My Pick for President in 2012

Don Johnson:

I thought it timely to revisit this … how does your candidate stack up?

Originally posted on A Yearning for Publius:

  • He will be a historian. She will have a solid understanding of history, both world history, and especially American history.
  • She will have a solid and deep understanding of the United States Constitution. He will have studied, in depth, the Federalist Papers, and also the Anti-Federalist writers.
  • She understands the real world reasons why the U.S. Government is structured as it is by the Constitution. He understands, from history, that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, to the point of slavery and death to those who would protest.
  • She considers the Constitution to be a binding legal document; between the Federal Government, the States, and the citizens. Not a “living” document, but one that is only changed through the Constitutional method of amendment by the people.
  • He understands that the American free market economic system has brought more freedom, both political and economic, to the world than…

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In Defense of the VA

[From the wilds of Northern Idaho]

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I’ve recently enrolled in the VA in Connecticut, and am happy to report that I am pleased with what they have offered me thus far.

Background

I served in the Navy back in the mid-late 1960s including one deployment to Vietnam aboard an old WW-II Fletcher class destroyer.

Following my active duty, I was able to complete a college degree with the help of the GI Bill, and later we financed our first house through a VA loan.

But in the years to follow I pretty much lost any contact with the VA.

Then several years ago at a ship reunion, a former shipmate encouraged me to enroll in the VA – Mike was severely injured aboard  our ship when a wave washed over the fantail and sent Mike crashing into various metal parts and up against the safety netting at the edge of the ship.

Mike cautioned me that the VA consists of two parts; the administrative part and the medical part, and that they don’t necessary talk to one another and thus I would have to be, for the most part, my own advocate.  This turned out to be true as follows:

When I first applied in person I was rejected based on a means test, but was told that if I could qualify as a “brown water” sailor then I would be able to enroll. This started a long process of tracking down my service records that went on well over a year across several Navy agencies.

The biggest problem I had was that my requests for records and status updates were passed back and forth between Virginia and St. Louis where each claimed that the other was the responsible agency.

In frustration after more than a year of this game of administrative ping-pong, I went back to the same office where I originally applied, seeking some sort of advocacy. The lady behind the desk became my advocate, especially when I showed her what she referred to as my “me book” containing all of my service records in a three ring binder.  These records showed that I was indeed a “brown water sailor.”

A “brown water sailor” is one who served in the inland waterways and harbors of Vietnam, and the reason we are called that is primarily because of Agent Orange that was used extensively as a defoliant, and was washed into the rivers and streams. Our ship sat at anchor for several days in Da Nang harbor for Naval Gun Fire Support, and while there we took on fresh water from barges. This water was used for washing down the ship, showering, cooking, brushing teeth, washing clothes and other uses, so we were potentially ingesting Agent Orange during this time and for several days after leaving Da Nang. This exposure to Agent Orange qualified me for enrollment in the VA health care system.

My time at the Connecticut VA

The Connecticut VA is affiliated with the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

My time with the VA has been impressive in the quality and timeliness of the service there. The problems and scandals associated with the VA  in recent years have been well publicized, and I can’t speak to those issues hear. But I can describe the sort of service I receive at the VA in West Haven, Connecticut.

Once enrolled, my primary doctor set me up with a wide range of appointments as I describe below:

Audiology:

Like many my age, hearing has taking to the door and is exiting my life far faster than I would have liked.

I’ve worn hearing aids for 6+ years now and am on my second set. Life without them is a real chore and I miss so much of what used to be a vital part of the life experience. Hearing aids are an amazing device, but by no means replace original equipment.

So when offered an appointment at the VA audiology center I couldn’t pass it up to see what options I might have. My current aides are still under warranty, so the doctor advised that I keep what I have until the warranty expires and then come in for a new pair. She also gave me a list of the vendors they use, about six or eight as I recall.  When researching the options available throughout the various manufactures, I am amazed at the continual advances in the technology.

That the VA offers hearing aids is not surprising given the exposure many veterans have to loud and continual noise … be it gunfire, jet engines, drill sergeants and more.

Optometry

I was due for new glasses, and so I now have them.

Further, in examining my eyes the doctor notices and commented on a twitch I have on the left side of my face, and asked if I would like her to set up an appointment with a neurologist. The examining neurologist informed me that I don’t have a “twitch”, but rather a “semi-facial spasm.” How’s that for a name?

