I am taking a break for a month. Summer has arrived, grandchildren are off school, the grass needs cutting after three weeks of incessant rain, colorado beetles have got loose on my potatoes and squash.
For the suggestion that it was time for an actor to assassinate an American President once again, Johnny Depp should have been hauled off and clapped in irons. He opened his gig last week at Glastonbury, England, with this thought and was roundly applauded by a star-struck, dope-smoking band of groupies.
But, of course, Depp is an actor and therefore it was all part of the show.
Not so fast:
Listen to the words of one of his devotees who was part of the Glastonbury Adoration.
"He's an amazing actor and I have loved him since I was eleven years old. I don't even know what to say. I'm going to die" said Jessica Gallagher. "He reached out and TOUCHED MY HAND and I don't know what to do. I can't cope."
Do they sound like the words of a calm, reasoned person or are they the expressions of someone unhinged by a plethora of uncontrollable emotions?
Let me suggest if there are people who can't cope and are on the point of swooning because Depp touched their hand, is it not possible that they would take him seriously when he suggests that President Trump should be assassinated?
For such statements Depp should be immediately arrested. He won't be because the President was Trump. Had it been Obama who was threatened Depp would be behind bars tonight.
The scene of the once great golfer, Tiger Woods, being marched off to the local jail brings into stark focus the biggest social problem to ever hit America : the abuse of opioids. Woods was found in his vehicle in Florida in an apparent state of intoxication and arrested. It turned out that the real reason was a mix of prescription drugs that had incapacitated him. Opioids are a real and fast growing menace in North America resulting in addictions and overdose deaths that have overwhelmed some communities. Portsmouth, Ohio, for example has seen 700 fatal overdoses in the last year, not from heroin but from the new brand of painkilling drugs called opioids. These brain-killers are easily accessible, can be manufactured in back street labs or simply sold over the counter. They represent the NEW WAVE of Satan's assault on the youth of America and, looking at the body count, it is a war that America is losing. Get used to the names of these missiles from Hell. Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Duragesic, Acetaminophen, Exalgo, Meperidine, Dolophone and there are lot more besides. Already the count of death by suicides and overdoses is exceeding that of the VIETNAM WAR. Two weeks ago Tiger Woods put a public face on this hellish invasion. If his arrest brings about a drastic change in public thinking and sounds forth the trumpet of alarm, he may well do more good for his country than ever he did on a golf course. Jubilate. Ian
Some of the stuff we read these days is almost unbelievable. How does one explain what happened last week off the coast of Japan when a fully loaded container ship almost sank a "fully loaded" American destroyer. I say "fully loaded" because this spy ship, sent to keep its eye on the bad guys in North Korea, was jam packed with all the latest radar, sonar and G.P.S tracking equipment known to man. Yet, unbelievably, it crashed into a freighter the size of a floating city. The USS Fitzgerald, on a clear night, in calm seas with little other shipping in the area collided with a vessel three times its size killing seven of its crew and had to be towed back to port. When all the enquiries have taken place (and there will be many of them) the answer to the question 'how it happened?' will come down to one thing:human error. One hundred million dollars worth of the most sophisticated navigation equipment rendered useless by one person asleep at the switch. During my days at sea we posted a look out in the bows and another on the bridge and had only the most rudimentary equipment. Somehow we managed to get to where we were going safely. Nobody fell asleep! The lesson in all of this is, in days of self drive cars, self drive ships, self drive planes, is that human beings still matter. Who ever you are and where ever you are, TRUST IN GOD and STAY AWAKE. Jubilate. Ian.
The photos this morning resemble a horror movie. All 24 floors of the Grenfell Tower completely engulfed in flames and a column of black smoke rising over South London. There had been a horrible calamity with loss of life and severe injury. A whole residential apartment block had gone up in flames resulting in the complete destruction of the building. It is worthy of note that, as reports come back from the fire crews sent to fight the blaze, a system of safety procedures failed to function. The large metal fire doors to the building were locked and remained so until the frames around them burned down. The dry rising mains (large empty water pipes within the tower) could not be charged from the water mains outside the building. Internal fire alarms failed to function while everything around them was going up in smoke. It remained for the residents themselves to bang on neighbour's doors and then run for their lives. More news will be forthcoming BUT let me be clear my friends, such events have been allowed to teach the rest of humanity a lesson. For fifty five years of my life I have been telling people across the earth to prepare themselves for the coming Day of God. The Apostle Peter describes it thus "When the heavens shall be on fire and the elements shall melt with fervent heat." He therefore concludes. "Make your peace with God and prove it by your godly conduct and your daily obedience to His Word and Will down here on earth." The best safety procedures known to man. Be ready. Ian