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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I really try to see the good in people; I really do. Try as I might, in 7+ years, I can’t come up with one good thing about Obama that is worthy of any respect or even a mention. Every day, it’s one disaster after another. I try not to pay attention. I try to focus more on my life than his, but it’s been affecting all of us so much that I have come to the realization that this one guy—Obama—has not only fundamentally changed the United States of America, but he has changed the whole world.
People should have realized where this guy’s loyalties lied when he went to Muslim countries to apologize for American exceptionalism when he first stole The People’s House through voter fraud. He has called America a racist country even though he’s of mixed race, and whites voted for him with record votes. He has single-handedly brought down world leaders where worse terrorist leaders replaced them, bringing anarchy to their streets. He has turned government against Christians and Jews; turned race against race, favoring the black race over the white race, and uses the race card at every turn. Obama has erased God from even being mentioned in schools. He has armed our enemies and threatened and turned away from our allies. He has sided with criminal thugs who were breaking the law at the time of their incarceration or death, blaming police officers. He claimed Cambridge police officers “acted stupidly” when they were asked to investigate a crime taking place where a black guy broke into a home in an affluent neighborhood. They had no idea that the black guy forgot his keys and was just trying to gain entrance into his own home. How could the police have known that? Even before he knew all the details, Obama called them out mainly because the black guy was a Liberal professor friend of his, and the police should have known you can’t pick on a black guy when he’s trying to break into a home. This was a brief look at what was to come in the near future. Obama lit a match to the Occupy Wall Street Movement in 2011 after he blamed the 1% for the social and economic inequality worldwide.
When Travon Martin got into a fight with George Zimmerman, the media immediately reported he was fighting with a white guy. In no time flat, Obama took to his podium and stated that “if he had a son, it would look like Trayvon”, even before he knew the details. When the media found out the guy was Hispanic, they quickly changed his description to “a white Hispanic” whatever that is. Today we have Obama embracing black thugs, and he even arranged three of his reps to attend the funeral of another black thug, Michael Brown, who was caught stealing at a convenience store and ended up bull-rushing a white cop, Officer Darren Wilson, tried to take Officer Wilson’s gun when he tried to apprehend Brown. Michael Brown ended up dead, and Officer Wilson was within his legal rights to use deadly force after being overtaken by a 6’5″, 289-pound black guy. When you do the crime, you’ve got to be prepared to do the time. Unfortunately, Brown chose death. There was rioting in the streets and that’s what started the Black Lives Matter Bowel Movement.
Because of Obama, we have so many people out of work, many have no desire to work, and others can’t find work. Millions of illegal aliens are flooding this country and are receiving taxpayer-funded assistance. I can’t with good conscience call it “government-funded assistance” because it’s our money, not theirs that they’re giving these deadbeats. Many illegal aliens are vicious criminals, many have killed Americans, yet they’re still out on our streets. Only a black guy could get away with all this anarchy. Imagine if there was a white guy or a white woman in The People’s House? Do you really think he or she would be able to have all the lavish parties and vacations that Obama has taken advantage of, while doing nothing to protect this country or its people? Do you think they’d be able to have his or her mother-in-law stay in The People’s House and also pay for all those lavish vacations and attend all those parties? Think again.
Then there’s Benghazi, the NSA scandal, the IRS scandal, etc., etc, etc. Obama has lied so many times about so many things, I couldn’t list them all here, nor do I have the time to list all that he’s involved in in his quest to take down not only America, but the whole world. The bottom line is Obama has shown that he is an Islamic terrorist sympathizer. He is not one of us, and he truly is his father’s son, whether it’s the Kenyan, Barack Obama, Sr. or the Communist, Frank Marshall Davis. The jury’s still out on who his father really is, but he’s the spitting image of Frank Marshall Davis. Obama is not on the side of America. Why else would he give Iran everything they asked for, but never even asked for the four American prisoners rotting in Iran’s jails. He’s not one of us because he’s always told our enemies what he’s doing and even gives them timetables. What commander-in-chief would ever do that? He’s not with us; he’s against us, and nobody seems to see it! If you read any of my earlier posts when I first started blogging, I was singing the same tune, but nobody believed me.
I’ve never, ever been a political person. I’ve always felt confident with the people America has put in office. That changed with Bill Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky scandal. I remember seeing his face, looking at the camera and pointed a finger stating that he didn’t have sex with “that woman, Monica Lewinsky”. Little did Slick Willy know, Lewinsky had that infamous blue dress as evidence. Then with his tail between his legs, he had to confess. As far as I’m concerned, Monica Lewinsky will always be Bill Clinton’s legacy.
While Slick Willy was still in office, he was impeached, but it went nowhere because Democrats are apparently made out of Teflon. The same can be said for Obama. He’s sheltered by the Democrats and the media. Americans thought putting a black smooth talker in The People’s House would show the world that we have risen above our tortured past, but Obama doesn’t want anyone to forget about it. When he was campaigning, all he talked about was inequality this, and inequality that, share the wealth, and most people bought it. I didn’t believe a word he said, and I still automatically think the opposite of whatever he says.
I apologize for this rather lengthy post, but I had to get it off of my chest, and I’m feeling a little better now that’s I’ve put it into words. I’ve got to be honest. When I started listening to Ben Carson, all he talked about was slavery and Jim Crow, and the only thing I thought about was, OMG, not again! People were starting to turn away, then he stated that being in prison “made you gay”, and that didn’t go over well, along with other gaffes, but then he “softened it up” and now he’s chastising Trump. I can’t say I trust any of the people running, but I’m watching them all very closely. After watching the first Republican debate, I liked Trump and Fiorina. Ted Cruz was scoring low, but then he decided to go along with Trump, and as is typical of politicians, whichever way the wind blows, that’s where they’ll set their sails. I’m done with politicians, but I fear that Ben Carson shouldn’t have given up his day job because he knows absolutely nothing about foreign matters at all, which was evident in a lot of his interviews.
Now, we have one of the saddest dates in the history of America coming up tomorrow, September 11th, where we remember those innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001 because Islamic terrorists wanted to kill as many people as they could on that particular day. An off-shoot of The Black Lives Matter Bowel Movement, Fuk Yo Flag, are threatening violence on September 11th in videos and blog posts to the location of Stone Mountain, GA. They are calling for all blacks to attend a day of reckoning and are telling them it’s “open season on killing white people and cops”, and to burn all flags. I’m wondering if they’re all going to also burn their EBT cards and welfare money. Are they going to move out of their housing? Are they also going to turn in their Obama phones? After all, it’s because of the hard earned money from millions of people that they have these “free luxuries”, and many of them are white.
Get a load of this pathetic black woman with no pants on wiping her butt with the American Flag, with her middle finger stuck defiantly in the air. I apologize to our military for her blatant disregard for this great country, where she can actually get away with this disgraceful act. Even more pathetic are the rants from the self-proclaimed “King Noble, Black Supremacist”. Read this and watch the video if you can stomach what this country has become because Obama built this…
THIS IS OBAMA’S LEGACY…
#FukYoFlag Movement Calls For Black Lives Matter Violence On 9/11
Members of the Black Lives Matter splinter group Fuk Yo Flag are threatening violence on September 11 in videos and blog posts.
After posting a recent video that called for “open season on killing white people and cops,” a man who identifies himself as “King Noble, Black Supremacist” has put out another bizarre, expletive-laced video where he delivers a monologue of his contempt for both the American and Confederate flags, which he claims are symbols of oppression.
King Noble Reveals the Secret Location of #FYF911
The video begins with Noble saying:
The orders have just come down from the head organizer of #FYF911 movement from Palmetto Star — the ratched revolutionary, too raw for TV — the order has come down to reveal the secret locaiton of FYF mobilization.
The event will be held in Stone Mountain. Get there. In Stone Mountain, you will witness the end of U.S. imperialist white supremecy. September 11th, Stone Mountain. Get there.
Stone Mountain, Georgia is a park and the home of the Confederate Memorial Carving that commemorates three Confederate leaders of the Civil War: President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson.
Noble goes on to say: “Fuck yo flag. Stone Mountain. It’s over with. We will burn every single flag.”
The group’s website contains similair rhetoric.
“We, the people, are psychologically and physically breaking free of the imperialist, colonialist, and racist empires by burning representations starting on September 11th, 2015. Why September 11th? We recognize that these imperial powers attacked their own citizens on 9/11 in an attempt to gain more power from its people. We are not disrespecting any citizen that may have died during these attacks on this day; instead, we are acknowledging that, from this day forward, we are holding ALL imperial nations responsible for their needless deaths! On 9/11 we will be burning American flags, Confederate flags, police uniforms, and ALL representations of organized evil and oppressive nations. We also will be raising the Liberation flag and building on a new nation for the people. This is an INTERNATIONAL movement and a day of unity, progressive action, and liberation. To all OPPRESSIVE AND ORGANIZED EVIL after #FYF911, the people will not be bound to you any longer!!
The Fuk Yo Flag movement was reported on by Breitbart Texas in a widely-read story after they threatened a vet and others who were exposing them.
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America’s heroes are from left to right:
Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan of Hampden, MA, 40
Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells of Cobb, GA, 21
Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist of Polk County, WI, 27
Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt of Burke, NC, 37
I was all set to post this on my Blog this afternoon, but then I heard about Randall Smith and wanted to include him here as well. This is a long post and it took me awhile to compose it, but it is my heartfelt thank you to the five heroic and beautiful souls who were taken from us so tragically. I hope you’ll read this post in its entirety and keep these five brave warriors, their loving families and their community in your prayers. I came across a few eye-openers on this story of the horrific terrorist attack that first started at a military recruitment station and then at a Navy and Marines Reserve Center seven miles away in Chattanooga, TN. More on this story follows my post. Thank you…
While on a walk this morning to gather more thoughts for this post, I watched as another of our veterans was laid to rest in a cemetery that I sometimes walk in. They had the customary Three-Volley Salute for another of America’s heroes that I’ve seen and heard so many times before. I don’t know anything about this veteran, but as I always do, I’ll go to the grave of the veteran at a more appropriate time and pray over his or her grave. It helps me to cope with a hero’s passing, and allows me to privately say “Thank you for your service to this great nation. Rest in peace”. Whether they pass because of natural causes or by vicious attack, they will never be forgotten.
I cried along with the rest of America when I first heard about the four U.S. Marines who are no longer with us. They are no longer with their families and friends because of the cowardly actions of a rogue Muslim extremist terrorist, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who was killed by police at the Armed Forces Recruitment Center after first firing at a military recruiting storefront several miles away. Several others were wounded at the second military recruitment center, including a Navy Sailor and veteran Chattanooga police officer, Sgt. Dennis Pedigo, who was wounded in the ankle and underwent surgery. Thank God he’s recovering.
Randall Smith. United States Naval Institute
Smith was a logistics specialist in the Navy. He’s pictured with his three daughters, all under six, and wife Angie.
Many people are wondering what possessed this “friendly” Muslim to “turn” and attack a couple of military installations and open fire on innocent, unarmed marines and others?
Three days before Abdulazeez opened fire, local Muslims held a protest defending their religion in Chattanooga during Ramadan, if you can believe that. They targeted Chattanooga because the FBI caught some guy, Robert Doggart, from there who was planning an attack on a mosque in upstate New York. Did the Muslims in this community coerce this coward to target military installations or did the coercion come from his father, Youssuf Saed Abdulazeez, who was on the terrorist watch list, then later removed? I wonder who took him off of that terrorist watch list, and will we ever find out who did? I won’t hold my breath.
Here’s some background information into Abdulazeez and his vicious father, Youssuf Saed Abdulazeez, who had a restraining order put on him from his wife filed back on February 5, 2009 because of sexual assaulting and viciously beating her, and also beating their son. Youssuf told his wife of 28 years that he wanted to take a second wife “because it’s allowed under Islamic Law”, but they’re in America where American Law exists, not Palestine or Kuwait (where Abdulazeez was born). There are more horror stories about how Muslim guys who come into this country either by legal or illegal means who show this same violent behavior toward women. Now there’s your “war on women”, Liberals and Progressives. With Obama taking in 100,000 or more Muslims into the United States every year, we can expect more of this, and it will spill out into our population, not just in their own circle, I assure you.
