This category includes personal thoughts about different topics in a creative hodge-podge of interesting- though-unrelated topics. From Biblical archaeology to politics to simply thinking-out-loud or sharing recent activities, you will find it here.
On my mind right now..
September 12, 2020: Foreign Journalists in China Face Additional Scrutiny, Detentions, Expulsion
According to taipeitimes.com, the situation for foreign journalists in China has “markedly deteriorated” under President Xi Jinping. Politically, China is willing “to not only expel people, but also use them as bargaining chips in hostage diplomacy.” Thus, depending on the intention of the Chinese government, foreign journalists may be either expelled or retained against their will.
The article quotes the Foreign Correspondents Club of China as stating the new atmosphere in China “now amount to circumstances that make it ‘untenable to remain in the country.'” The two newest examples are Australian journalists Bill Birtles and Mike Smith, respectively operating in Beijing and Shanghai. Each received middle-of-the-night “visits” from groups of state security officers allegedly regarding “a matter of national security.” Each of them was also placed under an “exit ban,” described as usually reserved for “lawyers and dissidents” desiring to leave China.
Abcnews.go.com added to their story by stating that after questioning, Both Birtles and Smith “sheltered in Australian diplomatic compounds.” Earlier in the month, Australian reporter Cheng Lei, had been taken into custody. Chinese officials strongly criticized the sheltering actions, denouncing them as completely exceeding “the scope of consular protection and is in fact is interference in a Chinese legal case.”
Abc.net.au reported that China is currently 177 out of 180 “countries on the RFS world press freedom index — only Eritrea, Turkmenistan, and North Korea are ranked lower.”
September 2, 2020: How Did I Overlook This Little Tidbit About BLM and George Soros?
Was this published during our garage sale weekend in June? This is a very interesting little tidbit, well worth sharing.
As stated in dailywire.com, Rapper Lord Jamal has stated that he did not support Black Lives Matter “because it isn’t our movement.” He further elaborated that “it was given to us by George Soros and his…boys. Because they saw how things were going and they didn’t want to go back to the 60s to where we started having our own organic movements. That was a big…problem for them. So let’s give the people a movement that we can control.”
August 28, 2020: SkyDrive Flying Car Completes Four-Minute Milestone, Capable of Ten Minutes
I found this vehicle to be a little reminiscent of Luke Skywalker’s flying transportation on Tatooine! Pretty amazing.
According to foxbusiness.com, “SkyDrive Inc. announced Friday that it carried out a successful test flight with one person aboard, releasing images of a contraption with propellers lifted several feet off the ground that hovered in a netted area for four minutes.” The company’s CEO, Tomohiro Fukuzawa, is quoted as saying, “Of the world’s more than 100 flying car projects, only a handful have succeeded with a person on board. I hope many people will want to ride it and feel safe.”
The Development Bank of Japan has infused 3.9 billion yen (about $37) into the project in the last years, when its initial demonstration flight is described by the article as having gone “poorly.”
Forbes.com described the vehicle as being a “single-seater SD-03 flying car prototype,” with commercialization hoped to begin in 2023. The article further describes that it used “its four pair of propellers to lift off and cruise at an altitude of about 6 feet in a heavily fenced off test area.” Designed by Yakumi Yamamoto, SkyDrive’s additional partners include Toyota; Obayashi, a construction company; NEC, electronics; and Eneos, heavily invested in petroleum.
August 15, 2020: The Eagle Has Landed…and It’s Taking Out Drones
Wow, finding two smile-makers in one day doesn’t happen very often…
Theblaze.com referenced an article relating to a Michigan Dept. of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy quadcopter which “was mapping shoreline erosion near Michigan’s Upper Penninsula on July 21.” It was summarily “disabled after seven minutes in flight and at an altitude of 162-feet because of a devastating airstrike by a bald eagle.”
While the eagle flew away apparently unharmed, “The drone landed somewhere in Lake Michigan and sank to the bottom.”
I’m still chuckling…but there’s more, and this is really interesting: while this particular Michigan eagle took his perceived responsibility of destroying the “invading” drone quite seriously, police in the Netherlands launched a program in 2016 to “tackle the increasing number of drones invading the Dutch skies,” using trained eagles, according to bbc.com.
However, the intent was not necessarily drone destruction, as police spokesman Dennis Janus is quoted by the article as stating, “The eagles see the drones as prey and intercept them as they are flying, before landing where they feel safe with the drone still in their claws.” According to an early-2016 livescience.com post, “The program was tested and developed in partnership with Guard from Above (GFA), a Dutch company located in the Hague that specializes in training large, predatory birds to “hunt” and subdue their robotic prey.”
Unfortunately, the program was terminated one year later. According to thebright.com, eagles apparently have a relatively short temper, as it reported “Eagles who cannot catch a specific prey can often become frustrated and attack whatever else they can find.” In addition, theverge.com reported that training the birds “was more expensive and complicated than they anticipated.”
August 15, 2020: Antifa Goes to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally…What an Inspired Idea…
This article, catching my attention through a tweet posted on Mark Levin’s feed, started my Sunday morning off with a laugh.
As reported by powerlineblog.com, “Earlier today. a handful of Antifa goofs decided to take their anti-American schtik to the annual bikers’ rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. If this sounds like a bad idea to you, you are right…police officers protected the Antifas and escorted them away safely.”
So the Defund-the-Police crowd hid behind the Sturgis police so they could shout their political message…in the midst of thousands of bikers who were described as “commendably well-behaved.”
The final line of the article points out, “Sturgis is no doubt more typical of America than Portland, Seattle or Minneapolis.”
No doubt, indeed. This little article will give me a day full of chuckles. Language warning if you watch the second video–humorous, but not G-rated.
August 5, 2020: More Than ‘Mysterious Seeds’ Arriving from China; May be a ‘Brushing Scam,” Report to Authorities
All right, my ignorance was really on full display, as I read about this…a “brushing scam,” to me, would represent a toothpaste or toothbrush with fewer benefits than actually promoted or advertised….but apparently the term currently has a far more nefarious reference.
As discussed by newsweek.com, “It’s not just seeds — Americans are receiving all kinds of unsolicited packages from China, containing items ranging from fake Ray-Ban glasses to a pair of used socks.” The article defines a “brushing scam” as “sellers sending unsolicited items (which are typically light easy to ship) and then post fake customer reviews to boost sales.”
I have one question regarding this explanation…if the customer reviews are fake…what on earth is the advantage to send something unwanted to someone uninterested to create a fraudulent “review” that may never be read? Obviously there will be no verification of either the recipient or the product — so why bother?
The USDA has taken an appropriately serious stance, however, warning people not to plant any of the seeds they may have received. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture, responding to its residents who were among the first to receive such seed shipments, is quoted by theblaze.com as stating, “Our concern is from an invasive pest aspect: these seeds could introduce an invasive weed or an invasive insect pest or a plant disease.” Prior to the warnings, a Booneville, Arkansas resident actually did plant the seeds, which resulted in large orange flowers and a large, bulbous fruit/vegetable which has since been removed by the Department of Agriculture for analysis.
In a curious rebuttal of sorts, newsweek.com reported on July 28 that China “asked the U.S. on Tuesday to return mystery seeds, that were shipped to several U.S. states, so that they can conduct an investigation into the origins.” The article states that Wang Wenbin, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, declared “China Post strictly follows the UPU (Universal Postal Union) provisions and prohibits seeds from conveyance by Post USPS (United States Postal Service)” Wenbin further stated that “following ‘verification’ with the China post, the address labels on the seeds ‘turned out to be fake ones with erroneous layouts and entries.’
The nytimes.com stated on July 26 that a full 27 states had issued warnings not to plant the seeds. On August 3, newsweek.com shared the analysis from a representative of the USDA, who said, “We have identified 14 species of seeds…including mustard, morning glory, and some of the herbs like mint, safe rosemary and lavender…and other seeds like hibiscus and roses.”
