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July thru September, 2018

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July 18, 2018

Proposed California split measure removed from November ballotThe “Cal 3” initiative, a plan to split California into three separate states, received enough votes as of June 13 to place it on the November ballot.  The measure proposed dividing the state into California, Northern California and Southern California.

Today, however, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously to remove the measure from the ballot, amid questions about the measure’s validity.  A challenge against the initiative was filed last week by the Planning and Conservation League, an environmental group.

The group contended in its challenge that the measure amounted to a proposed revision of the California Constitution.  They claimed that the measure could be placed on the ballot only if two-thirds of both houses of the state legislature approved it.

California Supreme Court blocks proposal
to split state in 3 from November ballot

I know that even if “Cal 3” were approved by voters on Nov. 6, it would face an uphill battle in the state legislature and in the U.S. Congress.  Still, I am disappointed.  I would have liked a strong message to be sent to the CA government that a great many Califonians are sick of its extremely liberal policies.

July 17, 2018

President Trump said today that he looked at the transcript and listened to a clip of what he had said yesterday at a press conference in Helsinki, Finland.  He indicated that he had misspoken on the issue of whether or not Russia meddled in the U.S. 2016 election.

Trump said that he had meant to say, “I don't see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,” instead of, “I don’t see any reason why it would be Russia.”  He also said that he has “full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies.”

Trump says he misspoke on Russian meddling
during press conference, accepts US intel findings

July 16, 2018

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at the Helsinki Summit, July 16, 2018U.S. President Trump and Russian President Putin met today for a summit in Helsinki, Finland.  Their meeting came just days after indictments were delivered against 12 Russian nationals for their alleged role in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

However, Trump asserted that he did not collude with Russia in the election and recounted his victory over Hillary Clinton.  He called the special counsel investigation “ridiculous” and a source of tension between the two countries.

Trump said that Putin “was extremely strong and powerful in his denial” of Russian election meddling.  There are many Democrats and Republicans who disagree, though.

Trump says he doesn't 'see any reason' why Russia
would have hacked the US election when asked
whether he believes Putin or the US intel community

There is no way to know, for certain, if Trump actually believes that Russia and Putin are innocent of U.S. election meddling.  Perhaps he feels that U.S./Russia diplomatic relations will improve if he sticks up for Putin.  Who knows.

July 15, 2018

Last night was the second night in a row of flare-ups between a Hamas terrorist group and Israel.  Early this morning, two rockets fired from Gaza were downed by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missle defense system.  Earlier in the night, two mortar shells were fired from Gaza into Israel.

Very early yesterday morning, 174 rockets and mortar shells were launched by terrorist groups from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel.  While over 100 of them landed in open fields and 30 were intercepted by the Iron Dome, several landed within communities within southern Israel.  Some Israelis were wounded.

The IDF responded by bombing dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip.  It was the largest bombing campaign against Hamas since the 2014 Gaza war.  Examples of that can be seen in my July 8 and July 17, 2014, entries.

Iron Dome downs two rockets fired
from Gaza in second night of unrest

July 13, 2018

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This is Friday the 13th.  Although I am not superstitious, I have to admit that it was one of the weirdest days I’ve spent in a long time.  It would have been better if I could have seen a black cat—one of my favorite animals—but I didn’t. 

Three aquaintances who virtually never call me decided to call at various times today.  Of course, all of the calls occurred while I was in the middle of doing some very important projects that needed to be finished.

Interestingly, none of the callers had anything important to talk about.  They all just wanted to have lengthy social chats about topics such as the weather, silly things their pets were doing (none of them black cats) and other things on which my mind had difficulty focusing today.

One call was terminated in the middle of a sentence; however, she called back about 25 minutes later saying that her phone battery had died.  Then, although she is a very nice and interesting person, I did not have the time to continue the discussion.  Fortunately, she was perceptive enough to understand this, and our conversation did not last too much longer. 

At the post office this afternoon, there were no clerks available to help customers.  I glanced at my watch as soon as I got in line.  I really needed to have something weighed, but I decided to wait no more than 10 minutes.  The two people ahead of me and several behind me were having immaterial discussions, and it was difficult for my mind to think about the other things I needed to do before the day was over.

I was staring at my watch and actually looking forward to the 10-minute time limit to come so that I could get out of there.  However, after more than 9½ minutes, one postal clerk showed up.  Then I had to wait almost 5 more minutes to get my item weighed.  I felt like lying on the floor to take a nap; I’ve never before had to wait that long in a post office.

There actually were a number of other weird and annoying things that happened today that I will not take the time to list here.  Suffice it to say that I experienced a “bad luck” Friday the 13th.  I’m glad there aren’t any more of those for the remainder of 2018.  In fact, the next ones aren’t until Sep. 13 and Dec. 13, 2019.  Yippee!! 

