History of the Breeders’ Cup Classic – Racing’s Main Event

  • June 16, 2019

The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the centerpiece of the two day event known as the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Over $25 million in purses is offered over the two day period, with the Classic comprising $5 million of that amount.

As the name implies, the race is run at the “Classic” distance of 1 ?? miles, and through its first twenty seven editions, we have witnessed some of the most compelling races in horse racing history.

The first running was in held at Hollywood Park in 1984, and featured a thrilling finish in which Gate Dancer, Slew o’ Gold, and Wild Again battled down the wire, with Wild Again just inching out the other two.

Or, how about the 1987 edition, which featured the 1986 and 1987 Kentucky Derby winners, Ferdinand and Alysheba hitting the wire together. This was the first time two Derby winners had faced each other since Spectacular Bid faced Affirmed in the 1979 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Ferdinand struck the lead in deep stretch, but Alysheba kept coming at him and just ran out of ground, ultimately losing by a nose in a photo finish. Alysheba would come back and get his Breeders’ Cup Classic the following year, and had to work just as hard as the previous year. The Breeders’ Cup was held at Churchill Downs and it was a dark, damp day, and the track was muddy. He held off a determined Seeking the Gold, who was known for being an outstanding sire of mud runners, ultimately holding off the challenge and prevailing by a half-a-length.

Sunday Silence and Easy Goer provided the racing world with one of the more compelling rivalries, and it culminated in another great matchup in the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Classic, in what would be their final meeting. Sunday Silence got first run on Easy Goer who was probably just a bit too far back early, and as they turned into the stretch, Sunday Silence had a good two lengths on his rival, but Easy Goer kept coming at him. At the sixteenth pole and time running out, Easy Goer was still three lengths behind, but he made one final acceleration and gained two and a half lengths on Sunday Silence. In the end, however, Sunday Silence held on as Easy Goer just ran out of ground at the end and won by half a length.

Unbridled won the Classic in 1990 and for the fourth year in a row, the race was won by a Kentucky Derby winner. Since 1990, no Kentucky Derby winner has won the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Derby winner is always a fan favorite, but Unbridled was not the betting favorite, possibly because he had lost in four graded stakes following his Derby win earlier that year. As a result, he went off at 6-1 odds, but he delivered and responded like a champion, taking the Classic at Belmont Park that year by a length.

Who’s Confiscating Your 401(k) And Ira?

  • May 16, 2019

Dateline Raleigh, NC, November 6, 2008: Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives discuss confiscating our 401(k)s and IRAs, by Carolina Journal Online reporter Karen McMahan.

This shocking pronouncement is certainly an attention grabber, which if even partially true, would have an impact on nearly every employed and retired American. The basis for the report is testimony before the House Committee on Education and Labor in early October.

Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci is one of many witnesses (scholars, retirees, activists, an investment mogul, and benefits experts) who were interviewed by the committee members. (I was skipped over once again, but a receptive person in the HCEL was willing to forward a listing of my articles to the right person. I expect an invitation to testify momentarily)

McMahan writes: “Dr. Ghilarducci, professor of economic policy analysis at the New School for Social Research, drew the most attention and criticism. She proposed that the government eliminate tax breaks for 401(k) and similar retirement accounts, such as IRAs, and confiscate workers’ retirement plan accounts and convert them to universal Guaranteed Retirement Accounts (GRAs) managed by the Social Security Administration.”

Several people have asked me to comment on the probability of such a radical approach ever getting any support, much less actually being implemented. Most feel that even the most socialistic of legislators would give the doctor’s ideas a quick thumbs down. I agree that they should, but part of the concept, tuned up “capitalistically”, could be precisely what this investment doctor would order.

Years ago, a not-quite-as-sophisticated-as-the-internet rumor mill spread a story that the Feds were scouring the countryside, knocking on doors, and confiscating $100 bills. The purpose of the venture was to put an end to the income-tax-dodging underground economy of the 80’s. Babysitters panicked, restaurateurs iced their C-notes in freezers, and self-employed franchisees plotted Caponesque money laundering schemes.

