Read: Acts 28:11-16,30-31
When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. —Acts 28:15
Bible in a Year: Psalms 46-48; Acts 28
David C. McCasland While reading the obituary of Eugene Patterson, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the Atlanta Constitution from 1960 to 1968, I was struck by two things. First, for many years Patterson was a fearless voice for civil rights during a time when many opposed racial equality. In addition, he wrote a column every day for 8 years. That’s 2,922 newspaper columns! Day after day, year after year. Courage and consistency were key factors in the impact of his life.
We see those same qualities in the apostle Paul. Acts 13–28 records his bravery in one harrowing situation after another. After being shipwrecked on his way to stand trial before Caesar, he landed south of Rome, where many brothers in Christ came to meet him (Acts 28:11-15). “When Paul saw them,” Luke wrote, “he thanked God and took courage” (v.15). During the next 2 years as a prisoner, Paul was allowed to live in his own rented house where he “received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence” (vv.30-31).
Every follower of Jesus can be a consistent giver and receiver of courage. The Lord can use us today to encourage and strengthen each other.
O keep up your courage, each day to the end; Go forth in the strength of the Lord; Trust wholly in Jesus, thy Savior and Friend, And feed on His own blessed Word. —Miles
When people share their fears with you, share your courage with them.
Insight: Today’s passage chronicles one of Paul’s journeys and how he and his companions were received and shown hospitality. It is easy to forget that this was not a luxury cruise with an exotic island destination. During this trip, Paul was a prisoner and he and his companions (soldiers included) were met by and stayed with Christian believers. It is possible that Paul was allowed to live in his own rented home under house arrest and share the gospel (vv.30-31) because the soldiers were impressed by the hospitality that had been shown to them.
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UK jihadist: “We are in Iraq & Sham but…our eyes are upon Rome!” We are in Iraq & Sham but our souls are imprisoned in the city of Makkah, and our hearts are in Bayt Al-Maqdis and our eyes are upon Rome! — AbuHussainAlBritani (@AbuHussain102) July 28, 2014 “Imam Ahmad reported in his Musnad that Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As (may God be pleased with him) reports, Whilst we read more
Malaysia: Muslim leader says Muslims must unite to attack Israel But…but…it’s a struggle over land! If Israel makes a series of concessions to the “Palestinians,” all will be well and all manner of thing will be well — right? Only greasy Islamophobes believe that the Israeli- “Palestinian” conflict has anything to do with religion, right? “Perkasa wants all Muslim countries to attack Israel,” Kashmir Watch, read more
Belgian cafe sporting “Palestinian” flag allows dogs, bars Jews Europe, under the influence of its Muslim immigrants (whom its authorities are afraid to challenge or confront) is rapidly descending into a virulent Jew-hatred the likes of which has not been seen there since 1945. And unless some strong figures stand up and put a stop to it, which does not appear to be on read more
Obama demands that Israel accept “immediate, unconditional” ceasefire, while “strengthening the Palestinian Authority” “On the call with Netanyahu, Obama stressed the need to enact a ‘sustainable ceasefire’ that both ‘allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives, and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs while strengthening the Palestinian Authority.’” On the other side would be “the disarmament of terrorist groups and demilitarization of Gaza” — but the read more
Gaza: Jihadis use mosques to store weapons, glorify jihad terror Mosques are especially suited for this purpose, since if Israel hits one of them, the Jewish state is immediately charged with recklessly targeting civilian areas, endangering civilians, etc. The fact is, however, that nowhere but in Gaza is the poem that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan notoriously quoted more true: “The mosques are our read more
India: Mumbai on high alert after Muslims threaten jihad mass murder attacks to “take revenge for Gaza” “We will take revenge for Gaza. In 1993, you (Maria) got a chance. This time you won’t. Stop us if you can.” I bet you didn’t realize that India has invaded Gaza, did you? It takes a subtle Islamic jihadist’s mind to perceive these intricacies. “Letter to Mumbai Police Threatens ‘Revenge’ for Gaza Attacks,” Press read more
Hamas top dog: We cannot coexist with “occupiers” Hamas is part of the “Palestinian” unity government, and Barack Obama has insisted repeatedly that Israel and a “Palestinian” state, including one led by this government that includes Hamas, can coexist peacefully. Will he take note of this statement by Meshaal, and stop pressuring Israel to make concessions that will only weaken it without bringing read more