Obama could stop this or at least reduce this carnage on military installations by Islamic terrorists by repealing a law I believe Bill Clinton signed which disarmed U.S. soldiers on military bases. It was one of the first things he did when he took office in 1993. In March of the same year, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection. However, according to a story from TheBlaze on September 17, 2013, it was George H. W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense who put that law into place, not Bill Clinton. I still believe Bill Clinton had his hands in it because of what I’ve uncovered, just as he reduced military spending which resulted in the USS Cole terrorist attack, then boasted of a “surplus”. Actually, I don’t care who was at fault! The fact that this law hasn’t been repealed after countless shootings and fatalities at various military installations is an atrocity. This law should be repealed, but I don’t see it happening because any laws that need to be repealed are put into the proverbial circular file by our politicians—think ObamaCare.
Nadal Hasan’s terrorist attack (remember him?) at Fort Hood wouldn’t have happened or at the very least, the damage would have been minimal in comparison, if Clinton’s (or H. W. Bush’s) law wasn’t in place. Our military personnel would have been armed. Terrorists and other radicals know that they won’t be fired upon in gun-free zones which is why it’s happening more often in those places.
May God rest the souls of the four Marines and Navy Sailor who lost their lives, and May He bring comfort to their families. America grieves with them. Here’s another Muslim extremist who America educated, yet this pig wasn’t as grateful and “loving” as some people thought. Whoever persuaded him to act out this massacre on innocent people, he could have gone to the authorities or he could have said NO to the violent acts! What or who makes these seemingly “good” people turn away from good and incite evil onto innocent people for no reason at all?
Obama still won’t declare war on these pigs because he can’t even say the words “Islamic Extremist” or “Islamic Terrorists” or even Muslim Extremists”. From what has been playing out for almost seven years now, it appears that we have a Muslim Islamic terrorist sympathizer in the White House, at the very least. Why else would he not want to fight them, call them out on their terror attacks or declare war on them? He’s not fighting them, he’s ARMING THEM! Time to transfer Obama from the White House to the Big House.
To our Military Men and Women who are serving in our Armed Forces: We pray that God protects all of you as you protect us so selflessly. We pray that you are always surrounded by God’s Light so you can see the evil before it sees you. May you all safely return home to your families soon. We thank you all for your brave service to God’s beautiful country. May your families be blessed and comforted as they await your safe return home.
At the end of this post, I’ve included a couple of related stories.
In Love and Light…
For videos on this story, please go to where this story originated: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3165270/Purple-Heart-recipient-served-Iraq-identified-one-four-Marines-shot-dead-Chattanooga-shooting-gunman-Muhammad-Abdulazeez.html
‘I love you’: Girlfriend shares tragic last texts with boyfriend killed in Chattanooga as the bodies of the four slain Marines are taken in a procession to Dover, Delaware
- Caroline Dove says her boyfriend Lance Cpl Skip Wells, 21, sent her a text message on Thursday, reading: ‘ACTIVE SHOOTER’
- She thought the text message was a joke until her mother sent her an article about the rampage
- Dove’s boyfriend was killed in the shooting, in addition to three fellow Marines: Thomas J Sullivan, 40; Sgt Carson Holmquist, 27; and Staff Sgt David Wyatt, 37
- Gunman Muhammah Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, was killed after police intervened and shot him dead
- Sullivan, from Springfield, Massachusetts, served two tours of duty in Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart
- Wells, from Marietta, Georgia, had just graduated from boot camp last year
- Holmquist and Wyatt both leave behind widows and young children
- Abdulazeez was a naturalized U.S. citizen, originally from Kuwait, and a college graduate with an engineering degree
- The Muslim published two blog posts on Monday, saying life is ‘a test’ and is ‘short and bitter’
- He also traveled to Jordan – and possible Yemen – for seven-months last year
The girlfriend of one of the four Marines gunned down in a shooting at a Naval Reserve base in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday has revealed the tragic last text message she received from her boyfriend in the midst of the rampage.
Caroline Dove, girlfriend of slain Lance Cpl Skip Wells, 21, says he sent her a text message on the morning of the brazen attacks, saying there was an ‘active shooter’.
Dove, who lives in Savannah, Georgia, was confused at first, thinking it was a joke. But she started to get worried when her mother sent her an article saying that four Marines had been killed in a shooting in Chattanooga.
Dove says she thought the text message was a joke at first, but then grew concerned when her mother sent her an article about four Marines being killed in Chattanooga
She says she then started frantically texting Wells, saying ‘I love you’ and asking if he was there, but she never heard from him again.
Dove had to wait almost an entire day to get the news that her boyfriend of two and a half years had been lost in the tragic incident, when a mutual friend called to inform her of the bad news.
‘It was devastating to hear that he was one of the victims. I was so overwhelmed with emotions…I didnt know what to do,’ Dove said.
All four were killed at the Naval Reserve center – the second stop in gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s shooting spree through Chattanooga.
Just minutes earlier, the Muslim who grew up in the upscale suburb of Hixson had fired dozens of rounds into the offices of a military recruitment center at a strip mall – leaving one injured.
He then drove off, heading about eight miles north to the reserve center where he continued his bloody rampage.
The shooting was finally brought to an end when police officers intervened. Abdulazeez reportedly rammed the sports car into a gate and then was shot dead by a police officer.
The three other Marines slain in the massacre have been identified as 40-year-old Gunnery Sgt Thomas J Sullivan, 27-year-old Sgt Carson Holmquist and 37-year-old Staff Sgt David Wyatt.
A sailor, who is yet to be identified, is said to be ‘fighting for his life’ in hospital.
On Friday, the bodies of the four Marines were taken from Chattanooga to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware in a police procession.
‘The remains of the Marines who lost their lives in the tragic July 16 incident in Chattanooga are currently en route to Dover, Delaware,’ a spokesman from the U.S. Marines said. ‘Upon arrival, transfer cases will be draped and an honorable transfer will be conducted. No media will be authorized access to this area.’
Together, the victims comprise two young fathers, a Purple Heart recipient and a 21-year-old barely out of boot camp.
Loved-ones of those senselessly murdered, paid tribute to them today as an ‘amazing father’, a perfect Marine, and a young man who ‘felt called to serve’.
And touching photos reveal the lives behind their service. Skip Wells, the youngest victim, shared a moving photo on Facebook hugging his girlfriend and proudly posing in uniform – his baby-faced portrait a testament to his early years cut short while David Wyatt, a married father of two, is pictured in an emotional homecoming with his two children, who are proudly waving American flags for their hero dad.
The shooting that killed the four men started just before 11am on Thursday, when gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez pulled up to a strip mall in Chattanooga and started shooting through the glass windows of a military recruitment office from the drivers seat of a rented silver convertible.
Abdulazeez then sped off and drove about seven miles north to a U.S. Naval Reserve Center near a Coca-Cola bottling plant and the Tennessee RiverPark, where he opened fire again at a group of servicemen through a fence.
All four of the victims killed in the shooting were shot dead at the Naval Reserve center. Just one person was shot at the military recruitment offices and was treated and released for their injuries.
The shooting was finally brought to an end when police officers intervened. Abdulazeez reportedly rammed the sports car into a gate and then was shot dead by a police officer.
In the aftermath of the shooting, it was revealed that Abdulazeez was a naturalized U.S. citizen, born in Kuwait, who moved to America with his family in 1996. His father was reportedly born in the Palestinian territories, and had a violent past according to court documents exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com.
In 2009 Abdulazeez’s mother filed for divorce from his father accusing him of shocking attacks on her and the children.
Youssuf Saed Abdulazeez was accused of physically attacking his wife of 28 years and sexually assaulting her in front of the children. He also wanted to take a second wife claiming it was permitted under Islamic law.
The couple ultimately reconciled and stayed together, but the allegations and court hearings would have no doubt put pressure on the family and their only son who was in his senior year at high school at the time.
The gunman’s father was also put on a terror watch list in the past, but ultimately cleared.
The investigation allegedly had to do with the father’s contributions to a charity and questions about whether the money was being funneled to fund terrorism.
Opened fire: A member of the FBI looks at the glass doors riddled with bullet holes outside the recruitment center that was targeted in Chattanooga. It was the first of two military sites hit
FOUR MARINES KILLED IN THE CHATTANOOGA SHOOTING
Wells (pictured) had allegedly wanted to become a Marine ever since he was a little boy, his girlfriend Carolina Dove said
LANCE CPL SKIP WELLS
Reservist on active duty operational support
Entered service: February 2014
From: Cobb, Georgia
Occupation: Field artillery cannoneer
Lance Cpl Skip Wells had wanted to be a Marine ever since he was a little boy, his girlfriend Caroline Dove told CNN in an eloquent interview on Friday.
Dove, who had been dating Wells for the past two and a half years, met her boyfriend while they were both studying history at Georgia State University.
‘We were both history majors and there was a connection just right off the bat. He knew what he had to do to make me happy and I knew what I had to do to make him happy and we were just compatible,’ she said. ‘It was great that we worked out for as long as we did.’
Since joining the military, Dove and Wells had been long-distance while Wells worked in Tennessee and Dove continued her education in Georgia.
She says the last time she saw her boyfriend was in February and that she had plans to visit him next week – a dream reunion that will now never happen.
Dove says that her boyfriend was proud to serve his country, and that his one ambition in life was to be remembered for service.
‘I know when we first met, he said, “You know, I’m going to be a Marine. That’s all I really want to do, that’s all I know and that’s all I love.”‘ Dove recalled.
Done says Wells spent a lot of time speaking with recruiters about the process of joining the Marines before he was officially sworn in last year – realizing his dream career.
Wells officially became a Marine on May 9, 2014, when he graduated from boot camp.
He beams proudly in pictures from the day on Facebook, embracing his girlfriend in one picture and beaming proudly next to his parents and mother (who also served in the Marines, according to friends) in another.
Dove is also an enlisted Marine, just weeks away from boot camp.
While the shooting has no doube been shaking, Dove says it has only strengthened her resolve to join the military.
‘Seeing as this has happened on our soil it has encouraged me to want this even more and I actually want to live out my life as a Marine and be able to do it for him because I know that’s what he wanted me to do.
‘He as truly honest, he was smart, he was loyal – just anything you could imagine in a good guy and a good Marine.
‘I’m gonna miss his funny little quirks…he always knew how to make me laugh, how to make me smile, how to make me feel better about anything,’ Dove said.
Garrett Reed, a longtime friend of Wells who has known him since the fourth grade, believes he wanted to join the military because of his family’s legacy of service.
‘He loves his country, his momma served in the military…I think he just wanted to follow in her footsteps,’ Reed said.
According to pictures posted to Facebook, he had recently returned from a trip to DisneyWorld with his mother.
Reed said he was shocked when he learned that his childhood friend had been killed in the terror attack on Thursday
‘You hear about this kind of stuff on the news all the time and you just never think it can happen to one of your friends,’ Reed said.
In describing Wells’ personality, Reed said: ‘He was just a funny guy, real caring. Just a really nice guy, you just couldn’t find a nicer guy than him.’
Lance Cpl Skip Wells is pictured above with a woman who appears to be his girlfriend, taken around the time of his boot camp graduation last year
Fresh out of training: Wells, pictured center, had just graduated from boot camp last year. Pictured above with his grandfather, grandmother and mother in a photo posted to his Facebook in May 2014
STAFF SGT DAVID WYATT
From: Burke, North Carolina
Entered service: September 2004
Occupation: Field artillery operations man
Deployments: Afghanistan (October 2010 to May 2011), Iraq (October 2007 to January 2008)
Staff Sgt David Wyatt lived with his wife and two kids in Hixson, Tennessee – the same Chattanooga suburb where Abdulazeez grew up with his family.
