Facts / History / Nostalgia…
December 7, 1941…
This was the day the Japanese attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor early one Sunday morning at 7:55 AM. This cowardly attack lasted for two hours, ending at 9:55 AM.
I’m posting a link to a video below that explains that sad day in history, and to commemorate this day because I believe every American should know what December 7th represents.
America’s resilience in the face of evil and violence should be admired and emulated. The strength and heroism of our military has suffered under Obama’s obvious dislike for America and all it stands for, but the tides are slowly turning, and together, we will Make America Great Again, so help us, God.
America thanks you for your service to our great country. Your heroism will never, ever be forgotten. Your bravery will be respected and emulated in every branch of service because all of you, past and present, are members of the Greatest Generation of all time, and your efforts helped build this nation into what it is today.
Thank you from the bottom of our very grateful hearts… †
Here’s their story…
History.com — Attack on Pearl Harbor
I offer this prayer to all those who have died fighting for this country and for the freedoms we enjoy. Although we don’t know many of their names, we do appreciate their sacrifices, and they will always be in our prayers of gratitude. Thank you for your dedicated and heroic service to our great country. You will never, ever be forgotten; you will be honored and emulated for your heroism…
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George W. Bush’s most memorable sports moments. One of the most emotional moments of the George W. Bush presidency is the focus of a new ESPN documentary. “The First Pitch” focuses on Bush’s ceremonial first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series in Yankee Stadium a few weeks after the September 11th attacks. Source: The Hardline and Ben & Skin Photo: DON EMMERT, Getty Images / AFP
ESPN put together a 25-minute, documentary entitled, “30-For-30 Shorts: The First Pitch” (link to video below), that features George W. Bush as he recounts throwing out that ‘First Pitch” in New York three weeks after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This video was a walk down memory lane that started out with total devastation. Because we had a real America-loving, God-fearing Christian man as our president in The People’s House at the time, he brought America together as New York’s Twin Towers came tumbling down. His great courage, uplifting words and actions catapulted our country into a stronger nation, a united nation, despite all the evil that surrounded us at the time. Hats off to George W. Bush for being a true leader, a leader we could depend on and trust, and a leader who brought America together and united us under extreme adversity. May God bless him and his family.
I’m posting this documentary on this very solemn day, September 11, 2015, fourteen years after Islamic terrorist cowards killed approximately 3,000 innocent people. Today isn’t about the cowards, but about the resiliency of America, where people are fleeing TO, not FROM. That says a lot about the greatest country on the face of the planet. What a shame that the current guy occupying The People’s House is hell-bent on destroying it, one executive order at a time. He should know that Americans are strong. We are a God-fearing, freedom-loving, military- and police-supporting nation, and nothing, not even his mighty pen or phone can take that away from US, the American People of The United States Of America because we are and always will be…
“One Nation, Under God; Indivisible, With Liberty And Justice For All“… Whether he likes it or not…
May God continue to Bless the United States of America and its allies, and may He punish the wicked who want to destroy US. God may be a loving God, but He is also a vengeful God…
I applaud ESPN for this wonderful tribute to America and the president who kept us united throughout his 8-year presidency. This touched my soul and brought all those emotions back…emotions of pain and faith as we stood up against evil as One Nation Under God. Watch the 25-minute “The First Pitch” video from ESPN here…
In Love and Peace,
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Every day, you hear “black lives matter” from all media: TV, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Whites and blacks alike are wearing “black lives matter” tee shirts. To me, all lives matter!
What’s not being reported is that there are much more black-on-white crimes being committed in this country, but the only story that was broadcasted 24/7 was the one horrific white-on-black crime against a mostly black community in Charleston, SC where a white, 21-year old racist / terrorist, Dylann Roof, opened fire and killed nine innocent black parishioners during a prayer meeting in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. I cried when I heard about this senseless, vicious crime because they did nothing to incite this vicious hate crime that Roof committed. Of course, what happened in South Carolina was an atrocity, and the whole country came together and mourned the senseless loss of beautiful lives lost at the hands of that despicable racist / terrorist pig. There wasn’t even one white person who celebrated that horrific tragedy.
However, just this past weekend, in Cincinnati, a white guy was viciously attacked and beaten unconscious by black thugs after a “hip hop” concert, and the attack was celebrated by some in a mostly black crowd. There was absolutely no public outcry from the black community on this senseless vicious act of violence from blacks on an innocent white guy who did nothing to incite this vicious hate crime. Apparently, “hate crimes” and “racism” are one-way streets in America.
One of the saddest part of all is that in infrequent white-on-black crimes, you always know the name of the black “victim”. In this story, I couldn’t find his name anywhere online, but when I do, I will post it here…
A video posted Sunday shows the bloodied victim of a racial attack in Cincinnati during a race riot in Fountain Square on Saturday night.
The white man was beaten unconscious following a hip hop and electronica Fourth of July concert.
The video shows a mostly black crowd gathered around the white male victim laid out on the sidewalk. A few are trying to help the unconscious man while others squeal in awe at the blood covering his head.
Many onlookers are laughing. One voice can be heard asking for someone to call 911. (Warning on Language-Violence)
A report by a police officer posted online stated that police had to rescue the white male from an attacking mob consisting of about 40 black out-of-control thugs…
Cincinnati police form a line against mob violence July 4, 2015. Photo: Cincy vs Everyone
Fireworks, rocks, bottles and punches were thrown at Cincinnati police by a mob of people gathered for a Fourth of July hip hop and electronica concert late Saturday night. Several officers were wounded including one who needed stitches after a thrown glass bottle struck him in the face. Another officer was punched and received a split lip.
According to one report, police had to rescue a white man being attacked by about forty Black people.
The Cincinnati Enquirer detailed two of the arrests:
“Jy Quynn Britten, 21, punched a peace officer in the face while officers tried to arrest another person, according to court documents.
“Britten then ran from officers through Fountain Square before being Tased and arrested.
“As arrests were made, an officer told a bystander operating a camera, “Hey, when you’re shooting that video make sure you get the officer with the busted lip.”
“Britten is accused of assault, resisting arrest, and obstructing official business.”
…”Gary Sheffield, 29, was arrested in the 500 block of Walnut Street near Fountain Square for misconduct at an emergency, according to court documents.
“Police said Sheffield refused to obey orders and screamed at officers.”
Jy Quinn Britten, left, and Gary Sheffield, right, Hamilton County Justice Center via WLWT-TV.
WCPO-TV reported seven people were arrested including three juveniles.
WKRC-TV reported one man attacked by the mob was found motionless on a sidewalk.
The alleged details of the beating of the victim were told by a police officer in an anonymous online statement reported by the website Cincinnati Vs. Everyone:
“So after my 4th of July night from hell I thought I would post the truth as to what went on last night in Downtown Cincinnati. Many news outlets although they were there will fail to report…The Truth. The truth is I’m sitting in the district catching up on reports when an officer needs assistance comes out over the radio on Fountain Square. My partner and I scream down there to help out. I get down there to see glass bottles flying everywhere from a mob of out of control misguided youths. Okay that was a nice way of saying a bunch of thug idiots.
They thought it would be appropriate to throw these bottles at police officers. While dodging these bottles I found one officer that was actually punched in the face by one of these assholes. Luckily he was apprehended. This was just getting started.
We were trying to keep everyone under control and push everyone into one area to get them off of Fountain Square. So then is when the crowd got even further crazy, they began throwing large fireworks at us. While trying to figure out if fireworks or gunshots, usually you could tell, but we weren’t taking any chances. I look down 5th st to see a few of my brothers and sisters trying to apprehend an individual and begin chasing him. I immediately give chase and even though I’m getting a little older still catch the guy and he gets the 5 second taser ride. This seems easy enough right…well now we’ve got the whole crowd bearing down on us all with their phones out video taping…or throwing stuff at us. (Later found out that this guy also punched a police officer in the face)
We get this guy in custody, and it’s the second year in a row I have a tasing in this area on July 4th…guess it’s just not my day. So then we form into riot formation with helmets on and begin passing out the shields. Honestly this was the first time I got to partake in this. So we see ahead a scuffle begin and think it’s just a fight. Well not so much, it was like 40 v. 1. I saw 40 v. 1, it was 40 black youths stomping the crap out of one unlucky male white. He didn’t do anything to deserve this beating except be white. I’m going to skip all the rhetoric and just say don’t we all matter??? This just pissed us all off. Time to rescue or at least try to get these thugs off of him. So we were sent in with shields and arrest team to do a victim rescue. Feel bad for the guy since he nor anyone deserved a beat down like that for no reason. The next hour or so was just getting these assholes out of the area and back to where they came from. I hope every one of the people who threw a bottle, fired a handgun, threw fireworks at us, and most importantly beat that poor guy within inches of his life get what they deserve…in this life or the next.
To make matters worse it was like a perfect storm with the Reds game getting let out at the same time we were for a lack of a better phrase, being attacked. I saw little kids holding their parents hands and parents looking at us like what the hell is going on? They had no clue what was going down nor should they have to expect seeing what they saw.”
The officer ended his statement with a plea for unity:
“I felt like I had to tell the truth and get the word out there from one of the men on the front line. We as an American Society and Cincinnatians need to get our (act) together because these types of interactions are going to increase. I say it again, this stuff is increasing not only here at home but across the country. We need to come together and fight back.”
Another related story from: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/04/black_city_councilman_breaks_the_silence_on_black_on_white_crime.html
Black city councilman breaks the silence on black on white crime
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Black on white violence in Cleveland is no secret. But everyone pretends it is.
Black city councilman Zack Reed has broken the silence:
“[Public Square] is ground zero on St. Patrick’s Day for blacks to go beat up whites,” Reed said to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I believe this is a hate crime because it is black folks purposefully going downtown to beat up white folks.”
Reed is talking about a recent episode of black mob violence on white people at a bus stop on St. Patrick’s Day in the part of downtown known as Public Square. A local television station broke the story of the violence, and broadcast the video.
On it, large groups of black people are seen attacking white people at a bus stop. When the police arrived, the predators scattered. When police left, predators returned within 90 seconds to resume their assault on the downtown tourists, students and office workers.
At least six people were attacked for what the local reporter said happened for “no apparent reason.”
But three weeks after the black on white beatings, the Plain-Dealer revealed — acknowledged is probably a better word — that “years of unchecked beatings on and around Public Square following the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parades” is a regular event.
And the black on white part? The part where going downtown to beat up white people is a sport event for some black people in Cleveland?
