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January thru March, 2019


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Feb. 15, 2019

During a speech at the White House today, President Trump said the U.S. must handle what he described as the national security crisis at our southern border.  The president said there’s an invasion of drugs, gangs and people coming into our country, and by signing the national emergency he is doing his part to try and stop it.

“We’re talking about an invasion of our country, with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs,” explained President Trump.  Democrat leadership responded to the declaration by calling it unlawful.  The president indicated that it likely will get challenged in court, but he said he’s dealt with that before.

Trump declares emergency on border, eyes
$8B for wall as he signs spending package


Today I went to Walmart and to three different Dollar stores to get some 50%-off Valentine’s candy.  Surprisingly, there was only a tiny amount left at all of those places.  That was OK, though, since I didn’t want very much.  I mainly wanted a little peanut butter chocolate candy (my favorite combination), so I got a couple of 50¢ bags.

I also have a friend who likes pretzels coated with white chocolate and little stuffed animals.  So I got her both of those, as well as a little heart box of candy.  It doesn’t take much to make her happy, so I’m pretty sure she’ll like those.

 
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Feb. 14, 2019

To those who like this day and all that it brings: Happy Valentine’s Day! 

       
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Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

The grey crowned crane is found in eastern and southern Africa.  It also is the national bird of Uganda.  These two grey crowned cranes must know that it is Valentine’s day because they are forming a heart together:

Two grey crowned cranes forming a heart


In other news, this afternoon the U.S. Senate approved a border security package to avert another government shutdown.  The vote was 83 for and 16 against.  The border security compromise now heads to the House for a vote.  President Trump also may choose to declare a national emergency to obtain additional funding for his long-proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lawmakers have until 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night to get the agreement through both houses of Congress and signed by Trump.  Otherwise, several Cabinet-level departments will be shut down and hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be furloughed in what would be the second partial government shutdown this year.

Senate sends funding and border-security
bill to House in 83-16 vote

Feb. 12, 2019

President Trump speaks during a White House cabinet meetingSpeaking at a cabinet meeting today, President Trump commented that he is “not happy” about yesterday’s bipartisan agreement on border security.  The bipartisan proposal offers more than $1.3 billion for physical barriers and increases the detention cap for ICE arrests.

The proposed allocation for the border wall is far less than Trump’s request of $5.7 billion.  Also, rather than a concrete wall, the agreement calls for 55 miles of metal slats or other types of new fencing.

Trump indicated that he is not sure if he will or will not sign the the measure.  He said that he would consider pulling money from other less important areas of the government to pay for physical barriers.

He also said that he does not want there to be another government shutdown.  The president and Congress have until the end of the week to finalize the deal.

Trump 'not happy' with bipartisan border
deal, but doesn't want another shutdown

Feb. 10, 2019

A good friend is moving to another state, where she will be taking another job.  She feels positive about the new job, but she is somewhat apprehensive about living in a new place.  I have encouraged her to maintain her close relationship with God after she moves.

I have told her that continuing her strong faith in Him, regularly asking Him to show her what to do when she isn’t sure, and thanking Him whenever she sees that things are going well are the best ways to ensure that He will continue to guide her to adapt successfully to things in her new location.  I also wrote her the following email:

Email to Kathy
Feb. 8, 2019

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali KhameneiToday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attended a meeting with a group of air force officers in Tehran, Iran.  He defended “Death to America” chants that commonly are heard at anti-U.S. rallies across Iran.

However, Khamenei said that the chanting is aimed at America’s leaders, not its people.  He reiterated that his verbal attacks are not a threat against everyday Americans but, rather, a threat against President Trump and his cabinet.  His remarks seemed to come in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address on Feb. 5.

U.S. authorities complain and ask why do Iranians say: ‘Death to America’—let me make something clear for U.S. leaders, ‘Death to America’ means death to President Trump, National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,” stated the Ayatollah.  “It means death to American rulers; we have no problems with the American people.  ‘Death to America’ is about the rulers of America.  It’s about the group of people who are currently in charge.

The thing about all of this is that Iranian people have been chanting “Death to America” for a very long time.  There no doubt are many Iranians who see the nation of America as an enemy, regardless of who is leading it.  I suspect that Ayatollah Khamenei probably feels the same way, regardless of what he said today.

Ayatollah Khamenei: ‘Death To America’
Really Means Death To Trump

Feb. 6, 2019

Variety of fruits and vegetablesI like virtually every type of food.  I am not a big meat eater, although I would not consider myself to be a vegan.

