Sep 30, 2013

"Christ In You" Is The Explosive Power Of Mustard Seed Faith

Common Sense Commentary:

Everything is limited except the power, presence, knowledge and love of God. Those attributes of God are infinite, universal and eternal. They cannot be measured any more than God Himself can be measured. Everything about us, human beings, is temporal except our eternal souls, and, in the case of Christians, Christ who lives in us. "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" Col. 1:27.

A human being is limited in all the things God is unlimited in. We are limited in power, presence, knowledge, and love. We can only retain limited knowledge, be present in one place at a time and exercise very limited power, even as we can only get so wet, experience so much pain, love, hate, fear or grief. It is "Christ in us" which moves mountains as a result of mustard seed faith. It is "Christ in us" which bridges the impossible gaps and heals the deadly wounds of sin. It is "Christ in us" who regenerates the degenerate soul and generates eternal life in it. It is "Christ in us" who washes away the irremovable stains of grievous guilt. It is "Christ in us" who resurrects the dead dust remains of our fleshly bodies, glorifies it and catches us away, across infinity, into the presence of our holy, eternal and glorious God .... not our feeble, tiny, imperfect, limited mustard seed works or will. "Christ in you, is the hope of glory", and nothing, nothing, nothing else. RB

Sep 28, 2013

We Usually Expect Far Too Much Of Others

Common Sense Commentary:

It didn't take but six chapters, after God created man in His own image, for man to completely corrupt himself and everything he touched. "And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth." Gen.6:12. So God sent a flood, erased the board, and started over.  That second start didn't last long either. Five chapters after the flood, the whole of mankind, in disobedience to God's command to go their separate ways and replenish the earth, (they) founded the United Nations and built The Tower Of Babel in a religious effort to get to heaven.  Again God came down to judge them, destroyed Babel, confused their common language and scattered them abroad in Gen.11.
Even the great King David confessed... "My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever." Psm.73:26.  David is saying, "My flesh and my heart are hopelessly flawed but God gives me hope for eternity."Then David began to list all the things God had done for His people and blessed them in a thousand ways, and yet they sinned the more in their faulty flesh.  From time to time God would send a plague or a host of enemy to punish his people, and they would turn to Him again, in prayer, and He would forgive them and continue to bless them.  "And they sinned yet more against him...." Psm.78:17. Again and again they would backslide and turn away from God and complain against Him. God would give them miraculous blessings such as water in the desert and manna from heaven, but again they would return to their fleshly sins and heart rebellion. In all of this, the scripture says that God forgave them ... "For he remembered that they were but flesh ...." Psm.78:39. That was not only Israel, it is us as well.  We are but flesh!  We are not gods; we are not even "good". "And Jesus said unto him .... there is none good but one, that is, God."Mk.10:18.

If people won't do what is right by God, how can we expect them to always do the right thing by us?  The fact is, we usually expect too much out of a bunch of sinners like ourselves. I am always amazed at people who embrace a religion which claims that we fleshly, faulty, fickle people can somehow be good enough to be saved or holy enough, within their own flesh, to stay saved. If Christians can't be perfect, how do you expect a lost person not to act like a lost person?  That is why we should never risk our eternal destiny in the "opinion" of some suave, well spoken religious leader who passes himself off as a super holy saint, when God knows "they are but flesh".

Parents should expect certain things of their children and children of their parents, but many parents expect too much of their children and spoiled children always expect too much of their parents and everyone else ... for the rest of their lives.  When people get old and feeble, and don't feel well, they most often expect too much of their caregivers, or the caregivers of them.  Hey, give other people some slack.  Let up on your demands of everyone else.  Look at yourself, correct yourself, criticize your own faults, but give yourself some slack too.  I'm not talking about ignoring serious transgressions or letting your children go wild and destroy themselves or someone else.  I'm saying our human flesh is, from birth to death imperfect, and cannot be made perfect.  The best Christian who ever lived had faults and failures of integrity from time to time. Don't make everyone around you or a single person's life miserable because of your super high standards which you yourself do not measure up to either. And if you are honest, you know it is true. Stop pretending you are perfect. It doesn't work. God and most people know you are a fake if you do that.  We are all flesh and blood people.  Let us do our very best and stay as close to God as we possibly can and try to always be honest and descent and real.... but don't push the margin of reality in your desire to be special and holy and perfect In the eyes of others. That leads to self-righteous.  That is a foul smell in the nostrils of God. Not one human will get to heaven on their own merit. The Apostle Paul warned about this in Romans 7:14-25. Read it. RB

"For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." Rom.7:14-25.

If you don't believe the Apostle Paul was inspired of God, why, in heaven's name, should anyone believe you when you spout off your own opinion on eternal things? At least Paul was there, associating with the other Apostles and disciples who personally heard Jesus teach, saw Him heal, perform miracles and arise from the dead. RB

