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An Open Letter To Black Lives Matter:
How to avoid being ensnared in the ongoing Federal operation 'Ni&&er Catcher' and 'Black Snare', run out of the US intelligence community and certain sections of Law Enforcement. These operations do exist, though naturally not with those pejorative titles. They are not legal, nor are they officially recognized but key people in high positions run these operations that specifically target Black Americans and certain White Americans who seek justice, truth and use their rights to bring these things back to our once great nation. The impetus comes from the US Intelligence community - LE does the footwork. This is what they did to so many civil rights leaders back in the 60's and 70's. They have honed their skills for the technology of the 21st century.

pdfIran Nukes And Regional Staility


The Harvest


An Open Letter To Senator Mikulski And The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence

pdfPaths Of Righteousness - For His Name's Sake

pdfIn Times Like These
pdfEconomic Crisis Report: Models Of Destruction
Where is our economy heading and why can't the US and global economy find its footing nearly six years after the of economic crisis of 2008? These are some of the questions we will attempt to ask ourselves in this report. The problems in the developed world today stem from deep troubles in

pdfWill America Go To War With China?
This is a look at the possibility of this happening and some of the drivers that could tip these nations into war.  Those key drivers may not be what many analysts think.
pdfEconomic Crisis Report III: Between Two Shutdowns
Government shutdowns? Inflation? Deflation? QE? Joblessness? Obamacare?

pdf National Security: What Is America Doing In Secret?

pdf  Watson's Economic Crisis Report - II

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Eyes On Russia: Watson's Economic And Political Report



pdfPolitical And Economic Review #2
This issue is mostly about American oil and leadership. It is a 30 page overview of America's oil situation.


pdfPolitical and Economic Review
The first in a new series of secular articles. One way to support this site is to get a copy of these inexpensive reports (click link aboue). Another is to hit the donate button.

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Ezekiel and the Spirit of Stubbornness/The Sardis Syndrome

Christ, Family and Persecution

When The Bottom Falls Out Of Your Boat

NSA Spying:
The Future, Black Madness and the Prophetic imperative.

How God Measures Us
He does it very differently that the world does.

Trends In Africa
A quick look at some troubling trends in Africa

Brothel Politics, The Church and First Things
Recent trends in the nation, including Obamacare are indicative of something much deeper that is wrong with America

While I Was Away...
A word about my month long hiatus

Shutdown Note:
A look at how the criminally insane 'pay' their bills.


Times And Seasons (09-13)
 Faith and patriotism in the last days... and what kind of fruit is  Christ going to find on your tree?

7 Churches Of  Revelation
Light for seeing, ears for hearing. Most commentaries on these chapters miss this most important point.


The Devil, Catholics And Internet Protestants
Catholic bashing is a foundational stone of so much of todays internet Christians faith. Is this really a pastime God approves of, especially when the Catholics are doing their best to reform?

Unwise Faith
- It is most unwise to place your faith in the wrong things.
 
Obidiah: Divine Geopolitics
- Is the Lord concerned about geopolitics?

The Assyrian
- Damascus and the Assyrian in Bible Prophecy

End Time Personal Notes
- Just some notes to true believers as to things to watch for on a personal level and consider in these times.


 - What I See...

A quick look (15 pages) at some trends I see and don't see. Trends in the economy, trends in 'people control' and spiritual matters


 - Collision Course

Each and every passing day,

we who know Christ can see our nation is on a collision course with God. On a number of fronts the nation has just decided to set its face against the God who blessed us and move its spiritual foundations towards the spiritual foes of both God and man.


      - Prison Labor Industry

      Slave labor cleverly

      disguised.


 - Special Report: Watson's Economic Crisis Report 

   

This issue of my new series of paid reports deals with the ongoing global economic crisis. Its about 40 pages and deals with a wide range of issues that face the western world. This touches on America's decline, Obama's new Treasury pick, the ongoing debt crisis, the Fed and Treasuries debt monetization operations, currency wars, scenario's for major troubles in China, Europe's ongoing crisis and ...

 - 3 Short Commentaries

   

Entitled Not Afraid, Tough Decisions and Job's Sufferings. God will take care of his people. Just make sure brothers when its our time to pass over our own spiritual 'river Jordan', that we make our deaths count for something, that being Christ. If we are to die as Christians for the gospel and the word of our testimony (Rev 19:10, 12:17, 12:11), let us rejoice because we have a long and honorable heritage of those who went before us.

 -  Lamentations Are Coming 

   

I think we as Christians need to keep in mind and prepare our souls for what is really coming. Mr. Leal has done a good job of laying out that a time of great sorrow will sweep America.

 -  The Curse 

   

When a nation decides to put the stamp of approval on those things God hates, it invites a curse. And be certain of this, without some real soul searching repentance, a curse is what is going to hit us. America has enjoyed prosperity like no other nation on earth. Military power like no other nation on earth. Good will and diplomatic strength like no other nation on earth. Why? We as a nation respected ...

 -  I Have A Dream Vs. I Have A Drone 

   

I think it should be noted that while some people will say they find something 'highly offensive' when they do not really mean it, I want to make clear that I really do mean it, it is personally highly offensive to compare Dr. King and President Obama. If a person wants to worship Obama and idolize him, that is their business, not mine. But before anyone attempts to cast dispersions on Dr. King by ...

 -  Mali: Africa Must Take The Lead 

   

This crisis in Mali... first off, this is not just 'another war'. This is a very serious and potent threat to African continental security.

  Watson's Economic And Political Review (WEPR) #2 

   

This issue is mostly about American oil and leadership. It is a 30 page overview of America's oil situation and new claims that America will one day surpass the Saudi's in Oil production and become energy independent. The question is an extremely important one and could really alter the whole geopolitical landscape... if true. Are these claims real and credible? Are there any problems with them? This ...

 - Watson's Economic And Political Review (WEPR) #1 

   

This is going to be bad news for many of my readers, but a small portion of my secular writings are going to have to go pay. I have done a pretty good job with this update (if I do say so myself!) dealing with issues that I know many care about. Namely Iran and what a war or 'regime change' is likely to bring about, the EU crisis and how the ongoing economic crisis could deeply effect the US. Keep ...

 -  The Holiday Season 

   

Christmas has been a matter of some controversy for a number of reasons. First off, one of the few things we can be certain of about Christmas is that Christ was not born on December 25th, or anywhere near it. When was Christ Born? We do not know, though some scholars have said that it was more likely an event that occurred in the Fall, though the evidence for this is rather scant. What we do know ...

 -  There Is A Generation... 

   

What does it mean to live in our times, having been touched by God's spirit and understanding what God requires of us? It means that we are going to have a hard time fitting in with the current generation. This is the way it should be, since we are of a very different heritage. The scriptures talk about times like ours and what kinds of people will inhabit the earth just before Christ returns. We ...

  The Way Back 

   

For many of my readers, the way back to God is the road you are on. Many of you have fallen away and for whatever reason, personal tragedy, hard times or just a dissatisfaction with worldly 'satanic' living that did not make you nearly as happy as you thought it would. I find it interesting that so many people here in America have just about everything and yet are totally miserable. I am struck by ...

 - What's Expected Of Son's And Heir's 

   

What should we as Christians should be doing in these times? As these days grow darker and increasingly rejects Christ and genuine Christianity, we who wish to get into the kingdom must know what God wants us to do. What does God expect of us, we who are determined no matter what comes, to get into God's kingdom and avoid his holy wrath, which I bear witness, is coming to this world and will usher ...

 - In The Kingdom Of The Blind 

   

Today, it is extremely important that we know what is happening in our world, particularly from a prophetic standpoint. Why? The return of Christ is our blessed hope. God spoke clearly and insistently that we are to be watching and ready for our Lords return. Yet as I speak to Christians, I just don't see any level of spiritual discernment in their lives or minds Mind you there are always some exceptions ...

 - We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Broadcast To Bring You... 

   

But when it comes to the times and seasons and understanding them, Christians I know as well are floundering. They are often confused and unsure about what to believe. They listen to their pastors, read the news, but more and more are seriously questioning both. This is a good thing at least as a first step, but often leads to confusion, depression and can lead to apostasy. Why? Because such Christians ...

 - Culling The World's Population 

   

Yes, there is a plan afoot to reduce the human population. Most of the plan is hidden in plain sight.

 -  Political, Economic And Spiritual Review (Summer 2012) 

   

Fifty-three pages that looks at several issues facing our world today. From the economic crisis to food and eugenics to Syria as well a look at what a Mitt Romney Presidency may look like.

 -  Judge Not! 

   

...Lest ye be judged.

 - The Blessings Of Obedience 

   

Has the devil fooled you into thinking you can be saved and not obey the Lord?

  From Another World 

   

Christians, real ones that is, must conduct themselves as though they are from another world. A real Christian, is not of this world but of the Kingdom of God and his Christ.

 


-  From The North 

   

A prophetic look at the Arctic. The Arctic you ask? Yes the Actic and how it may relate to Babylon's fall.


Other Resources
(most are in PDF format)


Select Congressional Committee Investigating Illegal Practices In The Abortion Industry

Congressional Report On STOPPING TERROR FINANCE:
SECURING THE U.S. FINANCIAL SECTOR

LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP AND FRIGATE
Congress Faced with Critical Acquisition Decisions


Defense Business Board Outlines Savings Of $125 Bln Annually


Iran: Ministry Of Intelligence And Internal Security - LOC

Global Trends 2030 - NIE

High Unemployment And GDP - CRS

Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress

DOJ Lethal Force Justification Against US Citizens

Global Trends 2030
- NIC

US Vulnerabilities To Money Laundering, Drugs And Terrorist Financing: HSBC Case History
- US Senate

Intelligence Committee Report On Huawei

Major Arms Transfers - CRS

The Crisis In Mali - CRS

The Crisis In Syria - CRS

 Posse Comitatus - CRS

Iran: Nuclear Intentions And Capabilities

Official Japanese Diet Report On Fukushima

State Department Report On Religious Persecution

State Department Report On Religious Persecution (Constitutional Review for OIC) - 2012

US-China Policy Issues - CRS

US Naval Modifications For China's Rise - CRS

UAE: US Policy Issues - CRS

Senate Report On Counterfeit Parts In DOD Supply Chain


2012 Annual Report To Congress On Chinese Military - DOD

Water Security - CIA/NIC

Syria's Phase Of Radicalization - ICG

Oil Imports And Exports - CRS

Pivot To The Pacific - CRS

Challenges To EU's Energy Security - CRS

Official US Military Report On Nazi Germany's IG Farben- DOD

Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Isreal's Possible strike On Iran - CRS

Iran Policy Concerns - CRS

Food Aid To NK - CRS

Aid To Pakistan

(Senate Hearing)

DOD Missing Trillions

(official audit)

GAO's Audit of the FED Report

(audit)

Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Human Rights In China - CRS

US-China Trade Issues - CRS

US-China Miliary Contacts - CRS

US- Taiwan Arms Sales - CRS

China's Currency: Analysis Of Issues - CRS

The Debt Limit ∓mp; Gov't Operations - CRS

China's Acquisition of US Technology - Congress

Secret Law And the Threat To Democracy - Senate Judiciary Comm.

OSS/CIA Images Of Auschwitz During the War

Nuclear Terror In The US - FEMA


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Links I Like
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Last Days Of The Age
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The Endtime Pilgrim
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The First Trumpet
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The Last Trumpet
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Spirit Daily

(Catholic... great news links)

Orthodox Today
(A look at today from an Orthodox Perspective)
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The Assyrian News Agency
(A look at events in Iraq)
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The Barnabas Fund
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China Aid
(A look at events inside China, from a Christian Perspective)
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Gay Christian Movement Watch
(A hard-hitting blog talking about the growing sin of Homosexuality inside the Church)
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Independent Catholic News
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Jihad Watch
(Not Christian, but gets into important trends in the Islamic world)
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Compass Direct
(Persecution news)

Babylon Today


Mark's Audio Page

Selected Audio

Paradigm Shift: Capitalists ∓mp; Dissenters

Part 1 and Part 2

Emerging Viruses - Dr. Horowit untrz

- Lo-fi version here

Think You Have Property Rights?

The Real Purpose Of Public Education - John Gatto

Alex Jones Talks On Bilderberg 2005

Stan Goff On The Military-Monetary System

On War: A Veteran NYT Journalists Views

Mad Cow And Alzheimer's: The Link

Vote Rigging In 2004 (A 2 Hour Look) -
Part 1And Part 2

Hard Evidence Of Vote Fraud In Ohio - 2 Min Update

Bev Harris Interviewed On Ohio Vote Fraud

Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man
Part 1And Part 2

Announcement On Ohio Vote Legal Action

Seymour Hersh On Abu Gharib

Mike Ruppert/TUC Radio: Across The Rubicon
Part 1And Part 2

What Is Wrong With The American Mind: Corporate Media Consolidation
Part 1And Part 2

Lethal Injections: The Hidden Dangers Of Vaccines


Bush Blocked Bin Laden Probes

Truth And Lies Of 911

911 Road To Tyranny (low bandwidth)

Afghanistan, jihad and oil in Central Asia

Biowarfare: Leaps In Technology

An intelligent look at the future of the Oil Based Economy

Natural Resources and Global Conflict

Plan Colombia

Corporate Propaganda

Gore Vidal On Terrorism

The Bush's Oil War

America The Babylon

Part 1 And Part 2

A Look At Peak Oil

Black Box Voting

The Evidence Is A Farce

The Bilderbergs

The Doctrine Of Incorporation

Wheat Receipts: The Federal Reserve

American Dynasty: The Bush Family

The Pentagon Crash Investigation.

Trenton Parker On The Oil Crisis Of The 70's

Earth changes, HAARP, Non-Lethal Weapons
Part 1 And Part 2

A very interesting Presentation on War Crimes in Vietnam

Why Is Africa Starving?

Financial Collapse: What Does Greenspan Really Think - FSO?

The 911 Cover-Up Commission

The Mafia, CIA And Bush


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In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.
And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air
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22 July


They Won't Be Back


Thanks to the reader who sent me the interesting mp3 file. I appreciate it. It was a song about the Prayer of Daniel that I talked about here a few days ago. It was a nice song. If you all remember this reader asked for prayer for someone because he apparently has forsaken his Christian friends and as the reader surmised many have fallen in with some kind of cult.

This is a hard, hard lesson but all of is need to learn it and not let the realities of Christian living get us down. One of those realities is that...

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray
one another, and shall hate one another.
 - Matthew 24:10

I hate to break this to you, but in these times, the closer we come to the rise of the man of sin, the beast system's final form and the coming of Christ, falling away will be a very, very common thing. Many will fall away, not a few. This will be particularly true when persecution comes and comes hard. That will be the real test for western Christians. What are you really going to do when your walk with Christ costs... I mean really costs?

I know this is a theme I have talked about a few times before but it bears serious repeating. Those who come to know Christ and willfully and knowingly turn on the cross of Christ are in a very serious spiritual condition. In many cases, the simple fact is, they can never come back. Some of you think I am hard on this issue. No brothers, God is most merciful but at the same time our Lord, through his Apostles made some things very clear.

 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves
 the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
(Hebrews 6:4-6 [KJVA])

Now to you the reader who asked for prayer, it is not my place to say if your former friend has placed himself into this category or not. I do not know. What I know is that there is a form of apostasy that precludes any future offer of salvation. In other words, you can't come back. Why is this?

I do not know for certain, but part of the reason is stated in the above passage. They brought great shame to the gospel by their apostasy. The other reason I think has to do with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God is a rather sensitive issue with the Lord. Its person and work are not to be taken lightly. Let us remember that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin (Mark 3:29). Also remember that its work is essential in the work of salvation. If God's spirit will not draw that person to Christ (or back to Christ) then the path to salvation is blocked. Keep in mind what Jesus said. 
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:
and I will raise him up at the last day.
 (John 6:44 [KJVA])

A person must be drawn and if the work of the Holy Spirit in regeneration (Titus 3:5) is no longer possible, that person is in extreme spiritual danger. When a person shows spite to the Holy Spirit, and turns away from the path of salvation there is frankly little if any hope for them.

 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy,
who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant,
wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite
unto the Spirit of grace?
(Hebrews 10:28-29 [KJVA])

I don't say these things to depress you or say that there is absolutely no hope for your friend, but to say that in our times, you had best get used to seeing this kind of thing... a lot. Our main task is two fold. First to make sure we are not like Lot's wife, looking back on spiritual Sodom or in the case of the Children of Israel, Egypt.

Looking back is bad enough, but going back is clearly forbidden and for many, that trip is one way, you won't be back even if you wanted to, not without the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

Second, I would exhort you to not be too full of sorrow and pity for such. They made their choice - to turn on the Lord. You must make yours, to stay with him even if all others forsake him. That is your job. Remember how Samuel was distressed over Saul and his apostasy? He was deeply grieved. But did the Lord join in Samuel's 'pity party'? No. He rebuked Samuel who had work to do and is excessive whining over Saul may have been effecting his work as a prophet and was nothing more than criticism of the Lord and his sovereign decision.

And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul,
seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go,
I will send thee to Jesse the Beth–lehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
 (I Samuel 16:1 [KJVA])


The Lord chided Samuel and for good reason. Why was he whining about this reprobate king who in the very next verse Samuel is concerned that he may kill him? Who knows, but for a long time Saul and Samuel were pretty close. It was hard for Samuel to see Saul go down the path he had taken. But Samuel knew his duty. He was a prophet of the Lord and his representative and he had to do as the Lord bid. The first thing was to dry his tears for Saul and the second, to go and anoint a new King.

There comes a time when we have to let go of relationships and old friends sometimes change and change for the worse. God does not want us to be friends with liars, murderers, traitors and thieves and when people start to go down that road, we need to move away and stay away.

So to the reader who lives overseas and is concerned about this old friend. Don't spend too much time weeping over him. What should you do instead?


And he said to them all, If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,
and follow me.
 (Luke 9:23 [KJVA])


DOJ Renews, Expands Civil Asset Forfeiture

Yes, its true and he is catching you know what from both sides of the aisle on the changes. I think you all are familiar with the program so I will not belabor it here. The key here is the program is back. The CNN Story is linked above.

I will post the actual DOJ Memo and make more comment below it.




You can download it here.

Sessions clearly is not totally insensitive to the problems in the past, with innocent people having their stuff stolen buy the Feds and not being able to get it back. What they had before was little more than a rip-off racket. Wanna rob your fellow Americans? Get a badge and a Warrant!

Well, I don't want to make light of this. Anyone who had their stuff stolen who was innocent of any crime will tell you this just isn't right and the abuses were common. The biggest problem was there were no checks and balances and they made it nearly impossible for the ordinary guy to challenge the seizure. How are you going to challenge it when they took your money? 

But while I will not defend the re-institution of this policy, I will say this. America is in the midst of a gripping opiod epidemic. It is killing many Americans; young and old, Black and White. Fighting the organized crime rackets who are running this dope in the nation is not going to be easy and LE needs tools to deal with this.

If I have a major issue with this it is with Sessions whom many see as a closet racist. Given the GOP's propensity to go after the Brothers and Latino's, it would not surprise me to see him use these tools in the Ghetto's and Barrio's and not use them in Bel Air and Wall Street, where the rich and the White also get their kicks from the drug.

Will these tools be used to go after the major rackets or just to harass  and imprison those the GOP thinks are 'undesirables'?

That is the question.

But according to the memo and the press release, new procedures have been put in place that should help to reduce significantly the kinds of abuses we have seen in the past.  I will cut and paste Mr. Sessions comments at the Press Conference.

“Under today’s guidance, the federal government will not adopt seized property unless the state or local agency involved provides information demonstrating that the seizure was justified by probable cause. We will accomplish this through a new adoption form that state and local law enforcement must fill out before we will agree to adopt any property, which will include the necessary information to allow Department lawyers to carefully review and determine whether adoption is proper. Further, law enforcement agencies who wish to participate in the Department’s Equitable Sharing Program now must now provide their officers with enhanced training on asset forfeiture laws.

“The Department will adopt smaller seizures of cash—between $5,000 and $10,000—only if there exists some level of criminality or with the express concurrence of the U.S. Attorney’s office.
“When I was in the Senate, I worked with Senator Schumer to make modifications to the civil asset forfeiture program. We required probable cause for the seizure of property. And we raised the burden on the government, who has the initial burden in all of these cases, to the same preponderance of the evidence standard used in all civil cases. In addition, if the government lost the case, then the government pays attorneys’ fees. I believe those were good reforms that strengthened the program.
“Further, to better protect claimants, the Department will expedite the review of civil asset forfeiture cases. State and local law enforcement agencies requesting federal adoption must do so within 15 calendar days following the date of seizure. The adopting federal agency must then send notice to interested parties within 45 days of the date of seizure. This is twice as fast of a review as is required by statute. This streamlined process will ensure that people receive speedy resolutions of their cases, and that rightful owners will get their property back as soon as possible.

“In addition to these safeguards on federal adoptions, I am asking Department attorneys to proceed with an abundance of caution when handling all forfeitures involving vehicles and especially residences. I think that Department attorneys should think hard before they agree to forfeit these types of property, or waive any asset thresholds associated with them. Just like with cash seizures, if we operate this program in a careful and responsible way, something I believe the American people expect and deserve with a program such as this, the Department’s federal asset forfeiture program will be an effective tool, while at the same time protecting the rights of property owners. - DOJ

Why did the feds announce this now? I cannot read minds but this may have had something to do with it.

FBI Profiler Gets Innocent Man Sent To Jail

The LAT goes a story on an incident where the testimony of one of the FBI's profilers sent someone innocent to jail.

Profiling may at times have its uses. But I see too many parallels with the Third Reich for me to be comfortable with. The Nazi's had racial profiling as well. They really thought all Jews were criminally inclined and had Nazi 'science' to back it all up.

Look, rather than me giving you some scholarly link, here are just some pictures and cartoons from those days in the racist Reich.

Today, new sentencing software that no one is allowed to see (including the Judges) use profiling to give sentences to defendants at trial.

The Reich is here. They just have not fired up the gas chambers and ovens yet. But ovens may not be so far off as you might think. Today, what the Nazi's accomplished by deliberate policy the Americans can accomplish by meticulously coordinated 'mistakes' and 'oversights' that no one ever gets around to fixing. They will 'slip and fall' and gas a few million people and call it bureaucratic bumbling. 'We have no idea how all that poison gas got into the air conditioning system in the part of the jail that house Black inmates. We are looking into it', they will assure us on camera and go out and buy more poison gas when no one is looking. Why? There is no punishment for 'mistakes' only deliberate murder even then it depends on ones 'racial profile'.

Mark my words.

They know most people will flip the channel and finish watching HBO when the story gets told on the news. 

The American people for the most part are ripe for another holocaust. They have the same arrogance and ignorance that is reinforced by 24-7 state run (in America corporate-state run) propaganda (media) that the Nazi's had. Too many have the same don't give a sh-t attitude at atrocities being committed on others as the average German had during the days of the Third Reich.

People today, I am not sure there will be more people decrying such a turn of events or trying to find out which company got the contract for the poison gas so they can ride the stocks rising value.

Sound too cynical for you?

Live a little longer.

Things have gone on that have never it the web and probably never will, if some folks get their way.

You'll, see.



20 July

US Aid Budget Moves Forward, But Dems To Fight Cuts

Devex looks at the Trump/GOP foreign aid budget cuts and the politics behind the cuts (above link). I think this is a good place to start on today's, news update. Foreign aid is more and more out with the US under Trump. What is in? Military spending and that is often done as a counter to threats that the US sees are growing around the world. I think I posted this once already, but I will re-post it here. Global Military Spending Trends for 2016. I can't post any charts as they are copyright, but do check it out, if for no other reason than to  get a feel for where our world is heading on this front. the instruments of peace are being gutted (aid) and the instruments of war are being sharpened.

One issue is China. Crisis Group today issued a report today on the crisis in South Sudan and how China views it. Do you remember how I have talked about China's non-interference policy in the internal affairs of other nations? That doctrine is being put to the test.

China’s longstanding principle of non-interference in other states’ internal affairs is evolving with its growing global footprint. As Chinese overseas investment and business links grow in scope and depth, Beijing faces increasing threats to its citizens, economic interests and international reputation. That, in turn, has confronted China with the inherent limitations of its traditional hands-off foreign policy posture. How it responds over time will have a profound impact on Beijing’s international role. The most prominent test case appears to be Africa and, within the continent, South Sudan, where Chinese measures to protect its citizens and economic interests, coupled with its support for an end to the war and pursuit of humanitarian objectives, seem a calculated trial run for a more proactive global role.

China first experimented with deeper involvement in Sudan in response to powerful international criticism (culminating in calls to boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympics) of its support for Khartoum, which was fighting a brutal counter-insurgency campaign in Darfur. Using its influence with the Sudanese government and in the UN Security Council, China helped ensure deployment of UN peacekeepers to Darfur in 2008. Later, when Libya’s civil war erupted in 2012, China’s evacuation of its citizens generated national pride and increased both its people’s and its investors’ expectations about Beijing’s global profile. In both instances, China extended the boundaries of its time-honoured diplomacy, suggesting growing willingness to take action when its interests are threatened.

When South Sudan’s civil war broke out in late 2013, Chinese advocates of a more flexible interpretation of the non-intervention policy saw an opportunity to try new approaches to protect their nation’s interests. Several factors were at play. Huge investments made the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) both an economic and political actor. At the same time, China’s interests were aligned with those of others – mediators and Western powers – seeking to end the conflict. Working together with the Horn of Africa’s regional body – the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), charged with mediating South Sudan’s peace process – and Western actors, Chinese policymakers believed they could intervene constructively while managing reputational risks.

This was a step beyond its traditional approach: Beijing could claim broad adherence to the non-interference principle even as it used its influence to bring warring parties together and bridge differences between Western actors and South Sudanese leaders. It engaged in the peace process held in Ethiopia, hosted discreet talks among warring factions in Sudan, shaped UN Security Council action, sent peacekeepers to the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and joined the August 2015 peace agreement oversight body. - China’s Foreign Policy Experiment in South Sudan, International Crisis Group


I know many readers may not understand why I talk about these things and they may seem a bit 'off narrative' if one is hooked on Fox News and Christian TV and would rather look at the latest 'gotcha' on the Trump Russiagate scandal.  But the plain fact is this this -  China's insertion into regional conflicts and hotspots is going to bring in very significant tension and perhaps even conflict as time passes and China expands her global influence. It will mean many things, including the US beginning to insert troops as well. More and more, the world is look to rely less on the instruments of peace to settle differences, but are arming their forces for he inevitable 'Communication by Artillery shells' form of global dialogue which the world is witnessing now in Mesopotamia.

China's actions in the China sea as well need to be considered. Asia Times has done a piece here on Duterte and asks the question if his attempt to engage China has backfired. That is an interesting link and shows you how the Philippine President may have mishandled this whole affair. Know this, the China sea saga is not getting less tense, but more so as China continues to militarize the islands. Some of the more notable events in the China sea can be found here.

China as mentioned in a link a couple of days ago is moving into Syria with its belt and road initiative. So make no mistake, non-interference may soon go by the way side as China asserts itself into all the realms of geopolitical power, including military force.

Then there are the Russians. They are set to launch their ZAPAD exercises in September. These exercises are large scale military drills that Russia periodically runs to test its Western Theater. (Zapad means west). They are there to test the actual combat readiness of Russian front line forces. You can read more about how the Russophobes in the west view this exercise here as they play up the threat and fail to mention their own provocative actions along Russia's border.

The west made a seriously wrong turn under President Obama when they overthrew the elected government of Ukraine and then refused to take responsibility for their acts and continue to lay all the blame on Putin. We may have crossed a line of no return from a serious, blood curdling war with Russia and China within the next decade.

The Jamestown Foundation has a full report on the last time the Russians conducted these drills back in 2013 on this link. The way these things are done is that he Russians will create a scenario that could conceivably happen and poses a threat to Russia and move their troops in to counter that threat in the exercise.

Map of Baltic State: Source Wikipedia/Hayden120

But Baltic nations are afraid and their fear is not totally without merit. They know the Russians from the Soviet era and don't want to return to that. Moreover, Russia is completely unhappy with many of the broken promises made by the West. Again, we must try and look at these things as others do and not as American policy makers do. Russia will act based on her perceptions, not those of the CFR.

She see's the same kind of threat against her coming from the west as they had during the days of Napoleon and Hitler. Russia neither has the manpower nor the real desire to invade the west. But history has shown time and again the reverse to be true about the West's intentions with regards to Russia. 

Russia on the other hand, just does not have the kinds of might, logistical power or frankly the will, no matter how many Generals and US policy wonks say otherwise, to invade the west.  US General's are not honest when they tell us that the Russians are chomping on the bit to invade us and kill us all. Rather, they are for the most part reading from the script they hope will boost significantly defense spending, making western defense contracts rich and those same generals finding a place in the top slots of those major corporations.

But Russia will do whatever it takes to defend itself and if they see a big enough threat against her coming from the small Baltic States, she will gobble them up if she feels she must. While this will be billed as an act of aggression and by most International standards, it would be. But Russia will see it very differently, they will make it plain that NATO promised no expansion in certain areas, and they expanded. They promised no ABM systems in Europe and then they tried to deploy them. They will not take our verbal assurances. What they will do is do whatever it takes to defend Russia from those who would threaten her. In short, the exact same thing America would do if the tables were reversed.


Needless to say, this is not how American policy leaders want this issue framed. They want to get control of the narrative here in the US to keep the masses afraid of those 'Russian devils'. Russia could care less about what lies American policy makers tell their citizens, many of whom could not point to Lithuania on a map as they hunt for the next opioid high. Why should Joe Six-Pac care when the game is getting ready to come on the tube and he just got his fix?

In closing I want to look at just the kinds of crisis that the world is facing now as the US gets ready to cut its foreign aid budget. I think it only meet that I pass that data on to all of you.

We in America have full bellies and grocery stores full of food and water that comes out of our tap. It is not always easy to contextualize just how hard life is for those who are hungry, truly hungry and thirsty.



Source: Famine Early Warning System

18 July

US Christianity Watch

In the above link, the WaPo looks at some of America's pastors infatuation with Trump and the pomp and power of being connected up with money and power. What does this mean? Well I think one sentence in the piece pretty much tells all.

"... Trump has forced them to embrace a pragmatism that could damage the gospel around the world, and force many Christians to rethink their religious identities and affiliations." - WaPo
Throughout the piece the WaPo uses the phrase 'Court evangelicals' referring to the group of leaders who have access to the halls of power. The article goes on to give us a bit of a history lesson in right wing, mostly White political Christianity.

It is very interesting to see how American Christian leaders (many of whom are very wealthy) have taken up the crusade for Trump. I don't like denigrating other Christians, even those I strongly disagree with, but what I see here is something that is very dangerous and will one day really bite American Christendom back... hard.

The piece also makes another interesting observation. That many evangelicals are fed up with their denominations and are looking for a more authentic form of Christianity. This piece is rather insightful even if written from a somewhat secular perspective to fit the Post's readership. However it is written by a professor at a Christian College. I hope you take a couple of minutes to read it.

I am troubled by these things, but not shocked; not in the least. Many years ago, I can remember eating my lunch in my car when on an assignment in Pennsylvania (working for KPMG) and on the Christian radio there was a lady who had a vision of the Church making herself up in the mirror, doing what she could and making herself pretty for her lover. When asked what she was doing she merely made it plain that the world was always her lover and that was whom she was dressing up for.

I think that vision pretty much describes what I see happening in American Christendom. It is often, in my view little more than a deceiving mechanism to create a political and economic group that can be used and manipulated to the desires of her shepherds, leaders and men who pay the bills. For the most part, it is devoid of any real spiritual power and loves the world too much.


The link I posted a couple of weeks ago, I think is meet to re-link to, Christians: Don't Sell Your Soul in Defense of President Trump. The picture in that piece is worth a thousand words. The piece is good but merely focuses on Trumps tweets and public persona.

I think however this piece is more telling. It is a spiritual exam on just how unhealthy American Conservative Christianity is.

But frankly Western corporate Christianity is in as one writer put it, in a free fall collapse. That piece is long and very insightful.

This all really is a testament as to where American Christianity really is. The biblical ignorance, the ignorance of the Global landscape is appalling. But that is par for the course not just in Christianity but everywhere in the US. Ignorance and American are more and more becoming synonymous words. 

Mr. Shoebat makes a clear and insightful point, American Christianity today is a social religion, not a spiritual one and that is the major disconnect that I think many truly born again don't understand when they try and figure out why so many Churches they attend are spiritually dead and they have problems relating to those who attend those services.

Those Christians who have the true experiential and personal knowledge of Christ (let the reader understand Luke 10:22, John 14:23, Rev 3:20) don't feel conformable among these kinds of Christians. Being around them a while and one can just know they have never known Christ, even though they sit in Church on Sunday and can be counted on to get angry about things social conservatives are angry about on Monday.

I wish I had some positive commentary to make on this issue but frankly I don't. I don't see much good in the future of American Christendom and frankly I think one day the Social Christians will one day turn on the ones who have known Christ (born again with water, the blood and spirit - 1John 5:6) when the going gets tough. In that day, brother will betray brother to death.

This is why we need to mark those leaders who are slowly, carefully and methodically misleading the sheep in times like this.

The times today are not all that dissimilar to the days of the prophet Zechariah who was a very young prophet whom the Lord raised up in the times of the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon. Here is what he said about the false shepherds of his time. In this rather extended passage we see many themes, the false shepherds, what God would do to them, etc.

 
There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled:
a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled. 
Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter; 
Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they
that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own
shepherds pity them not.  For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land,
saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand,
and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand
I will not deliver them.  And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you,
O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty,
and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.  Three shepherds also
I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me. 
Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off,
let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another.
(Zechariah 11:3-9 [KJVA])


This passage is very important for us today because of the reference to these false shepherds and later the act of betrayal by Judas (a type of antichrist, vs (Zech 11:12).

This passage typifies the pattern of many false shepherds. They sell the flock to the wrong people, get rich and earn the anger of the Lord for it. The JFB commentary makes plain that this was something the Shepherds of Israel did back in the Roman times.

possessors — The buyers [Maurer], their Roman oppressors, contrasted with “they that sell men.” The instruments of God’s righteous judgment, and therefore “not holding themselves guilty” (Jer_50:7). It is meant that they might use this plea, not that they actually used it. Judah’s adversaries felt no compunction in destroying them; and God in righteous wrath against Judah allowed it.
they that sell them — (Compare Zec_11:12). The rulers of Judah, who by their avaricious rapacity and selfishness (Joh_11:48, Joh_11:50) virtually sold their country to Rome. Their covetousness brought on Judea God’s visitation by Rome. The climax of this was the sale of the innocent Messiah for thirty pieces of silver. They thought that Jesus was thus sold and their selfish interest secured by the delivery of Him to the Romans for crucifixion; but it was themselves and their country that they thus sold to the Roman possessors.”
I am rich — by selling the sheep (Deu_29:19; Hos_12:8). In short-sighted selfishness they thought they had gained their object, covetous self-aggrandizement (Luk_16:14), and hypocritically “thanked” God for their wicked gain (compare Luk_18:11).