On a daily basis, I eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.  I cannot think of one of them that I dislike.  I even eat the peals of oranges and lemons.  There also are a lot of vegetables that I like to eat raw and uncooked.

I found a recent article about a study in the U.K.  It appears to show a relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and mental well-being.  I totally would confirm that to be true, at least for myself.

If I happen to go a day without eating either fruits or vegetables, I have a major craving for them the next day.  So I am convinced that they not only increase my mental health but my physical health as well.

Fruits and Vegetables
Good for Mental Well-Being

Feb. 5, 2019

In his State of the Union Address tonight, President Trump addressed a very divided 116th Congress.  It was his second State of the Union Address and his third speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

I thought that the address, 1 hour 22 minutes in length, was interesting and informative.  I thought it was the best and most comprehensive speech I’ve ever heard Trump give, and I was impressed.

Cheering Democratic women in the U.S. Congress Nancy Pelosi clapping for Trump
Trump said that “no one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women.”  Democratic lawmakers, many of whom were wearing white to honor women’s suffrage, then rose to their feet and cheered, leaving Trump to joke, “You weren't supposed to do that.”

They rose again when Trump said that there were more women in the workforce than at any other point in history.  As they continued to celebrate, he said, to laughter: “Don't sit yet—you’re going to like this.”

Trump then said that there were more women serving in Congress than at any other point in history.  This led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, seated behind Trump, to take to her feet, clap and encourage lawmakers to join her.  The other lawmakers then clapped, cheered, high-fived and chanted “USA” over and over and over again.  I thought it was both great and hilarious at the same time.


Feb. 4, 2019

New moon in the middle of winterToday is the exact middle of Winter in the northern hemisphere and the exact middle of Summer in the southern hemisphere (see hemisphere map).  There also happens to be a new moon today and tonight.

The annual change of seasons seems to be something that most people enjoy, but I’m not really in that boat myself.  I think I might like to live for a year somewhere on the equator, where the weather is pretty much the same during all four seasons.  At least, that is what I’ve heard.


Feb. 3, 2019

Tom Brady, Patriots Quarterback / Jared Goff, Rams QuarterbackSuper Bowl LIII (53) took place this evening in Atlanta, Georgia.  Tom Brady and the New England Patriots beat Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams.

The final score was Patriots 13, Rams 3.  It was the sixth Superbowl win for Brady and the Patriots.

Super Bowl LIII Scoreboard

The very first touchdown of the game, which was scored by Sony Michel of the Patriots, was in the 4th quarter.  That was the longest that it ever took to score a touchdown in any Superbowl game.  It also was the lowest total score (16 points) for any Superbowl game.

Jared Goff sackedI enjoyed Gladys Knight’s rendition of the National Anthem.  I am glad that no player(s) “took a knee” while she sang it.  The only player I saw “take a knee” (actually, two knees) during the game was Jared Goff when he was sacked. 

I thought all of the commercials during the game were mostly boring.  None of them impressed me.  Ho hum. 

The half-time show was OK, I guess.  The performers were Adam Levine and Maroon 5.  It looks like Adam has spent a lot of time at tatoo parlors.

       

       
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Feb. 2, 2019

Punxsutawney PhilIt is Groundhog Day.  Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow this morning and did not see his shadow, which allegedly forecasts that spring weather will begin early.

Hopefully, Phil’s prediction for an early spring is correct.  However, sometimes his predictions are wrong.  If that happens to be the case this year, there probably will be a lot of people who aren’t too happy about extended winter weather.

Groundhog predicts an early spring.
Don't get too excited, he's usually wrong.

This has been a very harsh winter for much of the U.S.  Many locations had a lot of snow and freezing temperatures, often below 0° F, earlier than usual.  Then winter storm Jayden, caused by a major polar vortex, swept across much of the U.S. earlier this week.

February Temperature Outlook:
Early Thaw, Then Back to Frigid Air

Many may hope that Phil just stays in the ground on Groundhog Day next year.  That day will coincide with Superbowl LIV (54) Day, which usually happens about every 5 to 6 years.


Jan. 31, 2019

New baby after birthOn Jan. 22, following New York’s legalization of an abortion up to the point of a baby’s delivery, Governor Cuomo had the spire of the World Trade Center lighted pink in celebration.  He said that this would “shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow.”

