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I am old, fat and arthritic, and I laugh about it. I am a Christian. Patty and I have been married 43 years, and boy did I luck out there. We have 3 children and 10 grandchildren. I served in the Corps (there is no Corps but the United States Marine Corps and Chesty Puller was its prophet). I worked as a computer programmer and database administrator.

I read a lot of history. I like to kayak. I like to draw.


Has anyone noticed a pause in the "Identity Politics" rhetoric in the news lately? When we started ...
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2019:
Haven't noticed, but I'm not a great consumer of MSM news
Trangenderism Has Given Way to People Who Identify As...Mermaids? ⋆ Activist Mommy
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2019:
Perfectly logical extension of current LGBTQ rhetoric/dogma
Denver voters crush public squatting measure, say no to magic mushrooms, send mayor’s race to ...
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2019:
Denver's mayoral election coverage. from a conservative/libertarian news site for Colorado 1. The "right to survive" initiative was defeated resoundingly. It would have codified people's right to squat on any property they find convenient. 2. The "magic mushroom" legalization failed as well. 3. The rest is local Denver stuff. Boring for the rest of the world, but the first two issues are national in scope.
More CNN incredulity. CNN is moving to the water’s edge of Manhattan, which will be underwater as ...
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2019:
Maybe it's part of a new retirement plan. Give the retiree an eighty pound appreciation plaque, cuff it to their wrist and shove them into Manhattan Sound? It'd save a lot of money...
Stupid human tricks and Darwin Award winners to be []
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2019:
but it's NATURAL, how can it be bad?
How independent journalists are beating the mainstream media... []
timon_phocas comments on May 8, 2019:
Yes, but they're depending on online monopolists to get their message out. And those monopolists are busy eliminating alternative viewpoints.
Corey Booker is a liar as are rhe Dem Party. In California tax break for individual ...
timon_phocas comments on May 7, 2019:
Cory Booker and the Importance of Being Earnestly Vacuous
"According to Wikipedia, the population of prostitutes in the U.S. (approximately one million) is ...
timon_phocas comments on May 7, 2019:
"According to Wikipedia, the population of prostitutes in the U.S. (approximately one million) is larger than the population of CNN viewers." Similar moral standards. But at least the hookers deliver value for the money... Not to mention their customer base has to be exponentially larger.
Here is Sebastian Gorka on Anderson Cooper, hilarious... don't think he's getting invited back. ...
timon_phocas comments on May 7, 2019:
Anderson Cooper looks to like he's sucking rotten eggs...
This one will likely upset a few Democrats. []
timon_phocas comments on May 7, 2019:
Candace is shines like a nova in a room full of Democractic dim bulbs!
If Biden gets the Dems’ nomination, will millennials and crazy leftists sit at home on Election ...
timon_phocas comments on May 7, 2019:
Right now polls are just a name-recognition quiz. And Biden benefits from a lot of favorable hype from the establishment media outlets. Great, so did Hillary in 2008 and 2016. But ability to motivate the base comes into play in the primaries. Hillary almost lost a fixed nomination race to Sanders because she couldn't excite the base. It was also a big part of her loss to Trump. So don't bet the farm on Slow Joe winning the derby just yet.
link to an article onChinese economics by Yi-Zheng Lian Hong Kong based journalist []
timon_phocas comments on May 7, 2019:
Trump's economic negotiations with China are coming to a conclusion. More articles are coming out.
Biblical Apologetics This half-hour video just had me grinning throughout. I simply found it ...
timon_phocas comments on May 6, 2019:
So my copy of the "Gospel of Tiffany" isn't canonical? Dang! And I was so inspired by feeding of the five thousand at McDonald's..😪
[] Kimberley Strassel: The Left will Silence You David Horowitz Freedom Center
timon_phocas comments on May 5, 2019:
#Chicago, Thank you. This was fascinating, well spoken and very important.
Internet Bill of Rights
timon_phocas comments on May 5, 2019:
I don't want the government. I want alternative sites like IDW to flourish because people become sick of censorship.
