We had a lot of ice last night , so I woke up to everything covered in a thin layer of crusty and slippery frost. But as I was recording my notes from my various news sites, I realized it was lightly snow. Now we did have a snow alert on line last night for Moose Pass- saying 3 to 6 inches. I guess maybe it was hopefully now beginning, but after ten minutes it had stopped. The skies remain a dusty gray, mountains are visible and temperatures in high twenties to low thirties. A very warm Christmas.
My granddaughter Canaan and any faithful volunteer she can lasso to help her, has decorated the house up for Christmas. We are preparing for the Christmas morning raid, which I actually look forward to. I get to see my family together. Minus one son and his clan who remain in Utah and a son who is down in Mississippi with his old and new clan. This will be my 36th Christmas in Alaska and its hard to imagine I ever celebrated one anywhere else. Sort of hard to recall my earlier ones, accept 3 or 4 I had in the military and 1 or 2 I had as a kid or 1 I remember in my senior year of high school. All the Christmases were green back then, but it was the end of January when this poor California kid arrived in Alaska and found it minus 22 degrees. I didn't know a man could actually survive in minus 65 and minus 80 degrees and still move his limbs, but I learned...painfully.
Now I'm going to jump to the news briefs because there is a lot of them and a few lead right into what stories concern me about possible End of Days in my lifetime and wanting to be prepared. Otherwise, just take them in and then push the delete. But look them over first.
European Union: The recent EU court's decision to remove Hamas from the Terrorists Blacklist also comes as a small victory for the Islamic State, Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad and other Islamic militant groups, and causes major damages to the Muslims who are opposed to radical Islam. After the decision was made by the EU Court, Hamas announced their movement would never recognize Israel, would seek to control Palestine Authority and seize control of the West Bank. But currently, Hamas has control of of the Palestine Authority and rules it like a dictatorship since disbanding the Parliament. It had ruled Gaza and was aiming for the West Bank, but now the Islamic State has moved into Hamas territory and the Islamic State is now taking its membership from the Hamas ranks. This is leading a lot of people to believe the Hamas could be retiring as the ISIS takes over and begins an all-out war against Israel. But with the Hamas no longer a listed terrorist, it allows Iran and Turkey to funnel money into their various bank accounts and weapons, supplies and armor units into Gaza with the focus to eliminate Israel.
Sweden: New 2014 Swedish Parliamentary Government recently voted into office is found to be filled with Swedish-Muslims, who came from either Turkey or other Muslim countries. A recent Investigation showed that outside South Africa, which is also majority Muslim states, Sweden reportedly now has has the next highest number of rapes-per capita, in the world. This report was based on unofficial accounts from police officers and social workers, who say about 75% of these rapes are committed by Muslims.
U.S.: President Obama issues most Presidential Memorandum in Oval Office History, now matching in number with his Executive Orders and these carry equal powers. President Obama said in July 2014: "I'm using Executive Orders at lowest rate in more than 100-years." But in fact he was using an equally powerful action known as the Presidential Memorandum that greatly surpassed any other president to have held the office. He has so far issued 198 Memorandum. He has signed into action 33% more memorandum in his 6 years than President George W. Bush did in his whole 8 years. Obama is first president to issue more Memorandums than Executive Orders. A recent Memorandum concerned the overhauling of the Immigration System, to allow millions of Hispanics immigrants into the United States. ( Obama soon wrote a note where he promised 80% more Hispanic voters for the Democratic Party for the 2016 Election.) While Executive Orders and Memorandums have the same force, there is one distinction: An Executive Order signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, states an Executive Order must contain a "Citation Authority", saying what law was being used and what it was based upon. A Presidential Memorandum has no such requirement. ( Note: In 2013, when I began this Journal I located Obama's listing of his Executive Orders and the number of them was much higher than the now reported one. I am not sure why the number was changed, why it was not noticed and why no journalist has said anything about it. Or why a well-known journalist never mentioned some of those Executive Powers that took our rights away and our properties, if needed in National Emergencies declared by the President. Nope, not a word and they were mostly based on old Executive Orders, still on record from President Roosevelt and played with a bit by the staff of President Obama. Warrant-less searches, seizure of all weapons and ammo, seizure of cars, boats and motorcycles, seizure of food. Sounds like fun-right. All in print. Even the creation of new Army sworn to him and not to country, which he promised in 2008.)
U.S.: 2014 Rasmussen Christmas Poll- shows stronger Christmas cheer this years with 57% more Americans having no trouble getting into the Holiday Spirit. 78% people doing more shopping online. 89% celebrating Christmas with family. 61% plan on attending a Christmas party. But only 47% plan on sending Christmas, which is down from 54 % in 2013. (Sorry, Hallmark). 18% spending more money this year, while 45% spending less and 35% spending about the same amount. 38% making contribution to charity or non-profit. 60% feel Christmas should be more about Jesus Christ than Santa Claus. 80% feel Christmas is over-commercialized, while 72% feel stores start the Christmas season to early. 52% are actually making arrangements with friends or family not to exchange gifts this year. Most Americans polled still prefer signs in stores should say "Merry Christmas", rather than "Happy Holidays", but no percentage points were provided. ( I wanted to add, that this last Sunday a young friend spoke up at church and reminded all of us of how the X in the current Xmas, was not intended to be secular. In the 16th Century, a Christian used the X, because in his language X meant "Chi" and it made it easier to mark his goods going out. So, originally, it was intended to be a Christmas marking, but over time the secular world adapted it to their ways. Not that it has an effect on us. So, when you see the XMAS, know that it was intended for our Lord.)