It looks like the next state that has attempted to follow New York’s lead is Virginia.  A bill was submitted that would allow an abortion while a woman is in labor.  There even appears to be an allowance in the bill for a mother and her physician(s) to decide, after the delivery, whether the baby should live or die.  Potentially, this could result in infanticide.

Virginia is for infanticide? Abortion bill leaves
me shocked by what's going on in my own state

Fortunately, a Virginia House subcommittee voted 5-3 to table H.R. 2491.  However, this does not guarantee that there will not be a future attempt to pass a similar measure.

Virginia Republicans defeat Democrat
bill allowing abortions up until birth

Jan. 29, 2019

Cancer cellsIsraeli scientists are saying that they have discovered the cure for cancer and will have it available within a year’s time.  The treatment is known as MuTaTo (multi-target toxin) and works like an antibiotic against cancer cells.

The new treatment is being developed by Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd.  Dan Aridor, a leading scientist with the company, says that their cancer cure will be effective from day one.  It will last a duration of a few weeks and will have no or minimal side-effects.  It also should be available at a much lower cost than most other treatments on the market.

Cancer cells have the ability to mutate their receptors that are targeted by cancer-killing toxins.  However, MuTaTo seeks out multiple receptors simultaneously, making it too difficult for the cancer cell to mutate fast enough to prevent their destruction.

A Cure For Cancer? Israeli Scientists
Say They Think They Found One

Jan. 28, 2019

President Trump’s annual State of the Union (SOTU) address originally was scheduled to take place tomorrow, Jan. 29, in the House Chamber and before a joint session of Congress.  However, weeks after a partial shutdown of the federal government went into effect on Dec. 22, Speaker Pelosi told Trump that she would not allow him to address the nation in the House during the shutdown.

Then, on Jan. 25, a deal was reached to end the shutdown and to reopen the government (at least until Feb. 15).  Today, Pelosi invited the president to deliver the SOTU address, in the House Chamber, on Feb. 5, which is a week from tomorrow.  Evidently, Trump has agreed to this.

Pelosi invites Trump to give State of
the Union address on February 5


Winter storm across parts of the U.S. Frigid air mass and morning lows
In other news, a major winter storm, Jayden, is sweeping across much of the U.S.  It is having or will have devastating effects on the upper Midwest, the deep South and the Northeast today and for the next couple of days.  This is being caused by significant polar vortex blast, which is dipping much further south than normal.

Snow and ice are making traveling extremely difficult in some places.  Scores of spin-outs and crashes are happening and will continue for the next few days.

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, temperatures will fall into the minus 20s and 30s below 0° in some northern states.  With the wind chill effect, it could feel in the 50s and 60s below 0°.  The high temperature at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Wednesday is predicted to be -14°, which would break a 25-year record.  Where is “global warming” when we need it?

Even Atlanta will be receiving some snow and cold temperatures.  Hopefully, the weather will settle down by the time Superbowl LIII is played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium this coming Sunday, Feb. 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Winter storm slamming Midwest to bring snow to
South, Northeast ahead of polar vortex blast

Jan. 27, 2019

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Never forget 6,000,000
Today is the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the concentration camp where over one million people died or were killed by Nazis.  This is only a fraction of over six million people who died or were killed in all of the Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

This date officially was designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005 by the United Nations.  Here are five Holocaust memorials and museums that can be visited in the U.S.:

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.
  • The Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Los Angeles, California
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Skokie, Illinois
Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019: 5 Museums,
Memorials Around the U.S. About the Holocaust

Jan. 26, 2019

At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell talked with Gary Kah, who has been monitoring the “New World Order” for 30 years.  This will be the kingdom of the Antichrist, which is outlined in the Bible.

In his work as a trade specialist, Gary learned of efforts underway to establish a one-world political and financial system.  He also discovered a religious motivation connected with these endeavors.

Gary stated the following:

If there was a world government, we would lose our current system of checks and balances.  Right now in the world, if one country steps out of line, other countries can ally themselves, come together and oppose that power and put it back in its place.  But under a one-world regime, where would people run to?  If the world government itself is corrupt, there’s no place left to go to because the entire world is under a single global umbrella.

Satan can deceive mankind in a number of different ways to follow his agenda.  He is increasing the amount of chaos and creating an atmosphere of crisis in the world.  This can be done with environmental changes, as well as with large swings in the global economy and in political situations.