That was buried in the final four paragraphs of the story.
Now city officials are promising next St. Patrick’s Day will be different. Downtown will be safe from roving bands of black people looking for soft, white and Asian targets.
But some locals are wondering what the city is going to do about the other 364 days in the year, when black mob violence and black on white crime is just as frequent.
A few days after St. Patrick’s Day in the Cleveland suburb of Garfield Heights, The Plain Dealer reported a “man was walking down the street when the group of teenagers approached him from behind. Two of the teenagers pushed him to the ground, causing him to hit his face on the pavement, according to a police report. The entire group then began punching and kicking him. “
The “teenagers” were black. The victim, white. But several readers in the comments section of the news story rushed to assure the locals that race had nothing to do with that attack. Or many others just like it.
On January 2 at the Valley View Cinemark in a suburb of Cleveland, a massive disturbance from black people forced managers to stop the showing of ‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death’300’ and ask everyone to leave. Soon after, “some of the juveniles were climbing over the food service counters in the theater lobby; theater security and management threw them out and locked the doors,” said the local Fox affiliate.
But the party was just beginning: “Once the juveniles were outside, police said numerous fights broke out in the parking lot and near two restaurants — Oak Barrel and Quaker Steak & Lube — right near the theater. According to Chief March, the “fights were very widespread (with) a lot of pushing, shoving, screaming and shouting.”
Police told restaurants to lock their doors to keep the horde of hundreds of black people out. For the neighboring Oak Barrel restaurant, it was already too late. “They came into the restaurant itself and a lot of customers were kind of scared,” one restaurant employee told Fox 8 news in Cleveland. “They were threatening employees, they were threatening me and some customers.”
In February 2014, also near the Public Square, a black mob attacked a disabled army veteran. They first saw him on a bus, then followed him when he left it. They kicked him, punched him, and knocked him down — all the while saying ‘Knock that boy out! White boy. Cracker. Knock that white boy out.’
One TV reporter at Channel 19 said thugs and “teen mobs” do that a lot in Cleveland near Public Square, but curiously, a search of his station’s web site failed to turn up even one report on it.
Black mob violence has also marred for several years the Fourth of July celebrations in the Cleveland suburb of Bedford. Almost none of which made its way to the local media. But the city council heard an earful from local residents following 2012’s holiday violence.
They reported that 50 to 80 black people were hitting people in the face and disrupting the festival and surrounding areas. “Police officers used pepper ball pellets and a taser,” said city council minutes from a Special Meeting in August 2012. “Even the Wal-Mart and Get-Go store had to be closed for three hours.”
Closing the Wal-Mart is DefCon 5.
“The Mayor was shocked by what he had witnessed,” said the minutes. The mayor assured the audience that Bedford was “not the only city that had these types of problems.” People were “traveling from city to city just causing problems.”
It was no problem for the local press: They just ignored it.
Lots of those cities and holiday riots are documented in that scintillating best-seller Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry.
Because Bedford no longer has a daily newspaper, the city sent out a “Code Red” message warning residents of the violence and lawlessness that was “out of control” at their event. Three surrounding police agencies were called in to quell the violence.
The fire chief said his people were not armed or trained for this kind of activity.
Some of the residents complained of “political correctness” that prevented them from talking about what really happened. City manager Henry Angelo did not deny that black mobs were responsible for the violence. But he did say it was contemptuous that anyone would notice.
Such as your humble correspondent. I get that a lot. I do not care.
Another Cleveland suburb, Shaker Heights, also cancelled the Fourth of July fireworks: “There have been problems in maintaining order and dealing with huge numbers of young people who have shown up through social media at the fireworks and who have been disruptive,” said Mayor Earl Leiken to the Shaker Heights Patch.
This is a long list: Black mob violence in Cleveland schools? Plenty of it.
Black mob violence against gay people in Cleveland? Plenty of that too, though the gay press is loath to say so.
Councilman Reed is not the first black city councilman in Cleveland to call for greater action against black mob violence. That honor goes to former Councilman Eugene Miller when, in June, 2013, the councilman dialed 911 because 100 to 200 “sorry ass” black people were rioting in front of his house. “I’m sick of this,” he told the emergency dispatcher in a series of increasingly irate phone calls. “I need the police over here immediately,” he said. “People are going to have to go to jail tonight. I got about 100 sorry ass black kids out here acting the fool. In front of my damn house and I’m sick of this.”
“Nobody should have to live through this shit.”
Colin Flaherty is author of Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry, which documents how Cleveland, as bad as it is, is just about average for black on white crime.
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As we celebrate the birth of our nation, I wanted to post something inspiring because each day, I feel so grateful that I was born in the greatest country on this planet. This day in history should be revered by all Americans, including those who chose to come here seeking freedom and prosperity, and also to those who were saved from evil and tyranny in their own countries because of America’s treasure and the blood that spilled from American soldiers.
Freedom and prosperity wasn’t given to any of us on a silver platter without immense sacrifice and loss of life. Freedom started with a vision from America’s brave and insightful Founding Fathers. How inspiring that we, as individuals, can take an idea and actually mold it into something as great as America, Land of the Free Because of the Brave. Those brave heroes who followed them had enough of tyranny, and actually did something constructive about it. They talked the talk, then walked the walk, which was treacherous beyond words back then. They fought the injustices of their day and many paid with their lives and also the lives of their families as well. Our brave military continues this fight to this day, not just for America, but for all other nations who have faced and are facing the dark evil that inhabits this world.
We should all hold our Founding Fathers and our military in our thoughts and prayers, not just today, but every day because every day of our lives, here in America, we are the blessed recipients of not only the greatest country in the world, but with the greatest military in the world, too. After all, this nation started with prayer…
…and if we don’t continue with this tried-and-true tradition, I believe this great country will end without it…
I also believe Almighty God will continue to bless this great nation as He has been doing for 239 years, despite the evil that surrounds America and its allies. We would all be wise not to focus on what we want, but focus on what we have, and count our blessings each and every day. As a country, we should never forget where we came from, and we should thank God every day for guiding our Founding Fathers to break away from tyranny and embrace Almighty God who made America into the shining light upon the hill. As long as we, as Americans, continue to fight for what is right and continue to rightly give thanks to Almighty God for His bountiful blessings upon our great nation, He will continue to bless the United States of America…
In closing, our Founding Fathers have a question for our government…
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“Those who won our independence believed that the final end of the state was to make men free to develop their faculties; and that in its government the deliberative forces should prevail over the arbitrary. They valued liberty both as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. They believed that freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth; that without free speech and assembly discussion would be futile; that with them, discussion affords ordinarily adequate protection against the dissemination of noxious doctrine; that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government.”
― Louis D. Brandeis
Mr. Brandeis is correct—unmotivated or lazy people, both American-born and immigrants coming to this country, truly are the greatest menace to our liberties and freedoms. Legal immigrants who want to assimilate are an asset to America, while those coming here illegally are breaking our laws from the start, and most have been proven to continue breaking our laws the longer they’re here. Liberals and Progressives have demonstrated time and time again that they don’t want to have a discussion with people who oppose their views. They want to “coexist”, but only on their terms. Diversity and tolerance is, apparently, a one-way street.
Ann Coulter, who’s no stranger to controversy, was invited to interview with Jorge Ramos to promote her new book entitled, “¡Adios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole”.
Discussing illegal immigration is a touchy subject, but I agree 100% with Coulter. America is losing its identity because many are so focused on preserving other cultures, we’re losing our own. Are Americans fleeing to other countries? No! Why not? Because we love this country and everything it stands for. Why are millions of illegal aliens coming to America? Some come here to seek a better life for their families while most are here for a free ride. I’m not against legal immigration; I’m against illegal aliens coming into this country seeking to change it into their country. If they can’t assimilate into the American culture by learning to speak our language—English—and find a means to support themselves instead of relying on the American taxpayers to support them and all the kids they create, they should leave this country and return to the country they came from. Every time I drive into a parking garage and see the signs in Spanish, and in English underneath, I find it extremely distressing. It’s getting so that Americans have no say in our own country. Coulter is the only person with the balls to stand up for what’s right, not what’s Left.
In the video below, Ramos and Coulter exchanged pleasantries then Coulter quickly gives him a big dose of conservative reality that wasn’t too well-received.
I’ll be picking up a copy of Coulter’s new book when it debuts on Monday, especially after reading some of the excerpts (from Coulter’s site). Here’s a few of the disturbing facts she reveals from her book—most of which aren’t too well-known, I’m sure…
—Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 Immigration Act was expressly designed to change the demographics of our country to be poorer and more inclined to vote Democratic.
—It worked! Post-1970 immigrants vote 8-2 for the Democrats.
—Citing this dramatic shift in the Democratic Party’s fortunes, Democratic consultant Patrick Reddy called the 1965 Immigration Act “the Kennedy family’s greatest gift to the Democratic Party.”
—Immigrants admitted before 1970 made more money, bought more houses and were more educated than Americans. The post-Kennedy immigrants are astronomically less-educated, poorer and more likely to be on welfare than the native population.
—With no welfare state to support them, about a third of pre-1965 Act immigrants returned to the places they came from. British and Jewish immigrants were the least likely to go home—less than 10 percent did.
—Although America is admitting more immigrants, they are coming from fewer countries than they did before 1970. On liberals’ own terms, the country is becoming less “diverse,” but a lot poorer and a lot more Latin.
—America has already taken in one-fourth of Mexico’s entire population.
—In 1970, there were almost no Nigerian immigrants in the United States. Our country is now home to more Nigerians than any country in the world except Nigeria.
—America takes more immigrants from Nigeria than from England.
—The government refuses to tell us how many prisoners in the United States are immigrants. That information is not available anywhere. But the ancillary facts suggest that the number is astronomical.
—There are more foreign inmates in New York state prisons from Mexico than from the entire continent of Europe.
—Hispanics are less likely to be in the military than either whites or blacks, and a majority of Hispanic troops are women. On the other hand, Hispanics are overrepresented in U.S. Prisons.
—In Denmark, actual Danes come in tenth in criminals’ nationality, after Moroccans, Lebanese, Yugoslavians, Somalis, Iranians, Pakistanis, Turks, Iraqis and Vietnamese.
—At least 15 percent of all births in Peru and Argentina are to girls between the ages of 10 and 15. In the U.S., only 2 percent of births are to girls that young, and those are mostly Hispanics, who are seven times more likely to give birth at that age than white girls are.
—Sex with girls as young as 12 years old is legal in 31 of the 32 states of Mexico.
