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Nov. 20, 2017

President Trump has announced his intention of formally designating North Korea a “state sponsor of terror.”  The purpose of this is to put pressure on the Kim Jung Un regime to cease further development of its nuclear program and to stop its aggressive acts in the region.

During a Cabinet meeting at the White House today, Trump said, “In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil.  This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime.”

Presently on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism are Iran, Sudan and Syria.  North Korea was removed from the list in 2008, but now it will be re-added.

Trump designates North Korea
as state sponsor of terror


In other news, the Georgia Dome in Atlanta opened 25 years ago.  In 1992, at 29 stories high and containing 71,250-seats, it was the largest covered stadium in the world.  Construction of the stadium cost $214 million.

It has been the home stadium for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) and the Georgia State University Panthers football team.  Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994 and Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 were played there.  It also hosted basketball games and artistic gymnastics in the 1996 Olympics, as well as three Final Four NCAA basketball tournaments, among numerous other events.

This morning, at 7:32 a.m. local time, the Georgia Dome was demolished.  About 4,800 pounds of explosives caused it to implode in 12-15 seconds.  Now it is a big pile of concrete and steel that will take about three months to clean up.

The $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, just over 80 feet away, replaced the Georgia Dome this year in August.  A 50-foot tall industrial-strength curtain was placed between the two structures to protect the new stadium from any flying debris caused by the demolition of the dome.

Georgia Dome imploded with nearly
5,000 pounds of explosives


Nov. 17, 2017

On the 700 Club, one segment of the program featured Jonathan Bernis, CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries.  His new book is Unlocking the Prophetic Mysteries of Israel.

In the eyes of God, Israel is the most important nation on earth.  It is where biblical prophecies regarding the end of the age will unfold.  Basically, Israel is God’s “time clock” for prophetic fulfillment.

Bernis points out that with all the things happening in the world, a lot of people are wondering, “What’s going on here?” and “Where is this headed?”  Indeed, things seem to be “spiraling out of control.”

Throughout the centuries, Israel and the Jewish people have been singled out as targets to be destroyed.  The main reason for this is that Israel is the center of a redemptive plan, by God, that Satan does not want to allow to happen.  So he is attempting to destroy both the plan of God and the people of God.

Bernis was asked if he sees any prophetic significance to the periods of 50 years and 70 years, pertaining to Israel.  He points out that 2017 is the 50th year since the restoration of Jerusalem back to the Jewish people in 1967.  Interestingly, we are in the year when the sign in the sky: September 23, 2017 has taken place.

Furthermore, in 2018 will be the 70th anniversary of the restoration of the State of Israel.  Bernis feels that something prophetic will happen next year, although he does not know exactly what that might be.

I feel that if certain anticipated prophetic events happen in Israel next year, they probably will begin during Passover week, which will be the first week of April in 2018.  At that time, if these warnngs given by Jesus to those living in and around Jerusalem take place, I will feel very strongly that the time of Great Tribulation has begun:

When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.  Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. (Luke 21:20-21)

When asked if he felt that Israel would be living at peace with its neighbors soon, Bernis said he does not think there is a peace plan, orchestrated by man, that can work.  There is a peace plan, but it will be enacted only by the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), Jesus, after He returns.  Here is a video of this 9-minute interview:

Also today, after nearly three years of construction, the Museum of the Bible has opened in Washington, DC, a few blocks away from the U.S. Capitol.  It is the first museum in the U.S. dedicated solely to God’s Holy Word.

The museum is 8 stories high and encompasses 430,000 square feet of galaries and exhibits.  An interesting behind-the-scenes look at the museum can be seen in the final 12½-minute segment of this video, beginning at the 9:55 point:


Nov. 16, 2017

After months of deliberation and modifications, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a tax reform bill.  It is called the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act.”  The House vote was 227 for and 205 against, with 13 Republicans voting against.

The next step is for the Senate to approve its version of tax reform.  If this happens, the House and Senate will need to go through a reconciliation process to unify the two bills.  This may be difficult, since the Senate’s version may include a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate.