 
Look at the last passage above and how the Lord deals with them. He gives them over. When the time for their work, systems and even their persons to die, he was going to let it happen as well as being cut off. The key here was that he had no intention of saving them.

My point here is not to delve deeply into this passage, only to show you that the problem of false shepherds, and charlatans who get rich on religion is nothing new. NOTHING NEW. Look at how rich  some of America's so called religious leaders are.


So one day, when you see Churches fold, are swept away in floods, swallowed up in earthquakes or are swept up in violence committed by religious extremists. I caution you to be circumspect. Why?

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:
and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey
not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved,
where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer
according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing,
 as unto a faithful Creator.
(I Peter 4:17-19 [KJV])
There is a pitiful lack of discernment, Biblical knowledge, Christian history and basic common sense that has afflicted the American Church. They have rejected knowledge. The result?


My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because
 thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou
shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God,
I will also forget thy children.
(Hosea 4:6 [KJV])


17 July

Pastor Shot And Killed In N. India

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07/17/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Pastor Sultan Masih was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting outside of his church in Ludhiana on Saturday, July 15. Following the killing, local Christians staged demonstrations calling on authorities to apprehend those responsible for the brutal murder.
 
According to reports, Pastor Masih was outside of The Temple of God Church on his cellphone when two masked men riding a motorcycle shot the pastor four times around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night. The masked assailants then sped away on the motorcycle. Witnesses rushed Pastor Masih to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital where he died.
 
Relatives of Pastor Maish claimed that they had noticed suspicious activities outside the church for the past two months. Stephen Sidhu, a relative of the slain pastor, told the Times of India, "Some suspicious-looking men were making rounds of the area, clicking pictures and making videos of the church and also of the address on its board. During the silver jubilee function of the church on May 31, about 20 to 25 miscreants arrived and accused the pastor of conversion. There was a campaign going against the church and the priest on a social networking site, too, saying, 'No conversions.'"
 
On Sunday, July 16, local Christians staged a demonstration in Ludhiana by blocking traffic on the Jalandhar Bypass Chowk on National Highway 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Hundreds of demonstrators blocked vehicles, accusing local authorities of inaction and calling for the perpetrators of the murder to be brought to justice. In response, Ludhiana police have created a special investigation team to investigate the murder, but have yet to bring suspects in for questioning.
 
"This is shocking beyond words," John Dayal of the United Christian Forum told ICC. "We welcome the relief provided to the family by the Chief Minister of Punjab and his assurance that the crime will be investigated by a special team. We hope and pray that the killers will be soon apprehended."
 
Attacks on Christians and their places of worship have dramatically increased since the election of the BJP-led central government in 2014. In 2016 alone, ICC documented more than 360 separate attacks on Christians, mostly led by radical Hindu nationalist groups operating with near complete impunity. 
 
William Stark, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "Attacks on Christians and their places of worship continue to escalate in both number and intensity because of the impunity enjoyed by those committing these attacks. This brutal murder of a pastor outside of his church must be a wakeup call for many in India. Those perpetrating attacks on religious minorities in India, whether the victims be Muslim or Christian, must be confronted and brought to justice. India's constitution guarantees full religious freedom for all, which means that everyone should be able to live without fear of attack because of their religious identity. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Modi and his BJP-led government have done little to make this constitutional guarantee a reality for India's religious minorities. This must change or else we will continue to see religious violence in India escalate."


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13 July

Chinese Dissident Dies

Informed observers are calling this a political murder.

Mr. Bill Bishop over at Sinocism has gathered some good links on this that can be accessed here.

Human Rights in China as well always has the latest on China's human rights abuses.
12 July

Trump's FCC Is About To Destroy The Internet As We Know It

Yes it is.  Net Neutrality is a big issue and those of you who don't understand why it is should read this piece over at Ars Technica. Yes, you really should read it. Did you know that removing the internet from Title II would make it legal for your ISP to discriminate against you? There is a WHOLE LOT MORE AT STAKE here than just liberals and activists whining.

Today is a day of action in this issue.

One has to wonder what this is really all about. I do. The prevailing narrative out there is that it's all about Big Cable's concern over traffic hogs. Well that was a concern a few years ago. But the truth? The Truth is that a whole bunch of ISP's are against these changes and I can prove it to you.

Trump and is administration is out of touch with business leaders and consumers in this country.



Letter is here. Courtesy EFF.

Facebook and Google as well are not in favor of this.

So who is  behind this move that so many ISP's, big data and consumers are against? What is Trump thinking about? What is the FCC chair thinking? I don't know but clearly the American people and American business leaders are not who he is listening to.

Who is this man listening to and what is their real agenda?

I do not know, but something here just does not seem to add up and his and certain GOP members visceral hatred of online freedom seems a more than just a bit strange to me.


Human Rights Watch

There has been a lot of activity on this front in our world so I wanted to take some time to today and look at these issues and not necessarily just from a Christian Persecution perspective. I know many of you would probably prefer me to stick with just how Christians are treated, but others are also badly mistreated and when evil regimes can do evil to the Human Rights lawyer, the protestor or the innocent bystander, they can do it to others. I also want to let you in on a little secret. Some of these people who are in jail and are well known human rights activists are in reality, Christians. However, the prevailing narrative in the US and its decidedly anti-Christian bias in many quarters make it prudent for those who control much of the information flow to not them to mention this, for if they did, many if not most news agencies in the US would not report on it. So they often just use a non-religious narrative control word to make sure the story gets told and is not censored because of anti-christian bigotry in American news outlets.

Lets get to it...

"...the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- born in this century,
tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage,
and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which
this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home
and around the world."
- JFK Inaugural Speech

In China one key activist who has been in prison for some time has been diagnosed with liver cancer. This diagnosis came very late in the disease progression and many activists and his family are outraged and what looks like an intentional late diagnosis.

HRIC is shocked by the information that imprisoned Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) is suffering from late-stage liver cancer, and outraged by the fact that it is only at this point that the Chinese authorities have released him on medical parole. - HRIC

The number of Human Rights activists in China's jails is growing as China's Xi continues his crackdown on Human Rights advocates. These advocates and lawyers continue their fight for the victims of China's abominable human rights practices which in include midnight arrest, torture. Read here about a woman who was picked up in the dead of night, placed into a secret facility and told to sit for weeks cross-legged in a circle and was beaten when she complained. This is Xi's China, the real China hidden behind Xi's smiling face.

Don't believe that lie of China's benign and peaceful rise to power. Behind that fake facade lies a system that has a vulture where its soul should be. China under Xi is not going to build a better world, but rather likley to cause the infection of repression, torture and evil that is running wild in the Global body politic to fester and grow.
Human Rights: Is China likely to build a better world?
China's rights abuses are appalling and Xi's policy appears to flip the world the finger while he continues to order his police to detain and torture men and women whose only crime is to stand up for basic standards of human decency.

The good news on this front is that Europe has taken a tough stance on Human Rights with regards to China.

On July 6, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on the Chinese government to immediately release the Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia, and to allow Liu Xiaobo to choose where to receive treatment for his advanced liver cancer. The resolution, which passed with an overwhelming majority at a special meeting, also called for... Radio Free Asia
If China really wants to improve relations with Europe and have a stronger presence in its economy, these issues are just going to have to be dealt with.

Despite America's public declaration that Human Rights were no longer going to be a key factor in determining its National Security interests, the good news is that Secretary of State Tillerson and 'First Daughter' Ivanka Trump issue a public statement on some of these issues with the release of the annual Trafficking in Persons report.

The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; therefore, China was downgraded to Tier 3. Despite the lack of significant efforts, the government took some steps to address trafficking, including increasing cooperation with other countries to investigate cases involving Chinese trafficking victims overseas and by funding awareness campaigns and materials to increase general understanding of the issue. The government continued to provide law enforcement data and reported convicting numerous traffickers; however, it was unclear how many of the cases reported by the government were consistent with the international definition of human trafficking.

The government reported operating shelters specifically for trafficking victims, as well as multi-purpose shelters available to accommodate trafficking victims. However, some unverified media and NGOs reports indicated government complicity in forced labor continued, including in some drug rehabilitation facilities where individuals continued to be detained without judicial process. Human rights organizations and media continued to report local officials in Xinjiang coerced Uighur men and women to participate in forced labor in and outside the province, despite the local government issuing a notice in early 2017 the practice had been completely abolished.

The government convicted fewer sex and labor traffickers compared to the previous reporting period. Authorities continued to forcibly repatriate North Koreans, where they faced severe punishment including forced labor and execution, without screening them for indicators of trafficking. While the government reported mandating authorities screen for indicators of trafficking among all individuals arrested for prostitution, it was unclear if any were screened, and the government did not report referring any such potential victims to shelters or other care. The law does not fully criminalize all forms of trafficking such as the facilitation of prostitution involving children younger than the age of 18, and defines several crimes as human trafficking that do not fit within international law. The government handled most cases with indicators of forced labor as administrative issues and initiated prosecutions of the traffickers in relatively few cases
. - State Department TIP 2017 Report
For those of you interested, the CFR has a piece here that talks about China and Human Trafficking.

This is in reality a mixed signal from the Trump administration as this Yahoo article notes, Tillerson was silent before on the detention and torture of Chinese Human rights lawyers when others stood up against these things to be counted. The article also goes on to note that the afore mentioned 'First Daughter' Ivanka is under investigation for her branded shoes which are made in China and may be using forced labor. But where the Trump administration chooses to look the other way, Europe has not, though clearly those at the top of the elite in Europe would rather make money from Human rights abuses than fight them.

"...at a summit in Brussels on June 1-2, the EU Council and Commission presidents in public did not forcefully condemn China’s deteriorating human rights situation, nor call for the release of political prisoners, including EU citizens." - HRIC

China clearly does not want scrutiny into the numbers and its methods of repression and torture and have discovery of its practices effect the 'smiling face' image Xi wants to project to the world on what 21st China is today.

China: Tiger Chairs And Prison Bosses
China: Tiger Chairs, Electric Baton's And Chili Oil

China now is also ramping up its censorship regimen. They are doing this today by banning all VPN's. This is all designed to keep undesirable news, information and services away from China's victims citizens. China is very serious about all the tools of totalitarianism, unlawful detention, forced labor, torture and censorship. More here on China's VPN issue. There are ways to get around the Great Firewall. Though most VPN services do not offer them.

Related: China’s Newest Censorship Methods on Display

The world needs to cease trusting China to do the right thing. It needs to see Xi's China for what she really is, a violent, repressive, despotic regime whose only real goal is to grasp as much of the worlds wealth as possible and get rid of anyone who they see as being in the way. A nation that does these kinds of things to its own citizens, what in the world do you think they will do to others should she gain hegemonic powers globally? Mind you, not all China's elite are fully on board with the direction Xi is taking. In fact he has met with some resistance. Still he is firmly in the  driver seat.

In other Human Rights News, the UK is going ahead with its arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The ruling has Human Rights activists in an uproar. The ruling is not surprising to me, the UK has been in dire financial straits since the crisis of 2008 and needs money (hard currency) and arms sales provide that. I hate to break it do you all, but there is not much leaders would not do or allow to have happen if it means significantly more money into state coffers. China, the Saudis? They know that they can do whatever they want as long as they have a liquid bank account and are willing to lavish it on western leaders, lobbyists and defense contractors. So Trump goes to Saudi Arabia and gets money from the Saudi's in the form of an Arms deal, the Brits as well.

The Saudi's invade a sovereign nation drop bombs on everything from schools and hospitals and the UK and US turns a blind eye to it all. Where do you think all of those arms that are sold going to used? I will tell you. They will be used on Yemen and her people.

"You can hear the screams": Inside Yemen's secret prisons (Daily Mail) - this is a very detailed report
US Interrogates Detainees Rife With Torture

'We Could Hear the Screams': Under US Eyes, Hundreds Tortured in Secret Yemen Prisons

Yes, torture is going on and yes America's allies are involved in it and yes, the Trump administration appears to have been complicit if not by direct action then by meticulously contrived inaction.

Related: US Backed Kurds Filmed Torturing Detainee's

Human Rights Watch is pressing Congress to deal with these issues. One method of torture involves spinning a prisoner over a fire. This is the kind of evil Donald Trump just rewarded with multi billion dollar weapons contracts.

Well, Senator McCain and I may not agree on much, but on torture we do agree, America should have no part in doing this to people, many of whom are guilty of nothing more than being SIV (Shi'ite in the Vicinity) or taking up arms against nations who have used armed force to invade their country. To you Americans out there who are quick to judge Yemeni's - what would you do if someone invaded YOUR country? Keep in mind that the Saudi's have been indiscriminate in their killings. They have tried to block food from the nation that is already starving to death. 

Mind you I use this by way only of analogy for taking up arms in any cause is very serious business. But we Americans have our national pride and people go, fight and die to protect their nation. Should it be a crime for Yemeni's to do the same? Is this now American foreign policy? Our friends want to invade your nation and torture your citizens and we are there to help them do it. Is this Trumps foreign policy? Our friends got money, you don't so you gotta die... but only after we get you to scream in torment? Sure, this is a vast oversimplification of the problem, but not so far off that it does not get to the heart of the problem of America's policy in the region. The rich kill the poor and we are there to help them do it. Keep in mind that the Saudi Coalition are made up of oil rich gulf states with some of the highest per capital wealth in the world.

Mind you, there are many interests in play in the Yemen conflict and yes there are indeed some terrorists as well. But don't be so quick to name all dark skinned Yemeni's as terrorists as American officials will be quick to do. Why? In order to prejudice the victims of torture in the eyes of American citizens in press reports. Just because the US says 'Al Qaeda terrorist' loud and often does not make it so. It just means they have found a narrative to make people believe this is about a war on terrorism when in fact there are many other factors that have nothing to do with terrorism are far more important to the invading powers -  energy, war within the houses of Islam and geography being just some.

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In Syria, the human rights abuses are myriad. Amnesty international released a report saying that the US, Coalition and ISIS forces may have been complicit in War Crimes. AI's report can be found here and here.

In Lebanon, their Human Rights Minister has called for probes into the deaths of Syrians in custody. Lebanon has a lot of refugees from the war in their borders and are indeed concerned about how they are treated.

In Pakistan, widespread Human Rights abuses continue. In Sudan, defenders of Human Rights are now under threat of death. The abuses go on because there is never any real punishment for these crimes against humanity. Look at the Philippines, Duterte is turning the clock backwards.

The world is heading backwards in this realm and frankly Trump looks to be a catalyst to make the problem worse, not better.

We as a nation can do better than this. We should not lose our soul as a nation for an arms deal or to keep 'friends' whose hands never rest unless they can make some poor guy scream, drop a bomb on someone or invade their country. We don't need friends like that.

Selling America's soul for a series of arms deals will not put American first.

It will put her last.


6 July

Nigeria: Church Leader Seriously Injured in Fulani Attack

(World Watch Monitor) When Ibrahim Maisaje, a pastor of an ECWA (Evangelical Church Winning All) church in Panwasa Mada village, went to his farm with his family on 26 June, he was full of joy and expectation.

It was mid-season, the crops had grown well and the harvest season was looking promising. But what started as a quiet, normal day, suddenly turned into a nightmare as Maisaje’s wife noticed cattle eating their crops.

Panwasa Mada is in the central Nigerian state of Nasarawa, part of Nigeria’s Middle Belt, which is the main food source for the country. The inhabitants are mainly farmers, who earn their living through agriculture. Its green pastures also attract Fulani herdsmen and their cattle. Pressed from the north by the advancing Sahara Desert, the Fulanis push ever farther across West Africa into land owned by Christian farmers, causing inevitable clashes.

“When I got to the spot to see things for myself, I could see the considerable damage done to the crops,” Maisaje told World Watch Monitor. “Instantly I went to confront the owner, a Fulani man of about 20 years old.

“As he saw me, his face changed and he became stubborn. I did all I could to hear from him about the damage done to my crops by his cattle, but he refused to accept any wrongdoing.

“I went to take his machete as proof of what he had done, only to find him raising his machete to cut me. Thank God, I was able to protect my head with my left hand, but I suffered a very deep cut, which left blood gushing out of my hand.”

The two men struggled against each other and eventually Maisaje managed to overpower the Fulani man and take his machete from him.

When his family, working about 500 metres away, rushed to the scene, they saw him bleeding and began shouting. Some farmers working nearby also rushed to the scene. Maisaje was then taken to the nearest clinic for treatment.

(map and text copyright World Watch Monitor)

This incident is not an isolated case, Rev Abel Dauji, the Regional Secretary of ECWA, told World Watch Monitor. A year ago, on 30 June 2016, another pastor with ECWA, in Obi in neighbouring Benue state, was hacked to death by armed Fulani herdsmen as he collected wood from his farm. Rev Joseph Kurah left behind a wife and seven children.

Cattle rustling and disputes over land provide a pretext to the violence across the Middle Belt, which has so far claimed hundreds of lives and caused lots of damages. Many experts now believe that this Middle Belt violence has been responsible for more deaths than Boko Haram. - World Watch Monitor


Iran: Christians Face Long Prison Sentences

(MEConcern) Following a hearing on 11th June Judge Ahmadpour issued his verdict on 3rd and 4th July. Pastor Victor was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, Amin to 15 years (possibly including time already served) and Hadi to 10 years and a 2-year travel ban. The judge also raised the amount of bail for Amin and Hadi to 200 million Tomans (approximately US$60,000) each.

The men were not present at court when the sentences were read out, but their lawyer was present. Their lawyer will appeal against the court’s decision this week.

Pastor Victor and Amin were among several Christians arrested on 26th December 2014 at a Christmas celebration at Pastor Victor’s home in Tehran. Pastor Victor, who is of Assyrian background, was verbally charged with “conducting evangelism”, “illegal house church activities” and “Bible printing and distribution” among other charges. He was released on bail on 1st March 2015. Amin, a convert from Islam, was charged with “acting against national security” and “insulting the sacred” (blasphemy). Hadi, also a convert, was not present at the Christmas celebration but was arrested in August 2016 at a picnic in Firuzkuh and charged with “acting against national security” and “organising and creating house churches”.

Ramiel Bet Tamraz, Pastor Victor’s son, who was also arrested in August 2016 in Firuzkuh, is awaiting a hearing. Ramiel was charged with “acting against national security” and “organising and creating house churches” as well as charges relating to his father’s ministry. Pastor Victor’s wife Shamiran Issavi was summoned by the authorities in June 2017 to Evin Detention Centre, Branch 3 of the Revolutionary Court, and charged with “participating in foreign seminars” and “acting against Iranian national security” as a church member. She was released after one day on bail of 100 million Tomans (approximately US$30,000).

Ramiel and Shamiran’s hearing has not yet been scheduled. It is highly likely that their case also will be handled by Judge Ahmadpour. - MEConcern
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5 July


Spiritual Strongholds: Standing In The Gap


Note: I am doing a Spiritual Strongholds series right now for insiders. This here is the third installment of that ongoing series.

 Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed,
nor rained upon in the day of indignation.  There is a conspiracy of her prophets
in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey;
they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure
and precious things; they have made her many widows in
the midst thereof.  Her priests have violated my law, and
have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference
 between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed
difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid
their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 
Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey,
to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. 
And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter,
seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the
Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.  The people of the
land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed
the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge,
and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it:
 but I found none.  Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them;
I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have
 I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD. 
(Ezekiel 22:24-31 [KJVA])


Ezekiel was one of the Lord's faithful prophets before the Babylonian exile. His book may not be as poetical as Isaiah, or as hard hitting as Jeremiah, but Ezekiel's words are just as important and often times a bit more enlightening as to how the Lord deals with a wayward people as well into the heavenly realm. His word is very powerful as were the visions God gave him.


In the above passage, the prophet chides Israel for the the crooked way the prophets (and Priests) were robbing God's treasuries and defrauding the old and making many widows. The Lord was sore, sore displeased. We saw in the last section of Nehemiah how the High Priest was about to do the same things again and cast out the Lord's treasuries from the Temple. They did not keep the law (as with the situation with Tobiah) and also profaned the Lord's things.


In times like ours today, when 'christian' pastors perform gay weddings, and one day before long if the liberals in the catholic Church get their way, so will the Catholic Church. We have seen the Pope turn a blind eye to Biblical adultery and we have seen other things inside the Church which clearly go against God's express commands. 

In our once great nation, we have seen many of the things like those in the passage above. We have seen these televangelists rake in millions from people and live better than some kings do, with their multi million dollar mansions. But in those days, there appeared to have been perhaps some kind of organized crime going on. This passage and others in the scriptures indicate that some of them may have been conducting things like land fraud and other sins, under the guise and of religion. This is not a new story. We saw many of the same things with the Catholic Church during the middle ages. Note the language in verse 25,  they are like lion, getting ready to consume it's prey. But the entire passage calls out the whole nation for its corruption and all the major classes of people are involved in wickedness and corruption. Why? Verse 27 tells us, they are greedy for dishonest gain and will even kill to get it. Let not so distant history be your judge if things have changed all that much since Ezekiel's day.


Need I talk about how far America has slipped? No, and I won't today.


Rather I want to discuss the highlighted verse above. God was looking for someone who would stand in the gap for Israel, someone who would intercede on behalf of his wayward people. This is clearly prophetic imagery for an intercessor who would stand and plead for the people. The JFB Commentary gives is this short aside on this passage, it is rather insightful.


the hedge—the wall (see on Eze 13:5); image for leading the people to repentance.  
the gap—the breach (
Ps 106:23); image for interceding between the people and God (Ge 20:7; Ex 32:11; Nu 16:48).
I found none— (Jer 5:1) —not that literally there was not a righteous man in the city. For Jeremiah, Baruch, &c., were still there; but Jeremiah had been forbidden to pray for the people (Jer 11:14), as being doomed to wrath. None now, of the godly, knowing the desperate state of the people, and God's purpose as to them, was willing longer to interpose between God's wrath and them. And none "among them," that is, among those just enumerated as guilty of such sins (Eze 22:25-29), was morally able for such an office. - JFB Commentary


These insights are rather interesting in that we note that God could not find a person to stand in the gap for Israel. Yet as noted, Jeremiah and Baruch were there. How is it that there was no one. Well, Jeremiah was forbidden to pray of Israel. Ezekiel could have done it, but for some reasons, did not, but is not chided for it.


Why is this so. I think that perhaps what God is saying is that he has called these two men (and others) to be prophets. Prophets are to proclaim the nations sins and call them to repentance. What God is looking for is someone other than these men to stand in the gap. He knows about the Jeremiah's, the Baruch's and the other prophets. Where are the others who are faithful to the Lord? Today, where are the intercessors for our nation and our Churches? I know I used to pray daily for this nation, deep intercessory prayer during the days of Clinton and Bush. But one day, when I started to pray, the Lord just said, stop and it was a rather ominous word he gave me about the nation that I shall not repeat. That does not mean that others should not stand in the gap. If God has called you to do so, get on your knees and seek the Lord about the nation and intercede.
If he has called you to intercede for your denomination, your city, your small Church that could be slipping into error, then brother, take your shoes off, go into your prayer closet, fall on your faces, close the door and PRAY!


Successful Intercessors


Look at Abraham. When he found out that God was about to deal with Sodom, the Lord debated about telling Abraham what he was about to do. But once Abraham found out the Lord was about to judge Sodom, what did he do? He interceded. Now let's face it, Abraham had a vested interest in seeing to it that the city was not destroyed. His nephew Lot was there. One can get a better understanding the motivations for Abrahams' haggling (negotiating) with the Lord over the number os souls needed to spare the city if one keeps in mind that Abraham is trying to spare it so his Nephew does not get judged with them. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? - Gen 18:23. We all know the passage, Abraham was bargaining with the Lord! Yes he was and the Lord was in a mood to do it with the person he considered his friend (James 2:23). Abraham was able to get the Lord to withhold Judgment for the sake of 10 righteous souls, from his original 50 'offer'. What was Abraham doing? He was standing in the gap, not so much for Sodom, for which he had little respect (Gen 14:22ff), but for Lot.

Then we come to Daniel. We saw how he prayed and his prayer was so important that the devils angels took considerable pains to delay the answer from the Lord. But what was Daniel praying? He did not ask for the secrets of prophecy, nor did he even understand the amazing divine vision that the Lord gave him.

Daniel was deeply beloved of God. It is because of this love for him that the Lord heard him. Like with Abraham, whom the Lord spoke with and Moses, Daniel as well was very, very special to the Lord. Daniel conversed with angels and many think that Gabriel may have been a Christophany, though I am totally unconvinced of this. But he was an angel of very high rank that stood in the presence of God (Luke 1:9).

Before Daniel was given the vision of the 70 weeks, what was he doing? He was interceding and 'standing in the gap' for Israel.

Here is just a portion of his prayer.
 
O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger
and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain:
 because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and
thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.  Now therefore,
O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications,
and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate,
for the Lord's sake.  O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; o
pen thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city
which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications
 before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do;
defer not, f
or thine own sake,

O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
(Daniel 9:16-19 [KJVA])

While Daniel was yet speaking (vs.20), the Lord sent him his answer in the form of Gabriel who then gave him the vision of the 70 weeks.


Daniel was beloved of God and because of this, the Lord heard him and took great pains to make sure he got his answer.


Need I tell you of Moses, who interceded for Israel when they committed sin? I don't think so. So when we talk about standing in the gap in prayer, we must understand that the person must be qualified to stand in the gap. That person must be.

  • One of God's children - today a born again (by water and spirit) Christian.
  • Walking in righteousness - no lukewarmness or unrepentant sin
  • Have a yearning for the things that God finds important; the Lord's name and reputation, love of righteousness and the spiritual condition of God's people, etc.
When a person fits the bill for these things, he can then intercede for others or 'stand in the gap'.

But today since we Christians have a deeper understanding of how the Spiritual world works because of the writing so the apostles as well as the most important words of Christ, we also can direct our efforts at the spiritual strongholds of darkness that control much of our world. This kind of intercessory prayer is also important. We can pray against the spiritual strongholds of Sodom or of graft that have taken over much of our nation. We can intercede against the spirit of violence and drug abuse, etc. When we do this, we may begin to see our officials given divine help to wrap up major drug networks or Congressmen and Senators begin to re-look at how we spend our Defense dollars and the wars we fight. Or we may be able to get a real Christian revival and awakening in Hollywood and get many stars, directors, producers and move studio owners saved and begin producing entertainment that is respectful of God.

As an aside, I am watching an old TV serious from the 70's called 'The Guns of Will Sonnet'. Now I confess, I gravitate to westerns and action films with a historical backdrop. But what strikes me about this little series (staring Walter Brennan) is two things. First it was produced by Aaron Spelling, who was a prolific TV producer/writer. But each episode is a kind of morality play and at the end of each one, the main character, played by Brennan, always says a small prayer just before the credits roll.

I say this because if we begin to pray against the strongholds rather than against the people who are being used by fallen angels to mock and blaspheme God, we may have considerable more success in our cultural war. The key to understanding this war is that we are not warring against people, but against the spiritual powers that cause men to oppose God.

Will you be one of those people? To pray against other spiritual forces that are opposing God and his people? The spirit of radical Islam, the spirit of Sodom, the spirit of false religion, hate, greed, etc.?

God is looking for people like that who can and will stand in the gap and be obedient to him in all things. He is looking for a friend and a son (or daughter) who will stand with him against his enemies and be one who 'stands in the gap' for a wayward people.

Dear readers, let us stand in the gap for one another. The reader who needed prayer for her back and her insurance problems? The reader who had a daughter with the serious drug problem? The reader who was and is looking for decent work after having left government service? Dear readers, pray for your brothers and sisters in their need. This too is something we need to do. Sometimes these things are the usual problems of day to day living, sometimes they are part of a spiritual assault on us. We need to stand in prayer one for another.


I will leave you with this link to a pdf on standing in the gap that you all may find useful.


Grace and peace to you all.


29 Jun

Trump, Trade, Jobs And Debts

(This was written in early May and I re-post it here. Before I get to it, I will post a few links on the Economy today.)

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Debt Upon Debt: Are Illinois And Puerto Rico In Our Future?
Illinois Unpaid Bills Is $14.7 Billion Dollars
Unpaid Bills Of Illinois To Doctors
Illinois So Broke, May Not Be Able to Sell Powerball Tickets Anymore
AP Gives Us A Little Background To The State's Budget Mess
Puerto Rico Fiscal Board Rejects Power Authority Restructuring Deal
Stress Test Governments, Not Banks
How To Unwind A $4 Trillion Balance Sheet
They Are Not Afraid Of Collapsing The Bubble On Trump's Watch
Economic Indicator: US Rail Traffic
Economic Indicator: US Economy Running Cooler Than Forecast
$3.8 Trillion Bubble That You Are Probably Not Aware of
The death of retail as we know it is real.  People are shifting their buying habits online in a fast and furious way.  The only retail outlets that seem to be thriving are dollar stores but they are thriving because many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and online shopping is too expensive for some.  So it should come as no surprise that the way things were once done is being upended again by technology.  Giants like Amazon and Wal-Mart are cannibalizing entire industries. - MyBudget360


Source: BLS
The Surprising Diversity Of Jobless Adults
UPS Joins List Of Companies Freezing Pensions
NYC Ed Board Pension Director Issues Warning
China's Pension Gap Grows As Population Ages
CBO Looks At Trumpcare Bill
CBO and JCT estimate that in 2018, 15 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law. After additional changes to subsidies for insurance purchased in the nongroup market and to the Medicaid program took effect, the increase in the number of uninsured people would rise to 19 million in 2020 and then to 22 million in 2026. - CBO
GOP Senators Balk At Trumpcare Bill
Cost Of Health Care Is Top Of Financial Concerns For Americans
Trump Quietly Opens Door To Free Trade Agreement With Europe
The Closest Look Yet At Chinese Economic Engagement In Africa
Fed Raises Student Loan Rates To 4.75%
The End of the (Petro)Dollar: What the Federal Reserve Doesn’t Want You to Know


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Today, we are going to talk about economics. I have not done this in a while so today, we are going to focus in on the subject with a specific look at the 'Trump' economic doctrine. Rather than spending an inordinate amount of time showing the glaring differences in what Trump promised on the campaign trail and what he is now looking to deliver, we will look mostly on the realities of what he is putting into motion. My view on his campaign promises goes like this - anyone dumb enough to believe the promises of Presidential candidate on the campaign trail should not be allowed to go out of the house or handle sharp objects without intense adult supervision.

This is not so much a slam at the candidates but at the system and the simple mindedness of most Americans who keep putting this two party monstrosity in power year in and year out after having been duly whipped up into a partisan frenzy by the cable news, pundits and the politicians who have little concern for the people who vote for them.


So where is Trump leading us? So far, after 100 days, we are beginning to get a glimpse of where he is going to take us. Lets take a look at some of the key issues and deal with them one by one.

Trade

This looks to be about the only campaign promise that looks to be fulfilled to a reasonable degree. For good or ill, Trump is shaking up the whole trade landscape. Well, sort of.

One would think that with his rhetoric on the campaign trail, he would have singled out China, Mexico or the EU for his trade major trade row. Instead he has picked on Canada, that peaceful neighbor of ours to our north. Here the issue is dairy products and lumber. The commerce department announced a decision to hit $5 Billion in lumber. This was set in motion even before Trump was sworn in, when the Commerce Department launched an in investigation into it.

Lumber? Dairy Products? Canada? This I don't think is what Americans were expecting. They were expecting a major trade policy change with China or Mexico. So why Canada? Simple. First, Canada does not have the lobbying power that other trading partners have. Second she has no major 'trade' tools to fire back at the US in retaliation that makes her -  three, an easy target. Trump is afraid to take on the lobbying power of Mexico (and the drug cartels who operate there) in Washington and certainly not powerful enough to take on the Chinese Lobby, for which many of the GOP's key donors would scream bloody murder if he tried.

In short with China, to a large degree Trump is gelded. He has not the power. Groups like the US Chamber of commerce have a lot of power on the Hill and they want more, not less trade. The group has unashamedly pushed for globalization, trade and even job offshoring. They have a lot of influence in the GOP. Trump has not the political power (or savvy) to maneuver around them. Last election cycle, the Chamber gave substantially to candidates. They gave $311,000 thousand last year and the breakdown can be found here. This is just one of he more prominent groups out there who are part of the GOP/Washington money machine. Trump can talk all day long on getting tough on trade, but he has to fight his own party and the democrats to make anything significant happen. These candidates are dependent on the money that flows from these organizations. The Chamber, on the other hand is more and more dependent on trade with China.

Many of these companies who are part of these lobbying networks do or want to do significant business in China, which today is probably the world's most important economy. There is no way they are going to let Donald Trump kill the goose that laid the golden egg-foo-yung.

So Trump wanting to keep up with his campaign rhetoric goes after Canada. But there may be just a bit more in play here. Trump may be firing a trade volley at Canada in order to give political momentum in Canada for renegotiating NAFTA, something he has clearly stated he wants to do. Canada's finance minister does not appear to be opposed to such a renegotiation, but has said that if it is to be done, it should be done now.

When one here in the US thinks of NAFTA, the first thing that comes to mind however is Mexico and this is where many Americans see the primary problem with the agreement, not with Canada, which most people see as a rather benign trade relationship.

But before we look at Mexico, lets look at what a trade agreement is really designed to do. Trade agreements are indeed to foster trade and economic growth to the participating signatories. However, there is another very important aspect to trade agreements. That is, providing the security that goes with connecting one's economy to another. A strong trade and economic relationship will mean that, even if not specifically stated in the trade agreement, some kind of security arrangement is implied. Once a country becomes economically, closely allied to or even totally economically dependent on another, a symbiotic relationship is created. If a country is dependent on another for energy or a critical resource that the other has, the beneficiary of that relationship will ensure a steady flow of the goods or services on which they are dependent. A key example of this was America's relationship with Saudi Arabia. The US was dependent on the Saudi's for energy and made protection of the Kingdom a strategic priority.

So nations often get more out of a free trade agreement that just trade. 

But trade 'liberalization' while much lambasted, even by yours truly, is not the total bane of the world. There are many positive success stories to be told. Trade is good. I have always said that. Free and fair trade is good. The problem is when trade is free, but not fair, particularly to one party in the agreement or to key segments in one or the others economy. In the US, one segment that has been hurt by free trade is good paying middle class laborers. Many of those jobs went out of the country, were off shored using various methodologies (often related to tax avoidance) leaving a gaping hole in America's middle class. This phenomenon catapulted Donald Trump into the White House. Granted, there are many who do not believe that trade has had a devastating effect on American workers. Others knew  this and intentionally downplayed the economic carnage. They invariably come from those who had warm homes, a nice car, clean clothes and a refrigerator full of food.