—In all of Western Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel combined, there have been eight reported births to girls aged 10 or younger. Seven of the eight were impregnated by immigrants.
—In some areas of America, law enforcement authorities have given up on prosecuting statutory rape cases against Mexican men in their 30s who impregnate 12- and 13-year-old girls, after repeatedly encountering parents who view their little girls’ pregnancies as a “blessing.”
—The same North Carolina newspapers that gave flood-the-zone coverage to a rape that never happened at a Duke lacrosse party completely ignore real rapes happening right under their noses, being committed against children by immigrants providing cheap labor to the state’s farming and meat-packing industries.
—Since 2004, Mexicans have beheaded at least a half-dozen people in the United States.
—Mexican drug cartels—not ISIS—pioneered the practice of posting videotaped beheadings online.
—An alleged “ISIS” beheading video making the rounds in 2014 was actually a Mexican beheading video from 2010.
—Post-1970 immigrants have re-introduced slavery to America. Indian immigrant Lakireddy Bali Reddy, for example, used the H1-B visa program, allegedly for “high-tech workers,” to bring in 12-year-old girls he had bought from their parents for sex.
—The above story was missed by the San Francisco Chronicle. It was broken by a high school journalism class.
—The ACLU took Reddy’s side.
—We’re still letting in Hmong immigrants as a reward for their help with the ill-fated Vietnam War, which ended 40 years ago.
—Between 2000 and 2005, nearly 100 Hmong men were charged with rape or forced prostitution of girls in Minneapolis-St Paul, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The vast majority of the victims were 15 years old or younger. A quarter of the victims were not Hmong.
—Proponents of the 1965 immigration bill swore up and down that it would not alter this country’s demographic mix. In fact, Kennedy’s immigration policy has brought about the greatest demographic shift of any nation in world history.
—In 1980, Reagan won the biggest electoral landslide in history against an incumbent president, Jimmy Carter. Without the last 40 years of immigration, in 2012, Mitt Romney would have won a bigger landslide than Reagan did. He got more of the “Reagan coalition” than Reagan did.
—If Romney had won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote, he still would have lost. If he’d gotten just 4 percent more of the white vote, he would have won.
Adios, America! In bookstores next Monday, June 1.
Here’s the interview…
Jorge Ramos spars with Ann Coulter over her comparison of immigrants to ISIS
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“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.”
—Francis A. Walker
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday set aside to honor our fallen heroes who passed while serving in America’s Armed Forces. As we honor our fallen heroes on Memorial Day, we should honor them every day of our lives because they gave theirs for our freedom and liberties. It’s because of their valor and deep love of country that we enjoy those precious gifts.
This is my first post in a long time, which happens to be on this revered day—Memorial Day. I always try to focus on the blessings we enjoy in this country, but sometimes we need to be reminded why we have that freedom and at what cost.
I often walk in cemeteries because I find it so peaceful. As I pass the graves where veterans are buried, I offer to them a prayer of thanks for their heroism and sacrifices. Whether they passed in battle or after their tours were completed, they all deserve the utmost honor and respect. Around Memorial Day and Veterans Day (the day we honor all veterans who have served in the Armed Forces), when I see all the flags on graves throughout the cemetery, I’m reminded of their faithful service to our country. Sadly, there seems to be more as the years pass by.
We also need to be reminded that our fallen heroes aren’t just buried here in the United States; they’re buried overseas where they fought courageously against evil tyranny. Thanks to our military and its allies, so many countries have been freed of oppression. It’s unfortunate that evil still persists in this world, but with our strong and fearless military, we can be sure that wherever there is evil trying to rob us of our freedom, there will be fearless warriors who will fight to the death in order to preserve it.
Pictures are worth 1,000 words which is why I’ve posted images of the twenty European eternal resting places of our 104,366 fallen heroes (below). Following these images are some military quotes which I’ve found to be memorable and worth repeating.
The sheer magnitude of the number of American soldiers who paid the ultimate price in order to free the oppressed around the world should be reason enough to honor them for the sacrifices they made by emulating their courage, strength and love of country.
Their raw courage at being able to stare evil in the face while suppressing their fears in fierce combat confirms the fact that their abilities were given and guided by Almighty God Himself. Our soldiers know that the evil in front of them isn’t as strong as God, who’s always behind them. We are immensely grateful for the courage they’ve shown in combat, and thank them for their brave service to our country and to the European and Middle Eastern countries they rescued from tyranny. They all have our continuing love, gratitude, support and prayers. Rest In Peace, Brave Warriors…
Wishing you a peaceful and blessed Memorial Day…
From: American Veteran’s Memorial
American Heroes Buried in Europe
Now For The Military Quotes…
Also From: American Veteran’s Memorial
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| “There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time.”General George Patton
| “It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it.”General Douglas MacArthur
| “It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who gave us the freedom to demonstrate
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag.
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”
Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC
| “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”President John F. Kennedy
| “Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers.”Aristotle
| “It is God’s job to forgive Osama Bin Laden. It is our job to arrange a face to face meeting.”General Norman Schwarzkopf
| “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”President Dwight D. Eisenhower
| God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever led us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me of my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.”General George Patton
| “Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.”General George Marshall
| “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”President Thomas Jefferson
| “There are some who’ve forgotten why we have a military. It’s not to promote war, it’s to be prepared for peace.”President Ronald Reagan
|“Now therefore, be it Resolved by the Fiftieth Annual Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, That we hereby declare that we are unalterably opposed to any program which would entail the surrender of any part of the sovereignty of the United States of America in favor of a world government.”
Veterans of Foreign Wars
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Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
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On Tuesday, April 15, there will be a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon a coppery red, NASA says. It’s called a blood moon, and it’s one of four total eclipses that will take place in North America within the next year and a half. Pictured here is a blood moon seen over Gaza City in March 2007.
There will be four Total Lunar Eclipses occurring in North America within 1½ year’s time, each within a 6-month timeframe. The dates of these Eclipses are:
April 15, 2014
October 8, 2014
April 4, 2015 (Some sites incorrectly state April 8, 2015)
September 28, 2015
According to SpaceRef, the Lunar Eclipse is set to begin at 12:58 AM (CDT). Check for the correct time in your area. As Earth’s shadow falls upon the Moon, the part in the shadow will turn dark, and look as though a chunk was taken out of the Moon, and will grow bigger as minutes pass.
Just over an hour later (2:02 AM, CDT), the moon will be fully eclipsed, completely red, lasting for approximately 1 hour, 18 minutes. The Moon will slowly emerge out of Earth’s shadow around 3:25 AM (CDT) and will have moved out completely by 4:33 AM (CDT), moving from south to southwest. Bright orange Mars will shine to its upper right.
This entire event will last about 3½ hours, and will be visible if the sky is clear over most of the United States, except Alaska and New England. In Alaska, the Moon will rise with the partial eclipse in progress. In New England, the Moon will set before the eclipse ends.
Some speculate that on the last of the Tetrad Lunar Eclipses (September 28, 2015), it will usher in the Second Coming of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. This is interesting reading, but I don’t believe there will be an apocalypse or second coming on that date. What I do believe is that there will be strong changes in Israel and they will probably affect the United States as we’re its strongest ally. Whether they will be good or bad changes, well, only God knows that. Am I worried? No. The way I look at it, if the world survived five years of Obama and his corrupt administration, and the coming of ObamaCare in America, we’re strong enough to survive anything…
From: Daily Mail
Rise of the ‘blood moons’: Rare alignments of Mars, Earth and the sun ‘associated with major religious events’ begin this week
- Next week begins the start of the ‘Tetrad,’ a series of lunar eclipses
- The four ‘blood-red’ moons are followed by six full moons
- The cycle finishes at the end of September 2015
- It coincides with an alignment of Earth, Mars and the sun
- The chance alignment has only happened three times in the last 500 years
- Some Christians believe the Tetrad, is a signal the end of the world is near
- Tetrads are associated with significant religious events
If you spotted an orange-coloured ‘star’ on Tuesday night, then you were probably looking at Mars.
In fact, the event you witnessed was rare – for the first time in 778 days, Mars, Earth and the sun aligned in an ‘opposition of the planets.’
To scientists this is a unique but ultimately meaningless arrangement, but to a Christian minority, it marks the beginning of significant events – even the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The unusual alignment of the sun, Earth and Mars Tuesday night happened a week before the beginning of another astrological event that some believe is associated with the end of the world
The significance of the arrangement is that it happened exactly a week before the first of four dark red ‘blood moons,’ which some Christians believe marks a cycle associated with the end of the world.
John Hagee, a Christian pastor who has written a book on the Tetrad called ‘Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change’ told the Daily Express that Tuesday night marked the dawn of a ‘hugely significant event’ for the world.
‘Nasa has confirmed that the Tetrad has only happened three times in more than 500 years — and that it’s going to happen now.’
Also known as the ‘Tetrad’, since it involves four successive total ‘blood-red’ lunar eclipses each followed by six full moons, Nasa has confirmed it started Tuesday night and will end on September 28, 2015.
In the 21st century, tetrads are a frequent occurrence, with nine sets in total, but this has not always been the case.
From 1600 to 1900, for example, there were none at all.
Next week begins a cycle known as the ‘Tetrad,’ which involves a series of four dark red ‘blood moons.’ At the end of the cycle in September 2015, some believe the end of the world will happen
The Book of Joel in the King James Bible prophesied about the blood moons and the end of the world: ‘The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.’
According to Mr Hagee, each time the Tetrad has happened during that time, there has been a significant religious event accompanied with it.
In 1493, the first Tetrad saw the expulsion of Jews by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition.
The second happened in 1949, right after the State of Israel was founded.
And the most recent one, in 1967, happened during the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israelis.
This graphic explains why Mars was so visible to the naked eye on Tuesday night
Mr Hagee said the the first of the blood moons will happen on April 15, right in the middle of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
The second, on October 8, occurs during the Feast of the Tabernacle.
The third will be on April 4, 2015, also during Passover.
The final one happens on September 28, 2015, also during the Feast of the Tabernacles.
WHAT IS A LUNAR ECLIPSE?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in the shadow of Earth.
This is an area known as the umbra, where light from the Sun is blocked by our planet.
The light refracts differently in the atmosphere and, as it hits the moon, it makes it appear red.
This gives rise to its ‘blood red’ appearance during a total eclipse, when the entire moon is in shadow.
If it skirts the shadow, known as a partial or penumbral eclipse, the effect is less dramatic.