Sep 27, 2013

"TheOne", Our U.S. Chief Humpty Dumpty Has Led Us Off The Wall

Common Sense Commentary: I'm afraid our Uncle Sam (U.S.), that's "us", now fits the description of a very old, childhood nursery rhyme .... "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, and all the king's horses and all the kings men couldn't put Humpty together again."  Our national, sick dizziness, with a "critical" prognosis, due to all of our own sins, and all the Obama scandals, lies, maleficence, misfeasance.... plus considering the fact that half of the voting population is already on the government's  IntraVenous dole .... plus the many millions of illegal aliens about to be given U.S. citizenship with voting rights .... it's hard to miss the fact that our Humpty Dumpty leaders, led by him called "TheOne", have led us off our high wall, down down down to history's ditch for fallen empires. I can see the Great Physician, with His all knowing stethoscope,  shaking His head ...... With that prognosis, can a nation be saved, redeemed, healed? A sinful, fallen individual can be, but can a nation?  I see no provision in the Bible for the salvation "redemption" of an organization, but God physically saved Israel several times.  If we had turned from our national and personal sins before the present calamitous destruction of our founding principles, and called out to the God of our fathers, for Revival in America, maybe He would have heard us and spared us, but we didn't, so He probably won't. We are not about to fall from the wall of our prosperous and happy past, as a nation: We have already fallen. We have just ... not hit bottom yet. At this point, half way down, there is no "recovery" ... except to hit bottom, and look back up to God for mercy and forgiveness and just hope He has some further use for us, as a nation.  But even if that is within the realm of the possible... as God's plan, it will not be done except God's people rise up, in obedience, and yield our lives to Him, to be used to His will and purpose.  That is the only hope for America, as a nation.  But on a personal level, any of us can experience salvation from the consequences of our sins.... or revival for those of us who are already saved by God's grace ... just backslidden and spiritually weakened.  The only possible route to Revival in America, or anywhere else, must be through the lives, prayers and commitment of God's people .... the truly born again Christians. We are the hold up, the obstacle in the way of revival .... but also the last hope for revival in America. But how and where does it begin? In your heart and mine right now or never. RB

Here is an excellent video of the situation I describe above:

Sep 26, 2013

The Reason Our President Refuses To Inforce Illegal Alien Laws

Common Sense Commentary:  Nobody with one eye and half sense can miss the fact that the reason the Democrats, their corrupt Acorn appendage and Liberal Socialists of whatever front name, want a flood of  poor, uninformed, illegal aliens into the U.S., is to create a Liberal Socialist Majority of voters.  The following article is just a glimpse into the mindset of these Trojan Donkey, inside the walls, conspirators.  That Trojan Donkey didn't roll through our gates on it's own; Conservative Christians let down their guard and got outvoted by the "free stuff" addicts.  What even they didn't realize is that the Trojan enemy's huge, free gift, on wheels, was full of armed, illegal aliens with a trap door through which they would descend, in the night, and open the gates for their Trojan army. This is the night, and we are just one election away from becoming a foreign country to Christian Conservative Patriots. One sad side of this story is that thousands of  U.S. citizens, who love this country, have seen the handwriting on the wall and decided there is no hope, in reversing the trend, and they are leaving their homeland for other countries which are now more free that the U.S.  It may seem like they are abandoning ship but I must confess that, considering the  impending calamity here, if I were young, I would probably be among them. If the ship is truly sinking, wise sailors look for a life-boat. We Christians, of course, have that eternal life-boat for our souls, but remember that our forefathers, the pilgrims, left their home countries for the same or similar reasons that we face here, today. RB
 Bertha Lewis. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images  

ACORN’s former chief calls for more immigration to boost black power

Neil Munro
 White House Correspondent for Daily Caller
ACORN’s former CEO Bertha Lewis urged Africans-Americans to support increased immigration as a strategy to gain political power.
“We got some Latino cousins, we got some Asian cousins, we got some Native-American cousins, we got all kind of cousins,” said Lewis, who spoke Thursday at the annual political conference of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Cousins need to get together because if we’re going to be [part of the non-white] majority, it makes sense for black people in this country to get down with immigration reform,” said Lewis, whose ACORN group was formally disbanded in 2010 after a series of scandals.

Lewis did not mention solidarity with whites, or with people who define themselves as Americans, in her appeal for power.
“Everyone, even all white folks in this country, acknowledge that in a minute, [the] United States of America will be a new majority, will be majority minority, a brand-new thing,” she said.
In 2012, “for the first time ever in history, African-Americans outvoted white Americans. Oooh. That’s the fear of the white man. That could change everything. That’s why [immigration] should matter to us,” she declared.
Lewis got only modest applause from the room of 300 attendees, nearly all of whom were black.
But her appeal for non-white solidarity was backed up by New York Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke.

What will happen with comprehensive immigration reform will be a new landscape of humanity in the United States of America,” Clarke told the attendees.
“America is a shape-shifter, and based on who’s here, in what numbers and at what time, determines the political outcomes,” she said. Blacks should cooperate with Latinos, she said, adding “we all have skin in the game, literally.”
The racial appeal was echoed by William Spriggs, chief economist at the AFL-CIO. “If we are going to be the new majority, we’re going to have to start acting like the new majority and start setting the new rules,” he said.

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Sep 25, 2013

The True Israel The World Doesn't Want To See

Common Sense Commentary: I have been to Israel seven times, over the years. My first trip there was shortly after they were re-established as a nation, in 1948, by the United Nations. It's one of the few things the United Nations has ever done right, but I am sure that was because God foretold of Israel arising from the dead ... and He made it happen at that exact moment in history. It was one of the greatest miracles in all of time,  and was prophesied numerous times in the Scriptures. One of those prophecies is Ezek. 37:1-14. This is the prophecy of the "Dry Bones" scattered all across the valley, but resurrected, given new life and breath and returned to their homeland. Here are two of those fourteen verses:

"Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our partsTherefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel."  I will put all 14 verses at the end of this post. Read them. You will see the history of Israel and Judah brought back together from their scattered and dispersed parts from all over the world... back to their homeland. I will also list 10 other of the confirmation prophecies of their return to their homeland.

I have personally witnessed the entire process of God's fulfillment of the His fantastic prophecies of the nation of Israel being re-established.  My first trip to the area was in 1948 when I was an 18 year old Marine, just after the 1948 rebirth of the nation of Israel. At that time the birth pangs of confusion and conflict were raging. The Holy Land was a grave yard of dry bones coming together with great turbulence. It was all a desert land where wars had been fought continually for centuries because it was the land bridge between the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa.

On each of my later visits to Israel and the Arab states, I saw a progression of the rebuilding of Israel in leaps and bounds. Israel received their refugees and became more and more prosperous and able to defend themselves against constant attacks. On my last visit, the boundary lines between Israel and the Muslim states surrounding it, were like a well watered oasis surrounded by dry desert sand, absent of vegetation, filled with scorpions, vipers, and enemies. 