Nothing happened then that a 10% (or lower) Federal sales tax (coupled with seriously lower income taxes at all levels) wouldn’t cure today. So as scary as a 401(k) or IRA confiscation plan would be now, the panic will likely fade quietly away, just like the $100 bill outrage of the 80’s. The underground tax dodging continues, and at a magnitude that dwarfs any temporary tax relief that is afforded today’s self-directed savings plans.

One would think that, as a society, we would be capable of pouncing upon opportunities for brilliant solutions to problems of fairness like these. We just can’t seem to get out of our own political way. The fix to the retirement investment account fiasco is only slightly more complex than the incredibly easy solution to Social Security.

Dr. Ghilarducci has presented a socialist solution to a problem that could easily be dealt with using rudimentary controls that would limit the amount of risk allowed inside these tax deferred savings devices. She also ignores the fact that most self-directed money lies in voluntary, privately sponsored, employee benefit programs— emphasis on voluntary and private.

Self-directed retirement accounts could be controlled as to content and asset allocation to: 1) assure that a reasonable proportion of all accounts are guaranteed as to principal and interest, and 2) preclude ownership of high-risk securities.

I’m not sure that the good doctor grasps the distinction between a self-directed, defined-contribution, investment plan and a guaranteed, defined-benefit, pension plan. Most plan participants are led to believe that the former is just as secure as the latter. Sorry, Charlie.

The problems are to control the speculative enthusiasm of the unqualified self-directors, and to create a way for captive beneficiaries of the phantom Social Security trust fund to augment their guaranteed retirement benefits.

A few simple standards would create a whole new set of conservatively managed “retirement plan only” mutual funds, with reduced management fees— in deference to their captive audience and less speculative composition. Plan participants would not be able to speculate with their savings as they are today.

Some form of oversight would be needed to assure that no raw speculation was allowed into the new breed of standard mutual funds and CEFs. Instead, Dr. Ghilarducci visualizes all your no-longer-self-directed money finding a new home in the Social Security Administration’s toy chest— thus transforming a behemoth bureaucracy into an investment management giant! This is just too alarming for words—

But, what if, instead of a Guaranteed Retirement Account, we adopted a whole new system based on the SSRIA? (Google it.) No, it doesn’t exist yet, but the private sector could certainly provide it in a commission free, guaranteed income only contract, tomorrow.

The SSA could oversee the providors, who collectively have thousands of years’ experience, and thousands of investment professionals capable of managing guaranteed income vehicles. Just think about it. All employees could opt out of Social Security, and make a smaller, mandated contribution to their one SSRIA.

Employers could include the SSRIA as an option for both self-directed and matching contributions. Only SIBORAP Tier One securities would be acceptable investments. Existing Social Security balances could be frozen or directed to the personal SSRIAs.

This approach, admittedly far too simple for consideration, would create thousands of new jobs, eliminate the Social Security funding mess, add billions to personal disposable incomes, and with supervision, allow employers to cut prices, increase salaries and dividends, and create jobs.

Some would say that this approach can’t work with our broken system, as evidenced by the legions of Wall Street fat cats who encourage the creation of toxic products and who routinely pilfer shareholder treasuries for ludicrous sums. Shareholders should solve that problem, not the government— but the government could help if they chose to.

Pure capitalism disappeared years ago, traded in for a less efficient, but fairer, regulated version. It’s the regulators and their overseers that failed, leading us multi-derivative miles from the pure simplicity of stocks and bonds.

