Is Israel Moving Away from Democracy?

Israel's Knesset (Parliament) is considering a controversial bill that would empower it to suspend any of its own members for the rather vague "inappropriate" behavior. This certainly looks like a move away from democracy. It is happening because of what some Palestinian members of the Knesset are saying and doing. (Israel's population consists of 21% Palestinians, though Israel refuses to call them that and thus calls them "Arabs.")The Knesset has 17 Palestinian members out of a total of … [Read more...]

Shootout at OK Corral (=OKC)

I'm an NBA fan. Tonight at Oklahoma City, the two best offensive teams in the NBA--the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma Thunderbirds--with the two best offensive players in the NBA--Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant--duked it out in overtime. The two teams were tied in overtime as Curry made a 32-foot swisher at the buzzer for the Warriors to get the W.It was one of the most thrilling regular season games to be seen. And it was truly a shootout at the OK corral. Prior to overtime, OKC's … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead 2

I am involved with Pure Flix. It is the world's largest distributor of faith-based films. The company was started in 2006 by Russell Wolfe, R. H. White, and Michael Cooper. Country singer and actor Randy Travis and his wife were significant, early investors in the company. Pure Flix also produces their own low-budget films now, about one per month.Pure Flix is becoming successful. They released God's Not Dead almost two years ago. The budget for it was about $2 million, and in less than four … [Read more...]

Should a Religious Leader Question a Person’s Faith?

In the recent Pope Francis versus Donald Trump standoff, which I recently posted about, both men appeared to have backed off a little from their previous remarks against each other. Francis implied Trump was "not Christian" for advocating the building of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants, and Trump said it was "disgraceful" and "unbelievable" for him to make such a judgment. The pope, of course, advocates for the poor who are trying to immigrate to the U.S. to … [Read more...]

The Main Event: Pope Francis Vs. Donald Trump

I've blogged a few times about my opposition to Donald Trump as U.S. president. I've only done this because I think Mr. Trump, who is an avid golfer and owns many fine resort golf clubs, would not be a suitable man as the U.S. president due to his arrogant, narcissistic, bombastic character. And I think it would be very difficult for such a person to conduct a successful foreign policy, especially because his platform slogan is Make America Great Again, which is a reflection of his own self ego. … [Read more...]

The Red Sea-Dead Sea Project Excludes Palestinians

Ever since Jews began returning to their ancestral land during the late 1990s, they and indigenous peoples of the region have thought of some sort of project that would transfer seawater from the Gulf of Aqaba at the northern end of the Red Sea northward to empty into the Dead Sea largely to restore its previous salinity and surface level.For thousands of years, the surface of the Dead Sea has been the lowest place on earth. Nowadays, it is over 1,400 feet below sea level and decreasing over … [Read more...]

Does Donald Trump Still Not Like Losers?

Thirteen polls had Donald Trump easily winning the Republican caucasus in Iowa this week. Most people were shocked when Ted Cruz won, beating The Donald by four points and Trump barely edging out Marco Rubio. That makes Trump a loser.Donald Trump said last year about Arizona Senator John McCain--a decorated Viet Nam war hero for spending five years as a captured U.S. Navy prisoner and sometimes brutally tortured--that McCain got caught and therefore was not a war hero but "a loser." The … [Read more...]

Charlie Rose Interviews Donald Rumsfield

Yesterday on his television program, Charlie Rose interviewed former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield. He served in President George W. Bush's administration during the 2003 Iraq War. That's when the U.S. led the UN coalition forces in overthrowing dictatorial Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The coalition forces attacked Iraq on the supposition that it had nuclear weapons, which turned out to be wrong. Nearly all of the world nowadays concludes that due to this error, this war was a … [Read more...]