For more than two years, unmarked Israeli drones, helicopters and jets have carried out a covert air campaign, conducting more than 100 airstrikes inside Egypt, frequently more than once a week — and all with the approval of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
The remarkable cooperation marks a new stage in the evolution of their singularly fraught relationship. Once enemies in three wars, then antagonists in an uneasy peace, Egypt and Israel are now secret allies in a covert war against a common foe.
“In that day Egypt and Assyria will be connected by a highway. The Egyptians and Assyrians will move freely between their lands, and they will both worship God. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth. For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will say, “Blessed be Egypt, my people. Blessed be Assyria, the land I have made. Blessed be Israel, my special possession!””
Isaiah 19: 23-25
As a seventeen-year-old, I lied about my age to go to work for Storm Drilling, an offshore drilling company. The work was hard and dangerous, but the pay was fabulous. I was earning a lot of money, saving none of it. Second to the money, it was the exciting moments when all hell would break loose that ‘hooked’ me to the rugged life of an offshore roughneck.
How dangerous was the work? Over fifty years ago, there was no OSHA. OSHA would come along about a dozen years later on. To this day, I have the marks of a roughneck: a deformed fingernail and a scar on my right shin where a jagged piece of steel penetrated.
It was a combination of weariness and a spinning chain that smashed my right hand while going into the hole after changing a bit. The injury to my right shin was the result of a fall onto a drip pan under the blowout preventer stack. In both cases, there were no accident reports, no doctor visits, no lost time.
The Chronicle story linked to the picture was a worst-case scenario where several workers died, others badly injured.
Police, firemen, and emergency medical workers – first responders – are touted as dangerous professions, but the simple truth is they are actually very low-risk jobs when compared to a host of vacations. Professional fishermen and lumberjacks are exponentially more likely to be killed on duty than first responders.
A half-century ago, offshore roughnecks were at the top of the list.
Ending the rabbit chase, I move the story forward about 40 years, a company building advanced automatic drilling rigs advertised for someone who could program computers and had roughneck experience. I was the only applicant. (Not boasting, just laughing quietly to myself)
I joined the engineering team as the automation system was under development. The manufacturing supervisor, ever seeking to know more than the rest of us, read up on oil and gas well blowouts. Explanation: When the downhole pressure of oil, gas, or salt water is greater than the columnar weight of the drilling fluid, the latter will be expelled by the superior pressure. This is why it’s called a blowout.
Naturally, when combustible gas or petroleum products find the atmosphere and a nearby machine (or smoker) contributes a source of ignition, a bonfire to end all bonfires happens, as it did in the Chronicle story.
So it was, the manufacturing supervisor approached to test me. “Do you know what to do in the case of a blowout, John?” “Yes”, I replied, “I know exactly what I will do.” What’s that?”, he asked. I said, “When I see the blowout there (pointing in one direction), I run as fast as I can the other way (pointing in the opposite direction).”
We all have stories, but few of us tell them. You may think nothing exciting or interesting ever happens to you, but you would be wrong. There is no life devoid of interesting experiences. Young people need to hear our stories so they don’t make the same mistakes we did.
Mario Murillo says, “The intention of the democratic party is clear: They want votes no matter what the cost. There is nothing noble about what they are doing. They don’t care about poverty, they don’t care about safety, they don’t care about equality. They are in it for votes. Period.” Read more from Mario: THE INTENTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, 20 January 2018
On January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated as president, national debt was $10,626,877,048,913.
On January 20, 2017, our national debt was a staggering $19,944,429,217,106.00.
President Barack Obama added more debt than the sum of the 43 previous presidents, from Washington to Bush 43: an increase of $9,317,552,168,000! How did Obama effectively double our national debt? He avoided the proven, historic, and constitutional budget process. Over his eight years in office, the feds were kept on life support through a series of continuing resolutions.
The filibuster is a tool of the minority to impose its will on the majority. I say it’s past time for the so-called nuclear option whereby the filibuster falls into the dustbin of history.
