Columbus Day 2017 – Why do we commemorate the man?

Christopher Columbus – What’s in a name? Lots! His name means “He who holds Christ in his heart”.

A number of ill-informed stories have been written about this man. But, it is his diary that reveals why he ventured west across the Atlantic Ocean.

Columbus wrote about his motivation to sail west in his diary, “It was the Lord who put it into my mind…”

He based his belief in a spherical Earth on Isaiah 40:22.

God sits above the circle of the earth.
The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
He spreads out the heavens like a curtain
and makes his tent from them.

He was the first Christian missionary to the western hemisphere.

On Monday, October 9, 2017, we honor Christoper Columbus. To be sure, the militant atheists will decry the day and demand our silence. Psalm 2, verse 1 asks, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?”

What was significant about the date Columbus set sail out of the port of Palos? It was the last day Jews could be in Spain. That same day a ship of Jews departed from the nearby port of Cadiz.

Columbus wasn’t Spanish. He was Italian. From my own research, I have come to strongly believe he was a Jew who became a believer in Yeshua HaHaMashiach, [Joshua (YAHWEH is salvation) The Anointed One] – Jesus the Christ.

In 1934, the Knights of Columbus persuaded President Franklin Roosevelt to declare this federal holiday.

We continue this tradition to honor Christopher Columbus on Monday, October 9, 2017.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Militant Atheism – A Peek Into The Future

Atheism isn’t a new phenomenon. Atheism is an ongoing war by Satan against God. God describes atheists in the Bible – “Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God. They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!”

A leading characteristic of militant atheism is reprobation: calling good evil and calling evil good. While claiming to support First Amendment freedoms of Religion and Speech, atheists stridently war against Christians to silence us.

Atheism is a religion.

Here’s a peek into the future: We win. They lose.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Navy Discovers Superiority of Man over Machines

Two peacetime shipwrecks over two months time left 17 sailors dead. How did this happen?

Navy returns to compasses and pencils to help avoid collisions at sea
Read the associated story from the New York Times via this link

Over-reliance on technologies and over-worked personnel are the ingredients for a deadly cocktail. I can personally relate to my own Vietnam War experience. The Norden Company assigned me to the USS Constellation stationed in the Tonkin Gulf.

My workday was typically a 30-hour stint with 4-hour bedrest. I became so weary that I would fall asleep standing in the shower. In the NY Times story, we learn sailors worked 100-hour weeks. A 7-day week spans 168 hours, for your reference.

Due to the turnover of personnel and the cost of training, the Department of Defense charted a course decades ago toward applications of high technologies (automation).

Compare autonomous ship guidance systems to the newest automobiles that can actually park themselves, accurately navigate the nation’s highways, and automatically brake to avoid collisions. Well, almost.

Reliance on artificial intelligence (AI) to autonomously drive the car will inevitably lead to deadly collisions, maimed survivors, and unfathomable legal consequences. If the car’s computer is driving the car, who is liable for accidents? The owner of the vehicle or the manufacturer? It’s reasonable to foresee decades of torts comparable in some respects to the lawsuits against tobacco companies.

The key word is artificial. AI simulates human responses to specific stimuli. Let’s compare artificial intelligence to natural (human) intelligence?

According to Science ABC:

At the time of this writing, the fastest supercomputer in the world is the Tianhe-2 in Guangzhou, China, and has a maximum processing speed of 54.902 petaFLOPS. A petaFLOP is a quadrillion (one thousand trillion) floating point calculations per second. That’s a huge amount of calculations, and yet, that doesn’t even come close to the processing speed of the human brain.

In contrast, our miraculous brains operate on the next order higher. Although it is impossible to precisely calculate, it is postulated that the human brain operates at 1 exaFLOP, which is equivalent to a billion billion calculations per second.

Learn more from Scientific American – Computers versus Brains

Despite how Google, Siri, and other AI technologies astonish you, it is your own brain, that grey matter between your ears you should depend on.

The Navy learned the hard way that there is no substitute for human skill and trained minds.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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How far left has the soul of America swung? (There’s good news that will gladden you)

How far left has the soul of America swung? This is the question of the hour.

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Can you handle the good news that outweighs the bad?

