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July 15, 2019

In the third record high in less than a week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 0.10% to 27,359.16, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.02% to 3,014.30, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 27,359.16.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 3,014.30.
July 13, 2019

Tropical Storm Barry approaching Louisiana Track of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Barry
Hurricane Barry has become the first hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.  It reached a maximum wind speed of 75 mph for about 3 hours, barely achieving Category 1 status.  Since then, it has been downgraded to a tropical storm and will be a tropical depression by tomorrow.

Barry already has caused heavy flooding in New Orleans and southern Lousiana.  A coastal storm surge had overtopped levees by midday today.  The flooding is expected to continue as the storm continues to crawl slowly northward at about 7 mph.

Some cities and parishes in Louisiana have issued mandatory evacuation orders.  This is especially in low-lying areas and outside public levee protection, along with voluntary evacuation warnings for other places.

Barry makes landfall over Louisiana
as some levees get overwhelmed

Tower of Babel painting by Pieter BruegelOn American Family Radio (AFR) today, Jan Markell played the audio of her updated DVD, “Hidden in Plain View: The New World Order in Bible Prophecy.”  A global system has been building for about 5,000 years and will culminate with the reign of the Antichrist over the world.

It began with the building of the Tower of Babel, when the world had one language and a common speech; but God confused their language and scattered them all over the earth (Genesis 11:1-9).  Since then, there has been a gradual concerted effort, by many national leaders and regimes, to bring about a unified world with a global system of government.

Of course, this has been in utter defiance of and resistance to God.  Mortal humans are incapable of forming a legitimate and unadulterated government that can rule effectively and unerringly over the whole world.  Only God can do that, and it will happen only when Jesus brings the Kingdom of God to earth and rules and reigns over the whole world during the Millennium.

Today’s audio program, lasting 57 minutes with 3 commercial breaks, can be heard here:

The New World Order in Bible Prophecy: Audio
July 12, 2019

In the second record high in two days, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 27,100, 27,200 and 27,300 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.90% to 27,332.03, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.46% to 3,013.77, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 27,332.03.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 3,013.77.

In congressional hearings today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) had a short back-and-forth discussion with former acting ICE director, Tom Homan.  She accused Homan of being the author of a policy memo to separate children from their parents at the border.

Homan denied this and also negated other accusations by Ocasio-Cortez.  In a couple of minutes, he effectively painted her into a corner and left her with nothing else to say about the matter.

July 11, 2019

In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 27,000 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.85% to 27,088.08, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.23% to 2,999.91, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 27,088.08.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,999.91.
July 8, 2019

Dump StarbucksOn the radio this morning, I heard a disturbing report about something that happened at a Starbucks location in Tempe, AZ, on July 4.  Six police officers, all of whom had purchased their drinks, were asked to leave or, at least, to move out of a certain customer’s line of sight.

It turns out that the customer informed a Starbucks employee that he did not feel safe because of the presence of the police.  So the employee approached the police officers and informed them of the customer’s uneasiness.  The officers chose to leave the premises.

The Tempe Police Association made a comment on Twitter.  In response, the Starbucks Corporate Office stated that they were aware of the incident and said that the interaction was “not in line with Starbucks’ values.”  An apology to the Tempe Police Department was issued.

Starbucks Apologizes To Police After Six
Officers Were Asked To Leave Arizona Store

Personally, I feel that Starbucks nationwide should announce a day where public servants, including police and firefighters, can receive free coffee and other drinks all day at all Starbucks locations.  Then people who “do not feel safe” in the presence of police officers can avoid Starbucks on that day, if they so choose.

It is troublesome to me that anyone who is uncomfortable in the presence of those in law enforcement would make a request that they be asked, or told, to leave.  I know that I feel much safer in a public place with a police officer or officers present.

This is an example to me of a liberal-thinking, self-centered individual expecting others to comply with his pigheaded wishes.  If that person felt uneasy, he could have stood up, taken his drink, and moved to another location in the Starbucks or else just left the place.  It was very inconsiderate of him to inconvenience others—in this case, six others—rather than himself.

If I had been there and was aware of what had happened, I think I might have gone up to the counter and ordered another coffee.  When the barista asked for my name, I may have said “cop supporter,” hoping that these words would be called when my coffee was ready.  If so, I would have wanted to see the expression on the face of the guy who did not want the police officers near him.

By the way, I do not go to Starbucks.  If I go somewhere just for coffee, I prefer both the taste and the prices of Peet’s Coffee.

July 5, 2019

7.1 magnitude earthquake near Searles Valley and Ridgecrest, CAThe large 6.4 earthquake in California yesterday turned out to be a foreshock of an even larger quake tonight.  At 8:19 p.m., a 7.1 magnitude quake, again centered in the Mohave Desert near Ridgecrest, shook most of the state of California, from Sacramento to Mexico, as well as western Nevada and Arizona.

The shaking lasted for well over a minute.  It was like moving side to side and up and down in a boat floating on a very wavy ocean.  Seismologists say that at least a 6.0 aftershock could occur at some point.

I wrote about various earthquakes on Apr. 4.  I noted how California had been experiencing an “earthquake drought” for some time and was overdue for a quake of at least a 7.0 magnitude.  Well, that now has happened, and it is possible that an even larger one will follow.  Scary. 

Southern California Hit With
Another Big Earthquake

July 4, 2019

America’s 243rd Birthday

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Bill of Rights    Lord’s Prayer

6.4 magnitude earthquake near Searles Valley and Ridgecrest, CAThis morning in southern California, there was a major 6.4 magnitude earthquake at 10:33 a.m.  It was located in the Mohave Desert, near Searles Valley and Ridgecrest.  There were several foreshocks prior to the main quake, and there have been dozens of aftershocks following it, including a 4.6 tremor.

This is being called the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake.  It was the largest quake in So. CA since the 7.1 Hector Mine earthquake in 1999, almost 20 years ago.

Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breedon said that things were falling off buildings and hitting people, and there were fires and broken gas lines.  USGS seismologist Lucy Jones said that the area would be hit by many aftershocks in the coming days and even could be hit by a larger quake.

The big quake was felt from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and from Fresno to Tijuana.  This is an area inhabited by about 20 million people.  So far, there have been no reports of any deaths or major injuries.

A 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Southern
California, Rattling A Large Swath Of State

July 3, 2019

In the first record high this year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 26,900 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.67% to 26,966.00, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.77% to 2,995.82, also a record high.  This was the first record high for the DJIA since Oct. 3, 2018.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 26,966.00.  Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,995.82.

July 1, 2019

California gas prices cost an arm and a legCalifornia’s nation-leading gas prices have climbed even higher today.  The state gas tax has increased an additional 5.6 cents per gallon.  Now the average price of gasoline is $3.755 per gallon, which is more than $1.00 per gallon more than the national average of $2.717 per gallon.

This, along with other increases in the past couple of years, is a result of a 2017 state law, Senate Bill 1, that ultimately is supposed to raise $5.2 billion annually for road and bridge repairs and expanded mass transit.  Under the 2017 law, the tax automatically will increase annually based on a Consumer Price Index adjustment, beginning July 1, 2020.

Back on May 11, 2017, I attended an event in Fullerton aimed at recalling Senator Josh Newman, whose vote enabled Senate Bill 1 to barely pass.  He was recalled by the voters of the 29th Senate District in June 2018.  Too bad the gas tax law was not repealed as well. 

California gas tax rises
6 cents a gallon today

A conservative friend sent me the following three images (click on them to see enlargements).  I happen to agree with what they say.


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