President Trump presided over the swearing in of 5 new legal immigrants, who became American citizens today. The new U.S. citizens are from
Following that ceremony, Trump outlined a new border security proposal to end the partial government shutdown. However, Speaker Pelosi said in a statement, “It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter.”
Trump said that a wall would save many lives and stop drugs from pouring into the U.S. He also said that, rather than a concrete wall, this would be steel barriers in high-priority locations.
Among many of the things that Trump outlined, he said that he was prepared to back a three-year extension of protections for 700,000 immigrants. These came to the country illegally as children and were shielded from deportation under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This would be in exchange for the $5.7 billion he has requested for a barrier on the southern border with Mexico.
In case the video is unavailable, you can watch it here:
At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell talked with former New Ager Steven Bancarz for the hour. This $10 billion movement has “Christianized” its tactics to fool Christians and to infiltrate the church.
Bancarz notes that over 60% of Christians embrace at least one New Age belief, and the doctrine of demons has moved into many church sanctuaries. His warnings are very interesting and compelling.
Today’s audio program, lasting 57 minutes with 3 commercial breaks, can be heard here:
Today at a stage on the National Mall in Washington, DC, thousands of pro-life activists were gathered. This was the 46th annual March for Life event.
Many people in the crowd held various signs. “Choose love, Choose life,” “I am the pro-life generation,” and “Defund Planned Parenthood” were some examples.
Both last year and this year, President Trump was the first president to address the crowd live via satellite from the White House Rose Garden. He promised to veto any bill that “weakens the protection of human life.”
Vice President Pence made a surprise appearance at the rally. He credited Trump with nominating conservative judges to the federal bench.
British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote last night, which was called by members of her own Conservative Party. The vote in favor of her continued leadership of the ruling party was 200 votes for and 117 votes against.
This followed a vote largely rejecting her Brexit negotiations deal, a couple of days ago, by the British Parliament. The magnitude of last night’s pro-May vote probably was at least partly due to fear that if May resigned, she could be replaced by far-left Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn who identifies, ideologically, as a democratic socialist.
There was a vote today in the British Parliament to reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations deal with the European Union. The vote was a whopping 432 votes against and only 202 votes for. Many hard-line Brexit supporters within her own party felt that the deal handed too much power to the E.U.
The initial Brexit deal was approved narrowly, over 2½ years ago in June 2016, by British voters 51.89% to 48.11%. At the time, Prime Minister David Cameron had wanted for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union. Cameron resigned as prime minister less than a month later and was succeeded by Theresa May.
The U.K. is scheduled to leave (exit) the E.U. on March 29 of this year. Following today’s vote in Parliament, though, this could change. Many want to have another Brexit vote by British citizens which, I’m guessing, this time would fail. Many also want for Theresa May to resign as prime minister.
In any case, it is a huge complicated mess. We’ll see what happens in the coming months.
I remember seeing and smelling the smoke from wildfires in No. CA, particularly the devastating Camp Fire, when I was up in Marin County on Nov. 8, 2018. That was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in CA history, and it took 17 days to be 100% contained.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) notified customers for two days before Nov. 8 that it might shut down power due to a forecast of high winds and low humidity. Ultimately, though, PG&E did not do that.
On Nov. 8, PG&E reported at 6:15 a.m. PST that there was an outage on one of its transmission lines at Pulga Road. Cal Fire reported that the Camp Fire began at 6:33 a.m. PST. Investigations on whether or not PG&E’s negligence resulted in the fire’s inception are continuing.
Since Nov. 8, PG&E has lost more than two-thirds of its market value. Today, PG&E stock fell over 52%. Now PG&E is planning to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection over possible liability in various fires, not only of the Camp Fire but also of other fires in 2017 and in 2018. The company’s liability could exceed $30 billion.
Also, PG&E announced that its CEO, Geisha Williams, has stepped down. She became the CEO in March 2017. Williams will be succeeded by John Simon, on an interim basis, until a long-term replacement can be found.
Recent measurements appear to indicate that the Earth’s north magnetic pole is shifting rapidly. There is concern that this will impact navigation in the Arctic and elsewhere, including GPS navigation. Scientists now are realizing that the 2015 World Magnetic Model, which was supposed to be good until 2020, needs updating earlier than planned.