Ray Walsh of ProPrivacy warned Newsweek in its August 5 article that “If you receive a brushing parcel it is vital you hand it to the police so that they can forward it to the US postal inspector’s office for the purpose of tracking where it came from.” He is also quoted as saying, “Anybody who receives an unexpected package needs to be aware that their data is being misused by the seller.”
August 2, 2020: Nancy Pelosi Diss-es Hydroxychloroquine but Promotes Marijuana for COVID Treatment — Are You Kidding Me?
Well, imagine this — marijuanamoment.com is all over supporting Speaker Pelosi’s recommendation!! The headline hit me as so totally outrageous I quickly looked to see if more than one news outlet was carrying the story…and sure enough it could be found on several different forums. As if the world could actually get any weirder….
According to westernjournal.com, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who in May mocked President Donald Trump over the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, on Friday said cannabis is a ‘proven’ remedy.”
The comments came during a July 31, 2020 interview with The Hill, from which thehill.com quoted Speaker Pelosi’s full statement: “I don’t agree with you that cannabis is not related to this. This is a therapy that has been proven successful.” The article additionally points out that the Speaker was “defending the marijuana provisions in the Democrats’ most recent round of coronavirus relief.”
Part of Pelosi’s argument was apparently based on the fact that during the COVID-19 shutdown, cannabis businesses were deemed “essential.” As discussed by miamiherald.com, “The provision would have allowed legal marijuana businesses to work with banking service. Cannabis businesses have been deemed ‘essential’ during the pandemic but aren’t eligible for Small Business Administration loans.”
Executive Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association Aaron Smith is quoted in the same article as stating, “Our industry employs hundreds of thousands of Americans and has been deemed ‘essential’ in most states. It’s critically important that essential cannabis workers are not exposed to unnecessary health risks due to outdated federal banking regulations.”
Seriously? Concern about “unnecessary health risks” in an industry based around a Schedule 1 drug? The irony is overwhelming. Yes, this is the same industry whose product remains listed on the DEA’s (Drug Enforcement Administration) Controlled Substance Act as a “Schedule 1 Drug,” defined as having “a high potential for abuse and the potential to create severe psychological and/or physical dependence.”
There is a small kernel of truth to all this however: according to a cbsnews.com article on July 18, “Experts from the University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute are recommending that scientists study the anti-inflammatory properties in CBD as a potential treatment for lung inflammation caused by the coronavirus.” The article additionally states, “There is no scientific evidence that cannabis or its compounds can help with COVID-19 specifically.”
Emily Earlenbaugh, co-founder of Mindful Cannabis Consulting, joined the discussion with CBS News and is quoted in the article as advocating for CBD’s properties that counteract the “cytokines storm” sometimes occurring in severe COVID-19 cases. She is quoted as stating the CBD “is known from previous research as an IL-6 cytokine inhibitor.” Nevertheless, Earlenbaugh warned that she recommended “caution against using cannabis as a treatment from COVID-19” at this stage of exploration.
July 17, 2020: Are You Ready for the Next 3 1/2 Months of Deception?
This linked-to article is not worth the internet space it used…except for one very important detail — and that is, the prevalence and deliberate nature of deception from now until November, election day. We all need to be on the alert with our “truth sensors” constantly in the “on” position.
As it is so easy to do, a man described as a “Democratic operative” by theblaze.com, sent a photo and caption via Twitter, reading, “Captured today at 10:45AM — Ted Cruz on a commercial air flight, refusing to wear a mask.”
Shortly afterwards, another tweet was sent by a different person, showing Ted Cruz wearing a mask, with the caption, “Spotted: Ted Cruz wearing a mask on a plane when he isn’t drinking coffee.” American Airlines completed a “review of the incident” in which it determined that yes, Senator Cruz had been wearing a mask in conformance with policy, removing it only to drink his cup of coffee.
This is such “small potatoes” it is insane…and yet a constant barrage of half-truths can easily redirect public perception and form lasting public opinion.
June 29, 2020: AI “Lifeguard” Can Monitor Hundreds of Swimmers, Vast Expanses of Beach
This article caught my eye because it was pleasant to read a story about the beach and swimmers without having the words “COVID,” or “distancing,” in it! According to breakingisraelnews.com, “A new artificial intelligence-based (AI) system, Sightbit,…helps lifeguards monitor thousands of swimmers and identify risky situations and other water hazards.”
Sightbit was founded two years ago by a team of four graduates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba. The system is designed to “help lifeguards monitor thousands of swimmers and identify risky situations and other water hazards.”
The article states that Sightbit developers “bring together expertise in machine learning, business management, and communications to develop drowning-prevention technology. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority is designating Palmachim National Park in Rishon Lezion the country’s “smart beach.” By implementing a “system of beach cameras,” the human lifeguards will receive “a panoramic view of the water, the beach and the swimmers,” while the AI “lifeguards” analyze threats “such as a rip current or a child alone in the water.”
June 5, 2020: Trump Administration Ends Research Utilizing Aborted Fetal Tissue
As reported by freebeacon.com, “The Trump Administration announced on Wednesday it will end future research conducted with fetal tissue from aborted babies. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also announced it would not renew a multi-million dollar partnership with the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) that funded the use of body parts obtained from aborted babies for medical research into diseases such as HIV and Zika.”
The President cited that “Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death” was a “very top priority” in his Administration. While UCSF called the move as undermining “scientific discovery,” Dr. David Prentice of Charlotte Lozier Institute “pointed to adult stem cells and other research techniques have already yielded effective treatments for patients.”
June 4, 2020: New Study States 58% Americans Have No Belief in “Absolute Moral Truth”
According to christianheadlines.com, a recent 2,000-person survey released by George Barna revealed that “A total of 58% of U.S. adults agreed that ‘identifying moral truth is up to each individual; there are no moral absolutes that apply to everyone, all the time.”
According to the statistics, church attendees who identified themselves as Evangelical, Pentecostal, and born-again Christians were most likely to answer “God” to the question regarding “the basis of truth.” People who identified with “Republican” or “conservative” stated that “God is the basis of truth.” Those who identified as “Democrat” or “liberal” responded in far fewer numbers with a “God” choice.
The Arizona Christian University Cultural Research Center provided their findings to George Barna, who is the Director of Research at the Center. The article did not state any criteria used for choosing the 2,000 people who participated in the survey.
May 21, 2020: Churches Still Closed…One Burned to the Ground, California Churches Unite to Celebrate Live Services for Pentecost, May 31
As reported by theblaze.com, The First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs in Mississippi steadfastly refused to close during the COVID-10 pandemic, and is now the victim of arson. Pastor Jerry Waldrop has stated the church intends to rebuild on the same site, even as legal counsel for the church is quoted in the article as pointing out the church’s stay-open choice was “sort of stirring up the waters by being outspoken and somewhat firm about seeking to protect their Constitutional rights.”
According to cbn.com on May 13, California’s Governor Newsom chose to include churches returning to on-site live services as “stage 3” in the reopening process, “which could be weeks or months from now.” Also reported is that Sacramento federal Judge John Mendez “ruled that Newsom has the right to temporarily ban church gatherings for the sake of public health.” This notwithstanding, CBN reports that “Nearly 500 pastors are preparing to open their doors on Sunday, May 31, whether or not they have guidance from the state.”
That number has been growing. On May 21, charismanews.com shared that “More than 1,200 pastors say they will resume in-person services on May 31 in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order…” Also reported is that the 1,200 pastors signed “a declaration of essentiality” and announced their plans to reopen to live services May 31, while also including plans for “observing physical distancing and other precautions.” Attorney Robert Tyler is quoted as saying he expected “as many as 3,000 churches across California” will be holding live services.
