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

pdfIran Nukes And Regional Staility


The Harvest


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

pdfPaths Of Righteousness - For His Name's Sake

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

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

pdf National Security: What Is America Doing In Secret?

pdf  Watson's Economic Crisis Report - II

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Eyes On Russia: Watson's Economic And Political Report



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


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

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Ezekiel and the Spirit of Stubbornness/The Sardis Syndrome

Christ, Family and Persecution

When The Bottom Falls Out Of Your Boat

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

The Assyrian
- Damascus and the Assyrian in Bible Prophecy

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


 - What I See...

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


 - Collision Course

Each and every passing day,

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


      - Prison Labor Industry

      Slave labor cleverly

      disguised.


 - Special Report: Watson's Economic Crisis Report 

   

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

 - 3 Short Commentaries

   

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

 -  Lamentations Are Coming 

   

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

 -  The Curse 

   

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

 -  I Have A Dream Vs. I Have A Drone 

   

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

 -  Mali: Africa Must Take The Lead 

   

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

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

   

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

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

   

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

 -  The Holiday Season 

   

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

 -  There Is A Generation... 

   

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

  The Way Back 

   

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

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

   

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

 - In The Kingdom Of The Blind 

   

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

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

   

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

 - Culling The World's Population 

   

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

 -  Political, Economic And Spiritual Review (Summer 2012) 

   

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

 -  Judge Not! 

   

...Lest ye be judged.

 - The Blessings Of Obedience 

   

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

  From Another World 

   

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

 


-  From The North 

   

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


Other Resources
(most are in PDF format)

Iran: Ministry Of Intelligence And Internal Security - LOC

Global Trends 2030 - NIE

High Unemployment And GDP - CRS

Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress

DOJ Lethal Force Justification Against US Citizens

Global Trends 2030
- NIC

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

Intelligence Committee Report On Huawei

Major Arms Transfers - CRS

The Crisis In Mali - CRS

The Crisis In Syria - CRS

 Posse Comitatus - CRS

Iran: Nuclear Intentions And Capabilities

Official Japanese Diet Report On Fukushima

State Department Report On Religious Persecution

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

US-China Policy Issues - CRS

US Naval Modifications For China's Rise - CRS

UAE: US Policy Issues - CRS

Senate Report On Counterfeit Parts In DOD Supply Chain


2012 Annual Report To Congress On Chinese Military - DOD

Water Security - CIA/NIC

Syria's Phase Of Radicalization - ICG

Oil Imports And Exports - CRS

Pivot To The Pacific - CRS

Challenges To EU's Energy Security - CRS

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

Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Isreal's Possible strike On Iran - CRS

Iran Policy Concerns - CRS

Food Aid To NK - CRS

Aid To Pakistan

(Senate Hearing)

DOD Missing Trillions

(official audit)

GAO's Audit of the FED Report

(audit)

Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Human Rights In China - CRS

US-China Trade Issues - CRS

US-China Miliary Contacts - CRS

US- Taiwan Arms Sales - CRS

China's Currency: Analysis Of Issues - CRS

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

China's Acquisition of US Technology - Congress

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

OSS/CIA Images Of Auschwitz During the War

Nuclear Terror In The US - FEMA


More Resources



Links I Like
From all over the Christian spectrum!
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Last Days Of The Age
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The Endtime Pilgrim
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The First Trumpet
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The Last Trumpet
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Spirit Daily

(Catholic... great news links)

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

Babylon Today



Selected Audio

Paradigm Shift: Capitalists ∓mp; Dissenters

Part 1 and Part 2

Emerging Viruses - Dr. Horowit untrz

- Lo-fi version here

Think You Have Property Rights?

The Real Purpose Of Public Education - John Gatto

Alex Jones Talks On Bilderberg 2005

Stan Goff On The Military-Monetary System

On War: A Veteran NYT Journalists Views

Mad Cow And Alzheimer's: The Link

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

Hard Evidence Of Vote Fraud In Ohio - 2 Min Update

Bev Harris Interviewed On Ohio Vote Fraud

Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man
Part 1And Part 2

Announcement On Ohio Vote Legal Action

Seymour Hersh On Abu Gharib

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

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

Lethal Injections: The Hidden Dangers Of Vaccines


Bush Blocked Bin Laden Probes

Truth And Lies Of 911

911 Road To Tyranny (low bandwidth)

Afghanistan, jihad and oil in Central Asia

Biowarfare: Leaps In Technology

An intelligent look at the future of the Oil Based Economy

Natural Resources and Global Conflict

Plan Colombia

Corporate Propaganda

Gore Vidal On Terrorism

The Bush's Oil War

America The Babylon

Part 1 And Part 2

A Look At Peak Oil

Black Box Voting

The Evidence Is A Farce

The Bilderbergs

The Doctrine Of Incorporation

Wheat Receipts: The Federal Reserve

American Dynasty: The Bush Family

The Pentagon Crash Investigation.

Trenton Parker On The Oil Crisis Of The 70's

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

A very interesting Presentation on War Crimes in Vietnam

Why Is Africa Starving?

Financial Collapse: What Does Greenspan Really Think - FSO?

The 911 Cover-Up Commission

The Mafia, CIA And Bush


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“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression.
In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.
And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air
– however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”
 ― Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas


I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand,
I shall not be moved.
(Psa 16:8)

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1 Dec

Not Sure How You Can Help Our Troubled World? PRAY!!

When a nation forgets God
The key to intercession
More Prayer Requests, Perspectives


29-30 Nov

Persecution Watch

Indonesia's Only Christian Governor Harassed Over Blasphemy Row

The only Christian governor in Indonesia is being investigated by police as a suspect in a blasphemy case, amid on-going calls from Muslim groups for his imprisonment.

Investigators questioned the Governor of Jakarta, Barsuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as “Ahok”, for eight hours at the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta last week.

The outcry against Ahok began after he quoted a verse in the Qur’an that forbids using the Islamic scripture for political gains in a speech he made in early October. Some Muslim leaders accused him of insulting Islam by quoting from the Qur’an, and he apologised. - WWM

Islamic Scholar Blames Saudi's For Rise In Islamic Terrorism
A leading Islamic scholar has described attacks on Christians by violent Islamic extremists as “heart-breaking” and condemned Islamic extremism as being “exactly the opposite” of what Islam teaches.
Sheikh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri argues that the “real offenders of blasphemy” are not people who draw cartoons of Muhammad, but those who commit atrocities in the name of God and Islam.

Dr. Qadri, who heads the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre in Ireland, lays the blame for violent Islamic extremism at the door of Muslims who disseminate the Wahhabi-Salafi ideology emanating from Saudi Arabia.

The Sunni cleric told parliamentarians, clerics and activists in London’s Houses of Parliament yesterday (24 November) that the intolerant doctrines of Wahhabism and Salafism have been “aggressively exported” through hundreds of billions of dollars of funding of Islamic centres in the West and in Muslim-majority countries.

“They have no concept of living together in peace,” he said. Naming the world’s most violent groups of Islamist terrorists, he added that the ideology “has produced Al-Qaeda, Daesh [Islamic State], Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab.”

“Wahhabis are still being supported by us in the West,” he said, and called for greater dialogue with people who believe “in democracy and not the ‘Clash of Civilisations’”, referring to the hypothesis that religions and cultures are inevitably in conflict with one another. - WWM


Christian Persecution: It's Getting Worse
- Premier.org.uk
There are a wide range of stories today on the internet that are piggybacking from a recent report form a UK group called Aid to the Church in Need. The above link is from a UK Christian site called Premeir.org.uk. They have done a fine job with a global report on Persecution, with individual pdf's for each individual country.
Religious Freedom Report Map 2016

Source: Religious-Freedom-Report.org.uk
{Map posted as no copyright notice found anywhere on site}


You can read the individual country reports here and the extensive Executive Summary here. The report (Summary) starts off with the testimony of a Syrian Catholic Priest, Jacques Mourad who was held by ISIS for five months. it's a fascinating story about him and a Wahlid from the 'Caliphate'. Check it out for yourselves. The report is really quite telling in its honesty of key issues, unlike the kind of politically correctness and sanitization of key issues we often see out of US think tanks, the US government and certain religious organizations. For example, they do not downplay the threat of extremist violence in the west in the form of these millions of refugee's now flooding Europe, including an upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, something we don't hear much about here in America. I do hope you get a chance to read and download a few sections of the report, as it is very telling.

Bible Stomping Muslim Converts After Reading John 14:7 - Gospel Herald
"I am the way, the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father but by me."

A typical story of a Muslim who coverts to Christ and their family does not like it. This is a great story about how the Truth about Christ Jesus is able to save souls. Brothers, this I know. That in times like these, Christ warned us about how we treat and mistreat God's servants. When the fires of persecution burn the hottest and it is hardest to be a Christian and treat Christians right, Christ told us how such will be judged. Do you want to be rewarded by Christ, O, faithless and perverse generation? Here is how to do it.

He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward;
and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive
a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little
ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you,
he shall in no wise lose his reward.
(Mat 10:40-42)


God, brothers and sisters is forgiving, so very forgiving because he is waiting for us to repent, change our hearts and spiritual direction. This includes Muslims and even the violent militant extremists.  If you want God's blessing upon you and yours, remember the persecuted with your prayers, aid and money who have to face such people regularly.

I recently got an email from Persecution.org and they said that their revenue was down about 50% from their projections. Here is a snippet from the email I received.
With your help, we've been able to serve the victims of persecution by rescuing them, bringing awareness to their plight, and encouraging US government officials to open the prison doors and fight on their behalf. We also are tirelessly expanding the Church in the toughest areas of the world.

However, we have a big problem.
Our revenue is down 50% from where it should be!

As it stands, we will have to drastically cut back on our service to the persecuted in 2017. We simply do not have resources to meet their needs.

This is not a sales pitch or marketing tactic! I drastically need your help to care for the persecuted in 2017. -
Persecution.org (Address and donation info on bottom of page)

Yes brothers, God is still reaching out to men and women from all over the world, of every race, creed and nationality. He offers us love, fellowship and friendship. May all who love our Lord remember both the persecuted, evangelists, pastors and Priests who serve in countries that treat Christians harshly.

Egypt: Mob Attacks, Destroys Christian Property On Rumors Of New Church - ICC

The attack resulted in four Copts being injured, the total destruction of a Christian-owned guesthouse, the destruction of nine Coptic homes, and the looting and burning of four Coptic-owned shops.

The attackers cut [off] the road so that the fire trucks could not enter the village; they also cut off the water and power supply to the village,” Nashed explained to ICC.

After police gained control of the situation, they arrested 18 Muslims involved in the attack. The Governor of Sohag and the Chief of Security of Sohag visited the scene and held a reconciliation session between the two communities.

William Stark, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “We are shocked at the news of yet another attack against Christians incited by rumors of church construction. ICC mourns with the families who have lost their homes and businesses due to these hate crimes. This is the latest in a long string of similar attacks, and we are impatient to see proper justice served. The Egyptian government must do more to secure the lives and properties of all citizens, including Christians.” - ICC

US Supreme Court Justice Speaks On Dangers To Religious Freedom - Christian News
ICC Note: Samuel Alito, a US Supreme Court Justice, discussed in a recent speech that religious freedom may be under greater threat than citizens’ rights to free speech. The speech then led to a discussion on the case of a pharmacy that was forced to supply abortifacients in spite of his Christian objections. This debate on the balance between religious freedom and free speech has been hotly contested throughout the United States and other parts of the Western world in recent years.

Two Injured In Philippine Church Blast - Minda News

While it is much too early to assign responsibility, it is also true that ISIS has moved into the region and not with 'baby steps' either. The UNODC as a well researched document done by counter terror experts in the region and it talks about Daesh in Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia. You can find the pdf  document here.

But to put it bluntly, it's a mess. Duterte, the President has said that ISIS has connected up with a local armed group called the Maute Group. It's a group that also goes by the name Islamic State in Lanao. Some of their fig
hters were recently freed from Prison via a 'raid'  wheree no shots were fired and were probably allowed to escape by their captors. The flag of the group can be found to the left. Right now, the Philippine Army has had some success in shelling ISIS fighters of this group. Many have been killed in what is now a low intensity conflict.


In Jakarta nine ISIS militants have been arrested for inciting protests with the goal of creating chaos and violence. According to AsiaNews.it, they are preparing for a Caliphate. In Indonesia, they recently arrested someone who was reportedly making bombs and plotting attacks under the orders of ISIS.

UK: Government Watchdog Blasts Domestic Christian Persecution
The watchdog is after employers, cinema's who ban the Lord's Prayer among other things. In Europe these days these things are more and more common, people being demoted or even fired for sharing their faith. In their rush to Islamify some of these countries, they are not just ignoring Christians they are going after us. The Government now is looking at the matter.

Uzbekistan: Believer Released Early From 10 Year Stint - Christian Today
Forum18 as usual has a great and brief look at the situation in Uzbekistan
Iran: Christians See Growth Despite Persecution
There is growth of Christianity in Iran and this article explains where the problem lies. Christianity is not illegal in Iran, but converting to Christ from Islam is.
More False Doctrines From False Francis - Asia News
Francis has his own version of hell. It's 'distance', not torment. It sure sounds good and gives us all a warm fuzzy and may even draw the unrepentant to Mass, but it is not the truth as Jesus and the Apostles preached it. Hell as distance? Yes, a place of eternal separation from God and all that he has made. But it is also a place of unspeakable torment, Christ told us that, and so did the Apostles. One day, we will look at the doctrine of hell as it is taught in the Bible, not from Francis, who is preaching what his covert masters behind the curtain are telling him to preach.
  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
(Rev 14:11)

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers,
and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars,
 shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:

which is the second death.
(Rev 21:8)

The Lord put those warnings in there for a reason. No one wants to dwell on this horrible subject and certainly not me, but what Francis is doing is calling Christ, John and the Holy Apostles liars and making up his own psuedo-Christiantiy and 'new age Christ' that can be successfully melded into the other religions of the world.

Jesus Christ spoke clearly and incessantly and without any compromise about a place called hell. He was WARNING his hearers about something horrible. DO NOT GO TO HELL and DO NOT LISTEN TO THOSE WHO LIE ABOUT ITS EXISTENCE.

I am going to give you every place Christ talked about Hell in Scripture.

But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
(Mat 5:22)

And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
(Mat 5:29)

And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
(Mat 5:30)

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
(Mat 10:28)

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
(Mat 11:23)

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
(Mat 16:18)

And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
(Mat 18:9)

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
(Mat 23:15)

Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
(Mat 23:33)

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
(Mar 9:43)

And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
(Mar 9:45)

And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
(Mar 9:47)

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.
(Luk 10:15)

But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
(Luk 12:5)

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
(Luk 16:23)

Francis is right about one thing. The book of Revelation does have a powerful message of hope for the redeemed and it is one reason I have not talked a whole lot about hellfire. But any one who starts to preach that there is no such place or downplay and minimize just what it's all about is in greater danger of it than he may realize.

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy,
God shall take away his part out of the book of life,
and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
(Rev 22:19)

This is crafty stuff and most people including most Christians are going to fall for this hook, line and sinker because it sounds so very, very good. It appeals to those who don't like consequences, and don't like to take responsibility and don't want to do right but rather, wants a religion that makes them feel good in their sins that is who the false doctrine of no hell is designed to appeal to. 


Brothers in Christ, we must be rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ, SOUND DOCTRINE  and in love or we will surely be deceived by men and women who will and even now are rising to places of prominence in the Church who are serving dark forces in our world today. Like Freemasons (an interesting link, read with care), Russian Intelligence, the CIA, The Bilderbergs to name just a very, very few. These forces are all over religion and have always wanted full control of the Vatican to use its administrative structures for their, rather than God's purposes. I have personally dealt with these demonic forces who pretended to know Christ and then slithered in with a bunch of Islamic, secularist and new age mumbo-jumbo and when I would not start to preach that stuff... I started having all kinds of problems. So believe me on this - I know this spirit from personal experience.

I don't know what else to say about this  - those who have ears to hear, they will hear. 

Those who don't, won't,

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
 but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,
 having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth,
and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions,
do the work of an evangelist,
make full proof of thy ministry.
(2Ti 4:3-5)

Even so, come Lord Jesus!!


Thanksgiving Weekend

Blessings to all of you who know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This site has been here now for going on 17 years. I started this site back in February of 2000 and I never ever thought I would be at it this long. There have been some good times and many, many a very rough one, but to those of you who have stuck with me here,  I want to thank you all -  saved and unsaved, Black, White, Latino, Asian, Native American, Rich and Poor, American or other.

I never ever in a million years thought this site would have the effect it has had inside our Government, and our world, but it has. I suppose that is why I have so many enemies. But I have learned to bear no grudge, hate no one, to not look back and to press on. That kind of enmity is only the inevitable outcome of doing right, serving the Lord and having a God given sharp intelligence with God given wisdom and the courage to speak out. I am not tooting my own horn. This site was not and is not my idea. I have rebelled against it in the past and was rebuked for it. To those of you who think I like this job, read the next post on Jonah, the next part of my series in Old Testament prophets. As we go through it, I think those wiser souls among you will find out what I mean.

Many of you have been upset with me in the past for different things. I right readily forgive you. I would ask you to understand that running a site like this on shoestring budget, with only one shoestring and two shoes, is not an easy task. Were it not for the Lord, it would be impossible. Frankly, when people get upset with me... most of the time, I see it very much as a good thing. It usually means I have hit something that God is dealing with them on. Race, money, hatred, our crazy wars. The material support to terrorism our leaders have engaged in as well as to Neo-Nazi movements, their adultery, their fornication, their habit of speaking falsehoods, breaking promises (lies) etc. Yes, I expect to get hate mail over these things.  It says to me...'you are on the right track, brother Mark.'
 
Political correctness? To me it's as bad a sin as in your face racism. Why? Political correctness stems from some commonly agreed upon lie that usually prevents us from looking at a serious problem in a way that will allow is to fix it. I am not talking about being deliberately offensive. No, but rather dealing with problems as they present themselves, even if and especially if it means some hurt feelings. If there is any one redeeming quality about in your face racism, is that at least it's honest. Political correctness in most cases, isn't.


I know many of you don't appreciate my rather off beat sense of humor, but most of you understand it. Often I use it to make a point. Humor, irony  - these can be a very good way of making a point.

Also, I do apologize that the vast majority of my posts do not appear on this page any more. I simply could not and cannot continue to. Free is good, I know most folks love it, but sites cost money to run. There is no two way around it and when you have the kinds of material I have here it takes a considerable amount of time to research, prepare and present, not to mention all of the little technical issues I have to deal with. That includes the hacks (there have been many) DDos Attacks, the site goes dark, and the set ups some have tried on me (yes, they have... right on my servers)....etc.

Don't think this site making me 'live large', anything but!! Moreover,  again, I am not tooting my own horn but I know too much and that has led to at least some of my problems I have had with the 'dark side' of the US intelligence community, who can break the law, break into homes with no warrant, hound people half to death, lie and slander people (particularly Black people and Christians) for no other reason than they don't like the cut of their brow, the color of their skin, their religion or their blog posts.

I have been able to give people the back story on a host of issues because I know how the system really works. Not the conspiracy stuff that more often than not is planted on sites to misdirect people and are run by Federal officials and others. But I get to the real deal, so that people don't get fooled and deceived, or at least make it harder to do.

But I do try and keep a few posts up here from time to time for my non-insiders. Most of the analysis on the Trump phenomenon is going to stay behind the password wall. There is a lot and a lot more coming. His Presidency, if they allow him into office, will I think be pivotal. The economic stuff, the long range prophetic stuff... the good stuff stays behind the wall. I am under no obligation to give it to any passerby and have been chided by our Lord about doing it for so long (Matt 7:6).

But I thank all of you who have come by here from time to time on this Thanksgiving day and hope you all had a fine one with family and friends.

May God bless and keep each and everyone of you who names the name of the Lord and obey his voice both now and forever more!!

Amen!


23 Nov


Jonah Part I

Jonah was a prophet. Probably one of the more famous ones because his life and ministry were probably more about the travails, rebellion and idiosyncrasies of the Prophet himself than it was about the message he brought to Nineveh. This and the entire episode of the whale has made him one of the best known ancient prophets. Another major aspect the book of Jonah was that he was one of the rare Hebrew prophets whose ministry was not specifically directed towards Israel, but rather to the people of Nineveh who knew not the Lord. In these respects, Jonah's words are distinct from those of the other prophets. Moreover, I think that the travails of Jonah are given to us to show is that Prophets are sent by the Lord and even though they are imperfect, sometimes rebellions as Jonah, Balaam and even Jeremiah (Jer 20:9) were, we must always remember that they were anointed to carry God's message to the audience God has intended. Be he holy or be he rebellions, it is best not to do harm or stand in the way of God's prophets who are in the execution of their ministry.

Saying, Touch not mine anointed,
and do my prophets no harm.

(1Ch 16:22)

Jonah's work deals with the people of Nineveh rather than the Hebrews. Other prophets did at times minister to those other nations that Israel had come in contact with. Daniel prophesied to the Babylonians and Elisha went to the Syrians. God wanted and wants to make himself known to all men and moves his prophets to reveal God and his purpose to them. Was it not Daniel who interpreted the Dream for the Babylonian King? Was it not Elisha who healed the Syrian General of leprosy? God wants to reveal his righteousness and his 'way of doing things' to all men, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile.

Jonah is mentioned in another book in the Old Testament. The book of Second Kings (2Kings 14:25) makes mention of a prophet names Jonah the son of Amittai (cf Jonah 1:1) which is certainly the same one.  The prophecy noted here is not in the book of Jonah. This leads us to an interesting question. At what point in Jonah's life did he receive his call to go to Nineveh? The asnwer appears, in my view to be towards the end of his life. Jonah probably had a rich prophetic ministry during the days of the the early Kings (Amaziah/Jereoboam II) and spoke to the Israelite's. Let us keep in mind the circumstances of Jonah's word given in the book of Kings

He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath
unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel,
which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet,
 which was of Gathhepher. For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel,
that it was very bitter:
for there was not any shut up, nor any left,
nor any helper for Israel. And the LORD said not that he would blot out the
name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of
Jeroboam the son of Joash.
(2Ki 14:25-27)

Yet his word to Nineveh some have opined, probably came to Jonah later in his life than the prophecy in Kings. Indeed some think it was much later, even in the days of Menahem, though the evidence for this come more from folklore than Biblical or Historical evidence. But I think Jonah's book came later in his life, perhaps when he had 'retired' and was no longer really active and this explains his very 'unprophetic' reaction to God's command, but granted that is just my own personal opinion.  Here is what K&D says about this subject.