Since late 2014, the core field has varied in an unpredictable manner, which is continuing. This led to the World Magnetic Model becoming less accurate, particularly at high northern latitudes, much faster than normal.
The variations have been attributed to an abrupt unpredictable and unexplainable change in 2014/2015. Since then, there has been an acceleration of flow in the Earth’s core in the northern hemisphere.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, has missed all of the Supreme Court’s oral arguments for three days this week. She also will miss oral arguments next week.
It is the first time that she has done this since joining the Supreme Court in 1993. This follows surgery, three weeks ago today on Dec. 21, 2018, to remove cancerous growths in her lung.
Ginsburg’s past health issues, while on the high court, include the following:
2018: cancerous nodules removed from lung
2018: fractured three ribs, due to fall
2014: stent placed in coronary artery
2009: treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer
1999: underwent surgery to treat colon cancer
Now some are wondering if she possibly might be considering resigning from her senior position on the Supreme Court. If that should happen, then President Trump would have his opportunity to nominate a third judge on the court to replace her.
In the past, when asked how long she expected to remain on the bench, Ginsburg’s standard response has been, “I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam.” For now, she still plans to take part in the resolution of cases through reading briefs and argument transcripts.
The postal rate for a U.S. First Class stamp, for an envelope weighing no more than 1.0 ounce, will be increasing 5¢ on Jan. 27. The new charge for a Forever stamp will be 55¢, which is a 10% increase.
Each additional ounce for a First Class letter will cost an extra 15¢. So people have about 2½ weeks remaining to buy First Class Forever stamps at the present rate of 50¢ per stamp.
Tonight, President Trump delivered an immigration address from the Oval Office to the nation. It lasted a brief 9½ minutes.
Next, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer offered a sharp rebuttal to Trump’s address. Their combined response lasted under 5 minutes.
Now, having heard all of that, listen to Democrats Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, in past years, talking about problems with illegal immigration and the need for effective border security, and then changing their tone during Trump’s presidency:
The 76th Golden Globe Awards took place tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Many of the nominees will be nominated again for Oscars at the 91st Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 24 in Hollywood, CA.
The Golden Globe Awards show were hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh. They also spoke onstage together at the 70th Emmy Awards on Sep. 17, 2018.
“The Americans” won top TV drama in the FX show’s final chance at the trophy; the movie version of that award went to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Rami Malek claimed the evening’s top dramatic acting award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen-sanctioned biopic. Glenn Close bested Lady Gaga for best actress.
Christian Bale, who played Vice President Dick Cheney in the movie Vice, took a few shots onstage at Cheney. He joked that he was the obvious choice to play the “charmless” Cheney.
Bale then went on to thank several people for helping support Vice, including the devil himself: “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.” If that isn’t beyond bizarre, I don’t what is.
The first two Muslim women were sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. Both are Democrats, and both were sworn in on the Quran, the holiest book of Islam.
Rashida Tlaib, 42, represents Michigan’s 13th congressional district. She was born in Detroit, MI, to two Palestinian immigrants. Ilhan Omar, 37, represents Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), age 78, has regained the position of the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives. She previously served in that roll from 2007 to 2011. She succeeds outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).
In today’s vote in the House, Nancy Pelosi received 220 votes, while Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) received 192 votes. There were 15 Democrats who did not vote for Pelosi. McCarthy, age 53, will be the new House Minority Leader.
There still remains no resolution between President Trump and Congress to end the partial government shutdown. Any measures by the House to reopen the government, without any border wall funding, probably will not be approved by Trump or the Senate, which still has a Republican majority.
Below are links to my annual calendar and a list of 2019 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 DOCX, DOC and PDF formats.
This calendar is not meant to substitute for a 12-page calendar on which scheduled reminders can be written. I have mine on the wall behind my desk and frequently use it as a quick reference for future dates.
Click on each image below and print out the two pages (either as DOCX or 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 would like a calendar with your name on it in a PDF file, email me and I will try to send you one when I can find some free time.
If you’ve never read the Bible straight through, from cover to cover, you might want to do it in 2019. 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:
Another option is a daily reading schedule that skips around the Bible. I now prefer reading it this way myself. Samaritan’s Purse has a yearly reading list, which I like, that does this. You can download and print it in any of these three formats:
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, which I have done numerous times before.
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.