Consider this story published in The Sun titled “STATES OF AROUSAL Here are the U.S. States which have the highest number of couples looking for kinky THREESOMES
Sadly, Texas, the ‘buckle of the Bible belt’, ranks number two behind California.

Since the beginning of recorded human history, homosexual acts -aka Sodomy – have been known as a “crime against nature”. Now, special rights have been created out of thin air by federal judges to the point that Christians are punished to the point of bankruptcy and imprisonment for refusing to provide services to homosexuals when said services violate their consciences. To underscore the fact of these extraconstitutional special rights, homosexuals can refuse service to Christians.

Let’s pause at this point to assert the good news that the leftist news media fail to report. Rampant immorality and unpatriotic behaviors by Hollywood and pro-athlete luminaries do not represent the broad worldview and values of our fellow Americans.

 

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What is the evidence of my assertion? Consider these headlines.

Variety 2017: TV Ratings: Emmys Hit New Demo Low, Stay Even in Total Viewers

Deadline Hollywood 2017: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Down Again On Day Of Player Protests  

Truth Revolt 2015: Chick-fil-A Thrives After Embarrassingly Ineffective Boycott

The Democrat Party leadership assumes ownership of Latinos, Hispanics, and African-Americans. The polls prove otherwise and I mean election polls, not biased media polls.

Here’s even more and better good news as reported in Romans 5:20-21 “… where sin increased, [God’s remarkable, gracious gift of] grace [His unmerited favor] has surpassed it and increased all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, so also grace would reign through righteousness which brings eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God is on His Throne. Jesus Christ is Lord of all. Prayer changes things. And, God never changes, or as it is written in Amos 3:6, “…I am the Lord, I do not change…” and also in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.

Yes, there is a falling away from our church congregations as this was prophesied almost 2,000 years ago. However, the time is coming when every knee will bow to God and every person alive will confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

The bad news is going to worsen and when the good news comes to pass, we will be rejoicing.

John White
Rockwall, Texas
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Venezuelan Tyrant Macuro Turns to Rabbits for National Salvation

Can Bugs Bunny save Venezuela?

Easy answer: No. Rabbits cannot save Venezuelans. How did Venezuela come to this situation of hunger, government tyranny, murder, and silencing of public dissent?

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Listen to this CNN report titled: Can rabbit meat save Venezuela from going hungry? http://cnnmon.ie/2h5lAFE

Socialism did NOT begin with former president Hugo Chavez; it began with a people who expected the government to provide all their needs. It did. For a span of time. Then the expected happened: Venezuela began to run out of money and credit.

As former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

For the reasons made so obvious above, I have opposed ObamaCare even before Obama assumed office. Nothing has changed my mind.

I learned some neighbors near me cannot retire because they can’t afford the $800/month ObamaCare premium and neither can they afford the $8,000 deductible.

The government does some things very well and those things authorized by our Constitution are those that go well.
When we the people expect the government to take on responsibilities outside constitutional boundaries, we get similar results as do the Venezuelans.

I urge you to remind the House of Representatives and the Senate that our desire and the promise of our Republican Party was for a full repeal. Not a fix. Not more loopholes. Not repealed and replaced. Repealed. Period.

The National debt now soars well above $20 trillion with no end in sight. Higher tax rates will not pay down the debt, but higher incomes can. Therefore, I also urge you to demand the elimination of the Death Tax that robs widows and heirs of their inheritances, and abolition of all corporate income tax which is double taxation.

We small business owners can attest to the fact we pay income taxes twice: first on corporate earnings, then on our personal income.

Socialism blinds a people. By the time the people realize socialism is unsustainable, it’s just too late.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

A threat of nuclear war? As Yogi Berra would say, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

Headline: BREAKING: NORTH KOREA CLAIMS IT HAS DETONATED A HYDROGEN BOMB

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A magnitude 6.3 earthquake in North Korea early Sunday was likely the result of the country’s sixth nuclear test, media reports said.

North Korean state media claimed early Sunday that the blast was a test of a hydrogen bomb. The test was estimated to have a yield of 100 kilotons, meaning a blast that was four to five times more powerful than the explosion in Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.
Fox News | 3 Sept. 2017 | http://fxn.ws/2eRaPmh
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A local fellow active in a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) told me my postings on the subject of emergency preparedness are scaring people. Well, I hope this is true. My goal is to go beyond scaring you to motivate you to adopt an emergency-preparedness mindset.

