Mona and I went to Pearl Harbor, a trip I wanted to make since I was a kid. Before going out to the Arizona, we entered the theater and watched newsreels of the attack as a volunteer military veteran of the attack gave his side of the attack. We then went out in boats to the memorial, but we were reminded how reverence was to be maintained for the memorial, for it was built right over the top of the USS Arizona. Here, some 800 sailors and officers lie entombed below. But a flag still waves, because the USS Arizona is still carried as an active US Navy vessel- a Battleship. Yes, there was a reverence and you could feel it as you walked across the memorial and could still see the oil bubbling up from the ship below. Whenever a ship passes by it renders the USS Arizona its proper honor for two ships passing and as veterans you feel a bit closer to the sailors and Marines below.
When asked why we still honor this day, I've told the young folk how this is a constant reminder how we let our guard down and allowed a suspected enemy to catch us asleep. We knew Japan had become a predator, or they had invaded China in 1931 and then came Korea. The military minds knew it was only a matter of time, but for some reason they didn't think it would be this quick and we suffered greatly for it.
Now Japan and Germany, plus Italy became allies and they proceeded to conquer the land. Some of you may not be aware, but when Germany invaded Poland, Russia had signed an agreement with them. Russia was going to be given Poland's eastern regions. But then Russia got upset with Hitler and broke its agreement after securing it part of Poland and began fighting the German- this became known as the Russian Front and its length became of such a size Hitler could ill-afford to defend it and fight Britain and the arrival of the US troops at the beginning of 1942. Once war was declared against Japan, President Roosevelt took the initiative to declare war with Germany. This is the war Roosevelt wanted and now he was forced to split his forces between Japan and Germany/Italy. But Russia never declared war against Japan, they were much too close and had once lost a great sea battle against the Japanese at the first part of the century, when the Japanese fleet wiped out the Czar's navy. As a result of this, Stalin would not allow President Roosevelt to use Russia for any attack against Japan. No airfields could be built and no aircraft carriers could sail into Russian waters. Still, Germany did help America defeat Hitler.
I sometimes wonder what would've happened had we dropped the bomb on Berlin. A few of our great American generals wanted to take Russia on after Germany surrendered. But President Truman would not allow it.
You've now had your history lesson. But please, follow my news briefs as you'll find a couple interesting ones today.
Gaza: Hamas has begun its reign of terror by leaflet drops- threatening poets, writers and women who refuse to wear the proper attire of a Muslim woman- for they now risk being stoned to death for disobeying Muslim law. Hamas continues to insist the Islamic State is not operating in the Gaza, but Islamic State flags are now appearing all over football stadiums during games, on vehicle windshields and rear windows, mosques, educational centers and even wedding centers. It is now pretty clear to the Muslims in Gaza that when Hamas falls, it will quickly be replaced by the Islamic State and Israel could find itself in a state of all-out war. Plus, all those countries that stood to vote to make Palestine a State may be paving the way for a violent takeover by the Islamic State. (Countries such as Belgium, France and Sweden might want to be observing their Muslim population and see if any Islamic State Jihaddists begin to show up. It is always nice to show the world how liberal you can be, but what happens when those black flags of terror begin being waved in your own neighborhoods?)
United States: Dozens of lawmakers from the House of Republicans are demanding that President Obama explain and clarify recent reports about his administration considering sanctions against Israel. But President Obama has refused to confirm or deny reports on whether or not he is thinking about taking such actions through Executive Order. He knows such an action would never make it through congress. Still, he blames Israel continual building of new homes in Israel as undermining the peace process with Palestine and other Middle East countries. (Why are we involved in Jerusalem building projects? The Muslim living in Jerusalem have access to a Jerusalem court to file paperwork to stop the building and they have lawyers current in laws of Israel. If an Israeli Judge or a Israeli/Muslim court can't figure this out, the Torah and Koran is not being adhered to properly. We shouldn't be playing police officer at this stage. If there is no legal precedence to stop their building homes, then let them build. We certainly don't tell people not to build in the US if its legal to build in the spot so chosen. If this unstable peace process hedges on this issue, we are fooling ourselves and President Obama needs to stay clear of this for now. He's already tarnished his sheriff's badge, any worse and it will resemble his discarded Boy Scout merit badge for Beginner's Politics and How to Keep Your White Hat Clean and Balanced on Your Head. )
China: International Monetary Fund has said that China has overtaken the United States for the first time and is now the largest economy in the world. (Sort of like the turtle and hare race and the US was the hare, sitting on its butt too much. They've got us twice now, first with now having the largest International Trade Currency with their Yuan defeating the US Dollar. Along the way our former allies turned their backs on us, including Australia and Canada.)