The House GOP Just Approved
Its Big Tax Reform Bill


In other news, the annual Leonid Meteor Shower is happening this week.  The best chance of seeing the most meteors is tonight and tomorrow night.  There is almost a new moon, so the moon’s brightness will not be a factor in viewing the meteors.  This short video provides a good description:


Nov. 15, 2017

A day after a loud boom was heard and shaking was felt by many residents in and around Birmingham, AL, a clear explanation for the event has not been determined.  The boom, followed immediately by shaking, occurred at a reported time ranging from 1:39 to 1:45 p.m. CST (or 2:39 to 2:45 p.m. EST).

It is being referred to as the “Bama Boom.”  Various causes have been suggested; yet nothing has been confirmed.

One suggestion is that a meteor from the Leonid Meteor Shower, at maximum intensity later this week, may have exploded in the atmosphere, causing the boom and the shaking.

However, NASA says that the sound was not caused by a Leonid meteor.  A NASA spokesman, Bill Cooke, said that these meteors are small and do not travel low enough in the atmosphere to produce sounds loud enough to be heard on the ground.

NASA says origin of large boom
over Alabama is a mystery

Loud 'boom' heard
across parts of Alabama

I was just in Alabama last week.  I wish I were still there and maybe could have heard the boom and felt the shaking.  At least a couple of my cousins near Birmingham did.

This comes less than two weeks after a loud boom was heard and shaking was felt in San Diego.  See my Nov. 3 entry.  Weird.


Nov. 14, 2017

I receive occasional emails from Valerie Moody.  I typically unsubscribe from most email lists, but I remain on Valerie’s because I like her information and thoughts.  Also, I do not have the time to read through emails that are lengthy and rambling, which hers are not.

The subject of today’s email is “Tefillah or Begging?”  Tefillah is the Hebrew for Jewish prayer.  Just a couple of days ago, a friend and I were discussing prayer and agreeing that most people tend to pray mainly in time of difficulty, trouble or danger.

Valerie agrees that most people tend to pray only in a crisis.  However, she feels that God is more likely to answer our prayers if we come to Him in humility and perform a self-evaluation before prayer.  I agree.

Tefillah or Begging?

Nov. 11, 2017

To all the vets out there:  Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and your faithfulness.  Many of you have paid an extremely high price for my freedom, and I appreciate that.

         
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If you are an American, remember Veterans Day.  Fly your flag if you have one, and thank a veteran.


Nov. 8, 2017

Whenever I’m in Alabama, my cousins like to take me to eat at Golden Corral.  I rarely eat at buffets, but I really like the variety and taste of the food at this one.  I ate so much that I’m sure I won’t eat again until tomorrow.

Whenever I see a chocolate fountain, I go kind of nuts, especially if there are strawberries to dip in it.  Today was no exception.

     

     
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Nov. 7, 2017

I like Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator from Texas.  I wish that he were my U.S. Senator.  He was my choice to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.  I like his conservatism and his strong Christian beliefs and values.

I watched Senator Cruz give a brief interview on Fox News last night.  He had visited the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, where 26 people were killed and 20 were injured in the horrific and gruesome shooting on Nov. 5.  He also spent time in the hospital visiting with victims and their families.

During his interview with Shannon Bream, Cruz described how the shooter walked down an aisle of the church shooting as many people as he could.  Cruz said, “I’ve spent a lot of years in law enforcement dealing with some terrible crimes.  This is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Cruz mentioned how he’d spoken with Stephen Willeford, who had wounded the shooter and caused him to flee the scene.  Otherwise, the murderer probably would have shot more people, including law enforcement officers.

Willeford told Cruz how he was “scared out of his mind.”  Cruz told him, “Sir, courage is not the absence of fear.  Courage is acting in the face of fear.”  Very true.

Senator Cruz also noted that a few years ago, he and Senator Grassley introduced legislation that could have prevented this shooter from legally obtaining a gun.  The bill (H.R. 1217) was the “Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2013”; a copy of the text can be seen here.

Cruz added how, in 2010, 48,000 felons and fugitives lied on background check forms when they attempted to purchase guns.  Doing this is a felony.  However, only 44 of them were prosecuted.

Ted Cruz: Obama Administration
Failed To Prosecute For Lies On
Gun Background Check Forms


Nov. 6, 2017

Fruit Loops: red, orange, yellow, greenI really enjoy trekking around Mt. Laurel, AL, in the Fall of the year.  There are trees everywhere.  By the first week of November, a whole lot of the leaves have changed to red, orange and yellow, although there still is plenty of green around.  In some places, it’s kind of like walking through a bowl of Fruit Loops.