NAFTA has been very good for Mexico. That is not a bad thing. I would not want trade relations with any of our partners to harm their economic standing.

Over 80% of Mexico's trade is with the US and since NAFTA inception, Mexico's total exports (all countries) have risen significantly

Mexico has done well under NAFTA, but continuing frictions with their northern neighbor has caused Mexico to begin to look to decrease its dependence on the US.

As a result Mexico has embarked on an effort to diversify it's trading relationships and institute new free trade agreements. This has really helped Mexico's economy. Below find a map and chart that shows the extend of Mexico's trading agreements.







Graph and data source for both graphs above come from the CRS.

I point this all out not by way of digression, but to give readers here an impression of what others think and can do with hardball tactics on Trade. Many nations see America as overbearing, unstable and bossy. While they may be anxious for the economic benefits of a trade relationship, they don't want to get too close to a nation whose international behavior, in their view, is questionable at best.

I need not to tell you that Trump's election sent shivers down the spine of the world's leaders. Mexican drug cartel leaders even put contracts out on Trump during the election. Those cartels have benefited enormously from the warm trade relations and relatively open border between the two nations. Yes, the cartels do benefit from NAFTA. More here.

The key here to understand and is not generally known is that these cartels have power in the US and on capitol hill. Many Narco traffickers also are involved in legitimate enterprises. These cartels will fight moves to seriously change the trading relationship that could potentially restrict their enterprises.

But Trump's policies go far beyond just NAFTA. He has essentially deep-sixed the TPP and signed an executive order that will review all other trade deals in a quest to find abuses.

But Trump's emphasis on Canada in the early days leaves out what many think is America's biggest trade problem. The nation with which we have the largest trade deficit with is China, not Canada.


Data Source: US Census (numbers in Billions USD)

Again, this is the elephant in the room that Trump has talked about, but really does not have the power to tame. Consequently when Xi and Trump met, while trade was certainly discussed, the contents of those discussions have not be revealed. What is clear is that Trump has shifted his trade rhetoric.... away from China. His detractors still think he is spoiling for a trade war. He may be, but now at least he knows the cost such a war will be not just in terms of trade, but in terms of his relations with Capitol Hill and key elements within his own party.

I think Trump wants to do more than key Senators and even his own advisors want him to. The big banks, large corporations and other interests in Washington are doing well off of free trade. The pains of middle America are not of much concern to them, except when they stand on their hind legs and
1) put people in office who care about them or
2) when they get violent.

Number two inevitably follows when number one does not work. I do not want to see number two transpire in America. This is why my view is this about Trump and trade. For the most part, Trump is right to conduct these reviews and bring in change. However that does not mean that America should shelve good trade relations for campaign rhetoric. We need to carefully and meticulously review all of our trade deals and make sure that American workers are indeed given due consideration in those agreements. Doing this was political and economic 'heresy' before Trump.


My view is the biggest problem with those trade agreements is the fact that they were negotiated in secret. It was really a crime to talk about what they were talking about, negotiating and even at times, conspiring about. Clinton, Bush and Obama were all guilty as sin with regards to this. Our democratic principles demand debate about key issues like this. We did not get it. We got 'jack in the box' trade deals that were sprung on Americans that benefited the elite but not the American worker. Since then we have over 90 million working age Americans who are not working. I did not say unemployed as that phrase has become a statistical gimmick used by the BLS to downplay the number of people not working. Trade is good, but when power-players get to sit at the table and those who don't have the money and influence that lets them sit at the same table and are shut out, a bad deal is inevitable.


Jobs

How will Trump create jobs at home? That does not seem to be as clear. After his election and before his inauguration, he did attempt to encourage some manufacturers to keep jobs here. While there is some debate about how much Trump's actions were causative of those moves, they did show a remarkable change in tone from the last administration, who just did not seem to care what happened to ordinary working Americans.

So far, what I see is this. Trump is going to fill the coffers of your typical GOP donors, issue them contracts, sell goods overseas of their products and call it a jobs policy. Let's take a look at America's number one industry.

The Death and Evil Industries

Right now, the US and Saudi Arabia are in talks for a massive arms deal worth tens of billions of dollars. According to RT (who in instances like this will report 'inconvenient facts that the US media won't report) this will be a significant departure from the Obama administration's policies which were decidedly cooler to the Islamic Kingdom. (More here from an Iranian perspective) The deal may sell THAAD to the kingdom. What else they sell may be classified as many of America's security personnel have been involved in 'assisting' the kingdom in their domestic security policies. More here.

In his bid to sell F-16's to Bahrain, Trump is looking to dump human rights conditionalities on the sale. These sales will mean jobs because when there is an arms deal, there are defense jobs and that again is a very large and important segment of the US economy. They also help keep those who have them, in them. But in so doing we support a government that has shown considerable contempt for basic human rights. The situation is outlined by our own State Department. You can read the 2015 and 2016 report on Human Rights in Bahrain in those links.

The US and Russia are in an arms sales race and the last thing the US wants is to see Gulf kingdoms begin to look to Russia's excellent military offerings. The UAE is currently looking into just a prospect. More here. US Defense contractors do not want Russia to become a major arms suppliers to these kingdoms as it builds in a dependency and more importantly is a very important source of foreign capital to the Russians. So when you hear Mr. Tillerson decide that Human Rights no longer matter and that our foreign policy goals are more important, you can get a better idea of what he means. You will not longer need an NSA listening post to hear the screams of the tortured.

But I think as well the some of the 'glitter' of American arms has been lost. Some states are questioning the efficacy of some of those weapons in light of Russia's and China's rising military status. Our leaders may think that now is the time to loosen those HR restrictions or begin to see many of our multi-billion dollar arms sales be reduced in number and or cancelled all together and shifted towards Russia and China.

But another major industry in the 'evil' category being benefited by Trump is the incarceration industry. This industry has seen significant gains in their stocks in expectation of a Trump Presidency. They see big profits in Trumps mass deportation plan for illegal immigrants. I think we need to understand that these prisons are really slave labor factories and as long as there is a strong economic incentive to put people in jail, the Law Enforcement industry (and it is an industry) will put as many people in jail as possible. I say it again, this is the new slavery. They have just created a new social, legal and political mechanism to bring it back. Donald Trump looks to accelerate that and swing the pendulum back in the wrong direction.

Then there is big oil. Trump has been a big proponent of the 'drill baby drill' school of thought. Mind you, I am and have always been in favor of responsible oil exploration. But for reasons I have talked about at length here, I am not wild about the so called 'boom' in Shale oil extraction. The back story to it, the real costs in extraction (the Energy Returned on Energy Invested - ERoEI) and how they are actually making up the price difference (have you seen a major drop in the price of gasoline as the price per barrel of oil has descended?). There is considerable corruption, skullduggery and secret environmental issues that are directly related to Shale oil extraction. Secret environmental issues? Where are they getting the massive amounts of water they need to extract all that oil, which is several hundred miles from a major water source? Where? Where are water levels the lowest?

Listen, I understand the real desire to make the US energy independent. But the reality is that will probably be very short lived, despite the optimistic forecasts of our energy officials.

Debt

I need not tell you that the noises Trump made on fiscal responsibility will have little bearing on his policies as President. The nation's chief watchdog, the GAO issued one of its usually ignored warnings on our deficits a few days ago.

According to the 2016 Financial Report, the federal deficit in fiscal year 2016 increased to $587 billion—up from $439 billion in fiscal year 2015. Federal receipts grew a modest $18.0 billion due primarily to extensions of tax preferences, but that was outweighed by a $166.5 billion increase in spending, driven by Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and interest on debt held by the public (net interest). Debt held by the public rose as a share of gross domestic product (GDP), from 74 percent at the end of fiscal year 2015 to 77 percent at the end of fiscal year 2016. This compares to an average of 44 percent of GDP since 1946. The 2016 Financial Report, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and GAO projections all show that, absent policy changes, the federal government’s fiscal path is unsustainable and that the debt-to-GDP ratio would surpass its historical high of 106 percent within 15 to 25 years (see figure below).


Source: GAO

The drivers are all things I have talked about before. I need not rehash them here. Donald Trump does not seem even slightly motivated to deal with these daunting but unavoidable fiscal and political realities, not when there is so much money to be made for his party and donors in other things.


Conclusion

Trump's economic policies in my view may indeed bring jobs to America. But the kinds of jobs that derive their origin from the 'disaster capitalism' that is wrecking the planet and millions of lives of the people who live on it. It's the kind of 'growth' that brings wars, conflict and degradation of every stripe to a world that is already going mad.

It is like Mr Trump is channeling the darkest side of the GOP and moving the nation in the direction of 'Darth Vader' and his strange sounding mechanical breathing apparatus. To me what is rather troubling is his propensity to unmoor the nation from it's long held values and that being a basic defense of the Human Rights of the defenseless.

Today, if you want to come to America, under Trump it will help to be rich. More and more this administration just looks rotten to the core. Darkness loves secrecy. Corruption?  What does this look like to you in the midst of multi-Billion dollar arms deals to these countries? His policies look to invite it.

American Christians? They really should be ashamed of him. On the very little things they wanted him to do he showed himself to be well, a windbag, promising much and delivering nothing of substance. Like Black Americans who stood by the President who accepted their support, but did nothing for them, this looks to be Trump's legacy for religious conservatives under Trump. They only people he seems to respond to are those who are in the 'evil' business and have deep, deep pockets.

Am I disappointed in Trump? No. I did not expect much and did not vote for him. He is turning out to be about as bad as I figured he would be - bow before the rich and flip the bird to just about everyone else.

I don't want to sound too cynical because I am not blaming him as much as I blame the system that produced such candidates as Clinton and Trump and the voters who are so blind with rage against the 'other party' that they refuse smell the repugnant aroma emanating from their own party and candidates. All in all we would not have seen much different from Hillary. The tone would be different, the persona, but the policies would be reflection of the real people who are running America into the ground... the deep state.

Donald Trump's Presidency is likely to accelerate America's decline as well as move her faster into the Lord's cross hairs. Our sins are not filled to the brim yet, but the spigot wickedness has just been opened up a bit wider. The principle of God waiting until iniquity is 'full' is found from the book of Genesis (15:16) to Revelation (17:4 - note the cup).

Sodom (Gen 13:13) also, had to wait until the cry of her abominations came up before the Lord (Gen 18:20). The Lord's policy towards sin and evil has not and will not change. When the time is right, he will judge and once the sentence is read, there will be no delay.

Some of my readers think I am a little soft on the sins of Sodom (LBGQ) issues because I have not strongly favored legislation opposing it. This is not because I approve of these things, I don't. It is because when a nation like ours has so many who are clamoring for their 'rights' to have their sins recognized as right, that is when you know that we have crossed some point of no return. Fighting this in the courts or via elections, etc is not going to work. I applaud those who tried and will never denigrate them, but I know a lost battle when I see one.

This is a battle that has to be fought in the spiritual realm and even then within limited parameters. I think the way to deal with this is to pray against the spirit of Sodom so that it does not infect our Churches, our Christian leaders and our Christian youth. That said, I do appreciate those who have come forward who spoke publicly of their own struggles against the sin of Sodom (homosexuality). It shows an honesty and humility that is not common in our world today.

But I will tell you that I think that adultery is just as big or even bigger a sin that homosexuality. I can tell you that the scriptures talk much more about that than homosexuality. I can tell you that with adultery, there is not only the sex sin, but also the covenant breaking, with both God and the wronged spouse.

But other sins are apparent in our nation and I will not rehash them here. We as a nation need to get back to more solid spiritual moorings and not let the Rex Tillerson's and Donald Trump's of the world detach our nation from looking out for the poor, abused and downtrodden in favor of a weapons contract, oil pipeline or in support of an unwise and evil war.

We could do better as a nation but have firmly decided against it. The temptations of easy money for Lockheed and a new Pipeline for Exxon are too tempting. Who cares if some impoverished Arab is being beaten to death in some prison when you have a new oil deal as compensation? There will be payment for this mindset. Our place in the world today is because of God's blessing.

Our place in the world tomorrow could very well be because of God's curse.
27 Jun

Trump, Human Rights, Civil Liberties.

On these critical issues that have long defined the American nation and even birthed this once great nation as well as our foreign policy? Where does President Trump plan on taking us? So far things do not look good.

Lets take a look at a couple of stories.

Today, it has been revealed that the Trump administration will no longer fund groups that oppose Neo-Nazi violence. The reasoning behind this move is convoluted, but not totally without merit and is explained in the previous link and in this one.

What is Trump up to? It is hard to say as these justifications may indeed be the reasons for this shift in funding, but no thinking person can ignore that one of his key advisors, Mr. Bannon is also a member of the Alt-Right movement, which many have noted for its antisemitism, racism and hate; not unlike Neo-Nazi groups that now will be given some political 'breathing room', I might add. Consider what the article (and others) say about the alt-right's take on civil rights. You can read more about their media presence here.

What is Trump doing? Again, it is hard to say for sure. Will this money go to Police departments, a group that Trump has vociferously supported as he has moved against efforts to bring in more effective oversight of America's police? Probably. You can read more about some of Trumps anti-reforms here at NBC and here, a well balanced report from The Hill. You can also read about Trumps apparent (careful) abandonment of the Obama administrations reforms.

I see the need for Police reforms, particularly in departments like Baltimore, where cops felt it was OK to do things like put a man in a van and give him a nickle ride. Yes, I see the need for effective oversight an reform. But on the reverse, I don't want the cops hands so tied that they cannot perform their duties or are so afraid of a lawsuit or negative consequences for making an honest mistake, that they are ineffective. What I see is that we need to strike the right balance. That balance needs to protect us all, not just the rich people in the suburbs.

I think the real question that is often missed is the word protection. Police are there to protect us. But often sadly that is not the case.  The police badge and their uniform should not be a 'protection' the consequences of terrorizing people. Nor should they be given a 'pass' when their actions are serving the interests
(KKK, NeoNazi's etc) of those who are targeting law abiding American citizens and use their uniform as a vector for criminal activity. We have seen a lot of that as well, like police stealing drugs from evidence rooms and using their cruisers to transport dope, even doing hits for drug lords. Why has Congress been lax in all of this? Perhaps this is why.

I can tell you some of the politicians who have been in bed with these cartels are household names.

Household names.

Related: Mexican Cartels Recruit US Soldiers As Contract Killers

 Is this the kind of behavior Donald Trump wants to defend and protect? I hope not, but when you begin to remove oversight, take away resources to make sure the police are protecting the people and not Nazi's and drug runners, that is the serious risk you run. Moreover I think Trumps anti-drug and anti-crime policies are one dimensional. They will not solve anything but make matters worse. This also goes to our drug policy. You are never going to have any success in the current opiod epidemic with 'billyclub' level thinking. The corruption that has allowed the problem to get so deeply rooted in the nation goes to the political level (local/state/federal) as well as in the financial arena (banks who launder the money) and going after a small business owner and stealing his business with no evidence in these asset forfeiture raids solves nothing. Most of these people are and were innocent of anything except not having political protection.

The Alt-right crowd, at least some of them may see an unrestrained police in certain metropolitan areas with high Black and Latino populations as a way to enforce their views on white racial superiority. This may be one of the driving factors behind the push back at serious police reform. From my view, this may indeed be part of it. The other reason is probably just getting back to the basics of the GOP base which has usually viewed the police with greater favor than the base of the Democratic party. Wealthy White suburbanites tend to view the police as a barrier against the people from 'across town' who are not so wealthy and White. Protecting police from effective reforms is viewed as a vote getter in many GOP circles.

It is hard to see how these trends really helps our civil liberties. To me it looks like in many respects, he wants to turn the clock backwards and that is not a good thing in my eyes. We have seen how the police have too often behaved when the victims are poor, Black and lack legal sophistication. But I say this to all of America especially to those of you who thinks its OK to do the Brothers, and Latino's and yes, Muslims wrong. The rights you take away from them today are the rights you will lose tomorrow. The Black man has always been the 'testing ground' for the elite in this country when they want to bring something into the wider population.

But other moves Trump has been making on the civil liberties front do not bode well either. One of those is the protection of our liberties within the byzantine maze of Federal regulations, particularly dealing with the Intelligence Community and other parts of the American 'deep state'.

Key Privacy Watchdog Muzzled During Surveillance Debate

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, or PCLOB, is a little-known agency that’s had an outsized influence in recent years on the debate over government spying. The board’s job is to make sure that when the executive branch takes action to defend the country, Americans’ privacy rights and civil liberties aren’t forgotten. To carry out that mission, the board has almost unparalleled access to classified information across the intelligence agencies. PCLOB uses that access to advise agencies on how to roll out surveillance programs while minimizing privacy and civil liberties violations, review programs already in operation, and raise the alarm when it uncovers problems.

But right now, despite the high stakes, the board is being held hostage by a personnel shortage. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle say that the debate over government surveillance is hobbled without PCLOB’s input. - POGO


This is another one of those agencies that takes care of our rights within the government that President Trump so far seems to have little interest in. But let us be clear, the problems at the board started before Trump took office as this PBS article makes plain. One must keep this in mind, it is one thing to have activists like the EFF, EPIC and others advocate for better privacy, it is another to have this board do it too. The problem with these activist organizations is that as well intentioned as the are, they do not have access to the actual classified programs. The PCLOB solves that problem and not only that, it reports directly to the President. They have access you and I are forbidden, by law, from having. The PCLOB can review classified programs for their compliance with both the law and any other problems that may impact our civil liberties.

The PCLOB was established by Congress back in 2004 under the Bush administration.

The purpose of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is two-fold: to analyze and review actions the executive branch takes to protect the nation from terrorism, ensuring that the need for such actions is balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties; and to ensure that liberty concerns are appropriately considered in the development and implementation of law, regulations and policies related to efforts to protect the nation against terrorism.

The Board has two main functions: (a) advice and counsel on policy development and implementation and (b) oversight. Its functions include reviewing proposed legislation, regulations and policies; advising the President and the departments and agencies of the executive branch; and continually reviewing the implementation of the regulations, policies, and procedures of the executive branch relating to terrorism to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected. In addition, the Board is specifically charged with responsibility for reviewing the terrorism information sharing practices of executive branch departments and agencies to determine, whether they adhere to guidelines designed to appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties.[2][3] In the course of performing these functions, the Board shall coordinate with the privacy and civil liberties officers in the relevant departments and agencies.

The Board is authorized to have access to all relevant information necessary to fulfill its role, including classified information consistent with applicable law. The Board is required to report to Congress not less than semiannually...

...Some people initially viewed the PCLOB with skepticism, since the board was convened to protect the American public against privacy intrusions by their own government.[17] Under the board's statute, only the Chairperson is a full-time employee and has the power to hire staff. Since Medine was not confirmed until May 7, 2013, it was not until after that time that the Board was finally able to begin to engage in any substantial projects. - Wikipedia

It's history is instructive so if you have the time and interest that short article by Wikipedia is of value.

The Board is comprised of:
David Medine, Chairman
Rachel L. Brand, Member
Elisebeth B. Collins, Member
James X. Dempsey, Member
Patricia M. Wald, Member.
Source: PCLOB Site
Two reports of note are this one on mass surveillance and this one on how the government responded to their recommendations. This board is important. It is one of those agencies one never hears much about but can have enormous positive impact. We need that board and need it populated with people who understand both the need for our intelligence communities activities and those other government agencies to conduct the important business of protecting the nation  - as well as the need to protect the people of the nation from unnecessary, unwarranted intrusion into their lives as well as darker threats, coming from insider threat networks who use the information they gather on American citizens that is in turned, used by criminals, traitors and foreign governments to use against American citizens they view as being 'of interest' to them.

What do I mean? here is a Hypthetical -  Perhaps a county-level government official who opposes the sale of land to a foreign owned entity or a Congressman who may stand opposed to allowing thousands of foreign workers into the nation to replace Americans. These are the kinds of people that would be the first to be threatened by lax privacy laws. The information gathered by US intelligence could be stolen and passed on to this foreign government when data is not protected or illegally collected. But think about a corporate executive who has trade secrets that a foreign power would love to get their hands on. This too is the kind of person that foreign entities would love to know more about; where they go, who they see, where they plan on staying on their next visit to a foreign nation. Privacy is about a lot more than just protecting us from personal embarrassment or unwanted advertising and intrusions into our daily life, in some cases it can mean life or death should the wrong person get hold of the right data on the right person.

Some of you may say, "I don't know anything that could be of use to anyone". That may be true, but do you have access to someone who does? Are you a administrative assistant to a big CEO who has been targeted by some foreign power? They may target him by getting to you. After all, it is you who know a great deal about him, his day to day activities and can probably get access to key corporate decision making information (memo's, board minutes, etc).

No, unlike many who think that invasions of privacy and a government that can snoop on anything and anyone at will is some kind of 'enhancement' to the nation, I can tell you and  anyone familiar with history can tell you that there is hardly a bigger threat to the security and safety of any people as an out of control security apparatus or one that is under the influence or even being outright controlled by a foreign power.

This brings us to the next story.

The Next Hacker In Your Computer May Be German Intelligence

The above link is from Helpnetsecurity.com. Yes, it was slipped in at the last minute in a German bill. This is typical Merkel. She may decry the Surveillance state in public, but in secret, she yields to the powers of the all seeing eye.

What is rather interesting about her is that in reality she does oppose many of these powers and tactics. Remember she hails from East Germany, where the Stasi ruled and from little I can gather, had her run ins with them.

More here.

She understands just what an out of control police state can do.
These hacking tools revealed recently by Wikileaks are no joke and anyone who makes light of them perhaps needs to have his or her life turned upside down by people who abuse these tools and set people up falsely or have their bank accounts emptied by these dark forces. I find with many people, until it hits home -  hard and they are left with a few bruises and scars, they are not likely to comprehend why some issues are important.

One has to wonder what was the impetus behind this in Germany. Why now? The Americans just exposed their own massive hacking library of digital axes, swords, viruses and cluster bombs, why are the Germans now moving in this direction? 

Well I am sure there are many reasons, but one is pretty clear, they feel they need the tools others have to go after Cybercriminals. The Motherboard has a good piece on this here. Are there problems with this? Of course and if you want to know just how spooky this is, slide on over here and see what hackers found when they took one of malware viruses the Germans have used apart.

Now stop for a moment. You say, "that is not such a bad thing we need to get cybercriminals!". Well, I and most reasonable people could not agree more. But herein lies the problem - trust. Most people trust authorities to do right. But without oversight, effective oversight and controls, that trust is nothing more than a back turned to a guy with a dagger poised and murder in his eyes. How can this be abused? Well, take my case for example.

I was accused of every crime under the sun by 'deep state' employees. Then they started their surveillance against me and yes, hacked my computer on at least one occasion, but tried on many other occasions, but could not do it remotely (my security at home is fairly strong). But those false accusations were what they need to launch a 'fishing expedition' against me. They did steal my passwords and other things. I am fairly certain that one individual accused me of being a leaker and of having a treasure trove of classified info on my hard drive, so they needed an excuse to raid my home and basically make me look like a leaker or worse, a traitor. Why? Well as I said before, to many in the American deep state they believe that 'niggers shouldn't blog' and Christians shouldn't either, not unless they can be run or controlled by the CIA or other deep state actors. I would not be controlled and used some harsh and wholly unchristian language when someone tried to do that to me and then threatened me when I told him where he could go and what mode of transport they could use.

Soon thereafter the crap began.

Now think about this from a foreign intelligence perspective. Let's say the Germans are interested in something that one of our Silcon valley companies is developing or one of our defense contractors. They want to scan the hard drives of some key people in the hopes of getting that data. How do you do that? One way is to falsely accuse them of being a pedophile, a terrorist, a hacker or money launderer and launch an 'investigation' into them. Once that happens you can then scan their hard drive and gather the secrets you want using those tools described above.

My point is not that these tools never have a legitimate purpose, rather it is to make sure they are not abused by overzealous cops or worse cops and officials who are using their power for purposes other than enforcing the law.

This is a powerful lesson that many on Capitol Hill do get, but many out here in the political bleachers, don't.

But we must understand that standards of decency vary from nation to nation. Would you think it good if a nation, like  Germany with a long and vicious history of antisemitism started targeting Jewish Rabbi's in Germany or even the US for 'crimes' they never thought about committing? Surveilling them 24/7 for no other reason than they are Jewish? Or Black? Or Muslim? Or worse, developing cyber tools that can frame people up for crimes?

So we get back to the PCLOB. Such boards sound boring and perhaps a bit of a nuisance, but when you find your behind sitting in prison for 25 years for something you never even thought about doing, you will say to yourself that that was a lesson it took you 25 more years to learn than it should have.

Perhaps after your stretch, your learning curve will improve and history's lessons will not be lost on you.



23 Jun


WaPo Drops Russia Hacking Bombshell

While certainly eyebrow raising, this report raises other questions. The reports on the surface are not surprising. But I have, as a former intel analyst, come to greatly distrust Humint (intel based on Human sources), which this appears to have been derived from. Why? People lie and papers can be forged and/or created to misdirect, bait or otherwise mislead the intended recipient when they know the information will arrive on the intended recipient's desk.

Was this so called 'eyes only' report duly vetted by other (non-political) officials for its veracity and reliability? The WaPo piece seems to indicated that it was not, but so closely held hardly anyone saw it. Was this a Russian 'leak' to give the Obama/Clinton election efforts a report to 'bait them' into hearing exactly what Putin knew they wanted to hear (fake intel)? In the Intel business, these are always considerations. Remember 'Curveball'? A lot of Humint is nothing more than bulls-it with Top Secret markings on the top and bottom of the page.

One has to be careful in that not everything that says 'Top Secret' eyes only is true. There are a lot of falsehoods and fake reporting in the intelligence business and our officials are often duped into believing things that they desperately want to hear  - like Iraqi weapons of mass destruction that did not exist but could be used to start a war.

I am not saying that this report on Russia was fake, nor am I saying it was true. I am saying that those who believed it had a vested interest in it being true. What would Russia gain from issuing such a report? Who knows? It may have merely been a way for  them to expose a traitor in their midst. Once the Americans bit the apple, they knew who the spy was and they could send him to join his ancestors.


Did Russia try and hack our elections? Some low level hacking does appear to have taken place. From my understanding, the Russians did indeed try and hack the DNC where Hillary illegally stored all of those emails, but did not succeed. Open source reporting says that email viruses was the vector. The DNC's response to all of this? Blame Trump and whip out the 'eyes only' intel report in a panic that the Russians elected Trump.

Keep in mind that Trump did not commit what looks like a class A Felony, Hillary is the one our officials should be looking at. Trump did not take a hammer and smash up the evidence, people from the DNC did. Also keep in mind that there are more ties to Hillary and the Russians than Trump and the Russians. Heck her campaign manager is in Russia right now working as a consultant!! So you tell me that Putin wanted Trump elected? I say, why should he care, when our officials of either party can be so easily bought and manipulated? Too many of our elected officials will drop their panties, throw up their legs while laying flat on their back at the drop of a hat for a couple of bucks.

I want to make this clear. I view the hacking allegations of our system with the utmost seriousness. It goes to the very heart of our democracy and I will not excuse what Russia allegedly did, but I will say this. America has been meddling in other systems democracies for a long, long time from violent coup's to 'colored revolutions' to ballot fraud. We are by far the most guilty nation on earth of election fraud and meddling on others elections. And as far as hacking? Unless you have been in a coma the past few months, we have discovered that our own CIA and NSA have some pretty despicable tools that can easily make an attack look like it came from Russia, when it really came from  the CIA.

The DNC and other 'deep state' actors need to get real and get off their hypocrite horse and learn that sooner or later, the evil you do to others, will surly return upon us. We have instituted soft coups in other nations very recently. Poke around the web with key words like Brazil, Rousseff, US and Coup. Then find out who was the Informant for he US who replaced her after she was removed from office. Our deep state has defined the rules of this filthy game and now cry these crocodile tears when others play the same game.

No -  election meddling and coup plotting does not feel good. But he who throws crap will soon have crap thrown back at him.

If we want others to respect our elections, then we need to respect the will of the people in other nations, even if that 'will' may not make Exxon, Lockheed, and Citibank a kings ransom in profits.

My take? There are no innocent victims here. The Russians and Americas are both guilty as hades and unless we change the way we behave, you can only expect even more dastardly deeds done to our system of government -  not just from our enemies, but from some of those who claim to be our friends as well. 

Senators, Congressman, FBI and DOJ? Stop crying in your gerbers babyfood, grow up and show other nations the same respect we demand of them and this kind of thing will be far less likely to happen.

For disclosure sake - I am not a party member of either the Democrats or the GOP. I have not voted for either of those parties except once back in the 80's and bitterly regretted it ever since. I did not want to see either of these candidates in the White House, so my views have nothing to do with partisanship.

I want what is best for the country not what what is best for 'the party' or any candidate.

I have not been infected with Russophobia and refuse to let myself be manipulated by those who are doing their best to stoke up hatred and fear. Nor an I going to point fingers of accusation at someone who is doing the same thing we are doing. The Democrats need to get off this retarded Russia-gate narrative and get busy with something better. The country and considerable problems that need to be fixed. They just lost a special election last week they were supposed to win. Why? They have no plan for ordinary people, no policies for the nations citizens, nothing but this constant barrage of leaks and fake news about Russia.

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Dear readers, we have sown a bitter crop with our misdeeds around the world....

...harvest time may not be far off.

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind....
(Hosea 8:7a [KJVA])

21 June

India: Christians Denied Access To Water

HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Villagers in Uttar Pradesh state, India beat Christians, forced them to participate in Hindu rituals and have refused to provide them water, sources said.
Four families who were attacked in Jalalabad village, Ghazipur District rely on the water to irrigate their fields, they said.

“How will we survive if we don’t grow our crops?” Sasikala Kumari asked Morning Star News, noting that the village head and police have allowed the Hindus to cut off the Christians water supply. “They have all joined together and are conspiring against us.” - Morning Star News

Persecution ‘Key Driver Of Displacement’ Says UNHCR

(World Watch Monitor) More people are currently displaced through conflict and persecution than at any time since the Second World War.

According to the Global Trends report, published by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2016.

The report noted that the number of refugee returns in 2016 increased from recent years. However, this took place “often in less than ideal conditions”. It found that 552,200 refugees returned to their countries of origin – more than double the number from the previous year. It added that most returned to Afghanistan – some 384,000.

The European Evangelical Alliance last week voiced concern that converts from Islam to Christianity could be at risk if they were forcibly sent home to countries where Christians experienced repression, and included Afghanistan among the countries where they had such concerns.

The top three refugee-producing countries in 2016 were Syria (5.5 million), Afghanistan (2.5 million) and South Sudan (1.4 million). Many from the latter are in Uganda, which registered the greatest number of refugees in 2016: it also received many refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

There were 64,700 newly recognised refugees from Nigeria, which has been terrorised by the Boko Haram insurgency in the north and Fulani militia violence in the Middle Belt.

Eritrea remained the ninth-largest country of origin for refugees, with 459,400 at the end of 2016. Many are Evangelical Christians targeted by the country’s ultra-repressive government.

For Refugee Week (19-25 June), the European Evangelical Alliance has produced a Refugee Church Pack, available in English, Dutch, French, German and Italian, to encourage Christians to engage with the refugees on their doorsteps. - World Watch Monitor

Vietnam: Priests Claim Cops Let Gangs Terrorize Catholics

Reports are of local thugs who ride motor bikes at night and throw rocks at Churches and the homes of Catholics.

Somalia: 15 Killed In Al Shabbab Attack

The above link is from Stars And Stripes. Russia Today has the story with many pictures.


Christians Maintain Hope In Somalia, Despite Persecution

A brief look at the problems of Somalia from a Christian perspective. Somalia ranks just behind North Korea, who is first in the world when it comes to Christian persecution.

A brief  but sobering read.

Christian Teacher Killed In NE Kenya

“The suspected Al Shabaab militants entered the school compound and right away fired on the teacher who was teaching the pupils,” one of the sources said.

The suspected members of the Somali rebel group kidnapped another Christian teacher, Joseph Kamau, along with a Muslim teacher who tried to defend him, the sources said. Trying to shield the Kenyan Christian, the Muslim teacher of Somali descent told the assailants he would die with him, according to a Somali Muslim teacher who requested anonymity. - Morning Star News

Regime Change And All It Really Means

Today, the neocons are doing all they can to get a war started with Iran.

How did Iran come to be our nemesis and how is it that not so long ago the chant 'death to America' could be heard in Tehran?  If you really want to know the whole story, the part of the story that our Media in this country don't want us to know. Then this piece is for you. Slide on over and check it out and the link (first sentence) in it. There was a day that this was all called 'conspiracy theory' and anyone who spoke of these things was called part of the 'tin foil hat' brigade. Well the actual cables, and classified history is now declassified and you can now see how 'Regime Change', American style has created the 'monster' we now face in Iran. Sixty-four years later and we are still paying for that mistake.

One cannot help but wonder if our foreign policy 'experts' want to go in and repeat the same mistake again.

Well the sad part is that away from the spot light a new massive new alliance of nations is gaining new members, and already has nearly half the world's population in its organization. Insiders here have gotten a look at this and that paper done last week will be reserved for them.

But America's eternal foreign policy incompetence and violence is indeed causing the world to turn on us and one of the reasons why is our penchant for going into countries and creating chaos, refugee's and bloodshed and yes even more terrorists.

Our Libyan expedition os a perfect example where now slave markets thrive along with terrorists. Arms bazaars are there for any nut job with some money and a Koran... all this was done in the name of our 'fight against terrorism'
.

Regime change efforts have brought us little good in the region and the people a lot of heartache.

There are some things you cannot change or fix to ones benefit with Machiavellian political maneuverings. Soft power may take longer, but the benefits for all last longer when those efforts succeed.


We have tried for many years to interdict Iran's influence in the region, only to see it grow with each foreign policy mistake we make.


20 Jun



Psalm 121

A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
(Psa 121:1)

We will continue this short excursion into the Song of Degree's in the book of Psalms. We did Psalm 120 recently and now we will look at Psalm 121. These Psalms many believe were written and sung by those who were on their way to Jerusalem.

The first verse here shows is that the Psalmist is looking to the Hills. The Hills here are almost certainly meant in a figurative sense. But may indeed be something those ancient travelers saw and sang about on their way to the holy city. The word itself in Hebrew is this one.
H2022
הַר
har
har
A shortened form of H2042; a mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively): - hill (country), mount (-ain), X promotion.
Total KJV occurrences: 545
The hills here are probably figurative as something that the Psalmist see's in his minds eye. The second part of the verse adds to a bit of confusion with the KJV translation as it implies that the Psalmist is looking for help from the hills. The language does not permit this, rather it should be understood separately. The Psalmist is asking the question, "where will his help come from"? Other modern versions render it correctly. These hills are figuratively probably Mount Zion (see Psa_87:1; Psa_125:1-2; Psa_133:3; Psa_78:68; Psa_3:4; Psa_20:2; Psa_134:3).


