The New York Times reported today that the U.S. Defense Department’s annual $600 billion budget has $22 million earmarked for investigating UFOs. What! I thought we ended that inquiry when the U.S. Air Force shut down its 27-year old Project Blue Book in 1969. (I was an Air Force reservist from 1965 through 1971.) Not so. The U.S. government’s investigation of UFOs was somewhat reborn in 2007 when Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, then the Senate majority leader, got a… Read more

After many centuries, Israel became reestablished as a nation in 1948. In 1967, Israel fought the Six-Day War and took East Jerusalem, where many of its holy sites are located. In 1981, Israel declared Jerusalem as the “undivided, eternal capital” of Israel. But being a member of the UN, this declaration was against a UN principle–any UN member that enters into war with an enemy and obtains possession of land previously possessed by that enemy must thereafter return that land… Read more

For many years, Saeb Erekat has been the Palestinian Authority’s primary negotiator in the peace process, which has no longer existed for some time, in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His official title is chief of the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) Steering and Monitoring Committee. He recently responded to what U.S. President Donald Trump did last week. Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by announcing that the U.S. now recognizes Jesus as the capital of Israel and that next year the U.S…. Read more

When President Donald Trump made his historic speech Wednesday–about the U.S. recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel–for about the last minute he noticeably slurred his words. And in doing so, it appeared that he was straining to actually speak. Today, President Trump’s press secretary Ms. Sanders, who I don’t think is credible anymore, claimed it was only dry mouth. But I don’t think dry mouth would cause that. If dry mouth affects your speech, at least for me, it… Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump just fulfilled one of his presidential campaign promises by announcing that the U.S. will move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. All nations that have embassies in Israel have them in Tel Aviv as a form of protest to Israel’s 1980 announcement of Jerusalem as the “eternal, undivided capital of Israel.” Trump’s  move today overturns several decades of U.S. policy about this. I think the U.S. Congress made a mistake in 1995 by… Read more

Throughout the history of Christianity, this has been a major question theologians have debated. And systematic theologians often have made it a plank in their system. Best known is John Calvin’s systematic theology that is most easily characterized by the acronym TULIP. The third letter, L, represents Limited Atonement. So, Calvin taught that Jesus’ sacrificial, atoning death for the sins of others is limited in its application to only the elect, that is, those who are God’s people. Christians who… Read more

The White House first announced last week that President Donald Trump will deliver a major speech tomorrow regarding the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This billionaire real estate mogul in his previous life–who authored (really?) the book The Art of the Deal–repeatedly stated in his campaign for the U.S. presidency last year that solving this perennial problem would be “the ultimate deal.” Like all his presidential predecessors for decades, Trump is now going to weigh in on this elusive achievement within hours…. Read more

Yesterday, Rickie Fowler shot a blistering 11-under par 61 to come from seven shots back of leader Charley Hoffman and win the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas by four strokes with an 18-under par total of 270. It was a stunning victory that got pro golf fans and television commentators talking about a possible stellar year ahead for the twenty-eight year old Fowler. Rickie Fowler has been a crowd favorite ever since his first year on the PGA Tour,… Read more

When Donald Trump campaigned for the U.S. presidency last year, this real estate developer-mogul and author of The Art of the Deal repeatedly declared that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be “the ultimate deal.” Indeed, the UN has tried to solve it ever since 1947, soon after the UN was birthed. Trump also repeatedly excited his evangelical religious base as well as many Jews by promising that if he was elected president he would move the U.S. embassy from Tel… Read more

Tiger Woods is in a respectable tie for fifth place after two rounds in the Hero World Challenge, being played in the Bahamas, with a 69 and 68, seven under par. Midway on his back nine today he was tied for the lead. This is the first pro tournament Tiger has played in almost a year. He had his fourth back surgery last spring. It is so difficult to come back like that after surgery, let alone having not played… Read more

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