This miracle of the rebirth of Israel, from the dead, happened at a moment in history which could not have happened previous to that moment nor after that moment. Previously, the Jews were scattered all over the world and the Holy Land was firmly in the hands of Muslims who were sympathetic and supportive of Adolph Hitler and his Nazis, who were exterminating  Jews in Germany ... six million of them.  The Jews were at their historical weakest moment ever ... but just after WWII, because of the Holocaust committed by the German Nazis during that war, most of the world was sympathetic to the Jews ... for that brief moment in time, but never before and never after. Before that 1948 moment, the Muslims would never have allowed them to return and the rest of the world did not care.  After 1948, the Arabs became more and more the primary suppliers of petroleum to the whole world and grew immensely wealthy and stronger militarily, and if Israel had not already been re-established, could have easily prevented that from happening, by their political and military power. It was the single, one brief moment in time when the miracle of "Israel" could be reborn, but the very moment which God had chosen for this unbelievable fulfillment of prophecy.

As surely as the Biblical prophecy of Israel's rebirth, as a nation, was fulfilled before our very eyes, all the other "latter days" prophecies will, in their turn, be fulfilled.  Now, here, below, is a video of the miraculous fulfillment of the prophecy of the resurrection, vibrant life, prosperity and strength of the nation of Israel.... from nothing to this in just 60+ years. RB

Beautiful! It is truly amazing what God will do with a person or a people who are caught up in His prophetic will and use their God given intelligence, innovation, and freedom, in conjunction with hard work, to accomplish!

See promised verses below:

Ezekiel 37:1   The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
  Ezekiel 37:2   And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

  Ezekiel 37:3   And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

  Ezekiel 37:4   Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

  Ezekiel 37:5   Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

  Ezekiel 37:6   And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live;
and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
  Ezekiel 37:7   So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied,
there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
  Ezekiel 37:8   And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

  Ezekiel 37:9   Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind,
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
  Ezekiel 37:10   So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the
breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
  Ezekiel 37:11   Then he said unto me, Son of man,
these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
  Ezekiel 37:12   Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold,
O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
  Ezekiel 37:13   And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

  Ezekiel 37:14   And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

Other Confirmation prophecies: Amos 9:14-15, Isa.66:7-8, Ezek. 37:21-22, Jer. 16:14-15, Ezek. 4:3-6,  Ezek. 34:13, Jer.31:10, Lev.26:3, 7-8, Deut.30:3-5.

Sep 23, 2013

The Kingdom 1400 Years Of Muslim Inbreeding Has Produced

Common Sense Commentary: "Whatsoever a man, nation, race or religion soweth, that shall they also reap." RBFirst let me comment of what I believe to be the five great political strengths of Islam today, listed in the order of importance, from my view.

1. The primary one is petroleum wealth, which just happened to be under their territories and has lent great political power to Muslims, through no effort of their own.
2. The secondary one is the prodigious rate of reproduction among Muslims which now totals over 1.1 billion people, one of ever seven people on earth and growing while other nations are shrinking in national populations but growing in Muslims.
3. Thirdly is the mammoth potential of metals and rare earths deposits in several Muslim countries, here at the entrance of the High Tech., last days era.
4. Fourthly, is the almost universal, blindly fanatical commitment to Mohammedanism, which dominates every area of their lives, including slavish control and willingness to lie, die, commit suicide or murder for "Allah".
5. Lastly, is the large number of nations and territory Islam conquered, over hundreds of years, when those lands and people were still very primitive, disorganized as nations and effectively leaderless.

The Muslim countries are not strong in any of the more common areas of excellence such as science, technology, education, free enterprise, entrepreneurship, agriculture,  medicine, freedom, morality, hygiene or compassion.

I Googled "Muslim first cousin marriages" and found an enormous number of sites which confirmed the truths of the article below. RB