So then I had a Cat-Scan where a wonderful soft and fuzzy little kitten snuggled up and around my head trying to lick away that awful spasm.  Wern’t that way at all — they put me a small cage right below where a construction crew was blasting away above me with jack hammers for about an hour.

The good news of the CT scan is that they found nothing alarming. The bad news is that they found nothing … when I talked with the neurologist this morning I asked if they found any brains – sorry, he said they are all gone.

I will have a follow up when I get home (why would I ever want to leave this amazing Idaho?) and they will hopefully give me some sort of treatment that will keep me from winking at all those pretty girls  (Diana will like that!)

That an eye exam generated a neurology session and a CT scan amazes and pleases me … not something to expect at Pearl Vision or Costco.

Ultrasound

Another session I had was in the Ultrasound clinic where they examined my heart and various arteries and veins including down and into the abdomen area.

Psychiatry

A concern of the VA, as well as in the general population is suicide – especially among the young.

So when I had my entry interview the interviewer asked if I suffer from or have had periods of depression – also questions about have I ever had thoughts of suicide. I answered yes to both questions. 

So when I was offered an appointment with a psychiatrist I thought … why not … never done that before.

I’ve had two appointments thus far and have enjoyed them very much, and so far he hasn’t tried to “fix’ me or try to explore my inner most being …  just a real nice guy and great conversation between the two of us. Sometimes I think I may be helping him as well. Anyway I enjoy the sessions and have been invited back.


Bottom line as I’ve said is … I am very pleased with the VA and encourage any veteran reading this to at least look into and consider the VA.

Don Johnson – July 2015

President Barack Obama Advocates More AIDS Deaths and Suffering in Kenya

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The actual headline reads:
Obama Speaks Out For LGBT Rights In Kenya

From Wikipedia we read:

HIV/AIDS is a major public health concern and cause of death in many parts of Africa. Although the continent is home to about 15.2 percent of the world’s population,[1] Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounted for an estimated 69 percent of all people living with HIV[2] and 70 percent of all AIDS deaths in 2011.[3]

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High-risk behavioral patterns have been cited as being largely responsible for the significantly greater spread of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa than in other parts of the world. Chief among these are the traditionally liberal attitudes espoused by many communities inhabiting the subcontinent toward multiple sexual partners and pre-marital and outside marriage sexual activity.[4][5] HIV transmission is most likely in the first few weeks after infection, and is therefore increased when people have more than one sexual partner in the same time period. In most of the developed world outside Africa, this means HIV transmission is high among prostitutes and other people who may have more than one sexual partner concurrently. Within the cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, it is relatively common for both men and women to be carrying on sexual relations with more than one person, which promotes HIV transmission.[20] This practice is known as concurrency, which Helen Epstein describes in her book, The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight against AIDS, in which her research into the sexual mores of Uganda revealed the high frequency with which men and women engage in concurrent sexual relationships.[37] In addition, in sub-Saharan Africa AIDS is the leading killer and a large reason for the high transmission rates is because of the lack of education provided to youth. When infected, most children die within one year because of the lack of treatment.[38]

AIDS in the United States

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By advocating deviant sexual behavior —  especially homosexual behavior — Barack Obama is promoting more suffering and death in sub-Saharan Africa.  He couches this advocacy in terms of human rights, but this advocacy is far, far from addressing the real world problems that face the people of Kenya and most other countries in the region.

When the people of sub-Saharan Africa, and their leaders are confronted with an epidemic such as AIDS, why should they be expected – indeed prodded and cajoled – into accepting even more behavior that results is more suffering and death.

This “do-gooder” President of my country should instead be promoting behavior that minimizes the suffering and death brought on by HIV/AIDS. What he is doing is evil. 

Back in the days of America’s own AIDS epidemic, a preacher named Jerry Falwell preached strongly against the homosexual lifestyle and was widely condemned as being hateful. Falwell’s message was in essence “quit behaving in this manner or it’s going to kill you … and others.” 

Now I would ask you … who has the greater love – the one who says “quit behaving in this manner or it’s going to kill you … and others”  or one who says “that’s OK Johnnie, it’s just another life style, just another way of showing love?”

I suggest that Barack Obama is not showing love for his Kenyan brothers and sisters, and in fact is showing contempt bordering on hatred.

 

Don Johnson – July 2015

Evolution Funding vs. Intelligent Design Funding

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Discovery Institute offices in Seattle – second floor

One of the common criticisms of Intelligent Design, and in particular, the Discovery Institute in  Seattle WA is that it is a “well funded” religious organization funded by wealthy anti-science right wingers.

