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Links I Like
From all over the Christian spectrum!
Last Days Of The Age
The Endtime Pilgrim
The First Trumpet
The Last Trumpet
(Catholic... great news links)
(A look at today from an Orthodox Perspective)
The Assyrian News Agency
(A look at events in Iraq)
The Barnabas Fund
(A look at events inside China, from a Christian Perspective)
Gay Christian Movement Watch
(A hard-hitting blog talking about the growing sin of Homosexuality inside the Church)
Independent Catholic News
(Not Christian, but gets into important trends in the Islamic world)
This site was dormant for years and now is up again. It covers Christian persecution in China
Paradigm Shift: Capitalists & Dissenters
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 1 And 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 1 And Part 2
Announcement On Ohio Vote Legal Action
Seymour Hersh On Abu Gharib
Mike Ruppert/TUC Radio: Across The Rubicon
Part 1 And Part 2
What Is Wrong With The American Mind: Corporate Media Consolidation
Part 1 And 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
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 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
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it._______________________________
- (Hab 2:2)
And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly. And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
When strife and problems arose between Abraham and Lot over what can, in our popular vernacular be termed 'grazing rights' ,Abraham took the 'high road'. He did not assert any rights as the elder or remind Lot that it was he who brought Lot with him from the land of Ur (Babylon). Rather, Abraham who had to put his total trust in God, to the point he uprooted his whole life and family to take them to a place he did not even know, knew that God would fulfill his promise. Abraham probably figured that whatever the reason for the strife between Lot and Abraham, he would let the Lord handle it. So rather that get angry and become assertive, he just told Lot to choose where he wanted he has his flock to live and he would go in the other direction. Clearly, Abraham just wanted peace.
I think that what we should keep in mind is that God had made some very bold promises to Abram (later Abraham) and so far, he did not have an heir. But he had put his trust in God. He probably saw God's hand in the strife that arose. I say this because once it was resolved, the Lord promised him once again, the Land of Canaan, the very place Lot did not choose. God's promises are sure and eternal. One thing you can absolutely certain of, God is going to keep his word. Be it for good or ill, if he makes a promise or a threat, be assured he will carry it out. Our job as Christians is to follow the example of Abraham, the father of faith (Rom 4:16) and to believe God and do as he commands.
Abraham did not need to make a fuss over the pasture land, there was no need to. He knew that as long as he obeyed the voice of the Lord, he would prosper - and prosper he did. He could easily have gotten discouraged earlier when he came into this land and found Famine there (Gen 12:10) but did not. He could never have left Ur and did as so many modern day Christians do and wonder why God has not fulfilled his promises. Abraham had to do something in Ur: He has to pack his bags and go. The three basic tenets of faith... the Promise made, the faith to believe it and the will to do your part (obedience). Abraham could have said, 'yes Lord, I hear you you; you are going to give me land... amen, hallelujah! and then sit in Ur waiting for it to happen, omitting the other part of God's word, the command,
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Lot on the other hand was not walking in the same anointing and faith of Abraham. We notice here that Lot chose that which looked the best to his natural eyes. It had the most water and was near a major commercial center. It's like today when we look at real estate, 'location, location, location' are what makes or breaks a property in our times. It was not much different back then. What were the names of those cities that Lot chose to dwell near? Sodom and Gomorrah. The sight of Lot's eyes deceived him and in the end, he barely escaped Sodom with his life and only after Abraham's concerted intercession. Even later, we saw how the spirit of Sodom had infected Lot's daughters (Gen 19:32ff); they got him drunk and committed incest with him and their offspring were a constant thorn in the flesh of Israel, the Moabites and Ammonites.
The scriptures make clear that these cities had a frightful reputation (Gen 13:13) and if Lot and Abraham dwelt near those cities for any length of time, they had to be aware of it. It did not seem to phase Lot much, he wanted what looked best for him, right now. Abraham was walking in faith, knowing that God was going to work out his will and a little family acrimony was not going to thwart God's plans. Besides, Abraham was close enough to God to probably not want to live too close to a place known for such wickedness. I think Abraham was more than pleased Lot chose as he did, in fact, he may even have anticipated it, knowing his Nephew as he did. Abraham was already promised the land of Canaan (Gen 12:7), so I think Abraham knew (by faith) where Lot was going to take his herd and family. Abraham knew that in some instances, the best decision is to take a hands-off approach and let the Lord work it out. When we try and enforce our own will or try and 'fulfill' God's promises with our own fleshly efforts, we can make a real mess of things. This is what Abraham did later with his servant girl. The world is still paying for that mistake!
I think the lesson here is that important decisions should be reached in a way that is fully consistent with God's promises, exhortations and are based upon our faith in God. We must trust him in all things, even to work out family problems that could turn nasty if one is not willing to yield to God and trust him. He knows the end from the beginning.
I have learned this and walk in it. Those of you who are in the process of making some big decisions - try and take your emotions out of it, even your own desires and seek God's face on the matters that face you; as an old wise woman would often say to me, 'put yourself in neutral'. Ask him, not so much what you want but what he wants. Let your prayer not just be uttered, 'thy will done' but let that be the attitude you take as you wait upon God's answer.
(Note: I know some of you want to split hairs about some points that are not 100% clear in scripture. Some of the texts in Job and Genesis were written long before Moses and thus present unique issues of interpretation. So please don't get upset if my views on some obscure theological or historical question do not line up 100% with yours.)
Watson's Economic Crisis Report (February 2013)
22 February 2013
The Real Fiscal Cliff
...and the real sequester and the real debt limit. Dr. Weiss is telling you like it is. Check this out because he is laying out our predicament in layman's terms.Health Care: $21,000 For A False Alarm
Quit god for an MSM source - Article and Video. It's just three and a half minutes... do check it out.
Panhandler Party: Need A Laugh? This Will Give You One!
Watson's Web can be a little depressing at times. Well, here is a quick video that will surely cause a few chuckles!
Ex Prisoners Speak Out As China Considers Labor Camp Reforms
As China begins to talk about reforming its labor camp system, the level of abuses are talked about in this NPR piece. In China, you can be sent to a labor camp just for complaining about local corruption.Mexico's Disappeared
This is a good piece and should tell all of my Western readers that no matter how bad you may think you have it, there are places much much worse. Learn to be prayefful of those less fortunate than you and be thankful of your own circumstances. Put some gratitute in your attitude and praise in your daily routine and you will be surprised what God can and will do for you.
But this labor camp system is what happens when due process is thrown out the window. Abuses become commonplace, profitable and acceptable to those in power. We cannot allow any President, Black or White; Democrat or Republican, to remove our rights to due process.
This 176-page report documents nearly 250 “disappearances” during the administration of former President Felipe Calderón, from December 2006 to December 2012. In 149 of those cases, Human Rights Watch found compelling evidence of enforced disappearances, involving the participation of state agents.
US Drought: Experts Warn Of Impending Food Price Increases
Not a major increase, just 3-4 percent according to the study that the article is based on. Below find basic staple prices patters for four nations, according to the UN's FAO.
America's drought will have an impact on food prices and its extent will probably be directly correlated to the length of the drought and its depth.
Recently the USDA's head made a speech about this as well as some important comments about GMO's the speech can be found at CSPAN but as I write this, is currently not available.
The USDA has set up an organic integrity system via its brand new (late 2012) National Organic Program to help increase customer awareness and consumer confidence in the Organic market. What this does is ensure that when it says Organic, it really is.
GMO's are just about everywhere, even in our organic crops and the threat leveled by GMO's is no conspiracy theory. I talked about this late last year letting readers know that these organisms really do have the potential to destroy large portions of America's agricultural base and seriously undermine the health of every single American who consumes GMO's.
You may not even know you are eating them. But almost every food you eat, from breakfast cereal to spaghetti; ice cream to tortilla chips contain GMO's. This is what the whole GMO labeling debate was about. If they did it, 90% of the foods eaten in America would have to be labeled and the big GMO agribusinesses were dead set against that and have poured (and are pouring) millions of dollars into making sure you never find out what you are eating. Did anyone ever consider that their may be a direct correlation between GMO's and Obesity? GMO's and diabetes? GMO's and colon cancer? GMO and sterility?
Finally some hard scientific evidence was presented to administration officials to confirm their very worst fears. Thankfully, this is one instance that this administration is not dropping the ball.