Here are some links to related stories…
Excerpts From: Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15: Complete Coverage of the Blood Moon (Gets updated regularly)
The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur overnight on April 14-15, and mark the beginning of an eclipse tetrad – four back-to-back total lunar eclipses. Space.com is offering complete coverage of the total lunar eclipse, which will be visible from a wide region that includes most of North America and parts of South America. WATCH LIVE MONDAY: Total Lunar Eclipse and Mars Close Approach
Latest Story: Tax Day Total Lunar Eclipse Kicks Off Blood Moon ‘Tetrad’ Fancy a lunar eclipse? Skywatchers in the United States have the chance to see four total eclipses in the next 18 months, beginning with a “blood moon” on Tuesday (April 15), just in time for Tax Day.
The total lunar eclipse will begin at about 2 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT) and last about 3.5 hours. The moon will be fully eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow by 3 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT). Editor’s Note: If you snap an amazing picture of the April 15 total lunar eclipse, you can send photos, comments and your name and location to managing editor Tariq Malik at firstname.lastname@example.org. Scroll down for more total lunar eclipse tetrad coverage:
Excerpts From: Blood Moon Tetrad Kicks Off April 15, 2014: Series of Lunar Eclipse Point to Apocalyptic Bible Prophecy?
Some Christians were quick to relate the rare event to the apocalyptic prophecy in Joel 2:31, which reads, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.” (KJV)
If history is any indicator, the tetrad may indeed bring some significant change. The last three “Blood Moon Tetrads” have all coincided with a globally significant religious event, according to Express.
In 1493, the first Tetrad since the Middle Ages occurred when Jews were expulsed by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition in Europe.
In 1949, the State of Israel was established following thousands of years of struggle.
In 1967, the earlier-than-expected Tetrad coincided with Six-Day Arab-Israeli War.
“According to the Biblical prophecy, world history is about to change dramatically,” says John Hagee, Pastor and author of “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change,” Express reports.
“To get four blood moons you need something absolutely extraordinary in astrological terms.”
“Every time this has happened in the last 500 years, it has coincided with tragedy for the Jewish people followed by triumph. And once again, for Israel, the timing of this Tetrad is remarkable. The first of the four blood moons will come on April 15 this year, during Passover. The second will be on October 8, at the time of the Feast of the Tabernacle,” he explains.
“On April 4 2015, during Passover, we will have another blood moon. Then finally, on September 28, during next year’s Feast of the Tabernacles, the fourth blood and final moon will dawn.”
Excerpts From: Wiki: Blood Moon Prophesy
|Passover/Tabernacles tetrads since the time of Jesus
On April 15, 2014, there will be a total lunar eclipse. It will be the first of four consecutive total eclipses in a series, known as a tetrad (the remaining three eclipses will take place on October 8, 2014, April 8, 2015, and September 28, 2015). It will be one of 8 tetrads during the 21st century AD. Like all eclipses, it is probable that the moon will appear to be a dark red color during the eclipse due to the refraction of sunlight through the Earth’s atmosphere. This is the same effect that causes sunsets to appear red.
In John Hagee’s book, Four Blood Moons: Something is about to change, he argues that the timing of the eclipse and subsequent eclipse in the tetrad (all coinciding with Passover and Sukkot) and the “rarity” of a tetrad is strong evidence a major change of course in history will occur. Both Hagee and Biltznote that the last three tetrads to coincide with Passover and Sukkot roughly corresponded with important events in Jewish history: the 1493–94 tetrad roughly aligns with the 1492 expulsion of the Jews from Spain; the 1949–50 event roughly corresponds with the re-establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 and the ensuing 1948 Arab-Israeli War; and the 1967–68 tetrad started right before the Six Day War. The tetrad is thus seen a “sign” of things to come. Overall, there have been 62 tetrads since the first century AD, eight of which have coincided with the feasts of Passover and Sukkot.
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Even though I am of Catholic faith, I have a deep respect for the Jewish people of Israel who have been forever persecuted by the enemies that surround them. Just as Israel is surrounded by Arab countries who detest them, they continue to survive, against all odds. Obama recently visited this Holy Land, but I don’t believe he extended a supportive hand to the Israelis while he was there. I believe the olive branch was extended to the Palestinians.
Israel may be surrounded by evil terrorists who want to extinguish its people, but they are also surrounded by miracles, and protected by God Himself. I wanted to post a video (below) that attests to that fact…
May the people of Israel and all who support this beautiful country continue to soar like an eagle against adversities, and continue to be blessed with God’s love and protection forever and ever. Many of us are with you, Israel. May you not only survive the storms; may you continue to thrive despite them as well. Amen…
This video (with some subtitles) was uploaded by ApolloEightGenesis on Oct 2, 2011. Thank you for posting this, ApolloEight. Please accept my deepest gratitude for your efforts…
Description on YouTube site…
“Against All Odds: In Search of a Miracle” (2005)
Experience what some have called the modern miracles of Israel through the eyes of a seasoned journalist, Michael Greenspan, and explore the question: why has Israel survived against all the odds? This 13 part dramatic television series, appropriately tilted, “Against All Odds: In Search of a Miracle”, takes a fascinating journey into the documented stories of supernatural phenomenon, which birthed and preserved modern Israel. Eyewitness accounts and commentary by high ranking government officials, generals, soldiers, foreign leaders and rich dramatic recreations compel the audience to ask, are these events miracles? You decide…
Against All Odds:In The Search Of Miracles
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The Easter Song…
Here it is Easter Sunday, and Google has posted this: Cesar Chavez’s 86th Birthday…
A Civil Rights activist who was born on March 31st and died in 1993. Are you kidding me? I’m a Catholic, and I find Google’s “political correctness” totally appalling, especially on Easter Sunday. They do this time and time again with all Christian holidays. On Christmas, they had ice skaters. The subject matter never reflects the Christian holidays. I’m through with Google, and have changed my search engine to Bing. At least Bing has Easter eggs on their search engine.
I’m reposting my Easter message (below) that includes some beautiful Easter quotes to all my Catholic and Christian friends from my April 12, 2009 Easter post. The sentiment still rings true today. Google can go to hell…
Rejoice! The Lord has Risen! This post is my Easter offering to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Happy Easter…
Today is Easter Sunday. For Christians, it’s the greatest feast of the year…the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It has always been a revered Holiday to me. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, so, too, shall we rise up from our broken dreams, empty promises and lost hope. We will regain all we have lost, and be better for it. I would say that 2008 and 2009 have been the years that we were all taught some hard lessons in humility and moderation. I’ve included some of my favorite reflections to honor this Sacred Day.
I wish you all a Happy Easter, and may we all experience a rebirth of morals, strength, courage and determination to make a better tomorrow…
Some beautiful Easter quotations…
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The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. ~Robert Flatt
Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. ~Clarence W. Hall
The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice. ~Henry Knox Sherrill
Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. ~Charles M. Crowe
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right…
~Phillips Brooks, “An Easter Carol”
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On Holy Saturday, as we await the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are now in a state of sorrow and emptiness, and at the same time we pray in hopeful anticipation. We mourn the death of Christ, yet our hearts are full of anticipation of the miracle to come. What an emotional weekend it is!
I broke my 1-day fast this morning and am filled with God’s love. I don’t know what’s come over me. I think fasting is a great thing! It helps center my body and clear my mind. It’s as if everything is right in the world. This weekend, I don’t want to think about politics because this weekend I have reserved for God and His Son. For there is nobody higher or mightier than God. I will wrap my soul around the miracle that is coming.
In the meantime, I am posting the Stations of the Cross in case you wish to go through them with me…
May Bountiful Blessings be yours today, tomorrow and for all eternity…
From my post on Lent. Click on “The Holy Season Of Lent” if you wish to read the prayer for today, Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013 from the Lenten Calendar…
with the reflections written by Mother M. Angelica, P.C.P.A.
Mary, my Mother, you were the first to live the Way of the Cross. You felt every pain and every humiliation. You were unafraid of the ridicule heaped upon you by the crowds. Your eyes were ever on Jesus and His Pain. Is that the secret of your miraculous strength? How did your loving heart bear such a burden and such a weight? As you watched Him stumble and fall, were you tortured by the memory of all the yesterdays- His birth, His hidden life and His ministry?
You were so desirous of everyone loving Him. What a heartache it was to see so many hate Him – hate with a diabolical fury. Take my hand as I make this Way of the Cross. Inspire me with those thoughts that will make me realize how much He loves me. Give me light to apply each station to my daily life and to remember my neighbor’s needs in this Way of the Pain.
Obtain for me the grace to understand the mystery, the wisdom and the Divine love as I go from scene to scene. Grant that my heart, like yours, may be pierced through by the sight of His sorrow and the misery and that I may determine never to offend Him again. What a price He paid to cover my sins, to open the gates of heaven for me and to fill my soul with His own Spirit . Sweet Mother, let us travel this way together and grant that the love in my poor heart may give you some slight consolation.
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“And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the country of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.”
Isn’t it ironic that Obama is set to be in the Middle East 6 days before Passover and 30 million locusts are now swarming in Cairo, Egypt and Israel, just before Passover? Obama usually attracts flies. Is he now attracting locusts to the Middle East in preparation for his visit? Where did I hear that number before—30 million? Oh, that’s right. It’s the number of illegal aliens that will be swarming in to take part in ObamaCare! Coincidences? I don’t believe in them.
The timing of this infestation is really weird because locusts are one of the plagues that hit Egypt before Moses and the Jews were allowed to leave for the Promised Land. I do pray that they won’t suffer too much misfortune because I don’t believe anyone should go through that devastation. How will they feed their people if their crops are decimated?
You have to ask yourself, “Is this the beginning of the end? I’m sure the Liberals will blame all this swarming on global warming. Oh, that’s right, when it was proven to be manufactured, they conveniently changed it to “global change”—change only they believe in.
Here are the videos of the swarms of locusts that are hitting the Middle East. The story follows…
Locust Swarm Plagues Cairo Egypt And Middle East
Antichrist : Locusts plague the Land of Egypt before Obama Passover visit to Israel
From: Daily Mail
Locust alert in Middle East as plague descends on Egypt and creates panic in Israel
- Israel’s Agriculture Ministry set up an emergency hotline and task force
- The swarm is estimated to be made up of 30million insects
- The infestation has been devastating crops in Egypt ahead of Passover
By ALEX WARD
PUBLISHED: 10:31 EST, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:04 EST, 4 March 2013
As swarms of locust devour Egyptian crops, the Middle East is bracing for the destructive bugs to migrate their way ahead of the Passover holiday.
