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Feb. 22, 2017

A good friend in Arkansas and I have this “thing” about various sequences of numbers containing a repeat of the numeral 2.  Since today is 2/22 (or, in many parts of the world, 22/2), I sent him an email at exactly 2:22:22 a.m. his time (CST).  I used the clock at http://time.gov/HTML5 to determine the exact time.

2/22 2:22:22

Here are a few of the pics we’ve sent each other over the years:

     
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Feb. 21, 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit another record high today, topping 20,700 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.58% to 20,743.00, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.60% to 2,365.38.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 20,743.00   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,365.38

Feb. 20, 2017

There have been over 60 bomb threats at Jewish community centers across the U.S. since the beginning of the year, with 48 of these occurring in January.  The wave of bomb threats has affected centers in 27 states.  Some centers have received multiple calls, with most of the centers being evacuated.

Furthermore, in 2014 and 2015, the FBI recorded more than 1,270 hate crime incidents targeting Jews.  This is more than for any other religious group.

More than 60 threats to Jewish centers
across the US, authorities investigating

Hopefully, this wave of threats will subside by April 10 & 11.  That is when Passover seders will be taking place at Jewish centers everywhere.


Feb. 19, 2017

Rush Limbaugh appeared on Chris Wallace’s program on Fox News Channel today.  The entire interview lasted almost 12½ minutes.

Here are several things Limbaugh said, some direct quotations and some excerpts:

  • It is preposterous to believe that the Russians had any effect on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, either on how the votes were cast or how they were counted.  There is no evidence for this.  Those who would insist that the Russians did have an effect would have to acknowledge that Hillary won the popular vote.
  • People who voted for and supported Donald Trump really believed that they were going to lose the country, as founded, if Hillary Clinton won.
  • Trump needs to get to work on repealing Obamacare, doing tax reform and shoring up our borders.
  • The left says that “immigration” means that any non-citizens wanting to enter the country should be allowed to do so.  But they are defining and supporting illegal immigration, which should not be allowed.
  • The Obama “stimulus” (in 2009) was a payoff to unions.  It didn’t stimulate anything.  But Obama got everything he wanted in the first year because anyone who opposed him would have been accused of being a racist or a bigot.  As a result, we didn’t get a growing economy or jobs being created at a replacement level for those whose jobs were lost.
  • The media (such as ABC, CBS, NBC, New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times and USA Today) did not make Donald Trump, and they cannot destroy him.  They have a formula or blueprint for destroying Republican political officials they don’t like, but it’s not going to work on Trump.  He doesn’t fit that mold.
  • Trump has a connection with his voters that most politicians don’t have.  No one can break that connection; he’s the only one who can do that.
  • I know Donald Trump.  He’s a winner, he’s committed and he has intended all along what he thinks is necessary to save the country.  We’re only one month in, and he’s got three years and eleven months to go.  His supporters have gotten nowhere near the point of being worried or wanting to abandon him.

I often listen to Rush Limbaugh on weekdays on KOGO 600 AM radio in San Diego.


Feb. 18, 2017

On Fortress of Faith this morning, the guest of Tom Wallace was Leo Hohmann, author of Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad.  They talked about the problems with the influx into the U.S. of refugees from countries controlled by Islamic governments.

One problem is that most of these countries are governed by Sharia Law, which is not at all compatible with the U.S. Constitution and laws.  Furthermore, there is very little assimilation of Islamic refugees into American culture and acceptance of our laws.

State and local governments usually are not even told about how many refugees will be coming in or where they will be placed.  Schools are impacted, there are translation issues, and numerous burdens are place on local communities.

The notes and audio recording of today’s Fortress of Faith program are here:

Legal Immigration—Refugee Resettlement Program: PDF | Audio
Feb. 15, 2017

President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint news conference today.  Afterwards, questions were asked, both to Trump and to Netanyahu.  The entire session lasted about 27 minutes.