1400 Years of INBREEDING
This came from a Lockheed Training Leader who has had 3 assignments to Saudi Arabia. 1,400 YEARS OF IN-BREEDING is worth the read!
During the pilot transition program with the KV-107 and C-130 with Lockheed, we found that most Saudi pilot trainees had very limited night vision, even on the brightest of moon lit nights. Their training retention rate was minimal including maintenance personnel.
Some had dim memories and had to be constantly reminded of things that were told to them the day before. An American, British or any other western instructor is burned out pretty quick. It actually took Muslim C-130 pilot’s years before they could fly in the dark safely and then would be reluctant to leave the lights of a city. Ask any Marine, Air Force or Army guy who’s been trying to train Iraqis, and especially Afghans. They will say, "Yep, dumber than homemade dodo".
Islam is not only a religion; it's a way of life all the way around. Yet another set of revealing facts about Muslim beliefs and traditions and ways of life.
1400 years of inbreeding.  I found this to be interesting. Didn't know whether to believe it or not. To research I went to Wikipedia, "Cousin Marriage", and far down in the article "Genetics", it seems there is a lot of truth here.
A huge Muslim problem: Inbreeding
Nikolai Sennels is a Danish psychologist who has done extensive research into a little-known problem in the Muslim world: the disastrous results of Muslim inbreeding brought about by the marriage of first cousins.
This practice, which has been prohibited in the Judeo-Christian tradition since the days of Moses, was sanctioned by Muhammad and has been going on now for 50 generations (1,400 years) in the Muslim world. This practice of inbreeding will never go away in the Muslim world, since Muhammad is the ultimate example and authority on all matters, including marriage.
The massive inbreeding in Muslim culture may well have done virtually irreversible damage to the Muslim gene pool, including extensive damage to its intelligence, sanity, and health. According to Sennels, close to half of all Muslims in the world are inbred. In Pakistan, the numbers approach 70%. Even in England, more than half of Pakistani immigrants are married to their first cousins, and in Denmark the number of inbred Pakistani immigrants is around 40%. The numbers are equally devastating in other important Muslim countries: 67% in Saudi Arabia, 64% in Jordan, and Kuwait, 63% in Sudan, 60% in Iraq, and 54% in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
According to the BBC, this Pakistani, Muslim-inspired inbreeding is thought to explain the probability that a British Pakistani family is more than 13 times as likely to have children with recessive genetic disorders. While Pakistanis are responsible for three percent of the births in the UK, they account for 33% of children with genetic birth defects.
The risks of what are called autosomal recessive disorders such as cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy is 18 times higher, and the risk of death due to malformations is 10 times higher. Other negative consequences of inbreeding include a 100 percent increase in the risk of stillbirths and a 50% increase in the possibility that a child will die during labor.
Lowered intellectual capacity is another devastating consequence of Muslim marriage patterns. According to Sennels, research shows that children of consanguineous marriages lose 10-16 points off their IQ and that social abilities develop much slower in inbred babies. The risk of having an IQ lower than 70, the official demarcation for being classified as "retarded," increases by an astonishing 400 percent among children of cousin marriages. (Similar effects were seen in the Pharaonic dynasties in ancient Egypt and in the British royal family, where inbreeding was the norm for a significant period of time.)
In Denmark, non-Western immigrants are more than 300 percent more likely to fail the intelligence test required for entrance into the Danish army. Sennels says, "The ability to enjoy and produce knowledge and abstract thinking is simply lower in the Islamic world." He points out that the Arab world translates just 330 books every year, about 20% of what Greece alone does.
In the last 1,200 years of Islam, just 100,000 books have been translated into Arabic, about what Spain does in a single year. Seven out of 10 Turks have never even read a book. Sennels points out the difficulties this creates for Muslims seeking to succeed in the West. "A lower IQ, together with a religion that denounces critical thinking, surely makes it harder for many Muslims to have success in our high-tech knowledge societies."
Only nine Muslims have ever won the Nobel Prize, and five of those were for the "Peace Prize." According to Nature magazine, Muslim countries produce just 10 percent of the world average when it comes to scientific research measured by articles per million inhabitants.
In Denmark, Sennels' native country, Muslim children are grossly over represented among children with special needs. One-third of the budget for Danish schools is consumed by special education, and anywhere from 51% to 70% of retarded children with physical handicaps in Copenhagen have an immigrant background. Learning ability is severely affected as well. Studies indicated that 64% of schoolchildren with Arabic parents are still illiterate after 10 years in the Danish school system. The immigrant dropout rate in Danish high schools is twice that of the native-born.
Mental illness is also a product. The closer the blood relative, the higher the risk of schizophrenic illness. The increased risk of insanity may explain why more than 40% of patients in Denmark’s biggest ward for clinically insane criminals have an immigrant background. The U.S. is not immune. According to Sennels, "One study based on 300,000 Americans shows that the majority of Muslims in the USA have a lower income, are less educated, and have worse jobs than the population as a whole."
Sennels concludes: There is no doubt that the wide spread tradition of first cousin marriages among Muslims has harmed the gene pool among Muslims. Because Muslims' religious beliefs prohibit marrying non-Muslims and thus prevents them from adding fresh genetic material to their population, the genetic damage done to their gene pool since their prophet allowed first cousin marriages 1,400 years ago are most likely massive. This has produced overwhelming direct and indirect human and societal consequences.
Bottom line: Islam is not simply a benign and morally equivalent alternative to the Judeo-Christian tradition. As Sennels points out, the first and biggest victims of Islam are Muslims. Simple Judeo-Christian compassion for Muslims and a common-sense desire to protect Western civilization from the ravages of Islam dictate a vigorous opposition to the spread of this dark and dangerous religion. These stark realities must be taken into account when we establish public polices dealing with immigration from Muslim countries and the building of mosques in the U.S.
Let us hope the civilized West and the North Americans wake up before a blind naiveté about the reality of Islam destroys what remains of our Judeo-Christian culture and our domestic tranquility.

Work Is Honorable And Necessary To Good Health. Laziness Is Wicked And Unhealthy

Common Sense Commentary: God put muscles on Adam to work with. Then He put Adam in the garden "to dress it and keep it".  Gen.2:15. All this before the curse of sin made work hard ...  "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground...." Gen.3:19. We were created to work and pay our own way in the world. Work is honorable, no matter how menial it may seem to some, who will not   work and laugh at those who do. It is a human weakness, to sin, which causes people to want someone else to take care of them and pay their way so they don't have to labor and sweat to pay their own way.  Laziness is a common human failure. We are all subject to this sin if we do not have strong character, high principles, and personal pride to force ourselves to work hard and not quit. It is not just Christians who work hard to pay their own way. In fact, some Christians are too lazy to work. When a person loses their personal pride in paying their own way, because it is too hard, their character is diminished and they fall into the habit of looking for the easy way out... a benefactor who will give them money or food for something in return .... their vote, their sexual favors, their love or loyalty.  Some choose to steal from others who have worked and earned their money.  Some conspire to deceive, lie or trick others out of their hard earned money.  A nation, a people of honor, must make laws and rules, for their society to live by, which forces everyone, children, youth, adults, old people, handicapped people, everyone to work at something, to the limit of their abilities to do so. In the case of those who are totally unable to care for themselves, then it is up to their parents or husband or wife or their older children or neighbors or the church, and in some cases, when relatives or the churches won't help, the government. But almost everyone can do something to help support themselves. Very few people are totally disabled. It is a matter of integrity to do all we can to support ourselves, even if all we can do is pray for and show appreciation to our caregivers.  This, however, is no longer the case in our Socialistic country. The more money made available by government to help the supposed needy, the more the numbers, of those who say they are needy, grow.  It is like a narcotic. When money or food is offered, human nature is such that everybody wants something for nothing and the addiction spreads.  The number of people in the U.S. who are hooked of federal support increases by a huge number every year.  God knows every human weakness and tendency to sin and laid down some strong rules about this human problem. It is recorded in 2Thess.3:10-12. " For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread." The key words in those verses are, "would not work", which means it was not a physical problem but an unwillingness to work. Other key words are, "disorderly" and "they are busybodies". These are not cases of disability but of unwillingness to do the right thing which leads to having too much time on their hands to do the wrong things, which is sin. Even a child can help clean up his own room, do homework, get something for dad, and learn to keep a sweet spirit. Most old people can babysit or cook or clean or something, unless they are totally disabled.