A swarm of an estimated 30million insects has been devastating crops in Egypt, fuelling apocalyptic fears because of the infestation’s proximity to the Bible story of Passover in which a swarm of locusts, the eighth of ten plagues, is imposed on Egyptians by God for enslaving and abusing ancient Hebrews.
Israel’s Agriculture Ministry set up an emergency hotline today and urged residents to be vigilant in reporting sightings of the insects to prevent an outbreak.
Swarms descending: A swarm of an estimated 30million locust has descended on Egypt (including these insects seen over the Al-Mogattam district of Cairo) as Israel braces for the infestation to head their way
A special task force has also been set up to help farmers manage infestations.
The locusts pass through the country as part of their normal migration from north east Sudan to Saudi Arabia, the Egyptian Agriculture Ministry said, emphasising that Egypt was just ‘a transfer station’ for the locusts, which were in larger numbers this year.
As the insects descended on agricultural farms in Giza and in Cairo, causing significant damage, fears have been raised that they could spread to Israel.
Battle with the bugs: Residents in Cairo burn tyres to create black smoke to deter the locust settling there as Israel’s Agriculture Ministry set up an emergency hotline and urged residents to be vigilant in reporting sightings of the insects
Passover plague: The bugs have fueled apocalyptic fears because of the infestation’s proximity to the Bible story of Passover in which a swarm of locusts, the eighth of ten plagues, is imposed on Egyptians by God for enslaving and abusing ancient Hebrews
In a statement from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the infestation was described as a ‘immature swarm’ which ‘appeared in the afternoon (on March 2) in the eastern Cairo districts of New Cairo and Mokattam and dispersed into several smaller swarmlets’.
The statement read: ‘The locusts originated from breeding that has been in progress since November in southeast Egypt between Berenice and the Sudanese border.
Killing crops: As the locusts have descended on agricultural farms in Giza and in Cairo, they have caused significant damage to agriculture
‘As vegetation dried out, small groups and swarms of immature adults moved slowly north along the Red Sea coast, reaching Marsa Alam on 8 February, Hurghada on the 16th and Zafarana on the 26th.’
As well as Israel, Lebanon and Jordan have been alerted.
In Cairo, people were burning tyres to create black smoke to deter the locust from settling and there were reports that swarms had been seen in Zafarana, about 124 miles from Cairo, on the Red Sea and in the city of Qena, where the insects have been sighted in at least three villages.
According to the Israel National News, the Egyptian Agriculture Minister Dr Salah Abd Al Mamon said: ‘Egyptian armed forces and border guards are attempting to fight the swarm with all means at their disposal.
‘I ask the families living in the locust-plagues areas not to burn tyres. This does not chase away the locusts, but only causes damage and could ignite largescale fires that would cost in lives.’
He said that strong winds were predicted in weather forecasts and he hoped that this would force the insects to migrate toward the Red Sea and Saudi Arabia. Crop duster planes were also going to be used to handle the infestation.
Egypt and Israel was infested with locust in 2004. Israeli agriculture officials sent crop dusters into the air to spray against the locusts that swept in from North Africa in the first such invasion since 1959.
The Egyptian Agriculture Ministry said that the locusts pass through the country as part of their normal migration from north east Sudan to Saudi Arabia, reaffirming that Egypt is just ‘a transfer station’ for the locusts
Farmers in 15 out of the 27 Egyptian governorates suffered significant agricultural damage as the insects devoured crops and flowers.
This year Passover will begin on the evening of March 25 and end on the evening of April 2.
The infestation comes as a study warns that yellow-legged Asian hornets that prey on bees are among the latest non-native species threatening UK wildlife, and even people’s health.
A growing number of alien species, from killer shrimps to Spanish slugs, are set to soon reach our shores, a Europe-wide study warns.
The Asian hornet, which grows to between 2.5cm and 3cm (1-1.2 inches), preys on native honeybees, wasps and other pollinators, potentially devastating hives and threatening honey and crop production.
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UPDATED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 8:02 PM (My original post follows my updates)
My husband and I watched Sunday’s episode of “The Bible” and were shocked that Obama is the spawning image of the devil in “The Bible”, played by Moroccan actor, Mehdi Ouzaani. Talk about art imitating life. People are saying this is just a coincidence. I don’t believe in coincidences…
Why does the devil in ‘The Bible’ look exactly like President Obama?
From Does the Bible say What the Devil, Satan, or Demons look like?…
In Hebrew, the name Satan means “the accuser”. And the Bible describes him as the accuser of the brethren or the saints of God in Revelation 12:10, “For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night.” The Devil is sometimes, shockingly, behind a pulpit and spewing forth false gospels as he appears as an angel of light, yet he is the father of lies (2 Cor. 11:14).
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UPDATED: Sunday, March 17, 2013 10:55 AM (My original post follows my update)
I’ve been watching “The Bible” and am in awe of its magnificence. It’s very well done, but what I didn’t know is that strange things happened on the set during the filming of “The Bible”. Here is the true account from the producer of the Series, Mark Burnett, of the goings on while filming.
At the end of this article, it states…
“Whether or not you believe these were on-set miracles or just mere coincidences…”
As you may know, I don’t believe in coincidences…
As always, my original post follows this update…
From Inside TV…
Mark Burnett says ‘weird things happened’ on ‘The Bible’ set
by Grady Smith
Image Credit: Lightworkers Media/Hearst Productions
Last Sunday, the first installment of History’s five-part miniseries The Bible beat everything on television with a massive 13.1 million viewers, making it cable’s most-watched entertainment telecast this year.
For producer Mark Burnett, who worked on the ten-hour special with wife Roma Downey, the success of The Bible isn’t all that surprising. “It will be, over the next 40 or 50 years, the most watched thing that Roma and I have ever made,” he told EW, quite confidently, back in January.
At the time, Burnett gushed about shooting the series. “I really believe what I’m going to tell you right now,” he said. “The hand of God was on this…. the edit came together perfectly, the actors came together perfectly, it just comes to life.” But Burnett wasn’t just speaking about how well the practicalities of production had gone. “Weird things happened during filming,” he said. “Everybody would look at each other like, “Whoa.”
Here are a few of the “weird things” he was talking about:
A mighty desert wind “There’s a scene with Jesus and Nicodemus, when Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night. It’s a very still night, not a breath of wind, and we’re on the edge of the Sahara desert in a palm grove in an oasis… Jesus says, ‘The Holy Spirit is like the wind.’ At that moment, a wind, like as if a 747 was taking off, blew his hair, almost blew the set over and sustained for 20 seconds across the desert, and the actors didn’t break — they kept going. And everything stopped. Everyone just looked at everyone like, ‘What just happened?’”
The missing frock “We had hundreds of craftsmen working [on making costumes], and the most important costume was Jesus’ costume. Every time, at the end of the day, the costume’s got to be taken away to be maintained. So when we were doing the baptism scenes, it’s completely immersed in water. During it, a portion of the costume came away. We shot this in a giant reservoir on the edge of the Sahara desert, so we’re never going to find this again. It’s really bad. Every time you lose something, you’ve got five months ahead, and you can’t replicate these costumes. Four days later, a kid showed up from many, many, many miles away, who had been seeking us through the desert to return this to us. He didn’t know what it was why he should seek us, but he felt he had to return it.”
Cobras at the cross “We had a snake wrangler every day on the set. I mean, we’ve got a couple hundred people shooting, and we can’t afford to have people getting bitten by snakes. Every day, this guy would find a snake or maybe two snakes, and remove them. On the day of the crucifixion, a lot of people prayed. The cross was a huge thing. They prayed [for safety], ‘Imagine if this cross fell. The actor playing Jesus could be killed or badly injured.’ The snake man came to work that day — he’d gotten there early on the mountain playing Golgotha, and the bag of snakes [he was carrying] was the biggest bag I’d ever seen. He came to my wife and said, ‘Miss Roma, there were 48 snakes.’ He found 48 cobras and vipers hidden within the rocks around the cross.”
Whether or not you believe these were on-set miracles or just mere coincidences, one thing is certain — The Bible’s ratings are , in fact, pretty divine.
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Moses receives the Ten Commandments.
The History Channel has outdone itself with “The Bible”, a new 10-part docudrama mini-series that tells some stories from The Holy Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Sunday’s premier episode shows powerful re-enactments and engaging cinematography that depicts God’s wrath on sin by flooding Earth, Abraham proving his faith in God, and Moses leading the Israelites on their escape from Egypt and delivering the Ten Commandments. “The Bible” Series Intro and Trailer Videos are at the end of this post.
The series was created by Mark Burnett, and co-produced by and co-stars Roma Downey, one of the very few actresses I admire, and who co-starred on the TV show “Touched By An Angel”, an old show from the 90s that I’ve been hooked on since I first watched last year.
The premier 2-hour episode, “In The Beginning / Exodus” starts this Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 8-10 PM EST, and continues airing through until Easter Sunday. Here is the scheduled airings for the premier 2-hour episode…
Sunday March 3, 2013 8:00 – 10:00 PM EST
Monday March 4, 2013 12:02 – 2-02 AM EST
8:00 – 9:00 PM EST
Tuesday March 5, 2013 12:02 – 02:02 AM EST
Wednesday March 6, 2013 9:00 – 11:02 PM EST
Thursday March 7, 2013 1:01 – 3:03 AM EST
Sunday March 10, 2013 6:00 – 8:02 PM EST
For airing times in your particular area, please consult…
UPDATED 04-01-11: HOW DO YOU TRANSLATE UNIVERSAL TIME TO YOUR OWN TIME ZONE?…
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History Channel’s “The Bible”
If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to expand your knowledge of all that is beautiful and good. Why not watch another great movie when you have the time, and watch this full-length story from The Holy Bible…
Paul the Apostle Full Movie Bible Movie
This religious subject matter is so revered by most of America that Hollywood wants to cash in on it so they’re in the process of working on “Noah” and a movie centering on Pontius Pilate. They’re desperate because the trash they’ve been putting out and calling “movies” isn’t bringing in the money they require so their high-paid pampered pests will show up. Little do they know their brand of subject matter doesn’t hold a candle to the thirst America has for God Almighty and all the goodness He has brought to this great country of ours. Our job as Americans is to make sure that it stays that way…
In God We Will Always Trust…
Official Intro of “The Bible” Series by Mark Barnett and Roma Downey
The Bible – Extended Look
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UPDATED: Friday, February 22, 2013 7:15 PM(My original post follows my update)…
Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Lincoln” Movie based on his book of the same title set a viewership record for National Geographic. The Sunday night 2-hour premier averaged 3.4 million viewers (1 million in the 25-54 demo). Now we wait for National Geographic’s next DocuDrama, “Killing Kennedy” and also for Bill O’Reilly’s next book, “Killing Jesus” due out in September of this year…
Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Lincoln’ Sets NatGeo Ratings Record
Congratulations, Mr. O’Reilly!