This mission to Nineveh evidently falls later than the prophecy in favour of Jeroboam; but although it is quite possible that it is to be assigned to the time of Menahem, during the period of the first invasion of Israel by the Assyrians, this is by no means so probable as many have assumed. For, inasmuch as Menahem began to reign fifty-three years after the commencement of the reign of Jeroboam, and the war between Jeroboam and the Syrians took place not in the closing years, but in the very first years of his reign, since it was only the continuation and conclusion of the successful struggle which his father had already begun with these enemies of Israel; Jonah must have been a very old man when he was entrusted with his mission to Nineveh, if it did not take place till after the invasion of Israel by Pul. - K&D Commentary
So clearly Jonah was a known prophet in his days and certainly had other prophecies that were not set down for posterity. But the book that has come down to us I think is unique in that it shows the prophets own deeper human failings. The book itself was probably written by Jonah or perhaps by someone whom he trusted who wrote it for him. In any event it shows that the prophet was capable of deep self assessment and enough humility to set down his own bad behavior for others to read.

Why do I say I am like Jonah? Because my own ministry is like that. I did not want to do this but God has made it plain to me that this is my job and if I don't do it, God has a 'whale' prepared for me until I get right back to doing my job, watching, informing, analyzing and otherwise exhorting the small flock to be ready for the hour is very late and we must make and keep ourselves ready. Jonah was not obedient. At times I too can be slow to obey. This job I have is no picnic and like Jeremiah and Daniel,  I have powerful enemies in America's 'Royal Court' who have worked pretty hard to cast me into a 'miry pit' so they can be 'done with' God's pesky servant. They have hired their Judas' they have got readers to try and set me up (oh yes)... they smile in your face and then talk about you behind your back and then work with the enemies of the Lord to try and entrap you. I have dealt with such as these. I have been on this site for the past 16 and a half years.

Yes, I am very much like Jonah. But that makes me human, not false (and no, I make no claim as a classical 'prophet'). It makes me keenly aware of my own failings and faults so that I don't get 'high and mighty' or 'holier than thou'.  My failings I think help to keep me exceptionally humble and for no other reason, I thank God for those shortcomings. Nothing is more obnoxious to God is an arrogant, self-righteous Christian.

Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness
is come up before me.
(Jon 1:1-2)



In the typical method of many of the prophets, the first verse identifies who the prophet is. Here he just mentions who his father is and gives us no further information. But there is something rather interesting here in verse one. The word Amittai is actually a word that means truth.

H573
אמתּי
'ămittay
am-it-tah'ee
From H571; veracious; Amittai, an Israelite: - Amittai.

So the the phrase could also be 'the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of truth, saying...'. This would be fully in keeping with the spirit of any true prophet of the Lord.

We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.
Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
(1Jo 4:6)

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father,
even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father,
he shall testify of me:
(Joh 15:26)


This is one of those interesting riddles often found in scripture. Jonah's family name probably was Amittai, but then again it may be a kind of title that was given to prophets on the Lord in those days.  But given the way that other prophets used this term to identify them with a specific House, it probably does refer to his real father. Let us remember this - Jonah was used by our Lord as a specific sign of this own death and Resurrection (Matt 12:40).

After introducing himself, He tells the reader of his specific mission -  his task in the Lord. It's to go and preach to the Ninevites of their impending doom as a direct result of their ever growing wickedness. Nineveh is called a 'Great City' by the Lord. Jonah was to go there and 'cry against it'. God was going to use Jonah to give them due warning before he lowered the boom on them.

This is the way of the Lord. He will always send in a prophet to warn a people of their coming end and to exhort them to repent before he does what the Lord does not want to do. The only difference is that Jonah's specific task was to to go to someone other than wayward Hebrews.  Let us remember that Nineveh was the seat of power of the great Assyrian Empire and one that was at odds with Israel in those days. Jonah, a Hebrew, was told to go and preach to the enemies of Israel to get them to repent. This was not an easy task. Why not? Think about it. What if  God were to say to you, '[insert your name here], go and prophecy to Tehran, the great kingdom of Iran and warn them of my impending judgment on them for their evil'. You would say "Iran'!!? As soon as I got there and started preaching to them they would know I was an American and a Christian and probably put me in jail, if I got there in one piece!."

In the natural you would be correct and clearly this was not an assignment that appealed to Jonah in the least. Additionally, it is not at all too difficult to assume that Jonah's earlier prophecies were known to the the Assyrians because it was Israel's conquests mentioned in Kings chapter 14 which were over the Syrians (2King 14:28). Jonah may have had gained a reputation not just in Israel, but abroad as being a true prophet. But this would not endear him to foreign nations to whom Israel was enemies with. Jonah probably figured his preaching would end in failure and his body would wind up hanging from a nearby tree.

So what did Jonah do?

But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD,
and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish:
so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto
Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
(Jon 1:3)


What Jonah did was rank rebellion against his office and divine charge. He may not have recorded his own words at the time, but his feet were relaying to the Lord just what he thought about his commandment in every language known to man.... 'I ain't gonna do it!' He headed down to Joppa, paid his fare and was going as far as he could in the opposite direction. The Lord had to have been sorely disappointed in Jonah. His rebellion caused the Lord to deal with him in a most unusual fashion and one we will look at in the next installation of this series on Jonah.


19 Nov

Hosea Part XXIV

Grace and peace to all of you here today and may God richly bless each and every one of you in Christ Jesus!
 
Today we are going to begin the final chapter of Hosea, that being chapter fourteen. This chapter is unlike the first thirteen in that it's message is less one of remunerating the sins of Israel, her kings and establishment, but rather is one of hope and holy exhortation. Hosea ends his marvelous prophecy on a note of hope, love and reconciliation with the creator.

O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God;
for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.

Take with you words, and turn to the LORD:
say unto him, Take away all iniquity,

and receive us graciously:
so will we render the calves of our lips.

(Hos 14:1-2)

The prophet begins by exhorting Israel/Ephraim to return to the Lord. He wants them to stop worshiping at the altars of idols and giving honor to 'gods' that were nothing more than wood and stone. The first thirteen chapters of Hosea made it plain just what God thought about what they had been doing, from the King, to the Princes to the Priests.

But now, God is calling them to repent. Israel's fall and all of her troubles were the result of her sins and God here reminds them of this fact. God's earnest desire, even after all that wickedness and sin, was not that he would damn them and punish them, but that he wanted them to return to him. He still loved them, deeply. Then Hosea utters the prayer that he hopes Israel will one day pray to the Most High, "...Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips..."  here the hoped for prayer includes the desire that God forgive their sins and receive them. The phrase 'calves of our lips' is an expression that means the sacrifices of our lips, that being thanksgiving and praise. Calves were often used as sacrifices under the Jewish law. Here the idea is that the sacrifices will those of praise, worship and thanksgiving to God. This idea is clearly represented in the New Testament in the book of Hebrews. Here the writer, probably Paul says this,

 
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,
that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate
forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
(Heb 13:15-16)

The whole idea here is that Israel acknowledges and then is to be forgiven of their sins and as a result, they come to the Lord with songs of praise and thanksgiving to him for his mercy and love.

Remember that Paul, who was well versed in the Jewish law, probably and on unction from the Holy Spirit took this idea from Hosea to exhort the Hebrew believers just how important our sacrifices of praise (of the lips) are to the most high. I think this concept holds true for us, even when we face difficult circumstances.

I always look to Job who after he lost everything did not rail against God, but rather, gave thanks and praised him. I think many of us tend to forget just how bad things went for Job all at once. In Job chapter one you will see the phrase 'while he was yet speaking' referring to a bringer of the news of disaster, who was interrupted by a messenger with more news of disaster. Job's life and hard work were in shambles in no time at all. What did he do as result?

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground,
and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb,
and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not,
nor charged God foolishly.
(Job 1:20-22)



Are things not going well for you? Thank God for the things he has done for you in the past! Lose a loved one? Thank God for the years you had that person here and got to know and love them. All these good things are from God, to give AND take away... blessed be the name of the Lord. These are the calves of our lips in the New Testament age, to give thanks to God in all circumstances.

Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses:
neither will we say any more to the work of our hands,
Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
(Hos 14:3)


Hosea's prophetic prayer continues with Israel announcing that the Assyrians (Asshur) will not save them. The idea here was that going to the Assyrians for help and salvation was something that they were not going to do any longer. The idea of riding upon horse seems a but obscure, but is probably related to the prohibition of Israel going to Egypt for help, something that Hosea makes mention of in earlier passages (Hos 11:5; Hos 12:1) and the prohibition for doing this found in the Law (Deu 17:16). In short, this is about going to Assyria and Egypt for help. God did not like it and they acknowledge this and will do it no more.  The next passage is pretty self explanatory, they would stop worshiping idols, the product of the local 'icon and idol industry' as god. Then they acknowledge the true God of Israel as being a merciful God, looking out even for the orphan. Remember, this is all part of the prophetic prayer that Hosea places in the lips of the repentant Israelite's.

I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely:
for mine anger is turned away from him.
(Hos 14:4)


God then responds to this prayer and lets them know that God will heal them and love them and his anger will be turned away. God will forgive and wants to restore fellowship with his people. The key here is that when they prayed this prayer to the Lord and sought forgiveness (Hos 14:2), God would heal their sins and forgive them and love them. All of these things God promises are the direct response to the previous prayer indicated. Hosea's words are meant to let them know that God surely would hear such a prayer by them. God lets them know, however that he was indeed angry with them, but as a result of their prayer for mercy and repentance, God would indeed turn his anger away.

God is always looking for people who repent and his people who were wayward were ones that God deeply desired to return to him. God's mercy and love for them are also contrasted interestingly with his love for the fatherless (orphans) those who have no protector and no one to look out for them. Two groups of people God really gets angry about when they are mistreated are widow's and orphans. I think more and more he probably feels the same way about today's mass of refugee's who sit year in and year out in camps with little hope that things will ever improve for them. Kids who are born and are raised in these camps must be dear to God's heart. God watches and marks those who treat them well and those who treat them badly.

Let us remember that God looks out for the orphans, widows and defenseless. Let none of us take a harsh tone or unmerciful attitude about those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

God will surely mark it if you do.

Hosea Part XXV

I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

(Hos 14:5-6)

This verse is a continuation of the idea of divine healing and restoration that began in verse four. The prophet, looking into the seeds of time foresees a time when Israel forsakes his idols and sins and begins to look to their creator who is ready to heal them. God will be as the dew to them and allow them to be fruitful towards him and grow in their righteousness and knowledge of the most high. The imagery here is of a flourishing plant being watered in due season. The phrase 'grow as the lily' has been taken by some to represent the Church which many see represented in the Song of Solomon.

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
(Son 2:1-2)


The idea is that of unspotted purity of God's holy people as their sins are forgiven and they are restored. The roots of Lebanon? This may be a reference to the fact that the roots of the cedars of Lebanon run deep into the earth and are strong and not easily moved. Contrast that to the lily who may be unspotted and pure, it's roots are weak.

The following verse goes on to describe how Israel (and the Church) will propagate and grow. This is God's plan for his people when then return to him. Then he uses the similitude of an olive tree. The Olive tree is always green. So shall Israel be when she returns, always beautiful and like the cedars of Lebanon, always will have a nice smell.

They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn,
and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
(Hos 14:7)
This passage may be just a bit confusing because who the 'his' refers to is not clear. Some think it means the shadow of the Lord, others think it is a reference to restored Israel. That is my view as this passage seems to be a clear continuance of the previous verse, which refers to Israel.  The similitude of the corn? Here is what Gill said about it.

they shall revive as the corn: which first dies, and then is quickened; or which, after a cold nipping winter, at spring revives again: thus do believers under the dews of divine grace, under the shadow of Christ - Gill
I note that in each verse fruitful plants are mentioned. Olives, corn and then it's followed by vines and wine. What I see here is the whole idea of 'fruit' and this is exactly what God is looking for in ancient Israel as well as today in the Church. He is not looking for a dead branch or rotten fruit. This is the sense I think Hosea is trying to convey in his prophetic language. Fruit that is pleasant to the touch, palate and nose.

Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols?
I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree.
From me is thy fruit found.
(Hos 14:8)
Here Ephraim (the Northern Kingdom) demonstrates his repentance from Idol Worship with the rhetorical question, what have I to do with idols? Ephraim does not want to go back after she is restored. This hearkens back to what Paul says in the NT in the book of Second Corinthians.

And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God;
 as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

(2Co 6:15-17)
No more idols. They are completely incompatible with the gospel of Jesus Christ as they were in Hosea's day. God hates idolatry, weather its Baal, Molech, money or fame. God will not accept a person who has given themselves over to idolatry. This is the key lesson in Hosea. Faithfulness to God versus the adultery of idolatry.

God then responds to Ephraim's prayer and lets his people know that he hears them and will answer them. Ephraim then responds as though he is that fruitful vine that now that he has forsaken his idols, fruit can now be found with him. God shows his mercy to the penitent and thus God's goodness and mercy shall be upon him.

Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent,
and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right,
and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

(Hos 14:9)

Then the prophet offers an interesting doxology to his prophecy. He asks who is wise and prudent enough to understand?  God is good and this was something that clearly was beyond the comprehension of Ephraim in their fallen state during the time of Hosea's ministry. There were few wise souls in those days and this is what I think Hosea is bemoaning. Hosea knew that not many would heed his words. Not many would obey, not many would really understand these things. This is the burden of the prophet, to preach, exhort and otherwise move the people towards God with their utterances, knowing full well, that for the most part, people won't believe and won't change. Hosea asks, who is wise enough? The answer was during his time, not many. But after the chastisement that God was sending to them, that would clearly change.

Hosea' book is witness to a people who were totally corrupted with idols and wickedness. God likens all of it to adultery and this is the whole theme of the book; God wooing is people back to him and thus the command to Hosea to go and marry a whore. It was done to show how wrong Israel was but also just how much God loved them.

Hosea's book is a constant reminder to we Christians today just how God looks upon adultery, spiritual and otherwise but also shows us just how far his mercy goes when a soul wishes to turn from their sin. At first, Israel would indeed pay for their unrepentant sins. But God did not forget them and would indeed one day restore them.

Hosea is a powerful testimony as to the power evil can have over people and the power of God's love and forgiveness.




16 Nov

Praying For President-elect Trump

I ask all of you who care about this country, to really take some time out and pray for Mr. Trump. I know there is a lot of bitterness and anger out there. I also know that much of the 'rage' out there is manufactured by others who are writing the checks.

Weather you like him or not, if you know Christ, I exhort you to put your anger, disappointment and bitterness aside and pray, earnestly for Mr. Trump. He has a tough job ahead of him and has many, even those inside his own party who hate him with a perfect hatred. Not all of his agenda is bad, despite what you have been fed by our media who lied to us about much regarding Mr. Trump, including all of those fake polls that said he was going to lose by a wide margin. Don't let them lie to you some more. Don't fall for the Media's 'sucker punch' again. Take a step back, take a breath and pray that whatever he implements is the best thing for the country. Pray for his safety and that of his family and that he can pick wise, hardworking and loyal people around him for his cabinet.

Remember this all of you. He is your President, even if you don't like him, he is it for the next four years. It is time to take off the horns and cloven hoofs the MSM painted onto his picture and get real about what is ahead for all of us. Again I say, Please pray for President elect Trump.

I also ask that you pray for the Clinton's. This is a bitter disappointment to Hillary. But she was warned by those close to her that she probably should not try another run as she was warned and warned about her confidant, Huma.

She did not listen.

But let bitterness and anger be put aside, I always respected her in many ways, but just saw her as to corrupt to lead the nation. She did have many successes as Secretary of State and one of the ones I think is underrated was her work in Myanmar.

She worked hard, served the country and deserves a rest. Let her and her husband retire from public life and take on roles of elder statesmen. I humbly ask all of you to pray for the Clinton Family... all of them.


Fulani Herdsmen Increasingly Militant in Killing 22 Christians in Kaduna, Nigeria

KAFANCHAN, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen or allied gunmen in southern Kaduna State appear to be increasingly militant, marked by greater sophistication in training and arms, sources said.

Advocacy group Jubiliee Campaign released a statement on Wednesday (Nov. 9) noting that a militant group associated with Fulani herdsmen has become increasingly dangerous.

“With the presence of the Boko Haram terrorist organization, the world’s deadliest terrorist organization, Nigeria contains two of the top terrorist groups in the world,” the statement read. “The Fulani militants have gotten little international attention due to a focus on the Boko Haram, allowing their activities to grow unchecked. They typically kill villagers, burn villages, and move in with their cattle so that any survivors from the attacked village are unable to return and rebuild their lives. Christian communities have been especially attacked and displaced.”

Having retaken much of the territory that the Islamic extremist Boko Haram claimed in Nigeria’s northeast in 2014-2015, the Nigerian military has reportedly warned Fulani herdsmen that they will be targeted next, according to a Nigerian Defense spokesman. - World Watch Monitor


Persecution Vietnam: 10 Years After Removed From US Watchlist

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the 10th anniversary of the State Department’s removal of Vietnam’s designation as a “country of particular concern” (or CPC), the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) sees a country that has made progress but still has a long way to go before it fully respects religious freedom. USCIRF also watches with concern as the Vietnamese National Assembly is poised to vote on a new law governing religion.
“Vietnam is at a crossroads,” explains USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. “Its government needs to stop oppressing believers and enact legislation that respects religious freedom. If it does not, USCIRF will have to continue calling for its designation as a country of particular concern.”
The freedom to practice one’s faith or beliefs in Vietnam has come a long way since the dark days following the 1975 communist takeover. Many individuals and religious communities are able to exercise their religion or belief freely, openly, and without fear.
Nevertheless, the Vietnamese government’s complicity in or indifference to egregious violations of religious freedom in many parts of the country is deeply troubling. In some areas, local authorities harass and discriminate against religious organizations that do not have government recognition, and in others, they threaten religious followers with eviction from or demolition of their places of worship or other religious buildings—in some instances carrying out these threats. Law enforcement officials continue to arrest and imprison individuals due to their religious beliefs or religious freedom advocacy, including Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh; Khmer Krom Buddhist the Venerable Thach Thuol; Hoa Hao Buddhist Nguyen Van Minh; and Buddhist Patriarch Thich Quang Do. Others are beaten by police or government hired thugs.
The scope and scale of these violations make clear that Vietnam still is a long way from respecting the universal right to freedom of religion or belief as defined by international law and covenants. - US Commission On International Religious Freedom

Nigeria: The Crisis Of Child Marriage

(World Watch Monitor) Habiba Isiyaku, 14, from Wawar Kaza village, Kankara Local Government Area, in the mainly Muslim state of Katsina, was abducted on 16 August while returning home from school. She was eventually married to one of her abductors, Jamilu Lawal. Her forced marriage was allegedly agreed by the Emir (ruler) of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumuni Usman who was said to have collected 50,000 Naira [about US$160] as dowry from Lawal, a member of staff in the Emir's palace.

Habiba's father, Isiyaku Tanko, who told of the ordeal of his daughter on a satellite TV station (AIT), called on the authorities and well-meaning Nigerians to assist him to secure her release.
"My little girl was abducted…on her way from school. After my investigations, I discovered that Jamilu Lawal, who lives in our community, was responsible for my daughter’s disappearance".

Tanko said that the matter was reported to the Police Commissioner in Katsina and a meeting between him and the abductors, along with his daughter, was held in the office of the police chief. But while the police commissioner condemned the act, he didn't arrest the culprits nor was his daughter released to her father, and she was taken back the palace of the Emir. - Continues At World Watch Monitor

Uganda: Christian Teens Convert To Christ, On The Run From Islamic Death Threats

Mexico: Kidnapped Priest Found Alive, But Tortured 

Of three recent abductions, this priest is one of the lucky ones, the other two were murdered.

Quakes Continue To Batter New Zealand

Thousands are stranded, and there has been flooding and landslides as well.

Below find just a few of the quakes noted over the past few days...

Image Source


11 Nov

Hosea XXIII

I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.
The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.
(Hos 13:11-12)

This next section of Hosea traces Israel's corruption to it's source. That being the fact that God did as Israel demanded back in the days of Samuel. They demanded a king and God was so angry with them, he gave them what they asked for. Many times we get upset with God that he does not give us what we pray for. Praying for that special job that pays considerably more or for that 'perfect mate' you think you just found. God see's things from a perspective that we do and can peer into both the future and into the hearts of others. He knows that woman with the pin-up girl face will divorce you in 5 years and take everything you have. He knows that Job you want will move to India in two years and will pink slip every worker in the building when the deal is done. Leaving you with a an upside down mortgage and no job. God knows the end from the beginning.

But in Israel's case it's not like he did not warn them. He told them straight out just what having such a king would mean to them.  God was perfectly clear to the people so there would be no misunderstanding later.
And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day. Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.
(1Sa 8:10-21)

They were warned. They refused to heed the warnings but had to be like the 'world'. In many respects I see this kind of like the sin of national envy or 'keep up with the Jones'. It's a 'Billy want's what Johnny has' kind of spirit. Look at the last couple of sections in the above passage Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. But even worse things befell them. They looked to their king for salvation rather than the Lord and their kings which with only a few exceptions, were a reprobate lot, led Israel astray.

The Lord here reminds Israel through the prophet Hosea just where they first went wrong. They went wrong the day the rejected the Lord to reign over them.

And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people
in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee,
but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
(1Sa 8:7)


The Lord was sore displeased and as punishment, he gave them exactly what they asked for. This is one of those Biblical occasions where the old adage, be careful what you wish for, has especially important meaning. God eventually got rid of Israel's first King, Samuel when he consistently disobeyed the Lord.


Verse 12 tells the kingdom that the the Sin of Ephraim is bound up - meaning that it is recorded in heaven and his sins are kept in reserve for punishment. God has not forgotten the sins of Ephraim.

The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him:
he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children.
(Hos 13:13)
This passage clearly shows how sorrow will come upon Israel. This phrase is also used by Paul as he describes the last days tribulations.

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them,
as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
(1Th 5:2-3)

Labor, the fact that a woman must experience all of that pain is the result of mankind's sin (Gen 3:16). A woman's time for delivery is the similitude here. What do we know about it.
-The time of her delivery can be told, but not exactly. Only within a timeframe.
-Her time is fixed by nature.
-She goes through significant pain and travails
-There is no avoiding it
-She delivers the child
So it was with women, so it was in the days of Christ's crucifixion (John 16:21), and so shall it be in the last days.
The second part of verse 13 is a little less clear. Some interpret the place for the breaking forth as being in the womb. In other words, you have a dum-dum (unwise son) who stays in the womb too long. Like a babe in Christ who never gets out of his mothers belly. That is one way some have interpreted this passage. Below is how Keil and Delitzsch deals with this verse. Their commentary is almost always the most scholarly, if not the most spiritual interpretation of many of the more difficult OT passages.