One of my favorite walks is along the nature trail leading to Spoonwood Lake, which is a great place to go out on a boat and fish, although I did neither of those activities.  I just like to walk around all over the place, take in the views and snap some photos.  It brings to mind how extremely creative God is.

When I was here a year ago, the water level in Spoonwood Lake was low, as the area had been through a severe drought for months.  However, there was a very rainy season this year, including Hurricane Nate on Oct. 8.  Even while I have been here, it has rained some; so now the lake is totally full.  I tried to pick days with mostly blue or blue-gray skies to shoot my photos.

         

         

         

         

         

         

         
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Nov. 5, 2017

A mass shooting this morning at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs resulted in the deaths of at least 26 people.  At least 20 more who were attending the church were wounded.

The gunman fired a few shots at the church from outside and then entered the church at about 11:30 a.m., continuing to shoot.  The small town of less than 400 people is about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio.

The suspect, using a rifle, was Devin Patrick Kelley, 26.  He was confronted by a citizen with his own rifle who had seen Kelley firing at the church.

Kelley left the scene in his vehicle but crashed a few miles away.  He was found dead in his vehicle, either due to a self-inflicted wound or by being shot by the other man.

At least 26 killed in mass
shooting at Texas church

This shooting is being called the worst mass shooting in Texas history, as well as the worst mass shooting at a place of worship in U.S. history.  It comes five weeks after the horrendous mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV, on Oct. 1 and less than a week after the terrorist murders in NYC, NY, on Oct. 31.


Nov. 4, 2015

Most of the United States will “fall back” to Standard Time early tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 2:00 a.m.  I like the following clock because it is accurate to the second, plus it can be adjusted to any time zone: http://time.gov/HTML5.  Except for Hawaii and Arizona, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tonight.

Some people prefer Standard Time because they typically get up early and like it when the sun rises an hour earlier.  Personally, I prefer Daylight Saving Time because I like the extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day.  I wish Daylight Saving Time could continue year-round.


Nov. 3, 2017

A day after a loud boom was heard and shaking was felt by many residents in and around San Diego, CA, a clear explanation for the event has not been determined.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), there were no earthquakes anywhere near San Diego at that time.  The boom, followed immediately by shaking, occurred at 11:33 a.m. PDT (or 2:33 p.m. EDT).

Some causes have been suggested, such as sonic booms from military aircraft and meteoric activity.  But, as yet, nothing has been confirmed; it’s still a mystery.  Interestingly, there have been bright lights, loud booms and shaking in other places recently, such as Bridgewater, NJ, and Davenport, IA.

San Diegans Startled By
Mysterious Boom, Shaking

One possibility that I have considered is a supernatural one.  Conceivably, the devil (Satan) might be in the process of flinging many of his evil angels (aka “stars”) to various places on the earth (Revelation 12:4a).  More information about this can be found in the red dragon subsection of my season of Teshuvah section.

In case numerous supernatural beings are entering earth’s atmosphere, this could be causing loud booms, shaking, and sometimes bright lights.  I am not saying, with certainty, that this is happening.  I’m just leaving open the possibility that it might be.


Nov. 2, 2017

In another record high. the DJIA closed above 23,500 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.35% to 23,516.26, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.02% to 2,579.85, not a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 23,516.26   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 2,579.85

Nov. 1, 2017

The Houston Astros are the World Series champions after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight in game 7.  Congratulations, Astros!  The game lasted 9 innings.

The final score was Astros 5, Dodgers 1.  Here are the scores for the final game tonight and the runs, hits and errors for each inning:

Astros X, Dodgers Y in the final game of the 2017 World Series

In the series, the Astros won 4 games and the Dodgers won 3 games.  That’s as close as it gets.  This was the first World Series win ever for the Astros.  Here are a few stats for the 7 games:

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Game 1 — Houston at Los Angeles
9 innings
3    1

Wednesday, Oct. 25
Game 2 — Houston at Los Angeles
11 innings
7    6

Friday, Oct. 27
Game 3 — Los Angeles at Houston
9 innings
5    3

Saturday, Oct. 28
Game 4 — Los Angeles at Houston
9 innings
6    2

   

Sunday, Oct. 29
Game 5 — Los Angeles at Houston
10 innings
13    12

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Game 6 — Houston at Los Angeles
9 innings
3    1

Wednesday, Nov. 1
Game 7 — Houston at Los Angeles
9 innings
5    1


Oct. 31, 2017

Happy Halloween, if that is your thing.  For me, it is just another day.  I do get a kick out of some of the Halloween decorations that I see, though.

