Saturday, August 29, 2020

Patriots (part 6) - World War II from Start to Finish

 


The first days of September marked the start and finish of the most deadly war in recorded history:

 World War Two: September 1, 1939 -  September 2, 1945 

Below,  the causalities are shown by country:


(reference: https://youtu.be/7cgRwDkP6vk )

And as of this posting (August 29, 2020) we are near the 75th anniversary of the end the World War II.

Below is a tribute to the patriots who fought against tyranny:



(reference:  https://youtu.be/1svtYOukRp4 )

God bless all those who sacrificed 
to preserve our freedoms 
and kept us safe, 
home and abroad!

On a personal note, my father-in-law was one of those who fought in that war. After his death, his family found a memoir of some of his adventures over there: 

World War Two: Memories of North Africa


In the 21st century, the greatest generation is passing from the scene. 

As King Solomon wrote:

One generation passeth away, 
and another generation cometh:
 but the earth abideth for ever.
Ecclesiastes 1:4 (KJV)

And eventually, there will be Peace on Earth!

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Photo: Yalta Conference (Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin)/wikipedia


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Faith (Part 5) - Amazing Grace around the World


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50 Countries Affected By COVID-19 Sing Amazing Grace:





After this I looked, 
and there before me was a great multitude 
that no one could count, 
from every nation, tribe, people and language, 
standing before the throne and before the Lamb. 
  
They were wearing white robes 
and were holding palm branches in their hands.

And they cried out in a loud voice:
 “Salvation belongs to our God, 
who sits on the throne, 
and to the Lamb.”
 
Revelation 7:9, 10 (NIV)


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Friday, June 26, 2020

Americana (part 1) - Seinfeld, Superman, and Wyoming

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Americana....

Definition
 

1: materials concerning or characteristic of America, its civilization,
    or its culture
  
broadly : things typical of America

2: American culture
3: a genre of American music having roots in early folk and country music
 

“Americana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, 
Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Americana .

And what better way to start a thread of that name than an American Express commercial from the turn of the century.

The 21st century, that is.

Mix in with American Express two American icons: comic book superhero and beloved comedian.

Enter the dynamic duo: Superman and Seinfeld.



And their adventures continue...



And the punch line.....

Oh Yes Wyoming!



Wyoming.
Smallest state in the Union, population wise.
Great little parks: Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Devil's Tower...
Great places to live.

There's no place I'd rather be roaming.
Social distances since 1890.

A slice of Americana of what America used to be.


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Related article:

Superman meets Seinfeld


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Photo:
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Friday, May 29, 2020

Physics (part 7) - Pandemic Physics

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Pandemic giant leap in Physics?

As of this posting, many have been in "lock down" since mid-March 2020. All due to precautions to manage the Coronavirus ( COVID-19) pandemic.

350 years ago...

Another young man was under "lock down" during a perilous pandemic. The bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death.  Though the plague first hit during the mid-1300s, it reared its ugly head in future generations. Such as in England as The Great Plague 1665--the Black Death.

The name of this young man in quarantine?

 Sir Isaac Newton  (1642-1726).

And today, many scientists recognize him as the Father of Modern Science. Stepping out of the shadows of the Dark Ages into Modern Times.

A Giant among Giants.

And his story to support that claim is told in the video below:



Newton's pandemic lock down gave birth to his annus miribilis - Year of Wonders.

In those 18 months, he developed:

(1)  Calculus
(2)  Laws of Optics
(3)  Laws of Motion
(4)  Law of Universal Gravitation.

At the age of 25.

Reference: Isaac Newton Changed the World While in Quarantine From the Plague

And friend Sir Edmund Halley (1656-1742) of Halley's Comet urged Newton to publish his works,

The Principia (1687)

Now considered one of the greatest works in the history of science.

During this pandemic, what "Newton" may emerge from quarantine?

And will Pandemic 2020 give birth to a new "Roaring 20's"?


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Photo: Newton/wikipedia.com

Thursday, April 30, 2020

10C (part 3): First Commandment, part b: No Other Gods

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The 10 Commandments series continues...

Christian tradition considers part of the First Commandment:


You shall have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:3


No idols. No false gods. 
The mother of all the other commandments.