The pains of childbirth are not merely a figurative representation of violent agony, but of the sufferings and calamities connected with the refining judgments of God, by which new life was to be born, and a complete transformation of all things effected (cf. Mic_4:9-10; Isa_13:8; Isa_26:17; Mat_24:8). He cannot be spared these pains, for he is a foolish son (cf. Deu_32:6, Deu_32:28.). But in what respect? This is explained in the words כּי עת וגו, “for at the time,” or as עת cannot stand for לעת, more correctly “when it is time,” he does not place himself in, i.e., does not enter, the opening of the womb. Mishbar bânīm is to be explained as in 2Ki_19:3 and Isa_37:3; and עמד, c. ב as in Eze_22:30. If the child does not come to the opening at the right time, the birth is retarded, and the life of both mother and child endangered. The mother and child are one person here. And this explains the transition from the pains of the mother to the behaviour of the child at the time of birth. Ephraim is an unwise son, inasmuch as even under the chastening judgment he still delays his conversion, and will not let himself be new-born, like a child, that at the time of the labour-pains will not enter the opening of the womb and so come to the birth. - K&D Commentary

I think the same thing can be applied to many so called Christians. I just don't think they have ever really been born again, They may have heard the word and had an emotional experience, but that is not being born again. A person who has that experience will never forget it and the Spirit of God will make itself plain to that person in a very real and personal way.

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words:
and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
(Joh 14:23)

We are not talking about some new age 'kumbaya, we are all one' spirit that some are preaching today calling it the Holy spirit while not demanding as a part of salvation that men repent and come to the cross of Christ. No, God will make his presence felt. But today in the Churches, we have many a spiritual pregnancy but almost as many still births in the Church. Why? More often than not it is unsound doctrine being preached and pastors who get their unction from the State, rather than God. This is why there are so many spiritual abortions in western Churches.


I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death:
O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction:
repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
(Hos 13:14)


This passage is a marvelous promise to all those who belong to God. Be they the wayward Israelites or those of us in the Church age. Christ overcame death and could not be held by its power and all who believe and trust in him shall also share in this promise. We shall be redeemed from death and God will save his people even from the destruction that all men think is final. Here is how K&D translates this passage.

“Out of the hand of hell will I redeem them; from death will I set them free!
Where are thy plagues, O death? where thy destruction,
O hell! Repentance is hidden from mine eyes.”
- K & D's Translation of Hosea 13:14

And this is exactly the verse Paul makes a reference to in his Epistles to the Corinthians.

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law: but thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not vain in the Lord.
(1Co 15:51-58)

So we see how God now accomplished this miracle, but by the person and work of Christ on the cross and his Resurrection. Any slight difference in translation comes from the fact that Paul was quoting from the Septuagint. The last part of verse 13 is not what it may sound like, that God is not going to accept their repentance. No rather, it's that God is not going to change his mind about what he proposes to do for Israel. In other words, his plan is set in stone.

Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come,
the breath of Jehovah coming up from the wilderness; and his spring shall become dry,
and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall make spoil of the treasure of all goodly vessels.
 Samaria shall bear her guilt; for she hath rebelled against her God:
they shall fall by the sword; their infants shall be dashed in pieces,
and their women with child shall be ripped up.
(Hos 13:15-16)

 Yet despite the previous promises, God reminds Israel of her sins and that judgment will surely fall upon them for all the evil they have done. The ten tribes had multiplied in numbers but God uses the imagery of a farmer's field or garden to let them know that all the things that make a garden fruitful will be taken away from them and that all the treasures they laid up for themselves would be stolen by the invader. God may have a plan to eventually save Israel, but this generation who did all of this wickedness are going to pay a very heavy price. This is the sense that we get in the next verse.

Samaria shall bear her guilt; for she hath rebelled against her God: t
hey shall fall by the sword; their infants shall be dashed in pieces,
and their women with child shall be ripped up.
(Hos 13:16)

This passage needs no commentary. People who think they can get away with sin, rebellion, idolatry and evil will one day find quite suddenly that they must pay for what they have done, for strong is the Lord who judges the nations.
10 Nov

Dialing Back The Anger

I was going to not really talk much about the election for a while for a number of reasons, mostly I am tired of it. But with the protests and significant anger out there, I feel led to make a comment.

There have been riots and many violent incidents over people's anger at the results of the election. There have been many arrests. Some attacks appear to have a racial undertone to them. Breitbart has snippets of a few stories in the Golden state here. Bloomberg has a story in the unrest here. Cops were shot in Pittsburgh and one has died as a result. The Guardian has a story here. People are even calling for his assassination, a very serious criminal act. Protests that turn violent. The good news is that most protests were peaceful. I am all in favor of peaceful protests, even of election results one does not like. It's the violence and burning of flag's that really sticks in my craw.

I want to say this clearly. Whatever you may feel or think about Trump personally, he won that election against all odds and many dirty tricks played against him. His victory is democracy in action. He is what a clear majority of people wanted as President. The establishment pulled out all the stops to defeat him. Yet and still he won by a comfortable margin despite polling data that told us otherwise.



Source: Wikipedia (Creative Commons License)

If you don't want democracy to choose your leaders, what do you want? If you don't want a vote to decide who is President, what or who do you want to decide it? A guy in a tank, or with a shotgun, or a Molotov cocktail? Men who sit in a smoke filled backroom? These elections as far as I can tell were free and fair and what few shenanigans I have seen would have benefited Clinton, not Trump. Do you want to dial back democracy? Maybe you should take a trip to North Korea and live there for a while and act up like you are here in America... and see what happens.


What kind of childish, emotionally disturbed mentality that feels violence is the way to get what you want when you lose? This is like not liking the outcome of a football game and slitting the referee's throat when all he did was do his job. Only someone with a some level of an emotional disturbance would even think about going there.

Me? I am more than willing to give Mr. Trump a chance, a real chance. I am not going to give into this kind of violent, childish and yes, un-American activity so many on the left are now engaging in.  If there were massive fraud, I could understand some serious protests. There has been none and the Clinton Campaign has not made any such charges.

Are foreign elements stirring up trouble here in the US? Consider that if Trump were to get his way on Trade, a lot of nations are going to see their economic prospects decline significantly as a result. Even now foreign leaders in many capitals are very skittish about Trumps Trade and Security policies which he has made plain, will put America first.

No, I have no sympathy for these violent protests. Elections, free and fair are how we choose our leaders, not with angry thugs and emotional midgets who lack the maturity to accept that their team lost. Life is full of disappointments. For you, this is one of them. Get over it and get your ducks in a row so you pick a decent candidate for President in 2020. That's the American way.

I should say this as well. Many of my readers are mad at me for not endorsing one candidate or the other like so many pastors and religious leaders do. I have never done that. I do bring out issues and policies that candidates support, things they have done, etc. But I have never endorsed anyone here for President. I don't do that. That is not my Job. I do my best when I stay neutral on key issues of the day and if at times I did seem a little too anti-Hillary, it was because I saw her as a serious threat to our great republic for reasons that came out in those emails as her use of these unsecured servers for classified material,  the money she was taking from overseas and other reasons I will not discuss. It was not personal and it was not partisan. But that stance did not mean in any way shape or form an endorsement of Trump.

I am not a modern day Samuel, who was sent to anoint the new king with a vial of oil, as the OT prophet did with David. If God ever gives me that Job, I will probably pull a Jonah and run for the hills!! Until I get that job, I am not going to take that job. So those of you who are mad at me for not endorsing one or the other will have to stay mad. I don't endorse, never have and unless I get firm, clear and unequivocal direction from the Lord to do so, I won't. I will vote and keep my vote secret.

But what I will say is this. If you care about this country, give him a chance. He may turn out to be every bit as bad as you think, but then again he may not. No one knows, not even Mr Trump who will one day very, very soon have his world rocked when he starts getting some classified briefings and begin to understand why Obama did some of the things he did.


If the Democrats lost this election, they deserved to. The failed working, ordinary Americans again and again, did not honor many of their promises and wrongly figured folks would not notice. Even their own apologists imply some of these things. Sanders too.

"It is an embarrassment, I think, to the entire of [the] Democratic Party that millions of white working-class people decided to vote for Mr. Trump...  - Bernie Sanders (quoted from Common Dreams)

Face it, the Democrats and their party machinery got arrogant, lazy and stopped listening to the people.

That is why Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President on January 20th, 2017.


9 Nov


mark can be reached at outsiders at markswatson dot com

Trump Wins!

Yes it is true, he really did do it against all odds and all the tricks played on him by the establishment the democrats and even many in his own party.  Trump will be the 45th President of the United States.
Was the press anti-Trump?

You be the judge.

Clinton Concedes

Chiding Americans for being divided, she did say we all owe it to Trump to give him a chance to lead.

8 Nov

Looks Like It's Going To Be President Trump

More here and here.

This is going to shape up to be a big upset and only shows that polls and pundits have been totally wrong and or bought off to project in image of 'inevitability' that simply did not exist. They were wrong on the Brexit and they look to be wrong on Trump.

We will talk about what this means tomorrow.... for insiders.

Why did Trump appeal to so many?

For the have's, they don't get it. For the have not's, they do.


Why Can't The Navy Fire It's New Gun On Its Brand New Ship?

The rounds cost just under a million each.

Who Will Control The Senate?

Dems need a net gain of 5 to take control.

Markets Tank As Election Map Takes Shape

Markets and currencies are going haywire....

Obama Sold Twice As Many Arms Overseas As Bush

Bush got a lot of heat for being a war President. But the record of Obama is hardly better, when looked at from various perspectives, like this one.

Look at our world and honestly tell me that more arms is what it needs today or that this was the kind of 'change' people voted for back in 2008?

What Could Become Of This Election?

Could California Actually leave the Union? Could Other States?

Did The NYT Predict A Trump Win?

And Trump wins the Clinton's home state of Arkansas. Never a good sign for a candidate when they lose their home state.

1 Dead At Azusa Ca Polling Station Shooting

Heavily armed assailant dead.

Quake In OK Caused School Closures

Is Fracking the cause? This was a 5.0 and it was quite a jolt.

Below are quakes over the past few days...

Could Black Americans Put Trump Over The Top?

All of the really nasty things that came out in this campaign one of them that I found rather well, interersting, to use nice word, was that Trump was some kind of racist. But you know, Trump really went out of bounds for a lot in the GOP and appealed directly to Black voters.

“Every African-American citizen in this country is entitled to a
government that puts their jobs wages and security first.”
- Donald Trump

Trump's support among Black voters is higher than the media is telling us, check out the link.

Never let a person's enemies define them. Listen to the candidate and go and check their record.

I never let slander decide my vote.

Why do I think some Black Americans may test out GOP waters? Democratic administrations, even one run by a Black President has not improved things for Black Americans. Rather, they have in a great many places that are now key in this election, made them worse.


A Contingent Election?

Are we about to have one? Did you know that the Constitution provides for one in some circumstances?
This from the CRS...

Source: Contingent Election of the President and Vice President by Congress: Perspectives and Contemporary Analysis 

More CRS reports can be found below

The Terrorist Screening Database and Preventing Terrorist Travel, November 7, 2016

Pipeline Security: Domestic Threats, CRS Insight, November 3, 2016

Individual Income Tax Rates and Other Key Elements of the Federal Individual Income Tax: 1988 to 2017, updated November 4, 2016

Treasury’s Recent Report on Foreign Exchange Rate Policies, CRS Insight, November 3, 2016

U.S.-Mexico Economic Relations: Trends, Issues, and Implications, updated November 4, 2016

Moldova: A Pivotal Election?, CRS Insight, November 4, 2016

Recent State Election Law Challenges: In Brief by legislative attorney L. Paige Whitaker, November 2, 2016.

Security Cooperation: Comparison of Proposed Provisions for the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), November 1, 2016.

Courts Evaluate How Federal Agencies Put a Price on Carbon, CRS Legal Sidebar, November 1, 2016.

Foreign Aid and the Education Sector: Programs and Priorities, November 2, 2016

Funding and Financing Highways and Public Transportation, November 1, 2016

Extraterritorial Application of American Criminal Law, updated October 31, 2016

FYI, DW has a little article here on the swing states. Keep in mind the DW has run a barrage of anti-Trump and pro-Hillary stories since the election began.

Rather than go by a blow by blow with articles from left and right, let me refer you to the RealClear politics site that has links from both sides of the aisle as well as a Polling section (in the left hand column) that some of you will find of use. Keep in mind the Senate has people running as well. So these races will also be of interest.


I will be honest with you, I don't like writing about elections and this one least of all. So I am a little burned out about writing about it. Tomorrow we will talk just a bit about the results but move onto other more interesting and important issues!



While The Campaigns Were On...

Quietly, away from the headlines, foreign nations who have often cooperated with the US intelligence community have made progress countering things on the global surveillance front. Glen Greenwald over at the the Intercept has an interpretive piece that look at recent developments up in Canada and also over in the UK where investigators have found that these nations were involved in pervasive and illegal surveillance against their populations. These are key events because of the intelligence sharing that reportedly goes on between the US, UK and Canada.

Yes, dear readers, there has been some push back but in the US, that push back and not been as significant. It has been pretty tepid. But here is the real problem and one that few will vocalize. People are scared. They are scared of terrorists blowing up school buses with their kids on board, scared of a terrorist attacking a Mall where they shop. They have a right to be. Yet it was this fear, duly fanned by political panic mongers who pushed these programs and gave them considerable power, leeway and legal immunity. But there was one major problem.

For the most part, these programs had little to do with counter terrorism. They had more to do with finding key people who they wanted to blackmail so they could push policies on their own nations that were odious to the security of the their respective state's and the welfare of its population. It was about bloggers they wanted to set up, Judges they wanted to rule one way or another or even killing those whom the power behind these programs wanted dead. Anyone with a smart phone 'on' is (not could be) being tracked, monitored and everything pretty much of importance about their purchasing habits, places they frequent, their lovers, friends etc can be now determined with the click of a mouse and given over to the rich and powerful.

An activist against an oil pipeline can now be killed on their way to work or in a coffee shop or die as a result of 'unknown assailants' who robbed the person and killed them, because they were being tracked real time by the surveillance state. They knew that three times a week, Janie the Blogger goes jogging, carries her phone with her and they know Janie, who runs an environmental blog that Big Oil does not like and is causing them a lot of trouble, is an avid jogger - rain or shine, she is out there. They know the route Janie usually takes when she takes here 3 mile jog. They know how to place the right thugs in her path (for money) to make sure Janie never blogs again.

This is no longer the stuff of movies, these things happen and those that do them have a high degree of legal immunity and political protection even if they get caught, and that rarely happens.

Keep this in mind, the surveillance state was a danger in Soviet Russia, it was a danger in Nazi Germany, It was a danger in East Germany with the Stasi, and it is a danger now with the western world's infatuation with the slow imposition of various techniques of fascism onto their own respective populations. This is what the surveillance state represents. It operates as a failsafe mechanism against any form of political, legal and social opposition to the policies of those who hold the real power in the west.

Militarized Police Against Peaceful Protesters At Standing Rock (Images Courtesy AntiMedia)






Terrorism was the lie they used to put it in place and before any of you think that America has any real aversion to terrorism, you may want to slide on over and check this out. America's policies, weather you wish to accept it or not, have not forestalled terrorism. No, more often than not, we have supported it, armed it, guided it and gave terrorists 'life' when they and their moments were on their death beds. Terrorism has been a convenient excuse to raise defense budgets, go on new military expeditions, gut civil rights and as Snowden has revealed, spy in our own citizens in ways Hitler could only have dreamed.
With the admission of rebel terror attacks on civilians in west Aleppo, the picture finally is put into more balance. The Al Qaeda and U.S.-backed rebels have been killing thousands of civilians in government-controlled areas and the Syrian military and its Russian allies have struck back only to be condemned for committing “war crimes.” - Consortium News
Despite what some claim as being merely about saving people from personal embarrassment, or a fetish with privacy, the reality is this about the surveillance state - give people behind closed doors, whose names we are not even allowed to know, enough power and they will abuse it until they are forced.... FORCED to stop. I hate to be so plain about it, but for some of these people, they are more friendly with the terrorists they arm and support than they are with the elected officials they supposedly are subservient to.

But I ask all of you to be careful out there. Whatever laws are passed by legislatures, the Intelligence communities in each nation have armies of lawyers who are paid to look for loopholes in any new laws that are passed so they can continue to do whatever it is elected officials just told them to stop doing.

One of the ways that spying continues is once again (I am going to harp a bit on this) are terms of service and privacy agreements. For those of you who use a privacy service, let me tell you, some are very good at deceptive wording. Very good at deceptive wording. Ever read TOS that says they don't record your IP? They probably don't but there are other things that they can gather to ID you. Like your computer name. Did you know that can be used to ID you? This is one thing that has come out is this key Identifying technique. No, it is not advertised much, but it is used... a lot. Is your PC named Janie-Dell1505? They can narrow you down to just a handful of people and guess what, if they can geo-locate you, they got you and they have kept to their terms of service.

Let me give you another hint. Free is good, but not always. Have any of you used AnonymoX the free add on or Firefox and or Chrome? Be careful, you are not as private as you think and remember, 'free' -  someone is paying all the bills for all of that mass of used of bandwidth.

Those of you who want to understand how private you really are when using a privacy service can use any good packet sniffer to see. Here is what the a typical 'stealthed' request for a typical site looks like when using Anonymox. - (the Black XXX's in the username field are what I blacked out after the capture).


Right there in plan text you can see what site I am visiting, here it is antiwar.com. Anyone along the pipes can see this. There is no encryption, nothing 'stealthed'.  Encryption, when implemented properly looks like total gibberish. Additionally, your Anonymox add-on constantly pings their servers even when it is not being used.

This is why I say, you really have to be careful about privacy services, not take anyone's word for how good they are, especially not your top tech blogs, who are often there ($$$) to drive the bee's to the intelligence front honey pot.

I am not accusing those at Anonymox of being this. What I am saying is that for whatever reasons, their service is not nearly as private as an ordinary person would expect. The NSA or any one who operates along the backbone of the net can see exactly where you are surfing and can connect it up with an IP. Here is the kicker. The privacy service may indeed not be logging your surfing, but they have made it incredibly easy for the NSA beast and his peeping tom children to.

I am not picking on Anonymox. You can use their service for a very basic level of privacy (like hiding your IP from the site you are visiting), which can be useful depending on where you are going and depending on the privacy policy of each respective site or how many ad trackers they have on their site, etc. So it's not all bad, just beware that various services out there are not all they are cracked up to be and if you are a blogger who has enemies, or an activist who is making a difference, or a politician who is doing the right thing. You can be absolutely certain of this, evil men with great power are going to do all they can to track, monitor, threaten and stop you. The methods they use will be wholly depending on the threat you pose to their interests. Well known activists, Black Americans, Political activists who espouse, freedom, 'people power' and or constitutional causes, are at the top of the 'threat list'. 

However their is one other thing I have noticed while using AnonymoX a couple of times. My computer locks up to the point that I cannot use the mouse to close programs or anything, but the hard drive is spinning at full RPM's (like it is looking for files, passwords, personal data, etc) even with javascript disabled. I cannot be 100% sure it's AnomymoX, but I am about 70% sure it is. I have only had this problem 3x's and each time it was with AnonymoX on. I don't use it very much at all. Just so you know, this is the typical behavior of malware that criminals use when they want to steal passwords, personal files etc.

Keep this in mind as you surf. Intelligence agencies are all over these extensions and they are not your friend. They are the guys who fund and arm the terrorists they tell you they are fighting, bail out the banks who just stole your home and run you into jail for crimes you never even thought about committing.

Think of them as the guy who smiles in your face, shakes your hand and builds your trust, and them hires a guy for top dollar to blow your brains out when you are not looking... just because the law lets them get away with it.

That is in essence the kinds of people you are dealing with. That may be a bit too harsh of an assessment for many of you, but if you want to keep on breathing when you come in contact with some of these creatures, you had better develop a strong sense of suspicion and an instinct for survival, or you will be their next victim.

In more tech news, one of the more popular addons called 'web of trust' has been pulled from the major addon stores. Why? It was surreptitiously collecting people's browsing history and them selling it off to third parties. So much for 'trust' huh?

FBI Malware? Oh, yes, there is a lot of news on that front too.

In less important news, Netflix is coming to Comcast, soon.



7 Nov

Hillary, Huma's And Anthony's Emails

... why they matter.


We Would Have Healed Babylon....


A few random thoughts the day before the election....


Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD'S hand, that made all the earth drunken:
the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain,
 if so be she may be healed. We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed:
 forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven,
and is lifted up even to the skies.
(Jer 51:7-9)



I have watched this election with an emotionally detached interest coupled with great sadness. Sadness as one who has long seen past the simplistic partisanship and meaningless issues that inflame the American people. They have, like a person intoxicated or spaced out, ceased to think rationally and operate in a fashion that makes fundamental sense. The issue is one I think is terminal for the nation. Corruption in high places is no longer just about a few greedy individuals making insider contracts or getting federal money via questionable or illegal means. Today, the issues go way beyond that.

No, these things are and to greater and lesser degrees been part and parcel of what is wrong with the nation but the problem is deeper now, much deeper. There is the whiff of Treason in the air. Deep systemic politically protected Treason. I am not just referring to the latest of a long line of serious Clinton Scandals that involve foreign powers and yes, criminal organizations. No, they are just one cog in a wheel in DC. There is something much deeper happening to America and her elected officials as well as her 'gatekeepers', who are charged with fixing these things when they appear using legal or other 'extra legal' means to deal with them. The scandals we have seen in the past few weeks are merely the outward manifestation of a deeper spiritual disease that is afflicting the nation.

Our nation is beset by serious problems, many of which are fairly easily solvable, provided we had clearheaded, intelligent and most of all loyal leadership sitting in the halls of power. We just don't have that. Not anymore. What we have now are men and women who are often nothing more than partisan and political hacks who dance to whatever tune the party and their donors ask them to dance to. Those dance numbers these days include the 'Treason Two-Step' and the 'Sell-out Shuffle'.

America has been a cup in the Lord's hand. First he used it for good, to spread freedom and democracy into much of the world. But later, it turned into a place where freedoms were crushed by that self-same America, with coups and assassinations, terror groups and lists of men to kill. Throughout the world America's golden cup that was poured out onto the world moved from what was good to what was evil. The sense in the above verse (Jer 51:7) is that Babylon was being used by God to dispense Justice over the earth. Here is how Gill relates this verse. I think his views on this passage are worthy of consideration.


Babylon hath been a golden cup in the hand of the Lord,.... Either so called from the liquor in it, being of a yellow colour, or pure as gold, as the Jewish commentators generally; or from the matter of it, being made of gold, denoting the grandeur, splendour, and riches of the Babylonian empire; which, for the same reason, is called the head of gold, (Dan 2:38) this was in the hand of the Lord, under his direction, and at his dispose; an instrument he make use of to dispense the cup of his wrath and vengeance to other nations, or to inflict punishment on them for their sins; see (Jer 25:15) or else the sense is, that, by the permission of God, Babylon had by various specious pretenses drawn the nations of the earth into idolatry, and other sins, which were as poison in a golden cup, by which they had been deceived; and this suits best with the use of the phrase in (Rev 17:4)

that made all the earth drunken; either disturbed them with wars, so that they were like a drunken man that reels to and fro, and falls, as they did, into ruin and destruction; or made them drunk with the wine of her fornication, with idolatry, so that they were intoxicated with it, as the whore of Rome, mystical Babylon, is said to do, (Rev 17:2)  - John Gill's Exposition Of The Entire Bible

For your information, those of you who may think this interpretation was 'force fitted' by the author for America, consider that John Gill Died 5 years before the American Revolution (1690-1771). I think Gill hits the nail right on the head in this passage. Babylon, ancient and modern were to be used by God in this manner but in each case, the Golden cup turned into poison and was poured out over the earth. Think about whose culture is the most dominant in the world today. It's American culture. Wherever you go, there is always a heavy does of it. But now, we have seen that culture begin to push things that God hates things like Sodomy and aiding and abetting the arming and rise of the worst persecutors of God's people. But it is not just our culture.

