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Are You Watching the Food Riots?
Watching civil unrest and riots spreading nation to nation like a communicable disease raises some important questions. We do ourselves no favors by ignoring them.
Rising energy and food prices are hitting pocketbooks worldwide. Developing countries—which tend to be the most populous—are being hurt worst, as staple foods grow too expensive or too scarce. Global grain supplies are dangerously low. Exporting nations, out of self-preservation, are getting stingy and turning the export spigot way down.
The resulting hunger pangs are being felt around the world. Why? Because they’re turning up on our television screens—in the form of angry protests, which are turning into violent food riots and social breakdown. Several African nations, including Egypt, Ivory Coast and Cameroon, have had citizens killed in riots. There is talk the government in Bangladesh could be toppled over soaring food prices. Unrest is breaking out in Central Asia, Southeast Asia and South America. In the Philippines, armed soldiers stand watch over rice distribution. Closer to home for Americans, demonstrations have seized Mexico and Haiti. The World Bank’s president estimates that 33 nations are at risk of “conflict and social unrest because of the acute hike in food and energy prices.”
That’s a lot of suffering. And suffering tends to bring out the worst in human nature.
It’s easy to click away or change the channel when you’ve got plenty to eat yourself. But America and other First World nations are hardly invulnerable.
Even in America
In fact, food rationing has already begun. At certain Costco stores across America, store managers have said no to shoppers wanting to purchase more than their allotted amount for certain food stuffs, including flour, rice and cooking oil. “Due to the limited availability of rice, we are limiting purchases based on your prior purchasing history,” read one sign in a store in Mountain View, California. In Queens, New York, quotas are being imposed on oil and flour purchases.
For over 12 years, the Trumpet has warned of food shortages gripping the United States; now, they are starting to arrive.
Stockpiles of wheat in the U.S. have hit a 60-year low. And 60 years ago, America had a population of less than half of what it does now.
The Department of Agriculture says that in the year ending May 31, U.S. wheat inventories could be down 47 percent from a year earlier, to 6.6 million tons. That means there is a U.S. emergency wheat reserve supply of only about 43 pounds per person. And low supply means high prices.
The dollar is quickly losing value, and the U.S. is more dependent on foreign food production than ever. Already, grocery bills are rising quickly. Coupled with energy prices pushing skyward, more and more Americans are feeling the pinch.
Not yet a pinch like Indonesians are feeling—but then again, Americans are used to a far higher standard of living. Suffering can be relative.
Also, that higher standard of living means we have much further to fall.
Look at those riots spreading globally, and ask yourself: What if grocery prices got completely out of reach here at home?
What if the convenient food ran out—if Americans by the millions faced boarded-up fast food joints and grocery stores with empty shelves?
What would happen if gasoline first became too expensive to afford—and then too scarce to find?
And in this age of nuclear terrorism, what if far more sudden and catastrophic disruptions multiplied these problems?
How much patience would Americans exhibit? For how long would they peacefully suffer such conditions?
How well would they work together under the rule of law?
Perhaps the vast majority would bear up relatively well. But what about the rest? And how long before the criminals emerged?
The reason these questions are so important to contemplate is that the Bible actually prophesies such terrifying circumstances besieging America—as well as Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other affluent countries.
Try to envision it.
Imagine that the U.S. economy continues to slump. The dollar is shedding its value. Factories are shutting down. The number of homeless and hopeless grows in the cities. Shipping grinds to a halt as companies close and energy prices climb.
The inner-city poor are hit hardest. Charity efforts are unable to meet demands. Lines form at grocery stores for dwindling supplies of food at rising prices. Some, desperate for sustenance, resort to crime.
Racial tensions and resentment against the government escalate. Police officers are trapped between restoring order and being indicted for discrimination. As more people are victimized, both by economic depression and rising crime, emotions boil over.
The evils of human nature begin to emerge in force. Riots and looting break out in a handful of cities.
And then, capitalizing on this edgy atmosphere, terrorists detonate a crude nuclear bomb in New York or Chicago.
Eighteen thousand people are instantly vaporized. Power is out; the sanitation system has been disabled; there is no water; electronic communication from the area dies; information is blacked out; interstates clog with city-dwellers desperate to escape and suffering the first symptoms of radiation sickness.
Emergency units from neighboring states rush in to tend to the untold tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands who are slowly dying from radiation exposure, straining state and federal crisis management resources to their limits within days. Vast mobs of refugees migrate to neighboring cities.
The ripple effects of the strike further paralyze the country’s already-crippled economy and overtaxed police force. Effects are felt nationwide. Reports emerge of people starving to death in what until recently was the most prosperous nation on Earth.
As disorder mushrooms, government intervention buckles. Urban predators go on the offensive. Gangs take over. Pillaging and rioting increase. Buildings burn in the night. The worse the violence and burning become, the worse the famine gets. The worse the famine becomes, the more intensive the violence gets.