Many of the homes in Mt. Laurel, AL, have yard and porch decorations each year.  When I’m here, I like to walk around the neighborhoods and snap photos of some of them.

         

         

         

         

         

         
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NYC Officer Ryan Nash, who shot and subdued terrorist attacker Sayfullo SaipovIn other news, 8 innocent people were killed in lower Manhattan this afternoon when a radical Islamic terrorist in a rented truck plowed into them on a bike track.  It happened not far from the new World Trade Center building.

Six of the victims were visiting from foreign countries: 5 from Argentina and 1 from Belgium.  Several others were injured.  This is being called the deadliest terrorist attack in NYC since September 11, 2001.

The murderer was Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, originally from Uzbekistan.  He came to the United States in 2010 on the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.

After the crash, Saipov exited his truck shouting “Allahu Akbar.”  Handwritten notes, along with a printout of the ISIS flag, were found showing Saipov’s loyalty to ISIS.  NYC Police Officer Ryan Nash, 28, wounded and subdued the terrorist with gunshots.

NYC’s Mayor Bill di Blasio called the truck ramming an “act of terror.”  NY’s Governor Andrew Cuomo described the terrorist suspect a “lone wolf.”

NYC terror attack leaves 8 dead, several
injured; suspect's notes pledged ISIS loyalty

Despite the terrorist attack, the annual NYC Village Halloween Parade took place tonight, as scheduled, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.  Large crowds of costumed people turned out to watch.


Oct. 29, 2017

This was a busy day for me.  I got up early and spent much of the morning making lasagnas.  I had not done this since Sep. 30, 2016.

I probably should have made only 2 lasagnas and put more ingredients in each baking pan.  Instead, I made 3 lasagnas and put less in each pan.  I would have purchased more extra vegetables at the store if I had remembered to check the sizes of my cousin’s pans beforehand.  In any case, the lasagna is very tasty.

           
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Catch a Rising Star event at Samford University in BirminghamThis afternoon, I went with my cousins to Samford University in Birmingham.  In the Wright Center, we saw a Catch a Rising Star operatic presentation.

The singer was Alyssa Martin, and her pianist was Kevin Chance.  I’ve never been too much of an opera fan, but I did think their performance was excellent.  Afterwards, we drove around the university campus and I snapped a few photos.

         

         
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Later in the afternoon, I walked around Mt. Laurel Square.  A Trunk or Treat event was put on by Double Oak Community Church, which is a couple of blocks away.

Numerous adults and kids were wearing Halloween costumess.  Cars and other vehicles had their trunks open, in which there was candy and other treats for the kids.  Since it was a church event, there were several signs displaying Bible verses.  Everyone seemed to be having a good time, including myself.

         

         

         

         

         

         
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Oct. 27, 2017

Unknown object, A/2017 U1, passing through our solar systemRecently, an unknown object was discovered entering, and now leaving, our solar system.  It was seen first by the PanSTARRS1 telescope in Hawaii.  It has been named A/2017 U1.

The general consensus is that something like this never has been seen before.  It may have been an intersteller asteroid or comet that escaped from another solar system; but further investigation will be necessary to determine what it may have been, if that is even possible.

Whatever it was, it flashed past Earth at a distance of 15 million miles (24 million kilometers).  It was passing near the sun so quickly that its momentum and the sun’s gravity flung it back back out into deep space.  Chances are that it never will return.

This mystery object may be our first
visitor from another solar system

However, it is possible that this may foreshadow things prophesied in the book of Revelation.  I absolutely do believe that two celestial objects will strike the earth in the future, as God’s Second and Third Trumpet Judgments, causing cataclysmic damage:

The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea.  A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.  The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—the name of the star is Wormwood.  A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter. (Revelation 8:8-11)

In my opinion, these could be depictions of an asteroid and then a comet crashing into the earth.  They will cause mass destruction and devastation.  It could be that the A/2017 U1 object, since nothing like it ever has been seen before, is a warning by God of things yet to come.