Iraq: Accounts by the Yazidi women in Iraq are consistent with claims made by Kurdish women in Syria, who also came under the thumb of the Islamic State. Hundreds of Yazidi girls and women were recently forced into sexual captivity by Islamic State gunmen, according to a British newspaper- The Times of London. Amnesty International believes the number of females forced into sexual slavery to exceed 1,000. Women are being sold as slaves in the market at Raqqa. Some are sold to individual men, while others are hauled away in groups to Islamic State rest houses. Here they face multiple rapes by IS fighters return from the battlefield. ( Very similar to the Chinese and Korean women being held for the Japanese soldiers in WWII)
Earthquakes: Only (10) global quakes exceeding 4.0, (6- and a 4.7) Alaska, (1) in Idaho,
(1- 5.0) North Marian Island, (3) Oklahoma, (17) Puerto Rico, (1-4.8) Fiji, (8) US Virgin Is.
(2-4.7/5.1) Indonesia- had a 6.6 yesterday, (1-4.2) Russia, (2) Oregon, (1-5.8) Pacific Is Ridge, (1) Kansas and (1-4.6) New Zealand. ( For the last 60-days the Pacific fault lines have been extremely busy and volcanoes have erupted in three spots. I have no idea what it means, but the earth is sure busy, still fortunately we've avoided the 8,9 and 10 point quakes. )
Lebanon: Man( no name given at this time) who directed the personal security detail for the Secretary-General and also Hezbollah Militant Group Leader, Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon, reportedly turns out to be an agent for Israeli Intelligence. The Israeli Agent has been arrested by Hezbollah Counter-Intelligence earlier this year and is now on trial. But for several years this agent has provided vital information to Israel, prior to his capture. He was said to have been born in Lebanon but better appreciated the Israeli way. ( One brave man and may the Lord bless him and provide him with strength during this time of pain and anguish. Please add your prayers to mine as I am sure he would appreciate them.)
U.S.: Despite President Obama's promises to the people about "No boots on the ground", he's now sending another 1,300 troops back to Iraq at the beginning of 2015.
U.S.: Army refers Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan and eventual prisoner exchange over to a U.S. General to decide his fate. He could face a General Court Martial for Leaving his Post in a Combat Zone, plus Desertion and going over to the enemy, or due to possible mental state verified by Hospital records, receive a Medical or General Discharge.
U.S.: A mere 15% of the military approves of Obama as their Commander and Chief, which reflects Obama's steady decline since taking office in 2009. Reported by Military Times.
New Jersey: Governor is petitioning President Obama to demand Cuba to return a woman, (no name provided), who was convicted of killing a New Jersey State Trooper 41 years ago and was given asylum in Cuba. ( But such a trade, if provided, could lead to Raul Castro asking for the ex-Cubans who invaded Cuba in 1962 failed "Bay of Pigs" Invasion. Most of them now live in Florida and say they dislike the removal of the sanctions, which they feel will do little for their friends serving time in the filthy Cuban jails.)
U.S.: Investigative Journalist Sharyl Attkisson warns that the US Government is not telling the public the truth about all the possible Ebola cases being monitored inside the U.S..
China: States it will provide more than $11.5 billion dollars in loans and aid to neighboring Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar(Burma), Thailand and Vietnam. Beijing also willing to assist Moscow as pessimism is spreading about uncertainties of the Russian economy.
U.S.: U.S. Authorities have fined AVON Cosmetics a totla of $135 Million dollars for bribing Chinese officials. The global cosmetics company paid $8 million US dollars in cash and luxury items from 2004 to 2008 to Chinese officials to obtain Direct Sales Licenses. They received a Sales License in 2006 through current, but China appears to be losing interest in AVON products based on sales results. ( It would be nice if US authorities would look as hard in to bribery of our government officials by D.C. lobbyists- hunting trips, nice weekends at Disney World or Atlantis and new clothes for the wife. Begin with Freshmen law makers and see if they live beyond their limited government pay. They are the first hit, because the dinosaurs are already in the big company's wallets. I began this on the state level and it took the union to save me when the Lt. Governor wanted me fired.)
Libya: 4,000 Algerian troops launched on wide scale operation to track down extremist groups along the border line of Libya and Niger.
Israel: Says Hamas reported the arrest of Gaza Jihadis group behind the latest rocket attack on Israel. Hamas said they were detaining members of a global jihadi group, but no name was provided in the news brief. ( I would think the Israeli Military would be a might skeptical about this report, as it is extremely rare for Hamas to turn on a fellow Militant Muslim group to do something nice for the Israelis, unless it came with a trap.)
Russia: Vows to retaliate against U.S. and Canadian Sanctions, which are said to be evidence the West lacks interest in settling the Ukraine Crisis.