How The FBI Tracked An Internet Activist
How does big brother track people it does not like? Here is internet tracking 101.AMD Introduces TurboDock Technology For Tablets
A great idea since more and more people are going with tablets and netbooks.
I worry about AMD's ability to survive though. I have long been a fan of AMD but several misteps over the past few years (Phenom/Bulldozer) have not added to their rep. Not that these processors aren't good, they are. They just cannot compete with Intel's latest offerings. You can see the latest CPU benchmarks at this site. They still are a good buy on budget notebooks and have a very good start with their APU's which work well in smaller devices that are more and more popular. Their presense in this market may make or break the company over the next five years.
Their graphics cards, however are still very good and competitive (their Radeon's allow 3 monitors to be used simultaneously from one card), but a lack of cash appears to be slowing down development.
This may not seem important, but if AMD goes, there will be no competition in the CPU market. What happens when there is not competition?
Prepare to shell out a lot more money for your next technology purchase, that's what.
How Bad Weapons Systems Never Die
The F-35 is the most expensive weapon ever and it's just a budgetary, technological and now political and fiscal disaster.Claim: Pope's Resignation Linked To Secret Letter & Investigation
This is a long series that Bloomberg has produced with infographics and the works. If you want to delve into why this nation needs to reform (as in fundamentally reform) its defense procurement system, this series is a great primer.
If sequestration gets Congress to reform it, that would be a major plus but knowing Congress the way I do, I am not optimistic.
For your discernment... I would not link to it if I did not see some truth to what is said herein. Blomberg's take is found here.Sequestration: Q & A
Please check this out... prayerfully and then go back and read Ezekiel Chapter 8.
Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry. He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations. And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about. And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth. He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.What is happening in the Vatican (Please... I am not blasting all Catholics here) is not dissimilar from what happened to the Priesthood in ancient Israel, both before the Babylonian captivity or even during the times of Christ. They had a holy front, but as Christ said, they were little more that whited sepulchers (Matt 23:27). Without getting into details, Ratzinger saw this and is now doing the 'Pontius Pilate'. He's washing his hands of the Vatican's myriad abominations.
It was Pilate who said 'What is Truth'.
In our times when people are looking for it, I think in times like this, when the Church is in probably its most serious crisis since the reformation, that Christians need to be ready to give witness to Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life.
Yet in the west, that needs to be done more by deeds and holy living than by just words. The world is tired of seeing hypocrites spout scripture and then molest a 10 year old, launder drug money and engage in gay orgies. That is not truth and such behavior will save no man. In this respect I think the Vatican scandals have really set the cause of Christ and his gospel back very significantly.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.Today what is needed is a Church that is dominated by preaching the gospel, edifying the believers and doing good works and leaders who are not concerned with the beauty of the Church building or the year and make of the Pastors car (the 'front', if you will), but what they did for Christ today and everyday. Christians, the Church in particular, need to get back to basics. We need to spend less time getting involved in politics (I am not talking about total abandonment though) and more time and energy in redirecting Church efforts to those things Christ commanded us to do, which is not saving the world, but saving people from out of the world system which is run and ruled by the prince of this world; the beautiful angel that appears like an angel of light (2Cor 11:14) and often disguises himself as a new and 'reformed' Jesus, but is really satan whose main desire is to destroy mankind. His main tool?
The Drones Of Africa
U.S. drone bases are multiplying on the African continent: Niger has agreed to hosting surveillance drones on its soil”; neighboring Burkina Faso already has one; two new drone facilities are opening in Ethiopia and the Seychelles...
21 February 2013Attack On Indian Revival Meet Sends Christians Underground
As police looked on, militants attacked a Christian church in central India earlier this month, causing severe injuries to some and sending the pastor into hiding, according to witnesses.India Plans Mission To Mars
The assault took place during the second day of a Feb. 7-9 revival meeting at India Christian Assembly of God Church in the city of Rajnandgaon, about 72 kilometers west of Raipur, the capital of the mostly rural, and overwhelmingly Hindu, state of Chhattisgarh.
The revival meeting included a graduation ceremony of 14 students who attended a short bible-training program. Around 300 Christians had gathered to witness the ceremony and attend the revival meeting, coming from the neighboring states of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Orissa, and Madhya Pradesh. - World Watch Monitor
Attack On Privacy: USGov Strikes Again, This Time In The EU
The US State department (under Obama's directions) is waging a full court press against the EU's new data privacy laws designed to protect consumers from US corporations who buy and sell user data for all kinds of legal, questionable and even illegal purposes.Got A Cell Phone Signal Booster? FCC Says Turn It Off... Now
The EU wants to protect their citizens, the US wants to take their data and sell it... your data. If you get hit with identity theft, the corporations are not going to have to pay to clean it up, you are.
My guess is the US is behind this not only because they have been bribed by the big data merchants here in the US but also because our own government may be using that data in ways that are not only unethical, but would be illegal under this new proposed law.
This administration appears to want to make data rapists safe from any reasonable laws. Like any date rapist, they slip the victim a 'mickey' before they engage in their criminal and disgusting acts.
Here the 'Mickey' is your mainstream news media and smooth talking politicians who tell you one thing, and when you aren't looking, do the exact opposite.
You must get a 'mommy may I' letter from one of the big Telecom Corporations before you can use it again.
Iran: Banker Fraud Met With Death Sentence
Now perhaps you can better understand why this and the last administration are conjuring up all this propaganda against Iran. They certainly have their issues, but like China, they often hold their bankers and elite fatally accountable.Panetta Sends Furlough Notice To Congress
This is not a justice system that Obama's/Shumer's/Frank's Wall Street donors would want exported to the US. They may find themselves wearing new neckties... worn upside-down and backwards while doing a jig up in the air.
I do not want to be too hard on the DOJ, they have increased White Collar prosecutions and Holder is making some headway. The problem is they are just cutting around the edges, they do not want to get to the taproot of much of this crime; that being the Boards of the major US TBTF/TBTJ banks. But Holder has a lot of work to do and I just don't think he is so inclined to do it.
Cardinal: TV Is Molech In Our Homes
Spain: Investigators Embargo 236 Buildings Confiscate Money In OC Raid
I wonder if this raid has anything at all to do with the recent bankruptcy in Spain I linked to yesterday?Canada: Police Warrantless Cell Phone Ruling Says...
In short, if its not password protected, the cops don't need a warrant to rummage through your cell phone.
US Finally Begins To Adress Trade Secrets Theft
Aggressive steps should have been taken before the horse was stolen out of the barn, not after.
Obamacare's Hidden Marriage Penalty
Other Obamacare news: In a clear political move to diverge himself with a GOP that is clearly in crisis and frankly out of touch with ordinary Americans, Florida's governor Scott reverses his stance on expanding Medicaid. His flip-flop was not without a price though, Medicaid will now be privatized in Florida via an agreement with the Obama administration.
“While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the cost of new people in Medicaid, I cannot, in good conscience, deny the uninsured access to care." Gov. Scott
DOD's Littoral Combat Ships: Dumb Idea's Costing Too Much Money
The dumb idea is not so much building a new generation of ships, but spending the billions needed to make two different versions of it.
This is why the DOD desperately needs to have sequestration. This kind of thing just has to stop. The nation is going broke because of it.
Not only that, but these ships are plagued with problems, like cracks in the hull and corrosion... on a new ship!
A self proclaimed intel 'insider' 'tells all. Interesting, but... be careful.
Gun Control Was Historically About Repressing Blacks_______
A writer has a real eye-opener when he looks at the real history of Gun Control. Read this, I think you who still support all of these Gun Control laws being rammed down our throats after some highly suspicious shootings will begin to scratch their heads and open their eyes.
20 February 2013
Folks smelled gas just before it happened and were told not to worry.
For Your Discernment: Eclipses And Israel's Feast's
I post this soley for your discernment. Many have problems with this practice of using the signs in the heavens as a kind of 'clock' for end time events. My own purely personal view is that the Heavens declare God's glory and if Christ said that there would be signs in the sun, moon and stars (Luke 21:25) how those signs manifest themselves may have more than one aspect to it. I am fully aware that astrology is utterly forbidden to Christians, so please don't write me reminding me of that. What this article presents is something quite different.Investing In A World Of Make Believe
Keep in mind that the wise men from the east knew of Christ's first advent by when a certain star had appeared in the heavens (Matt 2:1ff), thus declaring to them God's glory in sending mankind a redeemer. It is not so far out to expect similar signs to accompany Christ's second coming.
