Friday, July 25, 2014

Israel Behind the 8 Ball

It's happening again, and I honestly don't know why I continue to be amazed.

Terrorists in the Gaza Strip have been firing rockets into Israel, aided and abetted by other Islamic radical-supporting nations. The rockets have inflicted damage and casualties, and like any other rational nation under attack, Israel finally had enough and sent its military into action to put a stop to the rocket fire.

What is the reaction of much of the world? They want Israel to back off and "show restraint." The majority of the mainstream (or lamestream) media is heavily biased against Israel, and they seldom miss an opportunity to wave the bloody shirt to paint Israel to look like the Third Reich. Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, quite rightly ripped into CNN for its shameful propaganda. You can read the account here.

Never mind showing what happens to Israeli civilians. They give that short shrift. Their picture instead is of the poor, poor, beleaguered Palestinians. Gaza and the West Bank would not be on the receiving end of Israel's defensive action if the rockets would stop. That never seems to penetrate the thick heads of Western governments and the Western media. But that gives the benefit of the doubt to both parties. I will not. They know better. The truth is that they would be much happier if Israel didn't exist. They will give lip service to Israel's right to defend itself, but behind closed doors, they throw all sorts of pressure and threats at Israel if the Israelis don't back off.

It's evil. It's demonic. And I for one won't let it go by without calling it out. As I've said numerous times here on this blog and for years on the air, the Israeli government is not without fault. No government is without fault. But there is just no moral equivalent here. There is no desire whatsoever on the part of Hamas and Fatah to really make permanent, lasting peace with Israel. They want Israel destroyed and wiped off the map, as does much of the Islamic world. As does (or so it seems) many Western governments despite what comes out of their mouths.

The hypocrisy is breathtaking. It would be interesting to see what would happen if Cuba were to lob a rocket barrage into Miami. Or if France were to lob a rocket barrage into London. Or if Ukraine would launch a rocket barrage into Moscow. I think we can guess the response, although with the current occupant of the White House, I can't say for certain. He might cheer.

But this is the human political analyst side of me. From a biblical, theological perspective, I already know what to expect. The Lord warned us. His prophets warned us. And global events will unfold as foretold. Israel ultimately can take comfort in God's promise from Psalm 121 below. They will have a very rough road ahead and much tragedy to face before the Lord's return and His ringing down of the final curtain. But Messiah will fulfill His Word, ruling and reigning from Jerusalem. He who guards Israel neither rests or sleeps (Psalm 121). Until then, we watch the news and our blood boils at the hate and injustice of wicked men and women.

One final word to the world's political powers that be. Don't think for a moment you'll escape God's judgment for how you handle Israel. God will deal with Israel's sins, for sure. That is His sole prerogative. But Israel is also the apple of God's eye, and those who curse Israel and do her harm will be held accountable. Eternally accountable.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dr. Michael Brown Answers Israel's Critics

My position on the never-ending conflict between Israel and the terrorists in the Gaza Strip (and the West Bank) is pretty clear, and has been since I've been doing this blog. Even without taking an editorial position (to which I'm entitled), the journalist in me has been appalled at the biased manner the mainstream media has covered this tragic story.

Dr. Michael Brown has written this excellent response to Israel's ubiquitous critics. I really need add no more to it. Except to say I thought the IDF's tweet the other day was brilliant, depicting rockets falling on London with the superimposed question, "What Would You Do?" Given what happened in World War II and the measures the Allied Powers took to defeat Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and the militarists in Japan, what Israel is doing is kid stuff. And that is not to minimize any loss of life in the conflict. Far from it. But it's to make a very clear, key point.

When the rockets and terror attacks from Gaza stop, Israel's military action will stop. If Hamas will not stop the rockets, then Israel needs to continue its operations to root them out. And if they think Israel is being so brutal, they should watch some video of the fire-bombing of Dresden. Or if they like, have a gander at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Tragically, I am firmly convinced if Hamas had their own Little Boy or Fat Man nuke, they wouldn't hesitate to drop it on Tel Aviv.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Tragedy at the Border

The picture to the right is a recent photo of illegals crossing the Rio Grande River near El Paso, TX. Here is an article to go along with the photograph. The report at The Gateway Pundit tells the story of alleged bodies of children washing up on the riverbank. Simply horrible, and no excuse for it. The Rio Grande, like any river, can be very dangerous and you have to wonder at the parents who would put their small children at such risk. 