Florida Muslim gets five years prison dawah for lying about plans to join jihad terror group Yet another misunderstander of Islam in the U.S., twisting and hijacking the beautiful teachings of peace that are propagated, as we all know, in all U.S. mosques. Why does this keep happening? Maybe mosques in the U.S. should institute programs to teach Muslims why they should reject on Islamic grounds the understanding of Islam held read more
Hamas negotiating arms deal with North Korea “Hamas is looking for ways to replenish its stocks of missiles because of the large numbers it has fired at Israel in recent weeks. North Korea is an obvious place to seek supplies because Pyongyang already has close ties with a number of militant Islamist groups in the Middle East.” Axis of evil. “Hamas and read more
Somali jihadists of al-Shabaab call for jihad attacks on Jews worldwide “The Jews are spread out throughout the world, and the Jews’ properties are spread everywhere. In light of this, the Muslims must attack the Jews and their properties in every place, and they must pray for their brothers in Gaza.” One might almost get the impression that this was a religious conflict, with the Muslim read more
Nigeria: Police discover car loaded with explosives in mosque Hmmm. Did someone intend to explode the car bomb inside the mosque? Or were people in the mosque planning to drive the car bomb over to some crowd of Infidels? The latter, given the tendency of various groups to use car bombs, is more likely. “Police Abort Bloodbath in Kano, Discover Car Loaded with Explosives read more
Canada: Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” openly support Hamas, Hizballah No pretenses at moderation here. These frenzied anti-Israel protesters were completely open about their support for jihad terror groups. Blazing Cat Fur has many pictures here and here, and here is an excerpt of a report from Eye on a Crazy Planet (thanks to Kathy Shaidle): Screaming hate in heavily accented English, interspersed with Islamic read more
Kerry “completely capitulated” to Hamas in ceasefire proposal “To the ‘horror’ of the Israeli ministers, the Kerry proposal accepted Hamas’s demands for the opening of border crossings into Gaza — where Israel and Egypt fear the import of weaponry; the construction of a seaport; and the creation of a post-conflict funding channel for Hamas from Qatar and other countries, according to the sources. read more
Nigeria: Islamic jihadists bomb church, murder five people Remember: Christians in the West are not to speak of such things. To do so would harm the “dialogue”: “Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims.” — Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop read more
“We are all Hamas!” Thousands glorify jihad terror in London It’s no wonder that people like David Cameron get elected, and hard-Left smear groups like Hope Not Hate have such influence over his government, when we see such enthusiastic support for jihad mass murder and the genocide of the Jews. Britain is in its last years as a free state. “‘We Are All Hamas!’: Thousands read more
Report: Boko Haram jihadists seize Cameroon Vice PM’s wife “The situation is very critical here now.” Still, it is unlikely that any of the world’s great powers will act. The U.S. is confused, weakened by Iraq and Afghanistan, and too committed to supporting jihad elsewhere. Many of the other powers in a position to help are too sympathetic to the Islamic agenda to mount read more
Gaza streets and homes rigged with explosives If IDF soldiers had opened the door to that civilian home and it had detonated, it would have been reported in the international media as “Israel destroys Palestinian home.” Watch all of this brief IDF video on what Israeli soldiers are finding in Gaza residential areas. read more
SHOCK: Jewish students shown ‘photos of ovens and told to get in’ by classmates in Chicago. CHICAGO – A school principal has been reassigned after a series of shocking bullying incidents that targeted Jewish students. DNAinfo Chicago reports Ogden International School of Chicago principal Joshua VanderJagt asked to be reassigned because “challenges” arose after two students – one 14 years old and one 8 years old – suffered repeated threats by classmates.
The challenges surrounded allegations from Ogden parent Lisa Wolf Clemente that her 14-year-old and 8-year-old sons were bullied at both campuses by classmates for their Jewish heritage.
TheGold Coast resident said her teen son was shown photos of ovens and told to get in during lunch periods, intended as a reference to the Holocaust.
At the Streeterville campus, Wolf Clemente said her 8-year-old was invited to join a team called “Jew Incinerator” on the popular game app Clash of Clans. The team was allegedly created by Ogden eighth-graders.