Russia: For those of you who have read my book "A Coming Storm", you may find this interesting, much as I did. 15 years ago I was given insight to a coming comet, believed to impact with earth in 2017. Now as I've said over and over, I am no prophet, but I find it bizarre how many things given to me back then have come about or are coming about. True I first thought the one comet that appeared out from behind Jupiter and its strange flight path toward earth, made me suspect it could match up with the one in my book. This was Comet CS-ION. But it apparently didn't survive the sun, or not enough to be dangerous. But I continue to I keep an eye on NASA internet sites and Russia's version of it for sightings of comets, asteroids and little green men.
Today, Moscow State University Professor Vladimir Lipunovi, a Russian astrophysicist, discovered an asteroid, which could be potentially on course to collide with earth. The Asteroid was verified by the Russian Space Agency and was dubbed UR116. This asteroid has a diameter of 370 meters, making it slightly larger than the Apophis Asteroid, which was previously feared of striking the earth in 2029 or 2036. NASA has since ruled out Apophis for possible impact. But UR116 is coming much quicker, with suspected impact in 2017. Exact date has not been fixed. It is believed that if UR116 did impact with earth, it would cause an explosion 8,000 times more powerful than that caused by the meteorite that exploded over Russia in February 2013. UR116 is expected to cross into Earth's orbit within 3 years time. ( Could this be my space rock? One of these days I'll explain how I received my insight to use it in my book, which as I said was written 15 years ago.)
United Nations: Ebola Report/Statistics as of Dec 5th- 17,256 cases being treated and of this, 6,113 have died. Fatality rate showing approximately one-third.
Earthquakes: Around the Globe over last 24-hours. (23) quakes of 4.0 or higher magnitude. (5 mild) in Alaska, (1 mild) Oklahoma, (8 mild) in California, (4-5.8/5.6/4.4/4.5) in Guatemala, (9- 5.0/5.4/5.2/5.2/4.7/4.9/5.0/5.7/6.8) New Guinea, (1-4.8) Romania,
(1-4.6) Fiji, (2- 4.5/5.1) Russia, (1- 4.6) China, (1 mild) Kansas
China: Chinese Government released a position paper on Matter of Jurisdiction in South China Seas Arbitration Initiated by Government of Philippines. Position Paper reiterates China's firm stance that they will neither accept nor participate in arbitration , and elaborates at length on China's legal basis for its position that the Arbitration Tribunal has no jurisdiction over the case. The Position Paper also states the issue over the South China Seas is also beyond the scope of the United Nations Convention. The Position Paper urges all Parties involved in South China Seas issue should continue dialogue, working together with one another States to maintain peace and stability. ( In the meantime, China will continue to build up its island fortifications, expand its naval forces and prepare itself for war.) ( In my book, "A Coming Storm", China does conquer 10 major counries to form the Oriental Alliance Pact, just prior to breaking its treaty with Russia and invading Eastern Russia. Then, in Siberia, the Oriental Alliance then prepares itself, for invading North America by crossing the Ice Bridge between Russian Siberia and Northwest Alaska. The Road the Chinese will use to cross it great mountains into Russian Siberia is already being built, coming after the treaty made with Russia involving oil pipeline. Now some of this stuff really rattles my cage.)
