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**Most Recent Newsletter***

“The Voice of the Common Man”

Issue #231 November 7, 2019

California - Building a Socialist State

Dear Pastors, Family, Friends, and Government Officials:

 

It all began many years ago, but we are now witnessing the final stages of California becoming the first Socialist State to be established on American soil.

When gold was discovered in the early 1800s, in what was to become California, hundreds of thousands of people emigrated came from all over the world in hopes of striking it rich.  Not everybody found gold, but many became rich by providing services for the gold seekers.  California did not become a state until 1850, after the Mexican-American War was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848.

The state of California contains some of most beautiful natural scenery in all the world, and the people living there have always been very protective of the environment.  But now, that desire to protect the environment is being used politically against the people.

In the early 1900s Los Angeles suffered from “smog” (industrial smoke and fumes) and the city council began adopting measures to combat smoke emissions.  But the “smog” problem grew worse as the industrial activity associated with World War II brought more people to the city, and the number of motor vehicles on California roads rapidly expanded.

This prompted the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to appoint a Smoke and Fumes Commission in October 1943 to study the problem.  Then in February 1945, the city banned emissions of dense smoke and established an office of Director of Air Pollution Control to enforce the new rules on emissions.

One of the city’s first actions was to call for the closing of Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Street plant, which manufactured butadiene, an ingredient in synthetic rubber.  The news media assisted city leaders in stirring up the public, and finally the plant was shut down. 

Southern California Gas spent $1.5 million in 1946 to modify the manufacturing process in an attempt to eliminate the emission of the butadiene fumes, and the plant was reopened.    Note:  $1.5 million in 1946 would be approximately $20 million in today’s money.

But even with the plant closure and extensive modifications, the Los Angeles “smog” problem did not go away, and that prompted the implementation of numerous California laws over the last seventy+ years, in an attempt to control the environment.  Los Angeles still has some of the worst air in the country, but ozone levels are 40% of what they were in the mid-1970s, and that’s with more than twice the number of cars.  (www.marketplace.org)

However, California’s environmental protection laws have also produced some negative side effects.  In 1986, California produced 59.5% of its oil needs, but now, California’s oil production is half of what it was 33 years ago, and 57.5% of its oil comes from foreign countries, mostly Saudi Arabia.  The same is true of California’s lumber industry.

In the early 1990s, the environmentalists concern for saving the spotted owl resulted in a dramatic curtailment in lumber harvesting – logging activity plummeted - employment in the forest industry in California fell by half – and the costs of new home construction in California has skyrocketed.

At about the same time, the environmentalists concern for saving a tiny three-inch fish, called the “delta smelt” resulted in shutting-down the huge water pumps that were used to supply water to 20,000 farms and 20 million urban residents throughout much of Northern California.  Without the water that came from the Upper Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which is California’s largest source of water, farmer’s crops died in the field and many farmers went out of business, and urban residents had to pursue other, more expensive, means for water.

California residents today are paying some of the highest rates in the nation for electricity, water, natural gas, fuel (gasoline & diesel), housing, commercial & residential construction, land development, automobile/truck licensing fees, state income tax, property taxes, etc.

California’s neglect of their timberland is partially to blame for the wildfires that are burning out of control.  And yet, California’s Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom says “climate change” is the cause.  Although, he has also placed part of the blame on Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), claiming sparks from their electrical transmission lines have caused some of the bigger fires.  That prompted PG&E to shut-off the power to more than 700,000 customers to prevent “sparking.”


An estimated $30 billion in lawsuits have been filed against PG&E, blaming them for the wine country fires of 2017, and the “Camp Fire” in November 2018.  That fire, which started at Camp Creek Road in California’s Butte County, was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, and the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018.

Those lawsuits prompted PG&E to file for bankruptcy in January 2019, but the State of California is fighting PG&E in court, trying to prevent them from proceeding with the bankruptcy.  And yet, at the very same time, the state is trying to force PG&E to fulfill their contractual obligations on more than $40 billion worth of contracts PG&E has signed with solar and wind farms and other renewable energy sources.

The State of California claims it is essential that PG&E complete those contractual obligations in order to meet California’s goal of “phasing out all natural gas infrastructures” and “eliminating the use of all fossil fuels” and “making California 100% electrical powered by 2045.”