In a screenshot provided by parents, the team description reads: “We are a friendly group of racists with one goal — put all Jews into an army camp until disposed of. Sieg! Heil!” http://eagnews.org/shock-jewish-students-shown-photos-of-ovens-and-told-to-get-in-by-classmates-in-chicago/
Obama: What’s legal might not be right for US. President Barack Obama said Thursday that American companies performing tax “inversions” are not doing right by their country.
Obama said that these companies, which buy foreign firms to technically change their tax domicile to a country with a lower tax rate, benefit from America’s university system and infrastructure, but then turn around and “game the system.” He told CNBC exclusively that, despite the legality of this corporate practice, inversions are not fair.
“You are an American company. You continue to benefit in all kinds of ways from being an American company,” the president said. “It is true that there are a lot of things that may be legal that probably aren’t the right thing to do by the country.” http://www.cnbc.com/id/101864697#.
Now a respected voice on the right, one that has previously been in favor of some gun control, has come out in staunch resistance to gun registration schemes. Dr. Ben Carson said he no longer believes in gun registration because America’s insane national debt could turn the nation into a third-world country under martial law, a situation in which law-abiding and good people will need to be armed for protection. (H/T Breitbart) http://conservativetribune.com/never-register-your-guns/
Now a number of House Republicans want to make sure that America never supports the Muslim Brotherhood’s acts of violence again by designating the group a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), according to a report from Breitbart. Led by Representative Michele Bachmann, a group of eight Republicans has sponsored the “Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2014,” which provides “extensive evidence” as to why the United States should follow the examples of Egypt and Saudi Arabia in pronouncing the group a terrorist organization. [Well, how awkward is this?Obama has appointed s number of probable Muslim Brotherhood members to his Cabinet. One of them is Mohammed Elibiary, whom Truth or Fiction describes this way: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/m/muslim-brotherhood-in-white-house-050813.htm#.U9U6gPldWX8
Is It Just Me Or Did This BS Intensify Once We Elected A Muslim As President? It’s On It’s Way Here, So Go Get You Rug – When Will You Wake Up America?
CRITICIZING ISLAM CONSIDERED NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT Continue reading
Originally posted 2013-01-13 10:40:34.
On Thursday, Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to eradicate twitter, adding “The international community can say this or that – I don’t care. They will see the power of the Turkish Republic.”
The next day a “digital coup” occurred and Twitter Use in Turkey Jumped to New High.
With the above in mind, I propose …
The Law of Social Media: Arrogant fools who think they can control social media quickly discover social media controls them.
The overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, followed by the 2013 Egyptian coup d’état of president Mohamed Morsi,with an in-between ouster of Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi provides the basis for a number of important corollaries.
Law of Social Media Corollary One: Once sentiment reaches an extreme enough point, it is too late to be controlled. The social media genie cannot be put back in the bottle.
Law of Social Media Corollary Two: Prior to reaching critical mass in sentiment, the best thing for politicians would be to apologize for mistakes, then promise and quickly implement real reforms.
Law of Social Media Corollary three: Arrogant fools never perceive of themselves as arrogant fools. They will not apologize for mistakes or make necessary reforms. Instead they will eventually be voted out, forced out in a coup d’état, or overrun by the forces of social media.
Originally posted 2014-03-23 09:18:32.
Jerome R. Corsi 7-27-14 McALLEN, Texas – In an exclusive interview with WND and Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, a 13-year Border Patrol veteran revealed many in the recent surge of illegal immigrants, including unaccompanied minors, are coming prepared to game the U.S. immigration system, even repeating the mantra, “Obama will take care of us.”
“I don’t usually get into the political part of it,” explained Chris Cabrera, now a vice president in the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, “but I find it odd that their whole thing is, ‘We are going to get amnesty when we get here. Where is my permiso? Where is my permission to go north so I can get my medical care and my schooling and all that? President Obama is going to take care of us and make sure we’re all OK.’
“Whether it’s the adults or the young kids, one thing we consistently hear is, ‘Obama will take care of us,’” he explained.
He also suggested the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the United States appear to have been coached on what to say when they cross the border.
“The ‘magic words’ are something along the lines of ‘asylum,’ or ‘political asylum’ or to say ‘fighting in my home country,’” Cabrera said. “They know these words … because we can’t send them home because it’s too dangerous back there.”
The only way to stop the flow of illegal immigration and child smuggling across the border, he says, is to eliminate the entitlement mentality with a return to strict, border enforcement.