Here are several things Prime Minister Netanyahu said that I like:

  • There are two prerequisites for peace that I laid out several years ago, and they haven’t changed.  First, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state.  They have to stop calling for Israel’s destruction.  They have to stop educating their people for Israel’s destruction.  Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River; because, if we don’t, we know what will happen.  Otherwise, we’ll get another radical Isalamic terrorist state and the Palestinian areas exploding the peace, exploding the Middle East.
  • Unfortunately, the Palestinians vehemently reject both prerequisites for peace.  First, they continue to call for Israel’s destruction inside their schools, inside their mosques, inside their textbooks.  You have to read it to believe it.
  • They even deny our historical connection to our homeland.  You have to ask yourself: Why are Jews called Jews?  Well, the Chinese are called Chinese because they come from China.  The Japanese are called Japanese because they come from Japan.  Well, Jews are called Jews because they come from Judea.  This is our ancestral homeland.  Jews are not foreign colonialists in Judea.
  • This is the source of the conflict: the presistent Palestinian refusal to recognize a Jewish state in any boundary—this persistent rejectionism.  That’s the reason we don’t have peace.  Now, that has to change.  I want it to change.
  • Not only have I not abandoned these two prerequisites of peace, they’ve become even more important because of the rising tide of fanaticism that has swept the Middle East and has also, unfortunately, infected Palestinian society.
  • I want this to change.  I want those two prerequisites of peace—substance, not labels—I want them reinstated.  But if anyone believes that I, as Prime Minister of Israel responsible for the security of my country, would gladly walk into a Palestinian terrorist state that seeks the destruction of my country, they’re gravely mistaken.
  • The two prerequisites of peace—recognition of the Jewish state and Israel’s security needs west of the Jordan—they remain pertinent.  We have to look for new ways, new ideas, on how to reinstate them and how to move peace forward.

Personally, I do not believe that real peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis is possible.  I feel that the friction in Israel is going to go from bad to worse because it is prophesied, in the Bible, to happen that way.


I got a stash of 50%-off candy at WalMart this morning.  Most of it is Reese’s chocolate with peanut butter, my favorite combination.  A lot of the candy is for someone else who didn’t want to get to WalMart at 7:00 a.m. before they started removing Valentine candy and replacing it with Easter candy.

Half-price Valentine’s candy  Elmer assorted Valentine’s chocolates
5-second slideshow

There is a total of 166.10 ounces = 10.38 pounds.  I’ll give some of my portion away; the rest of it will last me quite awhile.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit another record high today, topping 20,600 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.52% to 20,611.86, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.50% to 2,349.25.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 20,611.86   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,349.25

Feb. 14, 2017

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 Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit another record high today, topping 20,500 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.45% to 20,504.41, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.40% to 2,337.58.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 20,504.41   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,337.58

Feb. 13, 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit another record high today, topping 20,400 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.70% to 20,412.16, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.52% to 2,328.25.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 20,412.16   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,328.25

Feb. 11, 2017

Although I attend church almost every Sunday, I observe a seventh-day Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15)—see Sabbath: Saturday or Sunday?  A good friend and I get together each Saturday morning for a Bible study and prayer.

Recently, he found an interesting ministry online: 119 Ministries.  They have loads of YouTube videos.

Right now, we’re both interested in their “Pauline Paradox” series.  Most Christians seem to think that the majority of the written Law/Torah of Moses has been “done away with” or was “nailed to the cross.”  We disagree with that notion, and this series provides excellent, detailed explanations about this topic.

For those with similar interests, I would recommend watching the first video.  If you like it, then continue on to other videos.  The whole series consists of these five videos:

Video Length
  • Part 1: Is the Majority Ever Wrong?
  • Part 2: The Paul You Never Knew
  • Part 3: Why Is Paul So Difficult to Understand?
  • Part 4: Which Law Paul?
  • Part 5: Galatians
  •          54min 16sec
    1hr 30min 28sec
           51min 18sec
           55min 15sec
    2hr 58min 32sec

    Feb. 10, 2017

    Where the lunar eclipse will be visibleThere are multiple events going on in the sky tonight: a full moon, a lunar eclipse and Comet 45P streaking by.

    The eclipse will be only penumbral (partial), and much of the U.S. will not be able to see it due to cloud cover.  In the U.S., it will be called the “snow moon” because, on average, February is the USA’s snowiest month.

    The comet can be viewed, looking to the east, around 3:00 a.m. EST Saturday morning, where it will be visible in the sky in the constellation Hercules.  Binoculars or a telescope will be helpful.

    Watch for a bright blue-green “head” with a tail.  In cloudy areas where it cannot be seen, there are some websites where all of these events can be viewed.

    A full moon, lunar eclipse and
    comet all in one evening?
    It happens tonight.