There is an interesting scripture in the book of Daniell 9:25 which points to a prophecy about to be...
timon_phocas comments on May 4, 2019:
There's an old Chinese proverb about prophecy being difficult, especially when it deals with the future. Sometimes prophetic predictions are used both to foretell events and to establish a pattern of how God deals with His people. For example Daniel foretold a wicked conqueror defiling rhe Holy of Holies (accomplished by Antiochus Epiphanies). Jesus also forteold this kind of defilement in the context of the end times. But Daniel 9:25 seems to deal with Persian Kings' orders to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple. It also seems to refer to Ezra and Nehemiah's fulfillment. Did the Knessett order the Temple rebuilt in 1969?
[] Barr admitting he never reviewed the underlying evidence before making a decision ...
timon_phocas comments on May 3, 2019:
Alan Dershowitz, no conservative stalwart, says no president can be charged for obstruction of justice for exercising powers given the president in article two of the Constitution. Firing subordinate members of the executive branch is one such power. He cites two relevant cases as proof. One is against Nixon the other against George H.W. Bush. Nixon suborned purjury, paid hush money and destroyed evidence. George H.W. Bush pardoned Cap Weinberger. Nixon's actions were criminal, not constitutional. Bush's pardon of Cap Weinberger is included as a presidential power in the Constitution. Alan Dershowitz' article does not address motive but the law.
Some people walk along sections of the 2192-mile Appalachian Trail, and others hike its entire ...
timon_phocas comments on May 2, 2019:
As a former endorphine addict, I urge you to get your cousin into a 12-step program. Do the 12 steps quickly enough and they can still be aerobic...
timon_phocas comments on May 1, 2019:
Americans, always over achievers!
Wow, go Trump. Working on designating the international left and the Democrat party's biggest ally a...
timon_phocas comments on May 1, 2019:
I remember William F. Buckley describing why he supported Ronald Reagan, "Because he doesn't CARE what the Eastern Liberal Establishment thinks about him." Terms change but the meaning stays the same. Donald Trump doesn't CARE what the leftists think of him.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 29, 2019:
The current goal of NATO is to continue to get the US to pay for European defense. Germany doesn't have a single combat-ready brigade in its army. They barely have a squadron's worth of flight-ready fighters in its air force, much less a combat-ready squadron. France is a bit better, but most of its deployable assets are in the Sahara fighting terrorists. The UK shot off pretty much its entire inventory of Tomahawks in the opening salvo supporting the revolt against Khadaffi. And the entire French and UK air effort in Libya was only possible because of the US air refueling fleet. The Red Army is a shadow of the threat it was in the Soviet era. West European countries realize this. They only want to pay for an army to march past in holiday parades. But they want the US to maintain real armed forces just in case.
China military base to be stationed in Southern Africa. []
timon_phocas comments on Apr 29, 2019:
Interesting, they're following the same pattern as the colonialists did in the nineteenth century.
The Poway, California, synagogue shooter must not have realized that they were in a gun free zone.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 29, 2019:
Actually, they had armed security. The shooter was engaged within moments. That's why the tragegdy was not worse.
Statistical Confidence On AGW Hits 5 Sigma Level A short article by Reuters reports that the ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 28, 2019:
I'm sure they were just as confident in phlogiston. Or friction being a fluid. Or Ptolemaic astronomy. Or Piltdown Man.
A front-line volunteer gives her experience
timon_phocas comments on Apr 28, 2019:
thank you, philerator disturbingly important article
What do you think of Joe Biden running for President in 2020?
timon_phocas comments on Apr 27, 2019:
On one hand, he has a reputation as a moderate. That might help in the general election. And he takes care to portray a working-man personna. That might help in the general election. He has run twice before and never placed highly. In two of his three runs he has been undercut by leaks from fellow Democrats (once for plagiarism, and once for his creepy groping). This suggests he is not viewed as an inspiring leader. I don't know if the other candidates are just a swarm of pirhannas or if they have a special dislike for him. But once there's blood in the water... Biden's main problem is that he doesn't match the the aspirations of the activist base. I think he's too old, too mainstream to survive the primaries.
As a Canadian we love following American politics , it’s far and away more interesting and ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 26, 2019:
Is that JustinTrudeau doing a PeeWee Herman imitation while sitting next to Donald Trump?
Trump To Remove United States From Arms Treaty
timon_phocas comments on Apr 26, 2019:
If the treaty has never been ratified by Congress, it has no legal standing. Why pretend?