Thanks to the reader who passed this along...
In recent years, a high degree of economic, financial, and political uncertainty has resulted in acute volatility in stocks, real estate, commodities and precious metals. I believe that another aggravating factor has been the increasing skepticism through which the investing public views government statistics and statements.- John Browne/Prudent Bear
Euro Crisis: A Berlusconi Victory Could Spell Trouble
Spain's Reyal Urbis just filed for bankruptcy. This was a property giant that was naturally effected by the massive drop in real estate values. Both Spain and Italy are not looking good.
China Orders Cities To Restrict Housing Purchases
This is being done in an attempt to curb real estate speculation in China. On a related note, I found most interesting during my last visit to the LA area just how many LA communities are now almost totally Asian. Today, in that area, cash purchases of homes are really driving the market upwards, as the LA times recently reported. The article cited adults getting money from trusts as a key factor. But from what I saw in the limited time I was there, Asian money is also awash in cash and is very much part of the driver in that market, a fact that Realtors will tell you, but is not generally talked about in the MSM.Bulgaria's Government Resigns
Cash purchases make things roll very smoothly as the banks don't get involved... at all. No Appraisals, no redundant credit/employment checks, no 20% down, no contingencies. In short, its no headaches for all parties involved.
Bulgaria's government resigned on Wednesday after violent nationwide protests against high electricity prices...Money As A Tool For Social Control
Money is also a form of social control. Just think about it. What did you do this morning? Well, if you are like most Americans, you either got up and went to work (to make money) or to school (to learn the skills that you will need to make money). We spend a great deal of our lives pursuing the almighty dollar, and there are literally millions of laws, rules and regulations about how we earn our money, about how we spend our money and about how much of our money the government gets to take from us.
Banks A Bigger Risk Than Advertised
New proposed rules would no longer allow banks to hide significant risks off their balance sheets and would force them to record that risk and thus make them (on paper) so big that they would equal almost all of US GDP. BTW, that is what the taxpayer would be on the hook for if they failed, 100% of everything everyone makes.Congressman Wolf Calls On Kerry To Lobby On Behalf Of Imprisoned Christian Lawyer
...just thought I would add that little ray of sunshine.
Obama Administration Using NDAA To Repress Legitimate Dissent
Preventative detentions vaguely worded laws, overzealous bureaucrats make for America's dark foreshadowing of evil systems of the past.
Egypt: Muslim Mob Destroys Church
A growing problem where an attack takes place against a Church about once a week. One must wonder if Morsi is not secretly behind these attacks and is only held in check by US promises of more advanced weapons to arm him. Keep in mind that the money he spends on this comes out of US foreign aid. So what is really happening is that we are paying Egypt to buy our F16's. In short, its a US Defense contractor bailout.
The Muslim Persecution Of Christians December, 2012
As usual, the month of Christmas saw an uptick in Christian persecution under Islam, in a variety of forms, from insults to murders. In Iran, Pastor Youssef Nadarkhani—after being imprisoned and tormented for years for converting to Christianity, then recently released thanks to international pressure—was rearrested again, on Christmas Day, to serve the remainder of his 45 days, which the court had earlier decreed could be served in the form of probation; in Syria, near Christmas, Islamic rebels beheaded Andrei Arbashe, a 38-year-old Christian man, and fed his body to the dogs; in Nigeria, Christmas mass celebrations in several churches, were, once again, turned into scenes of carnage; and in Pakistan, Christians spent yet another "Dark Christmas."
There were also the usual fatwas [Islamic legal decrees], forbidding Muslims to acknowledge Christmas: in "moderate" Indonesia, the nation's top Muslim clerical body said that Muslims should not offer Christians greetings such as "Merry Christmas," and that Muslims are forbidden from attending any Christmas celebrations; in Egypt, the Committee for Rights and Reform issued a similar fatwa, forbidding Muslims to congratulate Christians during Christmas; even in the West, in Australia, the Lakemba Mosque issued a fatwa warning Muslims - MEF/Raymond Ibrahim
What About Those Gas Prices?
Chris Dorner: An Enigma
I don't think we will ever know the whole story here. This article is well written, asks good questions and for those of you who want to get beyond manufactured rage, this one is a good one. Thanks to the reader who passed this on.
DHS Illegally Holds US Citizens In ICE Detainer System
During a recent 50-month period covering FY 2008 through the start of FY 2012, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents issued nearly one million detainers. An immigration "detainer," often called an "immigration hold," is a notice issued by agents of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies when it intends to arrest someone. Only 22.6 percent of the time did the targeted individual have any criminal conviction, and only 8.6 percent of the charges were classified as a Level 1 or serious offense.
And while it is illegal for DHS to detain U.S. citizens, detainers were issued on a total of 834 citizens, according to ICE records. - TRAC
TRAC is pretty good. They track the government in a number of areas, patent enforcement, Gun control, immigration and overal Federal prosecutions. Their site is found here.
19 February 2013People Reportedly Given Costco Gift Cards To Attend Pro Nuke Meeting
Missionaries Face Death In Libya After Arrest
Included are a Swedish American, S. Korean and an Egyptian. Once again, we see the darker side of the Arab Spring.Don't Blink Or You Will Miss Another Bailout
The Private Federal Reserve Bank and BofA got in a secret deal as court records show...
Do you really think China is more corrupt that Washington? I really don't think so. Not when you see this and epidemic of suspicious suicides, internet security executives that are fugitives and other strange events that defy any other reasonable explanation than corruption.
UK SARS Like Virus May Have Spread Person-to-Person
Something to watch. Sars at Wikipedia.Quake Cluster Hits Ring Of Fire
On Saturday, two quakes struck the Philippines and earthquakes also occurred in New Zealand, the Santa Cruz Islands, Kuril Islands, and Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island, Xinhua reported.
South Americans Face Upheaval As Deadly Water Battles Forshadowed
Some places located near mines are literally running out of water and protesters and activist are often caught at the wrong end of government rifles.Thousands Protest Keystone Pipeline
Purportedly the largest March of its kind. This issue is a hot potato and one where foreign interests who are vehemently opposed to US energy independence have already weighed in secretly.
China's Changing Look At Casino Gaming
Tensions Rise In Djibouti As Elections Loom
The opposition stands of chance of gaining seats in Parliament after years of boycotting electionsAn Epidemic Of Sexual Harassment And Rape In Egypt
Since the "Arab Spring" came to Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power, sexual harassment, abuse, and rape of women has skyrocketed. This graph, which shows an enormous jump in sexual harassment beginning around January 2011, when the Tahrir revolts began, certainly demonstrates as much. Its findings are further supported by any number of reports appearing in both Arabic and Western media, and from both Egyptian and foreign women.
Hundreds of Egyptian women recently took to the streets of Tahrir Square to protest the nonstop harassment they must endure whenever they emerge from their homes and onto the streets. They held slogans like "Silence is unacceptable, my anger will be heard," and "A safe square for all; Down with sexual harassment." - Middle East Forum
India: 23 Year Old Student Fatally Gang Raped
PM proposes new stiffer laws against it.
No Budget, Sequestration Looms And Obama Golfs With Tiger
Cuts loom, many folks will lose jobs and Obama embarks on a 'fantasy golf' game that 99.9% of Americans can never enjoy. A President who only picks White key advisor's and a Golf pro who has a real penchant for sleeping with White women.. while married, I might add.
Did I not say 'Tom' is rapidly becoming the new Black?
Don't get me wrong. I am not against what are referred to as 'mixed marriages'. I will say I don't like to see men like Tiger who seem to be running from their race with a harem of White gold-diggers or a President who can never seem to find the time to do anything for his own people, but always has an open door to Bankers and Gay activists.
In my view, these are just two pieces of fruit that have fallen from the 'Tom Tom' tree.
Is Obama's real problem race? I am not so sure. I think his real problem is his 'vending machine' politics. If you don't have a million dollars to spend, you just don't register on his real political radar. Sure, he will talk like he cares with proposals that he know will never pass (with what are known as 'wedge' issues... like talk of a rise in the minimum wage) but won't do the hard work it takes to make the things that need to happen, happen.
Activists Smash Surveillance Camera's
This is a phenomenon that has been going on for a while elsewhere and is now hitting the US. Bu it is not clear who is really behind this. Anyone can claim to be an 'activist' but who are they really working for?