    In two months is the full moon of Passover, and then Passover week (Apr. 10-18) will follow.  While I am attending a Passover Seder on the evening of Apr. 10, I will be thinking about the possibility that certain events may happen in Jerusalem and that the Great Tribulation could begin within a week, as explained in my anticipated prophetic events and significant dates sections.  I’ll be hoping that these events will not happen.


    In other news, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit another record high today, topping 20,200 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.49% to 20,270.68, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.36% to 2,316.10.

    Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 20,270.68   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,316.10

    Feb. 9, 2017

    Today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco unanimously ruled against a ban put in place by the Trump administration.  The ban had prevented entrance into the United States by refugees, migrants and green-card holders from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

    Federal appeals court refuses
    to reinstate Trump travel ban

    Trump probably will appeal to the Supreme Court.  However, unless his nominee Neil Gorsuch has been approved and sworn in by that time, there is a good chance that the Supreme Court vote would be 4-4, thus upholding the 9th Circuit Court ruling against Trump’s ban.


    In other news, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit another record high today, topping 20,100 for the first time.  Some feel that it may be due to the possibility that tax cuts, proposed by President Trump, are coming this year.  The Dow was up 0.59% to 20,172.40, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.58% to 2,307.87.

    Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 20,172.40   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,307.87

    Feb. 8, 2017

    The European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument for Israel includes the following statement:

    The achievement of lasting peace in the Middle East is a central aim of the EU, whose main objective is a two-State solution leading to a final and comprehensive settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on implementation of the Road Map, with Israel and a democratic, viable, peaceful and sovereign Palestinian State living side-by-side in peace within secure and recognised borders and enjoying normal relations with their neighbours.

    Anyone in the European Union or elsewhere who thinks that a meaningful, workable “peace” agreement is possible between the Palestinians and the Israelis is living in an idealistic fantasy world.  It has been attempted numerous times before, but it always has failed.

    It cannot happen for one basic reason: the primary goal of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas is the elimination of the Jewish state.  It is an ancient conflict that will not be resolved until Israel’s Messiah returns and eliminates Israel’s sworn enemies.

    The following article is one of the best and most precise descriptions of why a manmade “peace” between the Palestinians and the Israelis is not possible.  It includes explanations as to why Israeli settlements on so-called “occupied Palestinian territory” are not the main deterrent to peace.

    Settlements Don’t Impede Peace

    Feb. 6, 2017

    A law legalizing and protecting thousands of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria has been passed in the Israeli Knesset.  These homes were built with government backing.  The Regulation Law passed its final reading in the Knesset by a majority of 60 to 52.

    In historic first, Israel legalizes
    West Bank outposts with
    sweeping new legislation

    Most of the world will call these Jewish settlements “illegal” and, no doubt, will have a big problem with this law being passed in the Knesset.  I feel it is only a matter of time before action will be taken against Israel by the U.N. for keeping these settlements on what it considers to be “occupied” Palestinian land.


    Feb. 5, 2017

    Tom Brady, Patriots Quarterback / Matt Ryan, Falcons QuarterbackSuper Bowl LI (51) took place today in Houston, Texas.  Tom Brady and the New England Patriots beat Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.  The final score was 34 to 28.

    Super Bowl LI Scoreboard

    This was a totally amazing game.  At the end of the 3rd quarter, the Falcons were ahead 28-9.  Yet, by the last few seconds of the 4th quarter, the Patriots had scored 19 more points, with 4 of those points being 2-point conversions after touchdowns.

    Thus, the game was tied 28-28, sending it into overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history.  In the overtime inning, the Patriots scored a touchdown and won the game 34-28.

    Tom Brady set a record for the most passing yards (466) and the most completions (43) in a single Super Bowl game.  He also tied Charles Haley as the only NFL players with five Super Bowl wins (although Haley never was a quarterback).  Furthermore, Brady won the MVP award for today’s game.  However, sometime after the game, he said that his #12 jersey was missing and thought someone might try to sell it on EBay.

    My two favorite plays of the game were in the 4th quarter.  Ryan made a completed pass to Falcons #11 Julio Jones.  I have no idea how he caught that pass.  It was even more amazing how he took one step with each foot before going out of bounds.  Wow.

    A few plays later, Brady made a pass to Patriots #11 Julian Edleman.  With two Falcons players on top of Edleman, it was uncertain if the ball had touched the ground as he fell.  But three different camera angles showed that the ball had not touched the ground; it remained in Edleman’s hands, so the pass was complete.  Wow.