My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
(Psa 121:2-4)


Here the Psalmist answers his own question. His help is coming from the Lord and no one else. Then the Psalmist makes plain who the Lord is, he is the one who made all things. There is no greater power in heaven or on earth and it is in the Lord that he has placed his faith and confidence. This is where his help comes from, not from man who is finite and faulty; not from Princes whom other Psalms tells us not to put our trust in (Psalms 118:9; 146:3). No, trusting in these things is folly. It is the Lord that the Psalmist has put his trust in and it is the Lord who will look out for him.

God will not allow him to be moved. Why? Part of the answer is in verse two. God is all powerful and made all things, who can resist him and win? Second, he never sleeps. The Lord is always awake and knows what is transpiring down here. With such a one watching over those who serve him, the Psalmist can have confidence. A man can hire a security firm to watch out for him, but those guys often fall asleep on the job. Not so with the Lord. Israel's keeper is not of the human variety, the men who stand watch along her borders nor the soldiers who guard her, but rather, it is being done by someone who never sleeps.

The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
(Psa 121:5-6)


Now the Psalmist says that his keeper is the Lord. The shade that the Psalmist refers to is a poetic representation of the Lord's protection. The sun in the desert is hot, in the summer it is very hot. The Psalmist give us the imagery of God protecting him from the harsh elements and providing shade. Moreover this protector is on his right hand the place noted elsewhere for protection and honor (Psa 16:8; Psa 109:31)

It is because of this protection, so poetically expressed that the these troubles do not effect him. The heat of the sun, he is protected from it, even the the moon (probably meaning the coldness of night). God's protection will shield him from these natural elements. These natural elements are surely meant as a symbol of life's day to day troubles. Wherever trouble comes to afflict God's people, God is there to protect them. This is the sense I get from this passage.

The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth,
and even for evermore.
(Psa 121:7-8)
Here we can better see what the Psalmist means with his analogy. God is going to preserve his people from all evil. Here I think Barnes sums up the idea well.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil - This is an advance of the thought. The psalmist had in the previous verses specified some particular evils from which he says God would keep those who put their trust in him. He now makes the remark general, and says that God would not only preserve from these particular evils, but would keep those who trusted in him from all evil: he would be their Protector in all the perils of life. - Albert Barnes
Yes, God will indeed protect us. He see's dangers we are not capable of seeing. He knows who our enemies are even when they are not known to us. He knows the future troubles we will have before we are even slightly aware of them.

He will watch over our goings. He will protect us on our way to work and on our way home, he will protect us on vacation or on the way to dropping out kids off at School. God's will watch over us not just today, but always.

This Psalm and its promises are meant clearly for Israel. But also we Christians who are the Israel of God (see Gal 6:16) by virtue of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, we too can claim this protection. So with all who serve, honor and place their faith in the God who made all things by the might of his power, even the Father and Jesus Christ, our Lord.

I take comfort in this Psalm in that in our troubled world, with so much evil, wickedness, trouble and treachery, I can put my faith in the living God and know that he has my back at all times. He never sleeps.

Grace and peace to all who place their full faith and confidence in the God of Israel and his Messiah.


16 Jun

Dominance And Submission

Today, I want to talk a bit about a problem with American policy overseas that I think is the well spring of most of our foreign policy problems. If our leaders can ever come to terms with this, our nation could very well play a strong and constructive role in the world. If we don't we will continue on the path to being one of the most hated and despised nations on earth.

The question really revolves around the idea that came out of Neoconservative dogma and think tanks, in papers and idea's like the Project for the New American Century, that lays out what they had in mind for America in the 21st century. What they wanted was to promote and expand American leadership in the world.

This was mostly a GOP policy 'bent' but many hawkish Democrats as well have bought into this idea, though they don't spend much time talking about it publicly. Their own policy moves and statements that support the goals and policies of PNAC give them away. Think of people like Hillary Clinton for starters.

Of the twenty-five people who signed PNAC's founding statement of principles, ten went on to serve in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz. Observers such as Irwin Stelzer and Dave Grondin have suggested that the PNAC played a key role in shaping the foreign policy of the Bush Administration, particularly in building support for the Iraq War. Academics such as Inderjeet Parmar, Phillip Hammond, and Donald E. Abelson have said PNAC's influence on the George W. Bush administration has been exaggerated. - Wikipedia

Notice names like Kagan. His wife is VIctoria Nuland, the neocon queen who said 'f-- the EU' and was clearly one of the masterminds behind the violent coup that toppled the democratically elected government there in Ukraine. We will not rehash the violent and often arrogant policies of the NeoCons and those who hold their policy leanings. Rather we are briefly going to look at why America is having so many troubles in the world, why she is losing her diplomatic clout and why these trends are going to increase as time passes, regardless of who sits in the White House.

There is a spirit behind PNAC. It's the spirit of arrogance and violence. These two spirits often generate myopia and that myopia is what often destroys nations and particularly empires. It is the total unwillingness to listen to the other side of the story and violently push ones policies, culture, beliefs and proxy armies on people who do not want those things. The twisted mentality that brought us to this point in the Middle East and in Ukraine are still with us. To such minds, an oil pipeline is far more important than 100,000 lives and the 'will of the people' who vote and 'democracy' is an abstraction that can usually be successfully maneuvered around.

I think it meet that we talk about this from both a political and a spiritual perspective because we Christians need to understand what spirit is running our nation and where it wants to take us.

Take a look today in South Korea. The US has deployed THAAD, a system that has greatly angered the Chinese, the rising power in Asia. We needed China to help contain the madness of Kim Jung-un. But because of the need for American political leadership to play up to her defense contractors, THAAD now is operational and China has threatened to do what it takes to counter it. THAAD as of a few days ago is being debate by South Korea because of the election of a new President who has serious misgivings about the US anti-missile deployment. Missile systems like this are inherently destabilizing and lead only to one thing - an arms race. This is quickly followed by increasing instability. America did the same thing to Russia over a decade ago when it did its best that the so called 'missile shield' in Europe, reneging on a clear promise to the Russians not to do that. The idea pushed by these American elements is 'containment' of those who will not submit to American dominance (they call it 'leadership').

This is why China and Russia have joined hands. It is not that they don't have a lot of important points of disagreement on key policy questions. They do. It is that both need each other to deal with what they see is a growing global menace. American global arrogance, violence and mismanagement.

We Americans must try and understand these things not just from perspective of US NeoConservatives or the activists that support or even decry them. No, we must rather see the world as much as we can through the eyes of others and then we can begin to see why our world is in very deep trouble and we are losing clout and stature the world over.

Russia and China will never submit to what the Americans call 'leadership'. They have both tasted first hand what that leadership means and they want none of it. Russia has had its graveyards filled with western good intentions, broken treaties and violent coups. Vladimir Putin understands things things intimately. This is why for so long he was so openly dissing American policy. He had had enough of the Neoconservatives and their bluster, unilateralism and propensity to shed the blood of innocents to further an empire that they see as a perennial threat to his nation.

The Chinese see things a little differently. They are in no hurry to dethrone America. They take pleasure in 'the game', they would much rather destroy us slowly, painfully and entertain themselves on our own foolishness. Think of how a cat likes to play with its prey before it kills it. It may not be a perfect analogy, it it fits pretty well. The Chinese think very differently than Americans do. They know America is dying and are planning to move in to fill key gaps around the world as we commit national suicide.... slowly.

To each, they see a wounded beast, perhaps mortally but is still incredibly dangerous in its current incoherent state. Each are circling the wounded empire carefully at a good distance picking, prodding and allowing her to bleed to death from the wounds, many self inflicted she now suffers.

China and Russia do not see submission under this hostile wounded beast as being in their interest. Each has long memories of just what such leadership means. Both no longer are convinced that such leadership is too difficult to oppose, counter and otherwise frustrate. To the contrary, each now see's it as one of their primary national security goals.

This is why China has spent so much time modernizing and updating its military. It's naval modernization has the US very concerned. But it has also reorganized it's strategic forces as well as its land forces. I will not link to these things today, a search engine will yield up massive results on this - just type in 'PLA reorganization'. They want to be the dominant power in Asia and are working very hard to bring that about. With China however, the idea of global dominance for themselves is one that many Chinese policy analysts are not wild about. Most just want China to be the most important power in the Asian Pacific. But others realize that what you leave for others, only strengthens ones foes. They want to be more involved in the western hemisphere as well. This I think is going to be a major foreign policy question that will animate Chinese policy circles in the years ahead.

The real issue in my and in many others view is this. There is considerable motion on the global stage to capture parts of the world, geographically, diplomatically, legally (global governance institutions) as American influence wanes and she deals with the fallout, domestic and international of her burgeoning deficits and growing social problems and incompetent political leadership (both parties, all branches of government). But these states have shown considerable agility and determination to counter moves by the American empire to eat into their own political interests. Think Syria and Ukraine. Russia has shown that she is willing to meet force with force, violence with violence but has consistently held out an olive branch to American leaders that each time get s trampled on as the PNAC crowed contemplates some new outrage and provocation on the globe to provoke these two rising powers. These outrages are designed specifically to target the interests of these two rising powers. Each side wishes to avoid direct confrontation, but many within Neoconservative circles are not so coy, they really are looking for a open, all out war.

Why now? It is not possible to read minds, but it seems clear to me that these individuals inside America know that America's power is waning. They know about our deficits and know that when push comes to shove and they really  have no choice but to deal with those deficits in a real fashion, unrest and a great economic/political shaking will come to America. The time to undercut these new rising powers is now, not 10 years from now, I think is the view. This is the 'chaos is best' policy bent of some of our leaders.

In my view the real problem is this - America needs to go back to the past to see how empires of the past preserved themselves. Rome stretched itself too far and too thin. There came a time when emperors realized that you cannot push empire too far. If you do, you overtax your army and your people and lose your empire from without and from within.

The emperor Hadrian realized this and took steps accordingly to forestall continued expansion. Historians make clear that he realized that there was not much to gain by extending the empire too far. Other emperors also realize that biting off more than you can chew in imperial politics will can easily undermine decades of hard fought work.

This is the danger we have run into.

My view is that America has pushed too far and we need to take stock of the fact that it is our policies that have produced the likes of Maduro, Duterte, Putin and others and if there is strident anti-Americanism today, PNAC and those who think like that are those responsible for it.

I think that American needs to take stock and decide what is defensible and what is not. What is worth keeping under American control and which we should carefully relinquish. If we don't, we run the risk of real imperial over-reach and losing all because we will not have had not the resources to defend and maintain it all. I don't need to tell you to look at our deficits to show you that we are in trouble.  Those who can count can see, those who cannot won't.

If I were advising the President I would make it plain that this is the policy that should be implemented over the next 10 years. Strategic Retrenchment. Give our nation time to deal with our serious internal social and budgetary problems - worry about keeping what is essential defensible and let the others fight over the rest.

My considered opinion is that if we do that, fix our internal dysfunctionalities, deal with our moral and spiritual crisis that is sucking the life out of so many Americans with drug abuse, suicide and unrestrained lust, we can as a nation emerge stronger better and in a far better place to lead. But as long as we can't manage our own affairs, how is that we should manage the worlds? A nation who has shown such a lack of self control with our debts, dope abuse and more... we should not be in control of a cash register and a McDonald's, let alone the world.

But having said that, the world I think will quickly tire of leadership led by others whose human rights abuses are so obvious and revolting. I refer to Xi's China particularly, but not exclusively. By the time the world tires of their leadership, I think it will pine for a return of American leadership and by then, hopefully we will have our own act together and be ready to take on that task and remember what made this nation so respected was our respect for democracy and freedom, not violent coups to overthrow democracies and torture.

I think the crisis of America however is indeed terminal. Dark forces who only serve the god of forces (force) have taken over the American imperial 'asylum'. Anyone who does not prescribe more missiles, bombers and fighters is likely to be run out of the White House or any agency that formulates policy. We have forgotten from which we came.

Our nation was founded as a place where people fled to be free. The idea of a global military power that destroys democracies, makes millions into refugee's and conducts unilateral invasions of nations is repugnant to the whole idea of America that our founders had. We have lost our way and anyone who points America in the right direction is taking his life in his own hands by these dark forces who have stolen America from under us all.

I hope our nation, leaders and people can get it together but I am not optimistic that such a prospect is realistic.



12 June

The Sufficiency Of Christ

What does that mean? In simple terms that for our salvation, from beginning to end, the person and work of Jesus Christ are sufficient for a man's salvation. He is the focal point of God's efforts to save mankind from the spiritual consequences for his sins. We sons of men have not, do not and often just refuse to see the depth's to which the race of man has sunk to in the past and will again sink to. Indeed it is sinking to even today. Men who do evil and think that it is good? Many are of reprobate minds of this nature. They can chop off the heads of children and think they please God. They can set fire to whole nations, and believe that this is God's work. They can carry swastikas talk about killing Jews, they can firebomb a Church full of humble and mostly poor Christians and honestly think the demons who tell them to do these things is God. How can they be so deceived? There are many false prophets, false apostles and false workmen who are good at telling you that good is evil and evil is good. They will goad man into hate, war, killing, stealing, adultery and all manner of abominations and wickedness with their lying tongue. These men are incredibly deceptive.

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
(2Co 11:14) 

This is the crux of many of our troubles today. Men who are full of hate preaching a gospel that is totally against that revealed by the God they claim to adore. You have satanists (too cowardly to identify themselves as being such) calling for wars, hatred and doing all manner of evil secretly. You have secularists preaching a touchy feel good humanistic gospel while they plot the next air raid that will send hundreds of innocents to their death. Many so called secularists are casting horoscopes, and listening to the supposed spirits of dead people while they preach that there is no God.

More and more we see many forms of depravity taking place in our world. We need not just look at the brutal viciousness of wicked organizations like ISIS and Boko Haram, but we can see state sponsored evil in places like North Korea with its massive concentration/death camp system. Around the world, there is great wickedness though much of it is hidden from ordinary people to protect the guilty and to ensure the crimes continue.

This is not to say that in our times we have come to the point the sons of men had come to in Genesis Chapter Six, where "...every thought of the intention of their heart was only evil continually..." (Gen 6:5). This is quite an indictment and the level of wickedness that man came to that led God to basically wipe out the race of men. But God loves us. For some, it is is not easy to reconcile what God did in Genesis 6 with a God of love. But it is not hard to do if you understand that God will only put up with evil for so long. His patience is meant to give us space to repent, not put a stamp of approval on our deeds.

There is something special about us that God truly loves and cares for. What that something is, not even David, writing under divine inspiration could understand (Psalm 8:4). God's love has allowed us all great a period of great forbearance and patience with our spiritual waywardness. We Christians all this the age of Grace. Yet that waywardness of man is not some light thing, as many will attempt to make it out to be. But something that deeply offends God. That is right - sin is a great offense to God. All of our sins. A white lie or a mass murder; the taking of goods from your place of employment to robbing a State bank, God is deeply offended by our wickedness and has a place for any and all who refuse to acknowledge their evils and repent of them. I am often fond of saying that God's standards have not changed. They have not. God's primary purpose with man is to separate him from his sins. The big problem is that most men are thoroughly in love with them and have no intention of giving them up.

Enter Jesus Christ

That is where Christ comes in. Sin is not that dissimilar to any good or service we have down here on earth. Sin however is a spiritual commodity and like any commodity, it has to be paid for. What does sin cost?

 For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Rom 6:23)

Sin has a cost, but as the scripture subtly says, it also has a wage. Why does Paul use this analogy? Because sin is work a person who commits sin is a slave of sin, though he does not know it.

 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever:
but the Son abideth ever.  If the Son therefore
shall make you free,ye shall be free indeed.
(John 8:34-36 [KJVA])
Christ makes a very simple spiritual observation. One that the religious leaders of Christ's time could not understand. Why could they not understand it? Because they thought they were doing God's will, but were actually doing the devils. They had murder in their hearts and sought repeatedly to kill the person God sent to save them - hey did not know it but they were doing the devils work. Christ said as much about them. Later in this important exchange between Jesus and the Religious leaders of Christ's time,  Jesus does not mince words. He gives it to them straight, no nonsense, no flowery language and no need to interpret the meaning of his hard hitting and most sobering words.

Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie,
he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 
Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth,
why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words:
ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
(John 8:43-47 [KJVA])

Here is the amazing thing. These were the religious leaders of Christ's time and he is telling them they are not God's. They are of the devil. How can you determine a worker of evil? A person who is of the devil? A spirit of murder is one of the best and most obvious ways to tell. This goes with people, organizations and even nation's. When murder and the lust to kill others is evident, you are dealing with something demonic. Sure, the entity may have glorified itself, immunized itself, made excuses for itself but that is the pattern with each and every person who is sitting in prison and in hell today. They always had a reason for committing acts of evil and always justified their evil with some totally selfish motivation.

The spiritual principles of Christianity are not hard to understand. They are so utterly simple that people don't want to hear it because it means something. It means that they have to change their ways. God is for life, and love. He is for peace and righteousness. The devil on the other hand is always most adept and dressing up evil as being good. He and his workers are masters of disguise. Again I say, if nothing else give the devil his due - he knows how to deceive.


But Christ came to overthrow the works of the devil. He came to save mankind from the law of sin and death, the chains of sorrow that eventually come over those who are enslaved to sin. Christ's ministry, ordeal, death and Resurrection defined the ultimate victory over the fate of mankind. There is now a way for men to be saved and that way is though the person and work of Jesus Christ and through him alone. God gave the early apostles a mighty testimony for salvation. Here is how the Book of Acts showed both the power of God to heal and to save and that there is no other path towards salvation.

 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel,
 that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead,
 even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 
This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders,
which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other:
 for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
 whereby we must be saved.

(Acts :4:10-12)

This is indeed the conundrum of Christianity, from a secular and 'other religion' perspective. Christ made it plain that there was no other way into the kingdom. None. He and his apostles made that perfectly clear. But today, other religions will always claim to have reverence for Jesus giving him some special status in their doctrines but basically calling him a liar in the process by claiming some other way to God.  Once Christ rose from the dead, there was finally a way from men - all men - to be saved from sin and the consequences of it.

Taking It All For Granted

This is one thing that man does but should not do. All of mankind could have been lost. The whole race of man. There are spiritual beings that have sinned and will never have a path to salvation. God had pity on us a  race/species and has put a plan in place not just to save our souls, but to give us some of the honored positions within the entire Creation. With mankind this salvation thing really is all-or-nothing-at-all. God's love for man is deep and real, and his love for those who respond to his offer of salvation is beyond our human comprehension. Those of you who have come to know Christ, believed on him and obey his voice, I can tell you that you are deeply beloved. Each and every soul who comes to Christ, and is born again by the power of the Holy Spirit, faith in Christ Jesus and by the atoning work of Blood of Christ -  he has his eye on you for something so special that your finite mind cannot comprehend it.

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all,
how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect?
It is God that justifieth.  Who is he that condemneth?
It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again,
who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation,
or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword 
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these
things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to
 separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:32-39 [KJVA])

We who are called, chosen and faithful, God has something prepared for us and we must not ever look back or forsake our faith as is the path many, many have taken. They came in for as season and then fell away. But this too was foretold by Christ in the parables. These things should not surprise us.

Those who turn away from Christ, however often become twice the child of hell as others. This too Christ warned us about.

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man,
he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 
Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence
I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty,
swept, and garnished.  Then goeth he, and taketh
with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself,
and they enter in and dwell there:
 and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
(Matthew 12:43-45 [KJVA])

You can also read about this in he parable of the Sower (Mark 4:3ff) Yes, brothers, I have seen this before and I am sure before I pass on, I will see this several more times. It hardly shocks me anymore to see men and women forsake Christ for a few trinkets the devil promises and rarely delivers on. The only thing he can deliver on with alarming consistency is a place in hell.

I say this by way of admonition to those who know Christ - do not look back.

Christ being the only way to salvation this is one of the biggest 'sticking points' other religions have with Christians and why many Christian leaders are working overtime to overthrow basic Christian doctrine to make it more world friendly or better phrased, more 'satanically correct'. Done in a way that has all manner of 'good feelings' and fine sounding words that lull people into a false sense of security. When a 'Christian' minister starts preaching that there are other ways to salvation than Christ - run. He has done exactly what the false religious leaders of Jesus' day did, they called Jesus a liar.

But to those of us who truly know him. He does more, he reveals his secrets, long held from the sons of men and even the Angels. What do I mean?

 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the
throne a book written within and on the backside,
 sealed with seven seals.  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming
with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to
loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth,
neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither
to look thereon.And I wept much, because no man was found
worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the
Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed
to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
(Revelation of John 5:1-5 [KJVA])



Christ has revealed things that were long sealed up. Now those of us who have the spirit of God, know him and do his will. He has given us a look into the drama of the heavens and things that are to come. The saints of old did not have this. We do. Only with the person and work of Jesus Christ have things things become known to us.


Conclusion

I write this small testimony to all of you today to show you just what Christ wrought for us on the cross. We who know him and to whom he has given his spirit, we know. We know because God has given us understanding. Why did Christ speak in parables and the book of Revelation use so many symbols and lost souls are at a loss to understand it? I will tell you.

 And the disciples came, and said unto him,
Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
 He answered and said unto them,
 Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries
of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
(Matthew 13:10-11 [KJVA])


Why is it that around the world, from India to Egypt; to Nigeria, to Eritrea, to North Korea, to Vietnam, to Saudi Arabia, to Iran, to Iraq to Syria and a host of other nations too numerous to mention, they persecuting Christians so consistently? Why is this? Because we are of a different spiritual pedigree. Totally different and for that fact, we are hated, resented, mistreated and even killed.

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you:
 and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another,
and shall hate one another.  And many false prophets shall rise,
 and shall deceive many.
(Matthew 24:9-11 [KJVA])

These are things Christ told us about and things are happening just as he foretold. But this persecution is not over, and will only get worse as time passes and the devils ministers continue to gain more power and wealth on earth. Then they will do the devils will, try and kill us all in that final 42 month system of the false prophet and antichrist.
 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies;
and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name,
 and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him
 to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him
 over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
(Revelation of John 13:5-7 [KJVA])


Satan is given so much power in those days but look at what the last government of this world does with it? It turns on God utters contempt for him and then goes about to kill his people.

This is the real purpose of the world's secret societies, satanists, masons and others. It is to destroy the works and people of God. Why? It is energized and guided by the devil and the devils will this system will do.

Brothers in Christ, there is no other way to be saved but by the precious blood of Jesus Christ and by the power of his Resurrection. He alone has the power and keys to salvation. He alone has the keys to hell and death. Those who call him a prophet and refuse to acknowledge his singular significance to the plan of God's salvation (Divine Sonship), are liars. They may be just deceived or as in some cases know deep down inside the truth but work against it. But the result is the same. The spirit of deceit coupled with a powerful seductive narrative -  'we all worship the same god', 'Jesus is just one of many prophets', 'all go to heaven and Christ died in vain', etc.

Jesus did not give us that choice, now when you read and understand what he said and the claims he made. No one can make the claims he made and be sane... unless they are true. This is the choice, the only honest choice a person can make about Jesus. The rest are filled with a fundamental dishonesty about who he claimed to be so that they can seduce you into another system of religion/belief.

Who did he claim to be? The Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God and the only path to salvation that man has.

May God give all who read this light to see, ears to hear and a mind to comprehend just who how far God has gone to try and save mankind. Why?


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
 (John 3:16 [KJVA])

He really cares for us.


Let none of us who know our God be ashamed of the gospel, nor of Jesus Christ nor of the words spoken by him (Luke 9:26).



Brother Mark
12 June 2017



9 Jun

The Carmel Alert

This Messianic Jewish ministry gives us all the latest happenings in Israel.

Persecution Watch

Danish Man Charged With Blasphemy In Denmark
Eritrea: Persecution Extraordinaire (locked up in storage container)

House Passes Aid To ISIS Victims By Unanimous Consent
Rising Violence Against Congo's Churches
China: Church Destroyed, 40 Christians Detained
Indonesia: Islamic Radicals Target Online Critics
Americans Detained, Deported For Carrying Bibles In China
Answered Prayer Report For NK Persecution Victim
Christians Shot Dead In Philippines For Refusing To Recite Muslim Creed
Pakistan: Christian Dies In Detention Center
Egypt's Displaced Struggle To Find Shelter And Security
Persecution Magazine For July 2017 (39MB)
This Is What Christian Persecution Looks Like
How Europe's Refugee Camps Are Seeing Migrants Persecute For Their Faith
Fourth Indonesian Christian Deported From US Who Sought Asylum
Why Korean Missionaries Wish They Were Still Imprisoned by the Taliban

Let all who name the name of the Lord in spirit and in truth lift up prayers for the many persecuted saints around the world. - MSW

The Forgotten People's of the Earth

(Note: This was written in April) A lot of serious changes and unfortunate events are taking place today that are deeply effecting the poorer and less fortunate people of the earth. Today, we will look at some of these issues.

Food matters, humanitarian aid matters. This piece gives us the reasons why.

Let's start off and take a very quick look at the situation in South Sudan. Fox news has done a piece here on the Famine and war now taking place there. Right now, according to that piece, nearly 300,000 are facing a food crisis. There are a lot of folks who are in dire need there, and remember that one of the biggest problems with the famine in Sudan is that it is taking place with the backdrop of a civil war. 


                                      Source: Wikipedia/Ali Zifan
This war is rather sad because this is the youngest nation on earth, created during the Obama administration in the hopes of bringing peace. Instead it has brought war, famine and sorrow. The origins of the war are not going to be talked about here, I have talked about them here and there are many sites that describe the ethnic and other tensions that serve as the backdrop. The key here today is to understand that this conflict is having a devastating effect on ordinary South Sudanese. War and Drought are playing a major role in creating this famine. This war has disrupted farming as well.  This famine right probably has garnered the most international attention, but it is hardly the only one.
Let's look at a couple of others today.

Right now in Burundi, food is also problem.
Residents of some localities of Gihanga district claim people continue dying from famine. Humanitarian actors have not so far given sufficient help since the first cases of death were reported in January. - All Africa
The problems here are also of an economic nature, the government of Burundi right now is forcing teachers and others to make 'voluntary contributions' to the state. The new scheme takes a significant chunk of money from people who make only about $10 a month. The good news is that the country did recently receive $25 million to improve food security.

 Let's look at Eritrea for instance. Here is what the UN says about it.
Eritrea is a country that is arid and semi-arid. Eighty percent of the population depends on subsistence agriculture for its livelihoods. Rain-fed agriculture is the predominant economic activity, employing more than two thirds of the population. By virtue of its location in the Sahel, Eritrea is affected by periodic drought and food shortages. Even in times of good rainfall, domestic food production is estimated to meet between 60 to 70 percent of the population’s needs. Data from the Nutrition Sentinel Site Surveillance4 system indicates an increase in malnutrition rates over the past few years in four out of six regions of the country, with 22,700 children under five projected to be affected by severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in 2017. National data also indicates half of Eritrean children are stunted  Vulnerabilities of children will need to be addressed through collective action. - UNICEF

Then there is Kenya.

Yes, there is a major crisis in Kenya. Though it appears to be a regional one. The UN has a great chart here that gives some details.


Source: HumanitarianResponse.info/UN (Copyright info here)
The crisis is not being called a Famine, but for many Kenyan's they have seen a significant spike in food prices, even while Global food prices have come down. This piece from the Digital Standard talks about the situation is it effects ordinary Kenyan's. The cause is the drought and it has caused double-digit inflation to hit the country.  UNICEF has a recent article here that may help give us all some perspective as to the causes and effects. But one reason not mentioned in most articles is the invasion of the armyworm, that has many farmers concerned.  The good news is that some have stepped up to the plate and helped out. The Chinese community in Kenya have donated 144 tones of food aid to the problem regions. The Salvation Army as well is helping out. The UN issued a flash appeal for Kenya here.


Did you know that there is also a water and food crisis in Madagasgar, the world's 4th largest Island? I confess, I didn't until I started hunting for stories on the web about it. This story from the AFP (at Yahoo) talks about the water carriers of Madagasgar.

Drought, war, climate change (whatever the cause of it) is making some places of the world unable to sustain human life at the levels that is now required. There are no two ways about it, and when introduces things like war and violent non-state actors (terrorists) into the mix, things just get worse. But other problems lurk on the Horizon. One of those is the overuse of groundwater for irrigation.

But for the poor and less fortunate there are other threats than just food. In China, they plan on relocating millions of people in the future. In fact the number is about 250 Million people. That was the entire population of the US, not so many years ago. So this is a plan for mass resettlement.

Part of this is to combat poverty the other part if this is disaster preparedness. There are a few stories on the web about it, and you can find a good translation of the official policy of the Chinese Central Committee here on this link. IRIN has a story on this here that is a really good article with some highly informed links. China does have many problems related to disasters, natural and otherwise. But what is not made clear in the document is if these relocation's will be compulsory or voluntary.

I don't want to paint too dark a picture here because clearly China wants to prevent the kinds of human catastrophe's it has suffered in the past. But whenever a Communist government talks about 'relocating' that many people. I kind of get the jitters. Why? read your history of other communist governments actions.

Forced settlements in the Soviet Union took several forms. Though the most notorious was the Gulag labor camp system of penal labor, resettling of entire categories of population was another method of political repression implemented by the Soviet Union. At the same time, involuntary settlement played a role in the colonization of remote areas of the Soviet Union. This role was specifically mentioned in the first Soviet decrees about involuntary labor camps.

Population transfer in the Soviet Union that led to the creation of these settlements was performed in a series of operations organized according to social and national criteria of the deported.

Compared to the Gulag camps, the involuntary settlements had the appearance of "normal" settlements: people lived in families, and there was more freedom of movement; however, that was only permitted within a specified area. All settlers were overseen by the NKVD (под надзором НКВД): once a month a person had to visit a local law enforcement office at a selsoviet in rural areas or at a militsiya department in urban settlements. - Wikipedia

Forced relocation's under China's communist party is not anything new or unheard of.

The story sounds good insofar as being a proactive measure against future catastrophe's, but that is exactly what those planning something more diabolical would want to play it in the Media.

Time will tell.

7 June

Note: There has been a considerable amount of activity around the world. Watson's Web has been looking at many of these issues in depth. The crisis in the Qatar/Gulf? This site (behind password wall) has been looking at it. North Korea? Russia? The Trump budget? All of these issues have been and are being analyzed and looked at in depth. The vast majority of my analysis is and will remain behind the password wall. There have been some changes but the analysis and commentary continue, unabated.

FYI, I do often post a few issues here on the public site but that is mostly to keep visibility and at times to give a slightly different spin to the 'fake news', foolishness and pattern of dumbing down we continue to see in the MSM and on Social media, which these days is acting as a global censor.

This is one reason I have not done the Google ads thing or get involved in Social Media, there is another side to them that I have only shared with my insiders. Like some of the darker elements of the 'Deep State' that they are too close to, they mimic the goals of those dark and secretive forces against our basic liberties (like free speech) being just one, total surveillance being another.  There were many reasons for me going password protected and as the political landscape will certainly make a 'hard right turn' in the days ahead under Trump, this decision and guidance from the Lord was most wise indeed. These are dangerous times but people don't know the danger. Bloggers and Social Media guys they don't know the danger. 
They should. Hopefully President Trump will let his more libertarian instincts get the better of him and not turn the clock back on press and our other freedoms and rights.


Blogging -  REAL blogging is hard work and dangerous as is real journalism in our world. People with power will try and shut you up and even kill you. I am not talking about the politically charged 'narratives of nitwits' in the global 'echo chamber' of left and right respective blogs and sites here in the US. Their job is to keep you locked into a mindset that keeps you supporting the two party system that is bankrupting the nation.  No, I am talking about the real deal, the back story and the truth which most people react most violently against... because they have been trained and conditioned to. This has been done via years of MSM (corporate media/Madison Ave) conditioning that they are not even aware they are a victim of.

More and more you are finding that those with real good info and real perspective, they are going 'dark' insofar as they know that in our times, the truth is more valuable than rubies and like rubies, people will steal to get it, or in the case of information, kill to hide it.

So, yes Watson's Web is still very, very busy.



6 June

Why The Official Unemployment Number Is Patently False

The above link is from mybudget360. They keep pulling people out of the labor force and simply stop counting people who are not working. These are not labor statistics, a 4.3% unemployment rate this is a fraud.

BLS
                            not in labor force
Source: BLS

I remind my readers that the same agency... the EXACT same agency that tells us the unemployment rate is 4.3% is the same one telling us that there are about 95 million Americans without jobs. That is about 25% of the total population and a much higher percentage of the working age population.

Do you really want to understand why Donald Trump is in the White House? Many Americans did not believe these Americans without jobs really existed. They were a statistical phantom that the Obama administration and the DNC hoped to get people to believe were just a figment of an overactive imagination. If you believed that these people really existed, according to the DNC, Obama and large parts of the GOP you wore a 'tin foil hat'.

The proof of their existence was demonstrated in Donald Trump's election. And the Democrats are upset about it.

They really believed their own propaganda... that they would win an election without the average ordinary (used to be) working White male.

Listening to pundits a few months ago, one made it plain that the party's shift away from White Working people was a conscious decision. They thought they could make up the difference in other key demographic and regional groups. If I remember correctly this was part of Sen. Schumer's strategy for the DNC.

Hillary is still refusing to accept any real responsibility for her loss. Blaming it on Russia and Trump and anyone but her own bad behavior, scandals and inability to pick good people to surround her. The kinds of people she had in the DNC and as her confidants, like Huma. All of these factors angered just enough core people in her party to swing the election. Many who supported Bernie, they held their noses and voted for Trump. There was no way they were going to vote for Hillary.

I listened to CSPAN over the weekend and they had several scholars on who were analyzing the election. These guys were pretty smart, far smarter than the stupidity we get on TV.

They said that what people are missing is the fact that this election and future elections were and will be more and more about the economic strata and less about party politics. They said the political parties of today are dying. Then the scholars split the country along two lines. The vertical line: the political left and right and another horizontal line of those who have benefited from Globalization and those who have not. Then they went on to discuss how in counties with high opioid White male death rates were more likely to vote for Trump. One guy said that 2016 was about the 'politics of despair'.

But it is hard to get politico's who drive around in BMW's and lefties who are just coming from their all night sex parties to understand what is happening in so many parts of the country. There is real despair in many places. Suicide rates in some places are scary. Sadly, this is too often the reaction to this tragedy, and why Trump is now President. The DNC just didn't care and they didn't listen.

Trump did.