July 10, 2018

Boys and coach rescued 2.5 miles from entrance to caveOn July 5, I recommended prayer for the safety and eventual rescue of the twelve boys and their coach from the cave in northern Thailand.  They had been stranded in the cave since June 23.

Over the weekend, a productive rescue effort ensued.  As of today, all of them have been removed alive, and all are expected to recover successfully.

ALIVE: All 12 boys and their coach are safely out of the
Thai caves after a 17-day ordeal that gripped the world

I see this as a miraculous undertaking directed by the merciful God.  I feel that He responded to earnest prayers from people around the world, and I am very excited and relieved.

I hope that this experience will have a positive effect on the boys’ lives, showing them that there always is hope in the most ill-fated situations.  I also hope that this will strengthen their relationships with Jesus, their Lord and Savior.

July 9, 2018

President Trump has announced his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who resigned on on June 27.  Trump’s nominee is Brett Kavanaugh, 53, who is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

This video shows an 8-minute introduction of Brett Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, by Donald Trump.  Then Judge Kavanaugh speaks for another 8 minutes.

July 7, 2018

At Olive Tree Ministries today, Jan Markell’s guest was Trevor Loudon.  Although he is from New Zealand, he is very pro-America.

One topic of their discussion was about the Communist infiltration into the U.S. government and national security.  Loudon’s documentary, The Enemies Within, talks about the “Trojan horses” infiltrating the infrastructure of the Anerican government.  Here are three trailers for the documentary:

Trailer #1  |  Trailer #2  |  Trailer #3

Loudon says that “the U.S. Constitution is the guiding light for anyone who loves liberty.  And if the U.S. Constitution is allowed to die, the light of liberty will go out across the planet—not just in America but in every free country in the world.”

He points out how various radical factions are infiltrating the U.S. and its government.  “They actually have bad actors who have penetrated our system, basically making decisions the way Iran, North Korea, China and Russia would like us to make decisions.”

The audio program, lasting 57 minutes, can be heard here:

The Enemies within: Audio

July 5, 2018

In northern Thailand, a dozen boys on a youth soccer team, ages 11-16, continue to be stranded in a very deep cave with many tunnels.  Their assistant coach, 25, is there as well.  They have been there since June 23.

Heavy rains and flooding trapped them and have complicated the efforts to rescue them.  Water is being pumped out, but the downpours continue.

Anupong Paojinda, the Thai interior minister, has said that the boys might have to learn to dive in order to escape the tunnels.  However, this could be very dangerous, since many of the boys do not know how to swim, much less use diving equipment.

Food and other essential supplies have been delivered to them.  All of them are alive, and most are in stable condition.  Overnight, though, a former Thai Navy Seal, Saman Gunan, tragically died due to lack of oxygen during a rescue attempt.

Thailand cave rescue: Former Thai
Navy SEAL dies from lack of oxygen

I am very concerned about this group of kids and their coach.  I cannot imagine their levels of anxiety, as well as the stress that their families and friends are undergoing.  Please join me in daily prayer for their safety and, hopefully, their eventual rescue.

July 4, 2018

America’s 242nd Birthday

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Bill of Rights    Lord’s Prayer

Tonight, I went with several friends to a park to watch a fireworks display.  It was really awesome.






90-second slideshow

July 3, 2018

Pillsbury DoughboyPlease join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community.  The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma, complications from repeated pokes in the belly.  He was 71. Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin.

Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch.  The gravesite was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded.  Born and bread in Minnesota, Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers.  He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes.

Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions.  Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, three children: John Dough, Jane Dough and Dosey Dough, plus they had one in the oven.  He also is survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

If you smiled while reading this, please rise to the occasion and pass it on to someone having a crumby day and kneading a lift.

July 2, 2018

Recently, a U.S. envoy, including President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, visited the Middle East for a week.  A peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians was discussed.  On June 24, indications were that the announcement of such a plan was near.

Since then, a public opinion poll of Israelis was taken by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University.  The survey indicates that about three-fourths of the respondents think the plan has a very low or moderately low chance of success.  I tend to agree.

Poll shows most Israelis have
little hope for Trump peace plan

July 1, 2018

People pronounce words in diverse ways.  Sometimes this is due simply to not observing the proper spelling of words, and sometimes it results from different accents or cultural variations.

I feel that on TV and radio in the U.S., people should enunciate the clearest American English possible.  This is important to ensure the most widespread understanding by listeners.

Here is a list of words, properly spelled, along with common ways that they are incorrectly spoken:

Correct and Incorrect Pronunciations

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