Putin’s Ukrainian Gamble

We’re now weeks into the standoff between Russia and the Ukraine, and the situation is still balanced precariously between a diplomatic solution and outright war. The annexation of the Crimea is complete, 40,000 Russian troops are massed along Ukraine’s eastern border, and Russian fighter jets are buzzing the lone U.S. warship in the Black Sea. Limited sanctions have been slapped on Russia to no avail. What can be done to resolve this tense situation?

Nothing.

Oh there are of course actions that could be taken to discourage Putin from any further adventuring in the Ukraine, but the West lacks the political will to take those steps. One destroyer in the Black Sea will not deter Putin, nor will five fighter jets in the Baltic States; all those amount to are token shows of the flag. Widespread sanctions will not deter Putin; he could care less and all he has to do is seek closer economic ties with China to get out from under the West’s sanctions. Even the Ukraine cannot deter Putin, as we saw this week when a Ukrainian army unit meekly surrendered to unarmed civilians. No, Putin has a free hand open to him in the Ukraine and he knows it.

Ukraine has been an important part of Russian defensive strategy for over two hundred years, and during the days of the Russian Empire it was Russia’s frontline against any moves by the faltering Ottoman Empire. Ukraine gained its independence briefly after the Russian revolution that swept the Communists into power, but lost it again shortly after the end of the Russian civil war. Stalin persecuted the Ukraine mercilessly during the early 1930s and starved millions of Ukrainians to death in retribution for Ukrainian agitation for independence. During the long years of the Cold War the Ukraine was strategically important as a prop for the Eastern Bloc, and once the Ukraine regained its independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union it was a loss keenly felt in Moscow. Putin would dearly love to regain control over the Ukraine as a bulwark of Russia’s defenses against the EU and NATO, both of which have welcomed former Eastern Bloc nations like Poland, the Baltic States and Romania into their ranks.

In the current crisis we have ethnic Russians in the eastern Ukraine calling for Moscow’s intervention, and I don’t doubt that Russian intelligence and special forces troops are active in the eastern Ukraine fomenting the unrest. Kiev’s hands are pretty much tied in the matter since the Ukrainian army is so ineffective, and since Putin has threatened to invade if Kiev cracks down on the ethnic Russians in the east. It’s the same old argument and reasoning that Adolf Hitler used in 1938 to absorb much of Czechoslovakia – military intervention is necessary to protect the Russians living in eastern Ukraine. Putin sees this as his golden opportunity to regain a part of what was lost, and the Crimea was just the opener and the test of the West’s resolve to protect the Ukraine against Russian aggression. That resolve has been shown to be sadly lacking.

The only deterrence that would induce Putin to keep his well-trained and effective army behind Russian borders is strength, and the West currently lacks that strength. The EU is still in the long process of getting its collective feet under it and is incapable of taking unified action against Russian aggression; any EU military action in 20 years has consisted of actions taken by its member states such as Germany, and none of those states is strong enough to pose a credible threat to Russian ambitions. Only America has the potential strength to deter Putin from taking further actions, and from the White House down we are proving to be weak. Caesar Barack Hussein Obama can bluster and threaten all he wants to but Putin knows that Obama lacks the resolve to stand toe to toe with Russia and not blink. Our showing of American military force in Eastern Europe has only been token to say the least. While this crisis continues for week after week the talk from the White House and the Defense Secretary is that we need to further reduce our forces to levels even lower than Bill Clinton did. (Ever wonder why so many Reserve and National Guard units had to serve full-time in Iraq and Afghanistan? It’s due strictly to the deep cuts to our military enacted under President Clinton when the world was still agog that the Soviet Union had fallen apart.) Why, we are even pulling the last of our armored divisions out of Europe for the first time since WWII!

So the Ukraine is effectively on its own. Only direct military intervention could prevent the Russians from doing whatever they like in Ukraine, and I don’t see that intervention coming. The government in Kiev has asked the UN to send peacekeepers into the eastern Ukraine in an attempt to quell the unrest and discourage Russia from invading, but will those peacekeepers ever arrive? It’s doubtful since that move would need the approval of the UN Security Council, where Russia has veto power. So even the UN may not be able to help. Russia can seize eastern Ukraine anytime it wants to and Putin knows it.

So Vladimir Putin’s Ukrainian gamble will pay off and he will get his way. It’s a sad time for the Ukraine and all Ukrainians everywhere.

