Faces of The Metro and The Times

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Do these people look happy and fulfilled or are they looking more vacant, exhausted, and miserable to you?


Is it the Metro? 

Is it Washington, D.C.? 

Is it their work? 

Is it family issues? 

Is it the economy?

Is it health problems?


For a superpower country with supposed incredible wealth, might, and freedom to enjoy it all–what the heck is going on.


Should we blame the politics and fighting? 

Should we blame the fake news optics?

Should we blame our gnawing adversaries (Axis of Evil Russia, Iran, North Korea…)?

Should we blame materialism and consumerism (and a corresponding lack of spirituality and values in our lives)? 


We have the greatest advances in history–revolutionizing energy, transportation, healthcare, communications, and more–so much to advance our well-being, to savor, and seemingly endless more to come. 


Why aren’t people smiling?

Why aren’t people jumping for joy more? 

Why aren’t people even awake with eyes open to enjoy the life’s journey?


There should be great hope in the future–with fruitful life there is hope and with hope there is excitement and joy–but without hope all is meaningless and lost.  


What is going on out there–psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, clergy?


We are trying to do everything right.


So where are we going wrong-wrong-wrong? 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

State of U.S. Relationships

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Here is the current state of a sampling of U.S. relationships with other countries around the world.


As the “superpower” and as a people who strongly value freedom, democracy, and human rights, as well as a people mainly of faith, we have the obligation to do good in this world. 


Also, we recognize our imperative to maintain strength and promote peace, prosperity, and betterment for all mankind.


We have some enormous challenges ahead, and we had better be up to it. 


There is a lot riding on this! 😉

 

(All opinions my own)


(Source Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)

How The Election Makes Me Feel

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Ok, this picture sums up my feelings about this election pretty well.

Wait is that the candidates or the way I feel?


Like the Three Stooges, the pathetic behavior of the candidates is completely crazy and outrageous. 


And who’s worse–corrupt  and scandalous or big mouth and offensive? 


We all have have our opinion, but maybe both types leave us dumbfounded and scratching our heads, and even not wanting to vote for either, at all. 


At this point, I think we are all probably somewhat embarrassed that this is the best our country has to offer.


With everyone hating on both candidates, but desperate to save their slice of the American pie, the put-downs, fights, and contempt have gotten completely out of hand. 


There is ZERO problem-solving going on, and we are in ridiculous mode, while the rest of the world spins out of control in the hands of terrorists, demagogues, as well as our global competition out there capitalizing on our incredible stupidity. 


I can only imagine the rest of the world watching our election play out–watching us–and thinking how did we ever get to be the superpower of this world? 


This is the tipping point for our country.


We brought so much greatness to the world, but what is left when we get to the point of candidates that no one can trust, let alone stomach. 


I think all we can do is pray that G-d sends an Independent candidate with true integrity and promise that everyone can really respect and rally around, and not have to settle for either bad or worse. 


A country that is 80% negative about its direction is called imploding and obviously that does not bode well for us or upcoming world events. 


Folks, this is going to take a miracle! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Iran Man

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Today, Iran warns a U.S. Navy ship and fighter jet to stay away from military exercises they were conducting.


And what did we, the Superpower, do? 


We hightailed it out of there. 


Yet, presumably we were in international waters this time, so it’s curious why the U.S. military would take it’s orders from Iran if we were legitimately there. 


This is just…


– A little more than 2 weeks after Iran seized 2 U.S. Navy ships and 10 sailors and put them execution style on their knees and broadcast this to world.


– And less than a month after Iran fired missiles within 1.3 km of the U.S. aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman.


Wonder why did Iran warn us this time and not last month with the aircraft carrier–should we be “thankful” again to them, this time for warning us.


– And just less than 2 weeks ago, Iraq-based Shiite terror militias (alleged proxies for Iran) abducted 3 more Americans (almost simultaneously with their prisoner swap with us–refilling their human cache).  


– All this, plus the 2 ballistic missile tests (those capable of carrying nukes) that Iran conducted in October and again in December in violation of U.N. resolutions, and what do we have? 


A new “Iran Man” (not Iron Man) in town–with over $100+ billion to spend on global terrorism while chanting “Death To America”–and he most certainly isn’t a superhero. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Iran Outsmarts And Humiliates

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Iran so far continues to outsmart us at every turn…

Take just last week:


We released 7 Iranians for 5 Americans hostages plus a $1.7 billion settlement to Iran, even though our victims of terrorism haven’t received their settlement money from Iran. 