Killing Lincoln From left, Geraldine Hughes, Billy Campbell and Jesse Johnson (playing John Wilkes Booth) in this docudrama on the National Geographic Channel, Sunday night at 8, Eastern and Pacific times; 7, Central time.
Tonight’s premier of “Killing Lincoln” on the National Geographic Channel (based on Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book, co-authored by Martin Dugard) is a riveting account of President Abraham Lincoln’s last days (Happy Belated Birthday, President Lincoln). I am such a big fan of President Abraham Lincoln that I’ll be watching / recording all three President Lincoln-themed movies tonight. In the New York Times’ story, they also mention the other two movies airing tonight as a “Lincoln Trifecta”…
“…for anyone who can’t get enough of the 16th president, on Sunday it will be possible to arrange a Lincoln trifecta, seeing “Lincoln,” Salvador Litvak’s new film; “Saving Lincoln” (about the president’s bodyguard); and “Killing Lincoln” in a single day…”
I have included links to the write-up from the New York Times and also a tepid review from the Los Angeles Times…
A tepid review from the Los Angeles Times…‘Killing Lincoln’ review: An epic tale tediously told
Here’s the New York Times write-up…Lincoln, the Play and Everything After
If you miss tonight’s 2-hour premier episode of “Killing Lincoln” at 8PM EST, you can watch repeat airings throughout the week. I have included dates and times…
Sunday February 17, 2013 8:00 PM EST
10:00 PM EST
Monday February 18, 2013 12:00 AM EST
Saturday February 23, 2013 7:00 PM EST
9:00 PM EST
11:00 PM EST
Sunday February 24, 2013 1:00 AM EST
For airing times in your particular area, please consult…
UPDATED 04-01-11: HOW DO YOU TRANSLATE UNIVERSAL TIME TO YOUR OWN TIME ZONE?…
Be sure to watch, and may God rest the soul of one of the greatest presidents ever to lead America and grace the White House (along with President George Washington)—President Abraham Lincoln…
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Prophecy of the last pope is upon us
Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, aka Pope Benedict XVI, 85, is the 265th Pope and has resigned his post due to health issues. This is almost unheard of, especially since the last time a pope resigned was the year 1415—598 years ago. Being a Catholic, I’m shocked and saddened that Benedict chose one of the holiest times of the year to resign. He’s been in ill health since the beginning of last year, and I wonder…why now? With Ash Wednesday just a couple of days away, my prayers will be with him, but my mind will be on another issue, more grave…
There is some talk that the next pope could be Cardinal Peter Turkson from Ghana. I am fearful if he is named as our next pope because according to prophesy, if the next pope after Benedict is named “Peter”, he will be our last pope, and it will signify the end of the world. Kind of ironic because with the first black guy in the White House, we’ve been experiencing one disaster after another, so this would only add to the destruction.
Here is a post from my Blog as posted on 09-09-09. It’s about the predictions of Nostradamus and Maelmhaedhoc O’Morgair, most known as St. Malachy. A lot of what is written here rings so true today that it’s jaw-dropping. After all, Benedict was pope for only 8 years—a short reign, and many more astute prophesies here…
LIKE NOSTRADAMUS, ST. MALACHY (WHO PREDICTED THE LAST 10 POPES) AND OTHERS HAVE CORRECTLY FORETOLD PROPHESIES…
Now for the current story…
Peter Turkson and Timothy Dolan Wont Replace Benedict XVI As Next Pope It Would Be Too Risky.
Pope Benedict XVI publically announced on Monday that he will resign on Feb. 28, citing poor health.
He is the first pope in 600 years to resign.
The resignation came as a shock to the Vatican and the wider Catholic world. The announcement is certain to plunge the Roman Catholic world into frenzied speculation about Benedict’s likely successor. By mid-March, it is expected that the Vatican will have a new pope. The next pope will be expected to strengthen a faltering Church rocked by sex scandal and membership decline. No longer is the Catholic Church the supreme religious and political entity that it has historically been, and the new pope will be forced to pull in a diverse congregation across Africa, Latin America, the West, and Asia, and do so by reframing the role of the Church in people’s minds.
[Follow LIVE coverage of Pope Benedict’s succession and analysis on potential candidates]
Pope Benedict, the former German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who took office in 2005 following the death of his predecessor, was a conservative pope who many criticized for not fighting the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Church over the last decade.
Why is Benedict resigning?
The pope said on Monday in Rome that after examining his conscience “before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are longer suited to an adequate exercise” of his position as head of the world’s Roman Catholics.
The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Sunday. The decision was confirmed by the Vatican on Monday.
In a statement in several languages, the pope said his “strength of mind and body” had “deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”
Benedict XVI is the 265th Pope, a position in which he serves dual roles as Sovereign of the Vatican City State and leader of the Catholic Church. As Pope, he is regarded as the successor of Saint Peter the Apostle.
The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants.
Benedict called his choice “a decision of great importance for the life of the church.”
Benedict’s resignation sets the stage for the Vatican to hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March, since the traditional mourning time that would follow the death of a pope doesn’t have to be observed.
There are several papal contenders, but no obvious front-runner — the same situation when Benedict was elected pontiff in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II. It has been speculated that the Church wants to elect a pope that is more non-traditional this time around, possibly picking a cardinal from a nation which has never held the position. The next pope could be a historic pick, coming from a unprecedented background. Some analysts argue that the Catholic Church should pick a New World pope (from Africa, South America, or North America) to stay relevant and reaffirm the Church’s global power.
Who will be the next pope?
Contenders include Cardinal Angelo Scola, archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, the archbishop of Vienna, and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Canadian head of the Vatican’s office for bishops.
Cardinal Scola looks to be the top candidate. Global Vatican watchers have tipped Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola as favorite to succeed Benedict. I guess yet another Italian pope is just what the Catholic Church needs.
[See 3 facts about the next potential pope, Angelo Scola]
Longshots include Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana. Although Dolan is popular and backs the pope’s conservative line, the general thinking is that the Catholic Church doesn’t need a pope from a “superpower.”
Bookmaker Paddy Power is now taking bets on who will be the next pope, and Cardinal Turkson of Ghana is an early favorite to replace the 85-year-old pope, at odds 9/4. Turkson, though, may be far untraditional for the Church. A black could plunge the Catholic world into fierce (and likely racist) debate, and would be an extreme move by the Church.
All cardinals under age 80 are allowed to vote in the conclave, the secret meeting held in the Sistine Chapel where cardinals cast ballots to elect a new pope. As per tradition, the ballots are burned after each voting round; black smoke that snakes out of the chimney means no pope has been chosen, while white smoke means a pope has been elected.
Popes are allowed to resign; church law specifies only that the resignation be “freely made and properly manifested.”
The next pope will be expected to reaffirm the strength of the Catholic Church across the world.
Papal influence on macro-level politics began its decline when the first regents in medieval Europe stood in opposition to the will of the Holy See during the reformation, and continued its decline until the Papal States fell in 1870. While some leaders today still hold respect and swear fealty to the pope, even the most ardently Catholic politician in a democratic country would likely choose to follow the prescriptions of their electorate over those of the pope. Excommunication is no longer the ultimate punishment that a leader can face, and popes in the modern age issue “advice” and “guidance” to leaders, as opposed to the “edicts” and “commands” of old.
Even on a micro-level, the reformation had a strongly negative impact on papal authority. As viable alternatives to the Catholic Church became available, the pope’s political influence waned among the people. With the tide of scientific advance and the liberalization of information, the church has seen its role in the lives of its own adherents wither further. Sex abuse scandals and controversy over the church’s antiquated views on homosexuality, contraception, and the role of women (among others) have largely discredited the church and made ecumenical opinion less relevant in the minds of the average Catholic. The concepts of infallibility and divine authority are increasingly less accepted by a public that has been brought up with deeply ingrained ideas of democratic choice, rational examination, and human equality.
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Monday, September 9, 2013 — 12:02 AM (My original post follows my update)
I’m posting a video of James Woods’ explanation of what happened on his flight prior to 9/11 as told to Bill O’Reilly on his Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor shortly after the terrorist attacks…
James Woods recounts Atta Hijacking Attempt before 9/11
Here’s my Original Post…
I write this post as I listen to today’s news where terrorism abounds…
Protesters attack U.S. diplomatic compounds in Egypt, Libya
American killed in attack on US Consulate in Libya, security official says, following Egyptian protest at US embassy
Suspected al-Qaida bombing misses Yemen minister
This is further evidence that makes my post even more relevant…
On the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I can remember watching the night James Woods was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I remember him telling Leno about what happened when he was on a flight from Boston to Los Angeles (some say it was New York, but I believe it was Los Angeles) shortly before the 9/11 attacks. He stated that on that flight, he saw some Arab-looking guys sitting with him in the first class section. He noticed they were behaving suspiciously so he reported it to the FBI who interviewed him.
Now, if we didn’t live in a world where political correctness is so rampant, maybe these attacks could have been prevented. We’ll never know because the FAA didn’t investigate Woods’ story because they saw it as an act of racial profiling. In essence, America was the victim of a vicious act of terrorism as a result, all in the name of political correctness. An FBI agent later told James Woods that because George W. Bush acted quickly in grounding the other aircraft at Logan Airport here in Boston, he probably diverted more terrorist attacks because airport personnel found box cutters taped under the seats of those grounded planes.
I don’t believe in racial profiling, but if a minority is acting strangely, we shouldn’t be afraid to report it. It isn’t racial profiling, it’s odd behavior profiling, which is very different. There’s a fine line between racial profiling and odd behavior profiling only if the odd behavior is being enacted by a minority. Why is that? If we see someone acting suspiciously, we shouldn’t care if they’re white, black, orange or green, we should speak up and report it. It’s well known that there are domestic terrorists as well. Unfortunately, if it’s a minority, you’re told to look the other way. No way! Are we to only notify authorities if suspicious-looking people are white? Political correctness and the race card should go the way of the dinosaurs—both are severely overrated and overplayed. Anyway, here’s James Woods’ story as told to Leno. I couldn’t find the video of their conversation on The Tonight Show…
Connection to 9/11
Following the September 11 attacks, Woods appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he stated that six or seven weeks prior to the attacks, in August 2001, he was on a flight from Boston to Los Angeles on which he noticed four Arab men sitting in the first class section -— the only other first-class passengers except himself -— behaving in a highly suspicious manner.
