I shall not enter Odin's hall with fear. There I shall wait for my sons to join me. And when they do, I will bask in their tales of triumph. The Aesir will welcome me! My death comes without apology! And I welcome the valkyries to summon me home! And not to forget, there had been two special scenes in the series I still can remember very well. The first sce The first scenes was right in the beginning, when Ragnar and his men fought against some unknown enemy but also Vikings.
We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies. Diversity is not our strength. There were others. But they are not all valedictorians. They were not all brought in by their parents. Illegal, bad. I think the vast majority of Texans agree with that. I think when it comes to immigration, we need to do everything humanly possible to secure the border.
That means building a wall, that means technology, that means infrastructure. That means boots on the ground. And we can do all of that at the same time that are welcoming and celebrating legal immigrants. You wait in line. You follow the rules like my father did in when he came from Cuba. He fled oppression and he came to Texas. He came seeking freedom. You know, Americans are dreamers also and granting U. John Cornyn and I introduced legislation that would invest in our ports of entry where a vast majority of everyone and everything that comes into this country first crosses, knowing who and what come here in makes us safer.
It allows us to lead on the issue of immigration reform. Do you think anyone undocumented living here should have a path to citizenship? When we were in Roscoe at a cotton gin with 24 jobs, every single one of them worked by someone who came to this country. Not a person born in Roscoe or nearby Sweetwater willing to do that work.
We need to bring people out of the shadows, allow them to get right by law. There should be an earned path to citizenship. The alternative, as Sen. Cruz has proposed, is to deport 11 million people from this country. Imagine the cost. Imagine the stain on our conscience going forward for the generations who look back at his moment. My dad, a Cuban immigrant who sometimes seems larger than life, has always been my hero. He has always felt a visceral urgency about politics.
Having the right people in office was vitally important to my dad, as if it were a matter of life and death. Because for him, in a very literal sense, it was.
His future was filled with possibility and he might well have progressed under the regime of Fulgencio Batista. Along with other young students, he secretly allied with an underground movement to replace a cruel and oppressive. The movement was led by Fidel Castro, whose own capacity for tyranny and terror was not yet known — at the time he seemed to hold the promise of freedom. He describes how his father recruited and formed a unit in the pro-Castro, anti-Batista underground.
Their unit concentrated on propaganda, acquisition and movement of weapons, and acts of sabotage. He returned to Matanzas and resumed control of his rebel unit. He formed a second one, focused on sabotage throughout the province, especially trying to disrupt communications and transportation. When he came home, my grandfather was adamant. And so my dad decided to flee Cuba.
He had been a good student in high school, graduating first in his class. With the letter of acceptance from Texas in hand, he went to the U. All he needed now was an exit permit from the Cuban government. That was not easy to get, especially for a young man who had been arrested as a rebel. Fortunately, the Batista regime was nothing if not corrupt. It is difficult for many of us to fully comprehend what a beacon of hope this country offers the rest of the world.
There is no other place on earth that would have welcome so freely to its shores a man like Rafael Cruz. He was eighteen, penniless, and spoke no English. He own three things: the suit on this back, a slide rule in his pocket, and a hundred dollars that my grandmother had sewn in his underwear. America, quite simply, saved my father. America gave him a chance.
Should he be admitted to the United States? We have record low unemployment, and they hate Trump. We can respond with joy. We can be joyful warriors. Why does John Kerry still have a security clearance and a pass port? It is shameful to see John Kerry running around, trafficking with Iranian dictators and enemies of America and to be actively colluding with the government of Iran on how to evade U.
We had Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as secretary of state. Two days later, I was on the phone with Kerry for an interview about his new book in advance of his visit to Austin next week, where he will be the Texas Tribune Festival keynoter Thursday night at The Moody Theater.
I covered Kerry in Massachusetts when he was first elected lieutenant governor in and to the U. Senate in , and, in Washington in his first years in the Senate. At the time that I met with then it was at international conferences where everybody talked to them.
The UN General Assembly. The Munich Security Conference. And the Peace Conference in Oslo, Norway, where invited guests were. These guys are dangerous. They are incredible liars. I mean they just bring out the worst in people. And by the way, when I had a conversation with them the Iranians I raised Yemen, missiles, Israel, their threats against Israel, their interference in other countries and told them point-blank that they are making life difficult for themselves in the world.
John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act?
Trump realDonaldTrump September 14, During a rain his nose was so high in air as he brayed like a horse about realDonaldTrump that he dang near drowned. Conspiracy with terrorist state? Yes it is. Secretary Henry Kissinger has done it for decades with Russia and China. What is unseemly and unprecedented is for the podium of the State Department to be hijacked for political theatrics.
