Ted’s Remarks About Stuff
January thru March, 2017

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Jan. 15, 2017

Representatives from over 70 nations attended a so-called “peace conference” in Paris today.  Their focus was on stressing the formulation of a two-state peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians.  A Middle East Peace Conference Joint Declaration was made.

Paris peace conference declares: No
"acceptable" solution except two states

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the conference “useless.”  Speaking to his Cabinet today, Netanyahu said that the conference sought to “force terms on Israel that conflict with our national needs.”

Netanyahu: Paris peace conference is "useless"

Perhaps this is one more step in the ultimate declaration of a Palestinian State by the nations of the world.  If so, Jews in the West Bank and East Jerusalem might be forced to leave land that God promised to them millenia ago.

Jan. 13, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution today that begins the process of repealing Obamacare, ineptly named “The Affordable Care Act.”  This follows the Senate’s passage of the resolution yesterday.

Netanyahu says truck-ramming
terrorist was IS supporter

Donald Trump has said that the Republican party “doesn't want to own” Obamacare and that the repeal and replace transition will happen “essentially simultaneously.”  I wish that could happen, but it does not seem like a very feasible task to me at all.

I will say, though, that I feel Obamacare is absolutely one of the worst laws of the Obama administration during the past 8 years.  It was passed solely by Democrats in the Senate in 2009 and in the House of Representatives in 2010.

Unfortunately, I really do not feel that it is possible for the U.S. health care system “train wreck” to be adequately cleaned up and properly rebuilt.  I stick by everything that I said in my Mar. 21, 2010 entry.

Jan. 11, 2017

I watched all 51 minutes of President Obama’s farewell speech last night.  I wish I had drunk a strong cup of coffee and taken a NoDoz tablet before it began.  I was not impressed with most of it...ho hum.  All I know is that this country and my life are much worse off due to his 8-year presidency and destructive policies.

Jan. 10, 2017

Today is the twenty-sixth anniversary of my last day of work, in 1991.  I had worked as an optometrist at FHP in Fountan Valley, CA, for 11¼ years.  Then I left the eye-care profession to pursue other interests, although I have included a large section about the human eye at my website.

Technically, Jan. 11 was supposed to be my official last day.  However, I called in sick that morning and went to Long Beach for the day.  I just couldn’t wait one more day to gain my freedom, and I have enjoyed having it every single day since then, thanks to God’s provisions for all of my needs. 

Jan. 9, 2017

A huge amount of rain has been falling on California, which is much needed after many years of an exceptional and devestating drought.  It’s the most to hit many parts since 1997.  I remember all of the rain that year.

Calavares Big Trees State Park, CaliforniaThe first wave of storms came this past weekend.  More is expected through the middle of the week.  Incidents of urban flooding, river flooding, mudslides and rock slides have occurred and will be increasing.

Life-threatening flooding problems to
mount as storm train aims for California

Yesterday, an intense storm toppled the famous Pioneer Cabin Tree, also known as “The Tunnel Tree,” a giant sequoia tree estimated to be over 1,000 years old.  Located in Calavares Big Trees State Park, the bottom of the tree was hollowed out in the 1880s so that tourist could drive and walk through it.  I have done both.

Iconic 1,000-year-old Pioneer Cabin tree
collapses as deadly storm blasts California

Jan. 8, 2017

An Islamic terror attack in Jerusalem today left 4 IDF cadets dead, all in their 20s, and at least 16 injured.  The terrorist, who recently had purchased a large flatbed truck, rammed it into the crowd of cadets who had just gotten off of a bus.

Israeli police shot and killed the driver, whom they identified as Fadi Qunbar, 28.  Police also have arrested nine other suspects, including five of Qunbar’s family members.

According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “All signs show he is a supporter of the Islamic State.”  He also said, “We know there is a sequence of terror attacks, and it’s quite possible that there is a connection between them, from France, Berlin and now Jerusalem.”

Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, said there is “no limit to the cruelty of the terrorists who use every means to murder Jews and damage the routine life in the capital of Israel.”

