Sunday, June 17, 2018

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Monday, April 23, 2018

DOWN RANGE~ A Music Festival ~ Celebrating Veterans

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Sacramento, Calif. -- Down Range Music Festival, a one-day event benefiting the Sacramento Chapter of Guitars For Vets, is debuting on May 19, 2018 at The Park at The Murieta Inn and Spa. The all-day event, produced by Blue Gaucho Project, will be a multi-genre event and feature a number of successful performers. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Sacramento Chapter of Guitars For Vets, a nonprofit empowering veterans through music. 

Thousands of our war Veterans are afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, more soldiers have committed suicide since the Vietnam War than have died in actual battle. But many are finding hope in an unlikely place: behind the wood and strings of an acoustic guitar. The healing power of music helps soldiers cope. That’s why we provide veterans with guitars and a forum to learn how to play. But we can't do it without your help. 


Pete Anderson & Friends
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Shulkin Out At VA!

President Donald Trump is firing Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and replacing him with the White House doctor Ronny Jackson. (March 28) AP
WASHINGTON – Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is being replaced, President Trump tweeted Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation and uncertainty about his fate.  
Trump said he is nominating Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, official physician for the president and his predecessor, Barack Obama, to be the next VA secretary. 
"I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin's service to our country and to our great VETERANS!" the president tweeted.
He said Robert Wilkie, an undersecretary at the Pentagon, will take over the agency as acting secretary.  
Shulkin had been locked for months in a power struggle with a group of Trump political appointees among his senior staff. 
Shulkin had pledged the VA would not be privatized on his watch but would provide veterans expanded opportunities to get private sector care. The Trump appointees want a more comprehensive overhaul and to give veterans more access to VA-funded care in the private sector.  
Trump had praised the Cabinet secretary several weeks ago for doing a “great” and “incredible” job leading the charge to fulfill his pledges to improve the VA.
Shulkin himself provided the critical opening that led to his downfall. After touting Trump's campaign pledges to increase accountability at the VA, he balked at the results of an investigation released last month that found he and his staff committed ethics violations in planning and taking a European trip last year.
He blasted the VA inspector general’s findings that he improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets and airfare for his wife during the 10-day junket. He refused to accept the determination that his chief of staff misled ethics officials to get clearance for his wife's airfare, suggesting that her email had been hacked. Shulkin later expressed regret and repaid the cost of the tickets and airfare. He also complained that the appointees were targeting and undermining him.
His response left many lawmakers, veterans groups and others who might have come to his defense in a tough spot, and they remained largely silent for days after the investigation report's release Feb. 14. By the time they did speak out, it may have been too late.
Two days after the report's release, the White House unilaterally installed a new VA chief of staff, Peter O’Rourke, who was a member of Trump’s transition team and an ally of the Trump appointees. VA spokesman Curt Cashour said “additional personnel accountability actions” were possible.
The White House never removed that cloud over Shulkin's future. Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that Trump supported the work Shulkin did as secretary but that the situation was "under review." 
Shulkin made it roughly 13 months in Trump's Cabinet. He was appointed by Obama as undersecretary for health at the VA in July 2015.
During his tenure, he directed increased transparency efforts, including a new website revealing wait times for VA care and quality comparisons to the private sector. Shulkin upped accountability efforts, swiftly removing hospital directors when problems with care were revealed, including in Manchester, N.H., and Washington. He set up a data-tracking center at headquarters in an effort to intervene before problems became crises.
He fulfilled some of Trump's campaign promises on veterans' issues, overseeing the creation of a 24-hour White House hotline for veteran complaints and an Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Office, which drew praise for its early efforts.
Shulkin ordered the rewriting of decades-old policies on hiring and reporting poor medical care providers to authorities after USA TODAY revealed massive lapses in hiring guidelines and in reporting substandard practitioners to state licensing boards and a national database created to stop them from crossing state lines to escape their pasts and potentially harm other patients. 
Shulkin had been working with Congress to pass landmark legislation that would expand — if moderately — veterans' access to private sector care, and the measure was poised to pass the Senate before the power struggle between Shulkin and Trump appointees erupted into public view.
He ordered plans for the largest restructuring of the VA in more than 20 years after the VA inspector general uncovered failures at the Washington VA medical center that had festered for years under VA officials at local, regional and national levels who knew about them but didn't fix them.
The fate of the legislation and reorganization after Shulkin’s departure is uncertain.
The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., said he thinks Shulkin did a "fantastic job, and I hate to see him go.
"That said, I respect President Trump’s decision, support the president’s agenda and remain willing to work with anyone committed to doing the right thing on behalf of our nation’s veterans," Roe said. “I am in the process of reaching out to Dr. Jackson, and I look forward to building a strong relationship with him also.”

