. Serfs, already subjected to all manner of odd fees over the year, were expected to give a ‘gift’ to their lord at Christmas of extra bread, eggs and perhaps even a valuable rooster or a couple of hens. In contrast, free labourers on the estate, especially the more important ones such as the estate’s shepherd, swineherd and oxherd, received presents from the lord, typically a bonus of food, drink, clothes and firewood. It is a tradition which continued into later centuries when household servants received a box of gifts on the 26th of December, hence the name of that day in Britain: Boxing Day. Children’s gifts from their humble parents included such simple toys as spinning tops, whistles, stilts, marbles, dolls, and figures made from wood or clay.

Peasants would have decorated their homes much as aristocrats did, with greenery such as holly being readily available for those who searched for it. An old, possibly pagan tradition persisted, which was the burning of a Yule log. Actually a sizeable piece of tree trunk, the log was lit on Christmas Eve in homes of all kind and kept burning for the twelve days of Christmas. For the special meals of the holiday peasants ate that rare delicacy of – usually boiled – meat, treated themselves to cheese and eggs, ate cakes and drank ale. Of the latter there was certainly lots, the brew typically made by peasant women.

The 1st of January was important as people hoped for better fortune in the coming year. A superstition developed, like the gifts the rich exchanged on this day, that it was terribly important who the first person to visit one’s home was on New Year's Day. Called ‘first-footing’, certain characteristics were considered desirable in this first visitor: a male with a dark complexion, perhaps fair-haired and, best of all, with flat feet.


Christmas Entertainment

There were all kinds of entertainments on offer over the Christmas period. Drinking alcohol was the most popular of all and the fact that merry-making could easily get out of hand is attested by the common custom of lords paying special watchmen to guard their estates in case of riots. A record from an estate near Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London tells us that watchmen were set from Christmas Day to Twelfth Night and that these men were recompensed by ‘a good fire in the hall, one white loaf, one cooked dish, and a gallon of ale [per day]’ (quoted in Gies, 208). Even if drinking such large quantities was relatively common and the ale weak, with four and a half litres of ale per watchman it is a wonder they themselves did not get a bit rowdy.

More genteel festive entertainment included monks touring and performing plays in private residences which told key episodes from the Bible, especially, of course, seasonal topics such as the Massacre of the Innocents by Herod. Similarly, in cities, medieval guilds put on public pageants where wagons went through the streets carrying people dressed as personalities from the Bible’s Christmas story. Troupes of masked pantomime artists known as mummers went through the streets, too, accompanied by bands of musicians. Sometimes numbering over 100 revellers, they dressed in outlandish costumes as lords, cardinals and knights, and even ventured into people’s homes to dance and play dice. Receiving food and drink in return for their entertainment, mummers often performed short plays with scenes from familiar legends such as Saint George and the dragon.

There were games like cards and dice (which included a bit of gambling) and board games such as chess, checkers, backgammon and Nine Men’s Morris. Traditional Christmas games included the ‘king of the bean’ which permitted the person who found a hidden bean in the bread or a special cake to be ‘king’ or ‘queen’ of the feast. That honoured person then had the right to lord it over everyone else who often had to mimic whatever action the king or queen did at the table. The game was traditionally played on Twelfth Night and was an example of the tried-and-tested role-reversal hilarity which went back to Rome’s pagan December festival of Saturnalia.

Christmas meals were followed by more drinking of wine or beer, singing of songs, including carols, and group dancing to music from pipes, flutes, lutes and drums. Professional acrobats and jongleurs (minstrels) performed their tricks and witty verses. Folktales were told, embellished and re-told every year, puppet shows were put on and people played parlour games, many of which survive today such as blind man’s buff and prisoner’s base. Another such game involved one member of the party being dressed as a saint while everyone else had to make them an offering (no doubt, an amusing one) which they had to do without smiling and resisting the antics of the saint or else they themselves became the saint. Another game was ‘The King Who Does Not Lie’ when the ‘king of the feast’ might ask a question to any guest who, if they answered truthfully, could ask a question in return. Such games were, of course, a chance to show one’s wit and skill at wordplay, to embarrass a friend or to find out a sweetheart’s inclinations.