Who created the nuclear option and has it ever been exercised? Democrats used the nuclear option in 2013 to push through scores of Obama appointees, activists all. ‘Squishy’ Republicans like Lindsey Graham then thought the filibuster a great thing and encouraged Democrats to keep the filibuster.
On 22 Aril 2010, in sworn testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, Sarah A. Binder, a Brookings Institute Senior Fellow on Governance Studies, rehearsed the history of the filibuster. She explained how it was a mistake. Learn more from Testimony: The History of the Filibuster.
Democrats want a government so big as to control every aspect of your life.
What is at Stake
National sovereignty and your individual liberty are at risk. As it is written, the borrower is a servant to the lender. Shall we be the servants of communist China?
Encourage your two U.S. Senators to call for the nuclear option to kill the Senate filibuster.
Pray for your President and all elected officials.
Tell the President you want the Senate to exercise the nuclear option.
California is a mess and I sense God is moving Heaven and earth to turn that great state around.
Liberal policies declare California a ‘sanctuary state’. Sanctuary for whom? Consider the case of illegal alien Luis Bracamontes who admits to killing two deputies in 2014. In court before a judge, he recently pledged to break out of prison and kill even more. Read more via this link: http://cbsloc.al/2DGD5Dn
Progressive (godless) California leaders have sown the wind and they shall surely reap the whirlwind.
So, what’s next?
What I call warm-and-fuzzy folks point to 2 Chronicles 7:14 which says, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” That’s all it takes. Right? Wrong. Read this promise in context, starting with the preceding verse 13: ““When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
The message is this: God uses life-threatening disasters to capture the attention of his children in order to turn them to Him.
At present, the North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un threatens to launch nuclear bombs carried by intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). Wildfires, floods, eight active volcanoes, and the collision of tectonic plates pose life-threatening dangers.
It’s entirely possible that spiritual revival could erupt any moment now, but it seems more probable God will use a natural disaster to move his people to their knees.
How do I pray for Californians? I plead for a replay of the Azusa Street Revival and the Jesus Movement. I ask God to remember the Christian minority and to be merciful for their sakes. Will you join me?
I address this posting to American millennials, the people who will soon hold the future of our nation in their hands.
Leading up to the 1998 Venezuelan elections, Venezuela enjoyed sitting atop the world’s largest proven oil reserves. In contrast to the enormous value of Venezuela’s oil wealth, 42.8% of the people lived in poverty, according to venezuelanalysis.com, 26 March 2006.
Venezuela has been characterized by the persistent presence of political and financial corruption in public administration. In 1813 and, later, in 1824, national hero Simon Bolivar felt it necessary to issue decrees defining corruption as “the violation of the public interest.” He established the death penalty for “all public officers guilty of stealing 10 pesos or more,” including “those judges who disobey these decrees.” In 1875, the finance minister at that time confessed, “Venezuela does not know to whom it owes money and how much. Our books are 20 years behind.” One hundred years later, the General Comptroller under Pres. Luis Herrera would describe the state of the country’s finances in almost identical terms, as “a system totally out of control.”
One historian describes Simon Bolivar as a liberator who scorned liberalism, a soldier who disparaged militarism, and a republican who admired monarchy.
Statues of Bolivar can be found throughout South America. Leftist rulers like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez fete Bolivar as a champion of the poor, but such was not the case.
At first glance, the Bolivarian Revolution appears to mirror the American Revolution but there is a distinct and unmistakable difference between the two struggles for independence.
The American Revolution represented the interests of all British colonialists, rich and poor. Simon Bolivar’s revolution chiefly served the interests of the creoles. It is apparent he understood that a democratic government like that of the United States was impractical for most of Latin America, probably because he recognized that indigenous voters and descendants of African slaves had not the history or values to make a republic work. Bolivar leaned more to authoritarian government. (I hasten to point out the fact that indigenous people and slaves were also unable to vote in the U.S. at that time.)