“What needs to be done is 100-percent detention and 100-percent removal,” Cabrera says.
next time they’ll need to come across the southern border as illegals to experience welcome arms wide open into amerika. is it me or has our country “fundamentally changed” these past five years? want more of this? vote dumercrat this november.
Jim Hoft 7-27-14 Border patrol agents pulled a gun on Mid Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 as four van loads of scouts tried to drive from Canada into Alaska.
The scout leaders were furious.
Jim Fox, Boy Scout Troop 111 leader, told Iowa KCCI television the boys were threatened by the agents for taking a photo.
“The agent took his camera. Told them they would be arrested. Fined possibly $10,000 and ten years in prison… The agent had a loaded gun pointed at the boy’s head… I am outraged by the fact that we have 18 boy scouts that want to come home. Yet, we have southern borders …It’s like a sieve.”While the Obama administration has begun looking into ways to ensure safe passage to the United States for Honduran children, federal officials have reportedly harassed an Iowa Boy Scout Troop seeking to enter Alaska through Canada.
Jim Fox, leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, told an Iowa television station one of his scouts took a photo of a Border Patrol official and agents immediately leapt into action. “The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” he said. Fox alleges one agent drew his pistol and pointed it a scout’s head after the scout attempted to retrieve luggage from the top of the van in which the scouts were traveling.
A statement obtained from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency denied that the agent had pulled a gun on the Iowan Boy Scout. “CBP’s review of this group’s inspection, including video footage review, indicates that our officer did not un-holster or handle his weapon as stated in the allegation,” the statement reads. “The review revealed nothing out of the ordinary. We have reached out to the Boy Scout troop for additional information in reference to the allegation. The video footage has been referred to CBP Internal Affairs for further review.”
7-27-14 The IDF has provided some of the clearest evidence to date of Hamas’s lowdown tactic of firing rockets from civilian locations, in the confidence that the Israeli military will think twice about striking the launchers, and will be blamed for civilian casualties if it does strike. The following videos from IDF aerial surveillance shows Hamas firing rockets at Israel from inside a school compound, and from a location inside a cemetery, apparently just dozens of feet from residences. Israel on Thursday called out a United Nations aid agency for for falsely claiming that the Israeli Defense Forces did not permit civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed in an Israeli attack. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) laid blame for the civilian deaths on the IDF, claiming it never received approval from the IDF for an evacuation from the facility. UNRWA released a statement claiming, “UNRWA had been attempting to negotiate with the [IDF] a pause in the fighting during which they would guarantee a safe corridor to relocate staff and any displaced persons who chose to evacuate to a more secure location. Approval for that never came to UNRWA.”
Multiple IDF sources rejected UNRWA’s claims and characterized them as outright falsehoods when reached by the Washington Free Beacon. “For two days we were trying to move people out of that school in particular and the Beit Hanoun area in general,” said an IDF official who was involved in the interactions between the IDF, UNRWA, and International Red Cross (ICRC) leading up to the incident. The official continued, “This morning we sought a ceasefire in the area and a humanitarian evacuation of civilians, but Hamas refused—because they wanted to keep civilians in the area to protect their fighters who were firing on the IDF.” The claim by UNRWA Gaza Spokesman Chriss Gunness and UNRWA that the IDF did not respond to their request to evacuate civilians, the source said, is “a flat-out complete and total lie,” the official told the Washington Free Beacon. UNRWA has made headlines in recent days after it was discovered that Hamas stored rockets in its schools in Gaza. UNRWA found the rockets in one of its vacant schools a week ago. It found a second batch in a vacant school on Tuesday, but said in a statement that because staff were withdrawn quickly, they were “unable to confirm the precise number.” In both cases UNRWA said it “informed the relevant parties,” but did not identify who had been contacted. It was later reported that rather than destroying the rockets, UNRWA workers called Hamas to come remove them. While UNRWA confirmed the existence of rockets in one of its schools last week, the organization refused an Israeli request to provide a picture of the weapons. A picture could have helped Israel show that Hamas uses civilian institutions to store weapons and launch attacks. On Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm over the finding of the rockets and directed the world body to deploy experts to deal with the situation
The Art of War – Sun Tsu Full Documentary. (Educational).