Here is a short article on this subject: – The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.
That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of full-time private sector workers in the U.S.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in 2012.
The population of the U.S. is 316.2 million people, meaning nearly a third of Americans receive food aid from the government.
Of the 101 million receiving food benefits, a record 47 million Americans participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. The USDA describes SNAP as the “largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.”
The USDA says the number of Americans on food stamps is a “historically high figure that has risen with the economic downturn.”
SNAP has a monthly average of 46.7 million participants, or 22.5 million households.  Food stamps alone had a budget of $88.6 billion in FY 2012.
The USDA also offers nutrition assistance for pregnant women, school children and seniors.
The National School Lunch program provides 32 million students with low-cost or no-cost meals daily; 10.6 million participate in the School Breakfast Program; and 8.9 million receive benefits from the Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) program each month, the latter designed for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, as well as children younger than 5 years old.
In addition, 3.3 million children at day care centers receive snacks through the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
There’s also a Special Milk Program for schools and a Summer Food Service Program, through which 2.3 million children received aid in July 2011 during summer vacation.
At farmer’s markets, 864,000 seniors receive benefits to purchase food and 1.9 million women and children use coupons from the program.
A “potential for overlap” exists with the many food programs offered by the USDA, allowing participants to have more than their daily food needs subsidized completely by the federal government.
According to a July 3 audit by the Inspector General, the USDA’s Food Nutrition Service (FNS) “may be duplicating its efforts by providing participants total benefits in excess of 100 percent of daily nutritional needs when households and/or individuals participate in more than one FNS program simultaneously.”
Food assistance programs are designed to be a “safety net,” the IG said.
“With the growing rate of food insecurity among U.S. households and significant pressures on the Federal budget, it is important to understand how food assistance programs complement one another as a safety net, and how services from these 15 individual programs may be inefficient, due to overlap and duplication,” the audit said.


Our government is full of contradictions. 
Here is a very strange case of Federal Irony:

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing
this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food
Stamps ever, to 46 million people. They even advertise
 to find more willing recipients of federal support.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered

by the U.S.Department of the Interior, asks us
"Please Do Not Feed the Animals."Their stated reason
for the policy is because "The animals will grow
dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care

of themselves".This stretches strange to the limits of
opposite directions. RB

Sep 22, 2013

How Old And Sick Do You Have To Be To Deserve A Little Consideration In Chicago

Common Sense Commentary: You would think that Chicago, known as the Murder Capitol Of America, would have enough street crime, political corruption and over 500 murders per year to deal with, without murdering a 95 year old invalid, WWII vet and nursing home resident whose only crime was, he didn't want to go to the hospital.  From what I read in health news reports, more people die of diseases they catch in hospitals than those who die because they refuse to go to the hospital. At my age ... and his, a person might even extend their longevity by toughing it out at home and avoiding the exposure to multitudinous hospital germs. Everybody in there is sick with something. You might survive the one you take in and die of the one you take out.
Don't tell me that a couple of riot squad, Chicago police couldn't handle a frail, 95 year old invalid man with a shoehorn and a butter knife in his hands? What kind of wimpy cops are they anyway? RB

95-Year-Old Man In Nursing Home Resists Going To Hospital . . . Police Arrive And Shoot and Kill Him With Stun Gun And Bean Bag Rounds        
Published 1, September 19, 2013            
JohnWranaThere is a disturbing report out of Chicago where police were called when 95-year-old world War II veteran John Wrana refused to go to a hospital for a urinary tract infection. Called by paramedics to assist in getting Wrana into an ambulance, the Park Forest police showed up in riot gear and proceeded to shoot Wrana first with a stun gun and then with a bead bag fired from a shotgun. He no longer needed treatment for the urinary tract problem. He died from internal bleeding and blunt force trauma. He was about to celebrate his 96th birthday.
Wrana was reportedly frail and had difficulty walking. We have previously discussed other cases involving the killing of a bedridden elderly woman and an unarmed suicide case. The cases raise serious questions of the rapid escalation of such cases in the level of force used by police as well as the increasing use of “non-lethal devices” as a first response to threats.
Wrana was living in an assisted-living facility. Paramedics told police that he was threatening them with a metal shoehorn and a knife. Some reports indicate that Wrana had decided that he did not want to go through an operation. That may have been the reason why he was resisting. He said that he understood that not having the operation could kill him but decided against it. It is not clear whether he was declared incompetent before the attempt to force him to go to the hospital.
The family contests the claim of the knife. Even if he had a knife, it is hard to see why police could not stand back (particularly since they had riot shields) and avoid using such force on an individual who clearly would be a risk with either a stun gun or bean bag round. Even if the blunt trauma did not finish him off, the shock could easily trigger a heart attack in a near 96 year old man. Some reports indicate that multiple rounds of bean bags may have been used.
article-2385926-1B307EF9000005DC-868_306x423Wrana was U.S. Air Corps veteran who served in Burma and India during World War II. Sergeant Wrana survived the hellish fighting in Burma but would later die in the United States just short of this 96 birthday in a confrontation with police. Truly bizarre.
Just for the record. These bean bag rounds are often thought of as harmless, almost toy-like devices. The bean bags fired form a shotgun will initially travel at around 300-400 feet a second (though they have a range of 70 feet). They have been shown to break ribs and even push broken ribs into the heart. Internal bleeding is a well-known risk

Sep 20, 2013

Squanderville Or Thriftville, Which Island Are You On?