Jordan Aid In Doubt Due To Sequestration
Get used to seeing this kind of thing in the future if the US cannot get its fiscal act together, and it won't. There is no will to make the tough decisions that are needed. Playing up to the camera's seems more important to both sides of the debate than balancing the household checkbook. Congress and the President are paid to make deals, compromise and govern. Both are doing a pretty poor job of it.Next Pope Must Have Solid Consensus Before Being Elected
Will the next pope be Italian? African? Chinese? Indian? Will he maintain the Church's conservatism? Will he also make an attempt at house cleaning? The last two who tried it left office: JPI after 33 days and death and Ratzinger after a few years and deep frustration. The next Pope needs 77 votes (or 2/3 of the conclave) to get elected.
Russians See Salafists Popping Up Everywhere
The Russian government has been forced to admit it is worried not only about Islam’s proliferation in the North Caucasus, but also about the proliferation of ideas of the North Caucasian militants spreading to other regions of Russia. Russian authorities are trying to prevent the spread of jihadi ideas above all in the Volga region, and regard it as the weakest link in the chain of affected areas of the Russian Federation (www.bbc.co.uk/russian/russia/2012/07/120720_rus_press.shtml). However, it would be erroneous to think that the radicals are simply concentrating on certain regions. In fact, in this time of technological breakthroughs in communications, they could be almost anywhere."No Armed Drones In US Airspace"
So says a General but the real question has in fact not really been answered. I know I talked about this possibility a couple of years ago and was not really believed that it would become an issue. Trust me on this, this is or one day will be an issue. This administrations love affair with extra-judicial assassinations (even against Americans) is not idle talk. Can the President order a drone strike on an American citizen residing in the US?Here's A Non-Shocker: PLA linked To Hacker Collective
A story that is getting a massive amount of coverage that folks like me have been saying for years. China is hacking US sites like there is no tomorrow and getting all kinds of very useful information. You can read the report that this story is based on here.
Sign Of The Times: Germany Gives Gays More Adoption Rights
Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling? As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work: So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me. When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day. My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome. My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.
Job suffered. He suffered greatly and for nothing that he did. Often when we suffer as Christians, we do not know why. God usually does not tell us the reasons for things. God does answer my prayers but the prayers he more often than not doesn't answer is a question that starts with the word 'why'.
Job clung to his God even though he was upset with the Lord. He hung in there. Then he has his three friends who were miserable comforters come and torment him even more.
Then Job answered and said, I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.
They were constantly insisting that Job had some secret sin in his life and he hadn't. They had all the right theology but little compassion. They had the 'book learning' but did not really know why God did what he did so they kind of 'made it up' as they went along... adding to Job's woe's.
I know whereof Job speaks. Many, many years ago the Lord put me through a trial I would not wish on anyone at anytime whatsoever. I am never going to reveal it but it was 100% pure horror. The only thing I can say is that I came as close to hell as any man would want to get. The Lord gave me this trial not long after he took me to me heaven... for just a few moments. I often read the book of Job for comfort in those months. I always liked that book because it really describes what it means to suffer, cry out to God and not have him answer you in your trials. The lesson here? Two fold. Keep your faithfulness to God, even in the midst of a great trial and have patience in its midst.
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.In the end, the Lord had the last word... and Job's miserable comforters? Well, the Lord was not pleased with them.
And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
The Lord was pretty mad at Job's friends. Why? They pretended to know and understand things that they did not and did more harm than good with their 'theology'. Job had to act as their intercessor (and priest) in order for the Lord not to take them out to the divine 'woodshed' for a serious chastisement.
My point here is that those of you who may be suffering, trust God who knows all things. We many not fully understand it on this side of the grave, Job was never told that his suffering was the result of God's 'bragging rights' over his servant and satan's accusations. He never knew and God never told him why. It was still a mystery to Job even after the Lord doubled his wealth and gave him a new wife (comment on this) and family.
OK... Bible Trivia: Which famous breakfast food brand is named after one of Job's daughters?
My Buddy's son has been asking (and asking... and asking...) if I would post a poem he wrote on my site. He is just seven, almost 8 (that fact matters when you are that age!). So with his fathers permission and at his request and all personally identifiable information removed, I will post his poem. It's called Boats.
A Poem by Little Mr. 'A' Titled "Boats"
Since today is poem day, I will post one here by Gary Bertnick who has a site that has lots of his poems.
As the storm begins to rage all about
Winds of a new hurricane
Sudden waves as walls of power,
As our old friend Paul, we lift up bread to our Lord
Broken bread to our lips with prayers;
Not a hair of our hea
The end sealed from the beginning.
Relentless waves of ill-feelings come against
Persecution as dark winds challenge
Cold rain runs down faces.
Hair and clothing soaked through by the world,
Yet, we stand strong.
Those with selfish cunning
Those clever in worldly forces seize the rudder
Drive the American ship onto the rocks,
Currency turned inside out, upside down
Dollar stripped naked and ruined
Inflation and famine and hardship,
Rioting in the cities
Treachary in high places
Fear in the neighborhoods
Violence all about,
Weeping eyes run dry of tears;
Eathquakes divide this land, ouir land
Foreign troops in ruthlessness seen,
But we, we will lift more bread in thanks
In the Name of the Lord our “strong tower”.
- By Gary Bertnick
Meteor Shower Wrecks Devastation In Russia
The meteor shower, which was dramatically captured by numerous people on cell phone videos, was described by some as “like a scene from the Armageddon movie,” with YouTube clips showing a trail appearing across the sky before a dazzling bright object appears followed by loud booms.
We're Farming In A Polluted World: Many Organic Foods Aren't.
Those consumers who fear even the most minute amounts of genetically modified organisms in their meals will have to confront a nasty shock: even organic foods are not GMO-free, according to organic industry leaders. - National PostChina: Vows Of Change And Private Warnings
Yes, our world is indeed becoming polluted with GMO's and it is a kind of pollution. A pollution that is destroying farms, bankrupting farmers and amalgamating food power in the hands of just a few very large agribusinesses with questionable motivations and connections. Let me put it to you straight and this is not personal opinion. If we don't get a handle on this kind of pollution, America is one day, in a decade or two, going to have one of the most serious crisis she has ever faced with no way to to fix it.
Thankfully the lights are slowly coming on in Washington and hopefully some well considered moves will be made to limit this slow moving man-made disaster.
Look at what is happening in India. Since the introduction of GMO's crop yields have fallen and Monsanto wants to blame the farmers.
China's top man warms leaders of things that caused the Soviet Union to collapse.
Egypt Floods Gaza Tunnels
Looks to be a measure taken to pacify trouble in the Sinai and forestall worries about Egypt's own stability
How HSBC Hooked Up With Terrorists And Got Away With It
This is just a rehash of the Senate report located on this site but this is much shorter and gives the high points... and I love the picture... it's worth more than the proverbial thousand words.
US-EU Start Major Trade Deal Talks
This could indeed be a major deal and unlike many other trade deals, income levels between the US and EU are comparable and may not harm US workers wages. But given the massive budget deficits we have to make sure that the issue of taxation is not all thrown in favor of large conglomerates and leaving the comman man to pick up all the governments bills.
EU Introduces Tax On Stock Trades
Great idea. Needs to happen. The EU is in a terrible mess and this is a relatively painless way to help ailing budgets and pay for some of the hand outs the banks got, are getting and will continue to get.
Needless to say, the Wall Street controlled Obama administration opposes anything that would really make the Banks pay their fair share and make the rich do their part in really balancing the budget.
I am not talking about political posturing to whip up a political base as has been done in speeches in the past but real action that can be taken to alleviate our fiscal funk. We need revenue and a transaction tax on trades is hardly going to cause the death of the banks. One tenth of one percent and one one-hundredth of a percent tax on trades? And they are screaming about that?!
"I Despised Christians And Then I Became One"
"I was a broken mess. I did not want to lose everything that I loved. But the voice of God sang a sanguine love song in the rubble of my world."
Iran Drug Execution Frenzy Continues
WARNING!!... link has some graphic images.... Many nations have laws on the books that mandate death for certain drug offenses.
