Bag of Randomness for Monday, June 8, 2020

I’m amazed about the protests happening across the globe – London, Berlin, Paris, Sydney, Madrid, etc. It’s one thing for an event to happen here and see local protests, another thing when protests go national, but it’s simply amazing to see a lot of the world unified in a cause. Heck, in this article, you’ll see how even places like India, Syria, Argentina, and other places got involved. I’m curious to know the thoughts of that now jailed police officer who was kneeling on George Floyd’s neck on the global impact of his actions.

Taking a cue from America, the Brits are wanting to take down certain statues that deal with slavery. Here they are taking down Slave trader Edward Colston’s statue and dumping it in the river.

I’ll go ahead and tip my toe in the scalding hot water of this issue as it pertains to statues honoring Confederates. Move any public statue to museums and private property. Bottom line, they were traitors. We should honor American heroes, not traitors. It’s not that anyone is trying to erase history, books and documentaries include them in great detail, it’s who we are trying to honor, and traitors shouldn’t be honored.

I tweeted this on Saturday.

@bagofnothing – It shall be shameful for any pastor to not address what has transpired this week in tomorrow’s Sunday sermon. If you’re a pastor and it’s still not in your draft, you still have time to change that.

Also on Saturday, I told WifeGeeding that if it was solely my decision on where to attend church, that if my pastor did not devote any part of his or her sermon to the events that transpired last week, I would leave that church. One of the things which bug me about church is when a pastor is so dedicated to a sermon series and refuses to deviate from it as if that chosen topic is more important than anything else which can transpire. I’m not saying a preacher should tell us what side of an issue to take, but I think it’s vitally important to teach or remind us what the Word says about hope, how to deal, how to heal, and the only constant. If seven days of national protests during a pandemic that caused an economic collapse aren’t enough for a pastor to commit a few minutes of a sermon, I’m not sure what would meet his or her criteria.

My pastor has been going over the book of  “One” Peter, and yesterday he covered chapter three, the “wives and husbands” lesson. If you’ve been in the church for a while, you’ve heard this one a hundred or more times already (though I do like hearing a take on it from a non-Baptist preacher). I’m not saying that’s not important to go over, but it’s not timely and can be pushed back a week. Priorities, yo. Put your flock needs over your own. Right now I plan on writing an email to him about this but in a much friendlier and respectful tone.

This has been a story I’ve long been interested in, it had a D.B. Cooper appear to it.

A treasure chest hidden in the Rocky Mountains for a decade has finally been found

  • Forrest Fenn, the 89-year-old art and antiquities collector who created the treasure hunt, made the announcement Sunday on his website. “It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago,” Fenn wrote in his announcement. “I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot.”
  • The treasure was found a few days ago by a man who did not want to be named, Fenn told the Santa Fe New Mexican. He noted, however, that the man was from “back East” and that he confirmed his discovery by sending Fenn a photograph of his newfound riches.
  • The treasure, estimated to be worth over $1 million, was a way for Fenn to inspire people to explore nature and give hope to people affected by the Great Recession, he said.

Here’s the Director of the United States National Economic Council.

Powers Boothe had a cool name.

I’ve heard Bono describe America plenty of times and love how he never loses his enthusiasm.


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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, June 8, 2020

  1. AndreaJN says:

    I think it’s a great idea for confederate statues to be moved to museums and not on public property!

  2. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    I have never been a “burn it all down” kind of person, but there seemed to be some type of justice in the national headquarters of the Daughters of the Confederacy getting torched during recent protests. Their insidious funding of statues on courthouse lawns and public parks over the decades was part of a plan to embed a false narrative regarding the Civil War in the public mind. Now, when folks call out the idiocy of celebrating a native army whose goal was tearing apart our union and supporting slavery (code word used: states rights), they reply it is now part of our heritage and they are only celebrating the “good parts” of that time period. What? Really? I argue with some of my Old South supporter acquaintances about how erecting new statues on public lands to celebrate John Walker Lindh (American Taliban) and Martin James Monti (American who defected to serve in Waffen SS in WW2) is wholly proper if you carry the Confederacy statue argument out. Decision of conscious? Check. Freedom of choice on their part? Check. Representing a segment of the America population, albeit not a popular one? Check. Every one of those statues should be torn down or transferred to private land with private funds. If not, let’s get on my new project of erecting statues to the memory of American colonists who fought on behalf of the British forces during the American revolution and in opposition to George Washington. Makes the same sense in my mind.

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