Common Sense Commentary:  Credit for this goes to my son, Ron, a thrifty, generous, retired, DFW air controller and full-time Christian. He lives next door to his mom and dad ... and we study him and wife Cindy that we might learn to be better neighbors. They have goats, chickens, garden and grandchildren, and share everything, including this... Such a simple illustration of a Universal truth. RB

Squanderville From Kirby Anderson
Whenever I speak on the subject of economics, I almost always

tell the story of Thriftville and Squanderville. Let me give due

credit to Warren Buffett who first told the story of two side-by-side

islands of equal size: Thriftville and Squanderville.

On these islands, land is a capital asset. At first, the people on

both islands are at a subsistence level and work eight hours a day

to meet their needs. But the Thrifts realize that if they work harder

and longer, they can produce a surplus of goods they can trade

with the Squanders. So the Thirfts decide to do some serious

saving and investing and begin to work 16 hours a day. They begin

exporting to Squanderville.

The people of Squanderville like the idea of working less. They can

begin to live their lives free from toil. So they willingly trade for

these goods with “Squanderbonds” that are denominated in

“Squanderbucks.” Over time, the citizens of Thriftville accumulate

lots of Squanderbonds. Some of the pundits in Squanderville see

trouble. They foresee that the Squanders will now have to put in

double time to eat and pay off their debt.

At about the same time, the citizens of Thriftville begin to get

nervous and wonder if the Squanders will make good on their

Squanderbonds (which are essentially IOUs). So the Thrifts start

selling their Squanderbonds for Squanderbucks. Then they use

the Squanderbucks to buy Squanderville land. Eventually the

Thrifts own all of Squanderville.

Now the citizens of Squanderville must pay rent to live on the land

which is owned by the Thrifts. The Squanders feel like they have

been colonized by purchase rather than conquest. And they also

face a horrible set of circumstances. They now must not only work

eight hours in order to eat, but they must work additional hours to

service the debt and pay Thriftville rent on the land they sold to

Sound familiar? It should. In many ways, Squanderville is America

Harry Reid's Amazing Double Back-Flip With A Triple Left Twist Contradiction

Common Sense Commentary:   How any human being can get his head so void of the least glimmer of light, is a mystery indeed. "The Pot calling the Kettle black" doesn't even begin to define the contradiction  Harry Reid, majority leader of the U.S. Senate,   managed to put into words last Friday, on the Senate Floor. My title is the best I can do in describing what he said. RB

This is from Harvey Organ's Daily Report by Bill Holter
   I have several things I'd like to talk about today but first something needs to be said about Harry Reid.  On Friday, majority leader of the Senate Harry Reid made comments on the floor regarding Tea Party members.  Specifically he said:
We’re diverted totally from what this bill is about. Why? Because the anarchists have taken over. They’ve taken over the House and now they’ve taken over the Senate.
People who don’t believe in government — and that’s what the Tea Party is all about — are winning, and that’s a shame.
  "Anarchists"?   "People who don't believe in government"?  Really?  The way I see it, the Tea Party members are the ONLY ones left in the government who actually believe in what created the government in the first place, The Constitution.  Our current "rulers" have gone so far off the rail that they cannot even see it anymore.  Think about what Nancy Pelosi said regarding the Obamacare vote with less than 12 hours for anyone to even read it...she said "we have to pass see what's in it!".  Unfortunately, anyone now who is a strict Constitutionalist is also branded as some type of nut job terrorist.  Anyone who loves this country and what it once stood for is considered a threat to the current government.  How obvious is it that these people who "swear their allegiance" to defend The Constitution either crossed their fingers when they "swore to God" or are just plain delusional.  Think back just 25 years ago in 1988 while Ronald Reagan was still president, the above words spoken on the House or Senate floor would have been enough to impeach for treason against The Constitution, now it's OK for the majority leader to say it ...and sadly mean it. OK enough, "rant" over.

Sep 19, 2013

Little Dutch Boy's Finger In Welfare State Dike With A Hole In It

Common Sense Commentary: How strange it is for an old man, who lived through the Great Depression of the 1930's, to hear a King read a gently worded speech written by a Politician to an entire generation of Dutch citizens, that there is a hole in their dyke..... And the government must discontinue printing out free money for everybody, and that they are all going to have to start "participating" in their own upkeep by getting a job. He calls this "new idea", of the Dutch government, a "participation society", as if it is some new invention which has never been tried before, and "people must take responsibility for their own future and create their own social and financial  safety nets, with less help from the government".  Those last six words were tagged on to this shocking announcement to soften the impact of the first part of the sentence. It leaves the impression that the hole in the dyke is just "finger sized" and it will be easily dealt with by everyone.  When the truth is, that finger sized hole is fist sized already and rapidly blowing out a huge hole which will quickly break the dyke and flood the land. The King's "politically correct" term, "Participation society" used to be called "Self Reliance, Self Respect and Individual Responsibility". The King's words, "less help", in reality means, taxes will be doubled and the government will "help" by paying for the tax forms. Don't you just love these double talking politicians?

Dutch King: "Say Goodbye To Welfare State"

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- King Willem-Alexander delivered a message to the Dutch people from the government Tuesday in a nationally televised address: the welfare state of the 20th century is gone.  In its place a "participation society" is emerging, in which people must take responsibility for their own future and create their own social and financial safety nets, with less help from the national government.  The king traveled past waving fans in an ornate horse-drawn carriage to the 13th-century Hall of Knights in The Hague for the monarch's traditional annual address on the day the government presents its budget for the coming year. It was Willem-Alexander's first appearance on the national stage since former Queen Beatrix abdicated in April and he ascended to the throne.  "The shift to a 'participation society' is especially visible in social security and long-term care," the king said, reading out to lawmakers a speech written for him by Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government.