On May 19, apnews.com revealed that Governor Newsom received a letter from Eric S.. Dreiband of the federal Justice Departments Civil Rights Division, which stated “Simply put, there is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights.” The letter further states that an “unfair burden” had been placed on churches, given that they are not included in phase two, as are “restaurants and other secular businesses.”
UPDATE: May 22, President Trump announced at a news briefing that “Today, I’m identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues, and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services.” He is quoted by fox59.com as stating, “These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united.”
May 7, 2020: Canoe Successfully Grown from Mushrooms
I stopped to read this story because the thought of a “mushroom canoe” seemed quite humorous to me and any current “break for a smile” is definitely a positive in these tense times. The article was actually published on April 25, but I wanted to share it here.
According to goodnewsnetwork.org, Katy Ayers received a “small grant” from the university she attended in Columbus, Nebraska, which focused her to “pursue a mushroom-oriented climate change solution.” As an outdoors-loving Nebraskan, she said she had always “loved to fish and wanted a boat.” So she decided to apply her knowledge and experimentation with mycelium to the task of “growing” a boat.
According to the article, the project went spectacularly well as she created a wire canoe frame, and “since mycelium can bind and form around a given skeleton,” Katy stepped back and allowed it to end up forming a 100-lb. (when dried), perfectly functional canoe. Yes, they show a picture of her using it!
Mycelium is currently being studied for a variety of different applications. In June, 2018, wasterush.info stated that benefits of using mycelium in certain construction applications included the natural termite-proofing it offered, plus use “as an alternative insulation material for buildings.” In 2018, sciencedirect.com published an Abstract discussing the benefits of utilizing mycelium “as a sustainable alternative for polystyrene.”
May 2, 2020: New York Times Calls for the DNC to Investigate Joe Biden…Very Curious
Bright and early this Saturday morning I received a phone news alert stating that the New York Times was calling for the DNC to investigate “into Biden sexual assault claims.” I found this quite unusual, and remarkable in the fact that OTHER news networks were considering it “news” that the NYT would do so.
I find it unlikely that this leopard would change its spots. The NYT has chosen to promote liberalism and progressivism as being positive forces, while conservatism has been generally viewed and portrayed negatively for the last several years. Other voices are mocking the call-to-investigate, assuming that the result will be a slam dunk in protecting Joe Biden and possibly even eliminating incriminating evidence. But I have a different take.
It crossed my mind that perhaps the NYT is viewing Biden’s growing crisis as their opportunity…and not wanting to “let a good crisis go to waste,” they threw in their voice towards a full investigation not to cover-up, but perhaps to actually expose. Joe Biden was not their chosen candidate just three months ago. To be specific, the New York Times editorial board chose both Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren as the best choices for Democratic nominee, citing each candidate’s willingness to be “carrying out a progressive agenda.” The editorial board described Biden as having reached that time “to pass the torch to a new generation of political leaders.”
I will be very interested in seeing where the New York Times’ influence on this subject will lead.
April 27, 2020: So Just Why Would Bill Gates Say That?
I don’t think much about Bill Gates. We aren’t part of the Gates’ dinner circuit, and I don’t pay much attention to his trillionaire comings-and-goings. But I have always considered him an incredible businessman, admirable philanthropist, an astute and intelligent fellow all around; at least one online biography quotes him as having qualified for Harvard in the early 1970’s with an SAT score of “1590 out of 1600.”
So this article made me wonder why Gates would make the statements he made…and as link led to link, I found myself actually quite astonished by the things I discovered.
According to dailywire.com on April 26, in an interview question from CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Bill Gates stated, “Like any country where a virus shows up, they can look back and see where they missed some things.” A perfectly reasonable statement to make, and the content of which different Trump Administration or medical community members have referenced to one degree or another.
The only problem with the statement is that Gates made it in defense of China, not America. Of America’s response, he is quoted as saying, “It’s sad that even the U.S., that you would have expected to do this well, did it particularly poorly.”
Well, what a surprise — theblaze.com reported a day later (4/27) that “Almost immediately after the interview, Gates’ remarks in defense of China were promoted by Chinese state propagandists.” In addition, when Zakaria presented Gates with the question regarding whether or not China should “be held accountable in some way,” he was dismissive, stating he didn’t think any discussion of that “was a timely thing.”
So….it does suggest the question, why would Bill Gates say that? I won’t pretend to have “the scoop of the decade” in having discovered the exact answer. But I did learn a lot of very interesting China-and-Bill related information that might help fill in part of the picture.
In 2009, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a “partnership” with “the Chinese Government” for the purpose of fighting “a serious tuberculosis epidemic in China.” The Foundation would be supplying the Chinese Ministry of Health with a $33-million dollar grant, to be paid over a five-year period of time.
In 2017, Bill Gates was “Elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering,” according to chinadaily.com and other sources. The site described that election as “China’s highest honor in the field of engineering.” The same article also stated, “Gates was nominated for his work at TerraPower, a nuclear reactor company he helped establish in 2008. In late 2015, the company signed a deal with China National Nuclear Corp to build a reactor unit in Fujian province. The project is scheduled…to be completed in 2025.” However…in December of 2018, reuters.com reported that TerraPower was “seeking a new partner” in the nuclear reactor’s early-stage trials due to “new U.S. rules forced it to abandon an agreement with China.”
Interestingly enough, according to the small online publication fromrome.info, the Chinese Academy of Engineering is described as being “one of the ‘two academies‘ of the Peoples’ Republic of China, the other being the mysterious Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
As reported by observer.com in February (2020), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presented an offer to “donate up to $100 million to help combat the outbreak of a new coronavirus (COVID19),” afflicting the Chinese people. On February 22, news source news.ctgn.com shared that “Chinese President Xi Jinping has written back to Bill Gates.” In the letter, the same source quotes the letter as stating, “I deeply appreciate the act of generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and your letter of solidarity to the Chinese people at such an important moment.”
Getting back to my original question: Why would Bill Gates Say That? It appears he might have many reasons! Seems like these are all important factors to file in the back of your mind as this drama continues to unfold.
April 11, 2020: Walking the Line Between “Quarantined” and “House Arrest”
A friend FB-posted this article from conservative speaker and writer Charlie Kirk. It probably has not escaped anyone’s attention that Americans’ everyday rights-and-expectations-of-rights have been seriously tweaked to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. I think our personal tolerance levels are growing rather short and will soon reach an enough-is-enough point of agreeable compliance, and genuine civil unrest may occur. Kirk’s warning may therefore be slightly premature — but his points are well taken, as he particularly discusses many states taking advantage of a medical emergency to advance a no-religion political agenda. We all need to be vigilant and prevent this spontaneous-reaction to an unexpected pandemic from becoming an automatic “first option” or permanent go-to in our nation in other situations.
To quote from Charlie Kirk’s article, “This China Flu event has given state and local secularists in positions of authority the opportunity they have been waiting for. They are using their powers under state of emergency declarations to deprive us Christians of our chance to worship during the most Holy Week of the year; that of Easter.”
April 4, 2020: Coronavirus Temporarily Shutters 93% of Churches; 20% of Non- Christians Say Crisis Has Led Them to Read the Bible
According to faithwire.com, a study by Life Way research, “On March 1, some 99% of churches were still gathering as usual. The following weekend, 95% held services. By March 15, the number had dropped down to 64%, and by March 22, 11% of pastors say their churches gathered in person. By March 29, just 7% of church leaders report meeting…”
On the other side of the story, the Spirit of God is nonetheless on the move: according to breakingchristiannews.com, “A new study has found that some 20% of non-Christians have become interested in reading the Bible ever since the coronavirus pandemic began to sweep across the globe.” The article also quoted a statistic that 44% of believers consider the pandemic and resulting economic shutdown as “a wake-up call from God” or a sign of a “coming judgment.”
