Last chance

Today, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, is the last chance to visit the Trump administration’s official web site, WhiteHouse.gov.

When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are inaugurated, they will post their own information about their new administration at this address.

I don’t know what happens to the Trump web site. Is it archived somewhere? Last I looked, I didn’t find an archived copy of the web sites of previous presidents.

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‘March to Save America’ rally on Electoral College vote certification: Trump’s inflaming rhetoric

The Ellipse, Washington, D.C. | January 6, 2021

Duration of rally: 4 hours and 50 minutes
Duration of President’s speech: 1 hour and 12 minutes

Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump called for his loyalists to rally in Washington, D.C., on the day that Congress was to certify the Electoral Vote count, January 6, 2021. He delivered his remarks in the early afternoon, some time before the insurrection at the Capitol.

The crowd largely insisted that the November 3rd election was stolen from Trump, as he would elaborate during his speech: “It was rigged.” They were demanding “Stop the Steal” — that the results be overturned in Trump’s favor.

Trump whipped up the enthusiasm of the crowd which led to a mob storming the U.S. Capitol. Trump made veiled suggestions that he approved of violence in his cause to overturn the election results.

The Hill reported:

“You’ll never take back our country with weakness,” Trump said. “You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated.

“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically, make your voices heard today.” [delivered at 3 hours and 46 minutes into the video]

The crowd seemingly heard “take back our country,” “show strength,” and “be strong” as the President’s message. They didn’t hear “peacefully.”

The rally was sponsored by Women for America First, co-founded and chaired by Amy Kremer. The organization is funded by dark money, as reported by CNBC.*

The attendees gathered on The Ellipse. The stage faced the Washington Monument, with the White House visible behind the stage.

The full video of the rally can be seen on C-SPAN. On this C-SPAN page, you can see a transcript of the President’s remarks taken from closed captioning.

From C-SPAN.org:

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President Trump spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C., held to protest the results of the Electoral College, which Congress was set to count later that day. “We will never give up. We will never concede,” he declared. President Trump repeated his unsubstantiated claims of fraud in both the November election and the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff election held the previous night. He railed against Republicans he deemed insufficiently supportive of his efforts to overturn the results and promised to “primary the hell out of the ones that don’t fight.” The president also continued to publicly pressure his vice president, Mike Pence, to reject electoral votes in states that he lost. As the speech was concluding, Vice President Pence issued a statement saying he lacked the constitutional authority to dismiss the votes when the Congress met later that day.

Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump enters the stage around 3 hours and 29 minutes into the video. He starts to speak at about 3 hours and 31 minutes. The speech ends with Trump leaving the stage at 4 hours and 43 minutes.


See some short excerpts from Trump’s speech in The Washington Post: “Trump issued a call to arms. Then he urged his followers ‘to remember this day forever!’” Retrieved January 7, 2021.

▫ dark money – Brian Schwartz. “Pro-Trump dark money groups organized the rally that led to deadly Capitol Hill riot.” CNBC. January 9, 2021. Retrieved January 10, 2021.

A new year dawns

Friday, January 1, 2021 | Phoenix, Arizona

New Year’s Day began at midnight, but nothing in nature was noticeable as the day changed from December 31st to January 1st. It’s a social convention.

In contrast, dawn and sunrise are observable. So, I took pictures as the first day of the new year dawned.

May good fortune for the world dawn with the new year.

Happy New Year.

May we celebrate with many cups of hot tea with sugar!

About 7:34 AM Mountain Standard Time. Sunrise behind the mountains was at 7:31 AM. What look like fingers are the arms of a saguaro (SWAH ro) cactus.

About 7:45 AM

About 7:49 AM

Moments later

Moments later

About 7:50 AM. A bird appears at the top of the picture.

Gematria: Hebrew numerology

The Hebrew word for numerology, gematria, is related to the Greek word ‘geometry’ — measure of the Earth.

Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet has a numerical value in base 10. The first nine letters represent 1 through 9. The next nine letters represent 10 through 90. After that, the letters represent 100, and so on.

The Hebrew word for ‘one’ — echad — is an example of how lessons can be learned from the Hebrew letters.

The word echad is spelled in Hebrew with three letters — alef, chet, and dalet. The respective values are one, eight, and four.

‘One’ — the alef — reminds us of G-d Almighty who is one. The name of the letter, alef, means principal — the master teacher.

Chet, the second letter of the word echad, is the eighth letter of the alphabet, so its value is eight. Eight represents the seven heavens and the Earth. G-d is master over both the highest realms of the universe and the lowly, earthly dimension.

Dalet, the third letter of the word echad, is the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, so it represents the value four. This stands for the four cardinal directions.

In sum, G-d, the master of the universe, reigns over all the physical dimensions of His creation.

The watchword of the Jewish faith is:

Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d. The L-rd is One.

So we have a deeper understanding of G-d’s unity. He is the single who encompasses the multitude. Nothing of the multitudinous creations in the universe are outside of G-d the Creator.

All this from numerology.

My name, Nathaniel, also has information packed into its letters. The first two syllables are to be taken as the Hebrew word ‘gave’. (It’s also a name in its own right — Nathan.) The last three letters are one of G-d’s names in Hebrew. In simple terms, my name means “G-d gave.”

But, what did he give?

This is hinted at in the gematria of G-d’s name. Its value is thirty-one. So, He gave me thirty-one. This reminds us of the thirty-two pathways of wisdom as taught in the Book of Formation.

However, G-d only gave me thirty-one paths, the value of His name. My task in life is to find and travel the thirty-second pathway.

Easier said than done. A genuine lifetime of work.

After such a sobering thought, I could use something stiffer than a cup of hot tea with sugar.

The conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

December 21, 2020 | Phoenix, Arizona

This evening was the best view of the rare great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. The previous closest conjunction was about 400 years ago. For more information, go to earthsky.org.

Jupiter and Saturn, both visible to the naked eye, show up in this picture, though, as a tiny, horizontal bar of light. To the naked eye, Saturn appeared faintly, slightly to right of Jupiter. The light from Saturn was clearly weaker than Jupiter’s and harder to spot.

In 1619, four years before the last great conjunction, the first African slaves were brought to the colony of Virginia establishing America’s “original sin.”

5:59 PM Mountain Standard Time

About 25 minutes later

I’m thankful to have seen this wonder of the sky. I’m ready for some hot tea with sugar to celebrate.

The New Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn — before the conjunction

December 16, 2020 | 2 Tevet 5781 | Phoenix, Arizona
5:55 PM

At 5:55 PM Mountain Standard Time, Jupiter appeared clearly in this picture. Saturn appeared to the naked eye, but it appears as only a smudge in this photo slightly above and to the left of Jupiter which is itself above the New Moon.

The conjunction of the Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn will be on December 21.

6:04 PM. My camera didn’t capture an image of Saturn, but it was visible to the naked eye.

Taken with a point-and-shoot camera without a tripod or filters.