    By the way, my two favorite Super Bowl commercials were the Kia Niro and the TurboTax commercials.


    Feb. 3, 2017

    Following the passage of U.N. Security Council resolution 2334 on Dec. 23, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump said that he had supported a veto vote by the U.S.  Instead, the U.S. abstained from voting, so the anti-Israel resolution passed.

    Since then, Trump has continued to support everything that Israel has been doing.  He’s even talked about moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  However, now he may be rethinking those positions, saying that constructing new settlements by Israel “may not be helpful” to Middle East peace efforts.

    Trump to Israel: Settlements
    'may not help' achieve
    peace in the Middle East

    Trump’s comments came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu vowed to establish the first new West Bank settlement since 1992.  Netanyahu, along with other Israeli nationalists, defend the settlements on both security grounds and the historic religious ties to the territory.  They also say that East Jerusalem is an eternal part of Israel’s capital and is not up for negotiation.

    Israeli Settler Group Shrugs
    off White House Criticism

    Netanyahu is planning a trip to Washington, DC, on Feb. 15 to meet with Trump.  It will be interesting to see what Trump’s position is after that meeting.


    Feb. 2, 2015

    Punxsutawney PhilToday was Groundhog DayPunxsutawney Phil came out and saw his shadow, which is supposed to indicate that there will be six more weeks of winter.

    Phil's forecast: Groundhog
    predicts 6 more weeks of winter

    Jan. 31, 2017

    President Trump has announced his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away almost a year ago on Feb. 13, 2016.  Trump’s nominee is Neil Gorsuch, 49, who is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Colorado.

    This video shows a 7-minute introduction of Neil Gorsuch and his wife, Anne, by Donald Trump.  Then Judge Gorshuch speaks for another 5 minutes.


    In other news, the vote on a bill in the Israeli Knesset to retroactively legalize nearly 4,000 Jewish homes in the West Bank has been delayed.  The Knesset website indicates that the earliest the vote will happen is Feb. 6.

    Israel delays vote on
    settlement bill yet again

    The bill is backed by Israel’s right-wing government but has alarmed the international community and supporters of an independent Palestinian state.  The Palestine Liberation Organization has called it a “declaration of war.”


    Jan. 30, 2017

    There have been many questions about President Trump’s travel ban three days ago.  It prevents entry into the United States by refugees, migrants and green-card holders from seven mostly Muslim countries.

    The countries on the ban list for 90 days are Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.  In fact, all of these countries had been identified as “countries of concern” by the Obama administration.

    How the Trump administration chose the 7
    countries in the immigration executive order

    Another Democratic president spoke out against the “large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country.”  This was Bill Clinton in his State of the Union address on January 24, 1995.  Clinton added the following:

    The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants.  The public service they use pose a tax burden on our taxpayers.  That’s why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens....

    We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws.  It is wrong, and ultimately self-defeating, for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.

    Maybe Trump should tweet a link to this 1½-minute video clip and add the words, “I approve this message!”:


    In other news, the vote on a controversial bill in the Israeli parliament or Knesset is anticipated soon, perhaps tomorrow.  The bill, which is expected to be adopted, would legalize thousands of colonist homes on what is considered to be private Palestinian land in the West Bank.

    Ze’ev Elkin, head of the ruling Likud faction in the Knesset, has called for the gradual annexation of the West Bank by Israel.  He has pointed out how the Palestinians have rallied international support for a Palestinian state, but they have not learned to give concessions as Israel has.

    Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s defense minister, has said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has not adequately represented his people, nor does he have any intention of reaching a final peace agreement with Israel.  Lieberman said that the Palestinians need a strong leader with wide support, unlike Abbas.

    Lieberman also spoke out against the international community for “over-involvement” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  He said that this over-involvement is disruptive and does nothing to help achieve peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

    Tayseer Khalid, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, has indicated that no Palestinian leader is prepared to make concessions with Israel.  He feels that the Palestinian leadership should approach the U.N. Security Council and request that Israel be punished for its “war crimes.”

    Khalid says that Palestinians should defend their basic and legitimate rights.  He also feels that Palestinians should defend the legitimacy of two U.N. resolutions, including resolution 2334, and their use in the political confrontation with Israel.

    Israel schemes to annex
    large parts of West Bank

    Jan. 27, 2017

    March for LifeThe 44th annual March for Life is being held today in Washington, DC.  Each year, this rally takes place during the week of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, on January 22, 1973.  The rally is a protest of the court’s legalization of a woman’s “freedom of choice” to have an abortion.