In the midst of the chaos, reports emerge of a spreading sickness. Unsanitary conditions in the city have facilitated an aggressive outbreak of cholera and a particularly deadly influenza virus. People begin dying in dozens, then hundreds. Then, the diseases begin popping up in neighboring cities—spread there by the refugees. A massive quarantine effort is needed, but with local law enforcement at its breaking point and the military already maxed out, only so much can be done. The plague spreads, and with it the crime.
Don’t Be Caught Unawares
This is only one of a thousand possible scenarios we may soon witness. Independent analysts and federal officials are imagining such eventualities based on observable evidence in order to plan their responses and to mitigate the devastation.
What these individuals don’t realize is that—barring national repentance—these disasters are prophesied to claim the lives of an enormous number of the people within our borders. Read our book Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet to grasp the severity of these forecasts (available free upon request).
The human mind rejects such scenarios—even after we have seen them play out to no small degree in New York and Washington on 9/11, in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Naturally we want only to put such thoughts out of our minds. We want things to stay as they are.
It is because of this tendency that Jesus Christ warned specifically, “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day”—that is, the period of destruction just ahead of us—“come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:34-35).
That day should not come upon you unawares; it need not ensnare you. The same great God who is measuring this destruction of America and the nations of Israel also seeks your repentance. And to those who truly turn to Him with supple hearts, He offers individual protection—escape—from the worst of the coming storms (verse 36).
There is purpose in prophecy. In the midst of terrifying and tumultuous events, prophetic warning is nothing less than our Creator reaching out to His creation.
A terrible period of darkness is prophesied to occur. But also prophesied is that within this darkness—shining in a sin-sick and war-weary, increasingly terrorized world—would be a burning light: a bold message calling for repentance and proclaiming, beyond the darkness, the glow of eternal hope.
Luke 21:27-28 declare that hope to the disciples of Jesus Christ: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” •
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By Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images
The Kel-Tec PF-9 Pistol
by Ed Buffaloe
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my PF-9 ever since I bought it. I managed, through sheer luck, to get one of the first 100 produced. I appreciated how small and light it was to shoot the powerful 9mm parabellum round. The gun has a double-action-only trigger with a fairly stiff trigger pull. Still, the trigger pull is better than on the Kel-Tec P-11, which is the other 9mm pistol manufactured by Kel-Tec. The P-11 has a double-stack magazine, but it is fatter than the PF-9 and in my opinion the trigger is terrible.
I’ve come to believe that for personal defense a double-action-only trigger is probably better than a single-action. I have a tendency to occasionally fire a round accidentally with light single-action triggers. I’m sure this could be trained out of me, but in an emergency situation the last thing in the world I would want to do would be to shoot someone accidentally.
The PF-9 feels good in my hand, whereas the P-11 does not. That is the bottom line for me. It took me a while to get where I could hit reliably with the gun. You have to exercise a certain amount of trigger control to be accurate with it--pull the trigger back and hesitate slightly, steady your aim, then fire. But I recently took the gun out after a long interval of shooting other guns, and was fairly amazed that at 8 yards I was able to produce a group smaller than my fist.
On the Kel-Tec Owner’s Group website you will find a long list of problems that have been found with the PF-9. There is no doubt that the gun was released before it had been thoroughly tested. I won’t go into all the problems that arose and were eventually addressed by Kel-Tec, but suffice it to say that I had to send mine back to the factory twice, and it still has a minor issue that may require me to return it a third time. On the other hand, Kel-Tec offers a lifetime warranty on all their guns, and I’ve generally found them to be prompt and reliable in their repair service. Plus, if you are looking to buy a brand-new PF-9, all the bugs have been worked out now and the gun is really an outstanding bargain. At this writing, the suggested retail price is $333, and you can sometimes find them cheaper at discount gun dealers.
The PF-9 has a frame made of light-weight polycarbonate, an inner receiver and rails made of aluminum, and a barrel and slide made of steel. A single connecting rod links the trigger to the sear on the right side of the gun. The hammer must be reset by the action of the slide moving to the rear, putting it in a half-cock position, from which it is then possible to fire the gun by pulling the trigger. Should a round fail to fire, the slide would have to be worked before the trigger could be pulled to make the hammer fall again. The gun comes with a finger extension baseplate for the magazine that allows you to get all three fingers around the grip, should you prefer it.
To recognize the advantages of the PF-9, you should examine the table below, which lists some concealed carry guns in my collection and allows you to compare their size, weight, and power. You will note that with the exception of the Kel-Tec P-32 and the North American Arms derringer, the PF-9 is the lightest pistol I own. All of the guns that are close to the weight of the Kel-Tec are either less powerful or carry fewer rounds or both. The Colt Mustang and Charter Arms Undercoverette are both close in weight, but the Colt shoots the .380 and only carries 6 rounds, and the Charter only carries 5 rounds, though it does shoot the reasonably powerful .32 H&R magnum. The Kel-Tec is also slimmer than both other pistols and shorter than the Charter. Bottom line, it is a much easier gun to carry than all but (what I consider) back-up guns, and is more powerful and carries more ammo than guns with similar carryability.