The situation at the border is a double tragedy, because it was avoidable. I think responsibility for the dead children can be laid squarely at a whole host of people, beginning with the Obama Administration for not securing the southern border with Mexico. Obama also deserves censure because he's largely responsible for sending the signal that the door is open - just come on in.

The House and Senate deserve blame for not passing law to deal with this situation, and as usual these days, it's become a political football. Businesses who hire illegals for cheap labor deserve blame, because they help draw the crowds. What are we going to do?

I begin to think the governors need to ignore Washington and order their state National Guard into action themselves with humanitarian crisis as grounds. If Obama interferes and federalizes the Guard response, then the states need to take action and legislatively form a separate militia responsible only to the governor of the state. It's been a while since I've read the Constitution on this matter, but if an amendment is needed, let's get it done. I do not believe the Founders ever intended a state governor not to be able to control the state militia. All the more so when you have a president in office so disinterested in the rule of law, the Constitution, and the well-being of the country. What an awful tragedy.

Sadly, I think we've only seen the beginning. Obama has two more years in office and until Congress (with both parties) shows some political will, it will only get worse.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Internet Service: Enough Already!

Short rant today, but one I am sure will get a loud "Ja Wohl!:" I am tired, beyond tired, of internet/email provider outages. More than that, I am tired of "rebooting."

I've had email at the office. Rarely any trouble there. But at home, oh, ho. Totally different question. I've had Aero, I've had T-6, and now I'm trying Dish Network internet. I do live in a rural area, but only 8 miles from a town of 30,000. I can never rely on having a connection, and with my international job, having a reliable internet/email connection is vital.

I can't tell you how irritating the constant outages are. Call customer services, and when you're done waiting on hold, they take you through the same shaboo. Try rebooting the router. Try rebooting the modem. Unplug your power. Oh, that's not working? So sorry. It appears to be a problem at the tower. Techs on the way. That is unless you need a tech at your house. Depend on a three-week wait. The techs are busy elsewhere.

I just signed up for DISH internet in hopes of solving this nonsense. I've had it a week, and I've had to do at least five reboots of both the DISH box and my router. You would think in this day and age of technology, they would figure a way where this was no longer necessary.

If Ma Bell could give you a non-interruptable line coast to coast in the 1950s, they ought to be able to fix wireless computer technology to the point that this tiresome "rebooting" is no longer necessary. Even rebooting doesn't always work, and I'm dead in the water until the techs find the solution.

This is ridiculous, and I am tired of it. Give me Ma Bell back. I could depend on her.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Richard Cowsill Passes

Today's post is a brief note of sympathy to the Cowsills in the loss of their beloved brother Richard this week. The band made the announcement on their website and on Facebook, plus here is a news article from Vintage Vinyl about it. Richard had been battling lung cancer. He is the third of the Cowsill siblings to pass away, leaving his twin brother Bob, Susan, Paul, and John as survivors. Barry and Bill passed away in 2005—Barry in Hurricane Katrina and Bill from numerous illnesses.

While Richard was the non-performing, behind the scenes brother, he was able to finally get to sing with his siblings now and then in recent years. Here is a video clip of the band doing their 1990s song What I Believe. At the end, there is a clip of the band —including Richard — singing the national anthem before a baseball game in Boston. I think he also joined them on stage from time to time.

Please pray for the family in the days ahead as they walk through this loss. I'm also praying that a major label wises up and signs the performing members of the group, which still tours to this day. As I posted in an earlier blog, their 1990s album "Global" is power pop perfection, and the labels need their derrieres kicked for ignoring it. The "bubblegum" label is so unfair, and "Global" is anything but bubblegum. It is power pop in the vein of Nick Lowe, Tommy Tutone, and Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup.