Friday, November 22, 2013


This is the "worldwide" cover of The Economist for November 23-28.

Reminds me of the first part of Revelation 13:1:

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea . . .

The Apostle John saw a beast "rise."

The word "Rise" is also occurring today with the release of the Xbox game -- RYSE: SON OF ROME.

President Obama will be meeting with the King of Morocco at the White House today. In the movie The Dark Knight Rises, the prisoners chant deshi basara to Christian Bale; deshi basara meaning "Rise" in Moroccan.

50 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, killed by a shot to the head in Dallas, Texas.

Interesting "same day" event: Winter storm Boreas is bearing down on Dallas, Texas.

Boreas is one of the Anemoi. In Ancient Greece the Anemoi were the four chief winds, each assigned a cardinal direction. Boreas was "chief of the north wind and bringer of the cold air." (Anemoi, Wikipedia) Sometimes they were personified as "winged men," other times as "horses." Combine the two depictions and we see that Boreas was one of the four "horsemen."

End Times Forecaster has a post about why he is watching today.

Geneva Talks:

Fox News reported last night that the talks in Geneva hit a "roadblock." Apparently Arak is off limits in the discussions -- the Iranians will negotiate nothing about Arak. That does put up a roadblock. In the meantime, the Iranians held "massive military drills" codenamed "Towards Jerusalem" across nine provinces as they met with the P5+1 group.

Of course, neither President Obama nor John Kerry said one word in condemnation. However, we all know that had the Israelis held "massive military drills" codenamed "Towards Gaza" while their leaders were meeting with John Kerry in peace talks, Obama would have taken to the Oval Office to issue a statement to openly condemn such a despicable move.

Interesting "same day" event: as the P5+1 are meeting with Iran and the U.S. is looking for any way to LIFT the current economic sanctions impacting Iran, China makes an interesting move that amounts, interestingly enough, to sanctions against the U.S. Apparently, on the 21st (Thursday), the first day the P5+1 met with Iran in Geneva, China made this move:

China just dropped an absolute bombshell, but it was almost entirely ignored by the mainstream media in the United States. The central bank of China has decided that it is "no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves". During the third quarter of 2013, China's foreign-exchange reserves were valued at approximately $3.66 trillion. And of course the biggest chunk of that was made up of U.S. dollars.

For years, China has been accumulating dollars and working hard to keep the value of the dollar up and the value of the yuan down. One of the goals has been to make Chinese products less expensive in the international marketplace. But now China has announced that the time has come for it to stop stockpiling U.S. dollars. And if that does indeed turn out to be the case, than many U.S. analysts are suggesting that China could also soon stop buying any more U.S. debt. Needless to say, all of this would be very bad for the United States

China Announces That It Is Going To Stop Stockpiling U.S. Dollars

In the meantime, the White House claims that Israel's proposal that Iran totally dismantle its nuclear program could lead to war. Strange insinuation considering that we've actually seen Saudi Arabia move toward acquiring nuclear weapons if Iran is going to, something they would not be attempting had Iran been forced to back off.

Charles Krauthammer notes that the deal President Obama is offering to Iran is absurdly asymmetric: The West would weaken sanctions in exchange for cosmetic changes that do absolutely nothing to weaken Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.


Interesting "same day" use of the word "nuclear" -- as the P5+1 are meeting in Geneva to discuss Iran's NUCLEAR program, Senate Leader Harry Reid used the NUCLEAR option on Republicans. He changed a 200-year old rule on how filibusters are conducted in the Senate. The vote to do this was mostly along party lines but it is worth noting that three Democrats crossed the aisle to stand with Republicans in opposing the rule change while no Republicans crossed the aisle to agree with the Democrats.

President Obama issued a statement that he agreed with the change because Republicans have been "unprecedented" in their obstruction of his agenda. President Obama forgets three things. (1) the Republicans represent constituents, many of whom DO oppose the President's agenda, and (2) President Obama as Senator took to the floor of the Senate to oppose Republicans when they considered doing the same thing back in 2005, saying it was a "raw power grab." And (3), the only thing "unprecedented" about opposition is that President Obama has a tough time believing anybody would disagree with him, after all he is the only adult in the room and clearly smarter than all of them. There is nothing new about the opposing political party, well, opposing. When Reagan and W Bush were presidents, they had to deal with opposing Democrats. When Clinton was president, he had to deal with opposing Republicans. It is not unusual in our politics.

Senate Dems weaken GOP power with major filibuster rule change

Charles Hurt at Breitbart notes that with Obama agreeing to Reid's nuclear option, he is mocking the Constitution.

In this video, President Obama defends the "majority" view saying, “If you’ve got a majority of folks who believe in something, it should be able to pass."

However, we all know he has an unspoken caveat -- "Except if you like your traditional marriage laws, you can keep them. No matter what the majority of Americans think about traditional marriage, the minority view counts in this case."

Consider carefully, then, this article about how FEMA denied assistance to one of the communities devastated by Super Storm Sandy because the community earlier had refused to allow a same-sex marriage between two lesbians. The entire community was punished by the Obama administration.


Obamacare continues to dominate the news. ZeroHedge has a short post up, Obamacare - The Neutron Bomb That Will Decimate The U.S. Economy. Tyler Durden presents several points as to why Obamacare will drag then sink the U.S. economy. This is exactly what Larry Burkett wrote about in his book, The Coming Economic Collapse. I've written a couple of posts about his position that once the U.S. adopted "universal healthcare," the economy would last about a year after it is enacted.

Obamacare was signed into law March 2010, but in a graduated fashion. Parts of the law considered to be more popular were enacted early to help the populace adjust, but now the not-so-popular parts began October 1. Beginning October 1, insurers began canceling millions of insurance policies in order for Americans to transition into the Obamacare exchanges. Perhaps that's the "real" meaning of the word "exchanges" that this administration likes to use -- the regulations of Obamacare force Americans to "exchange" the insurance policies they wanted to keep for ones from the government they didn't want.

If Burkett is right, give it about one year from the time "universal healthcare" goes into effect, then by this time next year we may not have much of an economy.

Larry Burkett posts

Apparently Obama and his Democrats are no longer using the term "Obamacare," but "Affordable Care Act." Too late. I use the term because he owns this. He wanted (and wants) this "signature law" to define his legacy. And it will. And though some Democrats and supporters of President Obama defensively argue that it is a derogatory term to put his name on it, I disagree. Many laws that have been enacted over the years have been titled by the names of the Congressmen who initiated the legislation. For instance, recent regulations to "reform" Wall Street are popularly known as the "Dodd-Frank Act." Another one would be the Gramm-Rudman Act of 1987. I could go on -- the point is, it's not uncommon. So . . . for many Americans this disaster that has been imposed upon them will always be called Obamacare, even if that isn't the formal name of the law.


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ILLINOIS TORNADOES: Terrifying videos

LGBT: FEMA denied assistance to Sandy devastated community because they denied two lesbians a same-sex marriage ceremony

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OBAMACARE: Obamacare and liberal cruelty

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