March 24, 2020: Docilians: A Risk-Averse Culture and COVID-19
Dr. David Zaruk of Brussels, Belgium, Environmental-Health Risk Analyst, writes a fascinating article on the consequences of “a risk-averse culture and a helpless population that expects others to solve every problem.” Has America become a risk-averse culture? I — and probably, most of you — have seen the expansion of legislation requiring every safety measure under the sun (and, if there are ultraviolet rays involved, some under the moon, as well) be mandated in peoples’ lives, in American culture, businesses and domestic governments of all sizes. In many cases, this is driven by trying to implement particular political ideologies — but not all. Sometimes all-encompassing legislation has resulted from a single incident considered so unfair/devastating that “it shouldn’t happen to anyone else.” This article is not presented with the objective of criticizing the Presidential response to COVID-19 in any way; I actually think he has done a fantastic job. Nor am I negating the aspect of and need for persistent prayer towards our nation’s and fellow citizens’ health and well-being. Rather, this article made me wonder how to break out of this mindset “shell” which is not necessarily of our own individual making. It’s scary to think that a nation born of adventurers, pioneers, inventors, entrepreneurs, explorers might be unintentionally de-volving into becoming “docile, having others protect them while feeling entitled to benefits without risks.”
March 11, 2020: 600+ Arrests in Project Python, Fastest-Growing Drug Cartel Operations Disrupted
It is a little unfortunate that Coronavirus is dominating virtually every public discussion and written commentary, because this seems like a pretty significant achievement, to me. One that should certainly be recognized — in addition, there is a promise for “more to come” in combating one of the “most prolific methamphetamine producers in the world” and a major illegal drug distributor in the United States.
According to dailywire.com, “The Trump administration announced on Wednesday the results from a massive federal operation targeting the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) which is one of the most notorious drug cartels in Mexico…President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13773 instructed federal officials to identify, interdict, disrupt, and dismantle drug cartels…”
According to thesun.co.uk, “It’s estimated the murderous gang controls up to two-thirds of the US drug market,” and uses under aged youth to smuggle a variety of drugs into America.
February 24, 2020: Join Me in Praying for “Blue Eyes, White Dragon,” Amber Luke
This is an unbelievably weird story. My request is for you to join me in praying that she and Jesus have a Transformation Encounter! Amber’s journey started a few years ago. She began her tattoo addiction at 16 and plans, by March of this year (2020), to have every inch of her skin covered. That isn’t actually the part of her testimony I find most disturbing. According to thesun.co.uk, Amber described herself as an “extremely lonely” while growing up, adding that, “Depression and anxiety developed at age 15, borderline Personality Disorder with Schizophrenic traits” soon followed, including 15 suicide attempts. She is quoted in koko.ng as saying, “I didn’t know who I was or what I wanted from life, but now I have the confidence to look however I want to.” That “look” now includes a split tongue, fang teeth, modified ears, several implants, and her crowning touch — blue-tattooed eyeballs, a procedure that blinded her for three weeks. Think what an interesting demographic Jesus could set free and on fire for Him through Amber’s spiritual awakening!
February 7, 2020: Starbucks Partners with UK Organization Promoting Transgenderism In Minors
OK, this is really disquieting. I understand that liberal corporations support liberal causes. But this sort of stuff is really over the top for me. What the heck is Starbucks thinking? According to christianheadlines.com, Starbucks “has launched a new transgender-friendly commercial and campaign that will benefit a British charity that supports overturning the age limit when children can receive cross-sex hormones.” The British organization, named “Mermaids,” has received criticism from within Britain for its attempt to overturn the UK’s nationwide ban on children under 16 receiving sex-change hormones.
February 5, 2020: Multiple Venues for Franklin Graham UK Tour Canceled
When I originally read that a solitary British venue had cancelled hosting Franklin Graham’s 2020 UK tour, I didn’t think much about it. When I read this christianheadlines.com article reporting that every venue but one had cancelled, I was shocked. I also made an assumption as to which “group” of people in the United Kingdom might most vigorously object to the Christian Gospel being preached throughout the land…and my presumption, unwritten here, was mistaken. According to christianheadlines.com, “Seven venues canceled the contracts — or refused to sign them — under pressure from LGBT groups and activists.”
Apparently, “Mainstream and LGBT media in the United Kingdom have labeled Graham ‘anti-gay’ and ‘a hate preacher’.” Graham has countered the criticism with open letters to both gays in the country and to secular venue-owners, stating to the latter, “It’s wrong for venue managers and local officials to make a decision that disadvantages Christians.” To the gay community, he has stated, “You are most welcome.”
wbtv.com of North Carolina stated that the travel site Ampersand described Liverpool, England, as “ranked among the top 10 most LGBT-friendly cities in the UK.” Graham is quoted as saying the pre-tour training sites and dates will remain the same for volunteers, and that different locations “in the area” for his gatherings would continue to be considered.
January 13, 2020: Wisconsin’s State Election Commission in News as Controversy over Invalid Voters on Voter Roles Continues
I expect localized articles on this topic to be popping up across the country over the next several months. According to theblaze.com, in December 2019, Judge Paul Malloy of Wisconsin “ordered the immediate removal of individuals from voter roles who were flagged” for various reasons. The primary reasons for “flagging” included residence change and non-response to a notice warning of voter name “deactivation” within thirty days. Notices were sent to 234,000 residents, but by the end of December only 25,000 residents had responded while the balance of 209,000 remained MIA. However, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (Jan. 21) that a day after the Contempt charges were filed, “an appeals court” subsequently blocked the order of removal as well as the Contempt order. Conservative representatives in the state have petitioned Wisconsin’s Supreme Court to hear the case. So far the Court has refused. Wisconsin was carried by Donald Trump by a mere 23,000 votes in 2016.
January 3, 2020: Judicial Watch Continues to Expose and Address Voter Roll Fraud
I have come to find the topic of “voter fraud” particularly fascinating. I was raised in a voter-understanding culture that taught voter fraud was practically impossible to implement and — at most — might have a negligible impact in a limited arena and would not sway any “major” elections. That rosy viewpoint has been proven inaccurate several times in the last years. In 2016, then-President Obama gave a news conference in which he made two important claims: “Every expert, regardless of political party, regardless of ideology, conservative or liberal, who has ever examined these issues in serious ways, will tell you instances of significant voter fraud are not to be found.” In his second statement, President Obama assured everyone, “There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s election, in part because they’re so decentralized.”
I remember that press conference, and I remember hearing those comments on the day he shared them. And I remember feeling assured that my long-held conviction that “voter fraud” was a largely fictitious complaint remained justified, no questioning of results necessary…but then came the quiet reporting of multiple statistics regarding “small races” over the following months that contradicted the former President’s comments. Some political observers have suggested his comments were made in the expectation of “his” Presidential preference winning the 2016 election, and therefore setting a firm foundation to withstand any post-election speculation regarding the results. Maybe that’s accurate; and maybe not. Perhaps a new strategy-of-sorts was put in place post-November-2016. We will likely never know for certain, but fraud-from-within appears to be on a significant upswing.
For years, Judicialwatch.org has been championing “clean up voter rolls” legislation dating back to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. In a recent article, the Public Interest Legal Foundation was cited in a heritage.org article regarding continuing “election irregularities” in Palm Beach County, Florida — yes, the center of controversy in the Bush-Gore presidential election 20 years ago. As recently as 21 days ago, the PILF filed a lawuit against the Maryland State Board of Elections “for failing to disclose voter registration records under federal law” regarding the replacement for recently-deceased Elijah Cummings’ House seat.
Judicial Watch lists Colorado as one of the “big five” states possessing “major voting list issues.” Currently the organization names only Jefferson County as problematic…but since northernern Colorado now boasts cities self-describing as “sanctuary cities” for undocumented non-citizens, I would expect that number of counties to grow. This article describes that “378 counties combined had about 2.5 million registrations over the 100%-registered mark.”
This will be an election year to remember!