Oct. 26, 2017

Today the U.S. House of Representatives approved the same budget passed by the Senate last week, with no changes made.  The House vote was close: 216 for and 212 against.

U.S. National Debt ClockThere were 20 Republicans who voted against the budget of almost $4 trillion.  Understandably, they are opposed to the additional deficits that will add to the gigantic national debt, now well over $20 trillion.

Many believe that this will lead to meaningful and effective tax reform.  Maybe.  I’ll believe it when I see it.

House paves way for Trump tax
reform plan by passing $4T budget

Oct. 25, 2017

I took two flights today to Birmingham, AL.  I scheduled both flights to be non-stop; changing planes even once in Houston, TX, was enough of a hassle.  So I had to leave early in the morning.

The flooding and destruction following the landfall of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 25, and for days afterward, was immense and devastating.  I was curious to see if any of the damage was observable exactly 2 months later when flying into Houston.

The plane window next to me had smudges and streaks on it, so my photos aren’t too clear.  From my vantage point way up in the sky, I could not see any specific damage, although I’m sure there still is a great deal of it.  The landscape did look pretty green, though.

       

       
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Oct. 24, 2017

The World Series in baseball begins tonight.  The Los Angeles Dodgers will play against the Houston Astros.  The first game will take place in L.A., beginning at 5:09 p.m. PDT = 8:09 p.m. EDT.

This will be the first post-season matchup in 40 years of two 100-win teams.  During the season, the Dodgers won 104 games (the best record in baseball), while the Astros won 101 games.

The last time the Dodgers were in the World Series was 1988.  The last time for the Astros was 2005.

The L.A. weather is hot, clear and dry today.  It is 105° and calm as I’m making this entry...my kind of weather.  So it will be pretty hot at the game tonight.  It will break the first-pitch record of game 1 of the 2001 World Series in Phoenix, when it was 94°.

I wish I could attend the game tonight.  I probably will watch it on Fox TV Network while doing last-minute packing for a trip tomorrow.

   
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2017 World Series schedule


In other news, in another record high. the DJIA closed above 23,400 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.72% to 23,441.76, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.16% to 2,569.13, not a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 23,441.76   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 2,569.13

Oct. 21, 2017

A rare public warning has been issued by the U.S. government.  Evidently, there is an increasing danger that hackers are posing a threat to energy and industrial companies.

Both the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have reported that nuclear, energy, aviation, water and critical manufacturing industries have been targeted in attacks since May.

No specifics of the attacks have been given.  However, it would seem that these attacks are expected to become more aggressive.

U.S. warns public about attacks
on energy, industrial firms

Oct. 20, 2017

In another record high. the DJIA closed above 23,200 and above 23,300 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.71% to 23,328.63, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.51% to 2,575.21, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 23,328.63   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,575.21

The 165.59-point leap in the Dow today probably was due mainly to the Senate’s approval yesterday of a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year.  This could pave the way for a tax-cut package.  That would be nice; but, like everything else, I’ll believe it when I see it.

Senate Passes Budget Blueprint,
Key To Trump Tax Effort

Oct. 19, 2017

Market Correction in October 1987Today is the 30th anniversary of the great stock market crash of 1987.  It has been referred to as “Black Monday (1987),” when the market dropped a huge amount in a very short time.

On that day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) dropped 508 points, which was a 22.6% decline.  An equivalent drop today would be about 5,233 points in one day.

30 years after Black Monday,
could stock market crash again?

The 1987 crash resulted from a widespread panic.  When emotion takes over and trading is no longer calm or orderly, that is when “Black Mondays” happen.

Since then, the New York Stock Exchange has installed “circuit breakers,” which are designed to stop trading when stocks dive too far too fast.  This interrupts a panic and gives investors a chance to calm down.

Today, if the Dow declined 7%, trading would be suspended for 15 minutes.  If it declined 20%, trading would be shut down for the rest of the day.

Nevertheless, along with many others, I have a strong feeling that there will be a catastrophic stock market crash in the future, maybe over multiple days.  I also feel that it will be part of the worst economic disaster in U.S. and world history, even worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s.  I don’t like to think about it, but I do think that it is a realistic expectation.