The Kicker here is that Holland is not the only country facing a broken Welfare State system, and all the others are trying to put words together, right now, to soften the blow of such an announcement to their citizens.  They like to restrain explosions, like   breaking dikes, by releasing the pent-up flood in several lesser explosive stages. Our own government just did the same thing by announcing a continuation of Quantitative Easing instead of "Tapering" it off as they have all said they would do. The reason for this reversal is, they have trapped themselves in an impossible cave in, and can neither dig their way out nor survive the absence of fresh air, but have decided to save their breath by not trying to dig.  The canary is dead and they have a few extra minutes.
Amsterdam just happens to be the first Welfare State Government to confess it's failure.  In all of history, Socialism has never yet succeeded, but politicians continue to try to make it fly and stay in the air .... without an engine.  It will sail, briefly, but is destined to crash. RB

Sep 18, 2013

Every One Of You Have A Ministry, A Calling, And Appointments For God

Common Sense Commentary:  It's been my experience that most Christians feel that their testimonies and special experiences aren't really very exceptional or of interest to anyone but themselves or immediate family. Old people, especially, often feel useless or incapable of doing much of anything for God and certainly can't imagine they still have a very important ministry or spiritual calling from Him, and yes, even special "appointments" to minister to others. This is the devil's work, in our minds, to divert us away from being the faithful Ambassadors He has called us to be... no matter how old,  disabled or incapable we feel. 

In a recent post on this blog, I titled it "The Special Significance Of This 777th Post On Common Sense Commentary"   The fact that it was my 777th  didn't mean much but that interesting number motivated me to write something about it. As most of you know, I listed an inordinate number of mentions of sevens in the Bible, as compared with any other number and concluded the post with this, "So what is the special 
Importance of 777 posts? Not a single thing.  RB".  I received several comments from my readers, one of which was Fretta Mitchell. Joe, her deceased husband, was the first baptized member of our newly founded church, in 1963, and they have been friends ever since. Fretta wrote....

"Yes, it does.  It means that the good Lord has let you remain to share your thoughts and insight on many subjects. Thank you, Fretta."
 My answer to Fretta ....
You are very kind, Fretta. Old-age seems to have diminishing returns, but if the Lord allows me I will stay at it until  I scribble my last post. I think I know it's title ...... "See You Up There .... Where Jesus Is".  Mrs Blair's mother is 99 and in a nursing home with a lot of other oldsters.  While visiting her mother, a couple of Sundays ago, one little old lady walked by repeating over and over, "I'm going away, I'm going away, I'm going away".  Mrs Blair asked her, "Where are you going Donna?"  To which this saintly old lady said, "Where Jesus is".  Mrs. Blair responded, "Donna, do you know Jesus?" ........ "Yes", said Donna.   Thank you Fretta for all the memories of you and Joe and Kim and Kelly.  RB.

 Fretta didn't realize she was ministering to me. Donna didn't realize she was ministering to Mrs. Blair, the staff who heard the conversation and all the other old people present.  Mrs. Blair didn't realize she was ministering to Donna, the staff and the old folks there.  Then she came home and ministered the conversation to me and I, in turn, am passing it on to you.

One of my first ministries as a young preacher was as Chaplain at a nursing home. One of the first residents the director introduced me to was a kindly but senile old gentleman whose name was Sam Smith.  The director had told me Mr. Smith's wife and children's names so I asked the old fellow if he knew a Molly Smith (his wife). "No, I don't think so", he said.  So I asked if he knew Jack or Jane Smith (his children).
"No, I don't know them either", he said.  Then, I asked if he knew Sam Smith (himself).  "No, I don't think I know him either", he said.  Finally, I asked Sam if he knew Jesus.  "Oh yes, Jesus is my Lord and Savior ... here, let me sing a song for you". He turned to the piano and began to play and sang several Jesus hymns in perfect tune and didn't miss a note. Sam had no idea he was ministering to this young preacher, to the director and to the old folks there in the room.  As you may see, he ministered to me for my entire life-time in my memory.

So don't sell yourself short or underestimate the power of your testimony and witness for Jesus. You give it, sow the seed, and let God cause it to take root and grow in the lives of those to whom you minister it.

To all of you who read this blog, Thanks for your time.  RB

Sep 17, 2013

Thanks For Your Time

Common Sense Commentary:  Lord help me to never take for granted anything, no matter how small, that others do for me.  Every kind word, every inquiry of my well-being, every minute spent in my behalf, every card or letter or gift, every prayer offered, every smile and every act of love shown. Let me be thankful and help me, however tired or in a hurry, or forgetful I may be, to say "Thanks for your time." RB 

A young man learns what's most important in life from the guy next door.
Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night.  The funeral is Wednesday."  Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

"Jack, did you hear me?"

"Oh, sorry, Mom.  Yes, I heard you.  It's been so long since I thought of him.  I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said...

"Well, he didn't forget you.  Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing.  He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it,"
Mom told him.

"I loved that old house he lived in," Jack said.

"You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man's influence in your life," she said.

"He's the one who taught me carpentry," he said.  "I wouldn't be in this business if it weren't for him.  He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important.
Mom, I'll be there for the funeral," Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word.  Jack caught the next flight to his hometown.  Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful.  He had no children of his own, and most
of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.

Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment.  It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time.  The house was exactly as he remembered.
Every step held memories.  Every picture, every piece of furniture. Jack stopped suddenly...

"What's wrong, Jack?" his Mom asked.

"The box is gone," he said

"What box?" Mom asked.

"There was a small gold colored box that he kept locked on top of his desk.  I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside.  All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most,'"
Jack said.

It was gone.  Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box.  He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.

"Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him," Jack said.  "I better get some sleep.  I have an early flight home, Mom."

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died.  Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox: "Signature required on a package.
No one at home.  Please stop by the main post office within the next three days," the note read.  Early the next day Jack retrieved the small package.  The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention.  "Mr. Harold Belser" it read. Jack took the package out to his car and ripped it open.  There, inside, was the little gold colored box and an envelope.  Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside.

"Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett.  It's the thing I valued most in my life."  A small key was taped to the letter.  His heart racing,
as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box.  There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover.  Inside he found these words engraved:

"Jack, Thanks for your time! - Harold Belser."