Woods stated that the men never spoke to each other except in muted tones, did not eat, drink or sleep, and mostly sat upright in their seats and stared directly ahead. Woods, fearing that the plane was about to be hijacked, alerted a flight attendant, who confided that she herself also noticed their behavior, and who in turn informed the first officer. No overt action was taken against them. One day after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Woods called the FBI and informed investigators about what he had seen the previous month. He was interviewed on September 13.
Woods repeated the anecdote when he appeared again on The Tonight Show on September 11, 2006, adding that Seymour Hersh, when writing about the incident in The New Yorker magazine, informed Woods that the FAA did not investigate the incident at the time because they considered it an act of racial profiling. Woods learned that he positively identified two of the 19 hijackers involved in the actual attacks weeks later, one of whom was on United Airlines Flight 175, and another of whom was on American Airlines Flight 77. Woods observed that this contradicts the testimony of possible 20th hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui, who asserted that members of different cells never had contact with one another. Woods believes that the flight was a test run for the hijackers’ impending plot.
In the same episode, Woods provided a potentially chilling addendum, stating that according to one FBI agent who interviewed him, other airplanes were discovered at Boston’s Logan Airport with box cutters taped under their seats, a possible indicator that other flights were intended as part of the hijackers’ plans that went unused only because they were grounded following the attacks on the World Trade Center.
James Woods Information
Woods Remembers Brother and 9/11 Anniversary
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James Woods appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Monday to reminisce about the loss of his brother, Michael, who recently died, and to discuss his connection to the 9/11 terror attacks. Michael died on July 26, at the age of 49 of a heart attack, shortly after the brothers had bonded while taking a cross-country road trip together and stopped at the World Poker Tournament. Woods has an unusual connection to the 9/11 tragedy – he was flying from Boston, Massachusetts to New York City shortly before the World Trade Center was attacked on a “test flight” with two terrorists who eventually died hijacking flights on September 11. The actor spoke with the cabin crew at the time of the flight and voiced his suspicions. Reports were filed with the Federal Aviation Administration once the plane landed, but no action was taken. He explains, “As I flew back this time, I was talking about it to some of the flight attendants and I brought up something that one of the FBI agents slipped and told me, he said, ‘It was great that President Bush grounded the aircraft so quickly because of those other planes at Logan (Airport in Boston) that had box cutters taped under the seats. The flight attendants said to me, yeah, we’ve been hearing a lot about this. There was a rumor that there may have been other planes that were set to go and because the planes were grounded so quickly those planes never got off the ground with perhaps other terrorist cells on them.” The actor stressed the need for tolerance and kindness and thanked Leno for allowing him to talk about his brother adding, “Thank you for honoring him, I appreciate the opportunity to kind of share who he was with the world.”»
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Today marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks when a series of four suicide attacks were committed on American soil by 19 members of al-Qaeda in the areas of New York City, NY; Washington, DC; Arlington, VA and Shanksville, PA.
America will never ever forget the horror and the shock of September 11, 2001, but I don’t think that’s what today will be about. It will be about honoring and remembering the brave 3,000+ people who were killed by extreme terrorists who wanted to annihilate innocent people in America. Their gutless attacks were no measure for the strength and resolve of the American people. Americans have been through hell and back, have tirelessly fought for justice and freedom for all people, and have always rebounded from severe adversity. That’s why freedom will never die, especially in America; we value it so intensely. America’s determination will shine as brightly as all those beautiful souls who perished on that fateful day. We will remember the fathers, the mothers, the grandfathers and grandmothers, the sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, aunts, uncles, friends and acquaintances who we knew and loved then, and remember still today. That’s who we will be remembering today, and always.
We, as a nation, have been so divided the past four years. This is one time where we can come together and be as one. We will join in remembering the brave fallen heroes who lost their own lives saving others; we will remember all those brave people who tried to help their coworkers get out, but couldn’t get out themselves; we will remember the brave men and women who were in those planes, comforting one another in their last hours of unimaginable grief; and we will remember all those loved ones who remained here, mourning their overwhelming losses. We will pray with those left behind, and as we pray together, we will feel the genuine love that one human being feels for another during a time of great loss and grief. We will do that because that’s what America is all about—it’s about people joining together to comfort one another, all the while knowing that God will give us a better tomorrow. We will pray with those who worked so tirelessly clearing the destruction left by radical cowards, endangering their own health in the process, and we will thank God that during that horrific time, and I remember it well, the construction crews, firefighters and police were able to stay at Ground Zero much longer because God blessed them with warm weather through the winter. May God bless them all for their heroic efforts!
Here is a link to the September 11th Memorial Site which lists all the names of those who perished on that tragic day. In this list, you can sort by Name, Age, Employer, City, State, Country, Location and when the list was Updated. Some pictures have been included as well. If you lost a loved one on that day, please accept my sincerest condolences to you and your families…
September 11th Memorial
I always remember them in my prayers, and their families as well. I’m posting a couple of sites that document the tragedies...
September 11, 2001 Info, Including Facts
Timeline Of Events
May God continue to bless them and keep them close to Him, and may God continue to bless us all and our Great Nation as well. I’d like to close with a few of my favorite quotes…
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
— Jesus Christ on the Mount, Matthew 5:4
“Grief shared is grief diminished.”
— Rabbi Grollman
“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”
— Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933)
With much love to all,
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UPDATED: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 7:06 PM (My original post follows my update)…
Congratulations, Liberals, on setting your sights so high. You all must be so proud of this accomplishment—spending money faster than it can be printed and faster than you can collect it from us, the taxpayers. I thought The U. S. National Debt would have hit $16 Trillions within 24 hours, but I was thinking—conservatively…
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The U. S. National Debt is set to reach the $16 Trillion mark within the next 24 hours…
…Just in time for the Democratic Convention, so why are they celebrating???
As I post this news this morning, it is currently at $15,999,555,+++,+++
Obama does not deserve another 4 years of the atrocity he has set down on America…
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Thomas Edison, inventor of mercury-free light bulb
Here it is Friday, Earth Day. I wanted to post something today that relates to “Earth Day” and I also wanted to post my “Friday Funnies”. Since they both occur on the same day, I wanted to post something that contains a little of both…
You’d think our government has much to do because of our escalating gas and food prices, coupled with the Mideast unrest, three wars, our ever-shrinking dollar, but what do they do? They try to legislate us into the ground. Case in point…New York legislators wanted to ban DODGEBALL at summer camps because of accidents that could occur! Really??? They were laughed out of the room so they have since recanted that suggestion. Now on Earth Day, I wanted to bring another idiotic move that, down the road, will set us back (financially)…
I’m talking about the incandescent light bulb that has slowly being phased out. Many companies that produce these bulbs have been closed, and now we’re getting them from–China! Our government is mandating that we only use the CFL bulbs that contain mercury. According to Larry Bell (I posted his article at the end of my post) stated…
“Thanks to pressure from environmental activist groups, a 2007 law passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress and signed by Republican President George W. Bush will make the sale of standard incandescent 100-watt bulbs illegal effective January 1, 2012, 75-watt bulbs on Jan. 1, 2013, and 60- and 40-watt bulbs as of Jan. 1, 2014.”
Environmental activists have been a thorn in our side for a long time. Couple that with the Democratic-controlled Congress, and you have the bill that Bush signed into law. The government is stating these CFL light bulbs contain “only 5 mg of mercury”. Mercury is highly toxic. Most people will throw these bulbs in the trash and will not go through the trouble of disposing of them responsibly. I’ve even seen big old car batteries tossed along the roadside. What do you think people are going to do with those small CFL light bulbs? This is hazardous waste, and there are different rules and regulations for the disposal of regular batteries and rechargeable ones. Do you really think most people are adhering to these rules and regulations? That would be a big fat NO. Wal-Mart wanted to sell as many as 100 million of them last year, but fell short.
I’d like to ask that you read these two news stories where CFL light bulbs exploded in peoples’ homes. The first article was in May of 2010 where the news anchor stated, “We checked with the EPA, and found some reassuring news. Government records show the risk of a bulb exploding is extremely rare. It’s almost impossible for one to start a fire, as all CFL-approved bulbs have a safety shutoff fuse in the base.”
Growing concerns over the safety of compact fluorescent light bulbs
Oh, really? Here’s a news story that appeared just 7 months later about a house fire in Hornell, NY in December of 2010 that was directly attributed to a CFL light bulb exploding just before 7 AM. Of course, we never heard this story because we have a very Liberal media. There were people in the house at the time. Thank God they weren’t injured, but what if nobody was home and this happened? Many people use light timers to deter burglaries. Now you have to weigh your options as to whether you want to run the risk of keeping a light on while you’re not home and possibly coming home to a fire. We’re told this is rare, but it does happen…
Compact fluorescent light bulb to blame for Hornell fire
Think about the other stories like this that won’t make it to the news. They’re intentionally hiding information like this from the general public. The government doesn’t have our backs; they have the backs of their supporters…like GE for starters. GE is making billions of dollars at our expense and our government is allowing them to because in politics, one hand washes the other.
Here’s a video of the comments made by U.S. Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas) on the Congressional mandate to have all American households and businesses use CFL light bulbs by banning all incandescent bulbs by 2014. He puts into perspective the foolishness of Congress and their good intentions. As Milton Freedman said, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”
Most people, including myself, either don’t like the light they emit or the potential for mercury contamination, and now the risk of a fire. Some advocates are saying that regular incandescent bulbs emit more toxins into the atmosphere, but I beg to differ. CFLs are not used as much as the government wants so here we go again…they’re enforcing yet another law on us to help finance their huge spending habits and help their cronies. These will not save us money in the long run; quite the contrary. If you look at the big picture, these CFLs will go into our landfills, and because they’re cumulative, these poisonous toxins will saturate the soil leading to mercury poisoning our environment. The EPA will be spending plenty of money down the road when they’re faced with mercury contamination clean up duty, then they will pass those fees onto us in the form of a new “energy tax”. This will also force them to enact more rules and regulations for testing well water. We’re all concerned about our water supply, but just wait until we’re flooded with mercury. If you think our environment is causing cancer now, watch those numbers surge into the stratosphere because of mercury poisoning. Five milligrams of mercury may seem insignificant as the government is stressing, but try multiplying that times 100 million, or even 100 billion, and see what happens.
