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Surgery successful

August 18, 2018

Hi everybody, my surgery on Friday was successful and I apologize for the delay i getting back to you.

I will probably be in the hospital a few more days but I will try to post when and if I can.

God bless you all!

Steve

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A peace which transcends all understanding

August 16, 2018

  footprintsWe have all seen the famous “Footprints in the Sand” poem. You know the one: a man is walking on the beach with God and he sees the footprints of himself and God in the sand and when he questions God about why there was only one set of footprints in the sand during the lowest points in his life God tells him those were the times He carried the man.

  It is meant as influential prose designed to reaffirm that God is always there for us in our time of need. Although these types of things are helpful reminders, one need not look past the Bible to see references to God being there to provide strength and encouragement to us in our lives. All you have to do is go straight to the source for inspiration.

  I would like to write today a little about anxiety or worry because in today’s high paced world this seems to be a common problem. Whether it be stress at work, peer pressure, or a health issue, to name a few examples, people have all sorts of things that cause them stress. When you are down where do you turn? When you feel the world closing in around you where do you go for strength? How do you relieve your anxiety? Is it through distraction?

  Distraction can make you forget about your worry for a little while but it does not offer a permanent solution, in fact it does not offer a solution at all. The solution you are looking for is turning your worries over to God through prayer and petition. There are several Bible verses about not being afraid or not worrying–just to name a couple:

  Matthew 6:27: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (NIV)

  Matthew 6:34: “Therefor do not worry about tomorrow” (NIV)

 It is easy to tell somebody not to worry about something but what is the key to not worrying? I believe it comes to us from Philippians 4:6,7–because this is the verse which gives us the instruction on how to find the peace we are all looking for and it is one of my favorite verses in the Bible.

  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 4:6,7 NIV)

   The key is to turn your life over to God, to put all your faith in Him and to trust Him and when you do, and you do it honestly, you will feel Him walking with you and strengthening you in whatever you are facing in your life that is causing you to worry. You will be filled with a peace which transcends all understanding. 

  When that peace comes over you, or you feel that rest in your time of distress, you will know then that God is carrying you when you need Him and it is an amazing feeling which cannot be explained. God is in control and it is as if He is saying “I got this.” 

   Jesus said it Himself: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

New Mexico man accused of training children to be school shooters is released on bond

August 14, 2018

  If you rely solely on the mainstream media for your news most likely you missed the story of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj: He is the son of the infamous Brooklyn imam of the same name who is an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and he was running a training camp in New Mexico to teach children how to go on school shootings. The police also found the dead body of a child at the extremist compound.

  The mainstream media is ignoring this story for obvious reasons and I would go so far as to say they are derelict in duty for covering this story up. And there is an update today which is also going unnoticed in the mainstream media. Today the five defendants were in court and they were released on bond.

  Here is more:

The prosecutors provided more details about the accusations during a court hearing in which they asked that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and four other defendants be held pending trial on child abuse charges.

But the judge in the case ruled against prosecutors’ request. 

Judge Sarah Backus said although she was concerned by “troubling facts,” prosecutors failed to articulate any specific threats to the community.

She set a $20,000 bond for each defendant and ordered that they wear ankle monitors and have weekly contact with their attorneys.

  So, they were teaching children how to shoot up schools and they are not a threat to the community? To say nothing about the fact there was a dead body on the property! This is sickening to say the least and I am at a loss for words, and it does not matter to me that they will be wearing ankle bracelets and will be in contact with their attorneys, these people should be in jail until their trial.

  Just think about it this way, Paul Manafort has been in jail for bank fraud and at times was in solitary confinement and yet these people are allowed to go home. Something is very wrong with the system.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium  

Are Democrats overplaying their hand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

August 13, 2018

  Ever since the stunning primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York we have seen members of the Democratic party trying to ride her alt-left coattails. I am of the belief that the Democrats are misreading the results of a local election with small voter turnout in a liberal state by taking it as a sign that the nation as a whole is ready to embrace democratic-socialism. I call this the “Cortez-Effect” and I think it is going to backfire.

  While many of the Democratic leaders are all in on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez so far it has not played out with the voters the way the leaders had hoped it would. Since her victory Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been running around the country endorsing candidates and last week four of those candidates lost in grand style. Here is more:

… Ing, who bills himself as a democratic socialist, has seemingly found little traction among local voters in the race to fill the open seat for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District.

Ing lagged far behind the leaders among likely Democratic voters in the poll.

Another publication indicated Ing came in fourth in a recent poll.

It turns out Cortez’s support did nothing for his chances, and in fact, it may have hurt them.

Returns published by the New York Times show Cortez’s preferred candidate, Kaniela Ing, came in a distant FIFTH in a field of seven candidates.

Ing captured a measly 6.1 percent of the vote, compared to the winner, Ed Case, who won 40.4 percent.

And here are two more:

Cortez held a whirl-wind tour of the U.S., stumping for Abdul El-Sayed for governor of Michigan, Fayrouz Saad in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, Cori Bush in Missouri’s 1st District, and was backing Congressional candidate Kaniela Ing in Hawaii.