China: A Non-Government Group known as China Federation of Demanding Compensation from Japan, has asked the Japanese government to apologize to the victims in the Nanjing Massacre and their surviving dependents and to pay suitable compensation. An apology was also asked for all those murdered by Japanese troops during World War II. Japan invaded China initially in 1931, followed by a full-scale invasion in 1937. Around 35 million Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed or injured between 1931 and 1945. Japanese invaders captured the Capital City of Nanjing (also known as Nanking by foreigners), in Dec 1937. They then began a 40-day massacre of more than 300,00 surrendering soldiers, civilians, women, children and even babies. Atrocities committed were many, where Japanese soldiers were ordered to conserve their ammo and use their bayonets. Additionally, more than 20,000 women were violently raped and some of them lived. Japan has never offered an apology to the victims of Japan or Korea. Now a video series has been put together, providing evidence of the barbaric attack, carrying testimonies of surviving victims- now aged women and men. There is also diaries, read in the video video series as victims await their time. ( As In Germany, I suspect the survivors were the ones who were forced to carry the bodies away, to dig mass graves. Forgiveness is needed here from all parties, including us, here in the US. For in combat, Americans who experience the worst and see their friends fall, will turn barbaric to seek revenge to fill the hole in their heart. But it never fills that way.
I attended a Christian conference one time in Pasadena with a dear friend and by chance or assignment there were two Asian groups in attendance. One was South Korean and one of of old Japanese. The leader of the conference followed the Lord's directed and in the second half of the conference he brought the two groups up on the stage. The bitterness by the South Koreans radiated from them and the older Japanese were really uncomfortable. The Pastor of the host church prayed and then asked the two groups to forgive each other for the events of WWII. Japan had invaded Korea and committed brutal offenses against the public. The leader of the Japanese, who had been a Japanese soldier, stepped forward. He looked to be about 70-75 years old. He held his arms out and pleaded for forgiveness for himself, for his group and then his nation for what had been done to South Korea. But then the youthful female spokesperson for the South Koreans grabbed a live microphone and boy, did she light right into the old man. I do not recall the exact words, but they were sharp and dripping with blood. She blamed him for the raping of her mother and so much more. The whole audience of several hundred people were utterly silent. You could drop that proverbial pin and hear it chime, accept when she was screaming at him. The pastor looked as if he was going to wrestle the microphone away, but something held him. She was inching toward the old man and I feared she was going to strike him with the microphone, still no one moved from either side or from the floor. She was almost growling at him, forcing him into tears and almost to his knees. BUT THEN, she utters these softening words, "I forgive you". It felt as if the air shattered, I have always had trouble explaining what it sounded like. Then both South Koreans and Japanese were hugging each other like long lost brothers and sisters. For the rest of the conference, the sat together all mixed up like campers on the last day of camp. This is what the world needs to do.
US: China's Confucius Institutes are facing some tough questions. Schools in the US are under fire concerning their transparency and effect on academic freedom. Over 400 of the institutes are attached to colleges and universities across the country, which raises concerns the are conducting surveillance on Chinese students and promoting political aims of the Communist Party of China.
Syria: Syrian Foreign Ministry has reportedly appealed to the United Nations for sanctions to be brought against Israel for their conducting air attacks against Damascus, Syria.
Tomorrow or next day, I'll give you the story of how the Comet in my book came about. You might find it interesting.
Now don't get too crazy with your Christmas shopping, better to enjoy the company of loved one and good food. We get so wrapped up ( no jest) in buying things we spend more money than we have, putting ourselves in debt and often or not it end up sitting in a drawer, piled in a box, next weeks trip to a pawn broker and with these modern toys- broken within 48 hours. Just a tip for you Christians, Disney Productions is now doing its best to distance itself from God and the rest of the Christian world. Like government agencies, it doesn't want to offend atheists, other religions, possible aliens ( little green men type). They're not concerned with us Christians, thinking they can keep us happy with food, toys, and cartoons. For me, I was planning my 75th birthday at Disneyland. Not now. If they don't want my God, they must not want my money. Oddly enough, Walt Disney was antisemitic, a racist, but he had this drive to make kids happy. White kids. Read his life story sometime, its a big book, but enlightening. You'll notice no Black or Hispanic kids on the TV Mickey Mouse Club. Only after he died did they begin adding minorities. He did hire both Jewish people and other races, but they were never allowed to achieve manager rank in any department.
Oh well, I've taken up the last two hours. I should tell you the rains came- alot of water and most of our snow is gone. So now e are praying for a white Christmas. God Bless, BILL