Such things can cause people to experience fear, trepidation and even helplessness, causing them to seek a firm solution—such as a one-world system that, allegedly, will bring about world peace, unity, and a solution to all of our problems.  But, in reality, Satan’s “solution” will do just the opposite.  Revelation 13 provides an overview of this.

Today’s audio program, lasting 57 minutes with 3 commercial breaks, can be heard here:

En Route to Global Occupation: Audio

Those who embrace a Pre-tribulation view of the Rapture do not believe it is possible that we could have entered the final 7-year period of this age, known as the 70th Week (commonly referred to as the “Tribulation” period).  However, I have speculated that I feel it is possible that we are in that 7-year period now, although I am not adamant about this.

We usually look for things to happen on our own timetable and calendar.  On the other hand, God has His own timetable and calendar, and He uses the sun and the moon in the sky as “signs to mark seasons and days and years.(Genesis 1:14b)

I leave open the possibility that the prophesied 70th Week may have begun with the last of the four Lunar and Solar Eclipses: 2014 & 2015—that is, with the “blood moon” eclipse on the Feast of Tabernacles, Sep. 28, 2015.   I believe that we will know for certain whether or not this is true if specific anticipated prophetic events do or do not take place during Passover week, Apr. 20-27, this year.  I am hoping that they will not.


Jan. 25, 2019

This is day 35 of the partial federal government shutdown, the longest such shutdown in U.S. history.  President Trump spoke just outside of the White House this afternoon, saying that a deal had been reached to end the shutdown and to reopen the government, at least until Feb. 15.  He said, “I am very proud to announce today that we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government.

Trump also said, “In a short while I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks, until February 15th.  I will make sure that all employees receive their backpay very quickly or as soon as possible.  It’ll happen fast.”  He then spoke at length about the dangers of criminals and drugs coming across the border.

In conclusion, he said, “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15th again, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency.  We will have great security.”  Trump’s 18-minute speech can be heard and seen here:


Jan. 24, 2019

President Trump may be preparing to declare a national emergency along the southern border.  It also seems that there may be as much as $7 billion in potential funds available for a border wall.  This would bypass Congress’ inability, so far, to pass legislation that would fund the building of a wall.

A draft of the presidential proclamation contains the following, among other statements, “The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency.”  Evidently, if the declaration is made, the US Army Corps of Engineers would be deployed to construct the wall.

White House preparing draft national emergency
order and identified $7 billion for wall

Jan. 22, 2019

This is the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973.  It allowed abortions to take place up to the third trimester of pregnancy.

Today, the New York State Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act by a vote of 38 to 28.  It makes it legal not only for doctors but also for other health care professionals, such as midwives and physician assistants, to perform abortions up until the point of birth.

Weeks ago, anticipating a vote on the Reproductive Health Act, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “We have said we’re going to pass it in 30 days.  I believe we’re going to pass it in 30 days and just so there’s no ambiguity — we do the budget in April.  I will not pass a budget until the Reproductive Health Act and the Contraceptive Care Act are passed, period.

World Trade Center with pink spireAfter the pro-abortion act passed, Cuomo had the spire of the World Trade Center, in the nation’s largest city, lighted pink in celebration.  He said that this would “shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow.”  Sarah Weddington, the Texas attorney who successfully argued Roe v. Wade before Supreme Court, was at Cuomo’s side when he signed the Reproductive Health Act into law.

New York passes bill allowing
abortion up to birth, for any reason

There were standing ovations and cheering in the NY Senate after the vote.  I suppose they figured that this is a furthering of the “enlightenment of human existence.”  That is not how I see it, though.

It is a dark day when any innocent human being is executed, at any point following conception.  In my opinion, the legalization of abortions, at any point before their births, is an approval of the serial killing of human fetuses and embryos.

God gives life and sees the value of all human lives, even those who are still fetuses and embryos.  So God’s invaluable presence is being ripped out of countless little lives, via abortions, before they ever see the light of day.

Human abortion is a blatant defiance of God and is an example of pushing Him out of human decisions, making those choices more emotional and less rational.  “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 111:110)  I feel that the legalization of the Reproductive Health Act, at this point, should raise concern that God’s dire judgment on America is more likely to happen than not.


Jan. 21, 2019

In the NFC Championship game last night, the Los Angeles Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints with a score of 26-23.  Later, in the AFC Championship game, the New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs with a score of 37-31.