The DNC is still stuck on stupid. They still don't get it. But more and more as I listen to Black media, more and more Black Americans are getting it.... finally! I am not so sure that in the future the Democrats can count on that 95% Black vote after having done nothing for them and a Black President who may have looked and sounded good, but was more interested in pleasing gays and Wall Street than lifting a finger for Black folks. Having a Black President was supposed to the the pinnacle of Black political achievement. The pinnacle turned out for many to be nothing more than a different color shaft the system has been giving us for decades.

I think those days of universal Black DNC support are rapidly coming to an end.


5 June


Climate Change: Temporal And Spiritual

While those on the left have gone pretty much off the deep end with Trump's formal announcement of his withdrawal from the Paris Accords, the truth of the matter is that what Trump did matters a lot less than his detractors say.

The Paris Agreement is by and large a voluntary agreement to cut carbon emissions. You can read the whole agreement here as non compliance has no consequences. If fully implemented, regardless of what those on the left have to say, it would have had significant effect on America and her energy sector (and prices) as well as other regulatory frameworks. No one really felt the effects of the agreement because again, no on really had to comply - it was a great feel good 'hug-a-tree' moment.

We won't get into the politics of this today, rather I do want to talk a bit about this whole debate and how it has been framed and why Donald Trump is being beaten up so bad by those on the left.

First of all, the key issue that drove this agreement was the whole theory; and it still is that, a THEORY regardless of the heavily financed opinions of 'scientists' pushing the idea of anthropomorphic global warming.  That is a fancy word for man-made global warming or rather, the earth is warming primarily because of human activity on earth. This is the narrative that has been pushed forward by many of the most powerful and important scientific organizations in the world.

In this debate which is being conducted with the classic instruments of information warfare, we would be wise to consider carefully what we believe, why we believe it and whom we have come to trust to tell us what the truth is. What is your predisposition? What is it that you WANT to believe? That may be the hardest question to answer.

Those on the left are immediately suspicious of those on the right and vice versa. The big money flowing into think tanks, media organizations and most importantly those highly trusted scientific organizations which ordinary people have come to trust like the Druids once did their priests. High Science has become the neo-religion of our times. Now this is important so keep this in mind going forward in this debate. Money will go to corrupt those whom the world has come to trust the most. Be it a politician, a religious leader or a scientific foundation. No scientific research can be done without money and those with money do decide what gets researched and which conclusions they will continue to support and those that they will not. The power of the purse in Science is equivalent to the power of religious texts in religion. If you want to begin any journey to the truth in our times and you fail to follow the money, you probably are on the road to deceit. It's like an ancient mariner going to sea without a compass or a modern one without a GPS. The guys from the old days, stood a good chance of getting lost without his sextant.

Today, in a maze of information, misinformation and disinformation we need that compass, that sextant and that GPS to help us navigate the waters of our informational landscape.

When we follow the money we understand two things. Both sides are heavily financed, but one side has been at this longer and has been able to co-opt the scientific community from the beginning. For lack of better words, I won't use 'left' and 'right' to describe the opposing views, I will use the 'Soros crowd' verses the 'Exxon crowd'. As I think this better typifies the debate. Those who are getting their money from men like Soros and Prince Philip and those who are getting their money from large oil companies. I repeat that because I want you all to keep that in mind as the weeks pass and the debate continues. This is all classic information warfare and it is being waged as much by governments as it is by wealthy interests who have a stake in the outcome of the debate.

Once we can get that and internalize it, deconstructing this whole debate is far less difficult. But another key to doing this is to not jump to conclusions and to not have your mind made up before you look at as much available data as time allows on both sides of the debate. Additionally one must use a large dose of common sense when analyzing it the data. People are smart when they allow themselves to be. The problem is that propaganda, political reflexes and often just plain on social cowardice prevents people from looking at issues with a cold analytical eye that allows them to think outside of the common 'heard mentality'. But breaking with that heard can in some cases mean social isolation and thus many are overcome with fear, even terror of thinking (really thinking) for themselves. It is easier to let the TV do it for them. If you made up your mind and don't want to be bothered with facts and thinking, then go back to watching the comedy channel thinking it is news. There is not much hope for you or millions like you.

This is not said to denigrate anyone who is truly concerned about the environment. I know I am, very much. Rather it is to say this. Let us ensure that we are trying to really fix the environment and are not letting a few rich sons of you know what with billions to spend putting forth a false narrative deceive us into spending our time and efforts into a problem of theoretical significance when other far, far more pressing problems of an environmental nature that require no proof of existence are not dealt with. This leads us all to a position where we are mis-allocatting resources and effort and in the process do more harm than the theoretical good they (claim to) want to fix.


There is a plethora of data available, some of it is indeed fake data and it is not just coming from one side or the other. Both sides are being rather liberal with data that is quite frankly not as reliable as many think. The entire basis of the thesis of man made global warming comes primarily from data that the pro-global warming crowd 'destroyed'. This is one of the things that came out during the climate-gate scandal. Though the media experts and digital consultants have worked pretty hard to pull down information on the web that tell us of this very inconvenient fact.  The search engines (often secretly run by the deep state) have put tones of search spam in major engines that put all the 'pro global warming' links and sites with top ranking. But the guys who are not connected up with elitists, they can give you a better non-emotional and factual look at this - without the spin. Search engine disinformation - it is real and real people spend many man hours in this new dis-informational discipline.

Rather than give all of you a long dissertation on this what I will do is pass on some food for thought links to all of you, I hope you at least get a chance to peruse some of them and then I will say what follows. If I link more to the climate skeptic side of things more than the climate 'religion' side - it is only because for the most part anyone with a heartbeat has heard the debate from the 'Al Gore' side of the debate and generally dismiss out of hand the other side.

Climategate: The Fix Is In
Global Warming Scare Is About Population Reduction (EIR - very interesting)
Global Warming Is Irreversable Say Experts
The Amazing Arrogance of the Paris Climate Agreement
The Abrupt Science Of Climate Change (quite interesting and counter narrative)
Top 10 Scientists Refute Global Warming


This climate debate is about money. It's about economics and about who gets to build factories and produce and those who are punished for it. The plan is to use 'carbon emissions' as the deciding factor. Those nations who have too high emissions (the western developed world) will be punished.  This whole debate was and is really about building an international framework to manage the world economy under the auspicious of the environment, or rather 'global environmental watchers'. Moreover it would have, if the Paris Agreement were fully implemented, deeply effect (negatively) the agricultural sector (food production). Some nations are exempt from emissions and others can increase them. What does this do? Again, these are not 'dots' that the pro global warming crowd want connected because if you did, you may begin to scratch your head at the whole range of agreements and pseudo-scientific consensus that has been heavily financed by billionaires who are are pushing this.

The key to understand is that the money aspect of this is clouded by the 'feel good' aspect that people have when they think they are doing something positive for the earth. They are not following the money. What happens when it becomes too expensive to operate a factory in the US because of carbon emissions? I will tell you. They will move to a country where they are allowed to produce without that carbon emission problem. Again, this will ultimately be about jobs, but no one is allowed to frame this debate in this fashion.

But interestingly, Trumps move to get the US out of the Paris Agreement has lined up both Big Oil and environmentalists... against an exit from the agreement.

What Do I think about Global Warming?

I am often asked that question as many think I am a 'climate change denier'. Well I am not. I do think the climate on earth is changing, doing so rapidly and some types of change (like desertification) may be irreversible.

Under no circumstances do I think the climate is not changing. From the polar region, to many parts of Africa, China and elsewhere where we are seeing the process of desertification, only a blind man or one who just is not in touch with reality would say differently. The issue in my view is how much of this is really man made and how much of it is due to climatic factors that are out of our control (solar activity, a slowly shifting polar axis, undersea volcanic activity, etc)?

My concern and it is a deep one is two fold. First, the emphasis on global warming I think is a bit, if not totally misplaced. I hear much more today about the heavily financed debate about Global Warming and almost nothing about the real man-made environmental disaster of Fukushima. People, most people don't have a clue as to just what is going on there. Just how bad it is and just what could result from that man made disaster. In fact the way the Global press has been behaving, it is more like a massive environmental coverup with the political left just as guilty as the right.

Here you have a US designed nuclear reactor that has apparently melted down (past tense) and is undergoing a nuclear chain reaction that will go on for thousands of years, is emitting radiation inside so hot that robots go in and stop functioning. Since Fukushima, we have seen so many mass dieoff's of fish, right along the currents that lead right from Fukushima along the Canadian coast to the US west coast. We have seen dozens of incidents and many of them with literally thousands of dead sea creatures washing ashore. No one is allowed to say the word 'Fukushima' in relation to this ongoing and increasing phenomenon. The supposedly earth friendly corporate moguls who preach the global warming gospel go silent on this ongoing and clearly man made disaster and only cry their 'tears of sorrow' for the earth when it comes to the economically significant 'global warming' debate. There have been many under reported disasters taking place at the reactor at Fukushima. But no one talks about it except the local stations where they happen.

The way I see this debate today is like this - A cow passes gas in a pasture and panic ensues about greenhouse gases and global warming; millions of fish die off in the ocean because of a ongoing nuclear chain reaction that has tons of radioactive water flowing into the sea and there is silence. This is classic misdirection. However, with the global warming debate there is also an opportunity to further the trends towards globalization that have taken some major hits of late. The Paris Agreement is but one step on a road toward increasing international organizations (un-elected) sovereignty over the nation state (often elected) and this is what we need to keep in mind. The prevailing narrative of global warming is being so strongly pushed by so many with money because they have a completely different agenda that the one they go on camera and cry about. They are for globalization. They are for creating and strengthening international institutions that have little to no democratic input so that they can manage the planet to their economic benefit. But in order to do that they need various narratives to garner the support needed to strengthen those organizations that will be used to limit democratic input. Man made global warming was and is just such a narrative. The actual truth of that narrative was and still is immaterial, it's a footnote. The key is, what can they get the masses of humanity to believe and what 'solutions' can they implement as a result. That is the key.

My view is that there may indeed be some man made global warming. I am not dogmatic about it. I don't have the scientific background to have a definite opinion. The data I have seen (and I have seen quite a bit of it from both sides over a few years) leads me to skepticism, not denial. The data available -  so much of it has been massaged by political hacks and 'computer models' that appear to exaggerate the scope of purported warming and other tricks to deceive the uninformed that frankly, I have come to distrust any data coming out that is carried far and wide in your major corporate media and politically charged sites and blogs.

Those of you who have formed a strong definite opinion about this without a strong scientific background weather you are from the left or right - you are being played for a sucker. When you get such a strong background and have access to the data that is not readily available, or has not been deliberately destroyed, perhaps your opinion will matter. But an uninformed opinion is nothing more than a high sounding phrase for ignorance and today, in our so called information society, there is an epidemic of ignorance out there.

 
So did Trump do right by withdrawing from the agreement? I don't know. I think politically the way he did it was wrong and will only energize his foes which are many. I do think he wanted to talk to a lot of people before he made this decision. I know Al Gore spent time talking with him about it and there were probably others. I think the President did not want to make a rash decision but wanted to listen to everyone before he made this decision I think Mr. Gore and others had every opportunity to prove to President Trump that Global warming was established fact. They could not do it. One thing I have noted about Trump is that he is capable of learning and listening. How much he really listened to the other side is up for debate. But I think he is smart enough to know what he does not know and can listen to those who do, or are at least are supposed to.

The Media is doing its level best to call Trump's views misinformed calling him out for calling Global Warming a 'Chinese Hoax'. Well, I can tell you that it sure started out that way. This was China all the way and there is a clear definite money trail and other hard evidence to prove it, but that information will not and probably never be allowed to come out.

The truth, the real truth dear readers is something most people just cannot handle. They get angry and often have a real fit when you tell them something that is true and assaults their preconceived notions. If you want to know why our leaders often do things that make little sense, this is often why. They know things, and key aspects to problems that our world faces that you are never ever going to hear and will be shouted down as being false, even and especially by those who know it is true. Sometimes it is because it could expose policies that are not generally known, Sometime it is done to protect a narrative, other times it is done to protect classified information (sources and methods). If they start talking specifics then the sources you had dry up or are found lying in a ditch with their brains blown out. So they often cannot tell you the truth for the above state reasons.  But I can tell you that China was indeed behind the whole Global warming scam from the get go many decades ago. They carefully paid for, nurtured and carried the whole narrative so that the west would regulate its industry out of business and they would set up shop in China. Did it work? This is something as well that many people don't understand. Often times plans are set in motion and they don't work or don't work as well as people think they would. Other times, they backfire. With China this has worked but only up to a point. China did not used to emit the kinds of pollution it does today. Now it accounts for around 30% of it. Anyone with an internet connection can see the kinds of pollution in China. They have smog days there in some places that look like a three alarm fire is taking place in the other room. Over the past several years and it has become a bit of a crisis there. My point? What started out as a kind of joke on the west has been slowly coming to pass on China, perhaps not of the 'warming variety' but of a clear pollution variety. China as a result, has modified its position. 

For some readers they need to understand that when states and wealthy men with a lot of influence embark on a policy, they often look long range. China in particular does this very long range kind of planing. It is all done in the 'covert' realm so that 999 out of a thousand people would never know what is going on, let along line it up with a state or non-state actor and be called nuts for seeing it and pointing it out. But these things happen. We have plans, the Russians have plans, the Chinese... they all plan for the future and in our 21st century world were warfare and conflict are no longer confined to traditional armies, understanding these new battle lines is key to understanding our world. The problem in America is that there are many powerful forces who are going to make absolutely sure that Americans never really understand the world, except where they can be manipulated into a deep political rage about something that may or may not even be true in order to support a hidden agenda they don't even remotely understand.

Prophetically Speaking

 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,
and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the
kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle
of that great day of God Almighty.
(Revelation of John 16:13-14 [KJVA])

"We have to protect Mother Earth"
Chancellor Merkel
(responding to Trump's
withdrawal from the Paris Accord)

The Climate debate however goes far beyond just temperature models, climate agreements and a carbon tax. There are enormous implications in this debate that only a few have the guts to cover. In the EIR link above, Executive Intelligence Review does a decent job in their teaser of showing you that there are other forces who have other agenda's hope to use the debate to further those agendas. It is not just Prince's in England, but also the Pope in Rome, who has gathered key earth worshipers to advise him. One key advisor is Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, he is the Pope's main advisor on these matters.

Hans Joachim “John” Schellnhuber, radical environmentalist and global warming advisor to Chancellor Merkel of Germany. He was the star of the Vatican press conference presenting the new encyclical in support of the global warming theory [1]. Schellnhuber has just been named as a member of the Papal Academy of Sciences in the Vatican, despite the fact that he is an atheist. Some observers class Schellnhuber as a scientific pantheist. He embraces the Gaia theory of James Lovelock, according to which the earth is a living thing, locked in an existential struggle with the destructive forces of Shiva. - Voltaire.net
This is where the rubber meets the road for Christians who know their God and understand the times, which are in reality only a very few in number. Most Christians don't understand the real fault lines. They don't get it. Why is that? I will tell you in one simple sentence. They don't believe God. They say they do, recite some childish Jesus loves me versus but never grow up beyond the kindergarten version of Christianity.

Let me put it to you another way. These pantheists? These followers of the Gaia Religion? These occultists who push some of these agenda's? They believe their God and act accordingly. They work tirelessly often behind the scenes and spend more money individually than whole denominations get in tithes to do the will of the god they serve. Christians? They are stuffed full of Barbecue and beer staring at the flat panel TV, totally clueless as to the times are are in. They don't know and many, frankly don't want to know. Jesus commanded his true servants to watch in these times. The American Christian thinks he meant the NFL channel, HBO or a porn site. They don't know better because they never read their Bibles. They think they know God but like most of humanity they are deceiving themselves. They want a religion that makes them comfortable, not one that will save their soul. Deceit is everywhere and its power these days is not just to deceive but to destroy any reference to truth.

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess
not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
 (II John 1:7 [KJVA])


The characteristic of those who oppose God is can be found in this passage.

 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down
 some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. 
Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host,
and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the
place of his sanctuary was cast down.  And an host was given
 him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression,
and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised,
 and prospered.
(Daniel 8:10-12 [KJVA])

What does it mean cast truth down to the ground? It will not be believed, hidden, mocked and derided while the lie will be elevated. This is a mechanism for deceit and more and more today, we are seeing it. The last phrase tells us that it will have enormous success in its undertakings.

The Pope is listening to the devil. Why is the pope giving heed to deceiving spirits? This is a subject I have talked about at length and won't get into here. This Pope is bad news for the little flock of believers. But he is very appealing to those who have shown a deep contempt for religion in the past. I heard one person say to me that this Pope is dragging the Church kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Well given what has been happening in the 21st century, I would have to agree, since it was at his constant insistence that the flood of Islamic terrorists headed into Europe and are now wrecking havoc there and he now is getting input from atheists on Christian teaching. This should not surprise the few Christians who are wide awake. Many have been warning that something evil is taking control of the Vatican. The devil is working very hard to make the Church into his image and that of the world. Yet, Jesus Christ told those who love and obey him that we are not part of this world, but are of another kingdom.


The religion of Gaia? It's real. Those who adhere to those principles, it's no conspiracy theory (non-Christians site). This is just the kind of 'tickle your ears' kind of religion that the devil would create to get people to follow him and they are doing so in droves. Keep this in mind going forward as well, this Pope has rejected the fundamental teachings of scripture and is part of a network of many various secret societies and is clearly a member of what many have incorrectly called the illuminati, but in reality is a close knit body of secret societies who who have tremendous influence in key realms of human endeavor - Politics, Banking, Religion, Science, Business. He was placed there by powerful non-Christians to do their will, rather than God's and anyone who knows their Bible can see it.

But I don't want to focus in on the Pope. There are other things that need to be considered.

First we need to understand that whatever is true about man-made global warming, God has told those who listen to and obey him that there will be massive environmental changes coming to earth and great tribulation. The trouble will get so bad that if God did not shorten the days, no flesh (animal life) would survive it.

Does the bible predict global warming? Actually it does, pretty clearly and tells us that (physically/environmentally speaking) it will not be man that causes it but the sun and that it will be so hot that men will be scorched.

 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun;
and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
  And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed
the name of God, which hath power over these plagues:
and they repented not to give him glory.

(Revelation of John 16:8-9 [KJVA])



You see, the biblical truth is that the coming global warming is indeed human induced. We become so wicked and so perverse that God begins to chastise mankind with the most gruesome plagues to get us to repent and man in his stubborn wickedness, refuses to.

God has not left us without a witness brothers and sisters. The Bible talks about a mass die off of sea life in the oceans, it talks abut massive earthquakes. The Bible is crystal clear, let no one tell you otherwise, mankind and this earth are heading for several extinction level events and they are caused not by carbon emissions, but by our consistent choice to love and do evil.

So to the little flock who have not been deceived by Pope Francis, the Televangelists who come on the tube and live in multimillion dollar mansions, the men pleasers who love to tickle the ears of Christians while they preach a sermon on Sunday morning, I have this to say.

Change is coming and this earth we walk on will change as well and not for the better.  Deceivers will continue to deceive and the ignorant will continue to praise ignorance. Lies will be enthroned and the truth derided and more and more it will seem like nothing will be able to stop it. We who are wise and know our God must understand that 'going with the flow' is to invite a first class ticket on a sleigh ride to hell. Our lives as Christians are to be kind of counter-culture. We are to be wholly and completely different than this world and what motivated us should be pleasing God and not doing what the world expects of us. We need to be believing God rather than the spirit of this age. To do this we must be totally transformed in the way we think and see things.


 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(Romans 12:1-2 [KJVA])


We are to focus in on doing the will of God, not the will of George Soros or Hans
Schellnhuber; and stop being misled by Fox news and MSNBC.

But I warn you -  Truth more and more is going to be hard to find as the concentration of media power continues to consolidate.  You may think you know the truth, but what little knowledge you think you have is often wrong and that is by design.

Let wiser souls consider what I say here. Let those who have ears to hear, hear. -  that will not be many of you, but it will be some of you - get into your prayer closet and ask for God's guidance in all things.

Deceit is everywhere and no one out there who has been deceived knows it until the day his eyes are really opened and brothers and sisters, that is not many people. How do I know?

One look at election results in this country and the state of American Christianity tells me as clearly as the summer sun.


Grace and peace to all who serve our Lord Jesus Christ in Spirit and in Truth.

Brother Mark
5 Jun 2017

 
 

1 June

Psalms 120


One of my favorite Psalms is 120. I often like the shorter ones. They are quick and to the point.

Hebrew poetry is different that the poetry we have today. We like our poems to rhyme and have a consistent rhythm. Hebrew poetry is not like that.  It does have rhythm, at least most of it does, but it is a different kind. Ever read the 23rd Psalm? You will see what I mean. There is a rhythm to the passages. The first ones start of when just a few words and then each stanza gets a little longer, and then they slowly get a bit shorter. The rhythm is kind of like the waves of the sea flowing from lo tide to high back to low again. Then there are the ethical parallelisms. We find them in proverbs particularly. The parallelism and the antithetical parallelisms, where the morality of the good is compared to that of the wicked. These are all part of the poetry we find on the Old Testament. Beauty of style as well as the teachings are found clearly in the Wisdom Literate (Psalms, Proverbs,  Ecclesiastes, Job and Song of Solomon). But often prophets used the same method of poetic communications in their words.

Me, I like getting down to the nitty gritty, the teachings and what is it that God expects of me. The beauty of language is wonderful and makes the passages much more readable, but I prefer passages that cut to the chase.

Psalms 120 is one of those and I have always liked it.

A Song of degrees.
In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me. 
Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.
(Psalms 120:1-2)


The Psalmist here is in distress. The word is also translated adversity and affliction.

H6869
צָרָה
tsârâh
tsaw-raw'
Feminine of H6862; tightness (that is, figuratively trouble); transitively a female rival: - adversary, adversity, affliction, anguish, distress, tribulation, trouble.
Total KJV occurrences: 73


The Psalmist, probably David cries out to God in his distress. In doing so, God hears him. When a saint is in trouble, and thus cries to God, he does hear.

Here the psalmist wants God to deliver him from a deceitful tongue, the lying spirit which apparently was at least part of what afflicted him. This spirit is a real one and can do considerable damage to a man or woman of God. I know the spirit well. It is the same spirit of Judas. From the later passages in this Psalm, we get the distinct mention that David is not in Israel, when this occurs but is dwelling among foreigners.

This spirit can and often does emanate from false friends as well as those we don’t personally know well, typified by those whom David was dwelling with. False accusations, un-requested ‘criticism’ of your Godly walk. a high and judgmental spirit that seems to come over those false brothers who may have once knew God and turned on him, like a dog on his master. Make no mistake about it, there is indeed a special place in hell for people like that and yes, despite the lying tongues of many of America’s pastors, there is a place called Hell and real people do go there, every single day. Indeed, the vast part of the human mistake – I did not say race  - (See Genesis Chapter 6) is heading there right now, at break neck speed. This two-legged, rapidly numerically increasing mistake? They are not hearing or having any of it, their father, the devil has already told them to not worry, there is no such place as hell, keep on sinning, even greater sins!!

Many have a hard time with such a stark assessment of what man really is. But they have not read nor understood what happened in Genesis chapter six. It is right there in plain simple english as to just what God thinks of this part of his creation called man. We are a mistake. God does not make many, but we are most defiantly one of them.

But God even in his anger has not forgotten mercy.

Deceitfulness? Lying? Propaganda? Today, they are so prevalent that the truth more and more is very hard to find and derided so hatefully that few want to believe it.  Why? There is a lot of money going into lying tongue's to keep people from it. The key part of the coming system brothers and sisters is deceit.

The final part of this prophetic drama is about to be played out for all of us and a NEW SYSTEM of economic transactions will one day be ushered in. My own studies have made it plain to me that Islam and it’s financial clout will play a key, if not pivotal role in that system. One need only look at the serious money that the Gulf States and the Saudi’s have and now our new Presidents new found ‘arms-sales driven’ love for  those who have long supported international terrorism. What has caused him to forget all of his promises on the campaign trail? One word – money, the $350 Billion dollars in arms he is going to sell to the keepers of Mecca, the largest single arm deal in history.

The devil knows the money system will be the only thing he can count on to tie the world together under his satanic leadership, that and a patently false religion. This is why the scriptures calls the system of the last days, the false prophet. He is working for the devil and his job is to use a LYING TONGUE to deceive and then afflict the inhabitants of the earth, or to phrase it a little differently to ensure the damnation of the uncorrected mistake that which walks on two legs and has destroyed planet earth, reviles God in both word and deed and will one day, fall down and worship at the feet of the devil.

These are those whose names are NOT written in the book of life. Their fate is eternal death. How do they get to point where they worship the devil? Simple, they listened to the lying tongue and deceiving spirits.  How do these spirits work? First and foremost with a lying tongue.

David’s prayer is that he is delivered from such. Brothers I know exactly how David feels. I have had such tongues denigrate, lie about and lie to me. It is very disconcerting, especially when the person is claiming to be your friend! I know I have asked my God to deliver me from such men and to never let such people get close to me again.

The fact is this, though it is not politically correct to say this -  A liar and a person whose tongue is given to uttering deceits is a child of the devil, plain and simple. It does not matter if he is sitting in the White House, the Pulpit, a newsroom or lying in bed with you. The surest and fastest way to determine if you are dealing with a devil is to find out  what he or she does with truth and how often lies pass from his or her lips.

What is my prayer? Lord deliver me from lying lips, deceitful tongue’s and those who work for deceiving spirits!!


John Gill has a great little comment on this verse I think is worthy of relaying.

Such were the lips and tongues of Doeg the Edomite, Ps 52:2-4, and of Saul's courtiers, who insinuated to him that David sought his hurt, 1Sa 24:9; and of the Scribes and Pharisees, that flattered Christ to his face, and reproached him to the people; and of Judas, that betrayed him with "Hail, master", Mt 26:49; and of the false witnesses suborned against him; and of false teachers, deceitful workers, that lie in wait to deceive, and, by their good words and fair speeches, do deceive the hearts of the simple; and of antichrist and his followers, who, as they are given up to believe a lie, speak lies in hypocrisy; and of Satan the father of lies, and who is the old serpent, the devil, that deceives the whole world: and to be delivered from the bad effects of such lips and tongues is very desirable. - GIll

In times like this brothers and sisters, I think it behooves all of us to make this request of the Lord, to deliver us from such tongues that utter falsehoods. In these times of near universal deceit and where large sums of money are being poured into media, including and particularly western and ‘christian’ media to get control of the prevailing ‘narrative’ to start wars, arm the nations enemies, assist those who have been arming the persecutors and murderers of God’s little flock and other abominations, asking God to deliver us from these kinds of falsehoods, false men and liars who hide murder in their hearts will do wonders for your spiritual health and will help ease your path to eternal life.

What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee,
thou false tongue? Sharp arrows of the mighty,
with coals of juniper.
(Psalms 120:3-4 [KJVA])


The sense of the above passages is what will be the punishment that comes to the false tongue, the lying lips. What is interesting in this passage and does not appear in the English translation is that the tongue almost personified as it is apostrophied. Here is how the Pulpit commentary puts it.

 Thou false tongue. The "false tongue" is apostrophized, as if it were a living person.

This tongue is not just false, but some commentators make the tongue a crafty one, a person knows the way of words and uses them to evil purposes. Here the psalmist is contemplating what God is going to do to those who use their tongue for lies and evil. Then he names two, the sharp arrows of the mighty and the coals of juniper. The arrows are self explanatory, the coals of Juniper were apparently known throughout the ancient world as being coals that were hot and would burn for a very long time. Jerome says that once lit, these coals could burn for a whole year. The Cambridge commentary says that they are the finest quality coals and makes the very hottest fires. In fact Jerome, wrote that they burned so long that that two men used them once, went on a long journey that lasted a year and came back and warmed their feet by the very same coals (Midrash/Gill/Nisbet). Mind you the story is anecdotal but gives us an idea as to just how long the fires burned with Juniper (broom).

The idea seems to show an unextinguishable fire for liars, a concept that was not revealed to the saints until a much later date than David (Rev 21:8).

Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!
My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.
(Psa 120:5-6)


Here we see the Psalmist at the time of writing this was not in Israel, but was dwelling in foreign lands.

The two names here Mesech and Kedar are where he was dwelling. Mesech, as those of you who know your Bible prophecy is often associated with the Russians and the Scythians. They are usually used in association with Gog, Magog and Tubal.  But here there is a problem. Because many scholars place this group of men living in the area  between the Black and the Caspian sea, it is not possible for David to be dwelling among both groups. They are much too far away.

Kedar was a son of Ishmael. His name means dark and some scholars think it referred to the darkness of the skin and others to the fact that they had black tents. The common ‘Islam friendly’ transliteration these days for Kedar is Qedar. These were an organized group of Arabian nomads/bedouin who lived between Ancient Israel and ancient Babylon. But we must keep in mind that David’s references predate Babylon of Jeremiah's time. The Children of Mesech, or perhaps a few of them may have still dwelt in the region surrounding ancient Israel. Here is how the Cambridge Bible puts this.

Meshech, mentioned in Gen_10:2 as a son of Japheth, was a barbarous people living between the Black Sea and the Caspian, probably the Moschi of Herodotus (iii. 94), and Mushki of the Assyrian inscriptions: Kedar, mentioned in Gen_25:13 as the second son of Ishmael, was one of the wild tribes which roamed through the Arabian desert, “whose hand was against every man” (Gen_16:12). Obviously the Psalmist cannot mean to describe himself as actually living among peoples so remote from one another, but applies these typical names of barbarian tribes to his own compatriots, as we might speak of Turks and Tartars. - Cambridge Bible

The sense from this Psalm is that the writer was a sojourner, a wanderer from place to place and was not in Israel at the time, even as David was for many years before he became King. He probably came across many different tribes and peoples during those years that were not recorded for us. Here he gives us his impression of these two groups. ‘Woe’ is the word that David uses for his time among them. He viewed it as a grave misfortune that he was forced to live with them. It is interesting that Kedar is mentioned here as being for war and strife, for this was part of the Prophecy of the seed of Ishmael, for which Kedar was a decedent.

And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child,
and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD
hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against
every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell
in the presence of all his brethren.

(Gen 16:11-12)

So David was forced to hang out with a bunch of brigands who were given over to violence and war. It is small wonder he saw that condition as being woeful. This is why in verse six he makes it plain he was dwelt too long among them, the implication was that it was probably time to depart Why? They hated peace. Clearly these were men who loved war and violence. I can picture the evening campfires drinking the local brew in the desert a bunch of rough looking men with battle scars sitting around talking about how many they slew in the last battle and where they planned on attacking next in the search for violent excitement and spoil. David probably had enough of it, for when partaking of such evenings with them, David was for peace. His compatriots were having none of it.

I am for peace: but when I speak,
they are for war.

(Psa 120:7)


So it is with the peace-loving man when he is forced to live with men of violence and bloodshed. There really are people who cannot rest at night unless they have killed another person and stolen his goods. Such creatures tend to gravitate towards one another, like vultures over strewn carcasses.

Conclusion:

I often feel this way myself. I don’t dwell with Mesech nor with Kedar, but with the last days Babylonian Empire. A place wholly given over to war and deceits (propaganda). This is a nation whose whole demeanor now revolves around war, arms and empire. We used to be a nation of free men who treasured democracy and freedom and the basic rights of our fellow man. No more, we more and more have become as Mesech and Kedar, a place where godly men more and more feel a sense of woe and dread for having the misfortune to dwell among so many who crave war.

I know at times, I do. America’s war industry? We are the top in the world, we sell arms to anyone with a checkbook. Before we had some scruples when it came to human rights. Now, under our new President, Human Rights no longer matter. As long as you are not Shi’ite and have a liquid checking account, Americans death manufacturers will come knocking.

This is why men like me and others who seek peace are and will always be shouted down by the devil’s ministers and satan’s politicians, who hate peace with a perfect hatred. One main reason is because no arms get sold when there are no wars.

America? I think it meet that we remember that Christ said, "blessed are the peacemakers", but today in Trump’s America, the new American beatitude is

“Blessed are the sunni-terrorists,
for they shall receive arms”

 - The Gospel according to Tillerson,
New Trump Version

I hate to sound so hard on the President and I don't want to make it out that all the Saudi Royals support terrorism, they don't. But deals like this only shows that the fight against terrorism has taken a back seat to arms deals.

Let all who name the name of the Lord work for peace and become blessed by God for being a peacemaker.



31 May

ISIS Battles For S. Philippines: Pastor Kidnapped, Asks For Help

(World Watch Monitor) As the battle for the southern Philippines city of Marawi continues, a priest being held hostage by Islamist militants has appeared in a video, pleading for the President to “consider” hostages’ lives and stop bombing the city.

A spokesman for the Philippines army dismissed the video, which was released yesterday (30 May) and circulated via social media, as “propaganda”.

Fr. Teresito Suganob says in the video he is one of around 200 people being held hostage by the Islamists who stormed the city last week, setting fire to buildings including a cathedral and Christian college. The militants later killed nine Christians at a checkpoint; local residents identified them as Christians and said they had been pulled from a truck, had their hands bound and then their bodies riddled with bullets and left in a field.

Reports continue to emerge of Christians being specifically targeted, forced to recite Muslim prayers and used as human shields. Edwin de la Peña, bishop of Marawi, told Catholic news agency Fides he was “happy” Fr. Suganob was alive but “afraid of the fate of the hostages – about 200 civilians in all – now used as human shields”. - World Watch Monitor

ISIS Hits Philippine City, Thousands Flee (Death Toll Rises)
Martial Law In Mindanao
Foreign Fighters Among ISIS Militants In Mindanao
Fighting Rages On
IS Wants Foothold In Philippines


30 May

Trump A 'Patriotic' Administration? Maybe Not

This is a story not too unlike the stories of others of veterans who served their country and came back and found out how much the government 'cares' about them. Such stories are real and there are real people behind them. What troubles me is that this administration does not seem to want to side with a disabled American war veteran but with a mortgage company. Now I am not saying that in this instance, the mortgage company has no leg to stand on, they do. The issue here is what are you really going to do for America's veterans? Play to the camera's on Memorial day, or help them when it counts?

This is what deeply troubles me about this administration and the moves by some in the GOP to gut Dodd-Frank, which is getting a lot of bad press by folks who don't know what they are talking about and what set of events brought it about or are in the pay of the banks who were behind so much mayhem during the crisis.

One of the things that Dodd-Frank did was bring in protections to consumers, something that many in the GOP want to do away with. The CPFB is a backstop  - the last line of defense for ordinary people who were cheated by the banks and could not get redress in local and state courts. Mind you, the CPFB sets up no new laws, it is just a place that makes sure existing law gets enforced and that you and I can go when the banks break the law and the lower courts and state governments are too crooked to care.