Do You Know the History of the Women’s Olympic Games in the Ancient Greece

  • April 16, 2019

Most people know that women were all forbidden to participate in the ancient Greek Olympics, but it’s beyond imagination that women’s Olympic Games was held in this old civilized territory

The ancient Greek women’s Olympic Games was also named “Hera Games”. Hera was the wife of the king worshiped by all of the ancient Greek gods, the most powerful god of this ancient world, Zeus. According to the record, the founder of the Hera Games established in the six Century BC was Hippodamia, the wife of the ancient Olympic Games’ founder Per Ropes. In order to celebrate the happiness of marriage and reward Queen Hera, Hippodamia organized the first women’s athletics in Olympia composed by the 16 girls out of the 16 states.

After that, it became an important custom. The “Hera Games” was also organized for once every four years at Holy Land in Olympia at the end of June and the beginning of July by the age of the competitors in three groups. The main project of the Hera Games was women’s race which was relatively shorter compared with that of men’s And the youngest women group’s running distance was approximately 32 meters.

As the winner of the Hera Games, the winner can also win the glory in the Olympics, such as being awarded a corolla made of the sacred olive branches, getting a ritual of beef used to memorial of the god, and preserve their portraits in Olympia. As the record described, it was not until the Roman Empire invaded Greece that the Hera Games was ended with a history of about 146 years.

To Chinese badminton team, today’s semifinal between WangYihan and Nehwal undoubtedly was the highlight of the women’s singles arena. For that, head coach LiYongbo directed WangYihan in person. Whenever WangYihan appeared errors, the words he shouted only were simple expressions such as be stable or don’t worry without specific technical and tactical guidance.

After winning the match, Wang and coaches embraced tightly in together then confidently state that she had not defeated by Nehwal before, so she in a psychology edge.

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Chinese New Year 2011 What You Should Prepare For

  • March 16, 2019

Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival, and “Chun Jie” for Chinese) is the most important festival in China, which is as important as Christmas in Western countries. The day of 3, February, 2011, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar is the New Year of 2011 for Chinese, when the first day of Lunar Calendar.

While, at New Year’s Eve, Chinese people will hold a grand celebration and must “Shou Ye” which means the whole family should stay together and eat a sumptuous dinner and had better not sleep, all these behaviors could bring auspicious to people. Actually, on the New Year’s Eve, the people will set off firecrackers, hang lanterns, paste couplets and New Year pictures and many other festival decoration goods to usher the New Year’s arrival.

On the New Year’s day, people will get up earlier than usual and people should be setting of firecrackers, eating dumplings and wear new clothes to hope a good start of the year. After breakfast, Chinese people begin to pay a New Year call to their relatives and friends, Chinese New Year greetings are the most interesting part of the Spring Festival, which could make people happier and warmer, and the kids usually get a red envelope which is a Chinese tradition and symbolizes good luck.

Chinese New Year’s Celebration will end fifteen days later when the day of the Lantern Festival, During these time, each day have different meanings. Speak here, you will doubt why Chinese celebrate Chinese New Year? The Chinese Spring Festival is a very old celebration from ancient time. According to the legend, there was a monster called “Nian” who usually hurt people in the villages. Later, there is a brave man killed the monster for protecting the people with red torch and the tools with loud bang. At that time, people will wear or paste red goods and set off firecracker to celebrate and prevent the monster come again at this day.

Though this is a legend, people like to treat it as the true and New Year for the modern people seems become a time for family gatherings and holiday meals.

The Chinese Socialist Marketing System

  • February 16, 2019

As the People?s Republic of China privatizes companies, there is the illusion that the country is transforming from a communist state to a more capitalist society, like the United States. The reality is dangerously different. The ?Socialist Market System? (SMS), as the Chinese call it, is very much what the name implies: a socialist system.

While there are industries with private ownership in China, they are ?secondary and service industries,? according to economist Dr. Pat Choate. The key strategic industries are still controlled by the Chinese government, and they keep a heavy hand on the so-called private ownership in their country. This results based system is likely a key reason The World Fact Book listed China as having the world?s largest trade surplus in 2007.