The Rise of White Identity Politics An interview by Vox reporter Sean Illig with political ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 26, 2019:
In the course of everyday business Americans deal with other Americans of every ethnicity with no fuss or bother. The only people making a fuss about it are the race hustlers.They might be politicians or they might be brokering themselves to politicians or corporations. It doesn't matter what race they are, they're just hustlers and they represent a small minority. The rest of us just get along.
I have been asked lately to prove from the Bible Jesus is God. This is why it is important to have ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 26, 2019:
Howdy Lorelee, There is no single passage in the Bible "proving" Jesus Christ is God. Just like there is no book in the Bible titled "systematic theology." There are many verses and passages saying Jesus Christ is God, the Son of God, equal to God, worthy of worship as God. So there is no easy answer, short of a lifetime of studying the Bible.
The Federalist had a good article about the IDW movement. Stop assuming the Intellectual Dark Web is...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 25, 2019:
good analysis
How much of the view on Putin is correct, and how much is propaganda?
timon_phocas comments on Apr 24, 2019: This is an episode of Strategy Talk discussing Putin and Russia. Jim Dunnigan is a former nuclear weapons officer, an investment banker and analyst. Back in the middle 70s he wrote a study for the CIA saying the Soviet Union would economically implode. Nobody believed it except Dunnigan and Reagan. Austin Bey is a retired Army Colonel, an analyst and writer. Very astute himself. They have teamed to write a series of "Quick and Dirty Guide to War" books. is a military news site I highly recommend.
Classical Liberalism is what got us here. Can it still get us out? From my perspective, most of ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 24, 2019:
I don't think classical liberalism got us here. In the US, our educational system has been athiest, statist and socialist since John Dewey. The last true classical liberal president was Calvin Coolidge. Every time the political pendulum swings towards classical liberalism's policies we have a season of prosperity. But there's an innate statist bias that spends everything prosperity yields.
I believe humanity doesn't so much inhabit the earth as it infests it. I believe someday the earth ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Humanity is a pimple on the butt of Mother Earth! Misanthropes of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but yourselves! Sorry, but I'll have to drink something a lot stronger than coffee before I slap those slogans on my bumper.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 23, 2019:
I generally take Palestinian videos with a grain of salt. I remember one of a funeral procession, where the "martyr" fell off the boards the pallbearers were carrying him on. No bother, the "martyr" climbed back on the boards. and the funeral procession went on its merry way.
Had a great Ishtar. Ate an eighth of some fine Psilocybin Mushrooms last night. Had a chat ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 21, 2019:
Eostre was the name for the Saxon fertility goddess. Her symbols were eggs and bunnies. When Irish Christian missionaries re-evangelized England they allowed the name and symbols to synctritize into passover observances. The name "easter" was useful to some church officials in distinguishing ressurection observances from Jewish Passover. It was a time of increasing hostility to Jewish aspects of the Christian faith.
History: Between 1530 and 1780 there were almost certainly 1 million and quite possibly as many as ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 20, 2019:
There were many kingdoms in Africa whose wealth was based on slave trafficing. Morocco, Orey, Dahomey, the Ashanti, and Timbuktu. I have read reports saying up to 85,000 people are still slaves in Morocco today. 18th century slave holding pens are preserved as tourist attractions in West Africa. The ruins of vast holding pens, like stock yards for humans, are ignored in Morocco. But of course I'm a white American, so I must be especially guilty...
The Tab has got to be payed sometime!
timon_phocas comments on Apr 18, 2019:
Winston Churchill said of the Anzio Landings, "I was thinking we would land a tiger, instead we have a beached whale." That pretty much describes the Mueller Report's effect on Leftists.
Good read: Author Bret Easton Ellis tells 'spoiled children' liberals to deal with Trump: 'He was ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 17, 2019:
wow. If Mr Ellis actually fucks as often as he uses the word he must have fifty kids
It really is ok to be white.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 15, 2019:
glad to know that, ya never can tell these days
Hello all, I'm new to the site. I'm creating a group for everyone if anyone is interested. Inviting ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 15, 2019:
Just chillin'
I was watching "Black Panther" earlier on tv. And I realized something...The only two white actors ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 15, 2019:
PUNishment. I'll take it...