    The rally involves marching on behalf of the unborn, who are unable to march for themselves.  The overall goal of the march is to have the Roe v. Wade decision overturned or, at least, to reduce access to the abortion procedure.

    'Life is winning': Pence fires up
    massive March for Life crowd

    Mike Pence is the first vice president to attend this event.  His speech at the event, lasting almost 10 minutes, can be viewed here:


    Jan. 26, 2017

    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says they are taking the “unprecedented” step of moving the symbolic Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight.  It has been moved from 3 minutes until midnight (11:57:00) to 2½ minutes to midnight (11:57:30).

    The nuclear 'Doomsday Clock' is closer
    to midnight than it's been in 58 years

    The entire (lengthy) report can be read here:

    2017 Doomsday Clock Statement

        

    In the report, one thing that is said is this:

    In addition to the existential threats posed by nuclear weapons and climate change, new global realities emerged, as trusted sources of information came under attack, fake news was on the rise, and words were used in cavalier and often reckless ways.

    I have no comment on any of that.  I will say, though, that when God’s “day of vengeance” commences—which I feel will span a year of time—people will realize that the worst damage and terror that could possibly be caused by people would not even compare to what is being doled out upon the earth by God’s seven angels.

    I find it interesting that the new “Doomsday Clock” has only 2½ minutes remaining until midnight.  In case the speculative hypotheses put forth in my End of the Age: 2020? commentary turns out to be correct, then there will be 2½ years from Passover week (April 10-18, 2017) until the Trumpets of the seven angels are blown.


    In other news, the U.S. State Department's entire senior management team has resigned.  They join other officials who have resigned since Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration last week.

    The State Department's Undersecretary for Management, Patrick Kennedy, resigned.  He had been in that job for nine years.  Three of his top officials also resigned: Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond and director of the Office of Foreign Missions Ambassador Gentry O. Smith.

    State Dept. Senior
    Management Team Resigns

    Some are saying that these officials did not want to be part of Trump’s administration, which may be true.  But, evidently, Trump had been planning to replace Kennedy and the others anyway.  Presumably, he can select from dozens of qualified people to replace them.


    Jan. 25, 2017

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has hit an historic milestone today.  It has passed the 20,000 mark.

    The Dow was up 0.78% to 20,068.51, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.80% to 2,298.37.  Perhaps the significant rise, since Donald Trump won the election over two months ago, is due to an anticipation of more jobs and lower income taxes.

    Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 20,068.51   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,298.37

    Jan. 24, 2017

    It has been revealed that on the last day of Barack Obama’s presidency (Jan. 20), he funneled out millions of dollars through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  This was prior to Donald Trump’s inauguration.

    Of this money, $1.25 million has been designated to go to United Nations organizations, $4 million to climate change programs, and a whopping $221 million to the Palestinian Authority.

    Obama Transfers $221M to
    Palestinian Authority in Final Hours

    A portion of the Palestinian Authority (PA) budget is given to terrorists and their families.  So if the PA receives the $221 million, millions of U.S. tax dollars will go to fund new terrorism.

    However, the State Department under President Trump has said that it plans to review the decision to send the $221 million to the Palestinian Authority.

    Trump's State Dept. Holds Back
    Obama's $221 million to the PA

    Jan. 21, 2017

    Hundreds of thousands of people came together today in the Women’s March on Washington, DC.  It was a show of protest on the first full day of the Trump administration.

    They were joined by countless protesters in other U.S. cities: Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix, Boston, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, St. Louis, Austin, Columbia and others.

    Furthermore, there were similar marches in over 20 countries around the globe.  These included world cities such as Paris, Marseille, London, Bristol, Berlin, Athens, Rome, Pristina, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Barcelona, Mexico City, Dublin, Oslo, Budapest, Accra, Cape Town, Prague, Geneva, Kolkata, Bangkok, Sydney, Melbourne and others.

    Protesters across globe
    rally for women's rights

    I heard someone report during the day that liberal Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros was the main funder of “partners” of the Washington protesters.  I searched around and found this interesting article by a lifelong liberal feminist who voted for Donald Trump:

    Billionaire George Soros has ties
    to more than 50 ‘partners’ of the
    Women’s March on Washington

    Jan. 20, 2017

    Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States
    Donald J. Trump
    45th President
    Michael Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States
    Michael R. Pence
    48th Vice President
    This was Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C., USA.  Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President after Michael R. Pence was sworn in as the 48th Vice President.