Take a look at the following:

Excerpt:

From Genesis To Dominion
Fat-Cat Theocrat Funds Creationism Crusade

[dlj] Definitions of dominion:  1.dominance or power through legal authority

by Steve Benen
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
from: Church & State, July/August 2000
http://www.au.org/churchstate/cs7003.htm

Anti-evolution crusader Phillip Johnson, dedicated his 1997 book, Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds, to “Roberta and Howard, who understood ‘the wedge’ because they love the Truth.”

The mysterious reference is apparently a note of thanks to Howard F. Ahmanson Jr. and his wife Roberta, a wealthy and secretive Orange County, Calif., couple who have generously funded the anti-evolution movement and other right-wing causes that advance their fundamentalist Christian outlook.

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According to Reason magazine, promotional materials from the Seattle-based Discovery Institute acknowledge that the Ahmanson family donated $1.5 million to the Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture

 

 

On the other hand:

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Michigan State University gets $22.5M to continue evolution research, education

And that is only one of many grants from the federal government – tax payer funds, and in this day and age much of it borrowed money I suppose.

The irony is that many of these universities are studying biology and biological systems as if they were designed, and are discovering the designs of these systems. But they don’t dare hint they are engaged in Intelligent Design.

Click https://youtu.be/kOeJwQ0OXc4 to take a look at one of these intelligent machines.

 

Don Johnson – July 2015

The Way of All Appeasement – Victor Davis Hanson

The now-concluded Iran nuclear negotiations predictably reflect ancient truths of appeasement.

http://townhall.com/columnists/victordavishanson/2015/07/23/the-way-of-all-appeasement-n2029036/page/full

 

Don Johnson – July 2015

Transgender Shipmates?

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The military steps up for transgender service members

(From the Washington Post)

LESS THAN five years after the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the U.S. military is taking the next step toward treating all service members fairly. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Monday that next year, after a six-month study, transgender Americans will be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces. It’s a long overdue shift toward justice for the country and those who defend it.

Transgender in the military – interviewsSoldierNavyVet

Top brass have  bought into this JointChiefs

This old sailor doesn’t think this transgender military  is such a good idea.

Perhaps they would fit into and do a good job in the “day job” functioning of the Navy, the radio shack, sonar shack, ships store and office. 

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But take a look at the day-by-day night-by-night life of a long term deployment on a Navy Destroyer of the type I served on in the mid-sixties.  The young men you see averaged about 22 years of age (I was 20), and as you can see we were crammed into some pretty tight places and had to work and live with one another in close quarters.

The jobs we had were jobs for men, not jobs for women, and especially not jobs for men or women who were confused about what sex they were. Fortunately back then we didn’t have to concern ourselves with  such matters and didn’t have to worry about falling in love with or having an affair with someone in the next bunk. We didn’t talk about it, but we pretty much knew who we were …

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Sorry to have to educate the PhD psychologists and DoD bureaucrats, but human nature seldom if ever changes, and the problems of mixing all manner of sexual flavors (in reality there are only two)  in small combat units is not a matter of fairness, but rather a matter of assigning the best men for the job. As much as I like “The Last Ship”, naval combat is a man’s job.  

Take a look at Some interesting video of life at sea:

(Again from the Washington Post)

One final, federal frontier is the military, where Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, when asked about the ban on transgender service members, said that his test was simple: “Are they going to be excellent service members?”


Is this is a frontier we want to enter as a culture? 

Oregon allowing 15-year-olds to get state-subsidized sex-change operations

… under a first-in-the-nation policy quietly enacted in January that many parents are only now finding out about, 15-year-olds are now allowed to get a sex-change operation. Many residents are stunned to learn they can do it without parental notification — and the state will even pay for it through its Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan.

…  “It is trespassing on the hearts, the minds, the bodies of our children,” said Lori Porter of Parents’ Rights in Education. “They’re our children. And for a decision, a life-altering decision like that to be done unbeknownst to a parent or guardian, it’s mindboggling.”

A fifteen year old undergoing sex change …  and parents noticing and concerned with the the change but not knowing that it’s happening under the guidance of school officials who will soon disappear from the child’s influence? 

How is this different from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s?



Transgender issues may be the next front in California’s culture wars

It was a California law that, no matter what, was bound to generate interest: Public school students would be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding with their gender identities, not their anatomy at birth.