Netanyahu says truck-ramming
terrorist was IS supporter

Hamas, the militant fundamentalist Islamic organization, has praised the attacker on Twitter.  They tweeted, “We bless the courageous and heroic truck operation in Jerusalem.  It comes within the context of the normal response to the crimes of the Israeli occupation.”

The goal of Hamas is the creation of an Islamic fundamentalist Palestinian State.  They insist that Israel is an occupying power and must be destroyed.

Many in Israel are very concerned that this could be the beginning of a new wave of Palestinian Islamic attacks in Jerusalem.  That is a fearful thought, but it would not be surprising, especially in light of the recent passage of the U.N. Security Council’s anti-Israel resolution 2334.

Jan. 6, 2017

On the 700 Club this morning, the first segment dealt with the U.N. Security Council’s anti-Israel resolution 2334 passed on Dec. 23.  Gordon Robertson began the segment by saying, “According to the United Nation’s resolution that was passed last month, the old city of Jerusalem is ‘occupied Palestinian territory.’  But the Jews who live there have a very different view; they say it’s home.”

Moshe Kempinski was interviewed.  He is a shop owner in the Jewish Quarter of the old city, East Jerusalem, Israel.  He insists that it “is not ‘occupied territory’”; rather, it “has been the place of God’s presence, and the place of His people, for three thousand years.”  I agree with that.

In East Jerusalem are located the following Jewish Israeli sites, among others:

• Temple Mount
• Western Wall
 • Jewish Cemetery on the Mount of Olives
• Jewish Quarter

Later in the segment, Mike Huckabee (former Governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate) said it was “embarrassing that the United States abstained” from the vote on the resolution.  “I think it was almost unforgiveable.”  Huckabee feels that the incoming Trump administration will work to reverse the resolution.  If the U.N. does not do this, then Huckabee feels that the U.S. should “pull out of the U.N.”

In the last days of Barack Obama’s administration, many fear that he might try again to delegitimize Israel.  Potentially, this could happen at the upcoming Paris Peace Conference on Jan. 15.  Perhaps there might even be another anti-Israel resolution before Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

Gordon Robertson finished the segment by talking about what happened in Israel in 1949 after the Jordanians took over the West Bank.  There was an “ethnic cleansing,” where the Jewish population in the Jewish Quarter of East Jerusalem went down to zero.  Also, Jewish synagogues and cemeteries were desecrated.  This should give us an indication of what probably would happen, again, if East Jerusalem, including the Jewish Quarter, were given over to Palestinian rule.

As I have stated before, this reminds me of what Jesus said, in Matthew 24:15-22 and Luke 21:20-24, pertaining to what will happen at the beginning of the Great Tribulation.  The question is, could this begin to happen again if these and other anticipated prophetic events happen to take place, in 3 months, during Passover week?  I hope not, but time will tell.

In case you want to watch the 700 Club segment, a little over 6 minutes in length, click on the video and move your arrow along the timeline at the bottom.  The segment begins at 0:36 (click there) and ends at 6:48.

Jan. 1, 2017

Happy New Year.  Below are links to my annual calendar and list of 2017 holidays and observances that many like to download and tape to a wall nearby.  That is what I do, with the calendar on one side and the holidays/observances on the other side of one piece of paper.  Both are in .doc and .pdf format.

Click on each image below and print out the two pages (.doc files) on either side of one piece of paper.  Just change my name, at the top of the calendar page, to your name before you print it.


Or else you could print out these two pages (.pdf files), with no name on the calendar page:


If you’ve never read the Bible straight through, from cover to cover, you might want to do it in 2017.  Go to the following page, print out the pages in either .doc, .pdf, or .html format, and check off the passages as you read them:

Chronological List of Bible Passages

The Bible is God’s Law and Instruction Manual for life.  Don’t worry if you are unable to understand everything you read; eventually, God will give us answers to everything we wonder about.  One of the main things you will come to understand is God’s everlasting covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—see God’s Covenant: with Israel or the Church?

So in case you’ve never read the Bible all the way through, do it!  If you’ve done it before, do it again; you never can get too much of God’s written Word!  I am in the process of doing it now.

You can read one of a number of Bible versions at BibleGateway.com.  If you read it for an average of 15 minutes a night before bed, you will sleep better for a whole year. 

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