The Sacramento Bee Newspaper reports that one of those contracts is with Topaz Solar Farm – a subsidiary of financier Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate and one of the largest solar projects in the world.  Other contracts are with Clearway Energy Inc. of Princeton, N.J., NextEra Energy of Florida, and Exelon Corp. of Chicago.   

Note:  It would be interesting to know the names of all the people who have a vested interest in these energy companies. 

But here is the kicker:
Governor Newsom is now saying it may be necessary for the State of California to take over the operation of PG&E.  “As it relates to PG&E, it’s about dog-eat-dog capitalism meeting climate change.  It’s about corporate greed meeting climate change.  It’s about decades of mismanagement,” Governor Newsom said last week, according to Bryan Anderson, a reporter for the Sacramento Bee Newspaper.

Note:  That’s the first thing Socialists want to do . . . Take over private industry.  That’s the first thing Castro did in Cuba, and the first thing Chavez did in Venezuela.  And that’s what Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren want to do with healthcare and other private businesses in America.

Many people believe that has been the Democrat’s plan for California all along.  That’s why they’ve opened their border to illegal aliens, and enticed them with “free” healthcare, and “free” education, and given them state driver’s license, and are allowing them to vote in local elections, and setting up “sanctuary cities” to protect them from being arrested by federal immigration law-enforcement officers.

It has also been reported that PG&E was the biggest financial contributor to Governor Newsom’s campaign, and yet, Newsom is now using PG&E as a scapegoat to stir up the public’s demand that the state takeover their operation.  Note: Remember Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s famous quote:  “Don’t let a good crisis go to waste.”

The Wall Street Journal editorialized last week that “California’s return to the dark ages is a direct result of the Democratic political monopoly in Sacramento.”

In Conclusion:
California is building a Socialist State right before our very eyes.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Representative Adam Schiff - all of whom represent California - are purposely ignoring the destruction of their home state, as they work diligently to overturn the 2016 presidential election, and remove President Trump.

They are purposely ignoring the will of the people.  The next presidential election is less than one year away.  If the Democrat Party really cared about the “will of the people” they would let American citizens decide in November 2020.

But obviously, they do not believe American citizens are capable of making the right choice – and that is why they’re working so feverishly to either remove President Trump, or tarnish his credibility in the eyes of the public, by using second-hand testimony obtained in secret, from “unnamed” sources, and making public proclamations of lies and false accusations.

You and I are witnessing an attempt to overthrow the government of the United States by a group of Socialists poising to be Democrats.  They’re working it from the bottom-up in California and from the top-down in Washington, D.C. 

Let us pray that these evildoers will not be successful in this unprecedented endeavor of demonic madness.
 

Do You Know Jesus As Your Lord and Savior?

If not, you can invite Jesus into your heart right now and be saved (born again).  Believe in the Lord Jesus, and pray this simple prayer: “Jesus, I am a sinner, and I am sorry.  Please forgive my sins and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I repent (turn away) from sin and I commit my life to you.  I will study your word, follow your teachings, and obey your commands.  And Lord, show me what you want me to do; what part I can play in furthering your kingdom.  Thank you, Lord, for saving me.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

 

Duane Collins
 

E-Mail Gospel Alert:  How Big of a Lie Will You Accept?

October 29, 2019

Many people have been conditioned to believe that human beings are born with multiple genders, even though their anatomy clearly indicates either male or female.
Our young people are being taught that “gender identity is how a person feels and who they know themselves to be . . . And it is not limited to just male or female.” 

One particular website www.teentalk.ca lists ten different genders and stipulates “there are many more not listed.”  Another website says there are as many as eighty-one different genders.

The Associated Press (AP) tells us “the variation in gender identity is a normal part of human diversity” and that there are an “estimated 1.4 million transgender persons living in America.”

As a result of this indoctrination, many people have accepted the LGBTQ+ lifestyle as being normal.  But, if the AP report of 1.4 million is correct . . . that’s only 0.4% of our population . . . and a clear indication that this is not normal.

Instead of pretending everything is okay, we need show real love, and speak the truth to those who are caught up in this social phenomenon of “gender confusion.”  This is not normal behavior.  This is a mental health issue that must be addressed and treated.

If we continue to ignore it – and pretend that it’s normal – we are enabling them to sink further and further into a deeper state of anxiety, confusion, depression, and hopelessness; which often leads to thoughts of suicide.

We must not let that happen.  If you truly love your fellow human beings, you will stop believing these lies, and pretending that the LGBTQ+ lifestyle is normal.  Any reasonable person knows in their heart it is not normal, and it’s dangerously foolish for us to pretend that it is.