For the more energetic there were sports such as feats of strength, archery, wrestling, bowling, hockey and medieval football where the goal was to move the ball to a predetermined destination and there were few, if any, rules. Sliding on frozen lakes was a popular activity in winter, too. Alternatively, by strapping the shin bones of a horse to the feet and grabbing a pole for propulsion, the courageous could try ice skating.
The End of the Holiday

The return to ordinary working life must have been something of a shock after the long holiday but even then peasants made a celebratory game of the proceedings by, for example, holding a plough race at sunrise on the first Monday after Epiphany, known as Plough Monday. There was another tradition, perhaps again to lighten the burden of returning to the daily toil, on 7th January, also known as Saint Distaff’s Day. This day was, “a day of carnival, an occasion for ‘misrule’, for ‘comic battles between the sexes’ in which men set fire to women’s flax and women made sure men got soaked” (Leyser, 225).






12.05.2018

There are hundreds of awesome Nightmare Before Christmas themed gifts and products! Jack Skellington and all the crew!





Our family is a "Nightmare Before Christmas" fan family.  Especially my oldest daughter.  She's had a couple Christmas's and birthdays in the past that she received a number of themed gifts but hasn't for a number of years and I hadn't given much thought about it until this morning.

This morning I saw (online) a Nightmare Before Christmas themed Yahtzee game!



I'm not sure that is the perfect for her right now but it got my brain 'storming' other ideas and it just so happens she has a birthday the week of Christmas and I usually make her a cake or cupcakes - but hadn't thought of a theme yet.  While clicking around on other Nightmare Before Christmas products I found cake decorations and cupcake decorations!  Her birthday theme is now planned!

I decided to do a post on Coffee Talking with some of the items and gifts I found on Amazon... hope you find something you love too!






     Art of Coloring: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity

   TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Disney Tim Burtons Nightmare Before Christmas Uno Card Game


   The Nightmare Before Christmas 25 Year Anniversary Yahtzee Dice Game

   Disney The Nightmare Before Christmas Comfy Blanket with Sleeves ~ Jack Skellington & Zero ~ Unisex Adult Size

    Funko Pint Size Heroes: The Nightmare Before Christmas Collectible Figure

   Jack Skellington Moon Nightmare Before Christmas Decal Sticker Window Hallowee (5.5"inches)














11.30.2018

Washington DC court employees are so stupid they refused to believe New Mexico was a state.

A New Mexico resident didn’t just have to prove his love before getting married – he had to prove New Mexico is actually a state.

When Gavin Clarkson and his future bride applied for a marriage license in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, he was told he needed to provide an international passport to be approved.

“You know you are from flyover country when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver’s license, and they come back and say ‘my supervisor says we cannot accept international driver’s licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport?’” Clarkson said in a Nov. 20 Facebook post.

Clarkson, a former deputy assistant secretary in the Interior Department, told the Las Cruces Sun-News the clerk checked with a supervisor several times before the office was able to confirm New Mexico has, in fact, been a state for 106 years.



A spokesperson for the District of Columbia Courts said a clerk “made a mistake regarding New Mexico’s 106-year history as a state.”

“We very much regret the error and the slight delay it caused a New Mexico resident in applying for a D.C. marriage license,” Leah Gurowitz, director of media and public relations for D.C. Courts, told the Sun-News.




Source:  Link

11.29.2018

A Mom leaves her placenta in the woods of a park and... everyone freaks out



Many women go to a hospital to have a child, pass the placenta after, and never care how the hospital disposes of it.  But there are many other women who are in awe of, or respectful of or have a spiritual or cultural bond to what kept their baby alive and nourished him or her for all those months inside them.

Some women choose to keep the placenta from their child's birth.  Depending on their beliefs, or culture, they sometimes eat the placenta, dry it out and later consume it as a powder, wear it in a vial around their neck, or other various forms of ingesting it back to their body.  Some people may think it gross, others think it spiritual.  Many more women choose to save the placenta and plant it in the ground.  Many times they plant a tree or bush on the spot to honor the birth of their child.

However, when you go against mainstream anything, especially in our world today, you end up causing a panic.

This young Canadian mother caused a widespread panic when she decided to leave the placenta that nourished her daughter, in a park and it was found.  What resulted from a simple, spiritual and well meaning gesture was chaos, panic, and a police investigation.

See the video interview with the mother here: https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1552296

Seeing a 'found' placenta on the news, her mother called her the next morning to let her know one was found and it was probably hers.  She had to call the police to let them know there was no 'mother who gave birth in a public park' and no woman or child was missing or in harms way.  As a matter of fact, the infant was now a one year old child as the placenta had been kept in the deep freezer for a year while the young Mom decided what she wanted to do with it after her daughter had been born.

Still not an easy outcome for the young woman.  She had to have police officers visit her home to 'look around', they had to see her daughter, spoke to her Mother, took DNA to test it against the placenta in question (seriously... how many other people were laying claim to this year old placenta?).  And even during the video interview I posted above, she still had not gotten the placenta returned to her as it was being held at the local coroner's office for testing before it could be released.