Oct. 18, 2017

Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) briefly surpassed the 23,000 level.  However, it closed a couple of points below that mark.

Today, though. the DJIA closed above 23,000 and above 23,100 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.70% to 23,157.60, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.07% to 2,561.26, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 23,157.60   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,561.26

Oct. 17, 2017

Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed at 22,997.44 today, which was a record high close, it briefly surpassed 23,000 for the first time.  It reached 23,002.20, a record intraday high.

Dow zooms to
23,000 for first time

Oct. 16, 2017

In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 22,900 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.37% to 22,956.96, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.18% to 2,557.64.  It probably won’t be long before the DJIA goes over 23,000.00.  Wow.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 22,956.96   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 2,557.64

Oct. 14, 2017

I last organized my vitamins and supplements into individual compartments on Apr. 29.  Each day, I have taken the following: a daily multiple; vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E; magnesium, selenium, zinc, fish oil, saw palmetto, glucosamine/chondroitin, iron and turmeric curcumin.

168 days of vitamins Individual vitamins

This supply will last for 24 weeks (168 days).  Keeping them in the refrigerator prevents them from losing their potency.

I began taking my last supply of vitamins on Apr. 30.  I will begin taking my new supply of vitamins tomorrow (Oct. 15).  These will last me until Mar. 31, 2018 (unless there are days that I skip taking them).


Oct. 13, 2017

Today is Friday the 13th.  It is the second one this year, including the one in January.

Fear of the number 13 is known as triskaidekaphobia.  Fear of spooky dates is paraskevidekatriaphobia.  It’s just another ordinary day to me.

Happy Friday the 13th
Oct. 12, 2017

Hoshana RabbahToday, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at taking action on ObamaCare.  He took this action on his own after Congress failed to repeal or repair the law.

Trump said that the order is “starting that process” to repeal ObamaCare.  It will be the “first steps to providing millions of Americans with ObamaCare relief.”

Some say that the order could undermine the stability of ObamaCare markets by opening up cheaper plans that could divert healthy people away from ObamaCare plans.  Democrats warn that the order is part of Trump’s larger plan to “sabotage” the health-care law and accomplish on his own what Congress could not.

In any case, the executive order largely does not make changes itself; rather, it directs agencies to issue new regulations or guidance.  Those new rules will go through a notice and comment period that could take months, officials said.

Trump clears way for ObamaCare 'alternatives' in
new executive order, goes around stalled Congress

I continue to believe that only major and radical changes would have a chance of reversing and repairing all of the harm and damage that ObamaCare has done to the U.S. healthcare system.  It would be similar to reviving a severely injured person, who has been in a coma for years, and getting that person to be fully alert and functional again.


In other news, this is the first year since 1893 in which 10 Atlantic storms in a row have reached hurricane strength.  This is the list of these hurricanes so far:

  1. Franklin
  2. Gert
  3. Harvey
  4. Irma
  5. Jose
 
  1. Katia
  2. Lee
  3. Maria
  4. Nate
  5. Ophelia

Four of these hurricanes have smacked into American states and/or territories.  It’s difficult for me to disregard the possibility that these hurricanes have a supernatural source.

Hurricane season does not end until Nov. 30.  So more hurricanes could be added to the list, making it a record-breaking year.


Oct. 11, 2017

Hoshana RabbahThis is the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot.  It also is called Hoshana Rabbah.  This is the great day during the Feast/Festival of Tabernacles when Jesus spoke about the following:

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.  Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (John 7:37-39)

Those who believe firmly and absolutely in Jesus as Lord can receive the gift of His Holy Spirit.  Then, if they maintain a humble heart of repentance, contrition and confession, and if they fully trust in Him they may be more likely to be protected and sheltered during the Great Tribulation to come.

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. (Nahum 1:7)

We are virtually at the end of the High Holiday (Holy Day) season.  In Jewish tradition, the verdict for the following year, issued by God (Hashem) on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, is finalized on Hoshana Rabbah.  Basically, this is the day of Final Judgment.

So although judgment “begins” on Rosh haShanah and is “sealed” on Yom Kippur, final “delivery” begins on Hoshana Rabbah.  In the U.S., with all of the disasters that have taken place during and after the season of Teshuvah, it concerns me that many more devastating events may be yet to come.  I hope not.


