Personal Notes

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This category includes not only personal thoughts and photos, but also 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..

 

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.”

Enjoy this article.

 

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 states, “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.combusinessinsider.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 researchRecommendation #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 staffWhy 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!Carli and Scott after kiss

Danny peering over counterFrom 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.

 

 

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