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"Seeing Jesus" - A damn fine LTE in my paper this morning. Read, it will lift you up

Seeing Jesus

Mother Teresa ruined my life.


Asked how she withstood decades working in Calcutta's slums with heartbreaking dregs of humanity, she answered that, no matter how bad the person or circumstances, she knew it was just Jesus in one of his many distressing disguises.

I doubted the mother. Like Diogenes with his lamp, I walked Chicago's Broadway Street. Predictably, of the destitute, panhandlers, drunks, stoned, runaways, transvestite whores, plain ol' whores, gangbangers and assorted broken humanity, I found not one person I could say was Jesus in disguise. But what I never expected, and to this day makes me profoundly uneasy, is that I encountered not one single person that night that I could say with any certainty was not Jesus.

I thought about this when I heard the Rev. Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church prattling on about gays. Some are like Mother Teresa and some like Worley: some cannot help but see Jesus, and some refuse to see Jesus. Some build faith up, and some tear it down. Some dedicate their lives to serving others, and some to controlling others. Some empower, and some enslave. Some save, and some judge. Some uplift, and some crucify.

Surely Rev. Worley, by all appearances a worthless, hypocritical bigot, a whitewashed tomb with a soul as dead as Pontius Pilate's, cannot possibly be Jesus in one of his many distressing disguises?

Thanks for nothing, Mother Teresa.

ANDY G. MILLER

www.journalnow.com
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Letters to the Editor June 1, 2012

John Edwards Verdict Draws Mixed Reactions from O.J. Simpson, God (Borowitz chimes in on verdict)


JUNE 1, 2012
John Edwards Verdict Draws Mixed Reactions from O.J. Simpson, God
Former NFL Great, Almighty Sound Off on Trial


GREENSBORO, NC (The Borowitz Report) – The verdict of not guilty in the trial of former Presidential candidate John Edwards drew mixed reactions today from a variety of notables, including former football great O.J. Simpson and God.

“Justice has been served,” said Mr. Simpson in a brief statement.


The former Heisman Trophy winner added that he was cheered that almost two decades after his own celebrated trial, “it is still possible for any American with millions of dollars to receive a trial in which his lawyers thoroughly confuse the jury.”

Mr. Simpson said that although he was pleased with the verdict in the Edwards case, he hoped that the former North Carolina senator would dedicate the rest of his life “to finding the real perjurers.”

Offering a very different reaction to the verdict was someone whom Edwards himself mentioned in his post-trial statement, God.

“I don’t think God’s through with me,” Edwards said, causing the Almighty to hold a hastily called press conference in Greensboro to dispute that claim.

“Let me make this very clear,” a visibly angry God told reporters. “I have no plans for John Edwards, unless you count the one that involves plunging him into an eternal pool of fire.”

source:
www.borowitzreport.com

Pigeon Key, a boat ride and another sunset

Tough time with choices but here goes

On the 10 min ride to Pigeon Key where a small museum commemorates the lives and times of the 480 men who lived there while building the Flagler railroad and the bridges we saw some great sights.

Come along



We go under the old bridge that carried the railroad which is left standing and the new famous 7 mile bridge that was built to replace it



Here you can see the old bridge it has sections removed to make sure no cars go on it. The railings are made of the old train tracks, it was a road for a little while after the railroad stopped running after the labor day hurricane in 1935 that devastated the Keys. To the left, the new 7 mile bridge.


A lion fish in an aquarium. They are the scourge of the ocean, and one is encouraged to kill them when found. That's all I know about this.



On the return trip a wonderful cloud formation, showing us a wall of rain underneath it



Then we went back to the bridge at sunset and I have these I think are worth showing









Today's sky and tonight's water





All over the map today - I feel for you who click on this :)

A day that started when I photographed some puddles after a tropical gully washer



Then, somewhere in big Pine Key there was a pink brick road with a little girl with red shoes



Arriving in Key West my son showed me the entrance to the Animal Rescue. He wanted me to read the sign for myself



On to traipsing through the Hard Rock Cafe which they happily let us do



Seeing this dream hat for 15 $ that I would have bought if I were about 30.



A photo of Key West's signature animal wondering: Did I just lay this egg?



Going to Mallory Square for sunset, and meeting this hard working Golden whose name is Cleopatra and who carries the money people hand out and puts it in the bucket for his fiddling Master



Can't leave out the obligatory sunset



And also have to let you peek in on Mom (as you know she is 88) dancing after a successful day

Water, a walk and of course another sunset

My grandson in the water


On my walk today the owl was waiting for me again. I can't help but let her say hello to you as well





Nice Bougainvillea at a wrought iron fence


At the sunset park I met this Dad and son



Then the sun went down




A letter from Mark Zuckerberg - (really written by Andy Borowitz)

Dear Potential Investor:

For years, you've wasted your time on Facebook. Now here’s your chance to waste your money on it, too.

Tomorrow is Facebook’s IPO, and I know what some of you are thinking. How will Facebook be any different from the dot-com bubble of the early 2000’s?

For one thing, those bad dot-com stocks were all speculation and hype, and weren’t based on real businesses. Facebook, on the other hand, is based on a solid foundation of angry birds and imaginary sheep.

Second, Facebook is the most successful social network in the world, enabling millions to share information of no interest with people they barely know.

Third, every time someone clicks on a Facebook ad, Facebook makes money. And while no one has ever done this on purpose, millions have done it by mistake while drunk. We totally stole this idea from iTunes.

Finally, if you invest in Facebook, you’ll be far from alone. As a result of using Facebook for the past few years, over 900 million people in the world have suffered mild to moderate brain damage, impairing their ability to make reasoned judgments. These will be your fellow Facebook investors.

With your help, if all goes as planned tomorrow, Facebook’s IPO will net $100 billion. To put that number in context, it would take JP Morgan four or five trades to lose that much money.

One last thing: what will, I, Mark Zuckerberg, do with the $18 billion I’m expected to earn from Facebook’s IPO? Well, I’m considering buying Greece, but that would still leave me with $18 billion. LOL.

Friend me,

Mark

www.borowitzreport.com

Duane Hanson original - and a few other works of art

We went to pick up more family members to join us,
in the Fort Lauderdale airport's arrival area there was this statue in the window


http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/duane_hanson.htm

In South Beach Miami there's an art gallery in the Art Deco Welcome Center

A couple of samples from there

Snorkeling floaters

roped floaters (Oil on canvas)



Communal Segway riding at Collins Ave in Miami



And cops doing their surveying from what looked like large ATV's



Lilies in the water around the Holocaust Memorial. It's all I can bear to show from there.



Then we had a downpour that made cars all but swim, and this is the sky from the car window after it was over

An owl we already know - a critter - and toys in the pool

Every year, on my bike rides here, I come to a house where seemingly the same owl sits in the same spot, and I've shown it before. It has grown a bit. These are today's photos.





Does this critter stick out it's colorful tongue at me. I think it does.





Since the ocean's not yet warm enough for Mom, we're hanging in the pool. My underwater camera, finding and showing you a dead gecko a day ago, today is showing you a dead toy, and a dead mermaid.




For Mother's Day: This nice lady let me take her photo along with greetings to Democrats

This is a happy vendor at the Big Pine Key flea market in the Florida Keys. We were all melting, of course. This woman was very happy to hear that I would put her photo up for us Democrats, and I promised her an email link so she could see herself.

I hope she will hang around and explore our site, and I hope a few of you will say "hello" to her.




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