As FBI agents swarmed the gunman’s home on Thursday, mourners began to arrive at Wyatt’s home just six miles down the road.
‘There were seven or eight cars there last night. I thought they were having a party. It didn’t go through my mind,’ neighbor Antony Madakcherry told the Tennessean.
Wyatt, originally from Russellville, Arkansas attended university in Montana before joining the military.
He married his wife Lorri in December 2004, and the couple went on to have two children – a boy and a girl according to photos posted on Mrs Wyatt’s Facebook.
As friends and family wrote their condolences on Facebook Thursday night, Lorri responded and thanked everyone for their support, writing that her husband had been ‘an amazing father’.
On Friday, a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy was stationed outside of the family’s home.
Loved: Staff Sgt David Wyatt pictured above attending a formal event with his wife Lorri in a photo posted to Facebook
Father: Staff Sgt Wyatt leaves behind two children, in addition to his wife. The family lived in Chattanooga, and neighbors said many gathered at the home on Thursday to mourn his loss
GUNNERY SGT THOMAS J SULLIVAN
From: Hampden, Massachusetts
Entered service: September 1997
Occupation: Field artillery cannoneer
Deployments: Iraq (September 2007 to April 2008, September 2004 to April 2005)
Sullivan, from Springfield, Massachusetts served two tours of duty in Iraq, survived the battle of Abu Ghraib and was awarded the Purple Heart, his family told MassLive.
Sullivan’s brother Joe is a pub owner in their hometown, and wrote a post on the bar’s website in honor of his fallen sibling after hearing the terrible news.
‘He was our hero and he will never be forgotten. Please keep his family & friends in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you Tommy for protecting us,’ the post reads.
As the family mourns Sullivan’s passing, his brother has asked residents in their community to lower their American flags to half mast.
‘There’s no Marine you would want that was better in combat than him,’ Sullivan’s friend, Josh Parnell, told Patch. ‘He’d been shot at so many times over the years and then for this to happen at home in the United States.’
A woman claiming to be a friend of Sullivan’s on Twitter shared a picture of the sergeant in his uniform next to two Purple Hearts, writing: ‘RIP GySgt Thomas Sullivan, it was an honor knowing you and knowing you’re the reason why my mom would smile.’
Sullivan was one of three children to Jerry and Betty Sullivan and graduated from Springfield’s Cathedral High School before joining the military.
Decorated: Sullivan’s brother has asked community members in their home town to lower American flags to half mast to mourn his passing
Fallen son: Sullivan is one of three children to Jerry and Betty Sullivan. He graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts before joining the military
SGT CARSON HOLMQUIST
From: Polk, Wisconsin.
Entered service: January 2009
Occupation: Automotive maintenance technician
Deployments: Afghanistan (September 2013 to May 2014)
Sgt Carson Holmquist, a man who just returned from a nearly year-long deployment last July, was another of the four men tragically killed in Thursday’s shooting.
The 27-year-old originally from Grantsburg, Wisconsin leaves behind a wife, Jasmine, and a 2-year-old son Wyatt.
At the time of his untimely death, Holmquist and his young family were living in Jacksonville, North Carolina where he was stationed at Camp Lejeune.
While his family has yet to issue a statement on his death, it is very clear that he was loved.
Pictured posted to Facebook show his wife and toddler son with broad smiles, welcoming him home from a deployment last July.
In the photos, mother and son wave American flags and hold up posters reading ‘Welcome home Daddy!’ and ‘We’ve waited 244 days for this moment’.
Friends also paid tribute to the fallen Marine on Facebook, posting kind words like ‘You will be missed bud’.
Authorities are still scrambling to find a motive for the attack, but blog posts written by Abdulazeez just three days before the attack suggests he may have become radicalized in his Islamic faith.
In the cryptic posts, Abdulazeez wrote: ‘Brothers and sisters don’t be fooled by your desires, this life is short and bitter and the opportunity to submit to allah may pass you by.’
According to The Daily Beast, he added: ‘Take his (Allah’s) word as your light and code and do not let other prisoners, whether they are so called “Scholars” or even your family members, divert you from the truth. If you make the intention to follow allahs way 100 per cent and put your desires to the side, allah will guide you to what is right.’
At a press conference on Friday, authorities said they were investigating the shootings as an act of terrorism, but the FBI said that Abdulazeez had not been on their radar or any of their watch lists.
A federal law enforcement official says authorities are continuing to search the computer belong to the gunman, but as of Friday morning, haven’t found an extensive online presence.
The official says they also haven’t uncovered evidence suggesting Abdulazeez was directly inspired by the Islamic State militant group. But the official says the review is continuing.
Tennessee shooter’s former classmates left in shock
FBI investigators are also looking into a trip Abdulazeez took to Jordan, where he lived before emigrating to the U.S., last year.
Reuters and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that authorities are looking into whether he may have had contact with exremists during the seven-month stay in 2014.
There are also questions about whether Abdulazeez may have visited Yemen on this trip, a country known as a hot-bed for extremist groups like AQAP – the Arabian Penninsula affiliate of al Qaeda.
Law enforcement raided Abdulazeez’s family home in the upscale neighborhood of Hixson hours after the double shootings, just a mile away from the shot-up recruitment offices, and took two women away in handcuffs.
Neighbors in the community were shocked to hear about the young man’s arrest, saying the family was normal and friendly.
‘We’ve never had any problems like this,’ one of Abdulazeez’s neighbors told Nashville’s WKRN-TV. ‘I’d never suspect anything.’
Authorities remained at the property into the night as the FBI started a terrorist investigation in a bid to decipher the motives behind the attack, and discover whether he was inspired by ISIS.
As a result of the shooting, security was beefed up across the country at military recruitment centers and bases.
The NYPD has also increased their presence at ‘sensitive areas’ – including recruitment centers and landmarks.
The attack came on the last day of the holy Muslim festival of Ramadan, a period during which ISIS agitators asked for more lone wolf attacks.
Heavily armed officers surround house in Tennessee
Detained: FBI and a number of law enforcement officials stormed the house in the aftermath of the shooting
Investigation: Law enforcement personnel gather outside the home of gunman Mohammod Abdulazeez. FBI officials said no one else has been taken into custody and no one else is believed to be involved
Family: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez (back row in the orange shirt) poses for a picture with his family by the river banks of Chattanooga
Grief: A pastor prays over a sobbing citizen outside the recruitment center that was targeted during the attack
Vigils: Residents across Chattanooga gathered to remember the dead at services across the area on Friday
Remembrance: Services were held to remember the dead and pay homage to their service
Anger: Amid the mourning across Chattanooga, there were signs of simmering anger as well. One passerby posted this note telling the gunman he is the ‘son of satan’
Never forgotten: Blake Miller and his mother Ashley are pictured paying their respects to the four slain marines today. Blake’s father is a lieutenant in the marine corps
At least five killed including gunman in Tennessee shootings
He was a practicing Muslim, and would take breaks from training as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter to pray in his coach’s office.
Fellow worshipers had seem him in a local mosque up to a month before the attack, but it is not known if or how he may have been radicalized.
Those who prayed alongside him said he was acting normally and there was nothing to suggest he was preparing to do something so violent.
On Thursday evening, the FBI said no one else was believed to be involved and they hadn’t taken anyone into custody. They added that they were yet to find any links to international terrorist cells, but were looking into every aspect of his life.
The four casualties were believed to have been part of a reserve artillery unit and had been deployed to Iraq three times.
At least three others – including Chattanooga Police Officer Dennis Pedigo, a Marine recruiter and a Navy sailor – were also injured in the two brazen assaults. Pedigo is said to be in a stable condition.
Witnesses described how the gunman shot from the driver’s seat at the first target, leaning the gun on the side of his hire car.
FBI says it is unlikely anyone else was involved in shooting
Yearbook photo: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez wrote between two pictures of himself: ‘My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?’ Some of his former classmates believe this was a joke
Hobbies: A video purportedly shows Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez in a MMA fight in Chattanooga. (He is the fighter in the dark hair and camouflage shorts)
Muhammad Abdulazeez filmed during 2009 amateur MMA fight
A spokesman for the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, confirmed that he attended the school and graduated in 2012 with a degree in electrical engineering.
Pictures on social media have emerged of him at his graduation ceremony and celebrating with members of his family in the same year.
However, he was recently seen smirking in his mugshot when he was arrested for driving under the influence in April. He was scheduled to attend a court hearing two weeks from the shooting.
Reports suggest he was stopped on the side of he road with ‘white residue’ on his face, while his car smelled of marijuana. He claimed he had snorted caffeine and refused a blood test.
In his yearbook entry for Red Bank High School, where he was a starter for the varsity wrestling team, he wrote between two pictures of himself: ‘My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?’
According to online profiles and a YouTube video, he became an amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter when he left school.
Almir Dizdarevic, a former coach, told CNN he had traveled overseas to the Middle East in the last two years and had reportedly ‘moved home’. However, it is unknown where in the area he visited and why he was there.
Abdulazeez’s father, Youssuf Abdullazeez, was appointed as a ‘special policeman’ for Chattanooga’s Department of Public Works in March 2005, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
He was investigated several years ago for allegedly giving money to a group associated with terrorism, the New York Times reported.
Citing unnamed law enforcement officials, the paper said the gunman’s father was at one point on a terrorist watch list and was questioned while on a trip overseas.
The paper quoted an official as cautioning that the investigation was several years old and had not generated any information on the son. The father was eventually removed from the watch list, the paper quoted the official as saying.
Neighbors in the upscale community say his family were well-respected and the daughters would often babysit for their children.
A woman who was at school with Abdulazeez said he was a quiet kid, but well-liked.
In a short statement on Thursday, President Obama said: ‘It is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals that served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion.’ FBI Director James Comey (in the foreground) was in the room when the president made the statement
President Obama orders probe into shooting of four Marines
Karen Wagner told the Times Free Press: ‘He was friendly, funny, kind,’ said Kagan Wagner. ‘I never would have thought it would would be him.’
‘They were your average Chattanooga family,’ she added.
Kevin Emily, his high school wrestling coach, told CNN he was just a ‘normal’, ‘humble’ student who would sometimes miss practice because he had to pray.
He described how his mother and father would come and watch his fights on a regular basis .
‘There were no red flags about anything. We had a tight bond together.’
It is not known how and where he practiced Islam in the months before the attack but, according to the Daily Beast, he ran a rambling blog with only two posts, both posted on July 13.
The first post was entitled ‘A Prison Called Dunya,’ Abdulazeez refers to prisoner who is told he would be given a test that would either take him out of his earthly prison – or send him into a more restrictive environment.
According to the website, he wrote: ‘I would imagine that any sane person would devote their time to mastering the information on the study guide and stay patient with their studies, only giving time for the other things around to keep themselves focused on passing the exam.
He added: ‘This life is that test, designed to separate the inhabitants of Paradise from the inhabitants of Hellfire.’
The second post is called ‘Understanding Islam: The Story of the Three Blind Men.’ It suggests Abdulazeez felt his fellow Muslims had a ‘certain understanding of Islam and keep a tunnel vision of what we think Islam is.’
The shooting started just before 11am on Thursday, when witnesses saw a Abdulazeez drive into a strip mall and use a high-powered shotgun to fire more than a dozen rounds at a military recruitment office from his silver convertible Ford Mustang.
The shooter then fled the scene and drove to a U.S. Naval Reserve center where he opened fire again.
He was then gunned down in a hail of bullets after a short chase away from the scene. Reports suggest he held police at bay as he used 30-clip rounds from his automatic weapon.
Witnesses described seeing a police car riddled with bullets being towed away from the scene of the standoff.
Four Marines confirmed dead in Chattanooga shooting
President Obama was briefed on the incident and immediately opened an investigation to be led by the FBI. The head of the government agency, James Comey, was said to have been inside the Oval Office when the president was informed of what happened.
Obama also urged the Department of Defense officials at bases around the country to remain ‘vigilant’ in the wake of the attack. This led to the beefing up of security in cities across the country.