These things have been discussed here at Watson's Web at length, I will not rehash them here. What I will say is that there are many people inside our nation, our government and even foreigners who are trying to save America, they want to heal America of her sins and diseases. One of the worse outgrowths of this disease is Madness. The sense here is not just insanity but also anger. Again, let me quote from Mr. Gill.


the nations have drunken of her wine, therefore the nations are mad: they drank of the wine of God's wrath by her means, being engaged in wars, which proved their ruin, and deprived theft of their riches, strength, and substance, as mad men are of their reason; or they drank in her errors, and partook of her idolatry, and ran mad upon her idols, as she did, (Jer 50:38) see Rev 18:3.  - John Gill.

Drunkenness and madness these are the ultimate result of partaking of the cup that Babylon has.

Who is it that plays world's policeman today all over the world. passing judgment on nation after nation and then sending in warplanes and ships to 'teach' some poor nation a 'lesson'. In some instances we were justified. But more and more, we simply are not. What we have become is the world's chief hypocrite and warmonger, because wars pay our leaders very, very handsomely and for the most part, Americans don't care who or how many die as long as the football game is on the tube and a new version of their favorite mobile OS has even prettier icons and effects as they sit for hours per day flipping, tapping and dragging little virtual toys on their phones or tablets slowly detaching themselves from reality.

They have become, as the song said 'comfortably numb'. Intoxicants do that. Be they chemical intoxicants, misdirection intoxicants or propaganda intoxicants. They make people 'drunk' and 'mad'  - no longer able to interact intelligently with others or their environment.

Today we have a term for this phenomenon. It's called Brainwashing, It is often used in relation to propaganda. Brothers, a person on propaganda is like a person on LSD. They hallucinate regularly. Partisan victims of this see what they want to see and hear what they want  to hear. When the drug wears off they go and get some more dope from the TV, or the Internet so they can be filled with the proper hate... for the other guy or the other party or some social or racial group their conditioning has trained them to hate.

Brothers, as with ancient Babylon so it is today in Mystery Babylon, the last days empire that spans the globe. We have been a cup in the Lord's hand, dispensing judgment to the nations. But we got haughty, arrogant, greedy and finally we fall under the spell of the spirits of devils. Brothers, the same spirits that infected ancient Babylon has now infested modern day Babylon.

What saith the scriptures about Modern Babylon, the last days empire who will fall immediately before (see Rev 14:7ff)  the institution of the Mark of the Beast?


And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying,
Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen,
and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit,
 and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the
 wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed
 fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance
of her delicacies.
(Rev 18:2-3)


Both prophets were looking into the seeds of time and seeing something only God could and would show to those who served him and loved him. It behooves us to note that when these men spoke people rarely listened. But God was not going to move against Babylon without sending a warning first. Listen or ignore, he would send a witness so that on the great day of Judgment no one will be able to say, 'I was not warned' or 'no one told me'. He will replay the 3D, 4K quality recording of you laughing and mocking at God's prophets, watchmen and pastors as they tried to warn you of what was coming and even record the thoughts in your mind during the playback. He will record your cheering when they are slain in the streets for preaching repentance.


And when they shall have finished their testimony,
the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them,
and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the
street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt,
where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and
tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and
shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon
 the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another;
 because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

(Rev 11:7-10)


These two witnesses will be given enormous power and authority. And note that after they finish their preaching  and are killed for doing so, the people rejoice and make merry at their murder.

What is this really all about? I will give you the big picture answer. It's about choosing sides. Choosing to Serve the Lord, who would save us all or fall into the snares of deceit, murder (the witness are indeed murdered) , hatred and vice, and be thus enslaved thereby.

From Moses to the modern day, the call has not changed.

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
(Deu 30:19)

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
(Jos 24:15)

It is the eternal choice. We sons of Adam have this choice to make - all of us.

There are no exceptions.

I want to see America healed. I am not alone, there are many who are taking a lot of personal risks to see to it that she is. I want to see her healed of its penchant for violence and murder; war and greed. I want to see her healed of her plague of racial and other hatreds, free of the drug abuse that afflicts so many Americans - legal and illegal drug abuse. I want to see our nation look out for her citizens, rather than the rich donors from overseas, many of whom are paying our leaders to get America to change her gods.

Yet most Americans really don't understand the stakes in our current election. They don't understand the fiscal predicament we are now in because we have sat in front of our TV's, comfortably numbed by our warm homes, nice cars, gizmo's and gadgets that provide us with a high level of both comfort and distraction. These Americans too have been sipping from the Golden Cup.


Yes, propaganda acts like a drug. It can, like any drug, get you to change your behavior into the irrational. We often tend to think of propaganda as something agitates people to action; gets them mad and makes them protest or call for a boycott or vote for this or against that. This is called Agit-prop, from a political perspective.

But the other, far more insidious form of propaganda is what some have termed integration propaganda. It is the kind of propaganda that gets you to go along with what you would ordinarily go against if you had all of the facts and knew where they ultimately wanted to take you. It seeks to integrate you into the society that the elite are building. Think of it more like a sleeping tablet rather than a no-doze, if I had to use the drug analogy. It puts you right to sleep or misdirects you at key moments so you don't rise up and oppose those who are working against your interests. This is by far the most effective form of 'potion' found in the modern day 'Golden Cup'. Let's take a quick look at this concept as it was put forth in the most excellent work of Propaganda out there for ordinary people. It's called Propaganda, by Jacques Elull.


Agitation vs. Integration propaganda:

Propaganda of agitation seeks to mobilize people in order to destroy the established order and/or government. It seeks rebellion by provoking a crisis or unleashing explosive movements during one. It momentarily subverts the habits, customs, and beliefs that were obstacles to making great leap forward by addressing the internal elements in each of us. It eradicates the individual out of his normal framework and then proceeds to plunge him into enthusiasm by suggesting extraordinary goals which nevertheless seem to him completely within reach. However, this enthusiasm can only last a short duration so the objective must be achieved quickly followed by a period of rest. People cannot be kept in a "state of perpetual enthusiasm and insecurity". Rebellion is incited by the propagandist who knows that hate is one of the most profitable resources when drawn out of an individual. Agitation propaganda is usually thought of as propaganda in that it aims to influence people to act.

Integration propaganda, on the other hand, is a more subtle form that aims to reinforce cultural norms. This is sociological in nature because it provides stability to society by supporting the "way of life" and the myths within a culture. It is propaganda of conformity that requires participation in the social body. This type of propaganda is more prominent and permanent, yet it is not as recognized as agitation propaganda because it is more permanent manner. Basically, agitation propaganda provides the motive force when needed and when not needed integration propaganda provides the context and backdrop. -  Wikipedia On Propaganda by Elull


Why does it work so well? Because 99.99% of people who are effected by it, don't even know it exists and that they have been a victim of it. That is why it is so effective. Think about it like this. For years we have seen polls showing that Americans are very dissatisfied with the direction the nation is taking. They are angry at the two party system. They don't like what their leaders are doing. Yet over and over again, they vote the same leaders into power and refuse more radical modes of peaceful change... like not voting the two party system. In my view, this today is the most potent form of political rebellion against the 'machine' there is. Not that it will mean change right away, but that it is a 'no' vote against where we are heading. Mind you, I am hardly telling anyone how they should vote. But what I will say is this. I vote as though I know I have to give account for my voting and that I will have no right to complain to God about what my candidate does in office when he betrays me because I voted for him and had volumes of information about them available to me, should I choose to read it and make an informed choice, rather than an emotional one a racial or a sexual or a reflex, or a lazy one.

It is propaganda that keeps the two party system in power and propaganda that keeps the nation heading over a spiritual, geopolitical and fiscal cliff. Inebriated and spaced out people cannot recognize danger, at least not in time to fix things. Their reaction times are down considerably and even their ability to recognize the danger is reduced in direct proportion to the amount and length they have been on the their particular Drug.

The people? They can't see this because everyone around them is at least a 'stoned' as they are. What has been the result so far?

Clinton Versus Trump.

Our election is a perfect reflection of our state as a nation. This is why I, other than pointing out what I see as the most potent threat to the nation, without getting personal, I have not said as much as many thought I would or should. It's because I don't see Clinton or Trump as the problem, but the symptoms of a deeper dysfunction within the nation and her population. The inability to critically think, rather than politically react. The inability to hear (really listen) what the other guy is saying and then turn right around and lie about what your own candidate has been doing to support some narrow, foolish or even destructive political goal.  The unwillingness to demand legitimate debate on the key issues facing America. For example.  Who has come up with a plan to reduce our deficit a real workable plan?




Data Source: US Treasury


Why can't the Fed raise rates or will have difficulty doing so when they must? Because it will add significantly to our interest payments on our debt, which already run over $400 Billion a year.... with record low interest rates.

Is any real debate being made about this? No, what we get is more talk about wars that we simply cannot afford with a nation, that could really beat us head to head on the battlefield, that nation is Russia. Let me tell you something, some of that Russian firepower both on the ground and in the air... we don't want to mess with. I mean we really don't want to mess with lest we get exposed. Exposed? What do I mean?

 I can remember a conversation I had with someone right after the USS Donald Cook limped back to port after it was electronically gelded by a Russian fighter no so long ago, without one single shot being fired. For those of you who want to know what spies and traitors have been handing over to our foes. go back and read that link. That word given to me by this insider was 'Hollow Military he did not elaborate did not expound just pointed to the incident and said' 'Hollow Military' referring to us. This from someone with years and years of both military and intelligence experience. Our military (understand I am not denigrating our military members!) has become hollow by virtue of the corruption that has enveloped our defense department. The last thing we need is to throw more money at that system. We will never know where much of it went. Has anyone really talked about reforming our military? No. Many of the problems I am not going to place up here on the web, but they are significant.

Is anyone really talking about this? No. Is anyone talking realistically about adding jobs to America, seeing to it that youths in underprivileged parts of the nation get jobs and have a stake in America, rather than feeling so disenfranchised that many turn to groups like ISIS? Nope. We hear race baiting on one side and hollow promises from the other. There are few issues both sides can agree on but the acceptance of homosexuality more and more appears to be one of them.

We would have healed America, but she would not be healed. Pokemon was too fun, the playoffs are getting ready to come on, need to buy a new Mercedes... America does not want to be healed, she wants what every empire in the past wants - MORE.

I don't want to be hard on all of my countrymen. As I said, there are many who are doing all they can to save America from committing Politician Assisted Suicide.  Different groups are working to save the nation. But what I see is that few are really getting to the root cause of America's malaise. These forces are fighting the symptoms, rather than the underlying problem, which is spiritual in nature. It's one thing to get rid of the boils, quite another to get rid of the plague that is causing the boils.

America's foray into the spiritual no mans land of the past 40 years, where the foundation of Christ were removed to make way for the sexual revolution, the gay revolution and soon the coming Islamic revolution in the US. This has been a key part of what has done us in. We were once a cup in the Lord's hand for good. But now the Lord has another cup he wants us to drink from. What is the name of that cup?

The cup of recompense.


Selah,

Let us pause and consider.



Will America Go To College?

Note: this was written last August as part of an addendum to an economic update. I hope you find it of value. I have updated a bit at the end dealing with recent polls, the rest other than a bit of grammatical touching up (which I know many of my pieces need!) remains as I wrote it back then.
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No, this is not about America's education system. It's about a rather arcane and strangely unknown way America's Presidents really get chosen. Bear with me here, because if you think Presidents are directly elected by the people, you would be wrong. They are not. They are elected by the Electoral College.

  The United States Electoral College is the institution that elects the President and Vice President of the United States every four years. Citizens of the United States do not directly elect the president or the vice president; instead they elect representatives called "electors", who usually pledge to vote for particular presidential and vice presidential candidates.

    Electors are apportioned to each of the 50 states as well as to the District of Columbia (also known as Washington, D.C.). The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the state is entitled,[1] while the Twenty-third Amendment grants the District of Columbia the same number of electors as the least populous state, currently three. Therefore, there are currently 538 electors, corresponding to the 435 Representatives and 100 Senators, plus the three additional electors from the District of Columbia. The Constitution bars any federal official, elected or appointed, from being an elector.




The key here to understand is that we the people do not directly elect the President and this is what I want to talk just a bit about today.

The founders of this nation while being firm believers in democracy, were indeed just a bit afraid of it. They were concerned at the possibility of 'mob mentality' overcoming the checks and balances they had carefully put in place. This is why they put this 'check' in place against raw democracy. Remember, our system technically is not a democracy - it's a Republic, a subtle but important distinction. I have never really liked the idea of the Electoral College, but at the same time you never know when such a check and balance in our system could come in handy.

Trump has stated that he thinks the system may be rigged against him. Despite all of his hufff and bluster, and weather you like him or not, or even if a person thinks 'the power' should break the law to prevent his rise -  in this he probably has a point. He has some very powerful enemies who are determined to see to it that he is not elected and many of them are powerful players in his own party. Some of them have openly declared support for Hillary.

Now I will tell you I am not going to vote for either one, there is some good, but mostly bad associated with both candidates.  As one prominent person put it, this is a choice between Cholera or Syphilis -  take your pick on how you want to die. But I don't think I am the only person who see's significant downsides to either candidate and even the 'Hate Trump' crowd really needs to get a real grip as to what is really wrong with Hillary. Not the spin, not the conspiracy theory, not Hillary's well paid 'Media Protection Racket', but what is really wrong with her. We don't need a President who may have moderate to severe brain damage.

So what could happen? Well, I do think it likely that Hillary will be elected, but she may not actually run things as her health will probably deteriorate with time. This is why we need to look at her running mate (conservative site). More here.

Now let me let you in on a not so secret secret. Ronald Reagan was declared incompetent during his second term. He really did 'lose it' babbling in the White house and slowly succumbed to Alzheimers. But this fact was kept secret from the people and the wheels of State turned in such a way as to keep him as a figurehead but that was all, His VP (Bush) and others basically ran the nation.


Now I am not privy to the details, but I do know that the same thing almost happened to Obama. No joke, powerful 'impeachment level' people in DC were concerned that key extremely important decisions were not being made. Do you remember when he was playing golf almost every day a few years ago? Well, that as around the time of his 'examination'. What became of it all, I don't know, but I do know that some very key decisions that made international headlines were not made by him. Where this all stands now, I cannot say, but I have broadly hinted that some policies that have been implemented may not indeed be his. I say this not, I repeat NOT to denigrate him. That is one tough job and he has had to deal with some crap no other President has had to by virtue of his race.

So is this what will happen with Hillary? I cannot say. She is a powerful personality and is not likely to be sidelined without some exceptionally hard push back. The problem? With her political machine, believe me, she could make life miserable (or very short) for those who got in her way.

The other Scenario: The Backroom boys get together and decide who the next President is going to be, arrange the College to have a deadlock to allow Congress to elect a President. That would not sit well with Democrats because the House is heavily GOP now, but if the Democrats could be persuaded to elected a Middle of the Road candidate, that may sooth their fears - provided certain checks on key issues were in place (appointment of Judges, SCOTUS, etc).

In short, given Trumps inexperience (and questionable psychological makeup) and Hillary's apparently significant health issues, right now we are in a position where neither candidate is really qualified to lead the nation for the next 4 years.

Currently polls give Hillary an edge in the electoral count but if she does not reach the magic 270, things get rather dicey. It's pretty much a rubber stamp process once one reaches that number, without it, we cannot say for sure what will happen. The most recent polls can be found here.

I think some of you will find this of interest by a pollster.

So will America go to College in November? I don't know, but given the alternative...


... it may be best.

The CRS has one of their excellent background papers. These are official government documents that are prepared for members of Congress. I hope you take a gander at it because who knows what tomorrow may bring!


     Source: CRS - The Electoral College: How It Works in Contemporary Presidential Elections

5 Nov

Slavery, China And Your Upscale Purchases

What will come to America one day? Why should you care about all of this foreign money coming into America? Click on the above link. What will your future look like if foreigners who are filling coffers of your politicians get their way?

One day, you and your significant other will be sitting down one evening watching the TV, sipping some wine and chomping on some Doritos, watching the latest episode of your favorite TV show and you will get a knock on the door and be told by armed men to come with them.

They will have a van waiting for you outside with more armed men outside it holding the door open for you.

You will get in and be taken away.

A foreign (Saudi/Chinese - whoever paid the most to American politicos) family will take your home because you will not be coming back.

You will arrive at a work facility for 'criminals'. You will never be told your crime. You will note that the guards who watch you will be Chinese and Arabs with a couple of Russians and Cubans with them. More and more around the nation this will occur.

You will make gadgets for Chinese and Arab companies 14 hours a day. If you don't meet your quota, you will be punished... severely.

In short, they are working on ways of Bringing what large corporations and foreign nations are doing elsewhere, right here to America. Things like this. Remember the US has some of the richest farm land in the world. Moreover, we have critical infrastructure for millions of people that need not be built. It is already here.

Think about how they did the Black man back during the heyday of the cocaine scandal, when the CIA was bringing in dope into black neighborhoods and then sending the brothers to jail for longer terms than others with a careful tweak to sentencing laws. They can do the same thing across America as well. They know how to entrap Americans into crime on a mass scale. The brothers were then put in prison and worked as slave labor for major US corporations.

Now let me ask you a question.

What did God do to the Israelites when they rebelled and rebelled and rebelled?

He sold them into slavery.

Pay Attention.

Closecareful  attention...


...Black and White America.

This last days system is about money... making lots and lots of money. It's not about morality, right and wrong, democracy or any other slogan used by the powerful against the weak or the satanically wise against the ignorant. Christians who don't believe me can go and take a very careful look at the last days Commercial empire in Revelation 17 and 18 that sits at the pinnacle of global power, riding all of the major Imperial 'Beasts' in Revelation.

It's all about money, and later arrogance, blasphemy and rebellion.

That system is called a whore. Why? What does a whore do?

She sells herself for money.


BlackBox Voting

He gets one vote... You? You get half a vote.

Really?


Does The Earth's Magnetic Shield Have A Crack In It?

Indian Scientists say that a recent magnetic storm revealed one. A very interesting and a little frightening read.

Mysterious Pinging Sound Heard In Arctic Ocean

This piece also offers reasonable theories as to the cause.

War In Mesopotamia News

Today, we are going to look briefly at the situation in Iraq, Syria and Turkey and the ongoing war and destabilization efforts directed at the region. Russia has announced a new ceasefire in Aleppo. This having taken place after an extended bombing pause. What is behind this pause is a matter of much conjecture. It could be part of ongoing secret negotiations that include solutions to both Syria as well as Yemen. I note that Saudi Arabia is now actively entertaining the notion of peace talks there coinciding with Russia's current cease fire declaration. The ISW, has it's usual anti-Russian take on events here, claiming this is all just a pose for a major new assault coming. This is not outside of the realm of possibility but the ISW has consistently shown a very informative, interesting if a bit lopsided coverage of the conflict. But I cannot recommend their analysis highly enough, I may often not agree with their conclusions and policy slant, but they  do have some well put together updates, worthy of consideration.

One other factor that may have made the Russians a bit squeamish in continuing their air operations right now is that according to South Front, MANPADS (man portable air defense systems) have been seen in Syria with the US and Syrian backed Rebels. More here. The existence of these systems in any great number should concern, but not alarm the Russians. It is unclear how much of a threat they post to Russian fighters. But against their helicopters they may cause problems. My guess is that if the rebels have them, the Saudi's or perhaps even the Turks rather than the Americans supplied them. Meanwhile, the US and Saudi Supported 'opposition' has reportedly used poison gas again. Yes, these are serious crimes and sadly, because the perpetrators often can blame the victims in these attacks and no one is called to account, these attacks will continue.

Which brings us to the next point. If Russia see's a large number of these systems among the rebels, what will they do?  How will they react? That is hard to say. I don't know, but I do note that Russia has indeed upped the ante and moved its carrier into the region along with some sophisticated airframes, that should be impervious to these rather primitive air defense systems the rebels may possess. Russia has also reportedly sent submarines that carry cruise missiles into the region. Russia's humanitarian pause, also may indeed be a clear warning to residents to leave in light of a coming offensive. They have given them safe passage.

Russia has set conditions for a dramatic escalation in military activity in Aleppo City following a series of ‘humanitarian pauses’ and an overall decrease in the tempo of its air campaign. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian Armed Forces to implement a ten-hour ‘humanitarian pause’ on November 4 in order to allow civilians and opposition fighters to evacuate Eastern Aleppo City. The temporary ceasefire follows a series of similar ‘humanitarian pauses’ in Aleppo City on October 20 – 22. - ISW


Meanwhile, State run TV is reporting that the rebels are firing on the evacuation route for Aleppo's residents. US media is also picking up on the story.

For those of you interested in these US and Saudi Supported rebels, the Cipher gives us an update on one key group, Jabhat Al-Nusra

Another good resource is the UN's humanitarian efforts and their most recent update.

Of note, Christians are opening up their Churches to displaced Muslim families.

But in other Syrian news, stories are now emerging over rebel groups who are now fighting one another.

Then there is the fighting in Damascus.

For those of you who are looking  for the other side of the story, SouthFront's Sitrep can be found here.

Iraq

Now, let's move on to the story that has been more in the news, the Battle for Mosul.

There has been a lot of activity since I last posted on the war in Iraq. Right now, according to news reporting, Iraq and ISIS are now fighting on the streets of Mosul, in what CNN describes as 'head to head' fighting. The link has a good map in it. This is going to be a hard fight. According to the BBC, ISIS has placed barricades across the city blocking key routes, this piece has some satellite images from Stratfor that show them. Of note, ISIS clearly has some pretty significant firepower and is able to hit tanks. ISIS has also been able to build some sophisticated tunnels as well that are complicating matters.

But according to the press, ISIS is finally losing ground in this battle, but not without putting up tough, tough resistance. Some really weird looking elite troops have been key in the offensive against ISIS and here is a story on these skull faced warriors here. Defense one has a great post of open source reporting on everything from progress of the offensive, Turkish reactions, kidnapping of kids an armed robots. And of couse there is the usual atrocities, like the use of Human Shields by IS.

Meanwhile in Kirkuk, HRW has noted an effort at ethnic cleansing of Arab residents carried out by Kurdish forces. More here. Then there is the fact that the Iraqi President has disallowed Shi'ite and PKK militia's from entering the Tel Afar disrict of Mosul.

“Abadi, in response to the local people of Tal Afar, has agreed to only include the Iraqi army, national police and counter-terrorism forces in a future operation to liberate the district, - Mesop Focus

What I think we all need to keep in mind is that there are divisions and some of them are deep that exist withing this anti-IS coalition. It will take adept political maneuvering in order to keep it together for the many months of fighting that lay ahead.

