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Yesterday, 8:41 pmThe Face of Cruelty

The most heart-wrenching of all the Stations of the Cross is this one, where Jesus is being nailed to the cross. We'll have more photos of it at a later date, and especially those of Jesus and His face, but this one is about the soldier who is wielding the hammer.

It's not the most expressive of the bronzes at the Groom Cross, but it is certainly one of the ones that stirs the most emotions in me.

I like to take these sorts of photos when no one is out there; I have to almost lie down along side Jesus to get some of these and I garner enough curious and bemused looks when I'm out there photographing anyway, so....

A closer look shows that the face is much more crudely cast than are the others, but there's no mistaking the emotion shown: cruel glee, taking delight in his task.

That photo disturbs me, and is one of my favorites;  yet, on the other hand, it is one of my least-liked photos I've ever taken there, as is the following. I know that doesn't make much sense and I cannot explain my feelings toward the photos, just as it is hard for me to explain how I feel about this statue.  It's definitely a case of cognitive dissonance.

This one gave me the perspective as if I were the one driving the spikes into His flesh; from an "artsy" and objective perspective, I suppose one might say it is interesting, but it really makes me feel uncomfortable.

I've visited the Groom Cross dozens of times, taken thousands of photos and I have also seen hundreds and hundreds of people who stop and look, many of whom let their dogs out for a walk (on a leash, please) and "constitutional" in the lovely manicured grass around the outer walkways.

Almost every time, especially since I've made a note to watch, the dogs will react to this particular station. Some will bark at it, some will growl and some have to be dragged by their owners to get close to it. I don't know if it's because the life-sized soldier bronze has a weapon, or... something else.

Perhaps I don't like the photos of the cruel centurion because I'm afraid that same look has been seen on my own face; seen by people I least wanted seeing it - by my mother, by the rest of my family, by my friends, by women I've let get close to me and...almost worst of all... by total strangers who were treated with less than respect by me and for no good reason.

How many times have I driven a stake into someone's feelings just because of my own cruel nature? I hope I've managed to atone, to at least apologize to those I could and hope all others have forgiven me or at least let time soften any cruel blows I sent their way. Forgiving myself is much harder, but I'm working on it.

Getting His forgiveness was so easy, though.
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Yesterday, 1:55 pmThey Cast Lots

Note:  This is one of several posts I've made in my Blogger blog about the nearby Cross of Our Lord in Groom, Texas, just off of I-40.  I will try to post more photos over this weekend.

For more information, visit the official website.

While not my "favorite" Station of the Cross at the Groom Cross, the tenth one is an interesting one. I need to take some more photos, some close-ups of the faces.

I've also not taken any good photos of the bronze plaques anchored in blocks of granite around each station. I would like to make a presentation someday of each station and need these all to look somewhat consistent. My best efforts, that is to say, the ones that were the clearest and truest to the actual color, had part of a necessary bit chopped off or had my big feet in them.

Click any photo for a larger view.

There's not a great perspective to take the photo of this station; any more to the right would have the gift shop in the background. As it is, I-40 and at times the traffic can be seen.

The detail is much more impressive as you get closer. I'm sure, since this is a "double" bronze, that it's one of those that (I was told) cost upwards of $30,000.

Jesus, exhausted from the labor of carrying the cross, bleeding from hundreds of cuts from vicious lashings, shows a sad resignation. He knows His greatest torment is yet to come.

The headdress/helmet of the Roman guard is almost comical, but then one's eyes drop to his face.

A mean, cruel face, insensitive to his captive's suffering. The exaggerated wrinkles in his face show a face prone not to laughter, but to sneers and scowls. He loved his horrible job.

And then they gambled for His clothes.
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April 18, 2019, 1:33 pmKnock Out Punch

The fight went on far longer than anyone expected, what with the referee obviously being biased towards the Democrats and even with the scorers giving points for low blows against Trump, a knock out punch settled the match in the late rounds.

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April 18, 2019, 11:51 amHorrifying Last Moments

Man records last moments of his life.

Truly horrifying at the end of the clip;  do not watch if you have a faint heart!

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April 17, 2019, 9:15 pmAmazing Restraint

I will admit I definitely do not have the temperament to be an LEO.

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April 17, 2019, 8:28 pmDefinitely Not Quasimodo

Not sure about the validity of this video or when it was taken, but it shows a lone figure walking around the balcony of Notre Dame.

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April 16, 2019, 10:09 pmThe Notre Dame Fire

More about fake news than the fire but very enlightening nonetheless.


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April 16, 2019, 7:37 pm10 Ways the Government Wasted Your Money

Actually, the full title of the video is "10 Ridiculous Ways the Government Wasted Your Money" but "someone" has to economize, right? I'm just tryin' to save Todd a kb or two of server space.

Besides, "ridiculous" is redundant when government, wasted and money are all used in the same sentence.

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April 12, 2019, 12:09 pmA Parade of Idiots

Too much to re-post in its entirety and besides that, there's too much idiocy to choose from.

Read the entire thing at MOTUS A.D. Won't take long, but that's not including any pauses for fits of laughter.

The 21st Century Weaponized ‘Tactile’ Parade of Idiots

First off, there's Mad Max, the hateful idiot who serves on the Financial Services Committee, proving she has very little grasp on the subject of finance. I'd like to have a peek at her checkbook, see how she manages her own finances. She's probably like my ex-wife: "I can't be overdrawn...I still have some checks left!"

Then there's A O-C, the clueless idiot who accuses a bank of caging children. She is the poster child for idiocy. 'Nuff said.

Bringing up the rear - on several levels - is Kirsten Gillibrand, the functional illiterate idiot running for President, who does not know the difference between "tactile" and "tactical". God help the world if she's ever in charge of of "the football". I don't even remember G.W. Bush making that type of malapropism when talking about "nuke-u-lur" weapons.

The 21st Century Weaponized ‘Tactile’ Parade of Idiots

Take a short amount of your time to read this and if you don't bust a gut laughing, then I'll use AO-C 's math and give you five minutes out of my time, 'kay?

Last Edited: April 12, 2019, 12:17 pm

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April 11, 2019, 11:50 pmAO-C Visits Texas

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April 9, 2019, 7:07 pmAO-C's Best Interview Ever

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April 8, 2019, 5:54 pmAOC is a Complete Idiot

That's not exactly news, but I just love seeing her ridiculed at every turn.

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April 8, 2019, 12:44 pmCartogram

An interesting example of a cartogram.

From the website:

A cartogram is a map in which a variable of interest (e.g. population, income) is substituted for area. In this case, we've taken the population of each US state as determined by the census, conducted every decade.

The animation below illustrates high-level trends that have happened in the United States over its lifetime, such as a general migration westward. Click "Replay" on the left side in order to watch the animation again, or click any of the year labels on the right to navigate directly to a certain year.

US Population Trends Over The Last 220 Years [Cartogram]
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April 4, 2019, 5:17 amAnother Day in Trump's America

And this pretty well sums it up. 

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April 1, 2019, 12:08 amApril Fool's Food Pranks

The Best April Fools’ Food Pranks

The Brussels sprout lollipop for kids seems a little too cruel (I'd want mine cooked!), but the rest are pretty funny.

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