Julian Assange is a free speech hero. Please sign and share this petition (follow link) If you ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 13, 2019:
Julian Assange is a vindictive, repulsive prick. The Ecuadorian embassy turned him over to British police because that's exactly how he behaved towards them. British newspapers report he threw temper tantrums, smeared feces on walls and refused to clean up after himself and his cat. And these were the people protecting him! He sounds like a badly behaved toddler, not a free speech hero. Several real international free speech organizations begged him to black out information that put people's lives at risk. He demanded $700K to do that. Then he just spewed it all out. Several wikileaks board members resigned because of this. People died because of him.
The real college scam is the cost of books, the when u turn them in for dat money u get a quarter
timon_phocas comments on Apr 13, 2019:
My personal worst is Follett. Hundreds for the book and supplementary CDs, but they won't accept it back for trade if the seal on the CDs are broken. Even then they probably won't take it back, because they want to screw the next schmuck with the cost of a new book. I'll drive a hundred miles to avoid doing business with Follett.
Hi, I am nothing and no one, I've never had political veiws or understood politics, I never thought...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 13, 2019:
Howdy MWhite, Don't feel like the Lone Ranger about being a "nobody." I don't think anybody in this forum invented the light bulb or landed on the moon. Instead, we do the right things as God gives us the light to see what is right (paraphrasing here). What you're saying sounds like the basis for some good conversations.
I'm an Englishman
timon_phocas comments on Apr 12, 2019:
Trump Eyeing One of Mexico's Biggest Sources of Outside Cash in Move Sure To Terrify Mexican Gov't
timon_phocas comments on Apr 12, 2019:
Go for it, Mr. President. At a minimum, tax the remittances to offset the costs of illegal immigration.
Why are you guys here ?is it really what you expected it to be?
timon_phocas comments on Apr 12, 2019:
Conversations are better in IDW. Other alternatives to fb seem like intellectual monocultures. Can't learn anything from that. I enjoy seeing posts from other parts of the Anglosphere. It looks like we're all facing the same kinds of struggles
Happy to find people who believe in the constitution and can't stsnd the left
timon_phocas comments on Apr 11, 2019:
I love leftists. Grilled and lightly seasoned, with salad on the side.
Assange has been arrested
timon_phocas comments on Apr 11, 2019:
I'm pretty sure wikileaks is a FSB or GRU front. Mr Assange won't be tortured or executed. A long vacation in Leavenworth, Kansas might be on his itinerary, however.
New Mexico Attorney General demands sheriffs enforce unconstitutional laws... [] ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 11, 2019:
We're getting that here in Colorado, too. The current AG, who promises to never enforce federal immigration or drug laws, is demanding that County sheriffs resign if they do not enforce state gun seizure laws. It would be knee slapping funny if it wasn't so serious.
Rep. Ilhan Omar is proof that even 'god' makes mistakes sometimes.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 11, 2019:
God makes babies. It's entirely Ilhan Omar's fault that she grew into the duplicitous, hate filled person she is today.
Dr. Tim Ball, climatologist opposed to the climate change narrative []
timon_phocas comments on Apr 11, 2019:
wonderful source of interesting information
Ole Uncle Bernie became a millionaire in a Capitalist society while touting the wonders of ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 11, 2019:
I'm so gratified to know that when Bernie Sanders benefits from capitalism it's only fair and proper, but when other people do it's crass exploitation of underprivileged proletariats.
I feel immense gratitude right now. I had grandparents that experienced WWII. They taught me. I ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 11, 2019:
@Francais Great post, thank you
I'm no astronomer but I was reading about the missing mass of galaxies. Correct me if I'm wrong, but...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 10, 2019:
Astronomers in the first part of the 20th century caught this. It took 100 inch telescopes to get the first photos of galaxies. They counted the stars, estimated their mass and ran the orbital equations. There was no way the orbital masses added up to make sense. So they invented "dark matter." If they added enough dark matter they could get the answer they wanted. There were a couple of problems with dark matter. First, enough dark matter to balance the equations took something like 85% of the matter in the universe. The second problem was radio astronomy. You see, the early astronomers looked at the glass plate negatives. They assumed dark matter was just something that didn't show up on black and white negatives. Then they discovered radio astronomy, and they found out that even clouds of gas at almost absolute zero generate radio waves. So they searched for the dark matter with radio telescopes. And they didn't find it. But dark matter HAD to exist, at least in the minds of astronomers. So they had to assume that dark matter produced no radio waves. So they were proposing an entirely different kind of matter. Their basic theories about the structure of the universe depended on it. And they still do today. Dark matter has not been created in accelerator labratories. It is unlike any other matter in the universe, not emmiting any radiation. But it HAS to exist, so we have spent billions looking for it. I don't think they'll ever find it.