What about the cost to properly dispose of these CFLs by recycling stations? I’ll bet every city and town in the U.S. will see a huge jump in their taxes to help finance this new ordinance, under a new energy or “green” guise. I don’t know about you, but I’m not seeing green here; I’m seeing red, and if this goes through as planned, we’ll all be in the red because we just can’t handle all these taxes that are being thrown at us. They’re piling up as fast as our overdue bills. In the long run, this is doomed to fail, but like everything else in the government, they don’t look before they leap. If they did, we wouldn’t be dealing with half the crap we’re dealing with now. As I’ve said before, the Obama movement is looking more like a bowel movement.
LED (light-emitting-diode) lighting is the way to go, similar to the lighting used on the New Year’s Eve Ball in Times Square. Philips will be bringing this idea to light (ah, the pun; different company, though) for home use in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, I’d put a drop cloth down before you go changing any of those CFL bulbs to save a lot of time and aggravation on clean up, and also your health. Maybe go one step further and use one of those masks that cover your nose and mouth.
The government is, once again, forcing us to use CFLs. What if we don’t want to use them? Mercury poisoning is just one reason. Some people feel that they bring on or exacerbate migraines. We don’t have too many choices, especially with the Jerks du soleil in Washington pitching their tent of agendas.
In light (no pun intended here) of the GE and Obama friendship I see strengthening, I believe that Obama’s cronies are forcing everyone to switch (yet another pun) from incandescent, and much safer, bulbs to the compact fluorescent light bulbs to help feed both the Obama pocket and the GE corporate account. Who stands to benefit from this new “energy law” of banning incandescent bulbs? GEE…let me think. As I’ve said many times before, we now have a government “of the government, by the government and for the government. Apparently, one hand washes the other in Obama’s Crony Town…
I’m posting two well-written articles (below) on this topic that I’m hoping you’ll read…
HEAT OF THE MOMENT
Warning: Vacate room when CFL bulb breaks
Energy-saving devices called so dangerous everyone must leave for at least 15 minutes
Posted: January 06, 2008
1:00 am Eastern
© 2009 WorldNetDaily.com
Thomas Edison must be rolling over in his grave.
Less than a month after the U.S. Congress passed an energy bill banning the incandescent light bulb by 2014, the UK Environment Agency issued guidelines calling for evacuation of any room where an energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulb is broken, releasing toxic mercury.
The warning comes a month before the British government begins its phase-out of tungsten bulbs, scheduled to be completed in 2011. The switchover to CFL bulbs will save at least five million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year, the government said.
Health experts warned this week that people with certain skin ailments will suffer from the new eco-friendly bulbs which cause conditions such as eczema to flare up. Additionally, the bulbs have been linked to migraine headaches in some people.
The Environment Agency’s latest advice focuses on the 6 to 8 milligrams of toxic mercury in each bulb.
Users who break a bulb should vacate the room for at least 15 minutes, the new guidelines say. The debris should not be removed with a vacuum cleaner, which could put toxic dust into the air, but with rubber gloves. The broken glass and all residue is to be placed into a sealed plastic bag and taken to a local official recyclingsite for proper disposal.
“Because these light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, they could cause a problem if disposed of in a normal bin,” environmental scientist Dr David Spurgeon told the London Daily Mail.
“It is possible that the mercury could be released into the air or from land-fill when they are released into the wider environment. That is a concern, because mercury is a well-known toxic substance.”
The Environmental Agency noted that neither warnings about the bulbs’ toxicity nor directions for proper disposal is printed on any packaging.
Such warnings aren’t necessary, said one toxicologist who said a number of bulbs would have to be smashed simultaneously before there was a danger.
“Mercury accumulates in the body – especially the brain,” Dr. David Ray, from the University of Nottingham, told the BBC. “The biggest danger is repeated exposure – a one off exposure is not as potentially dangerous compared to working in a light bulb factory.
“If you smash one bulb then that is not too much of a hazard. However, if you broke five bulbs in a small unventilated room then you might be in short term danger.”
The most-immediate hazard from the CFL bulbs may be to Brits’ pocketbooks. It costs about $1,300 to properly dispose of one municipal recycling bin full of bulbs – a figure that is sure to increase residents’ tax bills.
Link to the above article: Warning: Vacate room when CFL bulb breaks
Here’s a recent article that is quite informative…
How Many Politicians Are Needed To Screw Up A Light Bulb?
I really wish our government would just do what they were elected to do——keep America safe from terrorists and let the free market take care of getting America back on track. With government intervention, America is sadly derailing at a high rate of speed. So where is the joke in my “Friday Funnies”, you might be asking? That would be our government and everything they stand for. Have a very Happy Easter, Everyone!!!
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Here we go again…
Obama has officially announced that his re-election campaign has now begun. As I see it, it never ended. He’s been all over the place in campaign mode and now he’ll step it up a notch, if that is even possible.
Now Obama’s been going around trying to drum up some approval for his energy agenda (article follows my post). He wants all of us to go out and get an energy-efficient vehicle [again] even though we can’t afford it (remember the Cash For Clunker failure?) I blogged about it…
THE HIDDEN AGENDA OF THE “CASH FOR CLUNKERS” PROGRAM…
Now he’s touting energy efficiency once again, even though our government has pushed it under the rug for quite some time, as I blogged about as well. This is a real eye-opener…
AN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY EXPOSE…
Seems to me, our government wants to keep us at the mercy of our government and the oil companies. Why? Another question I’d like to ask is why is it that Obama states that he has a hybrid vehicle, but doesn’t drive it much; it’s mostly in the garage. Why? If he really wanted to make an appeal to Americans, he would drive one himself, but even he doesn’t like it! Once again, it’s “Do as I say, not as I do” Obama. What a piece of work he is. I still can’t believe that people actually voted for this idiot. Yes, I said idiot! Here’s just a couple of reasons…
Ask yourself, “Are we any better today than we were two years ago?” If you ask my husband and I, our friends and family, the answer is NO! We are far worse off. The price of a gallon of gas has doubled since Obama took office, according to price tracking website, GasBuddy. Here’s a compilation of local gas prices in the U.S. and in Canada…
Local Gas Prices in the USA and Canada
The price of a gallon of gas was approximately $1.79 nationally when Obama was sworn in, yet people were screaming at Bush because of the escalating gas prices. Here we are today paying an average of $3.58 per gallon and not one person in the media is blaming Obama. Oil prices jumped 6.8% last month amid the unrest in the Middle East. Oil is now at $108.47 a barrel, yet there is no outrage against Obama as there was against Bush, even though we are doing far, far worse now than when Bush was in office. Here is a look at the current commodities market, according to CNN. Oil is now at a 30-month high: Commodities
Ask yourself…”Are we doing better with Obama?” If this trend continues, and it will, gas prices would double again within a year, according to the Washington Times.
Remember when Obama said that with his Cap and Trade Bill, energy costs would “necessarily skyrocket”? Here he states that companies would have to retrofit their operations, and as a consequence, they would pass those higher costs onto us, the consumers…
Obama – forcing electricity prices to skyrocket (Video)
People voted for this narcissistic fool back in 2008, and if he gets in again in 2012 then I will have to agree (for once) with the Democrats that “voters are stupid”. When you look at who voted for Obama, as seen in these videos, you can understand why Obama was elected in 2008—because people didn’t know him and didn’t take the time to educate themselves as to what his policies were. Obama’s campaign people are claiming that they will have $1B in campaign contributions to dedicate to Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. I wonder how much of that will be illegally obtained. I hope and pray to Almighty God that money won’t buy his election again. I am praying that Americans will wake up and smell the filth that he has set upon this country and vote for someone who will do the job of The People, not the Snow Job we got from Obama.
Unless these clueless idiots start educating themselves on what Obama and his administration truly stand for, they will make the same crucial mistake again in 2012. This is why the media tries to keep voters in the dark, which is why I watch Fox News on a daily basis—I listen then I research what I hear myself to see if they’re correct, and they always are. Listen to these idiots in these videos. This will be playing out all over again, except on a higher level. Please keep in mind that these were from the 2008 election, and the Democrats were the majority. Clueless idiots voting for a clueless idiot—I guess birds of a feather really do flock together…
Must watch! HowObamaGotElected.com “Informed” Obama voters (Video)
Obama Is Going To Pay For My Gas And Mortgage!!! (Video)
In this video, a voter said she is going to vote for Obama because “we can’t even afford food for our children with a job”. How’s that working out for her now that unemployment under Obama is at an all-time high?
Obama Voters (Video)
In this video, black voters were asked why they voted for Obama. Keep in mind that they were asked about McCain’s policies, but were told they were Obama’s. Never correcting the interviewer, they went along really thinking they were Obama’s policies, and these people are voting in 2012. We’re in serious trouble…
Stupid Obama Voters (Video)
I’m sure Obama will be revisiting “all 58 states” as he said during his previous campaign, where he claimed, “I’ve now been to 57 states; I think…one left to go.” Which state would that 58th be, Obama? The State of Confusion (where you are) or the State of Shock (where we are)?…
Obama says fuel prices will change car habits
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Barack Obama said on Saturday Americans would start changing the kinds of cars they drive if gasoline prices continue to climb and said he owned a hybrid vehicle, though he doesn’t drive it much.
Obama, an Illinois senator and the front-runner for his party’s presidential nomination, has made fighting climate change a key issue of his campaign, and as fuel prices soar, he has repeatedly called on car makers to increase fuel efficiency standards.
Without specifically telling Americans to stop buying gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles, the Illinois senator said higher fuel prices would lead to a shift.
“We’ve seen that this quarter. People are changing their behavior and we’ve seen a slump in the sales of SUVs and big trucks and a drastic spike in cars both medium size and small,” he told reporters on his campaign plane.
Obama put responsibility on car makers to make vehicles more fuel efficient.
“They’ve done a better job of investment than they have in the past. There’s still more work to do, and the federal government should help them do it,” he said.
Obama, who spends most of his time traveling around the country on a plane and in cars driven by his Secret Service agents, does have a car of his own that is environmentally friendly.
“These days I don’t drive much,” he said. “I bought a hybrid, but we keep it in the garage mostly.”
(Reporting by Jeff Mason)
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