China undermines the World Trade Organization (WTO), keeping the U.S. at a grave disadvantage. Chinese nationalism seems to place the world economy at risk by abusing the ideals of ?free trade.? In August, China created a ?Green Tax? after the WTO ruled that their 25 percent tariff on imported cars and car parts had to stop. To offset this ruling, the Chinese government issued a tax on cars with engine capacities over 3 liters, while reducing the tax on engines consuming 1 liter or less. Since Chinese made vehicles are built with a 2 liter capacity or less, the tax favors Chinese built parts and vehicles and harms all exporters to China, including the U.S. The Chinese government claims the tax was strictly an eco-friendly effort, but this is hard to believe coming from a country with such lax environmental policies.

This type of deception is not new. When Congress attempts to compensate for unfair subsidies, China files complaints against us with the WTO. The U.S. is left on the short end of the stick both at home and abroad. If the U.S. is only buying imports, without selling exports, we lose. The World Fact Book listed the United States as having the world?s largest balance of trade deficit in 2007, by way of an estimated $731 million.

Last year?s numbers speak for themselves, the U.S. needs to export more than we import. We will never be able to accomplish this goal locked in un-fair trade agreements, like the WTO. Exports mean good jobs, industry and manufacturing, and U.S. wealth. Imports mean dead-end jobs at places like Wal-Mart as we watch our money get shipped overseas.

China is now defeating us by using the mercantile policies the United States used until the 1930s. They are using a results based system as their one party system looks out for the betterment of China, rather than a two party system battling for the interests of their party. China realizes what the U.S. used to know: industry is key to national security.

China has fine-tuned its economy to compete. By regulating foreign investment, the Chinese government limits investors and maintains tight control. This gives China funding and expert direction, yet they lose no ground. It is the opposite in the open market system the United States, which allows a massive liquidation of our wealth producing companies to foreign nations like China. Though the U.S. should avoid socialism, this is an example our leaders should learn from.

If we are ever to regain ground in global trade we must be able to compete with other countries. One solution would be lowering U.S. wages to allow domestic companies to charge less. However, this solution is flawed, as Americans are already living in debt and can no longer afford the high prices of food or gasoline. Currently, prices are continuing to rise as the job market continues to fall.

Henry Ford knew what he was doing when he priced his automobiles at a level his workers could afford. He created a market, and put the money he spent on labor right back into his own pocket. This is the type of foresight American companies and government need today.

Consumers are smart enough to look for the best deal for them now. They cannot be expected to buy American products in an effort to help our economy if prices are too high. This would just increase our already escalating private debt. To be truly competitive, shoppers must be encouraged to buy domestically as they are in China: with higher prices on foreign imports.

Free trade allows countries to bring their cheaply made goods into the country at minimum costs. By importing goods and charging less, sometimes even below production cost, these companies can target and eliminate American competition one by one. We need to enact tariffs that will allow U.S. manufacturers to compete with China?s low wage workforce and lax pollution regulations. This lack of tariffs forces American corporations to outsource everything from manufacturing to phone support; even our art and animation. Many American jobs are outsourced to countries like India, China and Mexico. This means that China imports even more products into the U.S. under American brand names and we intern export even more of our cash back to them.

The United States has worked hard to get where we are only to lose everything in a few decades. We need to compete in the global trade competition. As we stand right now, we are losing, we may have already lost. Rather than lower our standards on living, food, and environmental protection we must get out of ?free trade? agreements and create fair trade conditions that protect our ability to compete. Then will we be able to re-instate tariffs and bring our jobs back fairly, through competition. Only when the prices and products are competitive can everyone, in every country, truly win.

Presidential Or Prophetic Authority – Obama’s Mechanical First Press Briefing

  • January 16, 2019

With a democratically controlled house and senate it seemed more of a perfunctory briefing than a call for the nation to get onboard Obama?s economic tinker wagon.

With a pre-chosen list of reporter?s names to call from the entire briefing was mechanical and not very friendly. The first question asked by APs Jennifer Loven met with a terse ?No no no no, that?s just not the way it is,? the tone was set.