The good news and there is a lot of it is that Christians are allowed now to return and now worship, even if it is in charred ruins of what was once a Church. They are also seeking self-rule after the liberation thereof. In other good news, the Cross which was once illegal under IS, is now coming back to the area.

Let us continue to pray for both Iraq and Syria as the fight against violent Islamic militants continues.

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As far as any special spiritual observations about what is going on, I had to get out and about of the house for a bit before I could come up with anything worthy of posting. On my way home this is what came to mind.

It has been 13 years since the US unwisely invaded Iraq during the Bush years. It was folly then and now many years later, thinking minds can see it was folly. Saddam was a brute. No question about it. But his brutishness often only fulfilled a purpose. That being the integrity of Iraq, stability and order. As we have seen since that war there are many varying groups, tribes and religions who often not only don't like each other but are dedicated to the subjugation or destruction of another. Back in 1991 and the first gulf war, America did not overthrow Saddam for those very reasons. They knew that once he was out of the way, Iraq would not be easy to govern and could fracture along sectarian or tribal lines. So we left him in power, though we could have overthrown him back then.

Then the US came up with a 'brilliant idea' to go in and remove him. This was the height of stupidity and I am not the only one who said it and saw it. Bush's father warned the son that it was a mistake way back when. The younger did not listen. Now, 13 years later, US and Iraqi troops are trying to take back portions of Iraq from an exceptionally violent and far worse than Saddam, kinds of terrorists.

I don't want to digress much here, but as bad as the Ba'ath party was portrayed back then, it kept the stability in Iraq (and in Syria) as it allowed for a more secular kind of governance as opposed to the kinds of states we see in places like Iran and Saudi Arabia, run by a religious oligarchy who are generally intolerant of those who do not agree with it. A look at that part of the history (The Ba'ath Party) of the region is instructive.

Since the fall of Saddam the nation has had little real stability and a considerable amount of acrimony and violence. While those in the west are in the habit of blaming just about everyone else but their own decisions, the real issue - the underlying issue is the  'The West Knows Best' foreign policy bent of the US whose meddling has done little good in the region and filled many a grave.

The result of all of this can now be seen in the growth and evolution of groups like ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra and a host of other lesser known terrorist groups who bask in the 'sunshine' of the chaos that American policy has created by removing Saddam and its heretofore, unsuccessful attempt to overthrow Assad.


The key issue as I see it is that the West is far less interested in the stability of the region, the welfare of its people or the long term viability of any government in the region. It is much more interested in our ability to profit from oil revenues, and deny the control of energy from others hostile to US interests.

The rise of ISIS was the most cynical and diabolical ploy to gain control of the region by powerful interests in the Middle East with US covert assistance (though there will be hot denials to the contrary). It is a plan  that has backfired and will have significant blowback on America and Americans before the group is done away with or more probably, morphs into a new even more potent terrorist group, when wealthy and evil men need more forces of bloodshed and darkness to do their dirty work.

No, the blame for what we are seeing in Iraq rests with the Bush administration and to a much lesser degree the Obama administration who was not paying adequate attention to what their covert operators were up to and did not ask the pertinent questions when they set this evil in motion - questions like how does this all realistically play out? What can go wrong? Are the Russians going to let you overthrow Syria? Not pie in the sky optimistic assumptions made by planners but realistic 'what if' questions that should have been put to decision makers before ISIS was given the green light way back when to rob that Bank and surround Baghdad when the Iraqi Government was looking just a little too 'Shi'ite' for certain Sunni elements who funded the group.

But when covert operators get together to plan things, they do not always think things through and the gaping holes in their logic is not exposed until the cities are strewn in corpses and smoke is rising from burned out buildings. The lack of real checks, and a genuine 'sanity check' on their plans is why time after time these things lead to disasters.

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And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
(Rev 9:13-18)

Prophetically? Look for those things we see in our Bibles to slowly come to pass, the activity in this region is something I know I spoke of many, many years ago and quite often in some very long papers. I was interviewed once for a radio program on Mesopotamia way back in circa 2003 and can tell you that back then I knew our going into Iraq (2003) would have enormous spiritual implications. One look at ISIS and you understand what I mean.

The region is clearly one of enormous importance in the very last days before Christ returns

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

(Rev 16:12-16)

I don't think the transformation of this region politically and or spiritually is anywhere near being over, even if they are able to totally rid the region of ISIS and Al Qaeda, other forces far more deceitful and deadly are waiting in the wings. There are some of the most powerful spirits waiting to bring havoc on the region. Without digressing here, I think it meet that I point out that the angels who are bound are almost certainly part of the fallen host of angels. I say that because the only angels that are bound up are those fallen ones (Jud 1:6). God just does not chain up his creatures unless he has a real good reason and rebellion is why these spirits are indeed bound up.

Just keep in mind the spiritual entities that come forth out of the region as mentioned in the book of Revelation as well as the Prophet Daniel. If we get a handle on the spiritual and the prophecies of our Lord, things will become clearer and clearer as the days pass. But whatever arises, I can only think of a line from Shakespeare from his play called Macbeth...

By the pricking of my thumbs
Something wicked this way comes...


Xi's Core Leader Status: Blessing or Curse?

Since the end of the last Plenary session of the CCP  has ended, I have not talked at all about the results as I have been looking at the election. But what is going on in China is very, very significant, particularly with Xi and where he is taking China. This very brief piece is so well written and so to the point, that I cannot let it pass without passing it on to all of you.

Xi does appear to be consolidating his power but there is a catch and Mr. Wenqian lays it out for you in this piece.


3 Nov
(Brother Mark can be reached at  - outsiders at markswatson dot com)

What Distinguishes A Banana Republic From A Democracy? The Rule Of Law

PJMedia really gives us a good one here. I could not have said this better myself, it comes down to a few brave people not willing to buckle under to blackmail or bribery, threats or intimidation, but have made up their minds to do their duty, come hell or high water.

Brothers and sisters, I can only say this. Americans who think this is some small partisan issue are not only missing the point, they are missing the key facet of what makes American different than a Venezuela, an Iran, or an Afghanistan or a Post US coup Libya. Law matters, to both the the poor man and the President. This was a key facet of our Constitution and American revolution. To chain the nations leaders down with the Constitution and laws so we don't wind up looking like one of these Narco Republics in South or Central America or one of those backwards African dictatorships that existed back in the 60's and 70's. The key difference is the rule of law.

Why? Because if it's OK for powerful people placed in a position of trust to steal the nations secrets what is to stop leaders from stealing your bank accounts, homes or very lives.... like they do down in many places in Latin America?

The only thing standing in the way today of that in America is THE LAW; or more to the point, those who ENFORCE the law. The DOJ and FBI are the gatekeepers of American federal law. When the head of the DOJ or FBI is corrupt, lawlessness is right around the corner.

Meanwhile it is being widely reported that Loretta Lynch over at the DOJ told investigators to stand down on their investigation of the Clinton Foundation.

Sources are claiming that an indictment of the foundation may be imminent.

Obama Considers Re-Route Of Dakota Access

Obama finally weighs into the debate with a different idea, shift the pipeline's path somewhere else. Meanwhile, tensions remain high. That is indeed one answer and one that certainly bears very serious consideration.

I think it important that we get past the emotions and headlines and understand just why the powers in DC think this pipeline is so important and why these people have garnered such powerful enemies.  The key words we need to keep in mind are less and less 'profit' than 'energy independence' Many of these companies who have extracted oil in this new era in America have lost a lot of money and many others have gone under.

The pipeline itself is designed to transport the recovered oil from the Bakken fields (largely in ND)

http://www.daplpipelinefacts.com/about/route.html

I have talked about this subject at length on a couple of occasions and won't rewrite it here. But in short, the US is doing what it can to do two things. First is to become more energy independent. You do that by having a significant amount of oil production right here at home. America has too long been dependent on regimes in the Middle East for its vital energy supplies. Second, is geopolitics. The US is determined to make oil and gas a non-strategic resources. In other words, they no longer want oil, access to and the price thereof to be strategic weapons that can be used against the US. This (they believe) can be done partially by driving down the price, creating many different alternative sources for energy so that no one source, nation or block has the kind of control that the Middle East had on the 70's, with the embargo. Also, keep in mind that right now,  a nation that has come under the crosshairs of the US establishment, that being Russia which is dependent on oil as a key source of revenue. But also Venezuela, Brazil Iran and a few others who make money from Energy and have not bowed down under American geopolitical dominance. One key in the minds of American leadership was the extraction of energy via unconventional means, namely shale oil.

But once extracted it has to have a way to get to the market and anyone looking at the area where this oil is located can see it is landlocked. Here is a map from the USGS.


Source: Wikipedia

These are key issues. Not just with the Pipeline, but also are key underlying reasons why gasoline prices are still fairly high while the price of Oil has gone down considerably. This is an issue I have talked about before, but won't belabor now. There are some powerful reasons and interests behind these moves and this is one of the reasons why we have seen such heavy handed tactics beings used against non-violent protestors. There are some important issues at stake that our leaders would rather not have discussed in the public debate.

One of the biggest problems I found when looking at this issue a couple of years ago, was the problem of Energy Returned on Energy Invested. It requires a significant amount of energy to extract shale oil. Other factors that must be kept in mind when talking about all of this new oil. Yes, its good but beyond the environmental concerns, which are considerable, there are other reasons for concern and even some skepticism on the long term 'sense' of this endeavor. First is the basic economics of it.  It is one thing to get energy out of the ground, but what if it takes 3 barrels of oil energy to extract 2 barrels of oil, where is the economic 'sense' in that? So this is a key part of the equation. Before some of you who don't know about these things begin wonder what I am talking about, let me give you just a bit of background.

Oil shale economics deals with the economic feasibility of oil shale extraction and processing. Although usually oil shale economics is understood as shale oil extraction economics, the wider approach evaluates usage of oil shale as whole, including for the oil-shale-fired power generation and production of by-products during retorting or shale oil upgrading processes.

The economic feasibility of oil shale is highly dependent on the price of conventional oil, and the assumption that the price will remain at a certain level for some time to come. As a developing fuel source the production and processing costs for oil shale are high due to the small nature of the projects and the specialist technology involved. A full-scale project to develop oil shale would require heavy investment and could potentially leave businesses vulnerable should the oil price drop and the cost of producing the oil would exceed the price they could obtain for the oil.

Due to the volatile prices and high capital costs few deposits can be exploited economically without subsidies. However, some countries, such as Estonia, Brazil, and China, operate oil-shale industries, while some others, including Australia, United States, Canada, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt, are contemplating establishing or re-establishing this industry. - Wikipedia
For those of you more technically inclined, the Wikipedia article gives some past examples as well as some charts and other information that describes the dynamics going on here. The issues are very complex and for those so inclined, rather interesting. For example, did you know that Jordan once looked at Shale oil for its economy? Estonia as well? For those looking for relative costs of the various types of oil, BP has a paper here that looks at the modern market and on page four has a neat little chart. The Carnegie Endowment has a great pdf here that is also rather enlightening and helps the layperson to better understand by there is a growing need for unconventional oil production. There is indeed enormous potential but the economics of it are absolutely key.

Now, let's get back to the protest. Where do I stand as some I know wonder? Simple. I believe that any oil Pipeline no matter where it is built must take into full account the environment. I am not taking about the 'tree hugging', new age nature worship kind of environmental activism, but real down to earth practicable care for the environment we must all share. That includes looking at the massive use of water these new extraction techniques use, finding out where the contaminated waste water is disposed of and is done in a manner so that it does not pollute the water supply for drinking and farming, making sure that the topsoil used for farming is not destroyed and as the Native Americans have said, care for their own sacred and burial sites are respected.

The real problem her as I see it (as a lay person) who see's both sides of the issue in as complete a fashion as possible without a degree in geology or environmental law is this. The Oil companies and the US government, along with State governments did not consult all of the stakeholders in a mature, open and forthright manner. I am not talking about 'checking a box' and just fulfilling a perfunctory advisory meeting with a handpicked group of 'yes men' disguised as stakeholders, but sitting down with the real stakeholders and have all of the major issues on the table and hashing it out so that all can be on board with a workable plan. Even if they may not all agree, all probably can agree not to oppose it once, a workable plan of action has been thoroughly discussed.

Environmentalists and other activists have to understand that an unconditional 'no' is not an answer, but that if they have any real constructive suggestions and should they want to hire their own people to do studies and survey's they will be received with respect and attentiveness. But they have to understand the stakes... all of them and where our elected leaders want to take the nation in the realm of energy and that one small group of people, no matter how well meaning should be able to stand in the way after their concerns have been heard and constructively and effectively addressed.

If I were sitting in the WH, once the election circus is over, I would quietly invite as many activists who would want to come to the White House, invite some of the oil and pipeline executives, invite my key heads of government agencies and have a conference away from media and public attention.... again AFTER THE ELECTION and try and come up with something all can live with.

I think that if you show these Native American activists who are out there some respect, rather than showing them the barrel end of a gun or the wrong end of a pepper spray hose, you may find that you are not as far apart as you think, provided all sides get as many of the facts as possible and have enough respect for the other side to listen.

I ask that all of you pray for the protestors who have born the brunt of some pretty brutal tactics. Agree with them or not, the level of antipathy, repression and violence is uncalled for.

In closing, I think this needs to be said. I am not convinced that the path chosen regarding all of this shale oil extraction is really the best one. It sounds good on paper, but in practice there have been many issues. But one of the best things I have seen come out of it are the jobs. There are thousands of good paying jobs in these drilling towns and they people come from all over the world to work in places like North Dakota.

I think a more open, informed and mature debate about the economics of this, the long term viability of it are something that we need to have.

On the issue of the environment, I know that this kind of puts me on the outs with a lot of Christians. I would only say this. God made nature and the job he personally directed Adam to do, was to care for the garden (Gen 2:15).

He did not tell him to set the garden on fire, or give him a bottle of toxic potions to kill the garden. No, man concocted these things only after the fall. While man today does not like to care for nature when there is economic benefit to destroying it, we as Christians should think more about caring for the earth that God made and that we all must share.

Let us keep in mind just what God thinks about those who are destroying the earth (Rev 11:18) and not be numbered among those who are guilty of this crime.

But those who are working to make money are working on new ways to fool people as to what they are really up to.

In closing, I think all will find this link of great interest, On Standing Rock And The Ballot Box.

 

F-35: Feed Me! - Bloomberg

The DOD's chief money sinkhole is in need of what it was designed to need more of, money. This is the project that can't be killed. Is anyone paying attention... less than a week before the Presidential election? Granted the news is not all bad, but it's still not good.


UK Court: No Brexit Without Parliament's Approval

You knew that the US and Germany would pull out all the stops to put up as many roadblocks as possible to keep a Brexit from happening. So even if P.M. May wins an appeal, they will concoct a new roadblock and/or hindrance.

The 'power' wants a globalized world with no borders or national boundaries and with corporations and banks making all of the world's major decisions.

Taking Calcium Supplements? Think Again!!

This is one health tip you want to really consider. Re-thinking calcium supplementation. While it is an essential element and needed more and more when you get older, this article tells you that Brain lesions are possible if you take them. Other reports are that they may be detrimental to your heart.

Lawmakers Weigh In On Facebook Racial Exclusion

One place that if you look pretty deep is the racism in the Tech community. More and more it seems to me to be just part of the 'culture' in Silicon Valley.

More here and here.

Why I Am Often Out Of Step With American Cultural "Blackness"

I will let you click on the link and only say this. If this is the kind of 'thinking' behind those who have such influence in Black America, it is little wonder hate, anger and even murder are so prevalent among us?

Clearly Trump supporters are not the only ones filled with 'hatred' and fear.

Unlike so many Black Americans, I have listened to Trump rather than just the 'idiot wing' of a handful of his supporters. I have looked into his history and those around him. I don't like much of what I see, but at times, I do like some of the things I hear on things like Trade and Sovereignty; Jobs and trying to make America great once again. No, I don't think the GOP has the answers to these problems, but Trump has bucked the GOP consistently, so bad they held up a lot of his money at a key point in this election.

If nothing else, Trump is very different than the usual candidate the two party system has produced.

No, I am not taken in by him, not by a long shot. But I will say this. Until the American electorate gets real about fixing this nation and it's problems it will take a rich guy with a love for the nation, who is willing to run, run hard and buck the system to fix it. Trump is probably not the right person, but it will take someone like him who can connect with ordinary Americans a guy or gal who has guts and grit to do it.

Moreover, I am not going to be motivated by the politics of fear and hate to vote for someone who has shown such a contempt for the law and consistent pattern of corruption for the Presidency just because Trump has some racist supporters. This brings me to my next point...


Why I will Vote 3rd Party

In short, I will do it for these reasons.

First. The two party system has put America into this mess. With wars in cannot win or afford, with debts it cannot pay or keep from borrowing just to continue to service debts it has already accrued, with politicians who are not accountable to the law, with large segments of the population it can no longer employ. The two party system has created a Cyclops, a Medusa and a Frankenstein that is completely out of control.
They created this mess and I don't think they are about to fix it, not when so much money can be made by key donors keeping it broken.

Second. I am not going to be suckered into negative voting. That means voting against a candidate rather than for one. Negative voting does one thing. Ensures a negative candidate wins. I am not going to vote for the least ugly candidate. I don't want an ugly President. I am not going to vote for Hitler, just to keep Stalin out of office. I want my vote to count for something positive, rather than an endorsement of the negative.

Third. I am not like my countrymen. I use my brain. God gave me a good one and I plan on using it for good, not evil. I can read the ballot. I got mine a couple of weeks ago. In my State there are four candidates for President on the ballot, not two and if I don't like the two mainstream people, there are alternatives.

But you ask, are you not throwing your vote away? To which I say, I throw my vote away when I vote for someone I don't want to be President.

In closing let me say this - This is your country. Whatever mess you put in DC by virtue of your vote, you are going to have to live with it. But all of you should know this, left or right, black or white, rich or poor. The people with the money decide which polices get implemented once the votes are counted, not you.

The way I see it? You have 5 days to go and look at who is buying your next President and decide if you want to be screwed by Big Oil, Big Media, Lawyers, Big Medicine, Big Insurance, Defense Contractors, The Saudi's, The Russians, The Chinese, Monsanto, Drug Cartels, Terrorists, you name it because they are all buying our candidates.

I am here to tell you this - Not one dime of that big money hitting those coffers is about helping you, but helping them to what you have. Things like your job.

Keep this in mind as well, those of you who ask the 'but can they win' question.

The only way they can win is the same way Trump and Hillary can win.

People like you voting for them.

Why do the rich and powerful put so much money into our political system?

Because this is one casino that always pays off.


2 Nov

News Scan

Just a reminder, until the 9th of Nov, most news updates will go on the public page.

Economic News

Ignoring The Debt Problem - Paul Volcker/NYT
Paul Volker let's the nation and the Politicians have it on our debt problem and our tax system problem and the way our nation buries it's head in the sand and pretends neither really exists. We spend money like a drunken sailor and no one seems to understand that debt get paid back or our dollar becomes worthless. So all of those debts (with the possible exception of certain Social Security obligations) will get paid back, one way or another.

We have reached an important inflection point. The next President is not going to be able to shirk this off onto the next administration as Bush I, Clinton, Bush II and Obama did.
Why The Fed Will Have Trouble Raising Rates - ZH
A comment on the Volcker piece with charts and graphs. Here is the Treasury's latest tally.
Current Debt Held by the Public Intragovernmental Holdings Total Public Debt Outstanding
10/31/2016 14,286,500,538,390.57 5,519,214,676,251.18 19,805,715,214,641.75
I have told my insiders in the early part of this year, not to expect any kind of a rate rise until after the election. I never saw it as a real possibility, barring a serious crisis. But after the election, all bets are off. Many say that the fed will hike in December. It may be. They may wait until the next President is seated and see what his policies will be. In any event and I could be wrong on this part, I don't see a rapid ratcheting up of rates. When a rise comes I think it will be slow... slower than usual, and gradual. maybe a quarter point after the first of the year, followed by another quarter point 6 months later. There are many factors that will determine this and one of the key ones is in the story that follows.

Interest Rates: Libor Says Fed Is Behind The Curve - Telegraph
This is one very excellent piece that those of you who are really watching this new phase of the Global Economic Crisis (which has not gone away) will get a lot from and perhaps understand some of the why's for many of the policies that are about to be implemented across the globe.

There are signs of trouble out there, like in Trucking. In the UK inflation is predicted to be a problem. In the US inflation is becoming a problem, but one folks don't want to talk about during an election.

And then there is the serious hidden problem of jobs, that even the Democrats realize are a real problem in those leaked emails.

November Hike? Not Likely Says Bloomberg, Citing Reasons - Bloomberg

Visa Slashes Jobs On EU Restructuring - Biz Journals

Bankruptcy Filings Rise In W. NY State - Biz Journals

Bankruptcy Filings Rise In NW Ohio - Toledo Blade

Performance Sports Files Chapter 11 - USAT

Atlanta Fed See's Healty Expansion in Q4 - Fed
You can read the Atlanta Fed's forecast here. The Atlanta Fed's site is a pretty good site as it seems to be more accessible and geared towards explaining things to ordinary Americans.

Economy Heating Up? Earnings Recovery? - Fiscal Times
Don't take a drag from that pipe!
The Agony Of Obamacare Has Only Just Begun - CATO

ObamaCare’s defenders will point out that for many people hit by these rate hikes, ObamaCare provides subsidies that will offset some of the cost. But subsidies don’t reduce costs, they just shift them to taxpayers. Besides, even after accounting for subsidies, several million Americans are going to end up paying more.

And not only are they going to pay more, they’re going to get less. Deductibles, for example, have risen steadily since the ACA began. The average deductible for a family with a Silver plan now exceeds $6,400. Total out-of-pocket costs can exceed $12,000. - CATO

ADP: Payroll Increased By 147,000 - Calculated Risk

Welcome To Economic Insanity Street - Munknee


Election News

FBI: No Link Between Russia and Trump - The Hill
All the democrats lying and slander are just that. Lying and slander. There never was any real significant link between Trump and Russia. But if you really take the time to look, there is one between Russia and the Clinton Foundation.
Hillarygate: Not A Probe, But A Full Fledged Federal Criminal Investigation - American Thinker
This means that we will all be able to see past all of the propaganda and duplicitous statements coming out of the Clinton Campaign with tools like warrants and sworn testimony and other means of legal discovery.
Trump Gains In 'Honesty' Poll - ABC
Is Trump honest? Well, I think as a rich businessman he has done some 'dirt' in his past, some of it illegal. But do I think he is more honest that Clinton? I think for the most part, he means what he says on the campaign trail. I don't see a guy trying to kiss up to voters, but a brash, outspoken person who on a key personal level, is telling it like he see's it if in a very hard hitting and politically incorrect fashion. 