Oct. 10, 2017

Fireman fighting devastating California wildfires California wildfire map
Numerous large wildfires have been sweeping across California.  They have caused numerous deaths and widspread destruction.

In Northern California, fires have burned about 100,000 acres and destroyed at least 1,500 homes, businesses and other structures.  Many of the fires remain out of control.  Some are calling it the worst fire disaster in California history.

Fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties, the center of California’s wine country, began suddenly on Sunday night, Oct. 8.  Winds of over 50 mph caused the fires to spread rapidly.  The winds have died down somewhat but are expected to increase again tomorrow.

In Orange County in Southern California, Santa Ana winds, gusting 30 to 40 mph, caused a fire in Anaheim Hills to spread through 7,500 acres.  At least 24 homes have been damaged or destroyed.  With more high winds in the forecast tomorrow, conditions are expected to continue to get worse.

Thousands flee as wildfires ravage
Northern California; at least 15 killed

I last visited a couple of wineries in Sonoma County on May 28.  As far as I know, neither of them has sustained fire damage.


In other news, in another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 22,800 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.31% to 22,830.68, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.23% to 2,550.64.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 22,830.68   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 2,550.64

Oct. 9, 2017

A row of homeless people on 17th Street in San Diego In this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo a man passes behind a sign warning of an upcoming street cleaning in San Diego. Health officials say a deadly California outbreak of Hepatitis A may take a year or more to abate.
San Diego is my favorite city in the world.  All of my favorite things are there, including parks, beaches, restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores.  Most of all, I’ve always found the year-round climate to be ideal—better than any place I’ve ever visited or lived.

However, because the weather is so perfect, San Diego has a substantial homeless population.  It is one of the few places in the USA where it is possible to be outside most of the time, day or night, without the weather being a significant factor.

For months, the cases of Hepatitis A in San Diego have been rising at an alarming rate.  Now, the city is experiencing one of the largest Hepatitis A outbreaks the country has seen in decades.  It seems that homeless people are major carriers and transmitters of this infectious, and potentially deadly, disease.

Since November, more than 500 people have fallen ill and 17 have died of the infection, just in San Diego.  In Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties, where Hepatitis A outbreaks also have been declared, another 88 cases have been identified.

Officials throughout the state are now scrambling to vaccinate homeless populations, which are considered the most at-risk.  Since San Diego is a favorite vacation spot among Americans, it is feared that many visitors may be infected with Hepatitis A and carry the infection back home with them.

Now paramedics, under the supervision of nurses, have been given the authority to administer vaccines to the area’s at-risk populations.  This special measure was approved on Oct. 4.

So far, about 1,400 doses of the vaccination have been administered in San Diego.  However, even with further vaccinations and other measures, the Hepititis A outbreak may take at least another year to get under control, if that is even possible.

Paramedics authorized to give vaccines
amid San Diego hepatitis A outbreak

Oct. 8, 2017

Hurricane Nate makes its first landfall in Louisiana as a Catetory 1 storm Probable path of Hurricane Nate
Hurricane Nate made two landfalls, as a Category 1 storm, last night and very early this morning: first near the mouth of the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana, then near Biloxi, Mississippi.  It is the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina in 2005.

Before dawn, Nate weakened to a tropical storm and now is a tropical depression.  Today, there are flood watches and warning from Alabama to Virginia.

Nate is progressing through Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky.  Then it will continue to the northeast, further weakening as it goes.

Hurricane Nate weakens
to a tropical depression

Oct. 7, 2017

God warns before He judges.  What is God saying to the “divided” States of America?

An interesting discussion about this was aired today at Olive Tree Ministries.  Jan Markell hosted Dr. Dave Reagan of Lamb & Lion Ministries.  His new book is God’s Prophetic Voices to America.

They talked about some ominous points indicating why God’s judgment upon the USA may be coming soon.  Dr. Reagan feels that we have reached the “point of no return.”

God seems to have given American a window of opportunity to repent (for instance, during the season of Teshuvah).  Unfortunately, so far, a nationwide repentance has not taken place.  This interesting program, 57 minutes in length, can be heard here:

When Watchmen Warn: Audio

Scroll down that page a bit and click the play arrow on the audio bar that looks like this:

Audio Bar

Oct. 6, 2017

Today, President Trump issued protections for religious liberty and protecting the unborn.  By doing this, he implemented his Executive Order 13798, which he signed on May 4: the National Day of Prayer.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, agreed with the moves.  He said, “President Trump is demonstrating his commitment to undoing the anti-faith policies of the previous administration and restoring true religious freedom.”