    In his first speech as the new U.S. leader, Trump put American interests first.  He promised to bring “power to the people” and pledged to protect the country’s borders.  He also said that he will unite the world against radical Islamic terrorism.

         

         
    20-second slideshow

    The first speech of President Trump, about 17 minutes in length, can be viewed here:


    Jan. 19, 2017

    One day before inauguration day, President-elect Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, held his first full news conference.  I watched most of it on TV while doing other things.

    At the beginning, Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke for about 10 minutes.  The entire news conference lasted 46 minutes and can be seen here:


    Jan. 17, 2017

    The World Economic Forum began today in Davos, Switzerland.  The forum will continue for three more days.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated his opposition to Israel’s settlements in the West Bank.  Among other statements, he said, “Most of the West Bank has been reserved for the exclusive use of Israel.  That’s not a Palestinian state.”

    Kerry: US anti-settlement moves
    are aimed to 'ignite a debate'

    Kerry might as well meet with the leaders of Hamas and Israel and say this to Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Kerry to Netanyahu: 'Could you at least meet him half way?'

    Jan. 15, 2017

    Representatives from over 70 nations attended a so-called “peace conference” in Paris today.  Their focus was on stressing the formulation of a two-state peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians.  A Middle East Peace Conference Joint Declaration was made.

    Paris peace conference declares: No
    "acceptable" solution except two states

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the conference “useless.”  Speaking to his Cabinet today, Netanyahu said that the conference sought to “force terms on Israel that conflict with our national needs.”

    Netanyahu: Paris peace conference is "useless"

    Perhaps this is one more step in the ultimate declaration of a Palestinian State by the nations of the world.  If so, Jews in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including those praying at the Western Wall, might be forced to leave land that God promised to them millennia ago.


    Jan. 13, 2017

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution today that begins the process of repealing Obamacare, ineptly named “The Affordable Care Act.”  This follows the Senate’s passage of the resolution yesterday.

    Netanyahu says truck-ramming
    terrorist was IS supporter

    Donald Trump has said that the Republican party “doesn't want to own” Obamacare and that the repeal and replace transition will happen “essentially simultaneously.”  I wish that could happen, but it does not seem like a very feasible task to me at all.

    I will say, though, that I feel Obamacare is absolutely one of the worst laws of the Obama administration during the past 8 years.  It was passed solely by Democrats in the Senate in 2009 and in the House of Representatives in 2010.

    Unfortunately, I really do not feel that it is possible for the U.S. health care system “train wreck” to be adequately cleaned up and properly rebuilt.  I stick by everything that I said in my Mar. 21, 2010 entry.


    Jan. 11, 2017

    I watched all 51 minutes of President Obama’s farewell speech last night.  I wish I had drunk a strong cup of coffee and taken a NoDoz tablet before it began.

    He did say some nice things about Michelle and their two daughters.  However, I was not impressed with most of the speech...ho hum.  All I know is that this country and my life are much worse off due to his 8-year presidency and destructive policies.


    Jan. 10, 2017

    Today is the twenty-sixth anniversary of my last day of work, in 1991.  I had worked as an optometrist at FHP in Fountan Valley, CA, for 11¼ years.  Then I left the eye-care profession to pursue other interests, although I have included a large section about the human eye at my website.

    Technically, Jan. 11 was supposed to be my official last day.  However, I called in sick that morning and went to Long Beach for the day.  I just couldn’t wait one more day to gain my freedom, and I have enjoyed having it every single day since then, thanks to God’s provisions for all of my needs. 


    Jan. 9, 2017

    A huge amount of rain has been falling on California, which is much needed after many years of an exceptional and devestating drought.  It’s the most to hit many parts since 1997.  I remember all of the rain that year.

    Calavares Big Trees State Park, CaliforniaThe first wave of storms came this past weekend.  More is expected through the middle of the week.  Incidents of urban flooding, river flooding, mudslides and rock slides have occurred and will be increasing.

    Life-threatening flooding problems to
    mount as storm train aims for California

    Yesterday, an intense storm toppled the famous Pioneer Cabin Tree, also known as “The Tunnel Tree,” a giant sequoia tree estimated to be over 1,000 years old.  Located in Calavares Big Trees State Park, the bottom of the tree was hollowed out in the 1880s so that tourist could drive and walk through it.  I have done both.

