Jerusalem, The Biography
By: Simon Montefiore
I read this book on my Kindle but after finishing I had a strong desire to own it in hardback with all its paper splendor.
Another strong desire I am developing is to produce a timeline chart which will have Jerusalem historical events; political, peaceful, war and religion on one side: maybe on the left. Adjacent to it will be the same sort of information based upon our North America. Maybe not N. America but just my home state of Georgia or maybe just my home town. I like the home town idea even though it is very limited but because after all Jerusalem is only a town and all of us live today in a manner traceable there. Okay! Not if you are a real Easterner because if you are you might be free of any enlightenment or baggage with stems to such a place. But, on the other hand maybe the world is just not old enough for the shadows of the area to reach you. Then again, I recall a time as a child that my Mother would occasionally get letters from China. The letters were written by a childhood friend of hers that had become a Christian Missionary. This would have been right after our Second World War and if you do not accept any of that war as a tie to Jerusalem then surely you can envision a shadow emanating from the religious actions of Christian missions. So, the show is not over. Continue reading
Hugh Abner (Sonny) – November 22
My Thanksgiving note of last year was kind of themed around the traditional value which such a day can develop. In our case of the 2011 Thanksgiving we did not have the people but Nannette and I maintained a 3 year tradition by going to the same restaurant. Well, this year the good folks were back in a big way but the restaurant thingy fell by the wayside. Thank goodness for this year was much better: thanks to Loretta and Mario.
Loretta took it upon herself to do all the fixings and to do it at her place. Now this was much better and the traditional thing continues in a healthy way. Continue reading
Nobody knows why Bashar Assad chose to use the chemical weapons this time. It is reported that the actions of the Syrian government of today is heavily controlled by a group of military henchmen but Assad is the point of focus for now.
The timing of it was perfect for our President – Trump. The news of congressman Dunes recusing himself from leading the investigation of the Trump-Russian election tag-team was moved further down in the news as was Senator McConnell’s historical change to the senatorial rules which easily advanced Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Trump, with a sad face explained that all his past beliefs concerning Syria and Assad overstepped many lines and it was his duty to ask our military to press the buttons which released 59 Tomahawk missiles into a Syrian military airport. This morning the world will be able to see pictures of the damage done.
Any damage which Trump has done to himself during his first presidential months though were erased or at least considerably removed. All the news of this weekend will be the making of our new wartime president persona.
Of course, we are not at war, but, the timing for this modest military decision came at the very moment our president was entertaining the leader of the country which will play heavily in any future real war decisions that may be necessary. The Chinese President XI Jinping and his wife were being socially treated at our president’s resort of Mar-a-Lago. Hollywood could not have scripted any of this in a more dramatic way. Mr. XI Jinping will forever be able to explain to his forces how he was right there when such bold action was taken. He was eye to eye with the new man of the times. A man which must be given proper attention.
Our new president begins today with a clean sheet. His bag of lies has a hole in it and he is given a new bag to carry.
Personally I just accept that us humans are here to explore: as opposed to overbuilding and over populating what we have been given to manage.
In the long run we may place humans on Mars and that will be significant but for what purpose? The greatest feedback we received from going to the moon was the photograph of our beautiful and distant Earth as it arose from behind our Moon.
Even today that picture gives us an instant understanding of our fragile domicile. When the photo is observed with deep reflection our squabbles here at home reveal their silliness.
While we wait and prepare for human occupation of Mars and even other solid globes in our galaxy we would not be wasting resources if we do simpler task such as placing photo equipment that would give us constant earth views as seen from those perspectives. The 24/7 opportunities would give us different orientations of ourselves as we assign importance to our basic needs: maybe even the importance of ourselves would be massaged. A return to our Moon to place a simple earth monitoring camera should also be part of the program.
Even if we are alone in the universe we should emphasize that fact until revelations of different knowledge is passed onto to us.
via Daily Prompt: Retreat
My early morning newspaper read never fails to give me thoughts to ponder before the day overtakes with desired and undesired responsibilities. This word – Retreat – stands out when compared against a LETTER TO THE EDITOR which scoffs at those of us that simply do not like Trump and wish deeply there were a way to avoid his undeserving upcoming role.
This letter writer desires that we quit -” WHINING” – yet he obviously is part of the group of objectors led by the senatorial leader that we paid to whine by leading with the mantra – “Our top priority is to make Obama a one term president.” If the purpose of our two party system is to simply oppose the party in power as stated by the senator from Kentucky then not to whine would be an indication that a retreat was underway.
To retreat at this stage of the battle is totally unacceptable and whining is a tool but it has to be nourished and sharpened in order to strike deep and be reusable for many blows. All whines must be accurate and based upon successful facts. A successful fact cannot be wordy. It has to be more in the order of a bumper sticker so the Red-Hats can comprehend.
An Example – ROMNEY SPEAKS TRUTH. Romney was 100% truthful when he told us that 47% do not pay taxes. Romney was 100% truthful when he informed us: “Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” . This is such a good tool. It must be sharpened regularly.
(An apology to Alexander: by H. Abner)
Nannette and I had Michael Abner and Mark Micklow over for Passover last night, Sat. April 7, 2012.
I should have spent more time reviewing the guidelines of the ceremony and less time in the kitchen. The way the ceremony was led by me probably was just what one would expect from a Southern Baptist Christian that until the past few years did not know a yarmulke from a pair of goulashes. I still cannot pronounce most of the names and none of the Yiddish stuff but I think I get the idea of it all. Continue reading
No! Not Australia but the Caymans on an Atlantis submarine.
Last man in please shut door!
A couple of port hole views:
A surviving reef.
Yes! You have seen fish before, but, not this one.
Dry and with air conditioning:
NOTE: At 102 feet. They did take us to 106 feet but no further. The next bottom was 2,600 feet away.