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Woman Who Texted Her ‘Dad’ Every Day Since He Died Gets Surprise Reply After 4 Years

Chastity Patterson had been texting her dad’s old number for years before she received the surprise message.

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(TMU) — An Arkansas woman who texted the phone number that belonged to her father every day since his death four years ago, received a shock when she received a response from a bereaved man who shared grief quite similar to her own.

Chastity Patterson, a 23-year-old woman from Newport, Arkansas, had been texting her dad’s old number for years before she received the surprise message from a man on the other end.

Patterson was sending her life updates to Jason Ligons, whom she considered a father figure and who had been close to her all her life prior to his passing in 2015. The messages were a means for her to cope with the loss of a man so important to her.

However, the Newport resident had been unknowingly sending messages to a man named Brad, whose daughter died in a 2014 car accident.

On October 25, the four-year anniversary of Ligons’ death, Patterson sent a message to Ligons’ old number.

“Hey Dad it’s ME. Tomorrow is going to be a tough day again.”

Patterson then proceeded to send a lengthy message that explained her recent triumphs in life, including having beaten cancer, graduating from college, and not getting sick since Ligons passed away. She added that she had fallen in love and had her heart broken before joking that Ligons “would have killed him.”

In the message, which was posted on her Facebook page and has been shared over 289,000 times, she wrote:

“I lost all my friends and hit rock bottom, but I found someone who came into my life and saved me!”

She added:

“I’m doing great, you would be so proud of the woman I have become.”

Signing off, she said:

“I just wanted to say I love you and I really do miss you!”

https://www.facebook.com/chastity.patterson/posts/10211925503173276

She then received a surprising and heartwarming reply from Brad, who told her that he had been reading her messages the whole time.

Brad wrote:

“Hi sweetheart, I am not your father, but I have been getting all your messages for the past four years.

I look forward to your morning messages and your nightly updates.

My name is Brad and I lost my daughter in a car wreck August 2014 and your messages kept me alive.

When you text me, I know it’s a message from God.”

He then added:

“I’m sorry you lost someone so close to you, but I have listened to you over the years and I have watched you grow and go through more than anyone.

I have wanted to text you back for years, but I didn’t want to break your heart.

You are an extraordinary woman and I wish my daughter would have become the woman you are.

I’m sorry you have to go through this, but if it makes it any better, I am very proud of you!”

In her post, Patterson said that she saw the response as a “sign that everything is OK,” and she could finally let Ligons go.

In a follow-up post, Patterson explained that while Ligons wasn’t her biological father, he was still the major male figure in her life from a very early age.

https://www.facebook.com/chastity.patterson/posts/10211935324258797

She explained:

“He never missed a school dance, prom, my games and YES he would give me long talks about my mouth and attitude. I had to introduce my boyfriends to him (If I was allowed to date) and he would act like a normal dad and give us the long talk.

I’ve cried with him, told him everything and even became very independent because he took the time to love me and show me what happiness looks like. SO YES Jason was my father but he was a role model for many kids in our town.

I shared my messages for my friends and family to see that there is a God and it might take 4 years, but he shows up right on time!”

https://www.facebook.com/chastity.patterson/posts/10211931076872615

By Elias Marat | Creative CommonsTheMindUnleashed.com

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FBI Seizes Capitol Building LEGO Set From Alleged Rioter’s House

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Many of us know, either from our childhood or even our adulthood, that building and collecting LEGO can be a fun hobby that allows us to tap into our creativity in a relaxing, stress-free way.

But what if someone’s LEGO hobby is something much more nefarious – or even seditious in the eyes of the government?

Such may have been the case when special agents with the FBI confiscated a fully completed LEGO set of the U.S. Capitol Building from the home of Robert Morss, 27, whom they allege participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, according to court documents published by The Smoking Gun.

The large LEGO set is comprised of 1,032 pieces and was released in 2016 and is no longer available for retail. The agents seized the finished set along with other items matching those they believe Morss had in his possession when he allegedly stormed the building – including a neck gaiter, a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, a military-style satchel, a black tourniquet, and military battle dress uniforms.

The documents also note that he “had three different firearms including a handgun, a shotgun and a rifle” in his possession.