December 6, 2019: President Trump Offers Short-and-Sweet Historical Comments as National Christmas Tree is Lit
I wasn’t home to watch any TV coverage of the lighting, and I would guess the President’s remarks were largely unreported. Why? According to breakingchristiannews.com, President Trump’s statements included a narrative regarding the first National Christmas Tree lighting in 1923. Among other activities, Trump described that “the Washington Monument was illuminated with a beautiful cross, a powerful reminder of the meaning of Christmas.” history.com records that “Several musical groups performed at the tree-lighting ceremony, including the Epiphany Church choir and the U.S. Marine Band. Later that evening, President Coolidge and his wife Grace were treated to carols sung by members of Washington D.C.’s First Congregational Church.”
President Trump also stated, “Christians give thanks that the Son of God came into the world to save humanity.”
November 5, 2019: From Coal to Race Cars and Guitars?
This is a small tidbit that caught my eye and which I found really fascinating. According to geekwire.com, a Bill Gates (of Microsoft)-funded company known as TerraPower is “part of a team that’s receiving more than $1-million in federal funding to develop an emissions-free process to produce carbon fiber from coal.”
Carbon fiber? What in the world do you do with carbon fiber?
Well, the future-coal plans for “carbon fiber” cover several different fields of application. Thought.com published a 2018 article listing aerospace, sporting goods, wind turbine blades, and automotive applications. A year earlier, ipitaka.com published an article entitled “15 Things You Didn’t Know About Carbon Fiber (but You Should)”; in a second article listing many carbon fiber applications — including replacing the wooden body of guitars!
November 2, 2019: “Vote Harvesting” — And This is Legal?
I’m feeling particularly out of the intelligent-citizen-loop on this one. This little article dated Oct. 24 from Fred Lucas at dailysignal.com states that “ballot harvesting” is legally allowed in 27 states, plus District of Columbia. Moreover, the article highlights numerous acts of corruption utilizing this practice and cites a 2018 report from Orange County California, that states, “It is a dangerous and foolish public policy that threatens the integrity of elections…it should not be implemented by state legislatures–and should be prohibited in the states that currently allow it.”
So I’m sitting here thinking, what in the world is ballot harvesting and how could I have voted in umpteen-elections over my lifetime and have no concept of this phrase or practice?
Definition: according to ivn.com (Independent Voter News online) on Nov. 30, 2018, “Ballot harvesting allows anyone, even a paid political campaign worker, to collect and return ballots — ‘harvesting them.'” That’s their italics, not mine, and I find it well-deserved. The article goes on to state that “Ballot harvesting was used for the first time in November, and has been clearly advantageous to Democrats.” That would be a reference to November, 2018, remember — the year several conservative California districts were “swept” into the media-proclaimed “blue wave.”
At least that timeline explains why I — and maybe you — are unfamiliar with the specifics of “ballot harvesting.”
The article shares more: Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) authored the bill and described it as “a public service.” In 2016, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation changing the wording on ballot dropoff rules from “only relatives or those living in the same household” to the existing wording, allowing “anyone” to collect and return ballots. (Colorado, by the way, is one of 12 states to enforce a maximum number of 12 ballots being returned by an individual…not that numbers of “extra 12’s” can’t add up and sway final results…)
Here is one of the most foreboding quotes I read, again provided by ivn.com: “Katie Merrill, a Democratic consultant, noted, ‘We beat the Republicans on the ground, fair and square, many of the field plans included (ballot harvesting) as an option to deliver voters or their ballots’ to the polls.” OK, I added those italics. An “option to deliver voters or their ballots”…anybody have a problem with that thinking? Shouldn’t “voters” and “ballots” be a synchronized team? Aren’t we, the voting participants in a free-election Republic, to deliver ourselves to the polls?
This is really scary. Outrageous. Actually, a little unbelievable…and apparently legal in over half our American states. Here are some additional research sources for you: Ballotpedia, outlining several types of “electoral fraud”; a 12/1/18 article entitled “What is ‘Ballot Harvesting’ and How Did Caifornia Dems Use It to Nuke the GOP?”; And two dissenting points of view — one from the L.A. Times and one from the San Francisco Chronicle.
You get to decide what you think!
October 27, 2019: What’s in a Headline? Sometimes the Difference Between Truth and Falsehood
OK, I admit it — misrepresentation of situations through small written mis-wordings and half-truths really throw me into a bit of an indignant tizzy. This happened-yesterday example I use here represents a clear-cut example of misguidance through word choice. The Washington Post obituary headline described the ISIS-leading Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as “an austere religious scholar.” To which I blink twice, and respond — Really? Maybe when he was a young lad of 10.
This is a headline, which commands immediate attention-without-explanation. Headlines used to represent the most accurate summation of the article to follow. Catch that? Used to. The “old rules” often don’t apply any longer. Through those three simple words, the description implies that his character was apolitical, passive and scholarly, quite the opposite of his actual activities and lifestyle of terrorism. What “scholar” straps explosives around his chest and detonates himself, plus children, to avoid capture? Attention-without-explanation is one of the most common forms of deception often being used by different media outlets today in our culture….reader beware! The one-liners being presented may or may not substantiate actual facts regarding a situation…even in an obituary!
September 12, 2019: Prophetic Vision of President as “Bloodied scapegoat” and Call to Prayer
Let me state up front that yes, I know this little article ends as a book sale promotion. I am taking no position on whether or not the book should be ordered. However, I am interested in the description of the 2020 prayer strategy being recommended by its author, Dr. Francis Myles. As shared on charismamag.com, Dr. Myles stated that he “saw a goat with innocent eyes who was covered with blood.” The Lord then revealed “‘This strategy that the enemy’s about to use against Trump to stop him from having another four years is a double-edged strategy…because this time, it’s coming from the underworld and the political establishment.’ I said, ‘what do you mean?’ He said to me, a sacrifice has been made in the demonic world, and the new strategy is going to make Donald Trump bloody — the bloodiest president in American history.,,they are going to make him the scapegoat for every bloodshed that happens in America ’til 2020.'” This link includes a video clip, as well.
September 7, 2019: AI Programmed for Mindreading?
OK, I find this whole concept weird, distasteful, and too science-fictiony for comfort. But a part of me also feels like I am a horse-and-buggy owner jumping out of the way of a mechanical monstrosity coming down my country road in 1910…I may wonder why in the world anyone would choose the noise and inconvenience of a mechanical “wagon” over the benefits of a friendly, reliable horse….and yet sensing that I have seen a glimpse of the future, despite my doubts and sense of foreboding. Did you know there was a second World Artificial Intelligence Conference recently held in Shanghai (China) the end of August? According to rt.com, the Conference “saw Alibaba’s Chairman Jack Ma and Tesla CEO Elon Musk clashing over the future of AI.” I did a little research, and different points of view as to “high points” of their conversation and conclusions are covered by multiple sources, including Forbes.com, businessinsider.in, and geekwire.com.
The focus of this article shared by rt.com, however, involves an interview with Slavoj Zizek, described as a “philosopher,” though his day job is “senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana” (located in Slovenia). His particular research focuses on “wired brains,” specifically “the possibility of our brains being connected with strong digital machines.” While Zizek states that MIT in Massachusetts is doing similar research, he points out that “The primitive level machines can already read our thoughts.” Zizek raises several interesting (and frightening) points as this science continues to develop. It certainly changed my concept as to how far this technology has already advanced.
August 23, 2019: Four Well-Known Companies with Christian Themes in Their Mission Statement
I found this little article tucked at the bottom of several others on christianheadlines.com. I found it both interesting and encouraging. Why, encouraging? By reading or watching current events, it’s pretty easy to believe that any “Christian company” must constanty endure lawsuits as part of daily operating procedure. It is encouraging to see businesses thriving with far less stress and controversy.