It was the second time in about two months that the two had met to strategize over salvaging a deal they spent years negotiating during the Obama administration, according to a person briefed on the meetings. With the Iran deal facing its gravest threat since it was signed in , Kerry has been on an aggressive yet stealthy mission to preserve it, using his deep lists of contacts gleaned during his time as the top US diplomat to try to apply pressure on the Trump administration from the outside.
President Trump, who has consistently criticized the pact and campaigned in on scuttling it, faces a May 12 deadline to decide whether to continue abiding by its terms. Kerry has also met with French President Emmanuel Macron in both Paris and New York, conversing over the details of sanctions and regional nuclear threats in both French and English.
The pact, which came after a marathon negotiating session in Vienna that involved Iran and six world powers, lifted sanctions in return for Iran stopping its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Kerry declined to be interviewed for this story. The quiet lobbying campaign — by him and others — is being conducted below the radar because he and his allies believe a high-profile defense of the deal by prominent Democrats would only backfire and provoke Trump, making it more likely the president would pull the United States out of the deal.
The controversy around Kerry was stirred by his Sept. Maybe Lavrov, but was he your number one interlocutor? I never did a tally of the numbers, but I spent a lot of time with my European colleagues also at NATO in many other meetings.
We spent a lot of time on Syria in the international Syria support group with our other colleagues. I mean, certainly Javad was up there. So you still…. JK: No. No, no, no. I met with him at a conference in Norway. What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better. You know, how does one resolve Yemen?
What do you do to try to get peace in Syria? And it appears right now as if the administration is hell-bent for leather determined to pursue a regime change strategy to bring the economy down and try to isolate further. And I would simply caution that the United States historically has not had a great record in regime change strategies, number one.
HH: Oh, that makes sense. They have to say they agree to things. I get all that. Do they, are they open about that? So in effect, I think there could be a capacity to have a process in place that could resolve this.
In fact, the negotiations that took place in Kuwait came close to a resolution. And when I went to Oman and met with the Houthi and others, we got them to agree to go back to that discussion and be prepared to accept the outlines of a peace process that we put on the table.
I regret to say that it was Hadi, President Hadi who balked and refused to go forward with what he had previously agreed to in Kuwait. They are sending sophisticated weaponry that can kill a lot of people in these missiles that the Houthis are there. Do you agree, Secretary? We kept the sanctions in place for the missile testing. We kept sanctions in place against their transfer of weapons in Yemen.
So we never relented with respect to accountability on those issues. And that way, you have China, Russia, these other countries with you in the effort to leverage this different behavior from Iran rather than unilaterally pulling out and isolating yourself and making it much more difficult to sit down with any Iranian.
HH: Now when you get done talking to Zarif in Norway or Munich, do you call up Pompeo and talk with him about this sort of stuff and how…. But I did have a fairly long conversation with Secretary Pompeo before the Iran decision was made. And I made the argument that I just made to you. I made it very clearly, and it was clear that he disagreed with that approach, or President Trump disagreed.
But the bottom line is that is not the approach they took. The first mention is of Trump calling for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, who were later determined to be innocent. I think people are wasting their time following all the tweets and engaging. Not Donald Trump. But, I said, I could only imagine how dispiriting it must be to have President Trump do all that he could to undo the two greatest achievements of his time as secretary of estate — the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord.
What does that tell you? It has the greatest amount of scrutiny, of transparency, of accountability, of any, literally any, nuclear agreement on the planet. The governors of 38 states in the United States of America have a renewable portfolio law and 29 of those states, the law is mandatory.
Those 38 states equal 80 percent of the population of our nation and in those states they are committed to meeting Paris.
Governors all across the country are committed to meeting Paris. There are mayors, more than a thousand mayors have signed on to a movement to make their cities clean environmentally, to live up to Paris. This is a political fight. We did our thing for four years.
This is where we are. We did out thing for four years. These guys are running around, using the bully pulpit that they have to try disparage everything we did. What can I say. We stopped Ebola in is tracks in West Africa. We engaged with other countries. We put sanctions on Putin that were tough and stopped him from going to Kiev.
And held him accountable for what happened in Ukraine. And even as we did that we got Russia to cooperate on other things we needed to do. So I think we had a robust policy that did a lot of things.
We also put in place the sanctions with China against North Korea. We told Trump that we need to do more. He did continue, and I give him some credit for that. He put some pressure, he got the additional two tranches of sanctions but has he does anything with North Korea? They both disagree on denuclearization still. Some campaigns obviously are happier to run against everybody. It just depends on what the dynamics of the state and the district are. The Republicans did that once and I think the Republicans paid a price for it.
