Houston’s Lakewood Mega-Church Closed Doors 3 Days To The Suffering From Harvey’s Floods

Some offer help and comfort for the inflicted and then there are others….

Gronda Morin

 

LAKEWOOD CHURCH

It is at times like these that those in a community like Houston, TX whose residents have been faced with a catastrophic disaster and horrific losses due to “Hurricane Harvey,” when suffering peoples should be able to look to their neighbors, local, state and federal government, and especially, their local churches for some relief and comfort.

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As per a  8/28/17 VOX report by Brian Resnick, “The situation is bad, and it could get worse. The weather service is calling the situation “catastrophic and life-threatening.”

This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced. Follow orders…

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Why Didn’t I Know Anything About Antifa Before August 2017? ( Charlottesville VA Events)

What is Antifa? The Wikipedia definition is also available.

Gronda Morin

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This “Antifa” name has recently been popping up relatively frequently in the news especially after the Charlottesville, VA right wing rally which turned violent over the weekend of August 12, 2017.  What bothers me, is that until recently, I was totally unawares of the existence of this group.

When I attended the Washington DC’s Women’s March on January 21, 2017, I met the acquaintance of someone who frequently attends protests. We were chatting about how peaceful the March was, when she mentioned that there had been violence the day before. She noted, that she and others who frequently join in these protests did not know who these peoples were who acted violently which was puzzling, because her circle of frequent protesters had become familiar with most of the others, over time.

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As a 25 year + republican I became an independent in 2016 but in 2017, I went…

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There is A Paper Trail Showing President In Deal With Russia In 2015

Evidence builds.

Gronda Morin

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Felex Sater has been a long time cohort of the republican President Donald Trump, dating back to at least 2005. Around 2007, they were both connected to the development and sales for Trump SoHo, the condo-hotel concept did not pan out. Only about a third of the units were ultimately sold, and one of the project’s lenders foreclosed on the rest, although the property remained open and became a popular luxury hotel, managed by Mr. Trump’s company.

“Mr. Sater left the property development company, Bayrock, after the news of his criminal background was reported which included one case of battery in a bar room fight where he did jail time, and in 1998 he was arrested for collusion with the Italian mafia to commit exchange frauds and money laundering.

As per a translation from Russian text, a 7/11/16 Forbes article by Ilya Shumanov, Lily Dobrovol’skaya and Julia Pavlovskaya, “Felix Sutter…

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If The Romans Could Do It, So Can We …

What a nation can survive.

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My friend and fellow blogger Roger frequently reminds me, when I despair over our current situation, that the U.S. is yet a young nation, relative to his own UK, and that if we look at the lessons of history, we will see that other nations have overcome disastrous leaders and so will we. This morning on my journey through ‘Newslandia’, I came across a piece written by Nicholas Kristof that hit home and brought Roger’s words to mind.  Though I generally avoid doing this, I am sharing Kristof’s words in their entirety today, for I think it is a message we all need to hear.

There Once Was a Great Nation With an Unstable Leader

kristofWhat happens when the people of a great nation gradually realize that their leader may not be, er, quite right in the head?

When Caligula became Roman emperor in A.D. 37, the people rejoiced. “On…

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Top Ten Things Not to Do When a Hurricane is Headed Your Way

John, an evacuee himself gives advice. —- Suzanne

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Hurricane Harvey

10 When a hurricane is headed your way, do not think it would be a good time to surf the storm surge. If you do, at best the authorities will arrest you. At worst, you’ll ride that last big one into the next county. (Now you have to figure a way back huh, Banjo?)

9 When a hurricane is headed your way, do not decide to ride it out at home. If you do, at best you’ll have a flotation device. At worst, you will need to tread water until you find dry land again. (maybe that couch floating by will be of some use, Beauregard.)

8 When a hurricane is headed your way, do not think you can take everything you own with you. If you do, at best you will come to your senses. At worst, once the car is packed you’ll find you have no room for…

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“One Thousand Ministers March for Justice” Planned For August 28, 2017

A march to show unity.

Gronda Morin

Here’s the rest of the story of the Washington DC Ministers’ ‘March planned for, August 28, 2017…

On August 27, 2017, Perry Stein of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Religious leaders plan rally in Washington as a moral rebuke to Trump’s presidency.” 

Excerpts:

“The Rev. Al Sharpton organized more than 1,000 religious leaders from multiple faiths to rally Monday in Washington, saying he hopes to show that opposition to President Trump is not merely a political reproach, but also a moral one.”

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“The “One Thousand Ministers March for Justice” in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial will come on the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King delivered his famed “I Have a Dream” speech.”

“The rally was planned long before a deadly white supremacist protest earlier this month in Charlottesville, although Sharpton said the events in Virginia only intensified…

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President Approached AG Sessions About Closing Case Against Sheriff Arpaio

How the pardon happened.

Gronda Morin

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“We the people” are fully aware that the republican President Donald Trump believes that he is not bound to abide by the rule of law as most of us are. It appears that he had been intending all along to pardon his buddy, Sheriff Joe Arpaio if he ended up being convicted.

Here is the rest of the story…

On August 26, 2017, Philip Rucker and Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump asked Sessions about closing case against Arpaio, an ally since ‘birtherism.’

Excerpts:

“As Joseph Arpaio’s federal case headed toward trial this past spring, President Trump wanted to act to help the former Arizona county sheriff who had become a campaign-trail companion and a partner in their crusade against illegal immigration.”

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“The president asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions whether it would be possible for the government to drop the criminal case…

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Remember That Guy, Rinat Akhmetshin Who Attended the June 9, 2016 Trump Power Meeting

Suspicious connections.

Gronda Morin

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When the news story about the infamous June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting broke, there was not much coverage about the gentleman Rinat Akhmetshin who accompanied the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to this rendez-vous. According to the Trump clan, this gathering had no significance even-though, it was attended by  a family connection Rod Goldstone, the well connected Russian lawyer, Ms.Veselnitskaya, her translator, the Russian-American fixer Mr. Akhmetshin, Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his son, Donald  Trump Jr.

Here’s the rest of the story about Rinat Akhmetshin who attended the meeting…

On August 22, 2017, Sonam Sheth of Business Insider penned the following report, “The lobbyist at Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting may have stronger links to the Kremlin than we knew.”

Excerpts:

  • Rinat Akhmetshin, the Russian lobbyist and ex-Soviet military intelligence officer who was at Donald Trump…

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Castle Rapture~

Photos of gorgeous Raptors by Cindy Knoke


Near Haut-Koenigsbourg in France is a castle called Kintzheim that houses only raptors.

These are bateleur eagles that I photographed in the wild in Africa and never expected to see again in France!

Of course you recognize these beauties, who I also never expected to see in France.

The castle runs a program called “La Volerie des Aigles,” which is dedicated to breeding, conserving and educating the public about vulnerable raptors. Birds are flown daily, and are an unusual sight soaring over the old towns and orderly fields of France. The castle has bred many endangered raptor species including Andean condors, and stellar, imperial and white-tailed eagles, and many other species, including vultures.

The white-headed vulture is endemic to Africa. Populations have been declining steeply in recent years due to habitat degradation and poisoning. Our planet needs vultures, they are designed to keep our world clean.

The cinereous vulture has…

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