So the Rams and the Patriots will meet in Superbowl LIII on Feb. 3.  The game is scheduled to take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Superbowl LIII teams

Jan. 20, 2019

Total blood moon lunar eclipse World map of the lunar eclipse
There will be a total “blood moon” lunar eclipse tonight.  See Total Lunar Eclipse on January 20-21, 2019.  It is being called a “super wolf blood moon” eclipse.

The totality phase of this eclipse will be visible in virtually all of North, Central and South America (see Eclipse Map).  In the U.S., the totality will last from 8:41 p.m. to 9:43 p.m. PST = 11:41 p.m. to 12:43 a.m. EST.

Rare 'super blood Moon' eclipse to put on
stunning display in January: What to know

This will be the last total lunar eclipse viewable from anywhere on earth until May 26, 2021.  That is well over 2 years away, which I think is really weird.  It makes me wonder if perhaps God might even be giving us a sign of some major event(s) happening between now and then.

Actually, the first possibility that comes to mind is the following happening (as described by Jesus) in Israel, perhaps during Passover week this year (Apr. 20-27), although I hope not:

When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.  Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. (Luke 21:20,21)

Jan. 19, 2019

Five new legal immigrants sworn in in the Oval OfficePresident Trump presided over the swearing in of 5 new legal immigrants, who became American citizens today.  Following that ceremony, Trump outlined a new border security proposal to end the partial government shutdown.  However, Speaker Pelosi said in a statement, “It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter.”

Trump said that a wall would save many lives and stop drugs from pouring into the U.S.  He also said that, rather than a concrete wall, this would be steel barriers in high-priority locations.

Among many of the things that Trump outlined, he said that he was prepared to back a three-year extension of protections for 700,000 immigrants.  These came to the country illegally as children and were shielded from deportation under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  This would be in exchange for the $5.7 billion he has requested for a barrier on the southern border with Mexico.

In case the video is unavailable, you can watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tnCWsuR6u0


At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell talked with former New Ager Steven Bancarz for the hour.  This $10 billion movement has “Christianized” its tactics to fool Christians and to infiltrate the church.

Bancarz notes that over 60% of Christians embrace at least one New Age belief, and the doctrine of demons has moved into many church sanctuaries.  His warnings are very interesting and compelling.

Today’s audio program, lasting 57 minutes with 3 commercial breaks, can be heard here:

The Second Coming of the New Age: Audio

Jan. 18, 2019

March for Life rally in Washington, DCToday at a stage on the National Mall in Washington, DC, thousands of pro-life activists were gathered.  This was the 46th annual March for Life event.

Many people in the crowd held various signs.  “Choose love, Choose life,” “I am the pro-life generation,” and “Defund Planned Parenthood” were some examples.

Both last year and this year, President Trump was the first president to address the crowd live via satellite from the White House Rose Garden.  He promised to veto any bill that “weakens the protection of human life.”

Vice President Pence made a surprise appearance at the rally.  He credited Trump with nominating conservative judges to the federal bench.

The March for Life goes on,
the fight is worth it

Jan. 17, 2019

Ballot vote of confidence or no confidence vote for Theresa MayBritish Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote last night, which was called by members of her own Conservative Party.  The vote in favor of her continued leadership of the ruling party was 200 votes for and 117 votes against.

This followed a vote largely rejecting her Brexit negotiations deal, a couple of days ago, by the British Parliament.  The magnitude of last night’s pro-May vote probably was at least partly due to fear that if May resigned, she could be replaced by far-left Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn who identifies, ideologically, as a democratic socialist.

Theresa May’s allies keep her in power by
warning of hard-left takeover if she falls

Jan. 15, 2019

British Parliament rejects Brexit dealThere was a vote today in the British Parliament to reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations deal with the European Union.  The vote was a whopping 432 votes against and only 202 votes for.  Many hard-line Brexit supporters within her own party felt that the deal handed too much power to the E.U.

The initial Brexit deal was approved narrowly, over 2½ years ago in June 2016, by British voters 51.89% to 48.11%.  At the time, Prime Minister David Cameron had wanted for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union.  Cameron resigned as prime minister less than a month later and was succeeded by Theresa May.

The U.K. is scheduled to leave (exit) the E.U. on March 29 of this year.  Following today’s vote in Parliament, though, this could change.  Many want to have another Brexit vote by British citizens which, I’m guessing, this time would fail.  Many also want for Theresa May to resign as prime minister.

