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A Message for Memorial Day

This upcoming weekend is celebrated in America as Memorial Day.  Memorial Day is one of the oldest celebrations in America.  It is a time when we pause to remember and to give honor to brave men and women who have died while serving to protect the freedoms that we too often take for granted.  According to History.com, the first known Memorial Day celebration occurred in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865, as a group of freed slaves, who were part of one of the United States Colored Troops, gathered to bury the bodies of Union soldiers.  In 1868, Union General John A. Logan declared that on May 30, people stop and remember those who died during the Civil War.  Interestingly enough, he chose that date because May 30 did not commemorate any battle of the Civil War.  In 1950, Congress passed a resolution for the President to ask Americans to remember the fallen on Memorial Day, May 30.  In 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed which set Memorial Day to be the final Monda…

Babies from Skin Cells and Other News of End Times

Yesterday our Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Sochi with Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov.  High on their agenda was the increasing tensions in the Persian Gulf region.  Two US aircraft carrier strike forces have now entered the Persian Gulf.  B-52 bombers have arrived at US airbases in Qatar.  This in response to highly placed intelligence reports of an imminent Iranian attack upon American interests in the Middle East.  Iran has also begun the process of blackmailing the European Union with threats of renewing their uranium enrichment program if the EU does not remove some of its sanctions.  We know the Iranian economy is almost in a free-fall position right now because of the increased American sanctions.  And the United States has declared that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is a terrorist organization.  Iran is like a wounded animal ready to lash out at anyone.  Our President has decided that a show of strength now is better than appeasement later.  I have not heard…

Turmoil in the Middle East: Is War Inevitable?

A tense ceasefire remains in effect along the Israeli-Gaza Strip border today.  Both sides seem poised for a protracted war like that which occurred in 2014.  Over the past week, hundreds of rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel causing serious injuries, property damage, and even a few deaths.  Israeli forces responded with an air attack that targeted strongholds of both Hamas and Islamic Jihad, both viewed as the persistent perpetrators of violence against Israel.  The Egyptians have worked diligently to broker the present ceasefire, but it is very fragile.  As long as Hamas remains in control of the Gaza Strip, and as long as Hamas continues to receive financial and military support from Iran, the threat of war will always exist.  From what I have heard leaked from President Trump's "Deal of the Century" peace agreement for the Middle East, he would like the Gaza Strip to be separated from the Palestinian West Bank and made its own autonomous e…

The Venezuelan Nightmare; The Prowling of the Russian Bear

Eyes are focused these days on the country of Venezuela.  Once one of the richest countries in South America, it has become one of the poorest.  Its economy is in a shambles with an inflationary rate that has sky-rocketed to astronomical proportions.  Food and medical supplies are scarce and, if found, are very expensive.  Venezuelans have fled their country in great numbers to neighboring Brazil and Colombia where refuge camps have been created.  The cause for this devastation is the dictatorial reign of President Nicolas Maduro.  He was recently re-elected in an election that most of the world viewed with great suspicion of its being rigged.  The United States took the leadership in recognizing Juan Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.  Dozens of other nations have joined in that recognition.  However, Russia and Cuba have sent military advisers and military personnel to prop up the Maduro regime.


Yesterday Juan Guaido encouraged his supporters to begin a strong campaign to…

The Assault upon Christians Continues

This past Easter Sunday radical Islamic extremists targeted three churches and three hotels where tourists were known to stay on the island of Sri Lanka.  Almost simultaneously suicide bombers detonated their devices in those six locations.  Over three hundred people were murdered and another nearly 500 were injured.  What a strategic time for suicide bombings!  Easter Sunday when churches around the world are filled with worshipers celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.  Entire families were murdered.  Young children were numbered among the dead, as were several foreigners. 


The attacks on Sunday were just the latest in a series of assaults upon places of worship around the world.  Last month it was Muslim mosques that were targeted in New Zealand.  In France, Jewish synagogues and Protestant churches have been targeted.  Even in our country places of worship have not been exempted from the assaults by radicals.  With the exception of the Antarctica, every continent continues to exp…

More Evidence of the Last Days This Easter Season

Oh so much is happening during this Holy Week.  On Monday a massive fire threatened to engulf the centuries old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  This ancient church is a symbol of Christianity not only in France but across Europe.  The fire is still under investigation, but already there are conspiracy theories about how it started.  Fortunately, many of the relics housed within Notre Dame were saved including what is purported to be the actual crown of thorns that Jesus wore as part of His Passion.  The results of this investigation will certainly bear watching over the course of the next weeks and possibly months.  Remember, France is already a nation under siege from its Muslim immigrants and from the Yellow Jacket protesters. 


I read a couple of fascinating articles this past week concerning the world of medicine.  The first is an article, written by Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman and published by The Jerusalem Post.  It can be found at: www.jpost.com/israeli-scientists-print-worlds-first-3…

A Postscript to Israel's Election

For the past few days many eyes have been on the nation of Israel as national elections were held yesterday.  The pre-election polls showed a very tight race between the Likud Party, under the leadership of Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the Blue and White Party, under the leadership of former military chief of staff Bennie Gantz.  With approximately 98% of the vote counted, as of Israel time this morning, both the Likud and Blue and White parties have won 35 seats each in the 120 seat Knesset.  In other words they tied and both Netanyahu and Gantz declared victory. 


However, and here is where Israeli politics gets very interesting, Netanyahu will be asked to form a new government. This request will be made in the coming days by President Reuven Rivlin.  Now if there is a tie between these two men, then why would Netanyahu be asked to form a government?  It is because more parties that consider themselves right-of-center won seats in the Knesset than those that consider themselves lef…