I would like to put a Question to the UN. If a Muslim entered a Christian Church and shot & killed ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 10, 2019:
The sad fact of the matter is that's exactly what happens week by week all over the world. Muslim terrorists walk into Christian villages and churches to kill, maim and rape. The world does nothing.
William Barr claims Trump campaign was 'spied' on under Obama – live | US news | The Guardian
timon_phocas comments on Apr 10, 2019:
This is potentially very important. All hell will break loose if the Attorney General seriously investigates and then prosecutes people who used intelligence agencies to skew an election. There are few things more civicly sacred to us than elections. Using the federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies to skew an election is nothing short of treason. Imprisonment of a few high ranking criminals would be very salutory.
[] Candace Owen's delivers her short speech.
timon_phocas comments on Apr 10, 2019:
wow! Direct, eloquent and factual. And, of course, entirely uncovered by the MSM.
Am I pandering if I say, ”You go girl!” Candace bitch slaps dumbass politicians. Brilliant! ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 10, 2019:
the word for the deliberate, calulated use of lies and half-truths to convey falsehoods is mendacity. They hate Candace Owens. She is attractive, compelling and convincing, which makes them hate her even more. The tools they use betray the kind of people they are.
Both Islam and Christianity talk about heaven but... they have two very different versions. religion...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 9, 2019:
Islam's vision of heaven is basically the last 60 years of Hugh Hefner's life.
Whatever they put in their water in Florida, we need more of it from sea to shining sea. Floridate ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 9, 2019:
Imagine that, a legislature passing laws to benefit its own citizens and not illegal aliens. Odd that this should be so odd.
Coming from Australia, the terms "left" or "right wing" are not thrown around nearly as much as say,...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 8, 2019:
I don't think Australians are as politically polarized as American. Or rather, Australian media is not as polarized as American media. I've watched videos of Australian panel discussions where the discussions are respectful on each side. The American equivalents start as verbal food fights and descend into gang rumbles. Down at street level, however, I don't think we are as radically polarized as our media are. I want to buy food from people in that store, not polemics. And they want to sell it to me. Pleasant and polite works all around.
Pete Buttigieg said he can't believe evangelical Christians support President Donald Trump. Here's ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 7, 2019:
It nice to know progressive leftists finally "got religion." Because for the last 27 years they've been telling us sex has the moral significance of a sneeze or (alternatively) that it's the single most important attribute of human identity. Glad to know they finally squared that circle. So now we evangelicals are supposed to disapprove of Donald John Trump because he has the same lifestyle as William Jefferson Blythe Clinton. No moral ambiguity there...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 7, 2019:
Meanwhile, back in Iran, women are being arrested for posting selfies of themselves without hijabs...
What are your opinions on Ben Shapiro's hypocrisy regarding his refute of identity politics and ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 6, 2019:
I am not a Jew. I am a pretty serious Christian. I reject white supremicists and identity politics of all flavors. I am utterly in favor of the Jews living in their ancient, ancestral homeland. I believe it is in accord with Biblical promises and simple fairness. The US State Department says there are 196 countries in the world. They range from athiest to polythiest and all points in between. The Jews have one country and it's about twice the size of the county I live in. (had to look that up, I thought my county was larger)
I am a Life long follower of the Trinity and Jesus and God the Father!I have a question for my ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 6, 2019:
The Koran's many exhortations to kill kaffirs are not taught from Christian pulpits. Most people aren't aware of them. The Bible's exhortations to provide for the poor, to be generous to the less fortunate, are taught from Christian pulpits. These exhortations have a surface commonality with old fashioned liberal ideas about the government's role in society. These views are reinforced in schools, news and entertainment. It's an entire worldview. A wilderness of mirrors where everything reflects back the same worldview image. Some people escape, most do not.
I have a question for our liberal members. To what degree do you feel you have to watch what you say...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 6, 2019:
The only personal restraint I am aware of is courtesy.