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Massive Draught in California : Feds Withhold Water To California Farmers For First Time In 54 Years

This is a dire warning that all Americans should take seriously. The current levels of water usage in this country are unsustainable and action needs to be taken to cut out the non-essential usage such as watering lawns. And we should try those responsible for selling billions of gallons of water to China for treason for they are contributing to the problem in the name of profit, like Nestle doesn’t make enough money already. That’s right, Nestle. I lived in San Antonio, Texas for over 16 years and have seen first-hand the tip of the iceberg that is water rationing and it is a difficult situation to be in. When over one-third of the US is in danger of severe water shortages it is beyond time for some kind of action to be taken. Many thanks to unifiedserenity for posting this article!

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Most Americans don’t realize this, but earlier this year water levels in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan were at their lowest levels ever recorded.  The following is from a recent article by Suzanne Eovaldi

“Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels EVER RECORDED,” the US Army Corps of Engineers reported early this year. Corps measurements taken in January of 2013 “show Lake Huron and Lake Michigan have reached their lowest ebb since record keeping began in 1918.”  The chief watershed hydrology expert warns Americans that “We’re in an extremesituation.”

So what is causing all of this?  Well, of course most of the water that leaves the Great Lakes is lost by evaporation.  But the fact that water is being steadily pumped out of the Great Lakes and sold overseas is certainly not helping matters

“Plunging water levels are beyond anyone’s control,” says another expert, James Weakley. But…

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Goodbye to 2013

As I sit here sleepless at 3:30 in the morning on New Year’s Day I’ve been reflecting back on the year that just ended and decided to put my thoughts in print. So as you read this keep in mind that I am sleep deprived right now, and as always , consider the source.

2013 was a weird year for me personally. It started out hopeful in a number of ways but as the year progressed those hopes crumbled for one reason or another. A dear friend that I was very close to drifted away for reasons unstated, which was a major disappointment. Hopes for improving my overall health and fitness faded into just trying to maintain what I already have. Hopes and dreams, and heavy emphasis on dreams, were crushed when someone I really cared about turned away from me. My personal life deteriorated to the point where I was afraid that I would end up homeless on the streets, and I finally had to go in the hospital for a five-day re-tuning of my mental state. One of the biggest disappointments of the year was getting turned down yet again for my Social Security disability benefits, which has left me in financial limbo for what will probably be the next year and a half. So overall this past year wasn’t all that great, but it was still better than some years I’ve had in the past.

On the plus side of things, I have made a lot of really good online friends this past year, most of whom keep in touch with me on a fairly regular basis; that seems strange to me since I have drastically reduced the number of hours that I spend obsessing on Facebook. My personal situation has stabilized to the point where I am no longer in panicked flight mode, which is a good thing because when I get that way I always manage to make the wrong decisions. My interest in music is starting to come back after several months of non-existence, and while my guitars remain untouched I am at least listening to music again on occasion. I was given a Playstation 2 for Christmas so now I am getting back into gaming, a hobby that I always loved and a good harmless way to occupy the empty hours in my day. My attorney has expressed the opinion that I stand a good chance of getting my disability when I go before the judge, which should happen sometime in early 2015, so I am hesitantly hopeful regarding that. My mental state, while never what could be called good, has improved to the point where my issues are more manageable. And probably most importantly, I have been spending more time talking to God the past four months than I had in the first part of the year, and that is very important to me.

Looking at the world around me I see that things have really gone downhill and are continuing to do so. We have a Congress that is bitterly divided and completely ineffective. The Obama administration has been plagued by more scandals than any President’s that I can remember, and I believe we have only seen the tip of the iceberg in that regard. We have a closet Muslim President who always chooses to side with the Islamists and the terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood. The homosexuals have managed to push their agenda to the point where same-sex marriage is becoming legal in most states, and now such perverts as pedophiles and the bestiality people are starting to claim that their deviance is just another sexual orientation and should be recognized as such. Obamacare’s highly touted roll out is a complete mess. And our economy is being held together with spit and baling wire and could come undone at any time. So 2013 was a year when America slipped ever further down the slippery slope, and if ever a nation was ripe for a dictator it is us.

So the bottom line is that in my book 2013 wasn’t that good of a year, and I’m afraid that 2014 doesn’t look like it will be much of an improvement. All I can do is hope, which is hard for me, and pray, which is getting easier every day. This new year could end up surprising me and turn out OK, but I don’t expect it to. Am I being gloomy about it? Probably, but I’m gloomy for very good reasons. I always try to hope for the best but expect the worst, and then when things turn out good I am pleasantly surprised.