El-Sayed lost his bid for the Democrat nomination for governor to 51.8 percent to 30.5 percent, according to numbers published by the New York Times.

Saad came in fourth in the five-way race, capturing only 18 percent of the vote.

Cori Bush lost her primary to William Lacy Clay, 56.7 percent to 36.9 percent, the Times results show.

  I believe the Democrats are overplaying their hand based on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory, and if her brand of democratic-socialism is not playing well with the Democratic voters in places other than New York  how is the fact that the leaders of the party are now fully behind democratic-socialism going to play in a general election?

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

The FBI fires Peter Strzok

August 13, 2018

  It might have come months late but it is now being reported that last Friday the FBI fired never-Trumper Peter Strzok. Here is more:

FBI official Peter Strzok, who played a lead role in both the Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton email probes but became a political lightning rod after the revelation of anti-Trump text messages, has been fired.

Strzok attorney Aitan Goelman said in a statement Monday that his client, a 21-year FBI veteran, was fired Friday afternoon, claiming this was a departure from standard practice and politically motivated. Goelman said bureau Deputy Director David Bowdich “overruled” the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility to remove him. 

  Peter Strzok’s lawyer claimed this was a “departure from standard practice” and “politically motivated” but you know what else falls into those same two categories? Peter Strzok’s actions in trying to hatch a plan to stop Donald Trump from becoming President and then being appointed to an investigation which is trying to take the President down, that’s what.

  Aitan Goelman went on to say all Americans should be deeply troubled by Peter Strzok’s firing but again I point to his actions while with the FBI that I find deeply troubling and Mark Meadows agrees:

“Peter Strzok was fired from the FBI because of what his own written words plainly showed: he was willing to use his official FBI position to try and stop President Trump from getting elected. He tarnished the FBI’s sterling reputation and severely damaged public trust in an institution where trust is paramount. His conduct should deeply concern every American,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said in a statement to Fox News. 

My only gripe is that this should have happened months ago.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Sunday, August 12 open thread

August 12, 2018

  Here is the open thread for Sunday, August 12th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

  Last week we discussed 5 stories, did you miss any of them? If so there is an easy way to make sure it does not happen again. You can subscribe to America’s Watchtower to receive email updates. You can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right. The Twitter widget in the sidebar is fully interactive and updates my tweets in real time, and it allows you to respond or retweet my tweets right from the blog.

  As some of you might remember I had a health issue which put me in the hospital for several days back in May. After a couple of months of seeing the doctors I am going to have heart surgery this Friday, August 17th. I will be having my aortic valve replaced as well as part of the aorta.

  I am told this surgery is routine nowadays and the risk is minimal and I am strengthened by Philippians 4:6,7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.” (NIV)

  Recovery looks as if it is going to be tougher than it was with my brain surgery so it looks like I will not be doing any blogging for a little while after Thursday but I will try to get everybody updated on my condition as soon as possible.

frui diem

North Korea claims the United States is not living up to its end of the Trump/Kim summit bargain

August 11, 2018

  Since the historic Trump/Kim summit back in June North Korea has made the headlines a few times and not in a good way. We have heard a couple of reports that North Korea was still continuing its nuclear program despite its assurances the program was on hold and then in July North Korea called talks with Mike Pompeo “regrettable.”

  North Korea is again in the news, this time claiming the United States has not been living up to its end of the bargain since the Trump/Kim summit. Here is more:

North Korea issued a forceful statement Thursday against what it said were elements of the US government which are not adhering to the spirit of the dialogue established by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Singapore summit hin June.

Pyongyang said while it had taken “such practical denuclearization steps as discontinuing nuclear test and ICBM test fire” and “broadminded measures” like the repatriation of US Korean War remains, “the US responded to our expectation by inciting international sanctions and pressure against (North Korea).”

The statement, credited to North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, notably did not blame Trump but singled out “some high-level officials within the US administration” who it said were going against the President’s will. It also echoed criticism of previous administrations’ approaches to North Korea that Trump himself has made.

  Apparently North Korea is upset that it has begun to denuclearize but the United States has not reciprocated in any manner:

The frustration expressed by North Korea points to a fundamental disagreement between the two parties as to the timeline and progress of implementing what was agreed by Kim and Trump.

North Korea has made clear it felt the Singapore summit was only a first step, and that its own concessions — such as freezing nuclear and missile tests and the returning of remains — should be reciprocated by the US in some manner.

  It would seem likely he is referring to the tough sanctions which led North Korea to the negotiating table in the first place, but for his part Donald Trump has stated the sanction swould not be lifted until North Korea was denuclearized.

  If the sanctions have been as successful as it appears they have been then it makes no sense to lift them now, although it is understandable why North Korea would like to see them lifted. If the sanctions have worked to the point where North Korea had to come to the table then they must be kept in place to ensure North Korea stays at the table. And if that means that from time to time North Korea has to spout off I think we can live with that.

  malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium