On May 26th I had my 40th birthday. I had a good time. I was working a booth at the Comicpalooza comic book convention in Houston, Texas. I met Ernie Hudson one of the Ghostbusters, Sean Patrick Flanery, who played the teenage Indiana Jones. I also met Hercules, Kevin Sorbo and Michael Biehn, who was in the Terminator movie and many other movies. I also met Joe Kubert who is a legendary comic book artist who illustrated the Bible, Tarzan, SGT Rock and many other classic comics.
For the year ahead I have a couple of thoughts. First is "Little is much is God is in it." The question is should I earn a doctorate? I think so-but I think it is time for me to try to make a name for myself if you will. The other statement is "Attempt Great things for God, Expect Great Things from God."
Looking back over 40 years what have I accomplished with my life? Well, I have done a lot. I have done things that other people only dream about. I have been promoted to captain and I have been to war twice. I have written and published several books and artwork. I am also well traveled-having been to the Middle East, Europe and Africa several times.
But there are many things that I have wanted to accomplish but haven't-such as getting married. Losing a very close friend about a year ago has been very difficult.
In this past year I have met with the Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, I have gone on a mission trip to Africa and I have promoted my work at the comicpalooza.
So, what is ahead? I have the upcoming comic and Assyrian conventions. This fall I need to look for a teaching position, apply for a doctoral program and work on my teachers certification.
For the Assyrian convention I am going to create a new comic book: "The Assyrian Christian heritage" and two new booklets "An Introduction to the Aramaic Churches" and "The Final Hope for the Assyrian Nation." For the comic convention I want to put out more of my "Chronicles: Facts from the Bible" comics. I also want to have more art for the "Christ the Man" book and comic, the Seven Signs (about the Seven main miracles from the Gospel of John), and art for some more projects-maybe I can get some things done for "The Epic of Baal" and "Saint Thomas in India."
Please pray for me-and for the situation in Syria-of which I am very concerned about.
Archeology and the Jewish Roots of Christianity
Jewish Roots of the Lord's Prayer
My other blog: The Aramaic New Testament
Two Conventions that I hope to be at:
Assyrian American National Federation Convention
August 30-September 3
Space City Comic Convention
Cut off aid to Pakistan and free hero doctor who helped us find Bin Laden By Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
Published May 24, 2012 FoxNews.com The persecution and unjust imprisonment of Dr. Shakeel Afridi, the Pakistani hero who helped the United States locate Usama bin Laden, is the smoking gun that explicitly demonstrates the government of Pakistan is on the side of terrorism and radical Islam. In May 2011, several weeks after the successful raid to kill bin Laden, Pakistan arrested Dr. Afridi, seized his assets, fired his medical staff, charged him with treason and held him without trial for a year. The whereabouts of his wife, whom we believe to be an American citizen, are currently unknown. Why? Because Dr. Afridi assisted the US in bringing down the world's most wanted terrorist, responsible for the slaughter of over 3,000 innocent American lives on 9/11. While a small number of administration officials weakly expressed concern about his plight, he has been abandoned by the US government, the same government he risked his life to help. This is not the first time Pakistan has acted against the United States. In fact, Dr. Afridi's recent sentencing to three decades in prison is the crescendo of Pakistan's anti-Americanism. For the past decade Pakistan's government has been playing both sides; they have publicly taken over $20 billion dollars in American aid money since 9/11 to allegedly help with the war effort against terrorism, while behind the scenes they have been using much of that money to support and coordinate insurgent groups (such as the Haqqani network that is now murdering Americans in Afghanistan), arm their military to fight India, and line the pockets of top generals in league with radical Islamacists. It is despicable and unforgivable that Pakistan has not held anyone responsible for allowing bin Laden to live in a mansion in a major Pakistani city for years, but has put in jail the man who found him. Despite plentiful evidence, no one in Pakistan has been charged with facilitating the deadly terrorist assault by Lashkar-e-Taiba in Mumbai. It is foolhardy and self-delusional for the US government to continue to give money, hand over fist, to the Pakistani military and intelligence services who clearly direct and support terrorist groups to further Pakistan's sphere of influence. Retired Admiral Michael Mullen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that Pakistani intelligence directed the Haqqani Network to carry out an "assault on our embassy [in Kabul]" and said that "the Haqqani network acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency." Pakistan is openly at war with the United States, yet the Obama administration refuses to acknowledge this fact. Since last fall, Pakistan has closed all their ground transportation corridors to supply our combat troops in Afghanistan. This is harmful to our efforts in Afghanistan and has forced the Department of Defense to use other supply routes through central Asia, roughly doubling the cost of transportation to U.S. tax payers. Pakistan has offered to reopen their roads to supplies, but only if the United States pays a ransom of $5,000 dollars per truck. In February of this year I introduced two pieces of legislation to directly help Dr. Afridi and to bring more attention to his cause. The first H.R. 4069, would award Dr. Afridi the Congressional Gold Medal for his courage and outstanding acts to help our country. That bill is now languishing in the House Financial Services Committee and has not been voted on. Additionally, I introduced HR 3901, a bill to grant Dr. Afridi U.S. citizenship; a sign that the American government has not forgotten him and will not forsake him. Neither bill has yet to receive a vote. Now is the time for Congress to do the right thing and bring these bills to the House floor. Dr. Afridi has been waiting for help for over a year and the US Congress and Obama administration are failing him. Congress is now passing appropriations bills that provide billions more in aid to Pakistan. This is wrong. Pakistan believes America is weak and foolish, because so far, that is how we have been acting. Like an ostrich with its head in the sand, we refuse to see the truth. Our government knows what is happening, but it remains quiet, hoping the problem will go away. This is self-defeating. It is time to cut off all aid to Pakistan and to demand the release of Dr. Afridi.
Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher represents California's 46th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/05/24/cut-off-aid-to-pakistan-and-free-hero-doctor-who-helped-us-find-bin-laden/#ixzz1vsXVGLq4
NOTE: There are (not surprising) reports that the Pakistani doctor has been and is being tortured. Liberals are outraged when "enhanced interrogations" are used on mass murdering terrorists-but don't seem to care when heroes and patriots are tortured and wounded.