Caught My Eye…

Leaders don’t force people to follow — they invite them on a journey. – Charles S. Lauer

Welcome to the big column to end the week, “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Israel
  • Rep. Steve King
  • Greenland
  • One More Thing

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The Netanyahu Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be delivering a speech to a joint session of Congress today (Tuesday) at 9:00 a.m. Mountain time. I’ll be watching because I don’t have a life.

The speech is supposed to be about nuclear weapons and Iran, but it’s about more than just that.

Netanyahu was invited to give the speech by Speaker of the House John Boehner and then Boehner told the White House something like, “Hey, look who accepted my invitation.” There’s such a dislike for President Barack Obama by Boehner, this really isn’t all that absurd.

According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, “Nearly half of American voters — 48 percent — say that congressional Republicans should not have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Tuesday without first notifying President Barack Obama. (Source)

As of this morning, The Hill is reporting that “at least 55 Democrats — eight senators and 47 House members — are vowing to skip the speech.”

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The Sunday Message

A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.Ecclesiastes 3:8 (NIV)

Some people may know the above verse from the Bible because of the song from The Byrds called “Turn, Turn, Turn.” If you’ve never heard the song, watch the video HERE.

I am no expert on international issues, but if you have watched the news much the past few weeks you have probably noticed the war going on between the Israelis and Palestinians. Recently there have been more rockets launched and people killed. I imagine most people probably said, “Oh, are they still fighting over there?”

You can read some information that attempts to explain the issue HERE and HERE

It seems when we see civilians, especially children, being killed and wounded it gets our attention. That is what has happened and it’s not the first time because rockets are launched often.

Some Bible scholars say Ecclesiastes 3:8 describes our lives from being born until we die. We will love and we will hate. We will see wars and we will see peace.

For the young children and civilians who are living in fear during Israel-Palestine conflict, I pray for more peace and love in your lives and less war and less hate.


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