So for 2014 I say “I hope it turns out to be a good year”, but I’m ready for it if it’s not. My prayer for each and every one of you is that this year goes well for you, in as many ways as possible. May you all have peace and joy in this year in spite of the challenges thrown in your path, and may you all come to a deeper knowledge and understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. For ultimately our best hopes lie with Him.

As for 2013 I say “goodbye and good riddance”!

Peace and blessings to you all, my friends.

 

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Merry Christmas to All…

I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a merry Christmas. For my friends in the Far East it is already Christmas Day, and for the rest of us it is Christmas Eve. I hope that everyone is having a nice time with friends and family, however you may celebrate this holiday.

So Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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It’s Been a Long Time…

Hello everyone…

I just pulled up Itsaweirdweirdworld for the first time in ages and was stunned to see that it’s been almost exactly six months since my last post. That’s far too bloody long, but there have been extenuating circumstances. I never meant for my silence to continue for so long, and I apologize to those of you who follow my blog and have been wondering just what the hell happened to me.

For starters, I’ve had a lot of personal issues get in the way of my writing. Now everyone has issues, I know that, and there are a lot of people who have bigger and worse issues than mine, but it’s mine that I have to live with and try to cope with so forgive me if I sound like I’m whining – I’m not. Having a mental illness like I do is never a bunch of fun and games, and when it gets out of control it can be very destructive to one’s personal life. Mine has been rather out of control the last few months, and the problems it caused became all-consuming. Basically while I was chasing shadows and often my own tail I did not allow myself the time to write, and I hate that. Now the issues are still there and still raging to a large degree, but I have been working on getting them back under some semblance of control and my efforts must be paying off since here I am writing once again.

Second, I have been having difficulties in deciding what content to write about for this blog, which has been an ongoing problem practically since day one. When I first started itsaweirdweirdworld I had certain ideas in mind of what to write about. There were such subjects as history not being the way we were taught in school, tales from the ancient world and the fact that the ancients weren’t as ignorant as modern man likes to think, exploring the idea that we are not alone in the universe, prophecies…the list goes on and on. All of these subjects are things that interest me greatly and judging from the feedback I’ve received when I have written or commented on them they are subjects which a lot of you find interesting as well. Yet still I have struggled with getting them written. I think that part of it is that so many of these subjects have been written about by people a lot smarter than me and more diligent in their research that I have had the unshakeable feeling of “who am I to try to sound like an expert”. It’s probably nothing more than my own insecurities, but that feeling has been a major stumbling block to me.

I have also been torn over what to write because I’ve felt that a lot of the subjects that fit my original concept for this blog aren’t all that important when compared to other things and when considering the state of the world at large. I have stated before that I am fascinated with prophecy and I have written about some of the prophecies concerning the end of the present age. The bottom line is that I am convinced that we are very close to the end of the age, certainly within just a few years, and that belief has also hindered me in that I have felt like there are more important things to write about than ancient history and strange phenomena. I guess you could say that my mental triage got clogged and wasn’t allowing anything through, and as a result I have wasted six months without writing about anything, important or otherwise. So I need to unclog the pipes and allow things to flow once more.

Those of you who know me and are counted as my friends, as well as those of you who have been following this blog and reading my posts, know that I am a Christian. I may be unorthodox in many of my practices and viewpoints, but my faith in God and Christ remains strong and I hope and pray that it always will. This simple fact of my faith can also dictate what I will or will not write about, and for that I will make no apology. There are things that need to be said and they need to be said through the filter of my faith, and those things will not always mesh with my original concept for this blog. So be it. I can still write about some of the subjects that interest me, but when I feel that there is something faith-related that needs to be said I will say it. I really can’t do otherwise. To those of you who aren’t interested in such matters I ask your indulgence and patience, and I ask that you keep an open mind. I have no intentions of turning this blog into a pulpit to preach from (again, there are a lot of people out there who already do that far better than I ever could) but there will be times when I will write about my faith and how it has shaped my world view, and again I will not apologize for that. Just bear with me, okay?

With all of this said, I intend on getting back into the swing of things with this blog and make myself be more diligent in writing on here. The content may vary, but each post will be what I have been led to write at that particular time. Sometimes the post will fit in with what I originally envisioned for itsaweirdweirdworld and sometimes it will not. There will undoubtably even be times like this when my post will be more personal reflection and “musing out loud” than anything else. But the bottom line is that the posts will come as I am led to write them. I will leave it to you to judge which posts are worth your time and which are not, but I do hope that you will give them all the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes I really do have something important to say and I’d hate for you to miss those occasions.