But Kerry, who was a classmate of Mueller at St. Dan Patrick : Pete Flores made history. For the first time in history there are 21 Republican senators.
For the first time in history we have an Hispanic Republican senator. Seven weeks from tonight I have a message for the Democrats that Pete Flores and his hard work delivered here. All this talk about a blue wave, well the tide is out.
Flores will represent Senate District 19 when the Legislature convenes in January, filling the final two years of the term vacated when former Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, resigned in June, shortly before he was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in defrauding investors in a Texas oil services company.
Dan Patrick an even stronger base of support in the legislative session. Reading those three paragraphs and you realize this was as important, as consequential an election as is likely to occur in Texas in Top of drudge!
Come November, no Democrat can sit on the sidelines and no campaign can take any vote for granted. Governor Abbott stole an election, plain and simple. Republicans set a date that would guarantee low voter turnout, then Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Republican special interests poured money into the race, denying the people of West Texas and the U. Mexico border representation that shares their values. This was a hard-fought race, but make no mistake, Texas Democrats will not stop fighting to give every Texan the fair shot they deserve.
And it was ultra-sneaky running a candidate who bore such a superficial resemblance to Gallego. Low turnout in special elections and high-level GOP interests in preserving a Senate supermajority helped push Flores across the line, they said. I view Gallego's loss as an emergency siren for Democrats. It's reckoning time. Maybe Gallego lacked a spark.
From yesterday in the thick of Election Day get-out-the-vote efforts, Gallego was the calm in the storm. Or the drizzle. Before Gallego decided not to run again for his old seat in Congress, now held by U.
Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has a 9 percentage point lead over challenger U. Ninety-three percent of those polled who picked a candidate said their minds were made up on the matter. Senate race between Sen.
Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said in an analysis accompanying poll results. Cruz better. Bookmark for later use. Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz has a 54 — 45 percent likely voter lead over U. T his is the first survey of likely voters in this race by the independent Quinnipiac KWIN-uh-pe-ack University Poll, and can not be compared to earlier surveys of registered voters.
Among Texas likely voters who choose a candidate, 93 percent say their mind is made up. Men back Cruz 57 — 42 percent. White voters back Cruz 66 — 32 percent. Texas likely voters approve 53 — 44 percent of the job Cruz is doing and give him a 52 — 43 percent favorability rating. Cruz has a higher favorability rating. Abbott leads 69 — 28 percent among white voters as Valdez leads 83 — 16 percent among black voters. Hispanic voters are divided with 49 percent for Abbott and 45 percent for Valdez.
From Reuters :. Among the bright spots for Democrats: U. Senate in a quarter century. It surveyed between and 1, people in each of five states including California and weighted the responses according to the latest government population estimates. Blank JoshuaMBlank September 18, If we consider recent midterm elections since , the average Republican vote total has been 2,, votes, which we can round to 2.
The average Democratic vote total in those races has been 1,,, which we can round up to 1. This means that Democrats, on average, have to make up approximately , votes to get in the range of a tie in Texas.
What would this take? The table below also includes presidential results from , just to provide context, though those results are not factored into these averages. This assessment is based on some quick math, rather than finely grained projections, geographic or otherwise, and there are plenty of other ways one might go about this exercise.
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The chart shows the ankle of the Daniel 2 image as being USA comes upon the scene. And, the Spirit of Prophecy says:. This union of church and state whereby the teachings of the church are enforced by the power of the state is weakening the moral authority of the churches.
Investing churches with the power of the state brings evil results. God has a people, a chosen people, whose discernment must be clear. If the governments of the world would honor God, they would stand in the strength of God. But vote-hungry statesmen will mingle their religious faith with the power of the state. In addition to representing the union of the nations of the earth, the mingling of churchcraft and statecraft is also represented by the iron and clay.
This union is weakening all the power of the churches. Investing the church with the power of the state will bring evil results. They have invested their strength in politics. However, the time will come when God will punish them and their evil work will recoil upon themselves.
Do we need a revised Chart for the generally accepted image of Daniel 2? I would greatly appreciate your inputs. I think we should use charts to present prophecy.
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Thank you for the whole lot! A friend forwarded me an email question and his answer to the question from another friend. His answer included an answer from Pastor R. I then answered. The following is the initial question:. I was just reading the latest Future News [January ] in the first few pages if I understood correctly Jeff was saying that not everything was correct on the chart such as the date BC as the league with the Jews and the Romans.
Is this true? I thought that there was an explanation for that date. I thought I had heard you comment on it before so I am asking you. Can you explain? Thank you, C.
