Astrologer John Hogue Got It Wrong the Thirteenth Time

John Hogue is an astrologist and an expert on Nostradamus who regularly appears on national television promoting his viewpoints. He has written 600 articles and 35 books. His biggest claim to fame is that, until last week, he predicted the election of the past twelve U.S. presidents. If true, that's a pretty impressive record. Frankly, I don't see how he is old enough to have done that.But last week, John Hogue the rogue--an astrologer with a dark, long beard--misread the stars or whatever … [Read more...]

Trump for Israel?

Donald Trump--a non-politician and multi-billionaire real estate magnate--became president-elect of the USA last Tuesday. It is turning the USA upside down. Almost all of the dozens of professional pollsters were wrong. They had the Democratic nominee--former First Lady and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton--ahead by an average of 5% of the popular vote. Actually, she did barely win the popular vote but still lost because the USA has a unique Electoral College that decides the victor.What is … [Read more...]

The Electoral College Is a Farce

Hilary Clinton won the so-called "popular vote" for the U.S. presidency this week, but Donald Trump became president. How so? Our arcane, outdated, Electoral College. The New York Times informs today in the first three paragraphs of an article:"In November 2000, as the Florida recount gripped the nation, a newly elected Democratic senator from New York took a break from an upstate victory tour to address the possibility that Al Gore could wind up winning the popular vote but losing the … [Read more...]

Brexit in the USA

I'm in shock! Donald Trump as president? God help the USA.As in the Brexit vote, there were lots of angry people who voted in this election. A lot of white folks who want change. Our country has been getting more and more divided, thus polarized. It seems to me most Evangelicals voted for a platform rather than a person. Now we'll see if Mr. Trump can deliver. And it appears he will have both the House and Senate with a Republican majority in order to get things done. … [Read more...]

Melania Trump Gets a Soft Pass

Melania Trump gave a rare political speech yesterday. She delivered it in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, in defense of her husband, Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for U.S. president. He is running against Hilary Clinton, the Democratic nominee.With Election Day only four days away, Melania said in her speech, "Our culture has gotten to mean and too rough." She says if she becomes First Lady, she will work to end "bullying" among children. How about among adults, starting with her husband Donald … [Read more...]

Why Did FBI Director Comey Do That?

Last Friday, FBI director James Comey dropped a political bombshell only twelve days before the presidential election scheduled for November 8th. It was a letter he sent to Congress stating that he has re-opened the question about whether or not Democratic nominee for the U.S. presidency, Hilary Clinton, had violated U.S. laws concerning government security in the use of her emails. Comey's FBI had investigated this Clinton matter early this year and closed the case by saying Clinton had not … [Read more...]

Were the Ancient Philistines “Sea Peoples”?

Sometimes, myths are propagated as true history, and they need to be deconstructed. Such is the case with ancient Philistines. They were a migrant people who settled in southwestern Palestine to become the arch rival of the ancient Israelites. The historical books of the Jewish Bible are full of narratives about conflicts and battles between the Israelites and the Philistines. Both peoples were migrants to this portion of The Levant. The Bible is quite clear about how the Israelites came into … [Read more...]

Palestinians Try Again to Unite

Yesterday, three Palestinian leaders met in Qatar with its emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, to attempt reconciliation after ten years of feuding. In recent years, Qatar has tried to help Palestinians achieve their aspirations, which is to establish a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But the division between the Palestinian Authority, which controls Palestinians living in the West Bank, and Hamas, which governs those in the Gaza Strip, has negatively affected the peace … [Read more...]