It was hard to tell if Obama feared the press would ask him a question that would put him on the tilt or if the press was afraid of more rebuke like Loven endured. The rest of the briefing was just more of Obama telling the press the way it really is regardless of their questions. Standoff-ish, robotic and mechanical may be the softer description of the interchange.

The briefing may have been more of a strategy to make the president look a little more presidential and a little less weak or confused after the strong resistance he has seen even from a severely backwatered GOP.

Comedian Bob Hope often said that his definition of a bank was a place that would lend you money if you could prove that you didn?t need it. Barack Obama said in his first press conference that the housing crisis and other fiscal problems in the U.S. were caused by banks that lent money to people without proving that they had the means to pay it back. Both of these views have something tacitly in common but neither is actually very funny.

After the expected howbeit boring rhetorical blaming of the out going administration for all of our economic woes the new Chief rambled on about the crisis as if the sky was falling even as he spoke. In a series of mini-speeches woven into other speeches he answered reporter?s questions with what sounded like he was still on the campaign trail.

Following Obama?s logic is often like posing a philosophical problem where the premise doesn?t lead from A to B, but in the hands of the new White House chief it cancels the premise and its possible outcome altogether!

Obama told reporters that insolvent citizens caused the problem but now he wants to lend money to teetering and nearly insolvent companies that will fix the problem. He added new meaning to the term ?six of one and a half dozen of the other.?

He has summarily blamed those on whom the crisis is about to fall for creating it. ?We the people? were to dumb to see that we were borrowing what we could not pay. Now the answer is to lend even more money to banks, institutions and corporations who also may not be able to pay. Our gamble is bad, although he was careful enough not to say that directly, but his gamble is rational and believable.

The incongruity of Obama?s reasoning is becoming almost a hallmark for the President. In the area of morality the same incomprehensible and borderline sophomoric reasoning is applied almost every time he opens his mouth.

For example, after rescinding President Bush?s executive order that banned the use of taxpayer?s money for abortion he spoke at a pro-life prayer breakfast at the Washington Hilton and said ?God wouldn’t condone taking the life of an innocent human being.? He went on to say or brag as it may be that he planned an office of faith based and neighborhood partnerships that would not favor one religious group over another.

The pro-life group would no doubt have been ecstatic if he had said he would favor the un-born and no doubt could care less about his views of religion. This incongruity is so remarkable that it would seem that that he has a touch of attention deficit disorder. God wouldn?t but I would, might have been more honest and in view of his first act in office, more comprehensible.

When Barack Obama decided that the Bible?s condemnation of homosexuality in the book of Romans was an ?obscure? passage that needn?t be taken too seriously he showed that he favors some religions over others especially if they are non-biblical or to liberal to take the Bible seriously. When he decided that the un-born whom God says he knows even while they are in the womb may not be a life begun he re-affirmed his disfavor for at least one religion across the board, biblically based Christianity.

Those still waiting for the official copy of his birth certificate have also subpoenaed his school records but none of them have been requested from any schools of theology as far as anyone can tell. So where did he get this high Divinity training in the exegesis of the Scriptures?

We have only to wonder if he would also say that the dozens of references throughout the bible that say God alone gives wealth to an individual or nation is also obscure. ?But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.? (De 8:18)

Not knowing this basic biblical teaching is only part of the problem. The most fundamental error is our president?s inability to see the inextricable link between a nation?s morality and its economy.

The truth is that when a nation decides to live in wholesale immorality God doesn?t whimsically intervene with a slap on the wrist but rather he promises that that nation?s wealth will be turned to dust.

Although I am an obscure man with no particular standing or fame (nor do I want any) I find myself in good company with true men of God in this day and the biblical prophets of old who all warned that no nation can flaunt their immorality forever and expect to continue in prosperity and wealth.