Back during the crisis of 2008 there was fraud galore, the robosigning scandal (forgery) people with homes paid for that had them 'foreclosed' on by banks that did not own the note. It was a heyday of corruption. The CPFB was put in place to put a stop to that. This is the 'overregulation' that the GOP is complaining about. They want more 'freedom'. The 'freedom' to rob your home right from under you.

There are many , many stories on the web that show how the CPFB has been a constant watchdog on the banks to make sure they don't cheat us.

Yes, the CPFB is in Trumps crosshairs
Trump is looking to gut the CPFB, the agency whose sole job is to look out for the little guy. Isn't it ironic that guy like Trump who talked about championing the rights of the working guy looks to be instrumental in dismantling one of the few and only real protections he has against 'the swamp'?

I like the CPFB and so do many Americans who were cheated, screwed and defrauded by the big banks and got help. You can scroll back in your search or news engine and see the great work they have done and that work has really angered the banks, some of whom make their money robbing poor folks and those of color.

Link One
Link Two
Link Three

Guess who is screaming in Trump's ear to shut it down?

You won't have to guess long.

The CPFB is one of the few things for ordinary folks Obama went the limit to bring into being. He did not get enough credit for his efforts.


I thank you, former President Obama.


Jesus, Who Loves You, Warned Frequently About Hell

Many people today put Hell in opposition to the love of God, but Jesus combines them. Here is an important truth: No one loves you more than Jesus Christ, yet no one spoke of or taught on Hell and Judgment more than He did. He gave warning after warning and told parable after parable, practically shouting about judgment and the reality of Hell. - Archdiocese of Washington

Christians need to put that 'powder puff' gospel being taught across the western world in the garbage can where it belongs. There is no universal salvation. The great teeming masses of humans are not going to heaven. Only those who repent and put their faith in the cross of Christ get into the kingdom. Everyone is looking for a word and a gospel that tickles their ears and confirms their own sins and wickedness rather than one that changes behavior.

These Christians don't want a God, they want a genie. They want to read passages of scripture from the 'rub a lamp' version of the New Testament. God has commandments and they are just that COMMANDMENTS, they are not suggestions and are not optional.

Mind you, God is not some overbearing 'ogre' who is just waiting for us to mess up so he can condemn us. No! He really loves us but we must acknowledge that we are sinners, need his help and come to him as a child comes to his parents. God's whole plan for us can be boiled down to this - God loves us, he is trying to save us all from the mess we put ourselves and continue to put ourselves in (sin). He has provided a way to get out of the pattern of sin and death. That is via the cross of Jesus Christ. It was not an easy plan to bring into being and Christ had to suffer greatly FOR OUR SAKES.  But the way is made and anyone who wants to come in to fellowship with God, the door is open.


Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
 (John 14:6 [KJVA])


 And Jesus said unto them,
I am the bread of life: he that
cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth
on me shall never thirst  But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me,
and believe not.  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;
and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
(John 6:35-37 [KJVA])


Christ did not leave any room for compromise or debate or for an 'alternative way'. He is it.

He also warned us about hell. Why is there such a place? It was meant for the devil and his angels (Matt 25:41). It was not created for mankind. But our sins will lead us there and all those who take after their father, the devil. How do we know his works? He steals, kills, destroys, He lies, he hates, he murders, he fornicates, he deceives, he defrauds and finally he blasphemes heaven and the host thereof (see Rev 13:5-7). His children act like their father and do these things. He who follows the devil's ways will get the devils wages and those wages are a place called hell.


Let me make this perfectly clear. The devil's greatest trick and lie is to tell you hell does not exist. It does exist and as the author of the above piece states, the same Jesus who loves you warned you incessantly about a place called hell.

The big problem today is that pastors are not preaching the whole counsel of God and are not waking their sheep up to the times. These are the very times when the sheep are falling asleep while many others are being led to slaughter; the prophecies of the bible are coming to pass and the masses of Christians are overcharged with the cares of this life.


 
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts
be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness,
and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted
worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass,
and to stand before the Son of man.
(Luke 21:34-36 [KJVA])

Let the wise man or woman consider these things prayerfully.

The devil knows how to tickle your ears. He knows how to tell you just what you want to hear and make it sound most convincing. But is MO is always on some level, often with great subtlety, to call God a liar.

Grace and peace to all who love the Lord Jesus Christ

Brother Mark

Iranian Christians Request Prayer

(Middle East Concern) Iranian Christians request prayer for Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz (pictured) and Amin Nader Afshar. They and other Christians were arrested on 26th December 2014 at a Christmas celebration at Pastor Victor’s home.

In April 2017 Pastor Victor and Amin were informed that a hearing in their case would take place on 21st May at the 26th Revolutionary Court in Tehran with judge Mr Ahmad Por (known for the severity of his rulings).
Pastor Victor and Amin attended the hearing, as did Victor’s wife Shamiram and their son Ramiel. Also present was Hadi Askari who had been at Pastor Victor’s home in December 2014 when the arrests took place. Hadi was present in court as a witness but was not questioned at the hearing.

The hearing could not be concluded in Amin’s case because the judge had not provided all necessary documents to the defendant’s lawyer. It was agreed that the lawyer would meet the judge at a later date after she had examined the documents. As the cases of Pastor Victor and Amin are linked, no verdict was issued.
Verbal charges made against Pastor Victor include “conducting evangelism”, “illegal house church activities” and “Bible printing and distribution”. He was released from prison on bail on 1st March 2015. Amin was released from prison on bail in February 2015.

On 26th August 2016 Amin was arrested again at a picnic in Firuzkuh with Ramiel Bet Tamraz (Pastor Victor’s son), Mohammad Dehnavy, Amir Sina Dashti and Hadi Askari. Amin and Hadi remain in detention in Evin Prison in Tehran. The others have been released on bail.

Those arrested in August have been charged with “acting against national security” and “organising and creating house churches”. Ramiel faces additional charges of propagating the teaching of his father Pastor Victor.
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26 May

Christians Massacred In Egypt Bus Attack

26 Coptic Christians have been massacred in a bus attack. This one is different insofar it is not on the Sinai, where many recent attacks take place. This one took place in Central Egypt, along the Nile. The bus was heading to a monastery.  The above link is from DW. Below find the story from the ICC.

05/26/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that multiple masked gunmen attacked a caravan of Coptic Christians traveling to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor in Minya province, Egypt. Minya province is approximately 140 miles south of Cairo.
 
Sources told ICC that two buses and two other vehicles were traveling from a village to the monastery to pray. Most of the passengers in the buses were children. The source also informed ICC that the caravan was "in front of the Abu Tartour plateau when 10 masked [militants] in four 4x4 vehicles intercepted [the caravan] ...and opened fire." The source continued, "[The attack] resulted in the death of 35, most of them kids and more than 25 are injured." So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
 
The precision and execution of this attack led the source to believe that "the militants carried out this attack very carefully; they knew the details of the trip and its time and ambushed the buses."
 
In recent months, radical extremists have hunted Coptic Christians. In April 2017, ISIS suicide bombers killed approximately 70 Christians in two church bombings on Palm Sunday.

On May 6, a Coptic Christian, who ran away from El-Arish, was murdered after he returned to his barbershop. Four masked gunmen shot him, following the pattern established in the January and February murders of seven Coptic Christians.

In February 2017, hundreds of Christian families fled their homes in El-Arish, a city located in the Sinai Peninsula, after ISIS carried out a series of murders targeting Christians. Between January 30 and February 23, seven Christian men living in and around El-Arish were targeted and murdered by masked men. During the height of the killings, an ISIS affiliate in the Sinai region promised to eliminate the Christian minority, claiming that Egypt's Christians were the group's "favorite prey."

On December 11, 2016, a suicide bomber attacked the small church of St. Peter and St. Paul, attached to St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral located in Cairo. As a result of that attack, 25 Christians, mostly women and children, were killed.

Coptic Christians make up approximately 10 percent of Egypt's population of 92 million. These constant attacks have created an atmosphere of insecurity and fear among Coptic Christians. President al-Sisi declared a state of emergency after the Palm Sunday bombings, but it has done little to curb the violence.
 
William Stark, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "These attacks are blatant and targeted acts of persecution against Christians. Extremist groups, especially ISIS, have declared Christians to be their 'favorite prey' and seek to eliminate the Christian minority. The government must be more intentional about protecting vulnerable minorities and punishing the attackers. Continual support for displaced families is vital, whether it is food, housing, or medical care. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time."

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Donald Trump And JFK? Hold That Thought

I have long been a student of the JFK assassination. About 15 years ago, I began looking more into the JFK Presidency and what it was really all about and why so many powerful players in the nation hated JFK so. I mean, the power players, really had a very strong dislike of him and because he was probably going to sail towards re-election, in their twisted minds, he had to go and go he did.

JFK had a whole different agenda and it was one that the establishment was not going to 'put up' with. For those of you interested and have read the assassination stuff but want a decent, well researched but not overly long book on the subject of just his presidency, you can find one called 'Battling Wall Street' .

If you scope the web, you can find some extended excerpts, since they were used without Dr. Gibson's approval, I won't link to it, but the book's status was in turmoil because the publisher was sued out of business. But it is very good and very enlightening and thankfully, does not at any point touch on the subject of the assassination, just Kennedy's Presidency.

Last week, I read a very insightful piece over at the Future of Freedom Foundation.

Just consider the accusations that have been leveled at the president:

  1. He has betrayed the Constitution, which he swore to uphold.
  2. He has committed treason by befriending Russia and other enemies of America.
  3. He has subjugated America’s interests to Moscow.
  4. He has been caught in fantastic lies to the American people, including personal ones, like his previous marriage and divorce.

President Donald Trump?

No, President John F. Kennedy.

Source: The Russian Obsession Goes Back Decades

Do read it, it is short and good. Note the reference to Seven Days In May (starring Burt Lancaster, Fredrick March & Kirk Douglas) a great movie and a book that JFK had a hand in getting made into a movie. It was about a coup by the military to remove a sitting President.

This is what Trump and any President must deal with who attempts to end the war mindset, the arms race and the constant bloodletting of the American war machine. Kennedy really tried and they literally blew the brains right out of his head for the attempt.

I have long been a student of Kennedy, the assassination as well as his Presidency. The reasons they removed him from power were myriad but what the author of the above piece says is spot on for a major reason. Sure the Mafia had a hand in his death as did anyone who had a serious grievance against him. Those who murdered him had common interests and reasons for wanting him gone and each were called in to assist with the 'wet work'.  Big Oil, the CIA, the Mafia the elements within the Defense Department and even some claim, LBJ, Kennedy's VP. They all had a strong motivation for getting rid of him and that is exactly what they did. It is very interesting that LBJ started to have official misgivings on that assassination and did a TV interview to that effect... and died soon thereafter.

So as the Trump drama unfolds, keep thinking back to JFK and what they did to him for trying to bring in genuine change and bring peace between the US and Russia. There are elements inside the US who will stop at nothing to keep up a high degree of tension between the two as it means hundreds of billions of dollars in defense budget increases for the future. I tell you the truth, this was one of the key reasons why the US went into Ukraine, for the express purpose of spitting in Russia's eye, hoping they would violently react and start an armed conflict that would mean massive defense budget increases and keep NATO relevant in a rapidly changing world. These powerful men know that major budget showdowns are right around the corner between the defense industry and entitlements. They knew that one sure way to win that battle is to keep the nation on a constant 'war and fear' footing against a 'demon' they would manufacture with false flag incidents and incessant, non-stop propaganda. They would paint the proverbial horns and pointed tail on this entity.  That 'demon' today is Russia.

I ask all of you, especially on the left who are letting your hatred for Trump and GOP policies blind you to other key issues that many in the establishment hope you miss. Please step back and don't get sucked down into the false narratives that permeate your blogs from the left and the right. They are all missing the point, the real point and are doing so because they have to.

Now I don't want to go overboard with comparisons to JFK -  they won't stick. Rather it is important to realize that the real power behind the throne, the 'deep state', the murder rackets (we have them in DC) and the felonious crime rackets (we have them in DC) they don't like Trump one bit. He is not dependent on them for his power base and to a large degree is free to act independently of them. Russia-gate is a key attempt to get control of a guy who wants to bring in change. Not necessarily my change or even your change, but change.

Change they don't like and don't want. They won't let him and are going to fight him tooth and nail. One key issue is that for this criminalized establishment is this -  they don't care about ordinary working people. They talk the talk but pass bills and sign EO's that gut jobs and allow a flood of immigrants in the nation to steal them, or set up tax laws that make it profitable to offshore them. This is something Trump wants to stop and don't kid yourself, in this issue the Democrats have been far worse than the GOP. The left leaning money men in those big tech firms who are fighting Trump tooth and nail, this is part of their agenda. So next time you hear the 'fake news' narrative coming out, think twice about who gets to define what is 'fake news'. 'Pro Hillary'? True news. Pro Trump? Fake news. And to you people out there who belittle Americans who have had their jobs robbed of them and are struggling in many of these places across the nation, I can only say this -  if Trump or someone like him does not have any real success on the jobs front, your turn is coming. It's easy to belittle someone who has fallen on hard times when you have a roof over your head, warm food and a car full of gas. Your attitude will change when the tables are turned.


Mind you, I don't see Mr. Trump as the visionary JFK was, or as insightful of our world. In fact I think his lack of experience and knowledge make him a prime targe for manipulation by his key staff.

But consider carefully what I am saying to all of you. The real issues they hate Trump is not Russiagate. This is not a real investigation, this is a political witch hunt. Real investigations are done with far less fanfare. Today, each and every lead is given front and center coverage on your major left leaning sites and the coverage is exclusively negative. The constant barrage of hearings, leaks and insinuations have only one goal, damage the President. Nearly six months of this crap (more if you count the time before he was inaugurated) and they still have not found anything of substance. So what if he and his staff have talked to Russians? So what if there have been some business dealings? Think Hillary. Which nation state, foreign intelligence service and other international organization has she, her husband and foundation NOT done business with, some of it highly questionable? But somehow that does not signify. Why not? It's open season on the President.

I ask all of you again, consider what they did to JFK and why and pray for President Trump. They want him gone and I don't think some elements inside the 'deep state' are going to be too particular how it is done.

I can tell you this - President Obama? There were several unreported attempts on his life.

Again, please pray for the President.


24 May


Peacefulness, Quietness And Humility

Today, we are going to leave off the troubles of the world and talk about one of the key facets of Successful Christian living that is often ignored in the west. In our world of 'me first' and pushing to get ahead and working all ones live to win praise, worship and respect of others, we often overlook some powerful reasons why so many people are and will remain not only unhappy, but often miserable. People spend their whole lives in search of praise of people who often are not worth the trouble.

The praise of our fellow man is a hollow victory that as often as not, turns into hatred and rage with great rapidity. Men who seek the high place, the best seat and the spotlight generally speaking, these are hollow men who have little in their lives that give them real meaning. I say that for the Corporate Mogul's and the Movie Stars and even many if not most of your Televangelists and Mega-pastors. Too many are in the limelight because they love it. But the limelight is one of the things of this world we are told to shun.


But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith,
God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble.
 (James 4:6 [KJV])


 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God
abideth for ever.
(I John 2:15-17 [KJV])
Pride is invariably at the root of those who are fame and praise seekers. Those who have to be seen as having the best and being on top, their god is pride, though they probably don't even know it.

Pride is not godly, in fact I will give it to you straight - pride when it comes to fruition, is satanic. A proud man is a satanic man. He may not worship devils and sprinkle baby's blood on a pentagram, but he is taking his cues from his spiritual father, who is the devil, whose first and main sin was pride. He wanted to be like God. From this came the fall him and the heavenly host, the great rebellion and as the scriptures implies, some kind of cataclysmic violence long ago. Pride and arrogance are wholly incompatible with a Christian walk.

How do you find grace? Peter echo's James when he tells us the God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.
Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility:
for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God
,
 that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him;
for he careth for you.

(I Peter 5:5-7 [KJV])

There is an important principle here. It is exceptionally simple and yet it is one that many will not follow, not in our 21st century self-centered world. Do you want grace? Do you want to enjoy God's grace and protection? Then you have to be humble. Truly humble. Humbleness of mind is key. To not think more highly of oneself that one ought to. This kind of humility is not the 'awe shucks' kind of theatrical humility one puts on when someone is honored. No, it is a realistic appraisal of who we are and who we are not. No son of man has any right to be proud about who he is. We are all woeful sinners, who are often cruel, selfish, sometimes even monstrous and even when we personally are not, we too often give support and praise to those who are. When we all look into our own souls and engage in an honest self assessment, being proud about what we are is the last thing that should come to mind. But with many it's the first. Why? They look around them at their fellow man and see that they are no better.


This is when what I call the 'pride games' begin. Everyone is trying to get the high paying job, get to the top of the heap, be powerful and get to be the top dog. This is the essence of life here on earth for many. It's a fight to get what they want. More this, a bigger that  - to show off how well they are and how much 'better' they are than the other guy. The pride games are what lead men to cheat, steal and even kill to be 'king of the mountain'.


But that kind of pride God resists. You are not going to get to please the Lord with that kind of pride. It is the pathway to the devil's kingdom. For as Satan fell because of pride, so will those who follow in those footsteps.

 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly,
than to divide the spoil with the proud.

(Proverbs 16:18-19 [KJV])


Proverbs is one place where we find where pride leads. It leads to destruction. People who think too highly of themselves, they are heading for a fall. Both are destinations for the devil, who was also full of pride, ambition and arrogance.


And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face:
therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity;
Judah also shall fall with them.
(Hosea 5:5 [KJV])

The Humble Mindset.

I think one of the first roads to godly 'mental health' and happiness is to be humble. Truly humble. Stop trying to live above our means, stop trying to impress your friends and neighbors with a shiny new car and a McMansion in the suburbs. Too many people spend their whole lives and take great pains to put up the 'pride front' to show that they've 'got it'. What is the root of this? In most cases one word - pride.

A humble person does not need that kind of 'affirmation'. He has learned one of the secrets of happiness in this life. What is that? Contentment. To be content with what one has and to not go lusting for something that one does not have. Do you drive an old Ford that runs well and is paid for? Why pay $60-80k for a new Mercedes? One reason - pride. To have what the Jones's have and to be like those who have 'arrived'. They will pay $899 a month for a car that won't get them to the grocery store any faster than their 2005 paid-for Ford Taurus.

As I have gotten older, I have learned to really like peace, quietness and to live as humbly as possible. I don't meddle in anyone else's business, I try my best to just live as quietly as I can. The more I see people pushing about and willing to screw their neighbor in order to get a bigger piece of the American pie, the more I feel a certain detachment from the people around me. I have no desire to be part of the American rat race, the constant search for more, bigger, better 'stuff' to make me 'happy'.  A quiet humble life in God's service is to be much preferred than living in a Kings Palace even with all the glory that may go with it. In such a place there is the back-stabbings, the treachery, the lies and the power seekers. At my age, I find such people wholly distasteful and don't like being around them. Frankly, they get on my nerves! The only thing I want from such people is this - distance - as much as they or I can manage. Me, I feel just like David did as he wrote in the book of Psalms.


 LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty:
neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother:
my soul is even as a weaned child. Let Israel hope in the LORD
from henceforth and for ever.

(Psalms 131:1-3 [KJV])

David sums up a mindset that is right and proper for a child of God. I do mean child. Christ gave us the same basic idea.


Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God
as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
(Luke 18:17 [KJV])


We must accept God's word and rulership over us as a small child trusts his father. We must never be puffed up or think more highly than we should. We must not seek to be placed highly. Christ gave us this marvelous parable that talks about this.

 
And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden,
when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,
When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room;
 lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;
And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place;
and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden,
go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh,
he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship
in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever
exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth
himself shall be exalted.
(Luke 14:7-11 [KJV])



The guy who thought too highly of himself gets embarrassed, the one who was humble won praise. Do you want to win praise with God? Here is rule number one, step number one. BE HUMBLE. This should be the case in both your actions but most importantly in one's mind.

Mind you, a consistent pattern of self-deprecation is not true humility. Nor is having a low self image. These can be mistaken for humility but that is not it. Humility is an honest assessment of the fact that none of us is really worth anything except as we can be of value to God. Once one understand that simple principle, all the pride and arrogance that goes with the world and its way of thinking goes by the wayside.

We must measure our own self by the word of God and by his standards. Do that and you will never be puffed up with pride again! Doing that will make and keep you humble. You will look upon the pride of man as the folly it is  - a trap the devil uses to lead men to their destruction with a few material trinkets and worldly fame.


Yes, as I have gotten older I see how short life is, how important keeping ones perspective is and how to keep that balance in my life that keeps me walking with God, truly humble and thankful for his love, bounty, protection and goodness towards me, a pitiful fallen creature that one wonders why God even bothers with.

 LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man,
 that thou makest account of him! Man is like to vanity:
 his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

(Psalms 144:3-4 [KJV])

May all of those who know the Christ Jesus take counsel in the wisdom of humility.




22 May

Donald Of Arabia:  A Disgusting Spectacle

This is one of the most telling things Trump has actually done (as opposed to merely accused of by his enemies)  that shows us what he said on the campaign trail and what he will do as President are, just like his predecessor - two very different things.

Mr. Raymundo lays it out for us.

Wiser readers will find this one of great interest as well.

Econ News Scan

Trump To Propose Massive $1.7tln Cuts To Social Programs Tomorrow
Hidden Debts Hidden Deficits - A Look At Americans growing Pension Crisis
Fed's Bond Unwind? A $2 Trillion Mistake?
Markets Dive On Trump Impeachment Rumblings
...But May Be Just A 'Normal' Correction
The Rich Are Hoarding Cash
China And US Drive Global Economy

Africa News Scan

DOD Would Consider More Troops To Somalia
Car Bomb Kills 6 In Mogadishu
360 Tones Of Food Aid Distributed In Somalia
Cholera Death Toll Hits 700 In Somali Epidemic
Somalia, Ethiopia To Improve Transportation, Econ Ties
US Service Member Killed In US Mission To Somalia
America has a long history here in Somalia, culminating back in the 90's with the whole Black Hawk Down incident. An army publication on this can be found here. We are back again, but this time ostensibly to stop AQAP, which is a catch phrase for violent Islamic interests that curry favor with the disenfranchised and threaten wealthy Saudi/Gulf States interests. Keep in mind that there is considerable flow of people heading from a hungry and impoverished Somalia to a war torn Yemen, where the KSA is fighting.

The UK Parliament has a great paper here done a couple of months ago on the situation. It points out that the new President is a dual US-Somali Citizen. Here Al Shabbaab is the main problem. That and corruption, violence, drought and famine. FYI, US troops according to official reports are not on the front line.



Source: Famine Early Warning System


Sudan's Bashir Heads To KSA, No Word Of Meet With Trump
...wanted on genocide charges.
South African Held For 2000 Days By Mali Terrorists
OPEC: Libya, Nigeria Output Stokes Concern
German Firm Accused Of Holding Nearly $1Bln From Libya
Geopolitics To Drive Oil Prices Again - Libya, Shale Oil and More.

Nigeria: Too Soon To Close 'Boko Haram' Camps
Nigeria: 29 Billion Taken In From Shell In Last Four Years
Nigeria: Rice Production Increases In 2017

South Sudan: Inside Africa's Biggest Refugee Crisis
The Bidi Bidi Refugee camp is reputedly the largest in the world, with 2000 people arriving there daily. 800,000 are there now.
UN Ramps Up Appeal For Sudan Refugees
Mali: Unmarried Couple Stoned To Death By Islamists
Mali Organizes To Stop Terror Cells
Marcon To Visit Mali
Red Cross Employee's Kidnapped In Mali
Mutinous Ivory Coast Soldiers Block Mail Border With Burkina Faso
115 Dead In Central African Republic Town
CAR Violence Very Worrying, Says UN
A background report on the fighting can be found at the ICG.
UN Sends Peacekeepers To CAR diamond Mining Town
Kenya Issues Ebola Alert After Congo Outbreak
Who Confirms Small Outbreak
Oil Found In Northern Kenya
Kenya: High Food Prices Force People To Shop In Uganda, Tanzania
Political Recriminations In Kenya's Food Price Debate
Kenyan Retailers Deny Food Hoarding



18 May

Russiagate

Brothers, I am loathe to write on this foolishness. What I see is nothing more than a witch hunt. There is enormous rage and anger by the US establishment at Trump's election. Those who put millions into Hillary's coffers are very angry. The old, rich White guy won and they are not going to 'forgive and forget', they are going to 'hound and impeach'. After months of investigations, hounding and false stories planted in 'deep state' and CIA front news organizations in order to stir up rage and hatred at the new President, they still have not found anything of note, other than the fact that Flynn apparently took a consultation fee for appearing on Russia Today. This ridiculous story is now a major news story today and this kind of thing is done so often by so many it excites no notice it is done every day and much much worse. It is only getting headlines because it pertains to President Trump.

Granted, Flynn apparently lied about it and did not report it. But the scandal was enough to send the 'Hillary Lost' crowd into a near cerebral hemorrhage frenzy. Today, the new non-scandal scandal is that Trump shared 'Top Secret' info with those 'evil' Russians. Now the Russians and Americans are both flying military missions in Iraq and Syria and there has been some acrimony and tension between the two. Both sides discussing matters on the ground and in the air, which may involve classified into is not only normal, it's prudent. In case you forgot, Trump is the President and he makes many decisions on who gets to have access to classified data. When the safety of American service members is at stake sharing information with other forces on the ground is wise, not foolish.

What Trump did was perfectly legal. But that does not stop the loony left from going into full false narrative mode, accusing him of every crime under the sun.

When will Russiagate stop? When one of two things happen. Trump gets impeached and removed from office, or Trump figures out that key people with big political machines and have numerous crimes - worse crimes - in their closet need to be investigated and prosecuted.... to the full extent of the law. If he were to set something like that in motion to let them know that jail for the rest of their natural life is what is coming right at them, full steam ahead like a Mac truck with busted brakes, Russiagate and the false narratives and fake news and the circus hearings will stop dead in their tracks.

Trump does not understand how DC works (though he should) and that when they pull out a political axe for you, you need to pull out a legal machine gun for them, yank the firing pin back, switch to fully automatic and aim and let them know that if they are ready to rumble, so are you. That is how this game is played. Trump surrendered his 'Trump card' the day Sessions said he would not go after Clinton. This is the way the game is played in Washington. I don't like those rules, but if Trump does not like them or can't play by them, then he needs to go back home and play on his Yacht.

Russiagate is fake news and a fake narrative, there may be a few minor ties with Trump and Russia, but you would expect some from a real estate magnate with global holdings. Whatever they find, they will blow it up out of all proportions and do what they can to make it impeachable. The Deep State is using their Russia 'Horror' card, with Putin having fangs, dripping blood to whip America up into an cold war type hysteria to bolster US defense budgets and break the BRICS.

Bottom line? Russiagate is nothing more than the Democratic Party and certain elements within the GOP who will never forgive Trump... this is their revenge for winning the election in 2016. The only way to make them back off is to, in a political sense, "make them an offer they can't refuse".


The big problem I see though is this. I think Russiagate and this witch hunt is exposing a far darker part of the American political scene that is now only slowly coming to light. Congressmen and Senators know that whatever Trump may or may not have done is far less incriminating than what many of them are doing and have not been investigated for. Taking money from dope dealers and human traffickers? Pushing bills that help exonerate the terrorists who kill Americans, slipping in bills that give and to racist and genocidal crackpot armies military hardware and training? These guys have been doing what any thinking American would be called Treason for years, but they have the power and call it 'foreign policy experience'.

The whole political establishment has gone into stupid mode while the nation continues to borrow itself into oblivion, drug abuse is rampant and jobs for millions are non-existent. This is the American political establishment's repose to these crisis -  Russiagate - a scandal that allows them to continue to make no decisions on key issues facing the nation. It energizes the LBGTQ community and others on the far left to try and undo the electoral consequences of 8 years of Obama's rule on America. The left is not hearing it, they are mad and they want vengeance for Trump winning a free and fair election. How dare he beat Hillary... HOW DARE HE!! Their answer?  Russiagate. Even before he took office the hatred for him has been absolutely non-stop. He has been given no honeymoon, no time to learn the job - nothing. Just a constant litany of hatred and acidic commentary since the day they counted the votes. The country, the political establishment nor the deep state have given him any kind of a fair shake.

I hate to sound like a Trump apologist because frankly I have never been wild about him and moreover his policies since taking office have for the most part, have filled me with loathing. Selling $100 Bln arms to the Saudi's, assisting them in starving out a nation and the campaign to destroy that poor nation. I could go on and on, but I won't. So don't think for a second that it is because I like Trump. I say these things because what this does, what the left and those on the right who never liked him is this -  we are making America ungovernable. If a guy who wins and election can be removed on these fake charges and trumped up baloney like this, then our democracy is too broken to fix. I say fake because all that is coming out now is what I have been saying all along. Russia did not hack the DNC. There was a leak and the leaker was found dead with with all the emails that Wikileaks got. That particular narrative does not play into the loony left's 'get Trump' obsession, so they ignore it and a lot of other things. This whole thing, this whole set up has CIA and Deep State, Hillary Clinton and Obama smeared all over it. Rather than putting the nation in front of politics they have done what they did for the past 8 years AND COST THEM THE WHITE HOUSE, they are putting their party and the narrow interests of a few moneyed interests in front of the country. It is people like that which have put the nation into such dire straits.

Obama's Debt: From the day he took office until just before the election. (Source Federal Reserve)

It's a lot easier to talk about 'Russiagate' than to fix that mess in the above chart, so that is what our politicians are doing.

Our nation just seems to be blindly jumping off the rails into madness. I just don't see how so many can be so blind for so long and fall for this kind of foolishness. 

But this is par for the course. This kind of crazy is typical in the final stages of empire. Rulers no longer can deal with the real problems so they start wars or find some other distraction to keep the minds of people occupied. In Rome it was foreign military campaigns, circus's, gladiatorial duals and chariot races. In America it's TV, football and wars abroad. The wars rage on, usually with indecisive or even disastrous results while the empire continues to totter.

So I am not shocked, surprised or upset. I know a guy who has been diagnosed with cancer in the late stages has only a few years to live. Death is expected. Only a miracle from God can change it, and the patient is still doing all the things his doctor told him to stop doing. The only think left to do is to pray for them and pick out the tombstone.

Discerning The Times


(Note: This was written last June)

Especially deceitful times require an especially high level of discernment. They require that we as Christians move ourselves out of the mundane and into the spiritual. They require that we get a full understanding of what our Lord warned us about our times, these very last days and mark events in our world accordingly. This is not easy to do and requires significant effort. This is called 'watching' as our Lord commanded. These are difficult times. But God has not left us without hope or a witness to his purpose in our times.

The key to understanding our times if I had to put things into a nutshell, is God's plan to deal with those who have rebelled against his rulership and commandments. Mankind, is not the center of this battle, though he plays a very significant role in it. No, the real center of this battle is in the spiritual realm, the fallen angels who rebelled against the most high. The devil, (who is referred to as Lucifer) and his host of fallen angels who turned on God and wanted to set up another kingdom apart from him. This number of rebellions heavenly host numbers about a third of the total number of angels (Rev 12:3; 12:7). One day, they will be cast down here to earth. There is a lot to learn about demons and understanding about who they are and what their plan is will help us to better understand and discern just what the the devils next steps are likely to be here on earth. The devil does have plan, and that plan is lined up with a strategy that leads to a specific goal.

So what is the devils plan? Overall he wants to steal God's worship, kill mankind and destroy God's creation, or as much of it as he can get his hands on. He knows that part of his plan (in his view) was defeated on the cross, and that vast sections of mankind will be saved and will worship God in the manner that pleases the most high. We are the redeemed and are now part of the seed of the most high. The presence and existence of the redeemed and blood washed Church is one of the devils most significant failures and he knows it spells doom for his 'divine' aspirations. The devil hates the Church because now, in place of all the fallen angels who sinned against God and who once all sang praises to him with those who did not fall, there will be this new breed of the Sons of  God in heaven - namely the redeemed Church. The scriptures are pretty clear that at the creation, the rebellion had not yet occurred.


Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened?
or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
(Job 38:6-7)
What I don't want to do today is get into a long study on demonology and the different classes of fallen spirits other spirits who are beyond God's redemptive plan, but there are a few different classes of spirits. The key to understand is that these spirits have no hope. None. They are truly desperate. Why? Because most of these fallen spirits know something we do not. They know God and have seen his face and stood in his presence. They know what they are dealing with in an upfront and personal way that we Christians do not. We must accept all of these things by faith, except those few whom the Lord has taken to heaven or otherwise given visions to. They know God's power and that his word is never broken. Whatever utterance and judgment God gave to the rebellious host is not recorded in scripture. But given the fact that Hell was created for the devil and his fallen angels (Matt 24:41) and not man, I think we can gather that whatever the Lord said, it was to pronounce the eternal damnation of the rebels in due course. I stress in due course because it appears that some of these fallen creatures where immediately consigned to the abyss. The most high does not like rebellion and deals with it most severely. Peter makes clear that man and angels who rebel and do evil will be dealt with and gives us a glimmer of the fate of some of these fallen angels.

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell,
and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person,
a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned
them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after
should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation
of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing,
vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations,
and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

(2Pe 2:4-9)



Peter is telling us the reason for Hell and why it's there. It is there because of sin (rebellion) and that regardless of pedigree, man or angel, the fate of rebels rests in the eternal chains of hell. The main and most important difference between these class of beings is this - mankind has a chance at redemption and not only that,  but to become not just a son of Adam, but a son of God, provided he accepts God's redemptive gift and falls under the Lordship (rulership) of Jesus Christ. This is what makes man so blessed and gifted. We can be forgiven of our sins. The fallen angels cannot. There is and will never be a redemptive plan for the fallen hosts.

So what is the devils stratagem? He has to have one and he also has to know that his doom is sealed.

I will leave that question for another time. But what I will say is that we Christians must know who our enemy is and what he wants. The last days antichrist system? This is about worship. Stealing God's worship for himself under the threat of impoverishment and death, if one does not comply.

Why are so many Churches and Christians being attacked? The reasons are two fold. First the devil wants to destroy the message of redemption. Second he wants to impose himself onto Church leadership and deceive the Church into worship of him rather than the worship and honor due to God. He must subvert as much of the Church away from the teachings of Christ and into rebellion (this is key) and seduce it into his system and worship of him.

This is why phenomenon of false pastors and church leaders is so important today. Indeed, in the above quoted text from Peter, the chapter starts out by talking about false prophets who led the people astray (2Pet 2:1ff). The last days are now full of them, they sit in pulpits across the world, particularly in the west.

This is why it is important that each of you know the word and understand what things are to come prophetically, for they shall surely transpire. These are very dangerous times and let each wise soul keep his heart with Christ, his mouth closed, his eyes open and his faith strong. The prophesies of old may have been slow to arrive, but now that they are coming to pass, things are going to move quickly.