Sunday, March 25, 2018

 Wolfdog Winter
a short story
                                          By Steven Masone

The morning sun peeked bravely over the eastern peaks with an almost steely resolve to shine in spite of the cruel biting cold. The old man with the white wolf dog set about getting over to Trapper Clyde’s place to get his help in going after that fool chechaquo that took off for his friends camp after they told him not to try it by himself in this freeze. His own dog was anxiously looking up at him...she barked a short, half growling, rebuke. “It’s alright girl, we're gonna take the sled and round up Clyde’s team to head off this darn fool fore he kills himself and that dog a his, I like the dog more …” muttered the Old  Man to his dog. He affectionately tried to scratch the nape of her neck, but the retreating blood in his fingers made it more like a poke than anything else. He went to pick up his snow shoes, but his exposed fingers were already too numb. He had to clumsily put his gloves on and beat them together until he felt a tingling in them again, then he grabbed up the shoes and put them in his backpack. The morning light was not accompanied by any warmth. He knew if he didn't talk that yahoo out of going by himself and coming back with them, by twilight, it could be seventy degrees below zero. He reasoned it was fifty below .
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 He could see Clyde’s chimney smoke by now and continued on the well worn path between the two places. Clyde had been living here over sixteen years and was one of the best trappers and wilderness men he had ever known. Clyde used to be a Mountie. The path took him right up to Clyde’s barn. He wiped the ice crystals from his eyebrows so his eyelids could keep working his tear ducts keeping their fluid from freezing. “I knowd dat was you ya old coot!” yelled Clyde, as he came around the side of his only out-building.  Clyde's dog team set off to barking wildly. “Smelled ya ten minutes ago,” he joked. “Hows that possible, when my nose is so froze I can’t feel my whiskers no mo?” said the old man. The two got all the gear they needed and hooked the team up to the sled after the old man quickly told Clyde the pressing need to head off the chechaquo. “Mush! Mush!” Clyde shouted and with the white wolf dog in the lead, they bolted into the freezing snow packed trail that would take them up an old logging trail,  hopefully catching up with a fool and his poor dog. The two old timers usually wouldn't suffer a fool for long, but the dog was a different matter. Dogs in the Yukon were more than man’s best friend. They were partners in business...the business of staying alive. At the summit, Clyde stopped the team and gave the old man his spyglass. The old man began scanning the valley trail across the chasm between them, and saw him. “I don’t believe it!” he said incredulously,” He’s built a fire under a tree whats full up a snow!” “Too far to yell to him, and can’t fire the rifle...might start an avalanche and kill us all!” The old man lamented.
We’ll take turns under the blankets and drivin the team every so oft and we be ok,” Clyde said. The old man shouted suddenly “Holy smoke and fire! It all fell on him just like I knowd it would” he said as he could see the fire and the chechaquo buried by the snow that cascaded from the top of the tree branches one layer at a time, bringing down the next with it, one after the other. “You get in the sled and cover up”  Clyde called out, “if we don’t get him in an hour or so he might be dead!” “Mush! Mush!” shouted Clyde. The sound of the sled dogs barking and their pained howls as the sled raced downhill made Clyde think of the time he was chasing the payroll robbers through the Klondike. He caught up to them them near Glenora. What was left of them that is. He shot all three of them.