Hope this finds you well. I think this answer was formulated from Pastor R…. This first peace treaty did not last however, because in that same year Bacchides, a loyal Roman ruler, made war against the Jews. In this war Judas Maccabeus was killed. Later his brother Jonathon took over leadership of the Jews. In the beginning of BC Alcimus, the false high priest, died after attempting to tear down the walls of the temple and Bacchides left the Jews alone for 2 years see 1 Macabees — The Jewish reckoning of time included the full year; therefore, the 2 years would include and BC.
Bacchides came back again to battle sometime in BC and lost to the Jews. When he returned to his own land the Jews once again asked for peace and it was granted. This league is found in 1 Maccabees , 71, and is quoted on the center column of the chart next to the year of BC. The chart is therefore accurate about this date.
In response to this email dialogue being sent to me I answered it and mailed it to Brother D, Sister C, and Pastor R, for Pastor R had been referred to in the dialogue. I probably said that everything on the chart is not accurate, for I was settling into an understanding which is now more crystallized. My point is as follows:. It is out of context to suggest that her statements means there are no other inaccuracies mistakes on the chart.
Maybe there is maybe there is not, but my point is that her reference is referring to the mistake in some of the figures which the Lord held His hand over. The statement concerning the chart not being altered does not mean that the chart was perfect in every respect, other than the mistake of which He held His hand over.
Both tables needed to be produced to fulfill Habakkuk two, and in the first table the Lord allowed a specific mistake that would be used to test the Millerites. His expression that the chart should not be altered can be understood as His Providential guidance, and once again does not have to be understood that it should not be altered because everything on the chart other than the fullness of the year mistake was perfect. The Ten Commandments were perfect, but the and charts had human participation, and were subject to human imperfection and limitations, and the particular human limitations which the charts were both subject to was the history in which the Millerites lived.
My point for suggesting these things is as follows. The last deception of Satan is to make of none effect the Spirit of Prophecy. I have no problem understanding all the figures on the chart as correct applications by the Millerites, but do not insist that the dates they placed on the charts as necessarily the best historical dates, except when they refer to time prophecies.
If they had a date that was marked as the fulfillment of a time prophecy, then that date needed to be accurate, but when they employed dates to represent prophecies that had no element of time associated with them, then I see no need to argue that if a better date was found at a later time, that this would invalidate their application of the prophecy.
It is applying her statement differently than she defines it. She clearly identifies that the mistake was in regard to the and which they first believed would end in and thereafter in I DO NOT think that is a mistake on the chart in terms of the Millerites correctly applying that the division of the fourth kingdom in Daniel seven into ten kingdoms was incorrect.
They were correct in applying the fourth kingdom as pagan Rome, and they were correct in identifying that pagan Rome disintegrated into ten kingdoms. The fact that the best historical information they had marked the conclusion of that history as the year does not make their prophetic application wrong, even if thereafter there was recognized better historical arguments to assign the date as If they would have taught on the chart that the fourth kingdom of Daniel seven was China, and that at some point China would disintegrate into ten nations, they would have been wrong.
But they did not do this. Their application was correct, and their choice of as the year which marked the conclusion of this process is not a subject of any time prophecy, so it was acceptable for them to employ the best historical evidence which they then had.
I am arguing that the inspired commentary about the mistake on the chart which the Lord held His hand over, and the command not to alter the chart is not evidence that the chart was totally free from human imperfection. To argue that everything on the chart is perfect, based on her presentation of what the mistake was is to take her words further than she intended and also opens up an argument stumbling block concerning the perfection of the charts that is not necessary, and which provides those who wish to reject this subject with a criticism that is not demanded by her explanation of what the mistake was.
I have no problem defending every application of prophecy on either chart, but do not think that her reference to the mistake proves historically or grammatically that she was saying there were no other human imperfections on either chart. As an example, the charts identify that the ten toes were the divided Roman Empire, but prophecy teaches that the ten toes represent the United Nations at the end of the world. Ellen White plainly says:. God has a people, a chosen people, whose discernment must be sanctified, who must not become unholy by laying upon the foundation wood, hay, and stubble.
Every soul who is loyal to the commandments of God will see that the distinguishing feature of our faith is the seventhday Sabbath. If the government would honor the Sabbath as God has commanded, it would stand in the strength of God and in defense of the faith once delivered to the saints. But statesmen will uphold the spurious sabbath, and will mingle their religious faith with the observance of this child of the papacy, placing it above the Sabbath which the Lord has sanctified and blessed, setting it apart for man to keep holy, as a sign between Him and His people to a thousand generations.