"The thing he valued most was... my time", Jack thought.

Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days.  "Why?" Janet, his assistant asked.

"I need some time to spend with a friend," he said.

"Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!"
Think about this.  You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.

1. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way..

2. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.

3. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

4. You mean the world to someone.

5. If not for you, someone may not be living.

6. You are special and unique.

7. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you do what's best, and wait, sooner or later, you will get it or something better.

8. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it.

9. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.

10. Someone that you don't even know exists, loves you.

11. Always remember the compliments you received.  Forget about the rude remarks.

12 . Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know and you'll both be happy .

13. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.  Anon.

To all of you who have read this blog, "Thanks for your time." RB

Sep 16, 2013

The Special Significance Of This 777th Post On Common Sense Commentary

Common Sense Commentary:  This is the 777th published post on my Common Sense Commentary. So what is the special importance of 777 posts? The number 7 is very significant in the Bible. "Seven" or "seventh" is found nearly 600 times in Old and New Testaments. Whereas, the number "six" or "sixth" is used only about 240 times and the number "eight" or "eighth" is found about 100 times.  That is a very significant fact. Seven means something special in the Bible. From Genesis 2:3, where we see it as a number blessed and sanctified, "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made"  On to Noah and the Ark in Gen.8:4 where it ends seven months of rough sailing  and trials, "And the ark rested in the seventh month ... upon the mountains of Ararat."  Then in Exodus 20:8-10 when God gave a Stop work and Rest commandment , "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: "But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God....".  Seven was also a number of victory  in Joshua 3:3-6 where God had His people march around Jericho every day for seven days and on the seventh day march around it seven times and on the seventh time, the seven Priests leading the parade would blow seven trumpets and the walls would fall down...and they did. To shorten this, jump all the way to the Revelation  where you will find 7 golden candlesticks, 7 stars, 7 angels, 7 churches, 7 trumpets, 7 vials, 7 spirits, 7 lamps of fire, 7 seals, 7 horns, 7 eyes, 7 horns, 7 thunders, 7 crowns, 7 heads, 7 plagues, 7 mountains and 7 kings. Seven is the number of perfection in the bible.  So what does all that have to do with this 777th post and what is the special significance of  this 777th post.... Not a single thing. RB

Sep 15, 2013

Sea Change In Weather Variation: From Global Warming To Climate Change To Global Cooling. God Is Laughing

Common Sense Commentary: The Al Gore rhythm Weather False Prophets have been hysterically warning the world, with billions of worshipers, that "THE END IS COMING" in the form of melting sea ice, melting glaciers, the Arctic, Antarctic, and the coastlines of the world will be flooded, rain will dry up, farm lands  will wilt and blow away and we will all die like ants under a sun-lamp. So they swore that the only salvation is to stop breathing out carbon dioxide and make like a tree and breath IN carbon dioxide and breath OUT oxygen,  and teach cattle to stop making fertilizer, and close down all factories, make only cars that get 200 miles per gallon, and give carbon credits only to good little Liberal Socialists. Then... the warming slowed down so they changed their name from "Global Warming" to "Climate Change" and it got even cooler up there in the Arctic, and they cursed  the cold, hard facts and are scrambling up Plan C.  Yes, "C Change", that's it. Our heroic words of warning, they say, have forced God to cool it and co-operate with us to save the world. As we said, it's Climate Change we face... which means "Hoter, Warmer, Cooler, Colder, Drought, or Whatever " ... either way, we are right ... Climate Change... Bingo! We win! RB

From The London Telegraph

Global warming? No, actually we're cooling, claim scientists

A cold Arctic summer has led to a record increase in the ice cap, leading experts to predict a period of global cooling.

Global warming? No, actually we're cooling, claim scientists
Major climate research centres now accept that there has been a “pause” in global warming since 1997.  Photo: ALAMY

There has been a 60 per cent increase in the amount of ocean covered with ice compared to this time last year, the equivalent of almost a million square miles.
In a rebound from 2012's record low, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia's northern shores, days before the annual re-freeze is even set to begin.
The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all year, forcing some ships to change their routes.
A leaked report to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) seen by the Mail on Sunday, has led some scientists to claim that the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century.
If correct, it would contradict computer forecasts of imminent catastrophic warming. The news comes several years after the BBC predicted that the arctic would be ice-free by 2013.

Despite the original forecasts, major climate research centres now accept that there has been a “pause” in global warming since 1997.
The original predictions led to billions being invested in green measures to combat the effects of climate change.
The changing predictions have led to the UN's climate change's body holding a crisis meeting, and the IPCC is due to report on the situation in October. A pre-summit meeting will be held later this month.
But the leaked documents are said to show that the governments who fund the IPCC are demanding 1,500 changes to the Fifth Assessment Report - a three-volume study issued every six or seven years – as they claim its current draft does not properly explain the pause.
The extent to which temperatures will rise with carbon dioxide levels and how much of the warming over the past 150 years, a total of 0.8C, is down to human greenhouse gas emissions are key issues in the debate.
The IPCC says it is “95 per cent confident” that global warming has been caused by humans - up from 90 per cent in 2007 – according to the draft report.
However, US climate expert Professor Judith Curry has questioned how this can be true as that rather than increasing in confidence, “uncertainty is getting bigger” within the academic community.
Long-term cycles in ocean temperature, she said, suggest the world may be approaching a period similar to that from 1965 to 1975, when there was a clear cooling trend.
At the time some scientists forecast an imminent ice age.
Professor Anastasios Tsonis, of the University of Wisconsin, said: "We are already in a cooling trend, which I think will continue for the next 15 years at least. There is no doubt the warming of the 1980s and 1990s has stopped.”
The IPCC is said to maintain that their climate change models suggest a pause of 15 years can be expected. Other experts agree that natural cycles cannot explain all of the recorded warming.  I, Rayburn Blair, can explain it....HOT AIR.