July 31, 2019: Muslim Workers Hide and Protect Christian Co-Workers
This is the type of story, and type of heroism, which I suspect is far more widespread than most people realize…because it isn’t publicized. According to premier.org.uk, a group of non-local Christian construction workers were building a government hospital in Kenya when “locals were reportedly warned about an imminent Al-Shabaab attack.” The response of Muslim locals was to quick evacuate the workers from the site, taking them to a safer location. The Muslim rescuers then confronted the gunmen, and although some Al-Shabaab members opened fire, no one was injured and they left with no deaths and no prisoners.
July 1, 2019: Interesting Link Between Worship Song and Trump’s Visit to DMZ in North Korea
This is quite fascinating. As President Trump’s off-the-cuff visit with Kim Jung Un materialized, faithwire.com published this interesting prophetic connection between a Sean Feucht song of a few years ago and current events. A fun quick read!
June 15, 2019: The President of the United States Really Can’t Have Air Force One Painted Red-White-and-Blue?
I found this content on a few different websites and found the restriction so absolutely ridiculous, I’m sharing the information here. Have you seen President’s Trump proposals for the next-generation Air Force One presidential jet? According to the right-leaning independentsentinel.com, the new AF1 would begin service in 2024, at the very end of a second Trump term, were he to be re-elected. But let not the facts interrupt any governmental discussion. The site courant.com reported that Joe Courtney (D-2nd District) introduced a bill requiring any “interior, paint, and fixtures” costs be approved by Congress before they could proceed. With the Bill passing the House along strict party lines, Courtney alleged part of his concern was that “additional paint can add weight to the plane” and that the plane needed to continue its white-and-sky-blue color motif to “remain traditional.” “Traditional?” Are you kidding me? Does America fly a white-and-sky-blue American flag I’ve overlooked all these years? No — but a little research did provide perhaps a more practical reason-behind-the-reason: according to a historically-based article used for advertising flight miles, “The current Air Force One colors are one of the legacies of John F. Kennedy.”
June 12, 2019: Vermont Joins Ranks of States Allowing Up-to-Birth-Abortion
According to dailywire.com, “Vermont Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, signed an extreme pro-abortion bill into law on Monday, permitting abortions to be performed up until the moment of birth in the state for any reason whatsoever…notably, young girls of any age will not be required to seek parental consent before having an abortion.” The other states already allowing such provision: Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, New York, District of Columbia.
May 17, 2019: Man States “He Is the 1%” Used to Justify Abortion…Thankful His Mother Chose Life
I wish more testimonies of this nature were published. Co-founder of The Radiance Foundation Ryan Bomberger is quoted by christianpost.com as stating, “My biological mother was raped, yet she rejected the violence of abortion. I was adopted and loved, instead. I’m not the ‘residue of the rapist’ as Senator Vivian Davis Figures described those like me who were conceived in rape…my birthmom needed an active Healer in her life not an activist huckster.” Bomberger lists numerous friends and acquaintances conceived through rape and asks the question, “Who really are the extremists here? Those who think that every human being has the right to life?” Powerful and compelling reading!
May 10, 2019: Kris Vallotton Asks: Are You Believing This Destructive Lie About the End of the World?
The attached link is a great post from Kris. One of his key points is this: “People speak of darkness as if it is the most dominant force in the world; as if darkness is forcing light out of the world. But nothing could be further from the truth! It’s light that is stalking the darkness!” We so easily conform to the deception the world presents. This is a great article to read and to ponder.
April 16, 2019: Christian University Petitioned to Dis-invite VP Mike Pence From Commencement Speech?
OK, I think this is really quite puzzling…according to christianpost.com, Taylor University was founded in 1846 and considers itself “a premier, nondenominational, Christian liberal arts university and the number one college in the Midwest.” A Taylor graduate of 12 years ago (2007), Alex Hoestra, is currently affiliated with Change.org and started a Dis-invite Pence petition — which has received 4,000 signatures from current students. As Rev. Franklin Graham stated in his response, “What are these people smoking?” I’m sharing a chuckle here…but prime reasons were largely summed up by a “guilty by association” mindset. Dissenters did not accept and laud VP Pence’s Christian witness in the White House and as a representative across the world, but instead considered him disqualified by his role of vice president to Donald Trump and Trump’s policies. UPDATE: Yes, dozens of students and faculty did indeed walk out of the commencement speech, according to christianheadlines.com. Unbelievable.
April 4, 2019: Second Temple Period Structures Unearthed in Beersheva
Fresh archaeological finds. I do so love this stuff!! According to breakingchristiannews.com, a “Second Temple period settlement in the town of Beersheva” has been uncovered, dating “from the 1st century AD until the Bar-Kokhba Revolt against the Roman Empire in 135 AD.” Among the artifacts unearthed is an ancient menorah, judged as “probably”one of the earliest ever discovered.
March 14, 2019: 1700 Year Old Inscription Identifies Elusa, Possible Location of Ziklag
According to breakingchristiannews.com, “German and Israeli scientists discovered a 1700-year-old stone bearing the name of a city believed to be the possible location of an ancient Biblical town….UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared Elusa a World Heritage site. The city is one of two potential locations for the Biblical city of Ziklag.”
March 3, 2019: “Queering the Bible” — Are You Quidding Me?
OK, so I missed this article that actually came out on Feb. 20…but its subject matter seems worth mentioning, even a couple weeks later. “Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” (Jude 1:3) According to christianheadlines.com, “An increasing number of colleges and universities in the United States are training college students to read the Bible from an LGBT perspective…Swarthmore College offers a course entitled ‘Queering God: Feminist and Queer Theology.'” This course self-describes that it “seeks to stretch the limits of gendering-and-sexing-the divine” (yes, that would refer to God–Father, Son and Holy Spirit). I would like to think these schools are just “quidding around”, but not likely. Spencer Brown of Young America Foundation pointed out, “these classes advance a liberal agenda, malign conservatives and their values, and shut out ideological diversity.”
February 28, 2019: Trump Schmooze Not Golden This Time Around
In general, I agree with those who say President Trump has “good instincts” regarding foreign policy decisions and strategies. However, as a follower of info regarding persecuted Christians, I have truly winced at many of trump’s overly-glowing references towards Dictator Kim, leading up to the stalemated North Korean Summit. Trump’s comments seriously gloss over Kim Jung Un’s heinous actions, policies and attitudes towards his own people. I understand that the “schmooze” of superficial camaraderie can pave the way to accomplish a bigger, genuinely noble goal…but this time it seems to me that the dictator has gained far more “regular guy” credibility than deserved, possibly undermining Trump’s credibility among American Koreans and others. In a Trump-critical editorial, journalist/author Ben Shapiro discusses this overall topic.
February 22, 2019: Spirits of Murder Continue to Move Among the States
That may seem like a radical headline, but it ties in to a prophetic word/dream published via charismamag.com, earlier in February, written by Jeremiah Johnson . In this dream, Johnson entered a factory, labeled “House of Horror” and saw rows of cribs. Then in the cribs he “saw very small fetuses with snakes wrapped around them…Then came a booming, loud, and fatherly voice that said, ‘Let My babies go.'” Following this, Johnson heard the Lord say, “This House of Horror and the houses like this are what have My full attention in this hour. The snakes that you see are the spirits of murder that are killing off the next generation.”
The prophetic word was published a couple of weeks ago but it came to my mind when I read a headline stating that the state of Vermont is passing a “staggering abortion bill”…which made me ask, what would be more staggering than abortion allowed up to the point of birth, as already passed by New York? According to theblaze.com, the “staggering” part is rooted in the legislation’s total lack of justification regarding safety or health of the mother. This legislation was pending at the time of the Feb. 8 news link, below, but has now passed by a vote of 106 to 36. Think about that — 106 to 36. That, alone, is “staggering” in my mind. That, even in the face of a recent poll conducted with a partnership between Americans United for Life and YouGov, which revealed that 80% of Americans polled “reject abortion the day before a child is born” and 66% of respondents identifying as “pro-choice” reject abortion “in the third trimester.”