In any case, it is a huge complicated mess.  We’ll see what happens in the coming months.

British Prime Minister Theresa May suffers
devastating defeat on key Brexit vote

Jan. 14, 2019

I remember seeing and smelling the smoke from wildfires in No. CA, particularly the devastating Camp Fire, when I was up in Marin County on Nov. 8, 2018.  That was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in CA history, and it took 17 days to be 100% contained.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) notified customers for two days before Nov. 8 that it might shut down power due to a forecast of high winds and low humidity.  Ultimately, though, PG&E did not do that.

On Nov. 8, PG&E reported at 6:15 a.m. PST that there was an outage on one of its transmission lines at Pulga Road.  Cal Fire reported that the Camp Fire began at 6:33 a.m. PST.  Investigations on whether or not PG&E’s negligence resulted in the fire’s inception are continuing.

Since Nov. 8, PG&E has lost more than two-thirds of its market value.  Today, PG&E stock fell over 52%.  Now PG&E is planning to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection over possible liability in various fires, not only of the Camp Fire but also of other fires in 2017 and in 2018.  The company’s liability could exceed $30 billion.

PG&E Plans To File For Bankruptcy Over
Possible Liability In California Wildfires

Also, PG&E announced that its CEO, Geisha Williams, has stepped down.  She became the CEO in March 2017.  Williams will be succeeded by John Simon, on an interim basis, until a long-term replacement can be found.

PG&E CEO Geisha Williams out amid
utility’s widening financial crisis

Jan. 13, 2019

Recent measurements appear to indicate that the Earth’s north magnetic pole is shifting rapidly.  There is concern that this will impact navigation in the Arctic and elsewhere, including GPS navigation.  Scientists now are realizing that the 2015 World Magnetic Model, which was supposed to be good until 2020, needs updating earlier than planned.

Since late 2014, the core field has varied in an unpredictable manner, which is continuing.  This led to the World Magnetic Model becoming less accurate, particularly at high northern latitudes, much faster than normal.

The variations have been attributed to an abrupt unpredictable and unexplainable change in 2014/2015.  Since then, there has been an acceleration of flow in the Earth’s core in the northern hemisphere.

Planet’s erratic magnetic field forces
emergency update to global navigation system

Jan. 11, 2019

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, has missed all of the Supreme Court’s oral arguments for three days this week.  She also will miss oral arguments next week.

It is the first time that she has done this since joining the Supreme Court in 1993.  This follows surgery, three weeks ago today on Dec. 21, 2018, to remove cancerous growths in her lung.

Ginsburg’s past health issues, while on the high court, include the following:

  • 2018: cancerous nodules removed from lung
  • 2018: fractured three ribs, due to fall
  • 2014: stent placed in coronary artery
  • 2009: treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer
  • 1999: underwent surgery to treat colon cancer

Now some are wondering if she possibly might be considering resigning from her senior position on the Supreme Court.  If that should happen, then President Trump would have his opportunity to nominate a third judge on the court to replace her.

In the past, when asked how long she expected to remain on the bench, Ginsburg’s standard response has been, “I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam.”  For now, she still plans to take part in the resolution of cases through reading briefs and argument transcripts.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's absence creates uncertainty
about Supreme Court's present and future

Jan. 10, 2019

The postal rate for a U.S. First Class stamp, for an envelope weighing no more than 1.0 ounce, will be increasing 5¢ on Jan. 27.  The new charge for a Forever stamp will be 55¢, which is a 10% increase.

Each additional ounce for a First Class letter will cost an extra 15¢.  So people have about 2½ weeks remaining to buy First Class Forever stamps at the present rate of 50¢ per stamp.


Jan. 8, 2019

Tonight, President Trump delivered an immigration address from the Oval Office to the nation.  It lasted a brief 9½ minutes.

Next, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer offered a sharp rebuttal to Trump’s address.  Their combined response lasted under 5 minutes.

Now, having heard all of that, listen to Democrats Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, in past years, talking about problems with illegal immigration and the need for effective border security, and then changing their tone during Trump’s presidency:

Democrats On Immigration,
Before And After Trump

Jan. 6, 2019

Golden Globe AwardThe 76th Golden Globe Awards took place tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.  Many of the nominees will be nominated again for Oscars at the 91st Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 24 in Hollywood, CA.

The Golden Globe Awards show were hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh.  They also spoke onstage together at the 70th Emmy Awards on Sep. 17, 2018.