Over thirty years past I was assured that this country would undergo the worst economic downturn in its history. That economic collapse is directly tied to the rise in immorality and sexual perversion, violence and the slaughter of the innocents. It is now at the doors!

Perhaps the day is long past when kings resorted to prophets for their counsel. Maybe the day is almost gone when nations seek God together under the leadership of called men of God on a regular basis. But there is no doubt that God?s word has not changed. Even though there is fewer and fewer who will risk being derided and scorned, the process is sure and the outcome is known.

The process is that God sends messengers, evangelists, preachers and prophets. If they are heeded the outcome is positive and wealth is always part of that picture. If they are not heeded the power of the nation is broken along with its wealth.

It is not the so called ?separation of church and state? that we should be worried about but the separation of civil authority and prophetic authority. Ignoring this important distinction is done at our own peril.

In giving to Caesar the things that are Caesar?s and giving to God the things that are God?s we must not fail to see that conversely we must only take from Caesar the things that are Caesar?s and take from God the things that are God?s. While presidents and kings may give us economic plans it is prophetic utterance that tells the final disposition and future of a nation.

?Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.? (2 Ch 20:20)

Debt Bailouts For Consumers – How Obama Makes Debt Bailouts For Consumers Available

  • December 16, 2018

The world economy is undergoing a major turbulence, something the nations never saw before, but it all happened gradually. The continuous accumulation of wealth followed by overspending, taking debts, ignoring the impact in the long run, led to this crisis. However the huge inflow of money in the market under Obama’s administration by the Federal stimulus plan brought a renaissance. The plan has several objectives, the priority being eliminating the current crisis, and making people aware of the financial planning, budgeting in the long run.

Majority of the population have the onerous task of eliminating or reducing the debt, and this stimulus plan has brought respite to the people. Debtors with an unsecured debt of over $10,000 have this as an opportunity to bailout from their debt up to 50%. Creditors, the big financial organizations, banks, medical bodies, running under huge loss due to the credit, loans they have lent, are on the verge of ending up with delinquent accounts.

The preferred choice would be to settle for something less than nothing, almost 30-50% lesser than the amount credited. All this put together has encouraged the debt settlement relief network to help out bail people from the onus of debts and thanks to the Federal stimulus money.

The settlement companies are getting a favorable environment in which debt can be settled effectively. The major credit lending bodies have opened up to negotiation and conversation with their clients. It is in the best interest of all debt burdened people to take advantage of this situation and settle debts with the help of settlement companies.

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National Wedding – International Foods

  • November 16, 2018

It was not long ago that Indian food was only served in Indian weddings, Chinese food served in Chinese weddings and English food served at English weddings. If we were invited to a wedding, we only had to think of the ethnic origin of the bride and groom to know what sort of food was going to be served. In many parts of the world this is still the case, and in many weddings in England this is still the case. But not exclusively so. Everyone would agree that it’s important to serve food that the guests will enjoy, and also that it is nice when you can find caterers that are cost effective. That is the case the world over.

In England, however, something very special is happening. England is a very multi-cultural society. There are multi-faiths, multi-colours and multi-millionaires all living very close to each other. Somebody may come to visit England and decide to spend the rest of his or her life in this country because it is so diverse. And even if that person cannot get official status in the country, he or she might try to hide his or her identity or faith, just to stay in the country? Why? Because England, and London in particular, is a dream. London is a haven on earth. London is a little world and a unique place. In India you will find Indians, in China you will find Chinese people, but in England you will find all the world. You will find all the colours of the rainbow on your own street.

When we have events such as weddings, we want to invite those who are living nearby. You might want to invite your boss from work, who might be English, or your manager, who might be Chinese, or your neighbors, who might be African Caribbean, or your doctor, who might be Australian, or your solicitor, who might be Punjabi, or your business partner, who might Morrocan. My sons best friends are Pakistani, my daughters friends are from Turkey. The list can go on and on. Basically, you can have a guest list at your wedding that is truly multi-cultural. When you invite these people, do not expect them to be satisfied with just spicy chicken curry or spicy chicken tikka. They will be polite enough to eat these foods, but they might not be fully satisfied.