In a short statement, he said: ‘It is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals that served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion.’
He added that the thoughts of the American people are with the families of those who had been killed or injured.
Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy said he would be opening an investigation into what happened, but insisted the families of the victims were the priority.
In a statement he said: ‘Though we can never fully prevent attacks like this, we will continue to investigate, review and guard against future vulnerabilities and do everything in our power to safeguard the security of our service members and their families.
‘While we expect our sailors and Marines to go into harm’s way, and they do so without hesitation, an attack at home, in our community, is insidious and unfathomable. As the investigation unfolds, our priority will be to take care of the families of those affected.
Mabus also expressed his gratitude to the first responders who first went to the scene. He said their ‘prompt reaction was critical to stopping this individual from inflicting further violence.’
On Thursday Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said: ‘It is with a heavy heart that I learned of today’s tragic events in Chattanooga.
‘My thoughts and prayers – along with those of the men and women of the Department of Defense – are with the families of those killed in this senseless act of violence and with all those touched by this tragedy, including our Navy and Marine Corps family.
‘I am grateful to local law enforcement for their swift response. The department will continue to work with local law enforcement as they investigate this heinous crime and will support our military families in their time of grief.’
Republican presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal released a strong statement, insisting the latest attack his proof that America is at war with everyday radical Islam.
He said: ‘This apparent act of terrorism has taken the lives of four American heroes, and our hearts and prayers are with their families. While it’s too early to know for sure what happened, it certainly looks like an act of terrorism.
Two attacks: The gunman initially opened fire on a recruitment center where he left one injured and then fled four miles north to a U.S. Naval Reserve center, where he killed four Marines
Injured: Chattanooga Police Officer Dennis Pedigo has been identified as one of the people hit in the shooting. He is reportedly in stable condition at hospital
‘We must pursue justice on their behalf and stop at nothing to hunt down and kill these evildoers abroad before more of them come here to kill our people.
‘This shooting underscores the grave reality of the threat posed to us by Radical Islamic terrorism every single day. It’s time for the White House to wake up and tell the truth…and the truth is that Radical Islam is at war with us, and we must start by being honest about that.
‘There have been many bad things that have happened under President Obama. One that stands out to me was the horrible shooting at Ft. Hood…which was clearly an act of terrorism by a Radical Islamist. Yet the White House labeled that horrible act as ‘workplace violence.’
‘This is grotesque. You cannot defeat evil until you admit that it exists.’
The Islamic community also came out to condemn the attack as ‘cowardly’.
On Thursday, Bassam Issa, the President of the Islamic Society in Chattanooga, said: ‘We are tremendously saddened by today’s shooting in hour home town of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our hearts are with the families of the brave Marines who died today and with the police officer and two bystanders who were shot and injured in this cowardly act.
‘We condemn this act in the strongest possible terms as one of corwadice and hate. At the Islamic Center of Greater Chattannoga, we don’t see our community center as a ‘Muslim’ community; we are Chattanoogans first, and we see ourselves as part of the larger community of Tennesseans grieving today’s act.
‘The leadership of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga is currently meeting with law enforcement agencies and other members of the Chattanooga community in regards to this tragedy and will issue additional comments to the media this evening.’
Reports of gunfire in military recruitment offices in Tennessee
Cordoned off: Personnel stand outside the recruitment center attacked by muslim gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez
Investigation: Chattanooga police talk to Reserve Recruitment Center personnel at the Lee Hwy office. Two military facilities in Tennessee were attacked in shootings Thursday
Hail of bullets: Police opened fire and killed Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez after his double attack that left four marines dead
Bullet holes seen at Tennessee military recruiting center
Three days before Abdulazeez opened fire, local Muslims held a protest defending their religion in the Tennessee city.
They targeted Chattanooga because the FBI caught a man, called Robert Doggart, from there who was planning an attack on a Mosque in upstate New York.
He was indicted by a Tennessee grand jury on Tuesday for his involvement in the plot.
The shooting comes at a time of heightened security following terror warnings issued ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller released a statement saying there would be an increased police presence in ‘sensitive areas’, including recruiting stations and landmarks.
‘The NYPD has deployed an increased number of Critical Response Vehicles (CRV) to provide additional coverage at military recruiting stations and other sensitive locations in the City of New York.
‘While we have no specific information about any plot against the city, until we learn more about the attack we have placed additional officers in key locations.’
‘We have been in regular contact with Tennessee authorities, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the intelligence community.
News of the shooting broke around 11:30am when Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke tweeted: ‘Horrific incident in our community. We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected’.
At an afternoon press conference, officials remained tight-lipped about details of the shooting, but said that it was being investigated as an ‘act of domestic terrorism’.
They wouldn’t divulge what kind of weapons the shooter was using, but did confirm that he had multiple weapons on his person.
The investigation is being coordinated by the FBI, since crimes on military centers are under federal jurisdiction.
Eyewitness, Gina Mule, who works near to the recruitment center said she saw the gunman fire at the offices.
Speaking to CNN, Mule said she was eating in a restaurant when a man ‘with a high-powered rifle’ began firing around 10:50am.
Double shooting: Police and emergency vehicles block Amnicola Highway after the morning shooting near the Naval Reserve Center, in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Thursday, July 16, 2015
U.S. Attorney says today ‘is a sad day for the United States’
April Grimmett shared a picture of the bullet-ridden frontage of the recruitment center after hearing rapid gunfire coming from the vicinity.
‘Shortly after that we heard the shot. It was very loud and very fast,’ she said.
Grimmett added that the shooter appeared to be talking on the phone during the attack.
‘I could not believe how many bullet holes were in that door. It was insane.’
One other witness, Erica Wright, told CNN that she was working in a hair salon near the center and saw and heard the gunman.
‘We heard one pop, one really loud pop. We went to the door and there was several other pops after that and we looked two doors down and we saw a guy in a silver mustang unloading on the recruiter’s office,’ she said.
Wright added that he reloaded once or twice.
An unidentified man who was in the parking lot of the strip mall told WTVC about the terrifying situation that unfolded in front of him.
‘He just pulled up. I didn’t think anything of it. … He lifted up his arms with a big black gun. It was one shot then it was endless shots, one after another, just unloading.’
Marilyn Hutcheson was with her friend taking a break when she told CNN that she heard ‘7 to 15 shots’.
‘There was a barrage of fire once the police officers and everyone got here,’ she said. ‘They came across and put all of the buildings on lockdown. There was a lot of gunfire going on for quite a while.’
The shooting at the Amnicola Highway reserve center led Chattanooga State Community College, Lee University and a nearby mall to go into lock down.
Ambulances race towards Navy reserve centre in Tennessee
Protest: Three days before Abdulazeez opened fire, local Muslims held a protest defending their religion in the Tennessee city
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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
| “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”President George Washington
| “The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”General Norman Schwarzkopf
| “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”General George Washington
| “The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.”Air Force Motto
| “I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”General Douglas MacArthur
| “I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into his Holy keeping.”General George Washington at Valley Forge
| “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”President George Washington
|It is the Soldier, not the minister
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.
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.
Copyright 1970, 2005 Charles M. Province
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“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
—William Arthur Ward
We’re all struggling with our own problems, but if we reach into our hearts and give thanks for even one blessing, we’ll find that our struggles seem a little lighter and our days seem a little brighter. I try and give thanks every day in spite of the chaos that surrounds us all on a daily basis. Every night at the dinner table, it’s a ritual that we say “Grace” and give thanks for God’s bountiful blessings, and you know what? Obstacles don’t seem as unsurmountable, problems seem to be more manageable.
On this Thanksgiving Day 2014, I wish to give thanks to Almighty God for blessing me with a loving husband who would do anything to make me happy, and he does. I am blessed because even though I was diagnosed with Invasive Breast Cancer in 2011, God has kept the cancer from returning. I am blessed because God gave me the courage and strength to get past my 7th breast cancer surgery just a few months ago. I am blessed because I know God has my back as I endure yet another surgery in the spring as a result of a side effect from my reconstructive surgery. I am blessed because even though I can’t stand what’s happening to this beautiful country, I know through prayer and faith, we’ll get back on track with God’s grace and guidance. I am blessed to be in a peaceful home where there is no stress. I am blessed with a wonderful family and good friends who enhance my life even more. I am blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law who treats me like a loving daughter. Today, I’m not going to think about what bothers me because today, Thanksgiving Day, I will only allow myself to focus on what’s good in my life and in this world.
If I was allowed a Thanksgiving Day wish, it would be that everyone else see the beauty in their own lives, and set aside the frustrations that we all have to deal with. Just for one day, I wish that people would put their prejudices and hate aside, and give thanks and be content with what they have, and not whine about what they want. Maybe if people would do that for just one day, they’d feel so good that they’d want to do it for another day, and maybe another and another…
Are you thankful for what you have? Watch the video and read a little about the history of Thanksgiving Day below. I chose this particular version of the History of Thanksgiving because today is a blessed day, and not a day for animosity and hate. May you all have a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving…
To our Military: We pray that God protects all of you as you protect us so selflessly. We pray that you are always surrounded by God’s Light so you can see the evil before it sees you. May you all safely return home to your families soon. We thank you all for your brave service to this beautiful country. May your families also be blessed as they await your safe return home…
In Love and Light…
Are you thankful for what you have?
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History of Thanksgiving Day
The Pilgrims who sailed to America were originally members of the English Separatist Church. Before going to America they had fled to Holland to escape religious persecution. Although, in Holland, they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but they eventually became disillusioned with the Dutch way of life. In the hope of a better life, they took the help of a London stock company to move out to America. Most of those making this trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists. Only about one-third of the original colonists were Separatists.
They reached Plymouth in 1620. There, they had to face a terrible winter. Around 46 of the original 102 had died by the next fall. But fortune turned in their favor and the harvest of the next year was bumper. And the remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast, including 91 Indians who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year. It is believed that the Pilgrims would not have made it through the year without the help of the natives. The feast was more of a traditional English harvest festival than a true “thanksgiving” observance. It lasted three days. Governor William Bradford sent “four men fowling” after wild ducks and geese. It is not certain that wild turkey was part of their feast. However, it is certain that they had venison. The term “turkey” was used by the Pilgrims to mean any sort of wild fowl.
On June 20, 1676, the governing council of Charlestown, Massachusetts, held a meeting to determine how best to express thanks for the good fortune that had seen their community securely established. By unanimous vote they instructed Edward Rawson, the clerk, to proclaim June 29 as a day of thanksgiving. It is notable that this thanksgiving celebration probably did not include the Indians, as the celebration was meant partly to be in recognition of the colonists’ recent victory over the “heathen natives”. October of 1777 marked the first time that all 13 colonies joined in a thanksgiving celebration. It also commemorated the patriotic victory over the British at Saratoga. But it was a one-time affair.
George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, although some were opposed to it. There was discord among the colonies, many feeling the hardships of a few Pilgrims did not warrant a national holiday.
And later, President Thomas Jefferson scoffed at the idea of having a day of thanksgiving. It was Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, whose efforts eventually led to what we recognize as Thanksgiving. Hale wrote many editorials championing her cause in her Boston Ladies’ Magazine, and later, in Godey’s Lady’s Book.
Finally, after a 40-year campaign of writing editorials and letters to governors and presidents, Hale’s obsession became a reality when, in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving was proclaimed by every president after Lincoln. The date was changed a couple of times, most recently by Franklin Roosevelt, who set it up one week to the next-to-last Thursday in order to create a longer Christmas shopping season. Public uproar against this decision caused the president to move Thanksgiving back to its original date two years later.
And in 1941, Thanksgiving was finally sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday, as the fourth Thursday in November.
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People stand and look at the moon one day ahead of the Supermoon phenomenon from a bridge over 42nd St. in the Manhattan borough of New York July 11, 2014. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk. Reuters
“And there shall be signs in the sun and in the moon and in the stars and in the earth, suffering of nations and clasping of hands, from the alarm of the sound of the sea.”