Hello! I'm a Scottish portrait artist, I thought I'd share some of my artwork to see what you guys ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 6, 2019:
Like your work, good contrast, nicely dramatic. I do some work in colored pencils. Always appreciate seeing other's works
No shortage of crazy to go around within the Democrat Party...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 6, 2019:
It's amazing to see all the loonies tumbling out of the Democrat's clown car
I almost feel a sting of sympathy for Joe Biden these days. He's so utterly filled with himself ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 5, 2019:
It's interesting to see what goes around and comes around. I remember Joe Biden saying his party was taken over by the "hard left" in 1972. He was part of that takeover. Now his party is being taken over by hard socialists. And he's being shoved out.
[] Obama Intel Director Blows the Whistle, Says Barack Ordered Trump-Russia ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 4, 2019:
Fascinating lapse, accidental truth...
White farm murders in South Africa - Race hate, politics or greed? | Foreign Correspondent - YouTube...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 4, 2019:
Think of how it worked in Zimbabwe. Mugabe stole the banks, mines, factories, airlines, railroads, etc. While he was busy salting these away in offshore accounts (and the country was going bankrupt), he distracted his grassroot followers by letting them loot the farms. And that's what seems to be happening in South Africa.
(John 6:29 KJV) Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 3, 2019:
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them. I believe this means good works will flow out of us. Good works are a natural expression of our Savior's life within us.
Jordan Peterson Addresses Socialist Intellectuals [] I think this is a reasonably succinct...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 3, 2019:
I believe any system that tries to control the entire matrix of society is destined for totalitarian monstrosities. It does not matter if you hate a race, a religion or an economic class, the result will be totalitarian monstrosities. It is inevitable. And history shows this. Just like Doctor Peterson said, "Experiment, repeat, repeat..." There is a whole genre of literature by people who escaped communist countries. I remember reading one by a Polish man. When the Soviets occupied Poland they inustriously went about building a totalitarian society. Their goal was to eliminate any cultural leaders who had somehow escaped the Nazis. They had show trials and they put the prisoners in Auschwitz. Yes, Auschwitz. Auschwitz was equally valuable to Nazis and Communists. It was an inevitable product of both systems, because they were both totalitarian.
I think the history of Syria proves Israel should keep the Golan Hights []
timon_phocas comments on Apr 2, 2019:
A few extra bits of info. Syria controlled the Golan Heights until the very last 2 days of the 1967 war. From 1948 through June of 1967 they would shell the Galilee from the Golan whenever the mood struck them. And they would infiltrate terrorists down the hills under cover of that fire to kill and destroy in the Galilee. Once, they tried to dam up and divert the headwaters of the Jordan River,. The Jordan flows into Lake Genesseret (Sea of Galilee) which is the central reservoir of the entire Israeli water system. This caused a small but nasty battle. Israel won. Some analysts think this was the real precipitating event for the 1967 war. In the1973 war, Syrian attacks wore down and broke through Israel's Golan defenses. They were only stopped when their tanks reached the Galilee itself. If the Golan defense zone hadn't been there, Israel would have lost the war. Hafez al Assad was considered to be an Alawite Muslim. You are very right that he was not considered a Muslim by the Muslim Brotherhood, but rather a member of an apostate sect. Because he was part of a minority OTOH, he treated other minorities gently. They were a counter balance to the Sunni majority. And you are very right again that he was absolutely ruthless towards the Muslim Brotherhood. So Syrians were very dangerous neighbors when they controlled the Golan. Now that Bashar al Assad is a puppet of the Iranians, the Israelis are even less likely to give up control of the Golan.
I was thinking it would be a great Idea if we would share a hero of the week or day. Not only to ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 2, 2019:
Sounds like a good idea. The news stream is relentlessly negative. Maybe this will encourage us to search out the good as opposed to simply damning the evil.
Do you see the propagation of young earth creationism as the only biblical view of creation as ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 1, 2019:
One of the first classes I took in college was basic astronomy. The first lecture in that class was that, with two exceptions, the constellations were optical illusions. Those two exceptions were the Pleiades and Orion. They were the only constellations whose stars were actually close to one another. The Pleiades are a cluster, formed together but are drifting apart. Orion is in a parallel arm of rhe galaxy. It will always present the same image to us as we orbit the galactic core. The next year I read this in Job 38:31 Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Can you loose the cords of Orion? And it blew my socks off... Classical Hebrew poetry is one of contrasting or complementary images. So the Creator is asking Job if he can gather stars that God has scattered and scatter stars God has gathered. And so it conforms to the rules of Hebrew poetry. But the knowledge behind that statement is staggering. There are 88 constellations in the sky. The odds of choosing the only two that aren't illusions is about one out of three-thousand. Pretty impressive odds. The odds of identifying the Pleiades as stars in motion and Orion as stars that will always look the same are literally incalculable. The first telescopes weren't invented until the 1600s. Thousands of years after Job. We did not know about galaxies until the 1930s. We had no ideas about spectranalysis or Doppler shifts in light. In short, at the time Job was written nobody except the Creator Himself could have made that statement. And for thousands of years afterwards, for that matter. Now if God is so surgically precise in a couplet of poetry, why would His creation account be any less accurate?