Image result for painting Yukon stage holdupHe had to shoot them all in the back as they were shooting at him from their sleds over the sixty mile chase.Two died before they got them to the doctor in Glenora and the other was unconscious for two days from blood loss. He was hung soon after that...  “Watch out Clyde! The old man screamed in a terrified voice, snapping Clyde back into the present. “The bridge is out!” “Hold em back hold em back!” “Tarnation!” yelled Clyde as he reigned in the team, barely keeping the sled from going over the gorge where the bridge had recently collapsed under an apparent rockslide.  “Well, looks like that chechaquo is a dead man unless them boys from his camp is on the way after him, no way we can get to him now”  Clyde jumped from the rear of the sled and began bringing the team around in a u-turn . “We gotta rest the dogs, lets get em in a huddle over here by these rocks” Cyde urged. Both old timers worked feverishly to gather wood to build a fire that would allow them to stay alive while they rested. There was plenty wood to take back with them too.The sun was setting and neither of these two old timers had ever seen it get this cold. Clyde took rations of dog food and began melting snow in a pot taken from the sled’s saddlebags...and took care of the dogs. All of them circled around the roaring fire they made from the broken wood off the old bridge that had been splintered and smashed by the rockslide. The old man drank some of the broth Clyde heated up and warmed up some of the frozen jerky he could now chew. They each took turns getting shut eye while the other watched the fire. That’s why they told the chechaquo he needed a partner in this fifty below cold snap. The warmth of the angry fire began to allow him to close his eyes for a moment, exhausted, soon the old man was asleep and dreaming. He dreamt some usual disjointed dreams of his old Navy life and some familiar banjo music changed his dream to a time sailing into San Francisco from Anchorage, sounds and smells of the shore leave from many ports melted together until his dream turned into his old nightmare. He dreamed again of him being lost out in a blizzard back in 1988.
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It was his first winter also when he was a chechaquo, a newcomer, novice to the cruel and unrelenting violence that these frozen badlands will put on a man... to the brink of madness and or death. Only took one mistake or wrong decision. He had dug into the snow, remembering  his military training in Alaska of cold weather survival tactics, escaping the cutting wind and freezing cold. Digging shelter in the snow was all he could do. He dug and used his axe and rifle butt to hollow a nice deep place for himself. Luckily he was dressed properly, free from the blizzards pounding assault against him, he curled up into a ball and soon fell asleep. He was awakened by her warmth as much as any noise she made when she found safety also in his snowy den. She was on her haunches, ice blue wolf eyes staring right into his. But there was no bared teeth, no growl, no apparent fear on her part either. She just sat there and panted, looking at him with an almost quizzical expression. He thought she was part of a dream, and fell back asleep. When he awoke, they were cuddled together, he and the white wolf dog have been together ever since. Her howl woke him from this present dream as he saw Clyde getting his rifle and finding a defensive position behind the sled.. “Wolves!” Clyde warned, at least one so far as I kin tell.” The howl from a few hundred yards out and woke the rest of the team and chaos ensued, until Clyde calmed them all down. The old man got up and looked into the darkness as the white wolf dog was at his side wagging her tail excitedly. “Ain't no wolf” the old man said, “tis a wolf dog” “betcha it’s the chechaquo’s dog!” Just as he said it, out of the shadows came the grey coated wolf dog. He went right to the fire and the white wolf dog followed sniffing at his heels and wagging her tail happily as the two had first met back at Sulphur Creek. The two dogs settled and curled up together. The Old man threw a chunk of thawed meat to the grey and the dog ate it hungrily. It was when the old man came back a few minutes later with an arm full of wood for the fire, did the grey wolf dog look intently into the old man’s eyes,  just as the she-dog did so many years ago. The old man smiled at his new friend. In the distance the mournful wail of a wild wolf was heard as the fire offered it’s sacrifice of crackling sparks upward, into the icy cold night sky.Image result for black 7 white painting freezing winter  campfire

Sunday, December 3, 2017


(note:I misspoke about 2 Beasts from sea. Meant 1 from earth also.)

Eighth King Mohammad bin Salman Matching Prophesies in Daniel and Revelation

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by steven masone

In the book of Daniel, the time of the end, begins in vs 20. 20 

" Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle." 

In "a few days refers to a short time.Revelation 13 also describes this scenario..10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.(Rev 13 mortal head-wound)

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 The King Salman on the throne since 2015 is said to have Alzheimer's disease and the other royals want him removed.

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The King has since fired the heir apparent son and installed younger son, Mohammad bin Salman, as Crown Prince.

21 "And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries." (popularity)

So right now, the Crown Prince is running the Kingdom, but does not have the honor of the Throne as King, while his father is ill and kept from public eye. Peaceably because there was no coup or assassination that has occurred in the Saud family several times when agenda's were not settled peaceably.

22 "And with the arms of a flood shall they (His royals who don't recognize him as Crown Prince) be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.( Crown Prince rounding up Princes and many are fleeing)
23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.(League with Israel the smallest country in mid-east)
24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time."( he is already spending billions on more freedoms and social reform and plans to attack Iran and Hezbollah)

Daniel 11:37 also points out that this Kings forefathers were either Jews or Christians who served the One true God vs 37: " Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all."