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Ok, so I checked on a whim and yes... there are actually placenta themed or based products available on Amazon.  This was a path I didn't expect to go down... but you can even get a cookbook with Placenta featured recipes.  Alrighty then!




                 








11.27.2018

California is OK with malathion spraying but don't you dare try to buy and have delivered a pair of boots! Cannot deliver to California due to steep penalties of Prop 65



Like most Americans, I'm in the middle of Christmas shopping.  One of the items my son mentioned needing was a new pair of work boots.  As I'm looking around online at various sites, one thing started to jump out at me as I became aware of it on a number of boot listings I was finding on name-brand sites.

They won't ship to California.

Odd, right?

Why California?

So after I saw it on another boot listing I did a quick internet check and found this;

Many .com sites and boot makers aren't shipping to California because of their Prop 65 law and the steep penalties involved.





The Justin boot brand posted this explanation on their website;

Last Updated: August 30, 2018

You may have seen the following warning label on our products:

⚠ WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

We appreciate your concerns about the California Proposition 65 warning placed on our footwear. The label does not mean that our products will necessarily cause cancer or reproductive harm. While we believe our products are not harmful when used as designed (that means wear your boots, don't eat or lick them!), we provide the warning as a result of the California law.
They continue....

What is Prop 65?

The state of California has enacted the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 generally referred to as "Proposition 65". Proposition 65 is a far reaching law and applies to any company that operates in California, sells products in California, or manufactures products that may be sold in or brought into California.

Proposition 65 requires warning labels on any product that contains or may contain any of the 700-plus elements that California Air Resources Board considers harmful. Many of the elements listed under Proposition 65 have been routinely used in everyday consumer items for years without documented harm.


The penalties for not complying with Proposition 65 are steep. As a result of the steep penalties and because there is no penalty for providing an unnecessary warning, Justin Brands and many other manufacturers have elected to provide the Proposition 65 notice out of an abundance of caution in order to avoid the potential for liability.

For more information about Proposition 65 visit http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65/getNSRLs.html



As I paid attention to this a little more today and continued shopping for some other items I found it listed on items such as body lotion and skincare product sites, perfumes, water filters, air filters, lamps (due to an energy consumption law), some home decor, hiking boots, 3D printer filaments and more... oh so much more.

What I found funny-not-funny about this is that I used to LIVE in Southern California.  They won't allow you to buy a pair of work boots online and have them shipped to you without penalties to the manufacturer, but I used to stand in the doorway of our home, not far from orange groves, and watch the planes and helicopters spraying malathion on the fields.  As the cancer-causing pesticide drifted in the air, I could smell it so I knew I was breathing it.  

California is OK with malathion spraying but don't you dare try to buy and have delivered a pair of boots or certain body lotions from the Body Shop!



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Rambling over morning coffee: Most muslims have never actually read the Qur'an and think it's about doing good works, meditating, fasting and praying. It's not.



One of my siblings was in the military and served overseas in predominantly muslim countries.  One of the things I recall him mentioning in passing was that most of the muslims don't actually know their own religion because very few, if any have actually read the Qur'an. 

As someone who was raised Catholic, reading the bible was a given.  As with all Christian religions, our beliefs are from the bible.  We read it. We sing it. We memorize parts of it. We refer to it constantly for knowledge, wisdom, strength, hope, lessons.  We read and read the bible stories. As children we read it and draw pictures of the stories, act out the bible stories. It's just such a given that we read the very base of our faith.

I didn't understand how someone could profess to be muslim but not read all of their Qur'an.  Not know all of what their own 'religion' teaches.

Of course I didn't know much about the muslim 'religion' back then.  But that little tiny mention was enough to stick with me a dozen years later.

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This morning I was looking up something on the internet when I came across a link on a page for an article at Crosswalks.com.  It had nothing to do with what I was looking up at the time but as I clicked on the article, one sentence stood out to me and brought back the memory of what my brother had mentioned in passing from Iraq;

"She was unaware of much of what I explained to her from the Qur’an because she has not read it."

Although I was simply glancing at the article, that line made me stop.  Again, I was thinking the same thing as when my brother told me similar after living among muslims for almost 10 years.

So I read a bit more;


"She is a naturalized citizen who immigrated to America over twenty years ago from Senegal with her Roman Catholic Senegalese husband. They are both “spiritual,” not religious. To her, being a Muslim is based on performing good works, meditating, fasting, and praying."