There is no hope for a society that becomes so permissive they’re unwilling to accept reality.  And instead, they reject the truth and continue their search for an imaginary world where you’re free to do whatever you please, and there are no consequences for the choices you make.

May God have mercy on us, and open our hearts and minds, so we can recognize the truth of God’s Word.  And let us commit ourselves to following God’s plan for our salvation through Jesus Christ.

Duane Collins
 

 

***News You May Have Missed***

Note: The inclusion of these news articles is to make sure you are aware of the illogical thinking in our world today. These articles bear evidence that people’s minds are being corrupted by demonic, perverted thinking; and this “thinking” is particularly pervasive in our younger generation. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and hope it will soon go away. No! We must take a stand and resist the evil-ones who are promoting this twisted thought process. God’s Word says, “Resist the devil and he will flee.”

Standing For Israel 11/19/19
Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State announced yesterday that the United States supports Israel’s right to build settlements in the West Bank – and - that is not a violation of international law as some other nations have proclaimed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Pompeo’s words by saying, “This policy reflects an historical truth – that the Jewish people are not foreign colonialists in Judea and Samaria.  In fact, we are called Jews because we are the people of Judea.”

In December 2017, the Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  In May 2018, the United States formally moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  In March 2019, the United States recognized the Golan Heights belongs to Israel – and now, November 2019, Israel has the right to continue building in Judea and Samaria, the land that God gave them. 

Comment:  Surely this U.S. commitment to Israel must be pleasing to God Almighty.  “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29 KJV).

Population Control 11/18/19
Bernie Sanders, the Socialist Democratic candidate for President, is not the only person openly supporting population control.  Recently a group of 11,000 persons who identify themselves as “scientists” have issued a statement supporting the need for “population reduction in the name of saving the Earth from Global Warming.”

These persons who claim to be “scientists” received financial backing from the “Worthy Garden Club”, a non-profit Earth advocacy group in Bend, Oregon.  More than 400 news organizations worldwide have covered this “climate emergency” statement and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) has introduced into Congress a “Climate Emergency Resolution” which is reportedly being co-sponsored by 80 U.S. House members and six U.S. Senators.

Comment:  Think about that.  In order to save the world, we need to get rid of the people.  That has been the long-held belief of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Institute, the Club of Rome, the United Nations, and even Elizabeth Warren who was a member of the University of Texas Population Research Center in the 1980s.

Ted Turner, the billionaire founder of CNN, once said, “In order to sustain itself, the population of the earth should be reduced to no more than 2 billion people.”  (www.lifesitenews.com June 7, 2012)

The current world population is 7.7 billion . . . Therefore 5.7 billion must be removed.  This is not something to be taken lightly, and yet, every Democrat presidential candidate supports abortion, supports same-sex marriage, supports the Green New Deal, and supports government healthcare, which will result in the rationing of healthcare services to senior citizens and persons with terminal illnesses.

American citizens had better wake up!   

More California Craziness 11/16/19
A San Francisco jury awarded Planned Parenthood punitive damages of $870,000.  The jury said David Daleiden, the person who secretly videotaped Planned Parenthood personnel negotiating the sale of aborted baby parts, was guilty of “trespassing on private properties” and “secretly recording conversations without permission.”

Comment:  Here is an example where a man blows the whistle on Planned Parenthood’s criminal activity, and he has the video evidence to prove it . . . But he (the whistleblower) is the one who is punished.  Apparently, Planned Parenthood is immune from prosecution in California.

“Whistleblower” Worked in Obama White House 11/10/19
It has become common knowledge around Washington, D.C. that the so-called “whistleblower” is Eric Ciaramella, a former CIA employee who was assigned to the Obama White House in 2015, and then returned to the CIA in 2017.

A review of the White House visitor logs by Judicial Watch revealed Eric Ciaramella met numerous times with people connected to Ukraine, Russia, George Soros (the billionaire Democrat donor), Samantha Power (UN Ambassador), James P. Bair (State Department legal advisor), and Nazar Kholodnitzky, who later became Ukraine’s top prosecutor after the firing of Viktor Shokin.

The visitor logs also reveal that Alexandra Chalupa visited the Obama White House 27 times – Chalupa was the contractor hired by the Democrat National Committee in 2016 to investigate Donald Trump.

