Scandal Hits Saudi Beauty Pageant: Camel Contestants Banned After Botox Makes Them Artificially More ‘Beautiful’

SAY WHAT?

At first I thought that perhaps I was reading from the satirical website “The Onion.” But nope – this is from one of our Conservative favorites – Western Journal.

I don’t know about you, but I sure needed to laugh today…….

From westernjournal.com

Do camel lips look better with Botox?

Apparently so, based on the latest beauty pageant scandal.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency has reported shameful goings-on that have marred the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival by lifting the veil on dirty tricks used by the unscrupulous in pursuit of the perfect camel, according to an Associated Press report on Dec. 8.

The festival — which started early this month, lasts 40 days and is held near Riyadh — is a big deal, with $66 million in prize money for those who have made camel beauty a wonder to behold.

According to CNN, organizers have dealt with 147 cases of camel tampering this year — the largest number since the festival began in 2016. Forty-three contestants have been disqualified, because of Botox injections and other artificial alterations.

With that much at stake, it’s no surprise that in the quest to please judges grading the delicate shape of a camel’s head, neck, hump and other criteria, some owners will cross the line.

This year, cheating has been as prevalent as sand flies, it seems.

According to CNN, organizers have dealt with 147 cases of camel tampering this year — the largest number since the festival began in 2016. Forty-three contestants have been disqualified, because of Botox injections and other artificial alterations.

The list of sins sounds painful.

According to festival officials, rule-breakers stretched out the noses and lips of camels, used hormones to give their animals bigger muscles, injected Botox on heads and lips, inflated unnamed body parts with rubber bands, and used fillers to relax camel faces, the AP reported.Advertisement – story continues below

The deception was uncovered by using technology to scan the camels to detect where breeders had decided a nip here and a tuck there.

The heads, necks and torsos of every animal were scanned with X-ray and 3D ultrasound machines, while samples were taken for genetic tests, according to the BBC.

“The club is keen to halt all acts of tampering and deception in the beautification of camels,” the Saudi Press Agency report said, adding that organizers would “impose strict penalties on manipulators.”

The competition is keen because not only do breeders rake in cash prizes, they can get higher prices when they sell their beasts.

To the untrained eye, one hump might look just like another, but high-bred camels are a major industry in Saudi Arabia. About 1.5 million camels are microchipped, the SPA said.

Jason Baker, senior vice president of PETA Asia, called the contest  a “cruel farce.”

“Subjecting any animal to a cosmetic procedure, from ear cropping to de-clawing, de-horning and filler injections, is hideously cruel and shows the humans who use such tactics to be extremely ugly,” he said, according to the BBC.

The camel festival is the largest in the world, with about 33,000 camel owners participating. Source

All I have to say is that these people are MESHUGGE! <Yiddish for Crazy> But this was just the story I needed to read today.

Felt great to laugh

Haggai 1:5 – Consider Your Ways

Gary W. Ritter

(Haggai 1-2; Revelation 16)

Because of who God is, from the beginning of the world He has been a shining example to all creation.  He is the personification of love, and of the Father who will do anything for His children.  From the earth’s inception, He determined that He would die for them to demonstrate this love.  But His immense love also demands that He discipline His progeny so as to keep them from harm and to influence others from straying off the path of righteousness.  It is why – when they chose to sin – He had to rebuke and punish them.

Surely the heavenly host knew all these things.  They had been with Him since creation and had been at His side during that process.  We know this from Job 38:6-7 in His speaking of this marvelous creative process:

“On what were its bases sunk,

    or who laid its cornerstone,

when the morning stars sang together

    and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

God’s divine sons knew of His power, and they knew of His humility.  They had been with Him, interacted relationally with Him, and observed who He was.  Despite this, something rose up in His heavenly offspring that prompted rebellion.

The first rebellion was Satan’s in the Garden that we see in Genesis 3:1:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

The second rebellion occurred in the Genesis 6:1-4 account:

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

The sons of God thought they could make better offspring than their Father.  It resulted in disaster.

Once more rebellion took place among the bene Elohim following the disobedience of man at the Tower of Babel.  Deuteronomy 32:8 (ESV) tells us:

When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,

    when he divided mankind,

he fixed the borders of the peoples

    according to the number of the sons of God.

This third rebellion occurred when these sons took it upon themselves to lord it over the nations and to set up shop as gods over the peoples they were supposed to point back to Yahweh in Israel.  We know of this extreme disobedience because of God’s immense displeasure at them noted in Psalm 82:6-7:

I said, “You are gods,

    sons of the Most High, all of you;

nevertheless, like men you shall die,

    and fall like any prince.”