Can the Saud family be traced to those lineages? Created by The Rothschild cabal to stabilize their Oil interests in Arabia.

Before Islam: When Saudi Arabia Was a Jewish Kingdom

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The first mention of Jews in the areas of modern-day Saudi Arabia dates back, by some accounts, to the time of the First Temple. Immigration to the Arabian Peninsula began in earnest in the 2nd century CE, and by the 6th and 7th centuries there was a considerable Jewish population in Hejaz, mostly in and around Medina, in part because of the embrace of Judaism by such leaders as Dhu Nuwas (who was very aggressive about converting his subjects to Judaism, and who persecuted Christians in his kingdom as a reaction to Christian persecution of Jews there by the local Christians and Abu Karib Asad.[1] According to Al-Masudi the northern part of Hejaz was a dependency of Kingdom of Judah[2], and according to Butrus al-Bustani the Jews in Hejaz established a sovereign state[3]. The German orientalist Ferdinand W├╝stenfeld believed that the Jews established a state in northern Hejaz[4].



SAUDIS ARE CRYPTO-JEWS & ARE NOT ARABS . And George Galloway tells the TRUTH!

1969 AD: Current Saudi Arabia’s imposter rulers and their cult of Wahhabism are originally of Jewish origin – The Donmeh Jews from Turkey. On a Cairo Broadcast of Saudi King Faisal Al-Saud he confirmed Saudi Jewish Ancestry by openly declaring, also in WASHINGTON POST, stating: “WE, THE SAUDI FAMILY, are COUSINS OF THE JEWS: we entirely disagree with any Arab or Muslim Authority which shows any antagonism to the Jews; but we must live together with them in peace. Our country (ARABIA) is the fountain head from where the first Jew sprang, and his descendants spread out all over the world.”

10 There are also seven kings. Five are fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.(current King only since 2015) 11 The beast that was, and now is not, is himself an eighth king. He belongs to the other seven and is going into destruction. 12 The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive one hour of authority as kings, along with the beast." Rev 18:11.                                                  

The Royal family of Saud has ruled Saudi Arabia since 1932. The current King has been King a short time since 2015. He will abdicate giving the throne to his son. His son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, commonly referred to as “MBS”, already holds key positions within the government and has promised to usher in sweeping changes such as granting more rights to women and returning to a “moderate Islam.”

When the Crown Prince takes over from the King and becomes the eighth King, with a covenant made with Israel he will defeat and destroy all of the Shiites in the Middle East. After he has won, he will then break the Covenant he made with Israel and go after the Glorious land as described in Daniel chapter 11. The kings of the East who are Pakistan, India, and others who have nuclear power from the East to back up their invasion, will fulfill scripture by coming down the dried up Euphrates to meet at the battle of Armageddon in order to get the oil their countries need in this last World War 3 Armageddon scenario.

The eighth King will rule in The Name of Allah! " 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." Rev 13:18

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This is fresh discovery from earlier, just today. With Saudi Arabia joining forces with Israel to stop Iran from taking over middle-east, with U.S. backing, Russia /Gog with setting up fulfillment that is right out of Daniel Chapter 11. Then this eighth King turns on Israel as their War-covenant is broken! Revelation refers to him as the Beast! Yet, one Beast rises from the sea, and another from the earth. Rev 13 describes the Beast from the sea as the Antichrist, and the Beast from the earth as the False Prophet.

There has been 17 Imams in succession from first Imam Mohammad....if the Eighth King who is next, becomes the Mahdi (Islam's messiah) Imam also...he will be the 18th! 6+6+6=18 =666 (see Saudi Rulers)

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and six." Rev 13:18

Of those Sunnis that hold to the existence of the Mahdi, some believe the Mahdi will be an ordinary man, born to an ordinary woman. Umm Salamah said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon Him) say: ‘The Mahdi is of my lineage and family…’ | Sunan Abu Dawud, 11/373; Sunan Ibn Maajah, 2/1368. Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri said: The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon Him) said: "He is one of us

The traditional eschatological views and theories have been re-thought and reformed greatly in just the last twenty years with the rise and threat of Islamic ideology.

Now we must explore new schools of thought regarding the Daniel 11:40, where the king of the north connects with the Ezekiel 38 Gog of Magog invasion. Some believe because this invasion is led by Russia in the latter years (Ez. 38:8) from the uttermost parts of the north as per (Ez. 38:15), that this king is a Russian rather than a Syrian.