But according to the Qur’an, no true female follower of Islam can marry a non-Muslim man unless she is doing so under the auspices of taqiyya, which is Qur’an-sanctioned deceit. If not, and her husband refuses to become a Muslim, he would be killed under Shari’a law. She might be spared, although still severely punished. If she chose to leave Islam, she and her entire family would be killed.  

Because she is living in America this is less likely to happen.

Islam is not a peaceful religion according to its doctrine.

Secular Muslims and especially formerly devout Islamists, cannot freely leave Islam, or deny the Qur'an or Islam, without fear of being killed. The Qur’an instructs that they be killed.

After a series of caliphs ruled over Muslims, the ulema (Islamic scholars) sought to define the Muslim existence within their immediate geopolitical context. In doing so, they divided all of humanity into two categories: Dar al-Harb and Dar el-Salam.

Dar al-Harb means, “House of War,” which includes everyone who rejects Islam, the Qur’an, Allah, and Muhammad; in essence all non-Muslims.

Dar el-Salam means, “House of Peace,” which includes everyone who submits (Isl’m) and is ruled by Shari’a law in every area of his or her lives.

Although the terms used to describe this two-fold existence are not mentioned specifically in the Qur’an, they are taught in all Islamic schools of thought.

The Sunni Hanafi School of Islamic Jurisprudence teaches that rulers of Muslim lands bordering enemy territory, Dar al-Harb, (all non-Muslim lands), are obligated to wage jihad against their neighbors.



(Now this makes sense; because in countries where muslim is the 'religion' of the greater population, they are constantly at war.  Constantly killing.  There is never peace.) 


Contrary to the English and western meaning of peace, the Islamic definition exists only within the two-fold mindset of humanity’s condition: those who are at peace (under Islamic rule) and those who are not.

In theory, Islamic peace exists under Shari’a law. But in reality, those already living in Dar el-Salam do not experience the western view of peace. Peace does not exist for most women and children who are subjugated to extreme cruelty and abuse. The majority of Muslim women and girls, including those in America, are in arranged marriages, subjugated to FGM, and are primary victims of honor killings.

And, even under Dar el-Salam, as was the case during and after Muhammad’s life, Islamists have never stopped fighting each other. War and violence coexists with Dar el-Salam.

Most Muslims are illiterate and have never read the Qur'an.

(This is exactly what I learned from my brother... and what started this whole post actually.  At the time he told me this, I found it crazy to think someone would follow a 'religion' they only knew through what they are told; not what they have read themselves, as we do in the Bible.  Since then - a dozen years ago - I've learned about many so called religions that don't know their own firm doctrines, including the cult of Mormonism.  They have no idea of their own 'religions' core beliefs.  Not because they are illiterate, as the muslims are, but because they have been programmed to only read bits and pieces of what the LDS church wants them to know at this time.  Those who actually read their own history - the truth of Joseph Smith and what a brilliant and lucky con-man he was, 'study' themselves out of their church.  But... that's a post for another day!)


40 percent of the population of Muslim states falls below the poverty level. Fifty-seven Islamic countries are the world’s poorest and most illiterate. Sixty percent of Muslims worldwide are illiterate; fifty percent of Arab women cannot read.

(This is a LARGE and LONG topic and of course here on Coffee Talking I just chit chat for a couple minutes on a topic over morning coffee.  Certainly not enough time to truly dig into any one topic.  But obviously readers can go on to do that themselves.)

To end, I guess: 


(The Crosswalk article went on to mention ministries in which Christians can support and reach out to muslims - "Christians can support ministries like Open Doors, Voice of Martyrs, or Samaritan’s Purse that are reaching Muslims worldwide, providing humanitarian aid and Bibles in their languages."

"But there is also an immediate need and opportunity in our own backyards. Because of failed immigration policies, more Muslims are in America than ever before—presenting an incredible opportunity for Christians to share the gospel.

The last chapter of the book shares testimonies from former Muslims, who after they came to America and met Christians, accepted Christ. One’s mother had sent him to a jihad training camp as a child. Another trained for the terrorist organization Hezbollah. Yet they were not beyond God’s reach.

Because of the U.S. Constitution, Muslims have the freedom to leave Islam without fear of being killed. As Christians, we have the responsibility and opportunity to point to the origin of freedom: Jesus Christ.")





11.26.2018

Since when is securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws a bad thing? Ohhhh since it's President Trump doing it.



Since when is securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws a bad thing?

Ohhhh since it's President Trump doing it.

So it's not really WHAT we're doing, it's just who is doing it.












11.23.2018

Oh dear retailers, hear my plea! BRING BACK 'BOYS' TOYS AND 'GIRLS' TOYS search labels. I don't have TIME for PC parent crap.