Seattle is Dying - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Apr 1, 2019:
My mother died from a heroin overdose in March of 1962. I was a few months shy of 8. It was an aberration in 1962. Now it's just another lifestyle choice. See how tolerant we are? Each one of those people sprawled on the street is a catastrophe. It is a life gutted, reduced to a craving, so that some gangster can send bales of cash to cartels in Mexico. And in their wake there are hungry babies and lost, bewildered, hurting children. But see how tolerant we are?
Some educators seem to suffer from cognitive dissonance when describing the atmospheric greenhouse ...
timon_phocas comments on Apr 1, 2019:
Has anybody searched for correlations between sunspot cycles and historically observed climate variations?
One of our left leaning British cousins brought up the KKK. This needs to be addressed. The KKK is ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 31, 2019:
Absolutely agree. Pioneers described the Platte River as "a mile wide and an inch deep." You can say the same thing about the US catalogue of racist kooks.
[] Jordan B. Peterson - Liberty University
timon_phocas comments on Mar 31, 2019:
Doctor Peterson is right on so many levels. But he accepts that life is a finite, zero sum proposition. Like Socrates or the Stoics, he has answers for, he can improve, just about any sutuation except mortality. I find that unsatisfying. But then again, I am a Believer.
I happened to listen to Dave Rubin's discussion on abortion with a pro-life activist yesterday. ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 31, 2019:
Abhorrent. They're looking more and more like the slave trafficers of rhe 18th and early 19th centuries.
I have to say I owe a lot to Ben. I used to be a leftist staunch Bernie supporter and Ben is one of ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 30, 2019:
Howdy SmartAlec, Welcome to classic liberalism. You are living proof progressive liberalism only exists because of the media monoculture. William F. Buckley, godfather of modern conservatism, once ran for mayor of New York City. He lost, of course, but there was an interesting side effect. The New York Times sent reporters to cover his speeches and rallies. The normal procedure was to assign a single reporter ro cover a candidate's campaign. In Buckley's case, however, they had to keep rotating reporters, because he kept converting them to conservatism. I guess nobody thought to rotate you out.
As a fan of Steven Crowder, I saw a change my mind post about, Socialism is Evil -Change my mind....
timon_phocas comments on Mar 30, 2019:
The basic problem with socialism as an overriding organizing principle is that it contradicts human nature. No socialist society has ever been prosperous. From Sparta on, they've all limped along and then foundered. But they all depend on helots to keep themselves afloat.
I spent my career in publishing, now retired. I am extremely concerned about the obvious bias that ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 27, 2019:
Howdy IamPops, I visited UC Berkeley in the Fall of 1970. There was a Vietnam War protest at Sather Gate. About a half-dozen people walking in a circle and desultorally chanting slogans. There was also a television crew. That night we watched the report on Channel 4 CBS news. They had spliced together tape of the protest and the daily lunch rush (ten thousand students running through Sather Gate to be first in line for the perfect BigMac). They strongly implied, but did not actually state, there was a riot. So "journalistic integrity " has been a highly elastic standard for a long, long time.
"The simple answer is that all the public concern about “fake news” was just a ruse — the tech...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 27, 2019:
There's an old joke: "Commissar, Commissar! The people are revolting!" "You're not so pretty yourself, Karlov..." It's a joke, but it encapsulates what our "betters" think of us. They are appalled that we have heterodox, even heretical, opinions. We are, after all, the "smelly Walmart shoppers" of the political world. It is to be expected thay will try to censor us out of existence. It is just as inevitable we will migrate to platforms like this.
Originally, 51% voted to leave the EU. Seems the Brits have changed their minds. Thoughts?...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 25, 2019:
The polls prior to the Brexit vote showed a majority in favor of the "remain" option. The polls have a history of being inaccurate.