The Dorner Saga
I confess I have not been following it. I just have too much other stuff to read and do and frankly I just did not want to get my blood pressure up these past few days. Consequently. I have not even looked at it other that just a very cursory look at headlines and lead-ins. When I get some time, I will talk about it, the tragic shootings of the newspaper delivery ladies, one on her 70's, Dorners clearances and his charges against the LAPD, which no person of color who has lived in LA can tell you is race neutral. LA and NY are probably two of the most racist PD's in America. If you don't think the LAPD has got some very, very serious issues, look at waht the US Justice Department was considering back in 2000. The sad tragedy is? Many of the Black cops are often just as bad if not worse than the White cops!! But you get a Black cop with a conscience in there and he is often going to have some trouble... especially with the cops who have turned against their own people. When the cops (whom Dorner had accused the LAPD of multiple crimes) found him and were getting ready to kill him, the MSM cut the news feeds.
I figured I will let the dust settle and try and piece it together when it does.
The last thing I want to do is go on a 'mad' against cops of which the vast majority of them are not bad, have a tough job to do and often see the worst side of people, day in and day out. I will try and be fair to both sides when I get to it...
14 February 2013Prayer Today
Today, I am going to take a break from thew news. I want to let those of you who wrote me recently with your problems to know I have prayed for you -the person who is still dealing with grief, the person who just got hacked, the person who has been falsely accused, the person who has health issues and wants to get back to work, the person who is thinking about moving out of the US. If I have not always responded to your mails, it is not that I have not read or don't care. Its a simple question of time management. I was sitting in front of this computer from about 7:30am to about 7:30pm yesterday dealing with site issues, personal issues and financial issues. But when the noise of the world quieted down at night, I lifted many of you up in prayer. I know many of you send me links and want to converse but I just have to limit how much time I spend on that. Writing and maintaining the site is quite a task and unlike many of you who get on the net during your recreation time, I try to stay as far away from the computer as I can when I relax. Please do not take it personal if I often don't respond to your mails. I know I have to say this a lot, but I know many of you may not say it, but wonder why I don't always respond.
Dear readers, know this, prayer changes things. I would ask you all to take some time out and pray about some the issues I post, The persecution, the cruelty to the poor, the greed, the crime, the poverty, the corruption, vice and violence. God hears the prayers of his people and while it is true we cannot save the world we can save some folks out of the world and into Christ. Our job as Christians is to save souls out of the world and to alleviate suffering when and where we can. Is this not what Christ did with his ministry? He did not just preach, but he also healed and did so to God's glory.
May I exhort all of you to pray for those saved and unsaved? Yes that includes those who hate and despise us. That means gay activists, porn distributors and Islamic fanatics. We must always remember that God saved all of us while we were yet sinners. Just because they are sinners does not mean that God does not love them and wants to reach out to them. Did not Christ exhort and command us to pray for those who persecute us? Pray and curse not?
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
As the world continues to reel from increased political, economic, spiritual and environmental turmoil, the more it needs a praying people. But in these last days, the Lord has made clear that we are to have faith, real faith knowing that despite all of the trouble, if we heed the call of God and are truly guided by the Holy Spirit, he will faithfully take us home alongside those men and women of God who went before us. Faith is going to be key in these last days. As Christ told us with regards to his coming.
...Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?Shall he find faith in you? Love, prayer, faith and obedience are the sure fire formula to enter into the Kingdom.
St. Peter Vs. The Cheap Grace Believer
St Peter: "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Pet 4:12)Monsanto Rakes Small Farmers Over The Coals
Cheap grace believer: "We will surely find it strange because only good things happen to those who believe God love them."
St Peter: "But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (1 Pet 4:13)
Cheap grace believer: "You can go ahead to rejoice and participate in the suffering as much as you like. But not for us because the work of Christ is finished in being victorious over suffering. He has exchanged all our suffering with His suffering on the cross."
St Peter: "If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” (1 Pet 4:14)
Cheap grace believer: “We will never be insulted but only honoured because of the name of Christ.”
St Peter: "If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” (1Pet 4:15-16)
Cheap grace believer: “Once again I reiterate ! We will not suffer as Christ has suffered on our behalf and has taken all our suffering on Himself once and for all. What shame ! ? We will never be despised for we will have all the wealth and health to the envy of those who do not believe." - By, Brother Redeemed
...and why is it that you pretty much have to go to an overseas site to find out about this?Where Are The CIA's Missing Prisoners?
...the CIA’s prisons left some unfinished business. In 2009, ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer listed more than thirty people who had been held in CIA prisons and were still missing.Open Source Background On N. Koreas Nukes
Some of those prisoners have since resurfaced, but at least twenty are still unaccounted for....
...The Senate Intelligence Committee recently completed a 6,000-page report on the CIA’s detention program. At Brenan’s confirmation hearings, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.), said the report shows the interrogation program was run by people “ignorant of the topic, executed by personnel without relevant experience, managed incompetently by senior officials who did not pay attention to detail, and corrupted by personnel with pecuniary conflicts of interest.” Rockefeller is one of the few to have read the report, which remains classified.
- By, Cora Carter at ProPublica
Another great report from the CRS
Iran Think Tank: "Syria Is Our 35th Province"
Secretary Clinton made it clear during her parting speeches that she saw Iran's hand clearly in Syria defending the Assad Regime.
13 February 2013
It looks like sequestration is going to happen. I listened a little bit to the hearings. They were interesting but not particularly informative. It was mostly generals weeping about not having enough money for their pet weapons systems and trying to make it into a jobs issue... something that would resonate with mainstreet. Well simply put...it's time. No more delay's or accounting tricks. This has to happen. I know it is going to be painful and I deeply, deeply sympathize with those who are going to lose jobs.. and there will be Americans who will lose them over the next couple of years. But ultimately their paychecks were coming out of borrowed money that our nation can no longer afford. We are literally going broke. Don't let these news organizations fool you with the 'relative to GDP' smokescreen... A hundred billion dollars in interest payment for just the month of December... just one month? Folks at that rate, that is $1.2 Trillion a year just in interest on the debt. Then you have to pay for the DOD, Social Security, Medicare... the money is not there and our credit card is maxed out and now we have to revert to tricks to keep the fiscal boat afloat. But lets get real, these DOD cuts are not massive cuts. Let the Generals weep and whine, these are not cuts, but mere toenail clippings. Only a crybaby worries about getting their toenails cut.Roof Collapses At Chernobyl
I don't want to minimize the effects these cuts will make on our military. There will be some. But let me share this with you because I think it most pertinent.
One of the biggest growing cost to the DOD are not missile systems, ship building and fighter maintenance, but the rising cost of health care. This is touched upon in the above Bloomberg piece. A better look at these costs can be found here. If you want to really understand one the big problems in the DOD budget, this is where you have to look. This is a problem that Obamacare (I am not blasting the President here) should have fixed and didn't and I will say it again the real problem is the rising cost of health care. The DOD did take action on some of the drugs back in 2006 and the results can be seen on one of these charts.
Try and understand I am not blasting Obama over this, at least he had the guts to try and tackle the issue. This is a multi-faceted problem that is a political minefield. But the simple fact is, America cannot afford its current health care system. Not in the military, not in government, not in private industry and not as individuals. Its already too expensive and slated to cost much, much more as the years roll on. Get this in your head you retiree's who think you cannot be touched, weather it is in a State Pension fund, Federal retirement program or private one.. internalize this, get it into your self-satisfied head... if they don't get costs under control you retirement EVEN IF YOU ARE ALREADY RETIRED is going to be significantly effected. Do you really think you are untouchable? You better get in reality, they are already looking at it.
Look at Calpers. They are not making the money they need to pay current retiree's. That means they have to sell investments, use capital or go to the state to get money. The state is already massively in debt. Where is the money going to come from? Folks this is not rocket science. These things are a certainty IF no one acts on these costs. Get out of your mental funk of trying to protect your politicians with whipped up political outrage just because folks are telling it like it is. Obamcare did not adequately address this issue with any real significance: dollars and cents significance. Forget about the politics, look at the money just the money and then you can see that both sides need to address this. The GOP needs to get off its 'private industry knows best' golden calf and the Democrats need to understand that when the government touches something, it usually turns to dung... very expensive dung at that, especially if Washington gets hold of it.
I like the idea of a single payer system... except that it will be managed by Washington. That worries me no end. I like the idea of private industry manging costs... provided it were really a free market (as opposed to large cartels) and many of the costs associated with health care were done away with.. like massive malpractice insurance rates, high drug costs, expensive compliance regulations.
When I was a kid, we went to a General Practitioner or 'Family Doctor'. He was great, he hooked you right on up with what you needed.. dirt cheap. But then things got expensive. What drove him out of his little office with his partners in his little medical center? Malpractice insurance.