A good case is made in the video below:



As this post is being written, we are in the middle of pandemic--the coronavirus. In response, countries underwent a lock-down.

Many are suffering. Our lives are disrupted. Not only from the virus. But especially from the economic fall out.

Yet, this experience has revealed our many idols, which have been taken from us:

Money - as the stock market crashed, many jobs lost, businesses closed

Celebrities - as theaters and stadiums are closed, gatherings limited, denying our favorite stars a platform

Vanity - as hair salons and other services are closed

Nature - as many parks have been closed or have limited visitation

Education - as schools closed and campuses locked down

...

The list goes on.

So in our day of violence and injustice and lawlessness, our idols have been revealed. And they are impotent--false gods.

Billy Graham preached about such a time, an evil time, from the Scripture text in Habakkuk 1:

Habakkuk’s Complaint:

2-  How long, Lord, must I call for help,
    but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
    but you do not save?
3 - Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.
4  - Therefore the law is paralyzed,
    and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
    so that justice is perverted.

The Lord’s Answer:

5 -Look at the nations and watch—
    and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
    that you would not believe,
    even if you were told.





“I don’t put my trust in Washington.
I don’t put my trust in the United Nations,
I don’t put my trust in my self.
I don’t put trust in my money.
I put my trust in Jesus Christ.”

This leads us back to the First Commandment:


And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.
Isaiah 45:21


Stay safe. Stay well. And keep looking up.


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photo: Ashera/wikipedia.com

Monday, March 30, 2020

Signs of the Times (part 10) - Anywhere vs Somewhere

womanfactory1940s/wikipedia.com

At the time of this post, the coronavirus pandemic has reared its ugly head. And in a few short weeks, our world has been turned upside down. As nations, states, shutdown. Isolate. Self-quarantine.

For updates, check out this map: John Hopkins Coronavirus

As a result,  some jobs are harder hit than others. It breaks out along these lines:


Anywhere vs. Somewhere

The Anywheres: Those who can work from home, online mostly, anywhere, are the least affected.

The Somewheres: Those who need to go to a place of business where people congregate or interact physically with people are affected the most. Like restaurants, hair salons, libraries, schools, banks, stores, factories, sports, casinos, theaters, conferences, concerts, ...

The video below shows the difference between the Anywheres (globalist) and the Somewheres (nationalist) in the context of the 2016 election:




And many of the somewheres soldier on to keep the rest of us going.

Healthcare workers, first responders, truck drivers, store clerks, farmers, ranchers, factory workers--especially those tasked to produce medical equipment in short supply.

Somewheres are the heroes in a pandemic. And their importance has come to light in these...

Signs of the Times

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Photo:  womanfactory1940s/wikipedia.com

Thursday, February 27, 2020

10C (part 2) - First Commandment: God and Liberty

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I am the Lord your God,
who brought you out of Egypt,
out of the land of slavery.

Exodus 20:2 (NIV)

So begins the First Statement of the First of the Ten Commandments.

And nothing illustrates this First Statement of the Ten Commandments better than this scene from the classic movie,  The Ten Commandments (1956) :



This First Statement lays the foundation of Ethical Monotheism

(1) God exists: "I am the Lord your God..."

And without faith
it is impossible to please God, 

because anyone who comes to him 
must believe that he exists
and that he rewards those
who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6  (NIV)

 (2) God delivered slaves from bondage into freedom: "brought you out...of the land of slavery."

So if the Son sets you free,
you will be free indeed.
John 8:36 (NIV)

This video examine this First Statement in light of ethical monotheism:




This first statement, the Creator liberating people from slavery, is echoed in the Founding documents of the United States of America, such:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, 
that all men are created equal, 
that they are endowed by their Creator 
with certain unalienable Rights, 
that among these are 
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

As well as our sacred monuments such as the inscription of the Liberty Bell:

"Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land 
Unto All the Inhabitants thereof."
Leviticus 25:10 (KJV)

Most of all, the Ten Commandments provide a foundation of how free people are to treat each other.

And this will be examined further in this series.

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Previous post in series:

10C (part 1) - The Ten Commandments  (2019)

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