Sure, if I think the terrorists are going to attack on Monday, you can bet I’ll be carrying my Glock 27 and a few other choice weapons, but for everyday carry, I’m going to go with what is comfortable, reliable, and reasonably accurate.
Generally speaking, the more powerful a gun is, the bigger it is and the more it weighs. There are definitely trade-offs in having a light, powerful gun. Weight helps to absorb recoil, so a light, powerful gun will generally have considerable felt recoil. This is definitely true of the Kel-Tec PF-9. It kicks. But not uncontrollably. I would not recommend it for most women.
When I took my sister out shooting, the gun she liked best was the Colt Mustang because it has virtually no recoil and she could work the slide. She could barely work the double-action trigger on the Smith & Wesson Model 36. The Colt Detective Special was better, but she still preferred the Mustang. She couldn’t pull the trigger on my Kel-Tec at all, nor could she work the slide.
In regard to recoil, I find that the recoil on the Kel-Tec PF-9 is enough that it bites my trigger finger a little. If I’m going to shoot more than a few rounds, I generally wear a glove. I bought a smooth trigger shoe for the gun, which helps a lot, but I had to glue it to the trigger, because otherwise the recoil will eventually make it fall off the gun. Glueing the trigger shoe on meant I had to modify the frame so the trigger assembly could still be removed with a permanently attached shoe. Information on how to do this is available in the Tec Werks section of the Kel-Tec Owner’s Group website.
Some big guys carry their PF-9s in their pockets, but that isn’t feasible for me. I bought a Ron Graham belt holster and a spare magazine carrier, which have both worked well for me. Later, I made an inside-the-waistband holster that has become my preferred way to carry the gun. There are plenty of other options for a gun this small. I’ve carried a number of different guns over the past few years, and it seems to me that the most comfortable carry guns are both slim and have small grips. If the grip is too large, it tends to dig into my side when carried in an IWB holster. The Kel-Tec PF-9 fits both these criteria. It is close to being the perfect compromise between size and power.
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By Cal Thomas
Syndicated columnist/FOX News Contributor
Religion is a topic that makes most journalists uncomfortable, unless they can expose hypocrisy — as in preachers who speak of virtue while carrying on an affair — or outrage such as Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the doings at Barack Obama’s now former church in Chicago. Most journalists think taking religion seriously might require them to study the claims of various faiths and too many of them have already decided this might lead them to a faith higher than themselves or politics and they don’t wish to take such a journey of personal discovery.
That is too bad, because such an attitude exposes one of the main gaps between most Americans — who believe in God — and most journalists, who don’t.
An exception is Chicago Sun-Times columnist Cathleen Falsani, who interviewed Obama in 2004 for her book, “The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People “and asked him specific questions about his religious beliefs.
“I’m rooted in the Christian tradition,” said Obama, who has declared himself a Christian. But then he adds something that most Christians will see as universalism: “I believe there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”
Falsani correctly brings up John 14:6 (and how many journalists would know such a verse, much less ask a question based on it?) in which Jesus says of Himself, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” That sounds pretty exclusive, but Obama says it depends on how this verse is heard. According to Falsani, Obama thinks that “all people of faith — Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists, everyone — know the same God.” (her words)
If that is so, Jesus wasted his time coming to Earth and he certainly did not have to suffer the pain of rejection and crucifixion if there are ways to God other than through Himself.
Here’s Obama telling Falsani, “The difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and proselytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that if people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior, they’re going to hell.” Falsani adds, “Obama doesn’t believe he, or anyone else, will go to hell. But he’s not sure he’ll be going to heaven, either.”
Here’s Obama again: “I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. When I tuck in my daughters at night and I feel like I’ve been a good father to them, and I see that I am transferring values that I got from my mother and that they’re kind people and that they’re honest people, and they’re curious people, that’s a little piece of heaven.”
Any first-year seminary student could deconstruct such “works salvation” and wishful thinking. Obama either hasn’t read the Bible, or if he has, doesn’t believe it if he embraces such thin theological gruel.
Obama can call himself anything he likes, but there is a clear requirement for one to qualify as a Christian and Obama doesn’t meet that requirement. One cannot deny central tenets of the Christian faith, including the deity and uniqueness of Christ as the sole mediator between God and Man and be a Christian. Such people do have a label applied to them in Scripture. They are called a “false prophet.”
I hope some national journalist or commentator with knowledge of such things asks Obama about this and doesn’t let him get away with re-writing Scripture to suit his political ends.