—Aramaic Bible in Plain English
ScienceCasts: A Summer of Super Moons
You’ll understand why I put “clasping of hands” in red as you continue to read…
I don’t believe in coincidences so this may be in alignment with the Holy Bible’s prophesy of what is to come; maybe not. It’s certainly open to interpretation…
I have a fascination with the Holy Bible, Its prophesies, Blood Moons and SuperMoons, and blogged about the Blood Moon prophesy that started last year on April 15, 2014—ironically on “Tax Day”, when our government bleeds us dry annually with ever-escalating taxes. There is a lot of information here. I trust that you will read it through to the end…
We will be experiencing three SuperMoons between tonight and September 9, 2014. According to the first article, the average distance between Earth and the Moon is 238,900 miles. When there is a Full Moon that is also closer to Earth, it is considered to be a SuperMoon, and that normally occurs once a year. The last time of a SuperMoon was June of last year (2013), when the Moon appeared to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter. This year, we have three SuperMoons in a row. The first is tonight, July 12, 2014, brightest and largest around 7:00 PM ET; the second on Sunday, August 10, 2014; and the third on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Keep in mind that tonight’s SuperMoon will be just 222,611 miles away from Earth, which is known as a perigee. When in perigee, the Moon is around 31,068.6 (50,000 km) closer than when it’s furthest away (what is known as apogee).
According to International Business Times, NASA has slightly different numbers. I encourage you to read this article as well. Here is an excerpt…
“July’s full moon is also known as the Full Buck Moon, notes the Farmers’ Almanac, as the antlers begin to show on buck deer. The Full Thunder Moon is another name for the full moon due to common summer thunderstorms.
While people like to attach theories or conspiracies surrounding astronomical events, the supermoon is harmless. There was a belief that a supermoon would increase the chance of a major earthquake, but that has been debunked several times. Earlier in the year, the quartet of total lunar eclipses, beginning on April 15, received widespread attention as it was linked to a “blood moon conspiracy” involving a major historical event. The next total lunar eclipse in the tetrad, a series of four total lunar eclipses occurring in six-month intervals, takes place on Oct. 8.”
If you don’t catch a glimpse of tonight’s SuperMoon, you can catch an even better showing during the next SuperMoon on Sunday, August 10, 2014, when the Moon will be 863 miles closer than tonight’s SuperMoon, creating what is known as an “Extra SuperMoon”.
What is a SuperMoon? Answer taken from Wiki…
“A SuperMoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system.”
When it comes to SuperMoons, is “three the charm”? Although I like to think of myself as an optimist, with everything Obama is doing to try and take down America and all the turmoil around the world, I believe we will have our hands full with not only with what is happening now, but also what is to come. Speaking of hands, I fear we will all be clenching our hands in distress. I bolded the relevant phrase…
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon. They shall be darkened, and suffer very strange and surprising eclipses: and in the stars; they shall fall from heaven, as in Matthew 24:29 and so the Ethiopic version reads here: all which, as it may be understood in a literal sense, so it may likewise in figurative and mystical one, and be interpreted of the changes there should be in the Jewish state; See Gill on Matthew 24:29. So the Jewish writers (h) interpret the sun, the light, the moon, and stars, in Ecclesiastes 12:2. By the “sun” they understand the kingdom of the house of David; by “the light”, the law; by “the moon”, the sanhedrim; and by the stars, the Rabbins; and the same seem to be designed by the stars here: and upon the earth distress of nations; upon the land of Israel; in the several nations and countries belonging to it; as Galilee of the nations, Judea, and the region beyond Jordan, shall be in great distress: with perplexity; of mind, not knowing what to do, which way to go, or step to take; the Syriac version, instead of it, reads “clapping, or pressing of the hands”; which is done by persons, when in an agony and great distress: the sea and the waves roaring; which design some unusual and extraordinary storms and tempests, and inundations in the sea of Galilee, or Tiberias, which would be so very terrible, as to cause great uneasiness, distress, and perplexity; and so some versions render it, “because of the sea”, &c. (h) In Prefat. Echa Rabbati, fol. 38. 4. Jarchi in Ecclesiastes 12.2.
I have faith that as with all things, we will prevail over any adversities that come our way. Now for the articles from WND and Daily Mail on this phenomenon…
1st the blood moon, now the Supermoon
Is there spiritual significance in tonight’s lunar phenomenon?
Published: 20 hours ago
WASHINGTON – If it’s not too cloudy tonight and tomorrow night, you may be startled by the size of the moon.
It’s the first of three so-called Supermoons this summer.
And the discoverer of the blood moons phenomenon, Pastor Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons” and the inspiration for a documentary movie of the same name, sees a connection to the “signs in the sun, moon and stars” promised in the Bible.
This weekend’s sky show will be strongest at 7 p.m. Eastern Saturday when the moon will be large and strangely luminous. It will also be just 222,611 miles away from Earth and in what is known as its perigee. Full moons vary in size because of the oval shape of its orbit and its elliptical path around Earth. When in perigee, the moon is around 50,000 km closer than when it is furthest away, or in apogee.
But an even better show is coming later this summer on Aug. 10 when the moon will be 863 miles closer than on Saturday, and will become full on the same hour as perigree and will appear at its brightest in 2014.
Unlike solar eclipses and other celestial treats, Supermoons occur every 13 months and 18 days. The last time a supermoon made headlines was in June last year, when it appeared to be 14 percent bigger and 30 per cent brighter.
The distance of the moon from Earth varies in its orbit because the orbit is elliptical. The average distance from Earth to the Moon is 238,900 miles. When you have a combination of a full moon that is also closer it is considered a Supermoon. Typically, it is said, this occurs about once a year. But this summer there will be three in a row – July 12, Aug. 10 and Sept. 9.
But, to appreciate what these astronomical signs mean from a biblical standpoint, Biltz says you must check the biblical calendar – sometimes referred to as the “Jewish calendar.”
“Amazingly, according to the biblical calendar months these fall in the month of Tammuz when Israel worshiped the golden calf, the month of Av, when the 10 spies brought the evil report and when the Temple was destroyed twice on the same day, and the month of Elul, which is the month of repentance,” says Biltz, who discovered the blood moon tetrad occurring in 2014 and 2015 coincides with Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles in those successive years. “There is also added significance as it precedes a Shemitah year, or the seventh year of the seven-year cycle beginning this Rosh Hashanah. Next year, it happens again!”
Biltz, of El Shaddai Ministries in Tacoma, Washington, points out that in Genesis, God said He created the sun and the moon for signals about coming events.
“Are we watching?” he asks.
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And see the trailer:
“Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs” by Mark Biltz
Get ready for the summer of supermoons! Lunar surface will appear bigger and brighter tonight – and there will be THREE chances to see it
- July 12th, August 10th, and Sept. 9th will all be supermoons
- Full Moons that occur on the perigee side of the Moon’s orbit seem extra big and bright
It is set to be one of the best summers in history for sun watchers.
Tonight will see the first of three ‘supermoons’, where the sun appears far bigger and brighter than normal.
July 12th, August 10th, and Sept. 9th will all be supermoons, Nasa said, with August’s being ‘extra super’.
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A supermoon rises over the temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the seas, in Cape Sounion some 60 km (37 miles) east of Athens June 23, 2013. On Saturday a perigee moon coincides with a full moon creating a super moon when it will pass by the earth at its closest point
WHAT IS A SUPERMOON
The supermoon is not the technical term for the full Moon.
Astronomers call this phenomenon a ‘perigee moon,’ which describes the full moon that occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth each year.
Perigee marks the closest point of a body as it orbits around Earth, while apogee marks the farthest point from Earth.
Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit.
The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side (‘perigee’) about 50,000 km closer than the other (‘apogee’).
This coincidence happens three times in 2014.
On July 12th and Sept 9th the Moon becomes full on the same day as perigee.
On August 10th it becomes full during the same hour as perigee – arguably making it an extra-super Moon.
However, Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory say the phenomenon is not actually that rare – it’s just that we normally miss it.
‘Generally speaking, full Moons occur near perigee every 13 months and 18 days, so it’s not all that unusual,’ he says.
‘In fact, just last year there were three perigee Moons in a row, but only one was widely reported.’
He believes the ‘hanging moon’ is likely to be the thing most people remember.
Supermoon over New York: For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects.
‘The ‘Moon Illusion’ is probably what will make people remember this coming set of Full Moons, more than the actual view of the Moon itself,’ he said.
The illusion occurs when the Moon is near the horizon.
For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects.
When the Moon illusion amplifies a perigee Moon, the swollen orb rising in the east at sunset can seem super indeed.
‘I guarantee that some folks will think it’s the biggest Moon they’ve ever seen if they catch it rising over a distant horizon, because the media will have told them to pay attention to this particular one,’ says Chester.
‘There’s a part of me that wishes that this ‘super-Moon’ moniker would just dry up and blow away, like the ‘Blood-Moon’ that accompanied the most recent lunar eclipse, because it tends to promulgate a lot of mis-information,’ admits Chester.
‘However, if it gets people out and looking at the night sky and maybe hooks them into astronomy, then it’s a good thing.
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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 email@example.com. 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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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — 6:40 PM (My original post follows my updates)
As this story unfolds, there are all sorts of theories out there. Was this a scheme where the pilots were involved? Maybe that’s why there was no distress call and no signal from the black box. Was it dismantled or destroyed in some way? Was the government involved in a secret mission that went wrong?
Whatever caused the Malaysia MH370 to disappear, this ever-evolving story is the main focus in news stories around the globe. Maybe that’s what it’s meant to do—become such a major diversion in an effort to take the spotlight off of something even more sinister. Part of me is thinking it was orchestrated by terrorists in an effort to force all available military / search teams to one area while they wreak havoc in another area.
Here are the most recent stories I read (most recent on top)…
From USA TODAY…
Malaysia military says missing jet way off course
From CBS News…
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 search widens; men carrying stolen passports ID’d as young Iranians
From CNN International…
Mystery Malaysia flight may have been hundreds of miles off
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Four scenarios
From The Boston Globe…
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: The facts and the mystery
From The Daily Beast…
Why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Must Have Died
Monday, March 10, 2014 — 5:44 PM (My original post follows my update)
Here’s the latest info on this increasingly perplexing tragedy…
Here’s my Original Post…
There is still no sign of the airplane, the black box or the 239 passengers who were aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Flight MH370. Was the plane hijacked? It seems to have vanished into thin air.
We all know we can’t trust the news media as far as we can throw them, especially the Alphabet Media here in the United States (i.e., MSNBC, etc.) They will put out their own “versions” of their stories, but the truth will eventually come out—it always does. The oil slicks that were found at the scene were recently tested. According to reports, it was confirmed that the oil slicks did not come from an aircraft. Also, the lifeboat, door and tail found were not from the aircraft either. There are so many troubling details to this story that it makes me wonder if there’s something more sinister going on, and the real details are being hidden from the public.
Among those who vanished without a trace are employees from the Austin-based high-tech company, Freescale Semiconductor, who has confirmed that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China. The company’s key product solutions include those for electric vehicles. Hmmm, the plot thickens…
As more details dribble out, there seems to be a lot of people involved in this orchestrated scheme, if that’s what it is. May we all find the real answers about what happened. My prayers are with all those on board and also with their families. May God help them all. Story follows these links (links include updates to their stories)…
Names and ages of all the passengers are listed in the Manifest here.
Monday, March 10, 2014…
Sunday, March 9, 2014…
Saturday, March 8, 2014…
Here’s the story…
Vanished: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?
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Above: USS Kidd joins USS Pinckney in Search Efforts of Flight MH370.
(CNN) — With lead after lead failing to pan out, search and rescue officials said Monday they will expand the search area for the Malaysia Airlines aircraft that vanished three days ago.
The newly expanded search area encompasses a larger portion of the Gulf of Thailand between Malaysia and Vietnam, said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Malaysian Civil Aviation Department.
Nearly three dozen aircraft and 40 ships from 10 countries have so far failed to find any sign of the aircraft.
