Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, appeared as Don Lemon’s guest on his CNN Tonight television program about two hours ago. Franklin Graham has been a big supporter of President Donald Trump despite Trump’s many faults. It has tarnished Franklin Graham’s reputation with millions of Americans. Yet he refuses to back down about it. Like many evangelicals who voted for Trump as president, Franklin Graham almost gives Donald Trump a carte blanche pass. Tonight, Franklin Graham said President Donald… Read more

Today in church we sang to God, “I worship your holy name.” What! I thought we Christians worship God, not his name. Jesus said, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him” (Matthew 4.10 NRSV). But the Bible has many exhortations about how Christians are to treat God’s name. For instance, the Third of the Ten Commandments says, “You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone… Read more

Young, 23-year old Jon Rahm just won the PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge at the Tour-owned Stadium Course in LaQuinta, California. He defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth extra hole, the 18th hole at the Stadium Course, by holing a 15-foot putt for a birdie three. It was Rahm’s second PGA Tour victory. I think the very likable Spaniard Jon Rahm–now only in his sophomore year on the American circuit–could become the best golfer in the world during the next decade…. Read more

Yesterday, Republican Senator Jeff Flake delivered a patriotic speech denouncing Republican President Donald Trump for his constant public statements revealing his hatred of the media by constantly attacking it and calling it “fake news.” Mr. Flake said, “The values of free expression and a reverence for the free press have been our global hallmark, for it is our ability to freely air the truth that keeps our government honest and keeps a people free.” The senator reminded us that President Trump… Read more

Yesterday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a two-hour plus speech to the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council held in Raballah, West Bank. During this speech, Abbas attacked U.S. President Donald Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel recently and vowing to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is against decades of past U.S. policy. Abbas also said to Trump, “Damn your money.” This remark was in the response to President Trump’s threat, made… Read more

As a writer, I’m always trying to improve my ability to communicate. I believe it is the responsibility of the speaker and writer to be understood. As a member of the Inventor’s Association of Arizona, I recently attended one of its meetings to listen to speaker Alan Tarr. He is a former Madison Avenue copywriter and now a consultant to businesses in marketing their products. Mr. Tarr owns his own business, called Money Words Marketing. His speech topic for that… Read more

Today, Patton Kizzire bested James Hahn in six extra holes of sudden-death with a par 3 on the 17th hole to win the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both PGA Tour players had tied in regulation 72 holes at 17-under par 263 to force the playoff. It was a record number of holes of sudden-death in this tournament’s lengthy, 53 years of history. The playoff was conducted four times on the par-five 18th hole… Read more

Black U.S. Representative and Democrat Maxine Waters of California was “right on” just minutes ago as she gave a blistering appraisal of President Donald Trump on MSNBC. It was a day after President Trump–gathered together with about eight members of Congress who were all Republican except for Senator Dick Durbin–reportedly and repeatedly called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries” in the closed-door session held to discuss DACA. Joy Reid was interviewing Ms. Waters. I agreed with what Representative Waters said… Read more

Yesterday, the Trump Administration declared there will be no drilling for oil offshore Florida’s huge coastline. It reversed President Trump’s policy of opening offshore oil drilling in an effort to make the U.S. energy self-sufficient. It happened five days after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had announced an ambitious offshore oil drilling plan for U.S. coastlines. Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott had demanded this exemption for Florida. Level-headed, Democratic Florida Senator Bill Nelson said of this decision, “I have spent my… Read more

Saturday, President Donald Trump responded to Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury, by calling himself a “genius.” Today, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham defended this rather non-presidential remark by saying that if President Trump didn’t call himself a genius, nobody else would. Oh, that makes a lot of sense, Mr. Graham. According to that, we all should call ourselves geniuses. As I’ve said before on this blog, I think it better to abide by the biblical proverb, “Let another praise you,… Read more

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