Trump Endorses the “God Bless the USA Bible”

Trump Endorses the “God Bless the USA Bible”

A new Bible is now out, endorsed by Donald J. Trump, and sponsored by Lee Greenwood who (in)famously sang the hit tune, “God Bless the USA.” This Bible sells for $59.95. King James Version is many centuries past copyright expiration, so no outgoing royalty fees for publishing. It does include the U.S. Constitution, Pledge of Allegiance, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. This is a glaring example of idolatry: Conflating America side by side or above God breaking the First, Second, and Third Commandments of the Decalogue. It is simony, which is making money by using God. It is… Read More

I Am in the Crowd on Palm Sunday: What Do I Expect from the Messiah?

I Am in the Crowd on Palm Sunday: What Do I Expect from the Messiah?

The most seductively dangerous idolatry is to make Jesus into our own image and likeness. We worship the false image and we will fight furiously to defend our idol we make of Jesus. It may take our prayers and the prayers of others that God will hear and crush the idolatry. May we all worship Jesus in Spirit and in truth. When Jesus rode a young unridden donkey into Jerusalem, the crowds cheered him as their long-expected Messiah who they wanted to break the yoke of Roman rule and to establish their own religious nation. Jesus disappointed them by ending… Read More

Pentagon Cannot Account for $1.9 Trillion. Cannot Pass an Audit. Who Will Defend Us from the Defense Department?

Pentagon Cannot Account for $1.9 Trillion. Cannot Pass an Audit. Who Will Defend Us from the Defense Department?

The Pentagon was never audited until 2018. Since then, it has miserably failed six audits. All other government agencies pass their audits. Why does the Pentagon get a pass?The old saying, “Truth is the first casualty of war” might be a clue to what is going on in the Pentagon. We know that arms manufacturers very often have huge cost overruns. That obsolete systems are still built so as to keep an influential congressman satisfied for his district and state. That the so-called “defense” industry has many paid lobbyists. Please read this short scathing article that questions the bloated, unaccountable… Read More

Biden’s Proposed Seaport Pier to Aid Starving Gaza is a Despicable Trojan Horse

Biden’s Proposed Seaport Pier to Aid Starving Gaza is a Despicable Trojan Horse

In his recent State of the Union speech, President Joe Biden tried to hoodwink compassionate U.S. citizens by unveiling a plan to transport food to starving Gaza residents through a temporary pier that Navy supply ships could embark. Biden is learning that his supplying bombs to Israel for its genocidal assault in Gaza is not playing well in key electoral states. Biden thinks he can dupe idiot voters. In an hour, the U.S. could open the gates to the hundreds of food aid trucks stalled at Gaza borders by Israel. Simply march the trucks in under Biden’s orders. Would Israel… Read More

American Empire Trying to Muzzle War Opponents

American Empire Trying to Muzzle War Opponents

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is the premier media voice of U.S. finance investment. War is profitable for arms manufacturers, for example. Currently the WSJ is trying to shame and badger the large Arab-American population in Dearborn, Michigan, that are refusing to support Biden in his candidacy for reelection as President due to his supporting Israel’s genocidal assault on Gaza. Michigan is considered a key swing state in the upcoming Presidential election. The WSJ moans that Arab-American voters’ pressure on Biden are influencing foreign policy. See this article for details. Sheesh. WSJ basically is saying that everyday common voters should… Read More

Biden Feeds The War Profiteers, not the Poor

Biden Feeds The War Profiteers, not the Poor

President Biden and much of Congress want to pass a $95 billion supplemental bill to back Ukraine and Israel in their wars. These wars will not bring peace, but only continued destruction. The winners are the U.S. weaponry manufacturers. “Masters of War,” as Bob Dylan titles one of his songs, going on to muse that even Jesus will not forgive them. Meanwhile, poverty continues to plague U.S. children. And what would $95 billion spent overseas for true peace do?See this article that shows that Guns are priority over Butter for Biden.