The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise that is attributed to Sun Tzu (also referred to as “Sunzi” and “Sun Wu”), a high ranking military general and strategist during the late Spring and Autumn period (some scholars believe that the Art of War was not completed until the subsequent Warring States period. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it is said to be the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time, and is still read for its military insights. The Art of War is one of the oldest and most successful books on military strategy in the world. It has been the most famous and influential of China’s Seven Military Classics: “for the last two thousand years it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name.It has had an influence on Eastern military thinking, business tactics, and beyond. Sun Tzu emphasized the importance of positioning in military strategy, and that the decision to position an army must be based on both objective conditions in the physical environment and the subjective beliefs of other, competitive actors in that environment. He thought that strategy was not planning in the sense of working through an established list, but rather that it requires quick and appropriate responses to changing conditions. Planning works in a controlled environment, but in a changing environment, competing plans collide, creating unexpected situations. source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_… Sorce: History.com
Originally posted 2013-08-15 14:44:36.
I WOULD THINK WITH OVER 170,000 SYRIANS WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED BY WESTERN BACKED ISLAMIC JIHADIST’S, THERE WOULD BE THE “ROMANTIC” STORY OUR MEDIA WANTS TO PROMOTE. IN THE PAST, JOURNALIST WERE ALWAYS SUPPOSED TO PRESENT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITHOUT TRYING TO SELL THEIR POLITICAL VIEWS IN WHAT THEY REPORT. WHAT HAPPENED TO REAL JOURNALIST? THEY’VE GONE THE WAY OF THE ONCE HONORABLE DEMOCRAT PARTY, TURNED SO FAR LEFT THEY’RE CONTINUALLY CHASING THE TAIL THE PROGRESSIVES WAG AND THEY ACCEPT AS TRUTH.
C’MON PEOPLE, YOU CAN DO BETTER.
Jamie Weinstein 7-27-14 Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf says there is a genocide being perpetrated against Christians and the White House hasn’t said a word about it, much less acted to stop it.
The terrorist group the Islamic State, an al Qaida off shoot that has taken over large swaths of Iraq in recent months, told Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul they had to convert to Islam by July 18 or they would be killed, according to the Economist. The only other option they were given was to leave Mosul, a city which has had a Christian presence for nearly two thousand years. So thousands of Christians have now fled the city in fear for their lives.
“It is genocide. It meets the test of genocide,” Wolf said Friday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, which this writer guest hosted. “The definition of genocide was put together by the UN by a guy named Raphael Lemkin. But it is the eradication of a group of people – race, culture, ethnicity, religion. So this meets the official test of genocide.”
Asked if President Barack Obama has spoken out against this atrocity, Wolf said he has not.
“No, the president hasn’t said anything, the State Department hasn’t said anything,” he lamented. “Frankly, nobody is saying anything.”
Asked what the United States could do about the situation in Mosul, Wolf listed several options.
“There is a lot we can do,” he said. “One, the President of the United States can urge the Kurdish government to continue to guard and protect the Christians.”
“Secondly, we can give some of the foreign aid that we are already giving to Islamic terrorist organizations, give it to a group like Catholic Relief or World Vision or a group like that, to provide relief – water, food, clothing,” he continued. “Thirdly, we can tell the Maliki government to start protecting the Christian sites and the Christian communities. [Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-] Maliki flew out – all the Shia were flown out of Mosul – and they left the Christians there to die.”
“And lastly,” Wolf concluded, “every person who is listening should call their congressman and their senator and insist that they insist the White House do something.”
Travis Davis 7-27-14 Millions of Americans believe prayer works. Yet the mainstream media tends to avoid the subject altogether.
But our Mind Health Report team at Newsmax Health wanted answers to questions like these:
Can modern science explain prayer?
Does praying strengthen your brain and prevent mental decline?
What benefits, if any, does prayer offer you — physically, mentally, and emotionally?
To this end, the team went out to the scientific and medical community to learn the potential benefits of prayer — and what they found both surprised and excited all of us here at The Mind Health Report.
When you watch this FREE video, you’ll discover how prayer actually changes four distinct areas of your brain. In fact, you’ll see exactly how prayer or other spiritual practices increase activity in the areas of your brain that are most helpful to you, and diminish activity in areas that are less helpful — or even harmful.
You’ll also see:
How a specific amount of “prayer time” per day can help prevent memory loss, mental decline, and even dementia or Alzheimer’s . . .