Many have tried to berate Trump on his old Mafia ties as though he's tied in with them. Well, let me say this as it has been mentioned on the internet in a few places. It appears that those ties... well Trump did have them, but that me may have been a Federal informant against the Mob.

Some hints have been dropped to me about that long ago that Trump needs special protection because some of the NY families have contract on him. I don't know that to be a fact, but I suspect that there may be some truth to it.

I don't know this to be fact. But I watch how carefully even the press has shied away from berating him on his mob ties. The Anti-Mafia problems of the 80's would have swept him up long ago if he was really as guilty as many say. The only way for him to have walked away clean was to be clean or turn informant.

6 Charts That Show Where Clinton/Trump Support Differs - Pew
Pew Research gives us the answer. Unlike other polling orgs, Pew really is pretty non-partisan, but is not above the (for them) rare 'tweaking of data' on certain polls at certain times when our leaders invoke 'national security'.
Hillary Clinton And The Muslim Brotherhood - Voltaire.net
The reprise of the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mails no longer concerns questions of security, but rather acts of skulduggery and cheating which could be as serious as high treason. - Voltaire.net
I think the real problem here is that people only now are only just barely starting to grasp the depth of the problems with Hillary. For years people warned about them and no one paid even the slightest attention while our most precious secrets were handed over to the nations enemies. There is a long, long pattern of this that goes back to the 1990's. But rather than look at the data and the national security implications, everyone wanted to play political spinmeister to protect their petty little partisan issues.
Media Blind To Clinton Warmongering - Life Gazette

The CIA's Counter-Coup Against The Clinton's - Daily Sheeple

Trump Puts Glass-Stegall In Center Of Campaign - EIR
The key here is that most people really don't understand what Glass-Stegall is, was or what the key issues are and if they did heard about it, it's only within the narrow partisan confines of a political rant or spin. I am glad Trump is talking about it, and yes for the most part I agree, parts of Glass-Stegall need to come back to prevent a repeat of what happened in 2008. I talked a bit about this in my last economic update found below.
Democratic Megadonor Bankrolls Republicans For Clinton Pac - Center for Public Integrity

A Non Partisan Look At Candidates Stand On National Security - Center For Public Integrity

Willie Horton Returns - The Marshall Project

Armed Militia Gear Up for Election Trouble - Reuters

Fruit Of The Loon: Even Bush's Torture Top Boy Thinks Trump Is Whacky On Torture - Wonkette

EU Shudders At 'President Trump'

Are The Brothers Waking Up?

Persecution/Christian Watch

Black Church Leaders Concerned About Hillary On Abortion, Religious Freedom - Christian Post
China: Cops Surround Church, Order Member To Stop Worship - Gospel Herald
Asia's Forgotten Refugee's - UCA News
Marin Scorsese  Does A Film On A Christian Missionary - Christianity Today
EU Special Envoy: Christian Persecution On The Rise, Cites Lack Of Freedom
Danger Follows Christian Refugee's To Germany - Christian Headline News
OpenDoors Chides Church, Warns Of Self-Centeredness - Christian Post
Christian School In Sudan Closed, Property Seized -Morning Star News
Turkey: 80 Lashes For Drinking Communion Wine  -Morning Star News
Despite Horrific Persecution, NK Christians Are Not Praying For Regime Change - Christian Times


Source: ICC


1 Nov

Google's Plan To Elect Clinton

One of those tidbits from Wikileaks that shows you how Google and Clinton have lined up together. Schmidt? Not a guy I think is much good for America. His company Google has an abysmal hiring policy for Black folks (for those of you naive enough to think they are on 'your side'). Now I want all of you to keep in mind that Google is an essential part of the surveillance and deep state and gets a lot of money from contracting out its services (i.e., info on you and me) to just about anyone with a checkbook. What would Google want from a Clinton Presidency? Perhaps a relaxation of rules of sharing data with nations nations that are tied in some really bad folks.... who are funding Clinton's campaign.

Also keep in mind that Schmidt is part of the (almost) all white secret establishment that spans the western world. One key group is the BIlderbergs, formed by Nazi's after WWII to continue on with many of the Reich's policies in the western world after the Third Reich fell. I will pass on no links. there is an awful lot of info on them and their origins and their goals, stated and secret. Keep in mind that it's all white but a couple of token Blacks have been allowed to attend in the recent past.

You have to be very wealthy or influential, party to their goals and be willing to implement them. Now ask yourself a powerful question. Why would a wealthy White man, who belongs to a powerful almost exclusively white organization who hires the barest of minimums of Black folks want to elect a Democrat?

Why don't people pick up on this? Brothers it is key for those in power that we, the people never pick up on this (and who they own and control) and this is why the BIlderbergs meets are always so secret. No one is allowed in to their meetings and they have millions of dollars of heavily armed security wherever they meet. Our political leaders, they dazzle the dum-dums out here in the electorate with speeches of equality while they plot in secret to bring in what they had in Germany during the reign of Hitler.

Why do I say that? Well, read on.

For those of you who want to know about their first pet project the EU and who backed it, you should go ahead and check this out. (more here). Brothers, no one understands what has been going on and who has been behind it and those that try and tell you get harassed BIG TIME!! A guy who runs a site that really has a lot of information (I mean TONS) on the Bilderbergs has had serious problems. He lists some of them on his site Bilderberg.org

Threats to this site:

1. Being pulled by host after spurious 'legal threats' - this has already happened {details on separate page}
2. Domain name theft by lawyers - see: http://www.ncchelp.org and the history of the 1990's court case around the previous http://www.iftp.org
3. Hacking, trojans and viruses
4. Delisting or downlisting by search engines
5. Content removal by Google search engine

Brothers, they do all they can to silence voices they want quiet. They really do to hide who they are and what they are up to. THEY KNOW HOW TO DECEIVE. They are very, very good at it and let me tell you something, they really have been at this for a long, long time.

After the war they had to borrow large sums of money from other countries. The corporations would first finance, the Nazi party, which would continue in the background. Then the government should give to German industrialists huge sums of money. After German companies would then form a secret network of foreign subsidiaries who would do supposedly military research. The officials would start up a secret network of foreign companies wherefore the Bilderberg conferences where established which John.F. Kennedy video Robert Welch video and Eisenhower video, warned off!

Only a few industrialists were invited to a second closed meeting, which was continued by  Dr. Bosse of the Ministry of Armaments. There secrets were shared with the elite of the elite. Bosse had developed a roadmap for the implementation of the Fourth Reich.

- The corporations would first finance the Nazi party which would continue in the background

- Then the government should give to German industrialists. Huge sums of money

- German companies would then form a secret network of foreign subsidiaries that supposedly would do military research.

- The money would be channelled through two banks in Zurich to foreign networks.

The Nazis sent money for years to neutral countries. The war turned out to have been. Highly profitable for Germany - More here.

If you click on those links and listen to those speeches made NEARLY 60 YEARS AGO - why America is what it is today when it was not anything like this way back then... it all becomes much, much clearer. So do, click on those video links above. One of those guys, it was like he was reading today's newspapers back in 1958!


Google is not the friend of you or me, I don't care if you are a Democrat or a Republican. They are on the side of the darkest part of the rising global order of the 1% - the all white, almost exclusively racist 1% with a token brother thrown in for window dressing.
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People control is one of the key facets of Population control. This is a subject I touched on many, many years ago and touched on the technological aspect of it. The key foundation of modern people control now is technology the ability to track, monitor, predict and otherwise mess with just about anyone they want to with no legal reason or recourse by the victim. If the 'Power' don't like you, the cut of your brow or the color of your skin, they have the power to make your life miserable. They want more legal mechanisms in place to consolidate these powers all over the world, and centrally controlled by like minded Aryans and their non-Aryan stooges.

Keep these things in the back of our mind in the months and years ahead, no matter who sits in the White House.

One of the key alliances Hitler had during the Second World War was with Islam. They had the Grand Mufti in Jerusalem and other key Islamic leaders in their pocket. Even after the war, many Nazi's fled to these places and found refuge for their bloodstained hands. Why were so many Muslims and Islamic leaders so willing to help Nazi's?

They had one very important thing in common. Both had a genocidal hatred of the Jews and while that aspect of Islam is consistently downplayed today in our media, it still exists in pandemic form throughout many parts of the Muslim world. For those of you who want a history of how Islam and Nazi Germany cooperated, you should check out some links and here and if you do ever find a copy of this old film, check it out and remember, it was made before the Holocaust. I do hope you click on those links for they are key to understanding where we are going.

Islam and Nazi-ism has a long and interesting history.

What we need to fully understand is this - Islam has not gone away and for those of you who actually have taken the time to read many of the excellently researched documents on the BIlderbergs and even official reports by the US after the second world war, you will discover that the Nazi's did not go away either. They organized in secret kept their money and built and built and even when they got tired, they built some more until they now have a banking, corporate and technological empire that spreads like tentacles into all the Western and Islamic world's major capitals.

Today, we see two major trends hitting our news. The rise of Islamic terrorism as well as the mass influx of Muslim refugee's into Europe. While I am not going to get into the overall plan set in motion many years ago to facilitate what we are now seeing, I will tell you that the forces who have pushed all of this Islamic immigration in to Europe, and also pushed Neo-Nazi-ism in Ukraine (and overthrowing the democratically elected government) are now funding... Black Lives Matter. Yes, that is right. Many months ago I wrote a note giving members of BLM  a list of things to watch out for and certain elements who will attempt to use them and will only ultimately betray them.


I said those who would gain control of them have absolutely NO love for Black Americans. But it was essential to their plans that they should hijack and later control the movement lest it get out of control and have some successes in America. So they got a very wealthy person, with ties to US intelligence and to Nazi's and helped facilitate the influx of all of the refugee's into Europe to begin funding them. BLM has already started their anti-Semitic shift. All of you should know this - when you get into bed with those kinds of elements you play their game and become a sock-puppet to their agenda... if you want to see some more money.

Know this as well, while they are buttering up the leaders of BLM they are looking for all manner of blackmailable material on their leaders - anything that they can use against them to make sure they stay obedient to their Slave Masters. They will find out if family members have drug problems, if there is an illicit affair, if their is gang activity in their circle of associates, if they surf porn and which sites they visit. They will break in their homes, plant stuff, arrange for illegal files to be found on their computer. Brothers, these are scumbags of the first order BLM has gotten into bed with. I tried to warn them, but like most of my people, their heads are too hard and their necks are too stiff to allow attentive listening or coherent thought. So they repeat the same mistakes time and time again with the same disastrous results. Once they outlive their usefulness, they will be 'wrapped up' like so many in the past have been when they are no longer needed.

They know how to 'wrap up' a Negro's death, spread confusion so no one knows what really happened. They have done it before.

I say these things because these two forces are what I see as being the key part of a rising order. Islam and fascism in the West, driven along by the tentacles of the Reich described above. Jews and Christians are going to be 'toast' when it is given it's final form. Keep in mind how each of these two systems treated and still treats Christians and Jews. Go back and read those links on Nazi-ism above or do your own reading on the subject. This is not conspiracy theory, this is historical fact, but fact that has been carefully obscured by powerful men who had a vested interest in keeping their policies, links and goals secret.

Related: The Nazi Legacy To Terrorist Islam

How is it that today we see nations like Saudi Arabia on the UN human rights commission? Saudi Arabia does not even allow any kind of Christian Church in its nation. I will tell you how. The devil is getting ready to push his agenda full force and it does not include Christians or Jews who exist above ground. No, this will take some time to bring about, but the forces are already moving in that direction. They are gaining power.

What the elite need right now is the right crisis to bring it all together. Right now, watch for stories like this to further consolidate things.   When they get all things lined up just right, expect a manufactured crisis and expect Islam to rise further in the western world. I want to stress this, things are moving fast but these elitists still have a lot of work to do, so don't expect these things to happen overnight, they won't. Rather these are trends that we as Christians need to be watching.... and for those of you who don't think this is relevant. Ask the Christians who once lived in Iraq and Syria what it's like to live under a violent Islamic regime.

In the final system, the 42 month beast system money is the key issue that brings the world together into a single unified worship of the devil and his image. I talk about the money system alot here because that is how the devil will ultimately bring in his system of control.

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,
to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell,

save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast,
 or the number of his name.
(Rev 13:16-17)


We as Christians are hardly in a position to fight this system as God has ordained this to come in order to try the souls of the sons of men, to see whom they want as their God - Himself or the devil.

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


Those who refuse the worship of the devil will be killed. We as Christians are going to be hounded and killed and just before death, I strongly suspect we will be given one last opportunity to bow down and kiss the devils foot and spurn Jesus Christ, the son of God just before execution.

How should we react?

And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts,
not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom,
which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends;
and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
 In your patience possess ye your souls.

(Luk 21:13-19)


Islam and Europe? Brothers, Merkel is reading from a script others handed to her. Islam is to replace Christianity as the religion of Europe. This is the plan of the elite, the plan of the devil and the plan of the German government. Right now, they need money and they are going to have to go to the Islamic world to get it. The best way to get money from the Islamic world is to bow down before their god. Yes, its true, Islam is slowly replacing Christianity in Europe. People in the west are abandoning Christ for the religion of secularism, New-Ageism, hedonism and increasingly Islam.

But brothers, many Christians are troubled by this. I am but only insofar as the souls of those who have forsaken Christ and given heed to deceiving spirits and their fate. I knew this was coming and I know it is going to get much, much worse. How do I know?

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed,
the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,
or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing
himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you,
 I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way.
(2Th 2:3-7)


This apostasy we are seeing all through the west and the Islamification of the Church by certain 'christian' leaders, is all part of a plan. There are real men and real power behind these trends and people. There is not one shred of coincidence in any of these trends. I would pass on some of the secret connections here, but there are laws (for good reason) for revealing the names of undercover intelligence personnel who are pushing this stuff and while it is debatable weather or not I could be prosecuted under such laws, I have no desire whatsoever to name names in such a matter as it would put the lives of some people in extreme danger. Love what they are doing or hate it, I am not going to put anyone's life in danger, at least not intentionally and that is the only reason why I am not more specific on some issues and yes, American intelligence is all over this like white on rice.

So take what I am saying here in that light. I am not talking out of my backside. There are some seriously powerful people who have long had a plan and that plan is moving forward. These are not men who have any respect or the religion of Jesus Christ, the American Constitution, Black Americans or anything but their own lust for power and wealth. They have another god they worship and like all religious fanatics, they plan on forcing their religion onto the world, with violence if necessary.

Let the readers here who know their God and have placed their trust in Christ Jesus take what I say here as prologue to the what will one day come upon the earth.

Grace and peace to all who obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark


How Advertisers Track You Online (but soon won't)!

Many of you may not know this. But right now, your ISP can track all of your web surfing and pass onto major advertisers like Google. If you want to know why you get emails from car sites after you vising a a major auto sales site, know you know. Real Estate, etc. Your ISP has ways of making sure that no matter how many ad blocking extensions you have installed, the 'right people' know exactly all the sites you visit. They do this without your permission.

The good news is that this is going to change! The FCC just passed new sweeping rules to protect you.

Thank God, because what the FCC just did was remove the key 'hardwire' that was a foundation to much of the surveillance on the web. the restriction also includes them sharing health data and our text messages.

If you don't mind the tracking, you can let it continue, if you do, you will one day be able to stop it. This rule only gives us, the consumers the choice, nothing more. Something that key ISP's did not and do not want to give us.


Rules go into effect 1 year after they are published in the Federal Register.

Watch for a tricky worded message from your ISP on privacy and read it carefully. 

The bad news about the ruling can be found here.
 

21st Century America: 10 Pictures That Show You The Face Of The Elite

Click on over to the Anti-Media site and look for yourself.


31 Oct

Hillary: Don't Blame Comey, Blame Yourself

Everyone on the left is hopping mad at Comey, and I am no fan of his. But no one wants to put the blame for all of these scandals on where they belong. Not Trump, not, the Media, not a 'vast right wing conspiracy' but on a woman whose corruption is only now beginning to be seen for what it is.

What is rather surprising is that this is from a paper that has endorsed Clinton.


Why Comey Decided To Open Up New Probe

In short, it appears that there was a mass resignation over at FBI as a result of Comey's malfeasance. And anyone not too partisan can see that that is just what the FBI's probe's of Clinton and their foundation have been up till now. Malfeasance and corruption in office by both Lynch and Comey. The WSJ has a piece here that is relevant.

For those of you who care about this nation and its laws more than political party and your pet sex, race and money issues, take a close gander at this one, and slide on to the last 30% of it if you are pressed for time. This is a guy who was a prosecutor and it really is pretty good, his partisanship aside. But in that same non-partisan spirit, there are questions that remain on just what warrants if any were really issued by the FBI.

These issues are so key. Brothers, I would not work undercover at the CIA as an operations officer under Clinton. Her carelessness and some of it looks more deliberate than accidental by her and key staff members, would easily lead to the deaths of many people in the Clandestine service. Have you noticed a lot of people suddenly especially in banking turning up dead? Did it ever occur to you that some of them were working undercover for us got ratted out because of CARELESSNESS or TREASON inside the government?

Chew on that one a while.

There is a good reason why those people's names and operations are secret and an even better reason Clinton should never have even considered running, let alone obtain the Nomination and have the American press pretty much anoint her, protect her all the way in.

Chicago Tribune Asks Clinton To Step Aside

Clinton, however is only a part of the problem.

Brothers, I can only tell you this. Enjoy your freedoms while you still have them, because unless the silly and stupid demons are driven out of the American mind and political theater, you simply are not going to keep it very long. Copious amounts of money are flowing into the nation to take them and all you have away from you.


Well, I passed on to all of you a piece on leak wars a few weeks ago, giving you peek behind the scenes at some of these leaks. I want to tell you more, but there are some powerful reasons that prevent that...mostly to protect others.

But this piece may help you all to better conceptualize that Clinton represents a clear and present danger to our country and the issues go far beyond her lack of judgment and I will have to leave it at that.

I am telling you these things as my views and posts here have nothing to do with partisanship. I am voting 3rd party as I always have. There is no way I will put my stamp of approval to the craziness, corruption, indebtedness, bloodlust and just plain old foolishness that the two party system and millions of American voters have come to represent.

But for those of you who want to know where I stand on the issue of Trump Vs. Clinton, I think Jill Stein sums it up well, and she is as about as far left as it gets in this election - both are bad, but Clinton is more dangerous.

Why? I think for wiser readers and those who are still capable of thinking outside of the partisan box should consider this carefully. The Party that used to represent working Americans, the underprivileged and civil rights has morphed. The Democratic party of the 60's and 70's has moved to the right of Richard Nixon in the 21cst century. Consider some things before you roll your eyes. Who was it and is it who is supporting all of these free Trade agreements that are throwing Americans out of work. It started under Clinton who got copius money from the corporations who benefited when he passed NAFTA. The issues of racial justice? Who was it who put millions of Black men in prison with his Drug policies. Clinton. If a Bush had done it there would have been an outcry, but the Clinton had the right branding  Democrat, Black folks in another feat of intellectual brilliance called a White man a Black President while he was throwing us into jail by the millions. How intelligent is that? I mean really?

I can tell you this. Hillary does not like Black folks. I know this from those who know her and worked around her. Now she will bring in some TnT's (Tokens and Toms) into her campaign for window dressing, but she DOES NOT LIKE BLACK folks, or Jews for that matter. The real Hillary is a very different person from the well spoken, seemingly caring person you see on the TV shows she has paid money to appear on and have carefully prepared questions put to her. Now I admit, she may have changed in light of her illness - these things often happen when a person's mortality makes itself known. But before that I can tell you she had a real dislike for Black Americans, despite what you may have been led to believe...

...and don't tell White America that 'Black lives Matter' when they don't matter to you, Black America.

If Black Lives Matter: You Can't Endorse Abortion

Why will Black America for the most part vote Clinton? My view is that it's part of a long pattern of self destructiveness and general disdain for Black lives that shows itself all through Black America. No, it is not popular to say these things, but I am objective enough to see things as they really are. And 57 years of being Black gives me a perspective that many Americans, including a lot of Black folks don't have and certainly lack the courage to verbalize. I am not one of these no-nuts black men who can only muster a little courage after their second glass of congac, being deathly afraid of what others may think at such a politically incorrect, yet truthful assessment.


The Party of JFK and Roosevelt more and more is filled with people who politically resemble Jefferson Davis, but know how to put on a smiley face at election time to gain the votes of the 'slaves' who should by now, know better. They know how to appear to be on the side of working people while they go into the backroom to screw them again and again. They know the art of political deceit and that is why we keep getting the same policies that never benefit ordinary people. The Democratic party used to be the party of the working man and social justice, now it is just the worst elements in the GOP wrapped up in a different package. This is why so many key GOP'ers can so easily abandon their own party and flock to Clinton. The money men who control the GOP control the Democrats making our two party system one of the illusion of choice and not a real one. Because no matter who you vote for you are going to get more jobs going away, more people coming into the nation on a special "I bought the President' visa to take your job, right here in the US, it's why we will continue to stack up more debt and those services and promises made to you that they are not going to keep... the war mongers and corporations have already stolen that money, with the help of the Clinton's. Do Democrats want to hear this? Nope, facts are confusing and difficult to comprehend when the mind is befuddled with Prozac, dope and whiskey, which is a problem that has no party barriers.


But when I look at our elections and our leaders and even America in general, I see a nation that is slowly losing its ability for rational thought. I see it in our foreign policy where we 'fight terrorists' by arming them helping them in any way we can get away with. I see it in our policing, I don't know how many of cops who have been shooting unarmed Black men were on various prescription drugs but they do effect ones conative ability to process information, particularly anti-depressants. They can make you suddenly violent or suicidal. These are some of the lesser known side effects of them. You say you don't take anti-depressants? You may be taking them and not even know it.

Brothers, there is something wrong with America and her people. It's not a little thing. There is a deep and fundamental disconnect from rationality and even reality that appears to be more and more part of the American psyche and political system. No one wants to deal in facts and truth, they want emotion and rants; a scandal or a 'gotcha', There is something increasingly erratic, irrational and even at times, violently so in America. I can see it. Others can see it, usually those who come from overseas after a long hiatus from America and come back. they see it. They see just how ignorant... stubbornly ignorant Americans are. It's almost like with some, stupid has become a virtue.

I know, I lived abroad and came back and have talked to those who have done the same thing. Or foreigners who live and who have to stay for familial or employment issues. They see it. There is something deeply disturbing about what is happening to the nation and its people. Not many can really step out of themselves and their own narrow, self-centered sense of partisanship and see it, it takes a high degree of intelligent objectivity that most Americans just don't possess.

A Christians Response


Brothers, while we are here in America we must take up some level of responsibility for where she is heading. We must live here and raise our kids here. But that does not mean partaking and approving of those things that God hates and are destroying this nation so we can push our 'pet issues'. If I am hard on America and the nation, its not because I don't care, I do. Too much to just go to sleep while she and her people destroy themselves.