Comment:  Now you know why Adam Schiff does not want to reveal the identity of the “whistleblower.”  He was brought into the White House to take Donald Trump out of the race and assure that Hillary Clinton would become president.

More California Craziness 11/10/19
San Francisco has elected a new Democrat District Attorney.  His name is Chesa Boudin.  He is the son of left-wing activist parents who were incarcerated for their role in an armed robbery that killed three men.  Both of his parents were members of the radical leftist group Weather Underground and began serving their sentences in federal prison in the mid-1980s.  His mother was released in 2003, but his father could remain behind bars for the rest of his life.

After Boudin’s parents were sent to prison, he was raised by two other well-known Weather Underground people; Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.  Some of you may recall, Bill Ayers is the man who helped start Barack Obama’s political career in Chicago.

Chesa Boudin says he believes his real life experiences resonated with the city’s voters . . . some of his real life experiences include working as a translator for Hugo Chavez, the former Socialist Dictator of Venezuela.  And Boudin added: “The desire for change is not limited to San Francisco.” 

Boudin was congratulated on his victory by Socialist Bernie Sanders, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.

Comment:  More evidence that California will soon become the first Socialist State to be established on American soil.

Impeachment Witness 11/6/19
The first witness the Democrats intend to call for public testimony has already admitted (under oath) that he was not listening in on the July 25, 2019 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymr Zelensky. 

William Taylor, who was the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 2006-2009, during the Obama administration, told Adam Schiff’s congressional committee that “he formed his opinions about an alleged quid pro quo after having conversations with anti-Trump staffers within the diplomatic bureaucracy.” 

When asked who those anti-Trump staffers were, Taylor said the only people he had talked with were John Bolton, Fiona Hill, Alexander Vindman, and Tim Morrison.

Taylor also admitted that he hadn’t even read the transcript of the July 25th telephone call until late September.  In addition, Taylor said he has never even spoken to President Trump, nor Rudy Giuliana, nor Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s chief of staff.  (www.thefederalist.com)

Comment:  And this is going to be Adam Schiff’s star witness?

U.S. Taxes vs European Taxes 11/7/19
Democrats are promising more and more “free” stuff.  Bernie Sanders says, “Yes, all Americans will have to pay higher taxes.”  But Elizabeth Warren continues to say, “Only the most-wealthy (top 1%) and those greedy corporations will pay higher taxes.”

The Heritage Foundation released data from a recent study which indicated a European making $40,000 per year pays $6,000 more in taxes than a similar taxpayer in the United States.  The study also showed a European making $100,000 per year pays $16,000 more in taxes than a similar taxpayer in the United States.

Comment:  Just one of many examples which proves there is no such thing as “free” government healthcare . . . not even in Europe.

ISIS Leader is Dead 10/27/19
President Trump announced this morning that U.S. special operation forces executed a daring night raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s headquarters in northwest Syria, and the 48-year-old ISIS leader was killed.

“Last night the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice.” Trump said.  “He died like a dog.  He died like a coward.  The world is now a much safer place.”  President Trump went on to explain that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and three of his children tried to escape by running into an underground tunnel, but when Baghdadi found there was no way to escape from the dead-end tunnel, he detonated the suicide vest he was wearing, killing himself and his three children.

Comment:   None of the news media reported the fact that al-Baghdadi had been released from Camp Bucca, a U.S. military prison, in 2009 during the Obama administration.

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Bash Israel 10/25/19
The frontrunner of the 2020 Democrat presidential candidates said today that she would consider cutting military aid to Israel to force Israel to halt construction of settlements in “disputed” territories in Israel.  And two days later Bernie Sanders chimed in with Elizabeth Warren, proposing basically the same action against Israel. 

Comment:  Not only did God give that land to Israel, the 1922 Palestine Mandate stipulated the Jews alone have the right to settle in the land that is now known as Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.  At that time, the Palestinian Arabs were given the land that is now known as Jordan, but they were subsequently expelled by King Hussein in 1970.

The Arab Palestinians do not want a “two-state” solution.  They will never live in peace with the Jewish people.  Instead, they want to wipe the Jewish people off the face of the earth.  That has been their goal since Abraham followed God’s directive and gave his inheritance to Isaac and not Ishmael.

Israel is the only democratic U.S. ally in the Middle East, and yet, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders want to be president so bad, they are willing to bash Israel, and turn against them in order to gain votes from people who are anti-Israel.  These Democrat presidential candidates have absolutely no shame!