    Iconic 1,000-year-old Pioneer Cabin tree
    collapses as deadly storm blasts California

    Jan. 8, 2017

    An Islamic terror attack in Jerusalem today left 4 IDF cadets dead, all in their 20s, and at least 16 injured.  The terrorist, who recently had purchased a large flatbed truck, rammed it into the crowd of cadets who had just gotten off of a bus.

    Israeli police shot and killed the driver, whom they identified as Fadi Qunbar, 28.  Police also have arrested nine other suspects, including five of Qunbar’s family members.

    According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “All signs show he is a supporter of the Islamic State.”  He also said, “We know there is a sequence of terror attacks, and it’s quite possible that there is a connection between them, from France, Berlin and now Jerusalem.”

    Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, said there is “no limit to the cruelty of the terrorists who use every means to murder Jews and damage the routine life in the capital of Israel.”

    Netanyahu says truck-ramming
    terrorist was IS supporter

    Hamas, the militant fundamentalist Islamic organization, has praised the attacker on Twitter.  They tweeted, “We bless the courageous and heroic truck operation in Jerusalem.  It comes within the context of the normal response to the crimes of the Israeli occupation.”

    The goal of Hamas is the creation of an Islamic fundamentalist Palestinian State.  They insist that Israel is an occupying power and must be destroyed.

    Many in Israel are very concerned that this could be the beginning of a new wave of Palestinian Islamic attacks in Jerusalem.  That is a fearful thought, but it would not be surprising, especially in light of the recent passage of the U.N. Security Council’s anti-Israel resolution 2334.


    Jan. 6, 2017

    On the 700 Club this morning, the first segment dealt with the U.N. Security Council’s anti-Israel resolution 2334 passed on Dec. 23.  Gordon Robertson began the segment by saying, “According to the United Nation’s resolution that was passed last month, the old city of Jerusalem is ‘occupied Palestinian territory.’  But the Jews who live there have a very different view; they say it’s home.”

    Moshe Kempinski was interviewed.  He is a shop owner in the Jewish Quarter of the old city, East Jerusalem, Israel.  He insists that it “is not ‘occupied territory’”; rather, it “has been the place of God’s presence, and the place of His people, for three thousand years.”  I agree with that.

    In East Jerusalem are located the following Jewish Israeli sites, among others:

    • Temple Mount
    • Western Wall
     • Jewish Cemetery on the Mount of Olives
    • Jewish Quarter

    Later in the segment, Mike Huckabee (former Governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate) said it was “embarrassing that the United States abstained” from the vote on the resolution.  “I think it was almost unforgiveable.”  Huckabee feels that the incoming Trump administration will work to reverse the resolution.  If the U.N. does not do this, then Huckabee feels that the U.S. should “pull out of the U.N.”

    In the last days of Barack Obama’s administration, many fear that he might try again to delegitimize Israel.  Potentially, this could happen at the upcoming Paris Peace Conference on Jan. 15.  Perhaps there might even be another anti-Israel resolution before Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

    Gordon Robertson finished the segment by talking about what happened in Israel in 1949 after the Jordanians took over the West Bank.  There was an “ethnic cleansing,” where the Jewish population in the Jewish Quarter of East Jerusalem went down to zero.  Also, Jewish synagogues and cemeteries were desecrated.  This should give us an indication of what probably would happen, again, if East Jerusalem, including the Jewish Quarter, were given over to Palestinian rule.

    As I have stated before, this reminds me of what Jesus said, in Matthew 24:15-22 and Luke 21:20-24, pertaining to what will happen at the beginning of the Great Tribulation.  The question is, could this begin to happen again if these and other anticipated prophetic events happen to take place, in 3 months, during Passover week?  I hope not, but time will tell.

    In case you want to watch the 700 Club segment, a little over 6 minutes in length, click on the video and move your arrow along the timeline at the bottom.  The segment begins at 0:36 (click there) and ends at 6:48.


    Jan. 1, 2017

    Happy New Year.  Below are links to my annual calendar and list of 2017 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 .doc and .pdf format.

    Click on each image below and print out the two pages (.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.

     

    Or else you could print out these two pages (.pdf files), with no name on the calendar page:

     

    If you’ve never read the Bible straight through, from cover to cover, you might want to do it in 2017.  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

    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.

    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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