But we Christians must be part of the solution and not let partisanship divide us. I say, look to the issues that God cares about and Christians can play a positive role, instead of the negative role we have too often played. Watching White 'Christians' line up behind the GOP and Black ones behind the Democrats... shows that Christians are walking in the flesh, not the spirit and have taken the same demonic bait that the lost have been taking, with the same ultimately disastrous results. Remember, Christ said that not every person who comes to him and says Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom. Liars, hypocrites and false workmen are the first groups that come to mind. Know this as well, it's a time honored political tradition around election time to have pastors  support candidates. Sometimes they are paid off to do it There are ways to launder money to a pastor to get their support and the party hacks from both parties know them all. 

Why is Christianity having so many problems in America? In too many cases, the shepherds are working for the devil, taking his Judas gold three months before the election and preaching the devils sermons on Sunday. This is part of the real problem in America and her (rather than God's) version of Christianity.

The deeper problem is one that pastors don't want to talk about. It's their 501(c)3 Status. Now I will stop short of saying that all pastors who have gone the 501c3 route are false. I will say that they have a contract with the state that makes it legally part of that state and it must abide by the directives thereof. There are a plethora of articles on the web about this and I have written on this from time to time. When the Holy Spirit told us to 'come out and be separate' (2Cor 6:17), he did not mean that the Church should become a legal appendage of the state, but that is just what we have right now, though those who getting those nice tax break$ will deny the rea$on$ are financially motivated driving home in their 2017, BMW 530i, pulling up their wife's brand new Lexus 'given' to them by a party hack in return for certain 'favors' at election time.

So dear brothers, if one day God begins to pull back the covers on some of these pastors or you see disasters and trouble begin to hit the Church, know that Judgment begins in the household of God (1 Peter 4:17). God will send folks to warn the Church and then he will send some more. But sooner or later he gets tired of telling you and sends pain to teach people what is right and what is wrong. Sometimes people learn from it and sometimes they don't live long enough to learn, but the lesson will be given nonetheless.

Black Pastors Endorse Clinton

God's salvation, his word and his purpose is not to be played with. Those ministers who don't listen to God will be dealt with. God's standards have not changed. Those who support and endorse abominations will share in the recompense for abominations.  But God often has to send prophets, not to the abortion clinics or mafia hoods, not to the dope dealer or the fraudster. He has to send them to the Church!!

    "... The prophet is a troublesome ... voice,
hated by the church's leaders and out of favor with the church's members.
Like a wild, ragged, unkempt coyote scenting from afar the smell of carrion,
 like a raven always croaking out the same cry, like a ... wolf howling on the mountain top,
the prophet travels throughout the church ... followed by suspicion and hatred...
He is ... a man who sees with a troubled heart - but with clear eyes - the compromises the church is making with the world today, and the consequences that will accrue to it tomorrow ... as a result.
Like all truth tellers who disturb the slumbering majority and who unsettle the
peace of the church's leadership, he is avoided like a leper, persecuted like an enemy
and those with a reputation in the church for 'being somebody' detest him.
The prophet is an accuser, but today's Christians do not want to admit their guilt.
He is an intercessor, but Christians do not want to be shown their error ...
He is an announcer, but Christians do not want to hear ..."
 - Giovanni Papine
(as quoted from Antipas Ministry)

If America has lost her way, it started long ago in the Church. We are supposed to be the salt of the earth,  a kind of antibiotic against disease and a retardant against decay. But when the the Church becomes part of the disease, it spreads just that much faster.

If America is to be healed, it needs to get back to Jesus Christ but the way to him unfortunately is not through the entity that calls itself a Church today... though there are still many notable exceptions.

Let we who know our God, no longer embrace our American citizenship and its crimes, our our race and its deep dysfunctionalities as being part of us and our makeup. We Christians are part of a new kingdom and have a different King and we must take the attitude of Paul who placed all in Christ. He gave his background as a high born Jew, yet made it plain what was important to him, though he loved his people deeply.

Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
(Php 3:4-15)

That is my attitude. I know this - that violent and dysfunctional Americanism nor the common misconceptions permeated in Black media and by her so-called leaders of what 'Blackness' is - that infect America and Black America today are not and will never be part of any identity that I claim, not in light of what we are fast becoming. I care, will do what I can, but I am not going down the toilet with either group. If they can't get it together, I will get and keep my act together, as Child of God and servant of Jesus Christ.

Let that mind  be in all of you.

You are bought with a price (1 Cor 7:23) so know who your King is!!

Why This Black Man Will Vote For Stein

No, not me, but the man who wrote the above piece for Black Agenda Report. I am not a lefty, but I am wise enough to listen to both lefties and righties and those in the middle. This Brother, while a Marixist lays out many reasons why he has left the 'Black Herd' and has moved not to the left or the right, but to the 'green'

Warning - this piece is only for open and thinking minds.


Dakota Access: Agents Try and Provoke Violence, File False Police Reports

(ANTIMEDIA) You know the Dakota Access Pipeline protests are working when oil interests start resorting to underhanded tricks to paint water protectors in a negative light. As the fight against the pipeline grows in North Dakota and around the country, dirty tricks are being deployed in an apparent attempt to delegitimize the opposition.

Mother Jones journalist Wes Enzinna, who was at the protests, says he witnessed a Dakota Access LLC employee try to infiltrate the Dakota Access Pipeline protests:

“An armed security agent employed by the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline was arrested Thursday after he was caught entering the camp of activists protesting near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in southern North Dakota. After a car chase and a standoff during which he allegedly pointed his assault rifle at a local Sioux teenager, the man, whose ID indicated he was an employee of Dakota Access LLC, was arrested and handed over to the FBI.”

According to an official statement from the tribe, the man fired several shots from his gun before being peacefully apprehended by tribal police. Witnesses at the scene say he pointed his gun at several protesters. The man was clearly trying to provoke violence that could later be used to demonize protesters who have so far remained peaceful.

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department circulated a false report claiming the man was shot, presumably by protesters. As you can see in the images above, the man was not harmed. The Sheriff’s Department has since retracted that report. Anti-Media’s attempts to obtain clarifying comments from Morton County Sheriff’s were ignored... Story Continues At AntiMedia


Question and Answer

Hi Mark!

It has been a rather tough week with a lot of focus on the American election. Two times at work people have been demonizing Trump and praising Clinton so much I almost felt depressed. One woman is going to Florida over Christmas and wondered if they would let her in (an all-Swedish woman) if Trump won. And another one praised Clinton because she speaks so much about child care. I reminded them, even if I am no big fan of Trump, that Hillary was Secretary of State during the illegal war against Libya (when the DEFENSE alliance NATO attacked a country) and that both Bill and Hillary were accused of sexually harassing their interns. I also told them that if USA counted their unemployed the same way we do the unemployed rated would be 40-45% so it is good that Trump wants to protect US jobs while Clinton wants more "free trade" that so far has made more Americans unemployed. I also said that Mexico has extreme problems with criminals so any sound leader would like to at least do SOMETHING about that border, to deny any problems make you a part of the problem. But noone at work listened to me, they looked at me as I had said something really awkward and stupid. And perhaps I did.

But during the weekend I spent several hours with friends at a couple of different occasions and was BOMBARDED with questions about if there will be a war with Russia and about the US elections. This were Christian friends and they were soooo hungry to hear what I had to say. One demanded me to answers his questions and another one (who has an American wife) called me on the phone for 1,5 hours. And they all listened to all I had to say.

I was both happy and tired after that. But depressed after talking with my colleagues. I felt spiritually depressed. I felt like a "mini prophet" I guess.

But there is one thing that has surfaced in all of this and that is the question about the synagogue of satan. So here follows some about the Edomites and a little about the seed of Cain. You have read/heard about this before but it is interesting and I don't really know what to think. I don't want to be seduced by antisemitism but I don't want to be blind either.

Answer: Yes American elections are a very hot topic in Europe. I know when I lived there, people loved to talk about it. I was there for the one in 88 and the one in 92. This election I think more than ever is of great interest. Trump is largely viewed negatively over there and I think it is partially because he wants (or appears to) want to take a more 'America first' approach to our foreign polices and has state openly that he wants Europe to pony up more money for their defense. I read some of the EU press and I  rarely read anything positive about Trump. Second,  he has been portrayed as a racist because he is deeply concerned about Muslim immigration into the US and made the strong case that unchecked immigration is an open door to terrorism. He has also talked about building a wall with Mexico and from what I understand, this is a policy that Hillary has also endorsed in the past.  I am not going to defend or blast those views on Muslims though, there are strong arguments on both sides of that one. But we Americans cannot go the route of xenophobia, but we also must have control over who comes in and out. If there is any thing about immigration from Mexico and other parts of Latin America that sticks in my craw, it's that the majority of it is illegal. It's a crime. Plain and simple. We don't know who is coming across when it's illegal. A migrant worker or an Iranian Terrorist.

There are legal ways into the nation. It's called the immigration system and there are ways of making that system work to allow more immigrants in... legally. Why has no one thought of that? Why are we still dealing with this mass influx of illegals crashing our borders and showing contempt for US law coupled with a powerful political lobby in DC that facilitates this?  I am not nor have I ever been nor will ever be against  legitimate and LEGAL immigration. Having so many different kinds of people here has been source of strength to our nation. But in the 21st century there are many evils that come with unchecked and illegal immigration. Human traffickers (who exploit the most vulnerable of people), drug runners, terrorists, foreign subversive elements who come in and 'sleep' to awaken  to destabilize our nation at the beckoning of others. Brother this stuff is real.

Many of you may not know this, but I did pass this on to insiders some time ago, that just as America was getting ready to default on its debt a few years back - one certain nation (not Russia) who has thousands of highly trained 'sleepers' right there in the US who know out to know cut power lines, blow up key bridges, destroy or poison water facilities, kill and or hinder first responders and are able to destroy other key facilities in the US (like Nuclear Power plans) got a command from their HQ just hours before the default. I know because our people picked it up because this other nation wanted us to pick it up. The unspoken message to our leadership was this - if we defaulted, they would bring America to its knees. That was just the trouble they had cooked up for us on the homefront, they had lots of friends and enough power to cook up a whole pot of trouble for us abroad as well.

We must be able to control who comes in and out of our nation. Any idea of these massive 'national security' budgets that fatten the contractors wallets but leaves... no deliberately leaves these gaping holes in our security is nothing more than a scam and that dear readers is what too much of National Security budgeting is really all about, making insiders very, very rich. One must ask the questions that no one wants to ask. Are our political leaders deliberately faciliting the influx of spies and traitors and those who are sent to destabilize our nation in return for copious amounts of money into their coffers? Do the American people really want an answer to that question... and who is and how much they are getting? I will be honest with you, I don't think so. I have to take the Jack Nicholson approach to answer that one quote from in the movie A Few Good Men...

"The truth? You can't handle the truth!!!"


Dealing with the truth and burying their heads in the sand? American have clearly and consistently chosen the sand.

But as far as Europe is concerned, I must be frank. I think Europe would do well to slowly ween itself of American leadership. Until this nation can get its act together, take care of some of the serious issues facing us, like our debt and our budget which is still out of control as well as some of the unstable characters who are formulating our foreign policy and deal with the exponential growth of internal political corruption, the only thing America can do to Europe is to drag her down. I say that with a still deep affection for the principles that made America great and a growing disdain for the corrupted elements in our political class and what they are doing to the great American experiment, sometimes intentionally

I think once Europe is able to get rid of leadership who have been turned (by blackmail and bribery) by America and her intelligence agencies, she will be able to chart a course that if done wisely, could lead her to being the leader of the free world. But that is not going to happen with the current crop of EU and particularly German leaders. They have at key moments, allowed themselves to be used as a wedge between east and west undermined their own security (at the behest of others), rather than securing it and becoming that important bridge between east and west.

No, the issues facing America will have a lasting effect on Europe. Clinton will move to the right of Obama (and probably even the Bush administration!) and continue to stoke up the heat against Russia and as she has insinuated, will probably start a war.... a hot one. She will probably accelerate the American program of political destabilization through not just the Middle East, but Africa as well.

Why? Let me break this down basically for outsiders who are not aware. Russia is about to go where others have tried and and the CIA went in and removed them from power and put them in the grave. Saddam, Ghadaffi, etc. Where is that? Both worked to break their nation of the dollar habit.  Russia is about to move her oil sales away from the US dollar. You are not hearing about it. Why not? Key issues that really drive agenda's are rarely bantered about in the Media. Too much truth makes false narratives very, very difficult to permeate in the consciousness of the people. The bottom line is this. Russia (and China) are working to break the dollar monopoly on Oil prices - one of the key and most important factors in keeping the US dollar the most important currency in the world. Anyone who wants to buy oil today, must buy dollars first - creating an artificial demand. This new Russian endeavor is about to change all of that. What has Washington shaking in its boots? That the worlds two top oil Producers will get together and tell Uncle Sam where they can stick their dollars. As an aside, I think this is one of the reasons why the Saudi's were given a place on the UN's human rights council. It may have been part of a quid pro-quo to keep them happy after the 911 revelations. Now Washington is looking to divide and conquer the two. Stirring up  enmity and hatred and getting people to kill one another is what our CIA does best. Putting Saudi Arabia in Charge of Human rights is like putting Pedophile Pete in charge of a kindergarten, or Tony Soprano in charge of vault security at the US Treasury. it's as wrong as wrong can be. More here and here.

I don't want to digress here but this issues are key in understand just what kind of America and world will follow after the November elections. Neither candidate has offered any real coherent policy choices for the future, not with internal corruption, not with our debt, not with our discombobulated foreign policy... nothing.

Europeans need to step back and look for leadership elsewhere, batten down their own hatches and prepare for something really ugly to reveal itself out of America before she falls and fall she will.

I pains me to say this. I don't want to see what is happening to this once great land. But I am a realist. Denial is not in my personal make up. Denial is nothing more than self deceit and that is not a road I plan on traveling down.

Europe would do well to do the same.


The Edomites
Esau despises his birthright

Genesis 25:27-34
27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom [= red].)
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.

Genesis 36:9 This is the account of the family line of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir.

The Edomites try to stop the Exodus into the promised land
Numbers 20:14-18

14 And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us:
15 How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our fathers:
16 And when we cried unto the Lord, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border:
17 Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king's high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.
18 And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword.

Edom fighting Jehoshaphat/Judae
2 Chronicles 20
After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to wage war against Jehoshaphat.
Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea.

2 Kings 8 In the time of Jehoram, Edom rebelled against Judah and set up its own king.

Seir/Edom had helped Nebuchadnezzar/Neo-Babylonean Empire to destroy Jerusalem
Ezekiel 35:1-7
Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir [= Edom], and prophesy against it,
And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate.
I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord.
Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:
Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord God, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.
Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth.

And Edom was against Judea during the Maccabean Revolt (167-160 BC)
1 Maccabees 5:65 Then Judas and his brothers went out and attacked the Edomites in the land toward the south; he took Hebron and its villages, and he destroyed its strongholds and burned the towers around it.

And eventually Caesar made the edomite Antipater Procurator of Judea.

So the question is:
Are the Edomites the false jews?

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

And more questions: were the Pharisees and Sadducees of Edom's bloodline? Are the khazar jews really Edomites instead?

Josephus Of the War, Book 2, chapter 8, verse 2a
For there are three philosophical sects among the Jews. The followers of the first of which are the Pharisees, of the second, the Sadducees, and the third sect, which pretends to a severer discipline, are called Essens. These last are Jews by birth, and seem to have a greater affection for one another than the other sects have.

John 10:23-26
23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.
24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

And add to this the seed of Cain. In Genesis when mentioning the sons/children of Adam neither Abel or Cain are mentioned. Abel was killed, but why is not Cain mentioned? Why does it start with Seth?

Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:

And who was really the father of Cain?
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Was "the wicked one" father of Cain?
1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.

 

So is satan father of Cain? And who are Cains descendants?


So maybe we have some explanations here why there are so much talk about freemasons, illuminate, jesuits, underground reich, z**nism, bloodlines, 13 families, reptilians. So many layers.

And add to this the nephilim thing and alien stuff! One will be confused. I don't want to be confused, but I don't want to be blind either.


God bless You Mark and I pray that God will enlighten both of us (especially me as I assume you already have been thinking a lot about these things)!

Greetings, Name Witheld

Answer: No, I don't believe that Edom are the Jews. I think it is pretty clear that Edom refers to generally speaking the Arab world. Edom even as you quoted in Genesis notes that Edom and Israel are brothers. They were and are in this very important respect. Abraham's two sons - one was the seed of promise the other was not, though he was destined according to God's word to be blessed. Edom meant red (for Esau was a ruddy man) who was Issac's elder brother who sold out his birthright for a pot of porridge. Those in the Islamic world claim this very birthright, being descendants of Esau, depending on the Hebrew Bible as Islam did not come into existence until long, long after Christ's ministry. It is not possible to get an exact read as to who the Edomites are today, but if I had to say, I would look to the Saudi's, Jordanians, Palestinians, etc as being them. Keep in mind that God did bless Esau, but just not in the way that was his by right of his being first born. But this over the years led to bitterness and hatred... the hatred we have seen to this very day. There are many prophecies dealing with Edom and I will not  recount there here. But pass on a few FYI links for your perusal. The work in those links are solely the responsibility of the respective authors, if you have a problem with what they are saying, please direct your questions and criticisms to them.

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3


Cain And Abel? Those are good questions and allow me to give you a really good answer when I have a little more time. Ask me again in a couple of months if I forget!!

28 Oct

Persecution/Human Rights Watch

UN Blasts Eritrea, Calls For ICC Referral Over Crimes
“The crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder have been committed as part of a widespread and systematic campaign against the civilian population. The aim of the campaign has been to maintain control over the population and perpetuate the leadership’s rule in Eritrea,” Keetharuth told the UN General Assembly. - UN/OHCHR

Just one story about how Christians fare here can be found here. More here.

Cuba: Pastor Sentenced To Jail For 1 Year For 'Loud Worship'
Christians In Nigeria Under Continuous Attack
Nigeria Kaduna: Ghost Town Reported, 13 Deaths Uncovered

One man's visit to this no man's land where violence in the past has been noted.
Daniel Amos, 60, community leader of Dogon Fili village, told me that the attack on his village began at 2 a.m. on Sept. 25 and lasted three days.

“These Fulani herdsmen attacked us for three days and killed nine of my people, all of them married Christians who died leaving behind children,” he said. “In all, 12 houses were burned by the herdsmen. These Muslim herdsmen destroyed all our crops on our farms. Survivors among my people have been displaced, and some of them may never again return to this village.”
The village head said residents were shocked that they became a target as they had never had any conflict with the herdsmen.

“This is the first of this type of attack on my people... -  World Watch Monitor

China: 20 Christians Beaten, Detained For Hanging Cross

The dark side of Xi's reforms include a deep and enduring disdain for any organization, any group and any activity that the Communist Party cannot control. This is one of the missing pieces that many don't fully understand when looking at persecution in China. It's not just Christians. Lawyers, human rights activists and many others are feeling the brunt of Xi's assault. Why? Go back to Mao because that is whom Xi is doing his best to emulate. The party, according to this policy presupposition, must control all.

Also keep in mind the idea of Chinese culture, or rather Xi's vision of it because if you look at this as a cultural war, much of what we see in China falls into that kind of struggle.

Islamic Extremists Kill 12 In Kenya
Assyrian Church Leaders Offer Ecumenical Prayer For Mosul
Myanmar (Burma) - Christian Kachin People Live In Camps, Fear
UN: ISIS Is Using Human Shields


Count Your Blessings!!

Don't get caught up in fear,  but in praise and thanksgiving. Oh, brothers, I know some of the news can be most depressing. But each of us can count many blessings and gifts from God if you only stop grumbling and start giving thanks and praise to the Lord.

Amen!

China: Hooker Turns To Christ, Shares Testimony

The story is from a site that that deals with the more positive side of what is happening in China with Christians and there is a lot of really good news. The testimony is part I of her story, part II is also on the site and is still a continuing series.


Clinton's Answer To The World's Problems?

Look to her advisers. They will tell you. The Bush administration is about to return... in a democratic disguise.

Black Rapper Talks To White Christians About Race

An interesting read from an interesting man.


Deaf, Dumb And Blind: Intelligence Oversight

A fascinating read by a former Intelligence official who gives us an inside look on what is really wrong with those who sit on the House and Senate Intelligence oversight committee.
 

Brothers, all I can tell you is that there are some dark forces that work over in the Intel Agencies. Some have been turned by foreigners some have been turned by major corporations, some have been turned by contractors, others have been turned by their own stupidity. The problem is the lack of effective oversight and accountability.

If you really want to know one key reasons our nation is slipping, so many are going backwards and we can't do what China is doing with significant effect, that being cleaning up internal and elite corruption, this is the reason. No real accountability and the checks and balances that should be in place are broken. 

The corruption inside the US Intelligence community is a key (but hardly only) part of deep and systemic problems in America.

Why is China likely to rise to the pinnacle of world power and the US continue to wane? China is cleaning house (pdf from Wikipedia) . They know they have to. They see what is happening to America and how they are beating us at our own game. But they do not want to repeat our mistakes and fall and break their geopolitical neck doing so, as we are doing.

Corruption is not a small problem. It's corrosive effect will destroy our nation as it is now. Ask the mothers of those Black men who have been shot dead for being black in public. Ask the victims of mortgage fraud how the banks literally stole their homes from under them with fraudulent documents. forgery and perjured testimony. Ask the soldiers who come home after fighting wars and finding out the money Uncle Sam paid them to join has to be paid back. I could go on and on, but know this - corruption is only a political issue until it really hits home. Then it's a personal one.

Booz Allen Reviewing Security After Arrest Of NSA Contractor

Two mass leakers in just a few years... the company is taking steps to double check its procedures.


The Body is Bleeding

Let us start off with a report out of Amnesty Intl. It deals with evidence they gathered on the use of Chemical weapons in Darfur. These weapons are being used on very young children. The previous link has some graphic photo's so be prepared. This looks like a continuation of attacks that started earlier this year in Jebel Marra.

Here is a story from an independent Sudanese news source from January of this year.

Eight days into the army's major offensive on Darfur's Jebel Marra, and aerial bombardments and pillaging militiamen sow terror among the population. Multiple sources estimated that 23,000 families have fled from villages in the inner valleys of Jebel Marra in the past week. They have taken shelter in surrounding forests and valleys. - Dabanga

The UN's new agency has a story on this and makes it plain that it appears this is not just happening in Darfur.
Further south, in the Nuba Mountains region of South Kordofan, aid workers and local officials have also reported suspected chemical weapons use by the government. If accurate, the reports suggest a more deliberate and wide-ranging campaign by Khartoum against its restive regions. - IRIN

South Khordofan, if you were not aware is the place where Christians are under an attack, right now some pastors are under arrest and 5 Churches face demolition. There have been many attacks on Christians in the area for some time and this one piece gives you just a little background.

The UN as usual has some excellent information on the overall humanitarian situation.


Source: UN-OCHA

This crisis deeply effects the regions Christians. here is how World Watch monitor put this subject a few months ago,

Sudan’s Christians are among the hundreds of thousands of people who have been displaced by the violence, and whose homes, crops, churches, schools and hospitals have been destroyed. In the latest incident, in June, the sole secondary school in South Kordofan’s Umdorain Country was destroyed.