Israeli siege has placed Gazans at risk of starvation − prewar policies made them vulnerable in the first place

Israeli siege has placed Gazans at risk of starvation − prewar policies made them vulnerable in the first place

Violence is atat a gutter moral level when children are purposely starved to emancipation. Even before the brutal Hamas attack on October 7, the nutrition available for most Gaza residents was at a level just above starvation, as purposely planned by Israel which governs what food is imported into Gaza.It is painful for parents to hear their children clamor for food, see them stuff grass and inedible items into their mouths, and to see their listless faces as their bodies begin to shutdown for lack of nutrition. And because of the long-term effects of malnutrition, these children are already stunted… Read More

Gold, silver and lithium mining on federal land doesn’t bring in any royalties to the US Treasury – because of an 1872 law

Gold, silver and lithium mining on federal land doesn’t bring in any royalties to the US Treasury – because of an 1872 law

In 1872 the federal government passed a law that enabled prospectors for gold and silver to claim up to 160 acres of federal land if they worked it. Free. No royalties. A major purpose was to open up Western lands for expansion and settlement. Since then, and by now 152 years later, the law remains in place. Current regulations require permits and environmental standards, but otherwise mine companies pay no royalties, unlike coal, gas, oil on federal lands.See this article for recommendations.

Empathizing with Both Israel and Palestinian Victims of Violence

Empathizing with Both Israel and Palestinian Victims of Violence

In 2005, 2006, 2008, I lived with Palestinians in the West Bank in the maelstrom of Jewish settler violence. I was a trained member of Christian Peacemaker Teams. We worked along with Jewish peace activists and their organizations. So I have empathy for Palestinians who suffer from violence and oppression. I also have empathy for Jews who also have suffered horrendous violent persecution, with hatred against them still prevalent. So many Jews see the state of Israel as a haven.See this insightful article by pastor Jonny Rashid that says what I feel.

Dire-Low Monarch Butterfly Populations

Dire-Low Monarch Butterfly Populations

Monarch Butterflies are a remarkable species. Both the California populations and the Eastern populations are at severe risk, even of possible extinction in the not too distant future. In the East, Monarchs migrate from overwintering all together on a few acres in Mexico, to travel by successive generations as far north as Canada. The last generation in fall flies all the way back to overwinter in Mexico. Yet climate change-related drought, herbicides and pesticides, and destruction of the milkweed that require, along with illegal logging of their winter grounds, imperils their very existence. The iconic butterfly that children study may… Read More

Mothers Cry for Their War-torn Children

Mothers Cry for Their War-torn Children

The Christmas Story is not all Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus surrounded by awakened shepherds and knew-bowing Wisemen. The egotistical, sadistic King Herod ordered the slaughter of all young male children in Bethlehem. The Bible records that the mothers wailed in their weeping over their slain children. Is there any sight or sound more heart-rending than that of a mother whose child has died? Jesus escaped by miracle. But in much of the world, young children are being slaughtered, wounded, and psychologically traumatized by war. What is especially indicting for those of us in the United States is that the U.S.… Read More

My Heart Mourns: Israel and Palestine

My Heart Mourns: Israel and Palestine

I will write more on the conflicts in Palestine and Israel later. My heart aches.As one who believes that to follow Jesus is the way to justice, peace, and flourishing, albeit the pathway may be misunderstood and opposed, i cannot countenance retaliation, revenge, hatred.I recently signed a petition, “An Open Letter from Palestinian Christians to Western Church Leaders and Theologians.” Pray and act upon prayer.

Media is Ignoring Most Global Crises

Media is Ignoring Most Global Crises

The rush of rich nations of the Global North to support the tragic war in Ukraine has diverted attention and resources from other nations and desperate peoples. In Yemen, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Sudan, human food shortage is at critical levels for mass starvation. Much of this is war-related. Major media is silent.Read this link to a descriptive article, then advocate for these millions who are suffering.

The U.S. Chose Retribution, not Grace, in the Aftermath of 9/11

The U.S. Chose Retribution, not Grace, in the Aftermath of 9/11

What huge imago madeA psychopathic god:I and the public knowWhat all schoolchildren learn,Those to whom evil is doneDo evil in return. (W. H. Auden’s poem, September 1, 1939) Almost immediately after the horrific terrorist attack September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center and Pentagon killed 3000 Americans, the drumbeat for retribution and revenge pounded loudly. Drowned out were voices calling for restraint. While peoples from nations around the world offered sympathy, so-called Christian America cast aside Jesus’s clear teachings against returning evil for evil to instead foment violent war on Afghanistan, to be followed 18 months later upon Iraq.… Read More

How Israeli Settlers Force Palestinians Off Their Lands

How Israeli Settlers Force Palestinians Off Their Lands

Herding sheep into others’ fields, preventing access to water, blocking roads, killing animals and breaking into homes in the middle of the night – these and other tactics are part of the daily terror perpetrated by settlers in Palestinian villages. I witnessed these tactics when I lived with Palestinians in the southern Hebron Hills (Masafer Yatta) in 2005, 2006, 2008. It is even worse now since the extreme racist Isaeli government has taken power. This settler violence is a wicked distortion, betrayal and perversion of God’s biblical calling forth Jews to be an instrument of righteousness. Here are two articles… Read More