Transgender rights advocates hailed the first-of-its-kind measure, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown two years ago, as a significant victory.

Will we be seeing hormonally charged 15 year old boys declaring themselves to be girls one day and demanding to go to the girls locker room to shower? This is institutionally sanctioned insanity.

 

Don Johnson – July 2015

Somewhat of a Hal Lindsey Grab Bag

Further to Hal Lindsey’s analysis of profound and important current events, I offer up this segment by Lindsey which covers a range of important subjects such as America’s relationship with Israel, the church killings in Charleston …  and the destructive influence of many university professors. I invite you to listen to what Lindsey has to say … 
             
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My comment follows:
Many years ago in 1981 I came out of a long marriage with Atheism. I’ve told of that story elsewhere and if you are interested, contact me here and I will tell you the story.

A major part of that story is the man pictured above – Hal Lindsey.  His books on Biblical Prophesy were the 2×4 that hit me upside the head and changed my life … indeed changed the lives of my family as well since had that not happened in my life, in all likelihood I would be looking at that family as a stranger looking in rather than being surrounded by them. Or drunk or dead — not looking at all.

Hal Lindsey is a man with credibility – credibility for what he has done in my life …  a man I respect and admire.

Take a look and listen to what Lindsey has to say about B.F Skinner, a very influential  intellectual who died a number of years ago, but his destructive ideas continue to influence many of our future generation of teachers, leaders and thinkers … the agenda setters.

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“Give me a child and I’ll shape him into anything.” B. F. Skinner

Among those who today are successfully perpetuating thoughts such as Skinner’s is Richard Dawkins, considered by some to be the smarted man in the world … I don’t think so.

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From a popular Dawkins book “The God Delusion” …

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

I can’t let Dawkins comment pass without referring you to another  thinker, Dennis Prager, and what he says about the Old Testament:

No document in world history so changed the world for the better as did the Ten Commandments. Western civilization — the civilization that developed universal human rights, created women’s equality, ended slavery, created parliamentary democracy among other unique achievements — would not have developed without them. As you will see when each of the Ten Commandments is explained, these commandments are as relevant today as when they were given over 3,000 years ago. In fact, they’re` so relevant that the Ten Commandments are all that is necessary to make a good world, a world free of tyranny and cruelty.

And watch and listen to this snippet of a debate between Dawkins and another Oxford professor Dr. John Lennox …

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https://youtu.be/VBbBenCTTwE

Another professor of great influence is Jerry Coyne of the University of Chicago …

who says …

“Which do you think is more valuable to humanity?
a. Finding ways to tell humans that they have free will despite the incontrovertible fact that their actions are completely dictated by the laws of physics as instantiated in our bodies, brains and environments? That is, engaging in the honored philosophical practice of showing that our notion of “free will” can be compatible with determinism?
or
b. Telling people, based on our scientific knowledge of physics, neurology, and behavior, that our actions are predetermined rather than dictated by some ghost in our brains, and then sussing out the consequences of that conclusion and applying them to society?
Of course my answer is b).”
― Jerry A. Coyne

And remember … these very influential men – the agenda setters — are Atheists. Their bottom line is that all that we see and experience … the universe, planet Earth and all of the life in it … came from absolutely nothing. And they teach that to our kids and if you teach anything different they will get you fired and censored.

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Perhaps it’s time to pay more attention to the Bible.

Don Johnson – July 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Nation Turns–Same Sex Marriage

Further to Hal Lindsey’s analysis of profound and important current events, I offer up this …  image

Many years ago in 1981 I came out of a long marriage with Atheism. I’ve told of that story elsewhere and if you are interested, contact me here and I will tell you the story.

A major part of that story is the man pictured above – Hal Lindsey.  His books on Biblical Prophesy were the 2×4 that hit me upside the head and changed my life … indeed changed the lives of my family as well since had that not happened in my life, in all likelihood I would be looking at that family as a stranger looking in rather than being surrounded by them. Or drunk or dead — not looking at all.

Hal Lindsey is a man with credibility – credibility for what he has done in my life …  a man I respect and admire.

So I wondered about his reading on the Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage.

Here it is …

Click on the link below …

A Nation Turns–Same Sex Marriage

Perhaps it’s time to pay more attention to the Bible.

Don Johnson – July 2015

Catastrophic Blunder


The Hal Lindsey Report

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Many years ago in 1981 I came out of a long marriage with Atheism. I’ve told of that story elsewhere and if you are interested, contact me here and I will tell you the story.