An oil slick that searchers had thought might be from the plane turned out to be fuel oil typically used in cargo ships, according to Rahman.
Other leads — reports that a plane door and its tail had been spotted — turned out to be untrue, he said at an earlier briefing.
“Unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, we have not found anything that appear to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft,” Rahman said at the earlier briefing.
Authorities are sending ships to investigate a report of debris found south of Hong Kong, but it will likely be Tuesday before authorities know if there is anything to those reports, Rahman said.
No emergency signal has been detected by any search vessel or aircraft. And family members of passengers are being told to prepare for the worst.
So the mysteries surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — and the true identities of some of its passengers — remain unsolved.
“For the aircraft to go missing just like that … as far as we are concerned, we are equally puzzled as well,” Rahman said.
“We have to find the aircraft.”
So far, nothing
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday (1 p.m. Friday ET). The Boeing 777-200ER, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, went missing while flying to Beijing.
Since then, teams of searchers from Vietnam, China, Singapore, Indonesia, the United States, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines and New Zealand have been working alongside Malaysians to scour the Gulf of Thailand, part of the South China Sea that lies between several Southeast Asian countries.
The focus has now shifted to the Andaman Sea, near Thailand’s border, after radar data indicated the plane may have turned around to head back to Kuala Lumpur.
But the pilot apparently gave no signal to authorities that he was turning around.
From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., planes flew over the vast waters. Ships searched through the night.
The stolen passports
It is perplexing enough that a jetliner seemed to have vanished without a trace. Adding to the mystery is the news that at least two people on board were traveling on passports stolen from an Austrian and an Italian.
According to Thai police officials, an Iranian man by the name of Kazem Ali purchased the tickets for two friends who he said wanted to return home to Europe. While Ali made the initial booking by telephone, either Ali or someone acting on his behalf paid for the tickets in cash, according to police.
Rahman said Monday that authorities have reviewed security footage from the airport and said the men who traveled on the stolen passports “are not Asian-looking men.”
Interpol tweeted Sunday it was examining additional “suspect #passports.”
“Whilst it is too soon to speculate about any connection between these stolen passports and the missing plane, it is clearly of great concern that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in INTERPOL’s databases,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in a statement.
The passports were reportedly stolen in Thailand, and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told CNN’s “Amanpour” on Monday that police are investigating.
“Initially we don’t know about their nationality yet,” she said. “But we gave orders for the police to investigate the passport users. Because this is very important to Thailand, to give full cooperation to Interpol in the investigation about the passport users. We are now following this.
The passport mystery raised concerns about the possibility of terrorism, but officials cautioned that it was still too early to arrive at any conclusions.
One possible explanation for the use of the stolen passports is illegal immigration.
There are previous cases of illegal immigrants using fake passports to try to enter Western countries. And Southeast Asia is known to be a booming market for stolen passports.
Five passengers ended up not boarding the aircraft. Their bags were removed and were not on board the jet when it disappeared, Rahman said at Monday’s briefing.
Could the plane have been hijacked? “We are looking at every angle, every aspect,” Rahman said.
“We are looking at every inch of the sea.”
There has been some speculation that the flight might have been a test run for a terrorist organization planning a later attack.
The incident has some similarities to such incidents in the past, such as the 1994 bombing of a Philippine jetliner that investigators later learned was a test run for a wider plot to bomb numerous airliners, former U.S. Department of transportation Inspector General Mary Schiavo told CNN on Monday.
But John Magaw, a former Transportation Security Administration official and U.S. Secret Service director, said his best guess is the Malaysia Alrlines flight was not a test.
“They’ve already done the dry run,” he said. “This was the actual flight.”
For the relatives of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members, the wait has been agonizing.
Among the passengers, 154 people were from China or Taiwan. The plane was also carrying 38 Malaysians, five Indians and three Americans citizens. Five of the passengers were younger than 5 years old.
In Beijing, family members gathered in a conference room at a hotel complex.
More than 100 people signed a hand-written petition that demanded “truth” from the airline. They also urged the Chinese government to help them deal with Malaysian authorities.
Malaysia Airlines, which was helping family members apply for expedited passports, said it will fly out five relatives of each passenger to Kuala Lumpur.
A fuller picture of what happened may not become available until searchers find the plane and its flight data recorder.
And so far, that hasn’t happened.
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I can’t understand why Mardi Gras’ “Fat Tuesday”, a gluttonous celebration, is always the day before Ash Wednesday and the day after Clean Monday. Clean Monday (sometimes referred to as Ash Monday) is a day set aside for leaving your sinful attitudes behind and to focus on good intentions and a meaningful desire to clean your spiritual house. It’s a day of strict fasting for Eastern Catholics, including abstinence not only from meat, but from eggs and dairy products as well.
I would never want to partake in a two weeks’ long celebrated journey toward the 7 Deadly Sins just before the Holy Season of Lent, but that’s just me.
Here’s all the information you’ll need for the Lenten Season 2014…
First, here’s the Lenten Schedule From: Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Lent 2014 which lists dates from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Click on the links for additional information…
Lent is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is a period of 40 days of repentance, with prayer, fasting and abstinence, and Confession.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter Sunday. (For an explanation why Lent begins 46 days before Easter but is only 40 days long, see How Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated?) For Eastern Rite Catholics, Lent begins two days earlier, on Clean Monday. The following is a list of the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2014.
• Clean Monday
Monday, March 3, 2014
• Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
• First Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 9, 2014
• Second Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 16, 2014
• Feast of Saint Patrick
Monday, March 17, 2014
• Feast of Saint Joseph
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
• Third Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 23, 2014
• The Annunciation of the Lord
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
• Fourth Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 30, 2014
• Fifth Sunday of Lent
Sunday, April 6, 2014
• Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 13, 2014
• Holy Thursday
Thursday, April 17, 2014
• Good Friday
Friday, April 18, 2014
• Holy Saturday
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
From: The Holy Season Of Lent 2014…
Here’s a Lenten and Easter Calendar for 2014. Just click on each week for the Daily Reflections, Daily Lenten Questions, Daily Actions and Daily Prayers for each of the forty days of Lent (Ash Wednesday is shown below). There are also sections that describe Fasting and Abstinence, Holy Days during Lent as well as a section on the Stations Of The Cross. Just click on Lent & Easter 2014.
I went to Parochial school and have always fasted (just clear liquids—no alcohol) on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. It’s the only time of year where I don’t mind going without food for 24 hours. Fasting gives me a clearer mind and makes me feel closer to God. I go through these daily exercises every Lenten Season, and really look forward to it—it’s so inspiring. Why not try it, or at least read the daily prayers? I find a lot of strength in these prayers, and it also sustains my soul.
I will receive my ashes today and will look forward to each and every glorious day that God gives me. I will show my gratitude every day and pray that people will look to God for guidance, for He alone is our salvation. We simply cannot allow anyone to remove God and all His Goodness and Glory from our hearts or from our country. America is God’s country, and this is the world that He created. It is not man-made. God will give us comfort and strength to carry on, and He will be the One to deliver us from all this evil that surrounds us as well. After all, he sent his Only Beloved Son to die for our sins. The least we can do is honor Him for all He’s given us…
Here is the reading for today, Ash Wednesday (March 5, 2014)…
Wednesday, March 5, Ash Wednesday
“Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.” Gn. 3:19
Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. (Joel 2:13)
The liturgical use of ashes originated in the Old Testament times. Ashes symbolized mourning, mortality and penance. In the Book of Esther, Mordecai put on sackcloth and ashes when he heard of the decree of King Ahasuerus to kill all of the Jewish people in the Persian Empire (Esther 4:1). Job repented in sackcloth and ashes (Job 42:6). Prophesying the Babylonian captivity of Jerusalem, Daniel wrote, “I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes” (Daniel 9:3).
Jesus made reference to ashes, “If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, they would have reformed in sackcloth and ashes long ago” (Matthew 11:21).
In the Middle Ages, the priest would bless the dying person with holy water, saying, “Remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.” The Church adapted the use of ashes to mark the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, when we remember our mortality and mourn for our sins. In our present liturgy for Ash Wednesday, we use ashes made from the burned palm branches distributed on the Palm Sunday of the previous year. The priest blesses the ashes and imposes them on the foreheads of the faithful, making the sign of the cross and saying, “Remember, man you are dust and to dust you shall return,” or “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” As we begin this holy season of Lent in preparation for Easter, we must remember the significance of the ashes we have received: We mourn and do penance for our sins. We again convert our hearts to the Lord, who suffered, died, and rose for our salvation. We renew the promises made at our baptism, when we died to an old life and rose to a new life with Christ. Finally, mindful that the kingdom of this world passes away, we strive to live the kingdom of God now and look forward to its fulfillment in heaven.
Q: What is Lent?
A: Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). [This traditional enumeration does not precisely coincide with the calendar according to the liturgical reform. In order to give special prominence to the Sacred Triduum (Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) the current calendar counts Lent as only from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, up to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Even so, Lenten practices are properly maintained up to the Easter Vigil, excluding Sundays, as before.]
Invite a non-practicing friend to Mass with you.
Almighty and everlasting God, you despise nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our brokenness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Ash Wednesday is a day of both fasting and abstinence.
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“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
Every day it’s something else with Obama and his blatant abuse of power. You can’t wake up and listen to the latest news without hearing yet another report of Obama abolishing our Constitutional rights (law by law) and forcing fascism on the American people. He’s got a pen and he’s not afraid to use it. This time, it’s against our veterans and our Second Amendment Rights. He’ll cower to Putin, but he’ll battle against the courageous men and women of this country who have to back Obama. One can only wonder how our military really feels about their so-called “commander-in-chief”—who never had their backs…
On August 16, 2012, Brandon Raub, a decorated Marine veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was apprehended by Chesterfield, VA police, Secret Service and the FBI for posting “THE TRUTH” on his Facebook page. He was accused of being mentally ill and went from the police station to John Randolph Medical Center where he was “evaluated”. This was all done against his will.
I included his Facebook page (below) that caused this whole debacle, followed by a link to a related story, and another more recent story. Brandon Raub wasn’t even read his rights before he was taken against his will to a mental facility. What the heck is going on in this country? I just can’t wrap my head around this and make any sense of it. The United States is looking more like a Communist country, and now Obama is using “mental illness” as a means of confiscating firearms from our military veterans (story below).
Here is Brandon Raub’s Facebook Page that got him arrested. I’m sending prayers to him on the wings of God’s angels to see him through this grave injustice, and I know God will help him. He has a right to his opinion as we all have, and I sincerely thank him for his brave service to this great country…
From: The Truth: Facebook Post by Brandon Raub
August 24, 2012
The following text is from a copy of a Facebook post that Brandon Raub made in 2011. The text was given to CBS 6 by Raub’s mother.
by Brandon J Raub on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:00 am
America has lost itself. We have lost who we truly are. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave.
This is the land of Thomas Jefferson.
This is the land of Benjamin Franklin.
This is the land of Fredrick Douglas.
This is the land of Smedley Butler.
This is the land John F. Kennedy.
This is the land of Martin Luther King.
This is the land where the cowboy wins. This is the land where you can start from the bottom and get to the top. This is the land where regardless of you race and ethnicity you can succeed and build a better life for you and your family. This is the land where every race coexists peacefully. This is the land where justice wins. This is the land where liberty dwells. This is the land where freedom reigns. This is the land where we help the poor, and people help each other. This is land where people beat racism.
The Federal Reserve is wrong. They have designed a system based off of greed and fear. They designed a system to crush the middle class between taxes and inflation. This is wrong, and it is unjust. It is wrong.
We have allowed ourselves to be deceived and seduced by the powers of the printing press. It is not a good system. It discourages saving: the foundation for all stable economic activity. The Federal Reserve is artificially manipulating interest rates and creating phony economic data.
This thing has deceived our entire nation.
They created it in 1913. They also created the income tax in 1913. They encouraged the growth of debt so they can tax you on it. There is interest on the debt. Your government is in bed with these people. They want to enslave you to the government so that they can control every aspect of your lives. It is an empire based on lies. They operate of greed and fear.