Morally Derelict Sen. Blumenthal Cheers Ukraine/Russia War Because Americans Are Not Dying, and Russia Is Getting Weaker

Morally Derelict Sen. Blumenthal Cheers Ukraine/Russia War Because Americans Are Not Dying, and Russia Is Getting Weaker

I am so angrily disgusted by U.S. government leaders who smugly fund and urge further warfare carnage in the Ukraine/Russia war. Even though Ukraine has been unable to reclaim territory seized by Russia at huge casualty costs on both sides, Sen. Romney recently called the proxy war the ‘the best national defense spending’ the US has ever done. Apparently Biden, Romney, Blumenthal, and maybe most others are blind to moral evil. Read Jeremy Camp’s article about this despicable evil talk. https://news.antiwar.com/2023/08/30/sen-blumenthal-us-getting-its-moneys-worth-in-ukraine-because-americans-arent-dying/

Powerful Sermon by Chris Hedges on Crucifixion of our modern prophets such as Julian Assange

Powerful Sermon by Chris Hedges on Crucifixion of our modern prophets such as Julian Assange

Chris Hedges, a noted journalist, social critic, and ordained Presbyterian minister, preached a powerful sermon in Norway in August, 2023. Actress Liv Ullman read the introductory scripture from Jeremiah 37:11-21. Hedges preached on the courageous, incorruptible prophets who faced persecution. He then spoke of his incarcerated Julian Assange who aired out the dirty laundry of U.S. military operations in his Wikileaks. Watch the entire YouTube video or start at minute 50 for the sermon.

Why Israel Should Stick to the Original Version of Zionism

Why Israel Should Stick to the Original Version of Zionism

The following article’s subtitle says to modern Jews, “It was not baseless hatred that led to the destruction of the Temple in antiquity. It was the arrogance of the military and the absence of political judiciousness – precisely the same dangers we now face.” Read this lament by a modern Jewish author who distinguishes between God’s original intent for Israel and Israel’s misappropriation over millennia.  HERE FOR LINK TO ARTICLE

Public University Salaries: Administrators and Coaches Paid High. Adjunct Staff Low.

Public University Salaries: Administrators and Coaches Paid High. Adjunct Staff Low.

Chris Hedges is a noted journalist, culture critic, and ordained Christian minister. He also is a contract instructor for Rutgers University teaching at a prison. Hedges notes that Rutgers, a public university in New Jersey, pays annual salaries to top administrators approaching $1 million, and football and basketball coaches exceed three million. The football team continues to incur debts now at $250 million as it spends lavishly on its programs trying to overcome a long streak of losing seasons. Meanwhile adjunct professors and grad students that make up much of the academic instruction are often under $30,000. At Rutgers, some… Read More

What Did the Early Church Say About Economic Justice?

What Did the Early Church Say About Economic Justice?

By St. Augustine, John Chrysostom, and Basil the Great The Plough is a publication of the Bruderhof, a Christian community of sharing goods. The introduction to some teachings of these three early Christian fathers begins, “In an age when Christianity is comfortably entwined with consumer capitalism, the early Christians’ passion for social and economic justice can come as a shock. From the first days of Christianity, the duty to care for the poor and marginalized was at the center of the gospel. Jesus preached a way of life free of possessions, the first church in Jerusalem abolished private property, and… Read More

War is an Evil Tool of Satan

War is an Evil Tool of Satan

The caption to this picture is the following: “An Iraqi family reacts after three family members, innocent civilians, were shot and killed by U.S. Marines in an incident in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 9, 2003.” (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) This picture hurts my heart. Look at the pain of the mother and surviving children at the murder of their children. Yes, murder, because the U.S. invasion of Iraq was justified by blatant lies propagandized by cowardly inept news media to the gullible American public still seething over the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center… Read More

‘Time is Running Out,’ American Petroleum Institute Chief Said in 1965 Speech on Climate Change

‘Time is Running Out,’ American Petroleum Institute Chief Said in 1965 Speech on Climate Change

The Petroleum Industry scientists knew over 50 years ago that their product would create massive climate change disasters on a global basis. At first the industry was open about the truth. However, facing potential loss of profit if society moved away from oil-related transportation, the industry began to fund fake science and pour on lobbying of Congress to stop climate change dialogue.Read this article written in 2018 from an article in Nature journal.