The consequences of Bolivar’s ever-evolving vision of government can be seen in Venezuela and other Latin American countries today.
Over the many years since the end of the Bolivarian Revolution, the creoles (those of European ancestry) enjoyed prosperity and freedom. It was this upper class that ruled the country. The reader can understand how Bolivar’s preference for authoritarianism inherently divided the country.
Hugo Chávez, his successor Nicolás Maduro and their supporters, arose from the Venezuelan underclass, the poor. Both men are of Amerindian (indigenous) ancestry.
Initially, the radical conversion of Venezuelan governance from a republican government to full-blown socialism worked. Since the only money over which Chávez had discretionary power was the PDVSA revenue, he used the oil money to set up food stores and services for the poor of the country. He exchanged Venezuelan oil for Cuban aid in the form of Soviet-style government administrators and medical personnel.
Diversion of PDVSA funds from the care and feeding of the state-owned oil company to social programs led to the inevitable decline of oil income: production, transmission, and refinement of oil assets fell into a state of disrepair. Venezuela became a debtor nation where today, Christmas Day 2017, inflation is forecast to be an astronomical 2,687% in 2018.
Socialism works well until the government runs out of money.
What is Venezuela like today? The creoles continue to flee the country, many now living in Florida, others throughout the U.S. The poor remain behind. Women, including school teachers, mothers, and medical workers, have turned to prostitution to support their families. Caracas has become one of the most dangerous cities on the face of the earth. The poor are still poor. The grand promises of socialismo have utterly failed.
What hope is there for Venezuela? Jesus Christ is the only hope for all nations.
My prayer is for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all nations. There are no human policies that can save Venezuela or preserve our hard-won American freedoms. As it is written, “For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom“. Only Jesus saves.
Few here in North Texas know his history. His home was in San Antonio but the statue seen above is less than an hour’s drive from downtown Dallas. Why there and not in San Antonio?
José Antonio Navarro was born to Spanish parents at San Antonio de Béxar on February 27, 1795. According to the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), his father was a native of Corsica, and his mother was descended from a noble Spanish family.
He was a self-taught lawyer licensed to practice law in San Antonio.
Navarro ardently supported Stephen F. Autin’s efforts to colonize Texas. He and Austin developed a deep friendship that endured the rest of their natural lives.
While Texas was still a part of Mexico, Navarro was elected to the Coahuila and Texas State Legislature and also to the Federal Congress located in Mexico City.
Along with his uncle, José Francisco Ruiz, and Lorenzo de Zavala, he became one of the three Tejano signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence of March 2, 1836. There were 59 delegates to the convention.
Clarification on Ethnicity – There were four ethnic groups living in Texas at the time of the War of Independence from Mexico: Texians (Anglos & Europeans), Tejanos (Spaniards & Mexicans), indigenous Indians, and black slaves of African descent. The latter two played no role in the Revolution. I will be writing a separate summary of the role of black slaves in Texas history.
The people of Bexar (San Antonio) elected Navarro to the Texas Congress as their representative. One of his chief goals was to protect the rights of Tejanos.
As it is with all of us, José Antonio Navarro’s political choices weren’t always good choices. He sided with Mirabeau B. Lamar in opposition to Sam Houston’s policies. Navarro participated in the ill-fated and unwise Santa Fe expedition that landed him in a Mexican prison for fourteen months. He was able to escape and return to Texas.
There was one other unwise decision which he shared with Stephen F. Austin. In the time before the Revolution; the two supported the election of Antonio López de Santa Anna to the presidency of Mexico. Santa Anna was one of those people who would take both sides of issues. I must confess I have also supported politicians who flip-flopped on principles and values.