The solution is to have an international menu choice. There are a number of wedding caterers who are able to provide dishes from all over the globe. You can have Chinese noodles, Italian pasta and any dish you can think of, all served in a buffet style so that people can choose exactly what they want. They may not eat the spicy food, but they will enjoy looking at it and witnessing what other people are enjoying. So everyone is a winner. Choose a caterer who provides multiple food choices in the multicultural society that we all enjoy.

Gaza Death Count Passes 900

  • October 16, 2018

Monday being fruitful for Israel was marked with the support from United States of America when President George W. Bush called for a cease-fire in the Gaza strip which depended on Hamas and led to the end of the searing firing on the Israeli towns.

The death toll of the Palestinians moved beyond the negative 900 mark. Death involved the civilians which created grim atmosphere all over the Gaza strip. The military troops of Israel tightened their protection around the urban areas in the search of the mysterious guerrillas who operate in small units and harass the enemy by surprise raids. Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert declared that Israel would continue the 17 day old war for as long as it calls for.

Israel troops have been fighting fierce gun battles against the Hamas fighters keeping their pressure intact and meanwhile avoiding the war intruding the urban zones which could complicate the issues and further delay the government efforts to end the Gaza war.

There were more than 25 air strikes around the city of Gaza by warplanes and helicopters supported by the troops and the tanks which probed into the defenses against the guerrillas. They had to be aware of the snipers and the booby traps. Hamas fighters were more off the sight fighters who kept firing rockets into Israel not exposing them and propping for an assault which might be in line for them.

As international diplomats worked with Egypt on a truce plan, an Israeli military spokesman said the army had yet to launch a much-heralded “Phase 3” of the war, following the initial air campaign and then ground advance.

Israeli forces have been reported to be holding from implementing their overtly potent third phase of the war, which would be following the primary air campaign and the ground offensive advancements. This information was discovered while the international ambassadors were discussing peace plan with Egypt regarding the entire issue. Israeli military spokesperson was found saying that they are holding back the third stage of attack but the military reserve units have moved in and are holding positions around the city of Gaza.

There has been a television and radio broadcast from the Hamas?s govermnet leader in Gaza from a secret location which ensured ?victory is at hand? and substantiated the statement by saying that the number of deaths would haunt President Bush and his administration.

All the innocent carnage has exposed the vulnerable loopholes and established flaw zones in the geography of the Middle East diplomatic scenario. The Bush administration has been supporting the Israel with a firm stand and European government is pressurizing them to call off its attacks and Arabs have been vocalizing against the Jewish state without any concealment. All this has been nothing more than boring holes in the basic infrastructure of the Middle East.

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Riots, Fires, Looting In America? – Yes, Says Contemporary New York Based Prophet

  • August 16, 2018

Quite clearly the Bible says that God will always give warning to a people who have endeavored to embark on a wrong course of action; it is part of his care for the people he loves. Who are those people? The answer is; every single one of us.

?Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.? (Amos 3:7)

Without getting bogged down in the theology of the prophetic calling as it is outlined in the Bible it is easier to say that there are only two major forms of prophecy. The first is the ?gift of prophecy? which comes upon anyone who experiences a move of God?s Holy Spirit for the express purpose of making a prophetic utterance.

The gift can fall to anyone from the humblest member of the church to a statesman in the throws of a great discourse or argument on the floor of the Congress. Who gets the gift is entirely up to the giver. (1Cor 2:11)

The second kind of prophetic utterance comes from both individuals and organizations that have been given not the gift but the ?office? of the prophet. (1 Cor 12:28) The difference is huge. God establishes a source that can be relied upon to give warning, admonishment, reproof, correction and encouragement, if heeded.