Christianity Declining 10/25,19
ProphecyNewswatch.com reports Christian faith in the United States is rapidly declining.  According to a brand new survey by the Pew Research Center, only 65% of Americans now consider themselves to be “Christians”.  The lowest level ever recorded.
 
Meanwhile, people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic, or “nothing in particular” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009.  The survey also showed that older Americans still overwhelmingly identify with the Christian faith, but only 49% of Millennials (persons born between 1981 to 1996) consider themselves to be Christians.

As a result of this departure from Christianity, a large number of abandoned churches have become wineries or breweries or bars.  Others have been converted into hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and Airbnbs.  A few have been transformed into entertainment venues, such as an indoor playground for children, a laser-tag arena, or a skate park.

Comment: A sad commentary on the “fundamental transformation of America” that began under Barack Obama.

Facebook Exposes Its Political Bias 10/22/19
According to a Bloomberg report, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been providing campaign support for Democrat Pete Buttigieg in the 2020 presidential campaign. 

Zuckerberg has recommended some people for Buttigieg to hire – and - Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, has also made some hiring recommendations.  Bloomberg confirmed this with Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg’s campaign manager who said, “Zuckerberg sent multiple emails to me with names of individuals that he [Buttigieg] might consider hiring . . . Priscilla Chan also sent multiple emails with staff recommendations.  Ultimately, two of the people recommended were hired.”

Bloomberg’s report also showed that Buttigieg was friends with Zuckerberg’s roommates while they were both at Harvard University.  Buttigieg, meanwhile, has become somewhat of a darling of Silicon Valley Democrats, repeatedly returning to San Francisco for high-dollar fundraisers.

On Monday, October 21st, NBC News showed clips of an exclusive interview NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt conducted with Zuckerberg . . . and Zuckerberg’s support for Buttigieg never came up. 

Instead, Lester Holt was concerned that Facebook refused to pull a Donald Trump ad that contained [what Holt believed were] false claims about Joe Biden.  By refusing to pull the ad, Lester Holt asked: “Do you feel like you’re giving a green light to politicians that lie, lie, lie?”  Zuckerberg responded by saying, “It is not our role to fact-check candidate claims.”

Comment:  Just one more example how NBC and other “fake news” media sources distort, or omit certain information in their reports in order to purposely align the public to their way of thinking.  This is the real threat to American’s democracy.

Mitt Romney’s Fake Tweets 10/22/19
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) admitted today that he has been using a secret Twitter account to participate in media political discussions.  Romney says his tweets have been using the factious name “Pierre Delecto.”

Romney’s factious tweets have sometimes been used to criticize President Trump, but most often, to show support for some of Sen. Romney’s controversial views.  Romney says he has discontinued using factious names in his tweets.

Comment:  I voted for Romney in the 2012 presidential campaign.  But the Romney of late seems to be a completely different person.  No doubt, Romney still views himself as a presidential contender.  But this bizarre behavior, and his erratic support on basic Republican Party platform issues, and his frequent public attacks on President Trump, makes me wonder; “Who is this guy?  Obviously, Mitt Romney is not the man I thought him to be in 2012.”
     
Democrats Want to Abolish Prisons 10/19/19
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who seems to be running the U.S. House of Representatives, tweeted out last Monday: “Mass incarceration is our American reality.  It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery.  That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration & prison abolition in this country.”

After facing some backlash for such an outlandish proposal, Ocasio-Cortez doubled down on her stance by tweeting the following: “I know the term ‘prison abolition’ is breaking some people’s brains.  The right is already freaking out.  We have more than enough room to close many of our prisons and explore just alternatives to incarceration.”  (www.WashingtonExaminer.com)

Comment: Let’s review the Democrat’s plan for America:  Higher income tax rates on U.S. workers and corporations - Eliminate all fossil fuels – Open U.S. borders to the whole world – Eliminate border law-enforcement personnel (ICE) - Provide free healthcare and free education to every foreigner who crosses the U.S. border - Confiscate the guns from law-abiding U.S. citizens – Abolish prisons and decarcerate the prisoners.

Sounds like a sure-fire plan to completely destroy this nation.  And let us not forget:  This all began in 2008 with Barack Obama’s “Fundamental Transformation of America.”
 

 Any comments or question?  E-Mail Address:  duane@commonmanministry.com    

 

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