The puzzling thing is why such rebellion occurred among these most privileged of beings.  They had it all in their spiritual home, yet felt they needed something more.  Their hearts were deceived.  Because of this, they chose to walk away from their Father’s goodness.  How so?

They interacted with humanity in such a way that lifted themselves above man; something    God never intended.  For some reason they decided that they could do a better job of being god than God.  Their pride and arrogance in these various rebellious endeavors grew to such extremes that they corrupted all that Yahweh had made good.  Just as God subsequently advised His people in Haggai 1:5:

Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways.

… so He certainly made it clear to His heavenly sons the true ways of God.

How did He do this?

He sent His One and only begotten Son to earth as an example to man and the divine.  He came in the form of a lowly human being who had nothing more than God’s very own attributes.  Philippians 2:6-11 recounts this for us about Jesus:

… who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Rather than elevating Himself above man as His disobedient sons did, Jesus did exactly the opposite so all above the earth, on the earth, and beneath the earth would know the truth of God.

And so it is on the Christmas day that we can exalt Him above all.  As Isaiah 9:6 declares:

For to us a child is born,

    to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

    and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

How marvelous that our God is not like all the pretenders to the throne over the ages.  Knowing this, should we not, just as He counseled the people in Haggai’s day, consider [our] ways?

To echo Oswald Chambers from My Utmost for His Highest:

“Let’s bless Jesus Christ this Christmas and in the coming year by surrendering our lives fully to Him and acknowledging that the most important time of every day is the time we spend with Him.”


The Lord put it on my heart this year to write a daily essay relating to my practice of Reading Through the Bible in a Year.  Last year, that resulted in my producing the Awaken Bible Study Notes, a 4-volume set correlating with each quarter’s readings.  This year in my writings, truly through the grace of God, I’m producing the 4-volume Awaken Bible Commentary and Reflections series.  Volume 1, which covers January – March (Genesis 1 – Judges 5; Matthew 1 – Luke 7), is now available on Amazon in both paper and Kindle e-book formats at this link:

Awaken Bible Commentary and Reflections series Volume 1

If these daily writings have been a blessing to you, I hope that you’ll acquire this first book and the subsequent ones as I finish editing them.  My intent in all I write is to bring God the glory and to make His people think.  As in the Study Notes from last year, the Commentary and Reflections delve into the prophetic and supernatural nature of God’s Word, a combination you simply won’t find elsewhere.  They attempt to show the parallels to our times and the peril from the past when God’s people turn away from Him and His commands.  Scripture is very much a blueprint for today.

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is a Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has written many other Christian thrillers that will challenge you, and which you can learn about at his website: www.GaryRitter.com.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  You can also watch Gary’s video Bible teachings on Rumble at his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.

Biden Bans Conservatives and Christians from the Military: The Memos From his Handlers Keep Coming In

By Daniel Greenfield

In Disloyal: How the Military Brass is Betraying Our Country, the David Horowitz Freedom Center had warned that the Countering Extremist Activity Working Group imposed by the Biden administration and headed by Bishop Garrison (pictured above), a racist who constantly accused Republicans of racism for the most frivolous reasons, was preparing to purge conservatives from the military.

Now the purge has arrived.

The first task of Garrison’s CEWG was to develop a new definition of extremism. The newly added definition, which takes effect immediately, doesn’t actually define extremism. Since extremism is inherently relative to someone else’s moderation, it can’t be legally defined. But the CEWG’s definition was cunningly written to target conservatives and protect leftists.

The majority of the definitions are already covered by existing military codes and laws against terrorism and treason. The only real addition here is the final definition of “extremism activities” which includes, “advocating widespread unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, or sexual orientation.”

The wording initially appears generic, but it’s actually written to provide military leaders with a wide latitude for targeting conservatives while exempting black nationalists like Garrison.

Racism is defined only in terms of “advocating discrimination” and only “unlawful discrimination”, unlike affirmative action or the discriminatory policies of the CEWG. This is in line with the leftist claim that racism can only be defined in terms of the power to discriminate and that therefore minority racists aren’t racist. Service members can be fans of black hate groups that promote racist hatred of white people because only advocacy for “unlawful discrimination” matters.

The new Department of Defense policy “prohibits active participation in extremist activities and clearly defines what we mean by the term extremist activities,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby falsely claimed. It actually defines almost nothing and that enables it to outlaw nearly anything.

Would Christians who oppose gay marriage fall afoul of this policy? Is anyone who donates to a church that advocates against gay marriage now deemed an “active participant” in “extremism”?

Biden’s definition of active participation includes, “fundraising for, or making personal contributions through donations of any kind (including but not limited to the solicitation, collection, or payment of fees or dues) to, a group or organization that engages in extremist activities.” Potentially donating to a traditionally biblical church or synagogue would mean violating the Biden administration’s new guidelines against active participation in extremism.