One of the unique things about the prophetic warnings is they are always spoken in a universal context. The message is always the same wherever it is spoken around the globe, it is a consensus. Today that consensus can be seen in dozens of individuals and ministries around the world.

In America the consensus is found in ministries and ministers like Worldview Weekend, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, David Wilkerson, John Hagee, Hal Lindsey, Perry Stone and many others. They are always Bible based and run the full spectrum from evangelical to Pentecostal. Don?t be shocked to discover that some prophetic warnings are coming from the Catholic clergy these days as well.

The warnings of the prophets are not for shock value or to produce fear. They will always be centered on preparation and are meant to ready the wise and awaken the unbeliever. One such example is found in the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association?s recent announcement to begin stressing the preparations needed for the second coming of Christ. Since all pre-millennial (second coming of Christ) prophecy points to that one event it follows that such preparation should be emphasized at this juncture in world history.

When my own calling as a prophet came almost forty years ago it was clear that I was to prophesy and that it was largely to my own countrymen. The other thing that was clear was that I am not exclusive. I don?t hold the corner on prophecy; in fact I entitled my second book ?An American Prophet and His Message? rather than ?The American Prophet??

Because I don?t occupy all the ground in my calling I have had to rely upon the parts of the message given to others to make up an entire picture of what God is doing in our time. Among those I have relied upon has been one voice that singularly stands out from the crowd. That voice is Pastor David Wilkerson of the Times Square Church in downtown New York City.

Not since his book ?The Vision? has David Wilkerson been as forthright with a powerful and devastatingly un-nerving prediction as he has of late. The warning first published on World Net Daily is of a terrible portent to start in New York City and nearby New Jersey that will eventually spread to other cities across the nation and the globe.

In the article ?Famed pastor predicts imminent catastrophe? posted March 8, 2009, Wilkerson says his vision of fires raging in New York and other places are the beginnings of judgments on the nation. Wilkerson says ?”It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey
and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires ? such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago,” he explains. “There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting ? including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God?s wrath. In Psalm 11 it is written, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

Pastor Wilkerson gives no specific timetable for these events but says it is for the very near future, not years away. Can we believe him? My best answer to that is ?you bet? but if you are still skeptical at least you have been warned.

The quote from Psalms ?If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?? is wholly apropos to ongoing events in America. We have launched out into the deep waters of socialism under the Obama Administration and it is not settling well in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. Their feelings of helplessness and frustration are mounting without apparent recourse or resolve. Truly the voices of everyone from the founding fathers to our contemporary prophets and seers are being ignored.

America would rather hear a slick message laced with false hope and a call to false glories. Today we would rather our prophets? lie to us or take on the slick rhetoric of the campaigner or the political hopeful. The world may have become vastly more technological but the state of the human heart remains the same. We love a great story even if there isn?t a word of truth in it.

Socialism is still as much of a lie as when Marx, Mao, or LBJ told it. Fascism is still as backward as when Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin tried it. Should we dabble in it again and expect a different result. Ever heard what twelve steppers often quote as the best definition of insanity?

During the 50 or so years of the prophet Isaiah?s prophetic ministry he was confronted with a crowd that wanted exactly the same baby food as those of this day. Essentially they asked Isaiah and his God to get lost. ?That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.? (Isa 30: 9-11)

God?s answer through the prophet Isaiah was ?Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.? (Isa 30:12)

Terms like ?suddenly and? and ?in an instant? are something more akin to this generation, the now generation, but that?s obviously not where it started. David Wilkerson?s message has that ?suddenly? or ?instantly? kind of connotation written all over it much like the ancient prophet Isaiah. My best advice would be to take this message seriously.

Remember, not even the prophet wants these things to happen. Prophets of old like Jeremiah wept over the moral failure of his country and yet others cried out to God to divert his judgment. If not one detail of coming events is revealed to the prophets one thing is always clear to them. They see a very visible line drawn by the invisible God for every nation that forgets God.