February 18, 2019: Pro-Life Woman Warns That ‘Heartbeat Bills’ Will Not Protect as Intended
Well this is certainly an eye-opening article from a pro-life woman who warns that stop-abortion ‘Heartbeat Bills’ are deceptively easy to derail when actually applied. Why? According to this article published by faithwire.com, Wording in many of the bills requires the abortionist about to perform the abortion to do the check for a heartbeat…hardly an objective source of verification.
February 17, 2019: “Terrorist Recruitment Center” in America Located…in Minnesota???
OK, no political commentary coming, just total amazement at this fact. So much amazement, in fact, I thought it would be worthwhile to share the info with others. Published by the dailycaller.com, journalist Ryan Saavedra points out that “Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, represented by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), is the terrorist recruitment capitol of the United States, according to FBI statistics.” This is a really interesting article. Other things I learned: This is primarily a Somali-American demographic, currently 100,000 strong, which has been documented since 2007-2008.
February 8, 2019: America Helps Fund Abortions in Latin America, Too?
OK, perhaps my naivete is hanging out more than usual….but I am genuinely surprised that American tax dollars are being sent to fund two pro-abortion entities in Latin America — and although there is a 1981 law on the books prohibiting such support, lifesitenews.com reports “The law is ‘currently not being properly enforced by the U.S. Dept. of State’…” Nine U.S. Senators have “sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in December demanding an end to public funding to two organizations that promote abortion in Latin America.”
February 8, 2019: More Horrific Legislation — What’s Up?
My recent blog discusses the abortion-to-the-point-of-birth legislation recently passed by New York but voted down in Virginia, despite the Governor’s staunch and carefully-worded approval. Are pro-death politicians sensing “something new” in the air? Perhaps it is President Trump’s increasingly aggressive defense of the unborn/newborn and helpless, plus his active participation in returning/reinforcing religious freedom in this country. Perhaps it is the apparently ill health of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, which would allow for yet another Trump-appointee to enter the Supreme Court. Whatever it is, states seem to be rushing to insure their own death-to-the-unborn legislation, which might in theory be protected from Federal rulings that would contradict a abortion-on-demand stance. For instance, Colorado voted the legalization of marijuana while the Federal government still recognized marijuana as an illegal substance. Same principle. This article from christianheadlines.com describes current Vermont legislation stating “fetuses have no rights and that women who perform their own abortions cannot be prosecuted.” Called The Freedom of Choice Act, it specifies “A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.” Time to pray!
January 28, 2019: Sea of Galilee Drying Up?
This is an interesting little tidbit about an issue that apparently began with the building of a British dam decades ago, but is now devastating the Sea after a prolonged regional drought. According to breakingchristianews.com, the Sea is currently “15 feet below the full line…until not so long ago, the Sea of Galilee was one of the three main natural sources that supplied water…now it hardly supplies.” Israel is fighting back with a unique solution.
January 11, 2019: Locusts Swarming in Mecca? OK, I Did Laugh When I Read It
This is an interesting little note from dailywire.com, regarding the “pilgrimage hub” of Islam being invaded by “black grasshoppers,” requiring multiple teams and specialized pieces of equipment to try and stem the tide. Is God making a statement? Hmmm, have to decide for yourself!
January 2, 2019: Mexico’s President Obrador Creates “Free Zones” Along U.S. Border
I don’t know what the actual outcome of this will be for Mexico, but I am impressed with President Obrador’s intent to implement. It may not only achieve a stated goal of decreasing his residents’ desires to leave the country and immigrate to America, but may actually create an economic boom in Mexico, as well. The online sandiegouniontribune.com reported, “Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced last Saturday what is called the ‘Tax Incentive Decree for the Northern Border Region’ that will create a ‘free zone’ along the border with the U.S. that is 15.5 (25 kilometers) miles wide. It encompasses nearly 2,000 miles, all the way from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Coast.” Provisions for persons/businesses in this zone include decreased income taxes, reduced Value Added Tax for imports, a 100% minimum wage boost and change in gasoline cost.
December 5, 2018: Similar Political Pattern of Discord and Tactics in Israel and America?
This is a pretty interesting article. Reporter Chris Mitchell of CBN quotes Middle East “expert” Caroline Glick as pointing out, “‘We see that we have some serious problems with what we call our ‘Deep State’ in Israel, where you have unaccountable clerks and public servants who stay on forever, and they have a very clear political agenda, which is not the agenda of the elected government or of the people who elected them.'” Why I consider this parallel as significant is that it reminds me of the famous quote of disputed origin: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” Particularly in politics, it seems as if the “good men” band together in simply watching the process, assuming all is correct and in good faith and the best possible outcome will be achieved by following out the process. I don’t see this thinking as reflecting the times in which we live. The various levels of success achieved by tactics being used in America against the current president may very well be goading others in foreign nations to give a similar approach a try. Is the vote of an individual and our ability to self-govern going to be counted as significant, or do the collective “we” simply allow political maneuvering to drown our individual voices and leave only an illusion of “freedom” and self-governance?
December 3, 2018: Italy Applies Its Own Brand of Anti-Political Correctness
This is a quick, interesting article from lifesitenews.com. The quote that caught my attention is attributed to Valeria Alessandrini, described as “a representative of the populist Lega Party”: “Only by respecting (our own traditions)…can we make others understand everyone is free to practice their own faiths but that it is also required they respect the history and culture of the country in which they live.” Italy’s Education Ministry has recently granted approval to allow crucifixes and nativity scenes in the nation’s classrooms — contrary to a 2009 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights which banned crucifixes in the classrooms.
November 19, 2018: Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging Shares Recommendations on Exceptional Aging
I’ll start off by saying I am no fan of yoga, so I have personally scratched off “secret number six” — although flexibility exercise and prayer can certainly be substituted. easyhealthoptions.com shares some interesting information from BLSA research. Recommendation #5, “Being Positive,” made me smile and actually remind myself that optimism is a trait worth fighting for!
Nov. 2, 2018: Article Details Ukrainian Woman’s First Impressions of America
This is an interesting article published by dailysignal.com, in which an American living in Ukraine brings his Ukrainian wife to America for the first time and as they do a sea-to-shining-sea tour, her reactions are noteworthy. One key thought: “The world is always watching us. Always. And there are plenty of dark forces in this world held at bay by the simple fact that America is still a dream worth fighting for.”
October 24, 2018: Titanic II to Sail Original Titanic’s Exact Route?
This is one of those endeavors that really makes me ask….why in the world…??? Does Blue Star Line really have nothing better to do with $500-million? According to newsmax.com, a $500-million replica of the Titanic is currently under construction in Dubai, and after its completion in 2022, will sail to Southampton, England, before commencing on the Titanic’s original cruise route taken in 1912. I understand there will be beaucoup free publicity for this project…but I really think it’s just a bit creepy.
October 11, 2018: Political Correctness Primarily Supported by Affluent, White Progressives
This is a really interesting article that shares statistics on just HOW unpopular “political correctness” really is throughout America. Contrary to popular opinion, this article states that it is NOT poor minorities who are its primary supporters. Worth your time to read! I was quite surprised at its conclusions.
October 8, 2018: Justice Kavanaugh Appoints All-Female Law Clerking Staff
This is historic. I have mixed emotions about this, but I DO remember hearing him say during public testimony that if confirmed to the Supreme Court, he was seriously considering an all-female clerking staff. Why the mixed emotions? I appreciate his earlier statements about women often being given less consideration for such roles, and I am impressed he has followed through with what he strongly inferred he would do. But in a current culture that is marginalizing men (particularly conservative men) in so many ways, it does make me wince just a bit. Nonetheless — his resolve to “address the underrepresentation of women among law clerks” is admirable, and I do give kudos!