Good deal?


Well after Iran released the 5 Americans, the Shitte militias in Iraq “whose funding and direction come from Iran” immediately took 3 new Americans hostage.


Oh well.


How about with the nuke deal with Iran?


We got short-term commitments from the Iranians to restrain their nuke program in return for $100+ billion and a removal of sanctions.


Good deal?


Well after Iran agreed to this, they immediately tested 2 ballistic missiles capable of carrying nukes in violation of UN resolutions, and then Iran threatens to pull out of the deal if we impose any new sanctions


Oh well. 


Then again, what about our naval vessels seized?


Iran took 2 US naval vessels and 10 American servicemen/women and after releasing them, we profusely thank Iran. 


Good deal?


Well after we thank them, Iran broadcasts humiliating images of the Americans on their knees captured, and it is reported that Iran kept SIM cards from the sailors handheld satellite phones presumably to hack these communications in the future. 


Oh well. 


They win some and win some more–AND–we lose some and lose some more. 


Ready for the next humiliating round? 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Scott Joseph)

Rose-Colored Glasses Make Everything…More Rosey

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Yesterday, Iran detains 2 U.S. naval vessels…


And 10 of our brave military men and wome (from the world’s superpower) are literally on their knees held captive and broadcast for all the world to see.


Yet the truly unbeleivable response is “We don’t see this as hostile intent.”

 

However, Iran’s most unfriendly overtures to the U.S. also include:


Taking 60+ Americans taken hostage for 444 long days. 


Bombing Marine barracks, through Hezbollah proxy, killing 241 American servicemen and women in Beirut


Shooting live missiles within just 1,500 yards of  our aircraft carriers


– Blowing up a replica of a U.S. warship


– Testing multiple ballistic missiles capable of carrying nukes


– Continuing to hold 4 Americans hostage


– Threatening genocide against the Holy Land


Regularly chanting “Death to America” and burning our flag


What do we do?


A deal to release $100+ billion dollar to the world’s #1 sponsor of terrorism and remove sanctions.


Funny thing is we’ve seen this story before…


ISIS attacking and threatening American cities with a new 9/11 attack and seeking to build a dangerous Caliphate


North Korea testing an H-bomb and ballistic missiles with nukes to hit the U.S.  


Russia annexing Crimea and settling into Syria to bolster Assad

 

Syria continuing to use chemical weapons, laying seige and starving tens of thousands of their own people, and killing, wounding, and displacing millions to be absorbed by the West


But we open our hearts and borders and seek to take in more refugees with a questionabe vetting process, not even use the term “radical Islamist,” and to whiteout any red lines that we’ve drawn to protect our national security. 


Surely, our sworn enemies of the Axis of Evil don’t want to hurt us…perhaps, kill and destroy are more accurate terms. 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Jim Simonson)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warning 613

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As per my prior posts in November and December, we are continuing to see the mystical 613 (representing the number of commandments in the Torah). 


This morning, on the Washington, D.C. Metro, see the time showing (above upper right). 


The whole family is seeing this, as I got a note from my daughter just a few minutes ago looking at online classes at Lynda.com and one of the classes had 613 views. 


Even to me (normally a critical thinker and healthy skeptic), it seems beyond regular explanations for the frequency and locations that we are seeing these signs. 


Also, last night I had a scary dream about what seemed like the end of times–it was almost like The Walking Dead, with people running to the countryside amidst chaos and destruction all around them. 


As tensions heat up between major Sunni and Shiite rivals, Saudi Arabia and Iran, and “Axis of Evil” Iran unveils a 2nd underground depot with missiles capable of carrying nukes, and ISIS continues their jihadi rampage leaving 80% of Ramadi in Iraq destroyed at a cost of $10 billion, a new Jihadi John replacement is executing British hostages in Syria, and there are escalating superpower tussles with Russia and China–it is not hard to see just some of the potential dangers in our times in terms of escalating conflict, terrorism, and war. 


What is the future for us all, I do not know for certain, but all I can tell you is there appears to be warnings all about, and the question is will we heed them or not and then what is the outcome–it should be with mercy and for blessings. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)