I know there is a small wave of obnoxious people who bitch about retailers labeling searches as "boys" and "girls" toys.  The second they see a pink Barbie house is labeled under a general search for 'girls' toys they get their panties in a wad and scream and gnash their teeth and rip their hair out...  and post all over their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts how discriminatory this is and then force the retailers to remove 'boy' and 'girl' from the many choices of search labels.

JUST STOP!

If you don't want to search for a boy toy, for pete's sake DO NOT USE THAT SEARCH FUNCTION THEN.

Use something else.  Search for the age group, the style of toy, search for the price range; I don't CARE what you search for but stop trying to force the retailers to bow down to your screwed up mental issues about boys and girls.

Because I'm looking for Christmas ideas for 3 little boys and I'm sick and tired of having to scroll through 17 pages or fricken' pink Barbie houses and Hatchimals and other crap that these little boys have ZERO interest in, in order to find ideas for things they DO want and WILL play with.  They love tractors, trucks, cars, farm animals, toy barns, nerf guns, etc. and I'm wasting a lot of time because the retailers have taken the 'boy' and 'girl' labels off their searches.

I GET that your boy might want a Barbie - I don't care if he does - look up BARBIE then.  If these little guys want a pink pair of dress up shoes, or play makeup or baby doll, I'll buy them one (well I don't have to buy the baby doll because we already have the baby doll and all the baby 'stuff' to play with) but the point is if I know my little boy wanted a Barbie House, I know most girls like that toy so it would be labeled under girls toys.  And I could search for it there - and buy it for a boy or girl.  The search is just a TOOL to help the GENERAL POPULATION quickly find items.

Stop complaining loud and long to get rid of a perfectly good COMMON SENSE SEARCH LABEL that most of us WANT to us and is helpful.  If YOU don't like that label don't use it.  But don't take away my right to use it to help me cut down on 40 minutes of wasted effort due to your emotional issues over the use of a word.

Now, back to wading through 17 pages of pink barbie houses because my search options are by price, brand, age group etc. but NOT the easier and simplified 'boys' label that would have brought me to a better search return.





11.17.2018

COFFEE GIFTS: The highly rated 20 and 30 oz. BEAST in various colors including matte black



Available not only in 20 and 30 ounce sizes but in a plethora of colors!  From aqua to pink, green, blues, neon green, purple, even stainless steel.


     
  • EXCLUSIVE BONUS BEAST BUNDLE - Offering unrivaled value for money: 2 unbreakable steel straws, a free straw brush to make cleaning even easier; 1 splash proof lid presented in a beautiful Gift Box. With so many second-rate tumblers available on the market we wanted to set ourselves apart and be the best!
  • #1 INSULATION and TEMPERATURE RETENTION - Over engineered and tested against Yeti and other leading brands. Our Tumblers match performance all day long and with our splash proof closable lid you can keep your drinks insulated and protected for longer!
  • #1 PREMIUM QUALITY - While other steel tumblers out there may use a cheaper 201 steel finish; we’ve cut no corners! Made only from the Highest Quality Premium 304 18/8 Food Grade Stainless Steel.
  • #1 SUPERIOR FINISHING INSIDE & OUT – Your tumbler will always feel smooth to the touch with a sweat-free design, and will keep its stylish colorful finish due to its long-lasting powder coating. No rust or scratches like painted exteriors. An electro-polished interior will ensure your cups remain pure, imparting NO unwanted flavors, giving you a clean tasting drink every time!
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11.16.2018

COFFEE GIFTS: Cute socks for women - Coffee Themed and LOW CUT






Foot Traffic - No-Show Socks, Fun, Stylish & Discreet, Coffee, 3-Pair Pack (Women's Shoe Sizes 4–10)
  • FUN COFFEE DESIGNS: From java beans to a creamy latte to a cornucopia of coffee delights, this three-pack of coffee socks captures what it means to be a caffeine connoisseur!
  • MAKES A GREAT GIFT: Makes a great gift idea for the guitar lover in your life! Perfect for birthdays, get-wells, stocking stuffers and more.
  • STAY HIDDEN: These socks provide the comfort you need—without peeking out of your shoe. Wear them with tennis shoes, boat shoes, or anytime you want the comfort of socks with a sockless look.
  • BLENDED FOR COMFORT: The custom blend of cotton, nylon, polyester, and spandex makes these socks breathable, soft, and incredibly comfortable. The high-quality construction means these socks provide a great fit for all-day comfort.

** Also available in tons of other designs besides coffee - owls, kitty cats, football, peace signs, zebra stripes, solid colors and brights just to name a few.