October 1, 2018: Pilot Hears God’s Voice, Alters Schedule and Saves Lives
This is a fantastic testimony. Christian pilot Icoze Mafella heard God stirring in his heart and speaking to him on two different issues; according to blog.godreports.com, the pilot felt the Lord impressed him with a need “to be quick” as they stopped at Palu, 48 miles from Central Sulawesi, on Sept. 28. As they sped off the runway three minutes early, a massive earthquake began to shake the island.
September 23, 2018: Woman Looks for Discount, Receives Blessing Instead
This is one of those stories that should be well-publicized and is hardly mentioned. According to faithlit.com, a woman with $50 went to “the only store open” in North Carolina at the time, a particular Walmart. With $50 in hand, she sought out the manager to see if he would offer her a discount to purchase clothes for victims of Hurricane Florence…and the spirit of generosity from this man provides this truly wonderful testimony.
September 19, 2018: News Flash, Sesame Street Production Company Emphasizes Bert and Ernie are NOT Gay…
Sign of the times: how very sad that there continues to be a diminishing of close same-sex friendships without a natural assumption of sexual relationship. The comments from writer Mark Saltzman were sparked by a mother reporting that her San Francisco toddler recently asked her if “Bert and Ernie are lovers.” Apparently Saltzman recently stated in a recent interview with a gay magazine, “When I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were.” As reported in christianheadlines.com, Sesame Workshop reports “They remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
September 7, 2018: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Up for Re-Election: Congregations Call Out, Pray for Australia
Breakingchristiannews.com reported that Voice of Fire Ministries Pastor Adam F. Thompson stated “I really see that the Body of Christ is going to have influence in the political arena of this nation.” It was recently revealed that newly-elected Prime Minister Thompson “is a Pentecostal Christian — the first ever in Australian history.” In addition, other ministries are also calling for prayer on behalf of Australia. An interesting article.
September 6, 2018: Archaeological Evidence Regarding Location of Sodom
I enjoy finding and sharing this information so much I really should start a Biblical Archaeology tab for people to click to! As reported in breakingchristiannews.com, Dr. Steven Collins (Director of School of Archaeology, Veritas International University) recently returned from the Tall el-Hammam excavation site in Jordan with what he sees as continued verification of his original theory of Sodom’s location — to the northeast of the Dead Sea, not in the traditionally-chosen southern region. Article was originally published by assistnews.net late in August; Dr. Collins co-authored a first book on the topic in 2014, titled Discovering the City of Sodom. Check it out!
Month of August: What a Whirlwind!
From the Mountain Artist Art Festival to touring Rocky Mountain Park to attending my oldest daughter’s wedding and helping finish out summer with the grandkids, this month has been busy!! My news-scouring definitely took a dip in activity! With all the “news” about Facebook censoring conservative voices, however, I thought the results of this Media Research Center article were interesting, even intriguing. While the number of conservatives who have already left FB because they believe it is exercising selective censorship is small, at only 7.5%, under the category title, “have left Facebook or are considering leaving it” raises the number to “more than 45%.” That’s a bunch! Simultaneously, A Silicon Valley internet tech-guru named Steven Andrew has been building and gathering funds to set up what he is calling “the Conservative friendly internet.” USA.Life would be the name of the new social network, while 1776Free.com would provide a new search engine. Will this competition to FB actually materialize? I don’t know. The goal for full funding is only at 25% after nearly 8 months of discussion and promotion. However, at a full price tag of $778,000, the $200,216 raised so far is not just chump change. It is a project I intend to support.
July 17, 2018: Barna Group Discovers People Prefer Physical Bible to Digital Copy
This is actually a surprise to me…I personally like the “feel” of a book in my hand when I read…but many have told me that’s an “old-fashioned” preference. I guess I’m not alone…and this short article made me chuckle! As a side note however — I love my cell phone Bible app, and couldn’t write without Bible Gateway!
July 9, 2018: Ancient Entrance Gate to Biblical City of Bethsaida Discovered
I have been missing news of a fresh archaeological find! And this one is awesome! According to christianpost.com, “Archaeologists have reportedly uncovered the ancient entrance gate to the Biblical city of Zer in Israel, also known as Bethsaida, which is mentioned in the New Testament as the city where Jesus fed the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish…”
July 5, 2018: Franklin Graham Creates “Pray for 45” Shirt
This whole situation is pretty funny, but it looks like Rev. Graham’s shirt will take the day in terms of longevity. Wal-mart online offered a selection of “Impeach 45” t-shirts which were almost immediately withdrawn from sale after a firestorm of protest. Wal-mart reps stated the shirts were a “third party vendor” that had access to their online store, and that as a result of this, they would be reviewing their online third-party sales practices. Rev. Graham’s “Pray for 45 (1 Timothy 2:1-2)” shirts will probably take off and be seen in stores and on folks across America.
June 27, 2018: A Situation So Ugly You Don’t Want to Think About It
The definition of “grisly” includes “gruesome, ghastly, horrid, horrifying…” and so on. This article describing abortionist Robert Rho’s double-murder (26-week baby and the baby’s mother) is grisly. He is serving time for only one murder, incidentally, and it was reduced to a lesser charge due to a plea bargain. I include it because in this age of “pro-choice” chants, it’s often easy to overlook abuses and realities in the abortion industry, of which this is one example.
June 15, 2018: She-Became-Him and Married Him-Who-Became Her…And Now They have a Son
OK, I’ll admit it up front, the sheer weirdness-presented-as-normality of this article caught my eye and my only comment is just, WOW. 20-month-old Jaxen Sparks has a father whose birth gender was female, and a mother whose birth gender was male. The two halted their gender-transitioning long enough to conceive a child, and have now continued onto their new genders. This is one of the more unusual articles I have read, lately.
June 3, 2018: Heart Benefits from Drinking Coffee?
This is actually ironic because my doctor wanted me to eliminate coffee from my diet as part of high blood pressure treatment. According to blueheronhealth.com, “A new study shows a shocking 40% reduction in artery plaque build-up…apparently, drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day helps your heart stay healthy while keeping you active and busy all day…” Yes!
May 8, 2018: Ever Hear of “Rescission”? Trump Cancels $15.4 Billion of Previously-Passed Omnibus Spending Bill
Here is a story that should have received headlines, were there not such big news on the unemployment/North Korea/Mueller investigation front. Apparently through a process called “rescission,” previously-passed provisions in omnibus bills such as the $1.3 trillion bill signed by the President in March, can have certain provisions defunded. In addition, monies passed in previous omnibus bills but which remained unspent, become “expired funding.” Some expired funding is reflected in this $15.4 billion. Congress has 45 days to approve the spending cuts.
April 30, 2018: Biblical King David Coming Into His Own
OK, I’m a little naive….but I thought everybody considered Biblical King David an historical figure. Apparently not! This new archaeological find, however, is described as “a milestone in the ongoing debate over the veracity of Biblical King David as a historical figure.” Extremely interesting article published online by BreakingIsraelNews.
April 12, 2018: Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Already Unremembered (or Never Learned) by Many
OK, I am a couple decades away from being considered a Millennial. Maybe even more than a couple. But there are some landmarks in history which cry out to never be forgotten not only because of their scope and implication, but also their impact on entire nations. A “world war” is so designated because it involves the entire globe’s inhabitants. The name “Auschwitz” has become representative of genocide on an unfathomable scale in both numbers and on the Brutality Barometer. It is also representative and insgtructive of the political and cultural steps that moved forward into the creation of that place, among others. It is troubling, then, to read that 66% of Millennials and 41% of Americans polled had no name recognition of “Auschwitz.” Read the report from the newest Claims Conference. Conservative columnist Ben Shapiro shares his opinion on how this lack of education may be seen in the sometimes-puzzling attitudes of younger voters.