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However, it is possible that the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38 may also occur prior to the events described in Daniel 11:40. Many commentaries suggest that Daniel 11:40 occurs during the final three and one-half years of the Great Tribulation period. Also, that the Ezekiel 38 invasion occurs prior. If so then the Daniel 11:40 king of the north may turn out to be neither Syrian nor Russian.

Furthermore,  the destruction of Damascus as per Isaiah 17:1, and Ezekiel 38 occur prior to the fulfillment of Daniel 11:40, the geopolitical Mideast and world landscapes could be entirely different then, than what we see today. Major portions of land, natural resources,  governments, and national wealth, are changing from month to month in the middle east! There will be land grabs that may extend beyond the Middle East into territories currently possessed by the Ezekiel 38 invaders of Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, Turkey, etc.

World powers in place might seize the  sovereignty over the damaged lands, defeated peoples, and destroyed governments of the war torn nations. Thus, wide scale political debate and / or military debacle should be expected in the aftermath of these powerful prophetic wars.

Additionally, the ten future Kings described in Daniel 7:24 and Revelation 17:12 will probably be presiding over the world on or about the time of these territorial disputes. Some scholars suggest that the world is eventually 
zoned into ten  provinces for these ten kings.

In the backdrop of all the above, undoubtedly, Israel will annex more Holy Land. This is what they did in the aftermath of the six day war in June of 1967. Israel nearly tripled its size then and stands to quadruple its size after victories in Psalm 83 prophesies and Ezekiel 38 & 39. However, as is the case today, these future world leaders will contest Israel’s rightful claims, as many do today. These ten kings will probably seek their say as to how the future land of Israel will be divided.

It is possible that a similar scenario could manifest in the Mideast soon, like what occurred with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1917. The French and British obtained greater sovereignty over much of the Middle East. These were two kingdoms existing among many others at the time. They could be likened to a precursor of two future kings or kingdoms among ten total kings or kingdoms ruling in the last days. Ultimately, Arab and Persian opposition eventually caused the French and British to relinquish their Mideast holdings

Daniel 11:40 declares At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him [the Antichrist]; and the king of the North shall come against him [the Antichrist] like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. (NKJV)

Many commentaries  decipher the identities of these two of the future ten kings without considering all the geo-political realities. We are told in Daniel 7:20-24 that the Antichrist will subdue three of the ten kings. The Hebrew word is, “shephel” and it is only used by Daniel in the Old Testament. (Dan. 4:37,5:19,22) – Daniel 11:40-45)

Daniel 11:40 appears to tell us how at least two of three subdued kings meet with their end. Antichrist overwhelms them and then makes his way into the Glorious Land according to Daniel 11:41. The Glorious Land  includes a much GREATER ISRAEL at the time. This Greater Israel will likely possess parts of Jordan (Jeremiah 49:2), Southern Syria (Isaiah 17:1,9), and Northern Egypt (Isaiah 19:18) at the time. This future Greater Israel may be more representative of the Promised Land described in Genesis 15:18 and could be why Daniel labels it the “Glorious Land”.

Damascus, the capital of Syria, will likely already be destroyed by Isaiah 17 prophesy by the time Antichrist  comes into the Glorious Land in Daniel 11:41 and thus any king of Syria then, will probably be of little to no threat to the Antichrist. Daniel 11:42 places the Antichrist in Egypt, seemingly, subsequent to his humbling of the King of the South in Daniel 11:40. This seemingly argues against the possibility that the King of the South is merely an Egyptian king as many commentaries suggest.

Thus when Daniel 11:40 identifies two kings, they are probably two of these ten end time’s kings. Therefore, it is quite possible that these two kings are sovereign over greater kingdoms than modern day Egypt and Syria, as was the case with Britain and France after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

The Royal Saudi Family has control of the entire economy of Saudi Arabia.  They are dependent on oil and has strong government control over major economic activities. The Saudi economy is the largest in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia has the world's second-largest proven petroleum reservesand the country is the largest exporter of petroleum. It has also the fifth-largest proven natural gas reserves. Saudi Arabia is considered an "energy superpower". It has third highest total estimated value of natural resources, valued at US$34.4 trillion in 2016

Using the Gematria calculator if you insert ISLAM'S GOLD into it, the English version is 666