There is a better way. It’s called freedom. Freedom is called a lot of things. But there is a true meaning. It means very simply that you have the right to do whatever you want as long as you are not infringing on the freedoms of other people.
I firmly believe that God set America apart from the other nations of the world. He saved a place where people could come to escape bad systems of government. This system we have created works. It really works.
There is evil going on all around the world. The United States was meant to lead the charge against injustice, but through our example not our force. People do not respond to having liberty and freedom forced on them.
Men and Women follow courage. They follow leadership, and courage. Our example has paved the way for people all around the world to change their forms of government.
Force is not the way because liberty is a powerful concept. The idea that men can govern themselves is the basis for every just form of government.
We can govern ourselves. We do not need to be governed by men who want to install a one world banking system. These men have machine hearts. Machine and unnatural hearts.
They have blocked out the possibility of a better world. They fear human progress. They have monopolies on everything.
This life can be free and beautiful. There are enough resources on this earth to support the world’s population. There are enough resources on this earth to feed everyone. There is enough land for everyone to own their own land and farm, and produce their own energy.
These people have been hiding technology. There are ways to create power easily. There is technology that can provide free cheap power for everyone. There are farming techniques that can feed the entire world.
The Bill of Rights is being systematically dismantled. Men have spilled their blood for those rights.
Your sons and daughters, your brothers and sisters, and Americas best young men and women are losing their limbs. They are losing their lives. They are losing the hearts. They do not know why they are fighting. They are killing. And they do not know why.
They have done some extraordinary acts. Their deeds go before them. But these wars are lies. They are lies. They deceived our entire nation with terrorism. They have gotten us to hand them our rights. Our Rights! Men died for those rights!
September Eleventh was an inside job. They blew up a third building in broad daylight. Building 7.
Your leaders betrayed you.
You elected an aristocracy. They are beholden to special interests. They were brainwashed through the Council on Foreign Relations. Your leaders are planning to merge the United States into a one world banking system. They want to put computer chips in you.
These men have evil hearts. They have tricked you into supporting corporate fascism. We gave them the keys to our country. We were not vigilant with our republic.
There is hope. BUT WE MUST TAKE OUR REPUBLIC BACK.
This article was posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm
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The Obama Administration announced two new executive orders on gun control Friday, after countless other attempts to erode Second Amendment rights failed to gain public support.
According to one of the proposed actions, patient privacy laws would be pushed aside to allow increased government access to mental health records. Currently required to protect that information, states would now be exempt, instead encouraged to submit a patients private records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
A second proposal from the Department of Justice would “clarify” who is barred from owning firearms, which would include anyone involuntarily committed to an inpatient or outpatient mental institution. In an attempt to diminish concern, the administration claims that seeking help for mental issues does not prohibit a person from firearm ownership.
“The proposed rule will not change the fact that seeking help for mental health problems or getting treatment does not make someone legally prohibited from having a firearm,” the statement said.
Unfortunately, even without the executive orders currently applied, the government has already deceptively used this exact tactic to revoke legitimate gun ownership without due process, an issue that will undoubtedly increase.
In 2012, Afghanistan and Iraq veteran Brandon Raub had his firearms confiscated after being involuntarily detained for psychiatric questioning due to Facebook comments on government corruption. According to Raub’s lawyer John Whitehead, as many as 20 others had recently been detained and declared mentally defective in the same Virginia county as well, despite no crime initially being committed.
That same year, David Sarti, best known for his appearance on National Geographic’s Doomsday Prepper show, was committed to a psychiatric ward and deemed “mentally defective” after complaining to his doctor about chest pains. Declining to have tubes inserted into his heart by cardiologists, doctors claimed Sarti was suicidal, prompting the FBI to revoke his Second Amendment right.
The targeting of veterans specifically is quite clear. A collaborative study from 2007 between the VA Medical Center and the Archives of Internal Medicine claimed that at least 1/3rd of returning veterans were mentally ill.
An amendment in a 2012 defense bill spearheaded by Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer attempted to collect the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances. The list would then admittedly be handed over to the NICS, removing the gun rights of all listed veterans without due process.
Just last year, countless veterans began receiving a letter from the Veterans Administration warning that their mental health was suddenly under review. The letter continued by saying that the right to own weapons would be removed if bureaucrats deemed them “incompetent” outside of law.
Given the Obama Administration’s view toward returning military, the assault on veterans is unsurprising. In fact, a 2009 Homeland Security report labeled returning veterans as likely domestic terrorists. Despite the outrageous claim, former DHS chief Janet Napolitano defended the report. Incredibly, the DHS announced that Boy Scout Explorers were being trained to kill “disgruntled Iraq war veterans” in a New York Times piece only one month later.
Despite the endless denials of gun confiscation, California residents were greeted by Justice Department agents in California last year as the state expanded its confiscation program. Lynette Phillips, who had been involuntarily held in a mental hospital after her nurse exaggerated the severity of her condition, had her and her husband’s firearms removed by from their home by armed agents.
Following the passage of the NY SAFE Act, New York residents began receiving letters telling them to turn in their firearms and permits as well. One legal gun owner had his firearms taken after a provision in the law allowed his medical records, which detailed his prescriptions, to be shared with authorities.
The media and administration’s failure to mention these countless abuses, justified through accessing mental health records, paints a clear picture of how these executive orders would be carried out. Masquerading as a mental health fix, the same system that has pushed dangerous prescription drugs for decades is now using it against law-abiding Americans.
In an ironic and telling move, a Pennsylvania court recently ruled that a state trooper who was previously hospitalized for depression would not be allowed to own a firearm “off-duty.” Regardless if the officer was an actual danger, the court ruled that due to his likely mental illness, he would only be allowed to carry a firearm “on duty,” showing how government is not subjected to the same rules as citizens.
Despite gun homicide seeing a 49 percent drop since 1993, the establishment has continued to ignore facts with its attempt to push gun control. The same Justice Department involved in gun running through Fast and Furious is now attempting to lecture the public on gun safety, unsurprising given Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments on “brainwashing” the public to be anti-gun.
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Kind of ironic since most scientists don’t believe in God at all. Or maybe, we have more “closet believers” in the scientific world than they care to admit…
If you’re a regular reader of my Blog, you’ll know I’m all about numbers, especially triple numbers like 111, 222, 333, etc, and also 11:11 and 11:44—numbers that I see all the time. I just happened upon this story (below) and I was instantly reminded of Genesis 1:1-11…
Genesis 1:1-11 (New International Version)
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day. 6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the second day. 9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.
God has given us so many phenomenal things, including life itself, yet there are some people who still don’t believe He exists. I feel sorry for them. In the scientific community, though, they saw such a stunning photo in the Heavens above that they had to attribute it to Almighty God Himself. That’s a good start, isn’t it?
When I first looked at the photo in the story below, what I saw was more than the “Hand of God”. I saw God wide-eyed in horror as He gazes down upon us and sees what is happening to the world He so lovingly created for us, with His hand half-covering His face, not believing what we have become…
The “Hand Of God” can be seen everywhere, even among the non-believers. Read the article below for an interesting read from: http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/beyond-nasa-photo-Hand-of-God-seen-everywhere/
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Beyond NASA photo, ‘Hand of God’ seen everywhere
Stunning X-ray telescopic image suggests more than some scientists intended
Published: 23 hours ago
Although the newest galactic image captured by a NASA telescope is being reported widely, there’s a major irony in the name given to the remarkable photograph – the “Hand of God.”
Today’s scientific establishment is largely secular, even atheistic, so naming the image of an exploding star – captured by NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR – the “Hand of God” seems just a rare and whimsical acknowledgement of God, since the image does bear an unmistakable resemblance to a giant, cosmic “hand.”
However, renowned scientist Arthur Robinson, commenting on the photo’s name, tells WND that until the current historical era, everything in nature was considered by scientists to be evidence of the “hand of God.”
“Scientists during most of history have recognized that the vast natural beauty they are privileged to see and study could only have been the product of an awesome Creator,” Robinson said.
The new NASA photo resulted when the NuSTAR telescope X-rayed the explosion of a star and subsequent ejection of a huge cloud of matter that shows up as blue in the image.
In a press release, NuSTAR telescope principal investigator Fiona Harrison, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said, “NuSTAR’s unique viewpoint, in seeing the highest-energy X-rays, is showing us well-studied objects and regions in a whole new light.”
Robinson, a former CalTech professor and co-founder with Nobel laureate Linus Pauling of the Linus Pauling Institute, and later of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, assured WND that while science has become increasingly atheistic, “many scientists today still recognize the hand of God in the natural world.”
In “The Marketing of Evil,” author and WND Managing Editor David Kupelian points out a few other scientists who see the “Hand of God” everywhere:
“This ubiquitous natural wonderland caused man to acknowledge and honor the Creator of creation, as Copernicus did when he wrote, ‘[The world] has been built for us by the Best and Most Orderly Workman of all.’ Or as Galileo wrote, ‘God is known … by Nature in His works and by doctrine in His revealed word.’ Or as Pasteur confessed, ‘The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.’ Or Isaac Newton: ‘When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.’”
Newton, interestingly, is universally regarded as one of the most important scientists in history, and his 1687 book, “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,” is considered perhaps the most influential science book of all time, laying out the basis for classical mechanics.
But Newton also wrote another book many people have never heard about: “Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John.” In fact, a devout Christian, Newton spent a significant amount of his time researching and studying the Bible.
With views like that, which by today’s academic standards might be regarded as “unscientific,” it is questionable whether Sir Isaac Newton, history’s most famous scientist, could have landed a professorship at a modern secular university.
Here are a few other images that scientists of past eras, had they been privileged to view them, would certainly have regarded as the handiwork of a divine Creator.
A star swirl:
Two interacting galaxies called Arp 273. It is thought that the smaller galaxy has actually passed through the larger one. (NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))
The Mystic Mountain:
This craggy fantasy mountaintop enshrouded by wispy clouds looks like a bizarre landscape from Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.” (NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI))
This celestial butterfly is far from serene. What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to nearly 20,000 degrees Celsius. The gas is tearing across space at more than 950,000 kilometers per hour – fast enough to travel from Earth to the Moon in 24 minutes! (NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team)
The Hubble Space Telescope has trained its razor-sharp eye on one of the universe’s most stately and photogenic galaxies, the Sombrero galaxy, Messier 104 (M104). (NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA))
This is among the largest images produced with the Earth-orbiting observatory – an shows theh entire Crab Nebula. (NASA, ESA and Allison Loll/Jeff Hester (Arizona State University). Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble))
Part of the constellation of Orion (The Hunter). Rising like a giant seahorse from turbulent waves of dust and gas is the Horsehead Nebula, otherwise known as Barnard 33. (NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI))
In his book, “God and the Astronomers,” world-renowned astrophysicist Robert Jastrow, founding director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, explains the “fear of faith” many of today’s scientists experience.
There is a kind of religion in science, it is the religion of a person who believes there is order and harmony in the universe, and every effect must have its cause; [but] there is no First Cause. …
“No First Cause,” however, means there is no Creator, no God. As Jastrow continues:
This religious faith of the scientist is violated by the discovery that the world had a beginning under conditions in which the known laws of physics are not valid, and as a product of forces or circumstances we cannot discover. When that happens, the scientist has lost control. If he really examined the implications, he would be traumatized. As usual when faced with trauma, the mind reacts by ignoring the implications – in science this is known as “refusing to speculate” – or trivializing the origin of the world by calling it the Big Bang, as if the Universe were a firecracker.
Consider the enormity of the problem. Science has proven that the universe exploded into being at a certain moment. It asks, What cause produced this effect? Who or what put the matter and energy into the Universe? Was the Universe created out of nothing, or was it gathered together out of pre-existing materials? And science cannot answer these questions …
“Now,” Jastrow continues, “we would like to pursue that inquiry farther back in time, but the barrier to further progress seems insurmountable. It is not a matter of another year, another decade of work, another measurement, or another theory; at this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation.”
