Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NAVY YARD SHOOTING, COLORADO FLOODING, YELLOWSTONE

Washington Post is noting that the horrible Navy Yard shooting upended President Obama's script for the day.

From Newtown to Navy Yard, unpredictable calamities upend Obama's second term

Once again, it looks like the peace process was in play as John Kerry was in Israel on Sunday.

From JPost:

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in Israel on Sunday to meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, will likely tell his Israeli interlocutors that the US will see to it that the agreement with Russia is fully implemented. If not, Washington assures the Israelis that the military option remains on the table.

The secretary of state is also expected to make clear to Netanyahu that Washington remains committed to its policy of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons irrespective of the fate of chemical weapons in Syria.

The Bible tells us that when they talk "peace and safety," then "sudden destruction" comes (I Thess 5:3) I think we get the idea sometimes that the "sudden destruction" means a sudden, worldwide, life-ending calamity, but I don't think so. More than once, as this administration seeks to reassure Israel and "guarantee" her safety, we see shootings and acts of violence like what happened at the Navy Yard. How can we "guarantee" Israel's safety, when we can't guarantee our own? This gunman, like numerous others, just opened fire -- it came out of nowhere, and with no warning. Iran could EASILY do the same thing -- just suddenly cut loose with some missiles and rain them down on Israel before Obama could do a thing. Ironically, Obama wants to end gun ownership here in America because he thinks that would end the problem of shootings like these, YET he does not want to end Iran's nuclear program because he thinks Iran can own nuclear material responsibly. Won't happen.  Iran's use of nuclear weapons is only a matter of when, not if.

Newsmax is reporting that Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Obama later this month at the U.N. meeting to press for tougher sanctions on Iran. I'm sure President Obama will get right on that.

As Obama's economic script was being "upended," so was the Costa Concordia, literally.

From Mail Online:

Raised in 60 seconds: Time lapse video reduces 19-hour, £500million mission to lift the Concordia to just one minute

ENE News is noting this about the flooding in Colorado:

Colorado’s richest oil field buried in flood waters, 1,000s of wells and sites affected — Official: “Scale is unprecedented… We will have to deal with environmental contamination” — Chemist: “It’s new territory” — Scientist: “Major public health risks” from contaminated water, sediment

And an FYI -- the Dodgers will be hosting the first ever LGBT night on Friday, September 27. They will be playing the COLORADO ROCKIES. . . . Interesting.

In yesterday's post, I noted a timeline from September 9 thru September 15. Throw this into the mental hopper as something interesting to note: a swarm of earthquakes began at Yellowstone on the 10th.

From National Parks Traveler:

More than 100 earthquakes have shaken Yellowstone National Park since last Tuesday, with the strongest, a tremblor of 3.6 magnitude, felt Sunday, according to the University of Utah Semisograph Stations.

The quake occurred at 9:53:02 a.m. Sunday; the epicenter of the shock was located in Yellowstone's Lower Geyser Basin area, 8 miles north of Old Faithful, and 15 miles southeast of West Yellowstone.

According to the seismograph station, the swarm began September 10 and has included quakes near Lewis Lake, the Lower Geyser Basin, and in an area northwest of Norris Geyser Basin.

"A total of 130 earthquakes of magnitude 0.6 to 3.6 have occurred in these three areas, however, most have occurred near the Lower Geyser Basin," park officials reported. "Notably, much of the seismicity in Yellowstone occurs as swarms. The University of Utah Seismograph Stations continues to monitor Yellowstone earthquakes and will provide additional information if the earthquake swarm activity increases."