Listen its not just military medical care, but Medicare as well that costs the US government a bundle. If we want to really fix our problems, the skyrocketing cost of health care is one of those things that needs to be fixed. Care must be cheaper. One way to do that is to bring back the General practitioner, find ways of encouraging that model again, reduce MP insurance rates, jettison some of the expensive compliance issues, reduce the costs of medicines by wider use of generics and a wider acceptance of alternative methods of health care. Why use an expensive medication to control blood sugar when some herbs have a long history of working just as well? These problems can be solved, it just takes a will to go against the lobbyists and take the long view of America's future fiscal and literal health.
Americans, Soon Your House Will Be Radioactive
They plan on putting radioactive metals from Nuke facilities and weapons into the US supply chain. Natural News has a piece on this here.India: Violence Against Christians Spreading
Honduras: War On The Poor Continues
Why? Land grabbing and the War on Drugs
Comcast To Wholly Own NBCUniversal
Another salvo in the media war.
Thousands Of Ethiopians Driven Off By Land Grabs
Pastoralists living in the Omo valley are being forcibly relocated, imprisoned and killed due to plans to build a massive dam that will turn the region into a major centre for commercial farming. - The Oakland Institute
The institute also has a report here on what is happening in Ethiopia. Poke around the site and you will see how this is a global phenomenon. Corporations, investors and the rich men on the earth are stealing the land from the poor with no renumeration. Another great resource in these issues is over at farmlandgrab.org
This is good, brief and sets out what's really at stake with these drone strikes and other attacks this administration has taken against alleged... ALLEGED (if you never read the previous link, I highly recommend you do and read who wrote it as well) terrorists.
Listen. I am not going to say there is or never will be an incident where some kind of pre-emptive action is needed. You got a group who smuggled a nuke into NYC and the only way to ensure they don't detonate it is to kill them? What would you do? I mean really....
The real issue is far more fundamental. We have been killing folks who don't pose that kind of danger, not by a long shot and the collateral damage the innocents who get vaporized as well? Brennan's arguments before the Senate IMHO are specious and self serving. Do you really think there are rare instances where we need to assassinate an American who is engaged in terror attacks (I'm not talking about going to a couple of meetings or hanging out with them, but are clearly and undeniably involved in attacks? Why not use the Courts? The FISA system could be used in those rare cases and give the Judges all the facts to make a clear legal determination when it comes to American citizens and make a sanitized version of the courts transcripts available to the Congress, Senate, SCOTUS and Human Rights groups. Better yet, give clearances to a couple of ACLU lawyers and let them argue before the court on behalf of the absent defendant. The only way to ensure we don't continue down 'Hitler Highway' is to throw some light on the things we are doing and ensure that these powers are not being abused.... as they have been during this administration's tenure.
Due process doesn't just protect them, more importantly IT PROTECTS YOU from arbitrary, unchecked and secret power.
My question is, how far has this assassination thing really gone? I really would like to know. Given some of the strange suicides and uninvestigated deaths we have seen over the past four years, I think it may be a much bigger issue that anyone has even touched on or even contemplated. I hope I am wrong, but I am not so sure I am which is why I am a stickler for due process.
Salaifst Violence In Tunisia
The assassination of Chokri Belaďd, a prominent opposition politician, has thrown Tunisia into its worst crisis since the January 2011 ouster of President Ben Ali. Although culprits have yet to be identified, suspicions swiftly turned to individuals with ties to the Salafi movements. Founded or not, such beliefs once again have brought this issue to the fore. Many non-Islamists see ample evidence of the dangers Salafis embody; worse, they suspect that, behind their ostensible differences, Salafis and An-Nahda, the ruling Islamist party, share similar designs. At a time when the country increasingly is polarized and the situation in the Maghreb increasingly shaky, Tunisia must provide differentiated social, ideological and political answers to three distinct problems: the marginalisation of young citizens for whom Salafism – and, occasionally, violence – is an easy way out; the haziness that surrounds both An-Nahda’s views and the country’s religious identity; and the jihadi threat that ought to be neither ignored, nor exaggerated.
Can China And Russia Pull The Trigger On the US Economy?
Not quite yet... but probably will soon. They won't make the same mistake others made in 2008 when they tried it. This time, they want to make sure she goes down... and stays down.
12 February 2013Pope Steps Down
Yes, its true. When I first read this yesterday in my inbox, I thought it was a hoax. But yes, he really is stepping down. It was a bit of a shock to outsiders. The reasons cited by the Vatican are for reasons of 'health'. But some info from someone very much in a position to know who gave me the lowdown... it was a jaw dropper. Needless to say, I cannot say much but here is what I can reveal.
For an 85 year old man, the Pope is remarkably healthy and lucid... he did not resign on its account. Readers here know I have never much liked this guy because of his past associations. But he has indeed grown into the job and has tried his best to make some much needed reforms - serious and fundamental reforms. He has not and will not be able to, despite his very best efforts and has decided to take the moral high ground and leave. I wish I could say more but saying too much might be very hazardous to this Black man's health so I will have to leave it there. The Vatican has some serious issues that he could not solve from within, I don't think anyone can. The smoke of satan is just too thick. Sad to say that the real (and whole) story will never see print and serious measures have already been taken to ensure that it never does.
This is a very significant event as this last time this happened Columbus was not even born yet.
The pope leaves a Church in Crisis.
Have any of you ever seen 'The Shoes Of The Fisherman"? It too is about a Pope struggling with the question of resignation. It's a very good, if not great film staring Anthony Quinn, Lawrence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud.
The Cardinals are now meeting to elect its next powerless victim to 'lead' the church.
I see the Lord's hand in all of this. I think he is sore displeased with the Vatican (not the Catholic Church as a whole) and the crimes it is involved in. Let's wait and see what follows....
Fukushima: 70k US Military Exposed To Radiation - Symptoms Noted
Operation Tomodachi was a humanitarian mission conducted in Japan after the 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster that began March 11th, 2011 and lasted 80 days. 70,000 US servicemen & women from the Navy, Airforce, Army & Marines delivered food, blankets & water in areas of devastation...
Sequestration: Doing More With Less
This is the reality that we are just going to have to deal with and just take our medicine now. We cannot afford DOD budgets that constantly grow. The nation cannot afford it. We cannot afford entitlement programs that constantly grow, we cannot afford it. NOW is the time to start making those unpleasant decisions. The sooner, the less unpleasant they have to be.
Is The New CIA Director A Muslim?
I admit I am a little prejudiced. I don't like what the CIA has become. But frankly, I don't think its true about his conversion. Some officers in the agency have to become things they are not in order to do their jobs. I am not saying this is the case with Brennan... I just don't know.US To Sell $72 Billion In Debt
Yes there are some very fine folks inside the agency and they do some really interesting (and yes, good) things.... things you would never ever expect. But they have some really rotten people inside of it too. The agency, like much of the government needs someone who can clean house and hold folks accountable. Brennan I just don't think is going to do that and some serious ongoing malfeasance is just going to keep on keeping on and no one is going to do anything about it.
What the agency and much of the government needs is what we have in Afghanistan: an independent IG who has his own investigative arm and its own prosecutors (this is key) who only answers to the Congress. The Afghan IG has gotten results, real solid results. If the Justice Department were handling it, there would have been two prosecutions, both of low ranking enlisted men splattered across the headlines as some kind of a major bust. They would have recovered half-a-million dollars in an investigation that cost fifty million.
And the corruption would just keep on marching on.
China Replaces US As Trade Leader
Nigeria: Islamists Kill Three Korean Health Care Workers
GMO: Half Of All US Farms Now Have Superweeds
Reality Check: Superweeds are not a minor annoyance. They can destroy a farm. Monsanto is at it again and what can I say... this administration and the last one were and are in bed with them... making sure US farmland is unfit to grow anything but weeds by 2030.Geoengineering
No who on earth would want to do a thing like that?
Geo-engineering site here... interesting. How much geoengineering is going on today? Some for sure, but IMHO not all in this video, while quite informative, is true. Methane however... that whole angle is something that bears watching.Constitution Does Not Apply Along Border
Is geo-engineering a major cause of planet changes? I don't think so. I think mankind's destruction of the planet (like the rain forests) are a major contributing factor to much of our 'carbon' problem. This fact does not serve the Corporate/Media agenda because... well, who is down there raping the forests? How much do these new oil drilling technologies serve to add to our environmental problems (like Methane release)? You want to destroy the Ozone layer... just keep on releasing Methane in the atmosphere.