The result would almost certainly be a federal case that the Biden administration would lose, but how many members of the military want to spend years of their lives fighting for their careers?

The Biden administration’s leftist radicals are out to intimidate and they may well succeed.

It goes without saying that counterterrorism researchers warning about the national security threat of Islamization would be punished, and that any service members who support or interact with a whole range of such organizations, including the Freedom Center and Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch are at risk. But so would a majority of service members who are at all conservative.

Garrison’s definition of extremism includes advocating for “discrimination” against “gender identity” which means that anyone opposed to teenage girls being forced to shower with men is now accused of being an extremist and that supporting virtually any conservative group effectively makes a member of the military into an “active participant” in “extremist activities”.

The purge goes even further, reaching out to punish anyone who engages “in electronic and cyber activities regarding extremist activities, or groups that support extremist activities – including posting, liking, sharing, re-tweeting, or otherwise distributing content”.

A service member who “likes” a Facebook post from a conservative group is now an “active participant” in “extremist activities”.

What about opposition to abortion?

The Garrison definition of extremism includes advocating for discrimination based on ”sex (including pregnancy)”. The pregnancy part of this might be an effort to silence military critics of pregnant women serving in combat roles. That’s another example of how the Biden political purge is meant to silence legitimate objections to absurd woke policies like the Navy’s new maternity flight suits. But it could be used to suppress pro-life views and church membership.

The question of whether the Equal Rights Amendment’s “on account of sex” language would protect abortion and enshrine it into the Constitution has been at the heart of the debate over the amendment. State ERAs have already been used to define opposition to abortion as a form of discrimination on account of sex.

The Countering Extremist Activity Working Group’s inclusion of ”sex (including pregnancy)” would potentially open the door to branding any member of the military who personally opposes abortion, donates to an anti-abortion group, or just a traditional church, or even likes a Facebook post by a pro-life group as an “active participant” in “extremism”.

Defenders of Biden’s military purge will insist that these are unlikely scenarios. Right up until the point where they begin happening. There is nothing in the wording of these new definitions of “extremism” and “active participation” to prevent service members from being targeted because of their membership in a traditional church or their conservative religious views. And since the military has traditionally received more leeway in restricting religious expression, court battles over these issues should not be viewed as a foregone conclusion. Furthermore the existence of these codes create an intimidating effect that suppresses speech and religious expression.

Exactly as they were designed to do.

“One extremist is one too many,” Bishop Garrison had contended. The new definition is meant to screen out everyone whom Garrison, a supporter of black supremacists like Ta-Nehisi Coates and of extremist agendas like the 1619 Project, disagrees with. That means all conservatives.

Garrison, who defended bigots and extremists like Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and falsely accused Gov. Ron DeSantis of racism, has been allowed to impose his own discriminatory regime on the military.

And that must not be allowed to stand.

The new purge “preserves a service member’s right of expression to the extent possible”, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby argued. That statement is as un-American as it gets.

There will almost certainly be legal battles over this, but it will be on Congress and the next administration to make it clear to future military leaders that they must rescind or at least dramatically revise Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1325.06 if they want to lead.

And any presidential candidate or congressional member must commit to opposing any military leader who does not agree to remove DoDI 1325.06 and protect political and religious liberty.

The military leaders complicit in this disgrace are the products of Democrat and Republican administrations. If conservatives don’t firmly demand and hold presidential and congressional candidates accountable for undoing this, the radicals will take over the military the way that they control academia, the media, and the corporate spheres. That means ignoring the happy talk, the virtue signaling, the empty distractions, and demanding that the politicians actually do it.

The military is the most conservative branch of the government. The purge of conservatives from the military is a political coup. Under the guise of outlawing discrimination, the Biden administration is engaging in the most dangerous and pervasive discrimination imaginable.

This is a critical threat. It’s one that the David Horowitz Freedom Center took the lead in warning against. Now that it’s embedded in the military, the career brass that the DHFC warned against in Disloyal: How the Military Brass is Betraying Our Country will do everything possible to retain it even under another Republican administration. The leaders, as we’ve warned, have to go.

New leaders must commit to a merit-based military free of discriminatory “equity” measures and political purges that is built from the ground up to fight and to win for America.

Or else we will have lost the military and the war.

***We may lose the military, brethren, but we have already WON the war against satan. We will be with our Lord Jesus FOREVER and satan and his minions will be cast into the Lake of Fire along with those who have rejected our Savior.

Are YOU bound for hell?

HOW CAN I BE SAVED?

MARANATHA!