A major part of that story is the man pictured above – Hal Lindsey.  His books on Biblical Prophesy were the 2×4 that hit me upside the head and changed my life … indeed changed the lives of my family as well since had that not happened in my life, in all likelihood I would be looking at that family as a stranger looking in rather than being surrounded by them. Or drunk or dead — not looking at all.

Hal Lindsey is a man with credibility – credibility for what he has done in my life …  a man I respect and admire.

So I wondered about his reading on the just announced nuclear “deal” with Iran.

Here it is  … 


Catastrophic Blunder

The Bible contains many vivid descriptions of something that did not exist until the middle of the 20th century — thermonuclear war.  Led by the United States, the world just took a huge step toward that predicted nuclear apocalypse, the days of Antichrist, and “the time of Jacob’s trouble.”  The deal with Iran is that bad.
When I began to study Bible prophecy over 60 years ago, I saw signs even then that we were approaching the end of the age.  I knew that I might very well live to see days like this one — days when my own beloved country would help usher in and facilitate unthinkable evil.  But knowing in advance doesn’t mitigate the pain of seeing it before my own eyes.
Many of those who believe the P5+1 deal with Iran is a mistake, take solace in the fact that in the United States, the deal must pass Congress.  To keep the U.S. sanctions intact will require a supermajority voting to keep them.  Opponents of the deal have a chance to get enough votes to keep America’s sanctions in place.  But in the big picture, it probably matters very little.  Sanctions only work if they are done in concert with other nations, and I think this deal effectively ends Iranian sanctions for most nations.
Iran has a long history of simply disregarding parts of agreements that it doesn’t want to follow.  And the P5+1 nations have a history of ignoring such violations.  I don’t expect Iran to follow the agreement, but they’re getting an amazingly good deal.  It will allow them to have nuclear weapons whether they cheat or not.  If they follow the agreement, they can prepare for nuclear weapons production now, and start actually building their nuclear arsenal in just ten years.  And we must keep in mind that it is an arsenal we’re talking about, not just a single bomb.
President Barrack Obama today said, “We have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region.”
I’m sure he hopes that’s true, and that his will be a legacy of peace.  But this agreement would only stop the spread of nuclear weapons in the region if it stops Iran, and if the other nations in that region believe that it will stop Iran.  But there’s nothing in this agreement to make them think that.  Their interpretation will be that, sometime in the near future, their aggressively antagonistic neighbor will become a nuclear power.  What are they going to do?  What can they do?
Even ten years is a blink of history’s eye.  The other nations of the region will see ten years as the outermost deadline for building their own nuclear arsenals.  Because they knew this was coming, several have already been at work on the project.  But the existence of an actual agreement will spur them on.
Sunni nations like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, the UAE, and Qatar feel threatened by Iran.  And it’s not just paranoia.  Iran has been exporting their Shia Muslim revolution for decades now, and it’s beginning to really take hold.  With Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and now Yemen largely under Iran’s control, Saudi Arabia is almost surrounded.
With President Bashar al-Assad now in Iran’s pocket, and Hezbollah dependant on them, Iran is already at Israel’s door.  In May, Haaretz reported, “As-Safir, known for its pro-Hezbollah stance, revealed that the terrorist group has large amounts of forces stationed near the Israel-Lebanon border, as well as numerous tunnels, bunkers and surveillance equipment, in addition to tens of thousands of rockets.”
Who built those tens of thousands of rockets, and gave them to Hezbollah?  IRAN.
Iran already partially controls the world’s two most vulnerable oil choke points — the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Aden.  When Iranian oil is suddenly dumped into the world marketplace, we can expect oil prices to drop dramatically.  But they already have the ability to choke off a huge part of the world’s oil supply if they choose.  In a few months, you may be driving with $2-a-gallon gas.  But in a few years, you may be taking out a second mortgage just to get a fill-up.
We need to see that the Iranian threat is not just to Israel, but to civilization itself across the globe.
The thermonuclear threat now looms large over the Middle East.  But we shouldn’t be surprised.  The Bible warned us.  Zechariah 14:12 gives one of the more memorable prophecies.  How would a person in the 6th century BC describe a nuclear blast’s effect on a human body?  Like this.  “Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth.”
The Great Tribulation is obviously close.  Christians can count on the LORD taking us out before the extreme trouble comes.   Since in the Bible’s timetable, the Rapture comes before that, we should be looking up with renewed expectancy.  We should be praying fervently, and witnessing with urgency.  We need to be busy doing those things that matter most.  We don’t have much time left.  Thank God that before nuclear weapons destroy Israel, the LORD will miraculously save Israel from destruction. 
That is promised by the LORD in these verses; Zechariah 12:7-15 and 13:8-9.  GOD KEEPS HIS WORD!