I am of the opinion that that there are many factors that are causing massive climate change. Some are caused by man and others are not. We have seen massive solar flaring, earthquakes and volcano's erupt recently and even now a new one appears to be in the making.
What are the real causes of this geologic and environmental chaos? Mankind's probation on earth is coming to and end. We have collectively been little more than a creeping disease that has wrecked what was once a beautiful planet. We have turned rain forests into a bog and blue shining rivers into tributaries of blood and radioactive waste. Why is the world's environment in crisis? Sin. What do I see in the earth's future?
The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.Thanks to the reader who passed on this link.
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
The Department of Homeland Security’s civil rights watchdog has concluded that travelers along the nation’s borders may have their electronics seized and the contents of those devices examined for any reason whatsoever — all in the name of national security.
How Many Americans Does Obama Have In Indefinite Detention?
"If we lose (Hedges Vs. Obama), the power of the military to detain citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military prisons will become a terrifying reality. Democrat or Republican. Occupy activist or libertarian. Socialist or tea party stalwart. It does not matter. This is not a partisan fight. Once the state seizes this unchecked power, it will inevitably create a secret, lawless world of indiscriminate violence, terror and gulags". - Chris Hedges
Raytheon Mines Social Media For Political Dissent
Get a look at this one. Many of you wonder why I don't have a facebook page or twitter account. I will tell you. Many Americans are merely deer, blithely crossing a minefield and unwilling to listen to anyone who tries to warn them away. I think among my readers there are probably only a dozen or so who really understand what is happening and they can't talk; they have (or had) clearances that will not allow them to warn you. The folks I know with clearances don't have accounts at those places... and never will.Update On North Korean Launch Preparations
Because it's not just the US who is gathering data there, but the Chinese, Russians (and their organized crime affiliates) and millions of Americas are so clueless as to the threat... and you cannot tell them anything! One reader asked me a question about software for a relative recently and I really hesitated to answer it. Why? Because I know my words will fall on deaf ears. I explained the ongoing threat of peoples banking data being hijacked using a certain piece of software (it happens a lot folks...) and I know they aren't going to listen... or believe. Until it happens to them they will sail right down denial (not a river in Egypt).
Let me give you a real big tip. Recently one major online retailer got hit with a cyber attack. It was a major one. But the company just claimed it was an outage. They did not tell anyone that the attack was from a foreign nation and they got millions of Credit Card numbers and expiration dates. Get this - the company did not even inform the credit card companies! So guess what? Over the next several months thousands of people are going to start seeing charges on their accounts that they did not make. The past pattern is like this. The charges people will see are not usually large... most people do not check their statements so they can get away with it. Five bucks here, ten bucks there. So if you have your credit card data stored at a large Internet Retailer CHECK YOUR STATEMENTS... Hey, I am not a fan of CISPA, but these are the kinds of things that CISPA is designed, if not to prevent, to allow some kind of defense and information sharing.
So again, a word to the wise...check your statements and be proactive.
Internet spying? Folks this is not something that you need to 'get over'. You need to be involved and put a stop to it because the powers that be are locking down America. They are looking at you and me as threats to elite order and partnering with Corporations who want to throw ads at you no matter where you go. This is how corporations get subverted to partner with the Government. The scary part is that some of your largest software corporations have also partnered with Organized Crime.
Why do we have systems like this RIOT one? There will be an Arab Spring, but not an American one. The American elite have already placed significant 'controls' on society that not one out of a hundred of you would believe if I told you... and I am not going to tell you. When folks begin to take real action about what they already know and what others are telling them, maybe then they can find out more. But why teach algebra to a guy who still doesn't even know how to add and subtract and works pretty hard not to learn? He's like a 20 year old who still plays in the sandbox....
North Korea’s public pronouncements in reaction to a United Nations Security Council Resolution tightening sanctions against Pyongyang have heightened speculation that a nuclear detonation at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility is imminent. Analysis of new satellite imagery from January 23, 2013 and previous images dating back a month reveal that the site appears to be at a continued state of readiness that would allow the North to move forward with a test in a few weeks... - 38North
I confess I have not been looking much at NK. I should as they have a very large number of Christians inside their concentration camp system. A very large number.
The history of this nations leader only demonstrates that not all of the mentally ill are locked up. Some are in places where they can do a lot of damage. Keep your eyes on this one.
I wrote the above Monday, just a few hours before the Nuclear test. I woke up early this AM and they had conducted the test.
What can I say about it? The NK leader is a bona-fide nut job just like his dad and isn't running things. They are well on their way to placing a small enough warhead on one of their missiles that can reach the US. That can reach the US.... Did I mention that it can reach the US?
So we have a nut job who is 85% of the way to getting a nuke and launching it on the US and there is almost no outrcy. Instead the world is focused on Iran's mythical program... going half crazy over what probably is nothing that can threaten anyone for another 10 years.
The real tragedy? This President has pretty much disengaged from international politics. He just is not going to get involved. This is why he has lost so many of his first term National Security picks, Panetta, Clinton, Chu, (who runs Energy) Geithner. They decided not to serve. Why not? The President is just not engaged in many key issues. They are all incredibly frustrated with him. Those of you who have come to this site for years know that during the Bin Laden raid, there was some serious shall we say 'indecision' on the Presidents part. This has been a long pattern with him on National Security affairs. It's not that he cannot make some tough decisions, he has and made some very tough calls that you will never hear about. But his staff has been incredibly frustrated at his unwillingness to engage seriously on a whole range of critical issues of which this test is just one. I think the problem lies now with his determination to deal with domestic issues in his second term and to not get sidetracked.
I also think that another problem (seconded by another well placed source) is that he is a little confused. I do not mean that in a condescending way. Dealing with the Intel agencies and Military can be very daunting. They all have their own agenda's and cannot be relied upon to do what they are paid to do - give you the whole, unvarnished truth. They can and do mislead Presidents into misadventures and miscalculations. Obama's covert decisions have not always ended well and say what you will about him, he has a real conscience and is not in anyway 'evil'... not by a long shot... misguided yes; evil... no. So I think on many of these issues, if there was a more reliable intelligence system, advisor's who were willing to faithfully present all sides of an issue; the ups and downs, pro's and con's, the President would be more inclined to deal with these issues. But I know and he knows the Intel/National Security system is broken.
If I have any major issue with the President on this score is that he is not making any effort to clean it up. In my opinion, that would be the best National Security decision he could make. Set up a non-political Special IG over at the CIA, DOD, DNI, NSA and let him do his work without political interference from the Hill, White House, K Street, Langley you name it. That way, in two years, when he called in his staff to deal with an issue, they would have the right answers, tell him were the intelligence gaps are and give him full spectrum advice.
Look at the tension in Asia. China and Japan are a hairs breath from military action against one another. Japan has been beating on America's door about some of the things happening. They want some help. The President just is not engaged. Can Asia afford a war now? Can the US appear to let our treaty obligations fall by the wayside? What will that do to other relationships we have in the region? The situation is very, very serious and it will just take one minor miscalculation by some captain of a Chinese Frigate or Japanese Destroyer to launch a hot war between the two... over Islands that are little more than rocks sticking out of the ocean.
Keep your eyes on Asia...
An official workaround is now here, not perfect... but here. I think in a year or so we will have something even better. This problem was what prompted me to buy a notebook last July as Windows 8 was getting ready for release. I was not going to have a box hardwired to run only Bill Gatesware.DOD Fully Embraces Gay Agenda
Newer ain't better and more and more you are finding that OS's are tethering their customers (like this secure boot thing) and dumbing down their interfaces (the fisher price toy look with limited functionality) and limiting choices (why no right click on windows 8?). This is a very slow and managed creep but one that is being done quite deliberately. What do I see in the future? Major Corporate OS makers are going to drive internet users to a few corporate/government approved sites that cost money, spy on you and sell your data (this trend is 80% about money) and make it harder and harder (eventually impossible) to visit non-corporate approved sites. The Goal? Make the internet look (and cost) like cable. Until Windows and Apple open up their OS's and let us all see what's under the hood, you are putting your faith in something you neither know or understand.
You have heard people mock us Christians for putting faith in God as being foolish? What... so putting your blind faith in Microsoft is safer?! Do you really want to do that with multi-billion dollar corporations whose main purpose in life is to transfer money from your pocket to theirs?
Is anyone going to listen?