So I am back and hopefully I will be back to stay. Thank you for your patience and loyalty, and thank you for your understanding. Ole Dave is alive if not necessarily well and I’ll try hard not to leave you hanging any more. Keep your eyes and ears open and receptive to the truth as you go about your daily lives. Take nothing for granted, especially the truth, and as the apostle Paul once said, “test everything”. That applies to this blog as well.

Peace and blessings to you all, my friends.

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Resisting Evil

A shadow is falling upon our world. A tide of evil threatens to engulf us all and it is rising nearly unchecked. Soon it will have engulfed us and we will be left surrounded by its horrors.

It sounds like a scene from a fantasy movie but it is not. What I described above is an accurate description of what is happening in the world today, and to not see it as such is to be in potentially fatal denial. Murder, rape, brutality, torture, perversions, lying and a plethora of other wrongs are now not just limited to individuals but are becoming hallmarks of governments, societies and cultures. Just as in the days of Noah, our world is increasingly being immersed in every sin imaginable to humanity, and let me tell you, humanity has one hell of an imagination.

So what do we do about it? Can we do anything about it anymore? Of course there’s something we can do.

We can resist.

We can and should stand up to this rising tide of darkness. I’m not talking about armed rebellion here, for that inevitably strays into the area of evil through bloodshed. I’m talking about each and every one of us standing up and letting our voices be heard as we cry out against the evils that threaten our world. I’m talking about each and every one one of us resisting the urges of evil that well up inside up all of us. In The Lord of the Rings Gandalf tells Frodo that great deeds are accomplished not by heroes, but by average people each doing their part. That is the kind of resistance I am talking about.

Each of us should start by resisting the tendency to do the evil, wrong things that lies inside every one of us. It’s the little things that all add up, like raindrops that become a pond, then a lake and finally an ocean. Every little lie, every time we cheat someone, every temptation to commit adultery, every sin that starts in our minds can be resisted before they become raindrops. Is it easy? No. Is it really what we should do? Yes. By resisting evil in the little ways we are both becoming better people and we are denying that sea of evil the raindrops that our sins would be.

We should also resist the big evils that threaten our world. Speak out against government corruption and arrogance. Raise your voice against the rising tide of tyranny that can erase the freedoms we grew up with. Speak out against all of the wrongs in our society, from the actions of the murderous kidnapper next door to the practices of perversions being shoved in our faces. Cry out against institutionalized murder and mayhem as practiced by the government in the name of security. Each voice raised against evils such as these eventually join together into a mighty shout such as was heard before the walls of Jericho in ancient times; the more voices that cry out the louder and more powerful that shout will be.

So do I believe that we can turn things around and start the ebbing of the tide of evil? Sadly, no. Things have passed the tipping pint where they could be reversed and all we can do now is try to ride things out as best as we can. Then why should we bother with resisting? Because so long as someone is resisting evil it will be as in the days of Lot when a city was spared judgement for the presence of a righteous man. So long as someone is still resisting evil all is not completely lost and there will be some hope for the future. And besides, by resisting we will become better people and will become strong enough to face the horrors ahead.

So resist evil as best as you can, my friends. Stand and be counted for the cause of justice and righteousness while you can. Be one of the average people doing your part. Resist the falling darkness before it swallows your soul and you become lost along with so many others.

Resist evil.

Peace and blessings to you all, my friends.

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Why There Is No Such Thing As ‘Curing’ Homosexuality

“An insightful and well reasoned look at the real issue behind homosexuality and sexual obsessions of all kinds. If I didn’t think this was worth reading I wouldn’t reblog it, so open your heart and read away…”

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This is actually Part II of the previous article, “Should Christians Be In The Business of Curing Gays?

We’ve been talking about the notion of ‘curing’ homosexual behavior within the context of the closing of Exodus International.  Some say that gays can’t be cured.  Some say they can be.  Some say that God will cure them.  However,   I firmly reject entire the notion of ‘cure‘. Those who practice homosexuality are not sick. Nor are they born that way. People decide to engage in immoral sex. Thus, a ‘cure’ makes no sense.  Also, a church whose entire function should be so narrowly focused can’t possibly be a church. And it very well could lead to mental torture on people.  Not Christ’s goal.

If homosexuals are ‘sick’, then so are all people and our sickness has a name:  ‘SIN‘.

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