According to LEGO, the United States Capitol Building setfocuses on the structure’s neoclassical style facade, steps and lawns” and is “finished with a decorative ‘US Capitol’ nameplate.” In 2019, the product was “retired” – which has less to do with politics and more to do with the limited availability of the company’s unique product lines.

Morss, who is from Pennsylvania, was arrested last month on a range of federal charges. According to the Department of Justice, his alleged crimesinclude assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of an official proceeding; civil disorder; and robbery of personal property of the United States.”

An FBI investigator’s affidavit notes that Morss joined rioters in direct confrontations with officers guarding the Lower West Terrace doors of the Capital in “an intense and prolonged clash between rioters and law enforcement.”

Law enforcement officers claim that they also found a notebook in Morss car that had instructions on a “Step by Step to Create Hometown Militia” that included a list of names, equipment, and sections on “ambush,” “battle drills,” and “formations.” The notebook also contained notes that said “bring assault rifle,” “4 magazines,” and “bring kit/body armor.”

However, the court documents do not indicate whether the LEGO set was deployed in tactical drills prior to the botched uprising.

The DOJ says that roughly 465 individuals have been arrested on charges related the events of Jan. 6.

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Neptune, the Roman God of Water, ‘Emerges’ From Waves in Photo During UK Storm

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If we were to believe our eyes, it would seem that the ancient Roman god of water himself made an appearance on the shores of New Haven, England, on a day of especially rough surf.

What appears to be the “face” of Neptune was captured on Tuesday when photographer Jeff Overs of the BBC was taking photos of waves crashing over the harbor wall in the port city.

Of course, one is free to believe that the ferocious deity emanated from the depths of the sea to remind us puny humans of his wrath.

But alas, it was likely a simple example of pareidolia – the phenomenon of seeing faces and figures in otherwise random or ambiguous everyday objects.

The photographer snapped the shot amid high tide and winds exceeding 50 miles per hour (80km/h), namely because of the violent nature of the shore.

“It’s become a popular location for photographers because the sea ‘boils’ in high wind against the sea wall,” Overs explained.

“The waves splash into the high wind and when blown back occasionally make patterns that look like ghoulish faces.”

Overs added that one of the small foreground waves even resembles a hand – albeit a pareidolic one.

“It’s a straight shot and I haven’t manipulated the image at all,” he added.

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Lunar New Deal: GOP Lawmaker Suggests Altering Moon & Earth’s Orbit to Stop Climate Change

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Texas Republican Congressman Louise Gohmert raised the eyebrows of his Congressional colleagues on Tuesday after seemingly suggesting that climate change could be combatted by changing the orbit of the moon, or even altering “Earth’s orbit around the sun.”

Gohmert, who has been decried as the “dumbest member of Congress” for his past absurdly anti-scientific comments regarding the ongoing pandemic and a number of other issues, has been a vocal opponent of progressive legislators’ attempts to put a “Green New Deal” on the government’s agenda.

However, his apparent suggestion of a “Lunar New Deal” to mitigate global warming could take the cake as his most hare-brained idea yet.

The comments came during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on four pending bills while questioning Jennifer Eberlien of the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, reports NBC.

“I understand, from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the B.L.M. [Bureau of Land Management], you want very much to work on the issue of climate change,” the Texas congressman began.

“I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they’ve found that the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun,” he continued.

“We know there’s been significant solar flare activity,” Gohmert said. “And so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or B.L.M. can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?”

“Obviously that would have profound effects on our climate,” the lawmaker added.

Responding, Eberlein said with a smile: “I would have to follow up with on you on that one, Mr. Gohmert.” 

“If you figure out there’s a way in the forest service you could make that change, I’d like to know,” Gohmert responded, without any trace of irony.

Longtime critics of the conservative legislator were besides themselves with bewilderment and mockery over the out-of-this-world suggestion.

On the opposite side of the aisle California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu suggested that perhaps Marvel Comics superheroine Captain Marvel was up to the task.

“She can alter planetary orbits with her superpowers. I’m going to work on a bipartisan resolution asking for her help,” Lieu wrote on Twitter.

According to NASA, the Earth’s climate has changed throughout history for various reasons, including small variations in the planet’s orbit.

However, the agency’s website notes that this doesn’t discount the fact that anthropogenic or human-caused activities are the culprit of the current warming.

“The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over millennia,” the site says.

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