I doubt it, but when you get raked over the coals, lose your job have your accounts cleaned out or lose your divorce case, you will one day figure out that if you had listened, you would not be facing those problems. So a word to the wise...
If everyone else is doing it... you shouldn't... wherever they are driving the herd is exactly where you don't want to be.
Opens up some (but not all) benefits to 'Same Sex' partners.
Fukushima: Not Returning To Normal
It’s the reality that Northern Japan, not just in Fukushima, Northern Japan is contaminated. That’s the reality, and people are transporting the contaminants whenever they travel elsewhere. They’re bringing with them. (use download link - the flash player did not work for me).
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
Moses was taken from a very humble profession to serve God. He was not a king, or a royal adviser nor was he one of the rich men of the earth, but was a simple shepherd when God called him (like David). It has always been the Lord's pattern to use men who were small both in their own eyes and in the eyes of others. Such men yield themselves to God and thus, his power can be made manifest in them. The book of Numbers says this about Moses, it is very telling of his character.
Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. (Numbers 12:3)Yet God used this very meek and humble man to free the Jews and humiliate Pharaoh. It appears that Moses may also have suffered from a speech impediment, he was not an accomplished speaker (Exodus 4:10).
Do you want to be used of God? Be humble. I am not talking about mock humility that hides a deep seated pride and self importance. But genuine humility. Stop seeking the best or trying to be the first. Hang out with the lowly, the poor, the simple and the forgotten. Befriend such as these and stop seeking status with the proud, haughty, powerful and rich.
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
The single biggest impediment to being used of God besides sin, is a lack of genuine humility. Abraham had humility, he called himself but dust and ashes (Gen 18:27). Humility is merely the accurate appraisal of our own worth in the overall scheme of things. That's all it really is. Know that you are here today and gone tomorrow and your life is but a puff of smoke (James 4:14) relative to the the eons of time and the establishment of your works are wholly dependent on God.
We are just clay in the potters hand.
...and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 February 2013
Some of you may wonder why there are times I just tend to cover a great deal of secular articles, news and perspective. Some of you want me to wear a prophet's mantle with every word I write. Brothers, that is not my calling and many of those who are out there prophesying are not called by God either into that very difficult, dangerous and life shortening office.
Prophets have a tough job, one of the toughest because his job is to tell folks what they don't want to hear, deliberately ignore and often want to violently suppress. Very few 'want' to be a prophet but when God calls them into that ministry they know they have a very tough job ahead. Most of your prophets were single. Jeremiah was and Ezekiel lost his wife in the middle of his ministry. Go and look you will see that the Prophets life is a lonely one because he is often ostracized from his own people, laughed at and mocked. Do you know why many Churches in America won't let a real prophet into their halls and often will drive them out? Because like Israel of old, they don't want the truth, they want 'smooth things' uttered to them. Words of comfort, not woe; words of peace, not judgment. They want God to save them in their sins, not from their sins.
Many years ago, the Lord told me, after many a trip to local Churches to not even bother with them again, that 'they will never accept you'. I cannot begin to describe the 'deadness' and formulaic ways of doing things I saw in many of them. I had even been essentially tossed out of one for doing nothing more than coming on three successive Sundays. They weren't partiuclarly nice about it and other visitors (who were white) were not treated as I was. But God has always looked out for me and has told me essentially that he's not in those Churches. They are not his, though they make many holy noises and much spiritual talk, their deeds betray them and that I was not to worry about their opinion and the best thing for me was to not let their spiritual leprosy cling on to me. In short: Anyone knows that spending too much time in a leper colony invites leprosy on oneself. Here the leprosy is compromise, sin, rebellion against God's clear commandments, lukewarmness and love of this world.
Like Israel of old, the American Church has slipped and slidden into a pitiful state, many now allow openly, shameless and utterly unrepentant sinners into positions of leadership in to their clergy and perform abominations right in the Church! Those that don't are so hooked on the trinkets of Mammon and cannot hear God when he calls to them. Instead you get the Gospel according to the GOP or Obama, or the Gospel according to Wall Street, read from the Book of Mammon, verse 501(c)3.
The whole counsel of God is missing and that is when God has to send in his prophets to redirect the people away from their myriad errors. Anyone who reads the Old Testament knows that the people almost never listened. Rather, they mocked and laughed at God's prophets. Even when the very thing God had predicted was right at the doors and could be seen with their own eyes, they would not see and would not repent. In Ancient Israel it was the Babylonian Army, today its a major debt crisis and covert warfare that is sweeping the nation. In Israels day, a killing spree ensued particularly against Israel's leaders and the king had his eyes put out.... right after he saw his sons slain before him. Clearly his tormentors wanted the image of his dead sons to be the last one he ever saw.
Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Judah. Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with chains, to carry him to Babylon.
Let me tell you something here and now. This God we serve is no joke, he will not be mocked. Zedekiah saw fit to ignore God as did Israel and the result were rivers of blood at tears. They had no excuse, they were warned and warned for many years. The prophets message can be summed up in these next versus.
And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the LORD our God all these things unto us?
then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours. Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying, Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not: Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest. Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you. For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
God has not changed. He is not going to let this nation and these entities that call themselves Churches continue to mock him and his ways with their loathsome behavior and pervert the gospel message with their myriad sins and abominations and thus making a mockery of Christ, What they are doing is turning millions away from ever hearing the truth because of the bad behavior and hypocrisy of a Church mired in sin, greed and rebellion.
God will not be mocked.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Brothers and sisters. try and understand something here. I do my very best as a watchman. That does not always mean citing scripture everyday and coming up with deep spiritual commentary. There are times when I do it, times I am told to do it (divine instructions) and times I feel like I am wasting my time trying to get my countryman to open their eyes and fellow Christians to get real about their salvation and the perilous times we have entered into.
I am not here to be 'the great prophet', but God has given me a job to do and I am going to do it until he says to stop. But I will say this - I am a little suspicious of men who always seem to have special word from the Lord. Two or three times a week they have a new 'word from God'. Well, I am not saying they don't, but I am not saying they have heard from him either. I also a little leery of men who constantly stoke up images of fear all the time. A true prophet tells the whole story, both sides of it. What God is going to do to those stuck in sin and what he is going to do with those who really do fear the Lord and honor his word and ways. God always has a plan for his people and while they may be persecuted and even killed for the sake of the Gospel, it is not God's long established pattern to gather up the wicked and the just and punish them both in the same way.
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 long and honorable heritage of those who went before us. In short, I am not going to tell you that many of us will not lose our lives in the years ahead. The scriptures bear witness that being a Christian, a genuine blood purchased, Holy Spirit led servant of Jesus Christ is going to be very dangerous as we move through these last days. This is because the devil is going to be given great authority for 1260 days and will use his time to blaspheme God and kill his servants (Rev Chapter 13). He will be given power over the saints to kill us. So brothers and sisters in Christ, steel your heart, mind and soul around this so that when things get rough and the truly evil day arrives you will have your hearts already established having already fully counted the cost of your faith and walk with Christ. Let us not mince words for many of us, it will mean our heads will fall into a basket.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
***I know many of you wonder why I focus so much on news. It is because so much is happening that no one wants to accurately report... with large chunks of the story omitted from the news reports or buried in the back pages of the paper or blogosphere. I do my best to try and relate stores of interest and shed some light on those stories. Look... I hit a lot of sites everyday, I see a lot of regurgitation and little real analysis, thought or perspective and you cannot accurately watch in these times unless you open your eyes and see what is going on. For that you need news... accurate, timely information without those careful omissions and political spin. If I do any 'spinning' it is the Spiritual spin. I do my best to give my readers credit and not talk down to them. I should not have to tell you that defrauding a person out of their home isn't good or lobbing drones on 5 year olds is not godly. So nine times out of ten, I don't cite a verse with a news story. If I feel I need to, I do but I am not trying to be overly spiritual and impress people with my scriptural knowledge. The only one I want to impress is the Lord. I have learned by and large to ignore the rest.
So brothers, don't expect me to try and be the 'Great Prophet'. I would run from that job like Jonah ran from his. Sure, I would probably repent and do it but under protest. No, I will let others get the glory and become the 'great authority' on this or that. I just want to do the task God has called me to do as best as I can and let others bask in the fame of their ministries. Me?
I just want to get into the Kingdom and I can't do that if I don't do the job God has given me to do. So I do it with no more murmurings or complainings. God hates murmuring (1 Cor 10:10).
Written this day of our Lord,
7 February, 2013
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