 

Zechariah 12:
The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah.
8 In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. 9 It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Mourning for the Pierced One

10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. 11 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.[b] 12 And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14 all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.

Zechariah 13:
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And it shall come to pass in all the land,”
Says the Lord,
That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,
But one–third shall be left in it:
9 I will bring the one–third through the fire,
Will refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them.
I will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

 

Don Johnson – July 2015

 

Step aside Hillary — predictions

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Predictions:

  • Short Term:
    • Meet President John Neville Kerry  — most likely carrying along a Nobel. Having achieved the “deal”, Kerry is a shoo-in for the nomination as well as the general election.
      Too bad, because there are many good men and one good woman on the Republican side who will be swept aside.
    • We now hear Hillary claiming that she is the one that accomplished the “deal” – not enough as Kerry achieves his life long ambition.
  • Longer term:
    • Israel will be further isolated and without allies or friends – including the US
    • Iran will announce deliverable nuclear weapons capability.
    • Other regional nations will obtain nuclear deterrent capability.
    • War of annihilation against Israel – this time with the nuclear threat. The US will stand on the sidelines.
    • Israel will once more prevail in such a war of annihilation.
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  • Given the lessons of history:

Why … why do Obama and Kerry behave as if they are allies of Iran and an enemy of Israel? Could it be they are both?

Why … why are we gambling with the lives of so many … potentially in the millions as in WW-II … when Iran gets the bomb?


  • Psalm 83:O God, do not remain silent;
    do not turn a deaf ear,
    do not stand aloof, O God
    See how your enemies growl,
    how your foes rear their heads.
    With cunning they conspire against your people;
    they plot against those you cherish.
    “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
    so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”
    With one mind they plot together;
    they form an alliance against you—
    the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
    of Moab and the Hagrites,
    Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
    Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
    Even Assyria has joined them
    to reinforce Lot’s descendants.[b]
    Do to them as you did to Midian,
    as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
    who perished at Endor
    and became like dung on the ground.
    Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
    all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
    who said, “Let us take possession
    of the pasturelands of God.”
    Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
    like chaff before the wind.
    As fire consumes the forest
    or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
    so pursue them with your tempest
    and terrify them with your storm.
    Cover their faces with shame, Lord,
    so that they will seek your name.
    May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;
    may they perish in disgrace.
    Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord—
    that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.
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    Much more at:  http://www.trackingbibleprophecy.com/middle_east_war.php

Isaiah 17: (emphasis mine)
The burden against Damascus.
“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.
2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken;[a]
They will be for flocks
Which lie down, and no one will make them afraid.
3 The fortress also will cease from Ephraim,
The kingdom from Damascus,
And the remnant of Syria;
They will be as the glory of the children of Israel,”
Says the Lord of hosts.

  • 4 “In that day it shall come to pass
    That the glory of Jacob will wane,
    And the fatness of his flesh grow lean.
    5 It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain,
    And reaps the heads with his arm;
    It shall be as he who gathers heads of grain
    In the Valley of Rephaim.
    6 Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it,
    Like the shaking of an olive tree,
    Two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough,
    Four or five in its most fruitful branches,”
    Says the Lord God of Israel.7 In that day a man will look to his Maker,
    And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
    8 He will not look to the altars,
    The work of his hands;
    He will not respect what his fingers have made,
    Nor the wooden images[b] nor the incense altars.

    9 In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough[c]
    And an uppermost branch,[d]
    Which they left because of the children of Israel;
    And there will be desolation.
    10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation,
    And have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold,
    Therefore you will plant pleasant plants
    And set out foreign seedlings;
    11 In the day you will make your plant to grow,
    And in the morning you will make your seed to flourish;
    But the harvest will be a heap of ruins
    In the day of grief and desperate sorrow.

    12 Woe to the multitude of many people
    Who make a noise like the roar of the seas,
    And to the rushing of nations
    That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
    13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters;
    But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away,
    And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind,
    Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
    14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble!
    And before the morning, he is no more.
    This is the portion of those who plunder us,
    And the lot of those who rob us.

Don Johnson  — July 2015