From the day I first started this site, I always had the verse from Habakkuk on my site "That he may run that readeth it'. It is also the name of the book I wrote back in 2000. I started the site right after I wrote the book. Let me quote the entire passage from Habakkuk so you see why I mention it here.

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower,
and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer
when I am reproved. And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision,
and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak,
and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come,
it will not tarry.
(Hab 2:1-3)


The vision God has given us is sure and it will tarry. Christ warned us of the same thing repeatedly. He admonishes us on being one of those who say, 'My Lord delayeth his coming..." This is a mistake. The constant theme in the writings of the NT is that the Lord will take his time and the Church will fall asleep, other parts of it will rebel and others will be diverted by the pleasures of this life. That his tarrying will have a profound effect on those who call themselves his. This is the crux of the matter for we who live in these times. We cannot allow ourselves to catch that spirit because it leads to a spirit of unbelief and then later, rebellion.

It's the waiting that will get many a saint in the last days. They will as our Lord said, betray one another and fall away. The devil will be right there to help them do it in as large of numbers as possible. This is why I say to all of you, don't be in a rush for the Lord to come. He has his own agenda and one key thing on that agenda is to have as many saved souls in heaven as possible. That is not going to be easy with the devil deceiving as the scriptures say in the last days 'the whole world'. You see the problem? God is not looking for fly by night, love you today and leave you tomorrow worshipers and servants. He is looking for people who are willing to forsake all, in order to get into the Kingdom. That is not going to be many. It will be those who are called faithful and chosen.

So in these times, what does all of this really mean? As we watch false prophets arise, major financial crisis, transpiring and even greater ones ahead, as we watch the specter of war and the mass of refugees, the mass killing, imprisonment and persecution of so many Christians. These things are signs of the times and while some nations are chaffing at the bit at globalization, like in the UK with the Brexit, the reality is that the elite have a plan B to make sure that globalization goes forward despite the will of the people or, even if they know it will bring in destruction and poverty. Globalization is the religion with these men. The aim is not anything other than the amalgamation of power unto themselves at any and all costs. This what I call the 'satanic imperative'. The lust and drive for power at any and all costs, no matter how badly it effects anyone else. Why are they like that? Because the devil is their father and the works of the devil they will do. He too had a lust for power and consequently they follow in his footsteps. Like father, like son.

This is how we know those who serve the Lord, they have a different agenda. One that is not obsessed with power and money. We serve our God, in all humility and give thanks for the things he has done for us. We are of a different breed, a different family. If I had to put it in kind of modernesque terms, I would put it like this. We, the redeemed of the earth are going to spiritually evolve into Son's of God from once being sons of Adam. The former Son's of God (fallen angels) are going to go undergo a spiritual de-evolution to the category of damned souls. BTW, no I don't believe in evolution... the way Darwin taught it.

The times now are showing what men are made of. Look around the world today, look at the unbridled lust. Look at the epidemic of rape in Europe, look at the trends on Sodomy all throughout the west, look at the greed, the corruption and the cruelty. Do you know what this is all about? This is about the devils kids showing all creation who their father is. This time on earth we have, its to let us demonstrate what we are made of, who we love and what spiritual family we wish to and actually do belong to.

This is the time in many ways of a great revealing. A revealing of man's spiritual condition. This is why we Christians are so baffled by the openly bad behavior of so many of the world's people. I read today where Susan Sarandon, the star, wants to direct porn when she retires. The world shrugs its shoulders. We Christians almost wince and such a notion. But these are the times. Is this really all that different from the things that Lot had to look at day in and day out as he dwelt in the land of Sodom?

It is my hope that all of you are able to get a good look at the times and some of the interesting events in our world. To understand the spirit of this age and the enormous deceptions that are now  taking place. They are not to be taken lightly and any one who does is likely to suffer enormously for doing so. 

I thought it was time for a look at the spiritual big picture today as I think they will help us to better understand the trends we see in the world. If we have a total surveillance society, its because we have an elite who have their own plans to crush any form of dissent and bring in a total control society. Why? Understanding the spiritual imperative helps us to understand the why's of these things. Where does the devil want to take the world? Once you get an understanding of that, you know many of the things he must accomplish to bring it about. He must -

  • Demonize genuine, Bible believing Christians
  • Elevate other religions as being superior to the Gospel
  • Institute new people control technology, tracking, monitoring and spying tech
  • Get full control of all buying and selling - the eradication of any financial freedom.
  • Denigrate the morality and thinking powers of ordinary people in order to more easily propagandize them. Keep them emotionally charged, angry, hateful, dumb and fully controllable.
  • Seduce the masses into the glories of a new order, new ways of thinking that assists in the transfer of power, loyalty and faith to and in the elite.
I hope this look at things from a more spiritual and big picture view assists all of you in better understanding the times.

Now, on to a couple of things from readers this AM, One of my newer readers asked me. Where do the prophets in Maryland meet? Well, to tell you the truth, I have no idea. I wish I did. It's hard to know where there are truly anointed prophets or those seeking the prophetic anointing from God congregate.

Being a prophet is a tough job. While I have never called my self one, being a watchman is in many ways a kind of prophetic anointing. He rarely hears directly from the Lord in the way that a true prophet does, but rather relays the signs of the times as it relates to prophecy so that believers understand the times and don't fall asleep. Just so you know, I have never called my self a prophet. But at the same time, I have never actually denied that calling either. Many, many people have called me one over the years. But yes, I know that my calling is in the prophetic realm... without being specifically in the office of prophet.

Yes, the office of prophet is one that is one of the most difficult on many levels. One failure in the eyes of many does not mean failure in the eyes of God. People may not repent but that does not mean that the prophet failed. It just means that the people would not hear him. Moreover prophets have a tendency to die in office... sometimes violently. Think John the Baptist and Zechariah. A man who asks to be a prophet is asking for one of the toughest jobs there is. He is going to be reviled, mocked, mistreated, hated and otherwise abused for the sake of the Lord. What he has to say, few will want to hear and if he keeps silent, he will make enemies not just with his hearers, but with the Lord as well!

A true prophet these days of the OT sort is rare. I don't think God raises up many. Now there are prophets who are anointed to edify the Church and this is one of the gifts of the spirit, which are described in 1 Corinthians chapter 12. These gifts are given by God for the edification of the body of Christ. This is not all dissimilar to what the old Testament prophets did. They spoke to Israel, who at that time were the people of God. But as we have gone through Jonah, that was not all these men did, sometimes they ventured outside of the household of God to prophecy elsewhere.

Once many years ago, a lady I knew prophesied that I was going to be a prophet to the nations. First she spoke and she said nation... and then she corrected herself and said 'nations' and then she gave me the word. She had a hard time saying it because she did not understand it, but she said 'stratagem' and that was like a rank within God's kingdom.

I say these things to you only so that you may understand where I am coming from. I am not going to ever call myself a prophet. I am just not going to do it. I don't see myself that way. I am just a servant of the Lord who has been given a specific task and I plan on doing it to the best of my ability. Some folks need the affirmation of titles, I shrink from them. I hate to be pigeonholed, categorized and otherwise labeled. I prefer just to be known as 'Brother Mark'. Why? Because when all is said and done, that faithful wife who raised 4 kids on a shoestring budget and kept faith with her God will be just as highly rewarded as I will be if I am faithful to my calling. We look at the outer trappings and titles of people. God looks upon the heart and a persons works.

So to you out there who asked me about where the prophets meet in Maryland. I don't know. If you find out... let me know... would you?!

To the reader who asked me about research on the topic of the social transformation of America and the role Christians played in things like Prohibition, Sunday laws and abortion.  He asked me what school of thought was behind it and where he could get good information on it.  Let me cut and paste his question because it is a very good one and quite relevant for us today.

I seek your advise on research sources.

A question has bothered me for quite a while and I want to spend time researching on it, and maybe, if I can find a way, write an article on the question.

It is this. In the Nineteenth Century, Victorian England and maybe parts of the USA, passed social legislation. A lot of this legislation was motivated by Christians and was aimed at “improving” the morals of society that existed at that time. I refer to alcohol prohibition laws, sunday laws, abortion laws {of whatever variety}, etc etc. The specific law is not the issue. I want to understand the motivation behind the passage of these laws. the anti-slavery laws were probably passed by this school of thought too.

We know as evangelical Christians, that it is only belief in the Son of God, which means total adherence and reliance to His instructions on how to live life, that can bring about genuine change in the outward moral stance of an individual.

the passage of legislation does nothing to increase the viability of an individual’s belief in the Son of God.

so, in the 1950’s, starting in England, there began a revolt against this social legislation because the general society had changed, and people and their judges, wanted to do what was “ right in their own eyes”. I know the English case, there are Canadian cases, some American cases.  Roe vs Wade sits squarely in the middle of these type of cases, coming at the time when the people, and their judges, wanted to do “their own thing”.

I am reminded of Judges 17:6, “in those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes”

I also recall that prior to Judges Ch. 17, Israel never had a king but only ‘judges”.  Joshua and Moses were not Kings but rather, a general and a prophet. Kings of Israel might have enforced the law of Moses but it would appear that it was prophets like Samuel who actually took up the sword to defend God’s will. some Kings, like Jehu, were appointed to judge Baal followers but i don’t remember Jehu passing extra legislation to support the Mosaic laws.

 I would also hesitate to agree that the Kings who fought their way to the varied thrones of England, Scotland, France, Spain etc etc were really kings appointed by God. History teaches us that they were simply blood soaked tyrants, who wielded the sword more ruthlessly than their brothers/cousins and thus murdered family members in order to take and retain the thrones they sat on.

The point being, that the only genuine God appointed King over Israel was really David. and David was also a prophet who had the spirit of the Lord when he composed and sang the Psalms [those that were his]. David also as the King, did not issue any “moral statutes” but rather, his psalms mostly pointed his listeners to the benefits of inward meditation and prayer.  My point being that the godly Kings of the Old Testament did not issue “moral” laws but rather, they supported the existing laws of Moses.

So, where are we today? what is the justification for attempting to roll back the clock and impose “moral laws” on a society that has rejected God? How does it help to advance God’s goal, which is to see souls brought into submission to the Son of God? It appears to be “good works” but does the attempt to fight pro-abortion, pro-drugs, pro-alcohol, pro-contraception laws  really advance God’s cause? Should Christians engage in this fight?  If someone issues a call to arms, to take up a good fight on behalf of a Kingdom, then the call to arms must be justified by the long term strategy of the Kingdom. Are we Christians trying to pass legislation to “force’ society to obey the law of Moses?

Romans 8:3 says “for what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh”

So, yes, Romans tells us the law was weak.  We are also taught in Romans that God had another plan, that of his Son, to redeem mankind.  Why then does it appear that Christians are reversing God’s clock, and trying to enforce Mosaic laws on society in general? The Bible teaches us that the Jews could not keep the law of Moses, and so we Christians appear to desire that all members of society should keep the law of Moses?

Gal 3:3 says “are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect in the flesh?"

this is where I need your help. Are they are writers out there who have been likewise troubled by this issue, and if so, can you please direct me their books or websites?

That is a very difficult question that will yield as many answers as there are people to answer it. America has long had a struggle between Christianity and both rationalism as well as with economic centered thinking as the centerpiece of American culture. It goes back to the days when the first colonies were established. There were those who came here to escape religious persecution and there were others who came here to get rich and expropriate resources. Not only that but Freemasonry became a very important facet of the American economic and political scene. These differing philosophic viewpoints have remained with us to this day, the tensions we see in our nation are nothing new, though they are taking on a more militant and less tolerant aspect.

I think it meet that if you are going to look at this issue you get a sense of American history and how we got to where we  are today.

I also think it meet that we understand, especially in the early 20th century we had a many revivalist movements that had a strong effect on society. Many Pentecostal and other types of movements swept across the nation and consequently we saw that many people wanted a more moral society. This was really the origin of the Volstead Act (Prohibition). It came from the temperance movement, run primarily by Christian women who pushed for this. One of the key groups was the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.

The Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was the first mass organization among women devoted to social reform with a program that "linked the religious and the secular through concerted and far-reaching reform strategies based on applied Christianity." It was influential in the temperance movement, and supported the 18th Amendment.

The WCTU was originally organized on December 23, 1873, in Hillsboro, Ohio, and officially declared at a national convention in Cleveland, Ohio in 1874. It operated at an international level and in the context of religion and reform, including missionary work as well as matters of social reform such as suffrage. Two years after its founding, the American WCTU sponsored an international conference at which the International Women's Christian Temperance Union was formed. - Wikipedia
No one doubts the sincerity of their intentions. But their actions and success were the things that gave the organized gangsters of their day the thing they needed to build their empires of crime - a vice that people were willing to break the law to engage in, that being taking a drink.

This is what happens when one refuses to look at the unintended consequences of their actions.

You know, I don't like abortion. I really do think it nothing more than murder, especially in the late term of pregnancy. But even knowing this, I would hesitate to bring about a total ban, not because I would not like to see all abortions stopped, but because outlawing all abortions would only drive the demand for them into the realm of crime. Like the old gangsters of the 20's we would have something similar in America with abortions. And then not only would the child die, but in many cases, so would the mother and who knows what other crimes would spring up from that? Illegal drugs for the procedure, doctors being smuggled into the nation so that illegal clinics could avoid legal responsibility? Who knows? The risks of a total ban are real enough. Some kind of realistic and enforceable middle ground has to be found to dissuade a woman from having an abortion without direct criminalization of abortion at all points in a pregnancy. Yes it a total ban on all abortions sounds good, like making all drugs illegal, but what has been the real result of that policy?

I really cannot recommend any books on this as I have none. The ones I have from that period tend to look at other social phenomenon, but here is a book  that seems to put some things in good perspective.

The American Republic: A Nation of Christians

Yes, I hear you loud and clear on these issues. We Christians have I think spent too much time trying to reform a society that has rejected God. We are only sowing resentment when we keep pushing on many of the key issues of the day and try to legislate Christianity on America.

But at the same time, that does not mean that we should abandon the nation to the devil either.

We Christians must learn to pick our battles better and more importantly know that these battles are not going to be won in Congress or in the courts, but in our prayer closets and prayer meetings.

I wish I could be more help, but I think as you do your own reading on these issues you will be able to key up on some key concepts and movements in American history that shows you where these trends came from and the thinking behind those who pushed them.

I hope this helps.

Blessings and joy to all of you in the Lord!

Brother Mark


The Character Of The Nation

(This was posted last June-2016 for insiders and it has been slightly updated - MSW) This Friday, before I wind down, I want to just note a couple of things that have happened and just show you where the nation is at. Some months ago, Bank Of America fired an employee who went on a racist rant on her social networking page. BofA even issued a statement on her termination. This is so sad. I know that one of my High School classmates is a cop now and he does the same thing on Facebook - post racist crap. I am pretty sure he is still a cop. What is wrong with these Americans? First I think they live a kind of privileged existence and don't know how privileged it is. They get bombarded with slanted reporting on Black Americans and just don't have any frame of reference on how hard it is for minorities in America especially when your loan officer is a flaming racist.

BofA, like the linked article makes plain, has had trouble with discrimination and had to pay a lot of money in a lawsuit. The trouble with these kinds of Americans? They lack a sense of patriotism. They don't really care about the nation. They are kind of like the weeds in a garden, chocking out what is good about America and bringing in divisiveness and hatred with their. spiteful and half-witted comments. These are the kinds of people foreign nations and other people who hate the nation love to use against the nation to help stir up social instability. These are the useful idiots the Chinese and others use in America to weaken us in their strategic game.

No nation can last long divided so sharply against itself and there is a lot of hate out there. Look at the kinds of people out there and the things they are calling for. Here is one guy who calls for starting a riot if Trump comes to town. This is how foreign agents operate, they want riots and instability in America and call for it. We have seen riots at Trump rallies. Who is backing these rioters and causing this kind of social instability in the nation? Are they foreign agents? Spies, traitors or just violently inclined criminals? Almost everywhere in this nation, incitement to riot is crime.

The civility in America just seems to have gone and America today is a shadow of what it used to be. I can honestly say that I am ashamed of many of my countrymen, more and more every single day. It's not just me, even psychologists are seeing it and talking about it. It's a commonly identified problem noted across many parts of American society. I know I have noticed it and I am a pretty observant person. I find that people who lack good communication skills and are incapable of listening to and being considerate of others are the worst offenders. But even your highly educated people can be just as big a problem as anyone else. What is the problem? I think there are many but ultimately it boils down to a deeply ingrained selfishness that puts oneself above and as being more important than others and thus forcing your views and opinion or even your person on others or where it is not welcome or wanted. Americans at least a large plurality of them are spoiled and selfish. They don't see it, but I do and those who come from overseas often can see it as well.

But you know what? People are getting dumber. Yes they are. Dumb people tend to lack the mental and emotional wherewithal to interact positively in society. More and more today, dumb is the new normal. I talk to people and see how they often respond and I find people easily agitated, highly emotional and often, just plain unreasonable. With some, just listening to them you can often see that their thinking processes are just a bit off kilter. Logical extrapolation of basic facts is often beyond their capability and is replaced with emotional reactionary-ism. What are the causes?

I don't know, but my own pet theory and it's backed up with some data and and a few decent facts is that our world, particularly America is being bombarded with chemicals and poisons in our food, water and air. One of the worst and most pervasive here in the US is Fluoride, a substance Europe does not allow in their water. It attacks your brain and all I have read about says that the damage done is permanent. Yes, it's a poison. How does it effect kids?

I listen to some of the things our political candidates say and they make no sense to a thinking person. Yet they get elected.

I admit that this is just my pet theory and while this may not explain all of today's incivility, I think it does account for at least some of it.

But when social boundaries and morality are loosened, so are behavioral cues. When the consequences for bad behavior are non-existent or even positively rewarded, you can only expect to see more bad behavior in our countrymen. I know these things have been noted in our own military, though the reports are closely held.

But these are times that the Holy Apostles warned us about clearly. They are signs of the horrible times we are entering.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
 blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent,
fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded,
 lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness,
but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 
(2 Timothy 3:1-5, KJV)


Grace and peace to all who love our Lord,

Brother Mark

16 May

This was done back in December of last year. It was just my occasional news in narrative form pieces. But given some of the tension today, I will post it here unedited or updated. Remember this is almost 6 months old.



[10 Dec-2016]

News Today In Narrative Form

Today, I will let the other bloggers and news networks opine about Trumps new picks. We will get a better look at them and where he is taking the nation when more of his picks solidify and now, they slowly are. But I want to get some background on them, do some reading and then I will try and have something up for you, probably just after the Holiday break.

Today, I want to spend the bulk of my time looking at the other side of the world. Asia has been very eventful on a number of fronts. Today, the Asia Times is running a front page story on how China's  trade figures soundly beat the estimates. Exports, expanded very, very modestly, but imports which include key raw materials (energy, iron and coal) expanded by a healthy 6.7%. While many folks like to bash China and there are times that bashing is totally justified, we must not forget the deep ties that exist in the realm of trade between the US and China. For those of you who love those really in depth pdf's done by trade groups, government agencies and NGO's, here is one that I think will really interest you. It is the latest update from the Rhodium Group on US-China Foreign direct investment completed just last month. I won't re-post any of the charts here as they are strictly copyrighted, but do download the report and get a gander at how ties between the US and China are developing. Just remember that this report is written by what can be essentially called 'cheerleaders' of these trends as they stand to make a great deal of money from them. China and US trade issues are going to be an important aspect of the next administrations portfolio so this report will give us an important backdrop.

These industry groups are deeply intertwined with the GOP's key donors so any major change is going to be difficult, if not impossible. But the news in China is hardly all good. Capital flight is still a major problem and it is indeed draining the country's reserves. Again, much of the FDI we have seen here in the US from China is less about a Chinese stratagem to 'take over America' as it is about wealthy Chinese protecting their wealth (some of it ill gotten) from Xi and the Communist party. China apparently is making a lot of people a little nervous however. Edmond De Rothchild is reportedly leaving Hong Kong and moving his operations back to Switzerland in a 'back to Europe' strategy.


Source: Wikipedia/CIA
In other less positive news, China has launched a major military drill in the disputed territory of Askai Chin. The drills employed of about 10,000 soldiers. The drills (based on the article above) appear to be related to counter insurgency. The previous piece, which is written from an Indian perspective, opines that the drills are aimed at India. More can be found here, again from an Indian source. The regions carefully shifting of balance is important and this move into a disputed area may be China's way of explaining their displeasure at the recent tilt India has taken towards Japan. India as well has offered Mongolia help that is now needed in light of Chinese sanctions on it.

These regional shiftings are of great significance, especially in light of China's new far more aggressive foreign policy. It remains to be seen if all of this activity will one day lead to a war or not. I tend to think not as long as the shifting does not seriously threaten China. No one I think is going to directly antagonize her and America's business interests are too firmly intertwined with this and any future two party administration to allow a direct confrontation, despite any fiery rhetoric we may hear. Will we see talks or war? This piece counsels talks and gives an historical parallel.

But other changes are afoot and nations with long defense ties to  the US are looking for new friends and allies. Not least of which is the Philippines. While not an earth shattering event, the arrival of a Philippines ship in Vietnam demonstrates the power of a new partnership in the region. The Diplomat has the story here.

But these in my view are not nearly as important as what I think is the most important flash-point in the region is. As important is it is, I don't think the China Sea disputes are quite up to problem on the Korean Peninsula. With an entrenched, corrupt, despotic, mentally unstable and nuclear armed leadership, a serious crisis here could put the entire world on edge. What about North Korea? An interesting piece was floated by a key policy-maker connected think tank called 38 North. It opines and makes some comparisons between the Arab Spring Revolutions in the Middle East and North Korea. The paper is good but because it is coming from a US funded and 'connected' site, it must with care deal with some of the background issues on the so called 'Arab spring' which was nothing more than the US policy of 'regime change' as advertised to the masses. Yes, in each and every case we saw a 'spontaneous' revolution, an unseen hand was out there doing its thing making sure that leaders, despots and others the US did not like were overthrown from their positions of power. It was not without cost and one of those costs were in places like Egypt and Ukraine, protesters were drawn out deliberately into protest area's after power changed hands so they could be gunned down in cold blood to ensure that the transfer was complete. But I make this point - don't think that same unseen hand is not eyeing North Korea and this is what I think this paper is really all about. It's a case by case history of past regime change attempts and the ultimate result. It's not a pretty picture (page 10).

So the question really is two fold. One -  can North Korea collapse on its own? The other is  - can North Korea be 'induced' to regime change?. I do not have the answer to either question. But there have been a few pieces that have been floated into the Blogosphere on the possibility of a collapse of North Korea. Here are a few.

Preparing For North Korea's Inevitable Collapse
What Happens If North Korea Collapses
Collapse Of The North Korean Regime Appears Inevitable

The key takeaway is clearly in academia, more and more people are seeing the eventual collapse of the North Korean regime. Not right away, but eventually. The glacial rate of change, particularly in economics is not fast enough to make the kind of serious dent that could save the regime, not frankly as though it deserves to be saved... it doesn't. Kim's policy of a two track policy of Economic and Nuclear development is not going to be enough of the kinds of deep systemic economic reform the nation needs to save it.  But the fallout from any change could have lasting and far reaching consequences for the entire region, particularly for the US ally South Korea, which is going through its own upheavals and China, which has long been an ally of the North. The relations between the two right now are complicated and while one would think that the nuclear tests conducted by the North and opposed by China would have a deleterious effect on their relationship, that sadly is not the case and as long as the North has allies like China and Russia, predictions of its demise have yet to materialize.

One of the key factors that in my view could spell the end of the regime is not an 'Arab spring' but a simple severe food crisis. The food situation in North Korea has never been good and it looks like it averted a major disaster last year. The situation this year does not look to well as far as the North being able to feed it's population based on domestic production. The CFR has a great backgrounder here on North Korea and Chinese relations.

Asia is slowly re-balancing alliances and shifting security priorities and alliances.  But the backdrop to all of this geopolitcal motion is the rise of China, the ongoing economic crisis, the process of de-globalization and trade. Getting a handle on trends in these realms will help us to understand where the region is heading. In closing this section, let me give you the President's vision of Asia as it outlined it on the White House website.


Now lets talk about another issue I have not spent as much time on as it deserves.

Libya


Since the fall of the Qaddafi regime is nation has been in a state of war, a proxy war a civil war, take your pick of phrases, the bodies are just as cold when killed during it. There are basically two governments that came into existence after the elections in 2014. The Libya Dawn Faction (connected to the Muslim Brotherhood) took the capital of Tripoli and established what is called a government. What this did was push the UN recognized government out of Tripoli into Tobruk. To this day the two governments are in conflict.

But it gets deeper. To Gulf states, the UAE and Qatar who were both involved in ousting Qaddafi are now at odds with one another. The UAE with Russia and Egypt back the Tobruk government. Qatar , Turkey and Sudan supports the government in Tripoli. The two rival GCC partners are now in a proxy war in Libya. The background for this war  and the key fighting factions can be found here at the BBC's site.

Image Source: Wikipedia



The UAE has already put some planes into the region and done some bombing as well. The base is located at Al Kadim Airport in Libya. More here.

Links of note

http://libyaprospect.com/index.php/2016/10/28/uae-airbase-in-al-marj-to-support-haftar/

http://www.ecfr.eu/mena/mappinglibya

https://www.libyangazette.net/2016/12/07/general-in-haftars-forces-says-al-qaedas-behind-attack-on-oil-facility/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Libyan_Civil_War_detailed_map

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/12/article55363580/libyan-armys-forces-resist-armed-attack-oil-crescent

Today, pro-Haftar warplanes hit some defense brigades in Bengazi according to news reports. Haftar is described a the most potent warlord and was part of the military entourage that actually brought Qadaffi to power and was later instrumental in bringing him down. Today, Haftar (or perhaps Russia) is looking to improve relations.

Then there is ISIS, which is present in Libya but so far controls no major territory, but the threat as American officials are making plain is that ISIS no mans land of political chaos is just the kind of place ISIS fighters can take root. Daesh forces have been very recently defeated, according to reports more here.

But Daesh's reported demise has not lessened the fighting, which the AP is reporting as being the worst clashes in two years of fighting. Fighting is reported also going on in residential districts. Naturally oil is one of they key prizes in the battle.

Meanwhile the UN still supports the original political agreement all signed a year ago.

The situation in Libya is fluid and what is written today about is likely to be irrelevant in six months. But if you want a decent read on the failed State formerly known as Libya, this may be of some use to you all.

In other domestic news, the 'fake news' stories now has taken a different turn. The Washington Post has since 'appended' its 'Russian propaganda' news story. It goes on to cite the usual US defense department think tanks (who make a lot of money stoking up the 'Russian fear' card) to play up a 'scary picture' of Kremlin spies controlling Facebook, Twitter and large portions of the internet. Such a story would be laughable, if there were not a small portion of truth to it and it did not come from a site that has a long questionable history itself. Do your own research on operation mockingbird. You'll see what I mean. More here.

Some of those sites apparently have been taken down from the site's list of 'Kremlin Gremlins'. ZH has a good story here. Naked capitalism, who has threatened to sue the Post has his post here and it's scathing.

Fake news? My take on this all? I am afraid for our democracy and if the kinds of trends I see in place continue, with rank ignorance, lying major news media, corrupt politicians and major propaganda efforts being conducted against the American people from the CIA, the DOD, the Chamber of Commerce, Madison Avenue, The Chinese, the Russians, the key funders of Islamic Terrorism and even Organized Crime, one wonders how long Democracy can survive, or even if it should in its current form

I watched all of those people protest the loss of an election when Trump won and I had to say to myself. This is how a nation - a free nation dies. America can only remain a democracy and free as long as the vast majority of its citizens think, are reasonable and care about this country - not 'their' country but OUR country  - to respect each others rights to disagree on key issues without resorting to calling those who one does not agree with 'Russian agents' or wishing death on those who vote for the other guy, as the person who was connected with Ebony magazine said. If that is where America is heading, where you burn down the house of those who voted for the other party, or pull them out of their car and beat them half to death, the death our democracy is closer than you may think.

If we can't get our act together and act like we are adults (even if many of us are not emotionally at that level) then we need another system of government. Some of the people I see in this nation, I will be honest with you, the fact that they vote scares me half to death. They can't even balance a checkbook, don't understand want the national debt is and they head to the polls and vote. The scary part is people like that are no longer a small minority of Americans. Too many appear to  be either emotionally damaged or intellectually disabled. Their thinking processes are based on raw emotion rather than reason. This is why some of the most juvenile propaganda tricks can be played on so many and they fall for the same ones year in and year out.

Have you ever been around a child with a learning disability? I have. It's kind of frustrating. You can love them all day long, but you find yourself repeating yourself half a dozen times before they 'get it' and even then you are not so sure, when a day or two later they are again making the same mistake. That is how I view a large swath of my countrymen and I am not trying to be condescending.

It's easy to get swept into anger at the stuff going on in this nation. But mature minds can 'come back' from the anger. Less mature minds cannot. They stay there and often cannot contextualize any issue without some kind of raw negative emotion  - hate, fear, anger, resentment, bitterness, etc.  Too often this is what modern mainstream news reporting is designed to target.-  the lowest common denominator among the electorate. the guy with the lowest IQ and EQ (emotional quotient). I mean how can you have an intelligent 'debate' with someone whose first words out of their mouth is slander? The attack journalism we so often see on TV.

To have and keep a functioning democracy, you must have intelligent, or at least reasonable people.

Me? I view the fake news stories as I view much of what I read online. How is that?

When I was in the Intel community we had to know all of the basic intelligence disciples. Sigint, Comint, Humint (Signals, Communications and Human Intelligence). But today, there is a new one Bullshint and that is how I view much of the Major news media and all of those Social Networking news sites. When I do go to them, I bring a shovel because I know I am going to need it. Too often it's not about informing anyone about anything. It's about getting people to do something they ordinarily would not do. Like vote for a candidate, buy a new this or that, stop buying this or that, going here, vacationing there, protesting this, or going to see this. In short, it's all propaganda.

Propaganda is information that is not impartial and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (perhaps lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or using loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information presented. - Wikipedia

One reason I like to go to certain think tanks and key government reports is because for the most part, they are giving me information, not deliberately trying to influence me with selective information bites. Informed minds are much harder to deceive via propaganda. Ignorant ones are easy to and herein lies our danger.

News has become a new form of entertainment and profit too often takes the front seat to important truths. Yes fake news is everywhere, particularly in the big named cable channels and sites.

In our information saturated world, I do think we all need to step back and think about what we are seeing and reading and ask the critical questions. One of the first things we should always ask when reading a story is this - What are they not telling us? Why not? What is the agenda? Take for example in some of the stories I read while doing the above on Libya (above). They talked about airstrikes that were in support of Haftar. The UAE was probably responsible for the strikes, yet that was omitted from the story? Why? I have learned this most valuable lesson. Ask the questions no one else is asking. Figure out why they are not asking it. Do that and you have probably found the real issue. Do that and you will rarely be fooled by fake news. Do you remember that fake news story about CNN broadcasting porn? I was suspicious from the get go. Why? If they had said they broadcasted it for say 30 seconds, I might have believed it. But broadcasters like that have ways to stop content from airing. One of those is the tape delay. They still do that you know. I think it is 7 seconds. You are telling me they broadcasted hard core gay porn for 30 minutes on a live broadcast network? Not likely. Not impossible, but not likely.

My deeper concern is less about 'fake news' but the way the US intelligence community and others who are deeply connected up with the 'deep state' and the major corporations that part of it is this. What I see is a slow move to undermine free speech. This dear readers has always been a key tactic of those who will bring in a tyranny. Offending people is usually not good. But to charge them and find them guilty? That's wrong. How about this. You live in Nazi Germany and you speak up for your Jewish neighbors who had their property confiscated. Your other neighbor who is a Nazi Party official hears it and was 'offended' by your comments. You get sent to a labor camp for 'offending the party'.

Is that the kind of world you want to live in?

Now I want to be fair to our leaders. There does appear to be a problem with foreign governments influencing both our media and our elections. I know we have gotten an earful about Russia, some of the concern is real but for the most part, it's a misdirection. The real problem coming from overseas including and especially with our media is from nations like Saudi Arabia and yes Israel. They both have powerful well heeled lobbies that operate both within and outside of US law. They do itconsistently and usually with the 'blessings' of the deep state, sitting Presidents and others of influence. They have been pouring money unapologetically into our elections and hire the very best Media managers to handle their 'public relations'  (aka 'fake news').

You think I am off or just making this up?

Saudi government has vast network of PR, lobby firms in U.S.

Saudi Arabia Continues Hiring Spree of American Lobbyists, Public Relations Experts

PR firm accused of helping Saudi Arabia 'whitewash' its human rights record


So the problem of news media, slant and propaganda goes far beyond the Russian non-sense that has Congress all in a well paid for rage. One must wonder why those so concerned about Russian propaganda show none for Saudi or Israeli propaganda. We have had hearings on Russian media efforts but none on Saudi buying efforts of key Senators, Congressmen and even Presidential candidates. This makes me very, very suspicious as to where this so called 'outrage' is coming from.

Let us remember that it was the Russians that turned the tide in Syria when they started bombing the Terrorists (narrative control word' rebels) who were trying to overthrow the Syrian democratically elected government. Rebels who were being copiously funded and armed by the Saudi's who are not democratically elected. So who now has this hate on for the Russians and their anti-Terrorism efforts in Syria and who also donates copiously to our Senators and Congressmen who are now 'outraged' about Russian influence in our elections?
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Saudi Arms Deal Backed By US Senators Who Got Cash From Weapons Contractor That Will Benefit

FBI investigating alleged donor scheme tied to Senate candidate

McCain cuts off questions about Saudi donation
McCain Institute Should Give Back Million Dollars from Saudi Arabia
My take is that all of this outrage against Russia may have something to do with its influence in the media, but more of it is based upon Saudi Money using their puppets in the Congress and the Senate, to use American power against Russia and their anti-Terrorism efforts in the Middle East. The last thing Saudi Arabia and some of the Gulf states wants is to see the US and Russia link up and really start to clean up all of those fighters that they have been arming and funding. But it is not just the Saudi's.
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Clinton Admits Receiving $1Mil Donation From Qatar
Hacked emails show extent of foreign government donations to Clinton Foundation
You see, I think what most Americans have not fully internalized is that these days is this, Americans are not running our foreign policy, at least not all of it. Not today.  It's  being run by those who pay for key political leaders to get elected. Then they become little more than sock puppets for foreign interests who then send our men and women in uniform off to die in some war that has nothing to so with American interests. How can overthrowing a Democratically elected Government in Syria serve our interests? How can making millions upon millions of men, women and children into refugees be in our interests? How can arming terrorist groups be in our interests? It isn't but it is in the interests of those who are footing the campaign bills for 'outraged' political leaders here in the US.

