The Way of The Cross, Good Friday in Sacramento, CA

Today being Good Friday, our family joined other fellow Northern California Christians in Sacramento to join the Way of the Cross Procession. It’s a profoundly inspiring and moving experience from a spiritual perspective and for me, offers an opportunity to celebrate the Catholic history and identity of the state of California.

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The procession route weaves through downtown Sacramento for a little over a mile with stops at the State Capitol building and grounds, culminating with the final station in front of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.  There are only six stations of the cross, and at each station the procession hears gospel readings, reflections and songs.  From a spiritual point of view  the  minor discomfort of walking (and for us, wrangling children!)  along with the physical dynamic of witnessing outside of church makes this a rewarding event.  It is one thing to shuffle along inside of a church doing Stations of the Cross, quite another to literally follow the cross through bustling city blocks.

Sisters of Mercy - Sacramento state Capitol

Though we didn’t stop here, the procession took us near this monument to the Sisters of Mercy tucked away on the northern side of the state Capitol grounds. Did you know that the California state Capitol was built on land that was owned by the sisters? Not only that, but the sisters sold it to the state for the same price they bought it.

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Another stop took us by a statue of Father. Junipero Serra, yet another reminder of California’s Catholic history. For those that don’t know, Father Serra may be canonized by Pope Francis!

IMG_7817This is a shot of the procession heading towards the rose garden. The mood was somber, but there were smiles. The only hostile or combative person we encountered was one bearded fellow who seemingly shook his head in annoyance somewhere near where I snapped this photo. Most onlookers were curious and I saw some state workers tap participants on the shoulder to inquire about what it is that we were doing.

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This station was in the rose garden, a beautiful location for a somber reflection.

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Here is shot of the procession heading towards L street. Not pictured are the media folks taking photos and video footage of us. I think there is coverage on Channel 40 and KCRA if you would like to see more. if I see coverage I’ll update this post! We never made it to the final station, but we did several more than we have in previous years so for that we are grateful. Many thanks to the volunteers laity and religious alike who put time together to organize this event. If you are in Northern California I strongly urge you to celebrate with us next year. God bless you and may your Easter celebrations be filled with awe, appreciation and joy.

Posted in CA, Culture, faith, History, Politics, Religion

Liberal NIMBY Davis, CA Voted Against MRAP, Borrows Two For Armed Standoff

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The progressive, tolerant, forward thinking People’s Republic of Davis voted last year to get rid of their MRAP because “militarization is bad maaaaan!” and last night borrowed two from neighboring cities to protect law enforcement during an armed standoff.

Now let us revisit the wisdom of sage people who knew better than you and spoke out against this horrific death vehicle!

 

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Posted in CA, Politics, West Sacramento

Strongarm – Count The Cost

One of the best Protestant Christian hardcore songs ever! Sending this one out to all my Christian brethren worldwide.

Strongarm – Count The Cost

Count yourselves worthy to suffer loss
Brought down, held back, marvel not that the world hates you
If you were of it, it would hold you high
But as it hated Christ, it hates those that follow Him

Not withholding pride, not withstanding right
Unashamed we rise to the name of Christ
Keep yourselves pure for the renewing of your minds
To be a light in deed and word

For this is life, for this is love
Abiding in the will of the Father
Count the cost, suffering all lost
In the name of Christ take up your cross

Looking to that which is unseen to our eternal hope
Not moved by the things of this world
Our redemption draws near, the end is in sight
Hold true Christian brethren, to these promises of life

Posted in Culture, faith, Music, Religion, You're Moshing

ISIS vs NASCAR? The Tech Behind The “Hacking” of EldoraSpeedway.com

Eldora Speedway is a small racetrack near Cincinnati, OH owned by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. This weekend the site was hacked to display a pro ISIS message.

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When I first heard of this I wondered if a plug-in was to blame, as I don’t really think ISIS are stupid enough to enrage American motorsports fans.

After doing a bit of research, I’m near certain ISIS didn’t target Tony Stewart’s Eldora Raceway, nor two Ohio eateries!

In my line of work, two times is a coincidence  and three times is often a pattern. The Eldora Speedway site and  two other sites  using WordPress were “hacked” by ISIS, and all three sites were using the Fancybox plug-in. The Fancybox plug-in (unless updated or removed) has a huge security vulnerability which is fixable by updating the software. Both eldoraspeedway.com and  montgomeryinn.com have removed the Fancybox plug-in, while moerleinlagerhouse.com opted instead to take their site down.
I know this because I  compared the old (“hacked”) and new source code of eldoraspeedway.com as well as  the old and current source code of montgomeryinn.com . To get the old source code I  used Google’s cache and Notepad ++ to help me compare the code.
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I was unable to find new code for moerleinlagerhouse.com but the cached source code shows it there as well. Bottom line, this “hack” was more than likely just ISIS or ISIS sympathizers  seizing upon a vulnerability and exploiting it rather than a targeted attack. If you have the Fancybox plug-in, update it or remove it right now and if you have any feedback I welcome it in your comments or on the Twitter!

 

 

 

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Posted in Motorsports, Politics, Religion, Technology

Ways To Make White People Take Racism Seriously (and not seriously!)

I storified a series of tweets yesterday from Mr “Crown” where he makes some excellent points. I hope that even if you don’t agree with these positions, that you see where many conservatives are coming from when dealing with issues of race.

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