The #1 prayer pitfall that can actually make you sick if you’re not careful (this is one of the most important bits of wisdom you’ll ever gain) . . .
47 scientifically proven benefits of prayer, including pain relief, reduced risk of death from heart attack or stroke, lessened anxiety or depression, and more . . .
And much, much more . . .
This video does not promote any specific religion or spiritual practice. But it does shed light on a practice that 3 out of 4 Americans engage in on a regular basis — a practice basically ignored by the mainstream media.
Please don’t delay watching this. You could get busy and forget — or the video could be removed and you’ll have lost this special opportunity.
Dedicated to your healthy mind and brain.
Harold Saive 7-27-14 It’s now established that US and international troops were deployed to the Ukraine under Exercise Rapid Trident - a 12-Nation joint military exercise in the Ukraine coinciding with the alleged crash of MH-17.
WHAT IS RAPID TRIDENT?
Rapid Trident supports interoperability among Ukraine, the United States, NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. The exercise helps prepare participants to operate successfully in a joint, multinational, integrated environment with host-nation support from civil and governmental agencies.
Rapid Trident is a part of U.S. European Command’s Joint Training and Exercise Program, designed to enhance joint combined interoperability with allied and partner nations.
The exercise also supports Ukraine’s Annual National Program to achieve interoperability with NATO and commitments made in the annual NATO-Ukraine work plan.
How many times have government and military exercises turned into false flag events like 9/11, Sandy Hook, Boston Marathon Bombing and now – the sensationalized downing of a Malaysian Airliner, MH-17, as another in a long line of False Flags. VIDEO: DAHBOO7 Opinion about Rapid Trident
It’s something everyone would rally around. Every time you see it, it means something. A symbol of freedom, but also a symbol of hope. Ben Salzmann, President & CEO, ACUITY Insurance
Acuity Flagpole Project
Standing 400 feet tall, the new Acuity Insurance Flagpole is the tallest flagpole in North America (#tallestUSflag). Located on the Acuity Insurance headquarters campus in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, along Interstate 43 between Milwaukee and Green Bay, the pole supports a 60-foot-wide by 120-foot-long American flag. Located at the base of the flagpole is a brick paver patio featuring the names of Sheboygan County residents killed in active duty.
400-foot flagpole weighs approximately 420,000 pounds
There are two versions of the 60- by 120-foot flag:
- 220 pound flag is flown during normal conditions
- 350 pound flag is flown during harsher weather
Each star is 3 feet high and each stripe is 4 1/2 feet wide
680 cubic yards of concrete used in foundation
Over 500 gallons of paint cover the pole
11-foot diameter at base tapers to 5 1/2-foot diameter at top
Three pendulum-style tuned mass dampers reduce movement and vibration
Designed to withstand a low temperature of -42°F
Dave Hodges 7-27-14 The Spartan King Leonidas hand-selected a force of 300 of the most courageous warriors in Sparta to defend the pass at Thermopylae. It was an impossible task, but the self-sacrificing action bought time for Sparta to mount a successful defense. As far as the 300, there were no survivors. However, their actions slowed down the Persian advance to the point that they could actually be stopped.
The approximate 180 defenders of the Alamo crossed the infamous line in the sand and sacrificed their lives at the Alamo in order that Sam Houston had time to organize a strong Texas Army in their revolution against Santa Anna.
One of the least discussed of the World War II battles, but one of the more significant, took place on Wake Island following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Japanese were ready for war, the Americans were not and needed time to prepare. The gallantry of the troops at Wake, bought some much needed time, which aided in American preparations for war, as they held out much longer than expected. The service academies and their military history courses revere the men who died at Wake Island.
In all three of these classic battles, the defenders knew they were going to die. However, they knew they were fighting for a higher purpose. Words like duty, honor and integrity meant something in regard to these aforementioned sacrifices. In America, today, where do we find our duty, honor and integrity?
America’s Day of Reckoning
America’s day of reckoning is nearly here. We are besieged by enemies both foreign and domestic. We are facing the gradual unveiling of the UN occupation forces, soon to be exposed under the umbrella of a completely preventable coming pandemic. With MS-13 and the Sinaloa cartel, and their Hamas terrorist connections, we have Fifth Column insurgency forces streaming into our country and all of this follows their paramilitary training outside of San Salvador. We are soon going to learn what it means to live in a narco-terrorist state.