He was the sole Hispanic delegate to the Convention of 1845, which was assembled to accept or reject the American proposal; after voting in the affirmative, he remained to help write the first state constitution, the Constitution of 1845. He was subsequently twice elected to the state Senate, though in 1849 he refused to run again. In 1846, in recognition of his contributions to Texas over the years, the legislature named the newly established Navarro County in his honor. The county seat was then designated Corsicana, in honor of his father’s Corsican birth. As a devout Catholic, Navarro strongly condemned Sam Houston’s association with the nativist and anti-Catholic American (Know-Nothing) party. He was equally critical of Houston’s pro-Union vote on the Kansas-Nebraska issue. Always a strong advocate of states’ rights, in 1861 he defended the right of Texas to secede from the Union. Although he was too advanced in years to participate in the Civil War, his four sons served in the Confederate military. In 1825 Navarro married Margarita de la Garza; they had seven children. He died on January 13, 1871. – TSHA, Navarro, José Antonio
Texas history is replete with imperfect men who founded the Republic of Texas, yet God by his Grace finishes the work by which Texas has become the greatest state in the Union.
If socialism were as good as they say,
Berlin wouldn’t have made a wall,
The people wouldn’t have escaped from Cuba on rafts,
And in Venezuela, they wouldn’t be standing in lines for food.
(The little red logo says “No to leftist fanaticism“)
Our three-year-old granddaughter wanted so very much to touch her grandmother’s coffee cup heater. Grandmother repeatedly warned her against touching it, but one day she elected to ignore the warning and laid her hand atop the hot surface. She no longer wishes to touch the cup heater.
Is there a crisis in public and university training in America? Yes, there is a genuine crisis due to historical revisionism.
I experienced my first up-close-and-personal with this crisis in a weekend conversation with my eldest son, then a student at Sul Ross University. We discussed Cuba, a subject dear to my heart. His closing statement to signal his belief he won the debate was: “Well, Dad, you know Castro is the best thing that ever happened to Cuba.” I responded, asking him, “Have you ever talked to any Cubans about this?” He dismissed me, saying I have ignorant opinions.
My eldest son is a product of leftist education from a public university. Over the years, his worldview changed somewhat.
In 1959, Cubans were not hungering for socialism. They just wanted to be rid of the corrupt Batista tyrannical government. Castro promised change. He just didn’t reveal what the change would be and a socialist-communist regime was firmly set in place.
At one point in time, Fidel Castro boasted, “Cuba has the cleanest and most educated prostitutes in the world.” Who are these well-educated prostitutes? They are doctors, nurses, and teachers who supplement their meager socialist income by prostituting themselves to sex tourists. LA Times http://lat.ms/2jdS65C
The poor Venezuelans, on the other hand, welcomed socialism that promised cheap food, ‘affordable’ housing, and free medical care. Hugo Chavez actually placed Cuban administrators into every level of the Venezuelan government and Cuban medical personnel provided the free medical care. For a time, Chavez even flew Mexican patients to Venezuela for free eye care with the end of fomenting a communist takeover of Mexico.
Where is Venezuelan socialism today? Educated Venezuelans, including mothers desperate to feed their children, teachers, and doctors, willingly prostitute themselves. [Miami Herald http://hrld.us/2wOwB03 ]
Millenials are the largest voting bloc in our country.
During Jesus’ three-year ministry on earth, some believed in him, others did not. How could there be any unbelief after all the amazing miracles witnessed by thousands of Jews? I have no qualified answer to this question, but I know a sure-fire experience that removes all doubt. The Apostle Peter and I shared this experience.
Matthew 16:13-17 describes this experience.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock [of revelation] I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.“
In August of 1974, I experienced this rock of revelation. Nothing and no one can shake me of my belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.
My point: Speaking to like-minded American adults, there is nothing you can say to dissuade most Millenials from their hunger for socialism. But, a divine revelation of truth will ring them all around.
Rabbi Jesus is the way and the truth and the life.
My prayer to God is a request for revelations of truth to the Millenial generation. I see no plan ‘B’.If we wait for them to learn the reality of socialism first-hand, as did Cubans and now Venezuelans, it will be too late to save our beloved country.