“The Americans” won top TV drama in the FX show’s final chance at the trophy; the movie version of that award went to “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  Rami Malek claimed the evening’s top dramatic acting award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen-sanctioned biopic.  Glenn Close bested Lady Gaga for best actress.

Christian Bale, who played Vice President Dick Cheney in the movie Vice, took a few shots onstage at Cheney.  He joked that he was the obvious choice to play the “charmless” Cheney.

Bale then went on to thank several people for helping support Vice, including the devil himself: “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.”  If that isn’t beyond bizarre, I don’t what is.

Golden Globes: The Complete
List of Winners and Nominees

Jan. 4, 2019

The first two Muslim women were sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday.  Both are Democrats, and both were sworn in on the Quran, the holiest book of Islam.

Rashida Tlaib, 42, represents Michigan’s 13th congressional district.  She was born in Detroit, MI, to two Palestinian immigrants.  Ilhan Omar, 37, represents Minnesota’s 5th congressional district.  She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.

This morning, Tlaib tweeted, “Now is the time to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump.”  This follows her comment to her young son, after being sworn in, that “we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf-----!

Rep. Rashida Tlaib profanely promised
to impeach Trump. She’s not sorry.

Omar has tweeted, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”  She also taped a “Palestine” sticky note to a map in her congressional office.  Evidently, she is a strong follower of Allah and hater of Israel.

Since 1837, there has been a ban on head coverings in Congress.  Yesterday, the House voted 234 to 197 to allow head coverings to be worn on the House floor for religious reasons.  Today Omar, who wears a head covering, tweeted, “Yesterday, Congress voted to lift a 181 year ban on headwear to make the #116thCongress more inclusive for all.

Rep. Ilhan Omar prompts new rule that allows, for the
first time in 181 years, head coverings on House floor

Jan. 3, 2019

Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), age 78, has regained the position of the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives.  She previously served in that roll from 2007 to 2011.  She succeeds outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

In today’s vote in the House, Nancy Pelosi received 220 votes, while Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) received 192 votes.  There were 15 Democrats who did not vote for Pelosi.  McCarthy, age 53, will be the new House Minority Leader.

There still remains no resolution between President Trump and Congress to end the partial government shutdown.  Any measures by the House to reopen the government, without any border wall funding, probably will not be approved by Trump or the Senate, which still has a Republican majority.

Pelosi elected speaker despite defections,
as Democrats reclaim House majority

Jan. 1, 2019

Happy New Year!  I hope that 2019 is a good, favorable and prosperous year for you and yours.

       
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Below are links to my annual calendar and a list of 2019 holidays and observances that many like to download and tape to a wall nearby.  That is what I do, with the calendar on one side and the holidays/observances on the other side of one piece of paper.  Both are in DOCX, DOC and PDF formats.

This calendar is not meant to substitute for a 12-page calendar on which scheduled reminders can be written.  I have mine on the wall behind my desk and frequently use it as a quick reference for future dates.

Click on each image below and print out the two pages (either as DOCX or DOC files) on either side of one piece of paper.  Just change my name, at the top of the calendar page, to your name before you print it.

DOCX

 
        DOC

 

Or else you could print out these two pages (PDF files), with no name on the calendar page.  If you would like a calendar with your name on it in a PDF file, email me and I will try to send you one when I can find some free time.

PDF

 


If you’ve never read the Bible straight through, from cover to cover, you might want to do it in 2019.  Go to the following page, print out the pages in either DOC, PDF, or HTML format, and check off the passages as you read them:

Chronological List of Bible Passages

Another option is a daily reading schedule that skips around the Bible.  I now prefer reading it this way myself.  Samaritan’s Purse has a yearly reading list, which I like, that does this.  You can download and print it in any of these three formats:

DOCX  |  DOC  |  PDF

The Bible is God’s Law and Instruction Manual for life.  Don’t worry if you are unable to understand everything you read; eventually, God will give us answers to everything we wonder about.  One of the main things you will come to understand is God’s everlasting covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—see God’s Covenant: with Israel or the Church?

So in case you’ve never read the Bible all the way through, do it!  If you’ve done it before, do it again; you never can get too much of God’s written Word!  I am in the process of doing it now, which I have done numerous times before.

You can read one of a number of Bible versions at BibleGateway.com.  If you read it for an average of 15 minutes a night before bed, you will sleep better for a whole year. 

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