The famed scientist’s ultimate conclusion is astonishingly candid, particularly in light of his own professed agnosticism: “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
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It’s out there…
“It is initially estimated to be about 1,300 feet (400 meters) in size and its orbit carries it as far out as about three quarters of the distance to Jupiter’s orbit and as close to the sun as Earth’s orbit.”
“NASA is on top of this threat. In a post headlined “Asteroid 2013 TV135 – A Reality Check,” NASA admitted that 2013 TV135 “could be back in Earth’s neighborhood in 2032.”
Will Asteroid 2013 TV135 hit Earth in 2032? There’s a 1 in 63,000 chance of this happening. In 19 years, it could either change course or dissolve into smaller particles in space—or so I’m hoping. Here’s the story…
Calm down, Nasa debunks claim world will end in 2032: Agency says chance of impact is only 1 in 63,000
- Ukrainian astronomers claim giant asteroid could strike Earth in 2032
- If it does, it would hit the planet with a force of 2,500 nuclear bombs
- But Nasa says it is 99.9984 per cent certain that it will miss Earth’s orbit
- It added that future observations may rule out the risk entirely
By Michael Zennie
PUBLISHED: 18:17 EST, 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:02 EST, 18 October 2013
Nasa has issued a ‘reality check’ on news yesterday that an asteroid could hit Earth on August 26, 2032.
The Crimean Astrophysical Observatory found the massive asteroid, called 2013 TV135, last weekend.
The international scientific community has already rated it as one of the two most dangerous asteroids ever recorded.
But Nasa said that the probability of an Earth impact is only one in 63,000.That means astronomers are 99.9984 per cent certain that it will miss Earth’s orbit.
The 1,300-foot-wide asteroid 2013 TV135 has a 1 in 63,000 chance of striking the earth in 19 years, scientists have revealed.
The newly discovered asteroid made a close approach to Earth on September 16, when it came within about 4.2 million miles (6.7 million kilometers) of the planet.
It is initially estimated to be about 1,300 feet (400 meters) in size and its orbit carries it as far out as about three quarters of the distance to Jupiter’s orbit and as close to the sun as Earth’s orbit.
As of October 14, asteroid 2013 TV135 is one of 10,332 near-Earth objects that have been discovered.
Scientists have given it a danger rating of 1 out of 10 on the Torino Scale. Only one other asteroid has been given a rating of 1. The risk for all others has been judged 0, negligible.
This diagram shows the orbit of asteroid 2013 TV135 (in blue), which has just a one-in-63,000 chance of impacting Earth. Its risk to Earth will likely be further downgraded as scientists continue their investigations
Massive: The asteroid would strike with 2,500megatons of explosive force, enough to create damage within a 100,000 square-mile radius. (Blast location for illustrative purposes only)
The effects of an impact would be catastrophic, especially if it struck a populated area.
If 2013 TV135 were to collide with Earth, it is estimated to impact with 2,500 megatons of explosive power. The standard U.S. Minute Man II missiles carries a nuclear warhead with an explosive power of a little over 1 megaton.
But Nasa said that with only a week of observations for an orbital period that spans almost four years, its future orbital path is ‘still quite uncertain.’
The space agency expects the object to be easily observable in the coming months, and will be using the Minor Planet Centre in Cambridge, Massachusetts to improve calculations.
The asteroid was discovered by astronomers at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory and later confirmed by scientists as observatories in Spain, Italy and Siberia, Russia
It said the most likely result will be a dramatic reduction, or complete elimination, of any risk of Earth impact.
‘To put it another way, that puts the current probability of no impact in 2032 at about 99.998 per cent,’ said Don Yeomans, manager of Nasa’s Near-Earth Object Programme Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
‘This is a relatively new discovery. With more observations, I fully expect we will be able to significantly reduce, or rule out entirely, any impact probability for the foreseeable future.’
The asteroid is much smaller than the interplanetary object that hit Earth and killed off the dinosaurs 65million years ago.
Currently, 2007 VK184 is believed to have the best chance of striking Earth. The 420-foot-wide object is said to have a 1 in 2700 chance of making contact with the planet in 2048. It is the only other asteroid to have a 1 rating on the Torino Scale.
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According to Belinda Bee, the “2 Million Bikers to D.C.” organizer, over 800,000 patriotic bikers, despite numerous roadblocks (literally and figuratively), including being denied a no-stop permit, rode on to Washington, D.C. to honor those innocent victims who lost their lives at the hands of radical Islamist cowards on September 11, 2001, and to also honor our brave Armed Forces. Their ride started at the Harley Davidson store in Fort Washington, MD, then on to Washington, D.C.…
The bikers issued an apology to the D.C. area beforehand for all the noise that their bikes will make, but if you ask me, that noise is sweet music to my ears. Here’s the letter, in part…
“We did the right thing and went through the proper channels to secure a no-stop permit to ride through your great city,” the apology read. “We wanted to ride an established route, which would have taken us past the Viet Nam Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial, across the bridge into Virginia, and that’s it! We would have been completely out of Washington DC, and your city would have been back to normal.”
There was also a Million Muslim March that ended up rallying no more than about 25 people. Ironically, they were allowed the no-stop permit, if you can believe that atrocity. That count may include the small group of Christians who were protesting against their “Million Muslim March”, but it was more like “a short walk by a few”…
Million Muslim March organizer M.D. Rabbi Alam addresses an empty field and 25 people where a million Muslims were supposed to be.
We now know which side America is on. Now we just have to figure out which side Obama’s on…
Here’s the latest from TheBlaze—includes pictures and videos, and is constantly being updated… http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/11/video-motorcycles-rumble-through-on-the-way-to-d-c-for-911-rally/
Dear Almighty God, thank you so much for turning this very solemn day into a day that speaks volumes as to this country’s patriotism and strength. Against all odds, we will persevere, and all those who lost their lives on this day twelve years ago will be smiling knowing that America will honor them forevermore. I’ll close with a great quote…
“If Clinton had only attacked terrorism as much as he attacked George Bush, we wouldn’t be in this problem.”
AMEN! God, I love this great country…
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As we reflect on this very solemn day, I’m posting a video which reflects the horror of that day, “Prayer Of The Children” which shows how the world reacted to the vicious terror attacks on innocent victims, and ending appropriately with “The Star Spangled Banner”.
Since my site is all about quotes, I felt it is most appropriate to post the “10 Most Powerful Quotes About 9/11″ from the Veterans United site (Follows Video below) as well…
May God rest all those innocent souls who perished at the hands of savage beasts on that fateful day. They are Always on our Minds, and will be Forever in Our Hearts…
May their families be comforted in knowing that they are all safe in God’s Loving Embrace. May God continue to Bless our Great Nation, and may He continue to Bless and Watch Over our Military and First Responders…
9/11 Remembered – Prayer of the Children
Now for the 10 Most Powerful Quotes About 9/11…
10 Most Powerful Quotes About 9/11
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It is with a heavy heart that we honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
It is a day that forever changed our nation. Friends and families were left weakened by missing loved ones, yet the spirit and resolve of America grew strong. Now is the time to remember those that were taken from us, and to thank those whose memory kept us from falling down. It’s been a long, hard road since 9/11, and it will continue for many years, but, as one nation, we will continue to prevail.
Below are ten quotes that express the feelings of the time.
1) “All of a sudden there were people screaming. I saw people jumping out of the building. Their arms were flailing. I stopped taking pictures and started crying.” –Michael Walters, a freelance photojournalist in Manhattan
2) “The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” –Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City
3) “You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.” –Colin Powell
4) “Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” –President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001
5) “We’re going to find out who did this and we’re going after the bastards.” –Sen. Orrin Hatch
6) “The planes were hijacked, the buildings fell, and thousands of lives were lost nearly a thousand miles from here. But the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were an attack on the heart of America.
“And standing here in the heartland of America, we say in one voice: We will not give in to terrorists; We will not rest until they are found and defeated; We will win this struggle; not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace; so help us God.” –Sen. Tom Harkin
7) “When I look out the window, I exhale a prayer of thanks for the color green, for my children’s safety, for the simple acts of faith like planting a garden that helped see us through another spring, another summer. And I inhale some kind of promise to protect my kids’ hopes and good intentions we began with in this country. Freedom of speech, the protection of diversity — these are the most important ingredients of American civil life and my own survival. If I ever took them for granted, I don’t know.” –Barbara Kingsolver, novelist
8) “For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” –Deepak Chopra, M.D.
9) “What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.” –David Levithan
10) “Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.” –Sen. John Kerry
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Two years ago today, David Braxton Scherz, Jr., 26, had just parked his car in his driveway when he was approached by officers in Harris County, TX, informing him that he ran through a stop sign. When Scherz’s mother, Yvonne Scherz went to the door, she was told to stay inside, but came out to see what all the fuss was about. That’s when things got much worse. Mrs. Scherz was slammed to the ground by an officer. The video below shows the whole horrible scene (story follows). They recently filed charges. Why did they wait so long? The statute of limitations applies to some officers in this case, but it shouldn’t because of the injuries.
I can’t even believe my own eyes what the video shows here, but it’s right there on the police dash-cam. The police brutality in this situation is horrendous. The worst of the bunch, a big brute named Deputy Jimmy Drummond of the Harris County Constable’s Office is shown kicking Scherz, breaking a rib, and also kicked their family dog. Drummond has a history of excessive abuse, so they promoted him to captain at the Montgomery County Constable Precinct 3 Office. He should have been fired without pay, but there is no justice for all, just a select few.
This is what happens when you run a stop sign in Harris County, TX and have the audacity to go home afterwards—you get a beat-down from Deputy Dog. You’ll find all the latest details here from the Houston Chronicle. Below is the video and initial story…
Police Kick S**t Out of Guy, Arrest His Family, Kick Their Dog
Cops brutalize family during traffic stop
Ribs smashed, even dog kicked in pounding caught on camera
Published: 7 hours ago
The punishment for allegedly blowing through a stop sign didn’t exactly fit the crime.
When David Braxton Scherz, 26, saw flashing blue lights behind him as he drove down his street in 2011, he had no way of knowing his luck was about to go from bad to worse.
A police dashcam video shows officers in Harris County, Texas, confronting Scherz during the traffic stop outside his home in Houston.
“I was coming home from a friend’s house, an officer said I missed a stop sign, but before it even got to that I had already parked in my driveway,” said Scherz.
His mother approached from inside the house and was ordered back inside.
“Ma’am, either wait inside or wait in the backseat of my car. I’m not going to ask you again,” a deputy can be heard saying in an audio recording obtained by ABC in Houston.
“This is my house and I have the right to stand here,” protested Yvonne Scherz.
Then things got really ugly. A cop pulls the woman to the ground and drags her along the concrete.
“The next thing I remember she was screaming. I went inside, grabbed my sister and she got the rest of the family,” recalled Scherz.
Deputy Constable Jimmy Drummond, Harris Co., Texas
Deputy Jimmy Drummond, of the Harris County Constable’s Office, can be seen kicking a family member who had been forced to the ground. The officer then escalates the beating by smashing his knee into the man’s torso, breaking his ribs.
A small poodle wanders into the street. Drummond kicks the dog, too.
All five members of the Scherz family were initially charged with interfering with an investigation, but those charges were eventually dropped. They are pursuing civil action against the county and the deputies.
Harris County investigators have now filed a misdemeanor charge of official oppression against Drummond. He is expected in court Friday.
The former deputy constable has a history of excessive force his superiors are aware of, the victim’s attorney, Randall Kallinen, told the New York Daily News on Tuesday.
The statute of limitations will likely prevent future charges against any of the other officers.
Harris County law enforcement officials issued the following statement: “We firmly believe the District Attorney’s Office is following the appropriate course of action in reviewing the details of the overall incident, up to and including justification for dismissal of charges in the original case. No one in law enforcement supports abuse of official capacity in the use of force and likewise we do not support assaults on an officer in the performance of their duty.”
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