[] Mosqueing the Workplace: 130 Muslim Workers Walk Off Job at Tyson Meat Plant ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 24, 2019:
JBS has a beef plant in Greeley. A lot of Somalis have been settled here and so a lot of Somali women work there. The men don't seem to be able to discipline themselves to eight hour work shifts (the make good OTR drivers, though). There have a lot of stoppages by the Somali women for the same issues listed in the article.
[] Muslim student STABS PROFESSOR TO DEATH over “un-Islamic” “welcome ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 24, 2019:
Orthodox Judaism separates genders in synagogue services. Observant Orthodox men avoid touching women outside of their immediate family. Ultra Orthodox neighborhoods in New York have signs on sidewalks warning women to behave modestly. And yet nobody is raising a hue and cry about Jewish Orthodox terrorism. I would submit to you that gender separation is not an indicator of violent intent. The doctrine of jihad is.
I wonder if Mueller will vindicated anything in the dossier that Hillary and the DNC paid for and ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 23, 2019:
If there was any substance to the Steele Dossier, Adam Schiff would have leaked it already
At first I thought this group was just a fake scheme to cash in on a niche to get people into a ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 22, 2019:
Perhaps I should take offense at that statement... I'm not a degenerate? There goes my wild, free wheeling self image! Oh wait, "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" reruns are on the TV. Gotta go...
hi everyone I'm so glad to be a part of this community. I'm in my first year at university and have...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 22, 2019:
Howdy David, Welcome to the food fight! Pass the mashed potatos... I do admire your outspoken courage, but as a recovering Jarhead (smile on when you day that!) I would encourage you to emphasize cover and concealment when you're under fire. If this is where you need to be to achieve a specific life/career goal, then lower your head and become one with the milling crowd. You'll have less chance to become a target of their ire. Try to find kindred souls to express yourself freely. And then treat the school like Sherman treated like Georgia, take everything of value and move on. God bless in your education
Sargon of Akkad with Tommy Robinson talking abut the UK police, deplatforming, immigration, racism, ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 21, 2019:
Donald Trump
Greetings, Everyone! This is my first post on IDW. I would like to introduced myself to the ...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 21, 2019:
Thank you and welcome to the community. Your story is compelling. The arc of your conversion is intriguing. I am reminded of Ronald Reagan saying, "I did not leave the Democratic Party, the Democractic Party left me." And that's what seems to have happened with you and academia. I remember registration at USC. A member of the Classics Department tried to recruit me. I turned him down and I've regretted it since. But the joy of knowledge is in the discovery and I've had lots of time for discovery. So thanks again, and welcome aboard.
Can free markets exist without legal intervention to guarantee competition? If not, are they truly...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 19, 2019:
Every monopoly seems permanent. The Vanderbilts and railroads. Rockefellers and oil. IBM and computers. And then, suddenly, they're not so permanent after all. Facebook and Google have one now. We're using one of the alternatives right now.
If there's no Russian collusion, what can we expect next?
timon_phocas comments on Mar 19, 2019:
The "investigation" wasn't designed to uncover Trump campaign collusion wirh Russia. It was designed to curry favor with the predicted incoming president, Hillary Clinton. It was a tissue of lies allowing US government intelligence agencies to comprehensively penetrate the Trump campaign and report any dirt to the Clinton campaign and it allies. They never expected any of this to see the light of day. Since Trump won, however, it's been a massive bureaucratic coverup. As long as Mueller continues, they can continue obfuscating.
How Are We Going To Pay Down The National Debt??
timon_phocas comments on Mar 16, 2019:
Newt Gingrich proposed a 'national mortgage' that would cover the debt. Then, like any homeowner, we would have to exercise fiscal restraint to not do it all over again.
Hello everyone. I had 2 questions I put forward to my Instagram audience because I was interested in...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 15, 2019:
I think there is an unspoken heirarchy here. If actions do not have consequences, then there is nothing to be responsible for. Consequences infer responsibility. If there is no responsibility for actions, no actions can be useful. I am using responsibility as a synonym for causation
Seeking feedback: can human rights be accurately described as "verbs, not nouns"? The leftist cry...
timon_phocas comments on Mar 15, 2019:
Well, I hate to quote Bill Clinton, but it depends on what the definition of the word "is" is.. ?

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