In April, the US State Department designated Sudan a “Country of Particular Concern” for the tenth consecutive year under the International Religious Freedom Act, for “having engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom”.

A new report by Open Doors, a charity that supports Christians under pressure for their faith, says Sudanese Christians – especially those in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states – have been facing and continue to face “ethnic cleansing”.- World Watch Monitor

I think the key for us to understand here in Sudan is the fact that the compulsory 'Islam' creep coming out of may of the world's governments is part and parcel of the problem. Here is how World Watch Monitor phrased the issue with regards to Sudan.

Source World Watch Monitor

Yes, dear readers, the real problem that undergirds so much of the regions troubles is the Islamicization of governments around the world, that are not only intolerant of other faiths, but are often violently so. You believe as they say to, or they will burn your homes, Churches in some instances, kill your whole family. In short, they may be preaching a religion called Islam, but this is the devils work top to bottom.

Yet wherever the religion of Mohammad goes, we see this kind of thing. Lets take a look at Germany where hundreds of Christian Refugees have been beaten and sexually assaulted. Many others are harassed over their religious beliefs. These are the crimes that were reported, as the first link mentions, many have not been.

What kind of religion is this that brings out such violence, perversions and viciousness wherever it goes? Mind you, I am a firm believer in everyone's right to believe as they wish (basic tolerance) . I am in no way support any kind of religious intolerance, rather I am speaking against the violent intolerance of so many practitioners of Islam that leads to so many of the atrocities we are seeing today. Don't believe me? Go and look at Iraq and Syria and one of the most evil organizations ever to contaminate the earth, the Islamic State.

However, I think it wise to remember that Muslims as well suffer persecution and intolerance in many places and this too is not right. Christians should not give into that spirit just because so many Muslims are infected with it. The wellspring of intolerance is ignorance, the wellspring of violent intolerance is the devil -  weather his is sitting on a Islamic prayer rug, wearing a cross or running for President. It's the devils MO to steal, kill and destroy and if you want to know what all satanic governments will ultimately look like -  again, go look at the murders, destruction and thefts of the Islamic state.

One day, if Americans stay in their dumb slumber, that kind of government will come here. This is why I say to my readers here and any Christian who has ears to hear and really loves our Lord... get before him and ask him where he wants you to be. Chances are it is where you are if you obey him, but make sure. There will come a time when I think many of us will feel a strong pull to leave and not come back. Stop wondering where he want's Uncle Bob, Pastor Jones, or Aunt Emma to be. You concern yourself with where God wants YOU to be. If they are heeding God, he knows how to get a message to them, if not - you are wasting your time.

Let those of you who walk with Jesus in spirit and in truth discern what I say here, it's not to instill fear but to cause you to pray and seek God's guidance in this important matter in these dangerous times.

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In North Korea, the Church continues to grown despite intense persecution. Here again is another system of rigid state control. But where Islamic nations and those who impose Sharia law are using Islam, North Korea is a very different kind of beast. Let me take an excerpt from the latest Persecution Magazine put out by the ICC.

Another way in which the DPRK extends total control over society is through a system of ascribed status rankings given at birth to each North Korean. ‘Songbun’ at its core is based on loyalty to the ruling regime. Think of the old caste system which plagued India for centuries. There are three classes within songbun; the highest is the ‘core’ class, known as the loyal class. The second is the ‘wavering’ class and the lowest is the ‘hostile’ class, to which Christians are almost always relegated.

Songbun is a systemic form of discrimination that determines your standing in society – from how trustworthy you are considered to how much food you receive throughout the course of your life. It means that your personal faith may cause the starvation of your grandchildren for the sole reason that they carry your same genes. If you have ever read Ayn Rand’s ‘Anthem’ you will recall the assignment ceremony, where citizens are assigned their life duty without any regard to their skills or preference. Rand’s dystopian take on communism has a very real face in North Korea.


All these methods in which North Korea controls the social makeup of its people leave Christians in a particularly dangerous position. Christians often practice their faith in complete secrecy, even from their families. Non- Christians can face persecution and severe consequences simply by having a Christian relative. Secret police are integrated into society and daily life—constantly spying to root out dissidents, namely Christians. Neighbors and friends spy on each other, ruining the most intimate of trusts and creating a culture of paranoia. Christians live an isolated life to a degree which we will never understand in the US...

...The undergirding of songbun, is a massive state intelligence operation that constantly mon- itors all citizens according to David Hawk, an expert on human rights in North Korea. Hawk told ICC, “[The DPRK] was always watching what we were saying, watching what we were doing,” bemoaned several witnesses. Another defector ICC interviewed mentioned the phrase used by citizens to sum up living under the eyes of the police state: “The walls have ears and the fields have eyes.” Public safety police watch and respond to criminal behavior while the state security police monitor political behavior, similar to the Gestapo, according to Hawk. Citizens are “in constant fear and anxiety” of being arrested. What’s worse, the DPRK forces citizens to spy on each other and report suspicious behavior to police. Citizens must join in-min-ban neighborhood watch teams that regularly report their neighborhood’s political culture to state leaders, including details like spending patterns and the number of “chopsticks and spoons in every house” according to North Korea News.

Gulags

 “I was within hours of death; sick, malnourished and frozen from the deplorable conditions of the prison cell,” recalls former prisoner Hea Woo. “I didn’t think I would ever see the outside of the prison cell.” Woo and others who are arrested are sentenced to the gulags, massive labor camps loosely based on Stalin’s prison system, where prisoners suffer horrific treatment. While the DPRK denies their existence, satellite images and former prisoners’ testimonies have lifted the veil over the camps to unveil a hellish world. North Korea operates four types of gulags. The kwan-li-so, similar to Nazi concentration camps, holds political prisoners without a “charge, let alone a trial, many of them for knowing someone who has fallen out of favor,” Amnesty International reports. The kyo-hwa- so camp is a long-term prison for convicted felons who have committed criminal acts and gone through the judicial process. A jip-kyul-so camp is a short-term, hard labor gulag with high death rates for misdemeanor political and criminal offenders.

Finally, the ro-dong-ryon- dae gulag is a mobile labor brigade reserved primarily for repatriated North Koreans sent back from China. Torture and starvation define North Korean gulags. Located in remote mountains with extremely tight security, escape is almost impossible. Prisoners live on the edge of starvation, yet the system demands that prison- ers farm, manufacture, raise animals, and do heavy mining and lumber harvesting. In an Amnesty International report, a former guard named Mr. Lee described how women regularly “servic[ed]” prison officials and then “disappeared...because the secret could not get out.” Within the gulag, no one is protected from brutality. Not even children. A CNN article tells of a woman near starvation, who gave birth to her baby in prison despite the rules against pregnancy. A guard heard the baby’s cries and beat the mother. She begged the guard to let her keep the newborn, but he continued to beat her…and then he forced her to hold her new baby facedown underwater until it died. Eventually, prisoners become desensitized to death. In the same CNN article one prison camp survivor said, “Because we saw so many people die, we became so used to it. I’m sorry to say that we became so used to it that we didn’t feel anything.” - Persecution Magazine (Oct 2016)

Yes dear readers, North Korea is a mess and I do hope you pray for the people of that troubled country.

Then there is the wave is violent intolerant Islam all through Africa. Here is just one story of scores I could post about the violence our brethren in Christ are suffering.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Church members in a northeastern town in Kenya fear for their lives after Islamic extremists targeted Christians in a grenade and gun attack early Thursday morning (Oct. 6) that killed six people, sources said.

Targeting predominantly Christian migrant workers from Kenya’s interior, rebels from Somalia’s Al Shabaab group reportedly took responsibility for the attack at a residential compound in Mandera, with a spokesman for the militants saying it was designed to drive Christians from the area. - MorningStar News
Brothers, I could give you link after link on these kinds of attacks in Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and the Central African Republic, but that would only tell you part of the story.

I think one place to start is to look at the arms trafficking. Where are these groups getting the arms they use in their terrorist attacks? Information on this is not easy to come by, much of it is classified or held close in Law Enforcement data bases or by intelligence agencies who sadly, often use these criminal trafficking networks to overthrow a government or start a revolution. Consequently this information is not always easy to come by. The UN did a report no so long ago that covered this issue in a generalized fashion. It can be found here.



Source UNODC

The report is noteworthy in that it discusses where many of the arms are now coming in from. The US supported regime in Libya after it violently overthrew Qadhafi is one of the primary problems.  Here is what the UN says about it.

The need for extra-regional supply was further undercut when the Gaddafi regime in Libya collapsed in 2011. The scale of Gaddafi’s arsenal is still being evaluated by the United Nations, but all indications are that it was vast and sophisticated. The more complex weapons systems are mainly of risk in the Middle East, because most West African groups lack the expertise to make optimal use of the latest technology. But a large number of more common firearms were also amassed during Gaddafi’s 40 years of rule, including tens of thousands of firearms in recent years.These firearms could be sold, albeit for relatively low prices per unit, to any of a number of rebel or criminal groups in West Africa. Source UN
- UNODC


The document goes on to show which groups they believe is receiving these arms.

The report goes on to note that the majority of the arms are from the former Warsaw Pact nations, of which Gaddafi was allied with before his ouster, by the US. The document is brief but  quite informative and gives us a look at the arms trade that plagues the region.

Arms, radical Islam, poverty and weak central governments are all converging on the region to create a slow moving train wreck and the first victims of the devils railroad are Christians who live in the region.

Let's take a look at South Sudan again. The UN had a panel of experts looking at the issue and they even traveled throughout the war torn region. Let me start by lifting a small section out of another UN report/letter done back in 2015.

Since the offensive in the greater Upper Nile area began in April 2015, the intensity and brutality of the violence aimed at civilians are hitherto unseen, even in what has already been, without a doubt, an exceedingly violent conflict. Some 750,000 people have been affected by the recent military campaign in Unity State alone, and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that at least 138,000 of those who were receiving humanitarian assistance before th e upsurge of violence are now without that assistance owing to insecurity. The actual number is likely to be significantly higher....

...All parties to the conflict have been targeting civilians as part of their military tactics and thereby contravening applicable international humanitarian law, as referenced in resolution 2206 (2015). Scores of civilians ha ve been killed, maimed, tortured, burned alive inside their homes, displaced, raped and abducted, and children have been recruited and used as part of the war effort. The Panel is investigating the chain of command pertaining to those serious crimes. - UN

Many may not realize this, but a major source of arms in the region is from UN Peacekeepers who 'lose' the arms or they are otherwise 'diverted' to those not authorized to have them. Those officials who look specifically at the issue of Small Arms make it plain that the diversion of these arms is a significant problem.  For those of you who are interested, this pdf from 2015 done by the group called Small Arms Survey is very good and gives us some significant background to the problem in Sudan. It discusses the intricacies of the problem and even with the terms that are used with reporting. For example, the reasons given such as 'ambush' for the Peacekeepers being relieved of their arms is often done by small groups of lightly armed groups who merely ask for the weapons and they are handed over.

The above link is exceptionally informative and should not be missed by those who want to know more about the horrible conflict in South Sudan.

I think one of the key takeaways that Christian persecution sites miss, however well meaning they are in reporting the serious persecution God's people are subjected to are the other issues that often surround these conflicts. Issues such as grazing rights, ethnic hatreds, water rights... these all play an important part of many of the incidents we have seen recently in West Africa.


But as mentioned before, this problem extends through much of Africa. Here the International Affairs Review talks about the crisis in the Central African Republic.


Brothers and sisters, the body of Christ is bleeding Sometimes it is just religious intolerance that is killing them, sometimes it is Jihadists who are looking to spread their religion via the machine gun. Other times it is because Christians have something that others want, a city, a well, a heard of cattle or sheep. Sometimes there are political issues that serve as the backdrop.

My point here is that as Christians, we must not allow these issue to be overly simplified where we begin to ignore many of the deeper issues Christians face in these places. When people take important issues and try and oversimplify them, they become prime targets of propaganda.

I have deliberately not gone into issues in China and other parts of Asia as I may take this subject up once again and go to other parts of the world.

For now, I ask that your prayers go up for those Christians who are being persecuted for their faith. The scriptures tell us that the effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much, so let those of you who have the righteousness of Christ, pray.

Let me end this though on a positive note. The ICC is reporting that the President of Cairo University is not taking steps to end discrimination on campus.

10/20/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - Gaber Nassar, president of Cairo University, has taken action to end religious discrimination at his institution for good. In a nation where sectarian conflict saturates almost all aspects of life, Nassar has taken a drastic step to reduce this problem on campus.

On Tuesday, October 11, President Nassar decided to remove the category of religion from all university paperwork that applied to students and faculty. The decision is aimed at eliminating any potential discrimination arising from the disclosure of religious identity.

In an interview with an Egyptian television channel, Al-Nahar Al Youm, Nassar said, “We noticed several complaints about the possibility of discrimination between students due to the mention of religion. He continued, “I was surprised to learn that a department head…was distributing an application that included the religion and the denomination [of students].

Nassar is familiar with the Egyptian policy of using religious inquiry categories to discriminate against minority groups. He also added that when students are asked to reveal their religion, they may feel the threat of forthcoming discrimination simply because of the disclosure.

Now, both students and faculty at Cairo University will no longer be required to identify their religious preference in paperwork. This applies to both undergraduate and postgraduate levels of the institution. - ICC




Grace and peace to you all.

Brother Mark



27 Oct

Hedge Funds Spend More Than Ever On Elections

So far the total stands at $173,000,000, according to this Fortune article. That is a lot of money!


Source: OpenSecrets Hedge Fund Contribution Long Term Trends

Twitter To Slash 9% Of Workforce

It will shut down Vine and fire 300 as it  tries to become profitable.

Google Fiber To Slash 9% Of Workforce

The cost of laying cable in planned for cities is causing the company to re-think its expansion strategy.

Russian Bonds Earn 40x's More Return Than US Treasuries.

Even with US sanctions, Russia is still raising a steady flow of money. In fact, this piece says that those sanctions are hurting US banks more than Russia.

US Gov't Faces Continued Funding Problems

A look at a story you may have a hard time finding in your usual media sources. Who is dumping our debt? Find our more here, which is very enlightening on some of the anomalies of purchases that have offset these sales. More here and here and here. If you want to know why the Fed may very will raise rates after the election, it is one key reason. It's harder to attract investors (lenders) when you aren't paying any interest.

.... and what are the Presidential candidates talking about?

Foul banter from a hidden mic in locker room!


Is Segregation Coming Back?

This link may be of interest as well.

Putin Addressees Valdai Club

in light of some of the stories posted below, I think his comments should be heard as he talks (without interlopers and spin doctors) about the situation now facing Russia on NATO, Trade the US elections and the Russian 'threat' NATO keeps talking about.


Holding Ones Nose

Today, as I know many of you want, I will wade in the the election campaign and talk about just a couple of issues, keeping hand on the key board and another pinching my nostrils as I wade through some of the political sewage out here in cyberspace!

Before we begin I want to make this crystal clear. I am not going to vote for either Clinton or Trump. I think both would bring in a not-so-slow moving disaster into an America already reeling from multiple problems, race, debt, a foreign policy in shambles, systemic corruption (federal state and local) an economy that is only 'growing' for the 1% and is collapsing for millions of working Americans some of whom have lost much and many more who will eventually lose all. Some of the trends in place are not being corrected nor is any significant effort being made to do so. I am not going to take either one of these political 'suicide pills' that are running for President. In short, what I have to say is not a partisan attack except to attack both with equal fervor. I have always voted 3rd party and I will once again, now more than ever!

If you are going to spend the few moments to read this post, I ask that you do click on the links and on some topics, do your own research using these key tools.

When googling up a topic never click on the first 5 links - the are usually paid for and are placed at the top by those who have a ve$ted inter$t in pushing an agenda. Search engines while a great tool, are economic and political animals as well -  BEWARE.

Stay away from or view with a healthy degree of suspicion 'debunking', 'myth busting' sites and 'political truth' sites. They are often run by scoundrels who are little more than political hacks who appear to look unbiased but are just a tad bit more deceitful that the usual partisan hack. Granted, they are often pretty good and are paid to be 95% of the time. So that the other 5% they can hoodwink you and you never know it. Don't take their word as gospel.

When you find a topic of interest always cross check the data. If there is a poll see who is doing the polling,  and how accurate their track record is and ask yourself who would want the results they manufactured gathered placed out in the public. Keep this in mind, the really good polls... the really accurate ones... are not made public.

Put yourself in emotional neutral. Don't look for data just to support the person who think you want to see in the WH. Find out who you are really supporting... find out who is paying their bills, who is advising them. Go and look at who is surrounding your candidate. Get their names, their history, their political and financial interests as well as their scandals. Don't be deceived by 'image', be informed by facts... all the facts you can get your hands on.

Know this - hard cold facts are your very best friend in this age. Don't treat them like your enemy. For the next two weeks, be Mr. Spock - be totally unemotional and totally logical.

Put yourself in political neutral. You are not being paid to be a reactionary for this or that party, so try and not to act like you are. Those candidates for the most part are not interested in you or your problems and will forget who you are the day after the votes are counted. They won't remember you again until 2020. Once elected, it will be the same old cronies, cooks and thieves slithering in and out of the White House, look for a way to get their grubby hands into the Treasury.

We have heard a lot of talk coming from the political/elite class on both sides of the aisle, blasting the one candidate that they have shown an inordinate amount of contempt for. Why? For the terrible 'crime' of not immediately conceding a hard fought election if they believe there was vote fraud.

Brothers since 2000, this site and many hundreds of others have covered real cases of voter fraud across the nation in various contests. Any one above the age of 40 remembers the contest that put Bush into the WH back in 2000 in which Al Gore lost. That was a real blotch on our democracy. But it did do one important thing. It energized a lot of activists, mostly from the political left, but more than a few from the right to investigate the whole phenomenon of voting irregularities, fraud and other criminal acts that undermine the very foundations of our government and political system.


The real tragedy I see today is this. I think those who are 'hoping' that fraud will put 'their' candidate in if that is the only way to stop the other guy are only fooling themselves. Our system, we the people lose when a person who lost the election is put into power. Why? Because the person who stole the election just flipped us ALL off and said 'f--- you and your democracy... I got the power now!'


Moreover, when we see a pattern of serious fraud emerge, I can tell you this, you begin more and more to have the perception that the President or those elected via serious allegations of fraud are illegitimate and have no right to hold office. This is is very, very important issue because, let me tell you something. When that happens, you can never be sure if such a person, especially in the White House can command the respect needed to order the troops. Generals may decide to revolt and not obey the President. This has indeed happened on a few occasions. They may institute a more 'soft' kind of resistance and could use various administrative and bureaucratic means to disobey the sitting President."Gosh, Mr. President, I know you ordered that carrier to the China Sea, but it broke down in dock and it will take weeks, maybe months to fix...."

A President needs to be seen as being legitimately elected. What about our Foreign policy? How can we preach to Burma about opening up their society when the President stole his place in the free world? How can we garner another 'coalition of the willing' when many question the very legitimacy of the man (or woman) who holds such power and is seen as a thief and a usurper?

Have any of you wondered by President Obama has been treated with so much contempt the world over? Have any of you wondered why he has had some serious problems with our Military and had some top military officers denigrate him and showing him considerable disrespect? Race is not the issue, though reactionaries will say that it is. Colin Powell commanded considerable respect in the Military, in Congress and the Senate, so lets get real. There is more to the story than the myth racism is the only reason he has had many of his problems with the DOD and as President.

Some of the things that have gone on behind the scenes have been held as closely guarded secrets.... for a reason.

A President needs to be seen as truly representing both the people and the Constitution that he or she derives her power from, for if they are not constitutionally enthroned, are they constitutionally authorized to be Commander in Chief? You and I may have different answers to that question. Those answers are not relevant. What is relevant is what the Generals and military officers who are to carry out those orders think... and do as a result.

The political hot potato issues that get people to vote for President notwithstanding are for the most part foolishness, a sex scandal, a 'gotcha', an overheard conversation or a steamy affair. Yes, this kind of foolishness does often determine who will sit in the White House. People don't really understand just how precarious power can be in DC and how difficult it is to govern... even with all of the legitimacy that a sitting President should possess.

This has been prologue to what follows.

Mr. Trump has made it plain he is not going to lay down 'dead' if there is voter fraud. As a result, he has been blasted by people even in his own party for saying so. Is this right? Should a candidate just 'fold' the moment CNN declares a winner? Should he be incurious about reports of massive fraud taking place, with dead people voting, (Indiana too) others voting twice, touch screens that switch votes and other shenanigans? As one recent article makes plain, the question is not if voter fraud takes place, its how much of it and how widespread is it? That is the real question though think tanks and paid for 'debunking sites' will do all in their power to tell you otherwise,

Today, polls and establishment 'projections' are showing an easy Clinton victory. Who knows, it may even be true. But can we believe such polling in light of what was recently released from the Clinton Campaign and John Podesta and yes, you should read this one.

Presidential polling has in reality lost any of its meaning. Polling these days is used to provide momentum to candidates or as we enter the final stretch like now, to give the important aura of inevitability to their campaign. It would be a little different if we had news organizations (like ABC mentioned above) that did not have a strong vested interest in polling results. Keep in mind that those polls gave Florida to Gore in 2000 and in reality Bush took the state... or didn't depending on how the votes were (or weren't) counted.

I have no idea who is really ahead today. I have seen a few polls but they often show remarkably different results. This is why I have always looked at Presidential polling not as a measure of how people will vote, but as a method of assisting in electing one candidate of the other.

As I watch the establishment (GOP and Dems) circle the wagons around Hillary and blast just about everything Trump says and does and dutifully ignored some of the really despicable things and rather scary things that have come out of those leaks of Hillary's email, it only makes me just a little but more sympathetic to Mr. Trump. I may not like him much (or rather the image projected of him as I have never met him) because there is one thing I do like about Trump... he has made all the right enemies - the war mongers, the job stealers, those seeking another bailout, the corrupted class in DC -  they all hate him with a perfect hatred and that to me, is a pretty big plus in his favor. A President Trump, I am fairly certain however, would be a disaster and I think it very possible that he would turn on all those who voted for him after he got elected. But that does not mean key parts of his message don't resonate with me or millions of other Americans provided they really got past the pejorative reporting that has been conducted against him by copious amounts of money spent to elect the Clinton's.

Do I think Hillary or Trump should challenge election results if there is serious fraud reported? Yes, I think either side should and would. I would want them to. Both.  Both should as well, support a thorough examination of any serious irregularities if they should occur. I think it takes a pretty low kind of scoundrel who won't even entertain the possibility that there may be significant irregularities and hopes that those that exist are certified as legitimate results. That such fraud should be rewarded by a spontaneous surrender of the wronged party to enthrone someone that was not duly elected is an affront to our political system that made America what it is today. 

But how does one go about contesting an election? Well, rather than summarize this, I am going to give you a significant portion of a report out of Congress that deals with this specific issue. It was very recently updated.