Cambodia: In a follow-up to previous report; an unlicensed doctor has been charged with spreading HIV through a remote village, causing over 100 infections.
Australia: Government has approved a trial usage of Medical Marijuana for (1) Terminally ill patients, (2) patients suffering severe side effects from their medicine and (3) children with severe epilepsy.
Indonesia: Two Foreign fishing boat from New Guinea have been blown up by the Indonesian Navy for illegal fishing in Indonesian waters. A government ruling now orders boats illegally found fishing in Indonesian waters are to be sunk. Crews are detained pending a judges ruling as to their future- fines or prison for a time, or both.
Mexico: Families and friends of the 43 students and 9 adults allegedly massacred by a local gang at the orders of the local police and the town mayor, promised more protests over the Christmas and New Years Holidays. They continue to demand answers, but state and federal investigators are still right in the middle of the investigation.
India: Which has long supported the Palestinians at the United Nations, has announced it will now turn its vote to "Abstention". This follows as one of India's political parties is now seeking a closer tie with Israel.
United Nations/Ebola: Payments of Hazard Entitlements arrived and were provided to 16,000 workers in Sierra Leone. Infection rate in south eastern Guinea have failed to decline. The Ebola virus has had a major effect on Liberia's most recent election for Senate. There was such a low turn out for 139 candidates vying for 15 Senate seats. Healthcare Workers took temperatures of the voters, ensure everyone stayed a meter apart ( less than a yard) and all had to wash their hands coming and going. As to current statistics, which is now based on the three countries hardest hit; Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, which now show 19,031 cases, of which 7,373 have died. ( I know this looks extreme, but I wanted to compare this against the last Malaria report, which was done for 2012. Again, this is for only one year. Malaria cases were reported to be 207 million, ranged between 135 to 287 million. Now the fatality rate was reported to be 627,000- ranged from 473,000 to 789,000. They use ranges because out in the remote areas of South America and Africa, WHO health Care Workers sometimes come in after the fact. Bodies were already buried and WHO was not allowed to dig them up. But lets say this is a true average and we compare numbers between Malaria against Ebola, it sure makes it a lot smaller in the disease market. Still, the one true concern all the doctors and scientists have is somehow a mutation of the Ebola could become airborne. Now that could and probably would give Malaria a run for killer of the month. An Airborne Ebola just might knock of the one third of the world the Word of God speaks of in the Last Book.)
China: Taipei Times Newspaper of Taiwan, runs a second story on the front page about China's military build-up of a large military base 300km from islet chain at center of territorial row with Japan. An area that is also claimed by Taiwan. The base is on Nanji Islands in the Zhejiang Province and is reportedly enhanced for China's readiness to respond to potential military crisis. Recent encounters between Chinese and Japan's military surface vessels and aircraft have raised the potential for a war to breakout.
Germany: More than 17,000 people join together for an anti-Islam march in Dresden, Germany, but this time they'll be singing Christmas carols.
Argentina: A court has recognized an Orangutan in an Argentina Zoo as a "non-human person", providing it with certain rights other animals have not been given. ( Can you imagine this is just the start for the Planet of the Apes?)
Pakistan: 500 Islamist Terrorists prisoners to be executed for the criminal acts done by the Taliban, who killed 133 children at a school. These 500 were mostly convicted of terrorism of terrorism-related crimes, but some of the civilians are upset by how many are being executed and how some have no relation to terrorism and were not sentenced to capital punishment.
Hong Kong: Pro-Democracy Protestors who left their inner city camp are trying a new weapon against the communists. Their now marching in many large groups through the city singing subversive Christmas carols.
U.S. : Mohammad Zahair, oen of the four our President had released from from Guantanamo, is known as an Intelligence Chief and Arms Dealer. When arrested in Afghanistan he was in possession of a Stinger missile and Uranium; enough to form a nuclear device. ( He sure wouldn't have been one of my first choices, Mr. President.)
U.S.: "Getting Rid of Pennies and Nickels Could Save a $100 Million." ( I saw this and decided to give it a read and this is what follows. It costs the mints 1.7 cents to mint a penny, while minting a nickel now costs us taxpayers 8.09 cents. This would mean a $1 worth of pennies will cost us $1.66 and a $1.62 to mint a dollars worth of nickels. With nickels most always turned in rolled into a $2 roll, those 40 nickels cost us, the taxpayer $3.24 to mint, for a loss of a $1.24. Now the other coins actually make us a profit- a quarter costs only 8.95 cents to mint, while a dime costs 3.91 cents. A dollar bill costs all of 5.4 cents. One other option is to transform the penny and nickel into steel coins. It's the copper and zinc in them that make them cost more. (This should've been done the year after we stopped using silver in the coins and copper began to climb.)
That's it for tonight. Send me a prayer for safety for tomorrow. I'm risking my life going out into the last minute Christmas madness tomorrow. But I am armed with my cane. This is the last you'll hear from me until after Christmas, so I wish you a blessed and Merry Christmas to all and may the Lord bless you and yours for when they are on the roads this holiday. Thanks for reading. BILL