7-26-14 Another horrific stock market crash is coming, and the next bust will be “unlike any other” we have seen.
That’s the message from Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist of GMO, a Boston-based firm with $117 billion in assets under management.
Grantham pulls no punches when assigning responsibility for the coming financial carnage. In a recent interview with The New York Times, he calls Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen “ignorant” and says the Federal Reserve all but killed the economic recovery.
Grimly, he adds, “We have never had this before. It’s going to be very painful for investors.”
Grantham isn’t the only one worried about a market collapse.
“We have no right to be surprised by a severe and imminent stock market crash,” explains Mark Spitznagel, a hedge fund manager who is notorious for his hugely profitable billion-dollar bet on the 2008 crisis. “In fact, we must absolutely expect it.”
Bassam Tawil 7-27-14 “We know that Hamas uses human shields. But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?” — Reporter covering the war, who asked not to be identified.
Besides the human shields story there is another item that the international media choose to ignore: the extrajudicial execution of Palestinian “collaborators” during the last two weeks. The executions were reportedly carried out in the most brutal manner. Hamas has also been shooting suspected “collaborators” in the legs to prevent them from moving around.
It is the media that is helping Hamas get away with war crimes.
Hamas and its Palestinian and Western propagandists continue to insist that the Islamist movement does not use civilians in the Gaza Strip as human shields during war. But the truth is that Hamas itself has admitted that it does use innocent civilians as human shields, to increase the number of casualties and defame Israel in the eyes of the international community.
This admission, however, has, of course, gone unnoticed by most Western journalists and analysts reporting on the war in the Gaza Strip. Many Western journalists in the Gaza Strip choose to ignore the fact that Hamas is forcing civilians to serve as human shields. They also seem to ignore the fact that senior Hamas officials and militiamen have found shelter among civilians and in hospitals, especially Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital. Is it really a coincidence that Hamas spokesmen gave interviews to the Arab and Western media from the premises of Shifa Hospital? Why hasn’t anyone even noted it as odd?
Of course, the Hamas spokesmen, to attract the attention of the media, pretend that they are visiting the wounded in the hospital, but in reality, these Hamas spokesmen have been staying inside the hospital, bearing in mind — even certain — that Israel would not target such a sensitive site.
What is disturbing is that foreign journalists did not bother (or dare) to ask any of the Hamas leaders and self-proclaimed spokesmen whether they were hiding inside the hospital, regardless of what the answer would doubtless be. They apparently did not even ask themselves this question. .
One foreign journalist explained that asking such a question would have “endangered my life.” Another admitted over coffee that he and his colleagues were too scared to report news that would anger Hamas and other radical groups.
“We know that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields,” the reporter, who asked not to be identified, said. “But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?”
On July 22, Hamas and Palestinian “resistance” groups issued a warning to residents of the Gaza Strip to remain indoors after 11pm. The warning, which was also ignored by most journalists, was published on several Hamas-affiliated web sites.
ISRAEL: Arab Muslim ‘Hit and Run’ Jihad at Israeli bus stop. Muslim’s can not be trusted to think rationally. Of every muslim I’ve ever met or dealt with, all had the same hidden hatred of Jews. Many try to keep it to themselves, but when in discussions, the hatred creeps out and manifest itself plainly. They don’t know why and discount all the good Israel does for the world; especially for the freedom of muslims living in Israel. They simply can not be trusted: Barack Obama has shown himself as a prime example.
7-27-14 Palestinian Arab driver intentionally drives into a crowd of Jews in Gush Etzion, then speeds away.
As you can see in the video, the Arab driver swerved into a group of people, mostly women and girls standing at a Gush Etzion Junction bus stop. One woman, 20, was injured in the attack, and was taken to Hadassah Ein Karen hospital. The driver drove off and was captured south of Gush Etzion. The footage was captured by the security camera overlooking the bus stop.
Dr. Eowyn 10-27-13 My post of Oct. 24, “U.S. Army tells soldiers Christians and Tea Party are terrorists,” elicited this interesting commentary from retired US Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. John McClain. Below is Sgt. McClain’s commentary. Words between brackets colored teal are mine. See also Trail Dust’s “President Lucifer’s Puppeteers Demanding Their Money’s Worth.” ~Eowyn
Originally posted 2013-10-28 04:01:35.