The mingling of churchcraft and statecraft is represented by the iron and the clay. This investing the church with the power of the state will bring evil results. They have invested their strength in politics, and have united with the papacy. But the time will come when God will punish those who have made void His law, and their evil work will recoil upon themselves. Sister White penned this in So in we reached the time of the iron and clay, but both charts say this was according to the Millerites and according to Uriah Smith.
Yet we now know that Sister White was correct and that the ten toes of iron and clay take place at the end of the world, not sixteen hundred years ago. For me, I have no problem upholding the Millerite application based upon typology.
Each of the places where the United Nations is typified in the Scriptures is a type of the antitypical fulfillment of the United Nations at the end of the world, including the division of the Roman Empire in Daniel seven.
Therefore the Millerites were making the correct application by identifying the ten toes as the dragon power, but they could not yet see the end of the world, so were incapable of applying those toes to the United Nations.
Their application was absolutely right in terms of Daniel seven and the division being the dragon power, but at another level it is not as accurate as it could have been if they had lived in Their prophetic application was correct. But to explain BC in terms of the perfection of the charts opens the door for the secondary, if not primary reason Miller chose BC. Miller applied this history as he did because he believed the first beast of Revelation 13 was pagan Rome, and therefore sought to apply Revelation to pagan Rome.
Miller applied to pagan Rome and applied the years from BC through AD as one the characteristics of pagan Rome. Thus pagan Rome came into contact with the Jews in fulfillment of Daniel in BC, and therefore years afterward in AD , paganism gave way to papalism. We no longer believe the first beast of Revelation 13 was pagan Rome. We know it was papal Rome. If we incorporate the fact that the Millerites did not recognize the fullness of the year principle before , then if we begin a time prophecy at the league of the Jews in BC and extend it into history for years, it would end in not , unless of course the league Miller pointed out was accomplished on January 1, BC.
I see no need of fighting this battle with those who are struggling with or fighting against the truths of the old paths. The Millerites were correct in their application of Daniel being a prophecy that demonstrated that a league between the Jews and the Romans would take place. There is no time prophecy connected with Daniel , so either BC or AD is sufficient to represent the history when it took place without demanding that every date or representation on the charts are perfect.
Let me repeat what I have already noted. I have no problem defending all the prophetic applications represented on both charts, for all the applications are correct. I simply no longer accept the premise that what has been stated about the charts on page 74 of Early Writings is correctly understood to mean the charts were perfect and free from human limitations. He teaches that Daniel eight demonstrates that the power under discussion which came out of the kingdom of Greece is actually a further elaboration of the history of Greece and not the fourth kingdom of Rome.
In doing this he attacks the correct Adventist understanding of and everything else connected with that correct understanding. His argument is based upon Daniel which states:. And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
Ford argues that the little horn in the verse came out of one of the four horns of Greece and therefore cannot be Rome, for Rome was not a direct descendant of Greece. He then argues that the antichrist power in chapter eight must be Antiochus Epiphanes, and thus attacks the pillars of Adventism.
An informed understanding of the verse at the level of the Hebrew language, demonstrates that the little horn came from one of the four winds, not one of the four horns. I personally have no problem understanding the illustration and explaining it, but am not willing to say that this is the perfect way to graphically illustrate Daniel I do break my promise; never will I create another like yourself, equal in deformity and wickedness.
Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I am your master; obey!
Your threats cannot move me to do an act of wickedness; but they confirm me in a determination of not creating you a companion in vice. Shall I, in cool blood, set loose upon the earth a daemon whose delight is in death and wretchedness? I am firm, and your words will only exasperate my rage. The monster saw my determination in my face and gnashed his teeth in the impotence of anger.
I had feelings of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn. You may hate, but beware! Your hours will pass in dread and misery, and soon the bolt will fall which must ravish from you your happiness forever. Are you to be happy while I grovel in the intensity of my wretchedness? You can blast my other passions, but revenge remains — revenge, henceforth dearer than light or food! I may die, but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes on your misery.
Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful. Please God, do not allow the devil to defeat or shame and laugh at us.
Please Lord Jesus listen to the prayers and the needs of all those who are calling upon your name and in your mercy, please hear and answer our prayers according to Thy Will. Please do not look upon our sins but in your mercy please forgive us. Please Lord Bless and guide us at all times and please do not leave our side as we strive to do your Holy Will.
Please God direct our paths to your Ways.Jackson's appeal to the American people was the appeal of the chieftain to the tribe. They loved him because he was their protector, their hero. But they also loved him because he embodied their hopes and fears, their passions and prejudices, their insight and their ignorance, better than anyone before him.