Fake news? No one is talking about all that money hitting those multi-million dollar PR firms being used by foreign  governments to spread their own 'fake news' into the media. No, today the manufactured paranoia is all about a few bloggers most of whom operate on a shoestring budget but who have gained significant credibility after years and years of being spot in with their hard work. The way I see it, the Islamic wing within the Intelligence community (some of whom are double agents for these countries) will now try and hit at American citizen-bloggers with a cut in funding. The Major corporate media is already sounding the drums for it. Let me stress this, the ties to the deep state these media organizations have is no footnote or incidental, many of their ties are so secret because they have to lie (fake ownership) about who they really are while they rave about 'fake news'.

Brother and sisters in Christ. This is about the business of lying. It's about monetizing deceit and that is what this battle is all about.

Consider carefully what I say here. If there was not so much at stake, there would not be so much money and power behind these things. There is more here than meets the eye.

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived.

(2Ti 3:13)

The key here is this the passage above is mostly about Spiritual things, granted. But here in these very last days the system that is slowly rising to power is under-girded not by Biblical truth or any truth, but by narratives that are placed into our minds by these powerful men.

Deceit is everywhere and blessed is the man who can keep his mind and heart from being moved by these and other deceiving spirits that operate in our world today.

12 May

A recap of persecution stories from last week.

Jakarta: Christian Governor Jailed

The above link is from the Pakistan Christian Post. The following is from International Christian Concern.

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as "Ahok," has been convicted of blasphemy against the Quran and sentenced to two years in jail.

The sentence was harsher than expected since even the prosecution recommended only a "suspended" jail sentence. The sentencing comes after one of Indonesia's most divisive elections ever. The sentence is largely based on an edited video that made Ahok's statements about the Quran to a group of fishermen seem harsher than they actually were. Ahok was explaining to listeners that some people were trying to use the Quran to convince Muslim voters that they could not vote for him. Ahok says that he is going to appeal the sentence.

Ahok is ethnically Chinese and a Christian who was raised by Indonesian Muslim parents. He was the first Christian Chinese governor of Jakarta. He enjoyed widespread popularity for his aggressive reforms and was favored to win reelection by a strong majority. Many hoped that Ahok's rise represented a new wave of secularism and tolerance among religions. Hardline Muslim organizations with strong political ties seized upon his statements about the Quran and demanded that he be tried for blasphemy and imprisoned. Protests of tens and hundreds of thousands rocked Jakarta during the campaign, demanding Ahok's imprisonment. Some mosques taught Muslims in Jakarta that they could not vote for a non-Muslim and even denied burial rites for Muslims who supported Ahok.

Ahok managed to squeeze out a small majority in the first round of elections in February, but lost in the run-off election in April. Many attribute his loss to rising sectarianism in Indonesia.  

Of course, not all Muslims were against Ahok. An activist from Indonesia's largest Muslim organization told Asia News, "For most people and activists, Ahok's trial has been 'fabricated' to obtain a prison sentence... We should all be equal to the Law, but this case does not prove it. The law was 'molded' by social pressures. This is a dangerous phenomenon."

Daniel Harris, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "The sentencing of Ahok for blasphemy against the Quran without sufficient evidence is a giant step backward for the nation's tradition and reputation of tolerance and unity. It is unfortunately a giant step forward for the growing wave of Islamic ultra-conservatism in the country. The fact that hardline Muslims were able to hijack the elections and intimidate the government into convicting Ahok illustrates the eroding 'equality' of religious and ethnic minorities in Indonesia." - ICC


Christian Bakers Case To Be Heard By UK High Court

As previously reported, a family-owned bakery in the UK, Ashers Baking Company, declined to make a cake for a homosexual advocacy group that read, “Support Gay Marriage.” The family was then deemed guilty of discrimination and charged with a fine of roughly $800. The UK Supreme Court has now stated that they will hear the family’s appeal over the matter. - ICC/Christian News Network

Satanic Messages Found At Spanish Church

666 and upside down crosses left by vandals at Monastery

German Churches See Rise In Refugee Baptisms

Thousands of refugees in Germany are converting from Islam to Christianity, although it could carry a huge personal risk for them. Independent churches are especially seeing many new converts. - DW

Persecution Of Christians Isn't Rare

Franklin Graham walks about his journey to territories formerly held by ISIS.

Malaysia's Missing Religious Activists: Where Are They Now?

One is a Christian pastor who was guilty of the 'crime' of converting Muslims to Christianity. Koh's abduction was carried out in broad daylight. The above link is from Asia Times and should not be missed. I will quote below from World Watch Monitor which is not strictly copyrighted. Note the piece is a bit dated.

(2 Mar 2017/World Watch Monitor) More than two weeks since the abduction of Malaysian Christian pastor, Raymond Koh, his son has filed a second police report on suspicion that his father has been murdered, reports Free Malaysia Today.

Jonathan Koh said the reason for the report was the lack of information or a ransom demand, even though the family had offered a reward of RM100,000 (about $22,500). CCTV footage obtained by the Koh family shows a well-executed operation involving five cars and two motorcycles. The masked men kidnapped Koh less than 100 metres from a police complex.

The abduction comes against a background in the country of pressure against non-Muslims, reports Lapido Media. This week the Malaysian parliament began its debate of a bill to empower Sharia courts which would pave the way for enforcing hudud – Islamic corporal punishment.

The private member’s bill was proposed by Abdul Hadi Awang, president of the Islamist Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS). One of the party’s main political agendas is for the full implementation of Sharia.

Eugene Yapp, Executive Director of the Kairos Dialogue Network, an NGO dedicated to dialogue on issues affecting Christian-Muslim relations, said: “It is part of [the Malaysian government’s] plan to review the entire Sharia judicial system, which includes upgrading the levels of the Sharia court and the harmonisation of Sharia and civil laws, as part of the Islamisation agenda.” - Continues At World Watch Monitor

Kazakhstan: Jehovah's Witnesses Get 5 Years In Jail

(Forum18) On 2 May a Judge in Kazakhstan's capital Astana sentenced Jehovah's Witness prisoner of conscience Teymur Akhmedov to five years' imprisonment for discussing his faith with seven young men who were National Security Committee (KNB) secret police informers but claimed to be students. He was also banned from conducting "ideological/preaching activity in the area of religion" for three years after the end of his sentence, a court statement declared.

Akhmedov rejected the charge of "inciting religious hatred" under Criminal Code Article 174 and will appeal. The Prosecutor had demanded a six year, eight month prison sentence.

Prisoner of conscience Akhmedov's human rights have been repeatedly violated in jail. A retired bus driver who marks his 61st birthday on 7 May, Akhmedov has been in pre-trial detention since 18 January, where he was tortured with beatings. Also, officials have repeatedly refused to allow him to be treated in hospital for the cancer he is suffering from, and to read religious literature (see below).

The KNB secret police has already launched a criminal case against two of Akhmedov's lawyers for allegedly violating the secrecy of the case by appealing on their client's behalf to President Nursultan Nazarbayev (see below).

KNB secret police Investigator Medet Duskaziyev – who launched the cases against Akhmedov and two of his lawyers - refused absolutely to discuss anything with Forum 18 on 3 May. He put the phone down as soon as it had introduced itself.

Asaf Guliyev, arrested with Akhmedov on the same charges in January, was sentenced to five years' restricted freedom on 24 February in Astana for speaking with Akhmedov about their faith to KNB secret police agents pretending to be students (see F18News 7 March 2017 http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2262).

Violations in jail of prisoner of consciences' human rights

Since Akhmedov's 18 January arrest, a judge and other officials have repeatedly refused to release him from Investigation Prison to undergo hospital treatment for cancer. The detention of a cancer sufferer who needs to be hospitalised violates the United Nations (UN) Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (known as the Mandela Rules,

Prisoner of conscience Akhmedov has stated that he was tortured in jail. But in defiance of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment no arrests or trials of anyone strongly suspected of having tortured prisoners of conscience jailed for exercising freedom of religion and belief appear to have been made (see below).

Prisoners – both in pre-trial detention and in labour camp – are often denied the right to exercise freedom of religion or belief. An official of Astana's Investigation Prison where Akhmedov is being held told Forum 18 bluntly that "religious literature is banned". This violates the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (known as the Mandela Rules, A/C.3/70/L.3) (see below). - Source Forum18

ISIS Decapitates Three In Egypt

A father and his two sons were kidnapped and then beheaded.

American Family Detained In China

Police raided a church in China and detained 30 church members, including an American family with two children. The group of 20 officers broke into the service about 30 minutes after it began and confiscated church members’ phones, bank cards, and IDs. A pastor who attempted to film the raid was beaten by police officers. Most of the church members were detained overnight and released the next morning. The pastor, however, has not been released. His wife has not been allowed to visit him. This church has had a history of persecution from authorities. Last year the church had seven government raids within two months. During one raid police officers broke their offering box and confiscated more than 400 dollars from it. In the most recent raid the church was accused of “accommodating foreigners” and “illegally gathering.”  - (ICC/China Aid)
11 May

Trump Axes Comey

It's about time. This whole Russia probe got turned on its head. Clinton should have been the target of the probe. She was the one who recklessly endangered the nation with her criminal handling of classified information. But somehow, Obama and his cohorts turned it into a Russia probe instead of a Clinton probe.

Criminal probes don't get more evidence than what Comey had on Clinton. This was case dropped right into Comey's lap and he sat like a retard staring into space. Evidence? What evidence?

Why? Someone wanted Clinton in the White House, not the big house.

The real issue is why did Clinton and the DNC use Ukrainian companies for her server services? Everyone is talking about Russia but no one is asking the tougher questions. Who inside the Clinton, Obama and DNC camp were working for Ukraine and how did Ukraine successfully subvert key parts of our government to blame Russia for all of this?

What Americans don't understand, or perhaps better phrased WANT to understand is that many of your most venerated household political names have to various levels been 'turned' by foreign governments. You need only look at the foreign money flowing like sewage into our political campaigns. The Saudi's, Israeli's, Russians, Ukrainians, Germans, Iranians. Hitting Trump for any purported ties to Russia is like handing out speeding tickets and a NASCAR race... for being the slowest car on the track.

I do not think Comey was really serious about getting to the bottom of anything with regards to these matters, except perhaps that the public would one day tire of it all and he could one day 'lose' all of his investigatory files. This is not so much a criticism to him but as to the political environment in Washington. No one really wants to see a real conclusion to these things because to do so could take down a lot of people in DC and put an investigator in a pine box... suddenly.

The top politico's want to use the scandal as a hot potato issue to take to CNN and Fox to put forward their 30 seconds of fake narratives. What...you think Flynn was the only person to accept money probably illegally? If you do you are living in a world of make believe and fake news.

The FBI director has a tough job. His worst enemies are often the people in Congress who call him in to criticize his work.

More here.

Most Americans are too partisan and intoxicated to look at this objectively and intelligently, the organ in their heads they have the temerity to call a mind being too clouded with partisan bickering, hate, fake news and opiates to cogitate on all of this with any degree of clarity.

Last year, 21century Wire did an interesting look at Mr. Comey. In it we find that Mr. Comey worked for the Clinton's on their foundation. Not only that but Mr. Comey also sat on the board of HSBC. This was one of the few banks our leaders investigated regarding terrorist financing and drug money laundering. You can find the report here on this site. Remember that with Senate reports, they can compel testimony and the production of internal documents that a blogger or journalist cannot (via subpoena). So before you decide to just 'skip over' it, consider that what is in that report isn't rumor.

Drugs? Has there been any relationship between the Clinton's and drugs? A person mildly curious is going to get an encyclopedia of data. Who would investigate these things if there were such ties? Let me guess? How about the FBI. Now who did Comey work for? Oh -  the person he was investigating and could not 'find' the proof that was dropped like an anvil into his lap.

So we have a scandal where a Clinton is under investigation for serious felonies of mishandling (at best) classified information who is being investigated by a person who sat on the board of her highly questionable foundation with many highly credible accusations of criminal activity who is thrown all the evidence he needs to put her in jail and refuses to do so. Then the DNC knowing Clinton is untouchable starts screaming 'Russia did it' and won't look at how Ukrainian Intelligence and probably others had their fingers all over this scandal. It should also be noted that John McCain has been one of Ukraine's key proponents for its Neo-Nazi government here in US policy circles. A government so filled with Nazi's they name streets after Nazi hero's. This is John McCains proxy army in Ukraine he called for arming. He has been one of the most useful senators Ukraine's government has, always sounding the anti-Russian alarm bell whenever a Neo-Nazi in Ukraine sneezes and needs some ammo.

But right now, the 'Nazi' faction in the US government has more clout on the hill than anyone else, so their false narratives are driving investigations into Russia, who by the way, the Ukrainian Nazi's are fighting in Eastern Ukraine. They even got America's first Black President to give support to these violent racists.

Americans and Jew hating Nazi's? We are closer to them than most Americans want to know.

Look, the corruption in DC this is not a partisan issue, though highly paid spin doctors are well compensated to frame the issue that way. Those on the left won't see the corruption of the lefties and the same with those on the right. The sinkhole of evil in DC is a bi-partisan affair.

Now there are calls for a Special Prosecutor. That is another joke they should give to Bill Maher, he'll get a good chuckle out of it on his show. When Jeff Sessions was being confirmed, the first thing the Senators who are in the pay of and are indebted to the the Clinton's wanted to be sure of is that Sessions would not go after Clinton, so they tied his hands. No one serious about criminal prosecutions will ever be put into a special prosecutors chair to look into this. His job will be to dispose of incriminating evidence, down play it in the media and make sure that key witnesses who talked and gave states evidence have their names leaked to those who can see to it they talk no more except through a necromancer. And above all, by any and all means, protect the Clinton's and their political machine from prosecution and any undue media attention. That will be the real job of any Special Prosecutor confirmed by this Senate.

So the only person the Senate will ever put up there is someone who is blind in one eye and can't see out of the other to 'investigate' the whole email scandal. It will lead nowhere, except if they can manufacture something against Trump, whom the whole kleptocratic establishment - Democratic and Republican - in DC hates with a perfect hatred.

Look... think about it like this. Atlanta Uncovers New Deadly Drug That Kills With Just A Touch. And this.

Drugs cannot come into the country in this mass amount, the money cannot be laundered in this mass amount unless key people in DC are on the take and running protection for the rackets, or as in the case of the Crack Cocaine scandal, were helping the epidemic along as long as it targeted the brothers in the hood.

This is classic racketeering, but no one has the power to prosecute. Only the DOJ and as you see with Sessions, they will chop off this hands and other vital organs before they take office to make sure the rackets keep going.

That is why I am not going to be as hard on Comey as some will be. Not even on the Clinton's or Trump who will be lambasted by the whole corrupt machinery in DC for this actions. They are not the problem. The problem is the millions of Americans who lack the the basic intellectual skills to put two and two together and get four. Their political reflexes will not allow them to make such a conclusion. To their poisoned minds, such an idea -  it is heresy. To say that political leaders who have been doing business with Drug cartels are part and parcel of America's drug problem in America?  "How dare you say that!, I voted for Hillary and am proud of it!", they would cry.

Come tell me when you have to ID your son on a cold mortuary slab because of an OD on some new designer form of Heroin... cold and stiff staring up at the florescent light unblinkingly with needle tracks up and down his arms. You thought the cost of your evil choices would hit the other mothers kid and not yours.

You were wrong.

What I will say to you will seem cold, hard and unfeeling, but it will be the truth. I will say, "No YOU killed your son. You and millions of evil, selfish Americans like you who were too blind and too politicized to see the evil you kept voting into office. Got more kids? Keep voting the way you do and you and many more mothers and fathers will take more trips to the morgue. This dope epidemic is not getting better, it's getting worse. Why? The dope rackets are protected.

No, to you the future weeping mother and father, I will say "You were too horny for your gay lover to see what your were doing, too ready to butcher your own baby in your womb to see, too full of greed for an oil pipeline to see, too full of hatred for the red, black and brown man too see.  In short, too evil to see what you deliberately, consistently and wickedly chose. And now you cry because the you see the fruit of your own choices laying on that slab and now suddenly, you want sympathy. I have none, except for the kid who is now dead.  But I have advice. Save the rest of your kids and work to put better leaders in your government and help rid the nation of the scourge of corruption that is killing kids in the inner city and the outer city, the right side of the tracks and the wrong side;  rural communities and elsewhere that all now, one way or another are starting to feel the real effects of deeply corrupt government.

I am not wild about Obama but he said something rather profound the other day, that I think bears repeating. He said that ultimately people get the politicians they deserve.

This is why I don't hit out at Trump or even Clinton as much as some think I should. They are not our problem. Our problem is 320 million people who allow themselves to be deceived and bamboozled year in and year out by a system that is raking them over the coals... and they they go and vote for the same people again.

No, Clinton is not our problem, nor is Trump. What is the problem with American today?

It's full of people who refuse to think and behave like the Americans that our founders hoped we would be. In far too many cases they refuse to think at all.

No brothers, for good or ill God will reward us all with the fruit of our own doings.

Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him:
for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
(Isaiah 3:10 [KJV])

I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways,
and according to the fruit of his doings.
(Jeremiah 17:10 [KJV])

But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings,
saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof,
 and it shall devour all things round about it. 
(Jeremiah 21:14 [KJV])

Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon
all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways,
and according to the fruit of his doings:
(Jeremiah 32:19 [KJV])

Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein,
 for the fruit of their doings.
(Micah 7:13 [KJV])


10 May

Prayer Request

I ask that you all pray for America's pastors, Christian leaders and personalities. I ask that you all pray that God really inserts in each of them a spirit of discernment. Pray that they also get a double portion of the spirit of courage to speak the truths that God wants spoken in these times. Pray that God's true shepherds begin to tell the sheep what God wants them to hear, what they need to hear and not what fills pews or avoids controversy. That the pastors of America begin to refocus on the gospel, getting people saved and keeping them saved. That we focus on the things of the Kingdom of God and far less on the kingdoms of this world.

Pray that the pastors of America develop a new seriousness about their jobs and calling.

I want to say this because one reader sent me an interesting prophetic word that I don't feel led to link to because of the person and 'network' that the author belongs to.

But the gist of it was a warning that those with serious sex sins in Church leadership would be exposed and that pastors who had these sins should repent. There were a couple of other prophets and prophetesses who were quoted.

The word was a good one and I don't think it was 'false', at least not in the way that most would think. But as I read it and begin to cogitate on it and things I know and cannot say much about I think this comment is in order.

Powerful forces inside our government have it in for Christians. Sites like mine may not seem important but believe it or not, it has in the past influenced US policy. My writings are influential enough that I was actually invited to join the CFR as one of their lower tiers of members (yes really!) several years ago. It is for that reason I have had a small but significant part of the fury of hell leveled against this small site and me personally by elements within the deep state.

I think it possible that network and others (to whom that afore mentioned author belongs) is giving Christians a warning in the only way they can that some kind of persecution via deep state spying, set ups and other illegal acts is now underway. They would only need to contort the law and their legal authority to make that happen and that I can tell you that doing such things is absolutely nothing new for some elements.

So I also ask that you pray for America's pastors along those lines as well. The deep state really has powerful secularists, homosexuals, Muslims, Masons and satanists who use their power, often illegally, not to catch terrorists and traitors and other subversives, but to go after law abiding Americans whose only crime is to disagree with them and other demonic elements who operate at least until lately, with complete impunity at the law, elected representatives and even the President.

I strongly suspect getting control of these rouge elements and operations inside the deep state has been a real problem for leaders and the oversight committee's. Keep in mind that the last President had a real tendency to break the law, get around it and do pretty much whatever he wanted while he smiled for the camera and empty headed Americans went weak in the head watching him do it.

President Obama's team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election

Kid yourself not. Obama was part of the Muslim Mafia that allowed a lot of the evil stuff to happen in secret where there was no political accountability. People were not supposed to know of this stuff and other things he was up to... in secret.  It was he who appointed the Sunni-Muslim CIA director who according to news reporting conspired with foreign spies to attempt to throw the US election to Hillary Clinton. It is his agency that has been secretly pushing non-Christians into key Church leadership to 'Islamify' Christian denominations. So while he was telling you all of his deep concern for your civil liberties, he was digitally raping us all in our sleep.

But someone is trying to clean things up. The DOD just issued a new directive that will try and restore some internal oversight. This Russia-gate scandal, I suspect has exposed considerable illegal and highly questionable activity by the US intelligence community. It was a lax environment that invited abuses and even treason (like opening up CIA safes and handing out secrets). The kind of thing you would expect if the President was working for a foreign intelligence service. Now, I am not accusing Obama of that, but at the same time, some of the things I saw him do makes me really wonder if this was not the case. I can say that those around him were up to things he clearly would not rebuke that caused significant harm to the nation's security.

Pastors need to keep in mind some of the tools that Wikileaks is revealing. They are important and let me explain why.

When an 'insider threat' (an intelligence official/network who is committing crimes using his power) wants to set  someone up. They can do it this way. They can plant malware or a virus on your computer. That malware can redirect your browser to honeypot site that will then download malicious code. Then that code will redirect your browser to illegal sites (like child porn) and download this onto your computer. What this does is create a legally enforceable digital record that you are a child pornographer, even if you personally never went to any such site.  When the authorities link your IP up you will have the whole US government dropping down on you like flies and you will go to jail. "Pastor of Megachurch arrested on Child Porn Charges" the story will go on to show how thousands of images were on the pastors computer while he protests his innocence. No one will believe him because people love to believe the worst about pastors. Another way they could do it is to provide what tools and intelligence they can to foreign intelligence services who will then use that information to go after Americans. Give them tools, guidance and help to attack law abiding Americans. Now who was it who opened up that CIA safe and handed out all those CIA cyberweapons?

How can they plant the malware in the first place? They can (and have) tracked 'persons of interest' on the web using digital tools built into widely used software. I will not reveal them here as these tools are mostly used (rather than abused) for legitimate LE and intelligence purposes. But at the same time, I will tell you as much as I can to make you aware that this stuff is as real as it gets. You will never know what happened to you until the cops bash in your front door and take you away for crimes you never even thought about committing. But all the evidence will be there for cops to 'find' and no one will realize who was behind it and why. That is why the call it 'covert'.

So anyone out there who has a Church, ministry or Christian blog beware. I mean that BEWARE. These Wikileaks dumps... I don't like them, but at the same time I don't like the way our intelligence officials have abused their legal authority to target law abiding Americans whose only crime was to preach a sermon, seek peace, protest an oil pipeline, expose criminality and other works that benefit rather than harm the nation.

Keep in mind that the CIA according to CIA officers who has spoken on the web lost control of those tools. Does ISIS have them? China? Russia? Ukraine? Child pornographers? I don't know. More importantly they may not know who has acquired them via secondary sales/acquisition. Also keep in mind that according to widely disseminated reports, some of those tools were specifically designed to make some attacks look like they came from someone other than the real source.

There is a network of really arrogant intelligence officials who for too long had no oversight or control over them. If I told you some of them really thought they were gods because of their covert power, I would not be exaggerating. Some of them are really just that arrogant.

You as a Christian and those of you in ministry need to be aware. The fact that you preach Christ and him crucified gives you a whole slew of powerful foes whose name by law you are not even allowed to know. I exhort all of you to do as our Lord commands.

 
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves:
be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils,
and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake,
 for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or
what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father
which speaketh in you.
(Matthew 10:16-20 [KJV])

The devil has been busy in Mesopotamia eliminating Christians. Don't think he has forgotten about all of us here in the west. I can assure you...

He hasn't. He is smart enough to know that here, different methodologies must be used and use them he shall.

I say again, beware.



7 May

Another Christian Killed In Egypt

05/07/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern): International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on Saturday, May 6, a Christian man in El-Arish, Egypt, was shot and killed by four masked men while inside his barbershop. This is the first Christian to be murdered by masked men in El-Arish since seven were killed in a series of murders over the months of January and February, causing hundreds of Christian families to flee the city.

Nabeel Saber Fawzi, age 40, and his family, including a wife and two children, were among the hundreds of Christian families to flee El-Arish in late February 2017.

Nabeel and his family fled to Port Said where they lived in a small apartment in a youth house," a relative of Fawzi, wishing to remain anonymous, told ICC.

"On April 27, Nabeel decided to leave his wife and children in Port Said to return and reopen his barbershop in Arish because he did find any job in Port Said to meet the physical needs of his family,” the relative explained. Plus, he thought that the situation had become quiet and stable in Arish.

He was opening his barbershop from time to time over the last 10 days,” the relative continued. “On Saturday, May 6, four masked gunmen broke into his shop and shot him in the head resulting in immediate death."

Starting in late January through February, seven Christians in El-Arish were murdered under similar circumstance. As this series of targeted murders was taking place, an Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai promised to eliminate Egypt’s Christian minority claiming Egyptian Christians were the group’s “favorite prey.” Since then, ISIS attacks across Egypt have dramatically increased, including the bombing of two churches on Palm Sunday killing at least 45 and injuring another 126.

William Stark, ICC’s regional manager, said, “We are deeply concerned for the developing situation in Egypt. This year has already been a difficult year for many Christians in Egypt, especially those displaced by the El-Arish murders and those affected by the Palm Sunday bombings. Unfortunately, many of the Christian families displaced from El-Arish find themselves in situations similar to Nabeel. Cut off from their homes and livelihoods, many are finding it difficult to provide for themselves. More has to be done by Egypt’s authorities to confront ISIS and secure Christian communities across Egypt. Until then, it is likely we will continue to see attacks on Christians and their places of worship.” - Source ICC


5 May

Jihadist Terror Still A Problem For Europe

This policy piece looks at the trends for Islamic terrorism in the UK. There have been a few attacks and foiled attempts. This piece looks at the issue.

Bernie Defends Israel

Finally some on the left see the light. Yes, Israel has problems, but others who don't receive the criticism are far, far worse. Like Trump's new best friend, the Saudi's. My guess is that this may be one of the real reasons Tillerson is pushing back human rights in our foreign policy make up. The NeoCons smell oil and massive defense purchases from the keepers Mecca, Saudi Arabia. For those of you interested, here is a site that is good, disappeared from the web years ago but finally reappeared. It has a lot of data, much of it dated but the real Saudi Arabia is there for you to see. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International all have extensive reporting on a pattern of dispicable Human Rights abuses in Saudi Arabia.

However, I would not be totally fair if I did not say that many see some progress in some areas regarding Human Rights in the KSA.

Glad Bernie has not gone off the deep end with the Israeli bashing, so common among liberals.

Germany: Converts To Christ Face Violent Backlash

This is part of a serious, growing and wholly predictable train of events. Anyone who tries to leave Islam will remain under a death threat for the rest of his life by radicals.


3 May



A Word For Today


(Note: This was written back in October of 2014. I post this here today. I plan on getting to one of prophetic books I have commented on since the bulk of my work went behind the password wall. When I decide which one, I will post the series here. Perhaps starting later this month.

Today, I wanted to talk just a moment about the things that are happening in the world today and how to keep ourselves from being fearful, afraid panic stricken or panic mongers and to keep an even emotional keel in these times. With Ebola a new ground war in Iraq on the Horizon, strange events talking place in our markets many of which have been relayed here or in my reports, and of course the rising police/surveillance state that even the most ardent deniers can and have now begun to see is all around us, it is easy to get depressed and fearful.

Brothers we cannot let ourselves be overcome with fear and panic. Once we do that we have given the devil a major 'in' into our minds and lives. This very short and very good paper may help some of you understand why this is important. Fear is your enemy for the most part in your Christian walk and why certain alternative sites that constantly harp on fear are not your friends, but are a tool of the enemy. The evils of today, from Ebola, to the rising spirit of Antichrist to ISIS; to leaders who push Sodomy to arming terrorists to raising up and giving legitimacy to and installing anti-Christ governments the world over,  there is a lot to be afraid about in our troubled world. I can assure you that it is going to get progressively worse and mankind. I am not here to give you false hope or lie you into a positive attitude. Rather, I am going to show you that we must not let fear lead us. We must not be guided by the spirit of fear or be rushed into panic decisions. Nor should we be influenced by the devils imps, even if they sit in the White House, the Kremlin or in Brussels. Brothers, these are difficult times and the devils men are rising everywhere. Soon there will be no safe place to go. Some of my readers have asked me why I don't move. I wanted to long, long ago. I have looked at places from Chile, to Argentina, to Sweden to Belize. But I have not been given the go ahead to move anywhere. At least not yet. If I ever need to move, God will show me where, when and how. I said God will show me, not fear will show me.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  (John 10:27, KJV)

This is meant in every sense of  the word. God will guide you in all things, if and only if you let him. You must let yourself be guided by him and not by fear. Too often have I seen nominal Christians get whipped up into a panic or what I call the 'conspiracy' mindset and get tossed to and fro with thousands of different conspiracy theories. After a few years when the theories they believed in do not bring in  Martial Law or some new disaster, they get burned out. Then you find that they really had no foundation on Christ, just a love of panic stricken news and commentary. None of this is to say that we should believe much that comes over our news media today. I think readers here know better than that, but it does mean that we must have a sense of balance when looking at our world.

I tend to look at our world with an air of detachment. I tend to always put myself in neutral when looking at news items. For me this has been an invaluable gift, it allows me to look at things without emotional coloring, patriotic fervor or other forms of mental conditioning and cut to the chase in very short order. I admit it is a gift, most people simply are not capable of it. But for me it is essential and an essential part of my unemotional nature.  To be able to do that in these times I think will help keep people on a more even emotional keel. Because I know how easy it is to get depressed reading all of the evil things going on in our world today.

How can you develop that kind of detachment? By remembering a couple of things. First off - you did not create ISIS, you did not arm them, you did not point out targets for them to hit, you did not bio-engineer Ebola or Aids, you did not, create a trillion dollar hole in the banks balance sheets that has forced the Fed to print money like never before in our history. You did not do it. Someone else did it, It is not your problem to concern yourself about solving. This does not mean unconcern or apathy. It means that we cannot take ownership of the worlds troubles. We can help when we can, pray when we can, but ultimately mankind's wickedness is mankind's fault and yes, they will pay for it fully. ALL THE UNREPENTANT WILL PAY FULLY FOR THEIR OWN SINS. We cannot take ownership of the world's evils and troubles. In short, take ownership for the problems on your table - you will find that usually that is more than enough!!

We must go forward with a calmness and determination in Christ that rises above the daily troubles that our world faces and all disasters and things that cannot be explained by us. We have to accept that and move on. We humans look at disasters and sin too much in human terms and from a human perspective, not internalizing that the worst disaster than can befall man here on earth will be paradise compared to what God has in store for unrepentant sinners. We cannot get panic stricken by the things that happen here on earth daily.

I am often struck by Christ's reaction in the Gospel of Luke to horrors reported to him by others that had taken place in his time, one was the rumor that Pilate had mingled Galilean blood with sacrifices.

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  (Luke 13:1-5, KJV)

Did Christ become panic stricken? Did he start a conspiracy site? Did he get up and rail against Pilate? No. He tells them if they don't repent they will suffer the same fate. Christ was focused - he knew ultimately what the real issue was and would not get sidetracked.

My view on the rest of my life is simple - this world is not my home, I am just passing through. I am a visitor here, a sojourner, The devil and his kingdoms, what have I do do with them? I am not of this world, no true Christian is and this is why the world has turned its guns on us - we can see what spirit is running our nation and world by the way God's people are consistently treated. Because let me put this to you in a hard-nosed, no non-sense fashion. Do you belong to this world and its kingdoms? Then you are none of Christs. You need to get saved.  A true Christian is hated by this world, its systems and its citizens.

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.  (John 15:18-25, KJV)


Now I will grant you that there is another Spirit out there masquerading as Jesus telling people to steal, kill and destroy in the name of the state or some corporation. In each and every case they have been deceived.  They may not know it or want to acknowledge it, not when the pay is so good and they get health care, but anyone who commits these evils is a slave of those evils.

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  (1John 3:7-8, KJV)

Brothers, those little words we read in scripture like 'whosoever' and 'all' they mean something. Here on earth they get lawyers to weasel out of the meaning of words -  not with God. He means what he says and says what he means. Are you committing these evils in the name of anything (State, American Corporations, Business groups, Oil companies, Pharmaceutical companies, etc)? Then your father is the devil. He may be wearing a Jesus disguise, but it is the devil who is your father. He has just got you deceived and remember, deceit is his business and there is none better.


When God tells us that we need keep ourselves from sin, that is what he means. The world and its evil systems are not really my concern, except to watch them all for signs of our Lord's return. I know the world is going to hell in handbasket and all those who refuse to repent of their sins. There is nothing I can do about that, other than to preach and assist others in spreading the gospel. The fact that the world is going to into judgment and damnation is not my fault, I cannot carry the emotional burden for that. I can only take care of the things within my own preview and personal scope of influence, which isn't much. I can only do so much but what I can do, I will do. One thing I know is that Christians are struggling for perspective today. Really struggling. I know this site has really helped many gain it. Not many sites out here are like this. I assure you I am NOT bragging. This site is not my idea. It is not what I chose to do. I am under orders. When I got those orders, it was hard to take them and I nearly rebelled against it, twice and was rebuked, the second time severely. But now, 17 years later, I see just how important this site is and how it has helped so many. I never have nor ever will make any claim to perfection or infallibility. I am not your classical OT prophet. I am a humble servant of Christ who has a gift a gift of discernment, analysis and yes, to a slight degree prophetic, insofar as I am a student of Bible Prophecy and have been for many long decades and testify of Jesus Christ (Rev 19:10)

Positive Influences

We don't need negative influences in our lives. We need to keep ourselves among our own kind for strength and solace. That being other genuine blood bought Christians of any and all races. None of us has any business betting close to lost souls, confiding in them and getting too close.  As times get rougher (hear me out!) and the devil and his imps get more power politically spiritually and economically, I exhort all of you to re-examine all of your relationships. Examine them closely in the light of scripture, prayer and honesty with yourself about what you are getting and giving out of them.

Not all relationships should be lifelong. Some people are there in our lives for a short period of time and then they go out. That is not a bad thing. It can be a good thing. Some people I know I once hung out with... they are doing time. People I once served with, one I think is in prison. I could go on and on...

Others I know have major integrity issues. Many have forsaken the cross of Christ or gone after the Gospel that preaches, "Mammon is Christ" in the million dollar pulpits of America. There were there in my life for a season and now, looking back in retrospect, I am glad they are out of my life. But my own two cents is that there is something deeply wrong with most Americans and their character and I think that her media and cultural cues put forth by Madison Ave and Hollywood have a great deal to do with that. What I am not saying is that we should develop 'throw away' relationships. What I am saying is that some relationships are seasonal and others should never have been started in the first place. Be wise in your choice of friends and associates, casual and business in these times.

Let me close this piece with a secular SECULAR article on relationships. This was passed on to me by a reader last week. Take it for what it is worth but I think for some of you, it may be of more than just a little value.


Be encouraged brothers, times are hard but God is still on the throne!!



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