What damage can we anticipate the detonation of a single 100-kiloton nuclear bomb? Consider the following magnitudes of distance from ground zero.

1 – the fireball would measure 3.6 miles in diameter
2 – the deadly 500 rem radiation dose would encompass an area 9.3 miles in diameter
3 – the thermal radiation (heat) would cause third-degree burns and widespread mortality throughout an area 95.76 miles in diameter

In the years of my youth, Civil Defense was the agency that promoted emergency preparedness throughout the USA. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the threat of nuclear annihilation was greatly lessened. Governments fell into complacency.

The family of nuclear nations has grown to include Israel, Iran, Pakistan, India, Russia, China, the USA, and North Korea. Last on this list is the current threat.

Disasters disrupt all manner of services from electrical power to water resources, from motor fuel shortages to empty grocery shelves. and even down to hospitals unable to care for patients.

Personally, I have no fear of chubby-cheeked Kim Jong-un and his nuclear arsenal. I fear the inevitable chaos, anarchy, and shortages of basic things to support day to day life.

Surely, you read news stories from Houston about armed looters that emptied stores and even fired upon rescue workers. Houston PD couldn’t even begin to answer calls for help.

What would you do for short-term food and water? How would you come to the aid of injured family, friends, and neighbors?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the contemporary version of the old Civil Defense. FEMA provides a wide array of educational resources that are used to train citizens to come to the aid of fellow citizens who are victims of disasters. Trained citizens make up Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

Rockwall CERT will be hosting a two day FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Class will be held on September 23rd & 30th. The class iscity of rockwall CERT logo conducted on two consecutive Saturdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, and includes hands-on indoor and outdoor training. Course curriculum includes disaster preparedness, fire safety, controlling utilities, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, introduction to the incident command system, disaster psychology, and terrorism response.

Sign up for CERT training by clicking on this link: http://www.rockwall.com/FireDepartment/cert.asp

Next, click on the icon that says Register Now!
or use this link directly – http://bit.ly/2iRTVZd

Being prepared isn’t just for the Boy Scouts.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Thank you, Ohio, for the twins who helped us win our Independence from Mexico

The odds were greatly against Texians and Tejanos who, united, wished to be free of Santa Anna’s tyranny. Santa Anna’s well-trained forces vastly outnumbered those under General Sam Houston’s command and he had General Houston on the run. But, God had an ace up his sleeve, so to speak, and it was a resident of Ohio who was that ‘ace’.

Francis Smith convinced the people of Cincinnati, Ohio, to aid the cause of the Texas Revolution, the Ohioans began raising funds to procure two cannons and their attendant equipment for Texas. Since the United States was taking an official stance of neutrality toward the rebellion in Texas, the citizens of Cincinnati referred to their cannon as “hollow ware.” This wasn’t exactly a lie – they were shipped without ammunition.

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William Bryan, an agent of the Republic of Texas in New Orleans, took official possession of the guns on March 16, 1836. From New Orleans, the guns were placed on the schooner Pennsylvania and taken to Galveston Island where the two guns arrived at the beginning of April 1836.

April 21, 1836, saw the battle of San Jacinto and the securing of fame for the Twin Sisters. That afternoon near the banks of Buffalo Bayou the Texas army struck at Santa Anna’s unsuspecting troops. The Twins were probably near the center of the Texans’ line of battle and ten yards in advance of the infantry. Their first shots were fired at a distance of 200 yards, and their fire was credited with helping to throw the Mexican force into confusion and significantly aiding the infantry attack. During this battle, the Twins fired handfuls of musket balls, broken glass, and horseshoes, as this was the only ammunition the Texans had for the guns.

In minutes the battle was over. The fledgling volunteer army of Texians and Tejanos had defeated Santa Anna, a self-proclaimed “Napoleon of the West”.

When you chance to meet folks from Cincinnati, Ohio, remember to remember the Alamo and Goliad, and remember the Ohio Twins who were crucial to Texas independence.

Source of facts: Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) handbook online

May God bless Texas and may God bless the people of Cincinnati, Ohio.

John White
Rockwall, Texas