However, many liberal advocacy groups were outraged.  JoDee Winterhof of the Human Rights Campaign depicted the two directives as “an all-out assault, on women, LGBT people and others.”  Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi called the birth-control rollback “despicable”; whereas, House Speaker Paul Ryan welcomed the decision, calling it “a landmark day for religious liberty.”

Trump DOJ and HHS Issue Major
Religious Liberty, Pro-Life Protections

Oct. 5, 2017

This is the first full day of the week-long Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot.  It also is a special Sabbath when no regular work is to be done (Leviticus 23:34,35).

       
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Sukkot in JerusalemAll native-born Israelites are to construct and to dwell in booths or “sukkot” (which is the plural of booth or “sukkah”) for a week (Leviticus 23:42,43).  This is a reminder to them of the temporary tabernacles in which their Israelite ancestors lived for 40 years after leaving ancient Egypt.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1) in a sukkah during Sukkot, not in a stable in December.  The word “tabernacle,” used as a verb, means “to take up temporary residence, especially to inhabit a physical body” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).  So Jesus tabernacled with mankind for a few decades while He was here the first time.

Being a Jew, Jesus celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles and even taught in the temple courts during the days of this feast (John 7:1-44).  In the future Messianic era, during the Millennium, Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah will return to tabernacle with us again.  Representatives from the nations of the world will go to Jerusalem, where King Yeshua will be sitting on His throne, to observe the Feast of Tabernacles—essentially, a giant birthday celebration for Jesus:

The LORD will be king over the whole earth.  On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name. ... Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. (Zechariah 14:9,16)


In other news, in another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 22,700 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.50% to 22,775.39, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.56% to 2,552.07, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 22,775.39   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,552.07

Oct. 3, 2017

In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 22,600 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.37% to 22,641.67, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.22% to 2,534.58, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 22,641.67   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,534.58

Oct. 2, 2017

Las Vegas police with Mandalay Bay Resort in the background Windows in Madalay Bay Hotel where shots came from
The deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history took place last night, Oct. 1, in Las Vegas, NV.  At last count, least 59 people are dead, and at least 527 are injured.

The gunman was Stephen Paddock, 64, from Mesquite, NV.  When police were about to apprehend him in his hotel room, he shot and killed himself.  As of yet, his motive for the shootings is unknown.

Paddock used at least 10 guns to shoot countless bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort.  He fired upon at least 22,000 people attending the three-day Route 91 Harvest country music festival, which was in its final night.

Las Vegas shooting: At least 59 dead in
massacre Trump calls 'act of pure evil'


In other news, in another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 22,500 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.68% to 22,557.60, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.39% to 2,529.12, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 22,557.60   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,529.12

Part of the rise in the stock market today was due to a rally in shares of gun makers.  For instance, shares of Smith & Wesson parent, American Outdoor, jumped over 3% in afternoon trading.  Evidently, this was a reaction to the horrendous shooting in Las Vegas last night.


Oct. 1, 2017

Every Oct. 1, I’m always reminded of the 5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987.  It commonly was called the “Shocktober 1st earthquake.”  Today is the 30th anniversary of that event.

The quake happened at 7:42 a.m., just as I was finishing breakfast before going to work.  The epicenter of the quake was about 40 miles from my house in Irvine, which rocked for several seconds.  There was no damage to my property, though.  The quake was felt throughout southern California and southern Nevada.

I was watching the morning news out of Los Angeles.  A few minutes after the main shock, there was a small aftershock, which I did not feel.

I remember watching two of the news guys, Christopher Nance and Kent Shocknek.  They got freaked out due to the shaking and the swaying lights, caused by the aftershock, and jumped under their desks.  You can watch a short David Letterman video where he talked about it and then showed a video of what happened.

I also felt a 5.3 aftershock three days later.  Then life went on as usual.  Here is a video, under 5 minutes, showing damage from the initial quake on Oct. 1 and from the aftershock on Oct. 4: SoCal Whittier Narrows Earthquakes (1987).

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